Tag Archives: Dish of the Week

Elegant Italian is a steal at this Virginia-Highland trattoria

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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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Warm up with bangers and mash at this West Midtown restaurant

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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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This Lavista Park sushi spot redefines Crab Rangoon

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Cheese Puffs at Sushi Itto, a neighborhood restaurant at the intersection of Briarcliff and Lavista roads. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

The first time we visited Sushi Itto a couple of years ago, my wife looked over the menu in consternation. “They don’t have Crab Rangoon,” she said, obviously dejected. Upon closer inspection, we saw a different dish that looked promising: Cheese Puffs, described as “cream cheese with Krab stick, deep fried with crunch.” The description is apt, and Sushi Itto’s Cheese Puffs are delicious – several steps above any other Crab Rangoon I’ve tried.

Crab Rangoon is a controversial dish ...

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These are some of the best dishes we ate at metro Atlanta restaurants in 2017

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We ate a lot in 2017 — with the number of awesome things to eat, how could we not? Here are 46 of our favorite dishes we tried this year:


The Woodsman’s Breakfast at Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall / Photo by Tori Allen PR

Intown Atlanta

Biscuits at Bar Mercado

Artichoke beignets from Del Frisco’s Grille

Tortas from Rreal Tacos

Hapi Cocktail at The Consulate

Jessica Sandwich at Rocky Mountain Pizza Co.

Lemon pepper honey fried chicken at Greens & Gravy

Cinnamon roll at Radial Cafe

Yellowfin tuna ceviche at Babalu Tapas and Tacos

Flavors of the Andes ...

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This metro Atlanta Vietnamese restaurant serves a different sort of pork “bun”

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Order a menu item called “bún” in a Vietnamese restaurant and you might be surprised when you receive a large bowl of noodles, meat and pickled vegetables – but trust me, it’s a nice surprise.

Bún, pronounced like “boon,” is the Vietnamese word for white Vermicelli rice noodles. In a more general sense, it refers to the delightful salad of cool noodles, charred meat, pickled vegetables and little treats like grilled shrimp and spring rolls.

Saigon Café, a local, 15-year-old mini-chain of Southeast Asian restaurants, serves an excellent version of this dish called bún tôm thịt nướng chả giò. Labeled ...

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Where to try biscuits with a Spanish bent in Atlanta

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Biscuits with orange marmalade at Bar Mercado / Photo by Ligaya Figueras

Dish of the Week: Biscuits at Bar Mercado

If there’s one thing in the South that I cannot get enough of, it’s biscuits. Buttery, flaky buttermilk biscuits are the best, and they make ‘em right proper here in the South. The fun, though, is not in the ranking, but in exploring all the renditions out there  – including biscuits with a Spanish bent on the brunch menu at newly opened Bar Mercado at Krog Street Market.

What makes these biscuits unusual – and so appealing in flavor ...

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This restaurant is our escape from the holiday shopping craze

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Artichoke beignets from Del Frisco’s Grille / Photo courtesy Del Frisco’s Grille

DISH OF THE WEEK: Artichoke beignets at Del Frisco’s Grille

Say “beignets” and I picture myself at Café Du Monde in New Orleans. I’m sitting down to a plate filled with puffy squares of deep-fried choux pastry covered in powdered sugar, sipping café au lait and watching carriage horses clip-clop along Decatur Street.

Alas! An escape to the Crescent City isn’t happening any time soon. Yet as the holiday season hits full throttle, I know I’m going to need an escape from the shopping craze – along with ...

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Soft pretzels and beer cheese dip hit the spot at Hobnob

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Soft pretzels and cheese dip at Hobnob / Photo by Henri Hollis

By Henri Hollis

Piping hot, slick with oil and sprinkled with sea salt: Almost any food is good when it meets these criteria. Even pretzels. Make those soft pretzels, then pair them with tangy, gooey beer cheese dip, and even the most entrenched pretzel-hater like me might be tempted to dance a little polka.

Hobnob, the Midtown tavern open since 2010 (a Brookhaven location opened this year), has certainly evolved over the years, but the restaurant knows better than to take its soft pretzels off the ...

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Pot roast is an autumn indulgence at this neighborhood gastropub

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Pub Pot Roast at Napoleon’s Grill / Photo by Henri Hollis

By Henri Hollis

Dish of the Week: Pub Pot Roast at Napoleon’s Grill

Pot roast is the culinary equivalent of an oversized sweater: it looks more and more inviting as the temperature drops. An excellent version is served at Napoleon’s Grill, a beer-centric favorite in the Oak Grove neighborhood.

The Pub Pot Roast features a chunk of fork-tender beef on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes. Topped with sauteed spinach that also has an emphatic note of garlic, fried onion strings and a ladle of jus, Napoleon’s pot roast ...

