Food


Explore where to eat in Atlanta with AJC’s Spring Dining Guide

The onset of spring sure does put us in a happy mood. Warm weather means we can finally shed sweaters and jackets. The days are getting longer. Summertime, swimming pools and vacation are on the horizon. Food lovers start to do happy dances as the change in season brings a new round of fresh produce to the plate. Patios reopen and al fresco dining commences. There’s a lot to look forward to...


Which pizzas in metro Atlanta are worth a slice of your time, money?

Which pizzas in metro Atlanta are worth a slice of your time, money?

Pizza is a fast food. That doesn’t mean it should be treated the way we tend to treat fast food, the cheap, industrial, artless junk that barely resembles sustenance. A good pizza deserves to shine with fine ingredients and the careful touch of an artisan, but this isn’t slow food. Fast is the perfect word for it. In fact, few foods happen as quickly as pizza does. The best pies spend...
Winner: Best food truck in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best food truck in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Sometimes the best food comes on wheels. This week's Best of Atlanta poll rounded up the most delicious food trucks hittin' the streets in our city.  Affectionately dubbed the ‘Antonio Banderas’ of food trucks, Tex’s Tacos is nothing short of suavé, serving-up a delicious array of ‘Nueva Texicana’ eats with style and grace as our first place winner. If...
Review: Bollywood Zing in Smyrna serves vegetarian Indian on a budget

Review: Bollywood Zing in Smyrna serves vegetarian Indian on a budget

The shopping center on Cumberland Boulevard where Bollywood Zing is located in Smyrna is not a particularly inspiring place. There are a vacant department store building, an Army recruiting office, and, like every other shopping center in metro Atlanta, a joint to get some hot wings. Depending on your perspective, this may be the last place you expect to find a kitchen run by two young guys putting...
VOTE: What is the best food truck in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best food truck in Atlanta?

Sometimes the best food comes on wheels. This week's Best of Atlanta poll rounds up the most delicious food trucks hittin' the streets in our city.  Want your flavor to go? Here’s where you can find Atlanta’s best food trucks.  Now that your dream meal is in-hand, you’ll need a place to enjoy it. How about one of these parks in Atlanta?  If you don&rsquo...
Review: Food Terminal excels with diversity of Malaysian cuisine

Review: Food Terminal excels with diversity of Malaysian cuisine

The first night I ate at Food Terminal, the new Malaysian restaurant on Buford Highway, I brought a friend whom I consider to be about as food-obsessed as I am. He’s spent much of his adult life working in kitchens and making food pilgrimages, whether eating his way through Southeast Asia or wandering the boroughs of New York in search of the perfect slice of pizza. In other words, he&rsquo...
VOTE: Who has the best brunch cocktail in Atlanta?

VOTE: Who has the best brunch cocktail in Atlanta?

The best brunches include an adult beverage or two to accompany the dining experience. This week's Best of Atlanta poll wants to know where you get your favorite brunch cocktails. Atlanta offers up some of the most refreshing and virtually endless bottomless brunch drinks one can handle.  There’s also no shortage of If a frozen cocktails to fit that bill, namely these chilly concoctions...
Winner: Best restaurant chain in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best restaurant chain in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Atlanta is the founding location of some of America's most beloved chains. Which chain deserves the Best of Atlanta crown? You let us know loud and clear. Back in 1979 when a couple of guys from Buffalo, New York, made a pit stop in Atlanta on their way to Florida, they decided to stay and bring their favorite food, buffalo wings, to the sunny South. Thus, Taco Mac was born, and...
Review: Sweetheart of a place, Petit Chou feels at home in Cabbagetown

Review: Sweetheart of a place, Petit Chou feels at home in Cabbagetown

My handcrafted cherry-and-rosemary soda comes garnished with a dainty purple carnation that’s just a few shades darker than the outside of this restaurant. The Chicken Liver Mousse arrives in a little red tea cup, surrounded by sliced green apples, yellow carrots and watermelon radishes so thin you can almost see through them. Ooh la la. This is what Saturday brunch looks like at Petit Chou...
Review: Bacchanalia still the place for fine wining and dining

Review: Bacchanalia still the place for fine wining and dining

Thanks to “Baby Driver,” moviegoers everywhere are now privy to what Atlantans have known for years: Bacchanalia is “the finest wining and dining of all the wines and dines in town.” It is the default special occasions destination in this city. A reservation at Bacchanalia begs for dressing up, for thinking twice about attire, all in anticipation of being transported to the...
VOTE: What is the best Atlanta-based restaurant chain?

VOTE: What is the best Atlanta-based restaurant chain?

Atlanta is the founding location of some of America's most beloved chains. Let us know which chain deserves the Best of Atlanta crown.  While we wait for the poll results, find out why some consider Waffle House Atlanta's best restaurant. We bet you didn't know these twelve things about WaHo, either.  Take look at these five major restaurant chains you probably didn&rsquo...
Winner: Best pizza in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best pizza in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

A well-made pizza pie is like a diamond in the rough − rare and rewarding. This week’s Best of Atlanta poll found out where you chow down on the most delicious pizza in town.  Coming in first place, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria has offered authentic, New York style pizza, classic salads, pastas, Italian sandwiches, signature coal oven wings and freshly made desserts since...
VOTING CLOSED: Who has the best pizza in Atlanta?

