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Ruchi serves up solid Bangladeshi and Indian favorites in Chamblee

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The onion fritters at RuchiPhotograph by Jennifer Zyman The backstory behind Ruchi Bangladeshi Cuisine, which opened in September on Peachtree Road border of Chamblee and Brookhaven, is an interesting one. 22-year-old owner Amit Shapta not only runs the restaurant, but he’s also a full-time student studying biology at Kennesaw State, with plans to enroll in the physician assistant program at Emory in the fall of 2019. Shapta, who came to the U.S. as a young child from Bangladesh, seems well-suited to the restaurant business. He’s a natural who works the room while wearing many hats. But the real star of ...

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K-BBQ Factory brings more exceptional Korean barbecue to Duluth

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The grill in action at K-BBQ FactoryPhotograph by Jennifer Zyman. I am going to say something possibly scandalous, but I think Atlanta’s Korean barbecue scene rivals Los Angeles and New York. When I was growing up in Atlanta, it seemed like our only Korean options were Mirror of Korea on Ponce de Leon and Hae Woon Dae on Buford Highway. But now it feels as though a new Korean barbecue restaurant pops up every month, each with some newfangled kind of grill or just a different spin on the variety of side dishes offered. K-BBQ Factory is the latest offering from ...

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Fresh on the Scene: Rose + Rye, Bar Americano, Deep End

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The Rose + Rye team from left to right: pastry chef Charity Everett, sous chef Anu Adebara, general manager Jessica Schilling, and executive chef Lindsay OwensPhoto by Sara Hanna Rose + Rye Rose + Rye’s backstory makes you want to like it. First, the staff is overwhelmingly female, and our city’s restaurants could use more women in charge. Executive chef Lindsay Owens and sous chef Anu Adebara make up the back of the house, and general manager Jessica Schilling runs the front. Second, Rose + Rye brings Midtown’s quirky “Castle,” a 1900s mansion that sat mostly empty for years, back ...

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New Realm Brewing Company is now open along the BeltLine Eastside Trail

Source: Atlanta Magazine

There’s no doubt Atlanta’s craft beer scene is a fast-growing one. From Orpheus to Gate City to Scofflaw, new breweries have popped up all over the metro area during the last few years. One thing Atlanta breweries generally don’t have, however, is a full-service restaurant. New Realm Brewing Company is looking to change that, with the opening of its 20,000-square-foot restaurant and brewery along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. Located next to TWO Urban Licks, New Realm’s restaurant is open to guests of all ages. Chef Julio Delgado, formerly of JP Atlanta, designed the menu, incorporating items that pair well ...

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Irwin Street Market founder to open the Market at Center Park in March

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The Market at Center Park renderingBy Jake Rothschild Irwin Street Market and Jake’s Ice Creams founder Jake Rothschild is opening a tiny market in East Point. Called the Market at Center Park, it will feature 300 square feet of locally made goods, ranging from bread and pasta to chocolates and pies. Targeting a mid-March opening, the Market is a result of Rothchild’s food incubator, a program that works to develop local chefs and artisans and help them expand into the community. Many of the people participating in the Market have taught at Rothchild’s Cooking School at Irwin Street Market. Coconut custard ...

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This Atlanta scientist wants you to eat insects

Source: Atlanta Magazine

A classic wedge topped with not-so classic palembus dermestoides, or buffalo wormsPhotograph by Caroline C. Kilgore Chelsea Thomas cuts celery stalks into bite-sized pieces and slathers each with peanut butter. A few dozen kids and their dutiful parents have taken seats in the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s outdoor kitchen, where the 27-year-old is demonstrating how to make “ants on a log.” She picks up a vial the size of a blood sample and removes the lid to extract her secret ingredient: actual ants, lightly roasted. “Have you tasted them before?” one boy asks. “Yes,” Thomas, who is wearing a dress printed ...

