Food


Review: On Beltline’s Westside Trail, a nice spot for beer and bites

The Fitbit is irrelevant. The most essential information for every serious Atlanta Beltline pedestrian is knowing where to stop for a beer. When the Beltline’s Eastside Trail opened a few years ago, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall was the place for a refill: a Creature Comforts Tropicalia for you, a bowl of water for your pooch. It will come as no surprise, then, that before the ribbon could...


VOTE: What is the best coffee shop in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best coffee shop in Atlanta?

Atlanta's coffee lovers rival the most dedicated in the world.  This week's Best of Atlanta poll is looking for the best coffee shops in town.   Here are eight metro Atlanta coffee shops for millennials (and everyone else) to check out. If you want to go straight to the hard stuff, then look no further than Atlanta’s best brunch cocktails.  Coffee and breakfast...
Review: Barleygarden Kitchen gives the people what they want

Review: Barleygarden Kitchen gives the people what they want

As far as collaborations go, the idea of one between local butcher and craft beer proprietors just goes together as well as sausage and ale, doesn’t it? The affair behind Barleygarden Kitchen and Craft Bar in Alpharetta’s Avalon development has just such a natural balance to it. Kraig Torres, owner of Hop City Beer, has built a reputation for sourcing excellent and impressively large...
6 tasty spots to celebrate National Pancake Day in Atlanta

6 tasty spots to celebrate National Pancake Day in Atlanta

Stacked. Served as silver dollars. Topped with everything from chocolate chips to banana slices to good old-fashioned maple syrup. Mason Tavern: Beginning Saturday, this industrial chic restaurant in North Decatur will launch its brunch menu. Serendipitously, it includes banana Fosters pancakes, a delectable concoction of buttermilk pancakes served with roasted bananas, rum caramel, salted pecans...
Review: East Point taco joint is a tiny space with big Mexican flavor

Review: East Point taco joint is a tiny space with big Mexican flavor

I wish I could explain why so many Americans dig hard-shell tacos. Don’t be a snob. You know what I’m talking about. Crispy tortillas folded into a U and traditionally filled with spicy ground beef, lettuce, tomato, yellow cheese and salsa, they are not authentic Mexican at all. They became popular at a time when most of us knew little or nothing about Oaxacan mole or “chiles en...
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...
8 of Atlanta's most underrated food spots worth exploring

8 of Atlanta's most underrated food spots worth exploring

With so much competition for our attention at home and work, it’s easy to overlook the things that don’t make spectacles of themselves — like new restaurants or little shops that fly under the radar. Our Under the Radar guide aims to single out a few of Atlanta’s most underrated places. Some are lesser known but close at hand, some take you off the beaten path, and some...
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...
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...
Chick-fil-A isn’t just the most popular fast-food chain in Georgia, it dominates the US

Chick-fil-A isn’t just the most popular fast-food chain in Georgia, it dominates the US

Customers all over the nation flock to Chick-fil-A to indulge in the Georgia-based franchise’s perfectly seasoned, breaded chicken sandwiches, crispy waffle fries, hand-spun milkshakes or other popular menu items. And according to a new ranking from Foursquare and Business Insider on the most popular fast-food chain in each state, Chick-fil-A obliterates most of its competition. Analysts...
One of metro Atlanta’s first game bars is closing next month

One of metro Atlanta’s first game bars is closing next month

The Fetty Guac burger is new on the menu at Battle & Brew. / Photo from the Battle & Brew Facebook page It’s game over for a popular Atlanta bar and restaurant. Battle and Brew, one of Atlanta’s first gaming bars , announced on its Facebook page that it will be closing Nov. 5: The spot, which opened at 5920 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs in 2005, offered a variety of...
Kimball House owners to open seafood concept at Krog Street Market

Kimball House owners to open seafood concept at Krog Street Market

  The Luminary will turn into a new project from the team behind Kimball House. / AJC file photo The team behind Kimball House is joining the tenant list at Krog Street Market. Business partners Matt Christison,  Miles Macquarrie, Bryan Rackley and Jesse Smith have signed a lease to assume the space formerly occupied by Eli Kirshtein&rsquo...
Shrimp and grits, rendered healthful and Italian? We're in.