VOTING CLOSED: Who has the best pizza in Atlanta?

There is something romantic about a well-made pizza pie. This week’s Best of Atlanta poll wants to know where you chow down on the most delicious pizza in town.  Thinking of a night out on the town with your loved one soon? A pizza date night might be in order. Great pizza can be found far and wide, as this OTP list proves. These are worth the drive. the Atlanta pizzeria that...
Review: Doug’s Place serves down-home, country-style cooking in Emerson

Review: Doug’s Place serves down-home, country-style cooking in Emerson

When you live in Atlanta and get assigned to review a country-cooking spot up Lake Allatoona way, and invite a friend and her 15-year-old son to come along, you don’t expect them to text back: “We love that place!” As it turns out, Doug’s Place Restaurant, a Southern meat-and-three diner just off I-75 in Emerson, is a favorite spot of my friends, Jodi and Sam, who reside in...
VOTE: What is the best late-night spot in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best late-night spot in Atlanta?

Night owls rejoice, as you too can find exceptional dining, cocktails and entertainment during your prime waking hours. This week’s Best of Atlanta poll wants to know where you choose to frequent after midnight. Spend an evening at these five quintessential dive bars in Atlanta. Here are some alternatives to Waffle House when you're bored in Atlanta at 2 a.m. In case you needed any...
Brine Seafood Shack is open at Avalon in Alpharetta

Brine Seafood Shack is open at Avalon in Alpharetta

“Cape Cod-meets-Santa Monica” is one of the ways chef-owner Marc Taft of Marietta’s Chicken and the Egg explains Brine Seafood Shack, his new chic but laid-back restaurant at the Avalon retail complex in Alpharetta. The multilevel, choose-your-own-experience dining destination clearly has a lot going on, including indoor, outdoor and rooftop seating under a retractable roof, with...
Restaurants think outside the box … about the box

Restaurants think outside the box … about the box

It used to be that a shipping container was used for just that — shipping stuff. Shipping containers employed at a restaurant — or as a restaurant? Not so much. Yet restaurant owners around Atlanta are thinking outside the box as they get creative with big metal boxes. Shipping containers are being converted into kitchens, bars and even connected like life-sized jigsaw puzzle pieces...
Review: Thai pop-up mixes classic technique with modern panache

Review: Thai pop-up mixes classic technique with modern panache

It’s about 7:30 on a Saturday night, and a stocky, bespectacled guy wearing a green T-shirt is hunched over a cutting board slicing scallions. The chef sprinkles the green onions on a dish of red catfish curry tossed with eggplant, green beans, lime basil and Thai lime leaves. Cupping the bowl in his hands, he moves from behind the counter to our table. He places the “pla duk pat prik...
Review: Whiskey Bird puts twist on traditional Japanese skewers

Review: Whiskey Bird puts twist on traditional Japanese skewers

If I had to guess which way of cooking meat is the oldest, which technique was favored by our loincloth-wearing, cave-dwelling ancestors, I would probably say “shoving hunks of meat on a stick and holding it over a fire.” It is a culinary invention that was spontaneously invented in dozens of places across the entire world. Skewered, charred meat might be called one thing in Nigeria or...
Iced tea preferences vary, but they’re all sweet

Iced tea preferences vary, but they’re all sweet

How you feel about iced tea often depends on where you grew up and what you grew up with. Did you drink tea sweet enough to stand up on its own? Did your family brew Lipton? Luzianne? Is lemon essential or blasphemy in your glass of tea? And what about the ice? Lifelong tea drinker Linton Hopkins says there’s nothing sadder than a glass of iced tea that just has a few lonely ice cubes....
From the menu of Fred’s Meat & Bread: Cauliflower and Eggplant banh mi

From the menu of Fred’s Meat & Bread: Cauliflower and Eggplant banh mi

From the menu … Fred’s Meat and Bread, Krog Street Market, 99 Krog Street, Atlanta. 404-634-6268; fredsmeatandbread.com Executive chef Todd Ginsberg provided the many recipes it takes to recreate this delicious sandwich. First, if you want to use the same bread, you’ll need to call TGM Bread and special order it. They make the demi semolina baguettes all the time, but the majority...
Winner: Best ice cream in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best ice cream in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Now that summer is here in full blast, we bet you have a few secret go-to frozen treats to help beat the heat. Last week's Best of Atlanta poll was inspired by all things cool and tasty. Do you prefer a creamy ice cream, decadent sundae, tangy sorbet or creative Popsicle? Lucky for you, all of these can be found around Atlanta.  With 53 percent of the votes, it's fair to say that Butter...
Eating off the beaten path in North Georgia

Eating off the beaten path in North Georgia

The mountains of North Georgia are a fairly easy destination for those seeking respite from the heat, traffic and general hullabaloo of Atlanta. What’s more, a weekend in these parts is pretty darn affordable. (This gal fished out all of $81 and change for a night at a decent hotel in Clayton, Ga.) For the food-focused, that means more moola to spend on meals. Initially, this...
Review: Cafe Songhai offers West African eats in Peachtree Corners

