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MARCH 2011
Volume Twenty-Five Number Three

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COVER STORY - Page 2

Cafe, coffee & magic
at Paces Ferry Place

by hud report staff

Local restaurateur Jenny Levison has introduced her latest venture, Cafe Jonah and the Magical Attic, in a 1960s Buckhead cottage on Paces Ferry Place. Named after her seven-year-old son the new digs are similar to Levison’s other popular soup & sandwich shop, Souper Jenny’s on E. Andrews Drive, yet a bit more playful and adventurous. The new concept takes Levison’s desire to provide an old-fashioned outlet for busy Atlantans to take time for them selves, restore and find inspiration -- to a new level. Cafe Jonah is a blend of neighborhood coffee house, cafe and mini spiritual retreat. “Café Jonah and the Magical Attic really combines everything I love in life,” says Levison. “It’s inspired by how I live and places I’ve visited, particularly old-fashioned European cafes. Guests will enjoy a slow pace to connect or spend time alone with a meal or cup of tea in the cafe. Upstairs, we’ll offer inspirational books, candles, aromatherapy oils and even periodic classes and events.” In a small alcove in the attic, you can find Lady M giving tarot card readings for $30 (15 minutes) and on Saturday, a reflexology class is offered. Four rooms downstairs make up the warm, coffeehouse feel of the shop. Enter through the bright red door into a living room setting complete with fireplace. The homey vibe of the space is filled with family photos, colorful handprints and autographs as well as a community table along with several nooks filled with couches and overstuffed seating. A small, bright orange dining room features four tables and several windows for an open, airy feel. You will also find stacks of ‘community book shelves’ throughout with one golden rule: ‘Take one, leave one.’ The Cafe’s menu ($1.75 - $10.50) reflects Levison’s emphasis on fresh, local and organic ingredients. The colorful, handwritten offerings are displayed daily on a chalkboard as you enter and the breakfast items include: Two frittatas daily, a breakfast sandwich-of-the-day, artisan pastries, bakery goods and a design-your-own fruit salad with toppings like yogurt and granola. The lunch menu features a daily market plate with three salads and homemade crackers, three signature sandwiches, a quiche-of-the-day and a wide array of homemade sweets. There are also prepared, to-go entrees for supper. Levison showcases products from many of her favorite suppliers. From Holeman & Finch breads and pastries to Cake Hag desserts to handmade teas and local eggs, most items featured on the menu and on the shelves will have a local connection. Coffee and espresso service will include brewed and French Press Batdorf & Bronson coffee. Also offered are fresh juices, artisan teas, homemade hot chocolate and a daily selection of gluten-free breads and baked goods from Sally’s Bakery. Cafe Jonah and the Magical Attic is located at 3119 Paces Ferry Place, Buckhead, 404.343.4107. A few parking spots are out front with additional spaces behind the cottage. Hours are 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. As of our print date, the website was not up yet. Please visit www.souperjennyatl.com for updates.

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

by hud report staff

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

The latest buzz around town has Chef Ron Eyester of Rosebud Restaurant on N. Highland and partner/barkeep Jason Chenette shooting for a March opening of their latest venture, The Family Dog. The duo has taken the former Pomodoro space across the street from Rosebud to debut the laid-back neighborhood hangout (complete with Jukebox). You may remember Eyester purchased the former Food 101 Morningside in March of ‘07 and rebranded it Rosebud in July of that year... The New York-based Italian restaurant, Il Mulino, closed up shop in November of ‘10 after only two years of business at its Downtown location. Local restaurant group, Fifth Group Restaurants (South City Kitchen, La Tavola, Ecco, El Taco and Bold American Catering), has recently signed a contract for the 5,200 sq. ft. space at the One Ninety One Peachtree Tower on Peachtree and are proposing a fall 2011 opening for their latest concept, a yet-unnamed chef-driven Mexican restaurant offering Tex Mex and Mexican-inspired dishes... Latest rumblings are saying No. 246 will be the name of Ford Fry (JCT Kitchen) and Chef/Partner Drew Belline’s (Floataway Cafe) new eatery going into the former Eurasia Bistro space on E. Ponce de Leon in Decatur. The restaurant is expected to be contemporary casual with Italian influences and they are shooting for an April opening... Latest news from the Fox Bros. BBQ team, Jonathan & Justin Fox, has them opening in what used to be Nathalie’s Fish House/Levi’s Key West Fish House on W. Ponce de Leon in Downtown Decatur. Their latest creation will be The Big Tex Cantina and they hope to open in May... Similar to the local The Real Chow Baby and national Genghis Grill concepts, Chicago, IL-based Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill is said to be opening in the Town Brookhaven project later in the summer offering the same ‘create-your-own’ wok experience as well as 50 Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes... The old Bada Bing Wings space at McGinnis Village Place in Alpharetta will soon be home to a ‘real’ (according to their Facebook page) New York-style deli, Legends Deli & Cafe. The Menu will be versatile featuring everything from breakfast sandwiches, Angus burgers and Boars Head deli subs to soups, salads and homemade dressings.

Adding More...

We are following up on a rumor that Riccardo Ullio (Fritti, Sotto Sotto) of U Restaurants may be taking the former 5th Street Cafe/Eno by ZaZa space at 800 Peachtree Street in Midtown. Some are speculating the name will be El Escorpion, but we have not confirmed it yet. 5th Street Cafe, owned by A.D. Allushi and Atlanta Hawk Zaza Pachulia, opened in August of 2010 and was closed by the end of October. The latter are also partners in the Buckhead Bottle Bar on East Paces Ferry in Buckhead... La Fonda Latina and Fellini’s Pizza partner, Clay Harper, took over the former Wolf Camera building beside La Fonda Latina at Wieuca Road in Buckhead back in August of ‘10 and opened a frozen yogurt concept, Three On The Tree. Harper is now expanding the concept with two more locations planned for the Atlanta area. The second is rumored to be opening within the Fellini’s on LaVista Road in Decatur by May and a third may be opening next to the La Fonda Latina on Howell Mill Road in Atlanta’s Westside district... Owners George Frangos and Jason Mann opened their Farm Burger concept back in early 2010 on W. Ponce de Leon in Decatur offering 100% grass-fed, organic, locally-grazed Georgia beef. The Atlanta Business Chronicle recently reported a second location is being scouted with hopes of opening by the end of 2011. Other recent rumblings have said the former Atlanta Bread Company space at Tower Walk in Buckhead may be a possibility... According to their Facebook page, the folks over at Holeman & Finch Public House on Peachtree are ‘getting close’ to debuting their latest creation, H & F Bottleshop, in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center in the Peachtree Hills area. The new store will offer boutique wines and spirits that are enjoyed at sister venues Holeman & Finch and Restaurant Eugene, that can’t be found anywhere else. The new bottle shop will offer a variety of items such as house-made brandied cherries as well as Holeman & Finch’s Bloody Mary Mix... Touting itself as ‘home of the world’s largest taco,’ Itza Taco Sports Grill arrived in December of 2010 on Highway 20 West in McDonough. The eatery is now making plans to expand North with its Mexican-inspired dishes, opening soon on Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross and another not-yet-disclosed location somewhere in Atlanta... Bushels Seafood Cafe made its debut last year on Duluth Highway in Lawrenceville and is now awaiting the arrival of a second location on Five Forks Trickum Road in Lilburn. Bushels features a signature ‘Throw Down Basket’ on the menu that is filled with five pounds of seafood: A pound of blue crabs, snow crab, shrimp and crawfish with sausage, corn on the cob, hush puppies, boiled eggs, potatoes, a plate of fried shrimp, fried tilapia, garlic Parmesan wings and onions rings with the signature house-blend fruit punch... Construction began late January on the latest unit of Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches that’s to open on W. Ponce de Leon in Decatur in mid-March. The store is located in the former Tastings: A Wine Experience space and will be 1,500 sq. ft. with outdoor seating. After the opening, construction will begin on a second unit near Georgia State University on Luckie Street and it expects to open in May... Chepes Mexican Grill debuted its first location in Cumming in early 2008. Since then, the chain has grown to add locations in Suwanee, Shallowford Road in Marietta and also Johnson Ferry Road in Maritta. The latest location, planned for the Old Alabama Shopping Center in Alpharetta, is due to arrive July 1st with future plans for three or four more units in 2012... Also adding another unit, owners Jeremy Black, Joseph Matthews, David Hilliard & David Hearn will be premiering a second location of their Davinci's Pizzeria on W. Peachtree in Midtown in the former 404 Lounge/Goodstone Cafe space. The group currently operates the first unit on Spring Road in Smyrna.

