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JUNE 2010
Volume Twenty-Four Number Six

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Grass-fed, locally sourced
burgers arrive in Decatur...

by hud report staff

The burger saga continues. The last couple of years around Atlanta have seen the addition of several eateries glorifying America’s favorite sandwich: Flip Burger Boutique, The Counter, The Burger Club, Cheeseburger Bobby’s, Wonderful World of Burgers, Fuze Burger, Grind House Killer Burgers, Flippin’ Out Burgers, Construct A Burger and Boardwalk Burgers among others. The latest to debut is Farm Burger, a 100% grass-fed and locally sourced burger joint on W. Ponce de Leon in Decatur. Located in the same former gas station (Viola Cafe space) as Watershed restaurant, Farm Burger’s claim to fame is that it has set out to capture everything familiar, comforting and delicious about the burger, while introducing metro Atlanta to an ethical and economical version. Farm Burger is a collection of farmers, chefs, butchers (Happy Valley Processing in Dearing, Georgia) and restaurateurs working together to redefine the burger tradition. The partnership behind the eatery is a collaboration between Jason Mann and George Frangos. Mann is a partner of the 4-year-old restaurant Farm 255 in Athens, Georgia and director of its two farm operations, Full Moon Farms & Moonshine Meats, “The grass-fed burger can and will be a powerful and delicious agent for social change in our time,” says Mann. Frangos has served as Operations Consultant for Farm 255 for the past year and was also formerly with Concentrics Restaurants (Room, Lobby, Trois) of Atlanta, Savoy and Blue Ribbon Bakery of New York, Victory 96 State Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Restaurant Nora of Washington, D.C., “Our burger joint will take what is now sometimes considered elitist and expensive -- organic, local, grass-fed -- and make it simple and economical, and a reflection of its community,” says Frangos. The chef, Terry Koval, served as executive sous chef under Gary Mennie at Canoe in Vinings for three years before also joining Concentrics Restaurants as sous chef of Lobby at TWELVE in 2005. In addition to beef (from cows that are never fed hormones, antibiotics or grain and is dry-aged and ground fresh on-site), they will offer burgers made from pasture-raised heritage breed turkey, chicken, pork, lamb and seasonal Georgia seafood as well as a house-made veggie burger. Menu options are priced with burgers (order sides separately) starting at $6 and a variety of additional toppings ranging from free to $2 (a small sampling of toppings includes a fried farm egg, house-cured bacon, goat cheese, onion marmalade, roasted bone marrow {$3}, brisket chili and oxtail marmalade). You can also choose from several numbered ‘blackboard burgers’ that are pre-constructed such as the No. 3 banh mi burger (featured on the cover), a mix of daikon radish, onions, jalapeño peppers, pickled carrots, salami mayo and cilantro with a shaved slice of pork pate. Another option is the No. 2, a veggie quinoa burger made of arugula, feta, house-made pickles and Dijon mustard. Snacks ($2 & $6) include corn nuts, boiled peanuts, pickled eggs, fried chicken livers, chicken croquettes and seasonal options such as fried okra. Baskets ($1.50) or buckets ($2.50) of fries, beer-battered onion rings or sweet potato fries are available along with Sides ($3) of pork & beans, greens or chili. Although Farm Burger has a walk-up counter ordering system, the food is delivered to your table. Farm Burger also has a large selection of house-made accompaniments to choose from including pickles, dips, preserves, ketchup, local farmstead cheeses, house-cured bacon and charcuterie from its own farm’s pigs. Salads are sourced from nearby farms as well. Beverages include such options as local organic milkshakes (adult flavors $5, little farmers $5) and root beer floats. Beer (cans, bottles, draft) and wine offer selections featuring local sources such as Terrapin Brewery. Red & white wines are served ($4 - $26) in tumblers, 1/2 milk pint (2 glasses), a milk pint (4 glasses) or by the bottle. Farm Burger is a celebration of the iconic “burger joint.” The design is relaxed and simple with a clean, modern yet rural aesthetic including tin from a Georgia coast and reclaimed wood tables. Architecture of the small space employs ‘green’ practices in construction and design as well as a small patio for dining out front. The burger joint will also have to-go and all the items will be served in biodegradable, compostable packaging. Vegetable waste is returned to the farms and composted in Full Moon’s fields or fed straight to Moonshine’s pigs. Fryer oil is recycled into bio-diesel fuel for cars with the eatery striving to eventually be a ‘zero-waste’ facility. Farm Burger is located at 410B W. Ponce de Leon, Decatur, 404.378.5077. Hours are Sunday - Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. Visit www.farmburger.net.

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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...)

A.D. Allushi (most recently with W Hotel Buckhead) and Chef Ian Winslade (Market, Spice Market, Thrive, Shout, Blueponte, Posh), co-owners of ADI Restaurant Concepts, will be teaming up once again with Atlanta Hawk Zaza Pachulia in converting his restaurant, ENO by Zaza, located on Peachtree Street in Midtown, into 5th Street Cafe. 5th Street is expected to reopen in early June and the team is also working together to open Buckhead Bottle Bar in the former Che Tapas Bar/Blais/Peachtree Cafe building in Buckhead. ENO by Zaza, opened since November of ‘99, is a fine dining establishment focused on wine and food pairings with European and Mediterranean influences, while 5th Street Cafe will be a high-energy bistro with a warm, inviting vibe. “I am really looking forward to this great venture and working with ADI Restaurant Concepts,” says Pachulia. “We have had a great experience bringing Buckhead Bottle Bar to life, so of course, it was natural to keep the same team to make over ENO by Zaza. While ENO had a great run, we feel it’s time to mix it up a bit and really bring some new energy to one of the best restaurant locations in the city.” 5th Street Cafe’s major exterior and interior changes have been made with the help of designer Patti Krohngold. Expect traditional black and white French bistro decor with flashes of color and as Krohngold says, “a sense of humor.” Walls are being taken down to open up the space; the patio will be completely redone and the vibe will feel much more relaxed. For the menu, expect bistro and cafe fare such as a charcuterie plate of meats and cheeses, frisee salad with bacon, shallot vinaigrette and soft poached egg, potato gnocchi, basil butter and spring vegetables. The former wine shop and tasting room will also be remodeled into a bakery with fresh breads and pastries, much like a French patisserie. The wine club will still stay intact and keep its members... Recent rumors say co-owners Todd Milner & Jeff Bolhous are bringing back their Buckhead Saloon to Buckhead. The recently closed (April 30th) Rio Grande location on Roswell Road looks to be the new home and they hope to open in late July. Buckhead Saloon was open from 1995 to 2005, just a couple of blocks from the Rio site, before the duo moved the Saloon to Charlotte, NC in 2005... Creative Loafing is saying Woody’s Famous Philadelphia Cheesesteaks, a Midtown landmark on Monroe Drive since 1975 (opened by David Pastoria), is reopening after a reconception with a new owner (Steven Renner) and menu (adding hotdogs and vegetarian dishes) and will serve lunch daily as well as dinner until 3 a.m. on Friday & Saturday. The drive-thru lane is to become a pet friendly patio with seating... Latest buzz says the space in East Atlanta Village next to The Earl on Flat Shoals Avenue with the ‘coming soon’ sign, Cigar Lovers Lounge, is shooting for a July 4th opening... Another Sweet Auburn Curb Market eatery, Ciao Bocca Ristorante Italiano, is anticipating and early June arrival. Owner Deborah Kudelka will be joinng recent newcomer The Greek Gyros & Pizza as well as Grind House Killer Burgers among others, in the Edgewood Avenue market... Recent rumblings on Grind House Killer Burgers’ second location’s ‘coming soon’ have several other media outlets saying they are opening on Piedmont Avenue in September or October. Specifically in a former gas station at 1842 Piedmont Avenue.

