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How To Celebrate Valentine’s Day, Neighborhood By Neighborhood

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And we’re about to hit panic mode when it comes to snagging those prized reservations. But, what if this year, you did things a little different? What is this year, instead of traveling clear across town, why not explore your own neighborhood? There are so many incredible neighborhood gems. So, here are our recommendations for a romantic dinner in your hood.

Midtown

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For Drinks

Grab a cocktail at the bar at Empire State South. There’s a large, wrap-around bar that is serving some incredibly inventive cocktails. Our favorite right now is the Avant Gardner made with Bourbon, Pear, Sherry and Sage. Nibble on some In Jars, and assortment of pimento cheese, deviled ham, pickles and more.  999 Peachtree Street Northeast Suite 140

For Dinner

One of our favorite spots in Midtown is Ecco. There are not enough words to describe how fantastic it is. Before anything, before you even order drinks really, get an order of Goat Cheese Balls -fried balls of goat cheese and covered in peppered honey. And special on the menu for Valentine’s Day weekend is Campannelle with  poached lobster, artichokes, sunchoke puree, and basil. 40 7th Street Northeast

Downtown

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For Drinks

What’s better than drinks with a view? Head straight to the Hyatt Regency and ride the glass elevator to the top to The Polaris. You’ll step out into 60s chic space that is only missing Don Draper. And since they barrel age their own cocktails, you’ll have to start with a Manhattan. It’s the only way.Then sip and alternate between gazing at your beautiful date and the 360 degree view of the Atlanta skyline as the restaurant turns.  265 Peachtree Street Northeast

For Dinner

What’s better than drinks with a view? Dinner with a view! After you’ve taken a few turns around Polaris, head over to Westin down the street and go all the way to top again and step out into The Sun Dial. This time, instead of cozying up to a bar with a view, you’ll grab a table with one. As the restaurant rotates, you’ll get one heck of view of this gorgeous city of ours. And bonus points of you tell your date it’s dull in comparison to them.  The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, 210 Peachtree Street Northwest

Virginia Highland

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For Drinks

Let’s go old school and grab a martini at Highland Tap. It’s an old school steakhouse that’s serving up classic cocktails. And bonus? There’s a fireplace to get all cozy-like with your date. 1026 North Highland Avenue Northeast

For Dinner

This neighborhood gem in Virginia Highland is an absolute delight. It’s cozy and romantic and everything you want in a date night. Piles of beautifully made pasta dishes accompany a wine list that is filled with classics and new tastes that you’ll fall in love with. 992 Virginia Avenue Northeast

Buckhead

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For Drinks

This is Buckhead. This is Valentine’s Day. Let’s live it up. Head straight to Chops Lobster Bar and go to the bar. Order a bottle of bubbly and a dozen oysters and just take in the view. The room is stunning. Almost as stunning as the regular clientele that will saunter past you. But, you;ll only have eyes for your date, right? 70 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest

For Dinner

After you’ve finished your bubbles and oysters, grab an Uber and get to St. Cecilia. Grab a table toward the back for ultimate intimacy and then dive in. Inventive cocktails, fresh seafood and hand made pasta, there’s something for everyone. Our favorite? The short rib agnolotti. 3455 Peachtree Road

East Cobb

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For Drinks

What’s better to kick off a date than a few glasses of vino? Well, how about a whole bar full of the best wine in the area? From red to white to sparkling, Stem Wine Bar is the spot to go to kick off your evening. 1311 Johnson Ferry Road #516, Marietta, GA

For Dinner

Just down the street from your wine will be Common Quarter. Opened last year from the guys that brought us Local Three and Muss & Turner’s, this place has really hit it’s stride lately. And this year, Chef Gardner will be offering up a prix fixe menu. Highlights include red wine braised short ribs and seared duck breast with soft polenta. End your meal on a sweet note with flourless chocolate cake.1205 Johnson Ferry Road #101, Marietta, GA

Roswell

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For Drinks

Osteria Mattone has an out of this world wine list. Owner Ryan Pearnice even shipped in his brother, who oversaw the wine program at The Modern , a Michelin-starred Danny Meyer restaurant in New York City. With a James Beard award under his belt, you can be confident he will guide your wine selection with ease. 1095 Canton Street, Roswell, GA

For Dinner

For a romantic dinner, head to the new kid on the block Foundation Social Eatery. You’ll get a private vibe and  beautiful surroundings. Start things off with woodfire overn-roasted mussels and move to house-made fettucini and end with a decadent banana bread pudding. You’ll immediately know why this new kid will be sticking around for quite a while. 1570 Holcomb Bridge Road #810, Roswell, GA

THIS Is What You’ll Be Drinking For The Big Game!

