Author Archives: Ligaya Figueras

Bantam + Biddy Lenox location to become a Mexican restaurant

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Business partners Lance Gummere (left) and Shaun Doty (right) are turning the Bantam + Biddy location at Lenox Square into a taqueria.  / Photo credit: Mia Yakel.

Visitors to Lenox Square might do a double take next week when they walk past the Bantam + Biddy space at the Buckhead mall. That’s because business partners Shaun Doty and Lance Grummere are replacing their casual, chicken-centric eatery with a brand new concept: ATL Taco.

The change will occur Jan. 12 and will only affect the Bantam + Biddy location at Lenox; no changes are anticipated at the chain’s locations in Ansley ...

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Chick-fil-A opens doors on Sunday to feed stranded passengers at airport

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A has long upheld the practice of closing on Sundays. Even when it added a presence at new sports venues SunTrust Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium this year, the fast-food chicken chain kept its concessions closed on Sunday game days. But yesterday, Chick-fil-A made a rare decision to work on a Sunday.

When a massive power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport left thousands of passengers stranded , Chick-fil-A mobilized employees to prepare and deliver sandwiches to hungry travelers.

According the Chick-fil-A spokesperson Jackie Jags, “The mayor called about 10 p.m. and asked for assistance. We immediately mobilized staff ...

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St. Louis Pork Ribs at this new Brookhaven restaurant merit a mention

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

St. Louis Pork Ribs at Dixie Q / Photo credit: Via Failla

Dish of the week: St. Louis Pork Ribs at Dixie Q

In the last year or so, smoke signals have been rising from points all over Atlanta as more contenders enter the barbecue scene. There are indie newcomers like B’s Cracklin BBQ in Riverside, Hattie Marie’s in College Park and Loyal Q and Brew in East Cobb, along with the arrival of out-of-state chains such as City Barbecue and 4 Rivers Smokehouse  .

We can argue all day over who makes the best ‘cue in ...

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Barbecue exhibit coming to Atlanta History Center

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“Barbecue Nation,” an exhibition coming to the Atlanta History Center in May, 2018, will feature an array of barbecue artifacts. / Photo courtesy Atlanta History Center

Barbecue fans, get ready to queue up: a barbecue exhibition is coming to the Atlanta History Center next spring.

Opening May 5, 2018, in conjunction with National Barbecue Month, the “Barbecue Nation” exhibition will take visitors through the annals of barbecue history.

Barbecue exhibit coming to Atlanta History CenterThe journey of cooking over an open fire begins with the New World  (and the origins of word itself), as mentioned in the first encounters between indigenous populations in the Caribbean and ...

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Where to try biscuits with a Spanish bent in Atlanta

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Biscuits with orange marmalade at Bar Mercado / Photo by Ligaya Figueras

Dish of the Week: Biscuits at Bar Mercado

If there’s one thing in the South that I cannot get enough of, it’s biscuits. Buttery, flaky buttermilk biscuits are the best, and they make ‘em right proper here in the South. The fun, though, is not in the ranking, but in exploring all the renditions out there  – including biscuits with a Spanish bent on the brunch menu at newly opened Bar Mercado at Krog Street Market.

What makes these biscuits unusual – and so appealing in flavor ...

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The Hil restaurant closing at Serenbe

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The 60/40 Burger at The Hil / Photo from The Hil Facebook page

After a 10-year run in the community of Serenbe, The Hil is closing. The restaurant’s final day of service will be Dec. 22.

Located at 9110 Selborne Lane, The Hil is a venture by husband-and-wife team Jim and Hilary White. With Hilary White helming the kitchen and Jim White acting as general manager, the restaurant built a reputation for its farm-to-table fare, much of it sourced from nearby Serenbe Farms.

However, fans of White’s food can still get their fix. The Whites are opening French restaurant Bistro ...

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This restaurant is our escape from the holiday shopping craze

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Artichoke beignets from Del Frisco’s Grille / Photo courtesy Del Frisco’s Grille

DISH OF THE WEEK: Artichoke beignets at Del Frisco’s Grille

Say “beignets” and I picture myself at Café Du Monde in New Orleans. I’m sitting down to a plate filled with puffy squares of deep-fried choux pastry covered in powdered sugar, sipping café au lait and watching carriage horses clip-clop along Decatur Street.

Alas! An escape to the Crescent City isn’t happening any time soon. Yet as the holiday season hits full throttle, I know I’m going to need an escape from the shopping craze – along with ...

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Did you know you can make dessert on the Big Green Egg? Find out how

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

French toast casserole with bacon-persimmon compote, prepared at the Big Green Egg culinary center. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

I recently paid a visit to the Big Green Egg headquarters on DeKalb Technology Parkway that overlooks I-85.

The plan was to prepare five dishes — steak, chicken kebabs, salmon, a pizza and a French toast casserole — to experience the versatility of the appliance.

“Anything you cook in your kitchen you can cook on a Big Green Egg,” one of my tutors, Amanda Egidio said as we walked outside to get the fire party started. “Except deep-fried turkey,” tutor Taylor Shulman ...