Who’s goin’ where...

Chef Ryan Stewart (Mac McGee’s, Glenwood Gastro Pub and married to Creative Loafing editor Besha Rodell) is rumored to be the new chef for the upcoming Farmstead 303 opening in the former Louisiana-style Depeaux space in the historic Decatur train station. Owner Teri Rogers (Feast) says Farmstead will be an upscale ‘meat & 3.’... The Asian inspired Savu Restaurant, located in the W Hotel Perimeter on Perimeter Center West, has announced Chef Stacie Vande Wetering as new executive chef. Vande Wetering was the corporate chef for Benchwarmers, a sports bar & grill in Atlanta. She was also with the Atlanta Country Club, the Vinings Club and the former Clubhouse at Lenox Square.... Joe Truex, with Repast (ran it with his with wife for 4 years) has been named new chef and operating partner (with owner Emily Saliers, half of Indigo Girls) at Watershed Restaurant on W. Ponce de Leon in Decatur. Truex will be replacing chef Scott Peacock who left his 11-year position in February of this year to persue food-related writing & video projects. Chef Truex, a native Southerner, plans to preserve Watershed’s signature dishes and introduce new menu options with a continued focus on Southern cuisine. He also plans to change the menu more frequently and create daily specials. Chef Truex also has a keen understanding of the connection between food and wine and will take a lead role in Watershed’s wine program... And, back at Repast Restaurant, John Kessler at the AJC, is confirming Mihoko Obunai-Truex will remain and take over as executive chef & owner... Word on the streets is saying Enrico Liberato has left his position at Giovanni Di Palma’s trendy pizza joint Antico Napoletana on Hemphill Avenue in Atlanta and is being replaced by new ‘oven master’ Nicola Russo. New apprentice, Giuseppe Di Palma, will be joining the eatery as well... Kessler at the AJC is also reporting Chef Nick Melvin will be leaving Concentrics’ Parish Food & Goods to join Hugh Acheson’s Empire State So. team when it opens in the fall on Peachrree Road. Before joining Parish, Melvin had replaced Nicholas Bour at the Farmhouse at Serenbe in August of ‘08 and before that he had also been with Concentrics Restaurants, where he worked as sous chef for some of their restaurants including Muphy’s, ROOM and TAP.

More ‘coming soon’...

A sign out front of former Moya on Clairmont Road in Decatur says it will reopen as Selam Lounge. From the signage on the awnings, looks like it’s going to be a hookah lounge... With locations in Marietta and Chamblee, Galla’s Pizza, is planning another unit in Perimeter Point... Taqueria Los Hermanos, owned by brothers Miguel, Eddie, Raul, Alejandro, Orlando and Roel Ballestreros, has a fourth eatery planned for Peachtree Parkway in Suwanee for a possible May opening. Other units are in Lilburn, Lawrenceville & Tucker... John Metz’ (Aqua Blue, Marlow’s Tavern) Sterling Spoon Culinary Management has applied for a license for a new restaurant, Cafe Blue, on Wildwood Parkway in Marietta... The Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting that local Atlanta-based Tin Lizzy’s newest seafood concept, The Big Ketch Oyster Bar & Grill going into the former 9-year-old Taco Stand space on Roswell Road in Buckhead, is now shooting for a summer opening... The 2,200 square foot former Cafe Dupri on Piedmont Road has been sold and will convert to a tapas concept, Tapas Teatro, under the operation of Salem Makhlouf and his firm Bistro Carthago, Inc. His new Tapas concept will feature choices like milanese chicken with prosciutto and herbed calamari with a full lunch and dinner selection in addition to a Sunday brunch.

Updates...

Local businessman, Ron Barber, has purchased the 26-year-old Chopstix Restaurant in Chastain Square Shopping Center on Roswell Road and has completed extensive renovations including the addition of a piano bar. Original owners Phillip Chan and Alvin Yin, combined influences from New York, San Francisco and their native Hong Kong to present contemporary Chinese cuisine in a romantic ambience... In Flying Biscuit franchise news: Two of the original locations, Piedmont Road and Candler Park, have been sold by Raving Brands to local restaurateur Joseph Hsaio (he also owns several Chinese restaurants around town). Also, the Flying Biscuit location at 1084 Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb has closed unexpectedly... The Cave Tapas Bar on Collins Road in Kennesaw owners opened Pirate Bay Seafood & Grill next door in December of ‘09. The have now closed Pirate Bay to introduce a new concept, Derby Beach Kennesaw... Bai Wei Restaurant, due to open soon on Crabapple Road in Roswell, recently posted an online ‘help wanted’ ad. Here’s an interesting excerpt: Now hiring servers/host/bartenders for upscale, hip, and classy oriental american restaurant and bar experience. Why incorporate pressure and nonsense into something that is so simple? Make the customers happy and wanting to come back! Bottom line! If you have worked in a Hooters or Tilted Kilt type of atmosphere, you are encouraged to apply. If you have an attractive personality both female/male, you are encouraged to apply. Our establishment is in one of the best parts of town with lots of well endowed customers.”... Charles Lanzo has reopened his Charlie’s Original Oyster King on S. Main Street in Acworth. Charlie’s opened in the space originally in 2008 and then operated briefly as the Fish Head Grille before closing and Charles moving back in... After 7 months, the Emory Village location of Saba has reopened, this Oxford Road space burned in September of ‘09... Having been on our ‘coming soon’ radar since June of 2009, Metrotainment Cafes Inc.’s Sugar Shack still appears as though no work has been done. It’s to be located next to Hudson Grille in the former Marc Anthony’s Italian Restuarant space in Brookhaven. Sugar Shack was touted to be a restaurant & retail version of Metrotinament’s wholesale bakery serving breakfast, lumch & dinner. In more Metrotainmet happenings, the year-old Hudson Grille at Perimeter (formerly Garrison’s Broiler & Tap) has posted a notice to its Facebook page saying they have temporarily closed and to look for a new restaurant in the area soon... On the heels of the metro Tex-Mex Twisted Taco chain selling the original location in Midtown (to reopen as Deadwood Saloon), word on the street is now saying Anita Will is the new owner of the Holcomb Bridge Road location (opened November ‘07 in the former dick & harry’s) in Roswell and the rumors of an upcoming Emory Village location in Decatur -- has not materialized... We first listed Richmond, VA-based Croakers Seafood Restaurant & Java Jazz Bar & Grill in May of ‘09 as two seperate ‘coming soon’ listings. We then found a Youtube video that had both places opening in the same corner space of Boulevard & Edgewood Avenue (former Power Plant Vegan) in East Atlanta. Croakers was to be on the lower level and Java Jazz the upper. A local blogger is now saying they haven’t opened possibly because the original location in Virginia was shut down in February of this year due to an unpaid tax bill of $43,985... A local Decatur blog had the following listing from a metro area restaurant broker and seems to think it may be Eddie’s Attic on N. McDonough in Decatur that’s for sale? “One of Atlanta’s and the country’s premiere listening rooms for performing songwriters, located in a vibrant, artist-friendly and pro-business community with a small town feel – yet just minutes from downtown Atlanta. A superior sound system, excellent acoustics, a tradition for booking some of this country’s finest accomplished and aspiring acts, and a loyal, knowledgeable and respectful clientele are the hallmarks of this landmark business in operation for almost 20 years. The venue has been the springboard for an amazing number of artists who have gone on to achieve national acclaim. The venue’s restaurant and tavern features upscale pub fare of the highest quality, is regarded as a true community center, and is staffed with experienced and service-oriented employees. Priced at $330,000 with Owner financing options available to qualified individual. Investment and Partnership opportunities available.” ... A sign that seems to be deteriorating has been hanging on the former Happy Herman’s building on Cheshire Bridge since September of ‘09 announcing ‘Tastee Coming Soon.’ As of our print date, no progress has been made and no word on when that may be... The Planet Smoothie at 2900 Peachtree Road in Buckhead has reconcepted as Planet Living, which will sell its yogurt by weight and has added new fresh juice options.

