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Preview – Episode 901 806RA

This week on Atlanta Eats we welcome special co-host, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to the show! We explore The Beltline and its delicious dining options in lieu of our event, The Perfect Palate, on Sunday, October 16th. We dish up some of his favorite irresistible dining spots as he takes us on a culinary tour of the extraordinary Beltline. It’s steaks, southern cooking, Ponce City Market, bourbon and small plates, with Atlanta’s head honcho.

Hungry Yet?

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Saturdays 7 – 8 p.m. & Sundays 10 – 11 a.m.

The Perfect Palate

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Do you look forward to a night out celebrating a fantastic meal with fashionable friends? Do you celebrate steakhouse style? If you appreciate taste, then The Perfect Palate is for you!

The Perfect Palate is an exclusive, fashionable fete designed to tantalize all your tastes!

Join us as we delight our palates with a culinary feast created by Kevin Rathbun, complemented by amazing wines and champagnes!

Get a “taste” of what’s hot in fashion with our intimate runway experience by one of the Southeast’s most notable fashion designers, Atlanta’s beloved, Abbey Glass.

And what more perfect runway than the Atlanta BeltLine that is currently transforming transportation in our city to showcase our models!

We’re supporting the greatest community initiative that is making Atlantan’s healthier and happier by raising funds for the Atlanta BeltLine!

Complete with PopUP Shopping and serious swag, this inaugural event promises to sell out, so make sure you “reserve” your ticket today!

Indulge On Buford Highway After The BuHi Half!

If there are 2 things to motivate you to run a half marathon, BuHi Half has both factors. The first is charity and the second is food. The BuHi Half benefits 10 local charities the finish line is on Atlanta’s food Mecca, Buford Highway. After running or walking 13.1 miles, the world is your oyster! Literally! Try international cuisine up and down Buford Highway to offset your burned calories. Here are our top recommendations:

Pho 24

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Pho from Pho 24 is a healthy and filling option post BuHi Half.

Lee’s Bakery

Lee's Bakery's Bahn Mi is a top seller and we know why!

Lee’s Bakery’s Bahn Mi is a top seller and we know why!

Crawfish Shack

The crawfish Po' Boy is an item that lives by its namesake at Crawfish Shack.

The crawfish Po’ Boy is an item that lives by its namesake at Crawfish Shack.

El Taco Veloz

Fill up on barbacoa tacos with salsa verde from El Taco Veloz.

Fill up on barbacoa tacos with salsa verde from El Taco Veloz.

Sweet Hut

If you want to carb load on pastries, sandwiches and more after the race, Sweet Hut is the place to go.

If you want to carb load on pastries, sandwiches and more after the race, Sweet Hut is the place to go.

Hungry for more restaurant 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 -11 a.m.!

Saltyard Is Changing How You View Mondays

If you’ve ever had a case of the Mondays, you understand that a good meal can set you back in balance. At Saltyard, they are catering to the victims of Monday madness with their 5 for $25 tapas menu! 17 tapas options are offered as well as $5 house sangria. We scoured through their extensive choices and picked our top 5 for $5 plus drank a glass of sangria to top it all off. If you anticipate a crazy week, don’t wait until Friday to treat yourself! Have a nice meal at Saltyard that won’t break the bank.

1. Roasted Pepper Bruschetta

The garlic aioli and prosciutto make this toast a showstopper.

The garlic aioli and prosciutto make this toast a showstopper.

2. Flash Fried Brussels Sprouts

Perfectly seasoned and fried to crisp, these Brussels are deliciously disguised.

Perfectly seasoned and fried to crisp, these Brussels are deliciously disguised.

3. Salmon Poke Tacos

Poke is a menu staple on the west coast and the concoction of marinated fresh fish (in this case, salmon) with a ginger sesame dressing is making its way to the east.

Poke is a menu staple on the west coast and the concoction of marinated fresh fish (in this case, salmon) with a ginger sesame dressing is making its way to the east.

4. ‘Shroom Toast

This savory toast is served with a brandy cream sauce, sausage and thyme. It's a Saltyard top-seller.

This savory toast is served with a brandy cream sauce, sausage and thyme. It’s a Saltyard top-seller.

