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COVER STORY - Page 2

Hand-crafted sausage
arrives in East Atlanta

by hud report staff

Delia Champion, who founded the Flying Biscuit Cafe in 1993 and Molly Gunn, owner of the two and a half year old Porter Beer Bar in Little Five Points, have teamed up to serve the best chicken sausage on the planet. The duo have premiered their sausage haven, Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand, in a former Fish Supreme Delight building on Moreland Avenue in East Atlanta. The funky space is small with a majority of the seating outdoors. It’s expected to be covered and heated during the winter as well as cooled in the summer months. The interior has been outfitted with retro globe lighting, colored reclaimed wood, punches of the color orange and large windows that brighten the building. The organic, hormone-free chicken (Springer Mountain Farms) sausage provides a more flavorful, healthier alternative to fast food in Atlanta. The chickens are hand de-boned, mixed with spices sourced from south Georgia and made into small batches of hand-crafted jumbo link sausage. Proclaiming Delia’s home of ‘The Slinger,’ Champion & Gunn offer a unique menu featuring the chicken sausage from Champion’s recipe that she has perfected over the past 15 years. All the slinger varieties are served on a Holeman & Finch hoagie roll ($3.99 - $6.99). What is a Slinger? Originally a St. Louis diner specialty it was a late night drunkard’s delight consisting of hash browns, eggs and topped with chili and cheese. The Stand’s version is a twist on the former offering breakfast versions ($4.99, served all day) of the Mother Clucker (sausage, eggs and cheddar cheese) or the South of the Border (sausage, eggs, cheddar cheese, chili and sautéed onions & peppers wrapped in a tortilla). If you’re in a spicy mood, you can try The Hot Mess (sausage, chili, Wild Heaven cheese sauce and jalapenos) or if you’d like something with a little less heat, try The Italian Stallion (sausage topped with marinara, fresh buffalo mozzarella and sauteed onions & peppers). Others offered include The Tree Way (sausage, coleslaw, chili & sauerkraut), The Gunn Slinger (sausage, guacamole, salsa and jalapenos), The Sleazy Cheesy (sausage, sauerkraut, cheese sauce and fire pepper mustard), The Shredder (sausage, coleslaw and fire pepper mustard), The Champ (sausage, sauerkraut and fire pepper mustard), The Naked (sausage and ‘the comeback’ sauce) and the Meatball Grinder (marinara and fresh buffalo mozzarella). The Slingers are served with complimentary toppings of fire pepper mustard, whole grain mustard, mayo, ketchup, jalapenos, pickled jalapenos or diced onions and for a little extra (.50¢ - $1) you can customize by adding cheddar cheese, cole slaw, sauerkraut, sauteed onions & peppers, cheese sauce, buffalo mozzarella, chili or vegan chili. The Slingers can also be ordered as vegetarian just by telling the staff to ‘cluck off.’ The Stand also offers Slinger Sliders ($4.99) made with chicken sausage patties (3 to an order) or Sloppy Sliders ($5.99) with the chicken sausage patties, cheese sauce and pickled jalapenos. The truly daring can try the already famous Double D Delight Slider (1 @ $2.95, 2 @ $4.99) made with a Krispy Kreme donut, a chicken sausage patty and sour cherry cream cheese. Sides ($1.99 - $3.99) range from wedge fries (also with cheese), organic black bean chicken chili and vegan organic black bean chili to coleslaw, Wild Heaven beer & cheese sauce and a side salad. Drink choices ($1.50 - $2.99) at The Stand include Arden’s Garden orange or apple juice, coffee, teas, bottled or canned drinks and frozen raspberry lemonade or frozen sweet tea. Combine the last two for The Swirlie or order up a ‘cake shake’ of either chocolate-chocolate chip or the red velvet. Look for food trucks to be added later serving nearby areas and weekly slinger specials will be introduced highlighting seasonal ingredients from local farmer’s markets as well as a new cake shake, the sour cherry crumble. Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand is located at 489 Moreland Avenue, East Atlanta, 404.474.9651. Hours are Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday 8 a.m. - 2 a.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. – midnight. Visit www.TheSausageStand.com for more info.

HUD'S CORNER - Page 2
The Research Continues...

by hud report staff

In the oven...
(The following are but a small mention of the new places on our ‘Coming Soon’ radar...)

The Castellucci family is at it again debuting a third concept, Double Zero Napoletana, in the former Wasabi Buffet/Cabo Wabo/Three Dollar Cafe building on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs sometime in April. The group currently operates Iberian Pig on Sycamore Street in Decatur and three Sugo restaurants on S. Atlanta Street and W. Crossville Road in Roswell as well as Medlock Bridge in Johns Creek. Double Zero will be an upscale southern Italian restaurant featuring the cuisine of Italy’s Campania region and will house two handmade Neapolitan pizza ovens from Naples that weight 7,000 lbs. each... According to their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AureliosPizza) Aurelio’s Pizza is opening a unit on Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta. But it doesn’t say when, just to keep checking back on updates... A flyer on the door of the former SnoFlake Ice House on Highland Avenue in Inman Park says they are now scheduling interviews for staff for a new venue that is moving in called Big Zhaddy's Place... In 2006, Ian Smith, John Turpin and Jimmy Jones operated the wine bar and restaurant, Vinocity, on 13th Street in Midtown before moving in early 2007 to Kirkwood Station and eventually changing the name to Kirkwood Public House. The trio closed the doors in December of '10 and now the Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting that local restaurant owner David Johnson (Cafe Blue & Lounge in Lawrenceville) has bought the former 135-seat space and will reopen by May 1st as a sports bar concept. His plans are for an upscale bar with a 3.600 sq. ft. second floor as a VIP area... New York-based 5 Napkin Burger owners, Andy D’Amico, Simon Oren and Robert Guarino are well underway with renovations on the former Nickiemoto’s space on Piedmont Avenue in Midtown. The trio’s namesake original ‘5 Napkin Burger’ is made with 10 ounces of ground chuck, gruyere cheese, caramelized onions and rosemary aioli served on a soft white roll. The pan Asian eatery, Nickiemoto’s, had operated in the space since 1998 before shuttering its doors in December of 2010... Latest local buzz says a new restaurant, Cibo e Beve, will be opening later this year in Sandy Springs and will be an Italian concept from chef Linda Harrell (101 Concepts, Antica Posta)... Chef Doug Turbush left Bluepointe restaurant on Peachtree in January to persue his own restaurant. Recently Turbush’s company, Heirloom Kitchen & Bar Inc., registered Seed Kitchen & Bar in Cobb Country to open at 1131 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta. Expecting a September 2011 arrival, Seed will reflect flavors influenced by the chef’s travels to Asia, the Southwest and Latin America... Recent rumblings are saying Boneheads Grilled Fish owner Ron Barber, has sold his Peachtree Battle location (now closed) to John Cassimus (head of Zoes Kitchen chain) and that Cassimus will be opening a fast service sushi restaurant, Maki Fresh, in the space. No word on when? Barber also owns Chopstix on Roswell Road in Buckhead... Mike ‘Benny’ Miller closed his two-year-old Benny’s Bar & Grill on Highway 78 in Snellville in January of 2010 and word on the street has a new pub, The Dublin Pub & Grill, ‘coming soon’ to the space... The former Sprouts Green Cafe on N. Decatur Road in Atlanta will soon be home to a new Taqueria when owners Tracy Mitchell and Dardo Arroyave introduce Bad Dog Taqueria later this month. The menu was created by Chef Liz Hernandez (formerly with Osteria 832 in the Highlands and Stella in Grant Park) and will include about eight signature tacos for the 50-seat eatery. They expect to open initially for dinner... Originally rumored to be opening in East Atlanta Village, Boners BBQ is now looking at a building near Turner Field and expects to open before Baseball season... Look for a new bakery, Sweet Tooth’s Dessert Bar, to open in May in the Castleberry Hill district. Owner Chalandra Strickland is taking a 900 sq. ft. space on Nelson Street for her gourmet desserts, customized cakes, coffee, espresso and smoothie creations. Vegan, low-calorie, diabetic and gluten-free options will also be available... The fresh-tossed salad franchise concept, SaladWorks, is anticipating 10 locations in Metro Atlanta with units opening in Lawrenceville, Peachtree City, Athens, Buford, Alpharetta, Duluth, Roswell, Peachtree Center, Buckhead and Marietta, beginning in 2011... The newly branded Big Game Brands (formerly Raving Brands) is introducing two new locations of its latest concept, Cowlicks Yogurt & Floats. It’s rumored that the two units, one in Vinings and the other in Dunwoody, are going into former Planet Smoothie spaces which was originally under the Raving Brands umbrella of concepts.

