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A margarita bar is coming to the Beltline

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Margaritas will be the specialty at Guac y Margys / Photo from the Guac y Margys Facebook page

Get ready to chip, dip and sip just off the Beltline this summer.

Guac y Margys is set to open at 661 Auburn Ave. #120 on the bottom floor of the Residences at Studioplex in late May, just off the Eastside Beltline. The spot is keeping it simple during the week with a menu offering 10 different margaritas and guacamole, salsa and queso with chips, according to co-owner David Barton. Look for a more expanded food menu on the weekends.

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A popular Charleston bakery is setting up shop in an Atlanta food hall this year

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Bread from Root Baking Co. / Photo credit: Nicole Lewis

A bakery and cafe set to open in Atlanta is about to dash all your low-carb diet resolutions.

Root Baking Co. is set to open in a “prominent Atlanta food hall” in early- to mid-summer, according to Chris Wilkins, who owns Root with his wife, Nicole (who also has a “day job” as a pharmacist). Root has been selling wholesale and at farmers markets in Charleston since 2015.

Though he’s not yet able to confirm the exact location, Wilkins said the spot will be open for breakfast and lunch with ...

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Beer Pick: New Realm Euphonia Pilsner

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

One of the most exciting developments on the burgeoning Atlanta beer scene is the recent arrival of New Realm Brewing.

The craft beer destination from former Stone brewmaster Mitch Steele and his veteran beer business partners Carey Falcone and Bob Powers includes a state-of-the-art production brewery, a pilot brewery and a restaurant, all housed in a stunning facility overlooking the Beltline.

Last week, I talked with Steele about the project, and part of our interview was published this week.

Steele’s opening beers include special releases such as Radegast Triple IPA, and “mainstays” such as Hoplandia IPA and Euphonia ...

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Are these 2 Georgia restaurants among the most romantic in the U.S.? One ranking says yes

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The interior of Babette’s Cafe /
Photo contributed by Adrienne Harris

Looking for some romance this Valentine’s Day or beyond? One site says two Georgia restaurants are among the top eateries in the country where love is in the air.

Restaurant reservation site OpenTable has released its list of 100 most romantic restaurants in the U.S., as determined by 12 million verified OpenTable diner reviews collected between Dec. 2016 and Nov. 2017. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of ...

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Loyal Q and Brew’s second location is set to open this month

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Loyal Q Meats and Sides including (clockwise from top left) cornbread, St. Louis Ribs, Collard Greens, Pit Beans, Pulled Pork, Smoakhouse Sausage, and Brisket. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

A barbecue restaurant that made a splash in Marietta when it opened in August 2017 is poised to open its second location later this month.

Loyal Q and Brew will open Feb. 20 at 3655 Old Milton Pkwy. in Alpharetta, in the space formerly home to Five Seasons Brewery.

Owner Bob Campbell, who spend 25 years with Taco Mac before opening Loyal Q, said the menu will be similar to the Marietta ...

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Marietta’s Doughnut Dollies expanding with Atlanta location

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Sweet Jane doughnut at Doughnut Dollies is messy, but worth it – a plain doughnut is overfilled with vanilla cream and covered in powdered sugar. / CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

A popular Marietta doughnut shop is taking its sweet treats ITP.

Doughnut Dollies — which Chris and Anna Gatti opened in the downstairs space of their Canvas Cafe & Bakery in 2015 — is set to open a second location on Howell Mill Road in the Collier Hills area by June, according to Anna Gatti.

The doughnut shop — named for the Red Cross volunteers who delivered doughnuts and ...

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Old Fourth Distillery to debut speakeasy concept tomorrow

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Old 4th Distillery produces vodka and gin with non-GMO cane sugar, less energy and no waste. (Jenni Girtman / Atlanta Event Photography)

Atlanta’s first distillery since prohibition is changing things up this week with a new speakeasy concept that hearkens back to that era.

Old Fourth Distillery is turning its tasting room into the Locker Room starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported. The club is named for the private clubs that popped up around Atlanta during the early 1900s, when alcohol was locked up and only served to members.

Bartender Cole Younger Just will head ...

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This Westside barbecue joint brings creamed corn to life

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The elote creamed corn at DAS BBQ captures the flavor and flair of Mexican street corn. / CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

Dish of the Week: Elote Creamed Corn at DAS BBQ

The elote creamed corn at DAS BBQ isn’t your grandad’s creamed corn. If you think of creamed corn as the watery, bland side dish dumped from a can and sitting untouched on the cafeteria buffet, be prepared to have your eyes opened at this Westside smokehouse.

The name itself reveals the inspiration for the flavors in DAS BBQ’s version. Elote is the Mexican street corn roasted on a ...

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Coffee tour, free milkshakes and more food and drink events in metro Atlanta this week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Get free cuppings Saturday mornings at East Pole Coffee Co. Photo credit: Blue Hominy PR.

Get free cuppings Saturday mornings. Kids will be able to decorate cards, get a free mini milkshake and more. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time.

