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Get a taste of Chamblee at the city’s annual food festival

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Blue Top is one of the many Chamblee restaurants that will be serving up food at the Taste of Chamblee. / Photo credit- Mia Yakel

Taste of Chamblee is a crash course in that city’s burgeoning dining scene.

The annual food festival, now in its 10th year and hosted by the City of Chamblee, will take place Oct. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. It will be held in downtown Chamblee, at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Broad Street.

A variety of Chamblee restaurants will be on hand to offer samples of fare that range from Italian to Middle ...

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First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Angry Fried Chicken Sandwich with white bread and pickles. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Former Portofino executive chef Matt Marcus recently opened the first restaurant of his own, partnering with Andy Lasky to create Bluetop on Peachtree Road in Chamblee.

Serving both lunch and dinner seven days a week, the concept combines fast-casual service with a menu from Marcus that’s both quirky and comfy.

Consider the likes of a Maine lobster corn dog, a signature burger made with Snake River Farms beef and Red Dragon cheddar, and a kale salad tossed with milk blanched garlic, dried blueberries, toasted oats, and fermented hemp nut vinaigrette.

In addition to draft and canned beer, and a concise list of wines by the glass or bottle, there are adventurous drinks from beverage director Jonathan L. Joy, including “Meat Locker” cocktails stirred with duck and lamb washes.

While the name pays homage to the taxi stand that once occupied the space, the Bluetop build-out offers multiple places to drink and dine, including two bars, two dining rooms and a design that melds the indoors and outdoors with backyard picnic tables, bocce and cornhole, and sometimes live bands.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Back dining area, looking out into backyard and patio. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

In keeping with Chamblee’s history as a destination for antique and curio shops, Marcus and Lasky bought a 1969 45-foot Global Van Lines moving truck for $500 and retrofitted it to be the kitchen.

“We’re basically running a restaurant out of a food truck,” Marcus said during a recent interview, “but the concept is basically about utilizing the relationships that I’ve built with local purveyors and farmers in over 14 years-plus of being in Atlanta.

“I’m trying to deliver that to the guests at a way more reasonable price than I’m used to in fine dining. The way we found to do that was we took out the china, we took out the fine silver, and we took out the servers, essentially. That freed up a lot of overhead to where we can put that into the menu. Actually, my food cost is higher than it’s ever been.”

Marcus calls his cooking at Bluetop New American, though somewhere along the line that got translated as Americana. Either way, he’s using high-quality ingredients, often in unusual ways, including a Border Springs lamb sloppy Joe.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

(From left to right) The Bluetop team: Jonathan L. Joy, beverage director, executive chef/co-owner Matt Marcus, and Paul Sidener, chef de cuisine. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

“I’m taking things that came throughout my life,” Marcus said. “My grandmother used to make me a sloppy Joe with lamb necks, and it’s just happy comfort food for me. A double stack burger with a cheese I found 12 years ago in Mississippi. The Red Dragon cheese makes it for me. And so that’s my little taste of a Mississippi gas station burger.

“I remember the first time we ever figured out how to fry gnocchi. I said if I ever open a fast-casual place, I’m going to put them on the menu and call them tater tots, and give them to the people.”

Besides calling fried gnocchi tater tots, Marcus said the atmosphere was meant to reinforce the cool casualness of the food.

“We totally want it to be a hangout,” he said. “We don’t want any tension in the building. We want you to feel at home. It’s a place where on the weekend I’ve seen people hanging out in the backyard from like 2 in the afternoon until early evening, playing some bocce, and listening to the band.”

Another thing Marcus likes about the backyard, which is close to the kitchen, is that he has a place for his custom Kudu grill.

“I love the Kudu,” he said. “We sat down with the engineer and we designed the one for Bluetop. I’ve got to tell you, it’s everything I ever dreamed it could be. My favorite thing I’ve done on it was an Ossabaw pig head that I let sit for about eight hours on the highest elevation with a pound of chervil underneath.”

