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Sip wine and savor a date night at Rootstock and Vine in Woodstock

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Enjoy a glass of wine at Rootstock and Vine in historic downtown Woodstock. Photo by One Love Photography.

On a dreary Tuesday night, we found ourselves in downtown historic Woodstock, ready to kick off the holiday season with a date night made for wine lovers. On first approach, the building housing the recently debuted Rootstock and Vine—located at Main Street and Towne Lake Parkway, a corner that housed the Woodstock Post office in the early 1900s—made me regret visiting the district’s only wine bar on such a foul and drizzly evening. Why? Because the two-story space boasts an enviable rooftop ...

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Cozy up by the fire at these OTP spots

Enjoy a meal by the fireplace at Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill in Woodstock. Photo by CatMax Photography.

Wintry weather has us craving an extra-cozy place for our next meal. And it doesn’t get much cozier than nestling up near a roaring fire to enjoy a belly-warming meal and a smooth glass of red wine or hot, spiked cider. There’s just something comforting and nostalgic about fireside dining that we never tire of. If chilly temps have you feeling the same way, let these restaurants in Atlanta’s northern arc fuel your flame.

Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill
Located in downtown Woodstock, Fire Stone offers a cozy dining room for a casual meal. A ceiling-high fireplace warms up the interior space on extra-cold nights, while an inviting patio features a dramatic stacked-stone fireplace (with heat lamps for some extra warmth) for enjoying a drink or meal outdoors on less frigid evenings. The restaurant offers a host of pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven; try the spicy smoked chicken bacon ranch with jalapeno-Sriracha ranch sauce. Stop by on a Wednesday for half-priced wine specials, or bring the whole family on a Monday for Kids Eat Free (one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree or pizza).
120 Chambers St., Woodstock. 770-926-6778, woodstock.firestonerestaurants.com.

Cozy up by the fire at these OTP spots

The Mayfield Room at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails offers fireside dining. Photo courtesy of Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails.

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails

Dining by the fire inside a restored 150-year-old farmhouse and 1930s cottage makes for an extra-snuggly meal at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails. The historic spaces were restored and preserved with classic elements, including a red-brick fireplace that warms up the restaurant’s wood-paneled Mayfield Room. Enjoy a menu of contemporary Southern dishes made from local ingredients, many of which come from the restaurant’s very own garden, for brunch and dinner.
800 Mayfield Road, Milton. 770-817-0161, miltonscuisine.com

Farmhouse 17
If you’re shopping in downtown Norcross, pop in to Farmhouse 17, a wine shop and boutique featuring both New and Old World small-production wines, craft beer and unique gifts. The shop regularly hosts wine tastings, cheese pairings and live music on the patio, warmed by a propane fire pit and heaters. If the weather gets too cold, they move the fun inside. The rustic spot keeps food simple, serving gourmet hot dogs, burgers, cheese plates, charcuterie and other nibbles. Check out its Facebook page for upcoming events.
141 S. Peachtree St., Norcross. 770-409-1717.

Village Tavern
Mix up your lunch routine in Alpharetta and take your time at Village Tavern, where the fireplaces go full force in winter. The restaurant’s relaxed ambience, dim lighting and warm wood tones make for a comfy dining experience beside the fire. The expansive menu makes it a great choice for dining with co-workers. Kick your meal off with baked Brie, the hot crab dip or Thai chicken nachos, then order some flatbreads to share or try the crowd-pleasing fish tacos or a lunch combo (soup/sandwich or salad/sandwich). Portions are on the generous side, so come hungry.
11555 Rainwater Drive, Alpharetta. 770-777-6490, villagetavern.com.

Trackside Grill & Patio Bar
Get rosy-cheeked by the multiple wood-burning stone fireplaces at Trackside Grill & Patio Bar in Kennesaw, which also offers an enclosed patio where the fire is cranking. With a subtle touch of railroad-themed memorabilia and a menu of comforting classics, Trackside is a low-key spot to enjoy a meal by the hearth. Southern-influenced starters like the fried green tomatoes with goat cheese and roasted red pepper sauce and house-made pimento cheese are solid choices. Don’t miss the Comfort Plates (think buttermilk fried chicken and chicken pot pie) for a satisfying food feast.
2840 South Main St., Kennesaw. 770-499-0874, http://www.tracksidegrill.com.


