Volume Twenty-Four Number Ten
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COVER STORY - Page 2 (Pages Gallery)
Der Biergarten: Authentic
German cuisine in Atlanta
by hud report staff
Intown Atlanta’s first indoor/outdoor German beer garden, Der Biergarten, has arrived in the former Wine Loft space on Marietta Street offering premium German beer and authentic German cuisine in a unique, traditional European atmosphere.
The new eatery/pub was created by Legacy Property Group’s (STATS, Max’s Coal Oven Pizza) David Marvin, in a partnership with local resident and German native, Wolfgang Hartert (who was central to bringing the concept to Atlanta) and managing partner Brian Bullock.
“The significant German population and German business community in Atlanta is begging for an authentic dining experience. As a German-native, I know that Der Biergarten will provide Europeans, just like me, with a place to share the rich heritage of Germany with American friends,” explains Hartert. “Atlanta needs a restaurant like Der Biergarten.”
Bullock adds, “We aim to set the bar for German cuisine in Atlanta and create a fun, authentic experience. We’ve immersed ourselves in German culture and cuisine to ensure that every aspect evokes emotions of a European experience. Guests will even find that many of our servers are bi-lingual, speaking both German and English.”
As you climb the entrance stairs on your way to the spacious outdoor terrace/Biergarten, a beer maiden mural and possibly even a live German ‘Oompah’ band greets you. Located just a block from the Georgia Aquarium in the Luckie Marietta District, the 7,000-sq. ft. festive restaurant features indoor and outdoor Biergarten seating along with multiple flat-screen TV’s, servers in replicas of traditional German lederhosen and time-honored German decor including hand-painted trompe l’oeil (illusionistic) murals of the German countryside (by Alexi Torres Alonso) and a German-manufactured model railroad that circles overhead through the restaurant. A large round table distinguishes the ‘slammtisch’ area or ultimate in VIP areas.
Chef Don Diem leads the culinary team at Der Biergarten, offering a German menu featuring authentic appetizers, salads, entrees and popular German side dishes. Appetizer & salads ($5 - $10) range from bretzel (pretzel served warm with three kinds of mustard), Reuben rolls (corned beef, cabbage, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island Dressing wrapped inside spring dough, served with mustard) and obatza und fruhlingsquark (Bavarian cheese spread with onions served on bread) to wurstsalat (knackwurst, Emmenthaler cheese, onions, pickles, hardboiled eggs and parsley in a creamy vinaigrette), schinken und kase-platte (a selection of cured meats & cheeses) and gulaschsuppe (lean beef in a spicy blended soup).
Entrees ($8 - $16) include wurst platters of bratwurst (pork & beef sausage, caraway seed & garlic), knackwurst (pork & veal) or wiener wurstchen (veal, pork & garlic) served with potato salad and sauerkraut. Other selections offer sauerbraten (braised beef marinated in red wine, vinegar & spices served with a tangy ginger snap sauce and roasted potatoes), schweinshaxe (rotisserie pork shank rubbed with mustard & coarse salt and served with sauerkraut), wiener schnitzel (lightly breaded pork served with lemon, parsley and spatzle), jagerschnitzel (lightly breaded pork with hunter’s sauce), gegrillter lachs auf salat (lightly smoked and grilled salmon with greens in vinaigrette), kassler rippchen (smoked bone-in pork chop with roasted potatoes) and kasespatzle (sauteed house-made noodles with caramelized onions & Emmenthaler cheese).
Side ($4) options at the Biergarten feature warm potato salad, roasted potatoes, cucumber salad, cured white cabbage and braised red cabbage.
Dessert ($5) favorites are warm apple strudel served with vanilla ice cream and black forest cherry cake.
Matt Youhess, a renowned beer expert and well-traveled beer enthusiast, has hand selected the beer library for the Biergarten. Guests can choose from a dozen authentic German draft beers ($5 - $11) ranging from light to dark and representing various regions of the country. Elaborate Majolique (artisanal ceramic enameling) taps pour the featured classic German draft beers including Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, crafted by world’s oldest commercial brewery, to Warsteiner (premium Oktoberfest, Dunkel, Verum & Pilsner), Paulaner (Hefeweizen & Oktoberfest), Konig (and Konig Ludwig), Tucher Hefe, Pilsner Urquell (Pilsner & Czech Republic) and Spaten (Oktoberfest & Lager). Beer will be served in traditional half and one-liter steins and another 50 varieties ($4 - $10) will be available by-the-bottle arriving from Germany, Belgium and Ireland to Italy, England, Canada and there are also several domestic offerings. The Inedit beer from Spain is also on the menu at $17 for 750ml. There will also be a ‘stein club’ at the Biergarten and for those who join, their stein will be kept in a locker at the restaurant.
For the wine enthusiast, Der Biergarten also offers white (Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio & Sauvignon) and red wines (Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot) by-the-glass or bottle ($7 - $32) from around the world. Other offerings include the radler ($6), which is a German original of lemon-lime soda and pilsner beer, a wine spritzer ($6) and the apfelschorle ($4) that’s a soft drink of apple cider and mineral water.
Der Biergarten is located at 300 Marietta Street, Atlanta, 404.521.2728. Hours are Monday - Friday 5 p.m. - midnight and Saturday & Sunday noon to midnight. For more details, visit www.derbiergarten.com.
HUD'S CORNER - Page 2
The Research Continues... (The Scoop - Page 3)
by hud report staff
In the oven...
(The following are but a small mention of the new places on our ‘Coming Soon’ radar...)
The latest buzz around town has Chef Ron Eyester of Rosebud Restaurant on N. Highland, partnering with barkeep Jason Chenette and taking over the former Pomodoro space across the street. Rumblings say the duo will call the laid-back neighborhood hangout (complete with Jukebox), Family Dog, and anticipate opening by New Year’s Eve. You may remember Eyester purchased the former Food 101 Morningside in March of ‘07 and rebranded it Rosebud in July of that year... Atlanta Business Chronicle is saying the twenty-plus year old Buckhead Ruby Tuesday on Lenox Road has been closed and Maryville, TN-based Ruby Tuesday Inc. is opening another concept in the space called Truffles. The new eatery is proposed as an upscale cafe concept with an average check of $18. Menu items will include soups, salads, sandwiches, a signature chicken pot pie, fried shrimp, pasta, ribs, steaks and a variety of desserts... Creative Loafing reported back in February of this year that Inman Park resident Bob Sandage was looking at the Victor Kriegshaber House on Moreland Avenue at the edge of Inman Park as a new home for a brewpub. They are now reporting Sandage has begun renovations on the 110-year-old home and expects an early 2011 debut for his new brewpub, the Wrecking Bar. Sandage has planned the brewpub for the basement level and an events facility will be located upstairs. Chris Terenzi will oversee the brewing operations and has worked in the past as assistant brewer at Max Lager’s and head brewer at U.S. Border Brewery & Cantina in Alpharetta. At Wrecking Bar, 12 draft lines are planned as well as four lines for casks. Chef Daniel Butler (Cakes & Ale, Shaun’s and Sound Table), is rumored to have signed on to develop the menu and take charge of the kitchen... The Repast Restaurant building on Glen Iris Drive in Atlanta didn’t stand empty long since its closure by Mihoko Obunai-Truex and husband Joe in June of this year. An as-yet-unnamed Asian Bistro is expected in the next month or two by Orlando, FL-based Gekko Japanese Restaurant’s Saraa Keeler & Nara Natsagdorj... The sign is up along with new awnings and furnishings (rumored to be from Joel Brasserie) as Partners Mounir Barhoumi (Anis, Amuse) and Salem Makhlouf (Pastis in Roswell) prepare to introduce their latest concept, La Fourchette (the fork), in the former Cafe Dupri/Agnes & Muriel’s space on Piedmont Road in Atlanta. Plans are to serve traditional Mediterranean dishes... We are also following up on info that a new restaurant, 90 Degrees, is opening in the former Twisted Leprechaun space on Cobb Parkway in Kennesaw... More followup includes rumblings that Club 714 may be taking the old Cafe 714 space on Spring Street Downtown and reopening as an 18,000 sq. ft. entertainment venue in October with a Halloween launch. That’s a big space... We found a new place, K Cafe, advertising on Craig’s list for ‘crew,’ describing itsself as a brand new unique fast casual restaurant in Alpharetta in Windward Square on Windward Parkway... The Preliminary website, www.itzatacoatlanta.com, for a new place opening on Highway 20 West in McDonough, Itza Taco Sports Grill, says this will be the home of the ‘world’s largest taco.’ We’ll keep you posted... This is just a reminder that Connecticut-based Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar, a Spanish wine bar with tapas restaurant, is anticipated to open soon in the former Zaya Restaurant space on N. Highland Avenue. The group’s executive chef is Adam Halberg, an Emory graduate... Sean McDonough has been blogging about his latest venture, The Roswell Tap, and updates us by saying he has received his liquor license. McDonough will be opening soon in the former Freedland’s Pizza (it burned in 2008) on Alpharetta Street in Roswell... The Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting Latin-style Pollo Tropical is making a comeback in Atlanta (franchisee Gary Link closed his three Atlanta locations in 1996). The chain has applied for permits on Roswell Road in Buckhead and features Caribben-style fare such as marinated grilled chicken, fried sweet bananas, fried yucca and black beans & rice. The parent company, Carrols Restaurant Group Inc., also markets Burger King and the brand Taco Cabana which has one local unit on Piedmont Road in Atlanta... The Daiquiri Factory has been on our radar since early 2010 potentially opening in the former Acapulco Grill space on W. Peachtree in Midtown. The Atlanta Business Chronicle is now reporting Savannah nightclub owner, Kechia Matadin, will be opening on October 9th. She will be serving seafood, wings, snow crab, burgers and oysters and will also feature an outside patio at the 176 seat eatery... There’s a sign in Roswell on Hwy. 9 at Mansell Road in the center with Longhorn and The Counter that says ‘coming soon’ Chef Pete’s Cajun Cuisine. Word on the street says it’s the same Chef Pete who closed his location on Spalding Drive in Norcross in September of ‘09... Sia & Mitra Moshk’s former Mitra space on Juniper Street in Midtown should have a new concept soon with the opening of Abrigo, a fusion of Mexican, Southwestern & Latin Cuisines. The restaurant’s Facebook page states it has suffered some setbacks, but is on its way to opening soon.
Adding more stops...
