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4 reasons not to overlook this hidden gem Mexican restaurant in Roswell

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Nosh on classic Mexican dishes at Rojo Cocina Mexicana & Cantina in Roswell. Photo by Jessie Dowd

I must have driven past Rojo Cocina Mexicana & Cantina in Roswell hundreds of times over the last few years, without ever going in. Located in a busy Publix shopping center and home to a roster of rotating restaurants over the years, it’s easy to overlook. Recently, I finally gave them a try—first for drinks (they serve a solid skinny margarita) and then for lunch a few times. The verdict: this neighborhood hidden gem deserves a spot on your rotation. Here are four ...

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Sip wine and savor a date night at Rootstock and Vine in Woodstock

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Enjoy a glass of wine at Rootstock and Vine in historic downtown Woodstock. Photo by One Love Photography.

On a dreary Tuesday night, we found ourselves in downtown historic Woodstock, ready to kick off the holiday season with a date night made for wine lovers. On first approach, the building housing the recently debuted Rootstock and Vine—located at Main Street and Towne Lake Parkway, a corner that housed the Woodstock Post office in the early 1900s—made me regret visiting the district’s only wine bar on such a foul and drizzly evening. Why? Because the two-story space boasts an enviable rooftop ...

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Cozy up by the fire at these OTP spots

Enjoy a meal by the fireplace at Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill in Woodstock. Photo by CatMax Photography.

Wintry weather has us craving an extra-cozy place for our next meal. And it doesn’t get much cozier than nestling up near a roaring fire to enjoy a belly-warming meal and a smooth glass of red wine or hot, spiked cider. There’s just something comforting and nostalgic about fireside dining that we never tire of. If chilly temps have you feeling the same way, let these restaurants in Atlanta’s northern arc fuel your flame.

Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill
Located in downtown Woodstock, Fire Stone offers a cozy dining room for a casual meal. A ceiling-high fireplace warms up the interior space on extra-cold nights, while an inviting patio features a dramatic stacked-stone fireplace (with heat lamps for some extra warmth) for enjoying a drink or meal outdoors on less frigid evenings. The restaurant offers a host of pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven; try the spicy smoked chicken bacon ranch with jalapeno-Sriracha ranch sauce. Stop by on a Wednesday for half-priced wine specials, or bring the whole family on a Monday for Kids Eat Free (one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree or pizza).
120 Chambers St., Woodstock. 770-926-6778, woodstock.firestonerestaurants.com.

Cozy up by the fire at these OTP spots

The Mayfield Room at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails offers fireside dining. Photo courtesy of Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails.


Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails

Dining by the fire inside a restored 150-year-old farmhouse and 1930s cottage makes for an extra-snuggly meal at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails. The historic spaces were restored and preserved with classic elements, including a red-brick fireplace that warms up the restaurant’s wood-paneled Mayfield Room. Enjoy a menu of contemporary Southern dishes made from local ingredients, many of which come from the restaurant’s very own garden, for brunch and dinner.
800 Mayfield Road, Milton. 770-817-0161, miltonscuisine.com

Farmhouse 17
If you’re shopping in downtown Norcross, pop in to Farmhouse 17, a wine shop and boutique featuring both New and Old World small-production wines, craft beer and unique gifts. The shop regularly hosts wine tastings, cheese pairings and live music on the patio, warmed by a propane fire pit and heaters. If the weather gets too cold, they move the fun inside. The rustic spot keeps food simple, serving gourmet hot dogs, burgers, cheese plates, charcuterie and other nibbles. Check out its Facebook page for upcoming events.
141 S. Peachtree St., Norcross. 770-409-1717.

Village Tavern
Mix up your lunch routine in Alpharetta and take your time at Village Tavern, where the fireplaces go full force in winter. The restaurant’s relaxed ambience, dim lighting and warm wood tones make for a comfy dining experience beside the fire. The expansive menu makes it a great choice for dining with co-workers. Kick your meal off with baked Brie, the hot crab dip or Thai chicken nachos, then order some flatbreads to share or try the crowd-pleasing fish tacos or a lunch combo (soup/sandwich or salad/sandwich). Portions are on the generous side, so come hungry.
11555 Rainwater Drive, Alpharetta. 770-777-6490, villagetavern.com.

