An evening of fine dining is a welcome respite from the gritty despair of un-fine dining, with its stone utensils and napkins fashioned from classic-rock concert T-shirts. Embrace mealtime nobility with today’s Groupon to Founders Restaurant in Senoia. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of contemporary Southern fare and beverages during dinner.
- For $10, you get $25 worth of contemporary Southern fare and beverages during lunch.
Founders Restaurant elevates the essentials of traditional Southern cuisine with sophisticated dishes made from fresh, local produce. The dinner menu treats carnivorians with selections such as a Black Angus 16-ounce New York strip steak ($26) and aquaphiles with wild Norwegian salmon roasted in cast iron and accompanied by mashed potatoes, asparagus, and a light herb cream ($25). Pecan-crusted chicken gets dressed up in a fashionable frock of pecans and accessorizes with coriander gravy, turnip greens, and garlic mashed potatoes ($16) before knocking on mouth doors and calling on eligible young taste buds. Garnish your appetite with any of the restaurant’s locally sourced sides ($3.50 each), including Logan Turnpike cheddar grits, sautéed kale with walnuts, and sweet potato hash.
Start an appetizing exploration of the lunch menu with a plate of fried green tomatoes served with goat cheese, herb puree, and roasted red pepper coulis ($5). Sandwich seekers can point their palates toward the Founders burger ($10), featuring White Oaks Pastures grass-fed beef, sliced heirloom tomato, and house steak sauce, all snuggled under a Kaiser roll roof designed, like most roofs, to be devoured with a smile. Marinated grilled chicken comes served with cauliflower mashed potatoes ($10), while the liquid larder includes vidalia onion soup, made with onions from south Georgia, Hennessy cognac, Heineken lager, and both swiss and parmesan cheeses ($8).
An ample array of wines, draft beers, and cocktails call the well-stocked 1920s Brunswick bar home, though they almost never receive mail there. Founders’ distinctive décor evokes an image of turn-of-the century fine dining, with soft lighting from elegant overhead chandeliers illuminating rich hues, woody accents, and exposed brick. Historical pictures hearken to the history of Senoia, whose founder is an ancestor of the restaurant’s owners, Todd and Elizabeth Baggarly.
Founders Restaurant has been mentioned in the Times-Herald and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It was named Best New Restaurant, Best Restaurant for a First Date, and Best Atmosphere by Lifestyles Magazine in 2010. Seven Citysearchers give it an average of 3.5 stars.
- The impressive sky-high bar was built by Riverwood Studios with the intent of using the restaurant in film. But the food is the star of this show, specializing in seafood fare intermixed with Southern staples. – Katie Leslie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
- The restaurant is beautiful and the live music was really nice. – LAE, Citysearch