Sazon Grill debuted in Johns Creek earlier this year in the former Anatolia space on State Bridge Road serving up a combination of Cuban & Peruvian fare. Owner Wilder Rosales is expanding this month with another location planned for Winder Highway in Dacula... Another expanding concept is ‘Cue Barbecue on Highway 9 in Milton. Started by the families of Paul Doster and Beth Gray in August of ‘09, the barbecue joint has another location planned for Buford Highway in Cumming. At ‘Cue, everything served (including the bread & pickles) is made in-house... The new total of Atlanta locations for Genghis Grill The Mongolian Stir-Fry, is now up to four. Genghis is a build-your-own-bowl, fast casual Asian concept much like the local Real Chow Baby eateries. At Genghis it’s a five-step process: Choose your protein, season it, pick your veggies, select a sauce and call your starch. The first location has opened at The Mall of Georgia in Buford and future locations include Peachtree Road in Buckhead, Windward Parkway in Alpharetta and Perimeter Center in Sandy Springs. All expected to open by the end of the year. Genghis is also looking into Johns Creek, Kennesaw, Peachtree City, Athens, Duluth and Norcross... With locations throughout the Southeast, Atlanta-based Wing Zone’s website, www.wingzone.com, has another location listed as ‘coming soon’ to Sandy Springs but no address... .. The Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting Yogli Mogli frozen yogurt shop owner, Roi Shlomo, has signed leases for four more locations in Alpharetta, West Cobb, Marietta and Cumming and also has plans for Dunwoody, Newnan and Snellville. One of the first franchisees, Tom Sullivan, also has plans to open a second East Cobb store... Red Mango, which offers fruit smoothies, parfaits and teas, has opened the first franchised store in Georgia at the Dunwoody Hall Shopping Center on Chamblee Dunwoody Road. Franchisees Ramzanali Karimi and his sons Murad and Malik Karimi. have signed a five-store development deal, and their next unit is expected to open in November on N. Decatur Road in Decatur... Franchisees Gary & Melynda Birnberg are opening another location of Which Wich Superior Sandwiches in the Avenue Webb Gin on Scenic Highway in Snellville. The couple also has locations in The Forum in Norcross, Windward Parkway in Alpharetta and the Avenue Forsyth in Cumming... Arden Zinn of Arden’s Garden is opening her sixth shop in late November, eary December at the corner of Crescent Avenue and Peachtree Place in Midtown. The other locations of this fruit & juice smoothies concept are in East Point, Little 5 Points, Buckhead, Midtown on Monroe Drive and in Kirkwood.
Hugh Acheson’s (Five & Ten, The National in Athens) newest venture, Empire State South on Peachtree, has only been open a few weeks and already announced the departure of chef Nick Melvin (Parish Food & Goods, Farmhouse at Serenby, Murphy’s, Room & Tap) from the kitchen. Latest rumblings are saying Chef Ryan Smith (Restaurant Eugene) will be leaving Holeman & Finch to take the position at the meat-and-three establishment... Another short-lived stint. The AJC’s John Kessler is saying Chef Ryan Stewart (Mac McGee’s, Glenwood Gastro Pub and married to Creative Loafing editor Besha Rodell) has left 3-month-old Farmstead 303 in Decatur. No word on where he might be headed?... Holding the position of Executive Sous Chef since 2009 at Livingston Restaurant, Zeb Stevenson (Spice Market, Concentrics Restaurants and Dick & Harry’s), has been promoted to Executive Chef at the Georgian Terrace eatery replacing Gary Mennie (Taurus) who left in August to resume the food programs at Woodruff Arts Center... Also promoted, Ray’s on the River Sous Chef, Ugo Okpareke, is moving to Ray’s In The City downtown as the new Executive Chef and Chef Tracey Bloom is the new Executive Chef at Ray’s Killer Creek in Alpharetta. Bloom began her culinary career as the opening pastry chef at Sia’s Restaurant in Duluth and then joined the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group to work at 103 West under Chef Gary Donlick. Bloom has also held Sous Chef positions at Asher in Roswell, Oscar’s in College Park and Luma in Winter Park, Florida. She was the Executive Chef at Table 1280 in Atlanta before becoming a contestant on the seventh season of Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ in 2010. Bloom’s Sous Chef from Table 1280, Robert Rambo, has also joined her in the kitchen at Killer Creek... Atlanta Magazine is saying Chef Eli Kirshtein, formerly with Eno in Midtown and also a ‘Top Chef’ contestant, is rumored to have partnered with investor John Liotta to develop a new restaurant in town. No word on where yet... The St. Regis Atlanta in Buckhead has named sommelier Harry Constantinescu as its new wine director. A native of Romania, Constantinescu previously served as manager at Paces 88 American Bistro, which recently received an ‘Award of Excellence’ from Wine Spectator and has been named one of Esquire’s ‘20 Best New Restaurants.’ Constantinescu has also worked at other Atlanta restaurants, including Kyma on Piedmont and Nikolai’s Roof Downtown.
Ch, Ch, Changes...
Located in the Old Fourth Ward on Edgewood Avenue for two-plus years, Danneman’s Coffee Shop has closed to reconceptualize. It’s rumored it will reopen as Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium. New Lessee to the space is local Atlanta artist Grant Henry... Two of the Boneheads Seafood locations in Atlanta have issued a press release saying they are changing their name to Fishook Grille. They are located in Atlantic Station and on W. Crossville Road in Roswell. The release says “We’re Fishook Grille. The same chargrilled, healthful seafood and chicken dishes that hooked you from the beginning. Over the next few weeks you’ll notice some changes, but rest assured we’re the same place you’ve grown to love with a fresh makeover to enhance your dining experience.”... Also located in Roswell, El Zorrito, on Atlanta Street is now operating as El Zarape... And lastly, Roswell‘s Belly’s Pizza has moved from King Plaza Shopping Center to a new, larger space on W. Crossville Road and added a patio.
Starting Sunday, October 3rd, Chef Hector Santiago's Pura Vida on N. Highland Avenue we will be closed on Sundays throughout October & November to work on an upcoming bar renovation. Santiago also operates his Burro Pollo Burrito Stand in the parking lot on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until the-chicken-runs-out... According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Sticky RibHouse, a Charleston, S.C.-based chain, has moved its headquarters to Paces Ferry Road in Vining. The rib house specialize in Memphis-style barbecue and offer five sauces. There are currently no locations in Atlanta but CEO Frank Sbordone was quoted as saying “Metro-Atlanta presents a great opportunity for future restaurant growth.”... The Business Chronicle is also saying Cafe at Pharr owner, Johnny Liu, has partnered with Carson Young who recently launched the Yumbii food truck and that the duo plans to operate four trucks total -- each showcasing a different cuisine... We are following up on info that the recently shuttered 14-month-old Nonna Mia Pizzeria & Cafe at 10th & Piedmont is rumored to be reopening in October after extensive renovations. As of our print date we had not heard back from them. Previous lives for this address include: Sweet Devil Moon, Fishmonger Seafood, Balance Restaurant and Big Red Tomato Bistro... Opened once again, One Cafe Blanc and neighbor Yoeshi, finalized lease negotiations at their Renaissane Walk Condos downtown home to operate for one more year. The two cafes were open from March to June before shuttering and reopening and have now applied for a liquor license... The Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting that Seth Salzman (Moe’s Southwest Grill, Raving Brands), a senior vice president of operatins for Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen, has formed a new management company with former Georgia Restaurant Association founder Ron Wolf and Michael Gainsley, to be the master franchisee in Georgia for Gandolfo’s and Petro’s Chili & Chips. The trio is looking to have one or two locations signed by the end of the year.
Sign of the times...
Derek Lawford Pubs has a sign on the door of its Collier Road pub, Fox & Hound, saying after 15 years in business, they have closed. Derek Lawford Ventures, Inc. filed for bankrupcty in September of 2008 and sister venue, Hand In Hand Pub in Virginia Highland, is still operating. Other Derek Lawford pubs that have closed over the past few years include The Spotted Dog on North Avenue, The Angel in Decatur and Prince of Wales on Piedmont Avenue... Opened since August of 2008, Jin Jin Chinese Restaurant on Church Street in Decatur has closed... According to their website, Matty Cakes Bakery, has closed on Piedmont Avenue and is ‘in transition.’... Mudcatz Bar & Grill, located on Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody was the site of last month’s ‘Great Characters of Atlanta Party’ and when one party-goer returned the next day to get his credit card, found them moving out. Although the closing was sudden, rumors are now saying another restaurant will be going right back in called Alison’s Restaurant... As of Agusut 17th, the one-year-old third location of Pig N’ Chik BBQ in Windward Plaza in Alpharetta has been closed... Tokyo Steak House opened on Rolling Pin Lane in Suwanee back in October of ‘09 and has already shuttered its doors... Twisted Taco opened on George Busbee Parkway in Kennesaw in March of ‘08 and after closing recently now has a new tenant, Folia Steakhouse... Lasting less than a year, Mist Lounge on Savoy Drive at I-285, has closed... Several recent rumblings over the past few months have had Nathalie’s Fish House on W. Ponce de Leon closing for good. Nathalie’s website is now confirming the news... The former Montecalvo’s Italian Cuisine space on Cobb Parkway in Kennesaw became The Twisted Leprechaun in early ‘09 -- and it too has now closed... Word on the street says Moksha Indian Cuisine on Old Roswell Road in Roswell has shuttered the doors and is looking for a better location in Buckhead... Greenville, SC-based Saskatoon, serving steak, fish & wild game on Pharr Road in Buckhead since early 2010 is remaining open while local restaurant broker, Shumacher Group, markets the space for a new tenant. Before Saskatoon, Athens-based Harry Bissett’s (made multi-million dollar improvements and lasted 5 months) and Spondivits (lasted less than a year) both occupied the space... The last Loop Pizza location on Chamblee-Tucker Road in Embry Hills has also closed. Other locations had included Sandy Springs and Buckhead which closed in ‘07 & ‘08... Brother & sister team, Nik Panagopoulos and Arte Antoniades have shuttered the doors of their Sandy Springs eatery, Teela Italiana & Taqueria. They owned the previous Fishmonger concept (all closed) and Nik was most recently at Eros in Midtown (also closed)... A local blogger is saying Amaryn’s Thai Bowl location at 265 Ponce de Leon Place, Decatur is closing soon and that Selig Enterprises is advertising it for ‘lease.’... Also listed, local broker Shumacher Group, has the year-old Tavern 99 on E. Andrews Drive in Buckhead up ‘for sale.’ The Tavern’s owner, Scott McCray, also operates Cosmo/Lava nightspots in Midtown and McCray’s Taverns in Smyrna & Lawrenceville.
