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Metro Atlanta restaurant security examined in wake of shooting death
 Chelsea Beller (Family photo) On Nov. 19, Barcelona Wine Bar restaurant manager Chelsea Beller, 29, was shot and killed during a robbery at the popular
               eatery located in the Westside Ironworks development at 1085 Howell Mill Road
            . Beller and other employees were closing the restaurant 
            when three masked...

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Chelsea Beller (Family photo) On Nov. 19, Barcelona Wine Bar restaurant manager Chelsea Beller, 29, was shot and killed during a robbery at the popular eatery located in the Westside Ironworks development at 1085 Howell Mill Road . Beller and other employees were closing the restaurant when three masked...
Review: Janet’s Kitchen brings taste of the Philippines to Decatur
 Despite my Filipino name, only a quarter of the blood that flows through my veins is Pinoy. It’s when I’m with my dad’s family, though, that I sometimes feel full-blooded. When I walk into my relatives’ homes in Chicago, there is a distinct smell, and it emanates from the kitchen. I think it’s primarily the rice...

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Despite my Filipino name, only a quarter of the blood that flows through my veins is Pinoy. It’s when I’m with my dad’s family, though, that I sometimes feel full-blooded. When I walk into my relatives’ homes in Chicago, there is a distinct smell, and it emanates from the kitchen. I think it’s primarily the rice...
Shooting death at restaurant prompts call to act on security, safety
 On Nov. 19, Barcelona Wine Bar restaurant manager Chelsea Beller, 29, was shot and killed during a robbery at the popular eatery located in the Westside Ironworks development at 1085 Howell Mill Road. Two suspects have since been taken into custody. As a direct result of the death at Barcelona, the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) hosted...

Posted: 2 days ago

On Nov. 19, Barcelona Wine Bar restaurant manager Chelsea Beller, 29, was shot and killed during a robbery at the popular eatery located in the Westside Ironworks development at 1085 Howell Mill Road. Two suspects have since been taken into custody. As a direct result of the death at Barcelona, the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) hosted...
Battle of the bowls: Two metro Atlanta spots to fuel up on salad
 A dozen Christmas cookies too many. Eggnog plus your cousin’s homemade grog. New Year’s Champagne toasting and a couple of bloodies the morning after, followed by binge-watching college bowl games during which you stuffed yourself silly with wings, buffalo sauce and beer. Go, Dawgs! So now your oversized sweater is feeling sorta...

Posted: 15 days ago

A dozen Christmas cookies too many. Eggnog plus your cousin’s homemade grog. New Year’s Champagne toasting and a couple of bloodies the morning after, followed by binge-watching college bowl games during which you stuffed yourself silly with wings, buffalo sauce and beer. Go, Dawgs! So now your oversized sweater is feeling sorta...
Bantam + Biddy Lenox location to become a Mexican restaurant
 Business partners Lance Gummere (left) and Shaun Doty (right) are turning the Bantam + Biddy location at Lenox Square into
               a taqueria.  / Photo credit: Mia Yakel. Visitors to Lenox Square might do a double take next week when they walk past the Bantam + Biddy space at the Buckhead mall.
            That’s because...

Posted: 16 days ago

Business partners Lance Gummere (left) and Shaun Doty (right) are turning the Bantam + Biddy location at Lenox Square into a taqueria.  / Photo credit: Mia Yakel. Visitors to Lenox Square might do a double take next week when they walk past the Bantam + Biddy space at the Buckhead mall. That’s because...
Where (and what) to eat in and around Mercedes-Benz Stadium
 If Monday’s game is your first opportunity to check out Mercedes-Benz Stadium, you’ll notice an upgrade from the old Dome’s dining options. First, there’s reasonable pricing on core concession items: Soft drinks and water are $2 and come with unlimited refills. Popcorn and hot dogs are priced at $2...

Posted: 16 days ago

If Monday’s game is your first opportunity to check out Mercedes-Benz Stadium, you’ll notice an upgrade from the old Dome’s dining options. First, there’s reasonable pricing on core concession items: Soft drinks and water are $2 and come with unlimited refills. Popcorn and hot dogs are priced at $2...
Review: New Italian eatery Donetto does pasta well but has some misses
 Much press has been given to Donetto, a fine-dining Italian spot, open since late September, in one of the historic buildings that form the Stockyards redevelopment project in West Midtown. The press is justifiable. Donetto is a new concept by 32-year-old chef Michael Perez, who partnered in this venture with Steve Palmer, managing partner...

Posted: 22 days ago

Much press has been given to Donetto, a fine-dining Italian spot, open since late September, in one of the historic buildings that form the Stockyards redevelopment project in West Midtown. The press is justifiable. Donetto is a new concept by 32-year-old chef Michael Perez, who partnered in this venture with Steve Palmer, managing partner...
Shakshuka shake-up in Atlanta
 Certain food words are just plain fun to say. Paw paw. Okonomiyaki. Shakshuka. When it comes to shakshuka, I’ve heard a variety of pronunciations: “shack-shoo-ka,” “shack-shy-ka,” “shuck-shoo-ka” and “shock-shoo-ka,” among them. No matter which way you say it, the word has a certain rhythm...

