Longing for an upscale restaurant without driving to Buckhead? Look no further than 101 Steak, the newest fine dining addition to Vinings. The restaurant opened its doors this past July in the former Social Vinings space and presents itself as a traditional steakhouse, but offers so much more.
My husband and I stopped by on a Thursday night and were pleasantly surprised to see the place buzzing with diners. The dining room is beautiful. The dining banquettes are plush with enclosed booths, however, unlike other steakhouses, you won’t need to whip out a flashlight app to read the menu.
Executive Chef Joey Ahn clearly put his mark on the menu with dishes like the Tempura Maine Lobster Tail with sambal aioli ($17) and Wagyu Beef Carpaccio with sour gherkins ($13). Other appetizers include East and West Coast Oysters with sour orange cocktail sauce (market price), Sea Salted Beet Salad ($10) and Braised Fennel Meatballs ($9). We opted for the Maryland Crab Cakes with vegetable slaw and peppadew remoulade ($16). This proved to be a delicious choice. The crab cake was heavy on the crab, and light on the filling, and the vegetable slaw was zesty with a nice crunch.
Yes, 101 Steak has a great steak selection but don’t overlook the other entrees. There’s the Green Egg Pork Chop served with a Coca Cola gastrique and braised collard greens ($28), as well as the Roasted Springer Mountain Chicken Roulade with buttermilk whipped potatoes and grilled asparagus ($21). I couldn’t resist ordering the Frutti de Mare, a linguini dish tossed with octopus, clams, shrimp, lobster and a spicy tomato sauce ($39). The seafood was delightfully fresh, and the tomato sauce packed just the right amount of heat. There was plenty of lobster and enough left over for lunch the next day!
My husband opted for the 16oz 101 Steak Delmonico ($46). It was thick, tender, and super juicy with a nice amount of perfectly charred fat you probably shouldn’t eat (but do anyway because it’s irresistible). Being (not very) health conscious, he paired it with the pimento mac and cheese topped with crumbled bacon ($7.50). I’m defenseless against creamy, gooey mac and cheese and the one at 101 Steak is no exception. It’s served bubbling hot in a cast iron pot and is the perfect sharing size.
We couldn’t leave without dessert – and if you have to pick just one dessert, go for the chocolate cake. It’s made locally by the Garner Girls. The chocolate frosting is creamy and thick, and nicely distributed between the layers of cake. The cake itself actually tastes like chocolate and not cloyingly sweet.
101 Steak is great for an upscale night out whether you’re a party of two or a large group. It could easily become your new favorite special occasion spot. The service is spectacular and the food is delicious and delivers in quality.
101 Steak is located at 3621 Vinings Slope, Atlanta, GA 30339 in the Vinings Main plaza. Parking is complimentary with valet or garage options. More information can be found at 101SteakATL.com.