Monthly Archives: May 2017


If FX’s Atlanta made you order J.R. Crickets’s Lemon Pepper Wet wings, you’re missing out on half the story

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Lemon Pepper Wet from J.R. Crickets (with blue cheese, of course)Photograph by Matt Walljasper “Lemon pepper wet?!” Those three words ushered in one of the most beloved (and most quotable) moments of Atlanta’s first season. As rapper Paper Boi and his friend Darius gazed upon a custom order of chicken wings prepared by a fan, a golden glow radiating from the J.R. Crickets box, each and every Atlantan watching knew we had to have them. There was just one major problem—if fans wanted morsels of chicken positively swimming in tangy buffalo sauce, mixed with lemony zest and bites of ground ...

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23 of Atlanta’s Most Iconic Dishes

Source: Eater Atlanta

Diners looking for staples of Atlanta’s culinary scene, take notice. It’s time to round up the food that defines this city’s cuisine. Some of these dishes have been around for decades, and other, newer options have achieved “icon” status in a short order. From frozen pops to double-decker burgers, these are the 24 most iconic dishes in the city, mapped north to south.

Have a favorite dish you don’t see here? Tell us about it via the tipline.

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Fast-Casual Restaurants of Midtown Manhattan

Source: Eater NY

Not just a map of Chipotles and Shake Shacks

New York City is covered in restaurants, and yet, finding a decent lunch around your Midtown office is still harder than it should be. Sure, there are plenty locations of Hale & Hearty and easily more than eight locations for Chipotle, but you won’t find either on this map.

This is a list of a few standout options, and far from a comprehensive roundup. Don’t see your favorite fast-casual place? Tell us in the comments.

Note: Restaurants are listed based on geography, north to south in Midtown Manhattan

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Review: Food Terminal signals Buford Highway’s next era

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Food Terminal’s main dining room looks more like an upscale food hall.Photograph by Iain Bagwell I’ve been dining at restaurants along Buford Highway all my life. In the late 1990s, when I was in my early 20s, I ate fried Vietnamese spring rolls wrapped in fresh lettuce leaves at the now-closed Bien Thuy; Chinese dumplings slick with red chili oil at Little Szechuan; and halim, a sinus-clearing cardamom- and cumin-spiced lentil soup, at the Bangladeshi restaurant Panahar. (It earned bonus points for its location next to late-night disco bowling alley FunTime.) “BuHi” was the culinary embodiment of the international city ...

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Here’s a Collaboration You Didn’t See Coming: Pizzeria Vetri and Ghostface Killah

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Pizzeria Vetri/Official

This one surprised me a little bit. Because it’s not often that you see Vetri and the Wu-Tang Clan mentioned in the same sentence, right? Just to be sure about that I Googled “Vetri” and “Wu-Tang Clan” together. And nope. The internet came up with nothing.

But hey, the world is a big, strange place and there’s room in it for all manner of oddities. So if you are a fan of both Pizzeria Vetri and Ghostface Killah, then man, do I have the perfect event for you.

Here’s the deal: On June 5th, from 6 – ...

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Blue Hill at Stone Barns Settles Wage Theft Lawsuit for $2 Million

Source: Eater NY

It’s a class-action suit from service employees

Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns, named the best restaurant in America by Eater and sitting at number 11 on the World’s 50 Best list, has settled a class-action wage theft lawsuit for a whopping $2 million.

The complaint, first brought up in July 2016 and also brought against NYC sister restaurant Blue Hill, alleges that Blue Hill failed to pay certain service employees the correct amount of money because of tip pool mismanagement, illegal retention of service charges, and failure to pay overtime. Specifically, Blue Hill shared tips with ...

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Atlas Brew Works Turns Discarded Fruit from MOM’s Organic Market Into ‘Rescue Brew’

Source: Eater DC

Charitable collaboration is the first of its kind at SAVOR craft brew fest

Those attending the 10th annual SAVOR craft brewing event at the National Building Museum this weekend are expected to get first crack at a sour ale dubbed Rescue Brew “Ugly and Stoned,” a brand new beer made by D.C.’s Atlas Brew Works from reclaimed produce donated by retailer MOM’s Organic Market.

The collaborative brew, which is projected to stick around the area — look for it on draft at MOM’s in Arlington, both locations of Glen’s Garden Market (Dupont Circle, Shaw), and at many of the ...

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Boozy Ice Cream Alert: The New Sweet Charlie’s Is Mixing in Alcohol

Source: Eater Philly

The Rittenhouse location opens tonight

Philly-born hand-rolled ice cream shop Sweet Charlie’s is rapidly expanding, with three locations already open, five franchise spots in the works, and, as of tonight, a Rittenhouse address with a liquor license. Available only at Sweet Charlie’s 1921 Walnut Street shop, alcohol-infused ice cream will be sold starting mid-June. In the meantime, the soft opening begins today at 5 p.m.

