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Goin' Coastal expands into
the Virginia-Highland area

by hud report staff

Libations include several beer options Opened in late 2008 in Canton, GA, Goin’ Coastal, ‘a sustainable seafood joint’ has expanded into the recently vacated Figo Pasta space on Virginia Avenue in Atlanta’s Virginia-Highland neighborhood. Recent rumblings say they may also be expanding into other Metro Atlanta neighborhoods as well.

Created by executive chef and co-owner Zach Kell and co-owner Seth Hendricks (both featured on the cover and also owners of Downtown Kitchen in Canton), the restaurant offers Atlantans coastal Southern fare in a comfortable, neighborhood setting. “At Goin’ Coastal we believe first and foremost in keeping the menu honest and simple to honor our commitment to sustainability,” Kell explains. “Overall, our goal is to create a laidback atmosphere for us to connect to the community and for guests to understand the sustainability cause through enjoying delicious, fresh food. We are confident that the menu will become part of a larger conversation and thrive in Virginia Highland, one of Atlanta’s most beloved neighborhoods.”

A graduate of Johnson and Wales in Providence, Rhode Island, Kell attributes his successes to the motivation of his father and the support of his wife, Bre, and he is dedicated to a food philosophy that supports a sustainable menu and the ultimate seafood dining experience.

Hendricks’ experience in the kitchen was founded on lessons of the restaurant business from his grandfather, who managed several restaurants in Florida. Since age 13, he has honed his culinary knowledge by working in a variety of restaurant positions from a dishwasher to director of operations in restaurants in cities across the globe including London, Houston, Seattle and Atlanta.

Goin’ Coastal’s decor creates a cozy, historic aura that acts as a backdrop for the restaurant’s neighborhood-style service. The pale-blue dining room seats 65 and features distressed brickwork, weathered timber accents, paper-lined tables and walls decorated with unique vintage black-and-white photos of by-gone fishermen. Flanked by oversized chalkboards that highlight the ‘fresh catches’ of the day, the focal point of the dining room is a large mural that features a vintage fishing boat and a description of Goin’ Coastal’s mission as a sustainable seafood joint.

Created by Kell, Goin’ Coastal’s menu features an array of Southern-inspired dishes with a focus on fresh fish and seafood. The dishes are designed to showcase freshly caught, seasonally available seafood prepared simply. A sampling of the ‘fresh-catch-of-day’ offerings (which change daily) may include Alaskan halibut, Alaskan king salmon, North Carolina yellow fin, live Maine lobster, section 7 Gulf oysters or Dungeness crab.

Menu highlights include shrimp and grits with seared American shrimp and flash-fried Gulf Rock shrimp served over creamy grits with andouille gravy; fresh seared New Bedford sea scallops with garlic and tarragon Parmesan butter; and Ashley Farms free-range fried chicken with creamy bacon thyme gravy.

A sampling of the offerings begins with appetizers ($6 - $20) of oysters on the half shell, peel-and-eat shrimp, lobster & peekytoe crab cakes, crab & shrimp dip, sweet potato chips, mussels, fried pickles, baked oysters (rockefeller, crab stuffed, parmesan garlic) and fried gator tail.

Soups & salads ($4 - $12) include she crab or the seasonal soup-of-the-day as well as a white Caesar (with white anchovies), fried Creole (shrimp, oysters & catfish), a tomato & arugula and the Coastal house.

Specialties ($18 - $26) at Goin’ Coastal range from shrimp & grits, coastal scallops in garlic-Parmesan butter and bay scallops au gratin to Sullivan’s island shrimp (stewed with tomatoes, fresh herbs and curry over rice), a low country bouillabaisse and three lobster & peekytoe crab cakes with sweet red pepper sauce and roasted corn salsa.

Land options ($15 - $28) include free-range fried chicken, a u-pick-it vegetable plate (four sides) and a 9 oz. filet of beef with Parmesan herb butter. There are two Coastal platters ($13 - $28) to choose from: the steamed platter served with new potatoes & corn offers choices of shrimp, oysters or crab or a combination of the three; and the Southern fried platter served with two sides with choices of shrimp, scallops, oysters or catfish or a combination as well.

Sides ($3) on the menu include herb-roasted potatoes, jalapeno corn bread pudding, French fries, hush puppies, corn on the cob, collard greens, cheesy grits, cole slaw and a vegetable-of-the-day. Ask your server about daily selections of homemade desserts.

The wine list was designed to compliment ‘from-the-sea’ fare along with a selection of local craft beers.

Goin’ Coastal is located at 1021 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, 404.491.9117. Hours are Monday through Saturday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and for Sunday Supper beginning at 1 p.m. For additional info, visit

The Research Continues... (The Scoop - Page 3)

by hud report staff

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

Restaurateur Steve DiFillippo will open a fourth location (the first three are located in Boston & Foxborough, MA and Philadelphia, PA) of his flagship restaurant Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Atlanta on Wednesday, August 25. The restaurant, known for its unique twist on traditional steakhouse classics, will be located in Phipps Plaza and will serve lunch and dinner daily. DiFillippo has chosen Chef Bennett Hollberg, formerly of the Atlantic Grill at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, to execute Davio’s menu. Signature items will include Philly cheese steak spring rolls®; lobster ravioli with sweet peas and tomado lobster brodo; grilled porterhouse veal chop with creamy potatoes and vintage port; grilled prime rib with roasted corn-sweet pepper salad and mashed potatoes; braised short ribs; and pan seared scallops... Chef Hugh Acheson of the Five & Ten and The National in Athens is expected to bring his culinary art to Midtown this month (was originally planned for April) when he opens Empire State South in a former Grape location on Peachtree. It will be a community restaurant focusing on the food of the South and will include a coffee shop, bar and bocce court along with a selection of Bourbons and oyster pie as well as collard greens and hominy grits. The 90-seat eatery will bring farm-to-table style with the idea of gathering ingredients from within 100 miles of the Metro area. Local Chef Nick Melvin is reported to be leaving Concentrics’ Parish Food & Goods to join Acheson’s team... Former Watershed bartender, Daniel Morrison, expects to open his new concept, Sprig Restaurant, sometime in the fall. Here’s what we found on Facebook: “Locally owned Sprig Restaurant and Bar is a chef-driven-scratch Kitchen coming this Fall to Vista Grove Shopping Center in Oak Grove/Decatur. Sprig’s Menu will change with the seasons to bring you the best of what is available!” Local rumblings are saying Robert Elliot will be the chef... La Fonda Latina and Fellini’s owner, Clay Harper, already has a sign up announcing his next venture, a frozen yogurt shop called Three On The Tree, at the former Wolf Camera building located beside La Fonda on Roswell Road at Wieuca in Buckhead. Harper is anticipating a late August opening... The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported recently that the Streets of Buckhead project (Initially Buckhead Village which halted in ‘09) is back on track and restarting construction. The $1.2 billion redevelopment was to start in 2007 at the intersection of Peachtree and East Paces Ferry roads and was to feature retail, residential, hotel and office space as part of the mixed-use project’s first phase. The grand opening was originally slated for fall 2009... The 20-year lease for Caramba Cafe on N. Highland Avenue expired in June so they decided to shutter their doors. Now, word on the street says they will be re-opening in November on E. Decatur Street Downtown in the Pencil Factory Lofts. Other eateries in the Lofts will include Hill Street Tavern, Intown Market, The Beignet Connection, Scoop Ice Cream and Mr. Blackwell’s Coffee... H & F Bottleshop, from the folks who brought you Holeman & Finch Public House and Restaurant Eugene, is preparing to debut in its new home on Peachtree not far from its sister venues. This boutique bottle shop will serve up specialty spirits and beer along with locally-made companion sides... Jesup, GA-based Billy Jack’s Bar-B-Q & Shrimp has begun construction on a second, 2,400 sq. ft. location, on Collier Road in Atlanta... A new concept, Ale Yeah Craft Beer Market, was attempting to open in East Atlanta Village but ran into a snag with permits and are now looking for another address. Here’s their Mission Statement: “Our mission is to provide to all residents of the Metro Atlanta area the wonders of the art of beer, the magic of a beverage not simply as a means to an end, rather a process of profound beauty that through innovation and creativity can be enjoyed with cuisines from all around the world or simply in a social setting with friends and loved ones. We will showcase an abundance of American craft beer as well as varieties from around the world that exemplify liquid perfection. We will carry bombers and also give people the opportunity to ‘build-your-own’ 6-pack. We will also offer fine cheeses, cured meats and chocolates that compliment the experience of a perfect pint.” Stay tuned for an upcoming location... The folks over at Taco Mac’s parent company, Tappan Street Restaurant Group, also have a new concept in the works. Proposed for the former Matusri Japanese space on Ponce de Leon Avenue, Deckard’s Kitchen & Kegs, is rumored to be making an early September arrival. The new tavern will be named after Taco Mac’s corporat chef, Matthew Deckard (Garrison’s Broiler & TAP). Here’s what Facebook has to say: “Deckard’s Kitchen and Kegs is a casual concept with a vintage tavern appeal. We will be serving craft food, craft beer and artisan liquors with seasonal menus and features. We will always use local produce when available.”... There’s a sign on the window of a former Smoothie King at 10th & Piedmont in Midtown that says ‘coming soon’ Repicci’s Italian Ice. Local rumors are saying Daryl Dollinger (co-founder of Raving Brands) may be the franchisee for the new place but we have been unable to reach him for comment. This will be Georgia’s first retail unit for the Chattanooga, TN-based company... Chef/owner Glenn Law debuted his Sweet Auburn Bistro on Auburn Avenue in early 2009. Word from Atlanta Magazine last month said Sweet Auburn had been closed for renovations. Further research found signs on the windows announcing a new eatery opening in the space, Auburn Jake’s. As of our print date, the signs had been removed as well as many of the interior fixtures... Digger’s Sports Bar resided on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs for several years before closing its doors in February of 2009. Brothers Paul & Flay Dalrymple have operated another version, Digger’s Freestyle Grill, in Lawrenceville for several years as well and now another Digger’s has applied for an alcohol license for Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Suwanee. Contacts for the new location are listed as Hal & Travis Dalrymple... Tom Catherall’s Here To Serve Restaurant Group is planning a third location for the Noche Tequila & Tapas Bar concept in the Town Brookhaven project in Brookhaven. The other Noche’s are located in Vinings and Virginia-Highland and the third is expected to debut in March of 2011... We are following a rumor that the former American Ale House Grille Tap on Jones Bridge Road in Alpharetta will soon be transformed into Yate’s Sports Pub... Also expected in Alpharetta, owner Jose Montes will soon be debuting his newest venue, Rio Nuevo Cantina (New River in Spanish) in the former Famous Dave’s BBQ space on N. Point Parkway... And just down the street in Milton, Mambo Jambo Seafood Steak Cafe will soon be making its deubt on Windward Parkway... A former 9,000 sq. ft. grocery space in downtown will also be getting new tenants when father/son duo, Michael & Samuel Takle, reconfigure the space to include offices, a lounge and Scene Cafe. The new eatery will be located on Pine Court across from the Civic Center and will offer Mediterranean and East African fare... We are also researching a rumor that Souper Jenny may be adding another location in the former Pomodor space on N. Highland Avenue. Jenny’s original location in on E. Andrews Drive in Buckhead... Two different names kept popping up for the new concept going into the former Shipfeifer’s (that opened in 1974) location on Peachtree in South Buckhead, but local restaurant broker, Shumacher Group, has the latest info (they also seem to own the property). The new venue will be Soufi’s, a fast-casual Persian eatery that is expected to open later this summer... We are also getting conflicting reports on this one, but we’ll keep researching. The former Cafe Dupri (owned by local producer/rapper Jermaine Dupri) and later Agnes & Muriel’s space on Piedmont Road was initially reported to be opening as Tapas Teatro Restaurant by a local restaurant broker. But in July, Atlanta Magazine quoted another local blogger saying the new name of the bistro/lounge will be La Fourchette (the fork in French). We’ll keep researchin’... Currently with locations in Roswell, Perimeter, Buckhead and Tucker, locally-owned Tex-Mex eatery Twisted Taco has a sign in the former Atlanta Rib Co. space on Camp Highland Road in Smryna saying ‘coming soon.’... Latest rumblings are saying the former Max & Erma’s space on Mt. Vernon Highway in Dunwoody will soon be home to Atlanta’s fourth Tilted Kilt... With a location opening soon on Mansell Road in Alpharetta, Lenny’s Sub Shop has signed a deal for 10 more stores in the Metro Atlanta areaa including Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Midtown and Downtown... According to the AJC, Newk’s Express Cafe - developed by the founders of McAlister’s Deli (Chris Newcomb) - has also signed with franchisees to open six units in Metro Atlanta. The first is expected in Lawrenceville in the Spring of 2011... Shindig’s Bar-B-Que has opened on Campbellton Road in Atlanta and owner Gary Baker says he will be opening a second location before 2011 but hasn’t disclosed the address yet... Another rumor we are following up on is that newly opened Shangrila Bistro on Canton Road in Marietta (owned by a former Chin Chin franchisee) is opening another Shangrila on Johnson Ferry Road in Merchants Walk this summer and has future plans for a Shangrila in Roswell... And lastly, a new Mongolian stir-fry eatery, Genghis Grill, will be moving into the Mall of Georgia area soon.


