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Edible cookie dough coming to Ponce City Market next week and more Atlanta dining news

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Batter Cookie Dough Counter is opening at Ponce City Market. / Photo courtesy of Batter Cooke Dough

If the gluttony of Thanksgiving isn’t enough for you, there’ll be another way for you to indulge next week. Batter Cookie Dough Counter edible cookie dough dessert shop will open inside Ponce City Market on Nov 21. Batter, whose product is eggless and made with heat-treated flour, will offer traditional and seasonal cookie dough flavors including sugar, chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal, lemon, salted caramel and s’mores.

Located on the first floor of Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall,across from Honeysuckle Gelato, the walk-up shop ...

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Shop, then eat at these restaurants around metro Atlanta malls

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

We know it’s only an expression, but we really don’t want you to shop til you drop! Check out these spots to get some sustenance while you do your holiday shopping.

Barleygarden Fried Cauliflower with parmesan and smoked paprika. / Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

North Fulton

Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. experienceavalon.com

Tasty choices abound within the Avalon premises, including Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar, Brine Seafood Shack, Rumi’s Kitchen, District 3, Oak Steakhouse, Coletta and more.


Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. perimetermall.com/en.html

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Restaurants in Atlanta still accepting RSVPs for Thanksgiving meals

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Guests will be treated to a three-course meal for Thanksgiving at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Photo credit: Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta.

Eat, but don’t cook.

Thanksgiving is less than a week ago. If you haven’t done so already, now—like today—is  a good time to make reservations for breakfast, lunch or dinner at the following metro Atlanta restaurants. On Thursday, Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day, you’ll just need to round up your family and friends then head out to a bountiful meal—no dishes and maybe a little something leftover to nosh on the following day. Currently, each restaurant listed below still has availability; call ...

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A tale of two metro Atlanta sushi restaurants

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Sashimi Taku Jyo, a selection of sashimi that included Bigeye tuna, fatty tuna (Toro), sea scallop, octopus and sea urchin roe (Uni) at Sushi Hayakawa. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

Two Doraville sushi restaurants are giving raw fish lovers the opportunity to have to very unique, distinct experiences,.

Art Hayakawa, a Japanese-born and -trained sushi chef with more than two decades of reputation in Atlanta, closed his namesake restaurant Sushi Hayakawa last year for several months for renovations. The changes are noticeable — namely, the restaurant now offers less seating, which AJC food critic Wyatt William says works to the spot’s ...

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VIDEO: Make this crowd-pleasing side dish from Ted’s Montana Grill for Thanksgiving

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Squash casserole from Ted’s Montana Grill / Photo courtesy of Ted’s Montana Grill

If you’re still putting together your Thanksgiving dinner menu, Ted’s Montana Grill’s Aunt Fannie’s squash casserole should make the cut. The savory dish is easy to make and provides a perfect complement to main dishes. Watch Ted’s chef Cooper Baldwin prepare it below, and scroll down for the full recipe and more Thanksgiving recipes and ideas.



3 pounds sliced yellow squash

2 oz. melted butter

1 oz. melted butter, set aside

1 tablespoon sugar

2 whole eggs, beaten

1/2 cup cracker meal, unseasoned

1/4 cracker ...

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Wear flannel, get a free meal every Friday at this Midtown restaurant

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Wear flannel, get a free meal every Friday at gusto!. Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates.

Got flannel? Get free food.

Local restaurant, gusto!, offers Flannel Fridays, a food and fashion event that gives guests a buy one, get one free meal. Here’s how it works: wear a flannel shirt, receive a BOGO ticket and eat. No coupons, no catch. Valid at the Ponce de Leon location only throughout winter.
782 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-330-8114, whatsyourgusto.com.

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Get your pumpkin fix with these 8 dishes (and then some) OTP

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Pumpkin cheesecake with pecan caramel at Sugo in Johns Creek. Photo courtesy of Sugo.

No matter your stance on the PSL (that’s “pumpkin spice latte” for those of you living under a rock), pumpkin is unequivocally the flavor of fall. Whether you prefer your pumpkin in a savory preparation or a sweet treat, these OTP eateries have you covered. Check out these dishes that celebrate pumpkin in ways that are anything but “basic.”

  1. Pumpkin zeppole
    Head to modern Italian restaurant Colletta in Alpharetta’s Avalon to dive into fall with its version of indulgent doughnut bites in the form of pumpkin ...

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It’s pie time: O4W Pizza owner returning to Atlanta with new restaurant

O4W Pizza’s Grandma Pie / Photo courtesy of Blue Hominy

If you’ve been mourning the loss of an intown spot to get O4W Pizza’s Grandma Pie, it’s time to wipe your tears.

