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On Pointe

By Chris Watkins | October 9, 2015 | Articles National

It’s all about community at the newest gathering spot for camaraderie, chef-driven cuisine and cocktails aplenty, Tavernpointe. The neighborhood outpost from the tag team of chef Drew Van Leuvan (Seven Lamps) and chef Billy Streck (Cypress Street Pint & Plate)—who also brought Midtown cocktail haven GRAIN— straddles the line between casual tavern and fine-dining establishment. “We want to sit in the middle of a neighborhood pub and a high-end restaurant,” says Streck. With an expansive interior and patio overlooking Peachtree, Tavernpointe exudes the perfect balance of warmth and industrial influences. The former LPC space was completely redesigned with reclaimed wood from a Georgia warehouse and brick from a South Carolina textile mill. It’s like Seven Lamps and GRAIN had a baby... fitting.

What also fits is a menu that perfectly meshes elevated American comfort food with global influences into a palate-pleasing experience for all. Van Leuvan’s penchant for fresh ingredients that support the local community is evident in flavor-filled offerings like smoked Peruvian-style meats, pork parmigiana with potato gnocchi and broiled lobster scampi. The lunch crowd will also find an equally satisfying romp in a variety of bespoke sandwiches (smoked chicken salad, chopped beef brisket) and tacos (pork and fish).

Behind the bar, Madison Burch (Seven Lamps) has created a program that delivers on the classic-cocktail front, and specialties that leverage off-the-wall ingredients like vinegar, tea and bell pepper. Just go with it. You’ll also find draught cocktails to complement the 13 taps of craft brews in rotation and 50-plus wines from around the world to keep things interesting. “We wanted to bring Midtown a comfortable neighborhood spot where people don’t have to sacrifice quality,” says Van Leuvan. “Food for everyone. Food with soul.” We hear you chef. Pointe blank.

1545 Peachtree St. NE


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