Category Archives: Atlanta Magazine

Oy Veg Kitchen serves up comfort with its vegetarian knishes

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Liz Mennen, founder of Oy Veg KitchenPhoto by Jessica Beaushene After several years in Atlanta, Liz Mennen, 29, realized what was missing from her life in the South: knishes. The New York-bred actuary had grown up eating the Eastern European comfort food—pastries stuffed with a mashed potato and onion filling and often meat, cheese, or other vegetables. “To me, they taste like a hug—they’re so distinctly warm and comforting,” she says. By 2017, Mennen had become passionate about the small food movement and was living a mostly vegetarian lifestyle. She stumbled across a Jewish, vegetarian, comfort food cookbook called Vilna ...

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Pizzeria Lucca brings Neapolitan pizza to Historic Roswell

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Owner and head pizza maker Vic Bernardini at work.Photograph by Jennifer Zyman. When Jeff Varasano opened his eponymous restaurant in Buckhead in 2009, the former engineer-turned-self-taught-pizza maker had already gone certified viral for his lengthy dough recipe. Nearly a decade later, another pizza hobbyist-turned-pro, Vic Bernardini, is making his mark on metro Atlanta’s Neapolitan pizza scene. Bernardini studied and made pizzas at home for 15 years before his wife and business partner Diana encouraged him to build a brick oven in his backyard. He began honing his craft with wood-burning ovens, which he cooks on exclusively at his first restaurant, Pizzeria Lucca. Lucca, ...

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Jerusalem Artichoke Dip

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Jerusalem Artichoke Dip Serves 8 2 8-ounce cans artichokes, drained and roughly chopped 1 cup fresh Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and blanched 2 2.5-ounce cans green chiles, drained and roughly chopped 1 2.5-ounce can pimentos, drained and roughly chopped 2 cups mayonnaise 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup grated parmesan cheese Lavash crackers Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the cheese and crackers. Place mixture in a shallow, oven-proof dish, and sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese. Bake until bubbly. Serve immediately with crackers....

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Orange Rosemary Olive Oil Cake

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Orange rosemary olive oil cakePhotograph by Raftermen Orange Rosemary Olive Oil Cake Serves 8–10 1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice Zest of 1 orange 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves, divided, plus 2 fresh rosemary sprigs for garnish 1 teaspoon salt 3 large eggs, room temperature 1 ½ cups sugar 1 ¼ cups whole milk ¼ cup orange liqueur, rum, brandy, or whisky 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for oiling pans 1 tablespoon lemon zest 2 cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon baking powder 6 tablespoons orange marmalade Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Oil ...

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Stuffed Dates

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Stuffed datesPhotograph by Raftermen Stuffed Dates Serves 18 1 3-ounce package cream cheese, softened 3 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola cheese 36 pitted dates 36 walnut pieces In a large bowl, mix cream cheese and Gorgonzola. Set aside. Make a slit in each date, being careful not to halve, so they can be opened and spread flat. Spread a dollop of cheese mixture into each date. Top with a walnut piece.View Original Post

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He Ro had never seen an oyster. Now the refugee is Kimball House’s most talented shucker.

Source: Atlanta Magazine

He RoPhotograph by Andrew Thomas Lee At lunchtime, two days before Hurricane Irma’s 35-mile-per-hour winds would slam into Atlanta and leave 1.5 million Georgians without power, He Ro isn’t concerned about his apartment in Clarkston. “There’s not a lot to lose,” he says of his meager possessions, picking arugula leaves out of his chicken sandwich and eating them, one by one, before pecking at the rest. He’s less relaxed when the conversation turns to how Kimball House might fare in the storm. The Decatur restaurant is where the 24-year-old spends much of his time, shucking around 400 oysters per night ...

