Atlanta Restaurant News: Changes at Restaurant Eugene, d.b.a. Barbecue arrives, Social Vinings opens, gourmet markets win a booze battle and more
Chef Linton Hopkins (left) will unveil on Thursday a radically new menu at his flagship Restaurant Eugene. Say bye bye to the classical appetizers/entrees/side dishes format and hello to a vast new list of 45 dishes — most of them small plates.
“The old menu is buried in there,” said the chef, opening up a tri-fold mockup of the new menu, which is divided into three categories: “seafood,” “vegetables” and “meat and game.”
Guests will be able to mix, match and share a variety of dishes, much as they do at Hopkins’ always-slamming Holeman & Finch Public House just across the entranceway.
Some of the new items: grilled vidalia, confit apricots and spiced pecans ($7); Spanish mackerel terrine ($10); duck confit, sea island red peas, apples ($11); bacon-barded grilled qual, sourwood honey, rice grits ($10).
“It’s the way I like to eat now,” says Hopkins. “I’m not sure I want to commit to that many bites of any one dish.”
Yet plenty of people still do, and for them Hopkins will continue to offer entree-sized portions of snapper, salmon, lamb, beef and many other items — all on full plates with vegetable garnishes.
In other news:
- The barbecue restaurant skedded to take over the Vine space in Virginia Highland will be called “d.b.a. Barbecue.” The initials do indeed stand for “doing business as,” according to owner Matt Coggin — an alum of many VaHi eateries, including Sala, La Tavola and Harvest. The name, he says, “kind of stuck.” (Okey dokey…) Look for a May opening with full service, a full bar, and a pitmaster hired from the Jim ‘N Nick’s chain. Choices will include Memphis-style baby back ribs, Kansas City-style spareribs and pulled pork dressed in a variety of sauces.
- Social Vinings — the new restaurant from Pano’s and Paul’s opening chef Paul Albrecht — opened last Friday in the Vinings Main Development. Sushi? Check. Batter-fried lobster tails? Double check.
- The Atlanta City Council passed an ordinance that will give specialty food store owners a special class of wine and beer license so they don’t have to compete with package stores. It’s kind of a boring story (if I say so myself, having written it), but very good news for cool little places like the Mercantile and Cabbagetown Market, which would really, really like to sell you some yummy libation with your gourmet to go.