Category Archives: Atlanta Magazine

Check out the menu for Krog Street Market’s new “healthy-ish” stall, Recess

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Casablanca BowlPhotograph by Syndey Cummiskey Castellucci Hospitality Group, the culinary company behind Krog Street Market’s Spanish tapas spot Bar Mercado—as well as Cooks & Soldiers, the Iberian Pig, Sugo, and Double Zero—is opening its first non-regionally focused restaurant on February 26. Recess is a 15-seat Krog Street Market food stall focused on “healthy-ish food satisfying to the soul,” says chef Victoria Shore. “We focus on delicious first at an accessible price point,” she says. Recess will serve lunch and dinner daily, as well as breakfast on the weekends. Though Shore has a background in pastry, she’s only making one sweet: ...

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This year’s James Beard semifinalists look a little different—and Atlanta gets multiple nods

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Atsushi “Art” HayakawaPhotograph by Caroline C. Kilgore The James Beard Foundation announced its 2018 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists yesterday, and seven Atlanta-based chefs and three elsewhere in Georgia received nominations. Chefs Brian So of Spring Restaurant in Marietta and Parnass Savang of Talat Market are nominated for Rising Star Chef of the Year. Atsushi Hayakawa of Sushi House Hayakawa, Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani (Decatur and Asheville, N.C.), Ryan Smith of Staplehouse, and Rui Liu of Masterpiece in Duluth are nominated for Best Chef: Southeast. Sarah O’Brien of Little Tart Bakeshop is nominated for Outstanding Baker. Outside of metro Atlanta, ...

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Former 8Arm baker Sarah Dodge has a breakfast pop-up at Queen of Cream

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An assortment of dishes at the pop-upPhotograph by Jennifer Zyman For over a year, Atlanta got to eat Sarah Dodge’s exceptional biscuits, cinnamon rolls, cookies, and bread at 8ARM, the celebrated morning-to-late-night restaurant on Ponce de Leon. Dodge left 8ARM in November for a variety of reasons—including the fact that the tragic death of her friend, ex-boyfriend, and mentor of sorts, Angus Brown, made working at his restaurant difficult. “It was time to go,” she says. “When I left I was like: There’s a little bit of sunshine outside and it’s time to see that and get some sleep and just maybe ...

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Gaja owner Tim Song takes over Simply Seoul Kimchi

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Radish kimchi in production.Photograph courtesy of Tim Song Last month, Korean bun and kimchi emporium Simply Seoul quietly closed the doors to its Ponce City Market storefront. “It’s been an honor to share my food with the community,” Chung posted on her Facebook page. “I am ready for a new adventure.” Chung, who opened Simply Seoul in 2013, is moving to Vancouver, but the kimchi business she built isn’t dying. Tim Song, owner of Korean restaurant Gaja in East Atlanta Village, has taken over. Song, who is of Korean descent, says he’s confident about the transition because he grew up making ...

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Tortas Factory del D.F. brings Mexico City-style tacos and sandwiches to Buford Highway

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The barbacoa taco at Tortas Factory del D.F.Photograph by Jennifer Zyman. When I saw Tortas Factory del D.F., I immediately turned into the parking lot even though I had lunch plans at a Korean restaurant just up the road. It was the initials that caught my attention: D.F. stands for Distrito Federal, Mexico City’s former name. My family is from Mexico City, and memories of al pastor tacos flooded my head. Sure enough, the restaurant is owned by a family from Mexico City, and though the place has “tortas” in its name, it offers everything from sopes (a round disc of masa topped ...

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Marddy’s shared kitchen is on a mission to protect against Westside gentrification

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Keitra Bates opened Marddy’s, a commercial kitchen in Ashview Heights, in December.Photograph by Kaylinn Gilstrap Raisha Williams, aka the Cookie LadyPhotograph by Kaylinn Gilstrap If you don’t spend time in southwest Atlanta, you may not be familiar with the Cookie Lady. But if you live in Ashview Heights, Westview, the West End, or Adair Park, you’ve probably eaten one of Raisha Williams’s chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, or butter toffee cookies. She sells them for $3 each or $5 for two. In three days, she can make close to $400 doing her #WestsideCookieHustle, as she calls it on Instagram, ...

