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Warm up with bangers and mash at this West Midtown restaurant

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Traditional Bangers and Mash at Ormsby’s in West Midtown. / CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

DISH OF THE WEEK: Bangers and Mash at Ormsby’s

One of the tragedies of winter in Atlanta is that we are so often deprived of the real thing. Thanks to the gorgeous snowfall in early December, made all the more beautiful by the fact that we didn’t become a national laughingstock that time around, our city got a taste of legitimate winter. A couple of weeks later, Atlanta’s typical version of the season kicked in: a constant temperature of 50 degrees paired with non-stop rain.

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This Lavista Park sushi spot redefines Crab Rangoon

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Cheese Puffs at Sushi Itto, a neighborhood restaurant at the intersection of Briarcliff and Lavista roads. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

The first time we visited Sushi Itto a couple of years ago, my wife looked over the menu in consternation. “They don’t have Crab Rangoon,” she said, obviously dejected. Upon closer inspection, we saw a different dish that looked promising: Cheese Puffs, described as “cream cheese with Krab stick, deep fried with crunch.” The description is apt, and Sushi Itto’s Cheese Puffs are delicious – several steps above any other Crab Rangoon I’ve tried.

Crab Rangoon is a controversial dish ...

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This metro Atlanta Vietnamese restaurant serves a different sort of pork “bun”

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Order a menu item called “bún” in a Vietnamese restaurant and you might be surprised when you receive a large bowl of noodles, meat and pickled vegetables – but trust me, it’s a nice surprise.

Bún, pronounced like “boon,” is the Vietnamese word for white Vermicelli rice noodles. In a more general sense, it refers to the delightful salad of cool noodles, charred meat, pickled vegetables and little treats like grilled shrimp and spring rolls.

Saigon Café, a local, 15-year-old mini-chain of Southeast Asian restaurants, serves an excellent version of this dish called bún tôm thịt nướng chả giò. Labeled ...

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The team behind Victory Sandwich Bar has a new restaurant in the works

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The 900 DeKalb development where LLoyd’s will be located. / Rendering from Square Feet Studios

 

Inman Park’s status as an Atlanta dining destination will soon receive another boost.

Victory Brands, the company behind Victory Sandwich Bar, Little Trouble and S.O.S. Tiki Bar recently announced plans for LLoyd’s, their next restaurant concept a few blocks from the Krog Street Tunnel on DeKalb Ave., Eater Atlanta reports.

Ian Jones, a co-owner of Victory Brands, told Eater that LLoyd’s (both L’s intentionally capitalized) will be an “unholy mix of Chili’s and southern comfort food.” The new restaurant, to be located at 900 ...

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Georgia’s first-ever ‘own premise’ brewery planned for Summerhill

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

A rendering of the Summerhill development.

The Summerhill neighborhood is getting a new brewery.

Halfway Crooks Brewing and Blending is set to open next summer in the Georgia Avenue development, the Good Beer Hunting blog reports. The mixed-use development is currently under construction near Georgia State Stadium, formerly Turner Field.

Halfway Crooks will likely be the first “own premise” brewery in the state, meaning that a majority of the company’s revenue will come from sales at the brewery itself. Prior to recent changes in Georgia’s beer laws, breweries were required to sell their product only through highly-regulated distributors.

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Brookhaven’s PizzaFire closes, plans to reopen with new concept

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

PizzaFire in Town Brookhaven has closed, but plans to reopen with a new concept and name, Amore Cucina & Bar. The Brookhaven location of PizzaFire, an Ohio-based fast-casual pizza chain, opened in June 2016. As Amore Cucina & Bar, the restaurant plans to switch to a full-service model offering pizza, pasta and salad, as well as weekend brunch.

PizzaFire officially announced its closing with a note to customers on its front door on Sunday, Tomorrow’s News Today reports. The announcement teased the forthcoming restaurant as a partnership between the current leaseholders and “an award winning [sic], authentic ...

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New Brash Coffee location planned for Buckhead

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

At Brash in West Midtown, cascara tea is brewed to order with the extra served in a sidecar. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

Small Westside coffeehouse Brash Coffee will open a second location in the heart of Buckhead next month. The forthcoming coffee shop will open next to Souper Jenny in the recently renovated Atlanta History Center at 130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW.

According to an Instagram post from the company, the new location will be nearly identical to the first, though it will be equipped with a Modbar espresso system. Pricey Modbar espresso machines house most of their components ...

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