66 12th Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Atlanta is known for its gorgeous and calm fall nights. Recently, a friend and I sought out a relaxing patio where we could enjoy a couple of beers, soak up the fall breeze and occasionally check in on our favorite sports team’s score on one of the big screens inside. After hearing about recently opened Deadwood Saloon in Midtown, we decided to check it out.
We parked in the free lot across the street and walked up to something more akin to a big Southern house than a bar or restaurant. Walking inside, we wound our way through the Western-themed interior up to the balcony patio, where you can sneak a glimpse of the Midtown skyline through the trees, or just peek on the diners below.
Our waiter took our order for a round of beers and our appetizer choice; we decided to start the night by nibbling on their Roasted Chili Salsa with Avocado Salsa and Chips ($5). The roasted chili salsa had a smoky sweet flavor that was pleasing. The avocado salsa seemed a bit like its sister dip guacamole but I found myself wishing it was a little more guac and a little less salsa. We also tried the mini corn dogs, which had a tasty and crunchy fried outside resembling fish & chips, a little different from the state fair style corndog of childhood ($6).
Entrees were served and we happily dug in our dish of choice. I chose the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich ($8)– fried chicken tossed in classic wing sauce, lettuce, tomato and of course, blue cheese dressing. Buffalo wings have a fun flavor I really enjoy, but the messiness usually keeps me from ever ordering them. The sandwich solved that problem and I loved the crunchy tater tots that I chose to come with it. Great game night food! My friend went more down the comfort food route with one of Deadwood’s “Saloon Specialties,” the Bulleit Bourbon Chicken ($11) served with mom-style servings of plain steamed broccoli, smashed potatoes and a Bulleit Bourbon BBQ glazed chicken breast.
At this point, dessert seemed impossible as we were fairly stuffed! But it was hard to say no when our waiter told us they had Snickerdoodle Cookie and Vanilla Ice Cream ($5) as a special dessert that day. Yum! We dug in despite our fullness and enjoyed every sweet bite.
Deadwood was a friendly neighborhood place, full of unassuming, tasty pub food favorites, good drinks and lots to do, between playing pool and watching your favorite sports team. We’ll definitely be back when we’re looking for a laid back vibe full of Southern (and Western) charm in Atlanta.
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