Monday, June 6, 2016

Kaleidoscope Bistro and Pub - Brookhaven Atlanta Georgia

You can find Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub at 1410 Dresden Drive Suite 100, Brookhaven, GA 30319 in the heart of the newish community concept on Dresden. This is the corner building about a block west of the row that houses the very good Haven and Valenza. Parking is free on the streets that surround the buildings or you can opt for one of the lots or nearby valet. The exterior looks more like a municipal building or a bank than a restaurant, with white block columns extending from a red brick facade. 

I've been wanting to hit Kaleidoscope for some time and had the opportunity one late Sunday afternoon while out-and-about. It seemed like a good time to soak in the bar and maybe get a bite to eat - I was also interested in the beer selection. I was able to find a stool right at the bar - there were already quite a few waiting to be seated for an early dinner. The interior has contemporary fixtures and an open kitchen at one end - the bar is a dominant feature lining the wall to the right. Besides a rather extensive liquor collection there's also a bunch of sporting bobble-heads across the top shelf - a bit of kitsch for this neighborhood pub.

I love draft beer and focused on the Creature Comforts Koko Buni Milk Porter with Coconu - of course they were out. The Westbrook 5th Anniversary Raspberry Chocolate Imperial Stout was recommended and while I loved the flavor on the first couple of pulls, the aftertaste got the better of me about halfway down the glass. I think those flavors are only good in small amounts, at least for me.

For food I looked to the Specials menu and chose a Tomato Tortilla soup with Avocado and queso fresco - it was good but I should have gotten the bowl - the cup is indeed a tease. I backed this up with the Award Winning Kaleidoscope Burger - pimento cheese, slaw, green tomato chow chow, bread and butter pickles as a double and it was quite delicious. I recommend this one highly. The fires were hand-cut style skin on and very hot. I also finished things up with a Brouwerij Huyghe Delirium Tremens Belgian Strong Pale Ale that was extremely good and gave me quite the buzz.

The bartenders were fairly attentive, preferring to dote over all the honeys gathered in groups around the bar - this looks like a great place to hang and meet people - of course I'm 20 years too late for that but you get the drift. Good vibes and lots of people drinking and having a good time. The food was exceptional and the craft draft selection way above average. I'm expecting to come again.

-- John

(also posted to Yelp)
Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato  

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