Tag Archives: Restaurants & Dining

A margarita bar is coming to the Beltline

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Margaritas will be the specialty at Guac y Margys / Photo from the Guac y Margys Facebook page

Get ready to chip, dip and sip just off the Beltline this summer.

Guac y Margys is set to open at 661 Auburn Ave. #120 on the bottom floor of the Residences at Studioplex in late May, just off the Eastside Beltline. The spot is keeping it simple during the week with a menu offering 10 different margaritas and guacamole, salsa and queso with chips, according to co-owner David Barton. Look for a more expanded food menu on the weekends.

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A popular Charleston bakery is setting up shop in an Atlanta food hall this year

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Bread from Root Baking Co. / Photo credit: Nicole Lewis

A bakery and cafe set to open in Atlanta is about to dash all your low-carb diet resolutions.

Root Baking Co. is set to open in a “prominent Atlanta food hall” in early- to mid-summer, according to Chris Wilkins, who owns Root with his wife, Nicole (who also has a “day job” as a pharmacist). Root has been selling wholesale and at farmers markets in Charleston since 2015.

Though he’s not yet able to confirm the exact location, Wilkins said the spot will be open for breakfast and lunch with ...

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Restaurant from former Ford Fry team members gets a name and other top metro Atlanta dining news from the week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Here are the stories that made a splash in the Atlanta food world this week.

The former My Sister’s Room space will become Banshee / John Spink / jspink@ajc.com

An East Atlanta restaurant with an impressive pedigree now has a name.

Banshee is being launched by former employees of Ford Fry restaurants and Wrecking Bar, including partner and general manager Peter Chvala, partner and executive chef Nolan Wynn and partner/bar managers Katie McDonald and Faielle Stocco.

A Banshee is defined as a spirit that is said to visit a home before someone who lives there is about to die.

“All ...

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Beer Pick: New Realm Euphonia Pilsner

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

One of the most exciting developments on the burgeoning Atlanta beer scene is the recent arrival of New Realm Brewing.

The craft beer destination from former Stone brewmaster Mitch Steele and his veteran beer business partners Carey Falcone and Bob Powers includes a state-of-the-art production brewery, a pilot brewery and a restaurant, all housed in a stunning facility overlooking the Beltline.

Last week, I talked with Steele about the project, and part of our interview was published this week.

Steele’s opening beers include special releases such as Radegast Triple IPA, and “mainstays” such as Hoplandia IPA and Euphonia ...

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Are these 2 Georgia restaurants among the most romantic in the U.S.? One ranking says yes

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The interior of Babette’s Cafe /
Photo contributed by Adrienne Harris

Looking for some romance this Valentine’s Day or beyond? One site says two Georgia restaurants are among the top eateries in the country where love is in the air.

Restaurant reservation site OpenTable has released its list of 100 most romantic restaurants in the U.S., as determined by 12 million verified OpenTable diner reviews collected between Dec. 2016 and Nov. 2017. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of ...

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Loyal Q and Brew’s second location is set to open this month

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.

A barbecue restaurant that made a splash in Marietta when it opened in August 2017 is poised to open its second location later this month.

Loyal Q and Brew will open Feb. 20 at 3655 Old Milton Pkwy. in Alpharetta, in the space formerly home to Five Seasons Brewery.

Owner Bob Campbell, who spend 25 years with Taco Mac before opening Loyal Q, said the menu will be similar to the Marietta ...

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It’s National Pizza Day, Atlanta — here’s where to get deals, where to eat and how to make your own

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

It’s National Pizza Day, and there are plenty of restaurants that are here to help you save some dough. Fancy yourself a pizzaiolo in the making? We’ve also got recipes for you to craft the perfect pie at your place. Read on for deals, some of our favorite spots for pizza, pizza news and recipes.

Deals at local restaurants

Want to win free pizza for a month? The recently opened The Local Pizzaiolo has a contest that can help you do just that.

You can enter three ways:

1) Follow them on Instagram and tag your favorite pizza loving friend.

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Marietta’s Doughnut Dollies expanding with Atlanta location

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Sweet Jane doughnut at Doughnut Dollies is messy, but worth it – a plain doughnut is overfilled with vanilla cream and covered in powdered sugar. / CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

A popular Marietta doughnut shop is taking its sweet treats ITP.

Doughnut Dollies — which Chris and Anna Gatti opened in the downstairs space of their Canvas Cafe & Bakery in 2015 — is set to open a second location on Howell Mill Road in the Collier Hills area by June, according to Anna Gatti.

The doughnut shop — named for the Red Cross volunteers who delivered doughnuts and ...

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Celebrate your girls, hate on your exes at these 5 alternative Atlanta Valentine’s Day parties

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Enjoy the Steak for One dinner at Torched Hop Brewing Company / Photo from Torched Hop Brewing Company

If the trappings of Valentine’s Day make you roll your eyes, several metro Atlanta bars and restaurants are hosting events that’ll help you celebrate in your own way.