Adding more...

With locations in Alpharetta, Woodstock, Inman Park and Matthews, NC, local Mexican fare chain, Pure Taqueria, has two more locations in the works. One will be in Duluth (owned by the same group that owns the Inman Park location) and is projected to open in June and the other in Brookhaven is rumored to be opening in an old Buddy’s convenience store at the intersection of Johnson ferry and Peachtree Industiral Boulevard.. Fraidoon ‘Freddy’ Izadi (Aldo’s, Merlot) founded Baba’s Gyro & Kabob in 2006 and opened on Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Cumming serving authentic Greek & Mediterranean fare. Izadi will be debuting a second location soon when he opens in the Forum on Peachtree Parkway in Norcross... In early 2010 we reported that the President of Rising Roll Franchising Co., Mike Lassiter, would be rolling out more express locations and had plans to put them in office buildings, universities, airports and hospitals. Most recent update has his latest unit ‘coming soon’ to Howell Mill Road in Atlanta... Saigon Cafe, with several locations sprinkled throughout Metro Atlanta, will be adding another unit as well on Buford Drive in Buford near the Mall of Georgia... The fourth Metro area location of Jack’s New Yorker Deli is due to open in Buckhead in July. Construction on the 2,000 sq. ft. space is set to begin in the Terminus 200 Building this month on Piedmont Road. Owner Jack Huffy purchased the original New Yorker Deli in Vinings in 2001 and has renamed the concept... The former KC Pit BBQ building on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs will soon get new life with the annoucement of a Hudson Grill moving in by September 1st. This will be the largest of the Grills at 15,000 sq. ft. and it is rumored to include a 4,000 sq. ft. game room... Recent updates have the guys over at Grant Central Pizza buying a former Wachovia building on Glenwood Avenue and opening a new concept, Bell Street Burritos, by April. There is another Bell Street Burritos in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market Downtown... The website for Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries has an annoucement posted that they are opening a second Metro Atlanta location soon at Ansley Mall in Midtown. Owners Michael Coles and Tony Ratliff opened the first unit in Sandy Springs in early 2010 and have signed a development deal with Boardwalk to open 50 restaurants throughout Georgia

Updates...

Trackside Tavern, considered the oldest tavern in Decatur, has been closed since January of 2009 when a fire destroyed most of the building it had occupied since 1982. Rebuilding began in late 2010 and many are speculating the new (but built to resemble the old) digs will be opening any day now... As part of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel downtown renovation, the first of three new bars, Twenty-Two Storys, is expected to open soon. It’s named for the 22-story atrium it will be located in... Farmstead 303 arrived in the old Depeaux building on E. Howard Street in Decatur back in June of 2010 featuring ‘upscale meat & three.’ In business less than a year, owner Teri Rogers (also owns Feast across the street) is making changes to the concept and replacing Farmstead with Rail Kitchen & Bar. New signs were going up as we were going to print... Originally planned in early 2010 for a renovated church on Boulevard in Atlanta, Dulce Vegan Bakery is now looking at a new location in the former Gathering Grounds Coffee House in Kirkwood. Dulce plans to be Atlanta’s only 100% vegan bakery... The folks over at the Diner at Crabapple in Roswell have decided to close the Diner and rebrand the building as Crabapple Fish Market. The group also owns Sage Woodfire Tavern in Alpharetta & Perimeter, Diner at North Point, Diner at Sugar Hill and the Cumming Fish Market that opened in late 2010. Their website says the process should take a couple of months and we have not confirmed yet, but the concept may be similar, if not the same, as the Cumming location. Meanwhile, Laura Berrios over at the AJC reported on the Food and More blog that the group’s Diner at Sugar Hill had to close briefly as well. The Diner received a 38 (out of 100) on a routine inspection by East Metro Public Health. It had nine or more violations out of 27 risk factors known to cause food borne illnesses. They had to pass a reinspection in order to reopen... Owner Christine Jung has sold the eight-month-old Buckhead location of Locos Grill & Pub on Peachtree Road to new owner, Smit Valiani. No word yet on what, if any, changes may take place. Speaking of changes, Locos occupied the space in 2009, closed for a while and reopened in early 2010 as Buckhead Bar & Grill which closed a few months later, eventually becoming Locos once again in June of 2010... We first heard that Marietta Pizza Company, located on Whitlock Avenue in Marietta, wanted to expand back in late 2008. According to the website, www.mariettapizza.com, they are asking for your help to get a second location open on Mary Eliza Trace in Marietta by sending a note to the Cobb County Board of Commissioners to help them get their alcohol license... The new owner of Cheyenne Grille in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, Steve Shamatta, is revamping the space and is expected to open soon as The American Bar & Grille. Shamatta, who has operated the Red Door Tavern for the past seven years, purchased the business one year after it was sold by Metrotainment Cafes to Michael Gross and Fred Barber... Smileys Family Restaurant occupied a space on the square in Covington for 20 years and are now relocating to 6265 Hwy. 278, also in Covington... The Chicago-based restaurant operator, Morton’s Steakhouse, says it is exploring strategic options to find a new buyer. Morton’s operates 77 steakhouses, including one in Buckhead at 3379 Peachtree Road and one downtown at 303 Peachtree Center Avenue... Latest rumblings are saying the former Pacci Ristorante and AltoRex Roooftop Lounge on W. Peachtree in Midtown have been rebranded as Briza Restaurant & Rooftop Bar as the former Hotel Palomar becomes a Marriott Renaissance hotel... Quattro restaurant owner Rob Campbell was contacted by a Chicago-based company for possible trademark infringement and has decided to change the eatery’s name to ParQ. Quattro opened in the former Orange & Scarlett’s space on Piedmont Avenue in 2006... The Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting Chef Justin Kurtz will be the new head chef when Linger Longer Steakhouse opens at the Lake Oconee resort, the Ritz-Carlton lodge. Kurtz was most recently with The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe.

Sign of the times...

California-based Dolce Group premiered their Geisha House concept in 2006 in Atlantic Station along with sister concepts Dolce Enoteca e Ristorante and Tin Pin Alley. The group (Lonnie Moore and Mike Malin) recently issued a farewell for Geisha House. Apparently they sold the sister concepts: “Dear Atlantans: As many of you may already been aware by the postings on several blogging websites and through various social media websites, this Sunday, March 6th, will be the last day of business for our Geisha House concept in Atlantic Station. We are still committed to the success of our remaining Atlantic Station concepts, Ten Pin Alley and Dolce. We feel that the new ownership has made some great progress since taking over the property and we continue to support their changes and will be working with them to further improve our two remaining Atlantic Station concepts.”... Originally slated as a Tib’s Grill (which never materialized), the 6,800 sq. ft. space on Pharr Road in Buckhead went on to house Spondivits Seafood (less than a year), Athens, GA-based Harry Bissett’s (for five months) and most recently, Greenville, SC-based Saskatoon, specializing in exotic meats since early 2010. Since September of ‘10, local buzz on the street was questioning the eateris demise and so it seems they have finally given up and closed the doors... No Way Jose Mexican Bar & Grill on Brownsville Road in Powder Springs has also called it quits and rumor has it that the space may soon become Off The Bone BBQ. We’ll keep you posted... Opened in 1988 on Piedmont Road near Lindbergh, Coco Loco served up Cuban & Caribbean fare for 23 years before finally saying ‘goodbye’ last month. It was only the month before that Coco’s neighbor, Fatburger, closed up shop as well... In July of ‘10, Mirak Korean Restaurant expanded taking the space next door on Buford Highway in Doraville. Sadly, they too have now closed... Digger’s Sports Bar operated on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs for several years before closing in early ‘09. A second location had opened years earlier in Lawrenceville. Another unit followed mid-2010 on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Suwanee and now the Lawrenceville location has closed.