5. S’mores Bread Pudding

S'mores bread pudding is a tapas-sized tower of decadence with a house-made marshmallow and banana ice cream on top.

S’mores bread pudding is a tapas-sized tower of decadence with a house-made marshmallow and banana ice cream on top.

Hungry for more restaurant 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 -11 a.m.!

Preview – Episode 826

This week on Atlanta Eats, we try 5 incredible spots- Antico Pizza, Marlow’s Tavern, Gunshow, Hop City and Pinocchios. Antico is known for authentic Neapolitan pizzas, calzones and Italian desserts. We stop by our favorite neighborhood tavern, Marlow’s, for the “Best of the Best” in American tavern fare served in a modern atmosphere. Then, we taste-test Kevin Gillespie’s modern a-la-carte concept, Gunshow. Hop City shows us an inside look at their variety of beer and wine and Pinocchios tops off the progressive dinner with their incredible take on Italian food in Sandy Springs.

Hungry Yet?

Catch Atlanta Eats Weekly on PeachtreeTV

Saturdays 7 – 8 p.m. & Sundays 10 – 11 a.m.

The 5 Restaurants To Watch This Weekend

Surprise! Atlanta Eats is changing our showtimes! If you’ve set your DVR for us week-after-week, it is time to switch. Our show has grown increasingly in popularity, so it’s time we show off a full hour of Atlanta Eats instead of our half-hour show. Beginning this Saturday, September 24th, our Saturday airtime will be from 7 – 8 p.m. and Sunday’s airing will be 10 – 11 a.m. Stay tuned for double the food and the best restaurants Atlanta has to offer. We kick the new schedule off with 5 incredible spots- Antico Pizza, Marlow’s Tavern, Gunshow, Hop City and Pinocchios. Check out our favorite orders in lieu of their airings:

Antico Pizza (West Midtown)

We always order the Diavola from Antico Pizza.

We always order the Diavola from Antico Pizza.

Marlow’s Tavern

Marlow's Tavern's Brie Fondue with pretzel bread is the ultimate appetizer.

Marlow’s Tavern’s Brie Fondue with pretzel bread is the ultimate appetizer.

Gunshow (East Atlanta)

The Gunshow menu changes weekly but if you find any form of fried chicken on the menu, we suggest you order it.

The Gunshow menu changes weekly but if you find any form of fried chicken on the menu, we suggest you order it.

Hop City (West Side & Krog Street Market)

One of the first places in Atlanta to serve growlers, Hop City has 60 taps of delicious beer all for you.

One of the first places in Atlanta to serve growlers, Hop City has 60 taps of delicious beer all for you.

Pinocchios (Sandy Springs)

Pasta Primavera from Pinocchios is one of our top tongue- twisters and orders at this new spot in town.

Pasta Primavera from Pinocchios is one of our top tongue- twisters and orders at this new spot in town.

Hungry for more restaurant 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 -11 a.m.!

Wing Fest Takes Over Atlanta This Weekend!

We’re counting down until Sunday for the best gourmet wing festival this city has ever seen! This Sunday, September 25th the brilliant minds who bring you Taste of Atlanta are setting up shop at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. Twenty- five restaurants are participating in Wing Fest and Atlanta Eats has featured 5 of the Atlanta locales! Watch their segments and get excited for creative wings and delectable bites!

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Cibo e Beve

Cibo e Beve to air on Atlanta Eats this fall!

Cibo e Beve to air on Atlanta Eats this fall!

Table &  Main

For more info on Wing Fest look here. Be sure to catch Atlanta Eats on Peachtree TV every Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.!

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

Double Veggie Burger Gringo Style at Grindhouse Killer Burgers (Morningside)

The most satisfying veggie burger you will ever taste is hot out of the Grindhouse grill. Make it Gringo style with black bean spread, pico de gallo, avocado, jalapenos and Diablo sauce but DON’T forget to add cheese! This combination is spicy and unless you have tastebuds made of steel, cheese is just what you need. One bite of this burger and there is no looking back!

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SPF 50/50 from Red Hare Brewing (Marietta)

We’re savoring the last days of summer with a beer so refreshing it transports you to the beach. It’s called 50/50 because of the equal parts handcrafted grapefruit soda and IPA that create this thirst- quenching collaboration. Find SPF 50/50 on shelves, restaurants and bars all over Atlanta or stop by the brewery for a tour Wednesdays- Saturdays!

