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OCTOBER 2006
Volume Twenty Number Ten

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COVER STORY - Page 2

2006's Top 75 Restaurants

by tom maicon
www.atlantacuisine.com


Fall is finally upon us marking the beginning of dining season. This also means we are about to log another year’s worth of dining into the history books.
What we won’t read in those history books is that this was the year that truly redefined fancy dining. Don’t fret - it’s a good thing. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of coughing up the extra Benjamins to sit in the presence of an egomaniac while stiffening to a board in a chilly dining room.
Personally, I’d rather spend my time and money eating in less pretentious environs. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind upscale pricey food - I just can’t tolerate an uptight snobbish atmosphere.
With all the chaos of restaurants coming and going and chefs shuffling from one restaurant to another, it seems to get tougher and more costly to sit down and pinpoint 75 restaurants within a given year.

Welcome back

I'd like to start by welcoming one restaurant back into the Top 75. You might remember Co’m Vietnamese Grill fell off the ‘best of’ list last year after several of my favorite items disappeared from the menu. It now appears they’ve put a few back on and have also added a new Dunwoody location. Though very Americanized, I can’t help but like the Dunwoody digs where they've added unique dishes of Vietnamese Kobe beef stew, Banh Mi and Banh Xeo - a crepe-like pancake with pork and shrimp.

Say it isn’t so

Atlanta was already thin in the way of sushi so the closing of Soto was a devastating loss. Soto was unquestionably the best sushi house - and quite possibly the best restaurant - in Atlanta.
To add insult to injury Taka Sushi Cafe, for reasons that remain a mystery to all of us, lost its key ingredient - Taka. With Taka no longer slicing up the sushi, this is just another ordinary sushi bar with no real identity.

A pair of Q’s

Southerners love their barbeque, especially the hog. Recently two “Q” joints challenged our southern palates with beef and won. The first - and in my opinion the best - is Fox Bros BBQ (only served at Smith’s Olde Bar). The brisket arrives with a distinct purple ring and wickedly spicy dry rub that sets it head and shoulders above the rest.
The second is Sam & Dave’s BBQ 1 & 2 with its thick slabs of tender brisket. Though nearly as good, you won’t find the same level of spiciness as the Fox Bros. version. Still, the Sam & Dave barbecue is pretty darned good.

All Thai’d up...

There are plenty of Thai restaurants in this city but very few (mainly the three below) do much if anything to differentiate themselves. L’Thai, oddly located in a Tucker strip center, chose the organic fine dining route to distinguish itself. And it worked. Everything is organic, from the ginger to the flour.
Spoon continues to be one of the westside’s best dining options thanks to Chef Aim who serves the silkiest tofu in town. And her sushi-grade snapper in ginger sauce served on a sizzling hot cast iron skillet is still one of my favorite dishes on the menu.
The former owners of the now defunct Zeb-E-Lee (what many believed to be the all-time greatest Thai restaurant) have excited northside grubbers by opening Ubon. Green Curry arrives impossibly velvety in texture, rich with coconut milk and spicy Basil Duck is flawlessly prepared with thick morsels of boneless meat.

Alpharetta eats?

If I lived in Alpharetta I’d probably eat at Zola’s Italian Bistro twice a week. And now with the new Zola Market next door, I’d probably eat three or four muffeletta sandwiches a week, served on buttery housemade ciabatta.
I continue to eat spectacular meals at Trattoria Monaco on Windward Parkway even after the departure of executive chef Chad Scott. The menu hasn’t lost step under new chef John Baker. Berkshire pork chop served over Asian slaw with polenta sticks is among best items on the menu.
Worthy mentions...

What I like most about my job is discovering new and interesting foods. One of my most exciting discoveries this year came when I stumbled across the newly opened The Manchester Arms in College Park. In my opinion, their version of fish & chips currently hails as the city’s best (featured on the cover). The cod’s magnificent crispy coating and stark white flaky flesh is worth a drive from anywhere in the city.
Speaking of long drives, Traditions Pizzeria, located in the northern most throes of Duluth, handily earns a place among the illustrious top 75 restaurants. Here, hand-tossed pizza dough is covered with a thin layer of sauce then topped with rich, creamy Grande cheese. Warm airy garlic rolls are made from scratch daily as is the mozzarella used on the Authentic Pizza - a thicker coating of sauce with melted splotches of that velvety housemade mozzarella and a scattering of fresh basil. I gladly make the 30 + mile drive.
While we’re on the subject of pizza and long road trips we shan’t leave out Verra-Zanno Pizzeria, located in the ritzy John’s Creek area. Verra-Zanno’s ‘za is in the same league with Bella’s and Traditions and that’s pretty good company.
Is it just me or is all the better ‘za these days (with the exception of Rosa’s) suddenly somewhere OTP (outside the perimeter)?
But let’s now make the shift from pizza to bamboo stew. Yes, I did say bamboo stew, a velvety green, earthy broth with heavy herbal overtones - loaded with stewy slivers of bamboo, chopped mushrooms and pumpkin. I can only find this dish on the menu at Gourmet 102, which temporarily closed for business in August of this year but was reopened in September by Kaet Cheranichit - a cheery grandmother and proud native of Laos. Cheranichit, who has never cooked in a restaurant atmosphere before, whips up some of the most pho and authentic Laotian dishes you’ll find anywhere. Her papaya salad is fiery and fresh and her pho is msg-free. It’s hard to believe that Smyrna now has a pho joint.

Didn’t make the cut

Ecco, the Fifth Group Restaurant, brought the major critics to their knees. I’m sure it will win many 'Critic’s Choice' awards this fall. My three visits had me eating clams that were cooked until they were pitch black and crunchy like potato chips served with tasteless guancialle and spaghetti chitarra.
The swanky scenesters are sexy, though.
The other highly touted newbie I don’t get is Repast. I found the menu to be tired and thoughtless. Uh, those dreamy cheese-filled dates went out with the eighties.

Big-Dollar Dining

I spent the middle part of the year dining among the so-called elite. Seeger’s is a pretty good restaurant, but at $500 I fully expect to be wowed. Seriously, in terms of food this is a top-10 restaurant but I’m totally baffled as to how it maintains its Mobile 5-Star rating.
For a meal in this lofty price range I suggest the Dining Room at The Ritz, it’s superior in every way.
I’d like to see the kitchen at Quinones at Bacchanalia get a little chancy and throw me a curve every once in a while.
So, whose got it going on? The answer to that question is Restaurant Eugene. Chef Hopkins is so technically sound a simple gnocchi will mesmerize you. The addition of high gravity beer should make this a slam-dunk for restaurant of the year. An evening here will run you less than half what Seeger's will charge you, but it’s twice the meal in every way imaginable.