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9 Atlanta coffee shops and cafes where you can get work done

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East Pole CoffeePhotograph courtesy of Jonathan Wade As a freelance writer, technically all that I really need to do my job is a laptop and a wi-fi connection—but comfy furniture, a good soundtrack, readily available caffeine, good snacks, plentiful outlets I don’t have to passive-aggressively battle a stranger over, a certain decibel level of background noise, an aesthetically pleasing environment, and decent lighting help, too. (Is that too much to ask?) While everyone’s individual definition of an ideal work spot varies wildly, there are a handful of places in Atlanta that have nailed the formula in Goldilocks-fashion: not cavernously dark, ...

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Fan-favorite wing spot Clay’s Sports Cafe is back in business

Source: Atlanta Magazine

A platter of Buffalo and lemon pepper wings at Clay’sPhotograph by Jennifer Zyman. When beloved wing spot Clay’s Sports Cafe announced it was temporarily closing in July 2016 after more than 20 years of service, its die-hard fan base reacted accordingly on its Facebook page. There was a silver lining for those in the know—Chase D’Anella, who formerly worked at Clay’s, had opened Chase’s Grille and Wingery in historic downtown Norcross, and his wings are so good we decreed them best in the metro area back in June. But to fans’ delight, Clay’s finally reopened last month in the Hammond Springs ...

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The Christiane Chronicles: Cheese later, not now

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Rant Don’t Say Cheese I cannot contain my disdain for the appetizer cheese course. Cheese is rich and, depending on the kind, funky. It satiates your appetite. It induces sleepiness, even. Why would anyone eat it at the beginning of the meal? Cheese is best offered as a transition from the main course to dessert. The creaminess of what is essentially aged milk coats the palate for a slow goodbye to your steak or fish or what have you. It keeps the sweetness and sometimes the acidity of dessert from coming as too much of a shock. Two chefs whom ...

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Brash Coffee is coming to Buckhead and bringing a sophisticated espresso bar

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Brash espressoPhoto by Sommer Daniel Brash Coffee, which opened its first Atlanta location in a shipping container on the Westside in 2015, is growing its footprint with a new coffee bar adjacent to Souper Jenny in the newly renovated Atlanta History Center. The coffee bar will open in mid-December. “Buckhead needs good coffee, and it needs it now,” says Brash CEO Chris McLeod. “We’re intentional in everything we do, from sourcing to retailing to business expansion. We feel the clientele that Brash has will be well-suited to Buckhead.” The new 1,500-square-foot Brash space will feature a Modbar, allowing baristas to ...

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Dishwasher Eden Vazquez is one of Atlanta’s unsung (and vital) kitchen workers

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Eden Vazquez works as a dishwasher at Star Provisions and Bacchanalia.Photograph by Fernando Decillis Without dishwashers, restaurants simply couldn’t operate. Bacchanalia pastry chef Carla Tomasko thinks it might even be the most vital position in the professional kitchen. Eden moved to Atlanta in 2004, and she’s been with us for six years now. Back in Mexico she was a stay-at-home mom, but living here is more expensive, so she needed a job. I was born in Ecuador, but I had cousins in Atlanta; Eden didn’t. She came to a different country with a different language and had to get accustomed ...

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Home for Dinner: Steve Osunsami, ABC News Correspondent

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Also at dinner with Osunsami (right): Joe Remillard (center), Ayn Remillard (left), and Marguerite Madden (bottom left). Not pictured: neighbors John West and Michael Lappin and friends Robin and Doctor Le’Roy Reese.Photograph by Raymond McCrea Jones Part of the reason that ABC News correspondent Steve Osunsami, 46, goes all out for Thanksgiving is because he can. The son of Nigerian immigrants, he grew up in Peoria, Illinois housing projects eating government cheese. “You know, it came in those big blocks?” His mother would cook on Sundays, but otherwise it was Shake ’N Bake chicken. “We were never able to do ...