Trackside Grill & Patio Bar
Get rosy-cheeked by the multiple wood-burning stone fireplaces at Trackside Grill & Patio Bar in Kennesaw, which also offers an enclosed patio where the fire is cranking. With a subtle touch of railroad-themed memorabilia and a menu of comforting classics, Trackside is a low-key spot to enjoy a meal by the hearth. Southern-influenced starters like the fried green tomatoes with goat cheese and roasted red pepper sauce and house-made pimento cheese are solid choices. Don’t miss the Comfort Plates (think buttermilk fried chicken and chicken pot pie) for a satisfying food feast.
2840 South Main St., Kennesaw. 770-499-0874, http://www.tracksidegrill.com.

 

Cozy up by the fire at these OTP spots

8 hands-on classes in metro Atlanta to get you cooking for the holidays

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Enjoy a hands-on cooking class at Vino Venue in Dunwoody. Photo courtesy of Vino Venue.

With the holiday season in full swing, you might be in need of some new culinary inspiration for the forthcoming parties, gatherings and special meals in the weeks ahead. Whether you’re an expert cook or a novice in the kitchen, these cooking classes scattered across metro-Atlanta’s neighborhoods will give you tips and tricks to impress your guests just in time for the holidays. Read on to see what’s cooking near you…

  1. Vino Venue
    Located just outside the perimeter in Dunwoody, Vine Venue is a unique ...

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Get your pumpkin fix with these 8 dishes (and then some) OTP

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Pumpkin cheesecake with pecan caramel at Sugo in Johns Creek. Photo courtesy of Sugo.

No matter your stance on the PSL (that’s “pumpkin spice latte” for those of you living under a rock), pumpkin is unequivocally the flavor of fall. Whether you prefer your pumpkin in a savory preparation or a sweet treat, these OTP eateries have you covered. Check out these dishes that celebrate pumpkin in ways that are anything but “basic.”

  1. Pumpkin zeppole
    Head to modern Italian restaurant Colletta in Alpharetta’s Avalon to dive into fall with its version of indulgent doughnut bites in the form of pumpkin ...

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Try pizza and Italian eats with a twist at this Alpharetta restaurant

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Modern Italian fare and signature pizzas are on offer at Crust Pasta & Pizzeria in Alpharetta. Photo courtesy of Crust Pasta & Pizzeria.

One rainy Sunday, we found ourselves pulling into the parking lot at Crust Pasta & Pizzeria for a late afternoon lunch with the family. Having visited in the past on a bustling Friday night when the wait was easily in the one-hour-plus range, it was a happy surprise to find a parking spot right up front and a dining room much more subdued but no less welcoming and warm. A high, open ceiling painted black with large ...

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Get a sneak peek of Avalon Restaurant Week

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The Big Braut Burger is one of the offerings at Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar during Avalon Restaurant Week (Oct. 14-21), which features special prix fixe menus from several restaurants.

In the days ahead, food lovers can sample a plethora of discounted fare in Alpharetta.

Avalon Restaurant Week kicks off this Saturday and runs through Oct. 21. Ten Avalon eateries will be offering prix fixe menus at $15, $25 or $35 for lunch and dinner.

Participating restaurants include Antico, Brine Seafood Shack, Kona Grill, CRU Wine Bar, Branch & Barrel, Ted’s Montana Grill, Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar, Café Intermezzo, ...

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Enjoy fall weather on these 7 OTP restaurant patios

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Fall officially kicks off tomorrow, bringing with it cooler temps and the perfect weather for swarming restaurant patios across metro Atlanta. If you’re in the mood to breathe in fresh fall air while enjoying your next meal, consider checking out one of these seven patios at restaurants outside the Perimeter.

Enjoy oysters and other fresh seafood on one of Atlantic Seafood Company’s two patios. / Photo credit: Atlantic Seafood Company

Atlantic Seafood Company
You might not realize Atlantic Seafood Company has an outdoor dining option, but this Alpharetta mainstay actually has two patios, both great for enjoying the fall weather. ...