The complete list follows in alphabetical order: 2006’s Top 75
 
•5 Seasons Brewing      
Cuisine: American
5600 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs 404.255.5911
•Agave      
Cuisine: Southwestern
242 Boulevard SE, Grant Park, 404.588.0006
•Alfredo’s      
Cuisine: Italian  
1989 Cheshire Bridge, Atlanta, 404.876.1380
•Andy’s Indian Grill      
Cuisine: Indian  
3070 Windward Plaza, Alpharetta 678.242.0155
•Antica Posta      
Cuisine: Italian  
519 E Paces Ferry, Buckhead 404.262.7112
•Aria      
Cuisine: American
490 Paces Ferry Road, Buckhead 404.233.7673
•Bacchanalia      
Cuisine: American
1198 Howell Mill, Westside, 404.365.0410
•Baraonda      
Cuisine: Italian  
710 Peachtree Street Midtown
404.879.9962
•Bella’s Pizzeria      
Cuisine: Pizza  
3599 Atlanta Road. Smyrna, 770.437.8056
•Book Chang Dong
Tofu House      
Cuisine: Korean
2550 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth 770.814.2299
•Brick Store Pub      
Cuisine: Beer Only!
125 E. Court Square, Decatur 404.687.0990
•Bobby G’s      
Cuisine: Authentic Chicago  
11255 Woodstock Road, Roswell 770.992.3575
•Bone’s      
Cuisine: Steaks
3130 Piedmont Road, Buckhead 404.237.2663
•Cafe Istanbul      
Cuisine: Turkish/Kurdish
1850 Lawrenceville Hwy., Decatur 404.320.0054
•Canvas     
Cuisine: American
724 Cherokee Street, 678.213.2268
•Co’m Vietnamese Grill &
Co’m Dunwoody     
Cuisine: Vietnamese
4005-F Buford Hwy., Atlanta
404.320.0405
Dunwoody: 5486 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd.
770.512.7410
•Dick & Harry’s      
Cuisine: Contemporary American
1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell 770.641.8757
•Dining Room At The Ritz      
Cuisine: American
3434 Peachtree Road, Buckhead 404.237.2700
•Dish      
Cuisine: American
870 N. Highland, Virginia Highland 404.897.3463
•East West Bistro      
Cuisine: American
351 Broad Street, Athens
706.546.9378
•Falafel Cafe      
Cuisine: Persian
950 Cobb Pkwy., Marietta
770.429.8999
•Farm 255      
Cuisine: Farm-Based Restaurant
255 W. Washington Street, Athens 706.549.4660
•Float Away Cafe
Cuisine: American
1123 Zonolite Road, Atlanta 404.892.1414
•Fritti      
Cuisine: Designer Pizzas
311 N Highland Avenue, Inman Park 404.880.9559
•Grape Leaf Grill      
Cuisine: Vietnamese
2755 Canton Road, Marietta 678.797.9187
•Greenwood’s      
Cuisine: American
1087 Green Street, Roswell 770.992.5383
•Gourmet 102      
Cuisine: Eastern European
5350 United Drive, Smyrna 770.319.6896
•Haru Ichiban      
Cuisine: Japanese  
3646 Satellite Blvd., Duluth 770.622.4060
•Havana Sandwich Shop      
Cuisine: Cuban Sandwich
2905 Buford Hwy., Atlanta, 404.636.4094
•HomeTown BBQ      
Cuisine: Barbecue
1173 Hwy 29 South, Lawrenceville 770.963.5383
•Hong Kong BBQ      
Cuisine: Chinese BBQ
5385 New Peachtree Road
•Hot Dog Heaven      
Cuisine: Chicago Street Food
8558 Main Street, Woodstock 770.591.5605
•Joel      
Cuisine: French/Med./Asian
3290 Northside Pkwy, Atlanta 404.233.3500
•Kool Korner Grocery      
Cuisine: Cuban Sandwich
14th/State Street, Midtown
404.892.4424
•La Tavola Trattoria      
Cuisine: Italian
992 Virginia Ave., Virginia Highlands
404.873.5430
•Little Bangkok      
Cuisine: Thai
2225 Cheshire Bridge, Atlanta
404.315.1530
•L’Thai      
Cuisine: Organic Thai
4880 Lawrenceville Hwy., Tucker 770.491.9948  
•MF Sushi Bar      
Cuisine: Sushi
265 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta
404.815.8844
•Madras Saravana Bhavan      
Cuisine: Indian  
2179 Lawrenceville Hwy., Decatur 404.763.9980
•Manchester Arms (The)     
Cuisine: English Pub Grub  
1705 Virginia Avenue, College Park 404.636.4400
•Mezza      
Cuisine: Lebanese  
2751 Lavista Road, Atlanta 404.633.8833
•Mi Pilon      
Cuisine: Dominican
5705 Buford Hwy., Norcross 770.797.2924
•Mix      
Cuisine: Creative American
1441 Dresden Drive, Atlanta (Brookhaven area) 404.969.3250
•Muss & Turner’s      
Cuisine: Gourmet Deli/Wine/Cheese
1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Smryna 770.434.1114
•New York Prime     
Cuisine: Steakhouse
Monarch Tower, Next To Ritz Carlton 404.856.0644
•Panahar      
Cuisine: Bangledeshi/Indian
3375 Buford Hwy., Atlanta 404.633.6655
•Pangaea      
Cuisine: Global Sandwiches
1082 Huff Road, 404.350.8787
•Panita Thai Kitchen
Cuisine: Thai
1043 Greenwood Avenue
Virginia-Highland, 404.888.9228
•Park 75      
Cuisine: American
75 14th Street Midtown, 404.253.3840
•Pho Tan Tan      
Cuisine: Vietnamese
4646 Buford Hwy., Chamblee 770.455.9474
•Pho Dai Loi      
Cuisine: Vietnamese
4061 Jonesboro Road, Forest Park 404.363.2423
4168 Buford Hwy., Atlanta 404.633.2111
•Pura Vida      
Cuisine: Tapas
656 North Highland Avenue
404.870.9797
•Quinones at Bacchanalia
Cuisine: American
1198 Howell Mill, Westside
404.365.0410
•Rathbun’s      
Cuisine: Modern American
112 Krog Street, Inman Park 404.524.8280
•Redfish, A Creole Bistro      
Cuisine: Creole
687 Memorial Drive, Atlanta 404.475.1200
•Restaurant Eugene      
Cuisine: American
2277 Peachtree Road, Buckhead 404.355.0321
•Rosa’s Pizza      
Cuisine: Pizza
62 Broad Street, Downtown 404.521.2596
•Rumi’s Kitchen      
Cuisine: Persian
6152 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs 404.477.2100
•Sam & Dave’s BBQ1      
Cuisine: BBQ
494 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta 770.977.3005
•Seeger’s
Cuisine: American
111 W. Paces Ferry Road, Buckhead
404.846.9779  
•Slovakia Restaurant      
Cuisine: Eastern European
164 Roswell Street, Marietta 770.792.4443
•Smith’s Olde Bar
Fox Bros. BBQ     
Cuisine: Fox Bros. BBQ
1580 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta 404.875.1522
•Sotto Sotto      
Cuisine: Italian
309 N Highland Avenue, Inman Park 404.523.6678
•Spoon      
Cuisine: Thai
768 Marietta Street, Downtown 404.522.5655
•Swallow At The Hollow      
Cuisine: BBQ & Music
1072 Green Street, Roswell, 678.352.1975
•Tavern At Phipps     
Cuisine: American, good Happy Hour
Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road 404.814.9640
•The Globe      
Cuisine: American
75 5th Street, Midtown, 404.541.1487
•Traditions Pizzeria      
Cuisine: Pizza/Italian
2590 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth 678.584.8688
•Trattoria Monaco      
Cuisine: Progressive Italian
5530 Windward Pkwy., Alpharetta 770.664.0056
•Ubon
Cuisine: Thai
684-B North Main Street, Apharetta 770.521.1575
•Verra-Zanno Pizzeria      
Cuisine: Pizza/Italian
11600 Medlock Bridge, Duluth 678.473.0209
•Vine
Cuisine: American
1190 N. Highland Avenue, Atlanta 404.892.2393
•What The Pho’      
Cuisine: Vietnamese
2442 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth 770.814.9396
•Woodfire Grill      
Cuisine: American
1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta 404.347.9055
•Zola      
Cuisine: Italian Bistro/Pizza
14155 Hwy 9, Alpharetta
770.360.5777