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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 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.!

Matthews Cafeteria

Matthews Cafeteria in Tucker is one of those rare places: a beloved neighborhood institution whose reputation is known all over the city. It’s been feeding families for as long as anyone can remember.

If the decor inside brings to mind the kinds of restaurants you just can’t find anymore, that’s just because the menu features every kind of Southern classic food that are rarely all on the same menu at the same time these days.

From fried chicken to Brunswick stew; from biscuits and sausage gravy to every kind of Southern vegetable your grandmother still guards the secret recipe to.

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.

LottaFrutta

A Taste of Cuba in the Old Fourth Ward.

When a guy whose name is Steak describes a fresh-cut fruit cup as “mouthwatering,” you know it’s gonna be good. Get your fruit-and-veggie on properly at Lottafrutta.

Located in the heart of the Old Fourth Ward, LottaFrutta Gourmet Fruit House and Market serves up (you guessed it) a lot of fruit. Of course they’ve got the classics, but it’s the more exotic options that make this spot so hot, like the surprisingly spicy Limonatta fruit cup, which combines cantaloupe, coconut, cucumber, pineapple, watermelon, mango and papaya with fresh limejuice and the owner’s signature spicy chile guajilo. Now that’s-a one spicy fruit cup.

But this place isn’t just a fruit-and-veggie show. The menu features Cuban-inspired grilled “sanduches,” salads, smoothies, ice pops, coffee and desayuno in the mornings.

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!

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.

Pinocchios Incredible Italian

Pinocchios Incredible Italian is the place to go for amazing food and a lot of love in the atmosphere. Sisters Kathy Gould and Annie Vick were estranged for almost 50 years and once they connected, they decided to share their love through food. Annie developed the concept of Pinocchios in Colorado and created the Sandy Springs location with Kathy as their first joint effort. Stop by Pinocchios for lunch or dinner with a friend, your family or a large group- Kathy will accommodate any size! They’re serving up every Italian classic- from Spaghetti Carbonara to Pasta Primavera, Gnocchi, Cannolis and more. Two things are certain when you spend a meal at Pinocchios- you’ll feel the love and leave on a happy, full stomach.

Antico Pizza

Pizza is no joke at this joint. And that’s why they’ve won, like, every award. Ever.

This could be the most decorated pizza on the planet! But when you take pizza as seriously as owner Giovanni Di Palma does, you’re bound to win a few awards. Di Palma didn’t sacrifice one detail of his family’s age-old Pizza Napoletana recipe when he brought it here to Atlanta: Fior di Latta and Mozzarella di Bufala cheeses are flown in fresh from Naples each week; San Marzano and Pomodorini tomatoes are hand-picked in Campania; three 10,000 lb. ovens were custom built from ancient Santa Maria brick and volcanic rock from Mt. Vesuvius…and get so hot that a pizza cooks to perfection in only about 60 seconds.

Yeah. A whole pizza cooks in 60 seconds. Which is great, because – trust us – the faster you can get your hands on one of Antico’s nine famous pies, the better.

We’d sell our soul for the Diavola pizza, which is made with fresh Mozzarella di Bufala, spicy sopressata, and pepperonata. Another pizza masterpiece – the San Gennaro – features fresh mozzarella, broccoli rabe, and salsiccia. The menu also includes calzones and Italian desserts.

Di Palma’s fierce loyalty to his family’s pizza-making heritage has made Antico’s pies world-famous, and a favorite among Atlantans and celebrities alike.

Gunshow

You might know Kevin Gillespie from Bravo’s Top Chef. You might know him from Atlanta’s Woodfire Grill. But you should know him from Gunshow, his very own, very experiential Ormewood Park establishment. Voted the best new restaurant in Atlanta by Creative Loafing magazine, Gunshow draws inspiration from Chinese dim sum and Brazilian churrascaria-style dining. And maybe a bit from Spanish tapas.