Chefs shuffle...

Jeremy Miller has been appointed as new Executive Chef at Buckhead Life’s Bluepointe Restaurant on Peachtree. Miller was Chef de Cuisine and now replaces Chef Doug Turbush, who left in January to open his own restaurant, Seed Kitchen & Bar on Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, sometime in 2011. Upon graduation from the Art Institute of Atlanta in 2001, Miller landed a job with chef Guenter Seeger at Seeger’s. Two years later he traveled to New York City to work with Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten and would eventually go on to work at the French Laundry in California before traveling his way through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Upon his return to he moved to San Francisco where he helped open RN74 restaurant. In 2009, Miller returned to Georgia and joined the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group as Chef de Cuisine at Bluepointe... David Sturgis has joined Muss & Turners in Smyrna as Chef de Cuisine. Sturgis served as the restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine when they opened six years ago, before moving to Farm 255 in Athens. Now he’s back... Atlanta native Shean Suter brings more than 10 years of culinary experience to the kitchen of Spice Market in the W Atlanta-Midtown Hotel as executive sous chef. He joins the team by way of experience at Hyatt Regency in Savannah, GA, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Spa & Casino in Incline Village, Nevada, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Gold Resort & Spa and the Highland Inn in Carmel, CA... And over at the W Atlanta-Downtown Hotel, Pablo Henderson has joined the team as Manager of Bar Happenings to oversee the goings on at Drinkshop, Living Room Lounge and Wetbar. With degrees in Psychology and French Literature, Henderson’s career began at the The Limelight in London, England and through the years progressed to consulting with local restaurateurs Riccardo Ullio (U-Restaurants), Bob Amick (Concentrics) & the Kinjo Brothers (MF Restaurants) as well as Jeoffrey Chodorow (China Grill Management).

Updates...

The Business Chronicle is reporting San Diego-based OliverMcMillan Inc. has inked a deal to buy the Streets of Buckhead project and plans to begin construction this year. The 8-acre, 6-block project is located in the former ‘Buckhead Village’ at the intersection of Peachtree and W. Paces Ferry Road and was originally developed by Ben Carter Properties LLC and projected to open in the fall of ‘09 with a variety of retailers, restaurants, hotels, offices and condominiums. Many delays, attributed to the economy, brought the project to a halt... First reported closed, then open and now closed again, word on the street says, The Glenwood in East Atlanta Village, has made a few changes and had expected to reopen by March. Here’s what showed up on a local blog: “Glenwood took out the wall between the two rooms and are making it one big bar area. I also heard they are putting in dart boards. They are trying to be ready by early March”... Caramba Cafe threw a dinner party every night for 20 years at their N. Highland Avenue home before the lease expired last June and they decided the shutter doors. Last month, the dinner parties resumed as Caramba reopened in a brand new location on E. Decatur Street in the Pencil Factory Lofts downtown... New owners of Tavern 99 on E. Andrews in Buckhead, Rob Breesch & Francisco Vidal, have added a new sound system to the 8,000 sq. ft. space in order to book bigger live bands and expect to upgrade the menu as well... Highlands Grill & Sports Tavern on Busbee Parkway in Kennesaw also has new owners. Rusty Zimmerman has sold the joint to the same group that operates Bogey’s Bar & Grill in Woodstock... Another new owner, Christopher Hawley, has taken the reigns at Jimiz Lounge on Cobb Parkway in Smyrna. Hawley will be closing for renovations and expects to reopen soon with a new cocktail staff serving up world class martinis. He also owns Pizza K in Decatur... Barely a year after being sold by Metrotainment Cafes, Cheyenne Grille is rumored to have another set of new owners and will close for renovations. The Peachtree Battle Shopping Center hangout expects to reopen sometime in March... Not sold, but rebranding, Chef Andy Long’s Cafe di Sol on N. Highland Avenue will now be called Cafe 640. Long has also set up a Belgian-style street fries stand outside his eatery that serves every Saturday and Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m... In more rebranding news, the Atlanta Business Chronicle says the company once known as Raving Brands Inc. has dissolved and in its place is Big Game Brands. Big Game Brands just bought two new restaurant concepts, with plans to grow them in the Southeast and beyond, Penguin Drive-In of Charlotte, N.C. and The Original Italian Pie out of New Orleans. Raving Brands once included six franchises ~ Shane’s Rib Shack, Planet Smoothie, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Mama Fu’s, Doc Green’s and PJ’s Coffee... Local buzz says Taco Mac at 240 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur will be closing for a short while this summer for a complete renovation. No details on how long it will take... Open a little over a year, the owners of Flippin’ Out Burger on Ray Moss Connector in Johns Creek, have decided to close and reopen with a new concept. Local buzz says it will be a Mexican burrito joint called Gorilla Burrito that’s expected to open sometime this month. The same owners also operated Por Fin Mexican which was located next door and closed and Quanto Basto on Buford Drive in Cumming... Cafe Efendi, located on Roswell Street in Alpharetta, will be making a move soon to a new location on S. Main Street in Alpharetta. They expect to be at their current location a couple more months before beginning the process... There’s a notice on Twitter and the website of Firkin & Lindbergh that the Lindbergh location is temporarily closed for renovations. Open only about a year and a half, we aren’t sure what could need renovating? No mention of when they may reopen.... The last of the Urban Flats concept locations closed in the Atlanta area in early 2010 in Lawrenceville. Recent rumblings have them possibly reopening a location in Atlanta City Center near Lindbergh. An original Lindbergh location closed for the 2009 Christmas holidays and never reopened.

Sign of the times...