While certain items will remain for the long run, Marcus said he’ll be tweaking the menu fairly often.

“The menu will constantly organically grow, and we’re going to really try to pay attention to the neighborhood and what they want. Seeing 80 to 90 ceviches sold a day lets me know that I should probably put a crudo on and maybe expand the oyster program.

“But as far as a demographic, we don’t have one. I don’t know how that’s possible. I’ve seen everything from strollers to wheelchairs in here. And I’m happy with that. I think we’ve created a place for everybody.”

5362 Peachtree Road, Chamblee. 678-620-3490, bluetopchamblee.com.

More images from a First Look at Bluetop

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Ceviche with native seafood, Georgia shrimp and yuzu, lemon, and capers. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Blue Top Buffalo Octopus small bite. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

The Kale salad with baby kale, milk blanched garlic, dried blueberries, toasted oats, and fermented hemp nut vinaigrette. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Chilled Peach Soup. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Bluetop Burger with Snake River Farms beef, onion jam, red dragon cheddar, butter lettuce, Dukes, and a pickle with fries. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

0 Ducks Given cocktail with apple brandy, averna, duck washed curacao, bitters blend, orange oils, and salt (left) and Whisky cocktail with bourbon, lemongrass, pomegranate, brown sugar, lime, champagne vinegar, mint, and angostura bitters (right). Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

First Look: Experience an Asian brewpub at Hopstix in Chamblee

First Look: The first Atlanta Halal Guys franchise is open in Chamblee

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First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Take a look at the menu for BlueTop, opening today in Chamblee

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Fried pickles are on the menu at BlueTop in Chamblee / Photo from the BlueTop Facebook page

A building that was formerly home to a taxi cab company is getting new life starting today.

BlueTop — whose name pays homage to the cab company — is opening its doors to the public today for lunch and dinner at 5362 Peachtree Road in Chamblee.

Former Portofino executive chef Matt Marcus and business partner Andy Lasky’s spot’s concept is “Americana fast casual,” according to Marcus, with items including lobster corn dogs, chicken confit and lamb sloppy joes made on a KUDU grill ...

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Exclusive: New Chamblee Whole Foods to feature Japanese tapas concept Izakaya

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Poke bowls at Izakaya in Whole Foods Chamblee. / Photo courtesy of Genji Sushi

When Whole Foods opens its newest location in Chamblee this Friday, a Japanese tapas concept currently only available in New York will be amongst the offerings.

Izakaya, from Whole Foods’ national sushi partner Genji, will feature items including pokè bowls, sushi pizza, ramen, Japanese fried chicken and bubble tea. The eatery will be open from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and will have a separate seating area in the store.

This marks the second Izakaya that Genji has opened in a Whole Foods Market – the first is ...

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Burger bar, ‘upscale casual’ eatery announced for new Chamblee development

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar will be part of Parkview on Peachtree when it opens later this year. / Photo from Bad Daddy’s Facebook page

Two new restaurants are coming to Chamblee as part of a forthcoming mixed-use development.

Parkview on Peachtree, which will be located at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Clairmont Road, will welcome The Alden and Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar when it opens later this year.

Chef Jared Hucks, who has run the Dogwood Table Supper Club, will helm The Alden, described in a press release as an “upscale-casual restaurant…featuring a formal emphasis on expressive, charismatic food ...

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Try soup dumplings the size of your face at this Chamblee restaurant

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Monster Soup Dumpling at China Kitchen. / Photo: Alison Gordon

DISH OF THE WEEK: Monster Soup Dumpling at China Kitchen

By Alison Gordon

If you are into super-sized food, the Monster Soup Dumpling at China Kitchen is calling your name.

Equivalent in size to six regular dumplings, this one takes up the whole bowl, so much so that it hides the savory broth underneath that you’ll have fun slurping with the accompanying straw.