HUD'S CORNER - Page 2
October's equal
has to be May

by ron hudspeth
editor


October. A month we can all live with. Gentle warm days and cool nights.
The perfect indoor and outdoor night.
Suntan all day and sit by a fire at night. Ride in a convertible with the crisp air rushing onto your face and later in the evening pull that old sweater out of mothballs when the crispness turns to a nip.
And, the north Georgia mountains in October -- they are a treasure. (See this month's list of festivals and fairs on page 11.)
No time is better for a mountain drive and visit than October. The days are wonderfully warm, perfect for stretching out on a rock and letting the sun beat gently down on one's face. The nights are crisp and cool, ideal for that cozy fire.
Unlike the Rocky Mountains and the Smokies, they are still a well-kept secret.
Periodically, there is an urgency to visit them. To view and experience their sheer strength, solitude and magnificence.
Because the beauty of the North Georgia mountains are known to so few, they are almost the excusive playground for Atlantans.
For Atlantans caught up in the rat race, the mountains are the perfect antidote. A cure-all, a place to reassess goals and aspirations and to recharge our batteries.
Staring at the awesome blue ridge peaks of a mountain range one gets the same feeling he does when peering out at the vast ocean. He becomes infinitestimally small and minute in the scheme of things, but at the same time there is a feeling of intense solitude.
Problems that seemed so critical back in the big city hardly matter any more.
Nicest is that to Atlantans, especially those on the northside, the mountains are little more than an hour away.
In that small amount of time, you'll be bending a unbelievably sharp mountain road, passing a fisherman standing knee-deep in a mountain stream, standing at the foot of a gorgeous waterfall, passing a weatherbeaten barn, staring at magnificient birches growing majestically high at the tree line, and wondering through a magnificient Appalachian forest where few human beings have stepped foot.
The mountains have many moods. In spring and summer they explode with soft beauty, in the fall they are majestically golden with colors that compete with rainbows, and in winter they become almost frighteningly stark and forboding.
Spaced sparsely among the million-year-old creatures reaching 5,000 feet into the heavens are the mountain people. The newest inhabitant, of course, is the retiree -- maybe a former Atlantan, Floridian or Northerner -- who has lived most of his life in a big city environment and has now escaped to the mountain country for solitute.
Fortunately, the Northeast Georgia mountains are so vast and such a well-kept secret, that these tenderfoots are swallowed up by it all and virtually go unnoticed.
How long it will remain that way is anyone's guess. For now though, the mountains are magnificient.

DINING OUT - Page 3
'Doing well' in Midtown
with healthy Thai choices

by hud report staff
& contributor bo shurling

•SbyDee Thai blend of hot, sweet, sour and salty flavors
•No Mas Cantina Has opened on Walker Street in Castleberry Hill
•Pearl Sister to Baltimore Crab & Seafood to open
•The Villa Steakhouse Proposed to open early October in Alpharetta
•Boneheads Latest franchise opens in Shoppes of Powers Ferry

SbyDee (sa-by-dee) means doing well or healthy in Thai. When Thai people meet, they usually ask ‘sbydee mai?’ which means ‘are you doing alright’? One would respond ‘sbydee’ to assure that he/she is doing fine.
At the newly opened SbyDee Restaurant on 10th Street (formerly the Thai-Vietnamese Wild Curry & Cha Gio Café), you will find healthy food that combines fresh ingredients with authentic Thai cuisine. The blend of hot, sweet, sour and salty flavors with herbs and spices takes ordinary chicken or tofu to a different place. In addition to jasmine rice, brown rice is also offered to accompany your meals and last but not least, they don’t use MSG.
SbyDee’s interior is a clean, minimalist atmosphere showcasing a pastel cityscape mural along one wall in keeping with an Asian motif and the artistic presentation of the dishes arriving from the kitchen. A collection of SbyDee’s own original paintings and drawings are also displayed throughout the restaurant.
Popular dishes include appetizers of the basil roll - shrimp, rice noodles, bean sprouts, lettuce and basil leaves in soft rice paper; jeebs - chicken and shrimp steamed dumpling, served with vinegar-soy sauce; and todman - curried fish cake with green bean and kiffir lime leaves, served with cucumber; coconut soup and lemon grass soup; entrees of ginger seabass - steamed Chilean sea bass, baby corn, black fungus mushroom, scallion, in garlic-ginger sauce; beef basil - sliced beef, green beans, onions, and basil leaves sauteed with chili-basil; choochee seafood - shrimp, calamari, scallops and mussels in roasted red curry, served with spinach; lamb keemow and kai yang somtam - BBQ lemongrass chicken served with green papaya salad and sticky rice; and, popular desserts include mango with sticky rice, fried ice cream and fried banana with ice cream.
SbyDee is located at 132 10th Street, Atlanta, 404-888-0868 and is open Tuesday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday & Sunday 5 - 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 5 - 11 p.m., For more information visit www.sbydeekitchen.com.

No Mas Cantina

Walt Bilinski and Steve MacNeil, owners of No Mas Productions, an interior design studio specializing in Mexican artisans and interiors located at 790 Huff Road have recently opened No Mas Cantina on Walker Street in Castleberry Hill.
Not only are menu items for sale but also everything else in the restaurant including artwork to bar stools that were created by over 300 Mexican artisans. The partners also own No Mas Hacienda, a furniture showroom next door to the cantina.
The cantina seats 350 people in the dining room at its large wooden tables with marble centers and at the large bar area. There is additional seating for 75 on the patio which features onyx tables lit from beneath.
The menu offers Mexican fare including fish tacos; fajitas; tampiquena - seasoned skirt steak; camarones alambres - jumbo shrimp on a sugarcane skewer; tortilla soup; grilled salmon in tequila cream sauce; pork chops grilled and glazed in a jalapeno citrus sauce; quesadillas; guacamole salad; flash-fried calamari and jalapenos; nachos and shrimp cocktail with avocado. Menu items run $7.95 to $23.95.
In addition to 36 different types of tequila, the full bar offers specialty drinks such as the Tamarindo - a frozen margarita infused with the sweet and sour flavor of tamarind; the Pinarita - coconut tequila, Tropina tequila, coconut milk and lime; and Patron XO con Caramelo served with Irish cream and topped with butterscotch candy.
No Mas Cantina is located at 180 Walker Street, Castleberry Hill, 404.574.5678 and is open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight. Reservations are accepted. There is plenty of parking in the restaurant’s private lot and valet parking is provided Thursday through Saturday.
For more information you can visit www.nomascantina.com.