Cozy up by the fire at these OTP spots

Bingo, Santa and games at Krog Street Market, beer and pie party and more in metro Atlanta this week

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Since food and fitness go well together, Life Time Fitness will host a special breakfast with Santa featuring healthy options. Photo credit: M Squared PR.

Bingo, Santa, games and more at Krog Street Market. Four-course beer dinner. 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.

Tuesday, Dec. 12: Marlow’s Tavern in Alpharetta and small-scale brewery, Abbey of the Holy Goats, will host a four-course beer dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. today. The menu ...

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Raise a cup of good cheer: 3 holiday cocktail recipes

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Mulled wine is a centuries-old drink made with red wine and brandy. Photo: Beth McKibben

Raising a glass of cheer with guests during the holidays doesn’t have to mean being stuck behind the bar. These three simple, make-ahead cocktails will keep holiday guests satisfied and hosts free to mix and mingle all night long.

Mulled wine
The centuries-old drink is akin to the traditional cider or ale-based wassails of old England with roots dating back to second century Rome. This warm cocktail is batched and contains a comforting blend of dry red wine and brandy mixed with a variety of ...

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What to do before and after Thanksgiving in metro Atlanta

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Mellow out before the mayhem of Thanksgiving at Edgar’s Proof and Provision. Photo credit: Green Olive Media.

Start new traditions with friendsgivings events. Dance the night (and calories) away at in-town parties. There are several fun, food events happening in 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 this Thanksgiving weekend.

Wednesday, Nov. 22: Mellow out before the mayhem of Thanksgiving obligations during the Wild Turkey Party featuring an eponymous punch and shots at Edgar’s Proof and Provision beginning at 5 p.m. Each ...

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Seafood dinner special, fire pit party and more this week in metro Atlanta

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Osteria Mattone is celebrating its four-year anniversary this week with a special dinner. Photo: Iain Bagwell.

Enjoy a four-course dinner with seafood in Roswell. Warm up with s’mores, drinks and more. There are several fun, food events happening in 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.

Now through Nov. 15: Osteria Mattone is celebrating its fourth anniversary with a four-course menu featuring crispy oysters, baked rigatoni, swordfish and chocolate bonet from 5-9:30 p.m. This limited-edition dinner menu is available for $44 ...

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Staplehouse beverage director Melissa Davis says serve these wines at Thanksgiving

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Staplehouse sommelier and beverage director Melissa Davis. Photo: Melissa Golden

Thanksgiving is likely the most gut-busting meal of the year. For hosts, it’s certainly one of the most stressful to prepare. Thanksgiving for some equates to weeks of planning and days of cooking a multi-dish, family-style throwdown accompanied by an oversized turkey with a pie course. Choosing wines for a meal that incorporates a slew of sweet, savory and buttery rich flavors only adds to the stress.  

Melissa Davis, beverage director and assistant general manager at Staplehouse, says choosing wines for a large meal such as Thanksgiving doesn’t ...

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Check out a 38-foot gin garnisher this weekend in Atlanta

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Hendricks Gin Garnisher / Contributed photo

An enormous machine has made its way to Atlanta with designs on dressing up your cocktail.

The Hendrick’s Gin Grand Garnisher, a 38-foot cocktail garnishing device, is on tour and has several planned stops in metro Atlanta started today. The semi-automated machine, which can slice cucumbers while cruising at road speeds of up to 25 mph, is powered with a hybrid combination of a large diesel motor and a “well-dressed gentleman pedaling a large-wheeled bicycle,” according to the Hendrick’s website.

The Garnisher started its journey on June 14th — National Cucumber Day — from ...

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Everyone gets a free taco at Taco Bell today. Just ask.