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5 reasons to check out Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails

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Try the jumbo lump crab cakes—accompanied by meyer-lemon goat cheese grits, grilled asparagus and cracked mustard butter sauce–at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails./ Photo by Heidi Geldhauser

Many restaurants tout menus with locally sourced ingredients—but how many of them actually grow their own fare? Garden-to-table dining is what you’ll encounter at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails, which boasts its very own one-acre garden. Located in historic downtown Crabapple, the 155-year-old farmhouse and 1930s cottage were preserved and restored, now serving as the home of Milton’s, which cooks up contemporary southern cuisine in a charming setting. Here are five reasons you should check ...

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3 sweet reasons to hit up Duck Donuts in Alpharetta

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Duck Donuts / Photo by Jessie Dowd

If you’ve been to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, you might already be a fan of Duck Donuts, which opened up its first outpost in the town of Duck, N.C., back in 2006. Serving up made-to-order donuts, coffee and even donut sundaes and breakfast sandwiches, the donut shop recently entered the metro-Atlanta market with an OTP location in Alpharetta (plus one in Buckhead). Here are three sweet reasons to swing by Duck Donuts.

  1. Customization
    So. Many. Options. At Duck Donuts, you start with their signature vanilla cake donut, made fresh when you ...

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Sink your teeth into these 6 sandwiches in honor of National Sandwich Month

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We’re betting you didn’t know August is National Sandwich Month. In honor of the occasion, we’ve rounded up some OTP eateries that are offering delectable creations that elevate the humble sandwich to an extra-tasty level beyond the ham and cheese or peanut butter and jelly versions you may recall from your school days of brown-bag lunches. Sink your teeth into these sandwiches:

The Tuscany Sandwich at Alon’s Bakery & Market is made from roasted eggplant, sundried tomatoes, arugula and a goat cheese with chives on house-made whole wheat bread. /
Photo credit: Alon’s Bakery & Market

  1. Tuscany Sandwich at Alon’s ...

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Sink your teeth into these 6 sandwiches in honor of National Sandwich Month

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We’re betting you didn’t know August is National Sandwich Month. In honor of the occasion, we’ve rounded up some OTP eateries that are offering delectable creations that elevate the humble sandwich to an extra-tasty level beyond the ham and cheese or peanut butter and jelly versions you may recall from your school days of brown-bag lunches. Sink your teeth into these sandwiches:

The Tuscany Sandwich at Alon’s Bakery & Market is made from roasted eggplant, sundried tomatoes, arugula and a goat cheese with chives on house-made whole wheat bread. /
Photo credit: Alon’s Bakery & Market

  1. Tuscany Sandwich at Alon’s ...

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3 reasons to check out Monkey 68 in historic Roswell

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Monkey 68’s Rolls Royce sushi roll highlights lobster tempura and snow crab leg with chili threads and sweet aioli. / Photo by Tori Allen PR

There’s a new kid on the block in historic Roswell, tucked away back on Green Street from the throngs of diners and restaurants that populate Canton Street just a block away. Monkey 68 serves up a blend of Japanese, Korean and Chinese fare that makes for a happy addition to the downtown Roswell restaurant roster. Their sushi game is strong—and the creative cocktails even stronger. Here are three reasons we think you should give ...

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Elevate your grilled cheese game with the sandwich from this Roswell restaurant

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Peach & The Porkchop’s grilled pimento cheese sandwich is served with tomato on sourdough bread, alongside house-made chips. /
Photo credit: George Miko Photography

Grilled cheese—a simple pleasure that even the most serious foodies still love and crave. At Peach & The Porkchop in Roswell, this childhood staple gets a Southern twist in the form of pimento cheese for a sandwich that’s all grown up but still comfortingly nostalgic. Their grilled pimento cheese sandwich offers a hearty helping of pimento cheese heaped on thick slices of sourdough bread to hold it all together, topped with slices of tomato and then ...

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6 must-try menu items at Beni’s Cubano in East Cobb

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Beni’s Cubano serves up an assortment of Cuban dishes at The Avenue East Cobb. Credit: Heidi Geldhauser

Being a Miami native and half Cuban, I’m always on the hunt for good Cuban cuisine. So when I heard about Beni’s Cubano opening up at The Avenue East Cobb in Marietta last month, I was eager to give them a try. The verdict? While Beni’s might not be on the same level as a corner restaurant in Little Havana (let’s face it, few restaurants are), this new eatery dishes out some solid dishes that should satisfy your cravings for Cuban fare. Head ...

