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Check yourself out in the interactive selfie mirrors at this new Midtown restaurant

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Bytes’ main dining room. / Contributed photo

A restaurant housed in a tech-focused space is open for business in Midtown.

Bytes, a “digitally-infused” space at 848 Spring St., according to a press release, features three large LED screens in the main dining room, a 360 video-mapped private dining room and e-boardrooms, an outdoor patio area with LED-lit furniture, iPad ordering and interactive selfie mirrors in the bathrooms.

The menu offers “small bytes” and a variety of pastas, pizzas, salads, desserts, milkshakes, specialty drinks and cocktails and wine.

The spot is owned by Christian and Nacasha Ruffin, who recently announced ...

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Award-winning brewery set to open a brewpub in Forsyth County

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

A flight of beer at Cherry Street Taproom.

The Cumming brewery that won the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship is opening a second space in Forsyth County.

Cherry Street Brewing will open a nearly 8,000-square-foot brewpub and beer garden in mixed-use development Halcyon.

The spot will serve a menu of seasonal, upscale pub food. The beer selection will include 16 existing Cherry Street beers, as well as a brew specifically made for the Halcyon location.  The open-air beer garden will feature communal tables, bar space and a stage for special events.

Founded by siblings Nick and Alisa Tanner — whose ...

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Hungry? Another food hall is opening in Atlanta this year

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Harry Pagancoss / Contributed photo

Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market won’t be the only food hall games in town for long.

Caravaca Market, a gourmet food hall from chef Harry Pagancoss, is set to open in late fall in Midtown.

The 6,000 square-foot space at 782 Peachtree St. will feature a season “taste bar,” wine bar that will also sell charcuterie and cheeses, beer and pizza bar, Provisions Market, “Harry Bakes” bakery and an outdoor patio.

Dishes will include offerings from various continents and cultures including Icelandic lamb, Peruvian ceviche, gluten-free Mexican tlayudas, mozzarella wraps, Brazilian and
Italian ...

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The new Atlanta Porsche hotel will have bars, restaurants to rev your engine over

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The Porsche Experience includes rides on their test track. / BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

There’ll soon be two new spots to fill up your tank near the airport.

Solis Two Porsche Drive, the forthcoming Porsche hotel set to open next month, will feature dining and beverage concepts in addition to 24-hour in-room dining service.

Located on the lobby level, Apron, a full-service restaurant and bar, will offer regional Mediterranean cuisine with dishes including piri-piri prawns with potato gnocchi, grilled okra and Pomodoro; octopus terrine with Marcona almonds, boquerones, pickled Fresnos, marinated olives, Meyer lemon, Espelette and Romesco; grilled branzino ...

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15 ways to celebrate National Pasta Day

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Ripiena pasta with Quail, Smoked Mushrooms, Garlic, and Quail Jus from Donetto. / Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

We all love our carbs, and today — National Pasta Day — is the perfect time to celebrate our love of the dish that can be gussied up gourmet-style or dressed down to serve as the perfect comfort food. Here, 15 ways to celebrate:

  1. Check out the winner of the recent AJC poll on the best places to get pasta in metro Atlanta

2. Try some of our favorite places for pasta in metro Atlanta

3. Visit one of the newest spots in ...

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Have a scary good time at these metro Atlanta Halloween parties

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Drink up at these Atlanta Halloween parties. (Taylor Jones/The Palm Beach Post)

Looking to scare up some fun this year? Check out the Halloween festivities going down at your favorite metro Atlanta bars and restaurants.

Oct. 20

Abbey of the Holy Goats Brewery: The brewery’s party will feature beer Jell-o shots, special Halloween beers, a photo booth, costume contest and scary movie screenings.
4-10 p.m. 4000 Northfield Way, Roswell. 470-282-1444, abbeyoftheholygoats.com/


Oct. 27

Java Cats Cafe: The cat cafe’s Freak Me-OWT Halloween party will feature dancing, food, costume contests (for both humans and kitties) and beer. Tickets ...

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‘iPad-driven’ pizza restaurant, event space to open near Mercedes-Benz stadium

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Rendering of the exterior of the new Do building. / Handout

A popular pizza restaurant with a high-tech vibe has closed its doors in West Midtown, with plans to relocate on Northside Drive near the Mercedes-Benz Stadium next year.

Do (pronounced “dough”) which serves “musically-inspired pizza,” according to its website, closed at 955 W. Marietta St. near King Plow Arts Center on Saturday night after being open since 2011. The spot — which gives customers iPads to order food and drinks, as well as have their car brought to the front of the restaurant by the valet at the ...

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Frozen pop company’s first metro Atlanta location to open tomorrow

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Steel City Pops / Photo from the Steel City Pops Facebook page

King of Pops might need to make some room — there’s a new frozen pop game in town.

Steel City Pops is set to open its first Atlanta location tomorrow at noon at 312 Church St. in Decatur (the pops are currently only sold from carts at events around town).

Instagram Photo

To celebrate the grand opening, customers can get $1 off their pops when they show their social media post about the opening.

