Food & Chefs: Breaking Chews! The Painted Duck

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Published by: David Danzig on Thursday January 25th, 2018

David Danzig

A few years ago in Buckhead over on Miami Circle, Justin Amick and William Stallworth opened The Painted Pin, a hipster bowling bar where you could roll a few frames, eat gourmet food and sip on craft cocktails.  It quickly became a line-around-the-block success, now they are back with a sequel that is oozing with wow-factor.

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The Painted Duck has landed on midtown’s westside in the Stockyards Atlanta development on Brady Avenue, residing across the street from restaurant Miller Union and sharing a building with the new Italian restaurant, Donetto.  Outside, a neon sign with a bowling pin with a beak and wings is your only signal that you have arrived.  Enter down a graffiti-mural hallway and descend into the basement.  Turn the corner and prepare for your jaw to drop.

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Inside feels like a high-design bowling alley from a Stanley Kubrick film, a stunning mix of industrial minimalism, hunting lodge swagger and upscale ballroom elegance.  Of course, the somewhat obscure vintage parlor games in their full splendor are the real show-stoppers:  16 full-service duckpin bowling lanes thunder away along with 2 Belgian feather bowling lanes, 2 indoor horseshoe pits, knuckleball, toad in the hole, deck shuffleboard, air hockey and something called snookball, a hybrid sport that melds soccer and billiards, are just some of the addictive games.

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And of course while you play the games you need to have refreshments:  Chef Thomas Collins (yes, that’s his real name) has cooked up a creative and eclectic menu which revs up traditional bowling alley fare including fried duck confit nuggets, French fries rendered in duck fat and pulled pork sandwiches served on Hawaiian rolls.  And, if you are really hungry, a whole Peking duck.  And, to quench your thirst, the bar is wide open with wines, craft beer and creative cocktails like the signature Frosted Duck L’Orange, a frozen libation which pays homage to The Varsity’s Frosted Orange.

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The Painted Duck opens at 5pm on weekdays and 11am on Saturday and noon on Sunday.  It’s a great time for families until 5pm when it becomes 21 and up so roll on over. 

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