Food & Dining


Atlanta Dining Guide Fall 2017: Answers to your burning questions

It’s Dining Guide time again. The guide rolls around twice a year. Each time, we rack our brains to determine a theme. In the past, there was the Atlanta 50 that featured the city’s top restaurants. More recently, we offered our picks for best new restaurants and went up a pant size while researching the best of brunch. We wanted this Fall Dining Guide to be something different...


Which new bars in Atlanta will most tempt you?

Which new bars in Atlanta will most tempt you?

The fall and winter forecast calls for a shower of cocktails. The team behind the Pinewood is gearing up to open late-night bar Deep End in the Old Fourth Ward as well as Italian concepts Bar Crema and Bar Americano (with an aperitivo-driven drink program) in the Andrews Square development in Buckhead. Meanwhile, drinkery, bowling alley and gaming parlor the Painted Duck is coming to Westside. While...
From tastings to taprooms, Atlanta breweries changing for the better

From tastings to taprooms, Atlanta breweries changing for the better

In September, Atlanta’s Monday Night Brewing opened its second location, dubbed the Garage, along a recently completed section of the Beltline in the West End. The ambitious 22,000-square-foot warehouse space at Lee and White streets includes a taproom and private event space, and a facility dedicated to a new sour and barrel-aged beer program, complete with a coolship for open fermentation...
Rolled ice cream finds sweet spot with Atlanta frozen-treat lovers

Rolled ice cream finds sweet spot with Atlanta frozen-treat lovers

Forget the scoop. Hold the cone. Atlanta’s frozen-treat lovers have fallen hard for the trendy new phenomenon known as rolled ice cream. Since the arrival of 8 Fahrenheit on Buford Highway in March 2016, the region has gone totally bananas over the style, which dispenses with churns and tubs of ready-made ice cream in favor of an experience that is as much about spectacle as flavor. In...
Steakhouse boom brings plenty of places to lick your chops

Steakhouse boom brings plenty of places to lick your chops

Steak is back. And it’s big, bad and bodaciously indulgent. New, modern chophouses are opening, and a bevy of bovine offerings are grilling and broiling their way onto other menus as well. There was a time when Atlanta was known primarily for its steak-and-potatoes posturing when it came to restaurant menus, especially pre-1996, before the Olympics brought an international palate to a city raised...
What’s the deal with all the food halls? From tried-and-true to coming soon

What’s the deal with all the food halls? From tried-and-true to coming soon

With the success of Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market, the food hall has become a fixture on the Atlanta dining scene, offering chefs new venues for varied concepts, from small stalls to full-scale restaurants. And more food halls are in the works around the metro area. Presented as a “micro food hall,” the Canteen in Midtown from chef Todd Ginsberg and the team behind ...
These dessert recipes will add sweet sparkle to your holiday table

These dessert recipes will add sweet sparkle to your holiday table

The holidays bring out the baking gene in most of us, no matter how latent it may be during the rest of the year. We get out cartons of eggs, sticks of butter, boxes of sugar from light brown to dark and roll up our sleeves to start baking. Now imagine spending all day, every day, surrounded by sugar, flour, butter, chocolate and dozens of jars of edible glitter. That’s the life of Joy Jessup...
Learn to make turnip cakes from Suzy Siu’s Baos

Learn to make turnip cakes from Suzy Siu’s Baos

From the menu … Suzy Siu’s Baos, Krog Street Market, 99 Krog St., Atlanta; 404-996-6504.  Interestingly, although these are called turnip cakes, they’re actually radish cakes. Courtney Graham of Suzy Siu’s sent the recipe and told us, “We actually use daikon which is a Chinese radish very similar to turnips. You can use hakurei and/or regular turnips...
Forget the milk and cookies – Santa wants chicken wings

Forget the milk and cookies – Santa wants chicken wings

A few years ago, when I stood on the rooftop of Anheuser-Busch’s flagship brewery in St. Louis for a magazine photo shoot with its then mayor Francis Slay — both of us holding a beer — I was struck by the singularity of the moment. But, dear reader, that pales in comparison to a recent dining adventure. I got to eat with Santa. Not just the big guy, but his wife, too. It was the...
Legendary bartender’s drink tips, cocktail recipes help holiday hosts

Legendary bartender’s drink tips, cocktail recipes help holiday hosts

Jim Meehan knows a thing or two about drinks. A beverage professional for nearly 20 years, he’s an acclaimed bartender, journalist and the author of “The PDT Cocktail Book” and 2017 guide “Meehan’s Bartender Manual” (Ten Speed Press, $40). Meehan visits Atlanta Dec. 18 for a dinner at Linton Hopkins’ new steakhouse C. Ellet’s that will see the drink...
Saving Southern Recipes: Add this old-fashioned pocketbook roll recipe to your holiday menu

Saving Southern Recipes: Add this old-fashioned pocketbook roll recipe to your holiday menu

