Pining for a Twist on Southern Fare

The Pinewood: Decatur, GA, USA

I found this little gem off Yelp when my old SG leader and good friend wanted to do a girls night to catch up.  Downtown Decatur is truly one of my favorite spots.  It’s quaint, it’s got great eats, good outdoor sitting venues, and quite a bit of ways for me to drive.  And…it’s so worth it.  We all ordered different things, but we love each other enough to share a bite or two of each dish.  Things that we ordered:

  • brussel sprouts (courtesy of Yelp check-in!)
  • cheesy grit tots
  • chicken and waffles
  • cheeseburger, fully dressed with remoulade and tater tots
  • burrata cheese raviolis

Brussel Sprouts

PROS

  • great to share, I’d say there were at least 20 pieces of sprouts at least.  We had enough to snack on even after the entrees came out as well.
  • Good flavors, even balance on the seasoning
  • nice char: I happen to like my brussels sprouts a little on the burnt end.

CONS

  • got a little bit soggy towards the end of the meal.  I think this was our fault for not finishing them faster.
brussels sprouts

brussels sprouts

Cheesy Grit Tots

PROS

  • amazing flavor: it’s way better than tater tots!  Grits themselves have a bit more liquid consistency so that will retain the cheese flavor since it has less “space” compared to the mini potato squares of a tater tot.
  • crispy on the outside, soft and hot on the inside!
  • chili aoli dipping sauce went really well with the cheese flavor

CONS

  • none – I do have a recommendation to eat these fast though.  We had a lot of pieces left to munch on throughout the meal, but they got a little bit soft and cold at the end.
cheesy grit tots

cheesy grit tots

Cheeseburger, fully dressed

PROS

  • vegetables.  I know this sounds like blasphemy to all you meat lovers out there (mostly boys) but I like some vegetables in my burger.  It doesn’t make it feel so greasy and unhealthy.  That makes it sit better and longer in my stomach.
  • bun was not sopping in grease like most burgers

CONS

  • more cheese! I like drippy gooey cheese almost a cheese sauce on the burger
cheeseburger fully dressed

cheeseburger fully dressed

Burrata Cheese Raviolis

PROS

  • good filling as in, there was filling.  I also really love burrata cheese – it’s creamier than ricotta.
  • the cheese shavings of pecorino went really well with the milder flavor of the burrata

CONS

  • barely shareable: definitely smaller sized for an entree
  • very simple, almost too clean due to minimal sauce.  Some prefer it, I tend to like a little bit more coating the pasta, especially if it’s white wine butter sauce.
ravioli

ravioli

Chicken and Waffles

PROS

  • AMAZING quantity: one of the biggest pieces of chicken that I’ve seen on a chicken & waffles plate
  • waffle was nice and fluffy but had a little crisp on the outside
  • savory: I happen to be more of a savory person than a sweet person.  There is chicken gravy people.  GRAVY.  I really liked it a lot better than the typical maple syrup truthfully.  What might have made the dish better would be to sweeten up the waffle a tad bit more to get that awesome salty-sweet combo.

CONS

  • none really.  I liked it!
chicken & waffles

chicken & waffles

All in all, here’s my summary of everything we tasted today:

  • brussel sprouts (courtesy of Yelp check-in!): ***.5 (3.5 stars)
  • cheesy grit tots: ***.85 (3.85 stars)
  • chicken and waffles: **** (4 stars)
  • cheeseburger, fully dressed with remoulade and tater tots: ***.85 (3.85 stars)
  • burrata cheese raviolis: ***.5 (3.5 stars)

The Pinewood is located off W. Ponce De Leon in downtown Decatur.  It is also a short walk to Jeni’s Ice-cream as well as Butter and Cream ice cream parlor.  I do love downtown Decatur.  It’s been feeding me very well this year back home in Atlanta.

254 West Ponce de Leon Ave.,Decatur,GA 30030
Phone 404.373.5507
Email info@pinewoodtr.co

Reservations can be made via OpenTable.  Let me know what you think if you decide to check them out!

R/g

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