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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

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2. Where to Eat

The dining room at 610 Magnolia takes it design cues from the seasons.  

Settle into the rustic interior of Decca’s 1870s building, which avoids the contrived "olde fashioned" look with dual-toned cork flooring and geometric brass frames on lighting fixtures. The kitchen serves sophisticated locavore fare: creamy brown-butter risotto with chanterelles ($15); a low-slung bowl full of pan-roasted mussels with an enticingly charred brick of bread ($12); and a wood-grilled pork chop with parsnip purée and curry oil ($25). After dinner, sip bourbon-based cocktails on two patios or jam out to a roster of D.J.’s and live music acts featured on weekend nights.

Dine in an elegant farmhouse setting at Edward Lee’s 610 Magnolia, where exposed beams painted a cool slate gray and a stark white neon sign out front set a spare tone. Three- and four-course dinners ($55 and $65, respectively) include plates of fancifully composed, refined Southern fare, like seared pork belly with three kinds of peas and buttermilk. Chart your own course with the well-curated wine list or opt for pairings ($45 or $55) featuring winners like Château Chantegrive’s Bordeaux Blanc. Ask if Lee is hoarding a bottle of the hard-to-find Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve twenty-year bourbon and maybe he’ll let you splurge on a dram.

Ogle the racks of freshly baked bread, mounds of macarons, and baskets of croissants at Blue Dog Bakery, an airy, breakfast-and-lunch-only spot on the east side of town. Poached-egg pizzas ($12), sardine tartines ($11), and a bacon, cheddar, and cheese curd sandwich ($9) are highlights from the satisfying menu. Co-owner Bob Hancock recently began raising his own Red Wattle hogs at a farm nearby, so rest assured that all the pork served here is top-notch.

Published on Oct 31, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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