DINING OUT - Page 4

by hud report staff

(With the tremendous amount of 'openings and coming soons' throughout Metro Atlanta, we will be condensing the information in order to cover more locations.)

Do At The View...

Shooting for an April 30th opening is Do (dough) At The View, which is marrying music and pizza on West Marietta Street in the special events facility, The View. An audiovisual production company owner, Christian Ruffin, is outfitting the industrial space with walls of seamless videos that surround you and can transform it into New York City, a beach or a place in the clouds. iPads, instead of menus, will be used to place orders, call a valet or change the music. This musically inspired pizza palace will indulge your senses as you dine on such pies at the ‘Maestro’ - The house specialty prepared with a garlic cream sauce, fresh spinach, wild-caught shrimp and a special blend of cheeses. ‘Preludes’ ($3.95 - $12) at Do will include garlic cheese bites, bruschetta, flatbread (chipotle shrimp, Southwestern, crab & sausage) and a cheese tray of fresh fruit accompanied by imported salami and olives. ‘Interludes’ ($3.95 - $7.95) offer salads ranging from the Caesar, garden and spinach to a cranberry pecan with bleu cheese and the ‘Do’ with heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, arugula and balsamic vinaigrette. In addition to the Maestro, several other personal-sized pizza options ($4.50 - $8.50) are available including the ‘Soloist’ topped with a special blend of cheeses, the ‘Duet’ (pepperoni & cheese), the ‘Trio’ (garlic sauce, chopped spinach & cheeses) and the ‘Pitch’ (roasted pepper slices & cheese) or ‘compose your own’ from a selection of toppings. Gluten-free crust is also an option. ‘Finales’ ($5.50) at Do feature the Acapella (butter pound cake), Serenade (triple chocolate brownie), Encore (banana cake, fresh bananas, pudding, vanilla wafers and whipped cream), Symphony (red velvet cake marbled with fudge cake and topped with homemade cream cheese icing), Virtuoso (Key Lime tart), Romance (pound cake, strawberries and whipped cream) and the Allegro (espresso soaked lady fingers, mascarpone cheese with cocoa powder). Several specialty cocktails ($7 - $10) are planned including mojitos, margaritas, sangrias, martinis and spiked (vodka) lemonades as well as a few of the classics. Do At The View will be located at 955 W. Marietta Street, Atlanta, 404.541.9060. Hours will be Thursday 5:30 p.m. – 1 a.m., Friday 5:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. – 2 a.m. Follow their progress at www.doattheview.com.

246 due soon...

Ford Fry (JCT Kitchen & Bar) and Chef Drew Belline (chef de cuisine at Floataway Cafe) are partnering to open a new Italian-inspired, locally driven restaurant in Decatur in early May called No. 246. The name reflects the plot of land on which the restaurant sits, dating back to the early 1900s and is the former home of Eurasia Bistro which shuttered in December of 2010. No. 246 will present guests with a dining experience influenced by seasonality and local products as well as the culinary techniques of Italy. “Drew and I share a passion for locally sourced ingredients, simple preparations and wood-fired cooking and are both really excited to bring Italian-inspired dishes with Californian influences to Decatur,” says Fry. “I think Decatur is the perfect neighborhood for us to create this cool yet comfortable dining establishment that we both envision.” As the executive chef/partner, Belline has created a menu utilizing simple wood-fired cooking techniques. The dinner menu is broken down into components: ‘start,’ ‘flour & water,’ ‘from the hearth’ and ‘finish.’ Dishes under start include crispy Fior di Latte cheese curd with San Marzano tomato and fried olives; charred octopus with smokey potatoes, pickled celery and chili-lemon vinaigrette; and garlicky tiny clams with toast and parsley. The flour & water section of the menu offers items like tortelloni with Ken’s mushrooms; Meyer lemon and sheep’s milk ricotta agnolotti with parmesan; and Ramano pizza with San Marzano tomato, anchovy, tiny olives and Calabrian chiles. From the hearth items range from bavette steak with Romanesco, spring onion and Delfina potatoes to crispy suckling pig with gratin and pork jus to a whole wood roasted fish of the moment. To finish, dessert options include a chocolate tart with sea salt and EVOO; ricotta zeppoli with warm chocolate and sour cherry; and Meyer lemon pudding cake with creme fraiche. There is a separate Lunch menu. The wine list will feature revolving house wines and the cocktail menu features traditional Italian ingredients interpreted in new ways for a southern American audience. Coffee will also be a priority at No. 246, with pulled espresso drinks from a state-of-the-art La Marzocco espresso machine featuring beans from Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters. Smith Hanes is designing the 100-seat space that features contrasting white and dark hues, reclaimed wood floors and Venetian stucco. Drink rails and a black granite bar with 12 seats are also featured. Seating will be available in banquettes and tables with bistro chairs. In the front of the restaurant, two big double hung windows open out to the sidewalk. Another unique aspect is the restaurant’s backyard, which features an herb garden, shuffleboard court and a deck built around a tree where live music will be played on Saturdays and Sundays. This area is strung with lights and offers high-top tables for seating.No. 246 will be located at 129 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur. The restaurant will serve lunch Monday through Saturday and dinner nightly. For more information, visit www.no246.com.

Filipino fare...

Serving up cuisine from the Philippines for lunch, Adobo Republik has opened on Lawrenceville Highway in the Plaza of Lilburn International Farmers Market next door to Pho Delight. A sampling of Adobo’s menu is comprised of popular Filipino favorites such as lechon kawali (deep fried pork belly), pinakbet (bittermelon, eggplant, squash & string beans in anchovy sauce), pancit (rice sticks), kaldereta (stews), menudo (pork in tomato sauce) and much more, all prepared in traditional, home-cooked style. The menu changes daily and a three-item combination lunch special (served with steamed rice) offers different dishes on different days of the week. Visit their website for daily updates. Other rotating dishes include crispy egg rolls, braised pork belly, oxtail with peanut sauce and vegetables, chicken options, sautéed shrimp and stuffed milkfish. Adobo Republik is located at 4805 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lilburn, 678.648.8390. Hours are Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visit www.adoborepublik.com for daily menus.

Midtown West Jazz...

La Vida Mexican Cantina lasted a little over six months on Marietta Street in Midtown West before shuttering the doors in January of this year. The space has housed several concepts in the past from Utopia Martini Bar & Tapas Lounge, ICE and Somber Reptile to Reptile’s Cajun Kitchen and The Sanctuary. The location has been revamped yet again and is now operating as Acoustix Restaurant & Jazz Lounge. Owner Frank Taylor (in the music business since 1989) has created an atmosphere straight out of a Harlem movie with classic Jazz, warm woods, ironwork accents, cocktail tables, splashes of neon and tables for dining as well as cozy booths. There is a stage in both the restaurant and lounge areas for performers. Chef Tony Sharp’s dishes at Acoustix are named for such notable musical talents as Cab Callaway, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday among many, many others. Appetizers ($9.50 - $12.99) include fried calamari, guacamole and trinity chips, wings, chicken tenders, spring rolls, lamb chops, a quesadilla, eggplant parmesana and crab cakes with a red pepper & capers remoulade. There are four salads ($10.65 - $13.50) to choose from including the Victor Goines (baby field greens in sherry vinaigrette with sun dried tomatoes and goat cheese croutons), the Shirley Scott (tomato & mozzarella with chives dressing), the Herbie Hancock (Caesar) and the Norman Brown (smoked bacon, romaine lettuce, tomatoes and croutons topped with pan seared salmon). Entrees ($18.95 - $26.95), or ‘Main Stage’ items, range from seared N.Y. strip, sauteed jumbo shrimp and salmon on sweet corn risotto to pan seared scallops, half an herb roasted chicken, BBQ short ribs and chicken & andoulle sausage over linguini. ‘Back-Up Singer’ choices ($5) are collard greens, green beans, potatoes, asparagus and mashed sweet potatoes. For an ‘Encore’ ($9.95 - $10.75) you can have bread pudding, chocolate cake or peach cobbler. There is a $5 cover charge Thursday – Saturday after 6 p.m. and Sunday’s Brunch includes Gospel Jazz. Acoustix Restaurant & Jazz Lounge is located at 842 Marietta Street, Midtown West, 404.898.2268. Hours are Tuesday – Thursday 3 p.m. – 12 a.m., Friday & Saturday 3 p.m. – 2 a.m. (kitchen closes at midnight) and Sunday Brunch 11 a.m. – 4:40 p.m.