Inside the mega dumpling are pork, shrimp and shiitake mushrooms. The components are segmented in the wrapper, so each bite is as unique as it is delightful. ...

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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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The latest wine and dine action in Chamblee

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Chamblee wine shop Le Caveau will close at the end of July.

Le Caveau, a wine shop in Chamblee, will be closing at month’s end.

The store, located at 5256 Peachtree Road, is currently selling its remaining inventory at a discount. Wines are 20 percent off, accessories are also marked down and fixtures are also for sale. Le Caveau could stay open as late as July 30, but will shutter earlier if its wares are all sold, said an employee.

While Le Caveau, which opened in 2010, is closing for good, numerous other food- and drink-related businesses on and ...

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Taqueria del Sol opens Wednesday at Peachtree Station in Chamblee

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Chilaquiles with Quick Salsa Frita Chilaquiles can be found many ways in Mexico-with and without eggs, cooked in skillets or baked in layered casseroles, but always with corn tortillas, salsa and cheese. This one is from Taqueria del Sol./Photo credit: Chris Hunt.

A new Taqueria del Sol will open tomorrow in Chamblee. 

The latest Taqueria del Sol spot is located in Peachtree Station, the multi-use development at 5001 Peachtree Boulevard.

Taqueria del Sol will join Whole Foods Market, Chipotle and Zoe’s Kitchen as eating options in the new strip mall, which will also be home to another Cook’s Warehouse.

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Portofino exec chef to open Bluetop in Chamblee

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Fast-casual, chef-driven restaurant Bluetop will open at 5362 Peachtree Road in Chamblee in August. / Photo: Matt Marcus

Portofino executive chef Matt Marcus has left his post at the fine-dining Buckhead restaurant to start his own venture. Marcus, along with business partner Andy Lasky, will open Bluetop, a fast-casual restaurant that serves up American fare at 5362 Peachtree Road, next to ZenTea, in Chamblee. The restaurant has a target opening date of August 1.

Bluetop, whose name pays homage to the taxi cab company that formerly resided in the space, will offer what Marcus describes as “Americana fast casual.” Open ...

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New Chamblee restaurant features kosher menu

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Exterior of Cafe Bello. Photo by Rachel Taylor.

Cooking kosher is difficult. Running a restaurant that is kosher-certified is even harder.

Until now there was only one fully kosher-certified sit down restaurant in Atlanta. In 2016, food and dining editor Ligaya Figueras explored Atlanta’s kosher options and found some eateries but not many options that adhere to the Jewish dietary laws of kashrut.

Luckily, Cafe Bello is here to fill the gap. The new Israelian restaurant will open on June 4 in Chamblee.

Along with salad and sandwiches the menu will feature some classics like baba ganoush, shakshuka ( a Middle Eastern ...

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Fresh on the Scene: Hopstix, Jai Ho, Muss & Turner’s, One Rooster Mongolian Bar

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Jai Ho chef Vijeesh Parayil masters both traditional Indian breads and “street eats” like ragada and chaat.Photograph by Caroline C. Kilgore Hopstix Andy Tan plans to capitalize on Chamblee’s growth with Hopstix, his brewpub serving pan-Asian bar food. The former home brewer, who came to Georgia in 1997 from his native Indonesia, opened Hopstix in February. A variety of drinks are on offer, but the spotlight is on beer: a mix of local brews from Wrecking Bar and Scofflaw as well as Tan’s own Gold Line blonde ale and Trackside, a citrusy pale ale. In an effort to gauge Chamblee’s ...

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Fresh on the Scene: Hopstix, Jai Ho, Muss & Turner’s, One Rooster Mongolian Bar

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Jai Ho chef Vijeesh Parayil masters both traditional Indian breads and “street eats” like ragada and chaat.Photograph by Caroline C. Kilgore Hopstix Andy Tan plans to capitalize on Chamblee’s growth with Hopstix, his brewpub serving pan-Asian bar food. The former home brewer, who came to Georgia in 1997 from his native Indonesia, opened Hopstix in February. A variety of drinks are on offer, but the spotlight is on beer: a mix of local brews from Wrecking Bar and Scofflaw as well as Tan’s own Gold Line blonde ale and Trackside, a citrusy pale ale. In an effort to gauge Chamblee’s ...

