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Hankook Taqueria

This dive located off of Collier Road in Atlanta doesn’t serve your average tacos. Hankook specializes in Korean bbq tacos made fresh to order, and judging by the long lines you commonly see during lunch time chef/owner Thomas Lee is definitely doing something right!

If you ever watch Restaurant:Impossible or Kitchen Nightmares, you’ll know that Gordon Ramsay and Robert Irvine both favor small menus (though that might be because they’re both British, we’re not entirely sure). Hankook follows that advice, and keeps its menu fairly simple, offering tacos, burritos, and street snacks like delicious tempora fried sweet potatoes and sesame fries. Be sure to also check out the Yumbii food truck that is out on the streets serving Hankook Taquerias tacos daily!

Taco Mac

It all started back in 1979 when a couple of guys from Buffalo, NY, made a pit stop in Atlanta on their way to Florida. After touring the city and enjoying the weather, they decided to stay and bring their favorite food, buffalo wings and craft beer options to the sunny south.

Thirty-five years later, Taco Mac has expanded all over Georgia and as far away as North Carolina and Tennessee. They have gone way beyond wings to make sure their kitchen serves everyone’s favorite foods – big, juicy burgers, hand-breaded chicken tenders, sandwiches, fresh entrée salads and fresh-baked flatbreads. But they still serve the southeast’s original and award-winning Buffalo Wings, offer the best selection of craft beers on draft and bring the friendliest Southern hospitality they fell in love with so many years ago.

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!

Trader Vic’s

Right in the heart of downtown Atlanta lies a restaurant that is more like a tropical paradise! From Mai Tai’s to dishes prepared in woks & Chinese ovens to tiki memorabilia galore, Trader Vic’s has everything in place to put you in vacation mode! This restaurant has been an Atlanta icon for the past 40 years, so it’s about time Atlanta Eats checked them out! Watch as we uncover the unique cooking & drinking styles of Polynesian Culture and taste a dish…or two…

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.

 

DBA Barbecue

DBA is taking barbecue to new heights with a menu as long as the lines out the front door! The neighborhood gem in Atlanta’s Virginia-Highland area has sprouted fans from all parts of the city. The demand has been so high for ‘cue done right & craft brews, DBA has to tack on brunch as a mainstay! Fans indulge in red velvet waffles, beignets and BBQ Benedicts throughout the weekend then come back for their signature smoked pastrami Reuben, smoked lemon pepper wings and more during the week!

Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria

We’re always ready for pie, baby. Especially at Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria in downtown Atlanta, where the city’s only genuine coal-burning oven cooks up gourmet New York style pizza and wings. The menu also offers a full selection of fresh pastas, Italian sandwiches, salads, and desserts…but the coal-fired pizza and wings is where it’s at.

We don’t know what happens to a wing when it’s coal-fired. But we like it. These fall-off-the-bone lemon pepper wings are served with a garlic yogurt sauce…and lots of napkins. Dig in, get dirty, and save plenty of room for pizza.

Max’s pizza is famous for many reasons: the crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside crust; their super secret special red sauce; house made mozzarella; fresher than fresh ingredients. Whether you design your own pizza or order off of their specialty pizza menu (like, say, the Fontina & Wild Mushroom Pizza with caramelized onions and fresh oregano…) you’re sure to leave with a pleased pizza palate.

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.

La Parrilla

They say it’s “always a fiesta at La Parrilla” and we certainly agree! Their 22 year history has established La Parrilla as a major brand of authentic Mexican food around Atlanta and their other 2 locations in Alabama and South Carolina. This is the spot where guacamole is created table-side, fajitas are served hot off the grill and enchiladas are covered with their signature sauce, white queso. There is something for everyone at this colorful Mexican joint so Atlanta Eats had to dig in and try the best they have to offer.

Wisteria

Traditional Southern specialties take an ambitious step forward at Chef Jason Hill’s Inman Park eatery. Housed in a century-old building, Wisteria is lacking in neither atmosphere nor amenity; dim lighting, exposed brick, and reclaimed wood are as warm and welcoming as the wait staff. Along with a mouthwatering menu and divine wine list, enjoying a leisurely meal here is easy.

Start with a bottle of wine, of which Wisteria has plenty…and then some. Choose a cru you know and love – a few of your favorites have surely found their way here – or take full advantage of their award-winning wine list and try a new-to-you varietal. Don’t worry if you’re not one for wine – the booze and brews won’t let you down.