  I grew up in a biscuit family. Most often, they were easy and quick drop biscuits, and sometimes they were sweet potato-filled. They showed up on weekend breakfast tables and "brinner" (breakfast for dinner), and occasionally at other meals. We never really ate homemade dinner rolls, or even that many dinner rolls to begin with — except around Christmas time. That week around...
Use in-season komatsuna to add spice to this chicken recipe

Use in-season komatsuna to add spice to this chicken recipe

One of the fun things about visiting your local farmers market is the chance to scout the tables for new and interesting vegetables. Farmers know some of their customers are just browsing, hoping something will catch their eye and inspire a delicious dinner. Alex Rilko of Front Field Farm in Winterville, just east of Athens, was looking for something different for his stand when he ran across a listing...
Learn how to make Well-Bred Bakery’s pecan praline cookies

Learn how to make Well-Bred Bakery’s pecan praline cookies

From the menu… Well-Bred Bakery & Cafe, 6 Boston Way, Asheville, N.C. 828-774-5307. wellbredbakery.com Laura Bogard, Well-Bred Bakery’s general manager, sent us the recipe for these delicious cookies and the photo that shows them temptingly arrayed in the bakery’s display case along with their shortbread and “monster” cookies. Drop in to the bakery and sample these...
Where to go in Atlanta to eat out on Christmas

Where to go in Atlanta to eat out on Christmas

This year, start a new tradition: no cooking on Christmas. Perhaps you shopped until you dropped, decked    your house with holiday ornaments, wrapped lots of presents and cooked for the annual office potluck party. If that’s you, you’ve got options. The following nine restaurants will be open for brunch and/or dinner Dec. 25, so you and your family and friends can eat,...
9 events for dining with Santa and other holiday food fun

9 events for dining with Santa and other holiday food fun

For a good time, dine with Santa, sign up for a culinary class or build an edible home in a gingerbread-making workshop. Sure, your kids may want to leave a plate of cookies and glass of milk on the kitchen counter for Santa, but the milk may spoil and you may be tempted to eat the cookies. Instead, try one of the many breakfast with Santa options. Burgeoning little chefs will enjoy an international...
Saving Southern Recipes: Resurrecting

Saving Southern Recipes: Resurrecting "Nama's Apple Cake"

My middle name is Hendry. When I was a kid, I hated it. My classmates would tease me, saying I had a "boy's name," and I thought it was weird and funny-sounding. I knew it was a family name from somewhere on my dad's side, my Southern side, but I didn't ever put names to faces until I was thirteen. That fall marked my first visit to the Hendry family reunion on Tybee Island. We drove down...
A guide to eating and drinking at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

A guide to eating and drinking at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is host to Atlanta’s favorite teams− Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United. Ever since the stadium opened in late August, fans have arrived with a winning appetite. To satiate that hunger, the 2 million-square-foot sports facility offers many ways to fill the belly and wet a whistle. AMB Sports & Entertainment Group, subsidiary of AMB Group comprised of the Atlanta...
Review: C. Ellet’s goes in two directions at The Battery

Review: C. Ellet’s goes in two directions at The Battery

Behold the steak list. You will rarely see one as detailed as that on offer at C. Ellet’s. Depending on the night, the menu may offer a choice between an 18-ounce, 35-day dry-aged bone-in Kansas City strip cut from Angus cattle raised in Texas and distributed by Allen Brothers, a 7-ounce Coulotte from Tajima cattle raised in Washington state and distributed by Mishima, an 8-ounce Angus hanger...
Add decadence to the holidays with Champagne and caviar

Add decadence to the holidays with Champagne and caviar

There is extraordinary magic that happens when combining two delicacies. Even though caviar is not as exclusive as it once was, it is celebratory. Add Champagne for the embodiment of luxury. For centuries, the two have been symbols of luxury and rarity. Sparkling wine can be called “Champagne” only if it is produced in the region of Champagne, about 45 minutes from Paris. Similarly, lightly...
Review: Simon’s Restaurant, in spot Luda made famous, has bumpy start

Review: Simon’s Restaurant, in spot Luda made famous, has bumpy start

Some years ago, this much-renovated structure on a stretch of Juniper known for its stately homes was a place called Spice. Just recently, it was Time Restaurant & Lounge. In between and perhaps most notably, it was Straits Atlanta, a Singaporean-influenced restaurant where Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris and his team served kung pao lollipops and a $50 margarita. (Ludacris flew the coop to open ...
Recipe: Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit cinnamon biscuits

Recipe: Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit cinnamon biscuits

From the menu… Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits, 1004 Virginia Avenue NE, Atlanta. 404-330-8285. calliesbiscuits.com Some persnickety friends and I met recently for an early breakfast at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits in the Virginia-Highland area. To our delight, we found the biscuits to be absolutely, melt in your mouth, delicious! I especially liked the filling for the cinnamon...
Is there room for Oak Brewpub in Oakhurst?

Is there room for Oak Brewpub in Oakhurst?

