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First Look: Good Word Brewing & Public House debuts in Duluth

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Good Word Brewing Americano Hamburgesa with two beef patties, mustard, American cheese, sauteed onions, LTP, burger sauce, with fries. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

By Bob Townsend

Since opening in 1997, beloved Decatur Square beer mecca Brick Store Pub has spawned two successful sister destinations in the immediate neighborhood, Leon’s Full Service and Kimball House.

But the new venture from partners Dave Blanchard, Mike Gallagher and Tom Moore, Good Word Brewing and Public House in Duluth, is much further removed, both in mileage and concept.

Blanchard, Gallagher and Moore joined two former Brick Store employees, longtime general manager Todd DiMatteo ...

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First Look: Italian restaurant Allora debuts at Twelve Hotel Midtown

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Allora Carbonara Pizza with Pancetta, Cracked Pepper, Mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, and a Farm Egg. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Among the current wave of Italian restaurants popping up around Atlanta, Allora is the newest concept from Concentrics Restaurants, the group behind One Midtown Kitchen, Two Urban Licks, Tap and Parish.

Located inside Twelve Hotel Midtown at Atlantic Station, it replaces another Concentrics restaurant, Lobby Bar and Bistro, and moves executive chef Chris Maher, most recently the co-executive chef at One Midtown Kitchen, to a new starring role.

The remodeled space updates the dramatic circular bar, a leftover from Lobby, ...

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First Look: Barbecue, beer and more at Loyal Q in East Cobb

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.

The new Loyal Q and Brew in East Cobb is all about smoked meat and beer on draft.

Given that the owner is Bob Campbell, who spent years opening and operating multiple Taco Mac locations around Atlanta, that’s not exactly surprising.

In addition to barbecue, the menu from chef Dan Diersen features shared plates, sides and vegetables, such as salt-roasted beets, cauliflower salad and a hefty portobello sandwich.

Diersen grew up in ...

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First Look: Muchacho brings coffee and ‘California cuisine’ to Reynoldstown

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Muchacho Tacos (from left to right) Breakfast, Short Rib Barbacoa, Al Pastor, and Mole Grilled Pineapple. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

When Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall owner Michael Lennox opened Muchacho on Oct. 16, it was already a hot topic on the Atlanta dining scene.

Serving up coffee and “California cuisine,” and sporting a sunny Los Angeles look that stirred up a bit of controversy among some Reynoldstown neighbors, the tidy counter service space on Memorial Drive occupies the front of a former railroad depot that was most recently home to H. Harper Station.

But Lennox’s master plan for ...

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First Look: Miami’s Bulla Gastrobar brings tapas to Midtown

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Bulla Paella with Valencia style rice, seafood, red sofrito, and saffron. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Bulla Gastrobar opened its first Atlanta location in late September in the 12th & Midtown mixed-use development in Midtown, serving dinner nightly and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Touting a “fun communal atmosphere, imaginative cocktail program and contemporary takes on traditional Spanish tapas,” the menu features signature small plates and larger entrees meant for sharing.

Bulla (pronounced “boo-ya”) is owned by Centurion Restaurant Group, which operates four Florida locations, in Coral Gables, Doral, Winter Park and Tampa.

Managing partner Tony Ramirez, a Miami native who ...

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First Look: Bar Mercado debuts Spanish tapas at Krog Street Market

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Bar Mercado crispy chicken legs with romesco and blanched almonds, and Churros with spiced sugar and hot chocolate. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Last week, Castellucci Hospitality Group — Cooks & Soldiers, Double Zero, Iberian Pig, Sugo — officially opened Bar Mercado.

The Spanish tapas restaurant took over the Krog Street Market space formerly occupied by the Cockentrice.

The makeover by Atlanta’s Square Feet Studio features bold colors and geometric patterns in keeping with the theme of a lively Spanish market. Seating stretches through the bright sunken dining room adjacent to the open kitchen to a cozy-cool bar area with a ...

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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.

