Longtime residents Steve Rabb and Shannon Fannin often thought about ways to improve downtown Woodstock. They wanted to see the area become more sophisticated, so one night over dinner they casually discussed a concept of gourmet food and cocktails prepared with simple, raw flavors. The couple had no idea that, within a matter of months, this concept would grow into a chic, downtown eatery: Wink Woodstock. A menu of small plates—favorites include steak empanadas, shrimp and grits, and charcuterie and cheese samplers—complements Wink’s diverse selection of red and white wines. Behind a steel-topped bar, bartenders mix signature cocktails, known as Winktinis, from infused vodkas and specialty garnishes such as raw lemon sugar, graham crackers, and olive-scented fireworks. According to Patch, Fannin drew on her background in interior design to produce a layout representative of both sexy LA nightclubs and downtown Atlanta bars. Steely grays, vivid purples, and electric teals flow throughout the open bar space and into themed areas such as a pillow room and VIP booth.
The pages of thick menus at Landmark Diner flutter 24 hours a day with an array of Greek and Italian fare, sky-high sandwiches, and savory seafood. Diners lean back against the colorful padding of booths while contemplating the menu or reveal their superhero identity. A bevy of breakfast items starts the day or night with a choice of nine omelets or an a.m.-themed stack founded on an English muffin that cushions smoked salmon and poached eggs ($14.99). Thirty-plus sandwiches tempt tongues with turkey burgers ($9.49) or the tangy kraut of a corned beef Reuben accompanied by house-made potato salad ($11.99). Pan-seared grouper luxuriates among a sea of capers and white-wine sauce ($14.99), and a blackened fillet of wild salmon ($16.99) provides enough Omega-3s to ace an eye exam without studying. The flaky pastry melding with spinach in a dish of spanakopita ($12.99) transports taste buds to Greece, and eggplant parmigiana ($14.99) jaunts over to Italy. Meanwhile, an illuminated case of desserts lets baklava ($5.50), lemon-meringue pie ($4.95), and carrot cake ($5.99) press their faces against the glass and beg to be chosen by passersby.
Divan Restaurant & Hookah Lounge serves Persian-influenced Mediterranean feasts amid exotic artwork, plush pillows, and flowing curtains. Hooded lanterns cast a warm glow on murals depicting a sultan's court, colorful modern canvases, and tucked-away corners where diners share mezzes amid crimson cushions or chairs wrapped in silver cloth. As they dine upon dishes such as duck confit with black-currant relish and grilled lamb with pomegranate-mint demi-glace, guests enjoy the comforts of the hookah⎯a traditional water pipe that relaxes users with smoke that combines a touch of tobacco, sweet notes from fruit molasses, and a dash of wispy ghost.
As wispy tendrils of hookah haze dissipate overhead, diners clink glasses filled with drinks such as fruit-flavored martinis and sup on plates of blackened salmon, garlic-butter grilled shrimp, and molten chocolate cakes with hints of tarragon and raspberry sauce.