Pearl

Dishema Fulton, who opened a take-out restaurant Baltimore Crab and Seafood on Peters Street in Castleberry Hill in April, will expand her business to include a full-service restaurant called Pearl at the end of October.
Fulton also owns the original 11-year-old Baltimore Crab and Seafood in Philadelphia, PA, “I have wanted to relocate to Atlanta for years,” she says. “So I finally made the move.”
The new Atlanta spot, which is being designed by Compound designer Michael Hibachy, will have a slick modern design with colors of chocolate, blue and white, “giving the place a South Beach feel,” says Fulton. Pearl’s 1,000 square foot interior will include a full bar and will seat approximately 50 with room for another 25 to 30 on the patio.
The restaurant will be similar to that of Baltimore Crab and Seafood but Fulton explains that Pearl will feature lobster, oysters, more appetizers and a few more entrees.
Among some of the menu items will be fried or grilled chicken breast, salmon fillet, grilled ribeye steak, sautéed jumbo shrimp, broiled scallops, steamed Alaskan snow crab, steamed or sautéed Dungeness snow crab, salmon cakes, a catfish hoagie, broiled seafood platters and surf & turf combos. Lunch is in the $6.99 to $14.99 range with dinner running $14.99 to $29.99.
Pearl will be located at 253 Peters Street, Castleberry Hill, 404.523.2121 and open Sunday through Saturday noon to midnight.

The Villa Steakhouse

In early October Vance Robinson, who formerly owned a couple of J. R. Cricket’s franchises in the metro Atlanta area, is opening The Villa Steakhouse in Alpharetta in a free-standing building that once housed La Paz and Papagayo’s restaurants.
The Steakhouse will feature 2,500 square foot of space for the dining room and bar. The walls have a cream colored stucco-feel with redwood stained trim and copper chandeliers that were imported from India. Special features of the dining room are the four waterfalls along the walls. The bar, which general manager Hugh Marshall describes as “big and robust,” will seat about 30. There is also an 800 square foot space for private functions.
Another special feature of the restaurant is that the former patio has been enclosed to become a 1,500 square foot cigar and cigarette smoking room. Marshall says customers can either purchase cigars at the restaurant or bring in their own smokes.
The smoking room has leather couches for reclining and its own appetizer menu with such fare as shrimp cocktail, calamari and fried lobster tail.
Menu fare in the dining room includes six different steaks, a prime rib special during the weekends, daily specials, swordfish steak, salmon, chicken stuffed with truffles, pasta primavera, chicken pesto pasta and a wide range of salads. Lunch will be in the $7 to $10 range and Dinner $22 to $30.
Along with a full bar, Marshall says they plan to serve over 100 wines by December, the same month during which they will start serving Sunday Brunch.
The Villa Steakhouse will be located at 11605 Jones Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 678.319.0050 and will be open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Boneheads

Owner/operator Raymond Maxwell has introduced the Raving Brands’ Boneheads Grilled Fish And Piri Piri Chicken concept to the Powers Ferry community in the Shoppes of Powers Ferry and also opened next to other Raving Brands concepts Moe’s Southwest Grill, Doc Green’s Gourmet Salads and PJ’s Coffee.
Boneheads menu pays homage to the small Piri Piri pepper discovered in southern Africa some 500 years ago and offers fresh, flavorful food in a relaxed environment serving fire-grilled fish seasoned with signature spices and chicken dishes marinated with Piri Piri sauces. The dishes are grilled, not fried.
“We eagerly share the enthusiasm Raving Brands exudes for every one of its concepts and very excited about offering a healthy menu with quality seafood and chicken entrées to the businesses and residential communities in Powers Ferry,” says Maxwell.
Starters include Boneheads signature shrimp and crispy calamari and move on to fire-grilled sandwiches and entrees like the grouper sandwich, mahi-mahi or skewered shrimp dusted with Boneheads’ seasoning before being fire-grilled.
Signature Piri Piri Chicken - available in three portion sizes - is marinated and served fire-grilled. Kid-sized portions are served with a drink and a cookie - while adults can quench their thirst with a selection of beers and wines.
Boneheads is located in The Shoppes of Powers Ferry at 2022 Powers Ferry Road and is open Monday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 10p.m. For more information visit www.eatboneheads.com.

RED NECKERSON - Page 4
Chef

by red neckerson

A guy can’t escape these irritating techno toys even in his sleep. While taking one of my much-deserved naps, I dreamed a commercial for a cell phone-camera-camcorder-Blackberry-ipod-Gameboy-trash compactor-TV-VCR-computer combination and the whole thing was about the size of a pack of cigarettes.
Supposedly, some of the greatest inventions of all time have been the result of dreams, but before I could note any details of the device my cousin Wheezer smoked it.
At one time I atually enjoyed new electronic gizmos. Putting metal objects and exploding eggs in microwave ovens was good entertainment. Playing Pong on a black and white TV was intellectually stimulating, “They’ll never be able to top a video game like this,” I predicted. However, the sneaky introduction of the cellular phone soon led to excessive intrusion into our lives and I see no end in sight.
What fiend came up with so-called phones that hide your pants ringing, beeping, playing obnoxious songs and taking photos for evidence? Life is turning into one creepy Candid Camera, Punked-type TV show.
I just woke up one day and cell phones were everywhere. A few years prior to this I would notice an occasional pompus, er, I mean important person with a briefcase containing a phone. Carrying such a device in clubs and bars those days sent the same message as a sweatshirt with large letters spelling out DRUG DEALER.
Every member of my family, except me, in fact, every member of the human race, except me, owns a cell phone. They convinced me that a cell phone would come in handy in case of an emergency, but the only emergencies have been caused by forgotten or lost cell phones. Try telling a young person that people used to travel without a phone and watch the reaction, “Mom, he’s lying again and trying to scare us!”
I wish I could dream up a techno toy that disables cell phones, iPods and video games. That would be the greatest gift to mankind since the mute button on TV remotes. I’ll never complain about TV remotes again, except when I can’t find mine, and as my neighbor Buddy Havadrink said, “If they’d had something that changed channels for you back in the 60s, I never would’a got married.”

(Red Neckerson is based in Atlanta. Contact him at rdnkrsn@aol.com or www.redneckerson.com)

CHEFS' CORNER - Page 5
The Real Chow Baby

Chef Christopher Lee is a member of the culinary team at The Real Chow Baby – Atlanta’s first create-your-own Stir-Fry restaurant. Chow Baby offers diners the opportunity to make their own creation with a blend of Asian and American flavors they choose themself. Lee attributes the restaurant’s popularity to the inviting urban atmosphere. Chef Lee’s southern roots brought him to Atlanta in 1999. He has cooked contemporary Southern at South City Kitchen, revisited Italian cuisine in the kitchen of La Tavola, explored eclectic cuisine as the executive chef at Hi-Life Kitchen & Cocktails and consulted on the contemporary Chinese menu at Sampan. In addition to the stir-fry bar, The Real Chow Baby offer small plates, homemade desserts and a full bar featuring specialty sakes, beers, wines, martinis and cocktails. This month chef Lee shares his recipe for Shrimp Tempura with Sweet Chili Sauce -- a recent addition to Chow Baby’s small plates menu.

