Category Archives: Atlanta Magazine

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Kula, a new conveyor belt sushi spot, just opened in Doraville

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The front of Kula in DoravillePhotograph courtesy of Kula Sushi. When flying out of Tokyo’s Narita airport, one of your last options for food before making the long trek home is a conveyor belt sushi restaurant. “Kaiten-zushi,” or rotating sushi, is a subset of Japanese cuisine common all across the country. Rotating sushi bars first gained popularity after one was shown off at the Osaka World Expo in 1970, and the trend has since spread across the world. Conveyor belt sushi bars have come and gone in Atlanta, but Kula Revolving Sushi Bar, which opened on Friday, is the newest. ...

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium shows off new concessions: What to grab and what to skip

Source: Atlanta Magazine

By now you’ve likely heard about the big dining names coming to Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Iberian Pig, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, Antico, and Kevin Gillespie’s Gamechanger, to name a few. Concentrics (One Midtown Kitchen, Two Urban Licks) is even operating a full-service restaurant, Molly B’s, that will be open on non-game days. But what about the rest of the stadium’s concessions? While we didn’t get a chance to try the much-talked-about $2 hot dogs and $3 pizza slices at a stadium-sponsored media preview this morning, we did get to taste a few of the more premium (but still fairly priced for a ...

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What is like to be a colorblind chef?

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Stuffed Zucchini with Georgia chantrelles, arroz verde.Photograph by Wesley Stanfield Photography Chef Benjamin Meyer, of the Westside Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant, likes to theme his rotating chef’s specials by color—a yellow pepper bisque and a yellow watermelon salad, or a zucchini stuffed with green rice. The premise sounds a little gimmicky until you learn that for Meyer, these dishes represent a challenge. The chef is colorblind. “A lot of people hear the word ‘colorblind’ and they think you’re walking in a black-and-white world,” he explains. “You see different shadings, but people don’t understand how smart the human mind is. ...

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At Kevin Gillespie’s Gamechanger, you can get a “Closed on Sunday” chicken sandwich with a half-pound of fries

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Closed on Sunday chicken sandwichPhoto by David Cameron Coming soon to Mercedes-Benz stadium, Kevin Gillespie’s Gamechanger promises to take sports concessions to the next level, serving cheesesteaks, pork French dip sandwiches, adult slushies, and a “Closed on Sunday” fried chicken sandwich to hungry soccer and football fans. Located behind the western end zone on the 200 level, Gamechanger is aiming for an August 26 debut but may open earlier to season ticketholders. We chatted with the Gunshow and Revival chef to learn more about his latest venture: Why is it called Gamechanger? It’s about the new stadium and the promise ...

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After cars hit the building twice, Ammazza won’t reopen until next year

Source: Atlanta Magazine

  This is what Ammazza looked like after a car crashed into the building in June. A second car hit it in July.Photograph courtesy of Hugh Connerty When the hood of a car plowed through the front wall of Ammazza in June, no one could have predicted that another car would crash into almost the exact same spot of the building nearly a month later. The popular Neapolitan pizzeria sits at the intersection of Randolph Street and Edgewood Avenue, a site that has earned two “no turn on red” signs and a whole lot of recent attention. On the morning ...

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Ready, set, pour! The first Waiters’ Race Atlanta raises money for the Giving Kitchen

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Participants line up for the first Waiters’ Race Atlanta at Shops Buckhead Atlanta.Photograph by Rachel Pittman There’s no use crying over spilled milk, but you couldn’t have blamed one of the servers competing in the first ever Waiters’ Race Atlanta in Buckhead on Friday afternoon for shedding a few tears over spilled champagne. Benefiting the Giving Kitchen and hosted by the Industry Fund, a new local nonprofit with a similar mission of supporting hospitality workers in their time of need, the quirky event was a take on the “Course des Garcons de Cafe,” a century-old Bastille Day tradition where waiters ...