On the go...

Restaurateur Tomas Lee’s (formerly with Tomas in Norcross, Wok In Wok Out in Lawrenceville) Hankook Taqueria on Collier Road has debuted the new Yumbii Food Truck offering mobile tacos in the area. Lee will be tweeting its location each day, http://twitter.com/... Another local mobile cuisine is Moto Bene Pizza, a new food truck that features authentic oven-craft pizzas made on the spot in their mobile wood-fired digs. You can visit twitter.com/motobene for up-to-date locations.

VIP please...

Open Friday and Saturday only, Parlour Lounge is an ‘invite-only’ club quietly located under the Midtown club Door 44 which opened in the former Crescent City Cafe on 12th Street in April of ‘08... Another private room added to the Midtown Atlanta mix is the Koo Koo Room which has debuted beneath Flip Flops (former Martini Club, Boom Boom Room) on Crescent Avenue. Koo Koo is open Wednesday through Saturday 9 p.m. - 3 a.m. These openings bring the total to four of underground clubs in Atlanta. Two other private clubs debuted last year: The Fred, an upscale, private, basement hideaway (with secret entrance) located under the Taco Mac at the Prado and Prohibition, a 1920s underground speakeasy and no-sign-out-front secret entrance, on E. Andrews Drive in Buckhead.

Sign of the times

Just barely four weeks into our annoucing the arrival of Bistro 57 in the former Les Fleur de Lis space on Forsyth Street downtown, a local blogger has posted they have already closed... Rumors over the last few weeks have left us wondering about Richard Ullio’s (Sotto Sotto, Fritti) Mexican concept Lupe Taqueria that opened in October of ‘09 in the former Cuerno that closed in June of ‘09. Speculation also had Ullio’s Beleza (located next door on Juniper Street) being revamped and reopening with a new mixologist and drink menu. Latest news is now reporting both Lupe & Beleza shuttered their doors on Saturday, May 24th... We have had Vapiano Pasta Pizza Bar on our ‘coming soon’ list since September of 2009 projecting locations in both Buckhead and Virginia Highland. Our most recent update has the innovative European concept serving made-to-order fire roasted pizzas, fresh, house-made pasta and hand tossed gourmet salads, removing the Atlanta locations from the ‘in development for 2009’ section of its website. Detroit-based CPA Blake Kolo had been listed as the franchisee... Duane & Martha Sherman have shuttered the doors on their 6-month-old Gem City Bar & Grill on Whitlock Avenue in Marietta... Recent virtual world rumblings have the Johnny’s New York Style Pizza on Elizabeth Street closed as well. Speculations are saying the rent was delinquent... The year-and-a-half old Taco Loco on Canton Road in Marietta has closed and is expected to reopen soon as Shangrila Bistro... Originally known as Sal’s Pizza in Norcross & Dunwoody, Vinny’s NY Pizza & Grill opened on Crabapple Road in Roswell in late ‘08. Vinny’s has now closed its doors and Celino’s Pizza & Wings is next in line to open in the space... The owners of Wasabi in Castleberry Hill opened another concept, White Elephant, in East Point last year with chef Supalerk Pornponboonvif at the helm. As of our print date, the year-old White Elephant is no longer in business... Several last minute, unexpected closing have been reported: The Buckhead Bar & Grill on Peachtree that will reportedly reopen soon as the space’s original tenant, Locos Grill & Pub... Charlie Mopps Public House on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. The website says “Welcome to the house that beer built is closed,”... Lorenzo Wyche’s (Social House, Rare Tapas) Harlem Bar on Edgewood Avenue... Starbucks Coffee on Mansell Road in Alpharetta and The American Cafe at Phipps Plaza.

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•Father's Day suggestions...

DINING OUT - Page 4 (Pages Gallery)

by hud report staff

(With the tremendous amount of 'openings and coming soons' throughout the Metro Atlanta area, we will be condensing the information on each eatery or nightclub in order to highlight more locations for our readers.)

•Baroni Casual Italian...
The creators of Baraonda Caffe Italiano (Costanzo Astarita and Mario Maccaronne) in Midtown and Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant in Buckhead, along with partner Ferruccio Cosenza have taken the former Wolfgang Puck Express space on Peachtree Street and added their latest dining concept, Baroni Casual Italian. The same creators also took over Midtown’s Bazzaar last September and re-branded it as Publik, a draft house specializing in pub cuisine with a gourmet spin. Baroni, named for a variety of the olive, serves rustic Italian in a relaxed 4,000 sq. ft. space where a blue, miniature convertible greets you out front. The main dining room is accentuated with a live Barouni olive tree centerpiece. Walls are adorned with shelves of pots containing fresh herbs including oregano, basil, sage, rosemary and thyme complimenting the lingering aromas from the kitchen. For private dining there is a room to accommodate 40 where Chef Farid Oualidi will personalize the menu or the Da Vinci Table that seats 12. Chef Oualidi’s dishes are an inspiration of both Moroccan and North African flavors with Mediterranean overtones and feature pasta, salads, pizza & paninis. A mention of a few of the items includes appetizers of calamari, mixed marinated olives and veal meatballs. There are also bruschettes of a tomato basil, white bean puree and black olive tapenade with duck breast. The lunch paninis are available in prosciutto, lamb, vegetable and chicken. Pasta dishes are many including the classics of lasagna, cannelloni, ravioli, spaghetti, rigatoni and linguini as well as the chef’s daily special. A few other options are salmon, lamb loin chop and veal dishes. Partner/Chef Cosenza pays special attention to the pizza offerings bringing with him a one-of-a-kind dough recipe for thin classic pizzas. Bottled, draft and high gravity beers will be offered along with a full service bar (call first to see if the liquor license has been received) and an extensive wine list. Baroni Casual Italian is located at 1745 Peachtree Street, Buckhead, 404.724.9100. Hours are Monday – Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Opening soon on Sunday. For more details, www.baroniatl.com

•Abbondanza...
Acworth’s Paisanos Pizzeria (opened June 2007) on S. Main Street is under new ownership and has changed its name and concept to Abbondanza (meaning ‘abundance’) Pizza, Pasta, Wine. The new owners also run Mojave Southwestern Grill & Margarita Bar a few doors down. They have outfitted the new Italian eatery space with dark wood four-tops, an open kitchen, arched ceilings, tiled flooring and brick accents throughout. There is also a cigar-friendly patio with live music, seating under umbrellas and a large fire pit for added ambiance. Chef Vinny Varsalona’s menu features single or family-style dining portions (served with dinner rolls bathed in garlic & oil) of pizza and pasta dishes such as eggplant rollatini and penne vodka. There is also an antipasti menu (bruschetta, calamari and prosciutto) along with selections of veal, chicken or Grandma’s meatballs and dessert such as tiramisu. The drink menu has an extensive wine list with approximately 100 varieties to choose from as well as several coffees and espressos and a full service bar. The month of June Abbondanza has a ‘Barfly’ special. Visit them on Facebook and then sit & order from the bar and you will receive a 50% discount. Mojave is also advertising the same discount on Facebook. Abbondanza Pizza, Pasta, Wine is located at 3979 South Main Street, Suites 240 & 250, Acworth, 770.693.8752. Currently serving dinner-only, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday and 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sunday, they will be adding lunch soon. Visit Abbondanza on Facebook.

