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Another build-your-own salad chain is coming to Atlanta

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Salad from Chopt / Photo from the Chopt Facebook page

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to eat healthier, the recent influx of salad spots in metro Atlanta should be good news to you.

Joining the list is New York-based Chopt, which has locations in the works in Buckhead and Toco Hills, Tomorrow’s News Today reports.

The salad chain — which, in addition to its many New York locations also has eateries in Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina — will open later this year in Tuxedo Festival at 3655 Roswell Road and ...

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10 ‘evergreen’ cocktails from Atlanta bars to spruce up winter drinking

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Queen of the Alps cocktail — cognac, lime, yellow chartreuse, Zirbenz — from C. Ellet’s. / Photo by Henri Hollis

The holiday season seems to transform our daily lives into brief winter wonderlands that abruptly get packed away. Now that decorated trees are down, bartenders are “sprucing” up libations with spirits, tinctures and herbs for sips that add depth and breadth to cold winter. These are our picks for cocktails that have the earthy punch of the woods.

New Tokyo

Miles Macquarrie’s riff on a Penicillin shakes together blended and peaty Scotch along with ginger, yuzu and lime juice. Pine ...

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Popular Buckhead steakhouse offers $1 oysters and half price appetizers weekdays

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Cut Bar offers half-priced appetizers and $1 chef’s choice oysters weekdays. Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser.

There’s no need to cut it out.

The Cut Bar, the bar and lounge of  American Cut steakhouse, offers half-priced appetizers from the all-day menu as well as $1 chef’s choice oysters from 4–7 p.m. weekdays. Appetizer options include Wagyu sliders, honey sriracha wings, cauliflower wings and more. Regular prices are $6 – $16.
3035 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 770-415-9766, americancutsteakhouse.com.

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The team behind General Muir bringing barbecue to Summerhill

A rendering of the Summerhill project / Rendering from Carter Developments

On the heels of the news that the historic Summerhill neighborhood in Atlanta is getting a new coffee shop and brewery comes the announcement that the team behind The General Muir is set to bring barbecue to the area.

Todd Ginsberg, Shelley Sweet and Jennifer and Ben Johnson will open Wood’s Chapel BBQ at 85 Georgia Ave. in late 2018. The four are also partners in Fred’s Meat & Bread, Yalla, The Canteen and TGM Bread, and Sweet and the Johnsons are also partners in West Egg Café.

Named for one of the first churches to serve the Summerhill community immediately following the Civil War, Wood’s Chapel will use wood-fired pits to prepare an extensive barbecue menu including whole hog and brisket barbecue.

“I think every chef fantasizes about doing a barbecue place,” Ginsberg said in a prepared statement. “It is that basic relationship between wood, fire, and meat. Our goal with Wood’s Chapel is similar to what we have done at The General Muir: honor traditional dishes with a high level of execution while at the same time pushing some boundaries with peoples’ expectations of what this type of restaurant can be.”

Ginsberg plans to highlight the best of each meat — for instance, the whole hog barbecue will reflect a North Carolina style, while the brisket will reflect a Texas style. In addition to barbecue plates with meat and sides, Wood’s will offer a sandwich menu that will potentially include fried smoked catfish, a barbecue version of a Cuban, a lamb belly cemita and a brisket grilled cheese on bread from TGM Bread.

The restaurant will also feature a special weekend brunch menu and desserts using recipes from Ben’s family, including TwoMama’s Peach Pie during peach season.

Jennifer said Ben, who she’s been married to for 20 years, was largely the impetus behind wanting to open Wood’s.

“He’s been wanting to do a barbecue restaurant all his life,” she said. That dream became a possibility a year ago when the restaurateurs were approached about getting involved in the Summerhill development.

The 5,200 square-foot restaurant will also include a “really active” patio “that will animate the street area,” Jennifer said.

Wood’s will be part of a 72-acre site being redeveloped by Carter, Oakwood Development and Healey Weatherholtz Properties with Georgia State University as the anchor. Part of the project will turn 35 acres into a mixed-use area including offices, multifamily apartments, student apartments, and neighborhood restaurant and retail.

Hodgepodge Coffeehouse and Halfway Crooks Brewing and Blending recently announced plans to open on the Georgia Avenue corridor.

