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.
Built upon stately wooded grounds that play home to dry creek beds, natural gardens and a gazebo centerpiece, The Magnolia Thomas Restaurant surrounds diners with southern hospitality and rich history. The eatery has a strong bond with the Woodstock community, named after one of the city's most beloved matriarchs, and residing on a historic replica of the Magnolia Thomas estate, circa 1912.
After walking up a winding pathway, visitors enter through an inviting front porch for an award-winning dining experience. Crisp white linen, candlelight and a nostalgic fireplace casting a hushed glow over the dark wood floors create an elegant yet comfortable ambiance. The atmosphere is bolstered by the cuisine, which the owners have dubbed "southern dining with a silver spoon treatment." An enormous selection of wines and and craft brews pairs perfectly with the entrées, from kettle-fried chicken with cheddar grits and fried green tomatoes to daily seafood and pasta specials. An attentive wait-staff presents each meal to the table with professionalism and care, whether their guests are enjoying a relaxing meal for two, conversing over a family dinner, or celebrating a special event.
After 30 years of curating and perfecting recipes, founders Linda and Julie unleashed their culinary powers to create a Roly Poly menu of more than 50 rolls and sandwiches, plus a tempting selection of desserts. Slinging sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the sandwich artisans envelop a variety of inventive ingredients inside warm, floury tortillas, from scrambled eggs to pesto chicken to mustard-splashed tuna. Customized sandwiches may also be rolled to suit various diets, preferences, or carbo-loading competitive mimes.
Zucca was founded by a trio of forlorn New York natives who longed for a taste of a thin, crispy-crusted, Staten Island–style pie. The results are presented on a menu dense with Italian delights. Starters such as crispy fried risotto and mozzarella balls ($7) and fresh bruschetta ($6.25) make satisfying meal bases for the award-winning pizzas. Pies are offered in two sizes—personal portions ($8+) or 18" discs ($13+)—and come customizable with more than 25 toppings, including bacon ($2), eggplant ($2), and roasted red peppers ($3). Specialty pies such as the expo-winning victory pie ($19 for 18" pie), a Margherita pizza with parsley sausage, mushrooms, and shaved parmesan, will tame topping negotiations, while hand-held calzones ($7–$9) and the extensive selection of popular pasta dishes ($10–$15) and entrees ($13–$21) are sure to delight.
Long hailed for a mastery of ham far beyond the skills of mere mortal meat cookers, the meat mavens at HoneyBaked Ham invite you to put their newly honed turkey skills to the test with today's Groupon: a whole roasted turkey breast for $12 (an up to $25 value). Get your moist turkey breast unadulterated, or let the HoneyBaked masters finish your bird with crackling sweet glaze, which may or may not be cooled by having volunteer glaze-pixies fan it with their wings. Call one of HoneyBaked's participating locations (found here and in the sidebar to the right) to reserve your order, and pick up your juicy bird.
Building on a tradition of Southern-style barbecuing, Bub-Ba-Q's vast assemblage of hearty, sauce-kissed cuisine fills the menu with smoky ease. Diners looking to sate wood-fired cravings can start out with a half-rack of barbecue-slathered baby-back ribs ($13.95). Sample a duo of meaty delights with the combo plates, such as chopped pork and chicken ($10.75), which is served with bread and a choice of two sides selected from an exhaustive list including baked beans, fries, mac 'n' cheese, corn fritters, fried okra, and more. Bub-Ba-Q also slings sandwiches, sliders, burgers, and a daily selection of cakes, pies, and cobblers, perfect for filling a basket for a complete, impromptu picnic.