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South City Kitchen’s new Avalon location will serve daily breakfast

Source: Atlanta Magazine

South City Kitchen AvalonCourtesy of the Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry South City Kitchen is bringing its elegant Southern fare to Alpharetta on January 16. Part of the new Hotel at Avalon, the Fifth Group restaurant’s fourth location (other outposts are in Midtown, Buckhead, and Vinings) will have something none of the others do: a daily breakfast offering. Starting January 17 and created by chef David Gross, formerly of the W Hotel Buckhead, the menu will include a stacked chicken biscuit with Gouda, pecan-smoked bacon, and apple butter; and avocado toast on whole grain H&F bread topped with poached eggs ...

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Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q to launch breakfast service in February

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q founders Jonathan and Justin Fox will launch breakfast at their Armour Yards outpost in Feb. / Photo: Sweetwater Brewing Co.

By Becca Godwin

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q’s “Que’ Osk,” the standalone barbecue kiosk that opened in October 2016, will launch breakfast at its Armour Yards outpost beginning Feb. 19.

Fox Bros. will hold preview breakfast pop-ups at the Freedom Farmer’s Market at the Carter Center on Jan. 13, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10, with co-owners Jonathan and Justin Fox dishing up fare for those with a morning hanker for Tex-Mex.

Located at 120 Ottley Drive, near the Fox Bros. ...

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New Buckhead gelato shop offers freebies this Saturday

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Amorino, a European gelato shop known for its rose-shaped scoops of gelato and sorbet, will offer free gelato for a couple hours this Saturday.

On Jan. 13, patrons will receive a free regular size cup or cone from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Amorino location in the Shops Buckhead Atlanta, which opened late last month. No purchase is necessary.

The Italian chain opened a location in Lenox Square Mall in 2016 and also has locations throughout the globe, in France, England and Germany and in U.S. cities  Chicago, Boston, New York and Atlanta.

The store is located in Center ...

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Cowtippers in Ansley Park is closing

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Popular Ansley Park restaurant Cowtippers will close at month’s end. Pictured is bartender Zac Sigler making a La Bamba Margarita at Cowtippers in 2007.  (ELISSA EUBANKS / AJC STAFF)

Cowtippers Steaks & Spirits, a popular restaurant in Ansley Park owned by Metrotainment Cafes, is slated to close at the end of the month.

Metrotainment Cafes still owns the property at 1600 Piedmont Road that Cowtippers calls home, and is “weighing several options including selling the restaurant and property,” CEO Jeff Landau said in a statement. In the meantime, the space will be used for private events handled by Metrotainment’s catering ...

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Octane Grant Park is now officially Revelator—and is launching a Korean pop-up

Source: Atlanta Magazine

A spread from the Anju pop-up at Revelator Grant ParkCourtesy of Revelator Coffee Birmingham, Alabama-based Revelator Coffee stunned the local coffee community when it acquired Atlanta’s Octane Coffee last spring. Since then, the companies have been quietly merging their operations and working to create consistency among their offerings. Octane founder Tony Riffel became Relevator’s director of retail. He and Revelator president Josh Owens have hired Shanna Mayo (formerly of Amer) as beverage director and Eli Kirstein (formerly of the Luminary) as Atlanta culinary director. In one of the first obvious examples of the conversion, Octane Grant Park is officially changing ...

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Atlanta’s first cookie dough counter, Batter, lands at Ponce City Market

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Batter Cookie Dough Counter at Ponce City MarketPhotograph by Matt Walljasper Anyone who tells you dessert isn’t important is plain wrong. Dessert is the best part of any meal. If suddenly the apocalypse were upon us, are you going to crave a bite of a kale salad or a bowl of ice cream? Exactly. But beyond traditional ice cream counters and bakeries, ultra trendy (and Instagramable) concoctions of rolled iced cream, mile-high milkshakes, doughnut cones, and all unicorn everything have been popping up on menus across the country. Last month, native Atlantan Julie Abes launched Batter Cookie Dough Counter inside ...

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6 local beers to warm you up this winter

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Atlanta’s craft breweries are in the giving mood this holiday season. The beer makers have responded to the cold, dark days with fittingly similar brews, as stouts, porters, and brown ales have officially replaced the summer’s hoppy and citrus-infused flavors. Whether it’s a last-minute gift, a way to combat the gloomy weather, or a means of surviving upcoming family gatherings, there are lots of reasons to try these local winter seasonals. Scout the StorytellerPhotograph courtesy of Reformation Brewery Reformation Brewery’s Scout the Storyteller Reformation calls this winter beer a “festive stout,” and it’s easy to see why. Made with fresh ...