Shrimp and grits, rendered healthful and Italian? We're in.

Polenta and grits are not exactly the same. But they are close cousins, both made from medium-to-coarsely ground corn that cooks into a creamy, satisfying bed for a saucy entree. One of the pairings for the cornmeal porridge is as iconic as "milk and cookies" and "peanut butter and jelly" - namely, shrimp and grits. Once I get that duo on my mind, I can't seem to think of anything...
Amid Midtown’s bustle, a street-level tea party for all

Amid Midtown’s bustle, a street-level tea party for all

Every Thursday around noon, a cheery woman lugging several large bags stakes out her spot on a busy walkway near the northwest corner of Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan. The woman, Liz Gannon-Graydon, 54, corrals a few tables and chairs amid the bustle and noise and sets up the kind of tea party that seems more suitable in a formal parlor or a fancy garden. Gannon-Graydon puts down place mats, cloth...
Let’s Eat: Sticky wings with honey and Sriracha

Let’s Eat: Sticky wings with honey and Sriracha

We’re over a month into the regular NFL football season. By now you should be perfecting your skills for that great pre-game eating experience known as tailgating. Instead of the typical hot Buffalo flavor, why not shake up your tailgate Sunday with sticky, spicy Asian-style hot wings? These are baked, then sauced and served with a cool cucumber-lime dipping sauce that will remind you of the...
Safeguarding seeds that may feed the future

Safeguarding seeds that may feed the future

Ali Shehadeh, a seed hunter, opened the folders with the greatest of care. Inside each was a carefully dried and pressed seed pod: a sweet clover from Egypt, a wild wheat found only in northern Syria, an ancient variety of bread wheat. He had thousands of these folders stacked neatly in a windowless office, a precious herbarium, containing seeds foraged from across the hot, arid and increasingly inhospitable...
Party like a kid on Halloween with these kid-friendly books and recipes

Party like a kid on Halloween with these kid-friendly books and recipes

Do your kids love Halloween candy and costumes, but quaver at creepy decorations and horror stories? If so, we've got your back. Try reading these three Halloween books, which will make you laugh, warm your heart, occasionally make you groan in disgust, but never truly scare you. Children can help make the accompanying recipes based on the stories: Vampire Blood Tomato Soup, Jekyll's Sleep Potion...
Wild for game? You might be if you prepare it the right way

Wild for game? You might be if you prepare it the right way

Pluck a zucchini from a vine in the backyard then transform it to a plateful of fritters for supper, and the chin tilts a bit with pride. Pop the vacuum seal of plum tomatoes jarred in September then use them as a base for red sauce in January, and the chest puffs.  The real strutting begins, though, when the hunter brings home the bacon — or the deer or duck, quail or squirrel, as the...

The wine country fires

Rightly or wrongly, when most Americans think of wine country -- a vague term at best -- they mean the Napa Valley and neighboring Sonoma County an hour north of San Francisco. The region embodies the good life. Rolling vineyards give way to wooded hillsides, and idyllic villages with world-class restaurants dot the landscape. Along the way, winery tasting rooms abound. It is Disneyland for adults...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

10/ 29 Family Sunday Make the day special for the family with Grilled Sirloin Steaks for dinner. Pair the steaks with colorful Herbed Corn and Edamame Succotash (see recipe). Alongside, add mixed greens and dinner rolls. Enjoy lemon sherbet for dessert. Plan ahead: Grill 1 pound extra steak and save some edamame succotash for Monday...
This Buckhead grill was named the best 24-hour restaurant in Georgia

This Buckhead grill was named the best 24-hour restaurant in Georgia

Forget Waffle House. When it comes to finding the best restaurant open at all hours of the day, you have to look in Buckhead.  Delish magazine named the best 24-hour restaurant in each state. For Georgia, the winner was none other than R Thomas Deluxe Grill.  “If the beautiful decor isn’t enough to get you though the door,” Delish’s explanation reads...
Check yourself out in the interactive selfie mirrors at this new Midtown restaurant

Check yourself out in the interactive selfie mirrors at this new Midtown restaurant

Bytes’ main dining room. / Contributed photo A restaurant housed in a tech-focused space is open for business in Midtown. Bytes, a “digitally-infused” space at 848 Spring St., according to a press release, features three large LED screens in the main dining room, a 360 video-mapped private dining room and e-boardrooms, an outdoor patio area with LED-lit furniture, iPad...
Free gourmet all-you-can-eat lunch for 1,000 people today in Atlanta. Just show up.