Review: Cafe Songhai offers West African eats in Peachtree Corners

At a weekend lunch in June, I walked into Cafe Songhai from the summer heat, slipped down into one of the cool, long booths, and decided to try something new. Like many places that serve African food, or food of the African diaspora, the kitchen here will be happy to whip you up a plate of ripe plantains, sliced and fried to a light caramelized touch. But the menu also offers krakro, a fried lumpy...
Revival’s Lemon Icebox Pie tastes like ones mom made

Revival’s Lemon Icebox Pie tastes like ones mom made

From the menu … Revival, 129 Church St., Decatur; 470-225-6770; revivaldecatur.com Revival has indeed revived interest in a lot of wonderful old-fashioned recipes. This Lemon Icebox Pie is one of those classic desserts that’s simple to make and delicious. You’ll find the recipe reminiscent of another favorite, a traditional key lime pie. At the restaurant they prepare individual...
Mushrooms a prize for foragers

Mushrooms a prize for foragers

Chanterelles have been characterized as “golden looking, golden tasting and golden priced.” These trumpet-shaped mushrooms aren’t something a grower cultivates, but a prized crop for foragers who search forests for edible treats. This spring and early summer’s plentiful rains mean chanterelles are equally plentiful at local farmers markets. When I talked with Jonathan Szecsey...
Review: Old Lady Gang brings ‘RHOA’ star, family to Castleberry Hill

Review: Old Lady Gang brings ‘RHOA’ star, family to Castleberry Hill

On a recent weekday night, a Kandi Burruss superfan walked into Old Lady Gang and took a look around. She surveyed a happy-looking throng at the bar full of people drinking bright, colorful cocktails and leaned her head into an adjoining dining room filled with the smell of fried chicken. After a moment’s consideration, she said, “This is it? I thought it would be bigger.” Her sister...
Review: Kabab Express brings authentic Indian to Decatur

Review: Kabab Express brings authentic Indian to Decatur

Last year, I had the good fortune of eating my way around Delhi, India, for a couple of days. Thankfully, my guide, Manjeet, was a fellow food lover — not at all shy about navigating the crowded, labyrinthine nooks and crannies of the old city in pursuit of vegetarian parathas, chicken tikka and samosas fried in hot oil while we watched. Back home, I never imagined I’d find anything to...
Ariane Daguin brings D’Artagnan’s ducks to Georgia

Ariane Daguin brings D’Artagnan’s ducks to Georgia

At the beginning of this summer, Ariane Daguin stood in front of a room of culinary students at the Art Institute of Atlanta and announced, “This is a foie gras.” The duck organ she held in front of her was a massive thing, almost 2 pounds of white-yellow fat, the delicacy that the French named for simply what it is: a fat liver. That may sound crude but it is, perhaps, one of the most...
Winner: Best seafood in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best seafood in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Atlanta may be landlocked, but we sure do know our stuff when it comes to seafood. This week's Best of Atlanta poll is serving up the best bites from the sea.  Drift Seafood and Oyster House comes in first place with over 1,700 votes. The East Cobb spot offers up a seasonal menu of simply prepared coastal American fresh seafood, employing both modern and age old live wood fire cooking techniques...
Follow these food safety tips for July 4th cookouts, other summer fun

Follow these food safety tips for July 4th cookouts, other summer fun

No summer is complete without backyard barbecues, cookouts and picnics. However, there are certain risks to keep in mind when preparing and eating food outside, especially in Georgia’s hot weather. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 48 million people contract foodborne illnesses each year, resulting in approximately 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000...
Flavors meld in gumbo from The Optimist

Flavors meld in gumbo from The Optimist

From the menu … The Optimist, 914 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta; 404-477-6260; theoptimistrestaurant.com This gumbo recipe is the creation of Ford Fry and the restaurant was happy to share. We’ve cut it down from the big batch made in the restaurant kitchen. When you’re dining at The Optimist, they’ll serve this to you in half cup portions. The gumbo is prepared ahead of...
Food Tour: Hapeville

Food Tour: Hapeville

Wedged between I-75 and I-85, and a stone’s throw from Hartsfield-Jackson airport sits the tiny town of Hapeville. You might not expect restaurants in this city of only 6,600 residents to do such brisk business, especially for weekday lunch, but it starts to make sense when you see Delta and Porsche lanyards draping around everyone’s neck. Hapeville feeds many an employee of these companies...
Review: Muss & Turner’s East Cobb sparks love affair with sandwich

Review: Muss & Turner’s East Cobb sparks love affair with sandwich

Never thought it would come to this. Never thought I’d utter these words: I’m embroiled in a long-distance relationship with a sandwich. Neither a conventional looker nor a singular slab of beef, the one I lust for does boast a rather coquettish name and a pedigree akin to royalty in the Atlanta delicatessen world. My princess calls herself Pastrami on Wry, and she’s just that: a...
Make cheese? Yes, please

Make cheese? Yes, please

We gathered at 8 a.m., four professional cheese-makers and me. By rights, I should have used the door labeled, “Cheese Connoisseur Entry.” Instead, I came in the door marked, “Cheese Makers Only.” I was in Sandy Springs at CalyRoad Creamery to watch CalyRoad founder Robin Schick, head cheese-maker David Rospond, Margout Abatto and Bill Hayes turn gallons and gallons of milk...
Be a braai master with the new Kudu grill

