It seems almost shameful. Not only am I deeply passionate about Japanese culture and cuisine, but I pride myself on visiting most anything that resembles a Japanese restaurant here in the Dirty. Such was the basis for my dismay as I met up with ChowDownAtlanta (website) for a little grub late last week. After our usual game of who’s gonna make the call, we finally settled on the long standing Yakitori Jinbei for our lunch endeavor. Located up Cobb Pkwy, just outside I-285, it is beyond shocking that I had never before ventured into the tiny strip mall eatery. Open since ‘02, I lived not more than 3 miles from the place for many a year.
Walking into the 40 some-odd seat room, you can’t help but identify the formulaic Japanese décor. Heavy on the soft, and accented with the deep, the simplicity of the space is both expected and demanded. It is a style that I will never tire of. My affinity for the layout, however, is inconsequential. What is of importance is that the place is clean and the furniture and such are all of relatively high build quality.
This weather has been a harbinger. With news of at least four deaths in the metro area, we need to put these things in perspective. Still, this is a food blog, so that’s what we’re here to talk about.
Not surprisingly, a ton of flood tweets are popping up under the twitter term #atlflood. One that has particularly caught my eye, and that of a bunch of other people, was a picture of the ever popular Canoe. The picture, which comes to us from Jessica Dauler of JessicaShops.com, shows us just how bad this weather has been. As a quick note, I’d hyper link to Jessica’s website, but it seems to be down at the moment! In the meantime, hit her up on twitter.
Not quite as devastating is her picture of Ray’s on the River. We’ll have to see what kind of affect this will have on Canoe, and other area restaurants.
On the 10th, I ran a post about an upcoming burger joint from Paul Albrecht and his Great Food Inc. restaurant group. Turns out, the restaurant has already gone through a name change. What was once the Burger Lounge is now The Burger Club. Yeah, not the most earth shattering blurb ever, but it is what it is.
At first glance, C&S Seafood and Oyster bar is another in the long list of Atlanta restaurants that under delivers and over charges. As with all first impressions, it’s hard for any single diner, myself included, to ascertain the differences between systematic failure and the anomaly of a bad meal. If I had to venture a guess, I would say that my experiences to date at C&S include some failures on both fronts.
I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time in the Vinings area the past few days. After a great lunch at Social Vinings on Tuesday and a disaster of a meal at nearby South City Kitchen later that night, I returned today to hit up Muss & Turner’s for lunch. I haven’t spent this much time in Vinings since my move from the area some five years ago.
M&Ts is one of those trendy names in the Atlanta dining scene. Joined by the techtastic foodies who run Chowdownatlanta and Eatitatlanta, we showed up for a late lunch with high expectations. It was a meal of firsts for me and I was really happy to have some lunch buddies for the meal.
I try my best to visit new Atlanta eateries sometime within the first 48-hours of their opening. I think it’s always fun to try new places and it also helps me establish a baseline for the given restaurant. In addition, watching a restaurant develop and mature is part of the fun of what I do.
In the case of Social Vinings, I had promised The Don that I would go with her as soon as she was available. [In case you are wondering, The Don is the person most responsible for my families ability to function … hence the reference to the Capo de Corleone.] Consequently, I expected my first trip up to the new Paul Albrecht joint to be sometime in the coming weeks.
Yesterday was a hectic and crazy day. Plans were made only to be summarily tossed aside and replaced with new duties and tasks. Despite the chaos, I found myself freed up around lunchtime and sitting with my pops at his pad. We needed lunch and when I mentioned this new “casual bar,” my father’s brow furrowed. 30-minutes later, I found myself on the patio at Social V, iced tea in hand, and in the middle of a lovely Atlanta afternoon.
It’s hard to argue with this promotion! The gang over at Fifth Group has been getting pretty aggressive with their promotions. Their latest offer is for a complimentary entrée with the purchase of an entrée of equal or greater value. Basically … it’s one of those take a dinner buddy promotions! To participate, you just need to print this pdf coupon and make some reservations! This offer expires at the end of March … so get on it! (Oh yeah, this is only good at their Vinings location)
Social Vinings, a self proclaimed “casual bar and upscale restaurant,” is scheduled to open on Tuesday, February 17. The restaurant is the product of chef Paul Albrecht. Albrecht, who got his start at Pano’s and Paul’s, also operates Paul’s; a global restaurant/bar in Peachtree Hills.
Social Vinings occupies a 6,500 sq ft with floor to ceiling windows. The restaurant seats 280 guests and has a 50 person private dining room. It has been added to the February Dirty List.