Food


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

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


Winner: Best restaurant chain in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best restaurant chain in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

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

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

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

Review: Bacchanalia still the place for fine wining and dining

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

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

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

Winner: Best pizza in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

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

VOTING CLOSED: Who has the best pizza in Atlanta?

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

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

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

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

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

Brine Seafood Shack is open at Avalon in Alpharetta

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

Restaurants think outside the box … about the box

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

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

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

Review: Whiskey Bird puts twist on traditional Japanese skewers

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

Iced tea preferences vary, but they’re all sweet

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

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

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

Winner: Best ice cream in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

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

Eating off the beaten path in North Georgia

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

Review: Cafe Songhai offers West African eats in Peachtree Corners

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

Revival’s Lemon Icebox Pie tastes like ones mom made

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

Mushrooms a prize for foragers

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

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

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

Review: Kabab Express brings authentic Indian to Decatur

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

Ariane Daguin brings D’Artagnan’s ducks to Georgia

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

Winner: Best seafood in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

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

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

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

Flavors meld in gumbo from The Optimist

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

Food Tour: Hapeville

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

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

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

Make cheese? Yes, please

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

Be a braai master with the new Kudu grill

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

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

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

Healthy Cooking: Cutting the pork from collard greens

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

VOTE: What is the best seafood restaurant in Atlanta?

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

Squash casserole is a classic at S&S Cafeteria

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

Like Father, Like Son

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

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

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

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

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

Review: Eat your vegetables at Mediterranea

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

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

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

Bistro Niko’s spinach is an old favorite

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

When your vacation is no respite from your food routine

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

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

Savannah offers eye candy for architectural aficionados and history buffs alike, but it has the goods to capture the attention of the food crazed, too. Whether you’re planning a vacation in Savannah this summer or just passing through on your way to ocean paradise, here are a few stops that will please gastronomes who swat away the thought of eating at McDonald’s as if it were a pesky...
American Prohibition Museum opens in Savannah

American Prohibition Museum opens in Savannah

Savannah puts an easy smile on the face of imbibers who walk its historic streets with plastic to-go cup in hand. But the newly opened American Prohibition Museum adds a different dimension to the coastal city’s long-standing drink culture. The museum, located among the shops and restaurants of downtown Savannah’s City Market, opened May 29. Exhibits in the 5,500-square-foot space...
Review: Good times with a global touch at Bon Ton

Review: Good times with a global touch at Bon Ton

Growing up in Louisiana, we ate our po’boys on “French bread” that wasn’t like any bread in France. At the football games, we cheered “Geaux Tigers!” though “geaux” was definitely not the French word for “go.” Sure, any and all of us knew a little French — certainly enough to let “Laissez les bons temps rouler” roll off...
Review: Sasser brings her wit to Hampton + Hudson

Review: Sasser brings her wit to Hampton + Hudson

It was a thrill to write about Twain’s back in 2015. Not only was it one of the first restaurants I reviewed for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it also felt like a discovery. The Decatur pub had been around for ages but had hired the witty and winning young chef Savannah Haseler (now Sasser). Sasser crafted a menu that respected the billiard hall’s pubbiness, but she also got a...
Create this summer slushy with lavender honey and watermelon

Create this summer slushy with lavender honey and watermelon

Three years ago Tribble Farms in Cumming was invited to be part of the annual Roswell Lavender Festival. Dianna Tribble and her husband Kelley keep bees in four locations on their own mountain properties which allows them to offer a variety of honeys. But to be part of the festival, the Tribbles wanted to have something lavender-flavored or scented. “We called all over the world to source lavender...
9 Mile Station’s refreshing cocktail perfect for summer brunch

9 Mile Station’s refreshing cocktail perfect for summer brunch

We went to brunch at 9 Mile Station at the top of Ponce City Market. While the Sticky Bun with Coffee Butter was pretty awesome, we know we’d never try to make it at home. Much more our speed would be making one of their brunch cocktails like the Trolley Car Spritz. Possible the bar folks will share the recipe? Thanks. — Jonathan Carter, Decatur Randy Hayden, bar manager at 9 Mile Station...
Ice cream recipes that are easy to lick

Ice cream recipes that are easy to lick

My experience with making ice cream over the years has ranged from astonishing success to abject failure. I’ve made sweet-corn ice cream at the height of summer. It was delicious. Same with cherry-bourbon, lemon-buttermilk and so on. Then there was that one time I had a big summer party. By the time we heated up the kitchen making cobbler and opened the freezer door repeatedly to get ice for...
Pound cake to help you cope

