How do the food — and wine — rate compare to the show at City Winery?

The dish that stands out at City Winery is the shrimp and grits, satisfyingly spiced with Cajun flavors, with yet more flavor coming from smoked gouda. (Madelynne Ross)

The dish that stands out at City Winery is the shrimp and grits, satisfyingly spiced with Cajun flavors, with yet more flavor coming from smoked gouda. (Madelynne Ross)

My neck hurts. For the past two hours it has craned to the left to watch an acoustic show by guitarist-songwriter Richard Thompson at City Winery.

I’m also feeling a bit dazed. Not because of that glass of wine — a City Winery label 2015 pinot noir served on tap that was tight, but tasty overall. It’s because dining in the dark, and during a concert, is odd.

I could not see my food. I could not converse with my dining partner.

But City Winery’s 350-seat capacity concert venue is not a normal dining affair, despite a New American menu of small plates, entrees, sides and desserts that might make you think otherwise. Unless you pay more for VIP seating that equates to your own table, you will sit with strangers. If you are seated in a corner, as I was, facing away from the stage, you will be forced into a contortionist act: turn 180-degrees to watch the show, then angle back the other way to eat your food.

Read more about the food and wine here, and see what AJC music writer Melissa Ruggieri thought about the music end of City Winery here.

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