Owner Anthony Spina, who closed O4W’s Irwin Street Market spot across from Krog Street Market in mid-2016 in favor of a new location in Duluth, will return to Atlanta next year with a new restaurant.

Spina is partnering with Billy Streck, owner of intown eateries Cypress Street Pint + Plate and Hampton + Hudson, to open an as-yet unnamed spot in mixed-use development Studioplex at 659 Auburn Ave. NE in mid-2018. The restaurant will be just a few blocks from O4W’s previous intown location.

The new joint will serve top-selling pies from O4W Pizza — including the popular Grandma Pie, a rectangular thin-crust pizza — and other Italian snacks, sandwiches, salads, and pasta, including vegan and gluten-free options, alongside a beverage program with a full bar.

The forthcoming restaurant’s design is a collaboration among Streck and his wife Jenn, Spina, and local Atlanta firm Smith Hanes Studio. It will face the Beltline’s Eastside trail and feature a bar, banquette seating, and an open kitchen.

Growing up in Red Bank, Anthony Spina learned to make Jersey-style pizza side-by-side with his uncle. He cooked in his home state for two decades before moving to Atlanta and opening O4W Pizza in January 2015. New York native Streck grew up hanging out in his grandfather’s and dad’s pizzeria.

The restaurant will join several other recently-announced food concepts at Studioplex, including Hawkers Asian Street Fare and Beetnix Juice Bar.


It’s pie time: O4W Pizza owner returning to Atlanta with new restaurant

A rendering of the new restaurant from Anthony Spina and Billy Streck. / Rendering courtesy of Blue Hominy


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It’s pie time: O4W Pizza owner returning to Atlanta with new restaurant

Where to get $5 cocktails in Atlanta every weekday

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Get $5 cocktails in Atlanta every weekday at Food 101. Photo credit: Henri Hollis.

Get happier with a wallet friendly drink deal.

Select cocktails are five bucks at Food 101 every weekday from 4-6 p.m. While celebrating the end of the day or another reason for cheers, check out the food menu, which includes daily specials like salmon patties, pot pies and crab-stuffed shrimp plus a “between the bun” option with — you guessed it — meat in between buns.
4969 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-497-9700, food101atl.com.

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Thanksgiving To-Go: Where to buy last-minute holiday dinners in Atlanta

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Alon’s Bakery & Market offers several Thanksgiving to-go options. COURTESY OF ALON’S BAKERY & MARKET.

Thanksgiving traditions don’t have to be home-made. If you’re worried about burning the turkey or don’t have time to cook a full meal, here’s a roundup of restaurants and grocery stores offering to-go Thanksgiving dinners.

North Fulton

Pick up Thanksgiving dinner while doing your normal grocery shopping. Sprouts offers several to-go options costing $29-$79. Packages include turkey, sliced hams, Hawaiian rolls, creamed kale and spinach, scalloped potatoes, spiced apples and creamy cauliflower. Orders can be made at the Sprouts deli counter or online until Nov. ...

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Nobu restaurant to open in Atlanta as part of Phipps Plaza expansion

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A rendering shows a new 12-story office tower, Nobu hotel and restaurant and a 60,000-square-foot Life Time fitness complex. / Photo contributed by Simon

A Japanese restaurant that’s a favorite with celebrities will set up shop in Atlanta.

Nobu Atlanta Restaurant will open as part of the Nobu Hotel at the Phipps Plaza mixed-use development in Buckhead.

The expansion, which will roll out in phases through 2020, will also feature an office tower and fitness complex. The restaurant will operate in a 10,000 square-foot space.

The restaurant and hotel have a star pedigree; founding Nobu investors include actor and director ...

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Beer Town: Sam Smith III talks Samuel Smith’s ales

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Sam Smith III from Samuel Smith Brewery recently visited the U.S. for the first release of Oatmeal Stout in kegs. CONTRIBUTED BY: Samuel Smith Brewery.

Samuel Smith, otherwise known as the Old Brewery at Tadcaster, was founded in Yorkshire in 1758. It’s a truly historic institution, as well as one of the few remaining independent breweries in England.

Celebrated for draft ales at its pubs around England, and around the world for its distinctive bottled beers, such as Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Taddy Porter and Imperial Stout, the company has never been much for marketing in the modern sense.

But ...

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Grant Park Market now open in The Larkin

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

There’s a new spot for sandwiches and food products in Grant Park.

Grant Park Market — a second location of Candler Park Market — is in soft open mode in the Larkin on Memorial development at 519 Memorial Drive.

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Candler Park Market, located at 1642 McLendon Ave., has been open for nearly 15 years.


The 63,000 square foot mixed-use Larkin re-development from Paces Property will have several more food options available in the next few months, including Firepit Pizza Tavern, a creation of Leslie Cohen, an Atlanta native and winner of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen; restaurant ...

