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C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar

The food at Clark & Schwenks Seafood & Oyster Bar aims to fill a gap in the Atlanta restaurant scene. C&S, for short, is a collaboration between two Atlanta food scene veterans with experience in fine French & American restaurants in Atlanta and a dual passion for excellent food. The focus is on fresh seafood, a well-stocked raw bar, and classic prime steaks. Combine that with a menu that is formidable and spans the fare of the classic Manhattan steakhouse to that of a Parisian brasserie.

Murphy’s

Murphy’s has been a staple on Atlanta’s restaurant scene for more than 30-years…and after one taste of pretty much anything that comes out of their kitchen, you’ll understand why. A restaurant, bakery, and wine shop all rolled into one, Murphy’s serves American contemporary comfort food, sinful desserts and baked goods, and an extensive collection of adventuresome vinos, most of which are available for sale in their onsite wine shop.

Made from fresh, local ingredients, dinner plates like the Guinness Braised Beef Brisket and the Shrimp and Georgia Grits have made Murphy’s famous. But we can’t talk about “famous” without talking about brunch. Or their bakery.

In Atlanta, “brunch” is practically synonymous with “Murphy’s.” It’s one of the most revered, most talked about, most beloved brunches in Atlanta. And with dishes like Crab Cake Benedict and their signature Eggs T. Murphy, it’s no wonder why.

On the bakery side, please, please, please don’t miss the Tollhouse Pie, a concoction of white and dark chocolate cookie batter with a cookies-and-cream crust so sinful it might make you blush.

Kiosco

Bright, boisterous, and filled with laughter. That’s Kiosco, an authentic Columbian kitchen located in Marietta’s historic town center. This place is just like abuela’s kitchen; loud, intimate, and filled with the scents and flavors of bona fide Columbian cuisine.

From arepas to plantains, tamales to paella, Kiosco’s menu is stacked with Columbian dishes that you just don’t see every day. Owner Eddie Burmudez, a native Columbia and food aficionado, makes sure that each dish is prepared in a way that would make his grandmother proud. He also makes sure that each and every guest feels like family.

And, from what his customers are saying, he does a spectacular job at both.

Kiosco takes the fresh flavors of Columbia, throws in a bit of family, and serves it all in an energetic environment, rich with Latin culture and tradition. Including the afternoon siesta

Sweet Potato Cafe

The Sweet Potato Cafe is truly a special place. From husband and wife team, Darrell and Chef Karen Patton, comes one of the most unique and delicious eateries in the ATL. The Pattons make you feel like family and insist that you are a guest and not a customer. That little extra love goes a long way in both the dining room and the kitchen. Boasting both vegetarian and vegan options, there is something for everyone… and then some! Paying homage to the sweet potato, SPC thinks outside the box and offers several variations of the complex carb without sacrificing variety and an impressive menu. Located in the Historic Village of Stone Mountain, this soulful and sweet hidden gem is our go-to spot for post-hike hunger!

Atlanta Eats Hidden Gem: Havana Sandwich Shop

Many years ago—sometime the late 70’s—my father packed the family into the car and drove us down from suburban Marietta to exotic Buford Highway to go to a popular restaurant he had read about in the paper. The restaurant ended up being a tiny shack near North Druid Hills, the Havana Sandwich Shop. I remember eating my first Cuban sandwich, empanadas and black bean soup—a feast that was quite an exotic meal for an East Cobber some 30+ years ago. I was instantly hooked and over the years’ I have continued to relish some of the best Cuban food north of Havana at that exact spot. It’s a simple formula: amazing flavors served in a simple atmosphere by a nice family.

The empanada plate served with beans and rice.

The empanada plate served with beans and rice.

Right now is an especially poignant moment for the little Buford Highway shack. 2016 not only marks the 40th storied year for the restaurant—a history which includes the passing of its founder, a catastrophic fire, a painful family dispute and ultimately the glorious resurrection of the original location—but also it’s a moment when US and Cuban relations are normalizing for the first time in decades. It’s a beautiful time to discover this Atlanta Eats Hidden Gem.