SHRIMP TEMPURA WITH
SWEET CHILI DIPPING SAUCE


INGREDIENTS: Sweet Chili Sauce
•1/4 cup white vinegar
•3/4 cup water
•2 tsp. crushed red pepper
•1/2 tsp. minced garlic
•1 tsp. kosher salt
•1 orange
•1 lemon
•1 lime
•1 cup of sugar

METHOD OF PREPARATION:

Slice the orange, lime and lemon into quarters and slice thin. Combine all ingredients except for the sugar. In a heavy saucepan bring ingredients to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes. Add sugar and reduce heat to low, simmer until citrus is translucent. Remove citrus and store. *For more citrus flavor: before removing citrus place sauce in blender and mix well.

INGREDIENTS: Tempura Batter
•16 shrimp
•1 1/2 cups tempura mix
•1/4 cup soda water
•1/2 tbsp. ginger powder
•1/2 tbsp. lemon grass powder
•1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

METHOD OF PREPARATION:

Mix well and let stand for 15 minutes. For Shrimp tempura skewers, skewer 4 shrimp on each skewer. Bring enough oil to submerge 3 skewers to 350 degrees, dip skewers in batter, while holding the end of the skewer for 3 seconds, and let the rest of the skewer into the oil. When they are golden brown they are done. Remove to paper towel to drain, serve with Sweet Chili Sauce.

THE SCOOP - Page 5
Rathbun Steakhouse due
on same street as namesake


Kevin Rathbun, owner of Rathbun’s in Atlanta, along with wife Melissa, and business partners Cliff Bramble and Kirk Parks, have signed a letter of intent to open a third restaurant. The newest addition, Kevin Rathbun Steak, will be Rathbun’s ‘signature steakhouse’ located at 154 Krog Street in Inman Park, only a block away from their two other restaurants, Krog Bar and Rathbun’s. The Johnson Studio is the designer for the early 2007 venture and plans are for one-hundred and eighty seats, a wine cellar with an extended wine tower, hard wood ceilings, a full bar with eight tables, an open kitchen and two private dining rooms... Jeremy Lieb has recently been named executive chef to Trois, Atlanta’s next addition featuring modern French cuisine from Bob Amick and Co., scheduled to open in October. Chef Lieb served as executive chef of Le Cirque Vegas for three years. Trois is be located at 1180 Peachtree Street in Midtown.

Tidbits...

It was much like a scene out of a fairy-tale last month. A diner visits Seeger’s Restaurant to enjoy a farewell meal before the restaurant closes forever. The gentleman was impressed and summons Chef Seeger and says, “Come see me tomorrow and let me see what I can do for you.” The diner was James C. Miller Jr., Chairman of Fidelity Bank in Atlanta, and has worked out an arrangement with Seeger’s Restaurant for it to remain open with Seeger at the helm. No word on how long the arrangement is for?... Tamarind Thai Cuisine, located at 80 14th Street, closed last month so the Department of Transportation can expand 14th Street. Tamarind is slated to reopen in November under the name Tamarind Spice Market in Colony Square in the former Corner Bakery location... Friday, October 6, is Agave’s 6 Year Anniversary Party. There is no cover charge and complimentary appetizers, $6 Cuervo Top Shelf Margaritas and $3 beer bottles will be served. Live local Atlanta band Moresight provides the entertainment. Agave is located at 242 Boulevard SE, Atlanta. Call 404.588.0006 for details.

At your door...

Sam Rubin and business partner Brian Fasthoff opened Atlantic Station At Your Door delivery service in September. “We have both lived in Atlantic Station since it opened and we just saw a real need for this type of service,” says Rubin of the business located at 391 17th Street. The company provides service to Atlantic Station residences and offices, Home Park, Loring Heights and surrounding offices. “We are still determining how far we will deliver,” says Rubin. At the time this issue of the hud report went to press eight Atlantic Station restaurants - Atlantic Grill, Boneheads, Cold Stone Creamery, Doc Green’s Gourmet Salads, Moe’s Southwest Grill, PJ’s Coffee and Lounge, Tahitian Noni Café and The Grape - had come on board with the service. The company uses an electric vehicle with zero emissions for deliveries. Atlantic Station At Your Door delivers on Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Some delivery times may vary based on individual restaurant hours. Menus and more information can be found at www.liveworkeat.com or by calling 404.817.DINE (3463). Orders can be placed by phone or online... Also at Atlantic Station: October 14 & 15 an outdoor street festival will be held at Atlantic Station for food lovers. Taste of Atlanta brings together the energy and diversity of the city’s food scene. From the trendiest new restaurants to downhome favorites, from ethnic eateries to small gems that are off the beaten path. Experience the city’s tastes from more than 70 restaurants ~ Cooking demonstrations by the hottest chefs ~ Special demonstrations by celebrated national chefs ~ Features on the next big trends in good eating ~ Georgia-grown Harvest Market ~ Culinary giveaways ~ and much more. Tickets are $150 per person (Must be 21 or older). 877.725.8849, www.tasteofatlanta.net.

Benefitting...

AID Atlanta will host its 16th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta on Sunday, Oct. 15, in Atlanta’s historic Piedmont Park. Last year more than 14,000 people participated and raised nearly $1 million dollars. Online registration is available at www.aidswalkatlanta.com and registrants are encouraged to create teams by walking with friends, family and co-workers to raise funds. The walk will begin at Piedmont Park in Midtown at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 15. For additional information, fundraising ideas or to volunteer at the Walk, please call the AIDS Walk office at 404-876-9255... It’s an evening fit for an emperor with elegantly-dressed ladies and gentlemen, music, and fine food and wine at Fernbank Museum’s annual gala, A Night in Ancient Rome: A Timeless Affair 2006. The black-tie fundraiser will be held in the Museum’s Great Hall on Saturday, October 7, from 7 p.m. to midnight. All proceeds from A Timeless Affair will be used to support special exhibitions, family and educational programs and scholarships for underserved children. Individual tickets are $250 and patron levels begin at $1,200. Please contact Kathryn Roberts at 404.929.6363 or kathryn.roberts@fernbank.edu.

METRO BEAT - Page 10
Red's to open early October
in former Cheers in Roswell

•Red’s Named for one of Elvis’ bodyguards, ‘Red’ West
•Vino Libro An eatery combining books, a bar and tasty plates
•Lotus Atlanta Opens in newly renovated Lindbergh City Center
•Atkins Park 3 Highland’s Tavern opens third location in Cumming
•Mediterranean Grill Decatur stop opens second restaurant in Midtown

by hud report staff
& contributor bo shurling


In early October Kim Loveland is opening Red’s on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell in the building that formerly housed Cheer’s for several years.
The place is named for Robert ‘Red’ Gene West who served as Elvis Presley’s bodyguard and was a member of The King’s ‘Memphis Mafia.’ West is also an actor who has appeared in the films “Road House,” “Natural Born Killers,” “The Rainmaker” and most recently in this year’s “Glory Road.”
Loveland met West while serving as the marketing director for Mirage Resorts in Las Vegas. “He made personal appearances for the Mirage,” Loveland says of West. A role, which West will also do for Red’s -- Loveland says Red will make regular visits throughout the year.
Loveland has given the old Cheers a facelift that includes new paint, woodwork, enlargement of the bar area and getting rid of the games in the arcade room and replacing them with 12 tables. The full-service bar seating about 32 is the center focus of the main room. There is also rail seating and ten tables near the bar.
Loveland’s goal is to draw the 40-year-old-and-up crowd to the new spot for which he plans to open only for dinner early in the month and then expand hours to include lunch.
The menu will include what Loveland refers to as upscale appetizers including salt and pepper crawfish and spicy shrimp and pepper oysters. Other fare will include burgers; salads; chicken tenders; potatoes stuffed with steak or ham and pineapple; and daily specials that may include meatloaf; roast or shepherd’s pie.
Red’s will located at 720 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, 678.352.1283. Eventually the hours will be 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday. Reds will be closed on Sunday except for special events. Free valet parking is provided. The restaurant will allow smoking throughout.

