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Steak Shapiro’s 10 Things You Need to Know This Week


Here are a couple of thoughts roaming around the mind of legendary radio personality and host of Atlanta Eats, Steak Shapiro.

1.  Meatballs are an extremely critical food group especially the one’s they serve at Cibo E Beve in Buckhead.


2.    Despite the loss to the Chargers the Falcons will still win 10 games, win the division and of course have a great chance to make a run in the playoffs.

3.   Booze milkshakes are way over-rated.

4.   Athens Pizza on Clairmont Rd. in Decatur is celebrating their 50th anniversary in business because they serve the most kick ass greek pizza ever….


5.   It is almost impossible to not root for the Cubs to win the World Series because people in Chicago are just plain good people.

6.  The best place in Atlanta to celebrate Oktoberfest just might be Downtown at Der Biergarden where they serve outstanding German food and yes I just said outstanding German food.


7.  Tiff’s Treats the delivery service for home-made warm cookies that just opened in Atlanta may be the best idea since the internet.

8.  If you are in search of authentic amazing Puerto Rican food look no further than “Porchlight Latin Kitchen” in Smyrna.

9.  Dwight Howard is going to be one of the great Atlanta sports stories in recent memory.

10.  The Crabcake Benedict is what makes our country great.

Hungry for more Steak Shapiro? Be sure to watch Atlanta Eats every Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on Atlanta Eats on Peachtree TV!

Treat Yourself This Halloween

We’re nostalgic for the good ‘ol days where we gorged on buckets of candy after a tiring trick or treat session. Don’t let your age deter you from enjoying Halloween this year! We know several delicious dessert-driven restaurants with treats twice as delicious as a fun-sized candy bar. Whether you’re a chocolate lover or steer more toward fruit-flavored desserts, we know where you should go to celebrate Halloween like you’re a kid again.

Piece of Cake

German chocolate cake from Piece of Cake will make your day. Photo by Piece of Cake.

German chocolate cake from Piece of Cake will make your day. Photo by Piece of Cake.

Cookie Studio

Custom cookies from Cookie Studio are some of the best in the city! Photo by Cookie Studio.

Custom cookies from Cookie Studio are some of the best in the city! Photo by The Cookie Studio.

Rhodes Bakery

The Petit Fours at Rhodes Bakery make for an extra special treat. Photo by Rhodes Bakery.

The Petit Fours at Rhodes Bakery make for an extra special treat. Photo by Rhodes Bakery.

Sweet Hut

There is always a wide selection of pastries from Sweet Hut Bakery.

There is always a wide selection of pastries from Sweet Hut Bakery- from sweet to savory.

Buttermilk Sky

You can't go wrong ordering a homemade apple pie from Buttermilk Sky in Sandy Springs. Photo by Buttermilk Sky.

You can’t go wrong ordering a homemade apple pie from Buttermilk Sky in Sandy Springs. Photo by Buttermilk Sky.

Hungry for more dessert inspiration?  Click here for a guide to our favorites! Be sure to catch Atlanta Eats on Peachtree TV every Saturday 7 – 8 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m.!

Chama Gaucha

Who doesn’t love a great night out in Buckhead? Especially with an incredibly classy dining room, a spectacular patio that opens into the street, a fabulous indoor-outdoor bar with craft cocktails like the caipirinha and the finest cuts of meat you’ll ever find. How about mixing that with the passion of Brazil…well it’s time to eat steak with a guy named Steak! Let’s hang at Chama Gaucha!

Drift Fish House and Oyster Bar

Drift Fish House and Oyster Bar has quickly become an East Cobb Classic. Born from the brilliant culinary mind of Doug Turbush, of Seed, another Marietta favorite, Drift has brought a taste of the coast to the ‘burbs. Drift serves up dozens of fresh oysters, lobster rolls, and crab cake BLTS daily to hungry diners craving a beach vacation. With scrumptious seafood and killer cocktails, Drift Fish House and Oyster Bar is a can’t-miss dining destination for fresh ocean fare and an easy-breezy ambiance.




