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Several metro Atlanta products named Flavor of Georgia 2018 finalists

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

CalyRoad Creamery owner, Robin Schick forms tube shapes of cheese for the final stages before wrapping the product at the facility. (Chris Hunt/Special)

Several products from metro Atlanta producers are in the running for a statewide food award.

33 products were selected as finalists for the University of Georgia’s 2018 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest set for March 20 in Atlanta. The final round of judging will be held in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Awareness Week celebration March 19-23.

The annual contest, held since 2007, showcases tasty, innovative, market-ready prototypes or commercially available food products made ...

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Forthcoming restaurant from O4W Pizza owner gets a name

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

O4W’s Grandma Pie. / Photo Credit- Mia Yakel

The highly-anticipated restaurant from O4W Pizza owner Anthony Spina finally has a name.

Nina + Rafi will mark the return of Spina’s pizza to Old Fourth Ward after he closed Irwin Street Market spot across from Krog Street Market in mid-2016 in favor of a new location in Duluth.

Spina is joining forces with Atlanta restaurateur Billy Streck, owner of intown eateries Cypress Street Pint + Plate and Hampton + Hudson, on the venture, which will be located in mixed-use development Studioplex at 659 Auburn Ave. NE, just a few ...

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Celebrate National Margarita Day with these metro Atlanta deals and events

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

On the Border is offering deals on its house margarita / Photo courtesy of On the Border

We love a holiday we can raise a glass to. Thursday, Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day, and lots of places in town are helping you celebrate with deals, specials and events:


Babalu Tapas & Tacos: The Midtown spot will offer its Baba-Rita — made with Patron Silver tequila, agave nectar, fresh-squeezed sour mix, POM and triple sec — for $7 through Feb. 25.

33 Peachtree Place NE, Atlanta. 404-900-9595, eatbabalu.com/


Bahama Breeze: The chain restaurant is selling its ...

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EXCLUSIVE: One Midtown Kitchen to close next month

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The interior of One Midtown Kitchen / Photo courtesy of One Midtown Kitchen

A longtime Midtown eatery is closing its doors next month.

One Midtown Kitchen will close at 559 Dutch Valley Rd NE on March 4, according to a statement released by Concentrics Restaurants.

“In the spirit of being passionate pioneers in the restaurant and hospitality industry and always working to be at the forefront of trends, we are announcing that the ONE. midtown kitchen brand will be retiring on March 4, 2018 to allow us to focus on new and exciting concepts in Atlanta and across the country. ...

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Get details on Braise, Pinewood Forest’s first restaurant tenant

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Chefs Tanya Jimenez and Michael Le

A high-profile mixed-use development that has the allure of being next to one of the biggest movie studios in the country has announced details about its first restaurant tenant.

Set to open in south metro Atlanta in Pinewood Forest in late 2019, Braise will serve up a menu of dishes with European, New American, Asian and Southern influences.

Behind the eatery are husband and wife Chefs Tanya Jiminez and Michael Le, who will develop dishes using locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients. Jimenez, who will lead the kitchen, and Le, who will handle day-to-day operations, ...

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‘Healthy-ish’ food stall Recess to open at Krog Street Market next week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Grain bowls will be on the menu at Recess. / Photo by Sydney Cumminsky

A new Krog Street Market food stall is hoping to help diners indulge in “healthy-ish” without the guilt.

Recess — from Castellucci Hospitality Group, which also operates The Iberian Pig, Cooks & Soldiers, Sugo and Double Zero, as well as the recently opened Krog Street Market restaurant Bar Maercado – is set to open Monday, Feb. 26.

The concept, which will offer “delicious food that makes you feel good,” according to a press release, will feature a menu of mostly plant-based dishes including a ...

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Team behind Illegal Foods opening new restaurant 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 Hank at Illegal Food / Photo: Todd Brock

After the sudden closure of Illegal Food last year, the team behind that Virginia-Highland restaurant is gearing up to open another eatery.

Steven Lingenfelter confirmed in an email that Mouth of the South is opening at 186 Carroll St. in Cabbagetown, in the former Cabbage Pie space, this spring.

The menu will include items such as porchetta, meatball and pastrami sandwiches and tacos and tortas prepared with house-made carnitas, chorizo and barbacoa. The restaurant will ...

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A new coffee shop is coming to Grant Park

Blue Donkey Coffee is based in Atlanta. / Photo from the Blue Donkey Facebook page

A Grant Park multi-use residential building is getting a new spot for coffee.