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Midtown taco joint goes against the grain with Torta Tuesdays

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Tortas from Rreal Tacos / Photo by Henri Hollis


Dish of the Week: Tortas at Rreal Tacos

By Henri Hollis

Should tortas replace tacos as the official restaurant special of Tuesday? Rreal Tacos makes a strong case with its weekly torta deal.

Rreal Tacos’ torta is a hearty sandwich, made with beans, queso, avocado, pico de gallo, cabbage, onion, mayo, crema and your choice of taco meat. I’d recommend the Pork Trompo: spit-roasted pork seasoned with smoky peppers and traditional Mexican spices. Like a good taco, the layers of the torta complement the rich, smoky pork without erasing ...

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This daiquiri will surprise you, then transport you to Ethiopia and Brazil

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The Hapi Cocktail contains cachaça, rainwater Madeira and green collard shrub. Photo courtesy of The Consulate.

COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK: Hapi Cocktail at The Consulate in Midtown

A well-made daiquiri is a beautiful thing. And, that’s just what I got during a recent visit to the bar at The Consulate. But this was no ordinary daiquiri. This was a masterful riff on the classic using the rum-like Brazilian spirit cachaça, rainwater Madeira and collard green shrub made by Mr. Mike Jones, the restaurant’s gallant, and quite dapper, beverage director.

The travel-inspired themes of the food and beverage menus ...

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Simple pleasures are found in this restaurant’s sandwich near Georgia Tech

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The Jessica Sandwich at Rocky Mountain Pizza Co. / Photo by Henri Hollis

DISH OF THE WEEK: Simple Pleasure Found in Sandwich Near Georgia Tech

By Henri Hollis

In a world saturated with Buffalo chicken, the Jessica sandwich at Rocky Mountain Pizza Company stands out. Why? Mostly, because it doesn’t try too hard.

The Jessica sandwich features diced chicken tossed in your choice of Buffalo wing sauce, topped with a generous handful of iceberg lettuce, melted cheddar and provolone cheese, served on a ciabatta bun. It’s simple, meant to be enjoyed with tater tots, a beer and a game on ...

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Make it dessert first – no regrets – with this restaurant’s bread pudding

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Praline Bread Pudding Souffle at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen / Ligaya Figueras

DISH OF THE WEEK: Praline Bread Pudding Souffle at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Have you ever walked into a restaurant and ordered dessert as your main affair? I hadn’t, until recently.

No decisions about which meat or three sides. Skip the soup of the day. Give me the dessert menu and take me to straight to sugar purgatory.

“The first bread pudding order of the day!” said the server.

Oh, the liberation! Not quite. It  brought on a mea culpa moment. That I somehow need to explain this dessert lunch ...

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This French cafe’s quiche will transport you to Paris

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Mushroom and onion quiche from Café Vendome. / Ligaya Figueras

DISH OF THE WEEK: Mushroom quiche from Café Vendome

Nextdoor is a resource for more than home repair referrals, crime incident reports and lost cat notices. Folks using this private social network are also tipping neighbors off to nearby food finds.

Thanks to Nextdoor, I now know about Café Vendome, a French bakery-cafe at 4969 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. While located in the same plaza that houses Food 101 and Cibo e Beve, it’s easy to miss Café Vendome since it’s tucked away in the rear of the building. ...

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This Marietta doughnut dwells in a realm beyond sweetness

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Cinnamon Toast doughnut from Doughnut Dollies in Marietta. / Ben Brasch

DISH OF THE WEEK: Cinnamon Toast doughnut at Doughnut Dollies

By Ben Brasch

I always get excited when I see cinnamon-anything on a menu.

But cinnamon can be disappointing, as I found out in kindergarten upon chomping into a curled piece of cinnamon instead of putting it in potpourri like I was supposed to. The timeout seemed silly compared to the self-punishment of eating tree bark that I thought was going to taste like my favorite flavor.

Over the years, I’ve learned that fall brings not just pretty leaves ...

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This Decatur restaurant’s trout is a trophy dish

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Wood oven roasted trout from Cakes & Ale / Photo courtesy of Cakes & Ale

DISH OF THE WEEK: Wood oven roasted trout at Cakes & Ale

By Amanda Coyne

Sometimes you need dinner to make you feel like a bear that has just snatched a fish leaping in midair. Satisfy your animal desires with whole-roasted trout from Cakes & Ale in Decatur.

The trout, sourced from Sunburst Farms in North Carolina, is roasted in a wood-fired oven until its silver skin turns bronze and crispy. It is presented whole, head and tail still on, before a server fillets ...

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This restaurant’s cinnamon roll is a reason to rise and shine

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The cinnamon roll from Radial Cafe is the ultimate breakfast treat / Ligaya Figueras

DISH OF THE WEEK: Cinnamon roll at Radial Cafe

Since opening 18 years ago, Radial Cafe has given residents of Candler Park good reason to rise and shine.