Cafe con leche (Cuban coffee with hot milk).

Cafe con leche (Cuban coffee with hot milk).

Rewind to February 9th, 1976. Eddie Benedit Sr. and his family had arrived from Cuba in 1962 with “just the clothes on their backs” and now they decided it was time to open a restaurant serving authentic food from homeland—succulent Cuban sandwiches, maduros (ripe plantains), yucca fries, tamales and more. It was an instant hit. Over the years the restaurant and its incredible Cuban sandwich served with yellow rice and Eddie’s signature red sauce racked up dozens of awards from entities like Zagat, City Search, Trip Advisor and more.

Maduros.

Maduros.

But then in 2001 tragedy struck—Eddie passed away from cancer just 2 days before Havana’s 25th Anniversary leaving Debbie and Eddie Jr. in charge of keeping this cherished tradition. Driven by both a desire to honor Eddie’s memory (there are photos of him all over the store) and continue to serve the faithful customers (many of whom she considers family), Debbie and her “girls” (aka hard working employees) continued to lovingly operate the shop, even earning recognition in a feature in a Forbes Magazine article in 2011 for women small business owners.

Havana Sandwich Shop founder, Eddie Benedit Sr.

Havana Sandwich Shop founder, Eddie Benedit Sr.

Then more tragedy struck: on October 5th 2008 the Havana Shop was ravaged by a fire. The landlord who had owned the building had never brought anything up to code and the place was a tinderbox. Debbie explains “the morning of the fire I had just watched my entire life go up in flames. The memories, the cherished items and the livelihood of my girls and myself, gone!” The original shop closed.

Eddie Jr. opened up opened a 2nd location in Canton which kept the “girls” working until Debbie could find a new location—13 months later at Buford Highway and Clairmont in Crossroads Village Shopping Center. At the same time, a family member opened an unsanctioned location further south on Buford Highway portray themselves as the “original.” The effort only lasted about a year, but did during that time it created heavy family strife and did considerable damage to “The Original Havana’s” reputation.

But there is a happy ending: Debbie saw a chance to take over the original building in 2015. “When I first walked into the building, I turned around and walked out,” she said. “But after talking to Eddie Jr and seeing the excitement and smile come across his face, I knew we had to make it happen. He made a comment to me that day, ‘Mom, you know why nothing else has opened there in 7 years? Because only Havana belongs there!’”

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So they took over the building, brought it up to code and has reopened the one and only original on her 59th birthday, a gift she describes as “one of the best birthday presents besides this year having all my kids home.”

Now, as of just this July, you can experience the original back in its original location. “We haven’t changed a thing in 40 years,” says Debbie. “Although we have added items to menu over the years, the basics haven’t changed at all,” she says. “It is so good to be “home” and seeing friends walk through that door, smiling and saying “welcome back” makes it all worth it!”

The classic Cuban sandwich.

For more behind-the-scenes knowledge of Atlanta’s best restaurants, look here. And be sure to watch Atlanta Eats every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on Peachtree TV for more of your favorite Atlanta restaurants!

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…

Desserts from Chama Gaucha (Buckhead)

Everything served at Chama Gaucha is top quality- their meats, salad bar and yes, their desserts. There are 10 signature items on their dessert menu and their cheesecake with chocolate spilled over definitely stands out. It’s indulgence at its finest.

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Pimento Mac N Cheese from 101 Steak (Vinings)

The key to that creamy, cheesy, rich and flavorful mac n cheese is adding a heaping dose of Pimento cheese. Aka one of the South’s greatest culinary achievements. 101 Steak is the now in the rankings for most craved portion of this cheesy pasta concoction so go order your serving before the word gets out!

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Pulled Pork Sandwich from Twin Smokers (Downtown)

The BBQ bite that satisfies all cravings is one from a pulled pork sandwich at Twin Smokers BBQ. They have many methods to their madness- including 2 (twin) smokers dedicated to certain types of meat. Pile on their housemade pickles and sauce and you’ve got yourself a little piece of heaven. Watch their segment on CBS Atlanta Plugged In with us here!

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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.!

