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Reminiscing and restaurant changes in Vinings

The other day, I received a text from a friend who was excited about some restaurant changes in Vinings.  While I’m always happy for new additions, I was sad all day to hear about Garrison’s closing and her saying La Paz might be closing. So last night, my son and I went to La Paz to find out what was going on.  I was relieved when the hostess explained that they weren’t closing but that the ownership was changing.


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These restaurants and shops in Vinings are part of our Village and my life and memories. I have come to enjoy the atmosphere, familiarity and tradition associated with both of these places. For as long as I can remember, when I have gone to the Vinings Tree lighting the first Thursday in December, I’ve met a group of friends either at Garrison’s or Mellow Mushroom. I’ve enjoyed many spring and fall days with laughter on Garrison’s patio. Margaritas on Friday’s at La Paz and Sunday night dinner with friends are something I can remember as far back as before my son was born. He’s been eating their queso since he was 2.  It makes me really sad to think of these places, where I’ve made so many memories, going away.


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While reminiscing about life in the Village, I remember walking my dog to the Village Starbucks and sitting on their patio with him while I read the paper (long before the iPad gave me the news). There was Caribou on the corner next to where Suntrust now is. I actually mourned the loss of the regular employees that all seemed to have left this past year at Suntrust.  I knew them on a first name basis – Chris the former manager; I remember my son as a baby kissing Katie when she gave him lollipops when he came in.  Now it’s all new employees that I don’t know and don’t know us and it makes me not really care to stop in there anymore.

Remember the small local coffee shop that is where Café at Pharr now is?  I have good memories of that as well.  I preferred the Vinings Inn in the 90’s when it first reopened to the new ownership that took over in this decade.  Oh well, things change and we’ll make new memories, but somehow they all seem to define a season of my life from when I was single and working in corporate America, to when my son came home and I was sharing the pictures from Russia with my friends on the board of the Vinings Historic Preservation Society.  I’m now crying with all this flood of memories, but as my son grows and we continue to live here, the restaurants will keep changing and we’ll have new memories at those as well.

At which Vinings restaurants have you made great memories? For those of you who have been around here a while, are there any you particularly miss?

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Upcoming Vinings Restaurant Week!

Come one, come all to the Second Annual Vinings Restaurant Week from Oct 5th-13th.

ImageIf 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?

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Vinings Spring Wine Stroll Info

Vinings_Wine_Stroll_2013Vinings Spring Wine Stroll

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

1PM – 7PM

This is the 10th wine strolling event in Vinings that features great wine and food offerings, a free raffle and entertainment.

Participants can enjoy a nice stroll around Vinings visiting 5 restaurants while enjoying wines from different countries & regions.

After-party is at Social Vinings 6pm-until with entertainment.

Last Spring this event was big hit with over 600 attendees.

Portion of proceeds will be donated to Small Dog Rescue & Fur Kids.


Register (1-5PM) 

Noche – 2850 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta 30339

Participating Restaurants with Food & Wine Offerings


Vinings Inn

La Paz

Meehan’s Public House

Social Vinings

Buy Tickets:  $5 Advance, $10 Door –


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Review of Vinings Fish Company

I should preface my commentary of Vinings Fish Company by saying that I am not a “foodie” or a cook, so I don’t necessarily have the knowledge to comment on anything….but I do like to eat!

Based on my experience, I love the atmosphere at Vinings Fish Company and they were super nice to my little boy.


Inside at the Vinings Fish Company

Main Dishes
I had the crab cakes as that’s somewhat of my test to determine if a restaurant is good or not as I try them everywhere.  The crab cakes were excellent and served with mashed potatoes and green beans and plated very pretty.  I wish they had some sort of sauce with them, as that is usually a determining factor if I’ll crave them or not.

They do have the children’s menu with fish fingers, fried shrimp, and the normal kid food like mac and cheese, grilled cheese sandwich, etc.

I look at this restaurant as kind of fish “purist”, nothing fancy for the sauces, but great seafood.  I’d go again.

Comments from My Dinner Companions
“I had the sautéed snapper and added crab. Fabulous.”

“On the shrimp and grits – I liked the red sauce, but I was surprised by it because I’m used to the brown roux in Charleston. Maybe people in different areas prepare it differently. It looked a little like a Creole dish, but without the heat! The grits were really yummy!”

The children’s menu comes with a mini-sundae which my son loved of course.  The fried banana sundae – very delicious, but too much, needed to split it with someone. (Who can eat a whole banana and ice cream after a meal!?)

The key lime was good but milder than I normally like with a bit more tang.

The Scene
The wine menu is extensive and covers most anything you’d like as well.

The bar is chic and was hopping by the time we left which was close to 8pm and I did recognize quite a few people there so it is a great spot to see Vinings and Buckhead people.  Those I knew were Buckhead people, so they are headed our direction on their Friday out as well.

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