Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub: Fantastic Food in a Neighborhood Setting


Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub is located at Village Place, a hub of shopping and dining activity happening along Dresden Drive in the city of Brookhaven. There are many charming independent retail shops and restaurants just waiting to be discovered in this pedestrian-friendly area.

I was surprised at how spacious the restaurant was at first. Despite the openness of the room, it still retains a warm feeling and is very nicely decorated. Word is that weekend nights can get pretty crowded near the bar, so get there early. The outside patio is spacious as well and offers nice views of the neighborhood.

Why the name Kaleidoscope?  According to Owner and Chef Joey Riley, the idea is that every time you look into a kaleidoscope, you see something colorful and different.  They have chosen to apply that concept to their own menu. They call their cuisine “global comfort food.”  Their commitment is to offer high quality, local, seasonal ingredients at a warm & friendly neighborhood eatery – with a personal touch in everything from food to service.

Chef Joey Riley’s background includes more than 10 years working for Atlanta’s Here to Serve restaurant group in various capacities. He worked as executive chef of Goldfish, Tom Tom and Indigo. His sense of adventure led him also to consulting roles with Monty’s Stone Crab in Florida and with Charlie and Nan Niyomkul for the kitchen design and menu development of Nan Thai Fine Dining in Atlanta, an opportunity that allowed him to travel in Thailand and to exercise his skills and enthusiasm for Asian flavors.

Kaleidoscope’s Lunch Menu is short and sweet – offering a range of appetizers such as their famous Wok Fried Maine Calamari and their Pub Fries. Sandwiches include Wraps, Gyros, and their award winning K-Pub Burger, to name a few. They also have a number of salads on the menu including Fried Chicken Club Salad, Asian Chicken Salad and Hanger Steak BLT Salad.

I visited Kaleidoscope during lunchtime and have wanted to try it for some time. I started with their Pub Fries, which are cooked with duck fat and covered with bacon mayonnaise and needless to say, a fantastic appetizer. I also tried the Calamari, which was a much larger portion than expected. The Calamari is enough for three people to share and covered with a hot-n-sour sauce.

The K-Pub Burger, which was a thick patty served with pimento green tomato chow chow, slaw, and pickles, along with a side of fries. Everything was very delicious. The lunch special was the Fried Green Tomato BLT Sandwich, which was not on the menu. They waitress mentioned that they have been getting such a great response they are thinking about adding it to their regular lunch menu soon. Service was top notch throughout my lunch.

Their Dinner Menu is more extensive and features a number of seafood dishes, chicken and veggie plates in addition to all their wonderful sandwiches. I can totally see myself returning for dinner and enjoying the hip, nighttime ambiance.

The weekend Brunch Menu is very popular with breakfast plates as well as Shrimp-n-grits, BBQ Crusted Salmon and Mahi Tostado, and many others. Their bottomless Mimosas are a big hit on Yelp. A must-have for sure!

I suggest stopping at Kaleidoscope for lunch and then coming back for dinner or brunch.  And don’t miss some of the retail shopping next door at Village Place.

Village Place Brookhaven – 1410 Dresden Dr, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA, 30319

404-474-9600 | k-pub.com

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