Be a braai master with the new Kudu grill

South African-inspired, and designed and built in Macon, Ga., the Kudu Safari Braai may well be the next big thing in backyard grilling. Touted as a multifunction grill, griddle, and fire pit, the portable, multi-level system brings a degree of precision to handling live fire, offering creative ways to cook over charcoal, wood or a combination of the two. Kudu founder Stebin Horne got the idea for...
Parsley helps balance out duck egg recipe that’s great for summer

Parsley helps balance out duck egg recipe that’s great for summer

The Lilburn Farmers Market opened for its eighth season on June 2 with vendors offering “a little bit of everything,” says market manager Mandy McManus. “We’ll have eight to 10 farmers every week, and that means a third of our vendors are bringing produce. We also have meat, honey, eggs, coffee, jelly, salsa, bread and more.” McManus is not only the manager, she&rsquo...
Healthy Cooking: Cutting the pork from collard greens

Healthy Cooking: Cutting the pork from collard greens

I am a kale woman married to a meat-and-potatoes man. Our relationship works because I cook him beef, and he holds our hound dog while I dress her in costumes. So when I want a restaurant meal that’s vegetable-forward, I buy myself lunch at a lovely little Ethiopian place. I’m obsessed with its gomen wat: tender collard greens, spicy ginger and some sort of magic that makes me crave it...
VOTE: What is the best seafood restaurant in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best seafood restaurant in Atlanta?

Atlanta may be landlocked, but we sure do know our stuff when it comes to seafood. This week's Best of Atlanta poll is all about who serves up the best bites from the sea.  Perhaps you need to do a little sampling before casting your vote. Awaken your seafood taste buds at these Atlanta restaurants.  There are few things better than Cajun seafood done right. Hit up these joints...
Squash casserole is a classic at S&S Cafeteria

Squash casserole is a classic at S&S Cafeteria

From the menu of … S & S Cafeteria, 2002 Campbellton Road SW, Atlanta; 404-755-2005; sscafeterias.com The folks at S & S Cafeteria were happy to share their recipe. They make it with 5 pounds, 25 pounds and even 35 pounds of squash at a time. We’ve scaled it back for home cook use to half the smallest size recipe. One secret to the recipe is that they steam the squash and then save...
Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

“At home, I see him as Dad. When people call him ‘Chef’ it’s so strange to see him as Chef Linton Hopkins.” Linton Hopkins Jr. is sitting in the corner booth at Restaurant Eugene, discussing what it’s like to be the son of one of Atlanta’s preeminent chefs and restaurateurs. The 18-year-old has grown up watching his father and mother, Gina, build a restaurant...
20 years ago, Brick Store Pub began climb as beer bar, Decatur fixture

20 years ago, Brick Store Pub began climb as beer bar, Decatur fixture

One late afternoon, three old friends are huddled together, reminiscing and joking while having a round at a table in the Belgian Bar, the cozy, dimly lit upstairs annex of the Brick Store Pub in Decatur. It’s a reunion of sorts for Dave Blanchard, Tom Moore and Mike Gallagher, who partnered to open the Brick Store on June 27, 1997, not knowing that it would become both a beloved neighborhood...
Review: New burger spot in Forest Park deserves spot on ‘best of’ list

Review: New burger spot in Forest Park deserves spot on ‘best of’ list

When it comes to food, listicles abound. Who’s got the best barbecue? The best brunch? The best fried chicken? Such rankings can turn into quite the food fight for those impassioned by all things culinary. Like me with baguettes. (You should see the ridiculous spreadsheet I kept that time I wrote a piece on top baguettes. Did some bat-shaped bread really require that many columns...
Review: Eat your vegetables at Mediterranea

Review: Eat your vegetables at Mediterranea

Like most people I know, I often aspire to eat a little better than I do. More vegetables, smaller portions, local ingredients, that sort of thing. But, of course, life tends to get in the way. It ends up being easier to grab a cheeseburger from a neighborhood joint than finding and preparing a meal from, say, locally grown eggplants. This apparent gap between my aspirations and actual life leaves...
Family’s tradition, great Italian dining, is also its business

Family’s tradition, great Italian dining, is also its business

You might say every Sunday is Father’s Day for Charlie Augello, the owner of E. 48th Street Market. Father’s Day will find the family of Charlie and Anita Augello spending the day as they usually do. Children and grandchildren will convene at the couple’s Sandy Springs home to enjoy Sunday dinner the couple cook. The day we visited there were 15 for dinner. That’s the...
Bistro Niko’s spinach is an old favorite

Bistro Niko’s spinach is an old favorite

From the menu … Bistro Niko, 3344 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-261-6456, buckheadrestaurants.com/bistro-niko/ It was indeed possible to get this recipe. Melted Spinach has been on the menu since the restaurant opened in 2009. At Bistro Niko they make a batch that’s double the size we’re printing here. 
When your vacation is no respite from your food routine

When your vacation is no respite from your food routine

A recent weekend getaway to Savannah reminded me just how much we humans are creatures of habit. Vacations offer the opportunity to break from routines. To sleep late, do nothing, be carefree, live in the moment. Instead, what do we do? The second we lock up the house and hit the road — no, even before then, when we pack our bags — routines guide our actions. Why else would you pack...
A food lover’s short list for fueling up in Savannah