Free gourmet all-you-can-eat lunch for 1,000 people today in Atlanta. Just show up.

Free gourmet all-you-can-eat lunch for 1,000 people at Sage Woodfire Tavern. Photo credit: JBR Marketing. Go hungry for a grand opening. To celebrate the opening of its third location, Sage Woodfire Tavern will host a ribbon cutting followed by a free all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet lunch with prime roast beef and turkey carving stations; chilled...
These three cookbooks went viral before the Internet existed

These three cookbooks went viral before the Internet existed

Not long ago, an editor reminded me, "A cookbook can't be everything to everyone." Has this always been true? My mind immediately flashed back to 1982's "The Silver Palate Cookbook," by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. It was a comprehensive source for a generation of home cooks in America. More than three decades after it was published, I wondered whether it, and a few other influential...
Rustic baked polenta with cheese and mushrooms is a tasty meatless dish

Rustic baked polenta with cheese and mushrooms is a tasty meatless dish

Sure, Meatless Monday may be a trendy slogan, but it recycles an old idea. I was reminded of America’s long history of dietary restrictions as I toured City Hall in Philadelphia. In a corridor by the Conservation Room, I spotted a black-and-white photo proclaiming: “Food Will Win The War. Don’t Waste It.”  During World War I, the U.S. Food Administration urged families...
Publisher shames 'trendy' ingredients from other cultures

Publisher shames 'trendy' ingredients from other cultures

Maybe you've noticed that ingredients like matcha, spirulina and turmeric have been trending in certain dishes and drinks, such as lattes. If you aren't familiar: Matcha is a powdered green tea; spirulina is a powdered algae, which is recognized as a superfood; and turmeric is a yellow spice used in curry that can work as an anti-inflammatory. Bon Appétit noticed too, and had an, um, interesting...
Pie crust 101: Tips and tricks for taking your crust to the next level

Pie crust 101: Tips and tricks for taking your crust to the next level

When I tell people I grew up in a family of pie bakers, it’s easy to imagine I’m bragging. My mother’s pies are legendary — rich, velvety custard fillings or mounded fruit pies, each cradled in an ornately decorated crust, golden and with the most delicate layers. And don’t get me started on my grandmother; in her day, she was known as the “Pie Baker of Villa Park...
'Dining in the Dark' is taste of blindness

'Dining in the Dark' is taste of blindness

I sat at a white linen circular table in the Tampa Club, beautifully set with two types of forks and knives and a spoon above each plate. A dining menu was tucked into a neatly folded napkin and a glass filled with water sat on my left. But the most interesting part of the table setting? A black blindfold wrapped in plastic packaging. For the third consecutive year, the Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind...
Award-winning brewery set to open a brewpub in Forsyth County

Award-winning brewery set to open a brewpub in Forsyth County

A flight of beer at Cherry Street Taproom. The Cumming brewery that won the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship is opening a second space in Forsyth County. Cherry Street Brewing will open a nearly 8,000-square-foot brewpub and beer garden in mixed-use development Halcyon. The spot will serve a menu of seasonal, upscale pub food. The beer selection will include 16 existing Cherry Street...
Boston chef’s new book celebrates his New England home; see him in Atlanta Thursday

Boston chef’s new book celebrates his New England home; see him in Atlanta Thursday

  Read this cookbook: “Home Grown: Cooking From My New England Roots” by Matt Jennings (Artisan, $35)   By Wendell Brock In his first cookbook, Matt Jennings takes his stand as a New Englander, writing with raw vitality of how he became a chef, and how he finds beauty and meaning in a landscape by turns barren and verdant: a place of legendary berries, maple syrup...
A former slave’s Jack Daniel’s legacy spreads its roots