The AJC is reporting Pacci Ristorante is closing at the end of March due to new owners buying the Hotel Palomar where it is located. Pacci would have been one month shy of its 2nd Anniversary... Also suffering from ‘new owner blues,’ Tom Collicchio’s (Bravo’s Top Chef) Atlanta venues, Craft Atlanta restaurant & Craft Bar, were opened in 2008 in the The Mansion on Peachtree Road. Reports are saying that when The Mansion was purchased by new owners in 2010, Callicchio’s leases did not transfer -- so the two locations have now closed... Chef Pete’s Cajun Cuisine had less than a three-month presence on Mansell Road in Roswell before shuttering the doors. The same chef had closed his location on Spalding Drive in Norcross in September of 2009... The Biscuit Man Cafe lasted about six months on Woodstock Road in Roswell before closing in January... Tacone Flavor Grill joined the Alpharetta market in Windward Plaza in 2006 with expectations of 15 to 20 more over the next five years. They have now closed for good... River Tavern took the space that had housed a Foster’s Grill on Bethany Bend in Milton in June of 2010. The Tavern has closed after only seven short months... Just a few short months after opening Caffe Fortunato on Village Parkway in East Cobb, owner Michael Fortuanto has closed his four and half year-old Pizzeria Fortuanto on United Drive in Smyrna... It’s been about a year’s time that Bamboo Grill & Hot Pot opened on Buford Highway in Doraville. Since then, it transitioned into Ca Dao for a few months and is now operating as Pho 24... Carla Dent’s (Pastis) Taste Restaurant & Wineshop on Canton Street in Roswell has also closed... The five-year-old Django Gypsy Kitchen & Saloon has closed for good at its location on Peachtree Street Dowtown... The six-year-old Fatburger, on Piedmont Road near Lindbergh, has closed. Franchisees Willie Anderson (former NFL Pro) and Derick Odom had originally signed a 10-unit deal and would go on to open a second unit on Windy Hill Road in Marietta.

DINING OUT - Page 4

by hud report staff

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

The Vinings Fish Company...

The Vinings Fish Company is now open in Vinings Jubilee serving up fresh fish and seafood in a cozy, neighborhood atmosphere. Chef/Owner Paul Albrecht and son, Patrick, closed their previous concept, The Burger Club, at the location back in December of 2010 and completely renovated the building for this latest venture. The duo also operates Paul’s Restaurant in Atlanta’s Peachtree Hills area as well as Social Vinings on Vinings Slope Drive. Featuring a warm decor, all of the wood in the space is from recycled 200-year-old barns in the North Georgia/Blue Ridge area giving the restaurant a rustic feel. The dining rooms are set around the focal point of the four-sided bar where bartenders mix up handcrafted twists on classic cocktails. There is also outdoor dining offered as well. Chef Derek Larson has created an extensive menu beginning with cold appetizers ($7 - $60) of oysters-on-the-half shell (both East & West coast), a shrimp cocktail, house smoked salmon, a colossal lump crab cocktail, tuna tartar, the seafood quartet (oysters, jumbo shrimp, crab meat, blue crab claws and tequila mignonette) and an oyster shooter sampler with bloody Mary, tequila lime shallot and cucumber watermelon vodka. Hot appetizers ($6 - $20) offered include Southwestern clam soup, lobster bisque, baked bay scallops, mini crab claws, petit crab cakes, fried oysters, Chef Paul’s batter-fried lobster tail, roasted mussels, crispy calamari, springs rolls, tempura vegetable nori roll, fried green tomatoes, spinach & artichoke gratin and the VFC Rockefeller with creamy spinach, fried oysters and chipotle hollandaise. Two salads ($4) are offered as well as pasta dishes of lobster ravioli, linguini with white wine sauce and angel hair. Fish specialty dishes ($18 - $28) range from baked sea bass, blackened grouper, a seafood bouillabaisse, BBQ’d mahi mahi, a fried or broiled seafood platter and baked stuffed flounder to shrimp & grits, sesame crusted ahi tuna steak, crab cakes, fish & chips and batter-fried lobster tails. Fish a la Carte items ($18 - $40) are prepared a variety of ways and offerings include salmon, tuna, Chilean sea bass, flounder, trout, grouper, mahi mahi, baby red fish, large prawns and South African lobster tail. Meat a la Carte selections ($19 - $32) range from the 12 oz. ribeye and 10 oz. mignon to a roasted chicken breast. Sides dishes ($3 - $7) are made up of mushrooms, julienne vegetables, smoked tomato grits, green beans, mashed potatoes, fries, sautéed or creamed spinach, cole slaw, a wild rice blend, asparagus, creamy grits and lobster mac & cheese. Dessert selections are key lime chiffon cake, chocolate Kahlua mousse cake, raspberry semifreddo, Mississippi coffee mudpie with Oreo crust and an ice cream Sunday. In addition to an extensive wine list, a variety of coffees, cordials, whiskeys, cocktails and 16 beers are also available. The Vinings Fish Company is located at 4300 Paces Ferry Road, Vinings Jubilee, 678.888.9036. Hours are 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, visit www.greatfoodinc.com.

Sliders & slushies...

Inman Park has added another pub/eatery/watering hole to its lineup, Victory Sandwich Bar, which opened in a refurbished Johnny’s Pizza on Elizabeth Street last month. Owners Ian Jones and Caleb Wheelus (Food Studio, Slice Downtown, Halo) created a hip, urban space with an open, industrial feel housing rustic wood tables, cinder-block walls, cement floors, a centralized screen for viewing movies and a ping pong table in the back accompanied by a punching bag and retro turntable. When the weather warms, there will also be an outdoor patio for people watching The simple menu will change a bit but a sampling offers ‘Snacks’ consisting of a meat & cheese plate ($8) and hummus ($4). Sandwiches on Bakeshop bread ($3.50 - $4.50) are considered slightly larger than a slider (most people order two) and range from beast on yeast (pot roast with horseradish creme), new bomb turk (turkey with avocado spread & baconaisse), victory at sea (white anchovies with lemon mayo) and the Reuben to the Lamborghini (salami, cappicolla, speck, fontina cheese & salsa verde), the hambo (proscuitto, mozzarella, Granny Smith apple slices & balsamic vinaigrette), cool chick (homemade chicken salad), Castro (roasted pork, ham, fontina cheese & yellow mustard), smokin’ trout (trout, Greek yogurt, capers and radish salad) and the hand-salad sandwich (vegetarian version). And yes, they can make you a salad if you ask. Open til 2 a.m., the full bar offers up cocktails ($7) such as the adult slushie of frozen Jack Daniels & Coke along with Jackle Juice, which combines carbonated apple soda and Jack, served in a mason jar. Victory Sandwich Bar is located at 280 Elizabeth Street, Atlanta, 770.676.7287. Hours are 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Monday - Sunday.

Georgia Peach...

Underground Atlanta has a new dining & entertainment spot, Georgia Peach Restaurant & Lounge, in Kenny’s Alley. The homey atmosphere of the space has lightly colored stonewalls with bursts of orange including orange leather bench seating running the length of the room. Sleek, contemporary two-top tables rim the dining area that also includes a communal table as well as rocking chairs and rich, dark woods carry through to the lounge area which houses a small wooden stage. Offering eclectic Southern fare, the menu features soups ($3.99 & $6.99), salads ($4.99 & $9.99) such as the House, Caesar and Georgia pecan along with sandwiches ($4.99 - $7.99) ranging from the BLT, grilled chicken and grown up grilled cheese to a grilled PB & J, country ham & cheese, grilled salmon and country burger. Other choices ($7.99 - $11.99) include fried chicken, salmon, shrimp, tilapia or steak as well as several rotisserie chicken options. Live Jazz & Blues fill the space every Friday & Saturday evening and a Southern Brunch is featured on Sunday mornings. Georgia Peach offers a full-service bar of beer, wine and several ‘peach’ specialty cocktails. Georgia Peach Restaurant & Lounge, 50 Upper Alabama Street, Underground Atlanta, 404.348.4300. www.dinegapeach.com for more.