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Atlanta’s favorite over-the-top holiday bar, Miracle, is back and even bigger

Source: Atlanta Magazine

GimletPhoto by Melissa Hom Bad SantaPhoto by Melissa Hom Need a little “Ho-Ho-Ho” in your life? Big Citizen’s Eric Simpkins and Darren Carr, the team behind the Lawrence and Bon Ton, are bringing the New York City-based holiday pop-up Miracle to Atlanta for the second year. Held November 24 through December 24, Miracle is a cocktail bar with over-the-top holiday decorations, holiday-themed drinks, and small plates. “There are certain holidays like Halloween and Christmas when there’s not much for adults without children,” Simpkins says. “Miracle was created for adults to enjoy the holidays.” In 2016, the original Atlanta location Miracle ...

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O4W Pizza’s Anthony Spina is bringing the Grandma Pie back to Old Fourth Ward

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The Grandma Pie at O4W Pizza in DuluthPhotography by Jennifer Zyman Even though O4W Pizza closed its namesake Old Fourth Ward location more than a year ago, the sting from the pizzeria’s schlep to the suburbs never truly went away for ITP-ers. The Duluth location, which opened last September, is bigger and in many ways better than the original—owner Anthony Spina perfected his pizza-making and added pastas, appetizers, and salads to the menu. But the convenience of having the Grandma Pie in your backyard is hard to beat. Pine no longer—Spina is bringing his pizza back to Old Fourth Ward ...

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Nobu is finally coming to Atlanta—and our film industry is partially why

Source: Atlanta Magazine

A rendering of Nobu restaurant at Phipps PlazaRendering courtesy of Simon Property Group At long last, the famous Japanese fusion restaurant Nobu is coming to Atlanta. At a Simon Property Group press conference this morning, Nobu CEO Trevor Horwell announced that Nobu Atlanta Restaurant and a 150-room Nobu Hotel may open as soon as late 2019, part of a major new mixed-use development at Simon-owned Phipps Plaza that will begin opening in spring 2020. The high-profile hospitality brand, founded by chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro, and Meir Teper, has expanded in recent years—opening 40 restaurants and 16 hotels around ...

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Where to eat on Thanksgiving 2017 in Atlanta (or get your turkey to-go)

Source: Atlanta Magazine

You can order D.B.A.’s turkey to-go before Thanksgiving.Photograph courtesy of D.B.A. Whether you prefer to dine out or host at home, it’s time you let someone else do the heavy lifting. These Atlanta restaurants are serving your favorite traditional (and not-so-traditional) Thanksgiving foods. Dine-in 103 West Big appetite? Choose your appetizer and then nosh on turkey and trimmings served family-style. After the meal, the sides will be replenished and packed up for guests to enjoy at home the next day. There’s a four-guest minimum, and the cost is $84 per adult, $36 for ages 7-12, and free for kids 6 ...

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Eat This: Tacos at Muchacho

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The barbacoa and al pastor tacos at Muchacho.Photograph by Jennifer Zyman. Memorial Drive isn’t known to have an abundance of great taco offerings—Mi Barrio is a neighborhood favorite, and the breakfast tacos at Homegrown GA always satisfy. But with Muchacho, one of the two new restaurants from Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall owner Michael Lennox to open in the former H. Harper Station space, another solid taco option has finally arrived. Lennox tapped chef Jason Simpson, formerly of St. Cecilia and King and Duke, to be chef de cuisine at both Muchacho and adjoining Golden Eagle under culinary director Taria Camerino. ...

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Holeman & Finch Public House gets a total revamp for its 10th anniversary

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Egg and guanciale carbonara made with guitar-cut pastaPhoto by Henri Hollis Holeman & Finch Public House, the Buckhead restaurant that spurred a series of popular spinoffs including H&F Burger and H&F Bottle Shop, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a new look and a new menu. First unveiled in October, the revamped space and accompanying food and beverage offerings are designed to create an approachable, unpretentious vibe that draws customers in weekly, restaurateur/chef Linton Hopkins says. He worked closely with executive chef Spencer Gomez on the menus, bringing back popular dishes like pancetta and farm egg carbonara, and bacon caramel ...