No, we’re not talking about clean-eating dishes like the grain bowl or vegan hash. Nor are we talking about those I-can’t-believe-they’re-meatless biscuits and vegetarian gravy. Or the vegetarian sausage. Or the gluten-free pancakes.

We’re talking about the cinnamon roll.

This from-scratch, fluffy round of yum arrives to the table with a knife jabbed into the center. Cut and ...

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Try this Aussie meat pie with attitude

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Australian Bakery Cafe offers a variety of savory hand pies and pastys. Pictured, from left: Steak and Kidney pie, Vegetable Pasty, Ned Kelly and the Outback Pepperjack Chicken Pie. / Ligaya Figueras

Dish of the Week: Ned Kelly Pie at Australian Bakery Cafe

Australians have always impressed me with their spiritedness.

Take, for example, my former next door neighbor, Sal. She’s a rugby-playing Aussie who I recruited for my soccer team. When she showed up for a game, boy, did she show spunk – chanting and hollering for us to “go get ‘em!” When she took that energy to the ...

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This Buford Highway bread will have you falling for figs

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Fig bread from the pastry case at Buford Highway Farmers Market. / Ligaya Figueras

Dish of the Week: Fig Bread at Buford Highway Farmers Market

I am fixated on figs.

The $1 fig bread at Buford Highway Farmers Market is the latest way I’m getting my fill. Called pan de higo, it’s stuffed with chunks of dried Mission figs and the entire roll gets dusted in sugar. I made the mistake of buying only one loaf when I should have grabbed a dozen.

Maybe my love affair with this ancient fruit isn’t my fault. Perhaps I was born with it. ...

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Summit a mountain of meat at this Buford Highway restaurant

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Picada de la Abuela offers a mountain of meat that will please a tableful of hungry carnivores. Photo credit: Ligaya Figueras

Dish of the Week: Picada de la Abuela at Las Delicias de la Abuela

A meat mountain. That’s pretty much what you get when you order the Picada de la Abuela at Colombian restaurant Las Delicias de La Abuela.

Picada translates here to “little bites,” and this platter is full of meaty nibbles that range from chunks of chorizo and blood sausage to pork cracklings, pork ribs and slices of superbly grilled chicken.

Adding to the pile is an ...

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This local spot is serving up some seriously good, honey-dripping fried chicken with biscuits

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Chicken and biscuits from Greens and Gravy. / Photo by Wendell Brock

Dish of the Week: Lemon Pepper Honey Fried Chicken from Greens and Gravy

By Wendell Brock

Chef Darius Williams’ Greens and Gravy has been on the scene less than two months, and people are already clucking about the delicious Southern comfort food he serves in a tiny storefront space in historic Westview.

After stopping by for Sunday brunch, we can see why: Williams’ Lemon Pepper Honey Fried Chicken is a knockout.

For $19, you get four pieces of seriously coddled bird, two sides and a biscuit.

Brined for ...

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Elevate your grilled cheese game with the sandwich from this Roswell restaurant

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Peach & The Porkchop’s grilled pimento cheese sandwich is served with tomato on sourdough bread, alongside house-made chips. /
Photo credit: George Miko Photography

Grilled cheese—a simple pleasure that even the most serious foodies still love and crave. At Peach & The Porkchop in Roswell, this childhood staple gets a Southern twist in the form of pimento cheese for a sandwich that’s all grown up but still comfortingly nostalgic. Their grilled pimento cheese sandwich offers a hearty helping of pimento cheese heaped on thick slices of sourdough bread to hold it all together, topped with slices of tomato and then ...

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

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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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Food and dining news of the week

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Sunday is National Ice Cream Day find out how to celebrate below./Photo by Chris Hunt.

4 Rivers Smokehouse is opening tomorrow. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on July 25 at 9 a.m. to celebrate the new location for the barbecue chain. AJC announced last fall that 4 Rivers would be opening its first Georgia location bringing some of the southeast’s best barbecue to Atlanta.

4 Rivers Smokehouse, 822 Marietta St NW, Atlanta. 844-474-8377. 4rsmokehouse.com.

Osteria Mattone is open on Mondays beginning July 17. The Italian restaurant in Roswell will now be open from 5 – 9:30 p.m. for dinner service.


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We’re scooping up the ceviche at this Midtown restaurant

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Yellowfin Tuna Ceviche at Babalu Tapas and Tacos. / Photo: Babalu Tapas and Tacos.

Dish of the week: Yellowfin Tuna Ceviche from Babalu Tapas and Tacos

Share it with friends or enjoy it yourself. Eat it with a spoon or scoop it up with chips. Anyway you eat it, the Yellowfin Tuna Ceviche at newly opened Babalu Tapas and Tacos in Midtown brings flavor and spice to your mouth.

Popular in the Caribbean and Latin America, ceviche sees raw fish or shrimp cured in lime or lemon juice, seasoned with salt, pepper and cilantro and then combined with avocados, onions ...

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