Dine in Vinings with Valentine’s Day Menus
This month I wrote my first article for Vinings Lifestyle Magazine. The piece was simple- Valentine’s Day menus at popular restaurants in Vinings. Due to word count, a few of the restaurants were not able to be included, so I am sharing them here.
For this piece I also did a photo shoot at Canoe, my absolute favorite Atlanta restaurant. Their restaurant is full of bright windows and made for some beautiful shots utilizing the natural lighting!
Staring at a menu when every dish looks amazing, it can be difficult to narrow down your options. On Valentine’s Day, order a “wow” dish and get the wine pairing right. We asked Chefs and Sommeliers to share romantic, date night-worthy wine and dine pairings. From multi-course meals to one dish knockouts, these Valentine’s Day restaurants in Vinings are sure to impress.
The newest steakhouse of the bunch, Chef Joey Ahn and Chef Ryan Smith dish out a three-course menu for Valentine’s Day that touches on the kitchen’s creativity and international flair. Get started with Shrimp Bisque, Local Green Salad or Foie Gras Terrine, and some bubbles in the form of Brachetto d’Acqui “Rosa Regale. For a main, Sommelier Chris Reid suggests Rodney Strong “Symmetry” Meritage with Seared Duck Breast, Prosciutto-Wrapped Monkfish or “Chowda.” Wrap up the meal by spooning some Decadent Dark Chocolate Mousse, paired with Graham’s Tenure Tawny Port.
South City Kitchen – Vinings
Shrimp and Grits at South City Kitchen surpasses the traditional realm of this timeless classic, where both locally-sourced components are served accompanied by a complex gravy with hints of sweet baking spices and fresh piquant poblano chilies. Vajra Stratigos, Fifth Group Restaurants’ director of food and beverage standards, picks a 2014 Eroica Riesling from Ste. Michelle Estates. “The wine is light, immediately refreshing and well-rounded on the palate, with lime, pears, apricots and red apples.,” he says. “It’s the perfect weight to balance the richness and complexity of the preparation of the shrimp and grits and has just enough fruitiness to counter the piquant spiciness.”
Paces & Vine
It feels like an outpost of its sister restaurant, Murphy’s in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood, and a wine-centric beverage program and Southern comfort cuisine is at the seams of the menu. But Chef Kyle Smith’s innovative cuisine also brings distinctive flavor combinations and lighter options. Pick
Canoe is an institution in Vinings, tucked away in its own fairy tale atmosphere with a front row view of the Chattahoochee River. Take a Valentine here for top hospitality and snuggle together in one of the cushioned booths. For a meal this special, Chef Matthew Basford recommends the Beef Tenderloin served with crushed red bliss potatoes and red wine jus. Pair with the Cain Cuvée NV12, a Bordeaux-style Napa Valley complex blend of Cabernet, dominated by Merlot.
“The wine is vibrant with fruit and a light touch of smoke. Pleasing on the palate, yet balanced enough with acidity and tannin, this wine is beautiful with the steak,” says Chef Basford.
While temperatures can still be chilly in February, dine on the enclosed sun porch that overlooks the Historic Vinings Jubilee Courtyard. Known for its extensive wine list that includes more than 40 by-the-glass choices, Sommelier Jeff Gelfond chooses the Turnbull Napa Valley Cabernet to pair with Oregon’s Painted Hills Natural Beef short rib, served with celery root puree, shaved carrots in lemon juice, burgundy wine sauce, and pea shoots. “The smokiness and chewy tannins of the Turnbull Cabernet pair wonderfully with the rich flavors in this dish.”
Old Vinings Inn
The charming, historical Old Vinings Inn invites couples in for a throwback Valentine’s Day meal. From a post office to an apartment, the converted house features secluded dining areas and an enclosed, cozy patio. Dine on one of the restaurant’s classic Southern favorites, such as Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, “Pasture and Ocean” seven-ounce filet and lobster tail or Zinfandel-Braised Short Ribs. Pair with the restaurant’s exclusive bottle, the Goldschmidt Fidelity Merlot-Cabernet blend. Tasting notes include lush, ripe cherry and currants with a note of warm spice and mocha on the finish.