Volume Twenty-Five Number Five
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An entertainment business veteran, John Johnny Esposito Sr., was a promoter and incredibly kind human being. Known affectionately as Mr. Entertainment, Johnny passed away in early April. He opened his Buckhead nightspot in 1979 naming it after his previous club in Cocoa Beach, Fla., Johnnys Hideaway, where his presence nightly made everyone who entered feel welcome. “One of Atlantas truly great saloon keepers from the days when Atlanta was a nightlife paradise. The man had a heart of gold. Johnnys original Hideaway in Cocoa Beach, Fla., was frequented by the original astronauts, which, is why forever a Johnnys Hideaway sticker adorns a big rock on the moon. Yep, Johnny literally hung the moon.” ~ Ron Hudspeth, Ocotal, Costa Rica
COVER STORY - Page 2
Upscale Southern Italian
arrives on Roswell Road
by hud report staff
The Castellucci family is at it again debuting a third concept, Double Zero Napoletana, in the former Wasabi Buffet/Cabo Wabo/Three Dollar Cafe building on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. The group currently operates Iberian Pig on Sycamore Street in Decatur and three Sugo restaurants on S. Atlanta Street and W. Crossville Road in Roswell as well as Medlock Bridge in Johns Creek. Double Zero is an upscale Southern Italian restaurant featuring the cuisine of the Campania region of Italy along with traditional Neapolitan pizza. Under the guidance of Chef Chad Crete (chef and managing partner of The Iberian Pig) and Executive Chef John Coley, the menu features an extensive selection of Southern Italian cured meats and cheeses, insalata (salad), antipasti and sfizi (small plates), pizza, fresh handmade pastas and secondi (entrees). Appetizer selections ($7 - $13) include crispy pork belly with peperonata, rustic bread, escarole, Gran Cru brodo and a fried egg (pictured on cover); grilled Georgia quail with crispy veal sweetbread croutons, arugula, blood oranges, ricotta salata and blood orange vinaigrette; burrata cheese with pineapple carpaccio, pomegranate seeds, balsamic caviar, croutons, prosciutto di Parma and fleur de sel; and crispy lamb meatballs with tomato-basil jam, fresh mozzarella and herb yogurt. A signature starter meant for sharing is known as The Roast a 1.5 pound pork shoulder served in cast iron alongside six accoutrements and a thin bread made from pizza dough (baked at 1000 degrees). Salads ($8 - $12) range from arugula with Luxardo marschino vinaigrette, caciocavallo cheese, candied hazelnuts, red onion and Griottes cherries to a mixture of watermelon radishes, heirloom carrots, edible flowers, porcini dirt, candied pistachio and preserved lemon vinaigrette. The pizza ($12 - $19) is made according to the laws stipulated by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana. Under these laws, only products from the Campania region of Italy are to be used in the production. Double Zero flour is the only type of flour that can be used for Neapolitan pizza, hence the restaurants name. Pizza toppings range from the classics to experimental ingredients such as arugula, Fior di Latte, asparagus, watermelon radish, roasted red pepper and farm eggs. The pastas ($13-$19) are simple and housemade. Examples include crab stuffed calamari over squid ink linguine with tomato and Monti Iblei extra virgin olive oil; and spinach and egg tagliatelle with sherry-mushroom crme, green peas, seasonal mushrooms, prosciutto and Pecorino Gran Cru. The entrees ($17 - $36) are large plates designed for sharing. The selection includes pancetta wrapped pork tenderloin with chickpea puree, currant-pine nut conserva and grilled eggplant and zucchini; a market white fish with tomato jam and panzanella salad with rustic bread; and seared scallops with fennel along with Cara Cara orange salad. Double Zero offers a wine list of Southern Italian wines featuring 100 selections with 70% from Southern Italy and 30% from other regions. They serve 50 wines by the taste ($3 - $7.50), glass ($6 - $15) and bottle ($23 and up). They also features Italian beers and cocktails ($9 to $15). The cocktail selection includes a combination of both classic and innovative with signature drinks such as the Double Zero Manhattan and the Barrel Aged Negroni, aged in-house for six weeks in whiskey cured barrels. Designer Amanda Milner created the segmented, 300-seat space. As guests enter they are greeted with a view of a Pizza oven imported from Naples, Italy. Double Zero will be home to two Stephano Ferrara ovens, considered the gold standard of Neapolitan ovens. Originally touted as the only Ferrara ovens in Atlanta, Riccardo Ullios' Inman Park Fritti restaurant also installed a Ferrara just last month. The bar area surrounds an oven and offers front row seating for the pizza making. The main dining room is divided into smaller spaces surrounding large communal tables. Since Neapolitan culture features pastry, gelato and espresso, a portion of Double Zero is dedicated to Cafe at 00 that will serve traditional desserts along with after-dinner drinks. The Cafe includes a large bar in addition to a series of tables and soft seating. The housemade desserts ($3 - $8) include cannolis, tartes, cookies, seasonal cheesecake, zeppole with Tuaca caramel and zucchini cake. Double Zero Napoletana is located at 5825 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, 770.817.8000. Hours are Dinner Monday - Thursday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more info, visit www.doublezeroatl.com.
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...)
Local restaurant group, Fifth Group Restaurants (South City Kitchen, La Tavola, Ecco, El Taco and Bold American Catering), announced in February that they had signed a contract for the former Il Mulinos 5,200 sq. ft. space at the One Ninety One Peachtree Tower proposing a fall 2011 opening for their latest concept, a chef-driven Mexican restaurant. This month, Fifth Groups spokesperson, Michael Erickson, has announced via Twitter that the group is also taking the former Vickerys space on Crescent Avenue for yet another concept. A seafood eatery to be called Lure, which is projected to open in early 2012... Atlanta Magazine is reporting intown restaurateur Kevin Rathbun (Rathbuns, Krog Bar and Kevin Rathbun Steak) is also looking at creating a new concept which will be more of a Market and located within a few blocks of his current restaurants... Atlanta Magazine is also saying Panos, the reincarnation of the long-standing Panos & Pauls on W. Paces Ferry (opened in the 70s), is still on the drawing table with no definite home. It also reports the parent company, Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, is considering launching a cheaper eats restaurant concept possibly considering burgers or tacos... The Magazine is also reporting a new Bistro, Bs Bistro, will be taking the former Tasting Room space on Sandy Springs Circle in Sandy Springs. The Tasting Room operated from September of '07 until June of 2010... And, according to Atlanta Magazine, the Dallas, TX-based chain, Del Friscos Double Eagle Steak House, is rumored to be looking at the Atlanta market for a new mid-priced concept... The AJC is reporting Chef Robert Phalen and the partners of East Atlantas Holy Taco on Glenwood Avenue are taking over the former Shauns Edgewood Social Club in Inman Park with a new concept spotlighting organic sustainable cuisine with European undertones. Local permits filed list the name as One Eared Stag... Creative Loafing is reporting chef Gerry Klaskala (owner of Aria in Buckhead) is opening a new restaurant in Dowtown Atlanta in late summer. The were no other details given... Creative Loafing is also saying Sixes Tavern will be opening in July in the Bridgemill area of Canton... Other local buzz has Patrick La Bouff at Dinner Party Atlanta and Darren Carr, co-owner of Top Flr on Myrtle Street may be taking Riccardo Ullios former Beleza/Cuerno spaces on Juniper Street. We have not confirmed and no word yet on possible name or concept... And, as for Ullio (Fritti, Sotto Sotto), his next venture El Escorpion, is rumored to be opening sometime this month in the short-lived 5th Street Cafe (formerly Eno by Zaza) building on Peachtree Street. Local designer Patti Krohngold is revamping the space... Opting for a brick and mortar location, Texs Tacos food truck is setting up in the parking lot of the shuttered Just Loafn building on