•Buckhead Bottle Bar...
There’s a brand new Bar on the age-old block at the corner of Bolling Way and E. Paces Ferry, Buckhead Bottle Bar. This is where the legendary Peachtree Cafe, short-lived Blais Restaurant and Che Tapas Bar all once stood. A.D. Allushi & Chef Ian Winslade of ADI Restaurant Concepts have teamed up with Atlanta Hawk Zaza Pachulia to create the new Bar that is expected to open on June 24th. This same group is also working on 5th Street Cafe (in the former ENO Midtown) that’s expected to open soon as well (see Hud’s Corner page 2). Buckhead Bottle Bar will be a ‘cocktail house’ featuring bar cuisine dining all-day-long and a place to lounge in style. Allushi (Market, Thrive and BluePointe) brings in the style and swank for the hip night scene, while Pachulia (came on the restaurant scene in fall of 2009 when acquiring ENO in Midtown) brings the VIP factor and Chef Winslade (Market, Spice Market, BluePointe, Thrive), represents the inviting dining atmosphere for brunch, lunch and dinner. “Our goal is simple: to create a bar with good food,” says Allushi. “People in Buckhead are craving a place that has the upscale ‘going-out’ atmosphere they want, but also great food.” Chef Winslade has created brunch, lunch and dinner menus with a core of fresh, simple bar favorites and items that change seasonally. The current offerings are 'small bites' ($5 - $12) of cornmeal dusted oysters, shrimp cocktail, chicken liver pate, fried calamari, cheese & crab fritters, sinach ricotta tortellini, grilled Italian bread pizza, chicken tender and a soup-of-the-day. 'Bigger bites' ($10 - $19) will get you mussels, garlic shrimp, fish & chips, goat cheese gnocchi, handmade pasta with veal ragu, strip steak and roasted chicken. The 'best between buns' ($8 - $10) section offers lamb, pork, chicken, a fish fillet and either a hamburger or lamb burger. The sliders ($5) are offered with beef, pork sausage or shrimp. Desserts ($4 - $6) range from toffee pudding, cheesecake, plum crumble and several milkshake flavors. The cocktail menu and wine list, created by Allushi, a certified sommelier and mixologist, reflects the high-energy, no-attitude atmosphere with the by-the-glass wine list divided into Good ($6), Better ($8) and Best ($10). As for the interior, expect a comfortable, warm environment with greens and browns on a posh white backdrop courtesy of Atlanta interior designer, Patti Krohngold (who is also working on 5th Street Cafe). The space has been completely transformed from its former inhabitants and will be much more open. Four bars (including the main bar that will snake through the space), rotating unique lighting, onyx tables as well as bar and hostess stand and built-in DJ booth are just a few of the other added touches. The completely re-built rooftop bar, with a capacity of around 40, will allow patrons a view of the Buckhead skyline. You can also expect occasional live music. Buckhead Bottle Bar is located at 268 E. Paces Ferry Rd., Buckhead, 404.474.9892. Hours are Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 1 a.m., Saturday 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. For updates, www.buckheadbottlebar.com.

•Home Grown GA...
The trademark red & yellow cinder block building on Memorial Drive operated as Mammy’s Kitchen for over 30 years serving up comfort soul-food favorites before shuttering its doors earlier this year. The yellow & red are now gone and a new coat of white paint and hunter-green awnings adorn the exterior of a new diner, Home Grown GA. The diner's new logo depicts a garden with a fork, cup of Joe and fried egg sprouting on the sign out front announcing the arrival of the newest occupant. Dark, rich pine paneling lines the interior with seating at booths, a few tables and padded spinning lunch counter stools. Owner Kevin Clark has opened in the Reynoldstown space offering a revolving menu of breakfast, lunch and early dinner items including a ‘meat & three’ for $8. Sundays will be reserved for family-style dining where family members will share the dishes around the table. Other southern-style offerings, among many, will include catfish, country fried steak, pot roast, fried chicken, turnip greens, squash casserole, potatoes, hushpuppies and biscuits served hot. Home Grown GA is located at 968 Memorial Drive, SE, Atlanta, 404.222.0455. Hours are Monday – Friday 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The site, www.homegrownga.com is under construction.

•Kowloon Seafood...
The former First China space on Buford Highway has been upgraded and opened with a new tenant, Kowloon Seafood, offering a variety of Asian dishes until 3 a.m. everyday. Yep, that's right, 3 a.m. The interior improvements involve fixtures (including a large brass dragon), carpeting and banquette seating as well as a sushi bar. The restaurant will offer a full-service cocktail bar once the liquor license has been approved. The menu at Kowloon is far to complicated to try and mention the 200+ dishes so we will hit the highlights with various sections and number of dishes involved. There are 13 appetizers on the menu ranging from spring rolls for $2.95 to a pu pu platter for two at $12.95. The ‘cold plates’ are $12.95 and include duck’s tongue, fried pork intestine and jellyfish jelly. Soups number 19 and range from egg drop at $1.85 to the gourmet Hong Kong scallop soup at $11.95. There are six sizzling ‘hot plates’ ($11.95 - $13.95), five egg foo young dishes ($6.95 - $8.95), seven lo mein ($7.95 - $12.95), 11 chow mein ($7.95 - $11.95), six rice plates ($4.95 - $5.59) and 10 fried rice selections ($6.95 - $12.95). A combination of 35 dishes consisting of lobster, crab, squid, flounder, sea bass, cuttlefish, oyster, shrimp, scallops and clams ($11.95 – Market Price) are on the menu as well. Rounding out the offerings are 16 beef dishes ($11.95 - $13.95), 21 chicken or duck ($9.95 – $25.95), 10 pork ($9.95 - $11.95), nine vegetable or tofu ($8.95 - $13.95) and 15 hot clay pots ($9.95 - $14.95). Kowloon Seafood is located at 5295 Buford Hwy., Doraville, 770.220.3027. Hours are 9 a.m. - 3 a.m. everyday.

•Mirko Pasta...
Mirko de Giacomantonio,
one of the co-founders of Figo Pasta in 2001, had a new vision by 2007 to create his own concept. He wanted diners to feel as though they were in Grandma’s kitchen when they visited his new brainchild, Mirko Pasta. The first Mirko opened in Watkinsville, Georgia in ’07 and a second soon followed on Gaines School Road in Athens. Since then, another E. Athens location on Baxter Street has debuted and the most recent opening is in Buford, Georgia on Sardis Church Road. The inspiration for the eateries Italian cuisine hails from the region of Abruzzi, Italy, Giacomantonio’s birthplace. With a blend of Italian flavors Mirko’s creates authentic, made-from-scratch Italian cuisine prepared by ‘culinary missionaries’ in a friendly, casual cafe setting atmosphere. The menu incorporates seasonal vegetables & fruits and changes up some of the sauces to offer lighter choices in the spring and summer, and heartier choices during the cooler months. The customer pairs his or her pasta choice with any of more than a dozen sauces featured. Menu selections include salads ($3 - $5.99), appetizers ($4.25 - $6.90), filled pasta ($4.99), short pasta and long pasta ($3.99) options as well as Mirko’s special dishes and entrees ($7.99 - $10.95) dressed with several homemade sauces ($3.99) ranging from Bolognese (traditional Italian meat), pomodoro (classic tomato & basil), funghi (peas, wild mushrooms, cream & parmesan) and sorrentina (tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil and fresh mozzarella) to primavera (seasonal vegetables and goat cheese), pesto, salmone e vodka (salmon, green peas in vodka pink sauce) and frutti di mare (mixed seafood/shellfish) among others. Desserts are also offered along with a selection of coffee, beer and a wide range of wines from around the world. Mirko Pasta is located at 3265 Sardis Church Road, Buford, 678,714.9217. Hours are Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. -10 p.m. More locations are expected in Monroe, Macon and Peachtree City. Visit www.mirkopasta.com for updates.