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Soft pretzels and beer cheese dip hit the spot at Hobnob

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

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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Texas-style barbecue joint open in College Park

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

“Dino-Ribs” in the smoker at Hattie Marie’s. / Photo from the Hattie Marie’s Facebook page

South Fulton has a new spot for Texas-style barbecue.

Hattie Marie’s Texas Style BBQ and Cajun Kitchen opened its doors last week at 3699 Main St. in College Park.

Husband and wife Willie and Ramona Griggie named the eatery — which serves Texas-style barbecue and cajun dishes — after Willie’s mother, who loved to cook and owned her own bakery and catering company.

“If you came to her house, you were always going to leave full,” Ramona says of her mother-in-law, who passed away several ...

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Staplehouse has a new upstairs cocktail bar

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Interior of Staplehouse / AJC file photo

Reservations at critically-praised Old Fourth Ward spot Staplehouse are tough to come by, but grabbing a drink in the same building just got a little bit easier.

The restaurant opened Paper Crane Lounge in an upstairs space that previously served as a private event space earlier this month, Eater Atlanta reports. Open from 5:30-10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 5:30-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, the bar is first come, first serve and features a rotating cocktail list with five or six drinks (including a sparkling Negroni). Different drinks lists will be offered ...

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Seafood dinner special, fire pit party and more this week in metro Atlanta

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Osteria Mattone is celebrating its four-year anniversary this week with a special dinner. Photo: Iain Bagwell.

Enjoy a four-course dinner with seafood in Roswell. Warm up with s’mores, drinks and more. 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 Nov. 15: Osteria Mattone is celebrating its fourth anniversary with a four-course menu featuring crispy oysters, baked rigatoni, swordfish and chocolate bonet from 5-9:30 p.m. This limited-edition dinner menu is available for $44 ...

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Sorry, corn dog lovers: Pallookaville is closed

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Marnie Bell-Ferguson, left, talks with bartender Jessica Woody at Pallookaville Fine Foods, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Avondale Estates. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

Corn dog eatery Pallookaville has closed its doors in Avondale Estates.

The restaurant’s management addressed the closure on its Facebook page, with the hint that another business might move into the space at 17 N. Avondale Road:

James Maggard and Jason Hylton bought Pallookaville in early 2016 from former owner Jim Stacy.

This is the second restaurant Maggard and Hylton closed this year — M572 in Tucker ceased service in August.

The pair also owns Local No. 7 ...

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‘Walking Dead’ star discusses his Georgia restaurant on Colbert

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Norman Reedus in a still from “The Walking Dead.” Photo: AMC

He plays dirty with zombies on “The Walking Dead,” but actor Norman Reedus wages a different battle at his Senoia restaurant.

Reedus discussed Nic & Norman’s, the eatery he opened last year with “Dead” director and executive producer Greg Nicotero, on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” last week, including a burger throwdown between the two.

“I don’t eat meats, but our black bean burger is great,” Reedus told Colbert. He said he and Nicotero each came up with a burger and competed to see whose was the more ...

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The ‘veggie burger that bleeds’ available in Atlanta for the first time

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Impossible Burger / Contributed photo

If you’ve given up red meat but still have a craving for a juicy hamburger, you can now have the best of both worlds.

The Impossible Burger — also known as “the veggie burger that bleeds — is being served for the first time in Georgia at all Grindhouse Killer Burgers locations and at The Counter location in Roswell.

The plant-based vegan patty — made of water, plant proteins, coconut oil and heme, a natural molecule that gives burgers their distinctive taste and is also found in plants — is designed to look and ...

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12 things to do in the D.C. area the week of Nov. 13-17

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Monday, Nov. 13 ‘Meet the Press’ Film Festival at Landmark Atlantic Plumbing Cinema: “Meet the Press” and the American Film Institute present this inaugural film festival featuring 16 short political documentaries organized by themes such as the opioid epidemic, life after prison and immigration. Among the films: “Knife Skills,” about a Cleveland restaurant staffed by […]

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Buy This: 3 great snacks for holiday entertaining

Chances are good when Thanksgiving arrives, there’ll be more entertaining going on at your house.  You want to have a few tricks up your sleeve for easy ways to entertain your guests. These will work as pre-dinner nibbles, snacks for watching the latest football game or a treat for the cooks in the kitchen.