A food lover’s short list for fueling up in Savannah

Savannah offers eye candy for architectural aficionados and history buffs alike, but it has the goods to capture the attention of the food crazed, too. Whether you’re planning a vacation in Savannah this summer or just passing through on your way to ocean paradise, here are a few stops that will please gastronomes who swat away the thought of eating at McDonald’s as if it were a pesky...
Grits dinner hosted by a James Beard Award-winning chef, Cobb Restaurant Week and more in metro Atlanta this week

Grits dinner hosted by a James Beard Award-winning chef, Cobb Restaurant Week and more in metro Atlanta this week

James Beard Award-winning chef Virginia Willis to host a four-course grits dinner at Food 101. Photo credit: 101 Concepts. Three-course prix fixe dinners during Cobb Restaurant Week. Grits dinner hosted by a James Beard Award-wining chef. There are several fun, food events happening in Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared...
The Giving Kitchen starts fund to assist Hurricane Irma victims in Georgia

The Giving Kitchen starts fund to assist Hurricane Irma victims in Georgia

Sam Wohlfeil removes sandbags from the front of the Fannies Your Aunt store on River Street in Savannah on Sept. 12. / Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com Hurricane Irma has come and gone, causing serious damage to much of Florida and many parts of Georgia. Atlanta-based non-profit The Giving Kitchen — the charitable arm of much-lauded Edgewood...
Kids eat free at this chain restaurant all week

Kids eat free at this chain restaurant all week

Kids eat free at Zoës Kitchen this week. Photo credit: Zoës Kitchen. Weeknight dinners are easier with when you have a little help. Zoës Kitchen is offering a free kids meal with the purchase of a regular entrée after 3 p.m. now through Sept. 22. Kids menu meals include shrimp kabab, grilled chicken fingers and pizza piadina. To cash in on this offer...
Best Bites: Clancy’s Hatch Green Chili Party Mix

Best Bites: Clancy’s Hatch Green Chili Party Mix

Is it any wonder that everyone who likes hot food particularly enjoys hatch green chilis? Their deep, rich flavor is unique, which is why it makes so much sense for the folks at Clancy’s to sprinkle it over a traditional party mix (think Chex cereal). It makes a delightful change of pace and would go, one assumes, exceptionally well with beer. Size: 13 ounces  Cost: $1.99  Available...
Rethinking Temecula

Rethinking Temecula

In the southwest corner of California's Riverside County, a scant one-hour drive from San Diego, the Temecula Valley wine country enjoys a surging popularity among day-trippers from densely populated Southern California. The rolling hills of Temecula Valley, east of Old Town Temecula, are home to more than 30 wineries. Many of them have excellent restaurants. In fact, in 2016, Leoness Cellars was...
Are you smarter than a fifth-grade pitmaster?

Are you smarter than a fifth-grade pitmaster?

What is a rub? Where does a hamburger come from? What’s the best internal temperature for a steak? How do you make those criss-cross grill marks on your KC strip steak? These are a few of the burning barbecue questions we posed to these precocious and pint-sized participants of the Kids Que, a cooking contest for kids ages 6 to 12 at The American Royal World Series of Barbecue.  Cool under...
Drew Nieporent may be the last old-school restaurateur standing

Drew Nieporent may be the last old-school restaurateur standing

Even as a kid, he didn’t eat like one. For sure, at 5 or 6 he’d kick his older brother, Tracy, under the table whenever his parents took the family to restaurants, but mostly he was paying attention, learning about the food of a time in Manhattan when the top restaurants served German, Swiss or other cuisines that are infrequently celebrated these days. Drew Nieporent was born in 1955...
Note from chef: Meal delivery business also delivers immigrant stories

Note from chef: Meal delivery business also delivers immigrant stories

Two rectangular cards are stuck on Rachel May's refrigerator door in her Washington apartment. Each card has a small picture of a Syrian refugee chef and a short bio. On the back is a personalized message: "I hope you enjoy the hummus. I made it fresh today," one says. The cards came with food May ordered from Foodhini, a year-old meal delivery service that hires immigrant and refugee chefs...
This may become your new favorite way to cook portobello mushrooms

This may become your new favorite way to cook portobello mushrooms

I love a chef who takes as much care with vegetables as with meat and seafood. And I don't mean he or she can make a mean salad or stir-fry - dishes that, as delicious as they can be, often combine lots of produce into a single mélange. I'm thinking instead of recipes that demonstrate a focus on the technique of cooking a particular vegetable in a way that makes it shine on the plate. That's...
Now starting for the Jets: The Marvin Ridge High School QB coach  

Now starting for the Jets: The Marvin Ridge High School QB coach  

During football season a few years back, Scott Chadwick, a high school coach in North Carolina, had a Sunday night ritual as practical as it was peculiar. Every week, he would scan the list of NFL players injured that day, hoping that no quarterbacks were seriously hurt.  He knew that the repercussions of a broken wrist in Minneapolis or a torn ligament in Seattle could reverberate all the way...
Review: In ‘Oh My Sweet Land,’ dinner is served. Don’t come hungry.

Review: In ‘Oh My Sweet Land,’ dinner is served. Don’t come hungry.

