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Upcoming Vinings Restaurant Week!
Posted by thunsicker in Living, Neighborhoods, Restaurants, Vinings on September 11, 2013
Come one, come all to the Second Annual Vinings Restaurant Week from Oct 5th-13th.
If you already call Vinings home, live just across the river in Buckhead or over the RR tracks in Smyrna, you are probably looking forward to another great restaurant week. Besides the fact that these are all great restaurants (we’ve tried all of them!), eating locally gives us a chance to run into friends and neighbors while we are out. We will make it a point to visit as many of these restaurants as we can.
Each place will offer fixed price menus – $15, $25 and $30.
These are just a few of the eighteen neighborhood restaurants participating in Restaurant Week! With so many great places to choose from, you’ll find something to suit anyone’s taste including dessert and breakfast/brunch/lunch for you early birds.
If you’ve found this link because you are searching for a Vinings home, this is a perfect opportunity to see what the area has to offer. Grab a friend or come out and make a friend. We looking forward to seeing you there!
For you locals – which of these restaurants is a must-visit? If these places are new to you, which one are you most looking forward to trying?
STG Trattoria in Buckhead Opens for Sunday Brunch this Weekend
Posted by thunsicker in Buckhead, Restaurants on September 7, 2012
STG Trattoria, which opened in April, announced early this week that the Buckhead restaurant will open for Sunday brunch on September 9, 2012. Beginning each week at 10:30 am, Chef Josh Hopkins will utilize the restaurant’s two wood-fired Acunto ovens, imported from Naples, to develop dishes defined by Italian essentials like cured meats and scratch-made cheeses accented by locally sourced produce.
The brunch menu with Italian influences artistically woven into each item will feature an Eggs Benedict Pizza with prosciutto, arugula, poached quail eggs and warm aioli as well as Shrimp & Calamari atop polenta with pancetta, cherry tomatoes and basil with a squid ink vinaigrette. STG’s renowned ovens will also be the destination for their artisan bread presented in the Italian Sandwich with layers of sopressata,capicola, prosciutto and olive giardiniera, and a Sautéed Zucchini Bread with candied pancetta and mascarpone.
Continuing with their established Amaro Bar, which introduced Atlanta to the light, food-friendly flavors present in the aperitif-based cocktail program directed by mixologist David Durnell, STG Trattoria will pour brunch cocktails like The Reviver with Beefeater gin, Cocchi Americano, Suze, lemon, celery and Herbsaint, STG Bloody Mary with cold-smoked Tito’s vodka, Amaro Zucca and house-made bloody mary mix, Mimoso with Amaro Nonino, Aperol, orange bitters, Prosecco and orange zest, and El Palido with El Espolón tequila, orange juice, chillies and mescal.
Named after owner Brian Lewis’ three sons – Sebastian, Tristan and Gabriel – STG Trattoria places emphasis on the heritage of Italian cuisine united with a distinct, progressive touch of seasonal, pure flavors in a communal space characteristic of Italy’s timeless trattorias. STG is opens for dinner at 5:30 pm Tuesday through Sunday and at 10:30 am for Sunday brunch. Situated in the heart of Buckhead and bordered by Flywheel and Drybar, the restaurant is located at 102 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest Atlanta, GA 30305. For further information, call 404.844.2879 or visit www.stgtrattoria.com.
I’m really looking forward to trying the brunch at STG. Who else plans on trying it this Sunday? I will post my review following my visit!
Pizza Places in Vinings
Posted by thunsicker in Living, Restaurants, Vinings on September 14, 2011
There are many local pizza places to choose from and one thing I’ve learned is that everyone has their own preferences. Some like thick crusts, some thin, some like a lot of sauce, some prefer less.
It seems like everywhere we go with children’s functions they are serving pizza or chicken nuggets, so usually I’m leaning toward ANY other type of restaurant….but with a child their preferences rule in many cases, so I try to lean towards a pizza place with a more extensive menu where I can get something else and let my son choose where he wants to go.
Without a doubt Chase always chooses “my soccer coach’s place” – St. Angelo’s on the West Side of Vinings off of Log Cabin Drive at 4686 S. Atlanta Road. His other favorite pizza place is “pizza and a train” – New York Pizza Exchange on the train tracks in Vinings, at 2810 West Paces Ferry Road.
