I was recently invited to try Decatur’s newest restaurant, The Pinewood Tippling Room. Last week, my co-worker and I had dinner at the restaurant after work. The Pinewood is a neighborhood bar with a nostalgic and cozy feel. We had a great time and felt at home the entire time. Pinewood doesn’t just specialize in drinks they have a full dining menu. Their menu focuses on reinventing southern classics while using local ingredients.
My co-worker Lauren and I started the evening off with cocktails and appetizers. I ordered the PWTR Porch Punch, a tea infused cocktail made with vodka, fresh citrus, mint, bitters and sugar. At first I wasn’t sure if I would like the cocktail, but after my first sip, I was immediately addicted. You can taste and smell the aromas from the tea which goes very well with the citrus and the mint. Lauren ordered the Palumba, a southern take on the classic margarita. The drink has tequila, fresh grapefruit, homemade star anise soda, lime and salt.
Next we both enjoyed a serving of my favorite southern appetizer,fried green tomatoes. The fried green tomatoes were made with a homemade remoulade sauce and served with a side of arugula.
The restaurant has generous selection of small plates, but we both decided to try their entrees on the menu. I ordered their fresh catch of the day which was trout served on a bed of succotash. I love trout it is one of favorite dishes and this fish was cooked perfectly. Lauren ordered the turkey meatloaf, which came with a side of broccolini. One of our favorite moments of the evening was eating our meal out of a small cast iron skillet. We both thought it really gave the dish an extra touch.
After enjoying a great dinner, our stomaches unfortunately didn’t have room for dessert. But we are planning on coming back very soon to try their dessert menu. On the dessert menu, you will find a Bourbon Bread Pudding, a Funnel Cake, a chocolate and lemon tart. I was tempted to order the Funnel Cake, because it is one of my favorite desserts. But there is always next time.
Take a tour of The Pinewood Tippling Room and see photos from my dining experience below.