Friday Night Retro Movies at Park Tavern

Park Tavern Friday night reto movies

Park Tavern has started a new Friday night retro movie experience. Each Friday on the Southwest Porch at Park Tavern see a classic movie for free.  Beginning at 8 p.m.each week, the Dinner and a Movie series will be held in Park Tavern’s new theatre area on its expansive porch overlooking Piedmont Park and is open for ages 18 and up.

Won’t you freeze your ass off? Nope. Cause Park Tavern has a giant fire pit and heaters all over the patio. Specialty seasonal cocktails, house-brews, park-side dining and more are available all evening. For more information, visit www.parktavern.com.

WHAT:            Dinner and a Movie at Park Tavern

WHERE:          Park Tavern
500 Tenth Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Located on the corner of 10th and Monroe in Midtown Atlanta at Piedmont Park.

WHEN:            Fridays through February 27.

When Harry Met Sally, January 23rd
He’s Not That Into You, February 6th
 Valentine’s Day, February 13th
The Big Lebowski, February 20th
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, February 27th

COST:             Movies are complimentary. Food and beverages are not included.
Ages 18 and up only.

HOURS:        8 p.m.

10 Day Wild Game Limited Menu at Petite Auberge

Petite Auberge Restaurant is celebrating their Wild Game Festival menu from Wednesday, January 21 through Saturday, January 31. This special dining event features entrees like Antelope and Venison Stroganoff, Roast Wild Boar, Venison Stew and Roast Cornish Game Hen. See the full menu details and cost below.

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Antelope and Venison Stroganoff $24.95
Fine Morsels of South Texas Antelope and Venison seared in a light cream sauce, topped with Mushrooms on a Bed of homemade Spätzle.

Roast Wild Boar $19.95
Marinated Boar topped with a Game Sauce. Served with Red Cabbage
and Potatoes.

Venison Stew $21.95
A hearty stew studded with Venison, Carrot, Celery and Potato.
Seasoned with fresh Herbs and Fig Balsamic. Served with Mashed Potato’s
& a Cornbread Muffin

Roast Cornish Game Hen – $18.95
Herb seasoned Game Hen stuffed with Wild Rice

Petite Auberge Restaurant
2935 N. Druid Hills Rd.
404-634-6268

A Birthday Bash at The Painted Pin, Buckhead, Atlanta

painted pin buckhead
Relatively new, The Painted Pin opened in Miami circle in the Buckhead neighborhood. This upscale bowling alley is not for those under 21 and certainly isn’t your parents bowling alley. There is an upscale, almost clubby atmosphere here. I recently was joined by a couple of friends for a very small birthday celebration and I’d highly recommend The Painted Pin for your next adult birthday party (with a couple caveats).

The Painted Pin doesn’t take reservations. Doesn’t matter how large your party is, unless you are are a baller and are willing to rent out the entire place. So, I decided a Sunday afternoon of bowling would be perfect, when there wouldn’t be much of a crowd. It was a perfect way to spend a cold, December afternoon with some friends my husband, brother and friend (hey, it’s super difficult to get people together during the holidays).

bowling at the painted pin atlanta
We had two lanes reserved, which I would recommend. See, the setup is this: there is one leather couch per lane, but two couches face each other, making privacy for your group an issue, not to mention a tight space for any more than 3 people. I also didn’t like how close the ball return was to the edge of the “alley” part. It sounds picky, but it was kind of a pain to have to walk around it after you pick up your ball.

Don’t want to bowl? Not to worry. There’s table tennis, basketball, darts, bocce ball and skee ball too.

The Painted Pin has beer, wine and some terrific cocktails to choose from. They even have seasonal specials like the brandy cocktail (so lovely I had two) which was perfect for the holidays. We also tried a delicious Moscow Mule slushie (see below) which is a good choice for those who want a cocktail vs. beer to pair with the bar food.

the painted pin slushie cocktails

Chorizo pizza and Slushie Moscow Mule

Speaking of the food, we sampled a bevy of items including the Oyster Sliders, Waffle Corn Dogs, Hummus, Tuna Poke Salad and a Spicy Chorizo Pizza. While the sliders were pretty forgettable, everything else was quite delicious. The Tuna was plentiful and fresh in the salad and the chorizo pizza lived up to the spicy kick it promised. I was most surprised by my love of the Waffle Corn Dogs. Maybe it was because I had pretty much sworn off hot dogs and hadn’t had one in forever, but that malted waffle encasing, perfectly cooked frank and a sweet soy aioli was a heavenly combination.

Painted Pin Atlanta Food

L: Oyster Sliders, R: Waffle Corn Dogs

Personally, I think the space is so pretty, I wouldn’t rush out of there. While you have a server who’ll bring you drinks and food right to your lane, I’d prefer to eat separately at a table before or after bowling and just drink while I’m bowling.