The brainchild of then-18-year-old Kyle Billig, Sweet Charlie’s was an immediate hit when it opened in Washington Square last year, with crowds lining up for the Thai-style, made-to-order ice cream (or a vegan alternative) ...

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Tiki Bar Hogo Returns Tonight With Flaming Drinks, Totem Poles Galore

Source: Eater DC

Resurrected concept moves into its new home in Shaw

Hogo, the tropically themed retreat that rum drinkers flocked to before it shuttered in 2014, is resurfacing May 31 on the second floor of the similarly relocated Passenger complete with decorative totem poles, bartenders sporting floral shirts, and fiery cocktails.

After a three-year hiatus in D.C., Tom Brown’s pop-up bar is springing back to life in Shaw with even more high-octane concoctions and island bites this time around.

The team did a total tiki transformation of the space, introducing a grass skirt-lined bar, dangling formerly living starfish and blow fish ...

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Groot Bread Is the Newest Food Craze to Hit Disneyland

Source: Grub Street NY

Over Memorial Day weekend, the Disney California Adventure park at Disneyland Resort opened its new Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction to wild crowds. Lines to experience the ride topped out at five hours on day one, but in just as much demand were bug-eyed sourdough …

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Everything You Need to Know About DC’s Food Scene This Week

Source: Washingtonian Food

Every week, Washingtonian Food Editor Jessica Sidman rehashes the latest news from Washington’s food and drink scene in a newsletter, which you can subscribe to here. Hi there, I don’t know about you, but I’ve totally been craving a lobster roll and fried clam bellies lately. Luckily, The Salt Line is bringing lots of New England classics […]

Everything You Need to Know About DC’s Food Scene This Week” was first published on Washingtonian.

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Here Are the Rights NYC’s New Fair-Workweek Laws Give Fast-Food Workers

Source: Grub Street NY

Mayor de Blasio signed a bill yesterday that makes New York the country’s largest city with laws entitling fast-food employees to more predictable work schedules. Called the Fair Work Week legislation package, it’s meant to offer a safety net to a class of workers who regularly …

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Freak Weather Has Decimated the South’s Peach Supplies

Source: Grub Street NY

Bad news if you’ve been waiting all winter to sink your teeth into a juicy Georgia peach: It’s probably not going to be a great summer for cobblers. As usual these days, weird weather is to blame — unseasonably warm temperatures all winter, plus a fluke three-day freeze …

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Behind the Line: Standard Tap’s William Reed Can’t Stand Watermelon Beer

Behind the Line is our new weekly interview series with the people who make up Philly’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene. For last week’s interview with a bartender at iconic city dive bar Bob & Barbara’s, go here.

With Philly Beer Week upon us, we decided to check in with Philly Beer Week chairman William Reed, who, along with his business partner Paul Kimport, opened Northern Liberties’ Standard Tap and Fishtown restaurant/music venue Johnny Brenda’s back when those neighborhoods were nothing like they are today.

Berks County. Close to Reading but closer to Oley than Reading. One one side we had Pennsylvania Dutch farmland. On the other side, the suburbs outside of Reading.

I came to Philadelphia because… I was going to Drexel for computer science. I think it was in ’88 or ’90. I didn’t graduate. Went 3-1/2 years. I was having trouble affording it, because I was paying for it myself. At the same time, I really got into craft beer and home brewing and thought that if I worked as hard on brewing beer as I did to get through Physics IV, I could really brew some beer. And then I talked my way into a job at Sam Adams Brewhouse.

When Paul and I opened Standard Tap in ’99, Northern Liberties was… a… transitional neighborhood, as they say. We used to have two chicken processing plants in Northern Liberties. It was a weird mix of industrial use and not a whole lot of housing, and it’s shifted dramatically in the last fifteen years.

Behind the Line: Standard Tap’s William Reed Can’t Stand Watermelon Beer

Standard Tap/Facebook

We decided to open Standard Tap… after planning to open a brewpub. We realized how much of the short end of the stick local beers were getting in Philadelphia, and we decided to have a place that’s just about local beer. Not just kind of about it. But all about it.

When we opened Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown in 2004, Fishtown was… a little bit scary.

Philly Beer Week has become… the model for over 100 beer weeks around the world. Next year, Tokyo will have a beer week for the first time. Now we’re starting to get invited to them. Never been to Japan. That would be a pretty good reason to go.

I joined Philly Beer Week… as a participant the first year, and for about five years now, I’ve been chair president. I was co-chair with Tom Peters and then he bought me off with two cases of Russian River Supplication.

If you think you don’t like craft beer, you should try a… Sly Fox Helles.

The last time I had a Yuengling Lager was… probably ten years ago. We actually had the Yuengling Chesterfield and Porter at times at the Tap, but the last bit with Trump… I really don’t like your beer and now you’re kinda pissing me off.

If I weren’t doing this, I would… definitely not be a computer scientist. I was ready to shoot myself in the head after two co-ops of that.