One night this summer, I sat on the patio of Oak Brewpub with a friend, talking and sipping on beer late into the night. We watched as a handful of highly competitive sportsmen tried to win round after round of cornhole. We nibbled on a few snacks and basked in that warm night summer air. We didn’t talk much about the beer or the food, though we had a decent IPA or two and some bites of smoked...
What’s on tap?

What’s on tap?

There’s something magical about watching as a bartender pulls back a tap handle and carefully guides a bubbly draft on its journey from the keg to your glass. For the longest time, that time-honored ritual was repeated with special attention at pubs and beer bars, where the “perfect pint” was the ultimate goal of the pour. But, nowadays, those gushing sounds and fresh flavors can...
Sandy Springs eatery gives Syrian refugees opportunity for new start

Sandy Springs eatery gives Syrian refugees opportunity for new start

Sept. 17, 1990. June 14, 2016. Oct. 4, 2016. These dates hold little meaning for most people, but for a group of local Syrians, each date marks a new chapter, a new beginning. Every fourth Thursday of November, Americans express gratitude for family, health, life, among other things. For Abe Malla, Hesham Alahmad andMohamad Gehad Aldarra, the date that they stepped onto U.S. soil after fleeing a war-torn...
Make the ‘power lunch’ salad from The National in Athens

Make the ‘power lunch’ salad from The National in Athens

From the menu… The National, 232 W. Hancock Ave., Athens. 706-549-3450. thenationalrestaurant.com A friend and I made the trip from Atlanta to Athens to shop at Plantapalooza at the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia and to have lunch at The National. The “Power Lunch” was delicious. Is it possible they’ll share the recipe for the sweet potato and chickpea salad...
Use fresh ginger in shrimp sambal

Use fresh ginger in shrimp sambal

You expect ginger to be growing in tropical climates like Hawaii and Southeast Asia. And for many years, any ginger you could buy here was from those locations. But in the past dozen or so years, farmers in metro Atlanta have been growing ginger, first as an experimental crop and now, with more years of experience, as a standard part of their farm rotation. Vicky Fry of Fry Farm in the north Walton...
Review: Kula Revolving Sushi brings bells, whistles to Japanese food

Review: Kula Revolving Sushi brings bells, whistles to Japanese food

A visit to Kula Revolving Sushi Bar in Doraville is a little bit like stepping inside a sushi-themed pinball machine. Domed dishes of edamame, nigiri and sushi rolls whir by on a conveyor belt, beckoning you to grab what you want. As you deposit empty plates in a tableside disposal chute, your “score” appears on a personalized video monitor. At five-plate intervals, the screen lights up...
Review: Sushi Hayakawa shines after renovation

Review: Sushi Hayakawa shines after renovation

When you eat at Sushi Hayakawa, you may notice how few people are there. It is not a lack of customers, but a lack of seats. Even on a fully booked Saturday night with every seat occupied or reserved, your eyes may scan the well-lit room and see only a handful of tables, the thick-hewn, wooden slab of sushi bar, and scarcely more than a couple of dozen diners. Behind the bar’s simple glass coolers...
Atlanta chefs share tasty recipes using leftover Thanksgiving turkey

Atlanta chefs share tasty recipes using leftover Thanksgiving turkey

Thanksgiving dinner is probably the most talked about meal of the year for most Americans. When it comes to dealing with the leftovers, there’s no question a turkey carcass, preferably one with a lot of meat left on those bones, is a prized possession. For Scott Serpas of Serpas True Food in Old Fourth Ward it’s not Thanksgiving without a deep-fried turkey. He and his crew will be frying...
Learn to make ‘addictive’ vegan, gluten-free granola bars

Learn to make ‘addictive’ vegan, gluten-free granola bars

From the menu … Java Cats Cafe, 415 Memorial Drive, Atlanta. 470-305-7575; javacatscafe.com The Power Bar at Java Cats Cafe is my new favorite. Slightly sticky, totally addictive. Will they share the recipe? — Bobbi West, Atlanta The food at Java Cats Cafe comes from Gathering Industries, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that works with people who need a second chance, training them...
Food tour: East Point

Food tour: East Point

It doesn’t come as a surprise that the First Baptist Church in East Point was a filming location for “Stranger Things.” This city located just southwest of Atlanta and bordering Hartsfield-Jackson airport is full of character. In its historic downtown district, on streets like White Way and East Point, Sunday churchgoers waiting to get into places like Thumbs-Up Diner may share the...
Review: Greens & Gravy excels at fried chicken and simple comforts

Review: Greens & Gravy excels at fried chicken and simple comforts

At Greens & Gravy, chef Darius Williams’ souped-up soul food joint in Westview, you can get fried catfish on a puddle of roasted sweet-potato grits, Garlicky Turnip Green Alfredo, and short ribs braised for six hours in a hearty pour of Malbec. Williams even riffs on the food-on-a-stick trend, skewering fried chicken and biscuits and sending them out with country gravy for dunkin’. How...
Southern living means loving the Big Green Egg