Posted: 29 days ago

Certain food words are just plain fun to say. Paw paw. Okonomiyaki. Shakshuka. When it comes to shakshuka, I’ve heard a variety of pronunciations: “shack-shoo-ka,” “shack-shy-ka,” “shuck-shoo-ka” and “shock-shoo-ka,” among them. No matter which way you say it, the word has a certain rhythm...
‘Christmas Miracle’ caps a year of giving
 Right now, there’s a restaurant worker in Atlanta breathing a sigh of relief. That’s because he just received a check from the Giving Kitchen to help pay for a few unexpected bills. Actually, his is just one of 413 cases handled to date this year by the staff at the Giving Kitchen, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that provides emergency...

12:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

Right now, there’s a restaurant worker in Atlanta breathing a sigh of relief. That’s because he just received a check from the Giving Kitchen to help pay for a few unexpected bills. Actually, his is just one of 413 cases handled to date this year by the staff at the Giving Kitchen, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that provides emergency...
Chick-fil-A opens doors on Sunday to feed stranded passengers at airport
  Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A has long upheld the practice of closing on Sundays. 
            
               Even when it added a presence at new sports venues SunTrust Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium this year, the fast-food chicken
                  chain kept its concessions closed on Sunday game days
               
            . But yesterday...

1:35 PM Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A has long upheld the practice of closing on Sundays. Even when it added a presence at new sports venues SunTrust Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium this year, the fast-food chicken chain kept its concessions closed on Sunday game days . But yesterday...
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...

8:15 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

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...
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...

6:00 PM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

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...
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&rsquo...

5:07 PM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

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&rsquo...
2017 food writing worth a read
 Are you too busy to read? I often feel that my job — and the busyness of life in general — gets in between me and the primary reason I got so deeply into the kitchen in the first place: books. There is so much food writing to consume these days. And it feels like Christmas every day as new titles are shoved into my mail cubby...

1:00 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

Are you too busy to read? I often feel that my job — and the busyness of life in general — gets in between me and the primary reason I got so deeply into the kitchen in the first place: books. There is so much food writing to consume these days. And it feels like Christmas every day as new titles are shoved into my mail cubby...
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...

3:25 PM Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

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...
Barbecue exhibit coming to Atlanta History Center
 “Barbecue Nation,” an exhibition coming to the Atlanta History Center in May, 2018, will feature an array of barbecue artifacts.
               / Photo courtesy Atlanta History Center Barbecue fans, get ready to queue up: a barbecue exhibition is coming to the Atlanta History Center next spring. Opening May 5, 2018, in conjunction...

8:36 PM Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

“Barbecue Nation,” an exhibition coming to the Atlanta History Center in May, 2018, will feature an array of barbecue artifacts. / Photo courtesy Atlanta History Center Barbecue fans, get ready to queue up: a barbecue exhibition is coming to the Atlanta History Center next spring. Opening May 5, 2018, in conjunction...
Where to try biscuits with a Spanish bent in Atlanta
 Biscuits with orange marmalade at Bar Mercado / Photo by Ligaya Figueras Dish of the Week: Biscuits at Bar Mercado If there’s one thing in the South that I cannot get enough of, it’s biscuits. Buttery, flaky buttermilk biscuits are the best,
            and they make ‘em right proper here in the South. 
            
   ...

3:46 PM Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

Biscuits with orange marmalade at Bar Mercado / Photo by Ligaya Figueras Dish of the Week: Biscuits at Bar Mercado If there’s one thing in the South that I cannot get enough of, it’s biscuits. Buttery, flaky buttermilk biscuits are the best, and they make ‘em right proper here in the South. ...
The Hil restaurant closing at Serenbe
 The 60/40 Burger at The Hil / Photo from The Hil Facebook page After a 10-year run in the community of Serenbe, 
            The Hil is closing. The restaurant’s final day of service will be Dec. 22. Located at 9110 Selborne Lane, The Hil is a venture by husband-and-wife team Jim and Hilary White. With Hilary White helming
        ...

3:38 PM Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

The 60/40 Burger at The Hil / Photo from The Hil Facebook page After a 10-year run in the community of Serenbe, The Hil is closing. The restaurant’s final day of service will be Dec. 22. Located at 9110 Selborne Lane, The Hil is a venture by husband-and-wife team Jim and Hilary White. With Hilary White helming ...
This restaurant is our escape from the holiday shopping craze
 Artichoke beignets from Del Frisco’s Grille / Photo courtesy Del Frisco’s Grille DISH OF THE WEEK: Artichoke beignets at Del Frisco’s Grille Say “beignets” and I picture myself at Café Du Monde in New Orleans. I’m sitting down to a plate filled with puffy squares
            of deep-fried choux pastry...

3:40 PM Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

Artichoke beignets from Del Frisco’s Grille / Photo courtesy Del Frisco’s Grille DISH OF THE WEEK: Artichoke beignets at Del Frisco’s Grille Say “beignets” and I picture myself at Café Du Monde in New Orleans. I’m sitting down to a plate filled with puffy squares of deep-fried choux pastry...
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...

6:30 PM Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

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...
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