Vino Libro arrives

Part urban refuge, part cozy bistro, Vino Libro is the first of its kind - an eatery and specialty retailer that combines books, a well-stocked bar and tasty plates, all under one roof. Although Vino is already open in Atlanta’s newest mixed-use community, Glenwood Park, the owners will be hosting a Grand Opening event on Wednesday, October 18th.
By day, Vino Libro is a quaint wi-fi bistro offering wine, a full service bar, food pairings, and pastries; by night, it transforms into a modern lounge for urbanites looking to enjoy one of their 40 labels of boutique wines, indulge in quality conversation, attend an educational wine tasting or just lose themselves in a good book.
In addition to the weekly rotating wine labels, Vino Libro further emphasizes the element of “taste” with a menu specially designed by Alex Rosado, who recently served as Chef de Cuisine at Mix in Brookhaven and prior to that as Chef Tournant at Rathbun’s. Rosado’s light menu includes bites that complement any varietal: cheese and antipasto plates, baked artichoke & tomini cheese flatbread, beef tips with gorgonzola fondue and pecan pie crème brulee.
According to owner Melanie Wilson, “I felt that Alex’s fine dining experience would compliment Vino Libro because we are trying to create a comfortable, upscale environment for everyone to enjoy. For some reason, ‘comfortable’ and ‘upscale’ rarely go hand-in- hand. We want patrons to feel like Vino Libro is their second home, while offering them friendly and knowledgeable service. We also relish in the responsibility of educating patrons by dispelling the myth that wine is for a certain class of people, expensive or intimidating...most of our wines are priced under $36 a bottle.”
Vino Libro is located at 933 Garrett Street Atlanta, 404.624.3644, www.vinolibro.com for more info.

Lotus blooms...

A multi-level ultra lounge situated within the new Lindbergh City Center and offers style-setters, young professionals and luminaries the ultimate space for dinner, drinks, dancing and rubbing elbows with Atlanta’s classiest crowd. Opening to the public Friday, September 8, 2006, Lotus Atlanta debuted.
Owner Amy Miller, originally from Nashville, Tennessee, moved to Marietta, Georgia in 1995. She found work at the Dixie Tavern and in 2002 purchased it and the tavern became a local hot spot for live music. Miller ran the Dixie Tavern until 2004 and then began to develop plans for a high-style exclusive nightlife venue all her own. Hence, Lotus Atlanta.
The lower level of Lotus features a circular bar boasting a 15-foot signature Lotus flower revolving above. Here, guests can order from a menu of tapas, dim sum and sushi complimented by an extensive wine and specialty cocktail list. The rhythm of water features and subdued eclectic jazz -- combined with cozy banquet seating allows for intimate conversation. And when night falls, a DJ spins fresh music. A membership is not necessary to experience Lotus’ main level.
There are five different levels of Club membership ranging from individual to corporate. Levels range from $250 to $2500. There is also a membership opportunity for guests looking for a more affordable alternative to the Club services of $100. This $100 fee entitles access to guest list entry when available, and special promotional events among other developing privileges.
Themed, private rooms include the Sahara, Ra, Marrakech, Congo and Utopia. However, reservations are required. Set to the side of the main room is Lotus’ VIP room which features it’s own bar and is draped in shades of red from ceiling to floor.
The second floor of Lotus, exclusively for the use of members and their guests, gives way to a view of the facility below. The floor features private entry, an exclusive bar, plush seating and three private rooms available for booking with names such as the Luxor, Cyprus and Shangri La.
Lotus is located at 565 Main Street inside Lindbergh City Center. Hours are Monday - Saturday 4:00 p.m. - 2 a.m. (members), 6:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. (public), Sunday (members only) 4:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. For more info visit www.lotusatlanta.com.

Atkins Park No. 3 due

Partners Warren Bruno, Kevin Drawe and Sandra Spoon will be opening a third Atkins Park location mid-October in the Vickery Village complex in Cumming.
According to Spoon, the new 4,200 square foot spot’s interior and menu will be similar to the original Atkins Park in Virginia Highlands. Atkins Park enjoys a colorful history as an integral part of the Highlands neighborhood and is presently the oldest continuously licensed tavern in Atlanta. Atkins Park has been locally owned and operated since 1983.
The new location’s interior will feature dark hardwoods with beamed rafters in the dining room along with a tile floor and tin ceiling in the bar area. There are working fireplaces in the dining room, bar and patio situated off the dining room and seating about 50 at wrought iron tables. This bar backs up to the green space of the complex. “Another patio off the bar area overlooks the horses of the polo field,” says Spoon who describes the setting as, “very idyllic and the large patio as one of the major differences between the original location and the new spot.”
She says the menu will also be basically the same as the other two locations but explains that each location has its own executive chef who adds his own touches to each menu. Cumming’s executive chef will be J. J. McFarland, formerly of McKendrick’s Steak House in Dunwoody.
Among some of the menu items, which may vary as McFarland takes reign in the kitchen, will be grilled Atlantic salmon, drunken pork tenderloin, New York strip, beef tenderloin tournedos, grilled Georgia mountain trout, country meatloaf in addition to a selection of sandwiches, burgers and salads.
The restaurant will originally open for dinner-only but will open for lunch in the following weeks. Dinner will run $9.95 to $23.95; lunch and Brunch will be $7.95 to $10.95.
Live bands will be featured on Thursday and Saturday and a full bar will be served.
The third Atkins Park will open at 5820 South Vickery Street, Vickery Village complex, Cumming, 678.513.2333. The hours will eventually run Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to midnight. Brunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday. Atkins Park’s original location is at 794 N. Highland Avenue in Virginia Highlands. The second Atkins Park is in Smyrna at 2840 Atlanta Road in the Shops at Village Green. An additional location is slated to open in Brookhaven in late 2007. For more info on all the locations visit www.atkinspark.com
Mediterranean times two

For over 6 years, family/chef-owned and operated Mediterranean Grill has offered authentic, traditional Mediterranean fare on N. Decatur Road in Decatur. Just recently Mediterranean expanded and opened a second location on Monroe Street in Midtown offering the same homemade Middle Eastern and Greek specialties.
The restaurant offers eat-in or take-out options and appetizers include the Heavenly dip made from a blend of chick peas (Garbanzo), Tahini, lemon juice, garlic and spices, served with pita and a touch of olive oil (small $3.25/large $4.75). A business lunch combo special ($5.95) is available Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and consists of shish kabob, kufta kabob and gyros slices served with rice pilaf, salad and pita and includes soft drink.
Pita Wraps are served with lettuce, tomatoe and choice of sauce ($4.50), potatoes or Greek salad ($5.50) and a drink choice ($6.25). Sandwiches include gyros, shish kabob, kufta kabob, chicken kabob, Falafel and Vegetarian.
Entrees dishes ($7.45 - $8.95) include among others the Combination Feast - A portion of shish kabob, kufta kabob, and gyros slices, served with rice pilaf, pita, Tahini sauce and salad; Falafel Plate - Tasty patties of ground chickpeas, vegetable, and a spice blend, fried to a flavorful crisp and served with pita, Tahini, and hot sauce; and Kufta Kabob Plate - Charbroiled ground sirloin beef kabob, seasoned with a special blend of herbs and spices, served with rice pilaf, pita, Tahini sauce and salad.
Mediterranean Grill is located at 985 Monroe Street, Atlanta, 404.917.1100 and is open Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Sunday Noon - 8:30 p.m. The original Mediterranean Grill is located at 2126 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, 404.320.0101, www.mediterraneangrill.com.