Roswell Road in Buckhead. Local buzz says the building will be used as a place for customers to sit and enjoy the array of Nueva Texicana eats... The Denver, CO-based burger chain, Smashburger, is rumored to be making its Georgia debut with a location in the Buckhead Crossing Shopping Center on Piedmont Road and a second is planned for Windward Parkway in Alpharetta. Oddly enough, the six-year-old Fatburger closed its original Atlanta location in the same Piedmont Road Shopping Center in February of this year... 23-year-old Elijah Wilson is announcing via Facebook the opening his first steakhouse, Sticks & Stones, on Eagles Landing Parkway in Stockbridge. Wilson is on active duty in the U. S. Army... The group who operated Por Fin Mexican restaurant on Ray Moss Connector in Johns Creek is introducing a new Italian concept in the space, Dal Cuore. The same group also operated Flippin Out Burgers next door for two years before closing in February of this year and are now introducing Burrito Gorilla to that space... It has been a year since we first heard about Hill Street Tavern possibly opening in the Pencil Loft Factory on Decatur Street. Looks as though it may now be coming soon according to the website. Hill Street will be brought to us by the same folks who run The Manchester Arms British Pub on Virginia Avenue in College Park... The Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting Atlanta-based Petrus Brands LLC (operates Planet Smoothie, Shanes Rib Shack since 2009) is adding a new concept, Planet Living. The first store is planned for Ansley Mall in Midtown offering a juicing bar, frozen yogurt and skinnier versions of smoothies... The Chronicle is also reporting Mad Dog British Pub CEO, Terry Corless, is saying the concept is scouting two locations, possibly in Atlanta and Duluth, with one of them debuting within the next 18 months. The San Antonio, TX-based pubs are typically 4,000 to 7,000 sq. ft. and offer entertainment nightly... Also, in the Chronicle, word that Bocado restaurant owner Brian Lewis is looking for a a new space to introduce another concept... The Business Chronicle adds that Tin Lizzy and The Big Ketchs owner, Chris Hadermann, is eyeing new locations as well possibly in the Perimeter and Decatur areas... In more Chronicle news, a new eatery, Kimball Mill, is scouting the Grant Park and Old Fourth Ward areas for a space to house a neighborhood hang out with the focues on craft cocktails. Partners will be Miles Macquarrie (bartender at Leons Full Service), Matt Christison & Bryan Rackley (bartenders at the Brick Store Pub) and Jesse Smith who currently works at JCT Kitchen and is the frontman for the band Gentleman Jesse & His Men. They hope to open in 2012... And lastley, the Chronicle is saying local chef Eli Kirshtein (Eno, Bravos Top Chef) is considering Midtown, Edgewood and other intown locations for a restaurant of his own... We found info on an Atlanta realty companys Twitter page saying Sapori Di Napoli is opening on Church Street in Decatur. The eatery is being introduced by two Italian brothers who are third generation restaurateurs. The Tweet says: “Wood-burning oven has arrived from Italy and currently resides at Port of Savannah. On truck to Decatur soon.”... A local college newspaper is reporting: “Several Emory students and alumni will open The Nest, a new bar and restaurant located near Emory Universitys campus. Going into the former Selam Lounge it will include a restaurant with classic American food and a bar on the top floor called The Nest and dance area dubbed The Rabbit Hole, which will occupy the main level of the restaurant. Chief developer of The Nest, student Kevin Wu, described the atmosphere of the Nest as representative of the standard college vibe. An ad on Craigslist says they will offer everything from crab and goat cheese fritters and pesto-stuffed airline chicken breast to beer battered onion rings... Former Restaurant Eugene chef, Kevin Ouzts, founded The Spotted Trotter in June of 2010 selling everything from pates to terrines (which is like pate, but has more coarsely chopped ingredients) to jerky and crepinettes (a small, flattened sausage) at Sawickis in Downtown Decatur and the Peachtree Road Farmers Market. Latest rumblings are saying Ouzts is opening a storefront in Kirkwood in late spring. According to a permit filed recently with the City of Atlanta, it will be on Hosea L. Williams Drive in the former Kirkwood Corner Market space... Its rumored that franchisees Keith Estapa and Missy Moon will soon be opening four Newks Express Cafe (developed by founders of McAlisters Deli) locations in the Atlanta area and that the duo are targeting Peachtree City, Newnan, Buckhead and Midtown. They were most recently with Five Guys Burgers & Fries but sold three of their 5 units back to corporate... According to their website, tableandmain.com, owner Ryan Pernice will be opening a Southern Tavern, Table & Main, this summer on Canton Street in Roswell serving American cuisine with a Southern flair created by executive chef Ted Lahey.... We are following up on info that a new pizza joint, Westside Pie Pizzeria, is opening in May in West Midtown on Huff Road. Further digging found this new venue is not affiliated with Westside Pizzeria on Marietta Boulevard... A local consulting firm has announced they will be developing the Itza Sports Bar & Grill concept and design for a new midtown location. It says it will be housed in a rustic 1920s bungalow but doesnt mention an address. There will also be a seafood/sushi bar. We are following up to see if it is part of the Itza Taco concept that opened last year in McDonough... Whats in a name? We have heard a rumor that a new BBQ joint is going in the former One Star Ranch location on N. Main Street in Alpharetta, Roadkill Grill. The rumored tagline? “You Kill it and We Grill It.”
Thumbs Up Diner on Edgewood Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward has expanded next door with a sister venue, Thumbs Up Smokehouse... Recent Rumblings are saying Morellis Gourmet Ice Cream owner Donald Sargent may be introducing a second location on Caroline Street in a former Cold Stone Creamery in the Edgewood shopping district sometime this month... With locations in Alpharetta, Norcross, Sugar Hill and Sandy Springs, The Derby Sports Bar & Grills Anita Will has applied for a liquor license on Woodstock Road in Roswell... Anita Will also owned the Roswell Twisted Taco on Holcomb Bridge Road for about a year before selling it recently to Ray Sieradzki. According to Twisted Tacos Facebook page, there are two new locations in the works for Duluth and Johns Creek... Tomohiro Tom Naito, owner of Tomo Japanese in Vinings is expanding soon with Tomo Sushi in the Ritz Residences on Peachtree Road in Midtown... In early 2010 we reported that the President of Rising Roll Franchising Co., Mike Lassiter, would be rolling out more express locations and had plans to put them in office buildings, universities, airports and hospitals. Most recent update has his latest unit coming soon to Howell Mill Road in Atlanta and a second location on Peachtree Downtown in the former Macys building... A recent industry magazine blurb reported the local six-unit chain Fresh To Order (f2o) has announced expansion plans with five multi-unit franchise deals in 2011 for a combined 15 to 20 stores within three years... With locations in Jonesboro and Marietta, owner Aaron Chen is expecting to open a third location of his Atlantic Buffet in Snellville on Scenic Highway... With locations in Marietta and Smyrna, eight-year-old Blue Moon Pizza is rumored to be adding a third location on E. Paces Ferry in Buckhead at the 22-story Paces 325 building. There are also rumblings they have converted an old fire engine into a food truck as well... Located on Jimmy Carter in Norcross, Nam Phuong is rumored to be expanding soon with a second space on Buford Highway... The folks over at Sage Woodfire Tavern (Alpharetta & Perimeter) are growing again with the introduction of Spice Brick Oven Kitchen in the old Joes Crab Shack building at the corner of Haynes Bridge and N. Point Parkway in Alpharetta. The same group is also currently revamping the Diner at Crabapple into a Fish Market and owns the Diner at North Point, Diner at Sugar Hill and the Cumming Fish Market... Owner Mary Moore has announced she will be opening a fourth store of her gourmet cookware concept, The Cooks Warehouse, in East Cobb late summer.