 

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Are you a myAJC subscriber? You could win free dinner

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Le Bilboquet / Photo courtesy of Rainer Shaw

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but how about a free dinner?

French restaurant Le Bilboquet is hosting a four-course bourbon dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and you have the chance to win two free seats to the event.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will select two myAJC subscribers who, along with their guest, will join AJC food and dining editor Ligaya Figueras for the evening. The menu will include marinated bay scallops and ahi tuna, braised veal cheeks, roasted duck breast plus an amuse bouche and dessert. Bourbon will be ...

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Are you a myAJC subscriber? You could win free dinner

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Le Bilboquet / Photo courtesy of Rainer Shaw

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but how about a free dinner?

French restaurant Le Bilboquet is hosting a four-course bourbon dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and you have the chance to win two free seats to the event.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will select two myAJC subscribers who, along with their guest, will join AJC food and dining editor Ligaya Figueras for the evening. The menu will include marinated bay scallops and ahi tuna, braised veal cheeks, roasted duck breast plus an amuse bouche and dessert. Bourbon will be ...

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Marietta should be feline fine — it’s about to get a cat cafe

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Hadyn Hilton, owner of Java Cats Cafe, visited Seattle Meowtropolitan before embarking on opening her own cat cafe. / Contributed photo

There’s good news for Cobb County cat lovers on the horizon.

Java Cats Cafe, which opened in Grant Park at 415 Memorial Drive in March 2017, has announced it’s looking to open a second location in Marietta.

The second cafe will be located at 85 Atlanta St. SE, in the former home of Cleo Coffee & Ice Cream Lab. Owner Hadyn Hilton said in a GoFundMe launched to help finance the venture that she hopes to open the ...

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Elegant Italian is a steal at this Virginia-Highland trattoria

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Squid ink spaghetti with calamari, Calabrian chiles and Thai basil pesto at La Tavola Trattoria. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

DISH OF THE WEEK: Squid Ink Spaghetti at La Tavola Trattoria

By Henri Hollis

Ordering pasta in a restaurant should be approached with a healthy dose of skepticism. Why pay retail prices for something you can boil at home? On the other hand, pasta becomes a must-have and a measuring stick at restaurants that make it in-house – though you’re likely to pay a premium for all that extra effort.

La Tavola Trattoria in Virginia-Highland is the rare Italian restaurant that ...

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Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria open at Perimeter Mall

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The interior of Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria / Photo credit: Tori Allen PR

Pizza at Perimeter Mall, take two.

Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria has opened its second metro Atlanta location in the Dunwoody Mall.

The eatery takes over the space vacated by Varasano’s Pizza, which closed in June 2016 after less than a year in business.

Max’s — which also has a location at 300 Marietta St. NW that opened in 2009 — will serve New York-style pizza baked in a coal-burning pizza oven, similar to its Atlanta location, with some menu add-ons for the Dunwoody location. Specialty pizzas include ...

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Grant Park coffee shop rebrands, adds pop-up and other top metro Atlanta dining news from the week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

A selection of dishes from Anju. / Photo courtesy of Revelator Coffee

The Grant Park location of coffee shop Revelator Coffee Company — formerly Octane — has launched a new South Korean pop-up.

Anju, which means “food consumed with alcohol,” offers a new take on traditional South Korean bar food such as savory pancakes, fish dishes and noodles. Helmed by Seoul native Chef James Murphy, formerly a chef at Kimball House and Gaja, Anju will run indefinitely starting at 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

In conjunction with the pop-up, Revelator Coffee rebranded Octane Coffee’s Grant Park location at 437 Memorial Drive SE ...

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Popular East Atlanta coffee shop to open second location across from GSU Stadium

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

A variety of coffee drinks are on the menu at Hodgepodge. / Photo from thhe Hodgepodge Facebook page

Get ready to get caffeinated, Summerhill.

East Atlanta coffee shop Hodgepodge is set to open a second location across from the GSU Stadium — formerly Turner Field — at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in mid-2019. The spot will be housed on the ground level of a new construction office building.

Owner Krystle Rodriguez said the neighborhood was a natural fit — both she and her husband graduated from GSU and have lived in nearby Chosewood Park ...

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New lunch spot to open in Alpharetta next month

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Soup is on the menu at Taste…a Seasonal Bistro / Photo from the Taste Facebook page

 

Look for a new place to get lunch in Alpharetta next month.