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Fox Restaurant Concepts’ Flower Child to open in Shops Around Lenox

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A rendering of Flower Child BuckheadCourtesy of Fox Restaurant Concepts Promising “healthy food for a happy world,” Flower Child plans to open in the Shops Around Lenox on May 13. The counter-service restaurant is owned by Fox Restaurant Concepts. Sound familiar? Flower Child shares the food philosophy and style of True Food Kitchen—located just across the parking lot at Lenox Mall—owned by Fox Restaurants founder Sam Fox. “They’re two different dining experiences: True Food is full-service, sit-down, with a bar. Flower Child has a different price point and a more casual environment,” Fox says. “We like the area. There’s a yoga ...

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Fresh on the Scene: Good Word Brewing, Gather, Mourning Dove Cafe, Yebisuya Ramen

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Good Word Brewing & Public HousePhotograph by Mick Hawkins Good Word Brewing & Public House Anchoring historic downtown Duluth’s Parsons Alley new entertainment district, this ambitious brewpub has an impressive pedigree—its co-owner is Mike Gallagher of Decatur’s famous Brick Store Pub. Housed in a newly-built giant complex of mellow red brick, the facility is split down the middle, with fermenting tanks on one side and a vintage beer hall on the other. Brewer Kyle Jeppesen, who hails from Nova Scotia, started with six impeccably handled beers (among them: a light British ale, a dry moderately hoppy saison, and a superbly ...

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This soup dumpling at Atlanta’s Chinatown food court is enormous

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The monster soup dumpling at China KitchenPhotograph by Jennifer Zyman. If you follow a lot of foodie Instagram and Facebook pages, you might have seen seen the snaps of extra large soup dumplings—ones so massive that you need a straw to sip the broth. Good news: I found one locally at China Kitchen in Atlanta’s Chinatown. The food stall has been around for ages, but they are banking on this new trend. They even have a stylishly produced video spotlighting the monster soup dumpling playing on a loop in the stall. The monster soup dumpling versus regular soup dumplings at ...

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Where to bring your Tinder date in Atlanta this Valentine’s Day

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I attended more than a dozen weddings last year. When each couple was inevitably asked how they met, the answer, 50 percent of the time, was Tinder. And that was said sheepishly zero percent of the time. Six years after the dating app’s launch, it’s safe to say that Tinder has abandoned its nefarious past as “the hookup app.” So, if you’re looking for love this Valentine’s Day, you might just find it there—or at least you can find a hot person to drink with. Once you find a match, where should you meet? I may have been to a ...

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Review: Golden Eagle is all about nostalgia—and it works

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Okonomiyaki (top), garlic knots (right), and crab rangoon (bottom)Photograph by Iain Bagwell If you were to cram the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s into a blender, you’d end up with something close to this self-styled “diners club.” Golden Eagle, which opened in late October in a 1930s-era train depot formerly home to H. Harper Station, could have been part of Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm film set and offers a menu of throwback cocktail party dishes to match. And while it shouldn’t be taken too seriously as a restaurant, it’s also more than a nostalgia-themed hot spot appealing to millennials’ love ...

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Where to eat on Valentine’s Day in metro Atlanta

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It’s not too late to snag a hot reservation for February 14—as long as you act quickly. Here are 26 spots offering special deals and menus for Valentine’s Day. Peri-peri spring rolls at 10 Degrees SouthCourtesy of 10 Degrees South 10 Degrees South Celebrate Valentine’s Day at this South African restaurant and bar with a prix fixe menu that includes peri-peri chicken spring rolls, lemon butter sea bass, and molten lava cake. The cost is $70 per person. 4183 Roswell Road, 404-705-8870 Alon’s Bakery & Market Avoid the crowds without picking up a pot or pan with Alon’s Romantic Dinner for ...