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A Guest Contribution by Ale Sharpton

Sure, there is the sports element and hype of Super Bowl XLIX coming around, but it’s also one of the best eating and imbibing extravaganzas of the year. Everyone might be using their eyes to watch the game, but the mouth is getting a lot more action overall. With that being said, it’s an honor to pair some delicious ales and lagers with all of the fare that is about to be wolfed down on Sunday for my homies at Atlanta Eats. Now let’s get to it!


Buffalo Wings: Buffalo wings (at least the real ones since I am a native New Yorker), tend to possess a base of butter, a frying component and of course some spiciness, so an India Pale Ale is one of the more aggressive, complex and muscle-flexing beer styles that won’t get punked when it comes to, shall we say, getting lost in the sauce? The best out right now is the Victory Hop Ranch (plus it’s in season on a limited basis), the consistently solid Bell’s Two Hearted, and extra hoppy Green Flash Palate Wrecker, or show local love with the SweetWater IPA or Terrapin Hopsecutioner. Any one of these will put those wings in check and even enhance the heat! 

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Smoked Wings: Mmmmmm… Let’s go with something malty, slightly sweet, and able to complement that hickory essence: Enter the Oskar Blues Old Chub or Monday Night Drafty Kilt. If you are like Snoop Dogg and looooove smoke, wow onlookers (and your taste buds) with a rauchbier (smoked beer) with Germany’s own Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen. On the real, I have blown attendants of my beer dinners away with this one. Your wings will taste bacon wrapped. Seriously.

Pizza: Cheese. Tomato sauce. Numerous toppings. With all that complexity—plus oils and bread to fill you up—you should ideally grab a beer that is crisp, on the light side in body, and not overpowering, but still says “Hey, I’m here!” With that being said, consider pilsners like Three Tavern’s Pils Mondial and gangster Victory Prima Pils, or go with a sessionable (low in alcohol) IPA like Ballast Point’s Even Keel, Founder’s All Day or Terrapin’s RecreationAle. Extra credit: Their effervescence will scrub the tongue and refresh your palate with each sip.

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A giant pile of nachos: Taking a page from my pairing philosophy with pizza, plus the heat from the jalapenos, I’d say we enter the world of lagers. Maybe keep it real and sip a Negra Modelo (this is my go-to at Mexican restaurants), or the awesome Reissdorf Kölsch which is phenomenal regarding being true to style. Besides the aforementioned pilsners or IPAs, go the slightly sweet route and resect your elders with a wheat brew by Weihenstephaner—the oldest existing brewery in the world—and you’re in the house! With all those flavors boasted by nachos, you can be very adventurous on the beer side.

Best beer from the Seattle region: There are unfortunately not a lot of beers from this region that we can purchase locally (although I am sure Elysian will make it this way in a year or two), so just sip something brewed by Rogue, one of the pioneers of the U.S. craft beer scene who happens to own Issaquah Brewhouse based in the state of Washington; it’s only 30 minutes away from Seattle by car. Like how I did that?

Best beer from the Boston area: You know, I kicked it with the founder of Samuel Adams a few times—Jim Koch—so instead of going the easy route and listing the legendary Boston Lager, I am going with the Rebel Rouser Double IPA. Plus it’s a West Coast-style brew for the rub in? Ouch!

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What session beer to drink if you want to actually finish the game? Besides any of the sessionables I listed above from Terrapin, Ballast, and Founders, maybe the Stone Go To or Lagunitas DayTime. (Hey, I’m a hop head so there has to be some flavor involved!) That is, unless you somehow get a hold of a keg of the Creature Comforts Tritonia Gose, but you need more pull than a Rottweiler for that. (Shout out to Grand Puba.)

What to drink in celebration: Anything that has a cork in it for that celebratory “pop,” or a mind-blowing imperial porter or stout since I haven’t mentioned that style yet. Oh! How about Ballast Point’s Victory At Sea if Seattle wins? Get it? Plus it’s West Coast. Boom!


What to drink in defeat: Hmmmmm…there is no loser if you are sippin’ an awesome craft beer, but hey, sulk with class and pour a bottle of Unibroue’s La Fin Du Monde tripel which translates to “end of the world,” or be totally in denial and cheer yourself up with a SweetWater Happy Ending Imperial Stout.