Local catering company, A Legendary Event, has won a 10-year contract to the run the restaurant located at the Woodruff Arts Center at the High Museum, Table 1280. The restaurant’s Chef Tracey Bloom recently made an appearance on this season’s Top Chef DC on Bravo TV... In more A Legendary Event news, they have also added a new division to their portfolio, Atlanta’s Picnic Company, specializing in everything picinic. As part of the service, they will apply for permits, find locations and arrange entertainment if needed... Mike Blum and Red Restaurant Ventures have annouced that they have revamped the two-year-old The Real Chow Baby, located on Galleria Parkway in the Cobb Galleria Mall, to the Big Chow Grill. The new concept offers more fresh vegetables and seafood options.... We first listed the upcoming arrival of Palate Wine Bar’s sister venue next door, McGowan’s Oakhurst Pub on W. Hill Street in Decatur, back in April of ‘09. Recently, spokesperson Jill Alikonis at Palate, confirmed construction had begun and that they were shooting for a late summer opening. She said to look for 22 beers on draft, 100 beers in a bottle, six TVs that will include all regional sports, ESPN and NFL Sunday Ticket. McGowan’s will be open for lunch and dinner starting at 11:30 a.m. daily... Dynamic Dish owner David Sweeney has reopened his Edgewood Avenue eatery after 5 weeks of renovations. The new improved Dynamic Dish will be serving liquor, beer and wine very soon and has developed a semi-permanent menu (the previous menu changed daily) that will include such items as a veggie burger and flatbreads... St. Charles Deli, located at 22 5th Street NW, Midtown is rumored to be moving to another location at 68 5th Street by the end of summer and a new concept will be going into the 22 5th Street space. It’s rumored that the new concept will be created by the guys over at The Graveyard Tavern on Glenwood Avenue in East Atlanta Village and will be called The Barrel House... Cafe at Pharr, located on Pharr Road in Buckhead is moving to a new, larger space at 3145 Peachtree Road and is expected to open by fall. They have another unit in development as well and it’s expected in the late fall in the Town Brookhaven project is Brookhaven... According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Shula’s (created by NFL Hall of Fame Coach Don Shula) will be launching a new concept, Shula Burger, in late 2010 and Atlanta may be one of the major markets the concept enters. The company debuted Shula’s 347 Grill in Buckhead in late ‘09 and has plans for the Shula’s Steakhouse concept in 2012 in an Embassy Suites hotel planned for the Arena area in Duluth... Al’s Cafe Agora, located next to the new Buckhead Bottle Bar on E. Paces in Buckhead, is expanding its size in the other direction borrowing space from its other neighbor, Park Bench. The renovations are expected to be completed by fall... Pura Vida owner, Hector Santiago, has introduced a new sandwich shop beside his N. Highland Avenue eatery. The new shop, Super Pan Latino Sandwich Shop @ Pura Vida, offers lunch sandwiches through a side door on Blue Ridge Avenue from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday - Friday. Sandwiches will include pork belly coconut buns, a chipotle BBQ beef sandwich and jamon serrano on house-made Spanish coca bread with manchego cheese & date-marcona almond butter, plus many more. Super Pan Latino is located at 1057 Blue Ridge Avenue, 404.477.0379. Visit for menu.

Who’s where...

Creative Loafing’s Cliff Bostock reported last month that chef Hopeton Hibbert had left Atmosphere restaurant in Midtown for a position at Eclipse di Luna. This month Bostock is saying that when the time came for Hibbert to leave, Eclipse di Luna (a job he had also held previously) had changed their minds and now Hibbert is without work... With Chef Nick Melvin leaving Parish Food & Goods soon for the Empire State South team, a new chef, Joe Schafer (Rainwater, The Globe, Murphy’s, TAP), will be taking over at the Highland Avenue eatery... Longtime Atlanta Chef, Darryl E. Evans, is the new head chef in the kitchen at City Club of Buckhead located on Peachtree in Buckhead. Evans’ career has seen him at many Atlanta venues including Anthony’s on Piedmont, the Cherokee Town & Country Club, Azalea Restaurant, Athen’s Country Club, The Vinings Club, the Grand Hotel Atlanta, Four Seasons Hotel and Villa Christina among others... Pastry Chef Cynthia Long (formerly with Vino Libro) is now serving treats at the meat-and-seafood shop, Sawicki’s, on W. Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur... Another Pastry Chef, Jennifer Von Schlichten (Bocado), has switched venues as well and is now working at Ria Pell’s Inman Park Sauced Restaurant and also selling her wares at the East Atlanta Farmer’s Market... Chef Laurent Tourondel’s BLT Steak, located in the W Hotel Downtown, is welcoming French native Dorine Buche (Seeger’s, Bacchanalia) as the new sommelier to oversee the restaurant’s wine list of over 450 offerings. BLT is also welcoming a new pastry chef as well, Alan O hArgain (Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Kevin Rathbun Steak), a native of Dublin, Ireland.