The Alabama-based company — which also has locations in Texas and Kentucky — was started by ...

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This clam chowder recipe from C&S Chowder House will have you feeling warm all fall

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

New England clam chowder is a bestseller at C&S Chowder House in Roswell. / Handout photo

There are few things cozier than a bowl of creamy hot soup, and New England clam chowder is one of the coziest.

Jon Schwenk, chef and owner of C&S Chowder House in Roswell (as well as C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar on Cobb Parkway in Atlanta and Hugo’s Oyster Bar in Roswell) shared his recipe for the ultimate fall dish — watch the video and scroll down to find out how to make the East Coast favorite yourself.





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Popular downtown Atlanta coffee shop and cafe expanding to Smyrna

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Coffee and sandwiches are on the menu at Cafe Lucia. / Photo from the Cafe Lucia Facebook page

It’s National Coffee Day, so it’s fitting time for an announcement that a coffee shop will open in metro Atlanta soon.

Cafe Lucia, located at 57 Forsyth St. NW in downtown Atlanta since 2015, is set to open a second location at 1260 West Spring St. in Smyrna this November.

The spot will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition to coffee and drinks including specialty lattes. The menu will include items such peanut butter and jelly French toast and ...

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All-female team to lead new Midtown restaurant housed in iconic building

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The culinary and leadership team at Rose + Rye / Photo by Sara Hanna

A Midtown mansion with a storied past will soon be home to a new restaurant helmed by an all-female culinary and management team.

Rose + Rye will open for dinner in October in The Castle, a mansion  located at 87 15th St. NE., with lunch to follow in November.

The menu will include “refined American fare with a global reach,” according to a press release, with seasonal dishes including Caesar with smoked yogurt-parm dressing, tile cookie crumble and soft-boiled beet-soaked egg; Snapper with wheatberries, celery root ...

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Get a taste of some of metro Atlanta’s top spots during New South Culinary Week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Piquillo peppers stuffed with braised beef at Ecco / AJC file photo

If one day you’re feeling like sushi and the next day tapas are calling your name, you’re in luck — a variety of restaurant are offering eclectic menus during New South Culinary Week. Combining Midtown Restaurant Week and Buckhead Restaurant Week, with some spots in other areas thrown in, the weeklong event — running from Oct. 1-8, gives food lovers a chance to sample food from different restaurants with affordable tasting menus.

Participants include:

Alma Cocina

The Mexican menu’s options include guacamole, roasted chicken mole and the Alma ...

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2 metro Atlanta restaurants are collecting donated goods to take to Puerto Rico

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

People wait in line for gas as they deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on Sept. 27, 2017 in Corozal, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Looking for a way to help those impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico?

Two local restaurants are making it easy to get involved. Buen Provecho Restaurant in Marietta and Porch Light Latin Kitchen in Smyrna are accepting donations through Saturday. On Sunday, items will be loaded onto cargo planes bound for Puerto Rico.

Items to consider donating include:

1. Bottled water
2. Insect repellent
3. Ziploc bags with travel sized toiletries

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Madre + Mason to re-open in new space today, Urban Cannibals to follow

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Tacos are on the menu at Madre + Mason / PHOTO CREDIT: Wyatt Williams

They’re baaaack!

Latin-Southern fusion spot Madre + Mason, which closed earlier this year, will re-open tonight in the space formerly occupied by gourmet grocery store Urban Cannibals at 366 5th St. in Midtown, according to the Urban Cannibals Facebook page.

Madre + Mason will open for Taco Tuesday at 5 p.m., with a menu that will also feature several dishes from the spots’ previous menu, as well as a full bar and kids menu. The space will offer two dining rooms and a dog-friendly patio, complete ...

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Popular Smyrna taco spot to open second Atlanta location

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Taco Cantina is opening in Old Fourth Ward. / Photo from the Taco Cantina Facebook page

Old Fourth Ward is getting a new spot for tacos.

Taco Cantina, which has an existing location at 2517 Spring Road SE in Smyrna, is set to open in the bottom of the Tribute Lofts building at 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE in November.

The new location, which will seat about 65 people, will have a menu that features about 60 percent of the items from the Smyrna spot, according to Adolfo Gonzales, who owns both locations with his wife, Brianna. A bigger ...

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Celebrate Oktoberfest in Atlanta with these parties

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

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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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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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Barbecue chain opens its first metro Atlanta location, has plans for a second

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The City Barbecue menu includes a variety of barbecue staples. / Photo from the City Barbecue Facebook page

Decatur has a new spot for barbecue.

Ohio-based City Barbecue opened its first metro Atlanta location today in the Decatur Crossing development at 2511 Blackmon Drive in Decatur. The fast-casual restaurant offers up barbecue staples including ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken in addition to vegetable sides, salads and desserts.

Though the first area location just opened, the chain has already secured a lease for a second in the Johns Creek Town Center on Peachtree Parkway in Johns Creek, Tomorrow’s News Today ...