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Wondering what to bring to the next holiday party? Try these recipes

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Winter Salad from ‘What Can I Bring?’ /
Photo by Alison Miksch

A neighbor just had a baby. A church member is recovering from surgery. Your friend invited you to a potluck. Your boss extended you an invitation to her open house. If with each of these scenarios, your first thought is, “What can I bring?,” well, now there’s a book for that — a cookbook, that is.

“What Can I Bring? Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up” (Oxmoor House, $30) is a new cookbook by Elizabeth Heiskell, an entertaining guru who got her start as a caterer ...

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Crickets, organic chicken among new dining options at Philips Arena

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Joe Schafer is the executive chef at Philips Arena. / Photo: Atlanta Hawks

This summer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Joe Schafer had left his position as executive chef at fine-dining restaurant Bacchanalia to take up a post as executive chef at Philips Arena.

At the time, it was clear that Schafer would oversee all culinary operations at Philips Arena, which is currently under a $192.5 million renovation, however his plans for food service throughout the venue were not completely defined.

A few months into the job, Schafer is moving forward to improve all aspects of the food, dining ...

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Kimball House owners to open seafood concept at Krog Street Market

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution


The Luminary will turn into a new project from the team behind Kimball House. / AJC file photo

The team behind Kimball House is joining the tenant list at Krog Street Market.

Business partners Matt Christison, Miles Macquarrie, Bryan Rackley and Jesse Smith have signed a lease to assume the space formerly occupied by Eli Kirshtein’s The Luminary with plans to open a seafood-centric restaurant and bar. The to-be-named concept, is anticipated to open in the late spring or early summer of 2018.

As at Kimball House, which has developed a reputation for its raw bar since opening ...

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Chef change at Bluetop

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Matt Marcus (center) with beverage director Jonathan Joy (left) and chef Paul Sidener at the launch of Bluetop. / Photo: Mia Yakel.

Just weeks after unlocking doors, Bluetop is seeing a change in the kitchen. Executive chef Matt Marcus is no longer working at the restaurant located at 5362 Peachtree Road in Chamblee.

Owner Andy Lasky stated that he terminated Marcus yesterday due to “areas of conflict.”

“I like him a lot as a person,” Lasky said. “Professionally, it just wasn’t working out.”

Marcus stated that he was told his termination was due to “unsatisfactory performance.” “They would not elaborate. ...

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Make it dessert first – no regrets – with this restaurant’s bread pudding

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Praline Bread Pudding Souffle at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen / Ligaya Figueras

DISH OF THE WEEK: Praline Bread Pudding Souffle at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Have you ever walked into a restaurant and ordered dessert as your main affair? I hadn’t, until recently.

No decisions about which meat or three sides. Skip the soup of the day. Give me the dessert menu and take me to straight to sugar purgatory.

“The first bread pudding order of the day!” said the server.

Oh, the liberation! Not quite. It  brought on a mea culpa moment. That I somehow need to explain this dessert lunch ...

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Serpas True Food owner to open barbecue joint in Brookhaven

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Chef Scott Serpas will open barbecue joint Dixie Q at 2524 Caldwell Road in Brookhaven. / Ligaya Figueras

The dining scene is heating up in Brookhaven. A few weeks ago, the group behind Vero Pizza, Haven and Valenza announced it would be opening a neighborhood chophouse. Hudson FC International Sports Pub, or Hudson FC for short, is now open at 4058 Peachtree Road in the former Pub 71 space in Brookhaven Station. HOBNOB is alive and kicking in Town Brookhaven.

Now comes news that Scott Serpas, chef-owner of Serpas True Food in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward is opening ...

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This French cafe’s quiche will transport you to Paris

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Mushroom and onion quiche from Café Vendome. / Ligaya Figueras

DISH OF THE WEEK: Mushroom quiche from Café Vendome

Nextdoor is a resource for more than home repair referrals, crime incident reports and lost cat notices. Folks using this private social network are also tipping neighbors off to nearby food finds.

Thanks to Nextdoor, I now know about Café Vendome, a French bakery-cafe at 4969 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. While located in the same plaza that houses Food 101 and Cibo e Beve, it’s easy to miss Café Vendome since it’s tucked away in the rear of the building. ...

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What do you cook when you are scared?

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

“I reached for my old, worn recipe box and sifted through stained cards, looking for something to make that might spark joy in the kitchen again. The jam and jelly section.”  (Chris Hunt/Special)

A couple weeks ago, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank wrote that his blood pressure has rocketed since last November. I don’t need to monitor mine to know that the state of our nation and our world has me on edge.

How can I keep the jitters at bay?

Recently, I came across an article that mentioned a study published last year in the Journal of Positive Psychology. Cooking, ...

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Edible cookie dough concept coming to Ponce City Market

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Edible cookie dough concept Batter Cookie Dough Counter is opening this fall at Ponce City Market. / Batter Cookie Dough Counter

Ponce City Market offers a pletora of eating options: tacos, seafood, pasta, dumplings, burgers, fried chicken, salad, gelato and more. Add edible cookie dough to the list.