Taste…a Seasonal Bistro is set to open in the Rivermont Station Shopping Center at 8465 Holcomb Bridge Road in the space previously occupied by Korean restaurant Olee’s Kitchen, ScoopOTP first reported. Olee’s closed in October 2017.

Chef and owner Tom Warrell said Taste is set to open the first week of February. Warrell, who has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years, said he envisions Taste as ...

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Farm Burger to open its fifth Atlanta location next month

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Dishes from Farm Burger / Photo courtesy of Blue Hominy

Atlanta-based burger restaurant Farm Burger is coming to Grant Park.

The eatery’s fifth local location is set to open next month at The George multi-use residential building at 275 Memorial Drive. The fast-casual spot also has locations in Decatur, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with restaurant outside the state in North Carolina, California, Alabama and Tennessee.

Founded by organic farmer and rancher Jason Mann and restaurateur George Frangos, the restaurants focus on “ethical eating,” using grass-fed and locally sourced beef. Other menu items include chicken, pork and veggie burgers, salads, ...

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4 reasons not to overlook this hidden gem Mexican restaurant in Roswell

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Nosh on classic Mexican dishes at Rojo Cocina Mexicana & Cantina in Roswell. Photo by Jessie Dowd

I must have driven past Rojo Cocina Mexicana & Cantina in Roswell hundreds of times over the last few years, without ever going in. Located in a busy Publix shopping center and home to a roster of rotating restaurants over the years, it’s easy to overlook. Recently, I finally gave them a try—first for drinks (they serve a solid skinny margarita) and then for lunch a few times. The verdict: this neighborhood hidden gem deserves a spot on your rotation. Here are four ...

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Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q to launch breakfast service in February

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q founders Jonathan and Justin Fox will launch breakfast at their Armour Yards outpost in Feb. / Photo: Sweetwater Brewing Co.

By Becca Godwin

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q’s “Que’ Osk,” the standalone barbecue kiosk that opened in October 2016, will launch breakfast at its Armour Yards outpost beginning Feb. 19.

Fox Bros. will hold preview breakfast pop-ups at the Freedom Farmer’s Market at the Carter Center on Jan. 13, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10, with co-owners Jonathan and Justin Fox dishing up fare for those with a morning hanker for Tex-Mex.

Located at 120 Ottley Drive, near the Fox Bros. ...

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New Buckhead gelato shop offers freebies this Saturday

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Amorino, a European gelato shop known for its rose-shaped scoops of gelato and sorbet, will offer free gelato for a couple hours this Saturday.

On Jan. 13, patrons will receive a free regular size cup or cone from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Amorino location in the Shops Buckhead Atlanta, which opened late last month. No purchase is necessary.

The Italian chain opened a location in Lenox Square Mall in 2016 and also has locations throughout the globe, in France, England and Germany and in U.S. cities  Chicago, Boston, New York and Atlanta.

The store is located in Center ...

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Popular Mexican restaurant to open its second location in Buckhead

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The guacamole and salsa tasting at Alma Cocina. Alma Cocina will open a Buckhead location in mid-2019. / Photo by Fifth Group Restaurants

By Becca Godwin

Fifth Group Restaurants announced Wednesday plans to open a second location of Alma Cocina, its Mexican and Latin American concept with an original location in downtown Atlanta.

The new, 7,000-square-foot Alma Cocina is set to open in mid-2019 in the former Bricktop’s space at the Terminus development in Buckhead.

“Buckhead has been a major area of growth for Fifth Group in the past several years – we opened South City Kitchen Buckhead in 2016 ...

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Warm up with bangers and mash at this West Midtown restaurant

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Traditional Bangers and Mash at Ormsby’s in West Midtown. / CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

DISH OF THE WEEK: Bangers and Mash at Ormsby’s

One of the tragedies of winter in Atlanta is that we are so often deprived of the real thing. Thanks to the gorgeous snowfall in early December, made all the more beautiful by the fact that we didn’t become a national laughingstock that time around, our city got a taste of legitimate winter. A couple of weeks later, Atlanta’s typical version of the season kicked in: a constant temperature of 50 degrees paired with non-stop rain.