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Got five minutes? Holler & Dash can have a biscuit ready for you

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Rendering of Holler & DashBy FRCH Design Worldwide If you crave brunch fare on the regular, but don’t always have time for the whole wait-in-line, sip mimosa, wait-some-more production, you’re a likely target for the newest biscuit shop coming to the Westside. Holler & Dash Biscuit House made a name for itself as a comfort food breakfast-and-lunch option in Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida. Come August, it’s bringing its house-made biscuits, cage-free eggs, and hormone-free proteins to 1085 Howell Mill Road. “Atlanta’s food scene is very diverse, but it has that foundation of Southern emphasis,” Holler & Dash culinary director Brandon ...

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Cool down this summer with watermelon pizza delivered to your door

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Summertime is heating up in Atlanta—school is out, days are longer, and it’s time for life to slow down. Between pool parties and afternoons in Piedmont Park, everybody is looking for a way to cool off. After a long day in the sun, a haul to the grocery store and turning on the oven isn’t at the top of a daily summer to-do list. Presenting a crave-worthy remedy for those hot summer days. Everyone knows watermelon makes the perfect summertime snack, no matter how you slice it. For your next block party, picnic, or backyard snack, Shipt is sharing three ...

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There’s truth in advertising at Yummy Spicy on Buford Highway

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The Yummy Spicy chicken at Yummy SpicyPhotograph by Ted Golden. Once upon a time in a little house across from Pine Tree Plaza on Buford Highway sat one of my favorite foot massage spots. I frequented the Vietnamese-owned spa for many years, even after a particularly rough massage session left me with bruises all over my back way too close to my wedding day. Today, the once dark space crowded with black leather massage chairs is home to an exciting new Chinese restaurant that has some of the best Sichuan food I have found inside the perimeter in recent memory. ...

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The Christiane Chronicles: Servers, at least apologize for bad food

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Rant Deal With It! Few things make me crazier than giving an honest answer to a waiter’s routine question only to be met by a blank facial expression. “How is everything?” shouldn’t be a pro forma question followed by a quick exit. Imagine the following dialogue: “How was the shrimp burger?” “Horrible.” It was perhaps the toughest, most overcooked thing I had eaten in recent memory. “Uhhhh. Sorry you didn’t like it!” Then my server ran off to the other end of the bar. Sending something back to the kitchen isn’t always easy. Maybe I’m eating with someone who has ...

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Atlanta’s “cult of lemon pepper”

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Lemon pepper wings from DugansPhotograph courtesy of First We Feast “Lemon pepper, wet, all flats. Like, who are you hearing that from?” Atlanta TV series creator Donald Glover poses the question, knowing the answer is obvious: Customers at LT’s Wings, J.R. Cricket’s, Dugans, and American Deli, that’s who. In other words: Atlanta. Food site First We Feast’s docuseries Food Grails explores how underground foods become staples in major cities. Host Miss Info, a journalist whose main focus is hip-hop culture, has eaten her way through Vietnamese Po’ Boys in New Orleans, Jamaican beef patties in New York, and black-owned taco stands in ...

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The future of the world-famous Ghetto Burger

Source: Atlanta Magazine

A memorial to Ann Price, the founder of Ann’s Snack Bar, hangs in the restaurant. Price passed away in 2015 at age 72.Photograph by Darnell Wilburn Atlanta lost a food legend in April 2015. “Miss Ann” Price might not have been known for winning high-minded culinary awards, but her hallowed Ghetto Burger and her fiery demeanor made her one of the city’s most authentic and longstanding small business owners. Restaurant Eugene chef Linton Hopkins—himself a James Beard award winner—can attest to that. “I am as inspired by Miss Ann and the way she expressed herself through her burger as I ...

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Here’s what Linton Hopkins will serve at C. Ellet’s steakhouse

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The 64-ounce Tomahawk steak at C. Ellet’s steakhousePhotograph by Andrew Thomas Lee Linton Hopkins (Restaurant Eugene, Holeman and Finch) will open his steakhouse, C. Ellet’s, at the Battery Atlanta at SunTrust Park later this month. The restaurant is named for Hopkins’s great-grandfather, Charles Ellet, Jr., who worked as a a U.S. Army Corps engineer building bridges connecting the Southeast. (Ellett fought with the Union Navy and ultimately lost his life in the Battle of Memphis.) Hopkins has put together a team of heavy hitters to run the place: He plucked chef Damon Wise from New York City’s Maison Premiere and Sauvage, ...

