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Savannah is getting its own rum distillery

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Savannah Spirits amber rum. Courtesy of Savannah Spirits Group

A rum distillery in the heart of historic Savannah is set to open next spring.

Savannah Spirits Group announced last week it will be opening a 12,000-square-foot distillery in the city’s historic district. Production is anticipated to begin in March 2018.

Initially, the company will produce silver and amber rum. Vodka, gin and, eventually, whiskey are planned for the future.

The distillery will also include an “upscale” chophouse next door with a private event space. Both the distillery and restaurant will be located along Whitaker Street in several renovated buildings that ...

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Celebrate National Lobster Day with these specials, recipes and local dishes

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Atlanta chef Anne Quatrano serves this New Shell Maine Lobster Roll at W.H. Stiles Fish Camp at Ponce City Market. / (Chris Hunt/Special)

It’s National Lobster Day — time to get your tail to one of the many great spots around town to find the tasty crustacean, or get your claws around a recipe to make yourself.


Lobster specials

For today only, Le Bilboquet in Shops Buckhead Atlanta will serve a lobster roll with frites, small green salad and French cocktail for $24 plus tax and gratuity.
3027 Bolling Way NE, Atlanta. 404-869-9944, lebilboquetatlanta.com/

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Buy This: 3 deep, rich flavors to spice up your fall – and not a pumpkin in the bunch

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

We’ve got three treats made with dates, chocolate and spices to warm up your fall days.

Date Lady Caramel Sauces

Dates have always been a fall favorite for me. The dark rich flavor just says “Let’s get ready for cooler weather.” Being a caramel fan, and having just sampled Date Lady’s two updated (forgive the pun!) caramel sauces, I’ve now got two more reasons to celebrate. The regular caramel sauce has cream while the coconut caramel sauce is vegan. Both are made from organic ingredients and both are luscious and smooth. You can stir them into coffee, use them as ...

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Get a taste of Chamblee at the city’s annual food festival

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Blue Top is one of the many Chamblee restaurants that will be serving up food at the Taste of Chamblee. / Photo credit- Mia Yakel

Taste of Chamblee is a crash course in that city’s burgeoning dining scene.

The annual food festival, now in its 10th year and hosted by the City of Chamblee, will take place Oct. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. It will be held in downtown Chamblee, at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Broad Street.

A variety of Chamblee restaurants will be on hand to offer samples of fare that range from Italian to Middle ...

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Edible cookie dough concept coming to Ponce City Market

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Edible cookie dough concept Batter Cookie Dough Counter is opening this fall at Ponce City Market. / Batter Cookie Dough Counter

Ponce City Market offers a pletora of eating options: tacos, seafood, pasta, dumplings, burgers, fried chicken, salad, gelato and more. Add edible cookie dough to the list.

Atlanta’s first edible cookie dough shop, Batter Cookie Dough Counter, is joining the ranks of vendors at the popular food hall. Batter is expected to open in mid-November.

Located in a stall across from Honeysuckle Gelato, the dessert shop will offer a total of 10 flavors of traditional and ...

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Fine dining Italian concept Osteria di Mare opening in Peachtree Corners

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Italian fine dining restaurant Osteria di Mare will open Oct. 1 in Peachtree Corners. / Photo: Osteria di Mare

Dining options continue to grow in Peachtree Corners.

Last year saw the addition of notables like Noble Fin, Ba Bellies and popular Lawrenceville diner Peachtree Cafe. Earlier this month, restaurateur Mark Taft, whose FEED Fried Chicken & Such recently opened at The Battery at SunTrust Park, announced that he’ll bring that concept to the Town Center mixed-use development in Peachtree Corners in 2018.

Now, Andrew Hoppen, Peachtree Corners resident and owner of Mexican concept Taqueria del Mar, is poised ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Monday Night Han Brolo Pale Ale

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Monday Night Brewing is celebrating two major milestones this weekend.

This year’s annual “Tie One On” party will not only mark its sixth anniversary, but the grand opening of The Garage — its second location along a recently completed section of the Atlanta BeltLine in the West End.

The festivities run from noon-10 p.m. on Saturday and 1-7 p.m. on Sunday, with big lineup of special, one-off and new beers, live bluegrass each day, and Nappy Roots performing on Saturday evening.

More details and tickets are available at Freshtix.

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Here’s how you could pay 64-cents for a steakhouse dinner at Marcel

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Here’s how you could pay 64-cents for a steakhouse dinner at Marcel. Photo credit: Marcel.

You may actually eat a hearty dinner instead of just looking at one on Instagram.