DINING OUT - Page 4 (Pages Gallery)
by hud report staff
(With the tremendous amount of 'openings and coming soons' throughout Metro Atlanta, we will be condensing the information in order to cover more locations.)
Deckard's Kitchen & Kegs...
Deckard’s Kitchen & Kegs, a new neighborhood American tavern with a New England twist, has arrived on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Midtown in the former Matsuri Japanese space. The concept specializes in high-quality beer, simple craft cuisine and offers dining in a rustic atmosphere of dark woods, iron motifs, muted windows and brick wall accents for a ‘vintage tavern’ feel. There is seating for an additional 60 on a covered patio as well. The New England influence at Deckard’s is the use of a unique, custom-built two-quart steam kettle system. Viewed through the open kitchen, it's used to cook seafood dishes such as shrimp & grits, scallops, mussels, clam chowder, fisherman’s stew and oyster stew ($8 - $17). A boiler that circulates pressurized steam through the kettle, cooking your selection very quickly, yet gently, heats the kettles. The menu is the vision of Chef Matthew Deckard’s (corporate chef at Taco Mac, Garrison’s Broiler & Tap) fresh take on traditional dishes. Chef Deckard offers a wide range of appetizers and starters ($5 - $9). Pub fare like Scotch eggs, grilled kielbasa and house-cut gravy fries share space with grilled meats, garlic shrimp and herb & cheese rubbed street corn. Salads ($6 -$14) range from classic to grilled shrimp on Romaine and a salmon version, all featuring homemade dressings. There is also a selection of handpicked cheeses and smoked cured meats (2 for $8 3 for $12) from small, artisan producers. Whether you are in the mood for a burger dressed with specialty toppings, a salmon BLT, a ham & cheese or a grilled sandwich with signature sauces, several options are available ($8 - $11). Side items ($5) range from house-cut fries, bacon beans, onion rings and roasted cauliflower to white cheddar grits, grilled zucchini and corn. The entrees ($15 - $19) feature American classics from braised short ribs and crispy trout to Scottish salmon, Butcher’s steak and pork tenderloin -- the emphasis is on a continuously changing variety. A Brunch Menu will also be available soon on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Deckard’s beer selection features 24 specialty drafts, 2 cask-conditioned, hand-drawn ales and 75 bottled beers that constantly rotate. The draft beer tap system was custom-made in Slovenia from gleaming copper. The libation offerings also include 75 handpicked bottles of wine as well as 16 red & white wines by the glass. The Pub’s full bar selections include a rotation of 12 artisan cocktails that feature smaller batch, boutique spirits. Deckard’s Kitchen & Kegs is located at 650 Ponce De Leon Avenue, Midtown, 404.941.3520. Hours are Monday to Sunday 11 a.m. - 12 a.m. For more details, www.kitchenandkegs.com.
'Tortillas' by Bell Street...
Former Morehouse College adjunct professor, Matt Hinton, has opened Bell Street Burrito in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market on Edgewood Avenue replicating Burritos from the legendary ‘Tortillas on Ponce’ days. The small shop was open through the 1980s & 90s before shuttering its doors in 2003 and many felt they were the best Burritos in Atlanta. Bell Street Burrito is the product of Hinton having his hours cut at Morehouse and doing something he had wanted to do for quite some time duplicating the former tortillas-style burritos (including red & green sauces) and delivering them locally since February of ’09 under the Facebook name of West End Burritos. Hinton has now quit his day job and opened a storefront to spotlight the burritos and several other items. The menu is kept simple with a bean & rice (seasoned pinto beans, rice, Monterrey Jack cheese stuffed in a large flour tortilla with salsa - $5.50) or chicken burrito (marinated grilled chicken added to the bean & rice burrito - $6.50) and your choice of extras such as cheese, rice, beans, chicken, jalapenos, cilantro or salsa fresca (tomatoes, onion, cilantro & jalapenos) for an additional .50¢ each. Sides include tortilla-style chips & salsa ($2), green or red salsa by the pint ($4), regular salsa by the pint (4), chipotle salsa by the pint ($4.50), cheese dip ($4 for 1⁄2 pint) and a bag of chips ($1.50). Bell Street also offers pasta sauces by the pint ($8.75) of chicken (white wine & cream sauce with onions and mushrooms), meat (ground beef, tomatoes, red wine, onion, carrots & mushrooms) and marinara (tomatoes, carrots, onions and mushrooms). Bell Street Burrito is located in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, 209 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, 678.732.0488. Hours are lunch daily 11 a.m. 4 p.m. For more info, you can view Bell Street on Facebook.
'Smokin' on Collier...
With a sister location off US 341 in Jesup, GA, Billy Jack’s BBQ & Shrimp Company has opened on Collier Road ‘smokin’ everything Barbecue. The 40+ seat joint is an eclectic mix of sports memorabilia, flat screen TVs, an industrial smoker and as one blogger put it, ‘definitely decorated by a bunch of dudes.’ The name, Billy Jack’s, comes from a co-founder’s South Georgia granddad, William Jack, who hunted and fished the Altamaha River developing many of the recipes and secret methods for preparing the meat. A few of the items include appetizers ($3 - $9) such as the shrimp fritters, fried shrimp, chicken wings or tenders, hush puppies, French fries and onion rings. Sandwiches ($5 & $6) range for the chopped pork or chicken to the chicken salad on Texas toast, BBQ rib and the BBQ shrimp po’ boy. Two salads are offered, the house and the apple & pork ($3 - $8). Plates ($9 - $11) include an entree & two sides of chopped pork, chicken, pork ribs, beef brisket, fried or BBQ shrimp and a half or a whole chicken. Side ($2) choices are Brunswick stew, cole slaw, green beans, baked beans, smoked potato salad, corn on the cob, mac n’ cheese, French fries, onions rings and hush puppies. You can also choose four veggies for $7. Desserts ($4) are homemade and include banana pudding, banana pie, caramel pie and peach cobbler. Billy Jack’s BBQ & Shrimp Company is located at 857 Collier Road, West Atlanta, 404.351.7979. For daily specials, visit Billy Jack’s on Facebook.
Dicky 'does' lunch...
Dicky Doo’s Diner has debuted in Lawrenceville serving up breakfast, Southern fare lunches (dinner on Friday & Saturday) and a drive-thru. Breakfast in the family-friendly space includes homemade biscuits ($1 - $2.49) served with 12 meat choices including tenderloin, country ham, bacon, red ink, smoked sausage and streak-o-lean. Daily specials include such items as Southern fried chicken, Brunswick stew, beef brisket, meat loaf, roast beef, chicken livers, salmon patties, pork chops, catfish, mac n’ cheese, cole slaw, potatoes, beans, turnip greens, slow-cooked ribs, pulled pork and cornbread. The Burgers and Sandwiches ($2.49 - $4.99) are made fresh-to-order and range from pulled pork and grilled cheese to chicken salad and a BLT. Homemade desserts usually include cream cheese pound cake, banana pudding and pies. Dicky will also cater or BBQ on location with the roving grill offering everything from BBQ to a low country boil with all the fixins.’ Dicky Doo’s Diner is located at 2700 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, 770.638.4778. Hours are Monday Wednesday 6 a.m. 2 p.m., Thursday & Friday 6 a.m. 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. 2 p.m. For details, visit www.dickydoosdiner.com.
The former Twisted Taco space on Busbee Parkway in Kennesaw has been transformed into a Brazilian churascaria called Folia Brazilian Steakhouse. Other Metro area churascaria concepts include Fire of Brazil Downtown and Perimeter, Sal Grosso on Powers Ferry Road, Red & Green on Buford Highway and Fogo de Chao in Buckhead. A churascaria, or Brazilian steakhouse, is an all-you-can-eat (mostly meat) fest. It includes the salad bar and then a parade of different types of meats brought to your table by servers dressed as gauchos (Brazilian cowboys). At Folia, lunch Monday - Friday includes up to eight cuts of meat with the full salad bar at $11.99. Dinner is served Monday - Sunday and includes up to 14 cuts of meat with full salad bar at $24.99. The salad bar alone is $14.99. Weekend brunch features eight cuts of meat and salad bar for $14.99. Desserts are included and range from mango cream, tiramisu and cheesecake to Brazilian flan, papaya cream and passion fruit mousse. Folia Brazilian Steakhouse is located at 2606 Busbee Parkway, Kennesaw, 678.324.5041.
30 & 11 no more...
The Glenn Hotel on Marietta Street Downtown has re-branded its restaurant, formerly known as 30 Tables, to Glenn’s Kitchen and the rooftop lounge, 11 Stories, is now Sky Lounge. The casual, sophisticated ambiance at Glenn’s Kitchen offers seasonal American comfort food with a Southern flair from Vidalia onion soup and a wedge salad to burgers and sandwiches like the salmon BLT and entrees that include steak frites, simply grilled fish-of-the-day, herb-roasted half chicken and BBQ grilled shrimp. Showcasing handcrafted cocktails and a full bar, diners can make their way to Sky Lounge for after-dinner conversation and panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline from the top of the Glenn Hotel. Small plates are available along with the sounds of Atlanta's DJs. Glenn’s Kitchen is located in the Glenn Hotel, 110 Marietta Street, Atlanta, 404.469.0700. Hours are Monday Friday 6:30 a.m. 10:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 7:30 a.m. 10:30 p.m. Sky Lounge is open til midnight Monday & Tuesday, til 1 a.m. Wednesday & Thursday and 1 a.m. on Friday & Saturday. For details, visit www.glennskitchenatl.com.
Puerto Rican fare...
One of the newest kids on the block in Lawrenceville is Chef William Mendez’ La Garita Bistro serving up Puerto Rican fare on Cruse Road in a strip center. Appetizers ($2 & $3) include a stuffed pastry (ground beef, chicken, pizza or mixed seafood), corn sticks, codfish disks, guava paste and tostones. Sandwiches ($5.50 - $7.50) range from ham & cheese and roast pork to steak and pastrami. Chicken soup is on the menu as well as a house salad ($5). Specialties ($9 - $14) at La Garita begin with roasted pork, crispy chicken and grilled steak as well as pork chops, sautéed shrimp, fried red snapper and a plantain cup filled with an octopus/conch salad. Daily specials are posted on a board near the bar and sides of plantain, fries and yucca with garlic can be added. For dessert ($5.50) flan de queso con coco is offered. La Garita features a small offering of wine along with homemade sangria and several beers are available both on tap and in bottles. La Garita Bistro is located at 2785 Cruse Road, Lawrenceville, 678.924.7876. Hours are Monday Thursday 11:30 a.m. 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. 10 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11:30 a.m. - midnight. For more info, www.lagaritabistro.com.