Neither will the menu. Stacked with the freshest seasonal ingredients, many of them locally sourced, making a selection isn’t exactly simple. The appetizer list is enticing enough, never mind the meals. Southern-inspired specialties range from the most classic to the most creative. From seafood to steak, veal to veggies, there is a plate to please even the most discerning palate. And the sides? Oh, the sides…

521 Kitchen & Que

With an arsenal of the freshest and most delicious BBQ this side of the Mason-Dixon, 521 Kitchen & Que has brought a taste of the down-home to the heart of Buckhead. With barbecue expert Drew Kirkland at the helm, this smoked meatery is serving up some of the most delicious soul soothing grub with inventive sides, sandwiches, and so much more. The menu is filled with twists on the classics like kale-slaw, “shells and cheese”, and cola braised collards. The minute you park, you are drawn to the intoxicating smell of your favorite barbecue staples being slow smoked on The Big Green Egg right outside the front door in addition to their indoor smoker. With something for everyone, including vegetarians (!), 521 Kitchen & Que has earned their place in the ATL barbecue hall of fame!

Bud & Burgers | Dream Day of Dining Giveaway

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Enter below to win, winners will be announced end of day June 27th, 2016!

 

 

 

Preview – Episode 813

This week on Atlanta Eats, whether you want healthy, sweet, or savory, Another Broken Egg Café in Johns Creek has it all. Then, farm to table takes on a whole new meaning at 4th and Swift, run by one of Atlanta’s finest, Chef Jay Swift. Finally, it’s Hankook Taqueria on the Westside dishing up some of the most unique fusion food.
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Atlanta Eats Is Filming This Week!

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Atlanta Eats is out and about filming this week! We have some great stories in the works, here’s the scoop…

Thursday, June 23rd

Lunch at Fumi Hibachi & Sushi Bar (Duluth)

Fumi Hibachi & Sushi Bar just opened their 5th Georgia location, and we are thrilled to showcase their exquisite space, signature dishes and quality cuisine. Come out and see their expansive restaurant (it seats 600!) and taste some of their top notch lunch options as we film!

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Photo by Fumi Hibachi and Sushi Bar

Dinner at Drift Oyster Bar (East Cobb)

One of Atlanta’s most “happening” suburbs just got even better! From the owner of well-established Seed and Stem, Drift’s concept is geared toward American coastal cuisine. Get a chance at the spotlight while we film there for dinner.

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Photo by Drift Oyster Bar

Come out and join us on set, we’d love to have you! For questions about timing, reach out via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!

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) That Matt Ryan is super excited about tight end rookie Austin Hooper being a real red zone threat next season.

2)  That the new roasted wings at Taco Mac are not only super delicious but a third the calories.  

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3)  That AJ Pierzynski should not be playing in the major leagues any more.

4)  That the OJ Simpson doc “Made in America” is not over-rated one bit and is simply fascinating content.

5)  That the veal meatloaf at the Buckhead Diner is still one of Atlanta’s tastiest dishes.

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6)  That Josh Pastner will work as hard as any coach in America to get Tech the right players and is serious as a heart attack about recruiting Atlanta.

7)  That Breakers Korean BBQ restaurant (recently featured on Atlanta Eats) in Duluth is one of the most fun and delicious nights out you will ever have and the most popular segment we have ever done on the show.  Watch here to see why….

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Photo by Breakers Korean BBQ

8)  That Jeff Teague needs to be traded immediately because no team will ever win a title with him as your point guard.

9)  That the new show “Preacher”, directed by Seth Rogen, on AMC is one of the freakiest shows I have seen in a while.  

10) That Braves phenoms Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies are both hitting around .230 in the minors, so in other words, Slow Your Roll!

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

Best Thing 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 oInstagramFacebook, and Twitter for a constant stream of pictures if this doesn’t quite cure your food porn fix…

Avocado Ball at MF Sushi (Inman Park)

There is sushi, and then there is MF Sushi! New to the Inman Park community of sleek and trendy spots, MF is adjusting just fine. From their atmosphere to cocktails to the 3 orders of avocado balls I ordered, MF Sushi is a grand slam and a rare breed of delectable. You CANNOT miss the avocado balls (whether tuna or salmon, does not matter). Even if you’re not an avocado aficionado, your mind and your mouth will be changed after this delicious concoction of savory, spicy and silencing.

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Mac N Cheese from Smoke Ring (Downtown)

It’s hard to have a bad Mac N Cheese experience, but ordering a dish that goes above and beyond the standard Mac is something different altogether. The kicker with Smoke Ring’s side dish is the melted layer of Cheddar on top. It makes the dish visually appealing and adds a stringy texture to the top. Totally satisfying and worth the whole trip to Smoke Ring.

