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In Lieu of Anthony Bourdain’s Return to ATL…

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We couldn’t put Anthony Bourdain and Atlanta in the same sentence without explaining this unconventional relationship…

Alton Brown dishes out all the gory details of Bourdain’s quirky idea of a good time on our radio show with Mara Davis. Check out our Atlanta Eats Radio interview below for Alton’s first impression of an iconic Atlanta spot!

Alton’s Side of The Story:

 

Alton and Anthony on “The Layover”:

The Best Things We Ate Last Week

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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 on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for a constant stream of pictures if this doesn’t quite cure your food porn fix…

Lobster Rolls at Kathleen’s Catch (Johns Creek)

The only thing wrong with this roll is that Miss Kathleen doesn’t give you a second one for free! Each roll is buttered and toasted to mouthwatering perfection and served with a container of seasoned lobster meat- you prepare it yourself. Seating is limited at Kathleen’s Catch, so you may have no choice but to scarf your lobster roll down in the parking lot! I think I broke a record eating this lobster roll so quickly…

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Amore Mio Pizza at Varuni Napoli (Midtown)

I love my amore mio. I think that is a bilingual paradigm, and slightly cliché, but you have to taste it to believe in its goodness. This was not my first time encountering the pizza I love and it certainly isn’t the last. The stand out ingredients on this pizza are: roasted artichokes, a house-made salami, mushrooms, black olives, basil and the perfect combination of fresh buffalo mozzarella and pecorino romano cheeses.

Varuni Napoli

Smoked Salmon and Potato Pancakes at Seed (Marietta)

For all the brunching….um…ladies out there, here is the dish that can’t be topped. It’s name sounds appetizing, but still leaves some details behind until this beauty reaches your table. From bottom to top: dill crème fraiche, 2 potato pancakes, a slender layer of lox, asparagus, 2 poached eggs, generously dripping with hollandaise. This is the brunch bite of all bites.

Seed Brunch

Did I make you hungry? Lucky for you Atlanta Eats provides the perfect workday distraction! Search our site for videos of Atlanta’s top restaurants and be sure to tune in on Peachtree TV every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am!

What to Eat to Beat the Heat

Surviving summer in the south requires some strategy (try saying that 5 times fast…). At Atlanta Eats, our strategy is the most logical- cool off with ice cream, of course! Restaurants are stepping up to the plate with cool concoctions and upgraded favorites. We sacrificed our beach bodies to taste test flavors. You’re welcome. Here are our top contenders, try them and let us know if we should add more to our running list!

1. Joy Café

Joy Cafe started the summer with “100 Days of Ice Cream” and are debuting new ice cream sandwich flavor combos every day! One of our favorite days was when “Heath Bar” and “Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie” were served. Here is the photo evidence…

Joy Cafe IC Sandwich

2. Sprinkles

Sprinkles Cupcakes is home to more than a portion controlled pastry. They have ice cream AND sorbet! Sorbet contains fruit; therefore is delicious, nutritious and you should try it!

JUNE Mango Sorbet

 3. King of Pops

The greatest thing about King of Pops is that you can find them on just about every corner of Atlanta! And at Braves games! Their Georgia Peach flavor is so refreshing that we recommend you enjoy it outdoors…in a field…like we did right here…

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 4. Vintage Frozen Custard

If you have ever been to an Atlanta food truck park of any kind, chances are you’ve seen the “Vintage” truck. You probably waited in line for longer than you’re willing to admit for their custard, but don’t be ashamed. We think their chocolate custard is more than worth the wait! Insider tip: try it on a homemade waffle next time!

Vintage Custard

Atlanta Street Food Festival 2015

Atlanta Eats is proud to participate as a media sponsor for Atlanta Street Food Festival 2015!

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For the fourth year, Atlanta’s food truck fanatics will experience a day dedicated to the city’s finest food truck fare as the Atlanta Street Food Festival rolls into Piedmont Park on Saturday, July 11, from noon to 10 p.m. Renowned as Atlanta’s first and only event dedicated to street cuisine, the Festival is proud to announce that, once again, a portion of event proceeds will support the Giving Kitchen, the beloved culinary charity with the unique mission of providing crisis grants to members of Atlanta’s restaurant community facing unanticipated hardship.

More than 50 food trucks, including MIX’d UP, Nectar Food Truck, Ibiza Bites, Yumbii, Genki Sushi Food Truck and Viet-Nomie’s, will gather for the occasion for guests to partake in more food and fun.

Buy tickets here!