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Who do you have winning? A lot depends on Richard Sherman’s elbow, but I still have Seattle in a nail biter. Plus, Brady didn’t look 100 percent with that nasty cold and you haaaave to be on point against the Legion of Boom. Winning two fantasy leagues this year, I go with my gut. Cheers!

Dennis Malcolm Byron aka Ale Sharpton is a world-renowned beer authority, award-winning journalist, blogger (AleSharpton.com), photographer and show host (Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’) who resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Follow him on Twitter @alesharpton and Instagram @realalesharpton.

Cozy Up With These 8 Spots For Valentine’s Day

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It is certifiably chilly out there , Atlanta. Oh, and there’s this little holiday coming up. Not sure if you’ve heard…

It’s the time of year to grab your sweetheart and cozy up on a date night. So whether it’s your 1st or 50th date, here are you best bets when you want a night on the town with your sweetie.

St. Cecilia

Ford Fry has opened some of the most beautiful restaurants in the city. And his latest is no exception. St. Cecilia has become the hottest table in town with it’s stunning interior and a menu to match.  Grab a seat near one of the wall to ceiling windows and enjoy a romantic night to the twinkling lights of the city.

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Have you ever wanted to recreate that famous scene from Lady & The Tramp? No, not with the siamese cats. The other one. Have you ever wanted to recreate it using squid ink pasta? Us too! Well, in that case, head to the little Inman Park gem. The food is out of this world and the cocktails are almost unmatched. And if you order the pasta sampler, you’ll have plenty of chances to practice your best Lady & The Tramp impersonation.

 

Barcelona Wine Bar

Sharing is caring, right? Well, you’ll certainly impress your partner when you demonstrate all those Kindergarten era lessons while sharing tapas like albondigas and olives. And if you head over for a Monday funday (that’s a thing, right?) , you can enjoy 1/2 off bottles of vino!

Canoe

Situated right on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, this restaurant is, in one word, stunning. Not to the level as your date obviously (hint: be sure to mention that), but stunning nonetheless. Nosh on rabbit, sip on champagne and dream about your future riverside home.

H. Harper Station

Let’s say you are on a ‘is it or isn’t it’ group date/setup. Head over to H. Harper Station, order a punch for everyone to share and just wait for the sparks to fly. With a wall full of bourbon (literally) and the bartender’s intricate mustache, ice breakers should never be a problem.

The Porter Beer Bar

Are you dating a beer geek? Are you trying to impress your date by pretending to be a bar geek? Then, get thee to The Porter! With over 800 beers and a world class menu, this is the spot when you want to experiment…with beer. And bonus: there are no tv’s to distract your ADD boyfriend during football season.

Bistro Niko

What’s more romantic than a night in Paris? If you can’t quite justify that plane ticket, then head over to Bistro Niko. There’s a beautiful bar and a gorgeous patio (you know for those 75 degree Fall days in Atlanta). And the food? Whether the charcuterie Grand Platter is your thing, or Herb Goat Cheese Ravioli, Shrimp En Brique or Steak Au Poivre, there is a classic French dish to match your palate.

La Tavola

This neighborhood gem in Virginia Highland is an absolute delight. It’s cozy and romantic and everything you want in a date night. Piles of beautifully made pasta dishes accompany a wine list that is filled with classics and new tastes that you’ll fall in love with. And, who says you need to have a date night at, well, night? La Tavola has one of the best brunches in town.

Bake Something That Won’t Deflate This Sunday | Mom Thyme

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Are you still looking for a winning dish to take to this Sunday’s Super Bowl party? If the answer is yes, I’ve got a Chocolate Chip Cake recipe that’ll score huge points with your crowd and is a surefire winner each and every time! I’ve been making this Chocolate Chip Cake for almost ten years now and I’m not at all exaggerating when I say this recipe is FOOLPROOF. Chocolaty and moist, with melted chocolate chips scattered throughout, this is exactly what a chocolate cake should taste like AND more!

So, how’s this Chocolate Chip Cake going to pair with other Super Bowl party fare? Perfectly! This cake is the perfect accompaniment to burgers, brats, barbeque, nachos, etc., and, it also pairs well with beer, bourbon, wine, and a variety of other beverages. Even better? Since you’re bringing a dessert, your Chocolate Chip Cake won’t get lost amongst all the other dips and appetizers and will be a welcome addition to the party as many people will overlook bringing something sweet. Let’s just say, you won’t be taking home any leftovers! 