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Plantains from Alma Cocina (Downtown)

Fried plantains come few and far between in Atlana’s restaurant scene. Got to get them while they’re hot at Alma Cocina! They are served with queso fresco to cut the sweetness and combine for a unique flavor.

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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 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.!

Breakers Korean BBQ

The Korean BBQ scene is booming in Atlanta, but Breaker’s is really setting them ahead of the pack. The restaurant has adapted technology so the interactions between the waiters and patrons happen at the push of a button. We were salivating at the parade of marinated short ribs, fresh seafood, and indulgent pork belly coming from the kitchen. The side dishes are just as jaw dropping as the proteins; your meal comes with homemade kimchi, rice paper and radish wrappers, soup, salad, and fresh vegetables too! Less than a year old, Breakers has already made a lasting impression in the Atlanta restaurant world.

King and Duke

Renowned restaurateur has hit another home run with King & Duke. Chef Joe Schafer is manning the kitchen and bringing his love of open flame cooking to Buckhead, with ribeyes for two and a decor that is breathtaking.

When you first walk into King & Duke, you feel like you have stepped into an editorial spread for Garden & Gun. Everything screams ‘this is how man was supposed to eat.’. After lingering at the bar, you’ll immediately be drawn to the roaring fire in the kitchen. And this is truly where the magic happens at King & Duke. With perfectly roasted game and bubbling bone marrow, you’ll want everything you see.

So, go ahead and take a seat. Raise your glass and order to your heart’s content. After all, this is how you were meant to eat.

Neighborhood Guide to Atlanta’s BBQ Joints

Do you have a hankering for a half-slab slathered in thick, sticky-sweet barbecue sauce? Atlanta is a melting pot of cultures and just about every style of ‘cue can be found here. Atlanta Eats presents our list of down and dirty neighborhood barbecue joints, from traditional to upgraded favorites, around the metro Atlanta area.

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Chopped judge, Chef Aaron Sanchez, knows food. In a sauce-centric episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate, he admits that he can’t get enough of the sauce at Daddy D’z BBQ Joynt. Located about a mile east of 75/85 on Memorial Drive, Daddy D’s has the motto “We ain’t pretty, but we’re good,” and it more than lives up to expectations. From the outside it definitely ain’t pretty, but once your plate arrives, you’ll forget everything else until you run out of napkins.

On Dekalb Avenue, where Little Five Points meets Candler Park, Fox Bros BBQ has become a prominent brand of barbecue with many successes over the past few years. From getting bottles of their delicious BBQ sauce onto the shelves of local Kroger stores, to a feature on last season’s Diners, Drive Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. The founders of Fox Bros call their style of BBQ a mixture of “where we are from and where we are at” — Texas with a southern influence, and began selling their ‘cue as a catering business, and then out of Smith’s Olde Bar, before moving to their own home on Dekalb Avenue.

D.B.A Barbecue is a gem of a barbecue joint. Stuck behind the VaHi USPS Office on North Highland, it’s one of those places that you kind of have to know it’s there to know it’s there. But it’s absolutely worth taking the time to go — with great lunchtime deals, and a spacious dining room (for a BBQ place), D.B.A serves up great hospitality, insanely delicious smoked wings and moonshine or bourbon cocktails.

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Decatur

One of the best places in Decatur to get barbecue — actually in the whole of Atlanta — is Community Q on Clairmont north of N. Decatur Road. Here you’ll find all the plates you’d expect at a BBQ restaurant: St. Louis style ribs, brisket, half-chicken…the usual meaty suspects. But where Community Q blows away the competition is in the sides- Brunswick stew, baked beans, and arguably the best straight-up mac n cheese in the city.

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Roswell

A local favorite spot in Historic Roswell, Swallow at the Hollow has a well-earned reputation as one of the best BBQ restaurants outside the perimeter. In the summer, the rocking chair porch makes for a great spot to sit and listen to the live band inside most nights of the week. Don’t forget to get their banana chocolate chip pudding for dessert!

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While you’ll find several bottles of traditional and Southern BBQ sauces on the tables at most ‘cue joints, Heirloom Market BBQ in Cobb County (a bone’s throw from the 75/285 interchange) includes KB sauce — Korean Barbecue. BBQ vaults are shipped in from Houston, Texas, and they use locally sourced hardwoods for the smoker. Keeping the footprint small, as many of the ingredients as possible are also sourced locally from Georgia farmers.