Fat Matt’s Rib Shack

On Piedmont Road, there’s a barbecue joint that’s an Atlanta institution. Fat Matt’s Rib Shack is one of those must-visit places in the city, like The Coke Museum or the Varsity. In his visit to Atlanta in The Layover, Anthony Bourdain started his trip here, and acknowledged that to “food nerds and BBQ snobs” what Fat Matt’s serves isn’t what they’d call real BBQ. The chef, now working on ABC’s The Taste, said of Fat Matt’s, it’s like being “married to a Harvard graduate supermodel, but every once in a while you just want a really nasty girl in cheap heels with a trashy Queens accent who chews gum – I’m saying you want that, not me.”

Fat Matt’s serves up all the things you want in great Q without the embellishments and gimmicks that other places use to draw customers. No, Fat Matt’s does it by serving damn good food.

Cibo E Beve

For a true taste of Italy, Sandy Springs’ Cibo E Beve, always hits the spot. Known for fresh ingredients, innovative flavor combinations, and an inviting ambiance, Cibo is perfect for date night, lunch meetings, and family dinners alike.  Apart from the signature food, Cibo E Beve boasts an extensive and award-winning wine menu! Pair dishes like the Lobster Spaghetti or the braised veal Osso Bucco with signature wines and spirits. The open atmosphere creates the ideal dining experience while maintaining a family friendly attitude. Cibo e Beve is a one-stop-shop for great food, great drinks, and a great time!






Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano

Glancing at the minimalist façade and industrial interior, you wouldn’t expect the dishes at Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano to be vibrant, complex and explosive; which is exactly what they are. The menu at Gio’s offers bold flavors showcasing their bone-in, moist, lemon infused chicken that is artfully used in a select array of dinner options.

Gio’s also serves fresh pastas, which they call Maccheroni Napoletani. Imagine an oversized macaroni paired with Italian cheeses, sweet and tangy marinara, and juicy heirloom tomatoes. This culinary experience comes full circle when ending dinner on a sweet note. While peach cobbler may be a favorite here in the south, you’ll not want to miss the Pastiera Napoletana, a ricotta based pie with a custard-like filling with a hint of cinnamon and sugar. Of course, like any “true to their roots“ Italian restaurant, Gio’s also serves the classic tiramisu.

If you want table service, you’ve come to the wrong place. Gio’s juxtaposes its fast food ordering system with five star plates such as the Sorrento Lemon Chicken. You’ll be served a half chicken paired delicately with sweet, roasted garlic, imported olive oil and wild oregano. Dining on the blue gingham covered tables will make you feel as if you’re at a chic Italian picnic; and what goes better with a picnic than beer, wine, Bellini’s or Prosecco?

The chefs at Gio’s masterfully incorporate Italian, French and Spanish influences to truly give the Atlantans an authentic Mediterranean experience. Order takeout “La Famiglia” style or enjoy the meal at Gio’s. Our only advice…get it while it’s hot, because once the pollo’s gone, it’s gone!

No. 246

First, Chef Drew Belline is a genius and we bet he could probably survive for weeks, probably months in the wild, such is his familiarity with forageable (it’s a word now) foods.

Second, Chef Drew’s particular passion for the sustainable, organic, and “we made this here so we know what’s in it” is the driving force behind the menu at No. 246.

The first item on the dinner menu is house-made ricotta. The pasta section is house made, too, including the ravioli. Almost everything else is sourced locally, from the Georgia white shrimp to the Sweetgrass Dairy goat cheese and north Georgia trout.

The restaurant itself brings to mind Italian countryside ristorantes, the kind that have been owned and operated by the same family since the renaissance. Luckily for us though, No. 246 is located right in the heart of Decatur.

Hidden Gem: Woody’s Famous CheeseSteaks

It all began with one bite.

