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Which pubs have interesting menus?

beer1Yesterday’s post on Salt Factory got me thinking about the pubs around town with menus that go beyond the typical offerings of burgers and fish and chips.

My wife and I often end up at Leon’s Full Service in Decatur when need to grab something late for dinner — often carrot hummus and an I.P.A. for me.

If they were closer to home, I bet we’d just as often hit the Porter Beer Bar in Little Five Points and Young Augustine’s in Grant Park. I’m much less familiar with the good pubs O.T.P. but would love to hear about some.

Where do you go when you want a comfy booth, a pint and something for dinner that will make your palate happy without breaking the calorie bank?

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Chicken lover

August 20th, 2010
10:28 am

I’ve always thought Brick Store’s food was very good–since Leon’s and Brick Store are owned by the same people, this isn’t a surprise. I pub food, like fish and chips, etc. are fine, but the Pierogi Pasta is phenomenal in my opinion.


August 20th, 2010
10:36 am

For someplace we can walk to in Virginia Highland, we love the food at Atkin’s Park. Chef Andrew Smith has created a great menu and we love that he uses the freshest ingredients – especially the tomatoes he grows on the roof.


August 20th, 2010
10:43 am

Summit’s Tavern in Snellville. From burgers (both buffalo and beef) to noodle bowls, to special monthly offerings (this month a selection of locally made sausages). I can’t recall getting anything on the menu that I didn’t like. The Wisconsin cheese curds are a great appetizer and of course they have a great beer selection.

M. Johnson

August 20th, 2010
10:51 am

I love Young Augustine’s. For a beer spot, they have an interesting assortment of dishes, including one with roasted brussels sprouts and cauliflower that’s pretty yummy. Yes, I used brussels sprouts and yummy in the same sentence. The draft beer list also is pretty extensive and the wait staff can guide you to a good choice.

I also am a fan of the Glenwood. The food is solid, the beer list is good and it’s in my neighborhood. They also have quite a cheese assortment.

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Dave F

August 20th, 2010
11:08 am

Mac McGees has great food. Try the leg of lamb sammich.


August 20th, 2010
11:11 am

Cypress Street Pint&Plate… For Beer Geek Tuesdays & occasional special pairings. Try the Sublime Doughnut burger.
Elliott Street Deli & Pub – all the sandwiches are great.
P’Cheen – don’t get there often enough but like what they do there


August 20th, 2010
11:13 am

Righteous Room!!!

Tom C.

August 20th, 2010
11:15 am

An awesome new pub called Napoleon’s just opened in North Decatur area on Lavista near Oak Grove. It’s by the same guy who does Front Page News. the atmosphere is incredible, great brews, but the thing here is the uncanny menu. so many unique choices, like thai curry crab cakes, vindaloo chicken skewers, pork, beef and fried tilapia plates, a dozen different kinds of tacos for about $2.50 apiece… We went last night and were very impressed.

Greater in Decatur

August 20th, 2010
12:51 pm

The Marlay House in Decatur! Their burgers are phenomenal (try the half-pound D-14), they have lots of vegetarian options, and offer a killer Sunday Roast Lunch. I highly recommend attending a monthly beer pairing dinner – two to three dishes (not on the menu) to go with unique beer pairings. YUM!


August 20th, 2010
3:11 pm

Corner Pub in Decatur: YUM!


August 20th, 2010
3:22 pm

Must second Atkins Park – always good, consistent, fresh food. Shout out for the The Highlander as well. Certainly a dive but AWESOME food by chef Abraham!

Food Fan

August 20th, 2010
4:37 pm

Gotta second the Marlay House. Surprisingly great food, lots of local & organic ingredients, super-fresh veggies. Everything is kind of like what you expect for pub food but with a foodie twist. Farmhouse 33 just lured the chef away, but I have been since his departure and the Marlay is still staying true to the foundation he built. Plus they pour a wicked pint (a pub actually owned by Irish people!)

There’s a new gastropub opening soon over in Brookhaven off of Dresden Drive called Kaleidoscope. The head chef from Buckhead Diner has left to open this place. Should be good!


August 20th, 2010
5:48 pm

OTP up here on the Northside… Taco Mac is reliable and has lots of draft beers. Village Tavern, while a restaurant, has a nice pub-like bar with good beer and tasty bar food. And finally, while yet again, not a pub, Spondivits in Cumming, has a good bar with big mugs of Sweetwater 420 and surprisingly good seafood. It’s a bit Jerry Springer-ish but that’s what makes it interesting.


August 21st, 2010
9:59 am

Art….Jerry Springer-ish? Isn’t that what taverns are supposed to be? Wouldn’t be a tavern elsewise, and why go if you can’t chill to the max. If the beer is ice cold the meal usually taste real good!


August 21st, 2010
11:19 am

How bout some vienna sausages???
Abig ol Kilbashie??

Bite me………


August 21st, 2010
12:45 pm

All I know is the food at Taco Mac sucks, big time. I would have to be wasted to eat that garbage. I heard about some gastropub called Kosmo in Alpharetta…does anyone know if that’s good? Never been there.