Thursday, Feb. 8: 101 Steak will host a five-course pairing dinner featuring wines from around the world from 7-10 p.m. The dinner will start with a reception featuring East and West Coast ...

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Get $2 tacos every Tuesday at this popular Midtown spot

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Get $2 tacos every Tuesdays at Babalu Tapas & Tacos. Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates.

It takes two to get this deal.

Babalu Tapas & Tacos offers $2 tacos every Tuesday during lunch and dinner hours. Taco options include pork, vegetable, spice seared saku tuna and braised short rib. This dining deal is available for dine-in guests only.

33 Peachtree Pl. NE, Atlanta. 404-900-9595, atlanta.eatbabalu.com.



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Check out the menu for Mary Hoopa’s Fried Chicken & Oysters, now open in East Lake

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Fried Chicken and beer are featured on the menu at Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters / Photo by Mia Yakel

The wait is over.

Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters operated in soft open mode over the weekend in the 2nd + Hosea development in East Lake, and is open for regular hours starting today, Feb. 5. The restaurant is the latest from Robert Phalen, the owner and executive chef of popular Inman Park spot One Eared Stag.

The eatery — which has been in the works since late 2016 — stays true to its ...

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Indulge in dinner for two for $24.95 at this metro Atlanta tavern

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Indulge in a three-course dinner for two for $24.95 and more at HOBNOB on Mondays. Photo credit: Brandon Amato.

Make Monday a date night.

Start a new weekly traditional with your favorite friend or lover: date night at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern. Couples can enjoy a three-course dinner inclusive of a salad, choice of burgers or pizza and cobbler for dessert from 5-10 p.m. Mondays for $24.95. Guests can also order additional items from the menu a la carte.
1551 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-968-2288, hobnobatlanta.com.
804 Town Blvd., Brookhaven. 404-464-8971.


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6 can’t-miss February food and drink events in metro Atlanta

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Learn to make the Soy Crazy for You roll at RA Sushi / Photo courtesy of RA Sushi

Make sushi with the one you love

Looking for something fun to do with your partner leading up to Valentine’s Day? Check out RA Sushi’s Roll of Attraction aphrodisiac sushi-rolling class for couples. Chefs will teach participants how to make rolls and other dishes using ingredients known to spice things up, including salmon, avocado, lobster and strawberries. There’s also the option to sample three types of sake and rosé.

8-9:30 p.m. Feb. 7. $40 per person without the sake and rosé, $45 ...

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Check out the menu for Lao restaurant Snackboxe Bistro, opening tomorrow in Doraville

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Larb from Snackboxe Bistro / Photo from the Snackboxe Bistro Facebook page

A taste of Laos is set to open tomorrow in Doraville.

Snackboxe Bistro, which will be open for lunch and dinner, will offer a variety of Lao street food including noodle soups, a variety of salads (papaya, shrimp and a meat salad known as larb), sausages, beef jerky, wings, pork skewers and other casual fare inflected with Laotian flavor, as well as drinks and traditional desserts

The eatery is owned and operated by husband and wife Vanh Sengaphone and Thip Athakhanh, who decided to open it after ...

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Rack up on seafood deals starting at 50 cents in Buckhead today

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Dantanna’s Buckhead location offers 50-cent chilled shrimp and $1 oysters. Photo credit: Caren West PR.

A couple of quarters go a long way today.

Dantanna’s Buckhead location offers 50-cent chilled shrimp and $1 oysters from 4-6 p.m. Fridays. Bring friends; this deal is too awesome to indulge in alone.
Buckhead – Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Road, N.E., Atlanta. 404-760-8873.

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Get details about the kombucha bar set to open on the Westside Beltline

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Melanie Wade holds a bottle of Golda Kombucha / Contributed by Golda Kombucha

Kombucha will be as good as Golda this spring in Atlanta’s West End.

Melanie Wade, the creator of Golda Kombucha, will open Cultured South in the Lee + White development at 1038 White St. off the Beltline’s Westside trail.

The fermentation company will feature a kombucha bar and fermentation marketplace that will sell fermented food and beverage products including Golda kombucha as well as Wade’s Pure Abundance Cashew Cheese. The 6,000 square-foot warehouse will house areas for production, tastings and retail and will allow customers to taste, ...

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6 drinks that are pretty in pink (and red) and perfect for Valentine’s Day

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Leon’s Full Service Amaro daiquiri/Tori Allen

If cocktails are a part of your Valentine’s Day celebration, check out this list of vibrant red and pink-hued potions that are easy to fall in love with. Whether you spend the moment with your significant other or friends, treat yourself with one of these liquid lovelies.

Negroni Sbagliato

Your relationship shouldn’t be bitter, but your drink can be. Bar Americano beverage manager Julian Goglia uses Martini Reserva Speciale Bitter, a product new to the Atlanta market, for what he calls a “wrong Negroni.” “Sbagliato” translates to mistaken, and refers to replacing gin with bubbles. ...

