Trader Vic’s transports you to a south sea island with carved wooden masks and thatched hut decor. As you walk by the wood fire ovens you wonder if you are in a different place and time. It is easy to forget you are dining on the lower level of the downtown Atlanta Hilton. With my kid foodie critics, Corinne age 4 and Elliot 6, we arrived for an early Saturday evening dinner.
The restaurant is known for its tropical drinks, especially the Mai Tai for the grown- ups. However, they also offer several tasty non-alcoholic versions that both kids and adults enjoy. Starters looked tempting, but we were already enjoying house made peanut butter and crackers along with our fun drinks.
Menu choices include stir-fry, curry and fried rice varieties. Gluten free and vegetarian versions are also available. I ordered from the wood fire section of the menu, which offered chicken, beef and seafood. I thoroughly enjoyed my smoked bacon wrapped scallops – accompanied by excellent stir-fried vegetable lo mien.
The kids’ menu for ages 5-12, is definitely Polynesian inspired. No peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or chicken nuggets here. Options include a grilled chicken breast and pork loin served with vegetables. The portions are very large, and two kids can easily share an entrée. The kitchen was very accommodating to Corinne, who said no to chicken. They served up a fine plate of mashed potatoes and rice. Elliot was adventuresome and opted for General Tso’s Chicken.
For dessert, we chose the Polynesian snowball – vanilla ice cream rolled in coconut with chocolate sauce.
The Details: Lower level of Atlanta Hilton, 255 Courtland St., Atlanta. tradervicsatl.com. Call 404-221-6339 for reservations. Open for dinner only; closed Sundays and Mondays. Self parking validated in the restaurant.
– Liz White