RITE OF SPRING
Byline: Georgia Lee
Eno is a perfect new spot to enjoy Atlanta’s favorite rite of spring — dining al fresco. In midtown at the corner of Peachtree and 5th Street, Eno’s sidewalk cafe and wine bar, enclosed by wrought-iron railings, wrap around the building.
Inside, the ambience is sophisticated, casual Mediterranean. Neutral colors and good lighting highlight the tapestries and a collection of 18th and 19th-century European art, curated by a local gallery.
Jamie Adams, former executive chef of Atlanta’s Veni Vidi Vici, is partners with Doug Strickland, former chef-owner of De Medici Catering, who is wine director.
The pan-Mediterranean cuisine is creative and showy, and small are plates available. Specialties include Provencal seafood stew and a mint lamb sausage with red peppers. Meals are often paired with suggested wines.
Wine is Eno’s true specialty. The name “Eno” is derived from Greek and Roman sources; the Roman “enotria” means “land of wine.” There is a list of 150 wines to choose from, and 2-ounce tastes are available to educate aspiring aficionados.
Eno, opened late last year, should reap the benefits of new condos and lofts springing up all around, and draw a theater crowd from the nearby Fox Theater.
Eno: 800 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Ga. 30308. (404) 685-3191