Omnivore - 5th Street Cafe opens
Eno gets a re-do
Eno reopened Thursday as 5th Street Cafe, with a brighter bistro-style decor by Patti Krohngold. The restaurant is owned by Atlanta Hawk Zaza Pachulia and ADI Restaurants' Ian Winslade and A.D. Allushi. The 5th Street opening follows the opening of their Buckhead Bottle Bar.
Our experience was mainly good, although the kitchen was quite slow, as is true at many new restaurants. Unlike many restaurants, though, this one compensated us for our patience.
Ian Winslade's menu here is mainly well-prepared straightforward favorites, like short ribs with bacon, mashed potatoes, green beans and pearl onions. The dish was more than a bit fatty but delicious. At $22, it was the second-most-expensive dish on the menu, so prices are moderate.
I also ordered a starter of cod fritters with sundried tomato sauce — probably my favorite taste of the evening (pictured).
Advice: There is valet parking on the 5th Street side of the restaurant, which faces Peachtree. There was no sign indicating its availability and nobody who appeared to be a valet when we drove up. So we ended up playing with one of those horrible new parking meters that required we walk back to the car for a second deposit after an hour. On our walk from the meter to the restaurant, we did discover the valet. Next time, we'll drive up and honk.
I'll have more to say in "Grazing" later this week.