Don’t forget to stop by the Atlanta Eats tent to score all types of food prizes!

Fry Guy

Fry Guy never lets us down with their fries (1/2 garlic parmesan, 1/2 bleu cheese sriracha!)

Check out ASFF on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Smokebelly

Smoked, sauced and served up! From sweet tea to pickled fried okra, pulled pork to lighter fare, Smokebelly’s BBQ is a celebration of all things Southern. It’s all about chef-crafted ’cue with soul-warming fixins’ and foot stompin’ music from Hank, Willie and Cash.

Smokebelly was created by the gents that brought you Tin Lizzy’s, The Big Ketch, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails and the fella who founded the Fur Bus, A Social Mess, and The Pool Hall.  Born and reared in the South, these friends built our smokehouse with true family recipes, inspired by down-home culture and music.

Sobban

From the husband and wife team that brought Atlanta the acclaimed Heirloom BBQ, come a diner with a taste of Korea and the Deep South. This is an ‘only in Atlanta’ kind of spot with comfort food you’ll crave for days. From beef dumplings to Korean fried chicken wings. This is Sobban.

Joy Cafe

Tucked away on Pharr road, you’ll find a little cafe that will be on your mind long after leaving. Everything from generations old meatloaf sandwiches, to a Milk & Cookies Pie and a whole menu dedicated to grilled cheese heaven. And it’s all made from scratch by Joy herself.

Another Broken Egg Cafe

Established in 1996, Another Broken Egg isn’t your typical breakfast, brunch and lunch place. Our menu is second-to-none, loaded with fresh ingredients and creative recipes across a wide variety of breakfast classics, memorable brunch dishes and lunchtime favorites. And each location is designed to feel like a casual getaway with a generous side of family, friends and friendly service. Much of their success can be linked to the philosophy that “Nothing Short of Right is Right.” Each restaurant is managed by hands-on owners who believe that every detail is important to make the customer happy. So from the time you enter the front door to the time you leave the Cafe, you should feel like you’re on a relaxing vacation and as comfortable as you would be in your own home.

 

The Corner Grille

Most think of College Park only when choosing a place to park their car before a flight. But this is a town that has some serious culinary chops. And Corner Grille is one of the best. A little taste of N’awlins and a whole lot of love go into the menu that satisfies no matter what time of day you’re eating.

Barcelona

Barcelona. For soccer-lovers, it’s the team that plays the most breathtaking, sublime game in the world. For art and culture-lovers, it’s the home of dozens of museums, including the Museu Picasso (which houses an extensive number of Pablo Picasso’s early works). For the residents of Inman Park, it’s a stylish tapas restaurant with a fantastic collection of Spanish wines, a beautiful patio, and an outside fireplace that makes the patio comfortably habitable in the winter.

The vibe at Barcelona is modern, it’s fast, it’s hip without being trendy, and it’s classic without making you feel like you’re in the dining car on the Orient Express. If you’re able to get a seat on the patio it’s going to be less noisy than sitting inside. But whether you dine inside or outside, the tapas menu is perfect for sharing on a date.

Want a bigger plate? Try Tile Fish la Plancha or Grilled Skirt Steak. You’ll thank us.

Celebrate Mid-Summer With Marlow’s, Plus Enter to Win a Trip to South Africa!

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Marlow’s Tavern is toasting the season with six weeks of Midsummer Cocktail Party fun from Tuesday, June 23 to Monday, August 3. Guests are invited to join in the celebration with a classic cocktail party featuring handcrafted drinks, craft beers and bold South African wines.  The festive beverages will be accompanied by a menu of authentic South African dishes created in partnership with 10 Degrees South and the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Cape Town, South Africa. It’s the stuff midsummer nights’ dreams are made of.

For all of us not jetting off to Cape Town, our destination is the special food and wine menu created in partnership with 10 Degrees South, Atlanta’s culinary hotspot for South African-inspired fare.  This unique collaboration between restaurants has produced a bold, authentic menu perfect for a summertime adventure and includes:

  • Peri Peri Firecracker Eggs – house-made pimento cheese, smoked chili cream, applewood smoked bacon, thinly sliced biltong, fresh herbs, EVOO and peri peri firecracker sauce
  • Watermelon and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad – Euro cucumber, radish, fresh mint, olive oil and balsamic glaze
  • Daily Cocktail Party Flatbread – built with Marlow’s secret sauce and the best ingredients the kitchen and chef has to offer
  • The Classic “Gatsby” – grilled filet mignon, leafy greens, Roma tomato, thin red onion, toasty Cuban roll, slathered with peri peri aioli, stuffed with tavern fries
  • Baked Malva Cake – a traditional South African sweet treat, cream-soaked pound cake,Bailey’s Irish Cream and apricot jam served warm