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OTP spots to get your BBQ on this summer

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The pulled pork sandwich is a trusty pick at Grand Champion BBQ (three OTP locations and one in-town)./Photo credit: Rob Sutton.

Fireworks, cold beer and finger-lickin’ barbecue—all the things that we love about July. If you’re wondering where you can chow down on some barbecue when the mood strikes this summer, consider checking out these OTP eateries known for their smoked meats, mac n’ cheese and all those other fixin’s.

OTP spots to get your BBQ on this summer

Swallow at the Hollow serves up tasty barbecue classics like ribs and mac n’ cheese in historic Roswell./ Photo credit: Haigwood Studio.

Swallow at the Hollow
Tucked away on Green ...

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OTP spots to get your BBQ on this summer

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The pulled pork sandwich is a trusty pick at Grand Champion BBQ (three OTP locations and one in-town)./Photo credit: Rob Sutton.

Fireworks, cold beer and finger-lickin’ barbecue—all the things that we love about July. If you’re wondering where you can chow down on some barbecue when the mood strikes this summer, consider checking out these OTP eateries known for their smoked meats, mac n’ cheese and all those other fixin’s.

OTP spots to get your BBQ on this summer

Swallow at the Hollow serves up tasty barbecue classics like ribs and mac n’ cheese in historic Roswell./ Photo credit: Haigwood Studio.

Swallow at the Hollow
Tucked away on Green ...

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Treat dad to these OTP specials for Father’s Day

Ray’s on the River and Ray’s at Killer Creek are hosting brunch buffets with everything from seafood and salad bars to carving stations, desserts and more./Photo credit: Ray’s Restaurants

No matter if your dad is a beast in the kitchen (hello grill master!) or the king of take-out—treat him to a little something extra this Sunday, June 18, for Father’s Day and take him out for a nice meal and quality time with his nearest and dearest. A variety of OTP restaurants are cooking up special dishes and menus meant to show dads the love on Sunday, one bite at a time. Here are a few spots to put on your radar:

Treat dad to these OTP specials for Father’s Day

Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft bar is offering the “Big Papa” Share Plate this Sunday—a prix fixe menu of small bites will be offered alongside a beer flight./ Photo credit: Brilliance Photography

Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar
Bring your dad to Avalon’s recently opened Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar for the The “Big Papa” Share Plate this Sunday. A prix fixe menu of small bites will be offered alongside a beer flight—all for only $35. Bites include one brat slider, Big NY slider, veggie slider and one “The Best Hot Dog You’ll Ever Eat” in addition to tastes of Cauliflower Fries, Golden Frites, Garden Tots and Pretzel Bites, plus four 4 oz. beer tastes of dad’s choice. T sampler serves one to four people—so come extra hungry!
900 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 678-266-6218. barleygardenkitchen.com.

Treat dad to these OTP specials for Father’s Day

Osteria Mattone is serving a Father’s Day special of bone-in ribeye with truffled polenta./ Photo credit: Ryan Pernice

Osteria Mattone and Table & Main
In downtown historic Roswell, local favorites from R.O. Hospitality—Table & Main and Osteria Mattone are both offering special menu items for meat-loving dads. At Table & Main, dad can nosh on a Southern meal of Big Green Egg-smoked split bone ribeye that comes with madeira and veal stock-glazed mushrooms and creamed Georgia greens casserole (market price). Up the street at Osteria Mattone, try the bone-in ribeye with truffled polenta and badna cauda for $40.
Table & Main, 1028 Canton Street, Roswell. 678-896- 5178. tableandmain.com.
Osteria Mattone, 1095 Canton Street, Roswell.  678-878-3378. osteriamattone.com.

Treat dad to these OTP specials for Father’s Day

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is offering a special prix fixe Father’s Day brunch. including sticky toffee pecan beignets (shown here)./ Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails
Celebrate Father’s Day in downtown Crabapple at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails, which is offering a special prix fixe Father’s Day brunch and specials that pair with High West bourbon. Enticing offerings include sticky toffee pecan beignets, shrimp and grits, blackened Atlantic salmon, a truffle-salted petite filet mignon and maple bacon bread pudding—all for $32 per person. Milton’s is also serving its regular menu, including Milton’s Prime, a selection of prime steaks.
800 Mayfield Road, Milton. 770-817-0161. miltonscuisine.com.