Halfway through “Oh My Sweet Land,” the writer-director Amir Nizar Zuabi’s wrenching and shrewd solo show, you will begin to worry about the onions. You have heard them sizzle in the pan, seen the steam rise up, smelled the sweet-savory aroma. And then you should have forgotten those onions, because the unnamed woman frying them (a ferocious and radiant Nadine Malouf) is telling...
Get a potluck started with chorizo pate, corn fritters, zucchini tart

Get a potluck started with chorizo pate, corn fritters, zucchini tart

Nothing gets a party started like a variety of tasty small plates that can be passed among guests during cocktail hour to whet the appetite. The perfect mix includes something savory for the omnivores, as well as meat-free bites for the vegetarians. The best potluck appetizers are easy to transport and don’t require much assembly once you arrive — you want them to arrive just as beautiful...
Rich, sweet end to a Thai meal

Rich, sweet end to a Thai meal

Sarintip “Jazz” Sing-sanong is standing over a pot of tea, watching the water take on a burnt ocher color as the mixture gently simmers. “Careful you don’t overcook,” she says, “or the tea will be bitter.” The owner of Jitlada, the beloved Hollywood southern Thai restaurant and a mainstay on Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants List, is in The Times&rsquo...
Test Kitchen recipe: The perfect marinade for the last summer grilling

Test Kitchen recipe: The perfect marinade for the last summer grilling

Q: A marinade recipe for marinating 12 chicken breasts calls for the juice of 6 lemons. Can I substitute lime juice or vinegar? How much? — Kathi Tippery A: In general, you can substitute either one as the acid part of the marinade. The rule -of-thumb ratio for marinades is 3-to-1, three parts oil and 1 part acid. For example, you would mix 1 cup oil (olive, canola, or vegetable) and ? cup acid...
Beginning cook? Start with brunch

Beginning cook? Start with brunch

So you’re at that place in your life where you want to start cooking and entertaining at home. Awesome. We can definitely help you get there. But what to cook? Make brunch. It’s a good place to start your venture in preparing food and hosting friends and family. Brunch is a casual, relaxed meal that’s served all at once, eliminating the potential of panic in making a big multicourse...
Welcome fall with this crisp salad

Welcome fall with this crisp salad

Crunchy apples, celery, walnuts and fresh figs mixed with cooked chicken make a crisp, salad for the start of fall. Fresh figs are in season through September. They add to the pleasing combination of texture and flavors that has made this salad a classic. I find that mixing mayonnaise with yogurt lightens the dressing and lowers the calories without cutting back on the flavor. Crostini are Italian...
The best-laid plans turn to mashed potato salad

The best-laid plans turn to mashed potato salad

Mashed potato salad seems like the kind of thing a person might make by mistake. Perhaps, say, a well-meaning spouse overcooked the potatoes while you were drinking rosé on the deck of someone else’s summer house. Then, maybe, you mixed together the salad ingredients a little too energetically, being overly animated from the conversation at hand. By the time you looked into the bowl,...
What you need to know about sangiovese, Italy’s biggest-selling grape

What you need to know about sangiovese, Italy’s biggest-selling grape

Sangiovese is Italy’s numero uno grape. Forget about across-the-board quality, or mystique, or any other subjective, debatable factor you can think of, and just focus on volume. No other grape variety, red or white — and there are hundreds of Italian grape varieties — is grown or made into more wine in Italy than sangiovese, the red grape whose name translates to the “blood...
Peach cake a perfect dessert

Peach cake a perfect dessert

Say “good” and the antonym shoots back “bad.” That’s the sort of word it is: oppositional, defiant, difficult. It must be tough on the thesaurus, parenting a pack of antonyms. The synonym, on the other hand, plays well with others. Say “good” and it chimes in with pleasing, lovely, delightful. Warming to the subject, it goes on: ripe peaches on a sunny afternoon...
How millennials are reviving the ‘underdog fruit’

How millennials are reviving the ‘underdog fruit’

A lot can happen in the prune business over 100 years. You can lose your biggest export market in the run-up to World War II, yet rally in the postwar era to see almost half of your product shipped abroad. Your prunes can seem lost amid California’s massive agriculture industry, but a 21st century surge boosts annual sales to around $325 million. You watch your product go from being perceived...
Recipe of the Week: Polish potato cakes with creamy chanterelles

Recipe of the Week: Polish potato cakes with creamy chanterelles

If pierogi are the only Polish food you’ve tried, here’s a chance to expand your terrain. The London-based food writer Zuza Zak grew up cooking with her grandmother in the Polish countryside, and in her new book, “Polska: New Polish Cooking” (Quadrille, $35), she shares many of those recipes and stories through the eyes of a millennial wanting to preserve her heritage. The...
White, rosé or red, many wines match grilled salmon

White, rosé or red, many wines match grilled salmon

Coax out the dish’s dill with the herbal and floral qualities of a soave, go more hearty with a complementing rosé, or opt for the bold fruit and brooding earthiness of the little known red grape variety persan. Red wine with fish? Yes. Pink wine and white wine, too. Make this: Grilled Salmon with Dill In a bowl, whisk together 2/3 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill, 1/2 teaspoon...
A clam chowder that tastes like summer

A clam chowder that tastes like summer

A traditional chowder of corn, potatoes and clams is like a clambake in a bowl, minus the lobster. Everything bobs about in a delicious broth, highlighting the sweetness of each ingredient. Now, some purists may say corn isn’t traditional, since you can add it only in the summertime. But I’m pretty sure most people don’t mind, as recipes for clam chowder with corn are widely found...