N'awlins Midtown West...

Another eatery opening in Midtown West and joining the recently reopened Caramba Cafe in the Pencil Factory Lofts is The Beignet (Ben-Yay) Connection. Named for the square, deep-fried hole-less French doughnut, this new upscale ‘Creole’ spot is serving up gumbo, etouffee, po boys and both sweet & savory beignets made with ingredients shipped directly from N’awlins. In broad terms, Creole cooking is city cooking, based on French traditions, but with influences from Spain, Africa, Germany, Italy and the West Indies. Cajun cooking is peasant food, the cooking the Acadians (later Cajuns) developed as they learned to live in the south Louisiana swamps. Creole food is more refined and subtle. Cajun food is pungent and highly spiced. Since the menu is ‘Creole’ and not Cajun, the eatery has hot sauce and Tabasco available for those of you who ‘like it hot.’ Offerings for Petit Dejeuner (breakfast) include eggs sardou (poached egg, hollandaise sauce and artichoke on creamed spinach), pan perdu (mixture of eggs, pecans, maple syrup, sugar, cinnamon and bananas), egg benedict, omelets (veggie, seafood, Creole or Ponchartrain), shrimp & grits, buttermilk pancakes and breakfast potatoes. Appetizers range for BBQ shrimp, pan seared crab cakes and fried green tomatoes to sweet potato chips and artichoke & spinach dip. There are two soups on the menu, the seafood gumbo and onion soup. Dejeuner (lunch) items include red beans & rice, jambalaya, shrimp Creole, crawfish etouffee, po boys (shrimp, oyster or roast beef), muffuletta and a shrimp salad or pecan chicken salad croissant. Repas (dinner) options are the seafood platter, jambalaya petit pois, baked scallops gratin, ribeye, crab cakes or the shrimp platter. In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner hours, Saturday & Sunday Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Until their license comes through, you are welcome to BYOB. Beignet Connection is located at 349 Decatur Street, Atlanta, 404.525.5295. Hours are Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. For more info, visit www.thebeignetconnection.com.

Erbert on the way...

Wisconsin-based soup & sub chain, Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop, is getting ready to open the first Georgia unit on E. Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur. There are currently about 50 locations across the Midwest. Named for ‘tall tales’ and served on house-made eight-inch French or honey wheat bread (always with Hellmann's mayo), the subs are made a bit differently by cutting the bread and scooping out the soft dough part. It’s place on top once the sandwich is completed. Classic subs include such versions as Halley’s Comet (roast beef, lettuce & tomato), Jacob Bluefinger (a vegetarian with alfalfa sprouts, avocado, lettuce, tomato & cheese), Tappy (an Italian version with salami, ham, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato and onions) and the Boney Billy (turkey with alfalfa sprouts, tomato and lettuce). Specialty subs range from the Comet Candy (roast beef, ham, Dijon mustard, lettuce & tomato) and Flash (an Italian club) to the Geeter (a mix of seafood and bacon topped with lettuce & tomato), Titan (turkey, lettuce, sun dried tomato, provolone cheese, cucumber and pesto-mayo) or the Pompeii (chicken salad, sprouts, bacon, onion, lettuce & tomato). An array of soups are available (and vary by location) by the cup or bowl and include among many others the blanco chicken chili, cheddar cheese & broccoli, chicken & dumpling, home-style beef chili, wild rice & chicken, Southwest chicken tortilla, cheesy asparagus and the loaded baked potato. Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop will be located at 2752 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur. For opening details, visit www.erbertandgerberts.com.

Pharr no more...

Mike Liu & wife Shirley started Mikan Bakery in 1992 on Pharr Road in Buckhead. The bakery was frequently called the little cafe on Pharr by customers when it started serving chicken salad. This eventually turned into the cafe’s official name, Cafe at Pharr. Today, the couple's son Johnny Liu, oversees the cafe and has not only expanded the offerings, but has just finished moving from Pharr Road to a new location on Peachtree Road in Buckhead (see photo page 9). Liu is also in the process of introducing two new locations: The first is expected to open May 1st on Chattahoochee Avenue on Atlanta’s Westside and the second will be Baci Restaurant & Bar and is planned for the Town Brookhaven project. The new Buckhead location offers tables & benches as well as counter seating and is decorated with artwork of fresh baked breads and goodies. Window seating has been added to the front for lounging while waiting for your order. Offered as a salad or sandwich ($7.50 - $9.50) the selections begin with salads of walnut chicken, celery chicken, curry chicken, tuna, egg & potato, teriyaki chicken and shrimp salad. Soups ($4) are served with French bread and are seasonal including a beef & vegetable or the chicken noodle. Additional sandwiches ($7.50) on your choice of breads (white, wheat, multigrain, baguette or croissant) include a smoked turkey, honey ham, roast beef or vegetarian with avocado, Swiss and American cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo & mustard. Two rice plates ($9) round out the offerings with either curry or teriyaki chicken served with bread over steamed white rice. Cafe at Pharr is located at 3145 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 404.238.9288. Hours are Monday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cafe at Pharr Westside will be located at 1465 Chattahoochee Avenue, Atlanta and Baci Restaurant & Bar will be in Brookhaven at 705 Town Boulevard. There are currently two additional locations on Miami Circle in the Lindbergh area and on Roswell Road in the Chastain area.

METRO - Page 6

by hud report staff

Tasca Latin Bistro arrives...

Named for the famous (and infamous) San Francisco music venue with the same moniker, The Family Dog is an extension of Chef Ron Eyester’s Rosebud Restaurant (located across the street) in atmosphere and approachability; while having its own staff and menus, this is another place to hang and kick back with Eyester and staff, including Partner/General Manager Jason Chenette. Chenette started as a bartender at Food 101 Morningside the day it opened in 2006, continued his tenure during the change to Rosebud, and is now heading up the bar at the new digs. The Family Dog combines the love of food and drink with the love of music and plans to be the people’s neighborhood watering hole and cozy eatery. Chef Eyester loves music second only to cooking. He likes all music and he likes it loud. This new joint has been outfitted with a jukebox featuring everything from Hank Williams to David Allan Coe to the Grateful Dead. In addition to the jukebox, there is a massive bar on one wall and a mural of the Grateful Dead on another along with the original pressed tin on the ceiling that has been refurbished to its old glory. Local artist Anke Schofield has put her signature touches on the former Mambo Restaurant/Pomodoro space with homemade wallpaper, recovered tables from the Mambo era, New York subway tiles and a foosball table. While The Family Dog is primarily a watering hole, it does feature one menu of farm-to-table pub cuisine, with a brunch insert on Saturday and Sunday. No late night menu, no bar snacks menu. Snacks and plates range from $4 - $15 and include the Buford Highway trail mix as well as lobster egg rolls. Entrees feature sandwiches like the seared tuna banh mi (teriyaki pickles, sambal mayo) and plates like the noodle bowl with ham hock shrimp broth and soft poached egg. The main attraction, the drink list, is a marriage of highbrow and lowbrow elements. The beer list features Wild Heaven Ode to Mercy, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA, Miller High Life and Schlitz. Cocktails include the Morningsider (Boodles Gin, fresh squeezed lemon and Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur) and the Chet Helms (Pisco, Campari, Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth, fresh squeezed lemon and soda), a nod to the original Family Dog’s founder. Wine can be ordered by the glass, half-bottle or full-bottle and there are 70+ whiskeys to choose from. The Family Dog is located at 1402 N. Highland Avenue, Atlanta, 404.249.0180. Hours are Monday – Thursday 4 p.m. – 1 a.m., Friday 4 p.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday noon – 2 a.m. and Sunday noon – midnight. For more information, visit www.thefamilydogatlanta.com.