Sign of the times

Following up on info that year-old Waterhaven Restaurant had closed for renovations, local rumblings are saying they will not reopen. Joe McCarthy (Capital Grille, Houston’s exec) took over the former The Globe space on Fifth Street in Midtown in May of ‘09 to open Waterhaven as “An upscale, casual, farm-to-table American restaurant.”... Open only since January of ‘10, we are following up on info that Gorda Luna Latin Grill, on Alpharetta Street in Roswell, has closed. There is a ‘for lease’ sign in the window... Calabash Vegetairan Kitchen, offering Caribbean-influenced fare on Mitchell Street Downtown, has closed for retail business. However, they are still cooking and have established a delivery system for lunch and dinner each day up to 9 p.m. in the City of Atlanta. Give them a call at 404.755.4805 and they will add you to their daily emails highlighting each day’s offerings... Pappy Red’s BBQ has closed it location in the Tri-County Plaza in Cumming. Here’s a word from Pappy’s: “We are finally done. After a long fight the economy has gotten us. Just this past week we have closed our last exisitng location. We want to thank those of you that ate with us over the years and are deeply sorry for the quality issues the past months. We have done all we could to stay afloat with no light at the end of the tunnel we closed our doors.” The voicemail says they are reopening in the Atlanta area in next couple of weeks. We have left a message for the new address, but haven’t heard back... Dreamz Atl on Clairmont Road in Atlanta opened in May of ‘08 and had closed a couple of months ago to undergo a $1.6 million renovation into a new club, Masion Elan... Bob Amick’s Concentrics Restaurants first transforned a former bank building on Monroe Drive into trendy concept Piebar back in ‘07. The building has since operated as Eros Tapas Bar (closed Oct. ‘09) and most recently as Ixtlan Ultra Lounge which has apparently disappeared. Seems there’s a new sign up and a ‘new to us’ phone message says, “the party you are trying to reach is no longer accepting calls at this number.”... Roger Staggs, Paul Robinson and Roy Wesley debuted their Angus McGee Steakhouse & Grille on N. Broad Street in Monroe back in early ‘09. Today, the website has been parked and the number only answers with a busy signal... The Village Jerk opened in April of this year sharing space with My Sister’s Space on Glenwood Avenue. After only two months, latest rumblings had the eatery closed. Further research found information that indicates a few of the employees decided to call in a false robbery in order to take the rest of the day off. Here’s the latest from Patti at The Village Jerk: “Hello East Atlanta Village - This is Patti from The Village Jerk. I am so sorry it has taken me a week to respond. Right after the dust settled from the unfortunately incident a few weeks ago I had to make some hard decisions about what to do with this business. As much as I hated to close it up, I was basically without a staff. 75% of my staff were my very supportive family members, the others; however, were hired off the street. This situation I found myself in was so unreal, it goes beyond my ability to comprehend. I guess because I don’t think that way. It’s so strange that all I wanted to do was sell my favorite dish, jerk chicken, but this was made more complicated by an untrustworthy staff. Having worked in the restaurant business for 25 years, I would never had imagined this could ever be a thought of employees. I have always been an employee, last job I held for 18 years and never ever thought of betraying my boss, who was a great boss. I am in the process of regrouping and finding the backing to move on and fullfill my dream of restaurant ownership, so I will keep all of you informed so stay tuned.”... The Midtown building on 10th Street that housed the first location of Jocks & Jills for several years until it closed in 2008 had become a new Diner in June of ‘09, Midtown Mediterranean Diner. Recent sightings have the eatery shuttered... Savor Specialty Foods originally started in Buckhead on Roswell Road as a specialty shop offering gourmet fare, high-end kitchenware, artisan cheeses and deli sandwiches. The shop prospered and moved in 2008 to a larger space in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center further South on Peachtree. Sadly the owners have annouced that they have had to close the doors for good.

DINING OUT - Page 4 (Pages Gallery)

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.)

Empire Diner...

The first of four Metro Atlanta Diners (owned by the same group) has opened in the Parkside Shopping Center on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, Empire Diner. Other Diner’s expected in October include the Morrow Diner in the Southlake Pavilion in Morrow, Decatur Diner on E. Ponce de Leon in Decatur and the Auburn Diner in Auburn, GA, that's planned for September. The former Chicago’s/Blue Plate Roadside Cafe space has been transformed into a Mediterranean oasis with neon & chrome Grecian overtones. The open space is highlighted with sky blue ceilings, white marble columns and murals depicting seaside villas. Seating is in overstuffed booths or four-top tables as well as a bar overlooking the open kitchen. The diner serves breakfast, lunch & dinner and a display case in the ‘bakery’ section showcases cakes and baked treats of éclairs, napoleons, pies and canoli amid a mountain of jumbo cookies. The 24/7 menu is far too complicated (over 300 items) to include all the options, so we will just mention a few of dishes in each category. Greek, Italian and American fare is offered throughout beginning with hot or cold appetizers ($4.95 - $9.95) ranging from spanakopita (spinach, scallions, dill & feta cheese in phyllo dough), fried calamari and dolmades (stuffed grape leaves with rice) to chicken fingers, cheese sticks and melintzanosalata (roasted eggplant spread whipped with garlic, herbs & olive oil) among many others. There are nine salads ($3.95 - $8.95) offered as well as burgers ($6.95 - $8.45), specialty sandwiches ($8.95 & $9.95), wraps and melts ($8.95). Other categories include gyros & souvlaki (marinated pork or chicken in pita with tomato, onion & tzatziki sauce), chicken sandwiches, oriental stir-fry and Greek pasta dishes ($6.95 - $16.95). Several dinners, Greek platters and homemade Greek Specialties round out the offerings ($9.95 - $18.95). Empire has also devoted an entire menu to their breakfast selections ranging from omelets, several egg items, egg sandwiches and dishes ‘from the griddle’ to bagels, toast, muffins, breakfast sides and 10 specialty dishes ($1.25 - $11.95). Empire Diner is located at 5920 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, 404.252.7472. Hours 24/7. To download a complete menu, visit

Googie arrives...

The FountainSide Cafe, located at Centennial Olympic Park downtown, was closed in April for a re-conception and a new eatery debuted last month under the new name, Googie Burger. Yep, another burger joint. Located adjacent to the park’s ‘fountain of rings’, Googie is fashioned after New York’s Shake Shack in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park and serves a simple Americana menu. Local designer, ai3, says the space age-style building is similar to the nostalgic fifties drive-ins and diners which were designed with the ‘Googie’ or ‘Do-Wop-style’ of architecture. Used since the 1950s, the genre is characterized by its futuristic look and bold angles that seem to float. At Googie, guests are welcomed by orange-framed walk-up windows and after placing their order, they have the chance to watch the grill from the exhibition kitchen. Googie burgers are hand-formed, seasoned and cooked-to-order on a griddled potato roll. The 'Classic' is served with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and a special signature sauce. Hot dogs, a crispy chicken sandwich and a veggie burger are offered as well. Fries are hand-cut and cooked in non-cholesterol peanut oil. Googie Burger also has a variety of desserts, including the Twinkie and Peanut Butter & Jelly signature shakes. A modern twist on an otherwise old-fashioned menu, Googie offers beer, wine and spiked milkshakes too. Googie Burger is located at Centennial Olympic Park, Downtown, 404.223.4664. Hours are Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. For more info, visit

Global fare...

Moxie Java Bistro was open only a few short months in 2008 before shuttering its doors on W. College Avenue in Decatur. The space was recently revamped and transformed into its newest creation, Isabella’s Cafe. Owner Wambui Maina’s new eatery offers an array of international fare in an international atmosphere surrounded by global photography prints. Spices & herbs are the main attraction on Maina’s menu comprised of family recipes and dishes inspired by her many travels across the globe. Appetizers ($8.95 - $12.95) feature such items as hot & sweet Thai chili or sweet & tangy tamarind chicken wings, a trio of sliders, cheesy buffalo chicken balls, hummus & olive tapenade and samosas. Salads ($7.95 - $9.95) are served with house-made dressings and paninis, sandwiches & burgers ($8.95 - $9.95) include your choice of a side. Sides ($1.95 - $3.95) to choose from include sweet potato tater tots, fries, pepper-jack cheddar mac & cheese, grilled vegetables, Spanish white beans, chipotle-maple black beans, sauteed spinach, steamed basmati rice and a house side salad. Entrees ($10.95 - $13.95) range from spicy Asian orange beef, chicken masala and turkey meatloaf to Swahili shrimp curry and Cajun shrimp & andouille sausage Alfredo among others. Desserts ($5.95) include vanilla cardamom pound cake, hummingbird cake, sweet potato pie, chocolate molten cake and banana pudding with Pepperidge Farm shortbread cookies. Beer and wine (a South African wine list) selections are expected sometime in August. Isabella’s Café is located at 910 W. College Avenue, Decatur, 404.373.7177. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Visit for more info.

Mayan influences...

Ex-graphic designers, Guillermo Gonzalez-Patron & Josafat Alvarado Zemleduch, along with partner Jaroslav Kosut, have debuted their newest venture, Maya Fresh Grill, on Pleasant Hill Road in Lawrenceville serving up a southern Mexican-inspired menu in a ‘graphic’ atmosphere. This eatery has been in the works for over two years. Seating is at tables throughout, a few booths and a couple of high-tops and the interior reflects colorful Mayan themed-art and ceremonial masks. The menu boasts two burgers ($6) ~ The signature Maya with melted white cheese, turkey-ham, beef-salami, lettuce, tomato and avocado; and the Cancun Tropical made with beef or chicken, mango-habanera sauce, white cheese, turkey-ham, grilled pineapple, lettuce and tomato. Both are served with a side of charro beans or French fries and pico de gallo. Other items include quesadillas ($4.25 - $6), soups & salads ($2.50 - $7), wings ($5 - $6.95), grilled loaded potatoes ($6.99 - you design), tacos (takkos on the menu, $5.75 - $6.75), burritos ($5 - $6.25) and desserts ($2.99). Maya Fresh Grill is located at 960 Pleasant Hill Road, Lawrenceville, 770.279.3748. Hours are Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to sunset and Saturday sunset to 2 a.m.

Comfort pub due...