Now, when looking at the recipe below there are a few things to take note of. First of all, you’ll need to use a Bundt pan that’s well coated in a nonstick cooking spray (I like to use the Baker’s Joy Baking Spray that has flour in it). Secondly, be sure to thoroughly mix the dry ingredients together before adding in the wet ingredients (otherwise, you’ll end up with lumps). The cake batter does tend to get really thick and I’ve learned that it’s best to just mix everything together with a fork. And finally, yes, this recipe does call for boxed yellow cake mix. I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest fan of using a store bought cake mix, but, in this recipe, it just works! Seriously, after just one bite, you won’t care where the cake mix came from!

So, when serving this cake for this Sunday’s Super Bowl party, simply invert it onto a cake plate when cooled and sift confectioners’ sugar over the top. And, if you want to serve this later for a dinner party, it’s fantastic when topped with ripe raspberries and fresh whipped cream. No matter how you serve it, this Chocolate Chip Cake is a guaranteed winner that’s sure to score big amongst friends and family! Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cake

Serves 16

1 (2-layer) package yellow cake mix

1 (6 oz.) package chocolate instant pudding mix

2 cups sour cream

¾ cup vegetable oil

4 eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Confectioners’ sugar

Combine the cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, oil and eggs in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour into a greased and floured Bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Cool in the pan on a wire rack, then cover with aluminum foil until ready to serve. To serve, invert onto a cake plate and sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.

Variation: Substitute 1 cup of peanut butter chips for 1 cup of the chocolate chips

Recipe courtesy of At Your Service, Southern Recipes, Places and Traditions by the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties.

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LOBSTAH Week Is Here!

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LOBSTAH!!! And a whole week of it too! Lure is bringing back their annual celebration of lobster from January 26th- 31st. All week long Chef Brent Banda and his team will be offering a special, limited time menu chock full of tastiness. And it’s not just the same ol, same ol. these guys have fun preparations in store! Check out the menu below.

For reservations, please call 404.817.3650 or visit www.lure-atlanta.com.

Menu:

–cold–
LOBSTER TORCHON creamed leeks, brioche 15
FARRO VERDE lobster, avocado, pickled carrots, fennel, Thai basil puree 14

–hot–
LOBSTER SOUP brioche courton, oyster butter, paddle fish roe 12
LOBSTER KNUCKLE GNOCCHI tarragon, citrus vinegar 18
SMOKED OYSTER BREAD PUDDING sauce nantua 15
BUTTER-POACHED LOBSTER celery root puree, tarragon, crispy salsify 31

–sweet–
PANNA COTTA blood orange, mint 7

Meat, Meat, GLORIOUS Meat!

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It’s Meat Week here in Atlanta and we’re celebrating everything carnivorous. And who better to celebrate this with, than the fine BBQ joints we’ve got in town?!

So, what is Meat Week? It’s a celebration that begins the last week of January and last 8 glorious nights. Each night hordes of the hungry descend upon a different ‘cue joint and do what they do best: chow down. It was started in 2005 in Tallahassee, Florida by Chris Cantey and Erni Walker.

And this week, they are heading to some of our favorite spots in town, including Fox Bros., Sweet Auburn, Bone Lick and more. For a full schedule of events, go to https://www.meatweek.com/cities/atlanta. And to see how a few of those pit masters make magic, see the videos below.

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Buckhead Life Ultimate Card

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The Ultimate Card from Buckhead Life Restaurant Group is a gift, a personal dining card and a passport to VIP treatment in Atlanta’s most acclaimed restaurants. Perfect for any occasion, personal or business, the Ultimate Card is sure to make an impression. And, if you purchase your card before February 1st, you’ll receive an extra 20%!

For more information visit: http://buckheadrestaurants.com/ or call 404-237-2060!

Now, one of our favorite spots to use the card is Bistro Niko:

When You’re Going

Ok, like the Paris bistro it’s modeled after, there’s never a bad time to go to Bistro Niko. But, the best time to go? Date night! Seriously, guys, if you take your sweetheart here, you’ve hit a home run. As the sun sets and the lights begin to dim, the air is just electric with love.

Where You’re Sitting

When the weather is gorgeous, there’s only one spot you’ll find us – the stunning patio outside. Facing Peachtree Street, it’s very inviting and definitely the place to be after work on a warm evening. And if there’s a chill in the air? Head straight to the beautiful bar. There’s a lively after work crowd that thins a bit during dinner. Not only is the bar beautiful to look at, this is where some of the most interesting conversations we’ve ever had have taken place.