A nuevo Latino seafood cafe, Mambo Jambo, has opened on Windward Parkway in Milton. Created by George Quesada in 1998 in Weston, Florida, this is the third location for the concept. Representing many flavors and attitudes, the eatery specializes in Latin American cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. Appetizers ($4.95 - $12.95) include plantain chips with mojo dip, corn polenta with pork, empanadas, quesadillas, grilled shrimp, steamed clams & mussels, fried calamari, grilled Argentinean chorizo and pan seared shrimp. There is also a Caribbean hot seafood sampler for two for $14.95 per person that includes shrimp & clams in garlic sauce, fried calamari, scallops and mussels enchilado. Several versions of ceviche are offered ($9.95 - $19.95) as well as soups ($4.50 - $6.95) and sides ($3.95) of steak fries, sweet potato fries, grilled vegetables, a goat cheese salad, Greek salad or potatoes sauteed with mushrooms & onions. Entrees ($15.95 - $22.95) run the gamut from fish and seafood dishes to several versions of beef, pork and lamb dishes. In addition to a bistro specialty bar and dining room, Mambo offers a private room and outdoor dining along with live entertainment & dancing. Artwork by artist Milena de La Pena, a cancer survivor, is displayed and proceeds from the sale of her work goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Mambo Jambo is located at 5310 Windward Parkway, Milton, 770.667.0097. For more info visit www.mambojambocafe.com.
More Latin flavors...
Gabriel Morales has debuted her latest concept, Maracas Cantina, in the Town Center of Suwanee also offering a ‘Latin Fusion’ of flavors. Maracas’ creates tastes from the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico and Columbia including appetizers ($7 - $10) of taquitos, ceviche, empanadas, nachos, cheese dip and quesadillas. Salads ($8 - $11) include a seafood lovers with sautéed shrimp, scallops and tilapia; the house with romaine, baby spinach, bell peppers and queso fresco topped with a homemade creamy avocado dressing; and the ‘Maracas’ with mixed greens, carrots, mushrooms and broccoli with your choice of steak and/or chicken and garnished with pico de gallo. Seafood ($10 - $13) options are the shrimp fajitas, grilled shrimp & scallops, a seafood medley (crabmeat, shrimp & scallops) stuffed tilapia filet and a homemade blue corn tortilla stuffed with a seafood medley (scallops, crabmeat, tilapia, shrimp) and sauteed with a cream chipotle sauce, topped with Chihuahua cheese. Fish dishes ($11 - $14) include pan roasted red snapper, stuffed flounder, fire grilled mahi mahi and grilled salmon. Chicken ($7 - $12) choices range from a breast smothered in mole poblano sauce, enchiladas and a grilled marinated breast to burritos and grilled strips served on a bed of Spanish rice, covered with melted cheese and accompanied by guacamole salad, sour cream and flour tortillas. There are also several versions of grilled beef tenderloin, chorizo sausage, marinated ribeye and stuffed corn tortillas available ($8 - $13). A variety of sangrias with garnishes and margaritas as well desserts of fried Twinkies, Mexican fried ice cream, flan and bananas foster chimichangas round out the selection ($4 - $12). Maracas Cantina is located at 320 Town Center Avenue, Suwanee, 770.990.4390. Hours are lunch 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily and dinner til 11 p.m. The full service bar is open Thursday - Saturday til 1:30 a.m.
Brown baggin' it...
Also arriving in Suwanee’s Town Center earlier in the Spring, is the Brown Bag Deli & Bagel. The deli makes each custom sandwich to-order and the local bagels are made fresh daily. Brown Bag is currently preparing for its first Dagwood Speed Eating Competition where the winner gets $500. All he or she has to do is completely finish a four-pound ‘Dagwood’ sandwich before 14 other contestants. The ‘Deli Board’ at Brown Bag has you create your own favorite by choosing your bread (Ciabatta, herb tortilla wrap, bagel, marble rye, country, white, multigrain or bagette/sub roll), adding your meat (tuna, egg or chicken salad, roast turkey, black forest ham, pastrami, roast beef, corned beef, Genoa salami or mesquite grilled chicken), cheese (Swiss, American, Provolone or Pepper jack), dressing (Mayo, mustard, brown mustard, honey Dijon, 1000 Island, ranch, Caesar, horseradish or Italian), toppings (lettuce, tomato, red onion, peppers or pickles) and a side (cole slaw, potato salad, big pickle, chips or yogurt). There are also Brown Bag club sandwiches (Buffalo chicken, Italian, California, Bulldog, Spartan, Rajun Cajun, ham or BBQ) that are served with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and dressing along with a side. Classics at the deli include the BLT, a veggie, the Reuben, a hot pastrami and corned beef. Soups & salads include a soup-of-the-day, house salad, grilled chicken salad and the classic Caesar with options of adding mesquite grilled or spicy Cajun chicken. There are tables inside as well as patio seating and free Wi-Fi. Brown Bag Deli is located at 340 Town Center Avenue, Suwanee, 678.682.3496. Hours are Sunday Thursday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 7 a.m. 9 p.m. For more, visit www.brownbagdelionline.com.
Fueled by a lack of Caribbean fare in the Marietta area,Tassa Roti Shop was established on Powers Ferry Road in February of 2006 by self-taught foodie, Radhika 'Ria' Edoo. Today, a second location has been added and Tassa Roti Shop is now offering Caribbean fare in Decatur as well. The cuisine is an authentic reflection of the peoples of Trinidad and Tobago and the entire Caribbean region as a whole. The tastes were forged from a fusion of ingredients and traditions brought to the Caribbean during its early formation by the people of the African and Asian continents. Tassa’s buffet is all-you-can-eat for $7.99 or $4.99 per pound for to-go orders and includes chicken (curry, stew, jerk, pelau), rice, rice & peas, pasta, baked mac n’ cheese, penne pasta with shrimp & veggies, vegetables, curry potato, green beans, coo coo, stir fry cabbage, callaloo, stewed mixed beans, butter cassava, curried potatoes, lentils, dhal, salad and cake. Dine-in meals ($9.99 - $16.99) are served with a Caribbean salad and house dessert and range from red snapper, a variety of shrimp dishes and oxtails to boneless duck, ribeye, roast pork, chicken, goat and tilapia. Tassa Roti Shop is located at 4086 Covington Highway, Decatur, 404.288.0302. Hours are Monday Thursday 1 a.m. 7:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 7 p.m. Visit www.tassarotishop.com for more info.
Revival on Roswell Road...
Carbo’s Cafe & Piano Bar was part of the upscale dining scene in Buckhead from 1980 until it’s closure in 2006 when Sandy Springs resident Michael Habis operated it briefly as Buckhead Ballroom. The building would eventually become The Buckhead Room (a special events facility) & Chastain’s Sushi Bar in ’08 under the direction of the folks over at Park Tavern in Midtown. It was gutted by a fire a couple of months later and has stood quiet for almost two years. Athens, Georgia businessman, Gardner Dominick (General Beauregard’s & City Bar in Athens) along with partner, Daniel Simmons, have debuted their latest concept, The Ivy, in the castle-like space. Local designer, Terry Barbu (Opera Nightclub, Top Flr) of Barbu Concept & Design has transformed the 6,500 sq. ft. interior into a classic restaurant & bar with art deco walls, leather banquettes, a stone fireplace, colorful touches and also renovating about the same amount of outdoor space into an upscale pub atmosphere complete with marble fountain. The upscale, pub fare menu is extensive. Appetizers ($5 - $13) begin with wings, fried mozzarella, quesadillas, spinach artichoke dip, chicken tenders and king calamari and continue with coconut shrimp, chicken or steak satay, tempura fried baby portabellas and sliders as well as Vidalia onion rings, house-cut fries, a hummus platter, Asian spring rolls and bruschetta. Salads and soups ($4 - $10) are also featured along with sandwiches ($9 - $12), burgers ($8 - $10), a variety of pizzas ($4 - $21) and desserts ($5). The Ivy is located at 3717 Roswell Road, Atlanta, 404.941.3081. Hours are Monday Friday 4 p.m. 3 a.m., Saturday noon 3 a.m. and Sunday noon midnight.
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•5 Seasons Brewing, 3 Locations
•Brick Store Pub, Decatur
•Fado Irish Pub, Buckhead
•Gordon Biersch, Midtown/Buckhead
•Holeman & Finch Public House, Buckhead
•Leon’s Full Service, Decatur
•Manuel’s Tavern, N. Highland
•Max Lager’s, Downtown
•Park Tavern, Downtown
•Six Feet Under, 2 Locations
•Summits Wayside Tavern, 3 Locations
•Taco Mac, Several Locations
•TAP A Gastropub, Downtown
•The Porter Beer Bar, Little 5 Points
•The Bookhouse Pub, Ponce de Leon
•The Glenwood Gastro Pub, E. Atlanta
•The Marlay House, Decatur
•The Midway Pub, East Altanta
•Twain’s Billiards & Tap, Decatur
•Young Augustine’s, Grant Park
Owen Ogletree, Brewtopia
•The Brick Store’s Dave Blanchard announces, “We should be opening our vintage beer list during the first week or so of October. It’ll feature a jaw dropping collection of 450-500 vintage ales and lambics from Europe and the United States. We are extremely excited to present these ever-changing beers to our guests and even more excited to try them ourselves! This is the new frontier in the continuing evolution of the Brick Store Pub.” Decatur ~ www.brickstorepub.com.
•Atlanta Brewing / Red Brick - A collaborative brew between Taco Mac’s beverage director Fred Crudder and Atlanta’s Red Brick Brewing comes to the Taco Mac chain in early October.
•SweetWater - Taco Mac will also be one of the major on-premise retailers serving SweetWater’s new rye ale called Crank Tank -- a beer to raise awareness of the charity bike ride ‘Spin For Kids’ to benefit Camp Twin Lakes. October beers of the month at your local Mac include Terrapin Rye, Hopsecutioner and Pumpkinfest -- with glassware giveaways each Thursday.
•Terrapin Beer Company recently flew in a huge shipment of fresh, wet hop cones from Yakima, Washington for their spicy, herbal, limited-release beer named So Fresh So Green. This beer will be available in 22 oz. bottles and includes wet Cascade hops fresh from the vine. Pumpkinfest -- an “Oktoberfest meets Grandma’s pumpkin pie” 6.1% ABV beer made with pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, all-spice, clove and a complex array of tasty malts and hops, also makes its debut.