Killer Burgers Two...

Grind House Killer Burgers joined the ‘burger’ craze in September of 2009 opening in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market on Edgewood Avenue. This month, owner Alex Brounstein is expanding with the opening of his second location on Piedmont Avenue in the Piedmont Heights area. The 2,400 sq. ft. space has added a patio and will offer an expanded menu from the original location. The set-up will be pretty much the same as the original with a build-your-own-burger -- where you choose between a beef, turkey or veggie patty, then choose either a 1/4 lb. patty ($3.99) or make it a double ($5.99) and lastly, style your burger with free toppings of lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, jalapenos and your choice of sauces. For a little extra, more toppings can be added and range from various cheeses, grilled onions, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, Vidalia onion, chili, roasted green Chile, cole slaw, peppers, avocado slices or an extra burger patty ($.50 - $1.99). There are also five other burger styles ($4.99 - $8.25) available if you don’t feel like building your own. Add fries and a drink for $2.50. Hot dogs ($2.99 - $5.50) are also on the menu and sides range from French fries, Vidalia onion rings and sweet potato kettle chips to the Grind House Cole slaw and smokey beef chili ($1.99 - $3.99). What’s a burger without a shake? The handspun milkshake ($3.50) is available in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coffee, chocolate peanut butter or mocha and there is also a soft serve ($1.99) with toppings (Oreos, Reece’s Cups, M&M’s or Heath bar) in a cup if you prefer. Grind House Killer Burgers will be located at 1842 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta. Hours will be Monday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Visit www.grindhouseburgers.com for opening date and phone.

Fresh in the garden...

Mitchell Anderson’s MetroFresh Cafe opened in October of 2005 serving fresh fare fast on Monroe Drive in East Atlanta. The quirky little cafe has grown with a strong following and Anderson is in the process of opening his second eatery just down the street in the former lobby of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. MetroFresh’s menu ($4.75 - $6.25) changes slightly daily beginning with breakfast items such as hot cereal of the day, granola, warm muffins, hard-boiled eggs and grilled chicken. Toppings include fresh & dried fruits, nuts, non-fat yogurt, honey and maple syrup. Finish it off with fresh orange or grapefruit juice, coffee or a variety of teas. Lunch offerings might include soups such as shrimp gumbo, chicken barley, Thai coconut chicken, New England clam chowder, garden veggie, tomato basil, Caribbean butternut squash, pumpkin topped with macadamia nuts, the turkey chili or the Mitchili (named after Anderson). Several salads and sandwiches like the maple honey turkey and havarti cheese with tomato, spinach and lo-fat mayo on a Cuban baguette, also make the list. Two dinners are available each evening -- one meat or chicken and one fish or vegetarian and could range from lobster tacos, grilled beef tenderloin, pot roast or seared ahi tuna with mango salsa, eggplant parmesan to pulled pork. Dinner Entrees come with a cup of soup or a side and range in price from $10.95 to $17.95. MetroFresh incorporates the daily selections of soup, salads and sides with two entrees for Sunday Brunch 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. There is one sweet dish (stuffed challa French toast, banana nut pancakes or blueberry crepes to name a few) and one savory egg dish such as roasted vegetable strata (fried egg over grilled French bread with arugula and roasted tomato, asparagus eggs benedict on cornbread muffin). MetroFresh Cafe will be located inside the gates of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta. Hours are Monday – Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit www.metrofreshatl.com.

Noche #3...

Tom Catherall of Here to Serve Restaurants has opened his 11th Atlanta restaurant, Noche Tequila & Tapas Bar, on Town Boulevard in the Town Brookhaven development on Peachtree. This is the third Metro Noche, the others are in Virginia Highland and Vinings. This location follows the concept of the original Noche in Virginia-Highland (which turns 12 in June) offering Spanish influenced tapas highlighting items from such as the skirt steak, BBQ salmon, the lobster taco and their popular margaritas. The high-energy bar houses over 30 types of tequila. The tapas menu ($4 - $9) is a diverse selection of eats ranging from mixed olives & spiced almonds, Spanish fried potatoes with roasted red pepper sauce, mozzarella and tomatoes with truffle oil, chicken empanadas and BBQ chicken pizza to several salad choices along with fried green tomatoes, grilled asparagus, a crispy fish taco and a grilled chicken quesadilla. Others offerings include fried plantains, crispy calamari, assorted Spanish cheeses with apples & dates, tuna steak, bacon-wrapped grilled scallops, mini burgers, lamb gyros, a grilled pork chop with phyllo-wrapped sweet potatoes, a mini crab cake with jalapeno tarter sauce, shrimp & cheese grits, mussels and fried lobster tail with spicy apricot glaze -- among many others. Noche Tequila & Tapas Bar is located at 705 Town Boulevard, Town Brookhaven, 404.364.9448. Noche serves dinner nightly and lunch Wednesday - Sunday. Here to serve Restaurants is the parent company to Prime, Twist, Shout, Goldfish, Cantina, Strip, Coast, Noche and Aja, www.h2sr.com.

Stir(ing) it up...

Jamaican flavors and culture have found their way to the Little 5 Points area of Atlanta with the impending arrival of Stir It Up on Euclid Avenue. The eclectic eatery is a mix of reclaimed pine tables, high back-winged dining chairs, mirrors, ornately framed vintage Jamaican family photos, a velvet banquette and red leather bar chairs. Blending the Jamaican flavors and fare -- a sampling of the preview menu ($7 - $14) includes stewed oxtail, BBQ beef or pork ribs, jerk or curry chicken, curry goat, wings, salt fish & cabbage, tofu chopsuey and curry tofu. All the items are served with a side salad, sweet plantain and choice of a side (homemade mac & cheese, chicken stuffing, fries, rice & peas or jasmine rice). Stir It Up is located at 1083 Euclid Avenue, Little 5 Points, 404.963.2384. For more info, visit www.stiritupatl.com.

Pinkberry #3 due...

Pinkberry frozen yogurt brand will open its third Georgia location on March 4, on Peachtree Road in Buckhead in a former Marble Slab Creamery space. Made with real non-fat yogurt and nonfat milk it is rBST hormone free. The newest Atlanta-area location will be serving Pinkberry’s six signature flavors: the Original, a sweet and tangy yogurt; Pomegranate, made with 100% pure pomegranate juice; Coconut, made with coconut puree; a rich, indulgent Chocolate; Mango, made with Alphonso mango puree; and a ‘Featured Flavor’ that rotates seasonally, such as the recent Blood Orange paired with blood orange pieces, blood orange puree and a crisp waffle cookie. Customers can personalize with any combination of toppings from fresh fruit or granola to Belgian chocolate shavings. The newest Pinkberry will be located at 3637 Peachtree Road NE, Buckhead, 404.949.0459. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. For discounts, sign up at www.pinkberry.com.

METRO - Page 6

by hud report staff

Tasca Latin Bistro arrives...