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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

First Look: Holler & Dash Biscuit House debuts first Atlanta location on Tuesday

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Holler and Dash Pork Rambler biscuit (left), Kickback Chicken biscuit (right) and strawberry pineapple Aqua Fresca drink. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Much anticipated and much discussed, Holler & Dash Biscuit House is set open its first Atlanta location at 7 a.m. on Tuesday in the Westside Iron Works adaptive reuse project on Howell Mill Road.

The fast-casual breakfast-lunch-brunch concept from parent company Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. debuted in 2016, and not counting the Atlanta location, it operates four restaurants, between Alabama, Florida and Tennessee, with a Nashville location coming soon.

Sometimes dubbed “Cracker Barrel for millennials,” the Southern-inspired ...

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First Look: Same old brand new Big Tex open again in Decatur

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Chicken Flautas with shredded chicken, cotija cheese, onion and poblano in a corn tortilla, topped with lettuce, pico and cilantro with sour cream and queso. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Big Tex in Decatur has an interesting history.

Back when the Texas-inspired comfort food restaurant and bar opened in the summer of 2011, it was another outlet for the vision of brothers Jonathan and Justin Fox of the widely popular Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q.

But things didn’t go quite as planned, and in late 2014, Big Tex closed, though the kitchen continued to operate for a time as a commissary for the ...

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First Look: Latin meets Southern at Babalu in Midtown

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Babalu Pollo tacos with Tinga chicken, smoked corn, pico, cheese (left) and Carne De Credo tacos with Niman Ranch pork belly, citrus BBQ sauce, roasted peanut slaw, cheese (right). Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Pitched as “Latin-inspired dishes with a unique Southern flair,” Babalu Tapas & Tacos opened its first Atlanta restaurant in late June in the 33 Peachtree Place mixed-use development in Midtown.

The location at the corner of West Peachtree Street and Peachtree Place is a busy intersection, both for vehicular and pedestrian traffic. And the space is designed to take advantage of that urban energy with patio and ...

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First Look: Roswell’s Monkey 68 offers sushi, small plates and cocktails

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Monkey 68 Red Snapper Carpaccio with red snapper, sweet cucumber, pickled jalapeno, radish, and cilantro. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Mali Hu, the restaurateur behind the One Sushi+ in Brookhaven and Katana on Lenox Road in Buckhead, recently opened Monkey 68 on Green Street, a stone’s throw from bustling Canton Street in historic Roswell.

Dubbed “Refined Asian” — and named for Hu’s Chinese zodiac sign and birth year — the restaurant serves up a contemporary combination of Chinese, Japanese and Korean dishes, with an emphasis on sushi, small plates and cocktails.

While many of the offerings carry over from the greatest ...

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First Look: CO lands pan-Asian in Poncey-Highland

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

CO Pork and Ginger Gyoza dumplings with soy scallion sauce. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Call it pan-Asian or simply eclectic. CO in Poncey-Highland mixes a minimalist, contemporary atmosphere with a full-on bar, and a menu that ranges far and wide from sushi and small plates to banh mi and a variety of broth, rice and noodle dishes.

All that is a reflection of the background and tastes of owner Greg Bauer, who grew up in Germany, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and spent time living, traveling and eating around Asia.

Bauer moved to Charleston, S.C., in 2011, where he ...

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First Look: Brine Seafood Shack is open at Avalon in Alpharetta

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Brine Seafood Shack’s small lobster roll, served hot. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

“Cape Cod-meets-Santa Monica” is one of the ways chef-owner Marc Taft of Marietta’s Chicken and the Egg explains Brine Seafood Shack, his new chic but laid-back restaurant at the Avalon retail complex in Alpharetta.

The multilevel, choose-your-own-experience dining destination clearly has a lot going on, including indoor, outdoor and rooftop seating under a retractable roof, with two bars, a takeout window and lunch, dinner and rooftop menus.

The menus, created by Taft and Brine chef de cuisine David Connolly, previously of Two Urban Licks and Tap, feature sustainable ...

