Thursday, July 25, 2013

5 restaurants to hit up when you're in Vinings

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Originally known as "Crossroads" when it was founded in the 1800s, Vinings might not be the hippest, most accessible area of town, but this neighborhood - nestled between Atlanta, Buckhead, and Smyrna - is home to more than just ridiculously large homes and the Home Depot headquarters. We swear.

WORK IT: Dining room at Canoe
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  • Canoe

All Day: Canoe
When someone else is picking up the tab, there is no better place in Vinings than Canoe. With its warm, inviting tones inside and beautiful views on the patio overlooking the Chattahoochee, the restaurant oozes luxury and tranquility. On brunch days, be sure to start your meal with a pastry basket filled with Georgia pecan sticky buns and freshly baked sweet and savory scones. Follow up with the restaurant's famous house-smoked salmon appetizer (also available at dinnertime) served on a crispy potato cake with Vermont goat cheese. Wash it all down with a glass from Canoe's comprehensive wine menu. (And, maybe, also discreetly suggest to your waiter that, perhaps rather than using goat cheese out of Vermont with the delicious salmon, the chef head on down to the farmer's market and pick up a local one?) 4199 Paces Ferry Road. 770-432-2663.

Courtesy SOHO restaurant
  • SOHO
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Post-Work: SOHO
When asking about where to eat and drink in Vinings, people frequently offer an apologetic "Don't tease me, but I actually really like SOHO." But there is no reason to apologize. Sure the bar is filled with middle-aged people seeking their second marriages, and sure there might be a few old men hanging outside on the bench catcalling at the thirty-somethings shopping nearby, but the service at SOHO is top-notch and the food, though not particularly creative, is always dependable. Ask for a seat in Kelly's section and order General Joey's Calamari with a Hemingway daiquiri cocktail while you sit out the traffic, or come on a Wednesday to enjoy the wine flight special on the patio. And on Thursday evenings throughout the summer, there is even live music from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 4300 Paces Ferry Road.

Attic Bar porch at Old Vinings Inn
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  • Attic Bar porch at Old Vinings Inn

Date Spot: Attic Bar at Old Vinings Inn
Every Wednesday through Saturday evening, the teeny tiny Attic Bar upstairs at the Old Vinings Inn features live music and turns into a verified hot spot, until everyone turns into a pumpkin at midnight when the bar closes. If you are lucky enough to snag a bar stool in this wood-paneled attic, sit back and relax while enjoying one of the friendly bartender's heavy-handed pours. 3011 Paces Mill Road. 770-438-2282.

Brunch Time: Muss & Turner's
Whether you are nursing a hangover or taking out the in-laws, the three chefs at M&T's know how to impress. If your body is craving grease, order Buck Nasty's Morning After (a feast of BBQ brisket, Nueske's bacon, fried egg, tobacco onions, dijon, pickles and challah toast) because it will soak up what ails you. And a little tip? If the hostess tells you that there is a wait, ask if you can sit in Eleanor's, the restaurant's speakeasy hidden behind a fake refrigerator door. You can order off the brunch menu, with the added bonus of spying on unknowing patrons in the main dining room through double-sided mirrors. But don't get too fancy with your cocktail order back there. While the ambience and the wait staff are beautiful, the drinks have a ways to go. 1675 Cumberland Parkway, Smyrna. 770-434-1114.

Orient Express
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  • Orient Express

Take-Out: Orient Express
Let's face it, if you are going out in Vinings chances are that you live there in a great house, or your friends do, and they have a fabulous place. So, why leave? The Orient Express offers quality delivery that can be at your doorstep before you finish off that next glass of oaky, California chardonnay. But if you do want to leave the safety of home, there are few things more kitschy and fun than dining in the old train car Orient Express is housed in. (Get it, Orient Express.) The restaurant features three different rooms, each with its own distinctive atmosphere and cuisine - Chinese, Sushi, and Hibachi - all sure to cure your Tuesday night craving. 2921 Paces Ferry Road. 770-438-9090.

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