Fresh out of the groomer, The Thirsty Dog Tavern is now open in Peachtree Hills. A hot mess of Olive Garden meets The Titled Kilt plus Park Tavern with a touch of Taco Mac, it’s a reworking of Vita, the previous tenant at 2100 Peachtree. While it’s location is ideal for the nomad in you and me, I was able to coax Deez from his real world responsibilities so that we could enjoy a little lunch at Atlanta’s newest pet friendly establishment.
The restaurant itself is conceptually all over the map, but the food is most similar to those nationwide chains that try their best to serve basic Italian fare. If memory serves me right, the vast portion of the menu at TDT is a holdover from the previous restaurant. That is no surprise when you consider that Vita’s Tony LaRocco, as noted by John Kessler, is one of the proprietors. Along with Dave Heany, formerly of Star Bar, LaRocco has driven out one failed concept and replaced it with a straw-grasping alternative in the hopes of righting the ship. While little there was horribly wrong, save for the fried food, there wasn’t a single aspect of the meal poking at me for further inspection.