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First Look: The Canteen brings ‘micro food hall’ to Midtown

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Salatim bowl from Yalla at the Canteen, with chef’s daily selection of seasonal vegetables. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Presented as a “micro food hall,” the Canteen in Midtown is the latest project from chef Todd Ginsberg and the team behind the General Muir at Emory Point, and Fred’s Meat & Bread and Yalla at Krog Street Market.

Situated in the former Spence space on Fifth Street at Tech Square, the tidy layout features three food stalls, including the latest versions of Fred’s Meat & Bread and Yalla, and the new TGM Bagel.

Plus, there’s the new Square Bar, which looks ...

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Sip on a wine created by a former Atlanta housewife, grab brunch in Buckhead & other food news of the week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Former star of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Claudia Jordan, has teamed up with Biagio Cru Wines and Spirits to promote Just Peachy, a new peach sparkling wine. Jordan will be signing bottles for fans this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cost Plus store (2530 Cumberland Blvd.) in Smyrna.

Buckhead get ready for a new place for brunch. Eclipse di Luna Buckhead will begin serving brunch this Sunday at 11 a.m. The Spanish tapas-style brunch will take place every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu will feature dishes, including huevos benedicto (served with ...

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First Look: The Roast debuts fast-casual dining at Whole Foods

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Chimichurri Beef bowl, Crispy Cauliflower bowl, and Peachy Duck Buck Mule cocktail at The Roast./ Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

While the news nationally is the Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods, here in Atlanta it’s the opening of The Roast, a new fast-casual restaurant located adjacent to the recently remodeled Whole Foods Market on Ponce De Leon Avenue, near Ponce City Market.

Positioned as a first-of-its-kind dining concept for Whole Foods, the Brazilian-style churrasco offers a variety of build your own bowls, with fire-roasted proteins and vegetables, greens, grains and signature sauces, as well as vegetarian and vegan options.

There are ...

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First Look: Todd English Tavern brings casual fine dining to The Battery

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Todd English Tavern Southern Burger with beef brisket and short rib patty, bacon, fried egg, wild berry jam, cheddar, butter lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and spicy mayo. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

The opening of Todd English Tavern in Live at The Battery Atlanta adjacent to SunTrust Park seems to be another sign that the entertainment district aims to be a year-round dining destination.

Of course, English has been a star chef since coming on the scene in the early ’90s, and opening iconic fine dining restaurants such as Olives in Boston.

More recently, the English brand has been associated with airports, ...

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HOBNOB Tavern opening in Brookhaven and other food news of the week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Photo by Ligaya Figueras.

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern will be opening its second location in Town Brookhaven on July 10. Along with tavern fare and southern dishes, the restaurant will feature an extensive beverage menu, including craft beer, cocktails and boozy milkshakes. HOBNOB Tavern will open in the former Smash Kitchen & Bar space at 804 Town Blvd., Ste. 1010, and will be open for lunch, dinner and brunch.

Also new to Town Brookhaven is a new build your own pizza joint, PizzaFire. The customizable pizza place opened last week. It is the first location for the Ohio-based franchise, which has ...

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First Look: Double Dragon delivers American Chinese to Oakhurst

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Double Dragon, the latest concept from second-generation Chinese-American restaurateurs Michael Lo and chef George Yu, debuted in Oakhurst in late May, and it’s been bustling ever since.

Lo and Yu also own Taiyo Ramen in downtown Decatur, Mama Tiger at Emory’s Dobbs University Center and Suzy Siu’s Baos at Krog Street Market.

Double Dragon (left to right) executive chef & co-owner George Yu, chef de cuisine Courtney Graham, general manager Michelle Nguyen, assistant manager Ben Garrett, and co-owner Michael Lo. / Photo credit: Mia Yakel.

Each offers a different contemporary take on Asian cooking. But Double Dragon is perhaps ...

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A roundup of this week’s food news

Standing in line at Leopold’s Ice Cream in Savannah is as much a part of the tradition as eating the nearly century-old company’s frozen treats. / Photo by Ligaya Figueras

Food and dining news of the week

Babalu Tapas and Tacos will open its first Atlanta location at 33 Peachtree Place later this summer. The executive team for the restaurant was announced this week, and Jeffery McGar has been named as executive chef. McGar has been cooking in Atlanta kitchens since 1997, spending time at Cellar 56 and City Winery, among other venues.