Recently filed permits have the name of chef Richard Blais (Bravos Top Chef All Star winner, Flip Burger Boutique) newest concept, a hot dog eatery on N. Highland Avenue listed as HD10. Going into a former San Francisco Coffe Roasting Co. space, Blais was quoted in the Zagat blog a while back saying the concept will include gastro hot dogs and charcuterie. Latest buzz says they are shooting for a June 30th opening... Inman Park residents, Bob & Kristine Sandage, should be debuting their latest creation soon when they open the Wrecking Bar Brewpub on Moreland Avenue in the 110-year-old Victor Kriegshaber House. The Marianna, a special event facility, will be located upstairs with the brewpub planned for the basement... The guys over at the Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta Village have taken the former St. Charles Deli space on 5th Street in Midtown, added a wraparound patio and will soon be introducing an old-fashioned pub called the Barrellhouse.... Originally, the local buzz said the new restaurant, Cibo e Beve, would be opening later this year in Sandy Springs and would be an Italian concept from chef Linda Harrell (101 Concepts, Antica Posta). An Atlanta Business Chronicle update is reporting Cibo is expected to open mid-June and the restaurant will have a marble antipasto bar, a wood-burning pizza oven, a chefs table as well as a patio and will be part of 101 Concepts family... Nations Restaurant News is reporting one of the former founders of Houstons, Vic Branstetter, has formed The Branstetter Group and has made an investment in the 10 Degrees South concept on Roswell Road in Buckhead (opened by Atlantan Justin Anthony 13 years ago) with plans to open a second location in Los Angeles, CA and grow the concept into a national brand... We are following up on info that Zola Italian Bistro on Hwy. 9 North in Alpharetta may be moving into the recently vacated River Tavern building on Bethany Bend in Alpharetta... Originally touted as opening last fall, local buzz is saying Club Reign has begun interviewing for staff and will be opening in May on Peachtree Street in Midtown. Brothers Mike & Alex Gidewon operated Vision Nightclub in the space in 2010 and the Gidewon Group is rumored to be the new managing group for Club Reign... Since late 2009 chef Ryan Hidinger (Chef de Cuisine at Muss & Turners) and his wife Jen have been planning their own restaurant, Staplehouse. Until the opening, they have introduced A Prelude To Staplehouse, a small gathering of diners who get together and sample six courses of various dishes. You can follow their blog, http://preludetostaplehouse.blogspot.com/ for Prelude dates and also updates on Staplehouses possible opening. Staplehouse will be a neighborhood eatery of fresh, staple-driven food and latest buzz says the duo are looking at Grant Park, Cabbagetown and parts of the Old Fourth Ward for a location that will seat approximately 80.
Sign of the times...
After 7 years in Midtown, Raymond & Anna Hsu have announced they will be closing their Peachtree eatery, Silk Asian Steak & Seafood Restaurant on May 1st. The Hsus say they will shift their focus to the dramatic remodeling of Downtowns Hsu Restaurant and Pacific Rim Bistro as well as replicating the AZN (pronounced Asian) Naples (in Florida) in Charlotte, NC... Less than a year ago, Baba Louz sandwich shop moved into the former Broad Street Diner space Downtown and has now closed its doors... The old Low Country Outpost BBQ space on Peachtree Parkway in Suwanee welcomed new tenant, Canvas Creek Grille, in January of this year. As of our print date the number was disconnected and the website couldnt be found... Opened since the mid-80s, Hashiguchi Japanese Restaurnat on Windy Hill Road in Marietta has shuttered its doors... The four-year-old Tossed, The Fashion of Salads, has closed its location on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta... McDonough, GA-based O.B.s BBQ Catfish & Ribs has closed its Mableton, GA location after only a year or so in business... The Spot on Devore Road in Alpharetta also lasted a year before closing for good last month... The Shrimp Basket, which had replaced Nanas Sushi on Morris Road in Milton, has shuttered its doors as well... Three-year-old Three legged Cowboy on Monroe Drive has annouced via Facebook that it would be closing April 30th.
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.)
Originally rumored in late 2010 to be opening in East Atlanta Village, Boners BBQ recently took a building near Turner Field in order to open before Baseball season. According the Facebook page, Boners was founded in 1966 as a fast-casual restaurant concept devoted to giving culinary boners to foodies everywhere. Operating as a mobile food trailer since 2001 catering to the film, movie production and corporate industries, owner Andrew Capron has set up shop creating food porn by infusing Latin & Asian flavors into Southern American soul food at his new BBQ Brothel' (as he calls it.) The former Phipps Cafe building on Fraser Street is outfitted with a huge deck perched above the space overlooking the baseball field. Female staffers in Hooter-esque attire serve up the spicy dishes. Menu Mainstays ($3 - $24) at Boners begin with the pulled pork plate, dry rubbed Boners slab, pork or chicken sliders and crispy chicken thighs continuing with wings, a BLT, pink taco (spiced salmon) and the phatty melt (smoked gouda grilled cheese). Affairs on the side ($2 - $5) range from 420 baked beans (Boston, pinto & black beans in Sweetwater 420 sauce), Asian-jalapeno cole slaw, hush puppies and onion rings to blue collard greens (deep fried collard greens chips), studs (Western quartered potatoes), pigtails (honey drizzled and dry rub dusted bacon strips), a tossed salad, corn-on-the-cob and boiled peanuts. There are four sauces to choose from. The purple-haze (balsamic, grape mop sauce), hot coque (Asian vinegar-based hot sauce), Georgia peach (mustard, peach & ginger) and the naughty & nice (classic Kansas City-style with and Asian kick). Eight ounces of the dry love rub (15 hand mixed spices) can also be purchased for $5. At press time, Boners was BYOB. No fear, they are located next door to a liquor store. Boners BBQ is located at 634 Fraser Street, Atlanta, 404.659.9000. Hours are Wednesday Sunday 11 a.m. 8 p.m. and for every Braves game. For more info, visit www.bonersbbq.com.
Located on the East end of Dunwoody, Gyro Gyro had arrived serving Greek fare in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. As a family run restaurant, owner Peter Kouloumberis creates each made-to-order dish using fresh, handpicked ingredients. Kouloumberis menu offers up original, spicy or specialty (sun-dried tomato, green onion or roasted red pepper) hummus, spinach & feta quiche in filo, a Greek salad, Greek fries and Kalamata olives (.99 - $6.45). Four-ounce portions of just meat (gyro, chicken or pork loin) are offered and run $4.65 or $12 per pound as well as four-ounces of Mahi Mahi at $4.99 or $18 per pound. Salads range from the big Greek ($6.55) alone to gyro, chicken, souvlaki (marinated grilled pork loin) or mahi mahi served on the big Greek ($8.50 - $9.95). Pita wraps ($4.55 - $5.95) are dressed with lettuce, tomatoes & onions and include gyro, chicken, pork loin, mahi mahi, spanakopita (spinach pie) cheese (feta & white American) and a veggie (cucumber, onion & pepper). Plates ($7.75 - $9.95) are served with pita bread, Greek fries and a side Greek salad and range from the gyro, chicken and souvlaki to the mahi mahi, veggie or cheese and spanakopita. Choices for dessert ($1.65 - $4.50) are baklava, vanilla ice cream and YaYas rice pudding. Gyro Gyro is located at 5000 Winters Chapel Road, Dunwoody, 770.352.4976. Hours are Monday Saturday 11 a.m. 9 p.m. For more details, www.gyro-gyro.com.