Featured wines from South Africa include:

  • Riebeek Creek Cellars 2013 Chenin Blanc – this season’s best from South Africa, with flavors of guava and gooseberries and tropical fruit aromas balanced with a crisp acidity
  • Boschendal Chardonnay/Pinot Noir –  a complex white blend with enticing creamy citrus, red apples and baked pear aroma with full, broad citrus and a tad bit of spice
  • KWV Pinotage - this 2013 Pinotage is rich with plum, banana and fruit cake aromas; sweet and juicy tannins and hints of chocolate and strawberries
  • Mulderbosch Faithful Hound Red Blend – a red blend with tasty varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot; herbal notes and subtle sandalwood with brambleberry and plum

The Midsummer Cocktail Party menu is available daily for lunch and dinner, in addition to the main menu. Delicious beers will also be on tap, as well as three summery cocktails – Georgia Peach Lemonade, The Gin Job and a Watermelon Margarita.

From Beer to Wine, Here’s What To Drink For Summer Fun

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Cheers to football season! Here’s What You’re Drinking:

 If you wander the aisles of any beer store, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the choices. So we asked Kraig Torres of Hop City to give us some pointers on what to choose.

 

What  should we keep in mind when it comes to grilling out this Summer?

Ah, the art of grilling! Naturally your choice of grilled foods should dictate your beer and/or wine choice. That said, a great all-purpose fridge-buddy is the Victory Summer Love. It’s a biscuity golden ale up front that finishes with a haze of grassy citrus. It has just enough caramel to make it interesting and just enough hops to keep it above the crowded room full of summer seasonals. A summer favorite!

So, if  there are sausages on the grill, what kind of beer should be in our glass?

I love to pair a spicy grilled sausage (can I hear it for a Delia’s Chicken Sausage?) with a similarly spicy Belgian-style Saison – Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is a favorite in this category

Nothing can beat a great brat on grill. What’s the best beer to cook them with?

If I go Brat, I tend to want to speak German…from a beer perspective. Weihenstephaner Hefe on a hot afternoon over a charcoal grill sizzling with Brats. Danke Schoen!

 Burgers and beer? What do you have for us?

Call me old-fashioned, but just like rock’n’roll doesn’t go out of style, neither does a big hoppy IPA when paired with a burger. I’m crazy about Green Flash West Coast IPA and a side of dill pickle…it’s more than a garnish!

 If there’s a Big Green Egg at the tailgate, what types of beer go with smoked meat?

Smoked meat needs a (pardon the pun) a beefy beer. My favorite “bacon” beer is the Stone Smoked Porter. It’s dark and chewy with just the right amount of smoked malt to stand up to the manliest of charcuterie.

 Beer isn’t for everyone. What about those who would rather go with vino?

When grilling, don’t forget that some of your friends might enjoy wine…and that Hop City is a fantastic wine store in addition to being your temple to all things beer. I love a great Rose for grilled foods. Check out Hogwash from Tuck Beckstoffer. It’s the ideal Rose for the grill

Speaking of wine, what type makes for the best sangria?

The easy answer: cheap wine. The Spanish take the wine they felt they could not serve as table wine, add fruit, and presto! a delicious drink. Don’t waste the good stuff…and don’t skimp on the fresh fruit!

Canned  beers are a necessity in many places, especially around pools. Can we still go the craft route with cans?

Canned beer is back…with a vengeance! Almost all of your local breweries here in ATL are already canning or planning to can in the very near future.

These are some great pairing! Now, we’re hanging out all day long. What is a great session beer that will help us enjoy the whole day?

We have seen an onslaught of so-called “session IPA’s”, typically under 5%, still plenty of pine and citrus without the weight and booziness of a higher-gravity option. My favorite at the moment is Lagunitas Daytime IPA. It’s like hiking through a pine forest and sipping fresh spring water while chewing on a grapefruit rind. ‘Nuff said.