Beginning on June 12, City Winery will open for lunch. Guests can grab midday bites and even a glass of wine from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Coalition Food and Beverage has its chef de cuisine in place. Ryan Jensen, previously sous chef at sister restaurants Table & Main and Osteria Mattone, will work alongside executive chef Woolery Back at Coalition Food and Beverage. The restaurant is slated to open in Alpharetta this fall.

 

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Numerous Atlanta chefs join better burger quest

A roundup of this week’s food news

The Curry Laksa at new Asian restaurant CO features shrimp, shredded chicken, bun rice noodles, cucumber, basil and baby bok choy in a spicy coconut broth./Photo credit: CO Restaurant

Restaurant Openings and Closings

New Italian concept coming to West Midtown

Sandy Springs steakhouse closes after 2 years in business

New restaurant CO brings noodles, sushi to Poncey-Highland

East Atlanta gets spicier with new Jamaican restaurant

New pizzeria opens today in Kennesaw

New Cuban restaurant to open in East Cobb

Alpharetta sports bar to relocate

New restaurant opens at new Doubletree in Dunwoody

New Italian restaurant coming to Atlantic Station

Popular ramen hotspot in Old Fourth Ward closes for the summer

A roundup of this week’s food news

Congress Street Up, the speakeasy inside the newly opened American Prohibition Museum in Savannah, serves classic cocktails like the Aviation, Sidecar and Mary Pickford. The bar is open to the public Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Photo by Ligaya Figueras

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New Georgia cat cafe lets you sip wine while cuddling adoptable kitties

A roundup of this week’s food news

Watermelon slushy made with lavender honey. Styled by Dianna Tribble. Photo by Dianna Tribble

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Have you tried this jerk chicken?

Healthy Cooking: Use scallops to make friends with your cast-iron skillet

26 reasons to eat in Dunwoody this Saturday

Stock Up: This Father’s Day treat Dad to breakfast in bed

Ice cream recipes easy to lick

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these OTP ice cream spots

The best barbecue cookbooks of the summer

Summer cookbooks praise vegetables 

First Look: French meets Southern at Petit Chou in Cabbagetown

Snapchat Taste Test: Healthy snacks

Create this summer slushy with lavender honey and watermelon

A roundup of this week’s food news

9 Mile Station’s Trolley Car Spritz cocktails./ Photo credit: Adrienne Harris.

Atlanta Bar Scene

Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall has introduced adult slushies, available at its camper on the grove throughout the summer. Right now you can grab the alcoholic slushies in a few different flavors including blood orange Moscow mule and sangria. More flavors are on the way.

Frozen pops and alcohol combine for a cooling cocktail now available at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse. The booze-infused ice pops can be paired with either prosecco or rosé wine. The pops come in a variety of flavors, including Limoncello, Blueberry with prosecco and Peach and Raspberry with Rosé.

Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Red Brick Whale Shark Wheat

9 Mile Station’s refreshing cocktail is perfect for summer brunch

Restaurant reviews

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Review: At Double Zero, shared plates can delight; pasta and pizza miss the mark

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A roundup of this week’s food news

First Look: Modern meets old school at Kaiser’s Chophouse in Sandy Springs

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Kaiser’s Chophouse Prime Cowboy Ribeye is 20-ounces of dry-aged, bone-in steak. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Though it’s only been open for a few weeks, Kaiser’s Chophouse on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs already has the look and feel of a classic dining destination.

The modern steakhouse from Atlanta chef Peter Kaiser is billed as offering “an elevated dining experience with quality cuts of meats, superior ingredients and a boutique wine and cocktail program.”

Beloved Atlanta chef Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun’s, Kevin Rathbun Steak and KR Steakbar is a longtime colleague and friend of Kaiser, and an investor and consultant in ...