Owner/Chef Rogerio Martins (formerly with Mitra in Midtown and Sia’s in Johns Creek) has debuted his newest venture, Tasca Latin Bistro, in the short-lived Sazon Grill space on State Bridge Road in Johns Creek. The space is rich with deep reds, dark woods, stone accents, small pendant lighting and tiled flooring. Seating is available at the bar, tables throughout and booths in red draped alcoves. Hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Rogerio’s menu is an infusion of Latin flavors with influences from Brazil, Spain, Cuba, Peru and Chile and carries through the menu, cocktails, wine and beer selections. The home-style Brazilian fare menu begins with roasted corn pico soup and an offering of salads ($5 & $6) and continues with tapas ($5 - $9) of fried calamari, scallop ceviche, coconut shrimp, beef skewers, shrimp skewers, fried oysters, lemon crab croquetas, citrus pork taquitos, duck & wild mushroom quesadilla, Brazilian empanada and yucca fries with habanero aioli. Entrees ($12 - $17) move on to beef shoulder tenderloin, pan seared wild salmon, braised beef short ribs, tortilla crusted mahi mahi, seafood paella, citrus braised pulled pork, roasted lamb shank, queso fresco & spinach stuffed chicken, vegetarian pasta and vegetarian paella. Add sides of saffron rice, grilled asparagus, purple potatoes or whipped potatoes with wild mushrooms for $4 each. Tasca Latin Bistro is located at 10970A State Bridge Rd, Johns Creek, 770.753.0855. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for lunch and Tuesday – Saturday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner. Lunch is served Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.tascabistro.com for more.

Dining in Decatur...

It’s been almost a year since the rumblings started about Decatur Diner taking the former Atlanta Bread Company location at the corner of E. Ponce de Leon and Church Street in Decatur. Amid rumors of stop-work orders, permit problems and build-out issues, the neon lights are finally on and it looks as though they have opened. In the mean time, the Greek group that owns the diner opened a similar concept, Empire Diner, in Sandy Springs and within the span of few months, shuttered the doors. No word on two others that were expected in late 2010, the Morrow Diner in Morrow and Auburn Diner in Auburn, Georgia. The new joint’s interior is diner-style all the way with faux marble, mirrors, many neon lights and booth as well as table seating. There is also added patio dining. The Decatur 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). The Diner 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). The Decatur Diner is located at 205 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, 404.377.8787. They are open 24/7.

Italian fare...

Ed Martino has taken the former Little Alley Tapas Bar & Cafe location on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell and transformed it into a new Italian eatery, Martino’s Pasta. The clean lines of the contemporary interior are accented with golden walls, tiled flooring and dark woods. Stone elements add to the bar area while leather bench wall seating and tables fill the dining room. Appetizers ($4.25 - $8.95) at Martino’s consist of a Caprese salad, stuffed mushrooms, fried calamari, clams casino, mussels, bruschetta and an asparagus & brie pizza with pesto. Salads, antipasto and soups ($3.45 - $11.95) range from four types of soup and salads to antipasto for two that includes prosciutto, mixed olives, sharp provolone cheese, roasted red pepper, salami, pepperoncinis, endive, marinated artichokes, goat cheese and grilled eggplant served with rosemary flatbread. Several pasta dish variations ($7.95 - $12.95), including baked and specialty options are offered as well as chicken, veal, steak and seafood dishes ($9.75 - $17.95 for lobster and scallops over linguini). A variety of sandwiches ($7.25), pizzas ($6 - $11) and desserts ($4.25 - $5.95) round out the offerings. Martino’s also serves a selection of beer, wine, teas and coffees. Martino’s Pasta is located at 690 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, 678.795.9636. Hours are Sunday – Wednesday 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Thursday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. until late. Visit martinospasta.com for more details.

EVOO arrives...

Owners Helena Harris and Lynette Sawyer have debuted their latest creation, EVOO Tapas Bar, across from the Mall of Georgia in Buford. The duo has introduced a hip, Buckhead-style lounge and restaurant to the area with an elegant, contemporary feel of dark woods, bench seating, low tables and a trendy, curved bar. The casual atmosphere has local DJ’s spinning on the weekends and outdoor seating if you choose to hookah. Executive Chef Jonathan McDowell brings non-traditional tapas-style fare to EVOO featuring fresh, organic, locally grown ingredients. Menu items include flatbreads, paninis, salads, crab cakes, ahi tuna, popcorn shrimp, hummus and guacamole. The thoughtfully selected wine list (offered by-the-glass and bottle) has been designed to pair with your food selections. There are also specialty cocktails, a beer list, teas and coffee to choose from. EVOO Tapas Bar is located at 2720 Mall of Georgia Blvd., Buford, 678.482.4300. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays; 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. For a complete menu, visit www.evootapasbar.com.

Peachtree Cafe...

In December of 2010 Husband and wife team, Victor and Lidia Erazo, decided to close their three-year-old Lawrenceville restaurant, La Provence. They have since conceptualized the building with a new concept and reopened as The Peachtree Cafe (also the name of a Buckhead hotspot in the ‘80s). The renovated cafe was outfitted with new booths, tables, counter seating and a small lounging area with couches and plasma TVs. Glass display cases are home to the housemade pastries and an actual potted peach tree grows in the corner of the room. Breakfast ($1.40 - $12.95 for steak & two eggs) is served 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and includes a multitude of variations of eggs, potatoes, toast, pancakes, French toast, bacon, Virginia ham, sausage, oatmeal, pastrami, muffins, bagels, croissants, steak, Canadian bacon, fresh juices teas and coffee. There are also 23 omelettes (served with potatoes & toast) to choose from as well as crepes, Belgian waffles and bakery items ($1 - $7.50). Lunch at the Cafe includes a host of sandwiches from specialties like the Monte Cristo or steak deluxe to the BLT or grilled cheese as well as roast beef, brisket, ham, turkey, corned beef, hot pastrami and the veal cutlet ($3 - $9.75). Broiled burgers are served on a toasted bun with cole slaw and a pickle ($4.25 - $6). Wraps ($6.95) are also on the menu along with paninis ($7.25) and a variety of salads ($3.45 -$7.95). 'Lidia’s Bakery Corner' showcases her daily homemade treats such as the fruit tart, a variety of flan, pineapple upside down cake, tres leches cake, NY-style cheesecake, pound cake, carrot cake, éclairs and cookies ($1.75 - $4.99). The Peachtree Cafe is located at 50 S. Clayton Street, Lawrenceville, 678.377.8745. Hours are Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more, visit www.peachtree-cafe.com.

Gourmet pub grub...