It has been a year since we first started hearing rumblings of a new eatery taking the former Aliyahs Island Grill space on Piedmont Road in the Lindbergh area to be called, Encore Restaurant. Latest local buzz has the 3,700 sq. ft. venue opening very soon with a modern lounge feel and sports centric bar area added to the mix. Deep woods and light marble accents dress the bar area with burnt-red swivel bar chairs that have a view of the patio as well. High-backed, plush leather banquettes-booths along with low-backed circular red booth seating and wood flooring fill the lounge area that is draped in sheer window treatments. Cityscapes adorn the walls accompanied by an aquarium housing a small shark and the dining area feature dark wood four-tops with ceramic tiled flooring. Offering American fusion cuisine with a Southern twist of small plates and entrees, Chef Eldred Jones menu items include daily-changing dishes such as jumbo tiger shrimp, several varieties of seasoned wings, tilapia bites with chili sauce and sesame-crusted salmon. Jones states, “Made with local and seasonal ingredients, our ultra-refreshing cuisine plus premium innovative cocktail blends make Encore Restaurant Atlantas premiere destination for food, drink, and socializing.” Encore Restaurant is located at 2520 Piedmont Road, Buckhead, 678.705.3506. Hours are Monday Saturday 11 a.m. 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. 2 a.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. to midnight. As of our print date, www.encorerestaurant.net was still under construction.
Salads, crepes, paninis...
With an oginal location in a former Tossed Salad location on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta, Leaves & Loaves Fresh Cafe has introduced a second unit on Peachtree Street in Midtowns Colony Square. The sandwich shop features salads, gourmet crepes and paninis. The extensive offering of salads ($5.95 - $9.95) range from Caesar, apple walnut, Asian chicken salad and a garden to BBQ chicken, tuna, blackened chicken, a Greek, cayenne shrimp, spinach, a Cobb or Chef and the signature salad with baby greens, roasted chicken, goat cheese, almonds, mango, cucumber, dried cranberries and red wine vinaigrette. Whole wheat crepes ($6.95 - $8.45) are made daily and offer turkey, blackened chicken, chipotle BBQ chicken, tuna, green olive hummus, chicken portabella, pesto chicken, turkey cheddar, buffalo chicken, chicken Caesar, chicken & goat cheese and a tofu version with sesame ginger dressing. There is also a create-your-own option available for salads or crepes ($5.95). An assortment of sandwiches ($6.95 - $7.95) are also on the menu and include tarragon chicken salad, roast beef, smoked turkey with avocado, chicken mozzarella, tuna, pesto chicken, roasted veggie, oven roasted chicken, smoked turkey and a veggie burger. Panini ($6.95 - $7.45) choices are the ham & Swiss, chicken cordon bleu, steak & cheese and the turkey Reuben. Leaves & Loaves is located in Colony Square, 1197 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, 404.551.3214. Hours are Monday Saturday 11 a.m. 3 p.m. For complete menu, visit www.leavesnloaves.com.
More for Midtown...
With three other units, dating back 12 years, owners Aaron Rocco and Denise Podeszwa have expanded with a fourth location, adding another newcomer to Midtowns Colony Square, Aaron Roccos Bistro. In addition to daily specials ($3.50 - $7.50), other menu items feature buttermilk biscuits, bagels, burritos, and croissants served in various combinations for breakfast as well as sides of oatmeal, grits, pancakes, French toast, assorted muffins & Danish, bacon and sausage ($.60 - $3.75). Salads ($4.95 - $7.75) range from a garden blend, Caesar and Greek to a Chef's, chicken cranberry, chicken salad over salad and the trio with homemade chicken, tuna and egg salads served on a bed of greens with tomatoes and cucumbers. Sandwiches are served with a side ($4.25 - $7.25), including hot specialty options of ham, roasted turkey, roast beef, a club, the French dip, Reuben, corn ed beef or pastrami, gyro, the Cuban, a BLT, grilled cheese, fried flounder and the classic chicken, tuna or egg salad. Buffalo wings ($5.25 - $7.25) in a variety of flavors as well as burgers (Cajun, garden or grilled chicken breast, $7.50) are also on the menu along with sides of pasta salad, cole slaw, chili, chips, fruit salad and fries (.95 - $3.50). Aaron Roccos Bistro is located in Colony Square at 1197 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, 404.879.0339. Hours are Monday Friday 7 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Visit www.aaronroccos.com for more details.
Farmstead to Rail...
It has been almost a year since restaurateur Teri Rogers introduced Farmstead 303 to the Decatur neighborhood in the old passenger train depot on E. Howard Avenue. Tucked just off the square and across from Rogers sister, seven-year-old restaurant Feast, Farmstead has recently been re-branded and is now operating as Rail Kitchen & Bar. Moving from Farmsteads menu of fresh, simple comfort food, the new Rail menu is offering an American continental flair of creative fare. The menu is extensive with appetizers (1/2 price 4 6 p.m. daily) of goat cheese stuffed roasted red peppers, sweet potato fries, bayou shrimp, calamari, Cheddar jalapeno hushpuppies, taters to nachos and chips & salsa ($5 - $12). Soups & salads ($5 - $12) are served with cracker bread and include shrimp bisque, a soup-of-the-day, house salad, the classic wedge, Caesar, a Bistro steak salad, Cobb and the grilled salmon club. A daily bottomless salad cart is also offered for $11 from 11 a.m. 3 p.m. (or you can order the small plate version of one trip for $7). Small bites (for those with light appetites, $7 - $9) range from meatloaf or BBQ sliders, chicken legs tossed in wing sauce, chicken fingers and a variety of tacos (BBQ pork, chicken, fish or vegetarian). Sandwiches ($8 - $12) are served with your choice of a side and offer a turkey Reuben, California club, pimento cheese, grilled salmon club, Southern pecan chicken salad, beer battered flounder, BBQ pork, grouper or chicken. Burgers ($9 - $11) at Rail use Painted Hills Beef and are served with your choice of whole wheat or a Kaiser bun with a side. Anytime meals ($9.50 - $12) consist of a shrimp or fried chicken basket, fish & chips, fried calamari, meatloaf or a vegetable plate. Entrees ($13 - $17) are served after 5 p.m. including spinach cheese ravioli, fried half chicken, grilled Georgia mountain trout, grilled salmon, beer battered flounder, BBQ plate, an 8 oz. NY strip and a fried seafood platter with shrimp, flounder, slaw, fries, hushpuppies and caper tater sauce. Rail boasts the biggest patio in Decatur and also has karaoke on Friday nights beginning at 9:30. Rail Kitchen & Bar is located at 303 E. Howard Avenue, Decatur, 404.377.3550. Hours are Sunday Thursday 11 a.m. 10 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. 11 p.m. Visit www.facebook.com/pages/Rail-kitchen-bar for more info.
Authentic in Acworth...
A new Mexican restaurant bar & grill, Cinco D Mayo (just in time for the holiday), has entered the Acworth market on Cherokee Street offering traditional salsas, margaritas, enchiladas, tacos and more. Serving authentic Mexican cuisine, the eaterys menu begins with appetizers ($9.99) of nachos, shrimp cocktail, shrimp ceviche, wings, dips (cheese, guacamole, bean, spinach or chorizo) and a sampler that includes three chicken quesadillas, three beef taquitos, nachos, sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole and salsa verde with a pitcher of lemonade or ice tea for $12.99. Soups ($4.99 - $12.99) include chicken, seafood, potato, cheese chicken enchilada and a soup-of-the-day. Salads ($4.99 $8.99) range from taco, fajita and a tossed to grilled chicken, Caesar, garden or the Cinco Cobb. Several versions of quesadillas ($4.99 - $10.99), tacos ($8.99), enchiladas ($7.99), chiles poblanos ($8.99), fajitas and burritos ($8.99 - $10.99) are on the menu as well as the standard combination dinners one through 18 ($7.99). Seafood ($8.99 - $14.99) items offer tilapia, sauted shrimp, tiger shrimp, grilled salmon and red snapper. Steak entrees ($10.99 - $15.99), in addition to chicken and pork dishes ($8.99 - $13.99), are also featured. Two Ecuadorian dishes, Fritada ($10.99, pork ribs served with hominy, sweet plantains & yucca topped with red onions, tomatoes & avocado) and Llapingachos ($9.99, potato pancakes filled with cheese, topped with peanut sauce, red onions and tomatoes and served with two fried eggs and pork sausage) are also featured. A kids menu, a la carte items and desserts are also available. Cinco D Mayo Mexican Restaurant is located at 5050 Cherokee Street, Acworth, 770.693.9359. For more, visit www.cincodmayo.net.