August 21st, 2010
1:08 pm

I am a huge fan of the food at The Porter. The Goat Cheese Fritters are just great. Mac Mcgee’s has an interesting menu as well, although I have never eaten there. I plan to soon.


August 21st, 2010
1:14 pm

Pub 71 in Brookhaven is an Irish pub with excellent food that goes well beyond standard pub fare (but you can get that, too).

Chris F

August 21st, 2010
1:25 pm

I love me some Porter. Hushpuppies are great with the homemade apple sauce. Try them, you’ll see.


August 21st, 2010
4:13 pm

I second the Righteous Room. Surprisingly good, considering it’s sort of a hole-in-the -wall type place.
But smoking is allowed, and food and smoking don’t go together at all for me. One of the things I love about the Decatur pubs is that they are all non-smoking. Visited Thinking Man’s Tavern (near Agnes Scott) last night for the first time and loved the hummus. Noticed they have salad nicoise on the menu…talk about unusual pub food.


August 21st, 2010
4:23 pm


I used to love Taco Mac, but they sort of seem like Mcd’s or something now that there are all these great taverns and gastropubs. Still think they have the best wings though.

FM Fats

August 21st, 2010
7:32 pm

Love the Bookhouse on Ponce. Andy Gonzalez’s other bar Steinbeck’s in Oakhurst has a smaller menu than Young Augustine’s but has some similar items, and the food is always fine. The live music on Thursday is fun, and Jimmy is always neat to shoot the breeze with. The Brockett Pub in Clarkston gets a little more ambitious than the average bar.

FM Fats

August 21st, 2010
7:33 pm

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Stone Jewelry

August 21st, 2010
10:19 pm

Huge fan of the food at The Porter. The Goat Cheese Fritters are just great. Mac Mcgee’s has an interesting menu as well, although I have never eaten there. Also when I do eat there I will eat any appetizer that they put in front of me.

Carrie Neal Walden

August 22nd, 2010
5:14 am

While I love the Highlander and Righteous Room for what they are, they are definitely not gastropubs; nor would Atkins (which I agree does have great food) really fit in that category. I think there’s some confusion on terminology.


August 22nd, 2010
10:56 am

I’m a fan of thinking man tavern in decatur’s food.


August 22nd, 2010
12:23 pm

Been to Kozmo a couple of weeks. It was pretty good. We used the 50% off coupon from Scout Mob. It was a nice change from the standard offerings in Alpharetta/Johns Creek

Monica Ricci

August 22nd, 2010
2:31 pm

I have to weigh in with Marlow’s! We don’t go there a lot, but their food is excellent and it really does feel like a pub in there. They have several locations now, but the one closest to us (fewer than two miles!) is in Alpharetta. I believe they are owned by the same people Hi Life and Aqua Blue.


August 22nd, 2010
7:24 pm

Carrie – the post was regarding pubs, not necessarily gastropubs.


August 23rd, 2010
8:13 am

Midtown Tavern @ Linden and Pidemont has the best overall….but Righteous Room has the best grilled cheese in the city, hands down.


August 23rd, 2010
8:42 am

Old Blind Dog in Milton is an Irish pub with a nice bar, good food and excellent service.


August 23rd, 2010
9:48 am

JS, I live up the street from Kozmo. It is good and as an earlier poster commented, a nice change of pace.

Daniel A.

August 23rd, 2010
12:13 pm

I think PUB 71 also has great pub grub. I go there constantly. Although the menu maybe traditional fare, their ability to put a touch of twist on classics makes it my favorite to go back to time and time again.


August 23rd, 2010
12:39 pm

I live in East Cobb, and I’m really torn about what could be considered “creative” pub food in my little slice of the OTP. Sure, there’s Taco Mac, Wild Wing Cafe, and the like. The food is serviceable, I guess. But can it be considered creative? Not really. Hmm. I think that Meehan’s is a bit better than most in terms of their offerings, but they’ve become a bit more generic over the last few years, too.

Of course, I will say that I’m privileged to live right between two of the 5 Seasons. Both Alpharetta and Prado deserve a mention here for their respective menus. Love both of them (still haven’t tried Westside). They’re at the top of my list.

Also, I notice that Muss & Turner’s hasn’t been mentioned yet. They also have a wonderful, creative menu complemented by beer and wine sommeliers who really know their stuff and can match just about anything on the menu.


August 23rd, 2010
12:44 pm

The Atkins Park Tavern in Smyrna has a nice menu, too.


August 23rd, 2010
8:46 pm

Muss & Tuners is fantastic. Atkins Park and Vintage Tavern in Smyrna Market have potential, but turn me and (all my neighbors) off by allowing smoking.


August 24th, 2010
7:35 am

No place for me like Olde Towne in Kennesaw!!!


August 24th, 2010
12:09 pm

Padriacs in Vinings. Great Burgers and the lemon-pepper wings are the best wings – overall – that I’ve ever had. Ernie is always watching..


August 25th, 2010
11:19 am

Marlow’s is excellent.


August 26th, 2010
10:37 am