Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pinewood Social

On Tuesday I was lucky enough to go to the Pinewood Social! I have been hearing about it since it opened a year ago and I was dying to see this place for myself! 

Pinewood Social is a restaurant that has everything. Everyyyything!!  Bocce ball. Bowling lanes. Swimming pools. Coffee shop. Karaoke. Private dining. Cocktail bar. For a foodie that's easily distracted like myself, there's so many things going on to keep your attention. The concept of the place is to have a space based on the idea of "creating a social gathering place that can accommodate your needs morning, noon and night".

The restaurant has 4 different food menus: breakfast (7- 11am), brunch (9am - 3pm), lunch (11am -3pm), and dinner (4pm - 11pm). They also have an extensive cocktail menu with drinks similar to the drinks at the Patterson House. We were there for dinner and we skipped the cocktail menu since we were so excited about the food.

Above is a map of the place. You first walk in and see the "living room" section with lots of couches and people doing work on their laptops. It contains the coffee shop section, which has coffee from CREMA Coffee - you can go there for teas, standard coffee drinks, espresso, etc. You walk a little further and see the bar before you are seated at your table in the dining room. Its a really cool open set up, and the building looks like an old warehouse or factory building. The layout and factory ambiance reminded me of eating at Rolf and Daughters (but Pinewood Social is more affordable and fun than there!)

Here is the dinner menu (the menu was prettier than this- I didn't get a photo myself so I pasted the text from the website!)

(4pm to 11pm)

Things on Toast
Two for -5  /  Six for -12
Chèvre & Honey
Roasted Eggplant
Strawberry & Mascarpone
Steak Tartare
Chicken Liver
Tomato, Basil & Ricotta

Crispy Pork Rinds -5
with Adobo Spice

Hummus -6
with Lavash Crackers or Cucumbers, Calabrian Chilies

Fried Okra -8
with Fresno Aioli

Smoked Trout Dip-11
with Lavish Crackers

Fried Broccoli -6
Lemon Zest, Sea Salt, with Almond Garlic Dipping Sauce
Oysters with Cucumber Mignonette, six for -14
*ask server for origin

Peaches and Burrata -12
Grilled Peaches, Arugula, Pecans, Burrata
Crispy Pork Rinds -5
with Adobo Spice

Kale Caesar Salad -7 / 12
Parmesan, Sourdough
add chicken or shrimp for -5

Heirloom Tomato Salad -12
Heirloom Tomato, Crouton, Arugula, Basil

Wedge Salad -12
Bibb Lettuce, Grilled Pork Belly, Tomato, Avocado, Bleu Cheese Dressing

Soup of the Season . Green Gazpacho -6
Melon, Cucumber, Tomatillo, Jalapeño, Green Grapes, Pistachio
Soup of the Day -6
Ask Your Server

Grilled Squash, Zucchini Bread, Oven Roasted Tomato, Basil Pesto

Pot Roast -21
Roasted Carrots, Roasted Mushrooms, Jus

Hanger Steak -22
Grilled Corn, Chimichurri

Grilled Pork Chop -20
Baby Bok Choy, Snap Peas, Red Onion-Rhubarb Relish

Fried ½ Chicken-15
served w/ seasonal garnish

Calf’s Liver & Onions -16
with Benton’s Bacon & Mushrooms

House-Made Tagliatelle -16
Mushroom, Asparagus, Egg

Catfish -15
Cornmeal Crust, Slaw, Hushpuppies

Cheeseburger -13
American Cheese, Lettuce, Onion, Pickle, Mayo, Mustard
Sides -6
Mac & Cheese
Wilted Kale
Charred Corn

The theme of the food is "Americana-style food created in simple fashion with advanced techniques". The food was simple and reminded me of something from J. Alexanders but a little less extravagant, and still tasty. I loved everything we ordered and it also wasn't outrageously expensive. We started off with the hummus dip and crackers, then I got the cheeseburger with french fries (delish!) and Adam got the fried chicken that came with a seasonal cauliflower medley (which I loved). We also got the mac n' cheese as a side and it was literally the best mac n' cheese I have ever had!! I recommend everything we ordered. We also were seated next to TWO REALITY TV STARS!!! I was freaking out (and trying not to stare) because I watched them on tv for an entire season last year!

Afterwards, even though it was cold that night, we checked out the swimming pools (complete with an airstream bar) and the vintage bowling lanes. The pools were open and there were lots of people lounging on the patio with cocktails. This restaurant would be a really fun place for a group setting for birthdays or whatever- they have tons of private dining rooms (this is apparently where the karaoke is held). 

If you haven't already been, please check out Pinewood Social- it is definitely one of the most unique areas I have ever seen. Don't forget it is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. so you can stop by anytime for whatever you're in the mood for!

Readers, what do you think of Pinewood Social? 

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