2nd Baba's due...
Fraidoon Freddie Izadi bought his first restaurant, Aldos Italian, in 1988 and a second, Merlot Restaurant in Johns Creek in 2003. Today, Izadi owns Babas Gyro and Kabob, a Mediterranean restaurant on Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Cumming and is anticipating his second location soon in Norcross at the intersection of Highway 141 and Peachtree Corners. Established in 2006, Babas menu consists of authentic Greek, Persian and Italian fare using such ingredients as saffron, nuts, berries and fresh herbs. Appetizers ($3.99 - $13.99) consist of fried calamari, fried cheese ravioli, stuffed grape leaves, eggplant dip, falafel (made of chickpeas & herbs, topped with hummus), hummus, spinach pie, baba ghanush (eggplant blended with tahini) and various flatbreads (Mediterranean, white, pepperoni, chicken and caprese). Soups ($4.99 & $5.99), salads ($5.50 - $10.99) and wraps ($5.59 - $9.99) served with lettuce, tomato, onion and homemade tzatziki sauce are on the menu as well. Sub sandwiches are available in 6” ($4.99) or 12” ($8.29) and include Philly cheese, steak & cheese, Persian chicken, tilapia, chicken Parmesan and a meatball topped with marinara and mozzarella. Babas burger is also on the menu ($4.50). Plates ($10.50 - $13.50) at Babas are served with a side of Greek potato, Greek salad, pita bread, feta cheese and tzatziki sauce and includes the gyro (lamb or chicken), pork, beef, falafel, eggplant, grilled chicken or the chipotle (lamb, gyro or chicken). Entrees ($8.99 - $14.99) are served with a Greek salad and offer several options in either Greek, Persian or Italian categories. Kabobs ($11.99 - $18.99) are marinated and cooked on an open fire and served with saffron rice, a Greek salad and choice of charbroiled tomatoes or sauted vegetables. There are a variety of choices ranging from lamb, pork, chicken and combo kabobs. Babas Gyro and Kabob will be located at 5270 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross. Follow the progress at www.babasgyros.com.
CHEFS' CORNER - Page 4
Mint Juleps, Old Fashioneds, Sazeracs the Southern cocktail culture is thriving, and the upconing Atlanta Food & Wine Festival will be showcasing traditional and innovative creations. From May 19 - 22, guests will enjoy Southern cocktails and spirits from such beverage innovators as Greg Best from Holeman & Finch Public House while learning about the history and future of distilling in the South. Inspired by Southern sipping staple Coca-Cola, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival will also feature seminars called Coke-tails, led by Best. Best has been credited with kick-starting the craft cocktail movement in Atlanta with his work behind the bar at the award-winning Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch Public House along with the newly opened H+F Bottle Shop. This months Chefs corner shares one of Bests recipes using the iconic cola: The Pause That Refreshes.
•5 oz. sparkling wine
•3/4 oz. Coca-Cola Gastrique*
•2 dashes Regans Orange Bitters #6
METHOD OF PREPARATION:
Pour the gastrique (recipe follows) and bitters into a Champagne flute then top with sparkling wine and garnish with a lemon twist.
(*Gastrique: In a medium saucepan add equal parts Coca-Cola, sorghum syrup and cider vinegar. Heat til reduced by 2/3 and remove from heat to cool.)
To purchase tickets to the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, visit www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com. For news about the festival, follow Twitter.com/ATLFoodandWine and Facebook.com/AtlantaFoodandWineFestival.
METRO - Page 6
by hud report staff
Replaces Kirkwood Public House...
In 2006, Ian Smith, John Turpin and Jimmy Jones operated the wine bar and restaurant, Vinocity, on 13th Street in Midtown before moving in early '07 to Kirkwood Station and eventually changing the name to Kirkwood Public House in early 2010. The trio closed the doors in December of '10 and soon after, local restaurant owner David Johnson (Cafe Blue & Lounge in Lawrenceville) bought the 135-seat space and has now reopened as Kirkwood Bar & Grill. The 3,600 sq. ft. upscale sports bar has two-story vaulted ceilings, hardwoods throughout and over 18 plasma & LCD screens as well as a VIP area on the second floor. The starting five (.75 - $8) on the new menu consist of chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, loaded potato skins, quesadillas and wings. The second string squad ($9 - $12.75) moves in with mile-high nachos, spinach & artichoke dips and a party sampler of the starting five. Angus Beef Burgers ($5 - $9.50) are served with your choice of fries, onions rings, cole slaw or baked beans and include the classic cheeseburger, a chipotle stack, a turkey burger, the home-run and the Kirkwood monster with two 6 oz. patties, bacon, American, Cheddar & Swiss cheeses, onion rings, lettuce, tomato and a fried egg. There are four 12” pizzas (BBQ chicken, veggie, pepperoni and build-your-own), three salads (Caesar, house and a Chef) and three wraps (Southwestern chicken, chicken Caesar and a California with turkey, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado and Swiss cheese) also offered ($5 - $13.50). Several beers on tap as well as bottled are available along with white, red and sparkling wines/champagnes. Kirkwood Bar & Grill is located at 1963 Hosea L. Williams Drive, Atlanta, 404.254.5500. Hours are seven days a week from 2 p.m. until late (closed Mondays during non-football season). Visit www.kirkwoodbaratl.com for more info.
Also look for the new Dulce Vegan Bakery that has joined the Kirkwood area on Hosea L. Williams Drive in the former Gathering Grounds space. Dulce was originally expected in early 2010 in a renovated church on Boulevard but ran into licensing issues. Dulce Vegan specializes in 100% vegan and allergy friendly sweets free of processed sugars and hydrogenated oils. Their sweets prove that there is no need to compromise taste to make cruelty-free desserts. Scones, cupcakes and wedding cakes are but a few of the items you will find at Dulce. Standard cake flavors will include vanilla vanilla, vanilla chocolate, chocolate chocolate and lemon coconut. Specialty flavors will be added including chocolate mint, chocolate coconut almond, chocolate raspberry, lemon raspberry, hummingbird, carrot, German chocolate, chocolate cookies n crme, banana, banana chocolate, orange cardamom, Mexican chocolate and chocolate caramel pecan. Dulce has also expanded the menu to include a rotating selection of soups, sandwiches, salads, coffees and teas all made with organic, local, fair-trade ingredients. For the time being Dulce will offer at least two sandwiches daily and will add more later. A recent offering included the Tofurky with slaw. The menu will be built around the seasonal availability of the ingredients. They also specialize in allergy friendly baked goods and offer gluten free, soy free and nut free options but because they are not a dedicated facility, cannot always guarantee no cross contact. Dulce Vegan Bakery is located at 1994 Hosea L. Williams Drive, Atlanta, 404.624.7417. Temporary hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more info, visit http://dulcevegan.com.
With a current location at the corner of Windy Hill & Powers Ferry Roads in Marietta, Barkers Red Hots has a second location opening soon on W. Crossville Road in Roswell. Beginning in 1984, Barkers owners Glenn Robins and wife Vivian, were the City of Atlantas first licensed street vending operation in the Woodruff Park area of Downtown. Customers often experienced 25-minute waits during the '80s & '90s for one of Barkers charcoal-broiled dogs. The hot dogs and sausages at Barkers are exclusively made by a fifth generation family-owned sausage maker and are scored while slow cooking over hot charcoal yielding a slightly crunchy, unique flavor. In addition to a variety of cooked-to-order original and jumbo all beef dogs ($2.79 -$4.19 - cheese, chili, slaw, sauerkraut) and sausages ($4.65 - $5.75 smoked, Italian & chicken), Barkers also offers three sandwiches ($6.45 - $7.75 grilled flank steak, grouper or chicken). Dress you selection with ketchup, mustard, relish, onion, pickle, jalapenos, horseradish mustard and Barkers own hot sauce, which is also for sale in individual packages to take home. The available sides (.99 - $3.45) include crinkle fries, onion rings, baked beans, cole slaw and three salads (baked potato, tomato-mozzarella and seasonal green salad). For dessert (.65 - $3.25), you can try Kennys famous key lime or mango pie as well as fresh baked cookies and a moon pie. The red hot dogs, sausages and even the salads are all also sold by the pound so you can enjoy them on your next cookout. Barkers Red Hots will be located at 725 W. Crossville Road, Roswell, 30075. Possible hours may be Monday Saturday 11 a.m. 3:30 p.m. For updates on opening, visit www.barkersredhots.com. The number at the Marietta location is 770.272.0407.