Classic pub cuisine...

Erwoods Kitchen & Keg has entered the Milton/Crabapple scene in the former Cantina de Mar & Raw Bar space on Crabapple Road in Alpharetta. The same folks introduced Tifosi Gastropub last month on S. Main Street in Alpharetta. This new upscale sports bar has over 18 hi-definition TVs, 24 craft beers on tap and a spacious outdoor patio with full-service bar. Live music is presented on the patio as well. Erwoods is serving classic American cuisine with an elegant touch from Chef Trevor Moore. Moore, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in South Florida, was most recently with Aspen Signature Steaks in Marietta. Shared plates ($5.50 - $11) start the offerings with fried onion florets, loaded cheese fries, fried pickles, spring rolls, smoked salmon crostinis, baked brie, grilled chicken skewers, parmesan herb truffle fries, soft pretzels, wings and Erwood’s mountain melt made with fries topped with Buffalo chicken tenders, smothered in blended pepper jack & cheddar cheese and topped with bacon, sour cream and green onions drizzled with jalapeno ranch. Salads ($5 - $13) include the house, Caesar, Cobb, smoked salmon and steak with grilled NY strip. Sliders ($7 - $8) range from country fried steak, salmon and Buffalo chicken to BBQ pork and the traditional mini hamburgers with beer caramelized onions, lettuce and pickles. Sandwiches ($8 - $16) are served with fries and a choice of side and include the NY strip, ranchero chicken melt, Philly cheese (chicken or steak), Buffalo chicken, blackened chicken, bacon double decker, a build-your-own burger, the death burger (smothered in pepper jack cheese, hot wing sauce, jalapenos and horseradish) and Erwood’s monster burger (a 1.5 lb. burger with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles and choice of cheese). Available sides are the mac 'n cheese, mashed potatoes, jalapeno cole slaw, seasonal vegetables, Spanish rice or smoked tomato Gouda grits. The menu also offers a variety of flatbreads ($9 - $12) ranging from margarita, veggie, BBQ or four-meat to the Southwest with chicken, chorizo sausage, onions, peppers, cilantro, blended mozzarella and pepper jack cheese topped with cilantro. Entree ($11 - $18) selections are the shrimp & grits, pan fried pork chops, baby back ribs, lamb lollipops, hickory chicken melt, BBQ pork, NY strip, citrus garlic shrimp or the fried shrimp. Erwoods is located at 12635 Crabapple Road, Alpharetta, 770.754.9555. Hours are Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. and Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. - 2 a.m. For more info, www.erwoods.com.
Buns and more...

Joining the burger craze on the Southside of Atlanta is Buns, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs & More in Riverdale. The name pretty much says it all, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner the buttered buns are grilled and the fries are hand-cut. Breakfast platters ($6.25 - $7.25) are served with two homemade biscuits, two eggs and grits and include the salmon pattie, sausage links, fried wings, bacon, tilapia and waffle platter. Homemade biscuits ($1.50 - $3.99) are also served with the same offerings. Old fashioned hamburgers ($5.59 - $6.99) as well as hot dogs ($3.49 - $3.99), turkey burgers ($5.59) and a big fish sandwich ($6.99) are also on the menu. Chicken selections ($4.99 - $6.99) include wings, boneless wings, tenders, a chicken sandwich and chicken tender salad. Sides ($1.99 - $3.49) of fries, cheese fries, chili cheese fries or chili cheese nachos can also be added. Buns, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs & More will be located at 1250 Hwy. 138 SW, Riverdale, 770.907.2286. Hours will be Tuesday – Saturday 7 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. For more details, visit www.bunsatl.com.

Mexican fusion...

Indigo Joe’s Sports Pub & Family Restaurant operated in a space near the intersection of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Buford Highway in Suwanee for a short while in 2007 before closing the doors and introducing a new concept, O’Dwyer’s Sports Pub. O’Dwyer’s occupied the space for about 6 months in 2009 and now the building is sporting a new sign for yet another concept, Corralejo Mexican Flair & Tequila Bar, that will be celebrating a grand opening on April 2nd. With a location in Grayson and another planned for Monroe, this will be the second Corralejo for the Mezcal-Tequila bar concept. The Suwanee location is steps away from the Town Center Park and has a large patio that will feature live music. Hacienda Corralejo was founded in 1755 in Guanajuato, Mexico and was the first estate in Mexico to produce tequila as a commercial venture. The mixologists at Corralejo have an array of tequilas to work with as well as bottled or draft beer and wine selections. Offering Mexican fusion fare the menu items begin with appetizers ($4.95 - $10.95) of guacamole, traditional cheese dip, fried calamari, spinach artichoke dip, shrimp ceviche, cheese fondue, fried green tomatoes, picadillo turnovers, nachos and a Chef’s signature platter combining several of the items. Soups ($3.25 - $4.99) include a classic chicken, loaded potato and tomato basil. Salad ($8.25 - $9.95) choices are the signature taco, an Aztec chicken salad, a black & bleu and the pan seared salmon. Traditional favorites ($8.95 & $9.95) are served with rice and churro beans and range from chimichangas, tamales and enchiladas to carnitas, chiles poblanos and flautas tapatias. Both fajitas and quesadillas are served with grilled Vidalia onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, rice, churro beans, lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream and flour tortillas. Hamburgers and sandwiches ($8.95 - $9.99) are also featured including an avocado fire burger, steak or chicken sandwich, the Monte Cristo, a pepper mushroom burger and a Mexican club sandwich. Tacos and burritos are served with rice and churro beans and there is also an option to create-your-own combo ($7.95 - $9.95). Steaks and entrees ($9.99 - $19.99) are accompanied by side salads and range from mahi mahi, lamb chops, salmon, pork medallions and pasta alfredo to baby back ribs, Pacific grouper, tequila shrimp, pork tenderloin and the rib eye or the New York strip. Corralejo Mexican Flair & Tequila Bar is located at 3890 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road, Suwanee, 678.671.3125. Hours are Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

H & F arrives...

The folks behind Atlanta's acclaimed Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch Public House -- Chef Linton Hopkins, Gina Hopkins, mixologist Greg Best, Andy Minchow and Regan Smith -- are at it again debuting their latest creation, H & F Bottle Shop. Located in South Buckhead, the new shop is in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center and boasts 1,000 wine selections -- many of which were selected by Gina who also happens to be President of Georgia Organics and co-founder of the Peachtree Road Farmers Market. The interior is casually elegant with tasting tables, white leather chairs, a pressed tin ceiling and gas-burning chandeliers. The Bottle Shop is a relaxed, service-focused retail experience where you’ll find boutique bottles of wine and spirits (expected April 1st) as well as house-made mixers and garnishes that are as delicious as those you find in their restaurants. You can also find vermouth, bitters, craft beers, bar tools and jars of brandied cherries along with items like the house-blended Finch’s gin or H & F’s Bloody Mary mix. A wine concierge and mixologist will be on hand to give advice and they also offer a selection of specialty cocktail ingredients - some classic, some their own - prepackaged and ready to go. You will even find a card catalog of cocktail recipes. H & F Bottle Shop is located at 2357 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 404.841.4070. Hours are Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Visit www.hfbottleshop.com for a complete inventory.