The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill
Ride the beach vibes at the Roswell location of The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, serving up a mega seafood feast for ocean-loving dads. The special Father’s Day offering features a crab cake, lobster tail, a skewer of shrimp or scallops (grilled, blackened or jerk style) with two sides for $34.95.
1105 Canton Street, Roswell. thebigketch.com.

Ray’s on the River and Ray’s at Killer Creek are hosting brunch buffets with everything from seafood and salad bars to carving stations, desserts and more./Photo credit: Ray’s Restaurants

Ray’s Restaurants
If brunch is a must, consider the smorgasbord that is the brunch buffet at Ray’s Restaurants. Enjoy views of the Chattahoochee at Ray’s on the River in Sandy Springs while filling up on eats from several carving stations, seafood and salad bars, morning and afternoon/evening options and desserts ($45.95 for adults, $22.95 for kids ages 5 to 10) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Or head to Ray’s at Killer Creek in Alpharetta for options like peel-and-eat shrimp, rosemary-roasted leg of lamb and roasted prime rib ($39.95 for adults, $19.95 for kids 5 to 10) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ray’s on the River, 6700 Powers Ferry Road. NW, Sandy Springs. 770-955-1187; Ray’s at Killer Creek, 1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 770-649-0064; raysrestaurants.com.

Treat dad to these OTP specials for Father’s Day

C&S Chowder House bar area./ Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

C&S Chowder House and Hugo’s Oyster Bar
In Roswell, both C&S Chowder House and Hugo’s Oyster Bar will be opening early for brunch at 10 a.m., with a Bloody Mary bar available at both restaurants. On the menu at Hugo’s, dad can order up a special of grilled hanger steak with a skewer of grilled shrimp that comes with malanga puree, chimichurri sauce and a side house salad ($30). At C&S Chowder House, a special Dads Surf n’ Turf will be served, featuring an 8-oz. filet mignon, potatoes and asparagus, and choice of house or Caesar salad ($32), with the option to add a shrimp skewer ($8), lobster tail ($18) or a half pound of Alaskan king crab ($28).
C&S Chowder House, 12040 Etris Road, Roswell. 470-321-5077. candschowderhouse.com
Hugo’s Oyster Bar,
10360 Alpharetta Street, Roswell. 770-993-5922. hugosoysterbar.com.

 

Treat dad to these OTP specials for Father’s Day

Fruity Waffle with blueberries, strawberries, bananas, and powdered sugar at Metro Diner./ Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Metro Diner
Does dad love a good diner? Consider checking out the Roswell location of Metro Diner, whose Charleston shrimp and grits and meatloaf were featured on Food Network’s “Diner’s, Drive-In, and Dives.” Head to the diner, which is now serving beer, wine and mimosas, and kick back on their covered patio to enjoy a home cooked feast diner-style. You can try their fried chicken and waffles topped with house-made strawberry butter and a sweet and spicy sauce or one of several menu specials being offered on Sunday, to include: seafood frittata, cinnamon roll pancake, country fried steak breakfast and more. Most dishes are priced under $15.
880 Holcomb Bridge Road, Ate. 100, Roswell. 678-539-0879. metrodiner.com.

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
Sure it might be a bit an hour and a half from Atlanta, but if you really want to indulge dad this Sunday, consider heading to The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee for their Big Father’s Day Cookout from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. The special cookout will feature regional guest chefs cooking up some of their favorite dishes for dad, along with offerings from local eatery Copperwood Pizza. Chef’s participating in the cookout include Chef Brandon Carter of FARM Bluffton in Bluffton, S.C.; Chef David Carrier of Certified Burgers and Beverage in St. Simons Island; and Chef Casey Burchfield of Linger Longer Steakhouse at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. You can also enjoy live music, a kid’s activity corner, beer and wine, plus a concert from Nashville artist Jason Eskridge as part of the resort’s Lake Summer Concert Series in The Backyard, followed by a fireworks display. The evening is priced at $58 per adult, $29 per child (ages 4-12) and children under 3 are free.
1 Lake Oconee Trail, Greensboro. 706-467-0600. ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/georgia/Reynolds.