Another Bushels due...
Another eatery awaiting a second opening is Bushels Seafood Cafe. Winder residents Darcey and Earl McGinnis opened on Duluth Highway in Lawrenceville in late 2009 and are anticipating the arrival of their second location on Five Forks Trickum in Lilburn. Bushels is a casual, no-frills seafood joint where your Florida-style dishes are cooked-to-order. The menu is subject to change with the seasons, but a sampling of the offerings may include crabs such as blue crabs marinated in garlic sauce, a crab & shrimp low country boil and Alaskan snow crabs ($13.99 - $27.99). There are four garlic sauces to choose from including sweet, regular, Ooo Wee and garlicky. Appetizers and sides ($1.99 - $5.99) range from bacon stuffed jalapenos, mozzarella sticks, blue crab fritters and alligator tail to green beans, potato salad, corn-on-the-cob, fried okra, steamed vegetables, fries, onions rings, mac n cheese and cole slaw among others. Combination platters ($12.99 - $28.99) are served with hushpuppies and two sides and include choices of whiting, tilapia, catfish, flounder, red snapper, grouper, salmon, crab cakes, salmon cakes, shrimp, oyster, scallops or The Bayou Classic which is a spicy combo of broiled tilapia and sauted shrimp in a garlic Parmesan cream sauce served on a bed of yellow-rice pilaf. There are four bushels baskets to choose from ($18.99) as well as six fish dinners ($10.99 - $19.99), which are both served with hushpuppies and two sides. Po boys, rice bowls and sandwiches ($9.99 - $14.99) are also on the menu. Lobster combinations ($17.99 - $27.99), deluxe salads ($11.99 - $16.99), soups ($2.99 for potato, $6.99 for seafood gumbo up to $10.99 for a pint of crab & shrimp bisque) and specialties ($7.99 - $21.99) such as fried gator tail, shrimp & grits and burger options are also offered. Bushels Seafood Cafe #2 will be located at 4050-D Five Forks Trickum Road, Lilburn, 770.564.0150. Hours will be Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Visit www.bushelsatl.com for opening details.
Shooting for an early May opening, another seafood restaurant named Fishermans Bucket Hot N Juicy Seafood House will be opening on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth. Promising hot n juicy crawfish all day, starters ($4.95 - $9.95) will feature crab cakes, fried calamari, fried chicken wings, soft shell crabs, fried oysters, fried shrimp, coconut shrimp, seafood etouffee, gator bites, conch fritters, mussels and frog legs served with garlic butter. Soups ($3.75 - $5.25) include seafood gumbo, crawfish gumbo, minestrone and a soup-of-the-day. Salads ($3.95 - $12.50) range from the house, fried crawfish and blackened fish to shrimp, chicken and the Fishermans. Po Boys ($8.95 - $9.95) are served with lettuce, tomato and remoulade sauce and choices are the fried catfish, blackened fish, fried crawfish, soft shell crab, fried calamari, fried oyster and popcorn shrimp. Seafood platters ($16.95 - $18.95) are on the menu along with buckets ($20.95 - $110.95) that are both served with your choice of sides including fries, Cajun fries, sweet potato fries, cole slaw, corn-on-the-cob, onions rings and sweet corn puffs. Fishermans Bucket Hot N Juicy Seafood House will be located at 2205 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, 770.813.8122. For opening date and details, visit www.fishermansbucket.com.
Turkish fare 'two'...
Yet another restaurant expanding with a satellite location is Cafe Istanbul of Decatur adding a Kennesaw location to the mix. Opened in 1998, the Mediterranean restaurant and hookah lounge serves up authentic Turkish cuisine in a rich dcor with traditional floor pillows, belly dancers and Turkish disco music filling the air. The menu offers such cold Persian appetizers ($4.95 - $10.95) as hummus, stuffed grape leaves, eggplant salad, sauced eggplant, spicy ezme (finely chopped tomato, cucumber, walnuts and onions seasoned with herbs), lebne (curd of yogurt and walnuts with hint of garlic), baba ghanoush, jajoukh (yogurt dip with dill, mint, garlic and minced cucumber) and a meze plate with an assortment of all the dishes. Hot appetizers ($5.95 & $6) include falafel, a zucchini pancake and a phyllo stuffed with feta cheese then pan-fried. Salads with a Mediterranean twist, a lentil soup and flat bread baked with a blend of spices or mozzarella cheese are also available ($4.50 - $9.25). There are also several dish options for both chicken ($10.95 - $12.95) and lamb ($10.95 - $18.25) including kebabs, gyros, sauted, lamb chops, lamb meatballs and Mediterranean which is marinated with lemon, garlic, a blend of nine spices and served on rice. Fish ($17.95) dishes are the grilled salmon, shrimp kebab and red snapper marinated in lime, olive oil, dill and garlic. Vegetarian dishes as well as a variety of pizza choices are also on the menu ($10.50 - $17.25). Cafe Istanbul 2 will be located at 4200 Wade Green Road, Kennesaw, 770.424.4856. Hours will be Sunday Thursday 11:30 a.m. midnight and Friday & & Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 2 a.m. For opening date, visit www.cafeistanbulatlanta.com.
Taste of Italy on Old Highway 5 in Woodstock has announced the addition of another location on Marietta Highway in Canton. Appetizers ($1.75 - $6.95) include fries, garlic bread, mozzarella sticks, buffalo chicken wings, chicken fingers, fried calamari and an antipasto classico with meats, cheeses and vegetables. There is also a soup-of-the-day ($3.50) as well as several salads ($3.50 - $6.50) ranging from garden, Caesar and the Chef's to tuna, grilled chicken, chicken Caesar and a Greek. Pasta dishes ($7.50 - $8.95) are served with a garden or Caesar salad and choices are the marinara, Alfredo, meat sauce, sausage and meatball. Chefs specialties ($8.95 - $9.95) also come with choice of a salad and include cheese ravioli, meat tortellini, tortellini alla panna (ham & parmigiana cheese), gnocchi Bolognese (potato dumpling in meat sauce), chicken Alfredo and spaghetti with white or red clam sauce. Baked specialties ($8.95 - $11.50, also with salad) range from lasagna, baked ziti and manicotti to stuffed shells and parmigiana of eggplant, chicken or veal. Stromboli ($7.25 12.95) served with homemade marinara sauce is also on the menu (vegetarian, steak, chicken, sausage or ham with pepperoni and salami). Calzones ($7.25 - $12.95) are also served with marinara and include cheese, spinach, ham and the house special with ricotta, mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage & meatballs. Several pizzas ($10.30 - $19.95) as well as both hot and cold subs ($6.50 - $7.15) are also available. Taste of Italy 2 is located at 3753 Marietta Highway, Canton, 678.880.9167. Visit www.tasteofitalypizza.com for hours.
Uncle Louie arrives...