A former slave’s Jack Daniel’s legacy spreads its roots

Not too long ago, we had our backyard landscaped after years of do-it-yourself attempts to improve its patchwork of mismatched pavers, sparse grass and bald dirt. Our lot is tiny and our budget for the project modest. At the time, the backyard was a sliver of hard-packed dirt and clay. But the light is good and we wanted to incorporate a garden. My mother and grandmothers had kitchen or flower gardens...
Vegemite, the beloved Australian spread, goes upmarket

Vegemite, the beloved Australian spread, goes upmarket

Vegemite, the classic condiment found on breakfast tables in every corner of Australia for nearly a century, is going posh. Bega, manufacturer of the iconic — if divisive — yeast extract spread, released a new and more expensive version of the product this week, raising questions about whether the brand had abandoned its humble roots in favor of a more affluent demographic. The new variety...
Wal-Mart sees online sales surging 40 percent as it pursues Amazon

Wal-Mart sees online sales surging 40 percent as it pursues Amazon

Wal-Mart Stores expects U.S. e-commerce sales to surge 40 percent in the next fiscal year as its online investments allow the retail giant to play catch-up with Amazon.com. The company also plans to add 1,000 online-grocery locations -- roughly double the current number of sites, which help fill orders from customers buying their food on Walmart.com. Total sales, meanwhile, are expected to grow at...
'Wasted! The Story of Food Waste' Anthony Bourdain’s new documentary

'Wasted! The Story of Food Waste' Anthony Bourdain’s new documentary

You can call the statistics stomach-churning: 40 percent of all food is wasted in the United States at a cost of a trillion dollars a year, one-third is wasted worldwide; 10 million tons of produce a year go unharvested in the U.S.; 90 percent of all wasted food ends up in landfills, where it can take up to 25 years for a head of lettuce to compost; the decomposing food in landfills release methane...
Psst! Prince Harry parties here. Also Pippa and J-Law.

Psst! Prince Harry parties here. Also Pippa and J-Law.

At Bunga Bunga supper club, a sublimely ridiculous ode to Italian kitsch in Covent Garden, there’s a speedboat turned table that seats 10, communal cocktails served from four-foot-high replicas of Michelangelo’s David — yes, the tap is that part of his anatomy — and a Pompeii-style fresco featuring cavorting nudes. Look closer at two of the faces in the orgy and they are the...
Michelin's cheap-eats list might work in Europe, but unlikely with America

Michelin's cheap-eats list might work in Europe, but unlikely with America

There's no reason to sugarcoat this, so I won't: The Michelin Guide has a cheap-eats problem. The famous French dining guide - once the arbiter of taste for many chefs and the public - doesn't officially label the food "cheap" at the restaurants on its annual Bib Gourmand list, but the word is implied louder than a jackhammer at dawn. For a restaurant to qualify for the list, Michelin's...
Explore the diverse styles of Long Island wine

Explore the diverse styles of Long Island wine

When I hear “Long Island,” the first thing that springs to mind is “suburbs,” and that is a big part of the place’s identity. But the skinny land mass that is literally a long island jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean also provides terra firma for Brooklyn and Queens. Beyond those two urban enclaves, moving east, city turns to suburb, suburb turns to nature, and vineyards...
When charms of low-tech lifestyle disappoint, grilled cheese saves day

When charms of low-tech lifestyle disappoint, grilled cheese saves day

The dryer does its thing, spinning round and round. Without doing that other thing: drying. Our clothes enjoy the ride, and when it stops, they tumble out, damp and dizzy, begging for another go. We used to indulge them in this endless game. Then we pulled the plug. We snapped: Go play outside. Lining up the clothes on a clothesline called for shopping and tying and drooping and retying. Plus untwisting...
How to get stuffed peppers right — the peppers, the sauce, the filling