What’s In Your Glass

With a Parisian bistro setting, you have to order some bubbly to start with. Along with an extensive wine list with a giant range of French reds, whites, and champagne, Bistro Niko has been killing it in the cocktail department. Our latest crush? The Trois Martini which is Grey Goose infused with a blend of strawberries, raspberries & blueberries. AKA, Heaven in a glass.

What’s On Your Plate

And how about the food? Well to be blunt, it’s all really good. Like, really good. But, if we had to build our dream meal at Bistro Niko, we would start with the Gougères which are airy French cheese puffs. We could eat a whole basket worth with no guilt whatsoever. Then, we would move on to the Smokes Salmon Tarte appetizer. It would be tough to not eat it all, but this would be a shareable dish for the table. For our entree, it has to be the Scallops St. Jacques served over a potato puree and asparagus. And to finish things out strong, there only one dessert that will do; Profiteroles. Ice cream between pieces of pastry and drizzled with dark chocolate and almonds? More, please!

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    Gougères |Sara Hanna Photography
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Get Your Wings On For The Big Game

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Is there anything better than wings during a football game? Yeah, no, we didn’t think so. So, when you’re in the midst of rivalry week, or even just a regular old Saturday in the South (is that a thing?), here are the best of the best when it comes to buffalo wings to chow down on!

D.B.A. BBQ

1190 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA

(404) 249-5000

These wings are smoked and  available in 9 (!!!) different flavors, Plain (Smoked) , Sweet BBQ , Bryan’s Tangy , Habanero-Mustard , Buffalo (Med) , Hotlanta Hot Sauce (Hot) , Hotlanta Burnin’ Sherman (Hottest) , Lemon Pepper

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Bellwood’s Social House

1000 Marietta Street Northwest #202, Atlanta, GA

(678) 974-8748

Southern fried, y’all!! Buttermilk marinated & southern fried drumettes, local honey & chipotle drizzle.

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Republic Social House

437 Memorial Drive Southeast, Atlanta, GA

(404) 577-3997

When the weather is beautiful, there is no place I’d rather be than a rooftop bar. And one of the spots I go -especially when there’s a great game on- is Republic Social House in Grant Park. And when there’s a game on, I’m getting my wings on. Republic’s are traditional Buffalo style which matches perfectly with traditional football. Or futbol, we don’t judge..

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Table & Main

1028 Canton Street, Roswell, GA

(678) 869-5178

With a spot that makes some of the most finger lickin’ good fried chicken in the South, there’s no surprise that they can make a mean batch of chicken wings. Available for order for the Big Game, they come in BBQ, mild hot, hot hot, and southern fried(aw, yeah!). $50 will get you 50 wings plus 10 chocolate chip cookies.

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Chick a Biddy

264 19th Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA

(404) 588-1888

This Atlantic Station chicken emporium has wings in a few different flavors. But our favorite? We’ll always come back to the Thai chili and peanuts!

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Fox Bros

1238 DeKalb Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA

(404) 577-4030

The original gangsters in Atlanta. These smoked wings are what put Fox Bros on the map, and still available in other bars like Smith’s. Perfectly tender and seasoned. You’ll never be as happy as when you bite in to one of these babies.

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Common Quarter

1205 Johnson Ferry Road #101, Marietta, GA

(678) 809-4040

Not a place you would imagine would have amazing wings, but with a talented young chef, don’t put anything past this West Cobb neighborhood gem. Big Green Egg-smoked wings, Thai glaze, toasted peanuts, and cilantro makes for some truly fantastic wings.

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Smoke Ring

309 Nelson Street Southwest, Atlanta, GA

(404) 228-6377

A Castleberry Hill joint with as much soul as the neighborhood. You can’t miss the wings here. Smoked and tossed in a buffalo sauce and served with Alabama white BBQ sauce. Yum? Oh, heck yes!

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Healthy Eating, Besides The Red Velvet Twinkies and BBQ| Best Things We Ate This Week

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At Atlanta Eats, we…well…eat. A lot. And each week, we’re sharing the dishes that stand out the most.

If you want to show off your culinary prowess, be sure to tag us on Twitter at @AtlantaEatsTV and use #BestThingIAte. If we choose your submission, you’ll win dinner for 2 at one of our favorite places in town!

BBQ Pork Sandwich at Heirloom BBQ

What do you get when you mix good ol’ Texas ‘cue with Korean influence? Oh, only one of our favorite BBQ joints in the world; Heirloom BBQ. This weekend we indulged on one of the sandwiches in town. This BBQ sammy combines pork, kimchi, and there has to be a bunch of love in there because we always feel so happy afterwards. Right before the nap..