Staten Island, NY-based Uncle Louie G has opened its first Georgia location on Jones Bridge Road in Alpharetta serving up homemade gourmet Italian ices and ice cream. The idea began in Brooklyn, New York in 1959 with a few family recipes and has grown to units in over eight Northeastern and Southeastern states. Uncle Louie G has married the family recipes with fresh natural foods such as maraschino and black cherries, Chiquita bananas and Dole pineapples as well as treats like Reeses Pieces, Snickers and Oreo to provide a variety of flavors. The Italian Ices at Uncle Louies are available in 40 flavors ranging from cantaloupe, banana, chocolate dream, cotton candy and Hawaiian pineapple to kiwi, lemon, mango, root beer, spumoni and watermelon among many others. Sugar free versions are offered in cherry, chocolate, lemon and rainbow. 29 flavors of ice cream grace the menu and among them are apple pie a la mode, birthday cake surprise, butter pecan, chocolate fudge brownie, coconut crave, harvest pumpkin pie, pistachio nutz, strawberry cheesecake and viva vanilla. Butter pecan, chocolate and vanilla can also be ordered in sugar free. Uncle Louie G is located at 11730 Jones Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 770.566.0404. Visit www.unclelouiegee.com for all the details.
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
•Brick Store Pub, Decatur
•Cypress Street Pint & Plate, Midtown
•Deckard’s Kitchen & Kegs, E. Atlanta
•Fado Irish Pub, Buckhead
•Gordon Biersch, Midtown/Buckhead
•Holeman & Finch Public House, Buckhead
•Leon’s Full Service, Decatur
•Manuel’s Tavern, N. Highland
•Max Lager’s, Downtown
•Melton’s App & Tap, Decatur
•Park Tavern, Downtown
•Six Feet Under, 2 Locations
•Summits Wayside Tavern, 3 Locations
•Taco Mac, Several Locations
•TAP A Gastropub, Downtown
•The Porter Beer Bar, Little 5 Points
•The Bookhouse Pub, Ponce de Leon
•The Glenwood Gastro Pub, E. Atlanta
•The Marlay House, Decatur
•The Midway Pub, East Altanta
•Twain’s Billiards & Tap, Decatur
•Young Augustine’s, Grant Park
Near Wild Heaven...
With plans to open sometime in 2012, Wild Heaven Craft Beers signed a lease recently on an 8,000 square foot building in Decatur that also extends into Avondale Estates. “The city of Avondale Estates has already zoned the building for us to brew, including tours, tastings and live band performances,” notes Wild Heavens Nick Purdy . Wild Heaven currently brews their ales with Thomas Creek in Greenville, South Carolina.
•May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 ~ Monday
Flight Night Beer & Wine
Leons 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.
•May 2 ~ 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.
•May 5, 12, 19, 26 ~ 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.
•May 5, 12, 19, 26 ~ Thursday
Thursday Night Beer Tasting
Muss & Turners ~ 6:458 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.
•May 5 ~ Thursday
Ale Atlanta ~ 5 Seasons
North or Prado ~ 5:55 p.m.
Ale Atlanta is a local beer appreciation group that gets together once a month to share beer. Meetings are held at 5 Sesaons, usually at the Prado location but occasionally at the Alpharetta localtion. http://AleAtlanta.AtlantaBeer.com/
•May 9 ~ Monday, Cumming
•May 10 ~ Tuesday, Snellville
•May 12 ~ Thursday, Woodstock
Summits Wayside Tavern
7 9 p.m. ~ Enroll in the Summits University for a beer tasting experience. Your seat reservation includes dinner and samples of the featured beers of the month. They provide tasting notes and Andy is your beer guide. Ask your server for details on how to sign up. $11.99 per person. Please reserve your place in advance.
•May 12 ~ Thursday
The Dogfish Head Cask Dinner
Wild Wing Cafe ~ 8 p.m.
Marietta ~ Tap a Dogfish Head Firkin and pair 3 kinds of Dogfish Beer with 3 plates of fare. Price is $25 and Limited to 60 people. 770.509.9464 to sign up.
•May 12 ~ Thursday
Rogue Spirit Thursday
Summits Wayside Tavern
Rogue Spirits promotions will be held on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Rogue Ales are best known for their vast array of craft beers... But Summits is pleased to share their line up of craft spirits with you, as well.
•May 13 ~ Friday
Freaky Friday Bus Tour
Join other local beer fanatics for the second annual Friday the 13th bus tour of Twains in Decatur as well as Max Lagers & 5 Seasons Westside in Atlanta. Purchase tickets at any of the three locations.
•May 17 ~ Tuesday
Beer Class ~ 7:30 p.m.
The Porter Beer Bar
1156 Euclid Avenue, 404. 223.0393. A different style featured every month with the cost somewhere around $30 depending on the lineup that month.
•May 17 ~ Tuesday
Irish Pub Whiskey Club
Mac McGees ~ 7:30 p.m.
Welcome to the beginning of history to delve into origins of uisce beatha (the water of life) by creating Atlantas 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.
•May 18 ~ Wednesday
2 Courses, 2 Beers pairing
The Marlay House
Just like a mini beer pairing dinner -- they host on the third Wednesday of the month. The Chef will create two unique food dishes to go with two unique beer pairings. No RSVP required, get it until its gone. You can call ahead to avoid any disappointment and RSVP at 404.270.9950. Target cost $20-$25 depending on pairings (not including Tax and Tip).
RESTAURANT & BAR WARS - Page 9
Newly Opened, Coming Soon, Anniversarys & Casualites
TRENDS, TASTES & FLAVORS - Page 9
Dining Out For Babies, 'Tastes' from Downtown to Alpharetta
hud report staff
Gearing up for another year, the March of Dimes Georgia Chapter has announced more than 40 restaurants will participate in its 27th annual Dining Out For Babies fundraising event May 13th. Top restaurateurs have each offered up a table of ten for the evening to serve three-course meals and wine pairings from some of the best chefs in the city. Charity-minded Atlantans may purchase a table for the event for $1,000 or $1,500, depending on the restaurant. For a list of participating restaurants, visit www.marchofdimes.com/georgia, or for updated information. After dinner, guests are invited to the Stepping Out after party at King Plow Arts Center from 9 p.m. - midnight, where they will nosh on desserts and sip complimentary cocktails.... The 15th Annual River Revival on May 19 at Park Tavern presents a huge party with a purpose at a bargain price. This fundraiser for Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeepers (UCR) will feature a triple-threat of rock n roll by Ken Block and Drew Copeland from Sister Hazel, Atlantas Ponderosa and Nashvilles The Kicks. Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 at the door and will include food from Park Tavern, beer from SweetWater and a one-year membership to UCR. There will also be a silent auction with lots of priceless items and a presentation of the River Rock Star Award to filmmakers Rhett Turner and Jonathan Wickham, who produced Chattahoochee: From Water War to Water Vision. This event helps kick off SweetWater Brewerys annual Save the Hooch campaign. Funds raised benefit UCRs river patrol and monitoring programs. And heres the twist: SweetWater Brewery will unveil a special Waterkeeper Ale at the Revival. This ale will only be offered during the campaign, which runs from Memorial Day through the Fourth of July. For more info, visit http://www.ucriverkeeper.org/river-revival.php.
Tastes around town...