Tifosi Gastropub has opened in a former KFC building on S. Main in Alpharetta serving up gourmet grub and a pint or two of brew. Tifosi (pronounced [ti fo zi]) is an Italian word to describe a group of supporters or fans, especially in sports. The former fast-food space has been upgraded and remodeled with wood flooring, exposed overhead beams, brick wall accents and the addition of a bar near the old drive-thru -- invoking a British pub feel. Chef Trevor Moore uses locally sourced ingredients to create the Italian-influenced pub menu. To get you started, he offers calamari, mussels, Sicilian nachos, fried mozzarella, bruschetta, stuffed portabella mushrooms, risotto fritters, tuna tartar, fried mac & cheese, ahi tuna sliders and a plate of assorted cured Italian meats and cheeses with olives and pepperoncinis ($6.50 - $11). Chicken minestrone soup as well as a soup du jour ($6.50) is on the menu along with salads ($6 - $11) such as the Caprese, House, Caesar, smoked salmon, chef and seared tuna nicoise. Sandwiches ($8.50 - $10.50) are diverse, beginning with the Italian cheeseburger or Portobello burger along with a slow roasted top round, smoked salmon, hot Sicilian, grilled chicken, roasted vegetables and the Tifosi with salami, capicola, pepperoni, provolone, lettuce and pepperonicinis with aioli. For entrees ($12 - $21), you can choose from beef, goat cheese or crab ravioli; stuffed chicken roulade; bacon brown butter scallops; chicken scallopinni; grilled salmon; thyme lamb shank; sherry braised short rib or the pork chops ‘rustica’ that is smothered in sautéed onions, peppers and tomatoes. Sides, such as Parmesan risotto or garlic mashed potatoes among others, can also be added. An extensive selection of wines by-the-glass and by-the-bottle are available as well as 24 draft beers on tap and a long list of specialty cocktails. Tifosi Gastropub is located at 102 S. Main Street, Alpharetta, 770.343.9050. Visit www.tifosipub.com for hours.

The Taco Stand...

Athens, GA-based chain, The Taco Stand, operated a location on Roswell Road in Buckhead for nine years before closing up shop in January of 2010. Moving outside the perimeter and joining three Athens locations and one in Watkinsville, a new Atlanta area Taco Stand has opened in the former Yellowfin Chop House space in Alpharetta. Offering fare resembling that of a college sports hangout, The Taco Stand’s menu is pretty much the same as its Athens counterparts with appetizers of chips & salsa, nachos, quesadillas, black bean dip, French fries, fresh cut potato chips, hot pretzels and housemade guacamole. Soups and salads are offered as well as traditional or specialty tacos (pork, fried chicken & tilapia), specialty burritos, enchiladas, tostadas and Buffalo wings in a variety of flavors. Burgers (on house baked buns) are on the menu along with a grilled chicken and BBQ pork sandwich and the giant hot dogs served are nitrate/filler free. The Taco Stand uses beef from a local farm that is grain fed with no antibiotics/hormones and is never frozen. There are 12 beers on tap and 12 more in bottles and happenings include live music in the bar (it's separate from the dining area) on Tuesday & Friday and Thursday hosts Ladies Night. The Taco Stand is located at 10595 Old Alabama Road Connector, Alpharetta, 404.754.4500. Hours are Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Visit www.thetacostand.com.

Zest opens...

A new sushi tapas bar has joined the mix on the square in Roswell named Zest. It is the sister restaurant to Soba Bistro on E. Piedmont Road in Marietta. The tapas ($5 - $14) list is quite long and includes a Spring salad mix, spinach & mushroom salad, an Asian chopped salad, seared diver scallops, lamb lollipops, baby back ribs, Kobe meat balls, mojo chicken skewers, fried calamari, edamame hummus, pork tenderloin skewers, yucca fries, braised beef short ribs, mini Kobe burgers, pulled pork spring rolls, mac & cheese, grilled steak with grit cake, short rib tacos, pulled pork tacos, smashin’ taters, bacon wrapped shrimp, smoked salmon chips, dumplings, soba noodles and baked Atlantic black cod. The sushi portion ($4 - $25) of the menu is even longer with several offerings of maki & hand rolls, specialty rolls, fried rolls, nigiri and sashimi as well as platters and sushi specialties such as yellowtail jalapeno, salmon bonito and oyster tempura. Libations at Zest include a vast selection of martinis, wine, specialty drinks, sake and beer. Zest Sushi Tapas Bar is located at 957 Canton Street, Roswell, 678.461.6788. Hours are Monday – Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday noon – 10 p.m. Visit www.zestoncantonstreet.com for complete menu.

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARYS - Page 8

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

ONGOING EVENTS - Page 8A

BREW NEWS - Page 8B

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

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

Microbrew News...
Owen Ogletree, Brewtopia

The Athens Area Humane Society’s 16th annual Classic City Brew Fest is scheduled for Sunday, April 10, 2011. Tickets are $39.95. This small festival -- a favorite among beer lovers in the Southeast -- takes place in Athens in The Foundry’s three ballrooms, outdoor patio and Melting Point music hall. Sample more than 250 of the best craft beers from around the planet -- including 10 special cask-conditioned ales. There will also be live Bluegrass music from Athens’ Buttermilk Revival Band. 21 and up -- no children or pets please. Head to the BrewFest website, www.classiccitybrew.com/brewfest.html, to purchase tickets, see complete details and reserve a Foundry hotel room.

Brew Your Cask Off

SweetWater Brewery has invited 80 special guests to roll up their sleeves, channel their inner brewer and create a one-of-a-kind cask. The ‘Brew Your Cask Off’ event is scheduled for March 5, 2011 from 6 to 10 p.m. at SweetWater on Ottley Drive in Atlanta. Tickets are $35 for online pre-sale and $40 the day of for unlimited Cask samples. Attendees will enjoy a plethora of real ale created by the brewery’s retailers, a few celebrities and media folks, homebrewers and charities. Visit www.brewyourcaskoff.com for details.

Happenings...

•March 1 ~ Tuesday
Fuller’s Beer Dinner
Taco Mac ~ 6:30 Reception
Cumming Location ~ Four beers from London’s historic Fuller Brewery are featured in this 4 course dinner. $60. Reception and hors d’ouevres begin at 6:30 p.m; dinner is at 7 p.m.

•March 2 ~ Wednesday
Heaven Hill Bourbon Dinner
5 Seasons ~ 6:30 p.m.
Prado Location ~ Tasting dinner to showcase Heaven Hill Distilleries’ bourbons. Four will each be paired with a tasty dish created by Chef Dave for this event. There will also be a sampling Brewmaster Kevin McNerney’s Redneck Reindeer Scotch Ale, the signature Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale that was aged three months in a Heaven Hill bourbon Barrel. $35 per person (Tax & Gratuity not included). Reservations Required, 404.255.5911.

•March 2 ~ Wednesday
Bacon Beer Dinner
Twain’s Billiards & Tap ~ 7 p.m.
211 East Trinity Place, Decatur, 404.373.0063. Chef Ben Horgan has created four food courses -- built around the bacon theme -- to accompany Jordan’s line-up of four ales. Highlights will include Twain’s Belgian Chocolate Wheat and the return of the Smoked Pale Ale, while those from the kitchen will include Candied Bacon Sticks and Pork Belly over Gouda Grits. $48 per person includes tax and gratuity.

•March 3, 10, 17, 24 ~ Thursday
5 Seasons Cask
North & Westside ~ 5:55 p.m.
A different cask featured each week and tapped at 5:55 by a guest tapper. North, 770.521.5551, 3655 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta; Westside, 1000 Marietta St., Atlanta, 404.875.3232.

•March 3, 10, 17, 24 ~ 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.

•March 4 & 11 ~ Friday
Firkin February
The Porter Beer Bar ~ 6 p.m.
1156 Euclid Avenue, 404. 223.0393. Brewdog Islay is featured on the 4th and Thronbridge Merrie on the 11th.