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Red Velvet Twinkies at The Georgia Aquarium

We set up at the annual Book of Lists Party this week at The Georgia Aquarium for The Atlanta Business Chronicle. And this was our offering. Red Velvet Twinkies. We’re all better having these in our wold.

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Black Bean, Tomato and Quinoa at Home

We’re trying to stay healthy around here at Atlanta Eats HQ (please disregard the twinkie picture), so our resident mom, Mary Kennon came up with this tasty and healthy dish for keeping it light. You know, when we’re not eating twinkies and BBQ. Go to our blog for the recipe!


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Smoked Wings at Greater Good

It’s always a good week when the team is doing wing research for the Superbowl,er The Big Game (Sorry Roger Goodell!). These babies were so insanely good. Keep an eye out for our picks for best Big Game wings!

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Eggs Benedict at Another Broken Egg Cafe

The PERFECT way to start the day! And those potatoes? Omnomnom

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Czar Ice Bar

Atlanta has it’s first ever Ice Bar concept with a top notch sushi master to match. Czar Ice Bar is a mixture of amazing food and a great time in Buckhead. The chic space is anchored by a 27 foot long bar made of ice. The bar is kept at a very chilly temperature to maintain the ice. You definitely won’t have to worry about your drink getting warm!

And the sushi? Oh my..Sushi chef Saito Saito is definitely not playing around. From fun creative rolls to immaculately prepares ceviche, there is nothing there that you won’t love.

And to wash down all that sushi? Oh, just 300 varieties of vodka. No big deal…

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.

Varuni Napoli

The pizza menu at Varuni Napoli offers signature authentic Neapolitan pies including the pizza Chiattona made with pancetta, pepperoni, mixed salami sopressata, fior di latte mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil and Parmigiano-Reggiano; SpaccaNapoli pizza made with taleggio cheese, oak roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions, truffle oil and salt, and Pecorino Romano; and the King of Napoli with Antichi Pomodori, Vesuvius cherry tomato, pecorino Romano, fresh buffalo mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil and basil.

4th and Swift

Jay Swift can do anything. Forget that he does all his own photography for Facebook, and that he manages the Facebook account for his restaurant, 4th and Swift, and that he’s just been named Georgia Restaurantur of the Year…and you still have to account for the fact that he’s a fantastic chef.

4th and Swift is a beautiful restaurant. Caught somewhere between modern American and upscale speakeasy, there are high ceilings, exposed brick, and a bar that boasts some of the best cocktails in town.

If you’re the kind of diner that pays attention, you can’t have failed to notice that more and more menus are featuring the sources of their meats and produce. Whether it’s bacon from Spotted Trotter, or chicken from Springer Mountain Farms, the movement to educate diners about locally sourced menu items has found a foothold in Atlanta, and metro area gourmands can’t get enough. A look at the menu at 4th and Swift tells you that Chef Jay walks tall with a small footprint: braised pheasant from Tanglewood Farms in Canton, cheeses from Thomasville, and wood-grilled shrimp from Tybee Island. Even the food that comes from other states and countries has its origin listed as precisely as possible.

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.

Preview – Episode 508

This week on Atlanta Eats we begin with ultra cool Czar Ice Bar in Buckhead for incredibly fresh sushi and a selection of over 300 vodkas. Then it’s a Midtown favorite Varuni Napoli where perfect Neapolitan pizza pies are all the rage. Last up it’s Fourth & Swift in the Old Fourth Ward where Jay Swift has created a modern American and upscale speakeasy.

If you’re not hungry, you’re not paying attention!

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The Dish Wolfgang Puck Needs Every Time He Comes To Atlanta | What’s Eating Wolfgang Puck

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Wolfgang Puck really needs no introduction. As a celebrity chef, he has cooked for kings and presidents, all the while building a restaurant empire that continues to dazzle diners around the world. We were lucky enough to sit down with Wolfgang at CUT to ask him a few questions.

From his 3 favorite food cities to the one dish he has to have whenever he is in Atlanta, this is What’s Eating Wolfgang Puck…

 

Atlanta Eats: What are your 3 favorite places to eat around the world; breakfast, lunch and dinner…and you can’t choose your own restaurants!

Wolfgang Puck: But why wouldn’t I go to my own restaurants?! If you have a beautiful woman at home, why would you go elsewhere?

AE:  Research? 

WP: Ah! I’ll have to use that one! Ok, for breakfast, I would go to Paris and eat right on the Seine at Fouquet’s.  Croissant and a cappuccino; I like to keep my breakfast classic and simple.