If I could only have one beer in my fridge, it would have to be… Victory’s Prima Pils. I never get tired of it. I like Double IPAs, aggressive beers, experimental beers, sour beers. But I never get tired of Prima Pils.

I love beer, but my favorite mixed drink is… Rowhouse Gin with fresh grapefruit juice.

When someone tells me they want to open a bar… I usually just say, Yeah, yeah, sure. Absolutely. You should do that. But what I’m thinking is, it’s not what you think it is. They see me standing at the bar sometimes with a beer and they think that’s what this is all about. But the reality of this life is not happy hour.

The Philly bar scene wouldn’t be the same without… Joe Gunn and Casey Parker and, of course, Fergie.

One local restaurateur I really admire is… Ellen Yin.

One bar I won’t be caught dead in is… Howl at the Moon. Oh, the person last week said the same thing? Yeah, Howl at the Moon is a good choice.

The worst idea we ever tried at Standard Tap was… that beer and orange juice mixture. And I tried to make a Flaming Moe from the Simpsons one time.

When we decided to open a music venue, we didn’t realize… it was like having ten new employees every time there is a show.

For my last real vacation, I went to… Amsterdam last year with the Philly Beer Week contest winner. There’s a raffle, someone wins, and they get to pick their favorite brewer to go with them and us. We kind of devised a stalk-a-brewer contest, but so far it’s worked out.

For my next vacation, I’m going to… Italy in August. Mostly Umbria. A friend of mine just moved there and has a sweet setup with a pool and horses. I can’t not go.

If you’re taking me out for dinner, let’s go to… Double Knot.

My favorite beer city on Earth other than Philly is… Brussels. Brussels is pretty fucking good.

The worst part of this job is… being responsible 24/7. The building. The staff. The everything. I’m the first person that gets called when a toilet is overflowing.

The best part about this business is… writing off a trip to Brussels as work. That’s pretty fucking sweet.

People who say that the city makes it hard for small businesses to operate… must have tried to open a small business here. It can really be that bad. It’s surprising just the roadblocks that they put up in front of you.

One beer I just can’t stand is… anything with watermelon.

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Alpharetta sports bar to relocate

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Hudson Grille offers loaded burgers, chicken wings, and local craft beer. / Photo credit: Tori Allen PR

Hudson Grille, the Atlanta-based sports bar and grill, is closing its Alpharetta location after 10 years and will be moving it to North Point Mall.

The restaurant announced the change on its Facebook page earlier this month.

The new location will mean a larger space for Hudson Grille since it has leased the former Champps Americana restaurant at the corner of Mansell Road and North Point Parkway, reported Tomorrow’s News. 

The 9,000 square foot space also includes a 1,500 square foot patio.

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New restaurant opens at renovated Doubletree in Dunwoody

Dining room of Southern Grove./Photo credit: Sage Hospitality.

After a $12 million renovation, the Doubletree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody has reopened today. And along with the makeover comes a new restaurant.

Southern Grove will serve up modern twists on traditional Southern comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The full-service lobby bar will feature beer from local SweetWater Brewing Co.

Southern Grove is accessible to hotel guests and the local community.

New restaurant opens at renovated Doubletree in Dunwoody

The bar at Southern Grove./Photo credit: Sage Hospitality.


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Try a new spot for sushi in Alpharetta

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New restaurant opens at renovated Doubletree in Dunwoody

Japanese Import E.A.K. Will Give New Yorkers Their First Taste of Iekei-Style Ramen

Source: Grub Street NY

What is New York’s ramen scene missing? In the 2000s, the city went from noodle ignorance to noodle bliss, as downtown diners caught the tonkotsu bug. If New York’s noodle scene felt saturated, it might’ve been because many of the shops that opened specialized in that ultracreamy, dense style of …

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Bibiana Server Accused of Bilking Customers Claimed Ashok Bajaj Assaulted Him

Source: Washingtonian Food

Ashok Bajaj, the restaurateur behind Rasika, Bombay Club, and Bibiana, has spent his spring in a nasty legal battle with a former server accused of bilking customers. Stephane Cam, an employee at Bibiana for nearly a year, was arrested May 16 and charged with fraud for allegedly writing in higher tip amounts on credit card receipts […]

Bibiana Server Accused of Bilking Customers Claimed Ashok Bajaj Assaulted Him” was first published on Washingtonian.

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Paper Planes, from LA Eggslut Founder Alvin Cailan, Set to Land in NYC by Fall

Source: Eater NY

You can try some of the menu at Chefs Club Counter

Today is the final day of the a.m. Eggslut offerings at the newly-opened Chefs Club Counter on Spring Street. And while chef-owner Alvin Cailan isn’t going anywhere, his new menu will roll out tomorrow — in anticipation of his soon-to-open NYC brick and mortar spot, Paper Planes, in a yet-to-be-disclosed location. To celebrate the changeover and tease the new menu, Cailan is giving away breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 1.

Paper Planes, from LA Eggslut Founder Alvin Cailan, Set to Land in NYC by Fall
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Paper Planes’ raclette tots

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