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You should eat more turkey

Source: Atlanta Magazine

This is what one of Jenni Harris’s broad-breasted black turkeys looks like as a teenager.Photograph by Laura Mortelliti Eat more turkey. That may sound obvious, this being Thanksgiving month, but there are health benefits to varying your poultry routine throughout the year. “Turkey is just a really good, sustainable source of energy,” says chef David Sweeney, who is best known for his popular vegetable-forward cooking at his former restaurant, Dynamic Dish. “We should be eating turkey—and rabbit and duck, for that matter—year round.” Turkey could almost be considered a superfood: It’s packed with protein, low in fat, and contains iron, ...

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Fresh on the Scene: C. Ellet’s, Bar Mercado, Bluetop

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The giant Tomahawk ribeye at C. Ellet’sPhotograph by Caroline C. Kilgore C. Ellet’s Linton Hopkins built this new steakhouse right next to SunTrust Park’s enormous entrance, and he lured chef Damon Wise from New York to run it. (Hopkins also just moved three-time James Beard Award nominee Jen Yee south to oversee the pastry programs at all of his restaurants.) Named for Hopkins’s great-great-grandfather, Charles Ellet Jr., the restaurant has a split personality. On the left side, curvy booths and pearlescent blue and green tones aim for glamour in the formal dining room, where beef from heavyweight producers around the ...

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Clarkson’s Refuge Coffee Co. finds a permanent home

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Kitti Murray of Refuge Coffee Co.Photo by Zach Wolfe In 2013, Refuge Coffee Co. founders Kitti and Bill Murray moved from Old Fourth Ward to Clarkston, looking for more space for their grandchildren to play. Kitti, a freelance writer, and Bill, a former pastor, had no intention of starting a business, much less a coffee shop. But they found themselves in a community of refugees who were struggling to find jobs that would enable them to care for their families. “The No. 1 job refugees get here is at the chicken processing plant one and a half hours away. It’s a ...

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The Hotel Clermont’s forthcoming restaurant has a name: Tiny Lou’s

Source: Atlanta Magazine

From left: hotel director of restaurants Nick Hassiotis, chef Jeb Aldrich, and hotel general manager Alan Rae on the roof of the Hotel ClermontPhotograph by Heidi Geldhauser In July, we reported that Jeb Aldrich—formerly of Noble Fin and 4th and Swift—would be the executive chef at the Hotel Clermont’s forthcoming restaurant. That restaurant now has a name: Tiny Lou’s. “She was a dancer at the hotel’s Gypsy Room, which was there before the Clermont Lounge, in the 1950s,” says Aldrich. “According to Atlanta folklore, she was notorious for being ‘the girl who refused to dance with Hitler.’” Tiny Lou became ...

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Video of the Day: Gabrielle Union says Atlanta has the best food

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Gabrielle Union, we could not agree with you more on this one. In the most recent episode of First We Feast’s “Hot Ones” series, released today, the actress, author, and style icon took part in the pain dozens of other celebrities have gone through on the show—eating hotter and hotter chicken wings while answering embarrassing questions about their lives. Union talked about her Twitter sass, the bromance between LeBron James and her Cleveland Cavaliers all-star husband Dwyane Wade, and her best-selling book We’re Going to Need More Wine. But what’s most important to us Atlantans is what happens after host Sean ...

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Community Farmers Markets’ inaugural Red Clay Soirée has an impressive food lineup

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Community Farmers Markets—a nonprofit network that likely includes at least one of your favorite Atlanta farmers markets—is hosting its inaugural Red Clay Soirée fundraising gala on Friday, November 10. The list of participants reads like, well, a list of the people making much of the finest food and drink in the city right now. (Full disclosure: We’re also the official media sponsor for the event.) “We wanted to work with people who aren’t the big names like Hugh Acheson or [Staplehouse chef] Ryan Smith, but the rising stars,” says Katie Hayes, CFM’s executive director. “These are the people who are ...

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