Blue Donkey Coffee, which both roasts and serves coffee, is set to open another location in The George at 275 Memorial Drive this year, What Now Atlanta first reported. The new location is also listed on the Blue Donkey’s website. The shop, which specializes in iced coffee and craft coffee products, is owned by Atlanta natives Ed and David Lane and William Rankin.

The shop’s roastery, which roasts single origin beans daily, is located in Fayetteville. The business also has locations on the campuses of Georgia Tech and Emory University, and sells coffee at the Piedmont Green Market and Peachtree City Farmer’s Market. Blue Donkey also has a seasonal shop at Piedmont Park that’s closed for the winter.

Blue Donkey will join Your Pie and Farm Burger in The George .


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Former Beltline Partnership leader opening farm, restaurant in Atlanta this month

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Jim Adams storefront in Riverside neighborhood / Photo courtesy of Chuck Meadows

A community leader is launching big projects in two Atlanta neighborhoods.

Chuck Meadows — who previously served as a Metro of Atlanta Chamber vice president and executive director of the Atlanta Beltline Partnership, among other positions — is set to open Jim Adams Farm & Table and Jim Adams Farms this month.

Jim Adams Farm & Table is gearing up for a a planned Feb. 21 opening in a Bolton Village storefront in the Riverside community. A counter-service kitchen will serve seasonal dishes made with produce grown at ...

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Check out renderings for the new bar and event spaces coming to Ponce City Market

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Parlor at RFD Social / Rendering courtesy of ASD | SKY

The Roof at Ponce City Market will expand this spring with the unveiling of RFD Social in the building’s tower space, featuring a revamped 10th floor lobby area and a private event venue.

Slater Hospitality – owner/operator of the rooftop amusement park, Skyline Park; beer garden, Nine Mile Station; and private event space, Rooftop Terrace – began restoring the tower last fall and will unveil two new features  this March.

“With RFD Social, we are hoping to preserve the vintage feel and history of the tower, while offering ...

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Atlanta restaurants, chefs among James Beard Award 2018 semifinalists

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Chef Ryan Smith / (Chris Hunt/Special)

The James Beard Foundation has announced its list of semifinalists for 2018 awards, and metro Atlanta restaurants and chefs fared well, although there were several notable omissions.

The finalists will be announced March 14 in Philadelphia, and the winner will be announced May 7 in Chicago.

Among national awards, Brian So of Spring in Marietta and Parnass Savang are among those chefs under the age of 30 nominated as Rising Star Chef, with So being a semifinalist in the category for a second time. Sarah O’Brien of Little Tart was nominated again in the ...

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A Nashville doughnut shop is opening in Ponce City Market

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Doughnuts from Five Daughters Bakery / Photo from the Five Daughters Bakery Facebook page

There’ll be yet another place to try doughnuts this year, this time at one of Atlanta’s most popular attractions.

Nashville-based Five Daughters Bakery will open this spring at Ponce City Market, Eater Atlanta reports. Known for its 100-layer doughnuts, Five Daughters is owned by Isaac and Stephanie Meek, who have five daughters.

The bakery — which also sells other kinds of pastries and cookies, and will serve coffee from Nashville’s Honest Roasters Coffee — will be located near King of Pops in the Ponce ...

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East Atlanta is losing one Mexican restaurant, but is set to gain another

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

A Tomatillos burrito / AJC file photo

A Mexican restaurant that has called East Atlanta home since 2011 is closing next month, with another spot offering similar cuisine set to take its spot.

Tomatillos announced on its Facebook page that it will close at 1242 Glenwood Ave. SE March 11:

The restaurant, owned by Margaret Kaiser (a former state representative and mayoral candidate), serves a menu of burritos, soft tacos and quesadillas as well as other Mexican food staples in a former Wachovia bank building. Kaiser and her husband are also co-owners of Grant Central Pizza locations in ...

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A popular Alpharetta cafe is closing this month

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Quiche from Mittie’s Cafe / Photo from the Mittie’s Cafe Facebook page

A popular Alpharetta cafe will close this month after nearly 15 years in business.

Mittie’s Cafe announced the closure at its location at 62 N. Main St. on its website and on Facebook:

Another post on the Mittie’s Facebook page said the restaurant could potentially open in a new space.  

The restaurant, known for its chicken salad, soups, salads, quiches and crepes, opened in Alpharetta in 2003. A Roswell location that opened nearly three decades ago has been closed for several years.

Mittie’s will host a ...

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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.

Guac y ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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