When Wine Shoe owners Nora and Shannon Wiley started planning the shop's design, they wanted something that would blend their worldly travels with the historic culture of the surrounding Castleberry Hill neighborhood. The result was promptly recognized by Atlanta magazine, which compared Wine Shoe to a "private wine cellar in France stocked with wines from all over the world."
Today, the facility's floor-to-ceiling wine wall stands as a new challenge to rock climbers and as a stunning backdrop to an assortment of wine-related activities, including classes that drew more than 3,000 total students during 2011. Many of those students gathered around Wine Shoe's 12-foot rustic table, where, sitting beneath a glistening bronze and crystal chandelier, they paired sips with scrumptious hunks of education.
The shop carries more than 150 different wines, the majority of which come from small producers. It also keeps its door open to pooches, as Nora and Shannon's security dog, Beeren, is always looking for new buddies with whom to discuss the nuanced flavors of rawhide bones.
Rising Roll dishes out tasty lunch fare, earning recognition as a best buy from Zagat. Sink your teeth into paninis, melts, and gourmet wraps. The Mad Italian layers salami, pepperoni, ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato, and Italian dressing on a toothsome boule, croissant, or wrap with a side of red-skin-potato salad, pasta salad, or coleslaw. Vegetarians will delight at the pesto portabella, a combination of marinated grilled portabella, crumbled goat cheese, roasted red peppers, and pesto. A selection of salads, such as the Maui (crisp romaine, grilled chicken breast, crumbled blue cheese, mandarin oranges, and chopped pecans), provides carb-free eats for diners restricted by diets and devout bowling leagues.
Fresh ingredients twist together in rich, flavorful pirouettes throughout Downtown Gourmet's Mediterranean-influenced menu. Correct a night of embarrassing somnambulant cell-phone eating with breakfast options such as omelettes filled with your choice of vegetables or a breakfast sandwich deftly delivering egg, cheese, and a turkey patty down your gullet (both $2.95). At lunch, greenery seekers can forage salads in build-your-own varieties ($4.99), or take to pitas loaded with falafel, rotisserie shawarma chicken, or thinly sliced lamb shawarma ($4.99). The menagerie of mastication also includes New York–style pizza by the slice ($1.85), hot subs ($4.99), and lasagna ($6.40). Homemade desserts such as walnut baklava and triple-chocolate brownies administer swift injections of sweetness to departing diners ($1.99).
The kitchen at Max Lager's grills fresh game, wood-firing it with North Georgia oak and hickory, within the oldest independent brewery in Atlanta. Burgers formed from fresh ground Angus beef or bison nestle neatly on a bun bearing lettuce, onion, and tomato, alongside crisp fries or zesty corn salsa. The traditional Max burger conveys cheddar and bacon on a vessel of meat ($11 for beef; $12 for bison during dinner), whereas the Fiesta burger incites a mouth-bound mosh pit of pepper-jack cheese, sautéed onions, and bell peppers ($9 for beef; $10 for bison), providing excitement without the threat of being head-butted by someone in a bandana. The Skillet burger, topped with fried egg, ham, and bacon ($10 for beef; $11 for bison), eliminates the need to serve brunch on a smartphone to make it more portable. Salads come on board as a substitute side ($1 extra), and whole-wheat buns do a guest performance on request. The lunch menu offers more iterations of the luscious meat patty than the dinner menu, so eaters can plan accordingly.
The skilled scoopers at Honeysuckle Gelato pass overflowing cups of frozen artisan desserts through the window of their pale-blue treat truck, thrilling customers with southern-inspired flavors culled from local ingredients. Fresh milk from local farms forms the base of velvety treats with flavors such as Provencal lavender and Gallberry honey, traditionally spread across pillows to fend off nightmares. Other flavors include spicy chocolate and a cheesecake blend of locally crafted ricotta and mascarpone cheeses, optionally augmented with a drizzle of homemade caramel or jam. Those hoping to avoid milk mustaches or frozen milk fu manchus can opt for a sorbet such as the salted watermelon. Customers of the restored shaved-ice truck can mix two flavors in a regular cup ($3.50) or take home a hand-scooped pint ($7.50).
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