Cuban in Loganville...

Rey’s Cuban Grill has arrived on Rosebud Road at the corner of Highway 78 in Loganville. Originally located on Atlanta Highway, Rey’s first location closed in December of 2010 and now has a new home. Offering authentic Cuban cuisine, owner Reynaldo (Rey) Martinez prepares most of the meats (marinated in-house) with specialty Cajun spices and offers a different daily special for each day of the week at $7.99 (includes two sides). Appetizer ($2.75) offerings include tamales ‘Cuban-style,' a beef turnover, a fried beef stuffed potato, ham croquettes and plantain chips. A homemade Cuban chicken soup as well a garden salad or chicken salad is also available ($2.99 - $6.49). Add a side item of fries, yucca fries, steamed rice, black beans, fried sweet plantains or green fried plantain for $2.25. The signature pressed Cuban sandwich is served on sweet Cuban bread with rice, black beans, mojo sauce and a fountain drink ($5.99) and ranges from the classic (roasted pork, Swiss cheese, ham, pickles and mustard) or the club (turkey, Swiss, lettuce and tomato) to the chicken a la parrila (grilled chicken with sautéed onions, lettuce, tomato and cheese), pan con lechon (roasted pork with pickles and onions), picadillo (ground beef with tomatoes, herbs, green olives, raisins and pickles) or the frita (hamburger with onions and potato sticks on a toasted bun). Sandwiches only are $4.79. Desserts ($1.75 - $2.25) include flan, a guava turnover and churros (crispy dough with cinnamon sugar). Rey’s Cuban Grill is located at 2950 Rosebud Road, Loganville, 770.972.1020. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visit www.reyscubancafe.com for more info.

Caribbean vibe...

The Harlem Bar closed up shop on Edgewood Avenue Downtown back in May of 2010. Owners Jeanne Carrillo and Carlos Ramirez have revamped the space with Caribbean motifs and given it a more Latin flavor reopening as Spanish Harlem. Located across from the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, Spanish Harlem features live music and DJs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights giving the restaurant a tavern feel. Chef Freddie Perez’s new menu presents appetizers ($4.50 - $7) such as stuffed ground beef potatoes, homemade chicken soup, coconut shrimp, shrimp ceviche and a romaine salad with red onion, tomatoes and avocados. Entrees ($8 - $11) range from roasted chicken, flank steak and pork chops to beef stew, chicken stew, fried tilapia, baked chicken and plantain lasagna. Sides of fried green or sweet plantains, pigeon peas & rice, fried or steamed cassava (yuca), white rice or pink beans can be added for $4. Desserts ($3 - $5) of yellow cake drenched in Bacardi 151 with cinnamon whipped cream, raisin bread pudding, deep fried chocolate fudge or a side of ice cream are also available. The wine offerings ($7 - $10) are four each of white or red and specialty cocktails ($8) include azucar morena (blueberries and lemons muddled with ginger syrup shaken with bourbon), la flaca (lime muddled with agave nectar topped with tequila) and menta julep (half soco, half sweet tea vodka with mint leaves muddled with agave and topped with sprite). Spanish Harlem is located at 262 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, 404.420.0077. Hours are Monday – Saturday 4 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. and Sunday 6 p.m. – midnight.

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARYS - Page 8

WHAT'S SIZZLIN AFTER DARK - Page 8
An alphabetical listing of some after dark hot spot suggestions throughout Metro Atlanta

ONGOING EVENTS - Page 8A

BREW NEWS - Page 8B

•5 Seasons Brewing, 3 Locations
www.5seasonsbrewing.com
Brick Store Pub, Decatur
www.brickstorepub.com
•Cypress Street Pint & Plate, Midtown
www.cypressbar.com
•Deckard’s Kitchen & Kegs, E. Atlanta
www.kitchenandkegs.com
•Fado Irish Pub, Buckhead
www.fadoirishpub.com
•Gordon Biersch, Midtown/Buckhead
www.gordonbiersch.com
•Holeman & Finch Public House, Buckhead
www.holeman-finch.com
•Leon’s Full Service, Decatur
www.leonsfullservice.com
•Manuel’s Tavern, N. Highland
www.manuelstavern.com
•Max Lager’s, Downtown
www.maxlagers.com
•Melton’s App & Tap, Decatur
www.meltonsappandtap.com

•Park Tavern, Downtown
www.parktavern.com
•Six Feet Under, 2 Locations
www.sixfeetunderatlanta.com
•Summits Wayside Tavern, 3 Locations
www.summits-online.com
•Taco Mac, Several Locations
www.tacomac.com
•TAP A Gastropub, Downtown
www.tapat1180.com/home.php
•The Porter Beer Bar, Little 5 Points
www.theporterbeerbar.com
•The Bookhouse Pub, Ponce de Leon
www.thebookhousepub.com
•The Glenwood Gastro Pub, E. Atlanta
www.theglenwoodatlanta.com
•The Marlay House, Decatur
http://themarlayhouse.com
•The Midway Pub, East Altanta
www.themidwaypub.com
•Twain’s Billiards & Tap, Decatur
www.twains.net
•Young Augustine’s, Grant Park
https://sites.google.com/site/youngaugustines/

Microbrew News...
Owen Ogletree, Brewtopia

The ‘Brew Your Cask Off’ winners

SweetWater Brewery invited 80 guests last month to roll up their sleeves, channel their inner brewer and create a one-of-a-kind cask. In a tent lined from end-to-end with 90 casks, participants and guests alike wandered through trying all the diverse creations. A list of 27 judges sampled the 90 one-of-a-kind ales till they narrowed it down to the top three winners. The judges’ picks and the People’s Choice award (selected by festival attendees), are as follows: 1st PLACE: Cask #38 Final Gravity Home Brewers | Lika-Titi-Coco Porter; 2nd PLACE: Cask #1 The Porter Beer Bar | The Sch’it; and 3rd PLACE: Cask #75 Fontaines | Two Pump Chump. The ‘Peoples Choice’ went to Cask #62 Cypress Street Pint & Plate | Samhain. The three winning brews and the People’s Choice ales will be recreated and served at the upcoming SweetWater 420 Fest on April 15, 16 and 17, 2011 in Candler Park. For more information on this event, check out the website: www.sweetwater420fest.com.

5 Seasons hi-tech...

5 Seasons Brewing owns it own cellars where it ages some of its creations. Several of the high gravity barrel-aged beers can actually be laid down and will improve with time - much like a fine wine. They call these offerings their BrewMaster’s Cellar. They have now added a cool feature to their beer menus ~ QR codes. You will notice them on the back of the menus. If you have a smart phone you can download a QR code reader app for free. You can then take a picture and it will automatically pull up the BrewMaster’s Cellar list at either the North or Westside location with details on the specific beers.

Ruth’s new brews...

With a large variety of both domestic and imported beers, the beer menu at the four metro Atlanta Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses now offers a new variety of brews . Developed by beverage director Andy Waller, the list includes a range of microbrews and craft beers, from stouts and lagers to wheat beer and pale ales. In addition to 16 beers served at all four restaurants, each restaurant’s bar manager has selected a number of additional brews to highlight, including Bells Cream Stout, Blue Moon, Ommegang Witte and Abita Jockamo IPA. For locations, visit www.ruthschris.com.

Happenings...

•April 4, 11, 18, 25 ~ Monday
Flight Night Beer & Wine
Leon’s Full Service ~ 5 p.m. til
Ends when they run out (2 - 1/2 pour glasses in each flight), 2 ‘Micro Flights’ of Beer; 2 ‘Micro Flights’ of Wine; 1 ‘Micro Flight’ of Beer vs. Wine; + food pairings. 131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404.687.0500.

•April 4 ~ Monday
Beer & Cheese
Brick Store Pub ~ 6 p.m.
Beer & Cheese ~ 5 beers, 5 cheeses, $30 per guest No reservation - you start when you get seated. Tasting is in Belgian room at your own pace.