There are many other places including Mellow Mushroom (in Vinings Village) and Mulberry Street Pizza (across 41 from Kroger). I run by there for lunch quite a bit since it seems to be on my route going everywhere and has easy parking. They can get you a slice quickly while you sit and watch the news on their TV’s.
St. Angelo’s is owned by Vinings residents Cecilia and Sean Rowe and they are very involved in all things Vinings, so Chase knows them and likes to go there and feels like he knows the owner. They give him dough to play with and he can watch them make the pizza.
St. Angelo’s has a very fun family night on Thursday where kids eat for $0.99 and that includes their fountain drink, carrot/celery and ranch dressing, a slice and gelato – can’t beat it. Then I can have a salad, cheese bread and even an adult beverage if I’m in the mood.
We’ve been going to “pizza and a train” (New York Pizza Exchange) since Chase was a baby (he’s still mad at his mom for helping to stop the whistle blowing as the train is passing thru Vinings). He still rushes to the window or insists we sit right next to the tracks.
I’ve heard that many people love the pizza at West Vinings Village; I think its called Blue Moon Pizza, but that’s not as much on my daily path.
I was addicted to Pero’s Pizza for years as my office use to be next door in the shopping center where Houston’s is and we still go to Pero’s quite a bit for other types of Italian food. The thing is they don’t have a children’s menu, so I’m thinking they don’t encourage kids? They’re always nice to us so I can’t imagine that’s it, but in this day and age I thought everyone had a children’s menu!
When Chase wants his “special mac and cheese” which is basically Alfredo sauce instead of cheddar and he wants to make Italian bread dipping sauce, which he is very good at making “our” special recipe, we go to Maggiano’s at Cumberland Mall and have regular Italian sans pizza.
I’d love to hear what your favorite pizza places are in Vinings as well!
Local Three – I crave the organic burger on the Big Green Egg
Posted by thunsicker in Buckhead, Restaurants, Vinings on September 6, 2011
Two of my most favorite restaurants that I frequent often are Buckhead’s Local Three and Muss & Turners in Smynings.
I may not be a true food critic, but if you live in 30327 or 30339 and have not been to these restaurants you’re really missing something. I crave the organic burger cooked on the Big Green Egg smoker and just about every special they come up with.
I still haven’t been to one of the Sunday brunches at Local Three but its on my list of must do’s. They are usually booked a couple of weeks out, but you know everything will be “special”… they smoke their own bacon! Anyway, I highly recommend it and enjoyed this review so I thought you would too.
A Review of Local Three from Christina & The Kitchen
Local Three was opened by three locals … Ryan Turner, Todd Mussman and Chris Hall. Todd and Ryan are from Food Studio (and that pretty much explains why I LOVE this place, right there … FS was one of my all time faves!), and Chris was the chef at the Sundial Restaurant.
Todd and Ryan are the fathers of the famed Muss & Turners in Smyrna. I believe the three met at a charity event, and talked beer, wine and pig, and, while Chris was thinking about opening his own place, LOCAL THREE was born. It’s said that Todd & Chris = “Back o’ the House” and Ryan = “Front o’ the House”, but I’ll tell ya, they all three feel like the whole thing is their sole responsibility. For instance, Chris has welcomed me at my table a couple of times, and came out to greet patrons I’ve sent in, too. Good Folks, these guys.
They’ve got a great thing going, driven by an awesome philosophy, which is, plain as day, out there for everyone to see: People Matter Most. Local is Priority. Seasonal Makes Sense. Authenticity Rules. Quality Governs. Delicious Trumps. Pretense Stinks. Comfort Feels Good. Appreciation Tasted Better. Prudence Sustains It All.
Get it? WOW — that right there makes me want to hang out with them (and eat, of course)!
So … I decided that I’d let the rest of Atlanta have a taste of what I got and realize what a gem they have right there, on the northside of town, and wrote a review on YELP! And wouldn’t you know … Chef Chris wrote me a nice little note back!
Here’s my review of Local Three:
They had me at their Daily Operating Philosophy.