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Get a free taco at Taco Bell today. Just show up. Photo credit: Taco Bell.

Taco Bell is giving everyone a free Doritos Locos taco. Here’s the reason:

During a recent Major League Baseball World Series game, outfielder Cameron Maybin stole a base. That earned him the admiration of his teammates and a free taco for you.

Wondering how to get your free taco? Just show up to any participating Taco Bell from 2-6 p.m. today and ask. That’s it. Limit one per customer.
Various locations, tacobell.com.

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Jude Belgian Style Tripel

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Named for the 16th-century religious upheaval that brought about Protestantism, Woodstock’s Reformation Brewery celebrates it’s fourth anniversary today with the limited edition bottle release of barrel-aged 500, a strong, dark Belgian-style quad.

The party kicks off at 5 p.m. featuring live music, a menu from the Oyster Co., and the full lineup of Reformation beers on tap, including Jude, its highly rated Belgian-style triple.

And in honor of all that, Jude is this week’s Beer Pick.

Beer Pick
Jude Belgian Style Tripel
Reformation Brewery, Woodstock
Available year-round on draft and in cans.


Brewed as part of Reformation’s year-round portfolio ...

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Buy This: 3 grape products you need in your life

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Fall brings the grape harvest and for the Southeast, that means muscadines. We’re huge fans, loving the flavor. But the seeds and tough skins put a lot of people off. These folks have taken the work out of eating muscadines.

Butterfields Muscadine Grape Buds

Sometimes you just want a tiny taste of something sweet. And when that something sweet tastes like muscadines, all the better. Butterfields Candies in Nashville, North Carolina, makes “Buds,” 1/2-inch long candies in flavors like peach and honeybell. They just introduced their Muscadine Buds, flavored with natural grape and muscadine oils. The pale purple color comes ...

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Stock Up: Three Things That Are Worth a Drive to Woodstock

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Have you been to downtown Woodstock recently? There are charming restaurants, a great seasonal farmers market and several stops to tempt Atlanta foodies.

Pie Provisions Do-It-Yourself Crust Mix

Lauren and Cody Bolden and their team of bakers at Pie Bar on Woodstock’s Main Street sell fresh baked pies six days a week (Tuesday through Sunday). There are always at least six varieties of sweet and savory pies offered in six- and ten-inch sizes, available frozen or baked. We stopped in to meet Lauren and got a tour of the bakery where every pie is made by hand from crust to ...

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How to eat your way through National Ice Cream day

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Stacy Wisniewski and Henryk Kumar of Butter & Cream in Decatur created this luscious-yet-light old-fashioned custard ice cream. Perfumed with vanilla and cardamom, it is heady and fragrant and feels just right for spring and summer./ Photo by Chris Hunt.

Sunday is National Ice Cream day and there are plenty of ways to celebrate this delicious holiday. Here are some deals and freebies along with the best places to eat ice cream in Atlanta:


Carvel- Customers will recieve a second cup or cone for free when they buy one. This BOGO deal is good all day on July 16.

McDonald’s- ...

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Cool off with a sundae for 99-cent for National Ice Cream Day at this chain restaurant

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Krystal is offering 99-cent sundaes now through Sunday, July 23.. Photo credit Garcia Studio, Inc.

Here’s the scoop: Sunday is National Ice Cream Day and for less than a buck, you can treat yourself (and a few friends if you’re feeling generous).

Krystal is offering 99-cent sundaes now through Sunday, July 23. Guests can choose from chocolate, strawberry or the OREO cookie pieces flavor. Additionally, throughout July, guests who order a soft-serve treat with Oreo cookie pieces, take a photo and post it on Instagram or Twitter tagging @Krystal and @OREO along with the #OREOKrystalSweepstakes will be entered to win ...

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How to eat your way through National French Fry Day

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The fresh-cut French fries at Muss & Turner’s East Cobb are a stand out. PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Mussman Photography

It’s National French Fry Day! Throughout Atlanta there are plenty of ways to celebrate this delicious holiday:

McDonald’s – Order any menu item using the McDonald’s app and receive a free order of medium french fries. This deal continues every Friday through September 7. The app is available on Google Play and Apple store.