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Exclusive: The Painted Duck is set to open this week the Westside

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Duckpin bowling lanes at The Painted DuckPhotograph by Heidi Geldhauser/Our Labor of Love Owners Justin Amick and William StallworthPhotograph by Heidi Geldhauser/Our Labor of Love The Painted Pin founders Justin Amick and William Stallworth are at it again. Three years after launching their popular Buckhead boutique bowing alley, they’re opening a “distinguished drinkery, duckpin bowling and gaming parlor” called the Painted Duck. While the exact day hasn’t been set, it is planned to open in the Stockyards complex on the Westside later this week, before the holidays. (We’ll update this story with an exact date as soon as it is ...

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S.O.S Tiki Bar’s cocktails go “full-on tacky Christmas”

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The over-the-top “Christmas Morning” cocktail at S.O.S Tiki BarPhotograph by Caleb Wheelus. With the wild success of last year’s Miracle on Monroe pop-up holiday bar, which is back for a second year with a second location to boot, it’s no surprise other Atlanta cocktail bars are getting into the Christmas game. Not letting Midtown and Buckhead have all the fun, Decatur fan favorite S.O.S Tiki Bar has been hosting its “Tiki Holiday” all month long. “Tiki and Christmas kind of go hand in hand, so it’s a very like fun, Christmas-in-July kind of thing,” says owner Caleb Wheelus. “We decided ...

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Alisa Barry reopens Bella Cucina at the Shops Buckhead Atlanta

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Owner Alisa Barry.Photograph courtesy of Bella Cucina. When Alisa Barry closed her popular Bella Cucina Virginia-Highland retail store in 2013, it wasn’t the end of her business, although it might have seemed that way if you only knew the Italian lifestyle brand through its brick-and-mortar location. Barry, who has been in business for 24 years, continued to operate her wholesale line of Bella Cucina products—which are sold at Whole Foods, Crate and Barrel, and boutique stores through the country and Canada—out of a space in East Point. Wholesale is 97 percent of her business. “If you’ve been around the block, ...

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The Christiane Chronicles: Stop swirling your Champagne, you idiot

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Rant Buzz Killers Swirling a glass of wine with a flick of the wrist can tell you a lot about what you’re drinking. The movement oxygenates the wine, releasing some volatile compounds that interfere with its true aroma. Raising the wine to eye level to look at its “legs” (the tears descending inside the glass) gives you an idea of its viscosity and alcohol strength. But the sight of anyone performing these acts with a glass of bubbly makes me hysterical. So you like to smash bubbles? You want to kill something that is alive?!?!? Champagnes and other sparkling wines ...

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Go beyond Champagne this New Year’s with these sparkling wines

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Flutes don’t give you room to sniff, which is part of the fun. Smelt likes to use white wine glasses.Photograph by Wedig + Laxton As we find ourselves in the middle of another holiday season, schlepping trees into our living rooms and spending an unnatural amount of time with family, chances are we’re going to get pretty thirsty. The celebratory yet stressful nature of the season calls for one quencher: bubbly. The good thing is that there are options; these days, you can find world-class sparkling wines from all across the globe. The bad news: Finding the right bottle can ...

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Home for Dinner: Mac Powell of Third Day

Source: Atlanta Magazine

“We wanted to show that love can go beyond the color of your skin,” says musician Mac Powell of the blended family he’s created with his wife, Aimee. The couple, who have three biological offspring—Scout, 18; Cash, 15; and Camie Love, 14—adopted two more children with the help of Bethany Christian Services. Emmanuel, eight, came first, and then in 2010, the need grew for good homes for children affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Along came Birdie Clare, seven. “We were blessed to receive the children that we did,” says Mac. Almost all of the Powells are seated around the ...