Instant Parma

I have an eggplant Parmesan recipe that’s mostly local, even in the middle of winter, and so quick and easy to prepare it could qualify as fast food. Like many of my recipes, this one arose from having seasonal abundance of certain ingredients on my hands. In this case, tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini. For years, I solved this puzzle by making massive quantities of ratatouille, so much that...
How bad was Irma? Bad enough to break the record for most Waffle Houses closed during a storm

How bad was Irma? Bad enough to break the record for most Waffle Houses closed during a storm

Waffle House is considered a stalwart eatery that virtually never closes − not for Christmas and, rarely, even in the face of natural disaster. However, the record-breaking wind speeds, flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Irma last week led to Waffle House hitting a new record. During the most ravaging parts of Irma, 157 Waffle House locations shut down in Georgia and Florida,...
Fall Folklife Festival at Atlanta History Center promises fun for food lovers

Fall Folklife Festival at Atlanta History Center promises fun for food lovers

Cooking demonstrations by culinary historian Michael Twitty are part of numerous activities scheduled for the Fall Folklife Festival at the Atlanta History Center this weekend. / Contributed by Atlanta History Center  This Saturday, the Atlanta History Center will dish out fun for the entire family at the Fall Folklife Festival. At this celebration of Southern culture...
Upscale Midtown restaurant starts complimentary lunch delivery 

Upscale Midtown restaurant starts complimentary lunch delivery 

Beginning this week, a popular Midtown restaurant will deliver lunch in the area —  without charging a delivery fee.  5Church Atlanta’s complimentary lunch delivery service began Monday in the Midtown Business District. The hours of service are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The lunch menu, from executive chef Scotley Innis, includes...
First Look: Bar Mercado debuts Spanish tapas at Krog Street Market

First Look: Bar Mercado debuts Spanish tapas at Krog Street Market

Bar Mercado crispy chicken legs with romesco and blanched almonds, and Churros with spiced sugar and hot chocolate. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Last week, Castellucci Hospitality Group — Cooks & Soldiers, Double Zero, Iberian Pig, Sugo — officially opened Bar Mercado. The Spanish tapas restaurant took over the Krog Street Market ...
Barbecue chain opens its first metro Atlanta location, has plans for a second

Barbecue chain opens its first metro Atlanta location, has plans for a second

The City Barbecue menu includes a variety of barbecue staples. / Photo from the City Barbecue Facebook page Decatur has a new spot for barbecue. Ohio-based City Barbecue opened its first metro Atlanta location today in the Decatur Crossing development at 2511 Blackmon Drive in Decatur. The fast-casual restaurant offers up barbecue staples including ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken...
New pizza restaurant slated for south Buckhead

New pizza restaurant slated for south Buckhead

Pizza from Atwood’s. / Photo Credit: Tomas Espinoza The team behind established pizza spots Atwoods Pizza in Midtown, Hearth Pizza Tavern in Sandy Springs and Camps Kitchen & Bar in Marietta has a new pizza spot in the works. Howell’s is slated to open in November...
Here’s how to get free stuff at Whole Foods grand opening in Cobb

Here’s how to get free stuff at Whole Foods grand opening in Cobb

If you’ve ever driven around Kennesaw looking for just the right ancient grain — and who hasn’t? — then you’ll be happy to hear that you will have plenty of new options. The Whole Foods Market at the Harry’s Crossing Shopping Center will close Oct. 5, but a new Whole Foods will open the next day at 1300 Ernest Barrett Pkwy. And the new store&rsquo...
Buy This: 3 grape products you need in your life

Buy This: 3 grape products you need in your life

Fall brings the grape harvest and for the Southeast, that means muscadines. We’re huge fans, loving the flavor. But the seeds and tough skins put a lot of people off. These folks have taken the work out of eating muscadines. Butterfields Muscadine Grape Buds Sometimes you just want a tiny taste of something sweet. And when that something sweet tastes like muscadines, all the better...
Free meal for metro Atlanta first responders now today and tomorrow

Free meal for metro Atlanta first responders now today and tomorrow

Free meal for metro Atlanta first responders now today and tomorrow at Macaroni Grill. Photo credit: Fitzgerald Petersen Communications. As a thank you to first responders during Hurricane Irma, metro Atlanta police officers, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics will receive a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti entrée now through Sept. 19 at all three metro Atlanta...

Is New York’s best pizza actually in New Jersey?

