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What do you do when you want to create a mysterious, yet
separate section of an existing restaurant that caters to your dedicated
regulars and those clever enough to solve the puzzle? Well, you open up Eleanor’s,
which is an extension of the already-established Muss & Turner’s
restaurant. A place like Eleanor’s is practically made for those that love to
stay out late, while indulging in delectable light bites and a fully stocked
bar. Located just off Cumberland Parkway in Smyrna, there is a new age
underground club feeling to this place, yet there is also a familiar tavern
vibe that the Atlanta restaurant scene is missing.
When you walk into Eleanor’s the atmosphere is punctuated by
the hauntingly rich color scheme of mahogany-colored wood and dark tables and
chairs. There are also cool one-way mirror windows that add to Eleanor’s
overall mystery. It’s pretty commendable that this hotspot is named after
Eleanor Seale, a longtime fixture at Muss & Turner’s and the overall “fabric”
of both establishments. This element of personalization spills out into the
service and atmosphere.
It should be noted ahead of time that you shouldn’t go into
Eleanor’s expecting a big, hearty meal (if that’s what you seek, hit M&T
first), instead they offer small plates that more than make up for in taste
what they lack in size. One of the best things about the food here is that the
dishes are slightly elevated creations for a more refined palate, not exactly
what you would expect from a bar. A few menu standouts include: Moroccan-spiced
duck confit, Chicharrones with hot pepper vinegar, Charcuterie and Beer &
Cheddar Welsh rarebit. However, the drinks are the star of this place and there
are quite a few selections to choose from. Aside from all of your regular beer
and wine fare, there is a lengthy liquor menu and a host of specialty
cocktails. Some of the more interesting ones are: Beantown Bruiser (Rye, King’s
Ginger, Apple Brandy, Boston Bittah’s), Pimp’s Cup (Pimm’s No. 1 Cognac, Lemon,
Mint, Cucumber) and Cumberland Boulevard, which is Old Fitz Bourbon, Suze and
Cocchi di Torino.
Eleanor’s is located at 1675 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 309,
Smyrna, 770-434-1114. Operating hours are: 4 p.m. to late (call for specific
hours) Sunday through Saturday. For more information visit www.mussandturners.com.
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