Southern living means loving the Big Green Egg

A few Saturdays ago, I observed the staff at Smith’s Olde Bar in Midtown turn the place into a sanctuary for Crimson Tide fans. Out came the Bama flag. On came the game, playing on every TV but one (for the University of Georgia). Up went the volume. It was yet another reminder that the South is SEC Country. The South is not only that, though. It is also Big Green Egg Country. If front porches...
Recipe: Citrus dressing goes perfectly with Fogo de Chao’s kale salad

Recipe: Citrus dressing goes perfectly with Fogo de Chao’s kale salad

From the menu … Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, 4671 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE., Dunwoody; 678-691-7268; fogodechao.com General manager and “Head Gaucho Chef” of the Dunwoody location, Alecu Pressi, was happy to send us this recipe. He tells us it was originally introduced as a seasonal item but it was so popular, it’s now on the Market Table of all Fogo de Chã...
Recipe: Make pumpkin hand pies for a savory treat

Recipe: Make pumpkin hand pies for a savory treat

If you’ve been by Rockin’ S Farms booth at the Woodstock Farmers Market, or stopped by the farm in the Free Home community of Cherokee County, you’ve seen more varieties of pumpkin than perhaps you knew existed. And the pumpkin show didn’t stop just because Halloween has come and gone. Tim Stewart of Rockin’ S Farms likes growing pumpkins: Jack o’ Lantern pumpkins...
Review: Stick with the tacos at Babalu in Midtown

Review: Stick with the tacos at Babalu in Midtown

The Cuban singer and composer Margarita Lecuona wrote the song “Babalú” in 1939. It is a dramatic Afro-Cuban number backed by a hip-shaking beat. The moody Spanish Creole lyrics are a plea to one of the deities of Santeria, a story full of ritualistic candlelight, cigar smoke and brandy. They speak to a culture melded from African, Caribbean and European traditions. The best-known...
Review: Double Dragon serves authentically inauthentic Chinese

Review: Double Dragon serves authentically inauthentic Chinese

What’s not to love about General Tso’s chicken? It is the sticky, saucy, crunchy, salty and sweet epitome of Chinese restaurants in America. You might call it a second-generation dish, the sort that doesn’t resemble the food served in Hunan Province, the historical home of the namesake Tso Tsung-t’ang, as much as it appeals to the American taste for sweet, fried things. It...
After 45 years, Japanese restaurant Nakato still ‘defining traditions’

After 45 years, Japanese restaurant Nakato still ‘defining traditions’

“She was very ambitious. She comes from a family that lost everything in World War II, so starting from zero did not phase her at all.” Sachi Nakato sat in the dining room of her family’s namesake Japanese restaurant, discussing how Nakato came to be. She was speaking of the restaurant’s early days, of her grandmother, Tetsuko Nakato, who founded the restaurant 45 years ago...
Making Revival’s rich chocolate tart is worth the effort

Making Revival’s rich chocolate tart is worth the effort

From the menu … Revival, 129 Church Street, Decatur; 470-225-6770; revivaldecatur.com This is indeed one totally addictive tart with its chocolate crust, chocolate filling, chocolate glaze and a garnish of house candied orange slices. It’s got lots of components, but if you make it, you will certainly dazzle your guests. And since much can be made ahead, it’s really not that...
New cookbook offers ideas on what to bring for any occasion

New cookbook offers ideas on what to bring for any occasion

A neighbor just had a baby. A church member is recovering from surgery. Your friend invited you to a potluck. Your boss extended you an invitation to her open house. If with each of these scenarios, your first thought is, “What can I bring?,” well, now there’s a book for that — a cookbook, that is. “What Can I Bring? Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up&rdquo...
What are the hottest cocktail trends in Atlanta?

What are the hottest cocktail trends in Atlanta?

There’s a difference between a fad and a trend. Fads come in hot and burn out quickly while trends build momentum and have staying power. Atlanta has seen its fair share of drink fads this year (hello, activated charcoal), but these three cocktail trends are in it for the long haul. Rum is on the rise, and Atlanta’s bartenders are showcasing the versatile spirit in everything from...
Why are Hawaiian poke bowls such a hit in Atlanta?

Why are Hawaiian poke bowls such a hit in Atlanta?