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New pizza restaurant slated for south Buckhead

Pizza from Atwood’s. / Photo Credit: Tomas Espinoza

The team behind established pizza spots Atwoods Pizza in Midtown, Hearth Pizza Tavern in Sandy Springs and Camps Kitchen & Bar in Marietta has a new pizza spot in the works.

Howell’s is slated to open in November in the Howell Mill development at 1952 Howell Mill Road, Eater reports.

Chef Rob Phillip, who developed Atwoods, Hearth and Camps with Jeff Newsham, is designing a menu featuring a variety of pizzas, pastas, salads and dishes “with global influences” including lamb gyro dumplings and curry caramel popcorn, as well as entrees including salmon filet and steak frites.

A beverage program will be overseen by Tom McGuire who previously worked at Proof and Provision, Burn Social Club and Craft Izakaya.

Howell’s, which will serve lunch, dinner and brunch, will join Savannah sandwich spot Zunzi’s in the Howell Mill development.



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Brookhaven gets a taste of Bangladesh with new restaurant

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Ruchi Bangladeshi Cuisine is now open in Brookhaven. / Photo from the Ruchi Facebook page

There’s a new spot for Bangladeshi food in Atlanta. Surprise! It’s not on Buford Highway.

Ruchi Bangladeshi Cuisine, which opened its doors last week at 4847 Peachtree Road in Brookhaven, features an expansive menu of Bengladeshi and Indian staples including butter chicken, vindaloo and a variety of naans, as well as lesser-known dishes such as garlic chili morich, a Bangladeshi dish made with green chili, chopped tomato, garlic and spices with a choice of chicken, lamb, goat, tilapia, salmon or shrimp. The spot will also ...

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Truman Tavern closes after barely a year in Decatur

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Entrees at Truman included Linguini FraDiavalo with shrimp, mussels, clams, and spicy tomato broth. Photo Credit: Mia Yakel.


A Decatur tavern with a throwback vibe has closed its doors just more than a year after opening.

Truman Tavern, which opened in the former Colbeh space at 1223 E. Court Square on Aug. 31, announced the closure on Facebook last week:

The concept, which saw executive chef Michael Condon of Decatur spots Badda Bing Catering and Calle Latina partner with Brian Buchanan and Paul Vinces, had a vintage feel and a menu that gave a nod to “things you may ...

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Take a look at the menu for Bar Mercado, opening this week at Krog Street Market

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Pescaito Frito is on the menu at Bar Mercado. / Photo by Heidi Geldhauser

The long-awaited tapas concept from the team behind several popular Atlanta restaurants including Cooks & Soldiers is set to open at Krog Street Market this week.

Bar Mercado will open its doors for dinner in the former Cockentrice space this Thursday, Sept. 14. Lunch will start being served on Saturday, Sept. 23, with brunch service starting on Sept. 24.


Inspired by the Market of San Miguel, a covered market in Madrid, the restaurant will serve multi-regional tapas including pulpo a la gallega featuring braised octopus, ...

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Hugh Acheson’s coffee shop opens a second Atlanta location

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Spiller Park is now open in Toco Hills. / Photo from the Spiller Park Facebook page

There’s a new spot to get your caffeine fix in Toco Hills.

Spiller Park Coffee, which has a location in Ponce City Market, opened over the weekend in the Toco Hills Shopping Center at 2929 North Druid Hills Road NE, in a space that was formerly home to a shoe store.

The coffee shop, from Atlanta restaurateur and “Top Chef” judge Hugh Acheson and Dale Donchey, who previously owned coffee shop Steady Hand in the Emory area, will feature a coffee menu that will rotat ...

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New barbecue spot coming to Johns Creek

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Ribs are on the menu at Rise & Swine / Photo from the Swine & Shine Facebook page

The owners of a popular Johns Creek Mexican restaurant are planning to open a barbecue restaurant next door.

Mark Ferrara and Ben Lee, who own The Original Brooklyn Cantina at 9945 Jones Bridge Road, are planning to open Swine and Shine, according to Scoop OTP.

Lee said the restaurant is set to open at the beginning of October and will offer barbecue staples including brisket, ribs and burnt ends. Beverages will include more than 40 kinds of beer, 15 kinds of ...

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Get a taste of 9 restaurants during Buford Highway Restaurant Week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Roti Canai is on the menu at Penang for Buford Highway Restaurant Week / AJC file photo

If you’ve been meaning to try out some Buford Highway restaurants but have been overwhelmed by the number of options, the inaugural Buford Highway Restaurant Week might be your perfect entry point.

From Sept. 10-17, nine Buford Highway restaurants will offer prix fixe three-course menus for $25-$35 for one or two people.


Participating restaurants include:

China Kitchen Chamblee, 5385 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee. 678-860-2777, chinakitchenchamblee.com/

Chong Qing Hot Pot, 5385 New Peachtree Rd, Chamblee.  770-936-1379, chongqinghotpotchamblee.com/

Dish Korean Cuisine, ...

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