Chef Chris Hall and Todd and Ryan (of Muss & Turner’s) have this one NAILED! They’ve opened Local Three in the old Joel location – but don’t let that steer you away … Fortunate to have a fab kitchen, I don’t think they changed much there, but the decor was just so “last year”, as was the food. Local Three looks and feels not one bit like Joel, and I couldn’t have been more impressed.
I had the opportunity to visit Local Three last week and was completely blown away. I consider myself a bit of a foodie, and have a discerning palate for all types of food – boiled peanuts and popcorn included. Their bar “snacks” are fun, not fussy. (yes, I said “boiled peanuts” – YUM).
The bar was warm, inviting, yet a little elegant. PERFECT for a drop in drink, a drink before dinner and even dinner! The selection of beer was outrageous (I was warned) as was the bourbon and whiskey list. We chose a nice bottle of wine (I’m not too knowledgeable on the brown stuff), although, the cocktail list was also quite impressive. The service, even though they were pretty tight, was awesome – I felt like we were the only two in the place – we never had to ask for a thing.
Our lobster gnocchi, grilled flatiron, pan seared (Georgia) trout, salads – EVERYthing – was perfect.
Atlanta needs more places like this. The place is “just right” (which I think is what the boys want it to be). It’s a bit of a local place, a bit of a night out for dinner place, and even more so, a place you want to come back to soon.
Go. Now. Be prepared to “sit deep and stay long” – they live by their philosophy and they want to get to know you … I can attest to this.
Sweet Treats in Vinings
Posted by thunsicker in Living, Restaurants, Vinings on August 31, 2011
I want to keep people updated on all things Vinings….including places I have tried to avoid…. There are three sweet treat places in Vinings that we have intentionally passed by for caloric and financial reasons. Its at least $8 for my son and I to stop by at any of these places it seems.
The newest entrant is the CamiCakes Cupcakes at 4338 Paces Ferry Road. (There was a cupcake place there before but I went once and the cupcakes were too small for the price.)
CamiCakes are large cupcakes and approximately $2.65 each…. and I’ve become addicted.
I have told many friends how deadly the salted caramel chocolates at Costco are and now I’ve discovered this CamiCakes Salted Caramel Cupcake. They have many great combinations, the Pineapple Coconut is another one that I’m thinking about right now.
I have always loved Piece of Cake in Buckhead and have frequented there throughout the years when the occasion arises. I still think Piece of Cake has the freshest cakes as they bake them right there and the smell is to die for! But due to convenience CamiCakes may be stealing me away.
As of September 1, there’s a Piece of Cake store in Vinings!
I know Yoforia is the healthiest alternative, but I really don’t crave anything there and the three children I’ve polled don’t like it either. They usually prefer the Coldstone Creamery ice cream or Cami Cakes as well. But if you’re trying to eat healthy and still want a treat – Yoforia is probably the answer.
Now onto the ice cream, Coldstone Creamery has been here for awhile and most people know about it, but if you’re shopping in the Vinings Village or need a place to take the kids on a hot summer day, nothing is better than a refreshing scoop of your favorite flavors.
All of these sweet treat places are walkable in Vinings Village and I know many make the drive to Menchie’s (in Paces Ferry Plaza by Houston’s) for their yogurt as well.
Join Us for Dinner Tonight: Vinings Fish Company
Posted by thunsicker in Restaurants, Vinings on August 19, 2011
Well, I’ve decided I have to personally try each restaurant in Vinings with friends and children and get locals’ comments.
Tonight we’re trying Vinings Fish Company. I’ve wanted to try it for awhile and have stopped by for a glass of wine with friends, and saw that they have a childrens menu, so tonight we’re going.
I also found out that if you live within walking distance – (which many of us do) you can eat on the patio with your dog! They’ll actually bring your dog a bowl of water. More on dogs and Vinings soon…
You’re welcome to join us at 6pm for a fun experience. I’ll post our comments and pics when we’re done. Click here to see what we thought of Vinings Fish Company.
Here are some of the reviews I found online and we’ll post our own after this evening. Feel free to join us!
Review of Vinings Fish Company on Yelp.
Review of Vinings Fish Company on OpenTable.
Review of Vinings Fish Company on UrbanSpoon.
Tina’s review of Vinings Fish Company.
Here’s the address:
Vinings Fish Company
4300 Paces Ferry Road Southeast
Vinings, Georgia 30339