The Hawaiian dish known as poke is one born from proximity to Pacific waters, where abundant fish are fresh, clean and perfect for eating raw. As the chef Sam Choy told Honolulu Magazine several years ago, families like his were once fond of making poke almost entirely from foraged, seaside ingredients: seaweed from a river mouth, nuts from the Kukui tree, salt dried from seawater, and cubed, raw...
Make salad with local, fragrant celery

Make salad with local, fragrant celery

Celery is one of the mainstays of the vegetable crisper. Like onions, carrots and potatoes, celery can seem quite seasonless, and certainly somewhere in the world, a field of celery is being harvested most any day of the year. Sadly, for Megan Busby of Shoot Farm in Randolph County, Alabama, four miles from the Georgia state line, this is not the year she’ll be harvesting much celery. Her cherry...
Laugh along to our 5 funniest Snapchat taste tests of 2017

Laugh along to our 5 funniest Snapchat taste tests of 2017

We came, we sniffed — we taste-tested. We tried lots of interesting food and drink products this year, from edible cookie dough and cascara tea to pickle pops and quinoa bars. You can check out all of your taste tests here , and watch five of our funniest tests below. Corn butter knife   Oreo Peeps   Dr. Pepper Cake   The newest...
20 great holiday gift card deals in metro Atlanta

20 great holiday gift card deals in metro Atlanta

For each $100 gift card purchased, guests will receive an extra $20 at One Sushi + as well as other restaurants this holiday season. Photo credit: Tori Allen PR. Did you make your list and check it twice? For last minute gifts, consider gift cards from the following 20 metro Atlanta restaurants. With slew of bonus dollar deals, each will be a gift of something good to eat...
My holiday tradition: making a whole bunch of beef Wellington

My holiday tradition: making a whole bunch of beef Wellington

For the past 20 years, my family has looked forward to a boat parade party hosted by some of our dearest friends. The hostess provides cocktails, appetizers, dinner, desserts and a trombone choir to perform from a balcony overlooking her pool. My favorite part of the evening, though, is always the tray of mini, homemade beef Wellingtons served before the main meal.  They are bite-sized bits of...
How to saute mushrooms to crispy, browned perfection

How to saute mushrooms to crispy, browned perfection

Remember when Alice ate that mushroom in Wonderland? “What can all that green stuff be?’ said Alice. “And where have my shoulders got to? And oh, my poor hands, how is it I can’t see you?”  Oh, dearie, dear, dear. Poor Alice. If only she’d boned up on the works of Timothy Leary before she listened to that Caterpillar.  No bother, though, because our mushrooms...
Floral, sunny rosé fights back winter’s chill

Floral, sunny rosé fights back winter’s chill

Several years ago, the sky ablaze with early-evening sunlight, a formidable selection of rosé bottles in front of me, I thought, “Maybe this time it’s for real.” That summer event was designed to promote rosé drinking, to impress upon people that there was nothing wrong with enjoying a glass of pink wine. The aim of such events was to suggest that rosé was actually...
Herbs from the underground

Herbs from the underground

In the basement of a loft-style building in Tribeca that houses a vet, a dog swimming pool, an eye-and-ear infirmary and a two-Michelin-starred restaurant, there is a working farm. Farm.One is a hydroponic facility, which means the plants do not grow in soil. Many of these farms are located indoors, in controlled environments, with artificial lighting. The new two-room space, which opened in November...
Actually, you do want to know how this sausage gets made

Actually, you do want to know how this sausage gets made

When you slice into a salami, you are enjoying the fruits of some very small organisms’ labor. Like other dried sausages, salami is a fermented food. Its production involves a period where manufacturers allow microbes to work on the ground meat filling to create a bouquet of pungent, savory molecules. Traditionally, the bugs find their way to the sausage from the surrounding environment. But...
Drinking away political woes? New NC beer helps fight gerrymandering

Drinking away political woes? New NC beer helps fight gerrymandering

Fullsteam Brewery is letting people protest while they drink, with a new beer called Purple State.  For every pint sold the brewery will donate $1 to Common Cause NC, a nonpartisan political watchdog group whose main goal is fighting against gerrymandering.  “North Carolina is diverse in thought, political beliefs, socio-economic backgrounds, and agricultural resources,” Fullsteam...
Tour Roswell breweries, get a free glass

Tour Roswell breweries, get a free glass

If you’re someone who frequents craft breweries, you likely have a collection of pint glasses from different beer makers piled in your cabinet. But be honest, you could use another one, right? Especially if it’s free. From now through October 2018, if you visit all of Roswell’s four breweries and get a brochure stamped, you can get a free collector’s glass from the city&rsquo...
New-to-Atlanta service donates a meal for every Italian meal kit sold

New-to-Atlanta service donates a meal for every Italian meal kit sold

An online Italian meal kit delivery service, which donates an emergency meal to a child in need with every kit sold, launched this month in Atlanta.  Vero Pizza & Pasta provides ingredients, recipes and instructional videos so people can make meals — such as margherita pizza, eggplant parmigiana and artichoke salad — at home. Customers can make one-time...
St. Louis Pork Ribs at this new Brookhaven restaurant merit a mention

St. Louis Pork Ribs at this new Brookhaven restaurant merit a mention

St. Louis Pork Ribs at Dixie Q / Photo credit: Via Failla Dish of the week: St. Louis Pork Ribs at Dixie Q In the last year or so, smoke signals have been rising from points all over Atlanta as more contenders enter the barbecue scene. There are indie newcomers like B’s Cracklin BBQ in Riverside  , Hattie...
An Atlanta drinker’s guide to the holidays: Where and what to drink