For lunch, I would go to Capri  and dine at Quattro Passi, The Four Steps. Tomatoes, buffala mozzerella and fresh caught fish.They have the most amazing fish!

For dinner, I like a show. And nobody is doing that like The Fat Duck in Berkshire, England. I would just let (Heston) Blumenthal feed me.

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AE: You’ve cooked for presidents and kings. Have you ever been nervous to cook for anyone?

WP: *With a slight grin* Oh, I haven’t been nervous since the first time I was with a woman!!

But there was  an  Economic Summit in the 80s where I was cooking for Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, German Chancellor Helmut Khol, and many more. Khol took me aside at one point, thinking I was German ‘So that’s why this ran so smoothly, they put a german in charge!’ I did not correct him.

AE: What are the top 3 food cities in the world at this moment?

WP London, which was definitely not true 20 years ago, Florence for the history and the culture, and of course Paris cannot be rivaled. 

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AE: We’ve seen you around Atlanta a few times. What brings you to the South?

WP: I like to bring my kids to Atlanta for Spring Break. I want to show them the US, so I bring them to Atlanta. Next is Washington DC and then either Savannah or Charleston.

AE: When you’re in town, where do you love to go?

WP: Whenever I am there, I just let Pano (Karatossos of Kyma) take me to eat. And I love the Top Chef with the big red beard (Kevin Gillespie). I had a wonderful meal at his restaurant.  And I  always take my children to the Aquarium.

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AE: Is there anything you always have to have when you’re in Atlanta?

WP: I always crave fried chicken! You’ll have to tell me where to go!

AE: For fried chicken, we love JCT, Watershed and One Eared Stag!

WP: You’ll have to show me around next time!

AE: With pleasure, Chef. Thank you for your time!

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Summer In a Bowl | Mom Thyme

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According to the Washington Post, 64% of us are still sticking with our 2015 New Year’s resolutions (pretty impressive, don’t you think?!?). If you’re in this group and one of your resolutions is to eat healthier this year (but, you’re already bored with the same old salads and veggies you’ve been eating since January 1st), I’ve got a fantastic Black Bean and Tomato Quinoa recipe that’ll awaken your taste buds and help you stick with your goals! So, you ask, what makes this dish so great?    

  • Quinoa! Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is known as a nutritional powerhouse because it’s a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. High in both protein and fiber, it’s super satisfying and won’t have you raiding your pantry or office vending machine at 3 p.m. looking for a sugary or salty snack. Even better, when paired with black beans and veggies, there’s a great chance that you won’t even be hungry until early evening or dinner.   
  • It’s kid-friendly and allows for lots of creativity! Feel free to incorporate all the healthy foods that your family likes and make this recipe your own. Love avocados, roasted corn, and diced red bell peppers? Throw them in! Don’t care for beans or cilantro? Leave them out! Through trial and error, I’ve found that some other great additions are grilled chicken, pork, or shrimp, along with black olives and salsa. I’ve also discovered that it’s absolutely FABULOUS when you substitute diced fresh mangos for the tomatoes.  Seriously, the sky’s the limit as far as what you can do with this dish! 
  • And finally, goodbye dreary January day, HELLO SUMMERTIME (as this quinoa truly tastes like summer in a bowl)! Bright, fresh, and bursting with flavor, one bite of this Black Bean and Tomato Quinoa will have you reaching for your favorite flip flops and smiling about all the warm sunny days ahead (not only great for your psyche, but also great for your waistline!). No, really, it’s that good!    

Okay, now that you know my top three top reasons why I think this Black Bean and Tomato Quinoa is so fantastic, let’s move on to the recipe. It’s important to note that you’ll need 3 cups of cooked quinoa and the quinoa can be prepared a day or two in advance. Also, I’ve found that this dish tastes better if you make it a few hours ahead of the serving time (as it allows all the flavors to come together). Perfect as a side dish or as the main course, this quick and easy Black Bean and Tomato Quinoa is so delicious you’ll totally forget that it’s also very nutritious! Enjoy, everyone!

Black Bean and Tomato Quinoa

Makes 4 servings

3 cups quinoa, cooked

1 teaspoon grated lime zest (zest of 1 lime)

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon sugar

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

4 scallions, chopped

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Prepare quinoa according to package directions and set aside on a rimmed sheet pan to cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together lime zest, lime juice, rice wine vinegar, sugar, salt, black pepper, and extra virgin olive oil. Add quinoa to dressing mixture and toss well until the dressing is absorbed. Stir in remaining ingredients and add additional salt and pepper if needed. Refrigerate (covered) until ready to serve. 