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Emerald City Bagels brings a taste of old New York to East Atlanta Village

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The counter at Emerald City BagelsPhotograph by Jennifer Zyman Deanna and Jackie Halcrow have already amassed a large fan base for their wholesale bagel company thanks to years of pop-ups and farmers market appearances. Finally, after what felt like an endless wait for those fans, Emerald City Bagels has opened its first brick-and-mortar shop in the former Gravity Pub space on Glenwood Avenue in East Atlanta Village. The Halcrows chose EAV because, according to Deanna, the neighborhood is where many of their customers lived. The long lines every morning are all the proof you need that EAV was more than ...

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The Christiane Chronicles: Enough with the monster-sized pastries

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Rant Supersize Me Not I have lived in the United States for decades, but the monumental size of everything still shocks me. The other day, as I stood opposite the glass case at Amelie’s bakery, I came face to face with a pastry the size of a prize-winning eggplant. No, no, no, I thought, croissants should be compact enough to dunk into a small café crème. The Frenchwoman in me yearns for reasonable dimensions: skinny baguettes rather than ones as fat as my arm; one-bite chocolate bonbons making up in intensity what they lack in bulk; dainty cookies that don’t ...

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With lower-alcohol Suppressor cocktails, less is more

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Somewhere around eight years ago, two of this city’s more scholarly cocktail makers, Ticonderoga Club’s Greg Best and Kimball House’s Miles Macquarrie, were discussing how they might drink less. Not fewer cocktails per se, but less alcohol. “With the cocktail renaissance came a bent towards stirred, boozy drinks,” says Best, who was then working at Holeman & Finch Public House. “But Manhattans and martinis aren’t what we want to drink on a regular basis.” Macquarrie, who worked at Leon’s Full Service at the time, agrees: “It’s tough to sustain an evening that way.” So, they came up with a term: ...

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Marietta’s Tomato Japanese Grocery Store moves after 30 years…but just up the road

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Tomato Japanese Grocery Store in MariettaPhotograph courtesy of Tomato Japanese Grocery Store For as long as I can remember, I have been shopping at Tomato, a Japanese grocery store on Cobb Parkway in Marietta. When I was a kid, my mom would take us next door to Umezono for heaping bowls of udon noodles, followed by an after-dinner trip to Tomato to pick out a treat. I would grab a new variety of rice crackers, mochi ice cream, or funky packs of colorful gum with words written in Japanese I could not understand. As an adult, the store became a ...

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The most anticipated Atlanta restaurants of 2018

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Atlanta’s dining scene has already started 2018 with a bang. The hotly anticipated Emerald City Bagels opened this week in East Atlanta Village, new Thai spot Chai Yo began dinner service by reservation only, and Achie’s, the new restaurant from Hugh Acheson, opened at the beginning of the month at the new Omni Hotel at the Battery. Here are 14 more restaurants we’re eagerly anticipating this year. Ama 8Arm’s Nhan Le is continuing on with the BeltLine-adjacent seafood spot originally dreamed up with late business partner Angus Brown. Le says he’s aiming for an early summer opening and also mentioned ...

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Chai Pani owner celebrates Indian chefs with Brown in the South dinner series

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The event flyer from the first volume of Brown in the South.Image by Brown in the South. On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Southern Foodways Alliance director John T. Edge kicked off the “Brown in the South” benefit dinner at Chai Pani, hosting in front of a sold-out crowd the first in a supper series created by Chai Pani owner Meherwan Irani and Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar in Oxford, Mississippi. Beyond serving as a fundraiser for SFA, the dinner was a love letter to Indian chefs living and working in the South. After attending last year’s SFA ...

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The Christiane Chronicles: Who serves toast in a bowl?

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Rant Bowls ≠ Plates Or they shouldn’t, anyway. Soups, hefty salads, and pasta all belong resting in the depths of bowls. But, as much as I love them, they should not double as plates. I recently ordered one of the loaded toasts at the health-forward Upbeet in West Midtown, and the cashier handed me a disposable, recyclable bowl. I was confused but took it anyway. Within, I discovered the thinnest slice of sprouted wheat bread topped with labne and cherry tomatoes. Who serves toast in a bowl?! I lost most of the toppings trying to unearth the bread from its ...