The year was 2000 and Steven Renner was opening a restaurant near Piedmont Park and decided to run down the street to Woody’s Cheesesteaks, a tiny hole-in-the-wall tumbledown shack that had been serving up pitch-perfect homages to the Philly cheesesteaks since 1975, for a one of their legendary sandwiches.

“The place reminded me of all the ‘greasy spoons’ that my Granddaddy would take me to on the weekends after going fishing as a kid,” says Renner.  The sandwich, an original cheesesteak, blew his mind.  He left the restaurant in a bit of a daze.


“A couple hours later I jumped in my car, went back to the restaurant and asked the owner, David Pastoria, if he was interested in selling,” laughs Renner.  “Much to my chagrin, the answer was no.”

Like a devout monk, for the next 10 years Renner continued to make regular pilgrimages to Woody’s for his beloved cheesesteak, often as special “cheesesteak dates” with his wife.  Each time, the same question was asked to Pastoria:  “Are you ready to sell now?”

In May of 2010 their dreams came true and Pastoria finally passed down the fabled grill.  Now, finally in charge, Renner’s lay down his first executive order:  don’t change a thing.


Since 1975 Woody’s standard cheesesteak has been comprised of a proprietary blend of steak cuts shaved razor thin and grilled piled high on the flat-top griddle.  Dice in some sweet peppers and grilled onions, melt some white American cheese (although Cheez Whiz or provolone are acceptable options) and scoop the gooey mass onto a warm baguette sourced from Liscio’s Bakery just outside of Philadelphia.   There, on the deli paper in front of you, lies the apotheosis of a Philly Cheesesteak in the heart of midtown Atlanta.

The warm salty steak, the buttery cheese, the soft crunch of the vegetables all held together by the spongy, savory bread—it’s a full-body sensory overload of delight.


Open until midnight on school nights and until 4am on the weekends, Atlantans for decades have relished Woody’s cheesesteaks, sausages, hoagies, hot dogs as well as their milkshakes, malts and floats made with local favorite Greenwood Ice Cream.   And because it would be sacrilege not to offer cold beer with a warm cheesesteaks, Woody’s also pours SweetWater, Creature Comforts, Monday Night, Red Hare, and Red Brick Ale from the its taps.

And while you shouldn’t expect change from within at Woody’s, the changes happening around the restaurant are hard to miss.  With the amazing popularity of the Beltline’s pedestrian trail and Piedmont Park’s renaissance, Woody’s, located just yards from both near the intersection of Piedmont and 10th, could not be in a better position to serve up its delights.


So next time you are in midtown grab a Woody’s Famous CheeseSteaks and head to the park for a picnic or a walk on the Beltline and know why it’s been a Hidden Gem for over 40 years.

For more Atlanta Eats Hidden Gems, check out a full list here. And be sure to watch Atlanta Eats every Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on Peachtree TV for more of your favorite Atlanta restaurants!

Taste of Atlanta 2016 Giveaway




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Mary Mac’s Tea Room

Whether you’re visiting our gorgeous city or lived here your whole life, everyone knows about Mary Mac’s Tea Room. One of the reasons for their long standing reputation? Tradition and hospitality come first. With a menu chock full of classic favorites like chicken pot pie and pork chops, it’s hard to find better stick-your-ribs grub than this. Besides being an Atlanta institution, Mary Mac’s catering brings all of the sights and smells of their kitchen right into your own! Get pans of their piping hot collard greens, ooey-gooey macaroni, and consistently crispy fried chicken for any special event!

Atmosphere Bistro

A true taste of France in the heart of Morningside/Piedmont Heights, Atmosphere Bistro is our cozy and cool spot for seasonal dining. The inviting ambiance, the ingredient driven menu, and the friendly staff create the perfect storm for a memorable and authentic French dining experience. From French favorites like crepes and escargot, to more outside of the box dishes such as pig’s feet and duck in different preparations, Atmosphere truly has it all. With an intimate interior and al fresco dining available, this mouth-watering Midtown restaurant is our go-to bistro for date night, family night, and weeknights alike.