•March 5 ~ Saturday
HMOG 2011
Brick Store Pub ~ 12 - 4 p.m.
‘Holy Mother of Gatherings’ is a free event. Everyone who wishes to attend is asked to sign up on the events page as soon as possible (head count.) You bring a rare beer or two from your beer cellar to share. All the beers are registered at the door and photos taken of empties at the end. The last two years we have raised a couple thousand dollars (used to help fight beer laws in the south.) The money was raised from a huge beer swag raffle and rare beer auction. There was some Westvleteren in the auction last year! Tours will be happening as well. http://beeradvocate.com/events/info/41004.

•March 7, 14, 21, 28 ~ Monday
Flight Night Beer & Wine
Leon’s Full Service ~ 5 p.m. til
Ends when they run out (2 - 1/2 pour glasses in each flight), 2 ‘Micro Flights’ of Beer; 2 ‘Micro Flights’ of Wine; 1 ‘Micro Flight’ of Beer vs. Wine; + food pairings. 131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404.687.0500.

•March 7 ~ Monday
Beer & Cheese
Brick Store Pub ~ 6 p.m.
Beer & Cheese ~ 5 beers, 5 cheeses, $30 per guest No reservation - you start when you get seated. Tasting is in Belgian room at your own pace.

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

•March 15 ~ Tuesday
Uber Crazy Beer Geek Goodness
The Porter Beer Bar ~ 7:30 p.m.
1156 Euclid Avenue, 404. 223.0393. The next Beer Class is gonna be crazy. A different style featured every month with the cost somewhere around $30.

•March 15 ~ Tuesday
Irish Pub Whiskey Club
Mac McGee’s ~ 7:30 p.m.
Welcome to the beginning of history to delve into origins of uisce beatha (the water of life) by creating Atlanta’s only whiskey club. The goal is to create a learning atmosphere that will allow you to experience all styles of whiskey; from the triple distilled clean Irish to the heavily peated Scotches of Islay and on to the American and Japanese distilling traditions. RSVP to save your spot. 111 Sycamore Street, Decatur, 404.377.8050.

•March 15 ~ Tuesday
Summits University
Summits Wayside Tavern
7 – 9 p.m. - Snellville, GA
Enroll in the Summits University for a beer tasting experience. Your seat reservation includes dinner and samples of the featured beers of the month. They provide tasting notes and Andy is your beer guide. Ask your server for details on how to sign up. $11.99 per person. Please reserve your place in advance.

•March 16 ~ Wednesday
2 Courses, 2 Beers pairing
The Marlay House
Just like a mini beer pairing dinner -- they host on the third Wednesday of the month. The Chef will create two unique food dishes to go with two unique beer pairings. No RSVP required, get it until its gone. You can call ahead to avoid any disappointment and RSVP at 404.270.9950. Target cost $20-$25 depending on pairings (not including Tax and Tip).

•March 24 ~ Thursday
Summits University
Summits Wayside Tavern
7– 9 p.m. - Woodstock, GA
Enroll in the Summits University for a beer tasting experience. Your seat reservation includes dinner and samples of the featured beers of the month. They provide tasting notes and Andy is your beer guide. Ask your server for details on how to sign up. $11.99 per person. Please reserve your place in advance.

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

TRENDS, TASTES & FLAVORS - Page 9
Restaurant weeks, Mardi Gras and St. Paddy's celebrations

hud report staff

Atlantans can enjoy Buckhead’s best cuisine at exceptional prices during the upcoming Buckhead Restaurant Week beginning Saturday, running through Sunday, March 6, 2011. The nine-day promotion will showcase the cuisine of the area’s best restaurants. Each will offer a prix-fixe, three-course menu consisting of an appetizer, main course and dessert for $25 per person (excluding alcohol, tax and gratuity). The second annual event will fuse international and local flavors, ingredients and cooking styles into one event as the neighborhood’s best chefs create menus that highlight their unique culinary styles. A complete list of participating restaurants and their menus will soon be available online at www.brwatlanta.com.... Inman Park, located two miles east of Downtown Atlanta, will also be highlighting its restaurants when Inman Park Restaurant Week takes place March 28th through April 3rd. Offering three-course dinners, you will be able to dine at Fritti, Pure Taqueria, The Albert, North Highland Pub and Victory Sandwich Bar for $15. Wisteria, Parish Food & Goods, Fritti, Park’s Edge, Rathbun’s, Sauced and Sotto Sotto will run you $25 and the three courses at Kevin Rathbun Steak will cost $35. The week will benefit Atlanta’s Open Hand project. Visit www.inmanparkrestaurantweek.com more details.

Congrats...

Collectively, the editors over at The Daily Meal recently came up with a master list of 150 places from every part of the country, then divided the choices into categories — according to cuisine, region, and a number of specific factors, including service, wine list, and price level — and assembled a ranked list of the ‘101 Best Restaurants.’ Making the cut are local favorites Quinones at Bacchanalia: “Consistently considered one of best restaurants in Atlanta, the dining room at Quinones, adjacent to the older and also acclaimed Bacchanalia, has only 11 tables. The menu, which changes daily, boasts a collection of dishes that mixes modern and classic Southern cuisine, with the results skillfully prepared.” And Restaurant Eugene: “Eugene pays homage to those who grow the local produce they use right on the menu. The list typically includes around two dozen farms, dairies, and even elementary school gardens, and pays tribute to the ingredients by altering them as little as possible while making everything in the kitchen from scratch. Named as one of Food and Wine’s Best Chefs of 2009, Linton Hopkins offers refined dishes, such as his wild mushroom tasting plate, that come from the ingenuously rustic roots he describes as ‘folkways meeting Escoffier.’”

Dining, Drinking Deals...

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at Olde Perimeter Way in Dunwoody, renews its popular “5 for $6 ‘til 7” bar menu offering your choice of 5 cocktails, 5 wines by-the-glass and 5 appetizers, at $6 each til 7 p.m. Here’s a sampling of new additions: The 99 calorie Tickled Pink cocktail (blends Belvedere Vodka with orange juice and raspberries and a splash of Italian Mionetto Prosecco); Guinness Draught (a salute for St. Patrick’s Day); and Roasted Mushroom Ravioli (Portobello and shiitake mushrooms in a porcini butter sauce). Fleming’s will also be debuting a new patio on March 20th. Visit www.flemingssteakhouse.com or call 770.698.8112 for details... Ray’s at Killer Creek is offering its brunch and lunch menu items at half price on Sundays through April 10. Take a look at some of your options: House-made corned beef hash with poached eggs; Spanish pulled pork sandwich with fried egg and Vermont cheddar; mascarpone-stuffed French toast topped with fresh berries; shrimp and grits; jumbo lump crab cakes; and a salmon BLT. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta; 770.649.0064... A month-long Mardi Gras celebration is underway at Goin’ Coastal on Virginia Avenue in Virginia Highland, with ‘Nawlins classics and cocktails served up every Thursday night in March such as the Ragin’ Cajun crawfish boil (2 lbs. of crawfish along with corn, potatoes and sausage), Buffalo gator tail platters for $5, a dozen fresh oysters for $10 and $4 Hurricanes... All seven Metro Atlanta Marlow’s Taverns are once again offering the six-week long “Bayou ‘n Bourbon” promotion through Monday, March 28. Served all day, every day, you will find roasted chicken & gumbo, crawfish fondue, N’awlins-style po’ boys, a Bayou burger, deconstructed jambalaya, pecan-crusted trout and sweet Bourbon Street ribeye ($6 - $25). There are also five specialty cocktails offered ($4.75 - $9) as well as honey Bourbon bread pudding ($6) for dessert. For Marlow’s locations, visit www.marlowstavern.com.