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, July 28th

Lunch at Pinocchios (Sandy Springs)

Try the best new spot for lunch & dinner- Pinocchios! We are filming in from morning until mid-afternoon Thursday (until around 3 p.m.). Come out and join us for a chance to get on camera! Order from their authentic Italian menu- spaghetti, gnocchi, cannolis and more!

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Dinner at Cibo e Beve (Sandy Springs)

We’re driving just a mile up the road for dinner to another Italian destination- Cibo e Beve. We’ll be on set from around 4 p.m. through dinner service (around 8 p.m.). Tell us how much you love their signature meatballs, Chicken Parm and pastas for a chance to be featured on their segment!

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Photo by Cibo e Beve

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

Big Pie in the Sky

They had us at ‘Carnivore Challenge.’ This Kennesaw pizzeria offers a $250 cash prize to any two people who can polish off an 11 lb. Carnivore pizza in under an hour. Featured on the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food, the Carnivore Challenge has since become a regional attraction. And, yet, only six teams have succeeded in punishing the pie. Ever.

In fact, people have a hard enough time punishing a lonely slice of their pie! Cut from a massive 30” pizza, Big Pie in the Sky’s slices are the size of Steak’s head. And that’s no exaggeration.

Fortunately, it’s not all size and no substance at this place. Made-daily-from-scratch New York style dough is hand-tossed, topped with only the best ingredients, and cooked to pizza perfection on a stone deck oven. Order a slice of one of their specialty pies, or create your own custom slice using any number of their fresh toppings. Or go “big” and order a whole 16”, 20” or 30” pie!

Besides pizza, Big Pie in the Sky serves up a mean Stromboli, plus calzones, subs, and salads. And even a few sides…

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!

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.

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.

Nikolai’s Roof

Anybody who watches Atlanta Eats knows that the city is filled with countless outstanding neighborhood restaurants, but sometimes you want to take it up a level…to one of those beautiful classy spots that you feel transported the minute you walk in. Nikolai’s Roof serves up classy caviar and sure-fire martinis, but how about an outstanding rack of lamb, a delicious duck breast and the perfect steak. Located in Downtown Atlanta on the top of the Hilton hotel, Nikolai’s Roof provides a view like nothing else in the city.

Twin Smokers

There’s so much happening in downtown Atlanta! Just a block away from the Georgia Aquarium and Philips Arena, you’ve got bourbon and bbq that has the whole city buzzing. The beautiful thing is, they’ve got 9 menu items that are as close to perfection as you can get. True, they run out of meat most nights, but hey, tomorrow you gotta get her earlier. Let’s hang, at Twin Smoker’s BBQ!

Haven

In Brookhaven, one of Atlanta’s newest cities, there’s a restaurant serving food that wouldn’t look out of place on menus at twice the price two miles south on Peachtree in Buckhead. Haven Restaurant on Dresden Drive is the benchmark of great dining in the neighborhood, with a spectacular dinner menu, and a to-die-for brunch on weekends.

In a decade of building relationships with local farmers and foragers, chef Stephen Herman has created a restaurant where you’ll always find locally-sourced seasonal produce, and the result of that is a menu that changes based on whatever’s fresh from the farm.

But what’s a fine dining place without a couple of stellar signature dishes? At Haven they’ll serve up dry-aged steak the way you like it, and Georges Bank Scallops that…well, if you like scallops you’re gonna want to try these…

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.

 

Cafe Alsace

Once you step foot in this petit café magnifique, you will feel as if you have been whisked away to a bistro in the beautiful French countryside.

This quaint French café in the middle of Decatur’s downtown strip has been winning the hearts of the locals, and everyone who samples its exquisite French cuisine, since its opening 15 years ago.

From the French flair all over the walls, to the delicious items for sale such has the handmade jellies and soaps, the food isn’t the only thing convincing people they have made a brief trip to the French countryside.

Preview – Episode 818

This week on Atlanta Eats, we visit C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar in Vinings for some of the tastiest seafood and and outstanding service the city has to offer. Next, we head to the Virginia- Highland area for Murphy’s, a neighborhood gem that has been satisfying customers for over 30 years. Finally, Kiosco in Marietta Square is serving up authentic Columbian cuisine, including delicious homemade empanadas.