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Krista and Jerry Slater are consulting on a new restaurant: City Pharmacy

Source: Atlanta Magazine

A vintage photograph of City Pharmacy back in its heyday.Photograph courtesy of Tedo and Sasha Stone, the owners of City Pharmacy. You most likely know Jerry Slater as the owner of H. Harper Station, the popular train depot-turned-bar in Reynoldstown that garnered praise for its masterful cocktails but sadly shuttered in April 2016. But Slater has always had a foot in the restaurant industry. His mom was a “fixer” for Pizza Hut—the person sent in to turn underperforming stores around, and Slater delivered pizzas in high school. He put himself through college by working in restaurants. After earning a literature ...

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Brandon Smith wants to sell you a fresh Georgia peach

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Brandon Smith found slinging peaches more exciting than a life working in personal finance.Photograph by Jack Deese The line at Brandon Smith’s booth is one of the longest at the Freedom Farmers Market on a typical muggy Saturday morning in May. Customers flock to his table, ready to exchange a few bucks for large sacks full of fat Georgia-grown peaches from Dickey Farms—the oldest continually-operating packing house in the state. Come mid to late July though, Georgia’s iconic state fruit is going to be much harder to come by, thanks to a cataclysmic season that, according to Smith, cost the ...

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Atlanta is quietly losing one of its best—and most creative—wine shops

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Le Caveau closes its doors this monthPhotograph by Matthew Lane @zazenphoto.com It was just like any other day at Le Caveau. I walked into Eric Brown’s Chamblee wine shop, and he grabbed a glass from the shelf. “You have to try this.” It was a white wine by Oriol Artigas in Catalonia, Spain. The wine was a blend of Pansa Blanca and Pansa Rosada, two varietals I didn’t know existed by a producer I’d never heard of in a region I never think about. I Googled the name of the wine—one other store in the United States sold it, and ...

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Fresh on the Scene: Varuni Napoli, Dish, Mix’d Up Burgers, Whiskey Bird

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Varuni Napoli sells the best cannoli in town.Photograph by Caroline C. Kilgore Varuni Napoli From the counter seats at Luca Varuni’s new spot in Krog Street Market, it’s impossible to miss the robin’s egg blue wood-burning oven, emblazoned with red letters spelling out the restaurant’s name like a soccer team jersey. Unlike the flagship in Morningside, this newcomer doesn’t offer pasta, the list of pizzas is smaller, and the pies themselves are smaller, too (12 inches versus 14). The best thing on the menu is a specialty only served at this location: the fried pizza stuffed with spicy spreadable pork ...

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Branchwater chef Todd Hogan branches out again with the Republic steakhouse

A rendering of Liberty HallRendering by Greene and Greene Chef Todd Hogan is on a mission to feed Atlanta’s northern suburbs. He opened Indigo in Milton in 2008 (and re-opened it in 2016 after a fire), Branchwater in Cumming in 2013, and Branch & Barrel at Avalon in 2015. This winter, he plans to open a traditional American steakhouse called the Republic in Alpharetta’s Liberty Hall. “It’s been a crazy couple years. We’ve had some really nice growth with super support from fans and friends,” Hogan says. “Steakhouses are one of my favorite ways of dining.” He describes the Republic as being a “true, down to the roots, American steakhouse with a casual elegance to it.” He promises “old-school cuts of meat” like dry-aged and…View Original Post

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The Guac Stop at Atlantic Station might be the most Millennial event ever

Source: Atlanta Magazine

You know what Millennials love more than anything else in the world? Avocados. The burrito-makers at Chipotle don’t need to tell us that guacamole costs extra—we know. In fact, our deep commitment devouring the avocado’s holy greenness spread over a fresh piece of Artisan toast has completely destroyed our ability to afford a down payment on a house. Bummer. But this week, Atlanta Millennials have a reason to celebrate. We can consume our weight in free guacamole at The Guac Stop, a touring pop-up from national brand Wholly Guacamole that will set up shop all-day at Atlantic Station from Wednesday through ...