•River Tavern of Milton...
The former Foster’s Grill location on Bethany Bend in Alpharetta is once again serving fare and libations as River Tavern. This was the first Georgia location for Foster’s when it opened in 2006 and has also housed O’Keefe’s Gastropub and Mike’s 57 Grille. Owners Hoss & Michelle Steinfeld have debuted their new Tavern as a fresh, farm-to-table southern bistro paired with a mix of fruit-infused spirits such as a ginger rosemary infused limonade. The culinary team of J. J. McFarland and Jared Shapiro present the inventive menu as a gastropub art form with starters ($7 - $11) ranging from chicken wings, artichoke crab dip and beef carpaccio to shrimp & grits, fried mac & cheese and flatbread with bleu cheese, grilled tenderloin, toasted naan and a mushroom demi. Sandwich selections ($8 - $12) include a smoked chicken club, the monte christo, a shortrib, a French country with a fried egg and country ham as well as a burger served on brioche roll with pickle and your choice of cheese. Entree ($14 - $26) options are a grilled meatloaf, herb roasted chicken, pecan crusted Carolina trout, an Angus ribeye, a Kurobuta strip steak, fried chicken and a cassoulet of stewed white beans, smoked sausage and pan seared duck breast. Salads at River Tavern change daily and dessert offerings ($6) are brulee banana pudding, grilled pound cake with blueberries, fried smores and a trifle of angel food cake, fresh berries and vanilla custard. River Tavern is located at 2955 Bethany Bend, Alpharetta, 678.366.9449. Hours are Monday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. For more info, www.rivertavernofmilton.com.

•Roux on Canton...
Local restaurateurs Michael & Peggy Bramblett have opened Roux on Canton, a seafood and oyster bar, in the heart of downtown Roswell offering a combination of seafood and seasonal vegetables with a Louisiana twist. The couple started in 2001 with Magnolia Cafe and four years later a second restaurant, 946 South opened its doors. Following in their parent’s footsteps, the next generation, Trent & Mikka Bramblett, opened Ceviche, a taqueria and margarita bar. Roux is located just across the street from Ceviche in the former 946 South space and transitions late night from warm eatery to a casual bar atmosphere. Chef Taylor Neary, a Roswell native, has developed a menu with Cajun influences. Small plates ($5.95 - $7.95) begin the offerings with shrimp & grits, flash fried Louisiana gator, Cajun-style peel & eat shrimp and fried green tomatoes. Oysters ($5.95 - $9.95) have there own menu section ranging from grilled and on the half shell to Oysters Canton that is baked, smothered in spinach and pimento cheese and served with a tomato & basil emulsion. Soups & Salads ($4.95 - $6.95) options include Cajun vegetables in a savory broth, a classic gumbo, mixed greens, an artichoke & heirloom tomato and the oyster salad with arugula, spinach, bell pepper, Vidalia onion and a remoulade dressing. The main course at Roux highlights the po’ boys ($9.95) with fries and your choice of fried shrimp, crawfish and/or oysters served on French bread with tomatoes, romaine and a Creole remoulade dressing. Muffuletta ($9.95) is served lunch-only on toasted Italian loaf bread with ham, salami, garlic and olive salad. The NOLA burger of blackened Angus ($8.95) is lunch-only as well while other offerings such as sautéed breast of chicken, pan roasted Louisiana redfish, a classic etouffee, grilled cobia and Cajun NY strip round out the selections ($11.95 - $23.95). Your side item choices are crawfish risotto, stewed okra & tomatoes, roasted jalapeno-cheddar grits, scallion mashed potatoes, white rice, red beans & rice, sautéed wild mushroom and seasonal vegetable. In addition to a nice wine selection, Roux also offers crafted bottled and beers on draught. Roux on Canton is located at 946 Canton Street, Roswell, 770.993.0007. Hours are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday until 9 p.m. for more info, www.rouxoncanton.com.

•Sound Table...
The folks over at Top FLR on Myrtle Street have taken the former Over Da Edge space on Edgewood Avenue and introduced their latest concept, The Sound Table. Think Top Flr set to music. The new space features a bar/lounge on a lower level and dining on the second with a musical element and nightclub feel. Executive chef Shane Devereux (most recently with Peasant Bistro) along with Chef De Cuisine Andrew Sheridan, have created a ‘Street To Table’ menu. A small sampling of the menu includes pan fried chickpeas, lemon and crispy capers; Belgian-style frites; Algerian cous-cous; garbanzo hummus with grilled flatbread; a crispy pork spring roll; Peruvian Ceviche ($3 - $5). Bowls are offered with such dishes as duck confit, preserved lemon and macerated raisins; young chicken, Napa cabbage, mint and Georgia pecans; braised oxtail with glass noodles; and pork with red curry, coconut mill and Kaffir lime ($5 - $8). Additional offerings are the caraway duck with Greek yogurt, a pot-pie style braised spiced shoulder, marinated hanger steak, szechuan fish and the chorizo burger with queso blanco, tomatillo and pickled japapenos ($7 $12). The beer ($3 - $12) and spirits list ($5 - $12) is quite long at Sound Table in addition to several variations of high & lowballs, flips & fizz, tikis, sours, citrus & coolers as well as the strong, rich, bitter & strange among the lot ($7 - $12). The Sound Table is located at 483 Edgewood Avenue SE, Downtown. Hours are 6 p.m. – 2 a.m., dinner til 11 p.m. For updates, visit www.thesoundtable.com.

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by hud report staff

Bella Atlanta...
The latest in nightlife venues has arrived on Old Norcross Road in Duluth, Bella Atlanta. The opulent two-story building housed Encore Nightclub in 2006 and later became Club Pointe in 2009. With a reincarnation of the concept, the 15,000 square foot space is once again spinning tunes and offering late night dining & entertainment. The upscale lounge has two luxuriously furnished levels with marble, granite and hardwoods throughout. A separate elevated VIP area offers its own private bar and exclusive seating for bottle service. A state-of-the-art lighting and sound system enhances the hot DJ beats and offers a view the dance floor below. You can also escape to the rooftop area that features its own bar, separate sound system and rooftop patio complete with an open roof, LCD widescreen TVs, fireplaces and VIP seating. A full tapas menu is offered all night with items such as the Bella house, Caesar or summer salad with goat cheese, walnuts and strawberries ($6). Tapas selections ($5 - $7) include spicy shrimp and andouille sausage beignets, crab artichoke dip, spicy fish tacos, mussels, hummus and a chicken quesadilla. Other late night options ($4 - $9) are the Cajun shrimp, crabcakes, shrimp bruschetta, wings, Spanish nachos, fries, pork pot stickers, oyster Rockefeller, lettuce wraps, bacon buffalo sliders, fettuccine Alfredo and a four oz. peppercorn encrusted filet topped with a poached egg and served with a bearnaise sauce. Bella Atlanta is located at 3473 Old Norcross Road, Duluth, 678.957.1985. Hours are 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. For more, www.bellaatl.com.

Cloud IX Restaurant & Lounge...
Joining Bella on the 'late night' circuit is Cloud IX Restaurant & Lounge entering the Castleberry Hill market in the former Star space on Peters Street. Star’s ‘Blues’ vibe has been replaced. The lounge areas have cloud-covered walls and an industrial fell showcasing photographs of the Atlanta Skyline. In the area below is a refurbished music room where the DJ spins Thursday through Sunday and a deck can be found for lounging about. The fare finds at Cloud IX offer Caribbean flatbread with a twist, crab fritters and wings and progresses with fried green tomatoes, fish fingers, chick pea or chicken soup and a chicken or fish Caesar ($5 - $8). Entrees include curry chicken, crab cakes, bourbon glazed salmon, seafood jambalaya, jerk or fried chicken, pork chops and turkey meatloaf ($11 - $14). Sides will set you back $3 and range from collard greens, plantains, green beans and yellow rice to rice & peas, black-eyed peas, sautéed spinach, mac & cheese, corn & yams. For something sweet ($5) you can try the red velvet or yellow cake and the peach cobbler. Import & domestic beer ($4 & $5) is available as well as a few red & white wines along with a selection of martinis ($8 - $11), cocktails ($8 - $11) and signature creations ‘from the house’ including a Green Cloud ($9) and the Nutcracker ($12), both from Cloud IX’s ‘secret recipes.’ Cloud IX Restaurant & Lounge is located at 117 Peters Street, Castleberry Hill, 404.681.4626. Cloud IX opens at 4 p.m. daily.

