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Tin Lizzy’s Celebrates National Tequila Day

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Thursday, July 24th is National Tequila Day! 

To set the party atmosphere and host the day, all Tin Lizzy’s locations will be featuring 1-ounce pours of 1800 Tequila on special for $2 each, which patrons can choose to take as a floater in a margarita or as a good, old-fashioned shot with the usual salt and lime fixings. The restaurant is also offering its famous $4 house margarita made with house tequila, orange liqueur, sour mix and garnished with a lime wedge. Traditional margaritas are available for the purists, while clever innovations such as the Beach House with 1800’s new coconut-infused tequila paired with orange liqueur and sour mix take the imbiber straight to a mental paradise. Flavored margaritas are regularly shaken and poured with flavors like grapefruit, pomegranate, mango, strawberry, sangrita and raspberry. Tin Lizzy’s bartenders perhaps have the most fun whipping up specialty drinks such as the Mexi-Mule, a sultry romancing of Jose Cuervo and orange liqueur with ginger beer and lime juice, and the Pomegranate Cilantro, a lively concoction with Don Julio silver, pomegranate liqueur, sour mix and fresh cilantro.

 

For more information about National Tequila Day and Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, visit tinlizzyscantina.com.

Cardamom Hill To Close

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Asha Gomez has announced that she will close her Berkley Park restaurant. Diners have until July 28th to enjoy her unique take on Indian and Southern cuisine. 

But don’t worry about not getting your fill of her cooking. Gomez has announced that her new ‘Indian Patisserie’ Spice to Table will open August 1st. She has also announced a Krog Street Market project called Spice Road Chicken to open later this year.

Inaugural Gastro Gnome Grub Club

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Get a first look at the new restaurant Ladybird next Monday, July 28. The inaugural dinner of new supper club, Gastro Gnome Grub Club, will give diners a peek at the new BeltLine spot.  You’ll dine on campfire inspired food and sip on cocktails from The Sipologist. 

Tickets are $48 and  are available for purchase online here.

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Tuesday’s Great Call | Buckhead Diner

 

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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 Tuesday we’re making the call, and giving you the inside scoop. This week’s Great Call is Buckhead Diner.

When You’re Going

Head to The Diner on a Sunday. This is one of only two days that they serve their fried chicken. Crisp and not at all heavy and served with traditional sides (we’re patial to the mac ‘n cheese), it’s the perfect Southern Sunday Supper.

Where You’re Sitting

While this isn’t your traditional diner, they still have beloved booths. Tuck into one and admire the art deco vibe. And if you take a look at the walls, you’ll see that no matter where you’re sitting, you’ll probably be rubbing shoulders with a celeb.

What’s in Your Glass

What’s better than a fried chicken supper? When it’s served with an Arnold Palmer that’s all grown up! This boozy treat is made with teas infused vodka, sweet tea, lemonade and mint simple syrup.

What’s On Your Plate

Ok, so you’re heading in for the fried chicken, but you really can’t leave without the Maytag Blue Cheese Chips. Buckhead Diner created these bad boys back in 1987 and Atlanta has not stopped craving them since.

For more info, check out Buckhead Diner here.

 

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The Hundred Foot Journey | Movie Screening

Atlanta Eats is bringing you the chance to win tickets to a screening of a delicious new movie called the “The Hundred Foot Journey” Afterwards there will be a Q&A with Atlanta Eats own Mara Davis & Asha Gomez (of Cardamom Hill). See below for more information about the movie, the screening & sign up to win tickets! Winners will be notified by end of day on August, 3rd.

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In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren) gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate into a heated battle between the two establishments until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine — and for Madame Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) — combine with his mysteriously-delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Madame Mallory cannot ignore. At first Madame Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

Sign up to win tickets here!

When: Monday, August 4th at 7 pm Where: Regal Atlantic Station (261 19th St. NW Atlanta, GA 30363)

  Some recipes from the film to try at home:

 

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Here are some recipes from the the film to try at home:

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Best Things We Ate This Week: The Buford Highway Edition

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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. This week, we made the most delicious journey down Buford Highway while filming our season 4 finale. We barely scratched the surface of the incredible things that this stretch of road has to offer, so stay tuned for more!

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!