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James Beard Foundation benefit dinner, bourbon dinner and more in metro Atlanta

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday with a six-course dinner at Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours. Photo credit: Shelby Light.

Six-course dinner to benefit the James Beard Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Programs. Four-course book signing. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all three of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time.

Monday, Jan. 15: Mixologist Tiffanie Barriere, chef Deborah VanTrece and chef Jennifer Hill Booker will host a six-course collaborative dinner and cocktail pairing at Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours beginning ...

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Celebrate the Crimson Tide’s win with free tacos at this Midtown hotspot

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Get a free taco at Babalu in Midtown today. Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates.

Winner’s circle.

No matter what state you hail from, celebrate the day after the big game and the Alabama Crimson Tides’ National Championship win with a Gulf shrimp taco with any purchase from Babalu Tapas & Tacos. This offer is valid Tuesday, Jan. 9 only.
33 Peachtree Place N.E., Atlanta. 404-900-9595, atlanta.eatbabalu.com.

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5 metro Atlanta restaurants to watch the National Championship game, get food deals

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

LongHorn Steakhouse is offering a free appetizer with the purchase of one adult entrée today. Photo credit: Linda Costa Communications Group.

Game time.

You know what it is: The University of Georgia’s Bulldogs (or just Georgia Dawgs if you’re a fan) will play the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide during the National Championship at 8 p.m. Jan. 8. To celebrate, several metro Atlanta restaurants will offer dining deals today. Check out the promotions below and remember, go Dawgs!

LongHorn Steakhouse: Get a free appetizer with the purchase of one adult entrée. To receive the offer, mention the promotion to your ...

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Dress like Elvis, get free food at this Tex-Mex restaurant today

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Head to Chuy’s for a free entrée today. Photo credit: M-Squared PR.

If you’re hungry, love Tex-Mex and Elvis, you’re in luck.

Chuy’s is hosting their annual Elvis birthday bash and visitors dressed as Elvis (or Priscilla Presley) can get a free entrée. Customers can also receive $1 off an order of Elvis green chile fried chicken. These offers are available Monday, Jan. 8 only to commemorate the singer’s 83rd birthday.
Atlanta – 2955 Cobb Parkway S.E., Atlanta. 770-956-2345, chuys.com.
Alpharetta – 2560 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta. 678-722-3580.
Perimeter – 118 Perimeter Center W., Atlanta. 770-351-7777.
Kennesaw – 585 Ernest ...

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Bankhead Seafood closes suddenly after 50 years in business

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

A Bankhead Seafood employee takes orders from customers at Bankhead Seafood — also known as Bankhead Fish and Soul — in 2006. / AJC file photo

A northwest Atlanta seafood spot has closed its doors after a half century.

Bankhead Seafood has closed at 1651 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy. NW.

Owner Helen Brown Harden told 11Alive that she closed the restaurant because of declining health and lack of manpower, and without warning because she still thought she’d change her mind.

My biggest ambition is to get this place pretty and fixed up, because this place is my life,” Harden ...

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Ramen coming to East Atlanta’s Global Grub Collective

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Ramen from Lifting Noodles / Photo from the Lifting Noodles Instagram account

The team behind the popular Poké Burri poké bowl and burrito stall in East Atlanta’s Global Grub Collective are set to bring ramen to the mini food hall this month.

Lifting Noodles Ramen will open Jan. 16 next to Poké Burri, according to Seven Chan, who owns both concepts with partner Ken Yu.

The spot will offer traditional varieties of ramen including tonkatsu and spicy bowls, but will also serve up “weird variations” including fried ramen, which Chan said has been popular at tastings, as well as breakfast, ...

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The Painted Duck, offering food, drinks and duckpin bowling, now open on the Westside

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Whiskey-glazed turkey legs are on the menu at The Painted Duck / Photo from the Painted Duck Facebook page

The owners of The Painted Pin are hoping to bowl a strike with the new concept The Painted Duck.

A “drinkery, duckpin bowling and gaming parlour,” according to a press release, The Painted Duck opened last week in the Stockyards Atlanta development at 976 Brady Ave.

The spot offers 16 full service duckpin bowling lanes (a variation of 10-pin bowling with smaller balls and pins), 2 Belgian feather bowling lanes (played with wooden balls which are rolled down an alley toward ...

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