>> Related: The homemade secret to McDonald’s french fries

BurgerFi – Get a free order of regular fries after you purchase any burger or hot dog all day ...

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Receive free bacon for life with a ButcherBox subscription

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Sign up for ButcherBox.com today and receive bacon for life. Photo credit: Steinreich Communications Group, Inc.

Here’s what you need: bacon for life.

ButcherBox.com, a subscription box service that offers 100-percent grass-fed and grass-finished beef, free-range organic chicken and heritage breed pork, is hosting their first ButcherBox Bacon Day today. So what does that mean? All new customers who sign up will receive free bacon in each box they get for the life of their subscription. Each monthly box delivery is $129 and contains at least 20 individual meals and recipes from chefs, nutritionists and health and fitness experts to ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Reformation Oren India Pale Ale

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Photo courtesy of Reformation Brewery.

Founded some four years ago by an evangelical pastor, and named for the 16th-century religious upheaval that brought about Protestantism, Woodstock’s Reformation Brewery is known for being a bit different.

Notably, the company’s year-round portfolio has featured Belgian-style beers, including a dubbel, triple and white ale. But experiments with IPAs and other British and American styles have been ongoing.

The newest is Oren India Pale Ale, which will be released on July 1 in the brewery’s Keeping Room, and available on draft and in cans year-round.

July 1 also happens to be Reformation’s second ...

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OTP Dining: Four restaurants worth the holiday splurge

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Try the beef carpaccio with fried oysters and garlic aioli at Oak Steakhouse in Alpharetta / Photo by Heidi Geldhauser

With the holidays right around the corner, you might be in need of escaping your kitchen and letting someone else do the heavy lifting. Treat yourself to an indulgent meal out at one of these upscale OTP restaurants.

Oak Steakhouse

Dark wood tones lend a traditional steakhouse vibe to Oak Steakhouse at Avalon in Alpharetta. The menu boasts a host of classic steaks—from a filet mignon to a Prime New York Strip—and even certified Angus Beef signature options, plus add-ons ...

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Four things to order at Vingenzo’s in Woodstock

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You might not think to head to Woodstock, Ga. for dinner, but Vingenzo’s gives you plenty of reason to trek to this small historic downtown area in Cherokee County. Inside a quaint locale on Main Street you’ll find plate upon plate of authentic southern Italian fare. At Vingenzo’s, simple ingredients, fresh flavors and time-tested technique combine for fabulous eating whether you’re in the mood for Neapolitan pizza, hearty pasta or just some antipasti to nibble on while sipping Chianti. Here are four don’t-miss dishes.


Grandioso Tasting: Cheese lovers should kick off the meal with the Grandioso Tasting. Currently, ...

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3 OTP pizzerias you need to try

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The pesto pizza is one of many menu options at Woodstock’s Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill.

Sometimes, you have to give in to your cravings for a nice, hot slice of pizza straight out of the (wood-fired) oven. Soft, pillowy dough with a touch of crispiness and ooey-gooey melted cheese — what’s not to like? If pizza is calling your name, consider checking out these three pizzerias serving up pies worthy of a drive outside the Perimeter.

Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill

Situated in downtown Woodstock, Fire Stone is a cozy restaurant with an inviting ...

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Atlanta Bar Scene: Six places you need to drink at this month

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While the official start of Spring patio season is still a few weeks away, we’re happy to celebrate the winds of change with cocktails. Here’s where to drink now around the metro to make bar hopping a breeze in March.

Bar Margot

Tucked inside the Four Seasons hotel lies ultra-hip Bar Margot, named for Margot Tenenbaum, the secretive, chain-smoking sibling from the film The Royal Tenenbaums. Bar Margot offers imbibers a swanky lounge setting with velvet and leather seating and a beverage program curated by drink wizards, Paul Calvert and Greg Best. Start your night with Mercy Street, a ...

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