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Home for Dinner: Andrew Young, former U.N. ambassador and civil rights leader

Source: Atlanta Magazine

“Normally, it’s pizza,” Andrew Young jokes. That’s not exactly true. Pizza boxes might sometimes grace the table at regular family get-togethers, hosted by his son, Andrew “Bo” Young III, in his six-bedroom home in Buckhead. Most of the time, though, it’s platters of home-cooked meat and vegetables made by Bo’s wife, Angelica. At 85, Young still looks stately, even in a loose linen short-sleeved shirt and matching slacks. An early leader in the civil rights movement, he was known as Martin Luther King Jr.’s closest confidant. “We’d start our day at Busy Bee or Paschal’s,” he says, referencing their days ...

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Propósito taco truck sets up shop in Lindbergh

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Lake Dawson, the corporate chef for Tropical Smoothie Cafe, and his partner Michael Boynton, have a side job and it involves tacos. Boynton, who is native of Austin, Texas, found himself seeking out quality, authentic tacos everywhere he went. The idea for a taco truck was born. Propósito, the duo’s new blue and white food truck that sits in the parking lot of the Exxon at the corner of Lindbergh Drive and Piedmont Road, opened two weeks ago. It serves breakfast and lunch tacos with classic Mexican flavors such as barbacoa and al pastor pork, along with quesadillas and icy ...

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Do Hershey’s Georgia-branded Honey-Roasted Peanut Reese’s Cups improve the perfect candy?

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The limited edition Georgia Reese’s CupPhotograph by Matt Walljasper This year, The Hershey Company unveiled a series of limited edition candies—the Hershey Flavors of America—that featured the candymaker’s flagship confectioneries gene-spliced with stereotypically accurate regional flavors for a handful of U.S. states. There are Coconut Almond Kisses (Hawaii), Key Lime Pie and Orange Cream Pop Twizzlers (Florida), Strawberry Kit-Kats (California), Cherry Cheesecake Hershey bars (New York), and BBQ Payday bars (Texas). One other state was graced with a sugary shout-out. If you haven’t guessed yet, it’s us. Our special flavor? Honey-roasted Peanut Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. We assume this decision ...

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The Brick Store Pub: 20 years and lots of beer

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Dave Blanchard, Tom Moore, and Mike Gallagher, the founders of the Brick Store PubPhotograph by Josh Jameson On June 27, 1997, the Brick Store Pub in Decatur opened its doors for the first time. It was a cloudy, humid Friday evening, and founders Dave Blanchard, Mike Gallagher, and Tom Moore had no idea that the neighborhood pub they’d built would become known as one of the country’s best beer bars, with accolades from popular publications such as Beer Advocate and RateBeer. The three friends and business partners were early champions of a 2004 law that raised the alcohol limit for ...

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Why chef Nick Melvin left Venkman’s

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Nick MelvinPhotography by Henri Hollis for Green Olive Media. In October 2015, just a month after Venkman’s opened its doors to the public, chef Nick Melvin wasn’t in the restaurant’s kitchen. He was two hours away in a North Georgia rehab facility. When he returned 30 days later, Melvin felt clearer than before. And nearly a year later, still sober, the dishes on his Instagram feed slowly became more light, vegetable-driven, almost feminine. Smoked oysters in a vinaigrette with a little crème fraiche and homemade crackers replaced an overwrought and gloppy shrimp and grits found on his opening menu at Venkman’s. ...

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The Dish Dive team is opening Dive Market and Emergency Kitchen

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Jeff Myers and chef Travis CarrollPhotograph courtesy of Jeff Myers. Jeff Myers, the man who co-founded the Ponce hotspot Top Flr in 2007, the Sound Table on Edgewood Avenue in 2010, and Dish Dive in Kirkwood in 2014, says he is a dreamer, not a chef. Along with Travis Carroll, who is currently executive chef at Dish Dive, Myers is launching a yet another new endeavor: Dive Market and Emergency Kitchen, a convenience store with a kitchen. Myers says the shop, located in Reynoldstown, will feel like a cross between Star Provisions and Little’s Food Store.  “My goal [is to ...

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