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Next to an East Cobb gas station, Marietta Donuts serves up fresh yeast doughnuts and apple fritters

Source: Atlanta Magazine

An assortment from Marietta DonutsPhotograph by Lia Picard Two years ago Sokcheat Heng, the owner of Marietta Donuts, left Battambang, Cambodia for Boston with hopes of becoming a successful entrepreneur in the U.S. He had owned a home supply business in Cambodia but liked doughnuts and knew that his friends in Atlanta could help him learn how to make them. While living in Boston he met his girlfriend and business partner, Sophal Chhim, and together they packed up and moved to East Cobb. Friends had scouted out a storefront adjacent to a Shell gas station at the busy intersection of ...

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A fondant swan cake helped land Atlanta’s Molly Brodak on the Great American Baking Show

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Molly Brodak’s chamomile lime swan cake with honey Swiss meringue buttercreamPhotograph courtesy of Molly Brodak A three-dimensional swan, a lemon pepper-flavored portrait of Killer Mike, and six near-identical cookies decorated likes mermaids complete with iridescent golden seashell bras—these are just a handful of the creations Molly Brodak has whipped up in her kitchen this year. As if being a Kennesaw State University professor and successful writer (she’s penned an award-winning book of poetry and an acclaimed memoir) weren’t enough, Brodak has taken her sweet tooth to another level as a contestant on this season of ABC’s the Great American Baking ...

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You need to try the hot, fresh cake doughnuts at Duck Donuts

Source: Atlanta Magazine

An assortment of “classics” at Duck DonutsPhotograph by Jennifer Zyman. With what feels like a new shop opening every other month, Atlanta’s doughnut craze shows no sign of slowing down. One of the newest to open is national franchise Duck Donuts. The brand was founded in North Carolina’s Outer Banks (in the town of Duck, hence the name) by Russ DiGilio in 2006. In the past decade, the company has grown to include 100 stores along the East Coast, the most recent being in Buckhead’s Tuxedo Festival shopping center. (Another store is set to open soon in Toco Hills.) But ...

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Steady Hand Beer is opening a brewery and taproom on the Westside

Source: Atlanta Magazine

A rendering of Steady Hand Beer Co.Courtesy of Steady Hand Beer Co. You might have tried Steady Hand Beer Co.’s IPAs at restaurants and bottle shops around town. Come March 2018, you’ll be able to order a flight or a pint at their new brewery on the Westside. Located at 1611 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard, near Topgolf, Bacchanalia, and Star Provisions, the new facility encompasses 14,000 square feet, including an approximately 3,600-square-foot taproom. (The owners are also considering adding a patio for summer afternoon sipping.) “Atlanta is a tremendous population center, and relative to other areas of the country, we’re just ...

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Eat This: Shakshuka at Spiller Park Toco Hills

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Shakshuka is served at Spiller Park’s Toco Hills location, which opened in September.Photograph by Caroline C. Kilgore Unlike Hugh Acheson’s counter-service coffee shop in Ponce City Market, the Toco Hills location of Spiller Park has a tiny but capable kitchen that’s taking the menu beyond apple- or avocado-loaded toast. The new menu item to order: shakshuka, originally a North African dish of eggs poached in a stew of tomatoes, peppers, and onions. Acheson’s version is made with green tomatoes and poblano and jalapeño peppers and topped with cilantro and feta cheese—with toasted bread for dipping on the side. (Really, just ...

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Fresh on the Scene: Donetto, ARI Korean Steakhouse, Muchacho

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The frittelle antipasti at DonettoPhotograph by Caroline C. Kilgore Donetto West Midtown needs more destination restaurants, and Donetto—part of Steve Palmer’s Indigo Road Hospitality Group (Oak Steakhouse, Colletta, O-Ku Sushi)—brings Tuscan food to a glam dining room directly across from Miller Union. Giant cuts of meat, a strength for a company known for solid if not particularly innovative food and great service, combine with accomplished mixology in a huge former industrial space with an open kitchen and a sexy bar. Partner and executive chef Michael Perez’s appetizers are lively; try the grilled aged Provolone or the squiggly frittelle mixed with ...

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