Headed to the Painted Pin on a weekend night? Even with 20 lanes, expect a wait. As we were wrapping up around 5:30 or so, they were starting to get more full. But that’s okay, as they have a pretty large bar area to hang out while you wait. And although they only allow kids under 21 on Saturday and Sunday before 5, there really isn’t anything all that child-friendly about the place.

bar painted pin atlanta

Bar at The Painted Pin

Sure, there are games like basketball, bocce ball and skee ball, but the posh place is more geared towards adults, not kids. Just because you can bring kids to an establishment, doesn’t mean you should. I know it’s selfish, but the skee ball queen in me didn’t like waiting until 5 for the kids to clear out so I could play a couple games.

Overall, I relished my afternoon at The Painted Pin and would highly recommend it as an adult birthday party option.

The Painted Pin website 
737 Miami Circle
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 814-8736

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Drink Art, Castleberry Hill, Atlanta, GA Review

What do you think Drink Art is?
A. A new hipster bar?
B. A vegetarian restaurant opened by a former NBA player?
C. New Art gallery?

Drink Art, located in Castleberry Hill is not the spot you would expect. If you guessed B, you are correct. It is from ex NBA player, Shandon Anderson. Anderson had spent a long amount of time garnering an appreciation fo vegetarian Thai food and wanted to open a cool spot in Atlanta, his home town.

Drink Art castleberry Hill

L: Corn Cake, R: Fried Pasty Purse

Spotting the perfect building in Castleberry Hill, he opened a small restaurant where he can cater to a small crowd only open a handful of nights, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings right now, during winter hours. I believe in the warmer months they open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as well.

At the urging for many months from my friend, Josh, we visited Drink Art on a cool evening. Although there is wine and beer, you really want to indulge in at least one cocktail before moving to wine.

Josh insisted we try all three soups: Wonton, Tom Kia and Tom Yum. The Tom Kia is usually a favorite of mine at any Thai spot. Give me a scoop of rice to put in it, and I’ve got a meal. Here it was just as good as I’ve had elsewhere, yet somehow overshadowed by the Wonton soup. It’s pretty simple -just vegetables ground tofu, wrapped in wonton skin and clear broth, yet somehow glorious.

drink art curry

Although the appetizer menu only has six options, your best bet if you have more than two people is to go for the appetizer sampler. For $13.50, choose from 3 of the appetizers. Our choice were the spring rolls, corn cakes and deep fried purses (see above). While the spring rolls were somewhat forgettable, the corn cakes and purses were highlights of the meal for me. The corn cakes, had a slight taste of curry and basil, and the fried purses, had fiery vegetable filling inside. Both were served with a sweet chili sauce that we didn’t even need to compliment them.

As I said, it is vegetarian – no meat here but they do offer meat substitutes. Besides tofu, you can get veggie chicken or veggie steak. I ordered my curry with veggie chicken and I didn’t miss the real meat at all and was really pleased with my selection. I asked for medium spice but found it to be more on the mild side, so next time, I’m going to tell them to bring on the heat. Most entrees are around $10, so the price is pretty affordable.

Don’t come here with a large group. The “dining room” only has a few tables suitable for couples. Although rather cold, we sat on the rooftop patio and took in the wonderful views of downtown. It is a good option if you are looking for something different from the ordinary restaurants in the vicinity for a pre downtown event.

199 Walker Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30313

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Restaurant Recipe: Tupelo Honey Cafe’s Nutty Fried Chicken with Milk Gravy

It’s just been announced that Tupelo Honey Cafe based in Asheville, North Carolina will open a location in Atlanta. The restaurant offers scratch-made southern cuisine. The new Atlanta location of Tupelo Honey Cafe is slated to open in late 2015 in Sandy Springs.

With the cold winter days, I’m just craving comfort food and wanted to share this Tupelo’s recipe for incredible fried chicken. The roasted mixed nuts along with the rich milk gravy adds a touch of unexpected complexity to this dish.

6 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups canola oil
2 cups panko bread crumbs
2 cups roasted and salted mixed nuts
Milk Gravy
Marinate the chicken in the buttermilk in the refrigerator for at
least 1 hour.

Combine the bread crumbs and nuts in a food processor and grind until fine.

In a cast-iron skillet, heat the canola oil to 325F, or until the oil is bubbling.

Remove the chicken from the buttermilk and dredge in the nut mixture until well coated.

Fry the chicken in the hot oil for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown.

Transfer the chicken to paper towels to drain the excess oil. Top generously with the gravy.

Serves 6

Source: iVillage