Justin Burdett Joins Ruka’s Table in Highlands NC

Chef Justin Burdett preserves Ruka’s Table’s reputation for exceptional cuisine and brings some new twists of his own.

Folks who frequent Miller Union Restaurant in Atlanta are familiar with the talent of Chef de Cuisine, Justin Burdett.  Justin has migrated from Atlanta to Highlands and now offers his taste-tempting foods here in Highlands at Ruka’s Table in Wright’s Square.  Some of you may have followed Justin as he competed on the Food Network’s series “Chopped.”  If so, you know that he exhibits a passion for organic-centric, sustainable foods.  He has an enviable talent of knowing how to pair just the right ingredients in truly-unique ways to produce foods that make you clamor for more.

Beginning with locally-farmed ingredients, Justin combines ingredients in unique ways to produce foods that are truly exceptional. Start your meal with carrot soup – a thick carrot puree with sherry reduction.  Add Georgian olive oil with pink peppercorn and top with mint whipped cream with chives. The Niman Ranch pork loin served with soft grits topped with fennel captures your taste buds from the first bite.   Fish lovers may be drawn to his sunburst trout complimented by glazed-beet puree, topped with raw radish and celery.  The dry-aged, hormone-free Brasstown N.Y. strip steak with lady pea puree and field potatoes will please any steak lover.  Finish your meal with the unique flavors of the tarragon panna cotta topped with macerated strawberries with lemon zest in triple sec.

These are just a few of the many creative items that Justin and his talented staff will offer here at Ruka’s.    Come to Ruka’s for delectable foods in a casually-sophisticated atmosphere. Ruka’s Table offers mouthwatering foods in a casually eye-catching interior which includes the copper-topped full-service bar, a large stacked-stone fireplace under a cathedral ceiling with large wooden beams, and beautiful dark leather booths.

Enjoy your favorite libation as you select from a wide variety of modern Southern cuisine.  Open nightly beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Go to www.OpenTable.com to make reservations or call (828) 526-3636.  Ruka’s Table is a part of the Highlands Restaurant Group. For more information go to www.highlandsrestaurantgroup.net.

by Wiley Sloan

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