An Atlanta drinker’s guide to the holidays: Where and what to drink

It’s cold out there, but there are plenty of ways to warm up with a drink this season. The hot milk punch Bad Santa at the Miracle pop-up mixes with overproof rum with Batavia Arrack. Photo: Rachel Harrison Meet legendary bartender Jim Meehan and try drinks from his new book Celebrate the season at two Christmas-themed Miracle bars Curl...
Beer Town: A winter and holiday beer sampler

Beer Town: A winter and holiday beer sampler

By Bob Townsend December and January mark a joyous time for beer lovers, with an abundance of winter seasonals and special holiday offerings available at package stores, growler shops and beer bars. Here’s a sampling of classic craft, international and local beers to brighten your celebrations. Classic craft Anchor Christmas Ale — Brewed every year since 1975, this is the...
You’ll be able to check out Sandy Springs’ newest brewery this week

You’ll be able to check out Sandy Springs’ newest brewery this week

Pontoon Brewing partners Chris Irby, Marcus Powers, Sean O’Keefe, Wesley Budd. Credit: Pontoon Brewing Co. Pontoon Brewing, which has been producing beer for awhile , now has a facility to call its own, and starting this week it’ll be open to the public. Located at 8601 Dunwoody Place in Sandy Springs, the 11,000-square-foot space provides a place for Pontoon...
Bingo, Santa and games at Krog Street Market, beer and pie party and more in metro Atlanta this week

Bingo, Santa and games at Krog Street Market, beer and pie party and more in metro Atlanta this week

Since food and fitness go well together, Life Time Fitness will host a special breakfast with Santa featuring healthy options. Photo credit: M Squared PR. Bingo, Santa, games and more at Krog Street Market. Four-course beer dinner. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared...
New brewpub restaurants coming to Sandy Springs, Dunwoody

New brewpub restaurants coming to Sandy Springs, Dunwoody

Metro Atlanta beer lovers will soon have a couple of new spots to quench their thirst (and curb their hunger). Allen Porter — a real estate entrepreneur whose father, Winston, is an owner of STATS Brewpub in downtown Atlanta — is set to open Porter Pizza & Brewery in Sandy Springs next month and PorterQ & Brewery in March, What Now Atlanta reports. Porter...
Moms get 25 percent off meals every Tuesday in Decatur

Moms get 25 percent off meals every Tuesday in Decatur

Moms receive 25 percent off food when they visit Big Tex in Decatur. Photo credit: Tori Allen PR. This dining deal is just for your momma. Moms receive 25 percent off food when they visit Big Tex , a Decatur-based restaurant that offers a mix of Texas-style and southern comfort food like smoked wings with Texas sauce, fried chicken steak, catfish...
Pasteles, a Puerto Rican tradition, have a special savor now

Pasteles, a Puerto Rican tradition, have a special savor now

After Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, it took two weeks for Harry Franqui-Rivera to reach his 76-year-old mother, Amelia Rivera de Franqui, by phone at her home on the island’s west coast. When he did, Franqui-Rivera, a history professor at Bloomfield College in New Jersey, found that her main concern was not the lack of electricity or running water. It was the loss of...
'Recipes are dead': What the future of cooking might look like

'Recipes are dead': What the future of cooking might look like

There will be no more cookbooks from chef Tyler Florence. Sure, you've welcomed him into your home through his books "Tyler Florence Fresh" and "Dinner at My Place," and such Food Network shows as "Tyler's Ultimate." But he will not print any more recipes. Why bother?  "I'll publish a cookbook and I'll have 125 recipes. People only use five," he said. And...

Toblerone vs. Poundland: a food fight with peaks and troughs

Call it the candy bar war that peaked. When the makers of the distinctive Swiss confection Toblerone reconfigured their triangular treat last year to slim down its hallmark summits and widen the valleys between them, a potential rival — Britain’s Poundland discount chain — saw a niche in the market. What Poundland perhaps did not anticipate was the battle of the brands that kept...
Love the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar? Re-create your own Bliss

Love the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar? Re-create your own Bliss

Peppermint white chocolate mochas and eggnog lattes are certainly top sellers this time of year at the 13,000-plus Starbucks outlets nationwide. But what lures many devotees into the nation’s largest coffee chain during November and December is the company’s seasonal baked-good behemoth, the Cranberry Bliss Bar.  And why not? It’s brilliant, and irresistible: a moist, dense...
Instant Pot 7-in-1 multi-cooker is hot for the holidays

Instant Pot 7-in-1 multi-cooker is hot for the holidays

Oh Instant Pot, Oh Instant Pot How faithful are thy functions  Perfect risotto every time  And pork roast finer than fine  Oh Instant Pot, Oh Instant Pot  How faithful are thy functions  Instant Pot, we think we love you.  No-stir creamy risotto in half the time. Dried beans that cook up plump and quick — no pre-soaking required. Pork roast with perfectly cooked...
Hanukkah cheese-basked pastries celebrate the story of Judith