Co-creator’s Sean Keenan (Front Page News, Tijuana Garage) and Chris Blanchard (GM at Front Page News & Tijuana Garage) are hoping to debut their latest concept, Napoleon’s, in mid-August on LaVista Road in Decatur. Billed as a ‘Comfort Pub’ the new upscale tavern will offer an inviting atmosphere featuring natural woods, lantern lighting throughout, exposed beams and warm earth tones to create a relaxed, comfortable space. Outside you will find a patio appointed with cascading water fountains. The chef-driven fare at Napoleon’s was designed by Chef Ryan Aiken (Burrito Art, Indigo Coast Grill, Terra Cotta, Misto, Saba). Aiken’s ‘starter’ list is quite long and ($4.99 - $8.99) features a hummus platter, spinach & artichoke dip, Buffalo chicken wings, catfish fingers, fried oysters, calamari, fried pickles or jalapenos, bean egg rolls, Prince Edward Island mussels, Thai chicken thighs, corn tortilla nachos and oysters on the half-shell. Soups ($2.99 - $5.99) include Brunswick stew, chili and Thai coconut and nine variations of salads ($4.99 - $8.99) are featured. The ‘plates & bowls’ section ($7.99 - $15.99) is extensive as well and a sampling includes braised beef, flat iron steak, fried catfish, saffron risotto, Thai curry crab cakes, salmon and pork tenderloin. There are also several offerings for soft tacos ($2.29 - $3.25), burgers ($6.99 - $9.99), sandwiches ($6.99 - $8.99), fried fare baskets ($8.99 - $9.99) and sides. To quench your thirst they will offer 16 craft beers on tap, 50 bottle beers, a full bar and 14 wines by the glass along with a reserve wine list of 15 bottles. Napoleon’s will be located at 2836 LaVista Road, Vista Grove Shopping Center, Decatur, 404.321.5000. Hours are Monday – Wednesday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. For more details and opening date, visit

Bar, cafe, lounge...

The former Moya Restaurant on Clairmont Road in Decatur has been given a facelift and opened as Selam, a new bar, cafe & lounge. The large open space has a modern vibe with hues of deep red throughout including dark woods and a covered outdoor patio complete with hookah’s, flowing sheers and sleek seating. Selam blends the traditional with contemporary in both ambience and the menu offering authentic Habashan (African in origin) dishes ($3 - $9.99). A small mention of the many dishes include Sambusa (thin dough shells stuffed with minced beef), Ye’ Abesha Gomen (spicy collard greens, onions, garlic & ginger seasoned with house herbs), Doro (spicy chicken stew garnished with a hardboiled egg) and Ye’ Bozena Shiro (dices of marinated beef simmered in a traditional stew of ground peas, beans and house herbs & spices). Libations include wine, beer, a martini list and full-service bar. Selam is located at 1371 Clairmont Road, Decatur, 404.633.6692. Hours are 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. daily. For more info,

Having a Shindig...

Shindig’s Bar-B-Que has opened on Campbellton Road in Atlanta and owner Gary Baker may be opening a second location before 2011 but hasn’t disclosed the possilbe address yet. Baker’s menu is quite basic with simple offerings of BBQ Pork ($1 - $25.99) with the rib sandwich (or dinner with 2 sides & bread), rib tip (or dinner with 2 sides & bread), chop sandwich or dinner and the family slab of ribs with 2 sides & Texas toast. BBQ Chicken offerings ($3.99 - $6.99) include the dark meat or white meat sandwich or dinner. BBQ sausages ($3.99) of chicken or beef are served with onions & peppers and hot dogs vary offering onion & peppers, chili or slaw as toppers ($1.99 - $2.99). Sides ($1.99 - $4.99) range from Brunswick stew, fries, baked or green beans to mac & cheese, potato salad or cole slaw. Two desserts ($1.99 & $2.99), pound cake & sweet potato pie, round out the selection. Shindig’s Bar-B-Cue is located at 3605-B Campbellton Road, Atlanta, 404.228.6665. Hours are Tuesday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - midnight.

Tacos & tequilas...

Jack & Diane’s Bar operated in Chastain Square Shopping Center on Roswell Road for about year before shuttering it doors in late 2009. A major makeover has taken the space to its next concept, Tacos & Tequilas Mexican Grill. The golden-hued interior of tile, stacked-stone and modern-meets-Aztec design creates a clean, open space. There are small pedestals with tequilas on display, brightly colored motifs, scrolled sconces and a brick accent wall. Seating is at booths, tables and at the bar with additional room on the patio. Mexican flavors rule on the menu with offerings of appetizers ($3.50 - $7.99), salads ($4.99 - $10.99), soups ($2.25 - $4.99), nachos ($4.49 - $9.99), quesadillas ($4.75 - $10.99), enchiladas ($6.99 - $8.25), burritos ($7.99 - $10.50), tacos ($9.99 - $10.50), steaks ($10.75 - $14.50), chicken dishes ($9.25 - $12.25), seafood ($11.99 - $13.50), 25 combination dinners ($7.99), vegetarian options, a kid's menu and desserts ($2.85 - $4.99) among many other selections. Specials run each night of the week: Monday ‘Fajita Night’ $7.99, Tuesday ‘Margarita Day’ $3.29 (12 oz.) to $14.99 for a pitcher, Wednesday ‘Draft Beer’ $1.25 (12 oz.) to $5.99 for a pitcher, Thursday ‘Mojito’ $5.99, Friday is live music and Saturday features Mariachi. As the name implies, there are over 50 tequilas offered as well as bottled and draft beer and a wine selection. Tacos & Tequilas Mexican Grill is located at 4279 Roswell Road, Buckhead, 404.705.8225. Hours are Sunday – Wednesday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Thursday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. For more info visit

Japanese & Thai...

Ajima Asian Sushi & Bar has opened in Roswell’s Sweet Apple Village complex serving up the Japanese experience with both classic Japanese and Thai entrees as well as sushi and sashimi. Dining options include a spacious, elegant dining room, an outdoor patio and an intimate, private dining space. The robust menu features roll specials ($9), fried rice ($7 - $9), soups (Asian, hot & sour and seafood, $3 - $8), appetizers ($5 for edamame to $12 for jumbo shrimp cocktail), sushi bar entrees ($16 - $60), sushi or sashimi a la carte ($2 - $4), noodles, entrees ($13 - $32), greens ($6 for seaweed salad to $12 for seafood salad of shrimp, octopus, crab and spicy aioli), hand rolls ($3.50 - $6) and signature rolls ($8 for shrimp tempura to $16 for Sweetheart Roll of fresh salmon, seaweed, mango and avocado with wasabi mayo sauce). Lunch ($8.50 - $9.50), served with miso soup, California roll, pot stickers & rice includes tempura (vegetable, shrimp & chicken) and teriyaki dishes (tofu, chicken, shrimp, salmon, beef & scallop). In addition to the full-service bar, the new eatery also has an extensive selection of organic and special sakes. Ajima Asian Sushi & Bar is located at 12040 Etris Road, Suite 150, Roswell 770.645.3050. Hours are 7 days a week ~ Lunch Monday - Friday beginning 11:30 a.m.; Dinner Monday - Thursday 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., Friday 4:30 p.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. - 11 p.m. & Sunday 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. Visit for more details.

More buns & shakes...

Another burger joint has joined the trend; Buns & Shakes has opened in the Sweet Auburn District downstairs from the Royal Peacock offering dine-in, carryout or delivery. Touting meats, fruits & vegetables that are organic and never frozen, here’s the menu lingo: Round browns - hamburgers ($4.75 for w.5 oz. - $7.50 for 16 oz.); slim buns - hot dogs (with fries $3.25); long buns - sandwiches (with fries $6.75); mean greens - salads (with dressing $4.25 - $5.50), wangs & thangs - chicken wings (with fries & dressing $6.95 - $32.95); and flat buns - pizza (with soft drink $4.25 - $10.95). ‘Special browns’ with fries include the salmon or veggie ($7.50). Shakes ($2) are available in chocolate, vanilla, strawberry & Oreo. Complimentary drinks Monday, Wednesday & Friday 5 - 6 p.m. with $8 food purchase, $2 Tuesdays on selected draft beers and $5 martinis during Happy Hour 5 - 7 p.m. Buns & Shakes is located at 186-A Auburn Avenue, Downtown, 404.577.1277. Hours are Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 12 a.m. and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 a.m.

Sweet Auburn too...

Frozen Cooleys Lemonade
has joined the Sweet Auburn Curb Market mix offering a water-based frozen dessert that is has a long tradition in New England. Natural, fresh, locally grown ingredients will be used for the fat-free, cholesterol free, non-dairy dessert. New flavors will be added when fruits are ‘in season’ such as the Georgia Peach once peach season begins but for staple flavors you can count on Lemon Ice, Cherry, Mango and Vanilla. Frozen Cooleys Lemonade is located at 209 Edgewood Avenue, Downtown, 678.704.1506. Hours are Monday – Friday 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cuban with a twist...

Copa Cabana Cuban Bistro & Bar has opened for lunch-only in John’s Bridge Square on Peachtree Parkway and expects to add dinner hours very soon. The menu ranges in price from $10 - $30 and features Cuban cuisine with a twist. Copa Cabana Cuban Bistro & Bar is located at 5075 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross, 770.300.8999. Hours are Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m and Sunday noon – 9 p.m.

Highland Bakery '2'...

Five-year-old Highland Bakery, situated in the Old Fourth Ward on Highland Avenue, has opened a second Midtown location on Peachtree Street adding Joshua John Russell of Food Network fame and Taria Camerino from Sweet Revolution to the staff. Owner Stacey Eames offers cafe-style dining for breakfast and brunch as well as soups, salads and sandwiches to Midtown’s lunchtime crowd. This scaled-down version of the original also offers its fresh baked breads and pastries and an assortment of signature gourmet coffee drinks. Seating options in the 1,100 sq. ft. space include booths, bar seating, bistro tables and outdoor dining. Highland Bakery is located at 1180 Peachtree Street, Midtown, 404.835.3130. Hours are 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.

Philly cheesesteaks & more...