Mardi Gras happenings...

The Parish 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Celebration is planned for Satuday, March 5th from 11 a.m - 4 p.m. Located on N. Highland Avenue in the Virginia Highland area, the $40 ticket price includes live music by Charlie Wooten & Zydefunk, all-you-can-eat crawfish, New Orleans sandwiches, a whole roasted pig, red beans & rice, house made king cake and all-you-can-drink Abita beer. Plus much more. For info, visit parishatl.com or call 404.681.4434... On Tuesday, March 8, Serpas True Food will bring Louisiana to Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward with their version of Mardi Gras Madness, offering festive food, drinks and decor. Executive Chef/Owner Scott Serpas will serve a menu of traditional favorites from his hometown of New Orleans for $10 each, including seafood gumbo, crawfish pie, red beans & rice, chicken & sausage jambalaya, king cake for dessert and $4 Hurricanes. Visit www.serpasrestaurant.com for details, 404.688.0040... Located in the 1010 Midtown building, on March 8th RA Sushi will also be celebrating Mardi Gras with decorations, food & drink specials, a costume contest and a live drag show performance by The Armorettes (7 - 9 p.m). Throughout the evening, a DJ will be spinning a mix of rock and roll, hip hop and Top 40 tracks in the restaurant’s cocktail area. Drink specials for Fat Tuesday will include $5 hur“RA”canes, $3 domestic beers and $2 hot sake. Food specials include $5 Cajun wings and $8 voodoo sushi rolls. For more info, 404.267.0114 or www.RAsushi.com... Mardi Gras weekend happens in Virginia Highland March 4th from 7 - 11:30 p.m. when Diesel, Limerick Junction, Dark Horse Tavern & Neighbor’s Pub host the Beads & Booze Bar Crawl. Trip starts at 7 p.m. at Diesel. Tickets includes a free drink at each bar, admission, food & drink specials plus 2 raffles.

St. Patty’s...

Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant on Buckhead Avenue in Buckhead, will begin the St. Patty’s celebration starting Thursday, March 10 with a Bushmills Whiskey Dinner (http://www.fadoirishpub.com/atlanta/whiskey-dinner) and culminating on Thursday, March 17 with a massive street festival offering up Guinness, 6 Nations Rugby, Soccer, Irish Whiskey, Traditional Irish Food, a Pub Quiz, Live Music and Traditional Irish Session (http://www.fadoirishpub.com/atlanta/events). They open the doors on Paddy’s Day, March 17th, at 7 a.m... On Wednesday, March 17th, Ri Ra (located at 1080 Peachtree Street, Midtown) will make a grand tribute to its homeland by hosting a special Irish breakfast of eggs, Irish sausages and rashers, black and white puddings, grilled tomato and sauteed mushrooms available beginning at 6:30 a.m. Rí Rá will showcase a full week of festivities prior to St. Patrick’s Day beginning Thursday, March 10th. Visit www.rira.com for a complete list of the events... The St. Patty’s Day Irish party will be in full jig March 17th at TAP Gastropub Downtown. Located at 1180 Peachtree Street, TAP celebrates with giveaways and Irish-themed food and drink specials ($5 - $8). Menu specials include green deviled eggs ($6) and an Irish Angus burger topped with shoestring potatoes ($13).For more info, visit tapat1180.com or call 404.347.2220... Murphy’s in Virginia Highland continues its 30-year St. Patty’s tradition with Irish entertainment and classic Irish fare including Finnen Haddie soup, Irish soda bread, lamb stew, corned beef with Kolcannon potatoes and Irish Whiskey bread pudding. For more, visit www.murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com or call 404.872.0904... On Saturday, March 12th from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., the East Andrews entertainment complex and Stout Irish Pub host Buckhead’s largest outdoor St. Paturday Festival. Wear you green for the wild Irish celebration with a full bar, green beer, Irish bombs and Irish entertainment by Wesley Cook & Ocean Street. Tickets are $10 and www.stoutirishpub.com has more info... On Saturday, March 5th, Park Tavern (500 10th Street, NE) will host Shamrock Fest with Yacht Rock from 2 p.m. til midnight. The day of nonsense will include live music from Yacht Rock, DJ Madflip and 5,000 Irish acting Atlantans with a Bud Light buzz. Then, on Saturday March 12th, Park Tavern will also be home to Luckyfest 2011 from noon til late. There will be tons of green beer and live music. Call 404.355.6949 for more details.

News to chew on...

Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican Food has just refreshed its menu. The new Plato Tampiqueno dish mixes mesquite grilled steak with guacamole, pico de gallo and a cheese & onion enchilada with red sauce served alongside rice and refried beans. There are also new options on the margarita list including a new Patron Classic Margarita made with Patron Silver Tequila, Patron Citronge Orange Liqueur and fresh-squeezed lime juice. There are two locations in Atlanta: 1860 Peachtree Road, 404.350.6767 and 1140 Hammond Drive, 678.736.8260. For more info, visit www.unclejulios.com... Livingston Restaurant + Bar’s Executive Chef Zeb Stevenson is taking classic brunch dishes and adding his own tasty twist each Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Featured dishes include: Kabocha squash soup with coconut and winter spice oil; the BLT with house-cured bacon, tomato jam and smoked mayonnaise; a fried egg sandwich with smoked salmon; short rib hash with poached eggs and smoked hollandaise; and shrimp and grits with ancho chili and lime. Livingston is located in The Georgian Terrace Hotel at 659 Peachtree St. NE. Call 404.897.1991 or visit www.livingstonatlanta.com for more info... Adding to his already thriving weekend burrito stand, Pura Vida’s Chef Hector Santiago is now serving up $2 portions of clove-battered French toast along with Mexican hot chocolate coffee mocha. You can top them off with such toppings as blackberry or chocolate jam, chopped chorizo or baby bananas. You’ll find them across the street from Pura Vida on North Highland Avenue Saturdays beginning at 10:30 a.m., 404.870.9797.

Traveling with Kevin...

Food enthusiasts hungry for a new travel adventure have the opportunity to experience a taste of Austria. Chef Kevin Gillespie, owner and chef at Woodfire Grill on Cheshire Bridge, and Travel Designer Tammy Zacks of Travel by Design, will explore culinary Vienna, its neighboring wine regions and Budapest from March 24 through March 31, 2011. Travelers will have an array of dining experiences from Michelin-starred establishments to Vienna’s most authentic and traditional restaurants. The trip also includes a hands-on cooking class in the Schoenbrunn Palace, visits to private wineries and a full day in Budapest, Hungary. “I think it is a great opportunity for food and wine enthusiasts to experience an insider’s view of Austria,” says Gillespie. “I have always been impressed with Austrian wines and want to share what I think is one of the world’s most brilliant wine regions. There is so much to see and experience – from the tradition of the Heuriger to the authentic coffee house culture to the traditional culinary artisans.” For more information or to make reservations, call 404.347.9055 or visit www.woodfiregrill.com.

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