Hanukkah cheese-basked pastries celebrate the story of Judith

At the culinary heart of Hanukkah (which begins at sundown Tuesday) are foods fried in oil to commemorate the triumph of the Maccabees, who won back their sacred temple, and the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days.  But there’s another Hanukkah story, not as well-known, that shifts the culinary narrative to a brave woman and her killer cheese. This story from the Book of Judith...
Keep your holidays happy by letting go of food guilt

Keep your holidays happy by letting go of food guilt

Every year around holiday time, there's an influx of articles about how to stick to your healthy eating goals and resist temptation. You may read about how to say no to second helpings, stop gobbling up fat-laden appetizers or alternate alcoholic drinks with sparkling water to combat calories. That advice is practical, but it focuses too much on what not to do. It could end up making you feel guilty...
Why you should add cauliflower rice to a frittata, even if you don't like it

Why you should add cauliflower rice to a frittata, even if you don't like it

Do I like cauliflower as much as the next guy? Well, no. It's one of the cruciferous vegetables whose cooked aroma sends me running for the exit. But the oh-so-trendy riced variety, stirred into this frittata mix, works for me.  Here's why: Used raw, it adds a bit of healthful yet stealthful heft to the eggs, and it takes a back seat to the better-smelling trio of quickly sauteed onion, garlic...

The latest wait-in-line, Instagram-your-purchase status food: cheese tea

We've nearly made it through 2017, a year that gave us the unicorn frappuccino, pea milk, the gummy bear juice cleanse, pumpkin spice deodorant, and its greatest (worst) gift, microwaveable mug cakes for one. But just when you thought we were out of the woods, along comes 2017's final salvo: cheese tea. You are thinking: Those are two words that do not go together. Cheese! In tea! But we're not talking...
Could durian be the worst-tasting thing in the world?

Could durian be the worst-tasting thing in the world?

How bad could it be? I have been intrigued by durians for years, ever since I first heard them described on the radio. Some people, the report said, find the durian the best-tasting fruit in the world. No, more than that, they think it is the best-tasting food in the world. But others — and the radio guy hinted they may be in the vast majority — think the distinctive fruit from Southeast...
Light, fresh wines to match braised trout recipe

Light, fresh wines to match braised trout recipe

This dish is light and clean, and calls out for wines that are the same. Three selections — a Champagne, a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand and a gruner veltliner from California — will complement the braising citrus and still be fresh and light enough not to overpower the fish itself. Make this: Orange-Braised Trout Heat oven broiler. Fillet 2 whole rainbow trout; place fillets skin side...
Kansas City greats create limited edition barbecue sauce with whiskey

Kansas City greats create limited edition barbecue sauce with whiskey

Guess which two Kansas City greats have teamed up to make a whiskey-infused barbecue sauce? If you guessed Joe’s Kansas City and J. Rieger & Co., you’d be on the money. Joe’s Kansas City Whiskey Bar-B-Que Sauce combines “two things that are great about Kansas City,” says Cary Taylor, Joe’s KC culinary director. But creating a balanced sauce was not as easy as pouring...

Pork Medallions with Red Berry Sauce and Mixed-Herb Angel Hair Pasta

This Red Berry Sauce is simple and tangy and goes great with pork medallions. The sauce is thickened by pureeing cranberries in a blender or food processor. It’s a great way to use any leftover berries from Thanksgiving. The pork medallions are made by cutting 1-inch slices from a pork tenderloin. Delicate fresh angel hair pasta takes only a minute to cook. If it cooks too long, it will clump...
Celebrate casserole season with a humble bean gratin you’ll brag about

Celebrate casserole season with a humble bean gratin you’ll brag about

Beans are fine fellows. Hearty, wholesome, humble. The old-kind humble — hard workers who sidestep the spotlight. As opposed to the new kind of humble. Now, every promotion, book deal and Oscar is met with #humble. Seriously? Do these overachievers own dictionaries? Humble and brag cancel each other out. The practitioner of actual humility might drop the hashtag, pick up a spoon and dig into...
Recipe of the Week: Hugh Acheson’s spin on the classic pot roast

Recipe of the Week: Hugh Acheson’s spin on the classic pot roast

Hugh Acheson jumped into the national spotlight when he competed on “Top Chef Masters,” then went on to become a “Top Chef” judge and cookbook author. Inspired by the recent revival of slow cookers, the Georgia-based chef has a new book called “The Chef and the Slow Cooker” (Clarkson Potter, $29.95) that includes recipes for restaurant-inspired dishes made in the...
This east Sweet Potato Pie tastes like popular Patti LaBelle version

This east Sweet Potato Pie tastes like popular Patti LaBelle version

At a Walmart, I spotted boxes of Patti LaBelle’s Sweet Potato Pies. Two years ago the pies, sold exclusively at Walmart, were scarce. It was all due to a video by James Wright of California at that time, who made a YouTube video of his review of what he refers to as “Patti’s Pie.” Since then, the video has been viewed more than 5.5 million times. Wright’s video was hilarious...
Bring on the spice. Cooking Indian food doesn’t have to be daunting.