•April 4 ~ Monday
Official Release Party
Deckard’s American Tavern
Join them for the official release party of New Belgium Trippel and Abbey. They will be celebrating the release of the brews into the Georgia market. Chip from New Belgium will be there to talk about the brews, brewery and whatever else you want. 650 Ponce de Leon, Atlanta, 404.941.3520.

•April 5, 12, 19, 26 ~ Tuesday
Beer Geek Tuesdays
Cypress Steet Pint & Plate
Featuring breweries, brewmasters, tastings, food pairings, cask ales, and more... every Tuesday. 817 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta, 404.815.9243.

•April 7, 14, 21, 28 ~ Thursday
5 Seasons Cask
North & Westside ~ 5:55 p.m.
A different cask featured each week and tapped at 5:55 by a guest tapper. North, 770.521.5551, 3655 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta; Westside, 1000 Marietta St., Atlanta, 404.875.3232.

•April 7, 14, 21, 28 ~ Thursday
Thursday Night Beer Tasting
Muss & Turner’s ~ 6:45–8 p.m.
Learn from and taste with Jessica Moss, resident ‘beer maestro.’ You will taste at least 6 beers from each category. $15 per person, 1675 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 309, Smyrna, 770.434.1114.

•April 10 ~ Sunday
Classic City Brew Fest
Foundry Park Inn, Athens, GA
2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ~ The Classic City Brew-Fest offers a huge variety of beers to sample from all over the world. Attendees can also enjoy live music, non-alcohol drinks and purchase food items from the Athens Steam Company Pub booth. http://www.classiccitybrew.com/brewfest.html, 295 E Dougherty Street.

•April 11 ~ Monday, Cumming
•April 12 ~ Tuesday, Snellville
•April 14 ~ Thursday, Woodstock
Summits University
Summits Wayside Tavern
7 – 9 p.m. ~ Enroll in the Summits University for a beer tasting experience. Your seat reservation includes dinner and samples of the featured beers of the month. They provide tasting notes and Andy is your beer guide. Ask your server for details on how to sign up. $11.99 per person. Please reserve your place in advance.

•April 14 ~ Thursday
Sam Adams Longshot
Wild Wing Cafe ~ 8 - 11 p.m.
Marietta ~ $20 per person features 16-18 beers. Everyone wins a door prize- t-shirts, glassware, pub signs, etc... Homebrewers get your beer ready and enter the Sam Adams “Longshot” Contest. There will be a Local Prize along with ALL the entries being sent to Sam Adams. Wild Wing Cafe will be paying ALL shipping cost. Must have at least 4 beers to enter and another 6 - 12 Pack for the Crowd to taste. Not a homebrewer??.... Come by anyway and enjoy the event. Cost is $20 and Limited to 75 people. 2145 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062, 770.509.WING (9464).

•April 15, 16, 17
~ Friday, Saturday, Sunday
SweetWater 420 Fest
Candler Park
Serving up the cask favorites from the recent ‘Brew Your Cask Off’ contest and much more. For information check out: www.sweetwater420fest.com.

•April 19 ~ Tuesday
Beer Class ~ 7:30 p.m.
The Porter Beer Bar
1156 Euclid Avenue, 404. 223.0393. A different style featured every month with the cost somewhere around $30 depending on the lineup that month.

•April 19 ~ Tuesday
Irish Pub Whiskey Club
Mac McGee’s ~ 7:30 p.m.
Welcome to the beginning of history to delve into origins of uisce beatha (the water of life) by creating Atlanta’s only whiskey club. The goal is to create a learning atmosphere that will allow you to experience all styles of whiskey; from the triple distilled clean Irish to the heavily peated Scotches of Islay and on to the American and Japanese distilling traditions. RSVP to save your spot. 111 Sycamore Street, Decatur, 404.377.8050.

•April 20 ~ Wednesday
2 Courses, 2 Beers pairing
The Marlay House
Just like a mini beer pairing dinner -- they host on the third Wednesday of the month. The Chef will create two unique food dishes to go with two unique beer pairings. No RSVP required, get it until its gone. You can call ahead to avoid any disappointment and RSVP at 404.270.9950. Target cost $20-$25 depending on pairings (not including Tax and Tip).

RESTAURANT & BAR WARS - Page 9
Newly Opened, Coming Soon, Anniversarys & Casualites

TRENDS, TASTES & FLAVORS - Page 9

'Team In Training' for a cause & Taste of The Nation Atlanta

hud report staff

If you’ve ever participated in a walk, run or biking fundraiser that takes you to your limit, you know the challenge of keeping focused. Imagine the challenge of someone like local restaurateur Warren Bruno (Ormsby’s, Atkins Park Taverns), who has battled non-Hodgkin lymphoma for seven years; yet, he continues to step up to the challenge. Bruno is in training with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team in Training for a Century Ride at Lake Tahoe on June 5th of this year. If you’d like to help him reach his fundraising goal of $7,500, visit his fundraising page, http://pages.teamintraining.org/ga/ambbr11/wbruno... The Local Farmstand at Star Provisions has opened for the season offering the freshest produce, much of which is organic, from local Georgia farms. Led by Anne Quatrano (Bacchanalia, Quinones at Bacchanalia, Floataway Café, Abattoir and Star Provisions), the Local Farmstand not only sells ready-to-eat gifts from the earth, but also seeds of unique plantings and herbs which farmers-to-be can plant in their own at-home gardens. The Farmstand is located at 1198 Howell Mill Road and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more info, 404.356.0410 or visit www.starprovisions.com.

Dining deals...

Ted’s Montana Grill has added two new offerings to its menu: Signature steak salad and the permanent addition of Ted’s homemade chips-n’-dip. Ted’s steak salad ($14) is an entree-sized salad that starts with grilled, center-cut sirloin served on mixed greens with cucumber, crumbled Bleu cheese, smoky bacon and sliced tomatoes. The salad is finished with a sweet balsamic glaze and crispy fried onion straws.The chips-n’-dip, which was a limited time offer in 2010, is back by popular demand. The appetizer ($4) features homemade potato chips served with a side of ranch onion dip then topped at the table with fresh cracked black pepper. Now through May 1, you can download a certificate for a FREE chips-n’-dip by visiting http://bit.ly/gyRzX6. For a list of locations visit www.tedsmontanagrill.com/locator.html... Next up is ‘Crabfest,’ happening through April 18 outside the perimeter at Aqua Blue in Roswell. The limited-time Crabfest menu features such dishes as she-crab soup; jumbo lump crab cakes with avocado, mango, chili aioli, rice wine vinegar and wasabi honey mustard; soft shell crab rolls, a chilled Florida stone crab claw taster served with traditional mustard sauce; and drunken king and snow crab legs or large Florida stone crab claws served with green peppercorn cocktail sauce. Check out www.aquablueatl.com for details... Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria presents Atlanta diners with the ultimate pizza challenge as the downtown eatery unveils the newest addition to its menu – ‘The Maximus,’ a six-pound, 24-inch pizza dripping with cheese, pepperoni, sausage and meatballs on a signature crust from the coal-burning oven. The monstrous meal is FREE for individuals who tackle the challenge and successfully finish the beast in one sitting (less than two hours). If diners fail to finish every last bite, the price is $60. To schedule a reservation for “The Maximus,” call 404.974.2941 in advance. To continue the challenge, patrons can pop next door to partner restaurants Der Biergarten and STATS for even more macho meals. At STATS, the Big Boy Platter serves four or more and includes steak tips, baby back ribs, sausages, wings, fries and slaw for $60. Der Biergarten will soon launch King Ludwig’s Platter, an oversized feast of traditional German fare. Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, STATS and Der Biergarten are located in the Luckie Marietta District on Marietta Street, Downtown. For more details, visit www.luckiemariettadistrict.com... The Oyster Roast has returned to Rosebud Restaurant on North Highland. Saturday, April 9, enjoy wine, beer, live music and as many oysters as you can eat at Chef Ron Eyester’s Morningside restaurant. The fun begins at 2 p.m. and costs $35 per person (tax and gratuity included). For more info, visit www.rosebudatlanta.com or call 404.347.9747... Experience the flavors of the wines of Napa Valley’s Tres Sabores (three flavors) Winery with a wine dinner at SIP @ Riverside on Monday, April 11, 2011. Chef Daniel Massie and Wine Director Foster Smith create a five-course menu accompanied by five wines from Tres Sabores for $50 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). The evening will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. SIP is located at 4403 Northside Pkwy, Atlanta, 404.233.5455... Canoe Restaurant on Paces Ferry Road launches a new event, the ‘Song of the South’ live music series at its outdoor river bar on April 13th. The restaurant will feature live local artists every Wednesday evening from 7 - 10 p.m. throughout the spring on the banks of the Chattahoochee. Guests can relax in riverside Adirondack chairs, gather around the River Bar, savor their aperitif and listen to the music. Chef Carvel Grant Gould’s ‘River Snacks’ features tasty, inexpensive treats, and of course, the bar will serve a variety of local beers, signature river cocktails and wines by the glass. The lineup includes Tim Brantley on April 13th, Sam Thacker on April 20th and Ben Deignan on April 27th. Visit www.canoeatl.com for May’s schedule.