Plantains at Havana

For 30 years Havana has been satisfying the Cuban cravings of Atlanta. We started off here and while everything from the sandwich to the black beans were incredible, the stars of the show were these plantains. Question: It’s completely OK to eat one’s weight in plantains for breakfast right? Asking for a friend…

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Salsa Bar at El Senor Taco

I am a condiment girl. I am also a taco girl. Those two things come together in beautiful harmony with the salsa bar at El Senor Taco. Filled with salsas and sauces of every heat level, fresh melon and pickled everything, this was Heaven.

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Fresh Baguette at Lee’s Bakery

When you want to dip your toe into Vietnamese food, there is one place that everybody and their neighbor will recommend; Lee’s Bakery. And it’s for a good reason. Between bahn mi and pho, they have it covered. And the base of their bahn mi is their wonderfully fluffy French baguette. Light and airy on the inside with just enough pull. With one bite don’t be surprised if that toe dip turns into a full dive.


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Drink Break at El Taco Veloz

Horchata and  fresh pineapple juice at Taco Veloz were refreshing and perfect with the fresh made tacos.

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Shrimp Poboy at Crawfish Shack

Still one of the best sandwiches in Atlanta. Fresh, sweet shrimp are tossed in a light cornmeal batter and fried just enough. And that remoulade? Please….more…now….

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Pastries at Sweet Hut

If you’re a dessert fiend, stop what you’re doing and get yourself to Sweet Hut immediately. Whether you want something sweet or savory they will take care of your craving. Our favorites are any of their light yet rich cream puffs or cakes with thick white icing that will have you counting down the days until your next birthday.

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Chengdu Cold Noodles at Gu’s Bistro

We finished up our journey at Gu’s Bistro to devour, well, anything in sight. When it’s hot and humid outside (hello, Atlanta!), this is a go-to dish. Cold noodles are tossed with a sweet and spicy sauce.  Pair this with the spicy dried eggplant and an Allagash white for your new favorite Summer dinner.

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The Simple Trick That Will Transform Your Fruit Salad | Mom Thyme

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Okay busy moms, I’ve got a recipe for you that’s going to knock your socks off and will completely transform the way you and your family think about fruit salad. My mom recently shared with me the delicious recipe below for Minted Fruit Salad, it’s beautiful, refreshing, and the flavor combinations will make you look like a culinary genius in the kitchen! 

What makes this salad so amazing? Mint Simple Syrup. When drizzled over the fruit, something absolutely magical happens and the end result is pure heaven in a bowl (and no, it’s not like eating fruit and chewing Wrigley’s Spearmint gum at the same time)! The Mint Simple Syrup lightly coats the fruit (making it glisten like the fruit on top of a fancy French tart) and, is surprisingly subtle, adding just a touch of sweetness with the underlying flavor of mint.  

Minted Fruit Salad is a super easy and elegant dish that’s perfect for brunch, a fun dinner with friends, or, to serve at the next baby or bridal shower that you’re hosting (it’s very versatile!). While my recipe below calls for assorted berries, peaches, melon, kiwi, grapes, and cantaloupe, you can use whatever fruit your family prefers or whatever’s on sale/in season.  Just make sure to mix the Mint Simple Syrup and fruit just a few minutes before serving, as it doesn’t hold up well if mixed too far in advance. 

Cool, refreshing, and a unique twist on standard fruit salad, this delicious dish is sure to awaken your taste buds and be a huge hit each and every time it’s served! Enjoy!   

Mint Simple Syrup

1 ½ cups packed fresh mint leaves

1 cup sugar

1 cup water  

In a saucepan bring sugar and water to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Turn the heat to low, add mint, and simmer for about 15 minutes to thicken. Remove mint and set mixture aside to cool completely.

**Note: Make a double or triple batch of this Mint Simple Syrup, it’ll keep in your refrigerator for up to two weeks or more and is absolutely fabulous in iced tea and a variety of fun summer cocktails (Mojito, anyone?). 

Fruit Salad

1 lb. strawberries, hulled and quartered

1 pint blueberries

½ pint (6 oz.) raspberries

2 kiwi, peeled and cubed

2 peaches, peeled and cubed

1 whole cantaloupe, cubed (for a timesaver, you can buy it already cubed)

2 cups red grapes, halved  

Directions

Prepare all the fruit in a large bowl, pour the Mint Simple Syrup over the fruit and chill until ready to serve. 

**For those with special dietary needs, you may omit pouring the Mint Simple Syrup over the fruit and serve it in a pitcher on the side instead. 