Originally established in 1988, Slack’s Hoagie Shack expanded throughout the Philadelphia area and has now opened its first Georgia unit, Slack’s Restaurant & Bar, an upscale version in Brookhaven. Appetizers ($3 - $9) begin with fries, mozzarella sticks, fried shrimp, calamari, fried green beans and chicken tenders as well as wings, soups and salads including a house, antipasto, Caesar, arugula and tomato, mozzarella & red onion. Philly steaks and hoagies ($7 - $10) are served with chips & pickles and range from the American, Italian and turkey to the corned beef, roast beef and a pastrami, among many others. Hot, club or deli sandwiches and burgers are also featured ($7 - $9) in addition to jumbo hotdogs, wraps, desserts ($3 - $9) and a full-service bar. Slack’s Restaurant & Bar is located at 305 Brookhaven Avenue, Atlanta, 404.602.5558.

More cheesesteaks til 3 a.m...

Opened in 1975 by David Pastoria, Woody’s Famous Philadelphia Cheesesteaks had become an Atlanta landmark of sorts on Monroe Drive serving up Philly cheesesteaks, subs, hot dogs and ice cream. Recently revamped and reopened by new owner, Steven Renner, Woody’s has added vegetarian options and has converted the drive-thru into a pet-friendly patio for additional seating. There are also a few booths inside as well. Parking is limited. Woody’s Cheesesteaks is located at 981 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, 404.876.1939. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday - Thursday and 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. Friday & Saturday.

Shabby, chic gathering...

The Funky Monkey Coffeehouse, owned by former ‘Atlanta & Company’ co-host & CNN Anchor Holly Firfir along with husband Shawn Arnold (former guitarist for Memory Dean), has opened in the Irwin Street Market in the Old Fourth Ward. This new casual, shabby chic coffeehouse is a comfy place to find organic coffees (Batdorf & Bronson), a community bookshelf, board games, free wi-fi, communal gatherings in overstuffed seating or large farm tables and evenings filled with live music. Eats and treats are close by at Soul Café and Jake’s Ice Cream located next door. The Funky Monkey is located at 660 Irwin Street in the Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta. Hours are 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday.


•5 Seasons Brewing, 3 Locations
Brick Store Pub, Decatur
•Fado Irish Pub, Buckhead
•Gordon Biersch, Midtown/Buckhead
•Holeman & Finch Public House, Buckhead
•Leon’s Full Service, Decatur
•Manuel’s Tavern, N. Highland
•Max Lager’s, Downtown
•Park Tavern, Downtown
•Six Feet Under, 2 Locations
•Summits Wayside Tavern, 3 Locations
•Taco Mac, Several Locations
•TAP A Gastropub, Downtown
•The Porter Beer Bar, Little 5 Points
•The Bookhouse Pub, Ponce de Leon
•The Glenwood Gastro Pub, E. Atlanta
•The Marlay House, Decatur
•The Midway Pub, East Altanta
•Twain’s Billiards & Tap, Decatur
•Young Augustine’s, Grant Park

•August 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd ~ 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; plus food pairings. 131 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, 404.687.0500,

•August 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th ~ 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,

•August 7th ~ Saturday
The 5 Seasons Beer BQ
5 Seasons North ~ 1 - 6 p.m.
Chef Dave and the Gang will be doing up a whole a mess of BBQ: Ribs, wings, brisket, pork, boar, chicken & beef, sides and 12 sauces. $20 All-You-Can-Eat BBQ and $3 drafts. $3 pints of BR-549 Pale Ale, Plan B IPA, Watermelon Wheat, Venus and the new Beatnik Bohemian Pilsner. Reservation - 770.521.5551. 3655 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta.

•August 8th ~ Sunday
Beer 101 Class
5 Seasons North ~ 5 - 6:30 p.m.
The course will be very low key, educational and fun discussing the ingredients in beer, the process of brewing, tour of the brewery, a tasting of 5 beers and pairing two of the beers with small plates. It is designed for any level of beer knowledge. Reservations are required and you do have to be 21 or older, call 770.521,5551 or email The cost is $15 per person and includes the 5 beers samples and 2 small plates. 3655 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta.

•August 13th ~ Friday
Freaky Friday Brewpub Crawl
Begins at 6 p.m.
5 Seasons Westside, Twain’s and Max Lager’s have joined forces for a ‘crawl’ night. A bus is going to drive in a loop between all three locations for about 5 or 6 hours. Each place is going to have a special cask just for the evening with $3 pints. There will be other beers on tap as well. Tickets are $5 in advance ($9 at the bus). You can get tickets at any of the three places. 1000 Marietta St., Atlanta, 404.875.3232.

•August 14th ~ Saturday
Heritage Beer Fest
Sandy Springs ~ 4 - 8 p.m.
1st Annual Heritage Beer Fest, (21 and over) $25. 6110 Bluestone Road, Sandy Springs,

•August 21st ~ Saturday
Highland Beer Fest
Inman Park ~ noon - 6 p.m.
Highland Beer Fest on North Highland Avenue, between Elizabeth Street and Inman Village Parkway, showcases one of Atlanta’s most popular corridors and benefits the Inman Park Security Patrol. The Fest will feature over 100 craft beers (domestic and imported), cuisine from nine local restaurants and live entertainment from several bands. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Visit for parking info. ATL Cruzers, will provide golf cart shuttles to the MARTA Station and neighborhood homes.


visiting the past & future: The Waffle House Museum, located at 2719 East College Avenue in Decatur, is typically only open to the public by appointment. However, on Saturday, August 7 from noon to 3 p.m. the public is welcome and admission is free. This is the site of the first-ever Waffle House restaurant that opened in 1955 complete with ‘55 decor and memorabilia from the restaurant’s 54-year history. The chain has grown to 1,600 restaurants in 25 states with about 200 of them located in the Metro Atlanta area. If you’re interested in visiting the Waffle House Museum at another day and time, call 770.326.7086 to schedule an appointment. Now, we flash forward to 2010 Waffle House news: In mid-July the AJC ran the story of Lucy Bell Booker Shelton, a 47-year employee of Waffle House, who had passed away a few days earlier at the age of 85. The story said that in 1952 she moved from Madison, GA to Atlanta and began waitressing at the Wagon Wheel restaurant on the corner of 10th and Peachtree Streets. Know as ‘Miss Lucy’ to her customers, she developed a loyal following with her welcoming presence and ability to remember her customers names. It was said, “That if you came in the restaurant and Miss Lucy didn’t know your name, you were from out of town.” In 1957, Joe Rogers, Sr. and his partner, Tom Forkner, purchased the Wagon Wheel and turned it into their second Waffle House unit. Lucy stayed at the Peachtree location until it closed in the 1960s then transferred to Clarkston and eventually East Point where she spent her last 16 years with Waffle House.

1/2 priced bar menu at ray’s: Snap out of the summer doldrums by tilting back some cold ones at Ray’s Restaurants and trying the new half-priced bar menu appetizers from 3 - 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ray’s on the River, Ray’s in the City and Ray’s Killer Creek all offer shrimp cocktail with atomic horseradish, Ray’s New Orleans BBQ shrimp with BBQ beer butter sauce on Boursin grit cake, their famous Maytag bleu cheese chips, crispy calamari, oysters Rockefeller and a dozen fresh, shucked oysters with atomic cocktail sauce and champagne mignonette ($4 - $11). Ahi tuna tataki with wasabi, ginger and soy sauce make the list at Ray’s on the River and Ray’s Killer Creek; Ray’s in the City swaps out tataki for the sushi. Ray’s on the River, 6700 Powers Ferry Road; 770.955.1187. Ray’s Killer Creek, 1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta; 770.649.0064. Ray’s in the City, 240 Peachtree Street, NW; 404.524.9224.

w welcomes gross & stevens: The restaurant, MARKET, located in the W Hotel Buckhead at 3377 Peachtree Road ( has announced the addition of two new members of the staff, chef David Gross and general manager Tim Stevens. Gross has been picked to lead the kitchen bringing chef/creator Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s dishes to life. After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America, Gross began his career as sous chef at The Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta and then became executive chef at City Grill Downtown. Gross’ other area restaurants include Pricci, Bluepointe, Horizon, Blue Ridge Grill and Bones. His experience reaches as far as Switzerland, where he worked as the Garde Manger, meaning ‘keeper of the food,’ at Chateau Gutsch in 2001. Stevens, chosen for his reputation and experience with some of the south’s top restaurants, joined the food service industry at age 15 waiting tables at a local country club in Clearwater, FL. Later, while studying at Georgia State University, Stevens began working at Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s Nava, and within a year was promoted to general manager. In 2000, Stevens was again promoted to work as a multi-store operator with Buckhead Life simultaneously overseeing operations at Chops Steakhouse, Chops Lobster Bar, The Club at Chops and Nava. In 2003, he moved to Birmingham, AL where he ultimately purchased La Dama Pizzeria, a neighborhood pizzeria in the Liberty Park area, in 2005.

grass-fed goes solar: When the farm’s been in the same family for 140 years, you can ‘steak’ a bet they’re doing something right. Welcome to White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, GA, the largest certified organic farm in the state. Owner Will Harris abstains from giving his cattle antibiotics, hormone implants or food containing animal byproducts. Grass-fed beef is higher in beta carotene, vitamin E, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and omega 3 fatty acids, making it a healthier choice than conventionally raised natural or organic beef (yes, there’s a difference between organic and grass-fed organic beef). Harris has also announced that Hannah Solar, an Atlanta-based solar and renewable energy firm, has installed the largest solar barn in the Southeast at his farm. The 50-kilowatt installation will save Harris 30 percent in energy costs for his entire farm. White Oak Pastures farm is located at 22775 Highway 27 in Bluffton, GA, 229.641.2081.

ted’s two new: Ted’s Montana Grill has introduced a couple of new menu items. Bison Nachos ($6) are a twist on the classic and start with freshly fried yellow corn tortillas smothered with Karen’s ‘Flying D’ Bison Chili then topped with pepper jack cheese, tomatoes, green onions, jalapeños and sour cream. Joining Ted’s roster of burgers is the new Red Rock Burger ($12). Named after Ted Turner’s Ranch in Montana, it starts with grilled Angus Beef or an all-natural bison patty, then it’s covered with pepper jack cheese, jalapenos, chopped cilantro and fried onion straws. To add to the heat, it’s topped with special Z-sauce and served on a toasted ciabatta roll along with a side of housemade French fries.