Thyme to Garnish Herb and Spice Mixes

Becky Battle will tell you the story of her life on the culinary road from cooking her first recipe out of McCall’s magazine in the 1960s to today with Thyme to Garnish, her homegrown dried veggie, herb and spice blend business. In this iteration she’s selling seven easy ways to improve what comes out of your kitchen. We tried her Dilly My Chips (yes, you can dress up potato chips, just warm a 10.5-ounce bag of low sodium potato chips and sprinkle with the mix) and Sorta Spicy Very Veggie (an updated version of that spinach dip you know so well – thawed frozen spinach, sour cream and mayonnaise) and our guests eagerly devoured them both. Because they’re stirred up right here in Atlanta, everything is fresh and because Battle has done the experimenting for you, the mixtures have just the right combination of tang, heat and yes, umami. All those years Battle has been experimenting in her kitchen will pay off for you and your guests. Now her Le Cordon Bleu-trained daughter is joining the business and there’ll be even more to look forward to in the coming year.
$6 per 1-ounce and 2-ounce bags. thymetogarnish.com


Atlanta Flats Crackers

Buy This: 3 great snacks for holiday entertaining

The Grateful Bread Company is an artisan bakery producing breads and pastries for metro Atlanta hotels, restaurants and caterers. A while back, Laurie Moore of farm share membership group Moore Farms and Friends asked the baker, Alex McDaniel, if he could produce a flatbread cracker for her members. The answer was “yes” and the result was Atlanta Flats crackers available in everything, black pepper and rosemary sesame flavors. The crackers are paper thin and crisp but thick enough that they don’t shatter. You can feel confident spreading a piece with your favorite chevre or some delicious fresh cultured butter. Moore swears the crackers will keep crisp for a month, but the bag barely lasted a day at our house so we can’t comment on that. Moore Farms and Friends sells the crackers at the Saturday morning Freedom Farmers Market, or those who are members of the farm’s online market can order from them there. Or you can buy direct from the bakery.
$8 per 6-ounce package. jar. Retail store open Thursdays and Fridays. The Grateful Bread Company, 1600 Roswell Street, Smyrna. 770-436-7173. thegratefulbreadcompany.com


Pizootz Infused Peanuts

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Yes, you could put out a bowl of just any old nuts, or you could wow your guests with these new infused-flavor Virginia peanuts from Pizootz. These are not peanuts rolled around in some random spice mix. These are premium Virginia peanuts boiled in a marinade of spices, then slow roasted for 24 hours. The result is peanuts where the flavor is deep inside the peanuts, not just sprinkled on the outside where some run-of-the-mill and overly salty spice mix makes its way to your fingers and clothes. And the flavors are ingenious. We sampled them all: Sea Salt, Baja Taco, Bay Spice, Habanero, Blazing Buffalo, Sea Salt and Vinegar, Sea Salt and pepper and our new favorite, New York Dill Pickle. Everyone commented on how at first you think you’re just eating a plain peanut and then the flavors hit you as you chew. Your guests will love them.
$3 per 1.45-ounce bag, $19.95 per 16-ounce bag. Available at all GNC stores. pizootz.com



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The Deep End celebrates its grand opening tonight and more Atlanta dining news

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The Deep End, the late-night taco spot from the team behind  The Pinewood in Decatur and The Mercury at Ponce City Market, opened earlier this week and is celebrating with a grand opening party starting at 5 p.m. tonight. Partake in frozen drink specials, live music, face-in- the-hole photos, swag, fake tattoos, Choco-Taco drops and “Jaws” on the big screen.

The spot is located in Old Fourth Ward in the old 4th & Swift space at 621 North Ave. Get more information here.

Check out the menu here:

The Deep End celebrates its grand opening tonight and more Atlanta dining news

The Deep End celebrates its grand opening tonight and more Atlanta dining news


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Just 5: The stories to read if you love food

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

What should be on your plate this week? Here are 5 ideas for where to eat and what to cook.


Allora Fennel Sausage Pizza with San Marzano Passata, Calabrian Chiles Cherry Tomatoes, Sicilian Oregano at Allora. / Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

  1. Take a first look at Allora, the new Italian restaurant in TWELVE Hotel at Atlantic Station. 


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Calzone with marinara sauce at Oz Pizza. / Photo by Ligaya Figueras

2. If you’ve never considered south Fulton as a dining destination — you’re missing out. East Point is bursting with under-the-radar spots that should be part of your regular ...

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Beer Pick: Steady Hand Flower Business Double IPA

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

On Saturday from 4-7 p.m., Steady Hand Beer Co. is teaming up with the Chastain Park Conservancy for Goat Fest, an autumn beer festival featuring the likes of Georgia Farmhouse Ale, Imperial Coffee Stout, and Rye Saison. Tickets can be purchased here.

Steady Hand has acquired the space and equipment for a taproom and production facility set to open on the Westside in spring 2018.

In the meantime, though, brewmaster Brian Sullivan has been producing the company’s beers at Jailhouse Brewing Co. in Hampton, GA.

And last week, Steady Hand released its first batch of canned beers, including Paradise Waits ...

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