Pound cake to help you cope

Julia Turshen’s newest book, “Feed the Resistance,” was written as her awareness of political involvement grew after the 2016 election. The book is a collection of recipes designed to feed and nourish “folks who are too busy resisting to cook,” interspersed with essays about community involvement, activism and food-related issues. Turshen, a renowned author of many cookbooks...
When it comes to grilling, ‘Fire good’ is my motto

When it comes to grilling, ‘Fire good’ is my motto

We live in a divided nation. And the split goes way deeper than politics. What I’m talking about strikes at the very core of summer cooks: gas vs. charcoal.  Fans of each type of grilling fuel defend their choices with the venom of politicians on Twitter at midnight.  Gas fans paint charcoal grillers as knuckle-dragging Neanderthals who have more lighter fluid than good sense. That...
What to eat for the eclipse

What to eat for the eclipse

Historically, our sun is the only thing guaranteed to be eaten during a solar eclipse. “A frequent theme is the gods are angry, man has displeased them, and they are taking the sun,” said Fred Espenak, an eclipse chaser who has traveled around the world for 27 eclipses. The ancient Chinese believed it was a dragon who snapped up the sun; the Vikings thought it to be a pair of wolves. This...
How to travel with tomatoes, freeze pesto and other questions answered

How to travel with tomatoes, freeze pesto and other questions answered

Cookbook author Jeff Koehler recently joined The Washington Post Food staff to answer questions about all things edible. The following are edited excerpts. Recipes whose names are capitalized can be found in the Recipe Finder at washingtonpost.com/recipes. Q: We're visiting my Dad next week; he lives about 400 miles away. I know he would love some tomatoes from my garden. What's the best way to bring...
Cue the carrots! Strike up the squash!

Cue the carrots! Strike up the squash!

On a muggy day in July, in a Long Island backyard, a group of musicians had gathered for rehearsal. As their conductor gently raised both hands, they steadied their instruments, and played the first notes of a Bach chorale, “Nun freut euch, Gottes Kinder all.” The conductor stopped them. The snake gourd had not hit the D and the butternut squash had come in a little sharp. Take it from...
Treat yourself to crepes on a weeknight

Treat yourself to crepes on a weeknight

When you're cooking for two and neither of you are particularly picky eaters, you have the luxury of stretching the repertoire every now and then. I recommend these crepes, which are quite doable on a weeknight. The batter, made with white whole-wheat flour, needs only a 15-minute rest. The filling is no more than interesting mushrooms browned in a pan and topped with a sprinkling of grated Swiss...
Ain’t got time to bake cookies? This creation lets you eat edible dough. 

Ain’t got time to bake cookies? This creation lets you eat edible dough. 

What beats your favorite Oreo cookie but still tastes like an Oreo cookie? How about safe and edible Oreo cookie dough.  The Cookie Dough Cafe, an Illinois-based shop that got its start through the popular TV show “Shark Tank,” has created a Cookies & Cream-flavored cookie dough loaded with chunks of Oreo cookies.  For now, those outside of Illinois can only purchase the latest...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

8/27 Family Sunday Grilled Steak and Watermelon Salad (see recipe) is perfect for family day. Pair it with baked potato wedges coated with olive oil spray and sprinkled with chili powder and crusty bread. Top vanilla ice cream with toasted coconut for dessert. Plan ahead: Prepare enough steak for Monday. Save enough watermelon for Thursday and ice cream for Saturday. 8/ 28 Heat-and-Eat Monday Make...
Trend watch: what’s next for Atlanta’s cocktail scene

Trend watch: what’s next for Atlanta’s cocktail scene

Rum continues to rise in popularity with classics like the Hemingway Daiquiri. Photo: Veronica Rodriguez Last month marked the 15th anniversary of Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. The yearly, week-long booze conference is attended by 15,000 bartenders, beverage professionals and journalists from around the world. Each July, the booze industry descends upon the Crescent...
A Bloody Mary for all tastes: Bartender tells a good tale, with recipes and party tips, too

A Bloody Mary for all tastes: Bartender tells a good tale, with recipes and party tips, too

    Read this cookbook: “The Bloody Mary: The Lore and Legend of a Cocktail Classic, with Recipes for Brunch and Beyond” by Brian Bartels (Ten Speed Press, $18.99)   By Wendell Brock Brian Bartels claims he mastered the Bloody Mary out of necessity, as a cub bartender working the brunch shift at a brewpub in the thirsty college town of Madison...
Savannah sandwich favorite Zunzi’s expanding to Atlanta