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Cheeky Taqueria...

“Redefining Mexican Cuisine, One Gringo at a Time” is the motto of Cheeky Taqueria in Suwanee and its new sister restaurant on Peachtree Parkway in Cumming. Cheeky in Suwanee touts itself as America’s first establishment to offer beer taps at the table where you can pour-as-you-go. And now Cheeky in Cumming is saying it’s the first in the world to feature J.C.’s Pourhouse and interactive beer tables. Cheeky’s lively fare offers thirty original dishes paired with nine salsas made fresh daily and features appetizers ($6.50 for freshly prepared guacamole to $9 for ceviche or crab cake fritters), soups & salads ($4 - $8), sandwiches ($8 for the Cuban to $9 for the 8 oz. Angus burger or the grilled skirt steak, topped with queso fresco, avocado, onions, tomatoes, lettuce on a crisp roll), custom built tacos ($2 & $3 ranging from crab cake, Buffalo chicken, chicken, pork, fish, shrimp, steak or veggie) and plates ($8 - $15) including the shrimp & spinach quesadilla, stuffed pepper, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas (also shrimp), chimichangas and chicken tostadas. At the bar fresh fruit is hand-cut for specialty cocktails and Margarita connoisseurs. There is also an extensive beer and wine list, nine high definition plasma TV’s and ice cold beer poured right out of the middle of six marble top tables in the bar area using Cheeky’s ‘MyTap’ system. And, when the wall of glass garage doors is rolled up you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoor patio. Cheeky Taqueria is located at 410 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, 770.888.9940. Hours are 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Friday & Saturday and 11 a.m. – midnight Sunday. For more info, visit

Roswell's new Cafe...

Roswell has a new stop for Breakfast & Lunch, Biscuit Man Cafe on Woodstock Road. Breakfast items are served all-day and begin with Southern buttermilk biscuits in several combinations ($2.49 - $2.89) from sausage and bacon to turkey bacon, a hot link, country ham or the steak biscuit. Add an egg (.65¢) or cheese (.40¢) to customize it. The biscuits (.99¢) can also be purchased by the 1/2 dozen ($5.25) or baker’s dozen ($9.79). Biscuit Man specialties include the Stack ($4.29 - grits, crumbled bacon or sausage, egg & cheese piled in a bowl between a biscuit); a Breakfast Casserole ($3.89 - sausage, egg & cheese with bacon served with a biscuit); and the Fruit Parfait ($3.59 - mixed fruit, lowfat yogurt & granola). In addition to side dishes (.80¢ - $2.60) of grits, cheese grits and a fruit cup, assorted muffins, cakes, cookies and desserts are also offered. Lunch options include sandwiches, soup ($1.89 - $2.99) and sides of potato salad, pasta salad or chips ($1.19 - $1.45). Sandwiches ($3.49 - $6.89) are served with your choice of a side and bread (sourdough, multi-grain, whole wheat or white) and include turkey & bacon, ham & cheese, roast beef, pimento cheese, a BLT, chicken or tuna salad, a grilled cheese and the PB & J. Biscuit Man Café is located at 11255 Woodstock Road, Roswell, 770.998.8200. Hours are 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday – Friday and 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.

'Flying' in Roswell...

Speaking of biscuits in Roswell, local Flying Biscuit Cafe franchisee, Barbara Juhan, has opened her second location in a former Artuzzi’s space on Alpharetta Highway in Roswell. Juhan opened her first unit in March of ‘09 on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Since its opening in 1993 by Delia Champion, the Flying Biscuit has become known for its non-stop breakfast menu featuring such dishes as the high flyer (two large eggs served with chicken sausage, grits and an organic oatmeal pancake topped with peach compote and maple syrup), the smoked salmon scrambler (three large eggs scrambled with wood-smoked salmon and dill cream cheese served with grits) and egg-ceptional eggs (two large eggs over medium on black bean cakes topped with oven-roasted tomatillo salsa, feta cheese & sour cream with grits) as well as lunch and dinner favorites - turkey meatloaf & pudge (an old family recipe for garlic & basil mashed potatoes), love cakes (three black bean and cornmeal cakes topped with tomatillo salsa, sour cream, feta cheese and red onions), vegan Southern-style burrito and fried egg salad (two eggs over medium, oven-roasted rosemary potatoes and crisp turkey bacon on a bed of field greens tossed with balsamic vinaigrette and drizzled with spicy chipotle aioli) to only name a few. Fluffy biscuits accompany all of the dishes. Flying Biscuit is located at 100779 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell, 770.594.5919. Hours are 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. seven days a week. For more info, visit

Brooklyn Joe's Two...

Owner Brian Miller (also founder of Alessio’s Restaurant) has debuted a second location of his Brooklyn Joe’s Pizza Pasta & Grill on Cumming Highway in Canton. His first opened in late ’08 on Highway 9 North in Milton. Offering eat-in & take-out the menu is extensive featuring a variety of appetizers ($2.95 for garlic sticks to $8.95 for fried calamari), hot wings, soups ($2.50 - $4.50), pasta dishes ($7.95 - $10.95), pizza ($9.25 - $14.95), salads ($3.50 for the house salad to $8.95 for Ebbet’s Field Salad of mixed greens, grilled chicken, gorgonzola cheese, dried cranberries, candied walnuts, apple slices and mango-pineapple vinaigrette), paninis ($7.95), calzones & strombolis ($6.95 - $16.50), desserts ($2.95 - $5.50) and several items from ‘Joe’s Deli’ ($7.50 - $7.95). A couple of the favorites include Joe’s specialty, lasagna, made of pasta layered with ricotta cheese, meat sauce, Italian sausage & marinara sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese; or the chicken panini made with grilled chicken breast, tomatoes, pesto sauce and provolone cheese. Brooklyn Joe’s Pizza Pasta & Grill is located in the Canton Marketplace, 2060 Cumming Highway, Canton, 770.720.7700. Hours are Monday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. and lunch is served daily until 4 p.m. For more details, visit

Buford's new Tavern...

Husband and wife team, Greg and Christy Duriez, recently debuted their newest creation, Firesalt Tavern, on Buford Village Way in Buford in the former Sean’s American Bistro and Bella Vita space. The duo serves up an extensive menu, fully stocked bar and live music on Friday & Saturday nights in an upscale, relaxed atmosphere. Their chef, Felix, has put together an extensive locally sourced menu with special attention to the steak selection and influences from Mexican, Cajun, Italian and American fare. Starters ($7 - $13) begin with chicken lollipops (fried mild wings with coca-cola braised onions), spinach artichoke dip, fried green tomatoes and a crab cake and continue with fish tacos, crawfish etoufee, enchiladas, beef empanadas, fried mushrooms, mozzarella sticks, seared Ahi tuna, Tavern chips with hot bleu cheese and chicken tenders. Salads (served with homemade dressing) and soups ($5 - $13) include Ahi Tuna salad, a Southern fried chicken, steak with bleu cheese, the classic Caesar and the Tavern salad. Soup choices are the chili, loaded potato, Louisiana Gumbo or the sampler, a tasting of all three. Entrees ($14 - $27) range from chicken cordon bleu, seared scallops and a 16 oz. ribeye to an 8 oz. filet, a 14 oz. Angus N. Y. strip, shrimp & grits, a fish-of-the-day, applewood smoked baby back ribs, blackened chicken Alfredo, vegetable pasta and pan seared salmon. Sides range from an additional $3 to $5. Burgers and sandwiches ($8 - $12) are served with your choice of fries, a side salad or mac n’ cheese and includes among many others the Firesalt Burger with bacon, cheddar and duxelles (mushrooms minced with onions, shallots, butter & herbs). Desserts ($4 - $7) include key lime pie, cheesecake, shortcake, a brownie Sundae, lava cake and a root beer float. Firesalt Tavern is located at 33 Buford Village Way, Buford, 770.932.6284. Hours are Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – midnight. Visit for info.

Havana to Alpharetta...

Mangos Cuban Cuisine Cafe has arrived on N. Point Parkway in Alpharetta serving fare straight from Havana in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Some of the specialties include the Cuban sandwich, Paella with seafood and rice, Ropa Vieja with shredded beef and of course, black beans. Other items include appetizers ($4.25 for fried green plantain chips to $8.95 for crab cakes or fried calamari), soups & salads ($5.95 - $8.25), main dishes with choice of two sides ($10.95 for yellow rice & chicken or roasted pork with sauteed onions to $13.95 for thin sliced marinated grilled top sirloin with sautéed onions), seafood ($14.95 for shrimp scampi or grilled snapper to $16.95 for pineapple stuffed with seafood mix and cooked in a creamy sauce), sandwiches ($7.25 - $8.95) and vegetarian plates ($4.25 - $6.95). A Lunch special runs until 2 p.m. Monday - Friday and includes a drink for $7.25. Mangos Cuban Cuisine Café is located at 5950 N. Point Parkway, Alpharetta, 770.752.8124. Hours are Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Arrives in Grant Park...