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Three Taverns Celebrates One Year Anniversary

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One year ago, Decatur-based Three Taverns Brewery opened its doors to pour the first glass of its Belgian-style brew to thirsty beer enthusiasts gathered in the bars and restaurants around Decatur. To celebrate the anniversary of its opening, the brewery will be hosting its first birthday bash on Saturday, July 19, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. with an afternoon of live music, local food vendors, and, of course, plenty of Three Taverns craft brews.

Admission to the event is $12. Tickets are available for purchase online here.

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Crabs & Beer Fest at Red Brick Brewery

 

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Get your fill of Charleston blue crabs, low country boil and craft beer provided by Red Brick Brewery. An event for the whole family! And if you can’t  enjoy the fest but still want to indulge in the tastiness, they will be selling seasoned crabs to go as well!

The fest goes down Saturday, July 19th. Tickets are available here.

FLIP Burger Kicks off 7 Days of Summer

 

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Now through Labor Day, FLIP invites guests to enjoy summertime perks seven ways, seven days a week. Specials include $3 local brews on Tuesdays, burger specials and more! You can see a complete list of specials below. 

The specials are available at all local FLIP Burger locations. 

 

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The Pecan

There are some places that are worthing going out of your way for. With The Pecan, Chef Tony Morrow is bringing his big time ideas to the small town of College Park. From the fantastic crab cakes to the decadent rack of lamb to the house made desserts, this is sophisticated comfort food at it’s best.

Kozmo Gastro Pub

In an area drowning in chain restaurants, John’s Creek was ready for something different. In comes Kozmo Gastro Pub. A fabulous bar program, high end food and a super casual, yet super chic atmosphere all come together to make this an incredible find. Kozmo’s owner calls it an ‘oasis’, and we could’t agree more.

Highland Bakery

Highland Bakery, with locations on the corner of Sampson and Highland in the Old Fourth Ward, and on the corner of 14th and Peachtree, is one of Atlanta’s favorite brunch spots.

Serving up muffins, cookies, and all manner of beads, along with a full menu of breakfast, brunch, and lunch items, you can eat at home or spend a relaxing morning reading and eating, and watching the people across the street in the Old Fourth Ward Park.

If you’re feeling adventurous, and in need of walking off a few calories, you can hop onto the Freedom Trail and head to Virginia-Highland, or onto the Beltline and walk the 2.5 miles to Piedmont Park. Of course, you can cycle, too — and if you need a loaner cycle for the day there’s a place you can do that, and it’s just a short walk down Sampson.

Sprig

Sprig is, as the Web site proclaims, “a community centered restaurant” in the Oak Grove neighborhood on LaVista Road, a little way north of Clairmont Road. It serves Southern comfort food, made with locally sourced ingredients, and it’s giving the locals something to talk about in an area that is already home to an eclectic mix of cuisines.

Acknowledging the predominance of family homes in the area, Sprig goes to great lengths to provide an inclusive environment for families with children. From an extensive kids’ menu that goes beyond chicken nuggets and fish sticks, to a locker filled with games to keep the little ones occupied.

Greater Good BBQ

On Roswell Road, right next to Chastain Park, there exists an unassuming building that you have probably driven by dozens of times. What’s inside though, is BBQ definitely worth the stop. We’re talking platters of smoked ribs, potato skins piled high with pimento cheese and pulled pork, and probably the best collard greens you’ve ever had. We’re talking Greater Good BBQ.

Osteria Mattone

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

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

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

Grabbing Lunch in Decatur With The People’s Lawyer

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Decatur is a food lover’s city, there’s no doubt of that. But if you’ve ever found yourself there at lunch, you may have the problem of too many amazing choices! The People’s Lawyer, Bruce Hagen is here to help guide you. Calling Decatur home to his offices, he eats…a lot. So here is his guide to the best lunchtime treats in Decatur.

                Souper Jenny:   Obviously.  I’m there every free moment.   I’ve tried things I’d never thought I’d eat and loved them (Bean salad with peaches?)

                Brick Store:  Great burger, salads, the ultimate in gastropub food

                Leon’s Full Serve:  Nothing like a Glass O’ Bacon to get you going, don’t forget to dip it in the peanut butter.

                No 246:        Upscale lunch when I want to impress.

                Café Lilly:  The Grand Dame of Decatur dining has been around for a long time and always delivers.   Salad Nicoisse is perfect lunch item

                Taqueria Del Sol:   If you don’t mind the line, the tacos are always a winner.