 

Grab your gals

Celebrate the ladies in your life with this Pre-Galentine’s Day Waffles and Bellinis Brunch at Hampton + Hudson, offering Bellini specials as well as family-style waffle boards with toppings, a photo booth and sweet treats.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 11. Hampton + Hudson, 299 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. hamptonandhudson.com

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Old Fourth Distillery to debut speakeasy concept tomorrow

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Old 4th Distillery produces vodka and gin with non-GMO cane sugar, less energy and no waste. (Jenni Girtman / Atlanta Event Photography)

Atlanta’s first distillery since prohibition is changing things up this week with a new speakeasy concept that hearkens back to that era.

Old Fourth Distillery is turning its tasting room into the Locker Room starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported. The club is named for the private clubs that popped up around Atlanta during the early 1900s, when alcohol was locked up and only served to members.

Bartender Cole Younger Just will head ...

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Magnum ice cream bars now come in crackable tubs — we tried them

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Magnum ice cream tubs

Open, wait, crack. Those are the instructions printed on the foil wrapper covering new Magnum crackable ice cream tubs. A cracking chocolate shell meant to be broken and swirled into the ice cream make for a sweet treat similar to Magnum bars but doled out by the spoonful. We tried dark chocolate with raspberry, milk chocolate with vanilla and white chocolate with vanilla — watch the video below to find out what we thought.

 

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This Westside barbecue joint brings creamed corn to life

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The elote creamed corn at DAS BBQ captures the flavor and flair of Mexican street corn. / CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

Dish of the Week: Elote Creamed Corn at DAS BBQ

The elote creamed corn at DAS BBQ isn’t your grandad’s creamed corn. If you think of creamed corn as the watery, bland side dish dumped from a can and sitting untouched on the cafeteria buffet, be prepared to have your eyes opened at this Westside smokehouse.

The name itself reveals the inspiration for the flavors in DAS BBQ’s version. Elote is the Mexican street corn roasted on a ...

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Coffee tour, free milkshakes and more food and drink events in metro Atlanta this week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Get free cuppings Saturday mornings at East Pole Coffee Co. Photo credit: Blue Hominy PR.

Get free cuppings Saturday mornings. Kids will be able to decorate cards, get a free mini milkshake and more. 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.

Thursday, Feb. 8: 101 Steak will host a five-course pairing dinner featuring wines from around the world from 7-10 p.m. The dinner will start with a reception featuring East and West Coast ...

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Get $2 tacos every Tuesday at this popular Midtown spot

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Get $2 tacos every Tuesdays at Babalu Tapas & Tacos. Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates.

It takes two to get this deal.

Babalu Tapas & Tacos offers $2 tacos every Tuesday during lunch and dinner hours. Taco options include pork, vegetable, spice seared saku tuna and braised short rib. This dining deal is available for dine-in guests only.

33 Peachtree Pl. NE, Atlanta. 404-900-9595, atlanta.eatbabalu.com.

 

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Celebrate Mardi Gras 2018 at these metro Atlanta restaurants

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

New Orleans is a short flight from Atlanta, but if you’re not able to make the trip to Mardi Gras central this year, there are plenty of places in metro Atlanta to celebrate Fat Tuesday (Feb. 13) with drinks and food.

 

BBQ shrimp at Hugo’s Oyster Bar / Photo from the Hugo’s Oyster Bar Facebook page

Big Easy Grille: There’ll be two opportunities to celebrate at this Mardi Gras-themed restaurant, which is hosting crawfish boils on Feb. 10 and 13 with food and drink specials, beads and live music.

1 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11 a.m. Feb. 13. ...

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Check out the menu for Mary Hoopa’s Fried Chicken & Oysters, now open in East Lake

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Fried Chicken and beer are featured on the menu at Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters / Photo by Mia Yakel

The wait is over.

Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters operated in soft open mode over the weekend in the 2nd + Hosea development in East Lake, and is open for regular hours starting today, Feb. 5. The restaurant is the latest from Robert Phalen, the owner and executive chef of popular Inman Park spot One Eared Stag.

The eatery — which has been in the works since late 2016 — stays true to its ...

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Buy This: 3 tasty ways to get more veggies in your diet

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Veggie pastas

Explore Cuisine veggie pastas

Green lentil pasta. Edamame pasta. Chickpea pasta. All organic and all delicious. Who knew pasta could be so yummy it needed no sauce at all? That’s what we agreed when we tried the chickpea spaghetti from Explore Cuisine. It was fun to see that the only ingredient in the edamame spaghetti is edamame. And interesting to note that each serving has 24 grams of protein and only 20 carbs. It has the springiest texture of the bunch. We only tried three but there are rice pastas and black bean pastas and more. We’re looking ...

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Indulge in dinner for two for $24.95 at this metro Atlanta tavern

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Indulge in a three-course dinner for two for $24.95 and more at HOBNOB on Mondays. Photo credit: Brandon Amato.