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Treat dad to these OTP specials for Father’s Day

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these OTP ice cream spots

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Caffè Antico serves handcrafted gelato in classic flavors, as well as Italian-inspired varieties./ Photo credit: Meredith Pierce

When Georgia heat and humidity kick in, there are few things we crave more than a couple scoops of extra-creamy ice cream on a waffle cone (or an extra-thick, frosty milkshake)—especially when it’s a race to eat your dessert before it melts. We love a good challenge. There are plenty of fro-yo chains and Bruster’s parlors to choose from, but don’t miss out on the bevy of other ice cream shops to scoop up a sweet treat. Here’s an OTP hit list to ...

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C&S Chowder House pairs red curry and tuna in a surprising dish

The C&S Blackened Tuna Salad at C&S Chowder House in Roswell features seared tuna and a crunchy Asian coleslaw with red curry vinaigrette. / Photo Credit: Jeff Moore

Dish of the week: C&S Blackened Tuna Salad from C&S Chowder House

Red curry and tuna isn’t an expected pairing, but it’s a surprisingly effective one when it comes in the form of the C&S Blackened Tuna Salad at C&S Chowder House in Roswell.

Slightly sweet and just a bit spicy, the salad features seared tuna with a blackened rub of spices and served atop an Asian coleslaw of sorts—crisp shreds and strings of cabbage, carrots, apples, radish, seaweed, radicchio and red onion lend a satisfying crunch and heartiness that play well with the texture of the tender tuna. A red curry vinaigrette and soy mustard reduction meld together into a sweet-sour sauce dressing, while a sprinkling of fresh cilantro gives a bright touch to each bite.

If the blackened tuna salad isn’t enough to satisfy your appetite, add a creamy cup of classic New England clam chowder or sample one of the raw bar offerings. The restaurant also recently debuted a lunch menu featuring items like fish tacos, a tuna poke bowl and char-grilled oysters.

C&S Chowder House, 12040 Etris Road, Roswell, 470-321-5077, candschowderhouse.com.

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Four reasons to check out NOCA in historic Roswell

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Mushroom Brie burger from NOCA. Photo courtesy of NOCA.

Despite being housed in an adorable home on bustling Canton Street in historic Roswell, NOCA Eatery & Bar is one of those places I’ve passed countless times but never once went inside (at least not since it’s been the home of NOCA starting four years ago in what was the remodeled space of the former Indigo that burned down). But I finally made my way inside this quaint eatery serving contemporary American fare, and we think you should, too. Here are four reasons why we think it’s worth a visit.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at these OTP spots

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at one of Tin Lizzy’s numerous OTP locations and snag drink specials as part of its “Drinko de Mayo” festivities. Photo courtesy of Tin Lizzy’s

With Cinco de Mayo coming up tomorrow, we’re dreaming of ice-cold margaritas and gorging on chips and salsa. If you’re ready to get your fiesta on too and want to keep the celebration OTP, consider checking out these OTP spots where you can order up a libation and nosh on your favorite Mexican fare in honor of the holiday.