FALL FESTIVALS - Page 11
The brilliant colors of fall
set the hue for celebrations

Georgia's mountain regions offer vistas of ever changing scenery, lakes, roaring rivers, music, good food and many celebrations.
October is the month to journey to north Georgia for the leaf change. Alot of the region's towns offer both small and large festivals celebrating everything from crops, heritage, the gold industry and centuries past. You'll find bluegrass music, hog calling contests, clogging and buck dancing and even a liar's contest. Artists, crafts, musicians and parades are staples at many of the fairs.
Find your favorite festivals in our list below and enjoy October's many views and celebrations before the days shorten, the weather cools and fall's colors fade.





•Kangaroo Conservation
Enjoy an outback adventure in the picturesque North Georgia mountains. Kangaroo Conservation Center has the largest collection of kangaroos outside of Australia. Restricted to adults and ages 8 or above or in 2nd grade. Dawsonville, GA, 706.265.6100.www.kangaroocenter.com

•North Georgia State Fair
Through October 1 - Billed as metro Atlanta’s largest. $5; $2 ages 17 and younger. Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. 770.528.8989, www.northgeorgiastatefair.com

•Oktoberfest
Through November 5 - Helen, GA - nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the Chatta-hoochee River, is a re-creation of an alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. Sundays in October free admisson. www.helenchamber.com

•Enchanted Maize Maze
Through October 29. The Enchanted Maize Maze is a cornfield labyrinth of trails. Located at the foot of Lookout Mountain in Georiga. For hours, prices and directions 706.820.2531. There are also hayrides, a kiddie hay maze, a hay pyramid, pumpkin patch & good cookin.’ www.enchantedmaze.com

•Alpharetta Arts Street Fest
October 2 - Arts and crafts, entertainment, children’s activities, downtown Alpharetta on Milton Avenue, www.alpharetta.ga.us

•Cumming Country Fair
and Festival
October 5 - 15 - Amusement rides and games, fireworks, a heritage village with a working saw mill, corn mill and more, family shows and concerts included in the admission price. $5; $2 under age 18. Cumming City Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming. 770.781.3491, www.cityofcumming.net

•Atlanta Greek Festival
October 6 - 9 - Music, dancing, singing, food and wine demonstrations. Drawing for two round-trip tickets to Greece. $3; ages 11 and younger $1. Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2500 Clairmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404.633.7358, www.atlgoc.org/festival.htm

•Georgia Mountain Fall Fest
October 6 - 15 - Music, crafts and exhibits - mountain style. $7; ages 9 and younger free. Georgia Mountain Fair, 1311 Music Hall Road (Park Road at U.S. 76), Hiawassee. 706.896.4191, www.georgia-mountain-fair.com

•Georgia National Fair
October 6 - 15 - Exhibits, midway ride and games, concerts and nightly fireworks. $6; $5 seniors; free for children 10 and younger. Georgia National Fairgrounds, 401 Larry Walker Parkway, Perry. 478.987.3247, 1.800.987.3247, www.georgianationalfair.com

•Harvest Midtown
October 7 - Intown cultural street-scene festival on 5th Street featuring Wine, Food, Jazz and Art from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. benefitting the Piedmont Park Conservancy. Participating restaurants include Eno, Spice, Table 1280, The Globe, Marlow’s Tavern, Morton’s, Toast, Vinocity and Bazzaar. For tickets 404.841.8335 or visit www.harvest midtown.com

•Indian Summer Festival
October 7 & 8 - $4 admission, Arts, Crafts, barbeque, hot dogs, hamburgers, cotton candy, a turkey shoot, pony rides and entertainment. Woody Gap School, Highway a6a0, Suches, GA. 706.838.5378
•Norcross Arts Fest
October 7 & 8 - Art, live entertainment, children’s rides, silent auction. Food. Thrasher Park in historic downtown Norcross. 678.641.2686, www.norcrossfallfestival.org

•37th Annual
Sorghum Festival
Weekends October 13 - 30 - The culture of the Mountains. Activites include Sorghum Parade, car show, biskit’ eatin’ contest, square dancin’, pole climbin’, log sawin’, rock throwin’, and horseshoes throwin’, 706.745.5789 - Fort Sorghum, in Blairsville, www.blairsville.com/sorghum.asp

•33rd Annual Lilburn Daze
Arts & Crafts Festival: October 14 - 230 booths crafters and food concessions. Children’s play area with a big slide, moonwalk, pony rides, clowns, train ride and a rock-climbing wall. 770.982.4808, 76 Main Street, Lilburn, www.cityoflilburn.com

•Oakhurst International Arts and Music Festival
October 14 - 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. An artists market with more than 75 artists plus children’s activities & live music. Free admission. Harmony Park, East Lake Drive at Oakview Road. 404.371.5885, www.decatur-ga.com

•Appalachian Harvest Festival
Octover 9 - 10 am - 4 pm. Bluegrass music, learn about Appalachian farming and harvesting. 706.754.7970 - Tallulah Gorge State Park, Hwy. 441, Tallulah Falls

•Prater’s Mill Country Fair
October 14 & 15 - A family-friendly jaunt through history, the festival is centered around the old water-powered, still-operating gristmill which was built in the mid-1800s near Dalton, GA. For more information 706.694.MILL (6455), www.pratersmill.org

•Georgia Apple Festival
October 14 & 15, 21 & 22 - Celebrate north Georgia’s apple harvest with arts and crafts, parade, car show, mountain air and bushels of apples. $5; children younger than 10 free. Lions Club Fairgrounds, Old Ga. Hwy. 5, Ellijay. (Shuttles available from area schools). 706.635.7400, www.georgiaapplefestival.org

•Great Decatur Beer
Tasting Festival
October 21 - 1-6 p.m. $30. 100’s of local & international beers, live music and food, Decatur Square, 404.371.9583, www.decaturga.com

•34th Annual Stone
Mountain Highland Games
October 21 & 22 - Athletic events, dancing, music, piping and drumming. Food, community vendors. Sheepdog and falconry displays. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $26; discounts on one-day ticket. Stone Mountain Park, U.S. 78 East, Stone Mountain. 770.521.0228, www.smhg.org

•Gold Rush Days
October 21 & 22 - Fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event, 706.864.7247

•6th Annual Little Five Points
Halloween Festival
& Parade
October 20 & 21 - Live local bands, costume contest, parade. 5 p.m. - midnight Oct. 22; noon-midnight Oct. 23. Free admission. Little Five Points, Moreland and Euclid Avenues, Atlanta. 404.230.2884