We were on our third pie of the night at Razza, across the street from City Hall here, when Ed Levine stopped chewing long enough to ask me a question: “Are you going to say that the best pizza in New York is in New Jersey?" Ed Levine knows what it means to make a strong claim for a pizzeria. The founder of the website Serious Eats and the author of the book “Pizza: A Slice of Heaven...
Easy dishes every college student can make for dinner

Easy dishes every college student can make for dinner

College is full of challenges, what with having only four years to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life. It also can be tough on parents, who often not only have to help pay for their kids’ higher education but also must feed and house them in the process.  It’s a bit of relief when college students finally move out of the dorms with their expensive meal plans...
Danica, Dale Jr. departures leave NASCAR scrambling for star power

Danica, Dale Jr. departures leave NASCAR scrambling for star power

Stars twinkle at night, and all hours of the day, in professional sports.  They foster love-hate relationships, an emotional train wreck that takes us along for the ride. Tom Brady, Floyd Mayweather Jr., LeBron James — and Muhammad Ali, back in the day — have made us cry for joy or sucker-punched us in the gut with anger.  Speaking of, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick are...
The knives are sharpened for show time

The knives are sharpened for show time

The rehearsal room smelled of onions slackening in a pan. They hissed on the stove, in the basement of a Lutheran church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, as Nadine Malouf hacked at a slab of beef, her eyes fixed on her director, Amir Nizar Zuabi, and not the knife, which was closing in on her fingertips. “I don’t want her to cut herself,” Zuabi said, seated in a folding chair nearby. &ldquo...
His dream in reach, an immigrant chef is suddenly unsettled

His dream in reach, an immigrant chef is suddenly unsettled

Suny Santana had not been working long as a prep cook at St. Francis, a stylish restaurant in the heart of this city, when his employer learned that he was in the country illegally, brought by his parents from Mexico to the United States as a 12-year-old. Timing and luck were on Santana’s side: The boss, Aaron Chamberlin, told him he could keep the job if he found a way to legalize his status...
The 7 essential cocktails every drinker should know how to make

The 7 essential cocktails every drinker should know how to make

Since the beginning of the craft cocktail renaissance, we've been gifted (and occasionally cursed) with a massive creative explosion of new drinks. Good drinks, bad drinks, a few great drinks. New classics that spread around the globe, and drinks doomed to be forgotten because they were mediocre, or too complicated to catch on, or required ingredients we could source only at the top of a particular...
How to make the best brownies ever, plus a recipe

How to make the best brownies ever, plus a recipe

There’s nothing like the sight of a freshly baked batch of brownies. And not just for those of us with a sweet tooth. Most people — well, the fun ones — are brownie fans, which is why we see them everywhere, from potlucks to office parties, birthdays to school lunches. Rich to the hilt and unapologetically messy, a great brownie is savored slowly, with your eyes closed. And while...
Grilling? Reach for the tuna steak

Grilling? Reach for the tuna steak

I’m a big fan of tuna and that’s as true on the grill in summer as under the broiler in midwinter. Usually I turn to tapenade (an olive/caper medley processed into a paste) as a topping, but I was ready for something different. I found that in “Gastro Grilling,” by Ted Reader. He prepares the tuna with some heat — four kinds of peppercorns, plus hot pepper flakes for...
New products make whole grains a whole lot easier

New products make whole grains a whole lot easier

Whole grains are trending. The National Restaurant Association declared them one of the top 20 food trends of 2017, multiple surveys report that consumers are seeking them out, and thousands of grocery items have been reformulated to include more in the past year. That's a good thing because there is a tall stack of research supporting the health benefits of eating whole grains, which include preventing...
A teenage refugee from Vietnam, from family cook to lauded chef 

A teenage refugee from Vietnam, from family cook to lauded chef 

When chef Charles Phan was 16, he made Thanksgiving dinner for 10: his parents, aunt, uncle and five younger siblings. The family had recently arrived in San Francisco, having escaped Vietnam in 1975 after the fall of Saigon and landing in Guam. With recipes from Gourmet magazine, he cooked turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, gravy, cranberry sauce and apple pie. The meal bombed. "...
Barbecue and beer venue to be part of new Marietta Whole Foods and other top Atlanta dining news from the week

Barbecue and beer venue to be part of new Marietta Whole Foods and other top Atlanta dining news from the week

Whole Foods will open in Kennesaw next month. / (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Whole Foods Market is set to open a new store on Friday, Oct. 6 in Kennesaw at 1300 Ernest Barrett Parkway. A relocation of Whole Foods Market’s Harry’s Farmers Market store in Marietta, which will close October 5, the new store will feature offer opening day product demonstrations and...
MAP: 5 restaurants that deserve your attention in College Park

MAP: 5 restaurants that deserve your attention in College Park

Ronaldo’s Resto Bar offers a weekday, lunch-only menu of tacos, tostadas and quesadilla / Photo by Ligaya Figueras Eating in College Park is an all-chill, no-frills experience. Nothing about this place is contrived. Rather, it’s a refreshing pocket of Atlanta, one filled with people who couldn’t care less about the tragically hip — and overpriced — Inman Quarter...
Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Scofflaw Sneaky Wheat

Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Scofflaw Sneaky Wheat

Scofflaw Sneaky Wheat. Credit: Heidi Geldhauser. Scofflaw Brewing celebrates its one year anniversary at noon on Saturday. And what a year it’s been. The brewery that literally started in a basement, and birthed one of Atlanta’s biggest buzz beers, Basement IPA, grew by leaps and bounds in just 12 months. Along the way, there were triumphs, trials and weird...
Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with these deals, specials and recipes

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with these deals, specials and recipes

Reformation Brewing and Freight Kitchen are pairing up for National Cheeseburger Day. / Contributed photo When it comes to culinary pairings, you can’t get much tastier than a cheeseburger. A juicy patty topped with a slice of cheese — is there anything better? So imagine our delight to find out that Sept. 18 is National Cheeseburger Day.  A whole day set aside...
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