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Atlanta Patio Dining: Find fresh air and fare at Village Tavern

A few weeks ago, the sun peeked out from behind the gray curtain of our typically overcast and wet Atlanta winters to brighten the skies and warm the air. Even the trees began to hint at the first signs of spring, blossoming a delicate purple lace along their branches—what I later learned was not a variety of dogwood, but the Eastern Rosebud.

So beautiful was that Saturday morning a couple weeks ago that Jis and I couldn’t bear to spend the day indoors despite promising ourselves we’d sleep in, stay in and get some chores done around the house. It was just too gorgeous a day to be spent cooped up inside.

We slipped on our shorts and put on our shades to make our way to Village Tavern in Alpharetta for a casual lunch on their outdoor patio, and to make use of the Buy One Get One Free entrée deal in our DiningOut Atlanta Passbook.

Being a Saturday, the brunch menu was still in effect, as the other guests were sipping mimosas and bloody Marys along with the usual brunch foods like eggs benedict, waffles and French toast.

Having already had my dose of morning fuel, I was ready to dig into some savory lunch items. I ordered off the main menu: a light and refreshing spaghetti squash with vegetables and plum tomato sauce. I was initially hesitant to order this because I was worried it may lack flavor, but I was treated to a delightful noodle dish full of texture and subtle seasoning.

I am a big fan of pasta alternatives such as spaghetti squash and zucchini noodles since they are low carb but still satisfy the pasta craving I get. My worry here however was that in the mix of all the vegetables, the lighter noodle and the lighter sauce may end up being too watery a dish. Instead, I found the cauliflower, pine nuts and parmesan shreds in this dish offered crunchiness and granularity, and the use of plum tomatoes made this a thicker, meatier dish than it would have been had it used a juicier type of tomato with more seeds.  When I was finished, I felt satisfied but not too heavy.

Spaghetti squash with spring vegetables

So far, I’ve been pretty impressed with Village Tavern, tucked away on Rainwater Drive in Alpharetta (so close to my work!). I hadn’t heard of it until I had seen the deal in the passbook, and I have found several of the dishes delicious and fresh. It’s no wonder, since all of their food is made from scratch daily. I was initially expecting pub food, but there are several lighter, healthier and vegetarian-friendly options like the flatbreads, several salads, and this spaghetti squash (which isn’t listed on every menu, so ask your waiter for it if you don’t see it.) They even have a separate gluten-free menu, too.

Plus, ordering a light dish means you can save room for dessert, which you will want to since Village Tavern has so many tantalizing options (make sure to order the carrot cake. It won’t look like much, but I promise you it’s delicious).

Best Patio of the Year

Village Tavern prides itself in its scratch kitchen and craft beers. Manager Todd Dunn said the small restaurant chain has been around for 30 years with locations all over the US and even one in Manila

He expects the outdoor patio will fill up in the warmer months, as it usually does in the spring. In fact, he noted, Village Tavern was recognized for having the best patio dining last year, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, they feature live music.

So enjoy the blossoms, sunshine and some fresh air and fresh fare at Village Tavern this Spring. Be sure to use the Dining Out Atlanta Passbook to get a buy-one-get-one-free entree deal to make the most of your visit.


Village Tavern is included in the Dining Out Atlanta Passbook.

With BOGO deals to more than 90 Atlanta restaurants, this $99 passbook pays for itself when you use my PROMO CODE JMIT18 for a final, discounted price of $39.

Order yours here, and use the promo code for $60 off this coupon book that is filled with deals, valid until November 2018. 

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