Make Monday a date night.

Start a new weekly traditional with your favorite friend or lover: date night at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern. Couples can enjoy a three-course dinner inclusive of a salad, choice of burgers or pizza and cobbler for dessert from 5-10 p.m. Mondays for $24.95. Guests can also order additional items from the menu a la carte.
1551 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-968-2288, hobnobatlanta.com.
804 Town Blvd., Brookhaven. 404-464-8971.

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‘Family pizzeria’ opens in Roswell plus other top metro Atlanta dining news from the week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Here are the stories that made a splash in the Atlanta food world this week:

Pizza at Wild Slice / Photo from the Wild Slice Facebook page

  • Family-friendly Wild Slice is open in Roswell at 580 E. Crossville Road, ScoopOTP first reported. The restaurant’s menu offers a variety of made-to-order pizzas, baked sandwiches, paninis, pastas, salads and gluten-free options. All items are offered in kid-sized portions at half the price. The restaurant says on its website that it “puts equally as much thought into the kids as the adults.”

 

  • La Calavera Bakery is set to open a location in ...

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Check out the menu for Lao restaurant Snackboxe Bistro, opening tomorrow in Doraville

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Larb from Snackboxe Bistro / Photo from the Snackboxe Bistro Facebook page

A taste of Laos is set to open tomorrow in Doraville.

Snackboxe Bistro, which will be open for lunch and dinner, will offer a variety of Lao street food including noodle soups, a variety of salads (papaya, shrimp and a meat salad known as larb), sausages, beef jerky, wings, pork skewers and other casual fare inflected with Laotian flavor, as well as drinks and traditional desserts

The eatery is owned and operated by husband and wife Vanh Sengaphone and Thip Athakhanh, who decided to open it after ...

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Rack up on seafood deals starting at 50 cents in Buckhead today

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Dantanna’s Buckhead location offers 50-cent chilled shrimp and $1 oysters. Photo credit: Caren West PR.

A couple of quarters go a long way today.

Dantanna’s Buckhead location offers 50-cent chilled shrimp and $1 oysters from 4-6 p.m. Fridays. Bring friends; this deal is too awesome to indulge in alone.
Buckhead – Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Road, N.E., Atlanta. 404-760-8873.

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Get details about the kombucha bar set to open on the Westside Beltline

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Melanie Wade holds a bottle of Golda Kombucha / Contributed by Golda Kombucha

Kombucha will be as good as Golda this spring in Atlanta’s West End.

Melanie Wade, the creator of Golda Kombucha, will open Cultured South in the Lee + White development at 1038 White St. off the Beltline’s Westside trail.

The fermentation company will feature a kombucha bar and fermentation marketplace that will sell fermented food and beverage products including Golda kombucha as well as Wade’s Pure Abundance Cashew Cheese. The 6,000 square-foot warehouse will house areas for production, tastings and retail and will allow customers to taste, ...

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6 drinks that are pretty in pink (and red) and perfect for Valentine’s Day

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Leon’s Full Service Amaro daiquiri/Tori Allen

If cocktails are a part of your Valentine’s Day celebration, check out this list of vibrant red and pink-hued potions that are easy to fall in love with. Whether you spend the moment with your significant other or friends, treat yourself with one of these liquid lovelies.

Negroni Sbagliato

Your relationship shouldn’t be bitter, but your drink can be. Bar Americano beverage manager Julian Goglia uses Martini Reserva Speciale Bitter, a product new to the Atlanta market, for what he calls a “wrong Negroni.” “Sbagliato” translates to mistaken, and refers to replacing gin with bubbles. ...

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Atlanta ice cream shop to open third location off the Eastside Beltline

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Ice cream sandwiches at Butter and Cream made with two Chocolate Chocolate Chip cookies and Salted Butterscotch ice cream. / AJC file photo

A popular metro Atlanta ice cream shop is set to join some other highly-anticipated projects just off the Eastside Beltline.

Butter & Cream will open its third location in the StudioPlex development at 659 Auburn Ave. NE, just south of Irwin Street.

After opening its first location in Decatur in 2014, Butter & Cream expanded last year with a store in Roswell.

Owner Stacy Wisniewski’s shop makes its own ice cream, sorbets, sauces, toppings, cookies and cakes...

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Super Bowl LII parties in Atlanta: Head to these bars for food and drink specials

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Get $1 food deals at Hugo’s Oyster Bar on Super Bowl Sunday. Photo credit: Green Olive Media.

Are you ready for football? Do you enjoy meeting other fans, rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles or New England Patriots and eating good food at even better prices? The following eight restaurants will offer dining deals to keep you full, entertainment to keep you energized (flat screen TVs, anyone?) and savings in your pocket, especially with several all-you-can-eat options. All specials will be available on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4.

Dantanna’s: The Buckhead  location will offer reserve seating — guests can choose ...

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