7 Tequilas Mexican...
A second location of 7 Tequilas Mexican Restaurant has arrived in Canton on Riverstone Parkway. The first 7 Tequilas opened on Holly Springs Parkway in Woodstock in late ‘08. This is actually the fourth location for owner Martin Garcia who also owns two Mi Taco’s, one in Marietta and the other in Tucker. Garcia is from Guanajuato, Mexico and uses passed-down family recipes at his eateries that prepare the food from-scratch every morning. The menu at 7 Tequilas is quite extensive offering several versions of dips ($3.99 - $5.25), nachos ($3.75 - $8.50), tacos ($5.75), salads ($3.50 - $8), burritos ($6.50 - $7.50), quesadillas ($4.99 - $8.75), sizzling fajitas ($9.50 - $11.99) and 30 combinations ($7.95). 7 Tequilas also has a large variety of specialties ($5.50 - $9.95) using beef, chicken or pork and 14 seafood offerings to choose from including ceviche at $3.50 to grilled tilapia with shrimp and scallops for $12. There is a Kids menu for 12 and under ($4.25) and dessert selections ($2.50 - $4.25) ranging from flan and fried ice cream to churros and sopapillas. The full service bar at 7 Tequilas cranks out the specialty, Margaritas, with 15 different flavors ($4.25 - $22 for Patron pitcher) and the addition of the Tequila Bar offering '7' high-end choices ($5 - $7). There are four wines available as well as domestic, imports and draft beer. A specialty is the Micheladas ($4.75), which is a mix of beer, clamato juice, Valentina sauce, salt and lime. Specials run each night of the week with Monday serving Margaritas for $2.99, Tuesday offers all fajitas for $8.89, Wednesday is 12 oz. beer night for $1.99 and Thursday serves combo dinners for $6.99. 7 Tequilas Mexican Restaurant is located at 1435 Riverstone Parkway, Canton. For information on hours, visit www.7tequilas.com.

•Gyro King...
A new eatery specializing in Greek fare, Gyro King, has opened in the former Burger House location on N. Main Street in Alpharetta. Artist Santorini, gracing the walls bordered by Greek columns, has transformed the storefront space into the Greek isles with murals showcasing stark white villas sitting atop a mountainside in contrast to the blue of the Mediterranean Sea. The menu is posted on a nearby wall board and begins with starters ($2.90 - $4.79) of roasted eggplant, stuffed grape leaves, filo filled with spinach & feta cheese, mini kabobs, wings and chicken fingers. Salads ($5.39 - $5.99) include the Greek (of course), a Caesar and a country Greek (the Greek minus the lettuce). Wraps ($4.29 - $4.99), burgers ($4.79 - $4.99) and pita sandwiches ($4.39 - $5.59) are available in several versions including chicken, beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, a vegetable version and even a taco pita. Entrees ($7.59 - $8.59) range from a Gyro Plate of shaved roast lamb & beef to Kabob plates, moussaka (layers of eggplant, zucchini, potatoes & Greek seasoned ground beef with Béchamel and a salad), pastichio (Greek pasta with seasoned ground beef baked with Béchamel and served with salad), stuffed eggplant and stuffed tomato & pepper to beeftekia (char-grilled seasoned beef cakes with Tzatziki sauce and served with a salad and Greek fries). Budweiser & Bud Light are offered as well. Gyro King is located at 869 N. Main Street, Alpharetta, 770.754.0727. Hours are Monday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. For more, www.gyrokingatlanta.com.

Frozen delights...

Just in time for the hot, Georgia summer, four new dessert-oriented concepts have planned to expand into the metro area -- each touting its own unique product.

•Menchie's Frozen Yogurt...
Menchies Frozen Yogurt:
This concept currently has two locations, Johns Creek and Roswell, and five more are listed as ‘coming soon.’ They include Cumming, Northside Parkway in Atlanta, Marietta, Toco Hills and Roswell Road in Buckhead. Toco Hills is the next anticipated opening for this mix, weigh, pay yogurt concept. Mix up as many flavors and toppings as your heart desires. At Menchie’s, you pay by weight not by topping so you can have as much or as little of everything you want. Check with your local store for rotating flavors & toppings on hand. The next Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt will be located in Toco Hills at 3011 N. Druid Hills Road, Atlanta. Visit www.menchies.com for progress.

•Pinkberry...
Pinkberry:
Georgia welcomes its first Pinkberry location on June 25. Doors will open to this tart frozen yogurt brand on Cobb Parkway in the Akers Mill Shopping Center. Pinkberry provides tangy/sweet frozen yogurt made with nonfat yogurt and nonfat milk that is rBST hormone free. Build-your-own from six distinctive flavors including sweet and tart original, pomegranate, coconut, rich chocolate and mango made with Alphonso mango puree. Then add fresh-cut fruit, granola and dry toppings. There are also parfaits and smoothies. Pinkberry will be located at 2937 Cobb Parkway in the Akers Mill Shopping Center, Vinings. Visit www.pinkberry.com for more details.

•Sun O Dessert...
Suno Dessert:
The Asian dessert of Atlanta, is opening another location on N. Decatur Road near Emory later this month. This will be Suno’s fourth with other locations in Norcross, Duluth and Athens. Suno delivers signature Far East shaved ice cream in four flavors (original, strawberry, chocolate and mango) in a variety of made-to-order combinations. There are also 18 options ranging from the No. 4 ‘Fruits Party’ of cherry, strawberries, kiwi, peach and mango with condensed milk to the No. 8 ‘Volcano’ with Oreo crumbs, strawberries, strawberry syrup, caramel syrup and topped with rice cake bits. There are crepe versions of several varieties as well, with the ingredients served in a rolled crepe much like a waffle cone. Cold drinks (medium $2.12, large $2.59) incorporating black, green and Thai teas include black or green milk tea, strawberry or blueberry along with mango, kiwi, passion fruit, kumquat lemon and yogurt green tea. Hot drinks are served in 16 oz. cups and include hot chocolate along with lavender, rose, fruit or black milk tea. Suno Dessert will be located at 2144 N. Decatur Road in the N. Decatur Plaza, Atlanta. Hours are Monday - Sunday 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. Visit suno-dessert.com for progress.

Yogli Mogli...
Yogli Mogli Frozen Yogurt:
With locations in East Cobb and Abernathy Square in Sandy Springs, this yogurt concept has three more locations ‘opening soon’ in Milton, Suwanee and Emory Village. It’s all about Live Active Cultures at Yogli. The yogurt is crafted to contain high levels of beneficial live and active yogurt cultures and is never heat-treated after culturing. These cultures are probiotic and are considered beneficial to be present in the intestinal tract. A variety of yogurt flavors are offered in a self-serve environment. You also have the choice to top off your creation with a wide variety of options from fruits to nuts. For more information on Yogli, visit www.yoglimogli.com.