Savannah sandwich favorite Zunzi’s expanding to Atlanta

Zunzi’s specializes in sandwiches such as The Godfather. / Photo contributed by Zunzi’s A popular Savannah sandwich shop is set to make its debut in Atlanta. Hot counter-service restaurant Zunzi’s will open a location at 1971 Howell Mill Road in the Collier Hills neighborhood, in a space previously occupied by Salsa Havana by the end of the year, ...
Henri’s Bakery now open in its new Buckhead location

Henri’s Bakery now open in its new Buckhead location

Shortbread from Henri’s Bakery / Photo from the Henri’s Facebook page An Atlanta institution is settled into its new home and open for business. Henri’s Bakery & Café opened its doors at 56 East Andrews Drive in Andrews Square today, a block from its old location 61 Irby Ave. NW. The new space features white subway tile, hex tile flooring and a banquette ...
Got 3 meats? Now you have 12 meals.

Got 3 meats? Now you have 12 meals.

You’ve cooked a big pile of ground beef. Or maybe a small mountain of chicken breasts. Or perhaps an entire pork butt (and stop giggling; it’s the shoulder). Now what?  It’s so easy to fall into cooking habits. If you have cooked ground beef, you make spaghetti, or maybe tacos. If you have a chicken breast, you make a stir fry, or maybe tacos. If you have pulled pork, you make...
This is my favorite recipe of the summer (so far)

This is my favorite recipe of the summer (so far)

My favorite recipe of the summer? A Food Network magazine salad recipe that I tore out of the magazine months, maybe even a year, ago. I was digging around recently, looking for something easy that could fill out a cookout menu when I came across it again.  Yes, the ingredient list looks a little long (but it really isn’t). Yes, Israeli couscous sounds exotic (but it really isn’t)...
Elizabeth Olsen, cooking on screen and off

Elizabeth Olsen, cooking on screen and off

Actress Elizabeth Olsen separated the first egg gracefully. The second? Not so much. And the third was a disaster. “Get it together, Lizard,” she muttered to herself as she leaned over a stainless-steel bowl. Olsen — Lizard to her mother; Lizzie to her sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley — was at City Cooking West End, a demonstration kitchen and event space on the upper West Side...
In every Louisiana cook's kitchen, green recipes

In every Louisiana cook's kitchen, green recipes

 It was always there. Woven into the fabric of almost every cooking memory, every kitchen, of my Louisiana childhood. There, along with the cast-iron pot, aluminum Magnalites and Chime-O-Matic rice cooker. Its mischievous plastic teeth underbiting the worn-out spiral binding, tattered yellow tabs frayed and curled, stamped with grease stains and reinforced with rubber bands. Four hundred fifty...
A fruitcake feeds on chill of South Pole for 106 years

A fruitcake feeds on chill of South Pole for 106 years

Consider the fruitcake. Long maligned for its questionable taste, its ubiquity (stubbornly appearing at any or every celebratory event) and its toughness (the fridge gives it life), the dessert may have further cemented itself in food lore after a discovery in Antarctica. In one of the most hostile regions known to humankind, conservationists unearthed an ice-covered fruitcake they believe once belonged...

Cooking challenge: A late-riser tries to make breakfast every day for a week

I am not a breakfast person. Let me clarify: I love breakfast food. Fluffy buttermilk pancakes? Brioche French toast? Buttery English scones? I could eat them all day. But for a night owl like me, rising early, preparing food and consuming it before work or other activities is almost impossible. I imagine some of you can relate. For me, most breakfasts consist of a packaged yogurt, swallowed five...
What beer fans should know about Mercedes-Benz Stadium

What beer fans should know about Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United fans who are craft beer lovers will be happy to know that Mike Gomes is a craft beer lover, too. Gomes is the senior vice president of fan experience at AMB Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the Falcons and United. And he’ll have a big hand in what beers you’ll find at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Since moving to Atlanta, after more than...
A guide to eating and drinking at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

A guide to eating and drinking at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Mercedes-Benz Stadium officially opens Aug. 26. When the Falcons take on the Arizona Cardinals in that preseason game, fans will come with an appetite for winning. But the 2 million-square-foot sports facility, also home to Atlanta United, will offer ways to satiate a belly and wet a whistle. Here’s what you need to know to eat and drink well at Mercedes-Benz Stadium — on game days and...
Chick-fil-A addresses decision to close Sundays at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Chick-fil-A addresses decision to close Sundays at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