Best Things We Ate Last Week


You could say it’s always a feeding frenzy at Atlanta Eats’ HQ, but to us it’s just another hard day’s work. We’re sharing the best things we ate last week to give you some food inspiration for the week ahead. Check out AtlantaEatsTV oInstagramFacebook, and Twitter for a constant stream of pictures if this doesn’t quite cure your food porn fix…

Short Rib Croquettes at MADE Kitchen & Cocktails (Alpharetta)

Served on a bed of tangy romesco sauce, the Short Rib Croquettes at MADE are one of the standout tapas to order! MADE is the new kid on the block in Alpharetta, but they are already earning street cred with their bevy of small plates; this one being our favorite on the menu. The only way to describe them are as crispy, piping hot, and oddly addicting. Pro tip: order as many plates of them as there are people in your party because trust us, you’re not going to want to share.



Pulled Pork “Sammich” from 521 Kitchen & Que (Buckhead)

The Pulled Pork sammie from 521 in Buckhead has quickly become one of our absolute favorites. Smoky, juicy, and topped with a Kale slaw (gotta keep it healthy), this sandwich really packs a one-two punch of down-home BBQ flavor. 521’s pork is slow smoked and you can really taste the difference. All of their homemade barbecue sauces compliment the smoked meat perfectly, but the spicy hot sauce takes this to the next level.


Beef Carpaccio from Atmosphere Bistro (Morningside/Piedmont Heights)

One of Atmosphere’s signature dishes, the thinly sliced and perfectly seasoned Wagyu beef Carpaccio is a can’t-miss starter to a truly unforgettable dining experience. So much more than your average Carpaccio plate, Atmosphere’s paper-thin cuts of high quality meat are drizzled with organic olive oil, topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and served with lemon and peppery arugula. It’s to die for!




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Where To Get Great Italian Food In The ATL

In the deep south, we are all about traditions, and food traditions top all. Italian food has been satisfying our taste buds for centuries. They have shared their cultural delicacies with all corners of the world and we’re lucky that Atlanta happens to be one of those places. From classic Italian styled twirls of pasta with tomato and basil to alternatively composed recipes with ingredients like shrimp, hot calabrese sausage or noodles blackened with squid ink, they all accomplish the same task…making us hungry for Italian food! Here’s an ode to our top 5 restaurants serving it up the right way:

Pinocchios (Sandy Springs)

Stop in for a comfortable neighborhood spot that only serves up the best homemade dishes. Our #1 of the moment? Their chicken pesto gnocchi. Don’t miss it! (Stay tuned for Pinnochios’ premiere on Atlanta Eats soon!)

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BoccaLupo (Inman Park)

This is what you call a trading up for a new model. BoccaLupo exchanges the typical spaghetti noodle for one black from squid ink with hot calabrese sausage, red shrimp and scallions.


La Tavola (Virginia Highland)

This quaint restaurant transports you to a city more ancient than Atlanta, perhaps Rome or Naples. Try their grilled whole fish with lemon, radish and arugula.

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Pricci (Buckhead)

Pricci has been the longtime favorite for the perfect Italian meal. Their Ravioli Di Brasato combines doughy pasta and braised short rib for their quintessential dish.

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Davio’s (Buckhead)

For a familiar and well-done plate of pasta, Davio’s puts a little twist on the Italian comfort food. They serve a thinner pasta than tradition calls for aka spaghettini, with fresh basil and San Marzano tomatoes and if you’d like, their signature Kobe meatballs on top.

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Photo by Davio’s

Want more food inspiration? Check out more spots around Atlanta here. Be sure to catch Atlanta Eats on Peachtree TV every Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.!

Holeman & Finch Public House

We can’t guarantee that Matty Ice will get us to the Super Bowl, or that you won’t get a parking ticket in your own driveway. But we can absolutely, 1000%, without a doubt guarantee that Holeman & Finch Public House will be packed to the brim by 10 pm any night of the week. Well, except on Sundays when they close at 3 pm.