Marcel will offer shrimp boullettes, fried frog legs, USDA Prime meat and more for 64-cents beginning at 11 p.m. (drinks available on the patio beginning at 10 p.m.) Friday, Sept. 29. This special dinner price will be an ode to the early 1900s, but the menu, created by executive chef Craig Richards along with chef Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon Butcher, is modern.

While the event is invite-only, 20 tickets will be made available to the ...

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11 Fun Food Events Around DC This Weekend

Source: Washingtonian Food

Combine your love for cocktails and the classroom this Thursday with the Willard InterContinental’s History Happy Hour. The event will be held at the Round Robin Bar from 6 to 8 PM, and guests will learn how to create three cocktails from Jim Hewes, the Willard’s veteran bartender. The menu will feature drinks honoring Charles Dickens, Walt […]

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Enjoy fall weather on these 7 OTP restaurant patios

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Fall officially kicks off tomorrow, bringing with it cooler temps and the perfect weather for swarming restaurant patios across metro Atlanta. If you’re in the mood to breathe in fresh fall air while enjoying your next meal, consider checking out one of these seven patios at restaurants outside the Perimeter.

Enjoy oysters and other fresh seafood on one of Atlantic Seafood Company’s two patios. / Photo credit: Atlantic Seafood Company

Atlantic Seafood Company
You might not realize Atlantic Seafood Company has an outdoor dining option, but this Alpharetta mainstay actually has two patios, both great for enjoying the fall weather. ...

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This Marietta doughnut dwells in a realm beyond sweetness

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

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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Another steakhouse headed to Atlanta

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse will open a location in Dunwoody in 2018. / Photo: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

This year has seen numerous steakhouses open in and around Atlanta, including Kaiser’s Chophouse in Sandy Springs and C. Ellet’s at The Battery, a concept by restaurateur Linton Hopkins. The latest to join the primal-cut scene is national chain Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, which has announced that it will open a location in Atlanta next year.

A holding of Texas-based Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, the chophouse will open at 236 Perimeter Center Parkway, in Dunwoody’s Park Center, ...

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Dunwoody gets a pizza joint

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Vintage Pizzeria recently opened its third location on Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody Village. / Dunwoody Convention and Visitors Bureau

By Caleigh Derreberry

Dunwoody residents and office workers have one more nearby dining option: Vintage Pizzeria.

The local, family-owned restaurant, known for New Jersey-style pizza, recently opened a location at 5510 Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody Village.

The new location offers two dining areas – one geared toward families, the other for adults. Both sections have a covered outdoor patio.

Besides thin-crust pizza, the Vintage menu includes traditional Italian appetizers, salads and sandwiches.

This marks the third location for Vintage, whose ...

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Salad bar concept opens in Atlantic Station tomorrow

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Fast-casual salad concept Salata opens Sept. 21 in Atlantic Station. / Photo credit: Salata

By Caleigh Derreberry

Salata, a fast-casual salad bar, will open its first Georgia restaurant in Atlantic Station tomorrow. 

The salad bar concept serves customizable salads and lettuce wraps as well as soups. Salata offers more than 50 different topping options including chick peas, kidney beans, beets, almonds and pesto chicken.  Its 10 dressings are made in house, and the chain is gluten-free certified.

Beverage offerings include house-made teas and lemonades, served from taps resembling those used for draft beer.

When the Atlantic Station location, situated at 265 ...

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Celebrate Oktoberfest in Atlanta with these parties

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Der Biergarten PWP Studio Corporate Event Photographers

Break out the lederhosen and dirndls — it’s Oktoberfest time. Here are some ways to celebrate in metro Atlanta:

Der Biergarten will celebrate Oktoberfest through mid-October by rolling out a different keg of Oktoberfest beer each weekend including Warsteiner Oktoberfest and Spaten Oktoberfest. Each weekend will also offer $5 brats along with other German bites such as wiener schnitzel, goulash, sauerbratten and large pretzels with mustard spread.

On Oct. 14, the restaurant will host a 5K Oktoberfest Run at 9 a.m. followed by a Munich on Marietta block party at noon, with German food, ...

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Beer Town: ‘Atlas of Beer’ gets globe-trotting start in Kennesaw

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

What does geography have to do with beer?

Everything, according to Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark W. Patterson, authors of “National Geographic Atlas of Beer” (National Geographic, $40), out this week in a deluxe hardcover edition that’s sure to be a beer nerd best-seller for the holiday season.

The book is subtitled “A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer.” And Hoalst-Pullen and Patterson are aided by Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver, who wrote the forward and offers notes and tasting tips throughout the chapters.