  1. HOLA! Taqueria & Bar
    Situated in a shopping center off Holcomb Bridge Road, HOLA! Taqueria & Bar is a solid find (and pleasant surprise), serving up consistently tasty and fresh Mexican eats in a lively, family-friendly atmosphere. Their chips are always hot, light and crispy—the basket is easily devoured within minutes, so pace yourself, because you’ll want to save room to order some entrees. Try the hefty chicken burrito if you’re extra hungry, or the Enchiladas Suizas stuffed with chicken and cheese and stopped with a tomatillo cream sauce (the jalapeno corn side is a must-try as well). A bevy of tacos are on offer (you can order them as lettuce wraps if you’re trying to keep it light), but our favorite tacos are the simple camarones, made with grilled cilantro shrimp. shaved Kale, avocado, poblano and chipotle tartar sauce. Wash it down with an ice-cold Corona with a lime or one of their delicious margaritas (order the jalapeno margarita if you like some heat).
    688 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell, 470-242-5661, holaroswell.com/com.
  2. Huey Luey’s
    With three OTP locations (Acworth, Hiram and Sandy Springs), Huey Luey’s serves up Mexicana fare inspired by authentic recipes from regions throughout Mexico and around the U.S. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, the eatery is offering its Texas Margarita Buckets for $15, and Modelo and Tecate beer for $3 each. Exotico Tequila will also be on-site pouring $5 shots and with special giveaways. Their Cinco specials will be available all day (hello day drinking!) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. If you get hungry, order up some fresh-made guacamole and follow it with the Tacos Pastor, Baja Burritos or Carnitas. Tequila fans will be happy to know their cabinet is stocked with more than 200 tequilas and mezcals.
    3338 Cobb Pkwy., Acworth, 770-917-6073; 5460 Wendy Bagwell Pkwy., Hiram, 678-567-0080; 6650 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 678-905-7241; com.
  3. The El Felix
    We’d be remiss if we didn’t suggest swinging by The El Felix in Avalon if you’re looking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Alpharetta. While the wait is always long, we never tire of their pitchers of margs or the chicken verde enchiladas topped with a fried egg. Their extensive menu serves up plenty of other options, from pork hot tamales to snapper ceviche, tacos and much more. For a twist on your regular margarita, try the Texas Star, made with tequila, St. Germain, grapefruit juice and lime. And in honor of the holiday, the restaurant is forgoing their usual siesta/mid-day close and will be open from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Note: Avalon is also hosting a fiesta in The Plaza from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. with an outdoor bar and live music from a Mariachi band.)
    1130 1st Street, Suite #1030, Alpharetta, 678-248-5239, theelfelix.com.
  4. Tin Lizzy’s
    Head to one of several OTP outposts of local Tex-Mex favorite Tin Lizzy’s to take advantage of weeklong beverage specials (May 1-7) as part of their “Drinko de Mayo” festivities. Specials include Corona Light on draft ($4.25 and $7), Grand Marnier and Jager floaters ($3) and shots ($5), 1800 Tequila shots ($5) and 1800 Cincorita ($8 small or $13 large). And on actual Cinco de Mayo tomorrow, they’re going all out with DJs, outdoor bars (offering cans of Corona and Modelo for $5) and live music from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. at all their locations. The Buford Mall of Georgia location will be hosting a Slippery When Wet (for Bon Jovi lovers) in the courtyard starting at 7 p.m.
    Various locations, tinlizzyscantina.com.
  1. Pure Taqueria
    Lively and fun, PURE taqueria’s four OTP locations in Alpharetta, Duluth, Roswell and Woodstock are trusty standbys for Mexican eats, from tacos and enchiladas to taquitos and quesadillas, alongside other specialty dishes and items. Start off with the “Queso Gringo” (the traditional “white” Mexican cheese dip we all know and love) and then get the tostada de tinga, a spicy and crunchy mix of shredded chipotle chicken, guac, sour cream and lettuce atop a tostada. The Woodstock and Roswell locations in particular have cool rooftops where you can hear some live tunes while sipping on your poison of choice (the house marg is a good selection, both frozen or on the rocks).
    Various locations, puretaqueria.com

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Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Spice of Thai’s menu features a mix of Thai dishes, from curries to rice and noodles—all of which you can customize with the “spice level” of your choosing. Courtesy of Spice of Thai

If you’re craving Thai food and all of its spicy, bold flavors, you don’t have to look far in Roswell. Plenty of options abound, from a quaint restaurant located in a cute little house where you can dine on the front porch to an eatery tucked away in a strip mall that’s always packed, among other reliably tasty Thai spots. Check out these four restaurants the next ...

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Get your brunch on for Easter at these OTP eateries

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

If having brunch on Easter is an annual tradition for your family, then it’s time to start thinking about making reservations for your holiday meal since it’s just around the corner (it’s Sunday, April 16 this year). From mimosas and Bloody Mary bars to prix fixe menus and chef specials, there are plenty of spots OTP where you can get your brunch on in honor of Easter. Check out some ideas below:

  1. Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails
    Located in a historic farmhouse in the downtown Crabapple area of Milton, local mainstay Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is amping up their regular brunch ...

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3 reasons to check out Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads in Sandy Springs

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Try the classic margherita pizza at Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads in Sandy Springs. Photo courtesy of Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads

No need to drive down to Poncey-Highland now if you’re craving some slabs and sangria from Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads. The fast-casual eatery recently debuted its second Atlanta-area location just outside the perimeter in Sandy Springs, serving up lunch and dinner daily in a laid-back atmosphere equally suited for a meal with coworkers to dining with the family. Here are our three top reasons to give it a try.

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    Whether you’re in the mood ...

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