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New Restaurants to look for on Buford Highway

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Light bulb tea will be available at Mist Snack Dessert Bar. / Photo courtesy of Mist

Over the past month, Buford Highway has seen a wave of unique restaurant openings. From Thai to Malaysian, a number of new restaurants have brought their own touch of flavor to Buford Highway.

Mist Snack Dessert Bar 

Full of trendy food and drink items, Mist Snack Dessert bar is the creation of co-owner Lilly Zhao, who also co-owns Mini Hot Pot Deluxe next door. Located in the Orient Center on 4897 Buford Hwy NE in Chamblee, Mist has creative items, such as, pizza cones, ...

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Cuban eatery closes Chamblee location

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

A cuban sandwich consisting of ham roast, pork swiss cheese and pickles on Cuban Bread from Havana Sandwich Shop. AJC file photo

If you’re looking for food from Cuban eatery Havana Sandwich Shop , you’ll have to return to where it all began.

The restaurant has closed its second location in the Crossroads Village shopping center at 3979 Buford Hwy. in Chamblee. The announcement was made on the restaurant’s Facebook page:

Customers will still be able to get a taste of Cuban classics at Havana’s original location at 2905 Buford Hwy NE in Brookhaven.

Instagram Photo

The original Havana Sandwich Shop was ...

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Buford Highway gets a new option for Indian and Bangladeshi food

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Tandoori shrimp at Monsoon Masala in Chamblee.

A new Indian spot made its official debut on Buford Highway over the weekend.

Monsoon Masala Kitchen & Sweets opened at 3979 Buford Hwy. in Chamblee, in Crossroads Shopping Center, where both Cuban spot Havana and Mexican seafood restaurant Mariscos el Malacon are housed. The menu features Indian classics including a variety of tikka masalas and tandooris, as well as dishes with a Bangladeshi influence, including shrimp malai curry and haleem, a traditional spicy dish made with meat and four kinds of lentils.

Buford Highway gets a new option for Indian and Bangladeshi food

Monsoon Masala opened over the weekend.

As far as the ...

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Today: $2 pints of beer and more NCAA specials at all Taco Mac locations

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Get $2 pints of Budweiser or Budweiser Light and more NCAA tournament specials at Taco Mac today. HANDOUT / Melissa Libby & Associates.

If you need a place to drown your bracket sorrows or celebrate your team’s big win, head to Taco Mac for NCAA tournament specials including $2 pints of Budweiser or Budweiser Light. For food and drinks, opt for the eponymous bracket bundle, which includes three mozzarella sticks, three onion rings and three fried pickles with sides of marinara and buffalo ranch plus a pint of beer for $9.95. Both offers are available all day Monday, April 3.
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Fresh on the Scene: The Halal Guys, Makimono, Yumbii, and Revolution Doughnuts

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Halal Guys — Chicken and rice platterPhotograph by Caroline C. Kilgore The Halal Guys There’s a reason that the corner of Manhattan’s Sixth Avenue and 53rd Street is impossible to navigate at lunchtime; that’s where you’ll find the borough’s (the world’s?) most famous food cart and a never-ending line of customers waiting for fast Mediterranean food. The Halal Guys opened a Chamblee location in late January, and already it’s a madhouse, stuffed with people clamoring for gyros suffused with those signature creamy white and red-hot sauces. The best things in the house are the chicken platters, the baba ghanoush, and ...