•Jailhouse Brewing has scheduled a fall release of 22 oz. bottles and draft of their new seasonal called Smokey -- a lightly smoked version of the microbrewery’s popular wheat beer. Also look for the Jailhouse beers in Atlanta-area Taco Mac locations. Tours and beer sampling at the Jailhouse run Wednesdays from 5 - 7 p.m. and Saturdays 2 - 6 p.m. in historic Hampton, GA.
World Beer Festival...
Durham, North Carolina’s premier special event, the 15th World Beer Festival, returns on October 9th to Durham Bulls Athletic Park. USAToday ranked the WBF as one of the top ten beer festivals in the country. The festival offers two four-hour sessions. The first session will be from noon to 4 p.m., and the second session will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Standard admission to a single session is $45 in advance ($50 day of the event if available), which includes samples from a selection of over 300 beers from more than 100 world-class breweries, music by local bands, educational sessions and a festival tasting glass. Visit http://allaboutbeer.com/gather-for-beer/world-beer-festival/durham-nc/ for details.
Wild Heaven arrives...
Georgia recently celebrated its newest beer companyWild Heaven Craft Beerswith a launch party at Decatur’s Brick Store Pub. Wild Heaven is the brainchild of Nick Purdy, founding publisher of Paste magazine, with recipes developed by brewmaster Eric Johnson of Athens Georgia’s Trappeze Pub. The first two beers from Wild Heaven, Invocation and Ode to Mercy, are already available in pubs and restaurants around Atlanta. Invocation is a Belgian-style golden ale brewed all-grain, giving it a deep and complex taste. Ode To Mercy is an imperial brown ale combining the flavor and aroma of deep roasted malts, oak and coffee specially blended by Athens, GA’s 1000 Faces Coffee, yielding a smooth, creamy finish. Bottles will be available by the end of the year. For more information on Wild Craft Beers, visit www.wildheavencraftbeers.com.
•Oct. 2nd ~ Saturday
Hotoberfest Beer Festival
Glenwood Park ~ 1 - 8 p.m.
Beer tasting of 110+ craft brews 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Earth • Beer • Music... on the grounds of the Glenwood Park community. www.hotoberfest.net to win free tickets
•Oct. 2nd ~ Saturday
Fado Irish Pub ~ 2 p.m. to close.
There are only a couple of times a year Fado takes the party to the streets in Buckhead and the annual Oktoberfest celebration is one of them. So, strap on your fanciest lederhosen and sexist dirndl skirts and head down early. The outdoor street festival starts at 2 p.m. Day includes a Polka Band, bratwurst eating contest, strongman stein holding competition and live music. Advance tickets $5. 273 Buckhead Avenue, 404.841.0066, www.fadoirishpub.com/atlanta/fadoktoberfest
•Oct. 6th ~ Wednesday
5 Seasons Beer vs. Wine Dinner
Westside ~ 7 p.m.
5 Seasons has challenged winemaker, Matt Licklider of Lioco Winery, to a duel to find out what pairs better with food -- BEER or WINE. It is a 5 course meal and is $55 per person (includes 5 wines and 5 beers, but not tax and gratuity). Reservations are required, 404.875.3232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Westside, 1000 Marietta St., Atlanta, www.5seasonsbrewing.com
•Oct. 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th ~ 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 or email email@example.com. 3655 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta; Westside, 1000 Marietta St., Atlanta, 404.875.3232. www.5seasonsbrewing.com
•Oct. 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th ~ 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, www.mussandturners.com
•Oct. 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th ~ Monday
Two-Fiddy Half Pints
Young Augustine’s ~ All Day
Every half-pint on the 30-tap list is available for $2.50. That includes Belgians, exotics, high gravs... all of it. 327 Memorial Dr., SW, Atlanta, 404.681.3344, http://sites.google.com/site/youngaugustines/
•Oct. 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th ~ 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, www.leonsfullservice.com
•Oct. 16th ~ Saturday
Great Decatur Beer Tasting Festival
Decatur Square ~ Noon - 5 p.m.
$35. 100’s of local & international beers, live music and food, Decatur Square, 404.371.9583, decaturbeerfestival.org
•Oct. 19th ~ Tuesday
Irish Pub Whiskey Club
Mac McGee’s ~ 8 p.m.
Delve into origins of uisce beatha (the water of life) to become a whiskey connoisseur. 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. Meetings will be held the third Tuesday of each month. 111 Sycamore Street, Decatur, 404.377.8050, www.macmcgeeirishpub.com
sunday supper south: A family-style Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner featuring a collection of the South’s culinary icons, has been scheduled for Sunday, October 31. Along the railroad tracks at the Westside Provisions District, 150 guests will gather around one long, communal table to enjoy a shared, gourmet dinner hosted by Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison (Bacchanalia, Quinones at Bacchanalia, Abattoir, Floataway Cafe and Star Provisions). Sunday Supper South is a regionally driven rendition of the tradition established by Chelsea Market in New York City. Funds raised will support the James Beard Foundation and Scholarship Program. Quatrano and Harrison will be joined by their chefs de cuisine: Drew Belline, Floataway Cafe; Andy Carson, Bacchanalia; and Joshua Hopkins, Abattoir. Other participating chefs include: Hugh Acheson, Five and Ten/The National/Empire State South, Athens, GA; Sean Brock, McCrady’s, Charleston, SC; Tyler Brown, Capitol Grille, Nashville, TN; John Currence, City Grocery, Oxford, MS; Martha Foose, Greenwood, MS; Chris Hastings, Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, AL; Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta, GA; Robert Kinkead, Kinkead’s, Washington, DC; Ris Lacoste, Ris, Washington, DC; Mike Lata, Fig, Charleston, SC; Frank Lee, Slightly North of Broad/Old Village Post House, Charleston, SC; Jamie Leeds, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Washington DC; Brandon McGlamery, Luma on Park, Orlando, FL; Louis Osteen, Fish & Co., Nashville, TN; Nora Pouillon, Restaurant Nora, Washington, DC; and Bill Smith, Crook’s Corner, Chapel Hill, NC. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m., followed by a seated dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the promenade near the urban footbridge at Westside Provisions District, 1170 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. Tickets are $150 for James Beard Foundation members and $175 for non-members. For more info, call 404.365.0410, ext. 22 or visit www.sundaysuppersouth.com.
executive chef stevenson: Livingston Restaurant + Bar has promoted Chef Zeb Stevenson to executive chef. Chef Stevenson had previously held the position of chef de cuisine since 2009 and will now oversee all culinary operations. Prior to joining Livingston, he was executive sous chef under Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Spice Market Atlanta. He previously held positions at Concentrics Restaurant under Chef Nick Oltarsh and at Dick & Harry’s under Chef Harold Marmulstein. Livingston Restaurant + Bar is located across from The Fox Theatre in the Georgian Terrace Hotel at 659 Peachtree St. NE. The restaurant serves lunch Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner Sunday to Thursday 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 5 to 11 p.m.; breakfast daily 6:30 to 10 a.m.; and brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Three hours of complimentary valet parking is available for restaurant guests. For reservations, call 404.897.1991 or visit www.livingstonatlanta.com.
autism speaks to wall street: On Monday, October 4th, Owner/Executive Chef Shaun Doty of Shaun’s and YEAH! Burger in Atlanta will participate with 80 other chefs from across the United States in the Fourth Annual Autism Speaks to Wall Street event. This celebrity chef gala will take place at Cipriani Wall Street, located at 55 Wall Street in New York City, and will benefit Autism Speaks. Guests who are interested in making reservations can call 646.843.6661. When he’s not in the kitchen, Doty is actively involved in fundraising for causes relating to Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Autism Speaks is an organization that is close to Doty’s heart. He is also a founding member of “Believe In Me Foundation,” an organization for the continuing education of children with Autism. For more info, visit www.autismspeaks.org. Shaun’s is located at 1029 Edgewood Avenue Northeast, 404.577.4358, www.shaunsrestaurant.com. YEAH! Burger is located at 1168 Howell Mill Road, Suite E; 404.496.4393, www.yeahburger.com.
ray’s killer creek: Ray’s Restaurants (Ray’s on the River, Ray’s in the City, Ray’s Killer Creek) has announced Chef Tracey Bloom as the new executive chef at twelve-year-old Ray’s Killer Creek in Alpharetta. Bloom is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked in several of the Atlanta area’s finest restaurants prior to Ray’s. She began her culinary career as the opening pastry chef at Sia’s Restaurant in Duluth and then joined the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group to work at 103 West under Chef Gary Donlick. Bloom has also held sous chef positions at Asher in Roswell, Oscar’s in College Park and Luma in Winter Park, Florida. She was the executive chef at Table 1280 in Atlanta before becoming a contestant on the seventh season of Bravo’s Top Chef in 2010. Bloom describes her culinary style as modern American with European influences, and she will be putting her stamp on the menu at Ray’s at Killer Creek. Her plans include creating a salumi program and purchasing more whole fish for the seafood specialties. Bloom’s sous chef from Table 1280, Robert Rambo, has also joined her in the kitchen at Killer Creek. Ray’s at Killer Creek is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch and is located at 1700 Mansell Road in Alpharetta; 770.649.0064. For more info, visit www.raysrestaurants.com.
truffles have arrived at pricci & veni vidi vici: Pricci’s Executive Chef Piero Premoli is excited to announce that black truffles from Norcia, Italy, have arrived at Pricci. The truffles (pictured with Chef Jamie of Veni Vidi Vici and Chef Piero) are exceptionally large and fresh. Truffles have a deep, earthy flavor as a member of the tuber family. Shaved truffles provide the perfect complement to Chef Piero’s hearty, soulful, Italian fare at Pricci. Pricci will offer freshly shaved truffle service on select dishes for $20. Then, within the next four weeks, Pricci will also present truffles from Alba, Italy. Also, this month, Chef Jamie Adams at Veni Vidi Vici will rolled out some truffle-focused dishes as well. He has created a three-course truffle-packed menu in honor of Chef Leandro Varvello, one of his mentors from Italy who recently passed away in a tragic accident. This menu, with every entree featuring truffles from Norcia, costs $35 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. A sampling includes carpaccio of beef tenderloion, baked stuffed vidalia onion, porcini mushroom and potato tart, potato gnocchi with parmigiano cream, rotisserie duck, tagliarini pasta and beef short rib, wild boar braised in milk with sauteed gala apples, roasted veal shank and sauteed Idaho red trout. Truffle lovers can opt for a generous portion of shaved truffles to the menu for an additional $10. Pricci is located at 500 Pharr Road, Atlanta 30305, 404.237.2941. Veni Vidi Vici is located at 41 Fourteenth Street, Atlanta 30309, 404.875.8424. Visit, www.buckheadrestaurants.com for more info.