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Midtown/Buckhead

Following the footsteps of Fox Bros, Bone Lick BBQ started life as a Monday night special at P’Cheen in the Old Fourth Ward. After winning accolades all for his BBQ, Mike LaSage moved his operation to a full-time Q-spot in West Midtown in the summer of 2012, and continues to knock it out of the park. Did I say that Bone Lick has a “barcade” with classic 80s coin-op video games? And that it has skee ball lanes? No? Well I should have. My bad.

Over the years, Fat Matt’s Rib Shack on Piedmont has become something of a local institution. On his show, The Layover, Anthony Bourdain admits that Fat Matt’s doesn’t serve “real” barbecue, but what it does is great utilitarian pork and beef smothered in sticky sauce. And he’s right. He is, after all, Anthony Bourdain, so of course he’s right.

Greater Good BBQ in Buckhead/Sandy Springs is one of those hole-in-the-wall spots that everyone seems to know about. There isn’t a bad item on their entire menu, but we definitely have our favorites. Their specialty potato skins topped with pimento cheese, coleslaw, brisket and BBQ sauce are certainly one of a kind. We can’t drive past GG without ordering a rack of ribs and a cup of mac n’ cheese, so take that into consideration.

Downtown

Twin Smokers BBQ may be new to the game of BBQ in Atlanta, but they show no signs of inexperience. In fact, there was so much research done before opening the restaurant, they decided to include key flavors of North Carolina, Kansas City and Memphis barbecue. There is something for everyone here, but make sure not to skip the double trouble bourbon milkshake, the brisket or the jalapeno mac n cheese.

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Alpharetta

A restaurant that has outlasted a decade in downtown Alpharetta, SmokeJack, is no easy feat. They attribute the success to using the freshest ingredients and making every item from scratch, but there is something about SmokeJack we can’t get out of our minds. It may be an off-the-menu item, but we had their brisket sandwich topped with a heap of pimento cheese and homemade pickles at the Alpharetta food trucks and we’ve been craving another ever since.
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Lawrenceville

Like many other slab-and-sauce spots, Hometown BBQ goes with the “converted house” look — and makes it work. The meat here is southern traditional with sauces on the side, and there’s nothing you won’t enjoy about the food — be warned, though: Hometown doesn’t accept cards but there’s an ATM in the restaurant.

Boasting that it has “the best butts in town,” the Tipsy Pig operates out of a gas station in Lilburn. If you can get over that, stop in for some great ‘cue.

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Chamblee

The kings of “low and slow”, Pig-N-Chik is known for incredible classic barbecue and a couple non-traditional menu items (i.e. smoked salmon, fried okra, hushpuppies…etc). The craziest concoction they offer? Redneck Nachos! Fries are loaded with Cheddar cheese, chunks of pork and barbecue sauce.

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Marietta

Dave Poe’s BBQ serves award winning pit cooked BBQ in Marietta. It says so right there on the Web site. All the meats and sides you want at a barbecue place, and three sauces to drown your smoked meat in, but this place has something…unexpected. Redneck Lasagna: mac n cheese covered with Brunswick stew – why didn’t anyone think of this before?

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Norcross

Off Peachtree Industrial at Jones Mill Road, JR’s Log House celebrated 30 years in 2013. If you’re hungry for ribs, JR’s has ALL YOU CAN EAT St. Louis ribs, served all day (well, until 30 minutes before closing). And the price for gorging yourself on ribs the whole day? Less than $14.

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

 

We Won An EMMY!!!

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Atlanta Eats is proud to announce our recent Emmy win on Saturday, June 11th at the Southeast Emmy Awards! Atlanta Eats has built a large and passionate audience through covering the dining scene and is thrilled to get recognition for the quality of their original content as well. The Atlanta Eats award-winning piece centered on an inside look at the Sierra Nevada Brewery based in Asheville. North Carolina. Now one of the industry’s national leaders in original food & dining video content has an award to accredit the proficient storytelling Atlanta Eats has become famous for.

Atlanta Eats was nominated for three other Southeast Emmy categories. Founder and host, Steak Shapiro, was nominated for best Interview for his sit down with The Cake Boss (Buddy Valastro). Co-creator of Atlanta Eats, Scott Chalk, was recognized for his work in directing the short form piece, Atlanta Drinks. In addition, Atlanta Eats garnered nominations for best Magazine show in the southeast, Dish Worth The Drive.