Bring on the spice. Cooking Indian food doesn’t have to be daunting.

While spending two months in India in the early ‘80s, I fell in love with the cuisine, the culture and the people. From my travels, India has remained an impressive memory, one that gets reignited every time I smell the aroma of coriander, cumin, curry leaves, turmeric and garam masala in my kitchen. So I’ve been cooking food from Northern and Southern India for more than 15 years, and...
An underrated fish meets its match

An underrated fish meets its match

It took me several weeks to open a bottle of lemon olive oil someone gave me as a gift. Every so often, I would move the bottle out of the way to wipe crumbs off the counter, but I didn’t dare twist open the top. I knew once I did, I’d end up pouring it compulsively on everything. Vying for attention next to the regular olive oils — the good one for sautéing, the better one...
This NC county wants to make it easier to grow (and eat) local food

This NC county wants to make it easier to grow (and eat) local food

Wake County is known for its technology companies and urbanizing communities, but elected leaders want to boost a lower-profile economic driver: farming. Using language familiar to start-up culture — words like “incubation” and “entrepreneurship” — Wake commissioners want to provide opportunities for the next generation of farmers as land continues to become more...

Winter creams

I almost missed my flight out of Charles de Gaulle once, when luggage scanners found one of my bags full of cartons of a liquid so dense it was almost solid. The tension finally broke with a murmur of approval from the security workers when they opened my bag. “Le blah blah l’Américain blah blah oui oui blahblahblah le Crème Anglaise.” Translation: “The American...
Cocktails only a local could love

Cocktails only a local could love

Coca-Cola North America recently announced that it had purchased the U.S. rights to Topo Chico, the Mexican mineral water that is popular along the border. Could this mean that ranch water — a mix of tequila, lime juice and Topo Chico — will soon become a coast-to-coast craze in America? Probably not, because ranch water has thus far proved a stubbornly local drink, primarily consumed...
From Sicily, a bundle of Italian flavors

From Sicily, a bundle of Italian flavors

My Italian language skills are rather limited (I’m working on it), but ordering from restaurant menus in Italy is easy. Like many Americans, I’m well acquainted with the traditional dishes. (But sadly, if the waiter then tries to engage me in conversation, I can only stammer that it’s such a lovely day.) One familiar (but occasionally complex) Italian menu term is involtini. It usually...
Fluffy frittata is tasty and quick

Fluffy frittata is tasty and quick

Cheese, red bell pepper and spicy, garlic potatoes make a tasty, vegetarian, quick dinner. The secret to a fluffy frittata is to let it cook slowly. The top is finished in the broiler. Chipotle chili powder is used in the recipe. Chipotle peppers are a red jalapeno chili that is ripened, dried and smoked. Powdered chipotle can be found in the spice section of the market. It gives a smoky flavor to...
First Look: Good Word Brewing & Public House debuts in Duluth

First Look: Good Word Brewing & Public House debuts in Duluth

Good Word Brewing Americano Hamburgesa with two beef patties, mustard, American cheese, sauteed onions, LTP, burger sauce, with fries. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Since opening in 1997, beloved Decatur Square beer mecca Brick Store Pub has spawned two successful sister destinations in the immediate neighborhood, Leon’s Full Service and Kimball House. But the new venture...
How to get a free 10-piece Chicken McNuggets delivered this Wednesday

How to get a free 10-piece Chicken McNuggets delivered this Wednesday

Atlanta-area McDonald’s are offering customers a free 10-piece Chicken McNuggets when they make an order using the Uber Eats app Wednesday.  There is no charge for the nuggets, but a $4.99 booking fee applies. McDonald’s delivery through Uber Eats, which launched in Atlanta in May, is available at more than 140 restaurants in the area. New and existing customers may receive...
Nancy’s has brought deep dish Chicago-style pizza back to Buckhead

Nancy’s has brought deep dish Chicago-style pizza back to Buckhead

To the joy of Chicago-style pizza lovers, a stuffed deep dish restaurant from a national chain recently opened in Buckhead.   Nancy’s Chicago Pizza is serving pies, pastas and sandwiches at 2625 Piedmont Road NE, bringing the restaurant back to the community after one on Peachtree Road closed a few years ago. Two pizza buffs once said that late location had some of the best pizza...
5 gifts for people who like to bake

5 gifts for people who like to bake

Bake and dish it in the is casserole dish, which is available at Southern Kitchen. Photo credit: Caren West PR. ’Tis the season to give great gifts. This Christmas, present bakers with a casserole dish, enroll them in a croissant-making class or purchase something they can use like a recipe book. Some of the following five gifts are local, so you can go get them now (and browse for...
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