How to get stuffed peppers right — the peppers, the sauce, the filling

Fresh peppers, hot and spicy, sweet and crunchy, are the ultimate quick change artists. I roast poblanos and jalapenos for Mexican-style rajas, puree red and orange bells into soups and sauces, dice green bells and Anaheims for omelets and gingerly tuck habaneros into salsa. When the farmers market baskets overflow with varieties not regularly found at the supermarket, I stock up. Long skinny shishito...
Prawn tacos get kick from South African sauce

Prawn tacos get kick from South African sauce

From the menu … Yebo Beach Haus, 111 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta; 404-869-1992; yebobeachhaus.com With regard to tacos, I thought there was nothing new under the sun. But having had dinner at Yebo Beach Haus, I can attest to the fact that the salsa on the prawn tacos is definitely a delicious and new taste treat. Is there any chance the chef will share the recipe for those fabulous...
Atlanta chef shows how all kinds of crumbs can enhance lots of recipes

Atlanta chef shows how all kinds of crumbs can enhance lots of recipes

In the opening of the “Crumbs” chapter of “Bread Toast Crumbs” (Clarkson Potter, $30), author Alexandra Stafford describes the transformative moment when she first fried eggs over a few tablespoons of fresh bread crumbs saturated in olive oil. “It’s hard now today to look at a listless, crumbling slice of bread and not consider its future: crisped up and showered...
Beer Town: Taste Jing-A Chinese craft beer at Double Dragon in Oakhurst

Beer Town: Taste Jing-A Chinese craft beer at Double Dragon in Oakhurst

Honey Walnut Shrimp and Wok Fried Long Beans paired with Jing-A Brewing beer at Double Dragon in Oakhurst. Photo credit: Fred Crudder. One of the side benefits of The Festival — the expansive international beer tasting presented in Atlanta in August by Shelton Brothers Importers — is the number of rarities that made it to the city...
One of Atlanta’s favorite ice cream spots is saying thank you with free cream tonight

One of Atlanta’s favorite ice cream spots is saying thank you with free cream tonight

On the first day that it actually feels like fall in Atlanta, a chic gourmet ice cream shop wants to bring you back to summer  − with free ice cream, no less. Krog Street Market will offer free ice cream at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, 99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, as a part of its  KSM Appreciation Day between 5 and 7 tonight. Every customer will receive one free scoop of Jeni&rsquo...
Hungry? Another food hall is opening in Atlanta this year

Hungry? Another food hall is opening in Atlanta this year

Harry Pagancoss / Contributed photo Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market won’t be the only food hall games in town for long. Caravaca Market, a gourmet food hall from chef Harry Pagancoss, is set to open in late fall in Midtown. The 6,000 square-foot space at 782 Peachtree St. will feature a season “taste bar,” wine bar that will also sell charcuterie and cheeses...
The new Atlanta Porsche hotel will have bars, restaurants to rev your engine over

The new Atlanta Porsche hotel will have bars, restaurants to rev your engine over

The Porsche Experience includes rides on their test track. / BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM There’ll soon be two new spots to fill up your tank near the airport. Solis Two Porsche Drive, the forthcoming Porsche hotel set to open next month , will feature dining and beverage concepts in addition to 24-hour in-room dining service. Located on the lobby level, Apron, a full-service restaurant...
Simple pleasures are found in this restaurant’s sandwich near Georgia Tech

Simple pleasures are found in this restaurant’s sandwich near Georgia Tech

The Jessica Sandwich at Rocky Mountain Pizza Co. / Photo by Henri Hollis DISH OF THE WEEK: Simple Pleasure Found in Sandwich Near Georgia Tech By Henri Hollis In a world saturated with Buffalo chicken, the Jessica sandwich at Rocky Mountain Pizza Company stands out. Why? Mostly, because it doesn’t try too hard. The Jessica sandwich features diced chicken tossed in your choice of...
Oysterfest in Buckhead, Avalon Restaurant Week and more this week in metro Atlanta

Oysterfest in Buckhead, Avalon Restaurant Week and more this week in metro Atlanta

Oak Steakhouse will participate in Avalon Restaurant Week, a week of prix fixe lunch or dinner options for $15, $25 or $35. Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser. Schuck it up at Oysterfest. Enjoy prix fixe lunch at dinner in Alpharetta during Avalon Restaurant Week. There are several fun, food events happening in Atlanta, so add one or all three of the following activities to...
15 ways to celebrate National Pasta Day