Atlanta’s first edible cookie dough shop, Batter Cookie Dough Counter, is joining the ranks of vendors at the popular food hall. Batter is expected to open in mid-November.

Located in a stall across from Honeysuckle Gelato, the dessert shop will offer a total of 10 flavors of traditional and ...

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Fine dining Italian concept Osteria di Mare opening in Peachtree Corners

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Italian fine dining restaurant Osteria di Mare will open Oct. 1 in Peachtree Corners. / Photo: Osteria di Mare

Dining options continue to grow in Peachtree Corners.

Last year saw the addition of notables like Noble Fin, Ba Bellies and popular Lawrenceville diner Peachtree Cafe. Earlier this month, restaurateur Mark Taft, whose FEED Fried Chicken & Such recently opened at The Battery at SunTrust Park, announced that he’ll bring that concept to the Town Center mixed-use development in Peachtree Corners in 2018.

Now, Andrew Hoppen, Peachtree Corners resident and owner of Mexican concept Taqueria del Mar, is poised ...

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Another steakhouse headed to Atlanta

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Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse will open a location in Dunwoody in 2018. / Photo: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

This year has seen numerous steakhouses open in and around Atlanta, including Kaiser’s Chophouse in Sandy Springs and C. Ellet’s at The Battery, a concept by restaurateur Linton Hopkins. The latest to join the primal-cut scene is national chain Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, which has announced that it will open a location in Atlanta next year.

A holding of Texas-based Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, the chophouse will open at 236 Perimeter Center Parkway, in Dunwoody’s Park Center, ...

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Miller Union chef Steven Satterfield shares tips to cut down on food waste

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Miller Union’s Steven Satterfield discusses ways to combat food waste during a workshop as part of programming for the Chefs Collaborative conference, held in Atlanta Sept. 9-11. / Photo credit: Erik Meadows

“Who wants to think about trash? Our culture doesn’t want to think about trash.”

Steven Satterfield, the chef and co-owner of Miller Union, stood in the dining room of his Westside restaurant. Gathered around him were 20 people — fellow chefs, farmers and other food professionals — who did, in fact, want to talk about trash.

Satterfield was leading a workshop about combating food waste in the ...

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Fall Folklife Festival at Atlanta History Center promises fun for food lovers

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Cooking demonstrations by culinary historian Michael Twitty are part of numerous activities scheduled for the Fall Folklife Festival at the Atlanta History Center this weekend. / Contributed by Atlanta History Center 

This Saturday, the Atlanta History Center will dish out fun for the entire family at the Fall Folklife Festival. At this celebration of Southern culture, there will be arts and crafts, music and storytelling and lots to do in the form of food.

Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty, author of the recently released “The Cooking Gene,” will be on-hand all day doing open-hearth cooking demonstrations.

A bee encounter will ...

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MAP: 5 restaurants that deserve your attention in College Park

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Ronaldo’s Resto Bar offers a weekday, lunch-only menu of tacos, tostadas and quesadilla / Photo by Ligaya Figueras

Eating in College Park is an all-chill, no-frills experience. Nothing about this place is contrived. Rather, it’s a refreshing pocket of Atlanta, one filled with people who couldn’t care less about the tragically hip — and overpriced — Inman Quarter, or the glitz and glamour of Buckhead. Here, it is locals, and perhaps airport workers, just looking to fill up.

And you can fill up in College Park — be it over a plate of barbecue (Barbecue Kitchen), takeout from a crab ...

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More details emerge on food hall coming to Midtown’s Colony Square

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Food hall Main & Main will open in Colony Square in Midtown in the fall of 2019. / Rendering by Beyer Blinder Belle and Lord Aeck Sargent

Real estate development company North American Properties announced yesterday that it will be transforming 28,000 square feet of space at Colony Square in Midtown into a food hall called Main & Main. 

Today, North American Properties managing partner Mark Toro provided more details about the scope of the project, which will bring some twelve to fifteen purveyors to the food hall, along with revitalized indoor and outdoor spaces that will be the site ...

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Food hall coming to Colony Square in Midtown

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Food hall Main & Main will open next year in Colony Square in Atlanta’s Midtown. / Rendering: Beyer Blinder Belle and Lord Aeck Sargent

Atlanta is about get another food hall.

Real estate development company North American Properties announced today that it will be transforming 28,000 square feet of space at Colony Square in Midtown into a food hall called Main & Main.

The new food hall will bring more than a dozen concepts to the high-rise Midtown anchor at 14th and Peachtree Streets. Plans also include the creation of an outdoor gathering space called the Grove, complete with a ...

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UPDATED: Hurricane Irma: Which Atlanta restaurants are open or closed?

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

On Monday, Hurricane Irma will hit Atlanta, and could bring between five and seven inches of rainfall, and high winds reaching more than 60 mph to the metro region, according to forecasters at Channel 2 Action News.

Governor Nathan Deal has issued a state of emergency Sunday for all of Georgia’s 159 counties, and metro Atlanta school systems have cancelled classes and postponed events ahead of the massive storm.

While some restaurants are normally closed Mondays, tomorrow’s storm means the closure of restaurants that would otherwise be open.

The following restaurants will be closed on Monday:


Alma ...

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