Eat in Atlanta — 13 January 2013
A gastropub opens near the Atlanta capital building.

By Hope S. Philbrick

The Drafting Table, which opened in October, has a vibrant yet welcoming atmosphere. It’s the sort of neighborhood place where, if you go often enough, people will know your name. It’s also a gastropub of the sort that is increasingly common in Atlanta.

And that’s a good thing.

To be considered a culinary hotspot—a reputation that I believe Atlanta deserves—we need fewer steakhouses and chains and more independent places like this where a chef can strut his or her stuff.

The Drafting Table is located near the gold domed capital, so if legislators discover the place it could become a place to rub elbows with decision makers. But (for now, anyway) it’s open from 4 p.m. to Midnight daily, so not a working lunch spot but rather a loosen-that-tie-the-work-day’s-finished pub.

The bar menu boasts a mouthwatering list of creative cocktails like the popular “Swift Kick In The Mule”—vodka mixed with elderflower, lime, grapefruit and ginger flavors—plus dozens of whiskeys, gins, vodkas, tequilas and other spirits as well as craft beers and artisan wines. But it’s the food menu that proves Chef Hunter Keels is someone to watch. His modern American cuisine has clear Southern influences, like fried green tomatoes and a seared pork belly sandwich with pimento cheese and greens. But you’ll also find duck leg, mussels, Kielbasa and perogi as well as seasonal pizzas featuring fresh ingredients like fennel, smoked sausage, peppers, mozzarella, fresh oregano and goat cheese. A selection of aged meats is cured in-house. Perhaps best of all: The curried oxtail.

More Information…

The Drafting Table
Pencil Factory Lofts in the Old Fourth Ward
349 Decatur St. SE
Atlanta GA 30312
404-343-2821
The Drafting Table on Urbanspoon

HopeP_144Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. She’s reviewed restaurants for several Atlanta-based newspapers and magazines for more than 10 years. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

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