Restaurant Spotlight The Elder Tree Public House

There is something to be said for the appeal of a pub. Aside from the obvious allure of the spirits consistently flowing (thanks to a usually long and impressive selection list), there is a welcoming, local feel that envelopes you like an old friend coming over for drinks. However, one aspect of a pub that doesn't get nearly as much credit as it should is the food. Pub food usually contains some delicious hidden gems that tend to get overlooked and under-appreciated in favor of the alcohol.

The Elder Tree Public House, which just opened in the East Atlanta Village, is aiming to give you the best of both worlds: all of the spirits that you come to expect from a pub, with absolutely delicious food that will have you ordering first and drinking second. The decor inside The Elder Tree Public House is reminiscent of most pubs around the country; muted color palette, exposed brick walls, lengthy angled bar and dark wood running throughout.

Executive Chef Sean Culpepper has crafted a well-rounded menu that includes traditional pub fare with an unexpected twist of European bistro dishes. As a result, the menu features such standout offerings like: Smoked Salmon & Potato Cakes (cream cheese, Iris cheddar, creme fraiche, chopped cabbage, chives, toasties), Pigs n' Nuts (fried pork bellies, sweet Smithwicks sauce, pistachios), Lamb Haystack Sandwich (shredded leg of lamb, Iris cheddar, horseradish, frites, truffle salt, lamb jus on a baguette), Double Chop (grilled pork chop, pear & onion chutney, roasted garlic potatoes, haricot verts) and finally the Peppered Hanger Steak & Chips, which is seared hanger steak with sauteed mushrooms, chips and veal au jus.

As for the sweet side of things, there is the warm Apple & Dried Cherry Bread Pudding with whiskey sauce. The bar contains 13 taps and an impressive selection of both scotch and whiskey. The Elder Tree Public House is located at 469 Flat Shoals Avenue, Atlanta, 404-658-6108. Operating hours are: Noon to closing Saturdays and Sundays; Lunch noon- 5 p.m. daily; Brunch noon- 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information visit www.eldertreeatl.com . For more information about the author, Danielle Jennings, please visit my Google+ profile page.