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At Atlanta’s the Local Pizzaiolo, a World Pizza Champ aims to make Neapolitan pies more affordable

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“When Pigs Fly” with arugula, Prosciutto, mozzarella, and ParmesanPhotograph by Heidi Geldhauser/Our Labor of Love Italian by birth, four-time World Pizza Champion Giulio Adriani is what you’d call a pizzaiolo—a pizza-maker who runs a neighborhood pizza shop—and he’s an expert in his trade. The man behind the critically acclaimed Forcella in New York City, Adriani is a master instructor for a leading Neapolitan pizza organization, Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. His signature flash-fried pizza, the montanara, actually earned him his green card in 2011. Now, Adriani has a new mission: to bring affordable, high-quality Neapolitan pizza to Atlanta. “In Naples, you ...

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New Thai restaurant Chai Yo opens in Buckhead

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The bar at Chai YoPhoto by Erik Meadows Photography Inside Chai YoPhotograph by Erik Meadows Photography Chai Yo, an upscale Thai restaurant from the owner of Tuk Tuk Thai Loft, has launched a soft opening in Buckhead, accepting limited dinner reservations from now until the end of January. (A grand opening is planned for February.) Located near Himitsu and Umi, Chai Yo offers traditional Thai delicacies with a modern spin. Owner DeeDee Niyomkul collaborated with her mother Nan (of Nan Fine Dining) on the menu. Chef’s tablePhotograph by Erik Meadows Photography The menu is fairly concise and includes starters such ...

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Ruchi serves up solid Bangladeshi and Indian favorites in Chamblee

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The onion fritters at RuchiPhotograph by Jennifer Zyman The backstory behind Ruchi Bangladeshi Cuisine, which opened in September on Peachtree Road border of Chamblee and Brookhaven, is an interesting one. 22-year-old owner Amit Shapta not only runs the restaurant, but he’s also a full-time student studying biology at Kennesaw State, with plans to enroll in the physician assistant program at Emory in the fall of 2019. Shapta, who came to the U.S. as a young child from Bangladesh, seems well-suited to the restaurant business. He’s a natural who works the room while wearing many hats. But the real star of ...

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K-BBQ Factory brings more exceptional Korean barbecue to Duluth

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The grill in action at K-BBQ FactoryPhotograph by Jennifer Zyman. I am going to say something possibly scandalous, but I think Atlanta’s Korean barbecue scene rivals Los Angeles and New York. When I was growing up in Atlanta, it seemed like our only Korean options were Mirror of Korea on Ponce de Leon and Hae Woon Dae on Buford Highway. But now it feels as though a new Korean barbecue restaurant pops up every month, each with some newfangled kind of grill or just a different spin on the variety of side dishes offered. K-BBQ Factory is the latest offering from ...

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Fresh on the Scene: Rose + Rye, Bar Americano, Deep End

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The Rose + Rye team from left to right: pastry chef Charity Everett, sous chef Anu Adebara, general manager Jessica Schilling, and executive chef Lindsay OwensPhoto by Sara Hanna Rose + Rye Rose + Rye’s backstory makes you want to like it. First, the staff is overwhelmingly female, and our city’s restaurants could use more women in charge. Executive chef Lindsay Owens and sous chef Anu Adebara make up the back of the house, and general manager Jessica Schilling runs the front. Second, Rose + Rye brings Midtown’s quirky “Castle,” a 1900s mansion that sat mostly empty for years, back ...

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New Realm Brewing Company is now open along the BeltLine Eastside Trail

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There’s no doubt Atlanta’s craft beer scene is a fast-growing one. From Orpheus to Gate City to Scofflaw, new breweries have popped up all over the metro area during the last few years. One thing Atlanta breweries generally don’t have, however, is a full-service restaurant. New Realm Brewing Company is looking to change that, with the opening of its 20,000-square-foot restaurant and brewery along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. Located next to TWO Urban Licks, New Realm’s restaurant is open to guests of all ages. Chef Julio Delgado, formerly of JP Atlanta, designed the menu, incorporating items that pair well ...

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