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by hud report staff
Mirko Pasta expands...
Mirko de Giacomantonio, one of the co-founders of Atlanta's Figo Pasta in 2001, had a new vision by 2007 to create his own concept. He wanted diners to feel as though they were in Grandma’s kitchen when they visited his brainchild, Mirko Pasta. The first Mirko opened in Watkinsville, Georgia in ‘07 and a second soon followed in Athens. Since then, another E. Athens location on Baxter Street has debuted as well as one in Buford. Three more units have opened recently in Peachtree City, Macon and Monroe bringing the Mirko total to seven. Peachtree City’s franchisees are Chad Keller and Joey Hart, while Nathan Karstedt and Steve Daily are the owners/operators of the new Monroe location and T. J. Heath, along with partner Jimmy Goolsby have opened the doors to the Macon unit. The inspiration for the eateries Italian cuisine hails from the region of Abruzzi, Italy, Giacomantonio’s birthplace. With a blend of Italian flavors Mirko’s creates authentic, made-from-scratch Italian cuisine prepared by ‘culinary missionaries’ in a friendly, casual cafe setting atmosphere. The menu incorporates seasonal vegetables & fruits and changes up some of the sauces to offer lighter choices in the spring and summer, and heartier choices during the cooler months. The customer pairs his or her pasta choice with any of more than a dozen sauces featured. Menu selections include salads ($3 - $5.99), appetizers ($4.25 - $6.90), filled pasta ($4.99), short pasta and long pasta ($3.99) options as well as Mirko’s special dishes and entrees ($7.99 - $10.95) dressed with several homemade sauces ($3.99) ranging from Bolognese (traditional Italian meat), pomodoro (classic tomato & basil), funghi (peas, wild mushrooms, cream & parmesan) and sorrentina (tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil and fresh mozzarella) to primavera (seasonal vegetables and goat cheese), pesto, salmone e vodka (salmon, green peas in vodka pink sauce) and frutti di mare (mixed seafood/shellfish) among others. Desserts are also offered along with a selection of coffee, beer and a wide range of wines from around the world. Mirko Pasta is located at 300 City Circle, Peachtree City, 678.364.1000, 1998 W. Spring Street, Monroe, 770.267.0606 and 1693 Bass Road, Macon, 478.477.4002. Hours are Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. -10 p.m. Visit www.mirkopasta.com for updates.
Lucky number 7...
7 Coffee & Wine has opened on Steve Reynolds Boulevard in Duluth offering a selection of 7s in a comfortable, laid-back coffee-shop atmosphere. There's also a large patio at this former Bakery Cafe Maum location. 7 different types of hot drinks, iced drinks, blended drinks, smoothies and teas are on the menu. There are also 7 specialty hot café items: Black forest latte, almondetta brandy, raspberry flakes, crazy Kelly invasion, Hazel drizzle and a banana sundae. A sampling includes mango or orange sorbet (served in half an orange), tiramisu, NY cheesecake, gelato, pastries, breads, fondue and the magic cube, a white/dark chocolate mousse covered in dark chocolate. 7 also features premium beer specials from 5 to 8 p.m. 7 Coffee & Wine is located at 3182 Steve Reynolds Boulevard, Duluth, 678.417.0013. Hours are Monday Friday 6 a.m. midnight and Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. to midnight. Visit www.7coffeeint.com for info.
Another cafe, bakery-type shop offering coffee, sweets and treats has opened on Crabapple Road in Milton called Scoops. The seven-year-old concept was created by Madison, Georgia residents Susan & Jim Kirk and there are currently six other locations throughout Georgia. In addition to being part ice cream parlour, part coffee house, the shop features sweets ranging from homemade fudge, specialty cakes and wall-to-wall candy to 32 flavors of ice cream and toppings with 10 different types of cones. Gourmet apples covered in chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate and nuts are also offered. Specialty coffee (19 to choose from) and tea (black, green, earl grey, lemon and chai) selections are also available for sippin’ inside or out on the porch in big, comfy rocking chairs. Sundaes, smoothies and shakes are also available. Scoops is located at 12670 Crabapple Road, Milton, 678.319.0066. Hours are Monday Saturday noon 10 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. 9 p.m. For more info, visit www.scoopssweetstreats.com.
California-based Pinkberry, a tart frozen yogurt brand, will open its second Georgia location on Friday, October 15 in Marietta on Johnson Ferry Road. “The first Atlanta location is located at Akers Mill is off to a great start and we want to keep the momentum going by expanding into other parts of the metro area,” says CEO Ron Graves. “We are thrilled to open in Marietta. The lively Merchants Walk area is a perfect fit for us,” he adds. Pinkberry is premium, frozen yogurt made with non-fat yogurt and nonfat milk that is rBST hormone free creating a balance of tangy and sweet. The newest location will be serving Pinkberry’s six flavors: the signature Original flavor; Pomegranate, made with 100 percent California-grown pure pomegranate juice; Coconut, made with real coconut puree; a rich Chocolate; and Mango, made with authentic Alphonso mango puree; and a Featured Flavor that rotates seasonally. Customers can personalize their yogurt with any combination of toppings from fresh fruit that is hand-cut daily in-store, organic gummy bears, all natural honey almond granola, 100% pure pomegranate juice, to Belgian chocolate shavings. Pinkberry now also offers ‘Take Home’, which is 25 ounces swirled-to-order and packed on ice. New Fruit Bowls are also available for people looking for the signature flavors in a non-frozen form. The Fruit Bowls include your choice of cut fruit and is topped with Swirly Whip, a whipped cream with the distinctive original flavor that’s made fresh daily. Pinkberry will be located at 1281 Johnson Ferry Road, Merchant’s Walk, Marietta, 770.977.9770. Hours will be Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Visit www.pinkberry.com for more info.
Stogie fans (must be 18 or older) in East Atlanta Village have a new place to hang out. Cigar Village has opened on Flat Shoals Avenue offering a comfortable environment or ‘fine cigar oasis’ if you will, for enjoying quality cigars. The new cigar lounge is a unique specialty shop with premium cigars complimented by pipes and accessories (lighters, humidors, cutters, etc...). They invite you to drop in, whether it’s five minutes or five hours, to relax, enjoy a football game with your smoke and unwind. Kick back on a couch or recliner or take your place at one of the two-top tables to test out the free Wi-Fi. Cigar Village is located 492-A Flat Shoals Avenue, East Atlanta Village, 404.688.2551. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday, hours are Monday noon - 11 p.m., Thursday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Friday 5 p.m. 1 a.m., Saturday noon - 1 a.m. and Sunday noon to 7 p.m. Visit www.cigarvillageatl.com for more events.
More 'hang' time...
Another spot for hanging out, is a new Internet lounge and event facility that has entered the Castleberry Hill neighborhood named Licquid. It’s all about the ambience, combining happiness, sweets, comfy chairs, wood floors, free Wi-Fi and an overall cozy environment to hang out in. And of course, coffee. Along with beverages and constantly changing artwork on the walls, the lounge also offers a variety of treats including salads, sandwiches, pastries, and soups. There is also a wide array of hot coffees and teas. Lollipops and candy are always available as well. Join the ‘Sippers Reward Club’ and the sixth sip is on Licquid. The facility will also host various programs, specialty nights and exhibitions throughout the year, such as music and theater productions, fitness and dance, drama, children’s art, storytelling, Karaoke night, Jokes and Java, Mocha Messages (Open Mic) and more. Licquid is a constant fundraiser to benefit the BITS Foundation and all purchases benefit Strike Hunger, Constant Water Campaign and the KIC program as well. KIC oversees a Saturday brunch filled with staff, entertainment and professionalism where children are taught lifestyle and business skills to prepare them for the future. Licquid is located at 294 Walker Street, Castleberry Hill, 404.343.6449. Hours are Tuesday Friday 8 a.m. 6 p.m., Saturday is for private events and Sunday 1 p.m. 6 p.m. For more details, visit www.licquid.com/licquid/.
Dining room due...
Jersey Boyz Pizza delivery and pick-up will soon be adding a dining room at their location on Bethelview Road in Cumming. Located in the former Popi Classic Italian space, the 'Boyz' offers authentic New York pizzas, subs, pastas and more. Appetizers ($3.25 - $7.95) include wings, bruschetta, mozzarella sticks, fried calamari, garlic knots, chicken tenders and fries. Salads ($5.95 - $8.95) range from Greek and a tomato Caprese to Caesar, a chopped and the antipasto made with Italian meats of ham, salami and pepperoni over spring mixed greens with red onions, black olives, pepperoncinis, tomatoes, provolone and mozzarella cheese. Sandwiches ($5.95 - $8.95) are served on Amoroso hoagie rolls with chips and include parmigiana (chicken, eggplant or meatball), sausage with peppers & onions, Philly cheese steak, an Italian sub, pastrami, a hamburger, the Reuben and a Nathan’s hotdog. Pizzas ($5.95 - $20.95) are created in 8”, 12”, 16” and 18” sizes with several gourmet versions available as well as a create-your-own. A calzone and stromboli ($7.95) are both also offered. There are also create-your-own pasta dishes in addition to baked lasagna or ziti, parmigianas (eggplant, chicken and sausage with onions & peppers) baked stuffed shells and stuffed manicotti ($8.95 & $9.95). Desserts of cannolis, a chocolate calzone and zeppolis (deep fried dough coated in cinnamon & sugar) round out the selections ($3.95 & $4.95). Jersey Boyz Pizza is located at 5456 Bethelview Road, Cumming, 770.888.8882. Visit www.jerseyboyzpizza.com for opening date and hours.
Gully's 'two' arrives...
Gully’s Burger Delight, located on Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville, has introduced a second location in Norcross on Jimmy Carter Boulevard. Gully’s serves 100% Halal (Islam has laws regarding which foods can and cannot be eaten) American-style food. The menu includes different type of burgers such as the Chef special surf and turf burger, shrimp Swiss burgers, Buffalo spicy hot burgers, Philly cheese steak, grilled chicken, chicken cheese steak, chicken fingers, fried chicken, Buffalo style hot wings (several flavors), boneless Buffalo wings, thick beefsteak dinner, shrimp dinner, French fries, onion rings, Bourbon onion, turkey subs, pastrami, corned beef subs, home made kulfi, faluda and more. Gully’s Burger Delight is located 5247 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Norcross, 770.242.0000. Hours are noon to 11 p.m.