                Chai Pani:   When someone is new to Decatur, this Indian street food spot is a great way to break them in. Be sure to order the Kale Pakora for the table!

                Victory Sandwich Bar:  Quirky, fun little sammies that don’t fill you up. Mix and match them for a full meal. The Beast on Yeast is a favorite.

                Raging Burrito:  Because sometimes you just need to blow it out and gorge yourself on a monster Fatty Burrito

                Twains:   Great bar food that’s always fresh and tasty.

How To Get Your Kids To Eat Their Broccoli | Mom Thyme

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What do you get when you cross traditional pasta salad with traditional broccoli salad? A unique and refreshing Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad that’s soon to become one of your very favorite recipes! While searching baby shower menus on Pinterest a few weeks ago, I came across the delicious recipe below from the September 2011 issue of Southern Living magazine and knew it was the perfect side dish to make for a baby shower I was co-hosting. 

Consisting of bowtie pasta, fresh broccoli, red seedless grapes, crispy bacon, toasted pecans, and a sweet and tangy dressing, this Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad received tons of compliments at the shower (many guests asked for the recipe!) and paired perfectly with the chicken salad on fresh baked croissants, turkey and vegetable pinwheels, fruit salad, various dips, and petit fours we were serving. 

It was super easy to make because I was able to do a lot of the prep work the night before the shower (boil the pasta, toast and chop the pecans, dice the red onion, etc.), and simply mix everything together a few hours before walking out the door the next morning.  My sweet husband even helped me out in the kitchen by doing the “Genius Dad” grape cutting trick – it didn’t turn out quite as well as the YouTube video we watched, but, that’s a whole other blog post!  

While this Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish for a baby shower or ladies luncheon, it’s also a universal crowd pleaser that’s ideal for when you’re feeding a large number of guests (simply double or triple the recipe for neighborhood BBQ’s, potlucks, etc.). Hearty enough that men will love it and a great way to get your kids to eat their broccoli, this unique and delicious twist on traditional broccoli salad/pasta salad is sure to be a huge hit at your next gathering! Enjoy! 

Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

Makes 6 to 8 servings

1 cup chopped pecans

½ (16-oz.) package farfalle (bow-tie) pasta

1 pound fresh broccoli

1 cup mayonnaise 

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup diced red onion

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups seedless red grapes, halved

8 cooked bacon slices, crumbled

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant; stirring halfway through.

Prepare pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, cut broccoli florets from stems, and separate florets into small pieces using tip of a paring knife. Peel away tough outer layer of stems and finely chop stems. 

Whisk together mayonnaise and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; add broccoli, hot cooked pasta, and grapes, stir to coat. Cover and chill 3 hours. Stir bacon and pecans into salad just before serving.  

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Seven Lamps Bo Ssam Series

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Chef Drew Van Leuvan and team are bringing a Korean culinary favorite to the Seven Lamps kitchen with a Bo Ssam Supper Series this summer at the Buckhead establishment. On the second Saturday of every month until September, chef Van Leuvan will offer up his take on the traditional bo ssam served with oysters, white rice, bibb lettuce, cucumber sauce and housemade kimch.

 This Saturday, they will have be serving Springer Mountain Whole Chicken & Georgia Shrimp Bo Ssam family style for $20 per person. Reservations can be made here.

 

Tuesday Great Call | Grand Champion BBQ

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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 Tuesday we’re making the call, and giving you the inside scoop. This week’s Great Call is Stats.

When You’re Going

In the Summer, every day is a good day for ‘cue! Head in there late on Sunday afternoon to avoid the crowds and be sure to stay until you’ve had your fill of pulled pork and pecan pie.

Where You’re Sitting

The best place to sit in any BBQ spot is where you can best smell the smokey perfume. And at Grand Champion that spot is anywhere.

What’s in Your Glass

Sweet tea, y’all. It’s just like mama made it.

What’s On Your Plate

We were introduced to Grand Champion at this year’s Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Whispers went through the crowd that a stand was serving up some ridiculously good pulled pork. Not surprisingly, we made a bee line for it. We loved the pork, but the mac ‘n cheese was inhaled. Fast. So, this is what you need to load up on. A dinner of nothing but mac ‘n cheese, is totally acceptable, right?

For more info, check out Grand Champion here.

 

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