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Fresh on the Scene: The Halal Guys, Makimono, Yumbii, and Revolution Doughnuts

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Halal Guys — Chicken and rice platterPhotograph by Caroline C. Kilgore The Halal Guys There’s a reason that the corner of Manhattan’s Sixth Avenue and 53rd Street is impossible to navigate at lunchtime; that’s where you’ll find the borough’s (the world’s?) most famous food cart and a never-ending line of customers waiting for fast Mediterranean food. The Halal Guys opened a Chamblee location in late January, and already it’s a madhouse, stuffed with people clamoring for gyros suffused with those signature creamy white and red-hot sauces. The best things in the house are the chicken platters, the baba ghanoush, and ...

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Exclusive: Katana and One Sushi + founder to open two new restaurants

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Mali Hu, the founder of Ichiban, the One Sushi +, and Katana, has opened a lot of restaurants in her life. Her next venture, Monkey 68, is a compilation of all of them, she says. Located in an old house at 1073 Green Street in historic Roswell, Monkey 68 is designed to make diners feel like guests at Hu’s home. “It’s the food Asian people eat at home with some twists to make it more approachable,” Hu says. Monkey 68’s sushi bar will be an extension of the sushi program at Brookhaven’s One Sushi +, with additional Korean and Japanese ...

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A burger and beer is $9.95 at this popular metro Atlanta chain restaurant

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Head to Taco Mac for an original burger and beer for $9.95 or upgrade to this bacon burger for a buck. HANDOUT / Melissa Libby & Associates.

Feeling hungry this hump day and not in the mood to cook? Taco Mac has you covered with its burger and beer special—an original burger with a side of fries plus a Budweiser or Bud Light for $9.95 all day, every Wednesday. For a buck more, guests can upgrade their burger selection to a hickory burger with bacon and five cheeses; a mushroom steak burger with roasted whole mushrooms, bacon and Swiss cheese; or ...

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Take an Instagram food photography class and more food events this week

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Eat your heart out on Valentine’s Day and everyday with chocolate from Xocolatl. HANDOUT / Blue Hominy Public Relations.

Instagram food photography class. Gospel brunch. Lots of chocolate. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time.

Tuesday, Feb. 14: If you want to give a sweet treat to yourself (singles get to celebrate Valentine’s Day too) or a significant other, head to Xocolatl for chocolate bars, drinking chocolate, gifts sets and more. And, ...

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Should you check out Atlanta’s new Halal Guys? Sure, once the hype settles down.

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The chicken platter at Halal Guys.Photograph by Jennifer Zyman. If you follow any Instagram accounts centered around eating in Atlanta, you’ve no doubt seen a proliferation of pictures showing the round foil gyro platters from the Halal Guys, which opened on January 28. The New York city-based chain started in 1990 as a simple hot dog cart, but began serving halal food after high demand from Muslim cab drivers seeking a quick bite. Fans of the brand have been anxiously anticipating its ATL debut, but the restaurant is also exciting for frequenters of Buford Highway, where Middle Eastern food isn’t ...

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These are the metro Atlanta breweries and brewpubs to look out for in 2017

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

2016 was a big year for beer in Georgia. Among other things, MillerCoors took a majority stake in Athens-based Terrapin and Brick Store Pub joined the Knighthood of the Brewers’ Paddle.

2017 is shaping up to be just as — if not more — exciting, with several new projects set to make their debuts. Check out what to watch for in the year to come:

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The Halal Guys set to open in Chamblee this month, celebrating with free food

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

A platter and sandwich from The Halal Guys.

The long wait is (almost) over — The Halal Guys is ready to make its Georgia debut, and give out some free food in the process.

The popular New York‘chicken-and-rice cart turned brick-and-mortar restaurant will open at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4929 Buford Highway.

The Halal Guys menu features a mix of various American Halal food including beef gyro sandwiches, chicken-and-rice platters and “secret” white sauce.

“After a longer than expected construction process, I’m excited to finally open our red and yellow doors to the public,” said Moynul Chowdhury, operating ...

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