Start with a few small plates. We recommend the Deviled Eggs Three Ways or the Pork Sandwich, which is more like a slider. The Charcuterie Board is another Holeman & Finch bestseller. Stacked high with meats and cheeses galore, it’s a can’t-be-missed charcuterie.

And while Holeman & Finch may be famous for its burger, the rest of the menu is equally mouthwatering. Entrees range from Fried Oysters to Farm Egg and Pancetta Carbonara, and – we promise – won’t disappoint.

Grindhouse Killer Burgers

Back in the day, a grindhouse was a theater that showed movies that were just on the border of acceptable to watch. Thankfully, Atlanta’s two Grindhouse Killer Burgers locations, in Sweet Auburn Curb Market and on Piedmont Road, serve burgers that are more than worth the price of admission.

Like most burger joints these days, it’s a build-your-own deal, with beef, turkey, or veggie burgers, with veggies and sauces thrown on for free. There’s a $0.50 charge for cheese and regular toppings, and a $1.00 for premium toppings. For example, a bacon double cheeseburger will cost you around $7.50, and you can add fries and a drink for another $2.50. Yes, it’s more than double what you’d pay at McDonald’s or Burger King, but here they use fresh beef, ground fresh, and cooked to medium (unless you ask for something different).

Osteria Mattone

Whether you want a Neapolitan style pizza on the patio or a three course Italian meal with your amore, you’ll be able to get a taste of Rome right on Canton Street!

Ryan Pernice is already a well known face in the Roswell dining scene with the opening of his wildly popular Southern tavern, Table & Main. A few years ago he decided to take a trip to Rome and came back with a head full of idea and a belly full of classic Roman cuisine. In 2013 he opened Osteria Mattone just down the street from his first restaurant. He brought in his brother from New York to helm the wine program. After all nobody creates wine made specifically for food better than the Italians.

So, sit back, and let them take you to Italy one sip and one bite at a time.

Goin’ Coastal

If there’s one minus point to be made about Atlanta’s dining, it’s that we’re far enough away from the coast that fresh-off-the-boat seafood is something we just don’t have access to. We do have the next best thing, though, and Goin’ Coastal is one – actually, it’s two – of the premier seafood restaurants in the metro area.
With locations in Virginia-Highland, and in a historic neighborhood in downtown Canton, Goin’ Coastal hauls in influences from all over the world for its menu. Whether it’s a Low-Country Shrimp Boil or Jumbo Lump Crab Salad or Tuna Poke, Goin’ Coastal treats regional cuisines with reverence and celebrates the flavors and styles that can be found in the Carolinas, the Gulf coast, or Hawaii.

Preview – Episode 904

This week on Atlanta Eats we feature 6 crave-worthy Atlanta restaurants! We begin at Nuevo Laredo, progress to Gio’ Chicken Amalfitano and Chama Gaucha, then finish the night with Cibo E Beve, No. 246, Fat Matt’s Rib Shack and Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar.

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Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand

In 2011, two Atlanta restaurateurs came together came together to give the city even more reasons to love them. Delia Champion (The Flying Biscuit) and Molly Gunn (The Porter), opened Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand.

After spending 15 years perfecting her recipe, Delia decided to make it the star of the show. they decided to set up shop in a small spot in rapidly growing East Atlanta. And with names like The Hot Mess and The Three Way, curiosity quickly turned into devoted fans. And one bite will tell you why. The slingers are made with the homemade chicken sausage nestled into a pillowy hoagie bun and topped with a bevy of options. The Hot Mess Slinger is topped with spicy and meaty chili, cheese sauce made with locally brewed Wild Heaven beer and jalapenos.

And though it may be tempting, don’t stuff yourself with slingers and sliders….they’ve got milkshakes. And these are not ordinary milkshakes. Imagine an entire red velvet cupcake mixed with ice cream and poured into a glass. Heaven, right? Nope, Delia’s!