•Sugar Hill Fall Festival
October 21 - With a concert by John Berry. Free. E.E. Robinson Park, Level Creek Road, Sugar Hilll. 770.945.6716, www.cityofsugarhill.com

•Fall Hoedown
October 21 - 2 - 9 p.m. Celebrate autumn’s arrival with line, square and round dancing, hayrides and campfire stories. $3 parking. Vogel State Park, Blairsville, GA 706.745.2628

•Olde Town Fall Fest
October 23 - Arts and crafts, continuous entertainment. Food. Free. Olde Town, Main and Commercial streets, Conyers. 770.602.2606, www.conyersga.com

•Third Annual Marietta Benefit
Bazaar, Treasures
from the Attic
October 21 - This citywide estate sale will be held from 9 a.m. til 3 p.m. The treasure hunt will take place at locations throughout Marietta and proceeds will benefit the participating non-profit groups. For more information, contact the Marietta Parks & Recreation Department at 770.794.5601

•39th Annual Mountain
Moonshine Festival
October 25 & 26 - Visit an old Moonshine still; listen to stories from the “Tripper’s” and Revenuer’s. Friday night cruise-in. Sat: parade, crafts, food, entertainment, and bicycle tour 706.216.5273 - Toll Free: 877.280.8147, Dawsonville, www.dawson.org

•”Wails To Trails” Haunted Hike
October 27 - 7:30 pm - 9 pm - “Spirited” stroll along the Tallulah Falls Railroad bed brings visitors close to characters who were part of this area’s history. Register in advance. 706.754.7981 - Tallulah Gorge State Park, Hwy. 441, Tallulah Falls, www.gastateparks.org/info/tallulah

•Woodstock Fall Festival
October 28 - Stage entertainment, vendors with arts and crafts, food. Free admission. Woodstock City Park, Arnold Mill Street and Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock. 770.592.6056, www.woodstockdda.com

•Fall Jonquil Festival
October 28 & 29 - Vendors from across the Southeast offer arts and crafts. Food. Children’s activities include pony rides, inflatables, sand art. $1; ages 12 and younger and 55 and older free. Village Green, 2800 King St., Smyrna. 770.423.1330

•5th Annual
Green Tomato Festival
October 28 & 29 - 10 am - 5 pm. Arts, crafts, children’s rides, children’s games, live music and entertainment, 478.974.0716. Juliette, GA

•Goblins in the Garden
October 29 - Children and young goblins are invited to wear their favorite spooky or zany costume for Halloween treats and fun. This is the culminating event of the month-long Scarecrows in the Garden. Parking will be available at Colony Square ($4 per vehicle with voucher) with free shuttle service to and from the Garden.Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404.876.5859, www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org

JEFF ZELL - Page 15
10 greatest moments
of past 15 years

by jeff zell

How interesting it would be if the year the Braves’ 'run' ended, the Falcons won it all and equalled the number of championships the Bravos won in 14 consecutive first place finishes?
The end of a run is not the end of a run when the team still has great young players and veterans who have proven they can get the job done. Runs end when teams dump or lose still productive players. A run can also end when a teams best players retire.
Neither is the case with this year's Braves. Simply put, their run of perfection has ended. Still with young players like Brian McCann, Jeff Francoeur, Adam LaRoche on the team with veteran stalwarts Andruw Jones, Chipper Jones, John Smoltz and Bob Wickman, the Braves are hardly on a freefall to oblivion. Sooner or later when you add all-stars and all-time-greats to your team year-in-and-year-out certainly a division title is to come your way.
With the streak of division titles now over at 14, I thought it might be fun to take a trip down memory lane. As a child of Atlanta, I attended 50 games a year in the 70’s and 80’s. From 1975-1990 the organization finished in last or next-to-last in 12 of 16 years. I think the 2007 Braves should add a leadoff hitting left fielder and two pitchers each in the starting rotation and bullpen to get back to being a true championship caliber club.
With that said, here are my 10 greatest moments of the past 15 years.
1. Marquis Grissom’s catch and the team of the 90’s has their World Series. All great plays and moments will hopefully lead to the World Series title so this has to be number one. Rafael Belliard’s catch, Tom Glavine’s masterful eight innings of work and David Justice’s solo home run all belong here too.
2. Sid Bream’s slide home in the 1992 NLCS and the Braves are going to the World Series. Down 2-0 going into the 9th inning, the supposed chokers somehow claw their way back and win 3-2.
3. Braves players watch the team clinch first place on Fulton County Stadium’s big screen with the fans in 1991. The first one and truly magical.
4. Down 3 games to 1 to the Cardinals in the 1996 NLCS, Atlanta dominates the final three games of the NLCS to make it to the World Series. This truly showed Atlanta as the dominant National League Team. Without this historic comeback, the implosion vs. the Yankees in the World Series that year could never have happened. The comeback against the Cardinals was spurred by dominant starting pitching and Grissom getting the team going at the top of the lineup. To this day, the Braves were at their best with Grissom on the team batting leadoff.
5. The Braves defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1991 NLCS and thus win their first post-season playoff series in Atlanta history. The win also means the Braves will play their first-ever World Series game in Atlanta against another worst-to-first team the Minnesota Twins (though the Twins did win the World Series four years earlier).
6. Field of Dreams at Fulton County Stadium’s last regular season game - a win over the Montreal Expos in 1996. This previously moribund franchise finishes their tenancy at Fulton County with five consecutive first place finishes, four pennants and a World Series. Who would have thunk it? To see stars from yesteryear trot out to their respective positions one last time was truly an emotional event for long time fans.
7.The Braves end the 1990’s by defeating the New York Mets in the 1999 NLCS and win their last pennant to date. It was a game the team actually had to win three different times. The series win also meant that from 1991-1999 the Braves appeared in all eight National League Championship Series and won five pennants along with one World Championship. You could add up the other 15 NL team’s Championship Series appearances and get a number equal to the Braves alone - eight to eight. However, if you added up the number of pennants won - the Braves would have five and the other 15 teams combined would have three.
8. Otis Nixon’s catch against the Pittsburgh Pirates to not only preserve a regular season win but a long winning streak as well. The context of the catch made it even greater and ESPN actually named it the third greatest defensive play of all-time, ranking it higher than Willie Mays’ 1954 World Series Catch.
9. Fred McGriff joins the Braves in 1993 and the team both literally and figuratively catches fire. Again, the Braves somehow, someway come away with a win almost every night for the final two months of the regular season. Though the Giants never falter and finish with 103 wins, Atlanta goes 43-18 down the stretch to edge Barry Bonds and the Giants for the title as opposed to Barry Bonds and the Pirates for the title.
10. Kent Merker, Mark Wohlers and Alejandro Pena combine to pitch a no hitter. During this run, Glavine, Smoltz and Maddux pitched a combined zero no hitters.Yet with Merker’s future solo no hitter, he started the only two no-hit games for Atlanta during the run. Phil Niekro’s 1973 no hitter against the San Diego Padres is the only other on in Atlanta Braves history.
Nine of the top 10 moments took place at Fulton County Stadium. The run-within-a-run from 1991-1999 actually seems more impressive than the run from 1991-2005. And yet, I do not believe this 'run' is actually over yet.


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