Restaurant Spotlight Eleanors

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 . For more information about the author, Danielle Jennings, please visit my Google+ profile page.