West Midtown Corner Tavern...
The Corner Tavern,
with three locations in Atlanta (East Point, Edgewood & Little 5 Points), has expanded its empire with the opening of West Midtown Corner Tavern on Huff Road in Atlanta. Like the other three local hangouts, West Midtown has the neighborhood tavern feel with deep, dark wood and warm lighting offering a cold brew, bite to eat, round of pool and a dart game or two. The Tavern appetizer fare ($3.50 - $8) incorporates Buffalo shrimp, fried artichokes, nachos, chips, cheese & salsa as well as a hummus plate with pita, carrots, celery, red peppers, goat cheese and Kalamata olives. Soups ($2.50) and Salads ($5.50 - $11) are also offered as well as sandwiches ($5.50 - $9) and burgers ($7 - $8.50). Small and large plates ($7 - $14.50) are also on the menu with sliders, a spinach & goat cheese wrap, seared yellow fin tuna, Dijon steak medallions, bourbon salmon, chicken Parmesan, Jamaican jerk tuna and beef stroganoff. West Midtown Corner Tavern is located at 1133 Huff Road, Atlanta. Visit www.thecornertavern.com for hours and directions.

Loving Hut...
The 100% vegan restaurant, Loving Hut, on Spalding Drive in Norcross has a new sister restaurant on Town Center Drive in Kennesaw. The second location debuted recently featuring the same plant-based alternative-eating menu beginning with starters & salads ($2.95 - $8.95) such as the basil roll, summer roll, spring roll and BBQ sticks along with sushi and crispy golden tofu with veggie seasoning as well as heavenly, autumn and rainbow salads. Western and noodle dish ($6.95 - $8.95) options are the spaghetti, stuffed zucchini, chow mein, stir fry, pho, won ton, the soy burger with fries and a side salad and the au lac sandwich of au lac bread, vegetable protein, sweet & sour carrot/radish, cucumber, bell peppers and cilantro. Entrees ($6.95 - $8.95) range from jolly rice, seven sea delight, grilled eggplant and bokchoy stir to the au lac crepe, noble rice, fried rice, guru curry and Loving Hut rolls of bean curd, zucchini, carrot, black fungus and baby corn salad with vegan mayonnaise dressing. Loving Hut is located at 2700 Town Center Drive, Kennesaw. Visit http://lovinghut.us/kennesaw for hours.

•Tin Lizzy's...
With locations on Piedmont Road in Buckhead and Memorial Drive in Grant Park, Tin Lizzy’s Taqueria & Cantina has debuted the third Metro Atlanta spot on Crescent Avenue in the former Fuego Spanish Grill space. This new Midtown location offers the same fun, casual Cantina atmosphere as the others and features a similar varied menu, including gourmet soft tacos, a variety of dips and fresh salads. Salsa ($2.99) at Tin Lizzy’s is served 3 ways: fresca, smokey and verde. Get all three for $7.99. Queso ($4.49 - $4.99) can be ordered with mild chilies, mixed with spinach & grilled onions, mixed with Mexican sausage or loaded with grilled peppers & onions. Starters ($1.69 - $16.99) range from tortilla chicken soup, black bean soup, nachos and fried pickles to quesadillas and chicken strips. The gourmet soft tacos will set you back $2.29 to $3.29 and have 20 to choose from including the house favorite of crisp tilapia to BLT and grilled steak and southwest philly cheesesteak to buffalo shrimp, fried chicken and a super Greek. Tin Lizzy’s Taqueria & Cantina is located at 1136 Crescent Avenue, Atlanta, 404.537.5060. For hours, visit www.tinlizzyscantina.com. Looking ahead, Marketing & Catering Director Kim Junod, was quoted as saying they may be also considering a Vinings location if a great space opens up.

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12 years infusing Creole, Cajun with southern fare...

hud report staff

(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. Monthly we feature venues that have not only survived, but have thrived.)

Blackstone Restaurant, the cozy (seats 120), upscale dining restaurant located in the Vinings/Smyrna area has been known for 11 years for pairing steaks, seafood and spirits in its somewhat obscure location. The sophisticated ambience of exposed brick, dark woods, deep booths and low lighting sets the mood for dinner-only fine dining and an active bar scene. Renovations have begun at the eatery and will include updates to both the dining and bar area along with a new ‘Bar Bites’ tapas-style menu. In addition to the full-service bar, Blackstone offers a 120 bottle wine list with over 30 selections by the glass. Executive Chef Roger Palacio has also recently refreshed the cuisine with new menu selections such as a weekly ‘Chef Special’ to compliment the classic dishes featured. Starters ($7 - $18) at Blackstone range from Asian fried calamari, four-cheese spinach-artichoke dip and shrimp cocktail to jumbo lump crab cakes, sautéed mussels, tuna tartar and chilled oysters. Salads ($7 - $9) include the Wedge, Caesar and a tomato mozzarella as well as a roasted pear with bacon and walnuts and the Blackstone with field greens, cucumber, artichoke, roasted red pepper and balsamic vinaigrette. Entrees ($17 - $24) available are a veal meatloaf, smoked pork chop, organic chicken breast and an herb encrusted rack of lamb. Seafood options ($21 - $40) are salmon, mustard crusted grouper, cashew encrusted Chilean sea bass, jumbo lump crab cakes, Gulf shrimp and lobster tail grilled or batter fried. The ‘Chop House’ selections ($20 - $38) are served with a choice of one side and include a 5, 8 or 12-ounce filet mignon, rib eye, bleu cheese lamb chops, a NY strip, the cowboy bone-in rib eye and the flat iron. Sides ($5) range from mashed potatoes, 3-cheese macaroni, a loaded baked potato, sautéed mushrooms, onions or spinach as well as broccoli, asparagus and French green beans. Weekly events at Blackstone include Monday’s 'Taste of Blackstone' special with steak, shrimp, salad and a glass of Blackstone Wine for $25 (at the bar only). Also, $3 well drinks all night. Tuesdays feature 1/2 priced wine night. All bottles priced at $60 or less are 50% off all night in the restaurant and bar. Wednesday is $3 well drinks. Thursday is the same 'Taste of Blackstone' special as Monday and also includes live music in the bar area. Friday also features live music from local artists including Jean Pierre, Bill Kahler, John Amoroso, Burt Mabry, Maryline Blackburn, James Casto and Bria Kam. Along with more live music on Saturday you can also enjoy $4 Three Olive Vodka or Prairie Vodka Martinis. Blackstone Restaurant is located at 4686 South Atlanta Road, Vinings, 404.794.6100. Hours are Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Bar area opens at 5 p.m. and remains open one hour later than dining room. For updates, visit www.blackstoneatlanta.com.

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Bloom represents Atlanta on this year's Top Chef

It’s that time of year again. Bravo TV’s ‘Top Chef DC’ debuts soon with local restaurant Table 1280’s (located at the Woodruff Arts Center) chef Tracey Bloom representing Atlanta. Past area chefs have included Flip’s Richard Blais, Pura Vida’s Hector Santiago, Woodfire Grill’s Kevin Gillespie as well as Eno's chef Eli Kirshtein. Named one of 2008’s “Top 25 Chefs in Atlanta” by The Sunday Paper, Tracey is well known in the Atlanta culinary scene. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, she decided to launch her culinary career as the opening Pastry Chef at Sia’s Restaurant in Duluth. Bloom then joined the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group spending most of her time at 103 West under Chef Gary Donlick, before moving on to work as Sous Chef at Asher Restaurant in Roswell, Oscar’s Restaurant in College Park and Luma in Winter Park, FL. Former Atlantan and chef/owner of Grappa Restaurant on Maple Drive in Buckhead, Lynne Gigliotti, will also be appearing on the show.

Southern Treats, Part 2...