Local designer/owner Terry Barbu (Opera at 1150) has introduced a new concept, Republic Social House, to the Grant Park area as Six Feet Under’s neighbor in the Jane Complex. Other nearby eateries include Young Augustine’s, Ria’s Bluebird and Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, all on Memorial Drive. Local blogs are all a buzz about Republic’s stylish 125-seat rooftop bar & patio comprised of cedar overlooking the downtown skyline and Oakland Cemetery. Recent rumblings were also saying a communal table at Republic as well as walls and bar rails were built from trees destroyed by the tornado that hit downtown Atlanta a couple of years ago. The ground floor of the new pub is the stage for a large bar surrounded by warm hues, flat screen TVs and rich woods that scream elegant ambiance. Chef Will Tracey has designed a menu ($1.45 - $12.95) of gourmet bar food showcasing favorites such as onion rings, spinach & artichoke dip, sweet potato fries (with cinnamon & powdered sugar), mac & cheese, quesadillas, wraps, cole slaw, wings, sandwiches (such as a grilled salami & prosciutto, pulled pork and a New York strip sandwich with pepper jack cheese), chicken fingers, signature melts (such as seared ahi tuna with muenster cheese and ginger wasabi dressing), grilled cheeses (several to choose from including fried eggplant with mozzarella & marinara) and double burgers (including ostrich). For spirits, there are several local beers on tap as well as bottled along with the full service bar selections and nightly drink specials including drink combos (one option is 1 draft beer, 1 well drink & a shot for $7). Republic Social House is located at 437-C Memorial Drive, Atlanta, 404.577.3997. Hours are 11 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. Monday – Saturday and 11 a.m. – midnight Sunday. As of our print date the website,, was under construction.

An English Tavern...

Owners Miguel & Rachel Ayoub (Tavern at Medlock, American Ale House) have taken the former La Madeline Bakery building on Powers Ferry in Marietta and transformed it into The Rose & Crown English Tavern. The 4,600 sq. ft. Tavern, Pub, Sports Bar seats 175 and features pool tables, a well-stocked bar, two-sided fireplace, outdoor patio dining and 15 TVs (13 inside, 2 on the patio). The full menu is served all night and features American fare with a traditional English twist offering appetizers ($5.95 - $8.95) such as grilled andouille bits with Creole mustard, crab cakes, fried pickles, Southern shrimp & grits, sliders, wings, a quesadilla, spinach & artichoke dip, loaded potato skins and Tavern nachos. House-made burgers and sandwiches ($7.95 - $13.95) are served with your choice of fries (French or sweet potato) or chips and include ‘The Pounder’ burger - A 16 oz. double beef patty served all the way. Sandwich options range from the Reuben, chicken, prime rib or chicken salad to the tuna melt, fish tacos, a classic club, the BLT, a veggie and the crab cake in a toasted croissant with spring mix, tomato and citrus may. Starter ($4.25 - $4.95 for house, Caesar or wedge) as well as Entree salads ($8.50 - $9.50) are on the menu in addition to dinner entrees ($9.95 - $19.95) such as bangers & mash, fish & chips, shepherd’s pie, roasted chicken, NY strip, marsala pasta, prime rib, salmon, North GA mountain trout, seafood pasta, pork tenderloin, a crab cake (4) dinner with your choice of two sides and a vegetable plate (choose 4). 16 drafts are available including Guinness, Sweetwater, Stella, Bud Light, Miller Light and more as well as specialty martinis and a wine bar. Rose and Crown Tavern is located at 1931 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta, 770.933.5595. Hours are Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 2 a.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - midnight. Visit

Serving the Southside...

Local chef, Jose Rego (Allegro, South City Kitchen, Sotto Sotto, Fritti, La Lupe), has fulfilled his dream and opened his own restaurant, Taco Rancho Mexican Taqueria, on Atlanta’s Southside. It is located in a freestanding building in the back of the State Farmer’s Market in Forest Park and serves breakfast & lunch all day, every day. Breakfast ($2.50 - $5.75) begins at 7 a.m. and is served with Mexican-style home fries or French fries and features huevos rancheros with two eggs any-style, corn tortilla chicken lasagna topped with two eggs any-style, a three egg omelet and the Buford Highway omelet made with three eggs, carne asada, mushrooms, caramelized onions, bell peppers and chiuhuahua cheese. Breakfast burritos or sandwiches (tortas) are filled with refried beans, onions, peppers and cheese and include Mexican chorizo, slow smoked pork, ham or wood-grilled steak. Other menu items include appetizers ($2.50 - $6.95) ranging from guacamole, queso dip, smoked wings, tamales, corn on the cob, Mexican-style shrimp and ceviche. Soups and salads ($2.50 - $4.50) are also available as well as sandwiches ($5.75 - $5.95 with one side), quesadillas ($3.95 - $6.50), tacos ($1.95 - $2.25), Burritos ($4.75 - $6.25) and traditional plates ($5.95 - $7.95) served with two sides including wood-grilled marinated chicken, enchiladas, slow braised goat, fajitas, wood-grilled tilapia and chile relleno. Taco Rancho Mexican Taqueria is located at 16 Forest Parkway, Building 38, Forest Park, 404.366.1968. Hours are Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more info,

Otter's arrives...

Tennessee-based Otter’s Chicken has opened its first Georgia unit in the Avenue West Cobb in Marietta. The family-friendly, laid-back, sports-themed chain has six other locations in Tennessee and Louisiana and is an Ode to Animal House rush Chairman ‘Otter’ Stratton. Partners Talbott Ottinger, Stuart Ottinger, Charlie Fitzgerald and Steve Logan created the concept in 2003 keeping things simple by offering buckets of beer, TVs for game watching and chicken tenders served a variety of ways. Chicken fans have options with their choice of fried, grilled or buffalo chicken tenders (4 for $5.79 includes 1 sauce and Texas toast) served in boxes ($5.09 - $8.99), wraps ($5.79), sandwiches ($5.79), sliders (4 for $4.99) or salads ($1.49 - $7.29). Sides include fries, chips, cole slaw, fried pickles, fried mushrooms and Texas toast (.79¢ - $5.29). In addition to draft & bottled beer, wine is also available. Otter’s Chicken is located at 3625 Dallas Highway, The Avenue West Cobb, Marietta, 770.428.8333. Hours are Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 ap.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. For more info,

Alpha Soda celebrates 90 years in Alpharetta...

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(As Atlanta moves-and-shakes into the next century, it often threatens to become too big, glitzy and impersonal for its own good. Too many businesses don’t even see a first birthday. the hudspeth report wants to recognize the nightclubs and restaurants that have become mainstays on this everchanging nightlife and cuisine scene and that have not only survived, but have thrived.)

Established in 1920 by Louis Jones, Alpha Soda on Haynes Bridge in Alpharetta began as a drug store soda fountain and today is serving up traditional homemade Southern fare all day, every day. It’s the oldest standing business in the city of Alpharetta changing hands and locations several times throughout the years. From its beginning on Main Street in 1920 to a move in 1986 to Alpha Drugs, another to Alpharetta Crossing Shopping Center in 1991 and then current owners, George Petrakopoulos & Sam Mellas, moving to the current address in 1995 on the restaurant’s 75th Anniversary just blocks from its birthplace. In 2002, the duo renovated the current building to a nostalgic 1920s Art Deco-era theme. The diner offers three home-style meals a day, a soda fountain and two cases filled with dessert. The menu spans the gamut from chili cheeseburgers to rainbow trout, with a larger-than-usual children’s menu. Breakfast ($2.99 - $12.99) is served all day and offers omelets (combo, three-egg, Southwestern, vegetarian and country ham), scramblers (Greek, Italian sausage, huevos rancheros, chicken fajita, flank steak and a tofu-veggie), pancakes, Belgian waffles, French toast (honey wheat, golden brown or classic), eggs any-style with sides as well as eggs benedict (Florentine with sauteed spinach, country served on an open-faced biscuit, Yankee with corned beef hash and crab benedict served with two Maryland crab cakes). There is also a Chef’s creation ($8.75), a layer of fries and corned beef hash topped with three eggs, covered with hollandaise sauce & cheddar cheese and served with a toasted English muffin. The ‘signature’ breakfast at Alpha Soda let’s you design-your-own from a large selection of options ranging from the two-egg fried sandwich, California crab & eggs and a vegetarian hummus breakfast to a bowl of yogurt or oatmeal and the steak or pork chop & eggs item. Daily breakfast specials ($1.99 - $7.99) are served 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. and vary daily. For non-breakfast selections, there are appetizers ranging from homemade potato chips seasoned with Old Bay and bleu cheese ($2.99), roasted red pepper hummus ($4.25), chicken tenders or wings, Maryland crab cakes ($6.99) and onion rings to nachos ($3.99), quesadillas ($3.99) or loaded fries ($3.99). There are twenty salad ($2.99 - $8.99) choices including ‘Signature’ selections as well as ‘International’ offerings and a soup-of-the-day combo. Several wraps, burgers, melts, pananis & sandwiches ($5.99 - $8.99) are also on the menu and are served with a pickle, dipping sauce and choice of a side. A different made-from-scratch Southern ‘Blue Plate’ special is offered all day, each day for $6.99 and served with two veggies, a cornbread muffin or roll and butter. Alpha soda also features seafood fare as well as classic steak & chops dishes including London broil, pork tenderloin, beef liver, NY strip and ribeye ($8.99 - $13.99). The menu wouldn’t be complete without traditional soda fountain treats and extensive dessert options ($1.99 - $4.99). There is also a full bar serving domestic and imported beer, wine and liquors. Alpha Soda is located at 11760 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 770.442.3102. Hours are breakfast, lunch & dinner seven days a week. For menu details,


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Celebrating tomatoes, 'Sharing Our Strength' and new menus...