Congrats...

In case you haven’t heard, the season eight finale of Bravo’s ‘Top Chef All-Stars’ crowned Atlantan Richard Blais as the latest chef’testant to earn the title of ‘Top Chef.’ Chef and partner of FLIP burger boutique, Blais impressively out-cooked his competition throughout the season to win this coveted title. Our many congrats go out to him... Bravo has also announced the next set of chefs competing in the upcoming season of ‘Top Chef Masters’ and among them are Atlanta/Athens chef, Hugh Acheson (Empire State South, Five & Ten, The National). The series begins April 6th... ‘The Oscars Of The Food World,’ also known as the James Beard Foundation awards, has announced this year’s nominees and Hugh Acheson made this list as well along with restaurateur/chef Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch Public House (see page 7 for Hopkins’ latest venture, H & F Bottle Shop)... In March, Imbibe Magazine, the ultimate guide to liquid culture (www.imbibemagazine), featured ‘The 100 Best Places To Drink In the South’ and here’s the local drinkeries that made the list: Best Whisky ~ Local Three; Best Classic Cocktails ~ H. Harper Station and The Sound Table; Best Contemporary Cocktails ~ JCT, Leon’s Full Service, Restaurant Eugene and Sauced; Off The Beaten Path ~ One Flew South and Sagehouse Coffee & Tea in Griffin; Best Hotel Bar ~ Drinkshop; Best Bar Food ~ Holeman & Finch Public House and Ormsby’s; Best Wine List ~ Miller Union and Muss & Turner’s; Best Suds ~ The Brick Store Pub, Porter Beer Bar and Young Augustine’s; and Best Southern Breweries ~ Sweetwater Brewing... Local restaurant critic, Christiane Lauterbach, has announced her ‘Best of 2010’ restaurants in her monthly publication Knife & Fork and likes the following: Cafe Q, Empire State South, Kaleidoscope Bistro and Pub, La Fourchette, Lunacy Black Market, Miso Izakaya, Nam Phuong, Sufi’s, Super Pan Latino Sandwich Shop and Sprig Restaurant... Online restaurant reservation site, Open Table, recently spotlighted area ‘Great Brunches’ and here’s what they found locally: Corner Cafe in Buckhead; Atkins Park Tavern in Virginia Highlands; Parks Edge in Inman Park; Einstein’s in Midtown; Rosebud in Virginia Highlands; Chequers Seafood Grill in Dunwoody; Cafe 640 in Virginia Highlands; and Park 75 Restaurant at Four Seasons Atlanta in Midtown.

Happenings...

More than 50 top chefs from the Atlanta area will participate in Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Atlanta on Thursday, April 14th, at the Georgia Aquarium. Celebrating its 23rd anniversary, this gourmet food and wine event will feature specialty food samplings; live, silent and beverage auctions; wine tastings and live entertainment. Check out the website for participating chefs and tickets ($250 per person, VIP $350 per) can also be purchased online at www.atlantataste.org or by calling 770.436.5151... Weary of shedding tears over chopped yellow onions and ready to restock your kitchen with Georgia-grown sweeties, the Vidalia Onion? Well, the world-famous Vidalia Onion Festival, now in its 34th year, will offer up the goods April 30 and May 1, 2011 in where else but Vidalia, Georgia. Entertainment will include an air show, rodeo, cook-offs, Miss Vidalia pageant, American Idol alum Kellie Pickler in concert, a parade, and an arts and crafts sale. And, if you get there early, Vidalia onion enthusiasts will be able to explore the history of Georgia’s beloved state vegetable with the official opening of the Vidalia Onion Museum on Friday, April 29, 2011. The noon event is slated to include high-profile chefs and offers attendees a look into what makes the Vidalia onion so special. “When we first hired a museum consultant, they asked, ‘Really, an onion museum?’ But they quickly realized we’re not just any onion, and this isn’t just any story,” explains Wendy Brannen, Vidalia Onion Committee Executive Director. For information on the festival events, visit www.vidaliaonionfestival.com. The Vidalia Onion Museum will be located at 100 Vidalia Sweet Onion Drive and will open to the public on Friday, April 29 at 3 p.m. For more info, visit www.vidaliaonion.org or call 912.537.1918.

New menus...

Spring days have us hankering for new tastes to match the season. Atkins Park Tavern in Virginia Highland has updated with such dishes as the chilled asparagus salad with house pancetta, shaved Parmesan, sherry vinaigrette and a soft-poached farm egg ($8) and a Southern classic cheese plate topped with cheddar, Sweet Grass Asher Blue, Sweet Grass Green Hill, local honey, house preserves and grilled bread ($12). For lunch is the chicken salad sandwich on toasted sourdough ($10). More lunch and dinner offerings include a pan-fried crab cake with mashed potatoes, asparagus and tomato jam ($12 lunch/$18 dinner), grilled hanger steak ($12 lunch/$18 dinner) and farm egg carbonara with spring peas ($10 lunch/$14 dinner). Dinner adds a grilled New York strip steak ($22) and lamb two ways -- grilled porterhouse and sausage ($20)... On Mondays, Spice Market in the W Atlanta-Midtown, offers its vegetarian bento box for $24 per person. Each box includes white or brown rice, the chef’s soup of the day and your choice of three dishes from the varied list... Woodfire Grill on Cheshire Bridge Road stays true to its farm-to-table mantra with a five-course vegetarian tasting menu for $65 (excluding tax and gratuity). Some items in season now that may show up on the menu are sunchokes, micro spring greens, baby red potatoes, arugula, baby Vidalia onions, fennel, turnips and green onions... RA Sushi on Peachtree in Midtown is always swimming with fish, and they’ve recently added two more meat-free dishes: vegetable tempura roll with lightly battered asparagus, sweet potato and Japanese eggplantand the Tropical roll that rolls cucumber, mango and avocado together and tops them with spinach tempura bits and spicy shrimp... Sunday’s Fajita Fiesta at Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican Food is an easy way to cap the week with a family meal. At least two people have to gather at the table. Here’s what you get for $15.95 per person ($5.95 for 12 and under): chips and salsa served with your choice of guacamole or queso; a combo of mesquite-grilled chicken and beef fajitas served sizzling alongside guacamole, pico de gallo, rice, frijoles a la charra and homemade flour tortillas; and hand-made puffed sopapillas sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar and served warm with ice cream for dessert. Both Atlanta locations serve up this special every Sunday except on holidays such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. In Buckhead, 1860 Peachtree Road, NW; 404.350.6767. In Sandy Springs, 1140 Hammond Drive, NE; 678.736.8260.

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