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The Low Down | Czar Ice Bar

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Deciding on where to eat can be tough in a city as full of great spots as ours. That’s why, every week we’re going to a new spot and giving you the inside scoop.  We’re telling you the best time to go, the best seat in the house and, of course, the best food and drink you can order. This is The Low Down.

When You’re Going

So, there are two very distinct vibes when you’re heading to Czar Ice Bar; party and dinner. Are you in the mood to party? Go after 10 pm Thursday through Saturday and you’ll have a blast. But if, like us, you’re heading there to chow down on some sushi, get there around 7 pm Monday – Thursday. The small space won’t be too crowded and you’ll be able to concentrate on plate after plate of fabulous fish heading your way.

Where You’re Sitting

Um, hello? You need to be sitting at the ice bar, of course! 27 feet long, the bar is kept at a very chilly temperature to maintain the ice. You definitely won’t have to worry about your drink getting warm! If you have more than 2 people in your party, there is a great European style sitting area with comfy blue brocade sofas.

What’s In Your Glass

We already mentioned the ice bar as THE place to sit. And what is behind that piece of prime real estate? Oh, only about 300 exotic vodkas from all over the world. Yes ma’am, this is the place to be when you want to indulge. With that many types of vodka, you’ll definitely find something you love. And, if you want something a little different, be sure to check out their infused vodkas. Made in house, they range in flavors from jalapeno to strawberry to cucumber. And they come nestled in their own little ice caddies.

What’s On Your Plate

In a land overcome with mediocre at best sushi rolls, we were so beyond thrilled to have one of Czar Bar’s masterpieces set in front of us. Master chef Saito Saito is seriously not playing around. His passion for the food is evident in every bite you take. That’s why it’s so difficult to narrow down the menu to our favorite. But, if we had to give our perfect order, it would look something like this:

  • You have to start off with the mixed fish ceviche made with tuna and salmon. It’s ‘cooked’ in citrus and served beautifully stacked. Eat this one slowly, and savor each bite.
  • Then, you’ll move on to some tuna tartar. Chef takes the absolute freshest tuna available and mixes it with some magical sauces. Not too much, not too little. Just right.
  • Now, it’s time to indulge in one of the most popular rolls, the Lady On The Beach. Made with spicy tuna, asparagus, mango sauce, sweet chili sauce and then flash fried. Is your mouth watering yet?
  • Ok, do whatever you need to – stand up and walk around, do some stretches and shake it down – just make sure you can still eat one last thing. Because we’re ending strong. Order yourself some pepper-crusted tuna. You can thank us later. This is one of those dishes that we think about even weeks later. Slightly spicy, but a little sweet on the tongue. You’ll be dreaming about this dish and then sending chef Saito Saito a thank you note later.

 

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BBQ Pop Ups, Cleaning Out Krog Street and Our Go To Sandwich | Best Things We Ate This Week

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At Atlanta Eats, we…well…eat. A lot. And each week, we’re sharing the dishes that stand out the most.

If you want to show off your culinary prowess, be sure to tag us on Twitter at @AtlantaEatsTV and use #BestThingIAte. If we choose your submission, you’ll win dinner for 2 at one of our favorite places in town!

Buxton BBQ Pop-Up at Kimball House

Upcoming Asheville BBQ joint, Buxton Hall made the journey down to Atlanta on Sunday. In one word: incredible. The line was long to get to the porky goodness, but it was SO worth it. The pulled pork was perfectly cooked and I’m still thinking about the fresh bread it rested on. So, roadtrip to Asheville soon?

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Taco Lunch at The El Felix

Whe  it’s this cold outside, who doesn’t need a little comfort food? For us, it’s tacos. Yesterday, today and forever more….

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Beef Carpaccio at Ladybird

The latest hot spot on the BeltLine is Ladybird. And it’s more than just great drinks on a fabulous patio. The food is on point. It was tough to pick between this beef carpaccio and the chicken pot pie that was devoured in record time. But this dish was just so well done, it’s still being talked about a week later.


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ALL THE FOOD at Krog Street Market

TheAtlanta Eats team pretty much cleaned out Krog City Market last week. Sorry, not sorry.

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Chicken Gyro at Cafe Agora

With the Atlanta Eats office so close to Cafe Agora, it’s a go-to spot. And the gyro? The team orders them by the sackful.

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