800 Peachtree Street
ENO, from the root word for wine, embodies Doug and Brenda Strickland’s vision of the good life, Euro-Mediterranean style. The restaurant/ wine bar/sidewalk café is light and airy, thanks to its open glass doors, and touches like ironwork on the windows give it a Mediterranean feel; yet it’s sophisticated, with a changing collection of contemporary art on view. The atmosphere is casual, but the food and wine are fine indeed. In 2008, ENO welcomed 24-year-old wünderkind Executive Chef Eli Kirshtein. (Dig into his contemporary Mediterranean dishes like whole roasted fish with singed black olives, roasted fennel and potatoes, with Broglia’s 2006 Gavi di Gavi from Piedmont.) If you’re in town, stop by for Wednesday Wine Tastings in the Bar: 10 wines for $10.
Number of selections: 300-plus
Bottles in inventory: 2,200
Number of wines by the glass: 85 to 100
BYO: Yes (though state law prohibits staff from actually pouring it; restaurant provides glassware and corkscrew). Corkage Fee: $25
Wine list highlights: Wine Director Strickland emphasizes European-Mediterranean varieties from the South of France, Italy, Spain and Greece and artisanal, biodynamic, organic and self-sustaining producers and grower producers. A few gems: Pierre Gimonnet & Fils 1999 Fleuron Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne, Tselepos Moschofilero from Mantinia (Greece), and the biodynamically made Domaine Vacheron 2005 Sancerre Rouge