A themed cooking class series hosted by Chef Nick Melvin at PARISH: Foods & Goods in Inman Park will focus on Southern inspired offerings for the Spring season. On Tuesday, June 8th, 6 p.m. you can learn to make fried green tomatoes with housemade cracked pepper buttermilk, black-eyed pea caviar and smoked ham hock hushpuppies with pickled okra tartar. Cost is $40 per person and includes a complimentary glass of bubbly. Call 404.681.4434 to reserve... Another Concentrics’ concept, Bakeshop on Peachtree Street, is also offering a chance to join Chef Jonathan St. Hilaire for Cooking Classes and learn the true craft of baking. Bites and libations are included, Saturday, June 5th, 4 - 6 p.m. with instructions on preparing croissants & danishes. The cost is $40 per person and you can reserve a space by calling 404.892.9322... Murphy’s in Virginia Highlands and Midtown’s ONE.midtown kitchen have both joined the gluten-free bandwagon. Murphy’s has added an entire gluten-free menu to their repertoire, while Chef Drew Van Leuvan of ONE has added a number of gluten free dishes to his menu including Georgia shrimp appetizer served with marinated ruby beets, mango, avocado and lobster vinaigrette... 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 “Bar 2 Bar” offerings will also offer guests a “5 at 5” menu, of five savory, gourmet snacks for $5. BLT Steak is located at W Atlanta Downtown Hotel on Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard.

Cluck Off returns...

A fundraiser for Georgia Transplant Foundation is being brought back this year at Tin Roof Cantina on Briarcliff Road. On Saturday, June 5th from 1 - 5 p.m. attendees can enjoy two live bands, a DJ, grilled chicken, chicken, & more chicken for a $25 cash donation. The Budweiser beer truck will also be there. For more details, visit www.thecluckoff.com... Like James Bond, Operation: Martinis & Miracles, a Bond Bash Benefiting Prevent Child Abuse Georgia has a few tricks up its sleeve. Cruising into The Foundry at Puritan Mill on Friday, June 11 from 7:30 - 11:30 p.m., the interactive party will offer Bond-worthy action: live performances, casino games, delectable fare from some of Atlanta ‘s top chefs, a martini ice luge, Bond vehicle displays (including the Aston Martin, the most-celebrated of the Bond “wheels”), live and silent auctions and a raffle. Two Gold Circle seats to the Country Music Awards and an autographed guitar from 2010 Grand Ole Opry performers are two of the raffle prizes. Guests can also bid on a “Dive with the Gentle Giants” Georgia Aquarium experience. Tickets purchased before June 10 are $100 for the 002 VIP Agent level and $80 for the 001 Agent level. At the door, they’re $120 and $100 respectively... On Wednesday, June 16, you can join Valenza in Brookhaven for a unique dinner featuring comfort-inspired Italian dishes that showcase the seasonal food of Tuscany paired with wines from Ruffino Winery. Chef Matt Swickerath's dishes will offer a four-course menu for $50 per person. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Valenza is located at 1441 Dresden Drive, Suite 100, Atlanta, 404.969.3233, www.valenzarestaurant.com... Should your tastes be more inclined to France, Au Pied de Cochon in the InterContinental Buckhead on Peachtree Road, has the tour for you. 'Passport to France,' is a culinary tour of four regions of France starting on the third Monday of each month and running for one week through the remainder of 2010. The eatery will offer a unique dinner menu that highlights the cuisine and wine of a specific region in France. June’s event will take place from June 21 through June 27 and will feature different offerings from Southwest France with both new and traditional French fare with unique wine selections. Guests dining at the restaurant during the monthly promotion will receive their own 'passport.' Those guests who dine and get their 'passports' stamped by partaking in each of the four regional promotions will have a chance to win a trip for two to France. Au Pied de Cochon will explore the tastes of the Southeast region during July 19-25 and August 16-22, including cuisine from Provence and the French Riviera. Reservations are recommended, 404.946.9070... The 5th Annual 97.1 The River Wing & Rock Fest is back for another “Finger Lickin’ Good Time” on Marietta Square. On Saturday, June 5th from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m. the Rock Fest will feature outdoor music from five classic cover & tribute bands as well as tasty wings from Wing Zone, Buffalo Wild Wings, Zaxby’s, Tilted Kilt, RuChDa Wings, West Cobb Wings, Twisted Taco and more while washing them down with a cold Budweiser. Admission is free and big eaters can enter the Wing Zone wing eating contest at 5:30 p.m. for a chance to win prizes. For more info go to www.wingandrockfest.com...

Free spicy chick...

To introduce a new spicy version of its famous chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A Inc. will be offering an online giveaway. By visiting www.getspicychicken.com, you can make an online reservation for a free Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken Sandwich. The offer is good through June 5. The sandwich will be officially added to the menu June 7th... June 21st through the 27th marks Yelp's Restaurant Week with eats from the likes of Canoe, HAVEN, Valenza, La Pietra Cucina, Bocado and Rosebud all on the list offering a $25 prix-fixe menu with multiple courses. For more information or to view the menus, visit www.yelp.com... Bring your best side ponytail and high top sneakers to HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern on Friday, June 4 at 10 p.m. for Bill Kaelin and Barry Brandon’s Relax & Rewind 80’s party with DJ Shane V and special guest DJ Sydney Slain. Besides singing to Madonna and quoting “The Breakfast Club,” HOBNOB will launch its Late Night menu – available Monday through Saturday – featuring items like the Dollar-Make-You-Holler Hot Dog, wood oven pizzas such as the CBR (Chicken, Bacon and Ranch), and sweet tooth signatures like Nutella Mezzaluna with Candied Pecans. The party continues until 2:30 a.m. HOBNOB is located at 1551 Piedmont Avenue, 404.968.2288 or visit www.hobnobatlanta.com for details.

Summerfest...

During Virginia Highland’s Annual Summerfest, Murphy’s on Virginia Avenue invites you to join them for a Reserve Wine Tasting on Friday, June 4th under the big tent out front from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The tasting winds down just as the Virginia Highland Summerfest Acoustic show ramps up. Nick Salpekar, Murphy’s wine shop sommelier, will hand select 40 of his favorites from California, Oregon, France, Italy, Spain, Argentina and Australia to share. Enjoy appetizers and live music from the Summerfest Acoustic Stage as you taste. Purchase a case from their featured wines and receive 25% off. The cost, $35 per person, does not include tax or gratuity. Email wine@murphysvh.com or call 404.872.0904 to reserve a space. If you can’t join the Friday tasting, the wine sale will continue through Summerfest weekend, June 5th 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. is 25% off wine four packs as well as Sunday, June 6th from 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m... Atlanta’s modern classic Georgian Terrace Hotel will play host to Flux, a two-day event of cocktail sipping, brunch relaxing and pool splashing. Midtown’s newest weekend event is on Saturday, June 5 with a hot dance party the first Saturday of every month from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Livingston Restaurant + Bar. You can book your room with the special “Flux Deluxe” rate, enjoy brunch specials, including a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, and dive into the rooftop pool on Sunday afternoon. The Georgian Terrace is located at 659 Peachtree Street NE, Midtown. Opened in 1911, The Georgian Terrace was designed in the Beaux Arts-style as a Southern interpretation of a Parisian hotel. For more information visit www.thegeorgianterrace.com... Spring’s glamorous fashionista event is going down over the next four Sundays -- June 6, 13, 20 and 27 -- Glamour Girls Sunday Brunch at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead fortifies gals before they head off to see “Sex and the City 2” at Phipps Plaza. The day starts out with a complimentary Buckhead Cosmo before presenting the chef specialties, favorites and desserts 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The Glamour Girl gift bag contains Manolo Blahnik note cards; a Ritz-Carlton fashion cookie; a voucher for 10% off a spa treatment at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Buckhead; and samples from Kerstin Florian’s signature line of caviar spa products, offered exclusively in Georgia at the hotel’s spa. From 1 - 5 p.m. on the same afternoon, Glamour Girl guests in the ladies shoe salon at Neiman Marcus may enjoy a champagne cocktail while a sketch artist renders a keepsake of them in their stilettos. There’s a special gift for one lucky gal. The Brunch is $48 per person. Make the required reservations by calling 404.240.7035 or through Open Table.

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