Specializing in fresh seafood, a little take-out eatery named Shrimp Happens has debuted on Grimes Bridge Road in Roswell also offering a few Halal items. The menu has been kept simple with $5 lunch specials with fries until 3 p.m. ranging from shrimp, catfish and tilapia to shrimp tacos, whole wings, fish tacos and a chicken & fish combo. The ‘Deals of the Week’ fall on Monday (2 fish sandwiches with fries $6), Wednesday (.40¢ wings all day) and Friday (whole catfish dinner $5.99). Seafood dinners ($4.99 - $9.99) include shrimp, catfish, tilapia and the ‘famous’ fish sandwich, all served with fries. Whole wings ($7.99 for 5 up to 52.99 for 50) are served with fries and are available in hot, honey gold, honey hot, barbecue, lemon pepper and mild. The little joint also has Halal ($1.99 $5.99) versions of chicken tenders, a hamburger, hot dog and lamb sandwich. Grilled seafood choices ($5.99 - $11.99) are served on a bed of brown rice or garlic-mashed potatoes with vegetables and include salmon, shrimp, catfish, tilapia and a chicken breast. Side items ($1.50 - $3) are fish or shrimp tacos, fries and hush puppies. Shrimp Happens is located at 1255 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell, 770.643.0044. Hours are Monday Saturday 11 a.m. 9 p.m. For complete menu, visit www.shrimphappensatl.com.
It was just last month that former Joel Brasserie sommelier Perrine Prieur debuted her wine shop on Howell Mill Road in West Midtown. This month comes news that another Wine Shop, The Little Wine Shop, has taken up residence across the perimeter in Avondale Estates. It’s a boutique shop that specializes in international eclectic and affordable old-and-new labels in a cozy, neighborhood environment with half the inventory under $20. Artisan foods such as H &F breads, specialty meats & cheeses, olives and pates as well as wine-related gifts like corkscrews, wine stoppers and branded items are available. The Little Wine Shop is located at 100 North Avondale Road in Avondale Estates, 404.294.3675. Hours are Monday Thursday 10 a.m. 8 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. 9 p.m.
A new pub, Yates’ Sports Pub, has entered the Johns Creek area on Jones Bridge Road replacing an American Ale House Grille Tap concept. The classic neighborhood pub has a dark interior with 15 hi-def flat screens and music three nights a week. The pub grub ($4.95 - $9.95) begins with chips & queso, mozzarella sticks, sliders, spinach & artichoke dip, chicken tenders, wings, nachos and three versions of the quesadilla (Florentine, chicken & steak). Sandwiches ($7.50 - $8.95) are served with house-made potato chips and a pickle and include BBQ chicken, roasted pork, grilled chicken Caesar wrap, a classic Philly cheese steak, a Buffalo chicken wrap and the turkey BLT. Burgers ($7.75 - $8.95) are also served with house-made potato chips and a pickle and are offered as the bacon cheese, Swiss mushroom, the Mexican (jalapenos & salsa), the Italian (includes marinara) and the chili cheese. Soups & salads ($4.50 - $8.95) are on the menu along with ‘special things’ ($10.95) such as fish & chips, Cajun chicken pasta, pan seared tilapia and fiesta chicken served with yellow rice topped with onions, peppers and melted cheese. Yates’ has several beers on tap ($3.50 for pint of Bud or Miller Lite to $15 a pitcher for Sweetwater 420 Pale Ale) and in bottles ($3.50 & $4.50) as well as a variety of spirits. Yates’ Sports Pub is located at 9935 Jones Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 678.526.6800. For hours, visit yatessportspub.com.
Square perk arrives...
Owner Andrea Smith, along with sister Gina, has introduced Square Perk Cafe on the square in Covington combining a mixture of coffee (Jittery Joe’s), food and fun in a relaxing atmosphere. The 100-year-old space invites customers to gather for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Square Perk Cafe is located at 1105 Church Street, Covington, 678.712.6464. Hours are Monday Thursday 7 a.m. 9 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 7 a.m. 10 p.m. Visit www.squareperk.com for updates.
CELEBRATING THE SURVIVORS - Page 6 (Pages Gallery)
Alpha Soda celebrates 90 years in Alpharetta...
hud report staff
(As Atlanta moves-and-shakes into the next century, it often threatens to become too big, glitzy and impersonal for its own good. Too many businesses don’t even see a first birthday. the hudspeth report wants to recognize the nightclubs and restaurants that have become mainstays on this everchanging nightlife and cuisine scene and that have not only survived, but have thrived.)
Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s second concept, Fish Market, was originally opened in 1981 in Lenox Square on Peachtree. Owners Pano Karatassos and Paul Albrecht had opened their first restaurant, Pano’s & Paul’s on W. Paces Ferry, two years earlier in 1979 beginning what would become a dining dynasty. A giant salmon out front marks the spot for today’s Atlanta Fish Market, which moved to Pharr Road in Buckhead in 1993 and changed its name. The copper & steel sculpture, created in 1995 by Martin Dawe and Randy Blain, was at one time the largest fish sculpture in the world weighing in at 50 tons and standing 65’ tall. Atlanta Fish Market boasts the Southeast’s widest selection of fresh seafood (they also own their own seafood company). The comfortable, sophisticated atmosphere offers more than 100 fresh varieties from the deep flown in fresh on a menu that’s printed twice daily. The interior is an upscale marine motif with a mix of nautical lighting, seashell tiled flooring and tanks containing crab and lobsters. Chef Robert Holley (originally trained as a Marine Biologist) brings a simplistic country French approach to his menu from his days garnered at La Bernadin in New York and later at Brasserie Le Coze in Atlanta. Holley’s offerings are extensive incorporating lobster, sushi, oysters, crabs, tropical and signature fish items that are either grilled, fried or sauteed. Steak & chicken selections are also available and there are several salads to choose from as well as gumbo and chowder. The Geechee Lounge offers live music every Thursday night from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. playing classic Americana or golden oldies. You can also enjoy one of Lounge’s specialties like the ‘Dark & Stormy’ with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum & Chambord or the ‘Key Lime Mojito’ featuring Bacardi Rum & Agave Nectar with fresh Key Limes and mint. There are also 10 beers on draft as well as an extensive wine list. Atlanta Fish Market is located at 265 Pharr Road, Atlanta, 404.262.3165. Hours are Monday Thursday 11 a.m. 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. midnight and Sunday 4 p.m. 10 p.m. For more info, visit www.buckheadrestaurants.com.
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARYS - Page 8... FULL LIST
WHAT'S SIZZLIN' AFTER DARK - Page 8
An alphabetical listing of some after dark hot spot suggestions throughout Metro Atlanta... FULL LIST
RESTAURANT & BAR WARS - Page 9
Newly Opened, Coming Soon, Anniversarys & Casualites... FULL LIST
TRENDS, TASTES & FLAVORS - Page 9 (Pages Gallery)
Free coffee, discounted vino, football specials & Oktoberfest...
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Congratulations to the Season 7 ‘Top Chef,’ Kevin Sbraga, a Buckhead Life Restaurant Group Alum. The anticipated season finale of Bravo’s Top Chef: DC had Buckhead Life Restaurant Group cheering for their former Chef de Cuisine. Since the season finale was taped in Singapore in late July, Kevin had to keep the big win from his family and friends. When asked, by Entertainment Weekly, about the difficulty of keeping such a juicy secret he said, “It’s very hard. You start to have a regular conversation, you almost bring up something that you’re not supposed to.” Before making his television debut, Kevin was the Chef de Cuisine at Pano’s and Paul’s under Gary Donlick who is now Executive Chef at Bistro Niko. With the hopes of opening his own restaurant in Philadelphia, Buckhead Life wishes Kevin the best of luck and a hearfelt congratulations... Another duo making a TV win are from the Old Fourth Ward’s Highland Bakery. Joshua John Russell and assistant Karen Portaleo won the Food Network Challenge recently with their version of a cake based on Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ After the win, they were presented with a $10,000 check and Portaleo will be competing again on another challenge that is set to air on October 31st... Creative Loafing has announced their ‘Best of Atlanta 2010’ list and had this to say about the process: “This year, rather than trot out the same old favorites, we took a different approach. Our food and drink team asked, ‘What about this year made us excited, proud, hungry?’ We also changed our direction when it came to the huge decision of who would win Best Overall Restaurant. In years past, the honor has been bestowed on the restaurant with the highest ratings, the most formal service, and the most refined food. This year, all that was thrown out the window. Instead, we opted for the place we most want to eat. Crazy, huh?” The Loafing picked Holeman & Finch Public House on Peachtree Road in Buckhead as this year’s ‘Best Overall Restaurant.’ The gastro-pub is known for it’s ‘Burger Time’ tradition, when at 9:30 every night only 24 gourmet burgers are made and often sell out in under a minute. The publication’s readers decided Kevin Rathbun Steak on Krog Street in Inman Park should have the honor and chose Woodfire Grill on Cheshire Bridge as runner-up. Antico Pizza Napolentana on Hemphill Avenue in Atlanta received the staff’s vote for two categories, ‘Best New Restaurant’ and ‘Best Pizza,’ while the readers thought Miller Union on Brady Avenue on Atlanta’s Westside deserved the spot and elected Farm Burger on W. Ponce de Leon in Decatur as runner-up.... Men’s Magazine GQ also recognized Holeman & Finch in its October issue ranking them 10th in the nation for ‘Best Places to have a Cocktail.’ To compile the list of top 25, GQ traveled more than 30,000 miles, visited twenty-one cities, 102 bars and drank more than 400 cocktails... The Atlanta Business Chronicle also reported Antico Pizza Napolentana was named ‘Best Pizza in the United States’ for 2010 by the Festa Della Pizza in Naples, Italy. The Chronicle quoted owner Gianvanni Di Palma as saying, “This recognition in Naples for pizza is like winning an Oscar in Hollywood. We are beyond thrilled.”... Since 1969 guide-source Gayot has been telling folks where to visit, stay and eat. It recently released its list of ‘Top 10 First Date Bars in the US’ and Atlanta’s Livingston bar on Peachtree made the cut. Here’s what Gayot had to say: ‘Livingston’s bar area has upholstered seating in small groups, as well as access to a street-side terrace, providing several intimate seating options. A low noise level makes it easy to hold a conversation and seating arrangements are fairly isolated, enabling some conversational privacy. The high-ceilinged Georgian Terrace Hotel bar features a chandelier. The bar menu, besides inventive cocktails, offers small plates, and the respectable wine list has many good choices that go with the food. Daters can segue into the restaurant which features a Contemporary American menu, or Cafe Mims for more casual fare over coffee and tea. Its location across the street from the Fox Theatre makes it easy to take in a show before or after drinks.’