Both Ph.D. geography professors at Kennesaw State University, Hoalst-Pullen and Patterson are self-proclaimed “beer doctors” and ...

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Miller Union chef Steven Satterfield shares tips to cut down on food waste

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Miller Union’s Steven Satterfield discusses ways to combat food waste during a workshop as part of programming for the Chefs Collaborative conference, held in Atlanta Sept. 9-11. / Photo credit: Erik Meadows

“Who wants to think about trash? Our culture doesn’t want to think about trash.”

Steven Satterfield, the chef and co-owner of Miller Union, stood in the dining room of his Westside restaurant. Gathered around him were 20 people — fellow chefs, farmers and other food professionals — who did, in fact, want to talk about trash.

Satterfield was leading a workshop about combating food waste in the ...

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Athens named among the South’s most underrated food cities

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

USA Today named Athens, Ga., one of the South’s most underrated food cities. Athens-based Creature Comforts was one of a handful of destinations cited in the article.

By Caleigh Derreberry

As home to the University of Georgia, Athens is mainly known as a college town. But it got a national nod for its dining scene.

USA Today called Athens one of the South’s most underrated food destinations. The article put a spotlight on smaller locales with notable cuisine. Baton Rouge, La., Birmingham, Ala., Lexington, Ky., and Greenville, S.C. also made the list.

The article gave props to chef-restaurateur Hugh Acheson’s ...

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We tried four different kinds of tuna — find out which we liked best

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution


We were ready to deploy our toothbrushes after this week’s Snapchat Taste Test, which saw us trying five different kinds of tuna. Check out what we thouigh



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Musician Zac Brown partners with Dahlonega distillery

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Zac Brown / AJC file photo

The nearly year-old Stillhouse Creek Distillery in Dahlonega has rebranded to Z. Brown Distillery in what they are calling a “strategic alliance” with the Grammy award-winning Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band. The distillery, located in Brown’s hometown, is slated to re-open sometime this fall. 

According to the distillery’s social media feeds, Stillhouse Creek which opened its doors to the public last November, quietly entered a partnership with the musician earlier this year. The distillery rebrand (announced last Friday) is generating among Brown’s large fan base on social media.

Musician Zac Brown partners with Dahlonega distillery

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Grits dinner hosted by a James Beard Award-winning chef, Cobb Restaurant Week and more in metro Atlanta this week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

James Beard Award-winning chef Virginia Willis to host a four-course grits dinner at Food 101. Photo credit: 101 Concepts.

Three-course prix fixe dinners during Cobb Restaurant Week. Grits dinner hosted by a James Beard Award-wining chef. 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 Sept. 23: The ninth annual Cobb Restaurant Week features select three-course dinner menus for $15, $25 and $35. Participating restaurants include Chicken and the Egg, Drift Fish House ...

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The Giving Kitchen starts fund to assist Hurricane Irma victims in Georgia

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Sam Wohlfeil removes sandbags from the front of the Fannies Your Aunt store on River Street in Savannah on Sept. 12. / Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Hurricane Irma has come and gone, causing serious damage to much of Florida and many parts of Georgia.

Atlanta-based non-profit The Giving Kitchen — the charitable arm of much-lauded Edgewood restaurant Staplehouse — has started the Hurricane Irma Emergency Assistance Fund to assist those in the restaurant industry impacted by the storm.

The fund was created in addition to the organization’s normal crisis grant coverage area, which spans 40 counties, to include those in the entire ...

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Kids eat free at this chain restaurant all week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Kids eat free at Zoës Kitchen this week. Photo credit: Zoës Kitchen.

Weeknight dinners are easier with when you have a little help.

Zoës Kitchen is offering a free kids meal with the purchase of a regular entrée after 3 p.m. now through Sept. 22. Kids menu meals include shrimp kabab, grilled chicken fingers and pizza piadina. To cash in on this offer, use promo code ZKKIDS, which is valid for dine-in only.
Various locations, zoeskitchen.com.

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Fall Folklife Festival at Atlanta History Center promises fun for food lovers

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Cooking demonstrations by culinary historian Michael Twitty are part of numerous activities scheduled for the Fall Folklife Festival at the Atlanta History Center this weekend. / Contributed by Atlanta History Center 

This Saturday, the Atlanta History Center will dish out fun for the entire family at the Fall Folklife Festival. At this celebration of Southern culture, there will be arts and crafts, music and storytelling and lots to do in the form of food.

Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty, author of the recently released “The Cooking Gene,” will be on-hand all day doing open-hearth cooking demonstrations.

A bee encounter will ...

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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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