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Ruby red globes, sweet golden cherries, sweet and juicy heirlooms ~ tomatoes are the crown jewels of summer and worthy of honoring with a royal feast. La Tavola Trattoria’s 8th annual Tomatofeast celebrates this ‘king of the vine’ in multiple garden-fresh dishes through Saturday, August 7. Load up on your favorites a la carte or choose the $30 three-course prix fixe menu. La Tavola Trattoria: 992 Virginia Avenue, NE; 404.873.5430.

More ‘maters’...

On Sunday, August 8 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., JCT. Kitchen & Bar is hosting an event to celebrate some of the South’s best chefs, farmers and mixologists, who will join forces to benefit Georgia Organics in an event known as the second annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival. Tickets: $50 per person, $45 for Georgia Organics members if purchased by August 1. After August 1, $65 per person. Tickets can be purchased at or at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market. Top Tomato, JCT’s Ford Fry, is heading up the celebration and turning his restaurant into a tomato sanctuary that will also span the upstairs bar and outdoor courtyard area. Participating chefs include: Jay Swift of 4th & Swift; David Larkworthy of 5 Seasons; Anne Quatrano of Abattoir, Bacchanalia, Star Provisions, Floataway Cafe and Quinones; Gerry Klaskala of Aria; Todd Ginsberg of Bocado; Carvel Grant Gould of Canoe; John Currence of City Grocery; Kevin Maxey of Craft; Mike Lata of FIG; Hugh Acheson of Five and Ten and The National; Chris Hasting of Hot and Hot Fish Club; Craig Richards of La Tavola Trattoria; Bruce Logue of La Pietra Cucina; Gary Mennie of Livingston; Steven Satterfield of Miller Union; Keira Moritz of Pacci Ristorante and AltoRex Rooftop Lounge; Mark Alba of Paces 88; Hector Santiago of Pura Vida; Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun’s, Kevin Rathbun Steak and Krog Bar; Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch Public House; Ron Eyester of Rosebud; Scott Serpas of Serpas True Food; Jenny Levison of Souper Jenny; Eddie Hernandez of Taqueria del Sol; and Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill. Each featured chef will be paired with a local farmer to create a yummy tomato dish while the featured mixologists will stir up their own signature cocktails. JCT. Kitchen & Bar is located in Atlanta’s Westside Urban Market at 1198 Howell Mill Road. For reservations, 404.355.2252 or

Fighting childhood hunger...

Share Our Strength invites Georgians to join the fight against childhood hunger at the fourth annual Give Me Five: Five Chefs and Five Sommeliers, an evening of gourmet food and wine on Sunday, August 22 at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Beginning with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m., guests will enjoy a six-course dinner with wine pairings selected by the chefs and sommeliers. The five participating chefs are Michael Diehl of East Lake Golf Club, Kevin Walker of Cherokee Town & Country Club, Gary Donlick of Bistro Niko, Jay Yarborough of The Piedmont Driving Club and Hector Santiago of Pura Vida. There will also be a commentary for each wine and food pairing by five of Georgia’s sommeliers, including Angela Head of East Lake Golf Club, Stephen Clark of the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation, Eric Crane of Empire Distributors, Andres Loazia of Aria Restaurant and Matt Bradford of Canoe Restaurant. There will be live and silent auctions featuring a variety of unique items. Tickets: $275 per person, $2,500 for table of ten. Tickets can be purchased online at For info, 770.436.5151 or visit

Dining Downtown...

Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week is back. The two-week event continues through Sunday, August 8 and features three-course meals at some of the top restaurants in Atlanta’s Downtown Dining District. There are no coupons, vouchers or any sort of ticket needed. Simply visit any participating restaurant and take advantage of the discounts. Each of the three-course meals will feature an appetizer, entree and dessert. Beverages, tax and gratuities are not included. Participating restaurants and menus are available at Pacci Ristorante in Midtown is joining the relief efforts for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill by holding a “We Cook While They Clean” fundraiser. Continuing until the fishermen are back at sea, one dollar from every seafood dish on the Pacci lunch and dinner menus will be donated to the Gulf Relief Foundation (a nonprofit providing relief to the Gulf Coast fishing community and its families). Pacci Ristorante is located at 866 West Peachtree Street, NW, adjacent to the Hotel Palomar; 678.412.2402... Star Provisions cheesemonger Tim Gaddis is hosting a series of interactive tasting events featuring unique cheeses paired with complementing handcrafted beers and wines the first Thursday of the month through December 2nd at 7 p.m. Seminars will alternate monthly between Abattoir, highlighting beer pairings and Star Provisions, highlighting the wine pairings. Tickets are $25. For reservations, 404.365.0410 ext. 132. You can also follow Gaddis on Twitter@timthecheeseman.

Menu additions...

On any given Sunday afternoon before Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in Milton opens for dinner service, guests can find Operating Partner Jimmy Carter behind the restaurant harvesting vegetables and herbs for the upcoming week’s list of specials. Carter planted an elaborate vegetable and herb garden in August of ‘09 and has been harvesting crops since May of this year. This isn’t your grandmother’s garden; with more than 30 different organic vegetables and herbs, Milton’s brings new meaning to farm fresh. “The restaurant itself is housed in a 150-year-old farmhouse located in historic Crabapple and is part of the traditional agricultural district of North Fulton, so it just makes sense for that aspect to come full circle and end with what we put on the table for guests,” says Carter. Each night of the week, Milton’s Partner/Executive Chef Boyd A. Rose creates anywhere from four to eight appetizer and entree specials based on what Carter collects from the farm. Here’s a sampling of produce that is thriving: Bush Jubilee Watermelon, White Acre Peas, Lemon Cucumbers, Dixie Lillie White Lima Beans, Detroit Dark Red Beets, Red Sails Lettuce, Black Beauty Eggplant, Perkins Okra, Cherokee Purple Tomatoes and Valencia Jumbo Peanuts, just to name a few. Even the bar at Milton’s turns out Carter’s crops with such concoctions as cucumber infused iced tea and the Cucumbertini. And, in addition, Indian corn and sunflowers were planted to use as table decorations around the restaurant. Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is located at 780 Mayfield Road in Milton. For more info, call 770.817.0161 or visit Chef Gary Mennie’s Livingston Restaurant + Bar in the Georgian Terrace on Peachtree has new summer menu additions as well: potato croquettes with chorizo, tomato and lime; foie gras brulee with pepper cracker and green tomato; short rib ravioli with honey, horseradish and crispy onion; crab cakes with yuzu, Thai basil and toasted sesame; tuna crudo with pistachio, lemon mint and candied mustard; sweet corn soup with tarragon foam and tomato; Atlantic halibut with baby artichokes, snap peas and candied orange (pictured); and lamb chops with garlic sausage, fennel and basil. Livingston Restaurant and Bar is located across from The Fox Theatre in the Georgian Terrace Hotel at 659 Peachtree Street NE. For more info, visit, 404.897.1991... The Sun Dial’s Executive Chef Christian Messier’s new menu highlights dishes inspired by all things summer. Select items include house-made fried doughnut holes, three-cheese quiche and tequila marinated sirloin steak and egg at brunch. There is also Georgia peach salad and a cranberry pecan chicken salad wrap at lunch. The new dinner menu brings sweet corn bisque, Georgia peach salad, Key West snapper and peach glazed salmon. Located in the Westin Hotel on Peachtree, the Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View is Atlanta’s only tri-level dining complex featuring a revolving restaurant, a rotating cocktail lounge and an observatory View Level offering a 360-degree panorama of the Atlanta skyline. For reservations call 404.589.7506 or visit Morton’s The Steakhouse also started summer off with a selection of new menu items. Newly added ‘bar bites’ include crab cake BLTs served on mini burger buns with mustard-mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato and bacon as well as a smoked salmon pizza with capers, purple onions, dill and sour cream. Entrée additions are the double-cut filet, bone-in filet and Chilean sea bass with pineapple-pepper salsa. Morton’s spruces up its side item section with onion rings served with Thai cream sauce and ketchup. Morton’s Buckhead is located at 3379 Peachtree Road, NE, 404.816.6535. Morton’s Downtown is located in the Suntrust Plaza Building at 303 Peachtree Center Avenue, 404.577.4366. Visit Meehan’s Public House, located on Peachtree Street Downtown, has launched a specially crafted ‘Chef’s Menu’ offering creative new dishes every two weeks. Executive Chef Jordan Wakefield and Chef de Cuisine Branden Holte use local organic and seasonal ingredients in the new creations. You can follow on Facebook for menu upates BLT Steak Atlanta has introduced a summer escape with its new 'Bar 2 Bar' menu offering chilled $2 oysters, $2 oyster shooters and handcrafted Flying Dog Pale Ale for $2 every Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Served exclusively at the bar, the offerings will include a '5 at 5' menu, of five gourmet snacks for $5. BLT Steak is located at W Atlanta Downtown Hotel on Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard.

News to you...

Chef Hector Santiago, over at Pura Vida Tapas on N. Highland, is preparing for his upcoming ‘Gastro Trek to Peru.’ Join him on an intimate culinary adventure exploring the food and culture of Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu, September 4 - 12th (there is also an optional add-on to Arequipa, August 31 - September 4th). The trip includes VIP tickets to Mistura 2010 - Peru’s annual Gastronomic Festival. To see itinerary and details, visit the ‘Gastro Trek’ page on Pura Vida’s website, Pura Vida is located at 656 N. Highland Avenue, 404.870.9797.



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