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Where To Get Great Italian Food In The ATL

In the deep south, we are all about traditions, and food traditions top all. Italian food has been satisfying our taste buds for centuries. They have shared their cultural delicacies with all corners of the world and we’re lucky that Atlanta happens to be one of those places. From classic Italian styled twirls of pasta with tomato and basil to alternatively composed recipes with ingredients like shrimp, hot calabrese sausage or noodles blackened with squid ink, they all accomplish the same task…making us hungry for Italian food! Here’s an ode to our top 5 restaurants serving it up the right way:

Pinocchios (Sandy Springs)

Stop in for a comfortable neighborhood spot that only serves up the best homemade dishes. Our #1 of the moment? Their chicken pesto gnocchi. Don’t miss it! (Stay tuned for Pinnochios’ premiere on Atlanta Eats soon!)

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BoccaLupo (Inman Park)

This is what you call a trading up for a new model. BoccaLupo exchanges the typical spaghetti noodle for one black from squid ink with hot calabrese sausage, red shrimp and scallions.

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La Tavola (Virginia Highland)

This quaint restaurant transports you to a city more ancient than Atlanta, perhaps Rome or Naples. Try their grilled whole fish with lemon, radish and arugula.

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Pricci (Buckhead)

Pricci has been the longtime favorite for the perfect Italian meal. Their Ravioli Di Brasato combines doughy pasta and braised short rib for their quintessential dish.

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Davio’s (Buckhead)

For a familiar and well-done plate of pasta, Davio’s puts a little twist on the Italian comfort food. They serve a thinner pasta than tradition calls for aka spaghettini, with fresh basil and San Marzano tomatoes and if you’d like, their signature Kobe meatballs on top.

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Want more food inspiration? Check out more spots around Atlanta here. Be sure to catch Atlanta Eats on Peachtree TV every Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 10:30am!

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…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts from Saltwood (Midtown)

Walking inside a French influenced restaurant, a bowl of Brussels sprouts does not seem like they should be a stand out menu item. But, truth be told, every hand crafted dish from Executive Chef and Maitre Cuisinier de France, Olivier Gaupin, is a showstopper. From Pates on charcuterie boards to passion fruit filled desserts, there is no stone left unturned in Chef Gaupin’s kitchen. The Brussels sprouts are no exception with special care and plating- he adds a crunchy portion of bacon to cover the bottom of the dish, which complements the healthy shaving of Parmesan on top. Bacon + Brussels + Parmesan = textural heaven. Pay Chef Gaupin a compliment and see Saltwood stat.

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Chicken Biscuit from Joy Cafe (Buckhead)

The newest addition to the Joy Café menu is almost as impressive as their announcement of opening a second location! This is the type of great news we need to hear at the beginning of the week! The chicken biscuit is available for weekend brunch and it will also be served as part of their VIP spread at the BB&T Atlanta Open on Sunday, August 7th. Joy Café’s second location is set to open in Midtown in late August. Find out more about both topics on our segment on CBS Atlanta Plugged In!

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Lassoni Cauliflower from Tabla (Midtown)

Tabla’s Indian cuisine is delightful from appetizer onward. Their Tikka Masala tastes like the rich tomato flavor I frequently crave and the crunch surrounding each pillow-y potato samosa throws all diets out the window. But, there was no doubt that the showstopper of this flavorful lunch was the Lassoni Cauliflower appetizer. The cauliflower is lightly fried in a chili garlic sauce, which provides some spice in this delicate bite. Make sure to call for a reservation at Tabla- the restaurant fills fast and now we know why!

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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.!

Tin Lizzy’s Cantina

Have you ever heard of FlexMex? Tin Lizzy’s has taken traditional TexMex and upgraded the terminology to one that evokes more flair. Tin Lizzy’s is taking over the town with its upbeat atmosphere and high standards of food quality.  Multiple locations help spread the FlexMex gospel!