Well-known Atlanta restaurant, Canoe, is a place that I have gone multiple times for lunch and dinner, but I haven’t yet gotten around to writing about it. I was reminded of my negligence last weekend when I went to Canoe with David for a work dinner and easily made selections on their menu that could be tweaked to be gluten-free.
Canoe is properly named, as it is located right on the bank of the Chattahoochee River, and was completely flooded during the fall of 2009. The atmosphere is calm, yet swanky and it’s not so loud that you can’t talk to your dinner companions. While you won’t feel like you’re in the middle of the trendiest scene in Atlanta, you will enjoy delicious food and good atmosphere.
Canoe’s menu is expansive and doesn’t change often, so you know what you’re walking into. Many fancy restaurants have minimal items on their menu, which can be tricky for those of us that are already limited in our options. When inquiring with my server at Canoe, they have always said, pick what you want, and we’ll try to make it work. I love that attitude!
My favorite items on Canoe’s menu include their Warm Artisan Cheese Salad with bacon, spinach, and dried cranberries. This starter definitely fits my love for sweet and salty dishes. The warmed cheese perfectly combines with the other items on the plate. Bacon, cranberries, cheese and pecans = YUM.
For entrees, I love their sage roasted pheasant (without the crispy pheasant croquette). The pureed sweet potatoes that accompany this dish are delicious, and bring out the sweeter side of the sweet potato. (I consider myself to be a bit of a sweet potato snob and I love them!) The pheasant’s crispy, salty skin and tender meat are a great combination when mixed with the sweet potatoes or eaten separately. I’ve also enjoyed the salmon with spaghetti squash and spinach, for a healthier dish. Both of these entrees are light, yet filling. You don’t leave dinner feeling like you’ve overdone your evening out.
I definitely recommend checking out Canoe if you’re looking for a nice meal in Buckhead. There’s something on the menu for everyone and you won’t be disappointed!
Have you been to Canoe? What are your favorite dishes?
Canoe Restaurant – 4199 Paces Ferry Road, NW – Atlanta, Georgia 30339 – 770.432.2663
*Reservations can be made at Open Table