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Atlanta ice cream shop to open third location off the Eastside Beltline

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Ice cream sandwiches at Butter and Cream made with two Chocolate Chocolate Chip cookies and Salted Butterscotch ice cream. / AJC file photo

A popular metro Atlanta ice cream shop is set to join some other highly-anticipated projects just off the Eastside Beltline.

Butter & Cream will open its third location in the StudioPlex development at 659 Auburn Ave. NE, just south of Irwin Street.

After opening its first location in Decatur in 2014, Butter & Cream expanded last year with a store in Roswell.

Owner Stacy Wisniewski’s shop makes its own ice cream, sorbets, sauces, toppings, cookies and cakes...

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Super Bowl LII parties in Atlanta: Head to these bars for food and drink specials

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Get $1 food deals at Hugo’s Oyster Bar on Super Bowl Sunday. Photo credit: Green Olive Media.

Are you ready for football? Do you enjoy meeting other fans, rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles or New England Patriots and eating good food at even better prices? The following eight restaurants will offer dining deals to keep you full, entertainment to keep you energized (flat screen TVs, anyone?) and savings in your pocket, especially with several all-you-can-eat options. All specials will be available on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4.

Dantanna’s: The Buckhead  location will offer reserve seating — guests can choose ...

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Buckhead barbecue restaurant closes, ‘Baja Mexican’ spot to come

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Smoked wings from Smokebelly / Photo credit: Sara Hanna Photography.

Barbecue restaurant Smokebelly has closed and a new concept has already been announced to take its place.

The eatery — which was scheduled to close this weekend after the Super Bowl — instead closed this past weekend at 128 E. Andrews Drive, Tomorrow’s News Today first reported.

Tory Bartlett, CEO of Southern Hospitality — which owns Smokebelly as well as Tin Lizzy’s, Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails, Gypsy Kitchen, The Southern Gentleman, The Blind Pig Parlour Bar and Beni’s Cubano — said a Baja Mexican concept will ...

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Kirkwood establishment dishes up the kitchen sink with this pizza

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Kitchen Sink Pizza at Urban Pie is a local take on the classic supreme pie. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

Dish of the Week – Kitchen Sink Pizza at Urban Pie

As a general rule for food, and many other things, it’s tough to beat simple classics that are well-executed. But human nature tends to get the better of us, and we attempt to improve things that are already great, adding complexity and expense where it’s not needed. If you’ve ever had conveyor-belt sushi or a Unicorn Frappuccino, you understand.

This is why simple pleasures like the Kitchen Sink pizza ...

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Eatery from founders of The Cheesecake Factory coming to Phipps Plaza this summer

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Pasata Telephono at Grand Lux Cafe / Photo from the Grand Lux Cafe Facebook page

Isn’t it grand?

Grand Lux Cafe is set to join the roster of new tenants at Buckhead’s Phipps Plaza this summer.

It will be the first Atlanta location for the California-based chain, developed by the founders of The Cheesecake Factory. There are also locations in Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

The concept — which blends “the grandeur and luxury of European cafes with the sensibilities and spirit of an all-American restaurant” according to a press release will open on the ...

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Mini doughnut chain opening first Atlanta location this spring

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Doughnuts from The Dapper Doughnut / Photo from The Dapper Doughnut Facebook page

Atlanta doughnuts are about to get the dapper treatment.

Las Vegas-based mini doughnut chain The Dapper Doughnut is set to open its first Atlanta location this March in Lenox Square’s Fashion Cafe.

The spot — which opened its first store in 2015 — will offer hot mini cake-style doughnuts with 14 different toppings and sugars including powdered sugar, s’mores and peanut butter. The Dapper Doughnut also has locations in Texas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Also set to open this spring in Lenox Square ...

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10 places to RSVP for Valentine’s Day dinner in metro Atlanta

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Indulge in a five-course, prix-fixe Valentine’s Day dinner with broiled lobster tails and more at Petite Violette Restaurant.  / Photo credit: Randi Tucker.

If you’re thinking about staying in for dinner this Valentine’s Day, here are 11 reasons to go out.

First. One year, I went on a blind date on Valentine’s Day. The Guy and I were supposed to meet at a coffee shop then head over to a Mediterranean restaurant. It sounded like a good plan, but after waiting one hour for him (don’t ask why I waited), I started to leave, but my phone rang. It was ...

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Popular Ansley Park bar to stay open — for now

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The exterior of Cowtippers / Photo from the Cowtippers Facebook page

An Ansley Park bar that had previously announced plans to close by the end of January is getting a reprieve.

Cowtippers Steaks & Spirits, located at 1600 Piedmont Road, will delay closing for at least a few weeks.

“Based on the outpouring of support from the community, we have decided to remain open at least another two weeks during which we will assess what will happen regarding Cowtippers,” Metrotainment Cafes CEO Jeff Landau said in a prepared statement.

Landau previously said he was “weighing several options including selling the ...

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