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Celebrity chef Darius Williams to open new restaurant, Hampton + Hudson celebrates 1 year anniversary & other food news of the week

Savannah Sasser, executive chef at Hampton + Hudson, is one of our chefs to watch on the Atlanta restaurant scene. Photo by Tomas Espinoza.

Hampton + Hudson celebrates one year anniversary

This Saturday, Inman Park eatery Hampton + Hudson will celebrate their one year anniversary with an outdoor party. The all-day party will begin at noon and feature outdoor entertainment, food and cocktail specials.  Executive chef Savannah Sasser joined Hampton + Hudson in March bringing her playful style to the menu. 

Diners who are interested in attending the event can purchase tickets at www.hamptonandhudson.com.

Celebrity Chef Darius Williams opening new restaurant in Westview

Williams is set to open up Greens and Gravy on June 17. The menu will bring fish and grits, spare ribs and slow roasted salmon to customers in Westview. The new restaurant is located at 1540 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. Williams originally planned on using the space for his dessert company CinnaTreats but changed his mind and decided to bring comfort food to Westview.

Yumbii launches beverage program

Known as the first food truck in Atlanta, Yumbii has expanded to a brick and mortar location and continuing to grow with the addition of a beverage program. The new beverage menu includes housemade margaritas, craft beer and wine that will pair with the Korean and Mexican flavors of the food menu.

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Restaurant openings and closings

Ice cream shop is rolling into Buckhead

New frozen treat cart rolls into Atlantic Station

Pizzeria opening second location at Krog Street Market

Celebrity chef Darius Williams to open new restaurant, Hampton + Hudson celebrates 1 year anniversary & other food news of the week

Sea buckthorn sorbet with Luxardo cherry from True Food Kitchen. Photo courtesy of True Food Kitchen

Where and what to eat, what to cook, what to buy and what to drink

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Celebrity chef Darius Williams to open new restaurant, Hampton + Hudson celebrates 1 year anniversary & other food news of the week

Where to eat and drink on Mother’s Day, PBR opens at the Battery, Richard Blais is teaming up with Hands On Atlanta and other food news in Metro Atlanta this week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Andrew Jones riding the bull at PBR at Live! at the Battery. Photo credit: Jeff Roffman Photography

The grand opening of PBR Atlanta is tonight. To celebrate the opening of the new cowboy bar located directly across from SunTrust Park, country rapper Colt Ford will be performing in the Live! plaza at 8:30. PBR, named after the Professional Bull Riders association, features a mechanical bull that adds to the full country experience. Last week the bull was named after former Braves player Andrew Jones.

PBR, 800 Battery Ave Se #130, Atlanta. 404-494-1150. batteryatl.com/.

Where to eat and drink on Mother’s Day, PBR opens at the Battery, Richard Blais is teaming up with Hands On Atlanta and other food news in Metro Atlanta this week

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First Look: A flavor of French at Jai Ho Indian Kitchen in Morningside

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Jai Ho Rack of Lamb with rice, garlic naan and mixed veggies. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Owner Paul Nair and the team behind Atlanta’s Savi Provisions neighborhood markets opened Jai Ho Indian Kitchen & Bar in mid-March in the Morningside space most recently occupied by Madre + Mason.

It’s the first full-service restaurant for Nair, who drew inspiration from his upbringing in India, and partnered with chefs Anish Nair (no relation) and Vijeesh Parayil on the project.

The kitchen duo came up with a sprawling modern menu marked by regional influences and dishes that highlight Pondicherry cuisine, which mixes Indian ...

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First Look: New location and menu for Local Republic, Lawrenceville

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Local Republic in Lawrenceville debuts new menu items this week. Photo credit: Mia Yakel.

Six years ago, when business partners Ben Bailey and Chris Collin opened Local Republic in a converted gas station on West Crogan Street in downtown Lawrenceville, they envisioned an alternative to the fast-food and big-box chains that dotted the suburban landscape around them.

With chef Scott Smith, they developed a concept that featured imaginative pub grub with craft beer, including several popular burgers, such as The Sink, which the menu notes, “starts with a sunny side egg and then whatever the kitchen wants to throw on.”

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