 

If you want more great beer recommendations, Kraig and the rest of the guys at Hop City can always help you out! Check out their segment from Atlanta Eats here:

 

 

Say Happy Birthday to 4th & Swift With This Epic Meal

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4th & Swift is turning 7 and having one heck of a celebration. To bring in his 8th year serving up some of Atlanta’s best food, Jay Swift is bringing back some of the best chefs to grace his kitchen over the years. This esteemed alumni group will be serving up a seven course dinner including such favorites as baby corn with seaweed and smokey cream, honey lacquered quail, handmade casarecce pasta with smoked mussels, hot chicken style smoked frog legs, and wood-grilled pork loin with pickled watermelon. Each course will have a drink pairing and 10% of the proceeds will go to The Giving Kitchen. Tickets are $115 and available here.

The returning chefs include:

Chris Hall (Muss & Turner’s, Local Three and Common Quarter)

Andreas Müller (Revival)

Brian Carson (The Pig & The Pearl)

Chrysta Poulos (Rocket Restaurants)

Zach Meloy (Better Half)

Bryan Stoffelen (Cakes & Ale)

Graham House (4th & Swift)

The Original El Taco

Tacos, and margaritas, and queso..oh my! From the guys behind Fifth Group Restaurants, we get a taste of Mexico in The Virginia Highlands. Unique tacos like fried chicken with corn, and a ridiculously tasty Mexican Pizza are devoured by the masses in the shadow of The Wheel. What exactly is The Wheel?

Hop City

Touring the world with the U.S. Coast Guard allowed Kraig Torres, the owner of Hop City, to drink his way across the world. And for that, Atlanta thanks him! In 2009, he brought his passion, or maybe obsession is the right word, for beer to the West Side. From bottles of every type that fill your dreams, to Growler Town, this is truly a beer lover’s paradise.

To say that Kraig Torres loves beer, is VERY serious understatement. But, thankfully for us his love is only matched by his generosity. His goal is to share the passion for beer with Atlanta. Opening on the West Side in 2009, his was the first of it’s kind. Sure, we had grocery stores stocked with macrobrews and liquor stores with a selectrion of craft brew, but nothing like Hop City.

When you walk in to Hop City for the first time, you’ll have remind yourself to keep walking. You’ll stop in your tracks with eyes wide and mouth slightly open. Beer…so much beer. And yes, it will be overwhelming for most of us. That’s why Kraig and his incredible staff of self proclaimed beer geeks are there to help. Say you want something that tastes like Christmas, or need to impress that neighbor that thinks he knows everything there is to know about beer. Hop City’s staff will guide to whatever your heart, and taste buds, desire.

Oh, and did we mention Growler Town? Oh yes, and town is not an exaggeration. One of the first places in Atlanta to serve growlers, Hop City has 60 taps of delicious beer all for you. Now, what exactly is a growler? Well, it’s a 64 oz jug that allows you to take home beer, straight from the tap! That’s right, draft beer…at home! Genius! And the best part? And we’re not talking Miller Lite, either. The delicious nectar that flows from these taps are a mix of local and rare. Many are not even available in bottle! So, sit back and allow yourself to be transported to Heaven, er Growler Town!

Sweetwater Brewery

From North Carolina to the banks of the Mississippi, the South is getting a taste of West Coast style beer from the folks at Sweetwater Brewing. The love these guys have for beer is obvious the moment you put that pale ale to your lips. So pull up a seat and grab a glass because Sweetwater is about to serve up your new favorite brew.

Founders Freddy and Kevin met while attending the University of Colorado and immediately fell in love with the brewing world. After they finished academia, they began their real education, brewing beer, at The American Brewers Guild in California. When they headed to Atlanta in 1996, it was apparent we were desperate need of some West Coast Style brew.

And boy, did they bring it. With the help of friends, family and a few bars willing to give them a chance, Sweetwater began quenching ATL’s thirst with their brews Sweetwater ESB, Sweetwater Blue &, Sweetwater 420. And, we were never the same. Bringing their style of aggressive and hoppy ales to the South is something the beer community will always be thankful for.

Since they’ve opened, Sweetwater has grown in the shadow of the city and is now our largest brewery. They have hosted the World Beer Cup, won Small Brewery of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival and received countless accolades from critics and consumers alike. Recently completing a brewery expansion, they now have a 25,000 square foot brewing facility and distribute over 700,000 cases per year. And with all of that, they’ll still be our beloved hometown brewery.

 

The Porter Beer Bar

800 beers (and not one of them is a Budweiser). Gourmet pub grub (like, actually really gourmet). And a daily specials list where chef Nick Rutherford really struts his stuff (Florida Corn Agnolotti, anyone?). It’s no wonder this place has been rated amongst the top ten beer bars IN THE WORLD every year since its 2008 debut.