This is how it works: You get there (and hopefully have a reservation). You sit down in the big, open dining-room-slash-kitchen. The energy is magnetizing. You are given a piece of paper, which has been printed with that night’s menu. Maybe you order a beer or a glass of wine. Maybe you have them cork the bottle of wine you brought in with you. As you sit back and relax with your date/friends/family/beautiful stranger, Gillespie and his team of world-class chefs take turns rolling the menu items through the dining room on carts. You want it? You take it. You don’t? You let them keep walking. Everything is a la carte. Everything is a-ma-zing.

We can’t tell you what will be on the menu when you get there – it changes perpetually. What we can tell you is that Gillespie makes a mean plate of “Assorted Savory, Spicy, Crispy and Crunchy Snacks,” the smoked pork belly gets rave reviews, and the “West Coast” burger will be one of the best burgers you ever eat. From traditional Southern specialties to dishes with distinctive international flair, Gillespie and his team run the gamet when it comes to good cookin’.

Oh, and the banana pudding? It’s Gillespie’s grandma’s recipe. Need we say more?

Smoke Ring

If you’re looking for the next up and coming neighborhood spot with a fabulous bar to boot, look no further. Smoke Ring is in the heart of Castleberry Hill serving up some modern twists on southern classics. Chef Jordan Wakefield, winner of Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games, partnered with his wife, Erin, to create a southern atmosphere with an esteemed bar program. Check out this innovative barbecue restaurant before the lines get too long!

Revolution Doughnuts

We hold this truth to be self evident: There are many ways to get creative when it comes to the pastry with a hole in the middle. Sugared, glazed, chocolate glazed, jelly-filled. Those flavors are for the unimaginitive. Those are for the big chain donut shops. Revolution Doughnuts will overthrow any notions you have of what you can top or fill a donut with.

Located right next to Ale Yeah! and Avellino’s on West College Avenue in Decatur (affectionately known as “Homer Simpson Plaza” since you can buy beer, pizza, and doughnuts there), Revolution Doughnuts feels like the hipster younger sibling of Dunkin Donuts. One part sustainable urban-living coffee shop and one part Heaven, this is the kind of coffee shop where you can imagine patriots plotting rebellion in Colonial times.

Scratch that, if Samuel Adams and John Hancock had been eating these doughnuts, the Declaration of Independence would have read very differently.

Chicken and the Egg

With locally sourced, farm-fresh ingredients and a menu inspired by grandma’s cooking, this “casually-sophisticated” country kitchen in Marietta will have you coming back for seconds…and thirds. The restaurant – whose name represents the cycle of life and sustainability – places tremendous emphasis on its impact on the planet.

But, as great as that is, its impact on your taste buds is what will really blow you away. Their signature “before supper” dish – Georgia Shrimp and Grits – features Gouda grits with a charred corn relish, Andouille sausage, fennel, and blistered tomato, all lightly bathed with a low country drizzle. Sound good? So does everything else on the “before supper” menu. Cedar-grilled Georgia peaches, hot crawfish and artichoke dip, fried green tomatoes with a pimento cheese fondue…

Yes, it would be easy to order one of everything on the “before supper” menu. It might be even easier to order one of each supper entrée. Apple cider and honey-glazed salmon served with Brussels sprouts, turnips, and sweet potatoes. Pan-seared sea scallops on a bed of creamed corn risotto with charred onion and arugula. Each ingredient has a distinct role in the culinary harmony of these dishes, and the farm-freshness makes all the difference when it comes to flavor.

Goldberg’s Deli

There are some things that transcend Atlanta’s fabled brunch culture. Beyond the deviled eggs and the skillet scrambles, beyond the 45 minute waits to be seated when all you want is something to much on the go, is something much simpler: bagels. Bagels and lox. Bagels and cream cheese. Bagels and egg and cheese and bacon and sausage and…an endless list of fillings, toppings, schmears, and salads.

And the place to find them in Atlanta is Goldberg’s Deli.

But bagels isn’t all that Goldberg’s does: you can get all your New York-style deli food here, so whether you’re looking for a pastrami sandwich, matzoh ball soup, chopped liver salad, or one of the city’s best Reubens, one of Goldberg’s five locations has you covered.

In addition to the store next to OK Cafe, you can find a Goldberg’s in Marietta, Peachtree Street & 12th, Roswell Road just north of Buckhead, on Chamblee Dunwoody at I-285, and in Toco Hills.