The 2011 Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week (DARW) is back for its 10th anniversary and to celebrate the occasion they have added a few new restaurants including Dantannas Downtown, Der Biergarten and Georgia Peach. The week-long event features the best Downtown Atlantas Dining District has to offer featuring new dishes and signature 3-course menus all week long. Meals will include multiple options for an appetizer, entre and a dessert that you can choose from at the fixed rate of $25 or $35 per meal depending upon the restaurant and their menu. Beverages, tax and gratuities are not included in the price of the meal. For reservations and a list of participating restaurants, visit www.atlantadowntown.com/fun/restaurant-week/darw-2011... The City of Alpharetta also eagerly prepares for 65 restaurants to set their tables along Old Milton Parkway at Wills Park on Thursday, May 12 from 5 to10 p.m. for the 21st Annual Taste of Alpharetta. Menu samplings will run .50 to $3 and will accompany musical entertainment and a variety of childrens activities as well as chef competitions. For more information, go to www.alpharetta.ga.us or 678.297.6000... The 18th Annual Taste of Marietta is also coming up on Sunday, May 1st from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on the historic Marietta Square. At last years Taste over 100,000 people hit the streets. This year, the festival has expanded to encompass the entire square to accommodate the crowd. Over 70 restaurants will be showcasing their best dishes. In addition to the food, the family festival has outdoor entertainment all day on four stages situated throughout the area, culminating with the Sunset Concert featuring Banks & Shane on the Main Stage. There are also culinary demonstrations at the Gas South Cooking Stage; Kids Alley, a childrens area complete with moonwalks, sand art and strolling characters; and Sports Corner, where you can meet up with the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Thrashers and more. The event is free but tastes range from .50 to $4. For more info, 770.429.1115 or visit www.tasteofmarietta.com... Whether its the best in barbecue and bourbon or award-winning chefs, beverage innovators and local growers, from May 19 22, if it has to do with southern culinary traditions, it will be at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AF&WF). The Festival is the creation of more than 200 ways for guests to sip, savor and sample Southern food and drink. Special events, culinary demonstrations and seminars, panel discussions, tasting tents, culinary trails, a street cart pavilion, chef-meet-and-greets and unique ticketed dinners fill the inaugural Atlanta Food & Wine Festival weekend and connect to the festivals three overall themes; Old Traditions, New Traditions, and Imports & Inspiration. Tickets range from $75 to $2500 from the Connoisseur and VIP packages to 3-day, day passes, foodsters and a la carte of events, visit www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com to purchase... The next Italian addition to Sandy Springs, Cibo (pronounced chee-boh) E Beve is expected to open in June and has introduced a preview dinner, “Six Degrees Of Preparation” ($75 per person) for Thursday, May 19 at sister eatery Food 101, 4969 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. The six-course meal will be accommpanied by wine selections and prepared by Partner/Food 101 chef Linda Harrell. You will start at 6 p.m. with cocktails by mixologist Justin Hadaway. At 7 p.m. the first course will begin with roasted oysters, second will be braised lamb belly and the third will serve an arugula-based salad. The fourth course features bucatini allamatriciana followed by the fifth course of butter poached scallops and deconstructed spumoini for the sixth and final course. For reservations, call Food 101 at 404.497.9700... Dressing up and sipping mint juleps for The Run for the Roses is a Southern tradition. This year, South City Kitchen Vinings is throwing a Kentucky Derby party from 5 - 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 with the restaurant televising it in high volume, on flat-screen TVs. Out on the patio, saddle up with cocktail tastings of mint juleps, mojitos and Kentuckyritas and heavy hors doeuvre including smoked chicken wings, Kentucky sausage meatballs, grilled pimento cheese sandwiches and burgoo-a traditional Kentucky stew. Also, bartenders will teach guests step-by-step how to stir and shake up the cocktails themselves -- youll even get recipe cards to take home. Receive 10% off dinner if you choose to stay. You can purchase tickets online for only $25 per person (plus tax and gratuity), www.southcitykitchen.com or 770.435.0700 for details... On Friday, May 20, chefs Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill and Vishwesh Bhatt of SnackBar in Oxford, Mississippi have big dinner plans at Woodfire Grill on Cheshire Bridge Road. The two will infuse Southern food with the mystique and spices of Southern India to create a memorable meal as part the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Zapaca Rum is pouring a signature cocktail to complement the evenings aura. Purchase tickets online for $150 per person (including tax and gratuity), www.woodfiregrill.com, 404.347.9055. Discounted tickets are available for Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Connoisseur, VIP and three-day package holders... How much merlot, cabernet, pinot noir or other grape to make a perfect blend? Discover the process at Mortons Steakhouse when you mix, mingle and blend during a Meritage Wine Blending Seminar featuring Franciscan Oakville Estate Magnificat and Mortons signature filet slider hors doeuvres. Complete with wine kits and an expert to guide your every move, this seminar will explain why and how the best wines are blended to perfection. The events ($45) will take place on Tuesday, May 12 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Buckhead location at 3379 Peachtree Road and on Thursday, May 19 from 6 - 7:30 at the downtown location at 303 Peachtree Center Avenue. To make a reservation call 404.816.6535 for Buckhead and 404.577.4366 for downtown or visit www.mortons.com... In addition to changing their name from Cafe di Sol to Cafe 640 in honor of their address on Highland Avenue, executive chef Andy Long has announced that beginning Sunday, May 1st at 4:30 p.m., he will begin a weekly Crawfish Boil with live music all evening long. For $14 a pop, diners will feast on a pound-and-a-half of steaming crawfish, local andouille sausage and fresh corn and potatoes. To wash it all down, Peroni pitchers will be sold for $14. And of course, Cafe 640 will still serve old favorites like their famous Limoncello and the Grapefruit Rosewater Martini. For more information visit http://cafe640.com/ or call 404.724.071.
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Beginning Monday, May 2, Spice Market, located inside the W Atlanta Midtown on 14th Street, is offering wines that are no longer on the restaurants wine list for very low prices in order to make room for new selections. Two different wines will be featured each week and both options will be a steal: One will be a high end wine available for much cheaper bottle and glass rates and the other is priced at only $5 per glass as well as a reduced bottle rate. This offer will continue into summer. Spice Market will post each weeks wines on their Facebook page first thing on Monday mornings. For more info, call 404.724.2550 or visit www.spicemarketatlanta.com... The Atlanta Braves season is here and the chef at Max Lagers Downtown has created specials to give you a taste of the visiting teams cuisine such as the Philadelphia Phillies cheese steak, Florida Marlins famous fish fry and New York Mets Coney Island Dog. Look for their up and coming drink specials like the Old Fashioned Bobby Cox or the Fredi Gonzalez Spicy Margarita. Get updates when you follow them on Twitter and Facebook, key word Max Lagers... Beginning Sunday, May 1st, diners are invited to enjoy a new Sunday Brunch experience at Cafe Circa or The Reserve rooftop in the Old Fourth Ward. Each Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. brunch goers can explore a menu of Caribbean and Latin inspired small plates, entrees and sides created by executive chef Hopeton S. Hibbert downstairs at Cafe Circa or alfresco at The Reserve rooftop dining. Entres include a Jerked strip steak n eggs with Circa potato hash; caramelized plantain pancakes with coconut, honey whipped cream and Captain Morgans maple syrup; a panini-pressed Cuban sandwich with sliced pork, fried egg, Manchego cheese, and cumin aioli; and shrimp and grits with Andouille sausage, stone ground grits, peppers, onions, and blackened butter sauce. To help wash down brunch, Cafe Circa will also serve up $12 bottomless mimosas. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.cafecircaatl.com, www.theReserveATL.com or call 404.477.0008... Music is in the air at Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails on Mayfiled Road in Milton. In addition to a new Spring menu the private garden is being planted next door and music has been added on the deck each Thursday - Saturday from 7 - 11 p.m. For more details, visit www.miltonscuisine.com... After a recent closure for renovations, The Shed at Glenwood has announced its new events in its new space in the month of May. Every Wednesday is Slider Night with 13 sliders at only $3 each. Each Thursday is 'Harvest Night' featuring fresh local organic produce prepared by Chef Lance. And, on Friday & Saturday you can enjoy the $20 Buy the Bottle wine list. The Shed at Glenwood is located on Bill Kenneday Way in Atlanta, 404.835.4363 or visit www.theshedatglenwood.com... Jeff Varasano, the internet pizza guru behind Varasanos in South Buckhead has added a Sunday Brunch. The pizza joint begins serving at 10:30 a.m. and features French toast, sandwiches, omelettes and pastas among may others along with a Nutella filled donut to finish off the meal. For more details, visit www.Varasanos.com.
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