Tucked away in Little Five Points, The Porter is a cozy, casual spot with exposed brick walls and handcrafted wooden booths. The servers are happy to help you navigate the beer list – which features about 800 craft beers from around the world. Choose a brew based on taste, or pair a pint with your meal. Either way, you’re bound to be introduced to your new favorite microbrew.

As for the menu, you could pretty much throw a dart and be very happy with whatever dish it landed on. Their famous Salt & Vinegar popcorn is a pre-meal crowd pleaser, as are the Goat Cheese Fritters (which Steak refers to as “love sticks”), and the Belgian Fries. For main courses, many don’t even look beyond the specials. The list changes daily, but can include items such as Pork and Foie Gras Turine and Painted Hills Steak Tartare. Menu staples include Georgia Wild Shrimp n’ Grits and Kraut and Beer Brats. So, like their beer list, influence comes from every corner of the globe.

For lovers of beer and lovers of food, The Porter is perfectly on point.

Sweet Hut Bakery

When we want a sugar fix on Buford Highway, there’s only one spot that we head. It’s Sweet Hut. From cupcakes to pastries, they have it all. And all with a Taiwanese twist. If you don’t have a giant sweet tooth, they have plenty of savory treats as well. But, whatever you order, make sure to wash it down with a bubble tea. Sweet hut is making one of the most in-demand versions in Atlanta.

And now, with a Midtown location – complete with catering and lunch sandwiches- you can get your fix wherever you live.

Brick Store Pub

The Brick Store Pub in Decatur is a legend. Since 1997 the Decatur pub has been the go-to tavern for anyone who loves beer that would never ever under any circumstances be followed by the word Lite.
Founded by three friends from Athens, the bar stocks fine craft beers from the U.S., and imported beers from England and Germany. In 2004, it began to import high gravity (over 6% A.B.V) beers from Belgium and created the Belgian Room in its upstairs space.
Here you’ll find no big screen TVs or neon signs on the wall telling you which beer to buy. What you get is a friendly atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and the potential for some really great afternoons and evenings in one of Atlanta’s most welcoming neighborhoods.
But that’s not the whole story. In addition to some of the best beer you’ll find anywhere, The Brick Store serves up classic pub grub, globally inspired with a Southern influence.

Fire + Liquor + Ice Cream = Father’s Day Dessert | Mom Thyme

Atlanta Eats | Mom Thyme

 

Father’s Day is coming up and what better way to celebrate Dad than to whip up a manly dessert that the whole family’s going to love!  This year, I get to spend Father’s Day with both my Dad and my husband and can’t wait to make them one of my very favorite dishes, Bananas Foster. 

Bananas Foster is the perfect dessert for Father’s Day because, well, let’s face it…what dad doesn’t love the combination of ice cream, fire, and liquor? Even better, Bananas Foster can be made in under 15 minutes and pairs perfectly with all those other “Father’s Day favorites” such as steak, seafood, barbecue, and burgers.

Now ladies, if you’re a little nervous about the flambéing part, don’t be – it’s MUCH easier than you think! The keys to success are: 1) Using a long grill lighter, 2) Adding the EXACT amount of alcohol that a recipe calls for (otherwise, you might lose your eyelashes!), and, 3) Leaning back from the sauce once you ignite it. Seriously, that’s it…that’s all there is to it!

Keep in mind, this Bananas Foster recipe is not only fantastic for Father’s Day, it’s also a fabulous dinner party dish (simply double or triple the recipe and you’re all set!). A HUGE timesaver when entertaining is to pre-scoop the ice cream in advance and place the scoops on a baking sheet in the freezer. After dinner, all you have to do is assemble the ice cream and sauce, and voilà, Bananas Foster for a crowd is ready in minutes!   

So, this Father’s Day, whip up this amazing dessert for the special Dad in your life. I promise, he’s going to love it and so will you! Happy Father’s Day, everyone!!

Bananas Foster 

Makes 4 servings

¼ cup butter 

2/3 cup dark brown sugar

3 ½ tablespoons dark rum

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 bananas, peeled and halved, then sliced crosswise

1 pint vanilla ice cream

Melt butter in a large skillet. Stir in brown sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Add bananas and cook until caramelized over medium-high heat. Pour in the rum and catch a flame off of the gas stove or use a long grill lighter. Stand back when mixture ignites and flambé (use caution, as the flame will shoot up above the pan).  Allow the flame to die down and spoon sauce over scoops of vanilla ice cream. 

Recipe adapted from www.allrecipes.com

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