Bocado, on Atlanta’s Westside, is celebrating its one-year anniversary on Wednesday, Oct. 6th from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Owner Brian Lewis will be throwing the Anniversary party on the porch featuring Svedka, signature complimentary appetizers, a cash bar and small bites previewing the fall menu. Bocado has enjoyed acknowledgements in its first year, including one of the ‘top 10 restaurants of the year’ from Atlanta Magazine, three stars and a mention for Chef Todd Ginsberg as ‘5 Chefs to Watch For’ from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and ‘Best New Chef’ from The Atlantan. Signature items include the Bocado burger, deviled eggs and a ‘BLT’ featuring blackened tuna. Bocado is located at 887 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. For more information, visit www.bocadoatlanta.com or call 404.815.1399... On Saturday, October 16th, Kevin Rathbun’s Krog Bar in Inman Park will celebrate its 5th Birthday with a ‘Pig & Paella Party.’ The celebration begins at 6 p.m. and continues until 11 p.m. Cost is $15 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity. The price includes one glass of wine, paella and pig. Additional wine can be purchased separately. Krog Bar is located at 112 Krog Street in Inman Park. For tickets visit http://krogbar.com... Toulouse on Peachtree in Atlanta is celebrating its 16th anniversary October 1st throught 10th with $16 entrées and $16 bottles of wines. Approximately 60 wines, normally priced at $50 or less, will be available during the 10-day celebration. Having a fall birthday, Toulouse is also focusing on reds from the vine with a ‘Fall Reds’ wine tasting on Sunday, October 3rd. Sample 15 wines and nibble on light appetizers in between. Tasting begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $30 per person. Be sure there’s a seat for you by calling 404-351-9533... Grant Park’s Agave Restaurant is also celebrating this month with 10th Anniversary specials. Beginning Monday, October 4th through Wednesday the 6th, you can enjoy any entree on Agave’s menu for only $10. Reservations are recommended since the expect to be very busy. Call 404.588.0006 or visit www.agaverestaurant.com for more details.
If the extent of your tequila tasting includes a slice of lime and a shake of salt, then you have no idea what you’re missing. Taste the sweetness of agave and the elegant tone of oak barrels as mixologist Mike Cook shows you how to enjoy tequila at Bone Garden Cantina’s tequila tasting Saturday, October 23. The cost of $30 per person is a chance to try six premium tequilas with proper technique and form while also enjoying a selection of food pairings from the menu. Bone Garden serves fresh-from-scratch, authentic Mexican cuisine and is located at The Lumber Yard at 1425 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd., NW, Atlanta. Visit www.bonegardencantina.com or call 404.418.9072 for details... Join ROOM at Twelve, located on W. Peachtree Street, every Friday and Saturday for Prime Rib Night. Enjoy roasted prime rib of beef au jus with horseradish cream, yorkshire pudding and mashed potatoes for $19.95. Add a bottomless glass of featured red or white wine for an additional $10. For reservations, call 404.418.1250... Highland mainstay Murphy’s is joining the effort to support local charities and raise awareness about hunger in Atlanta by partnering with nearby ceramic shop, Wired & Fired, for the 4th Annual Empty Bowl Project. From Friday, October 1st to Sunday, November 14th, Wired & Fired will invite Atlantans to their Virginia Highlands store, to paint an unfinished soup bowl using colors, stamps and stencils. The bowls will be put on display ‘for sale’ in front of Murphy’s at 997 Virginia Avenue on Wednesday, November 17th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds from the bowl sales will benefit Project Open Hand. Each guest’s chosen bowl will then be filled with a dish from Murphy’s special Empty Bowl menu and at the end of the meal, all bowls will be washed and returned to the guests as a memento. For more information, visit murphysvh.com or call 404.872.0904... Located in the 1010 Midtown building, RA Sushi will be celebrating Halloween on Sunday, October 31st with a night of freakish fun featuring spooky holiday decorations, food and drink specials, a complimentary tarot card reader and a costume contest ($100 gift certificate for winner, $50 for second place). Throughout the evening, rock cover band Mega Collider will be providing musical entertainment. There will be no cover charge for attendees. RA Sushi’s Flying Fish Lounge specials will be available from 8 to 11 p.m. “Potent Potions” include hot sake for $2, Pabst Blue Ribbon for $3, Chang Lager for $4, Uchi Red and White Wine for $5 and Chang Lager with Sake for $6. “Boo Bites” for the evening will include a variety of half-priced sushi and appetizers such as the Viva Las Vegas roll, pork gyoza, lobster spring rolls, grilled short ribs and spicy tuna roll. For more info call 404.267.0114 or visit www.rasushi.com... The first ever Battle of the Burgers Atlanta is taking place on Saturday, October 2nd for the 100% benefit of Embraced (a non-profit organization who collects gently-used orthopaedic equipment and redistributes them to individuals in need). The inaugural burger festival and competition will take place in Virginia-Highland featuring burgers, Sweetwater brews, Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, Whynatte milkshakes, photobooths, live music and fun. Eighteen Atlanta restaurants will battle for bragging rights to “Judges’ Choice Best Burger” and “People’s Choice Best Burger.” Participating restaurants are: American Road House, Atkins Park, Cafe di Sol, Cypress Street Pint & Plate, Diesel, Einsteins, Farm Burger, Grindhouse Killer Burgers, Highland Tap, Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub, Manuel’s Tavern, Murphy’s, The Nook, TAP Gastro Pub, Ted’s Montana Grill, The Warren City Club and West Egg. For tickets, visit www.battleoftheburgers.com... Water and wine come together at the fifth annual Aqua Vino, a food and wine event where guests can “Uncork Your Imagination” and explore the wonders of the ocean at the Georgia Aquarium on Thursday, October 14. Guests can sample among 200+ wines from around the world and fare from more than 30 of Atlanta’s restaurants, enjoy live music and bid for live and silent auction goodies. The money you spend supports the Georgia Aquarium’s Veterinary Services through the Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health. A VIP Tasting ($225/person) is from 6 - 10 p.m. and includes access to the Grey Goose VIP Lounge and the opportunity to win raffle prizes; the Grand Tasting ($150/person) is from 7 - 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.georgiaaquarium.org... Serpas True Food serves up fashion on Saturday, October 9th with the second annual Fashion Plates event benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The event will start at 11:30 a.m. and run through 1:30 with endless champagne cocktails and a four-course brunch by Chef Scott Serpas. The must-have fall & winter fashions will be featured from Mitzi & Romano, Lila, Vitesse eXchange, Princess and Butch and Drea James Design with a special trunk show by elle g. Tickets are $45 per guest and can be bought by calling The Reynolds Group at 404.888.9348. Serpas True Food is located at 659 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, 404.688.0040. Visit www.serpasrestaurant.com for directions... It’s that time of year again, Taste of Atlanta is a must-eat with more than 80 of the city’s restaurants at your fingertips. Throughout the weekend October 23rd & 24th, guests will taste numerous dishes, sip robust wines and beers, be entertained by chef demos and enjoy interactive sponsor experiences as well as family-friendly entertainment. The Taste will return to the streets of Midtown at Tech Square. Patrons who upgrade to one of the limited Taste of Atlanta VIP Experience tickets will receive exclusive access to one Big VIP Wine, Beer and Cocktail Tasting Tent with new features. There will be live entertainment, educational seminars including the return of Wine vs. Beer, the Barcraft Competition and complimentary tastes from the exclusive restaurant host. And don’t forget, the VIP Experience includes a gift bag filled with coupons and special treats for the first 500 VIP ticket holders that arrive at the festival each day. Taste of Atlanta continues to support the Atlanta non-profit community through partnerships with Share our Strength’s Operation Frontline, the Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Tickets can be purchased at www.TasteofAtlanta.com.
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.
CALENDAR OF ONGOING EVENTS - Page 11...FULL STORY
RESTAURANT/NIGHTCLUB LISTINGS - Page 12...FULL STORY
WHERE TO WATCH YOUR FAVORITE TEAMS - Page 14
•Homes for all the sports, all the time... MORE
(these listings are subject to change - we suggest you call ahead to confirm)
CASUALTIES - Page 19...FULL LIST
•Amaryn’s Thai Bowl, Ponce de Leon Place, Decatur
•Belly’s Pizza, Woodstock Road, Roswell
(moved to W. Crossville Road)
•Big Daddy Wings, Joe Frank Harris Pkwy., Cartersville
•Bokita’s Tapas, Towne Lake, Woodstock
•Boneheads Seafood, Atlantic Station (now Fishook)
•Boneheads Seafood, W. Crossville Road, Roswell
•Buffalo’s House, Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain
•Chicago Pizza, Ave. Forsyth, Cumming
•Crazy Ron’s BBQ, Eastside Drive, Conyers
•Danneman’s, Edgewood Avenue, Old Fourth Ward
•El Zorrito, Atlanta St., Roswell (now El Zarape)
•Fox & Hound, Collier Road, Atlanta
•Jin Jin Chinese, Church St., Decatur
•Mama’s Taqueria, N. Main Street, Alpharetta
•Matty Cakes Bakery, Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta
•Mist Lounge, Savoy Drive, Chamblee
•Moksha Indian Cuisine, Old Roswell Rd., Roswell
•Mudcatz Bar & Grill, Chamblee Dunwoody Road
•Nathalie’s Fish, A. Ponce de Leon, Decatur
•Osaka, Market Blvd., Roswell
•Pig N’ Chik BBQ, Windward Plaza, Alpharetta
•Pyramid & Hookah Lounge, S. Fairground, Marietta
•Restaurant Le Chanzon, Clairmont Rd., Atlanta
•Ruby Tuesday, Lenox Road, Atlanta
•Saddles Saloon, Bells Ferry Road, Acworth
•Teela Italiana Taqueria, Hammond Dr., Sandy Springs
•The Loop Pizza, Chamblee Tucker Rd., Embry Hills
•The Twisted Leprechaun, Cobb Pkwy., Kennesaw
•Tokyo Steak House, Rolling Pin Lane, Suwanee
•Tunisian Grill, Powers Ferry Road, Marietta
•Yuki Japanese, Sugarloaf Pkwy., Lawrenceville
•Twisted Taco, George Busbee Pkwy., Kennesaw
•Wild Orchid Thai, E. May Street, Winder
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Table Tap, Blockbuster Textiles, GlobalTech POS, PFG Milton's, Savannah Distributing Company, Retail Data Systems, Restaurant Management Recruiters LLC and Quality Wine & Spirits.