15 ways to celebrate National Pasta Day

Ripiena pasta with Quail, Smoked Mushrooms, Garlic, and Quail Jus from Donetto. / Photo credit- Mia Yakel. We all love our carbs, and today — National Pasta Day — is the perfect time to celebrate our love of the dish that can be gussied up gourmet-style or dressed down to serve as the perfect comfort food. Here, 15 ways to celebrate: Check out the winner of the recent AJC poll...
Free slice of pizza for everyone from this Italian chain restaurant today

Free slice of pizza for everyone from this Italian chain restaurant today

Everyone will get a free slice of pizza today from Villa Italian Kitchen. Photo credit: BML Public Relations. Look up. At the pizza picture, of course. Look how yummy it is. And it’s free. For its eighth annual Have a Slice Day, Villa Italian Kitchen  will give patrons a free slice of cheese pizza. To cash in on the offer, visit freesliceday...
Many veterans go hungry - and VA's new plan to fix it

Many veterans go hungry - and VA's new plan to fix it

When Greg Stegall left the Navy at 30 years old, he found himself utterly adrift: a single dad with no degree, no clear plans for the future and a short résumé in a down job market. Struggling to find work, Stegall put his son in a boarding school for poor children and asked his parents for money and food. Nearly 30 years later, Stegall - now 58 - oversees a program at a Pennsylvania...
Breastfeeding reduces breast cancer risk

Breastfeeding reduces breast cancer risk

Breast cancer seems to have touched everyone in one way or another -- whether a relative or friend or yourself. I'm thankful my mom is a two-time survivor. To mark National Breast Cancer Month in October, the American Institute of Cancer Research highlights a finding from its recent report -- mothers who breastfeed have lower risk of breast cancer. The report states the lower risk is modest, but it's...
Mike Isabella, Washington’s restless restaurateur

Mike Isabella, Washington’s restless restaurateur

Mike Isabella fanned himself with a hard hat as he stood on a construction site on the bank of the Potomac that workers were frantically trying to turn into a contemporary French restaurant. Permits and a liquor license had yet to materialize. The basement was nowhere near ready to receive shipments. The floors were — well, there were no floors. “When do you think I can come in here and...
Lifting the lid on braising

Lifting the lid on braising

Some of the most skilled cooks I know — people who confidently roast, grill and fry — balk at the notion of braising. They think it’s more mysterious or fussy than other cooking methods. The opposite is true: Braising is extremely flexible, and it follows a formula. There is an art to it. But since a good braise is so utterly, deliciously succulent, learning how is painless. You...
On the (rising) trail of Thai food in America

On the (rising) trail of Thai food in America

Crunchy hearts of palm and giant shrimp stir-fried with holy basil and the perfect ration of red chilies. A green papaya salad, freshly shredded and mashed with an extra portion of tiny Thai limes. There was a downside to living in Bangkok for a decade as a New York Times correspondent and being surrounded by great Thai dishes like those: It really raised the bar for when I moved back to America....
Wildfires sweep across the 'face of the California wine industry'

Wildfires sweep across the 'face of the California wine industry'

Adam Lee walked for miles through a wildfire-ravaged neighborhood in Santa Rosa, California, that looked like a "nuclear zone" to see whether his winery had withstood the huge, fast-moving wildfires sweeping through the area. When Lee emerged from the ash and the smoke, he learned he had been lucky: Siduri Wines was one of the few buildings spared in an area of Santa Rosa decimated by fires...
How 5 Miami entrepreneurs are changing the way you enjoy wine

How 5 Miami entrepreneurs are changing the way you enjoy wine

Miami may not seem like a natural environment for wine entrepreneurs to flourish, but meet a few and you may want to raise a glass.  Make no mistake: These entrepreneurs aren’t doing things the way it has always been done in the $300 billion global wine industry. Maybe it’s being outside the well-known wine-making locales where innovative ideas can ferment more freely.  South...