It’s well known in these parts that if you’re craving Chick-fil-A on a Sunday, you’re out of luck. The Atlanta-based chain has famously stayed true to its values, including closing on Sundays, since 1946. That won’t change with the opening of two Chick-fil-A stands in the new Mercedes-Benz stadium. Seven of eight Atlanta Falcons home games will be played...
Exclusive: New Chamblee Whole Foods to feature Japanese tapas concept Izakaya

Exclusive: New Chamblee Whole Foods to feature Japanese tapas concept Izakaya

Poke bowls at Izakaya in Whole Foods Chamblee. / Photo courtesy of Genji Sushi When Whole Foods opens its newest location in Chamblee this Friday , a Japanese tapas concept currently only available in New York will be amongst the offerings. Izakaya, from Whole Foods’ national sushi partner Genji, will feature items including sushi pizza, ramen, Japanese fried chicken ...
Eat well for a cause with these 3 Atlanta charity food events

Eat well for a cause with these 3 Atlanta charity food events

Beef carpaccio with fried oysters and garlic aioli at Oak Steakhouse in Alpharetta / Photo by Heidi Geldhauser What’s better than enjoying a delicious meal? How about knowing that you’re helping a good cause while you’re chowing down? There’ll be three opportunities over the next few days to do just that: Dining With Gratitude More than 50 local restaurants — including...
Marlow’s Tavern adding another Gwinnett location

Marlow’s Tavern adding another Gwinnett location

Crispy Brick Chicken with Garlic-Kale Pesto at Marlow’s Tavern. Styling by Ben Krawiecki / Contributed by Adrienne Harris Peachtree Corners will soon to be home to the 18th Georgia Marlow’s Tavern location. The restaurant will open in 2018 as part of the Peachtree Corners Town Center mixed-use project at the corner of Peachtree Parkway and Medlock Bridge Road...
Watch the Atlanta United at this new Brookhaven international sports pub

Watch the Atlanta United at this new Brookhaven international sports pub

Fish & chips at Hudson FC. / Photo by Tori Allen PR There’s a new spot to watch soccer in Brookhaven, just in time for Atlanta United’s move to its new home at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Hudson FC International Sports Pub, or Hudson FC for short, is now open at 4058 Peachtree Road in the former Pub 71 space in Brookhaven Station. The...
Get 50-percent off oysters and $5 drinks weekdays at this North Fulton restaurant

Get 50-percent off oysters and $5 drinks weekdays at this North Fulton restaurant

Get 50-percent off oysters and $5 drinks weekdays at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails. Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates. The outlook is rosy for those who relax in the bar area at  Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails . During the bubbles and pearls happy hour, guests can get 13 oysters for half price as well as sparkling rosé...

A quirky flavored-water brand tries to grow up

After the studied zaniness of a campaign with the tag line “None of this makes sense” — a reference to how a 5-calorie antioxidant drink could still manage to taste good — Bai Brands is looking to cast itself in a mature, inspirational image. But for a company whose popularity was cemented by a commercial featuring Christopher Walken channeling the boy band ‘NSync, that...
Training begins in Sacramento for World Butchers’ Challenge

Training begins in Sacramento for World Butchers’ Challenge

Danny Johnson, co-owner of Taylor’s Market and captain of the first-ever U.S. team to enter the World Butchers’ Challenge, has a message for the competition: Bring it on. “ … We’re going to show them the American-style, how we do it,” Johnson said during a team practice last week at Taylor’s Kitchen.  The international competition doesn’t take...
EBay’s founder has a new idea: Build a dairy in Hawaii

EBay’s founder has a new idea: Build a dairy in Hawaii

If Pierre Omidyar gets his way, 699 dairy cows will soon enjoy a glorious view of the Pacific Ocean, framed by a pristine beach. Omidyar, the founder of eBay, wants to build a dairy farm on the island of Kauai. He is one of many tech billionaires who have established a presence in Hawaii, which is only a five-hour flight from Silicon Valley. Others include Larry Ellison, Oracle’s co-founder...
French wines with an Italian bread salad? Of course!

French wines with an Italian bread salad? Of course!

One of our favorite summer dishes, panzanella, the bread and tomato salad of Italy, is changed up here, just a bitand with respect, by adding a skewer-ful of grilled shrimp. To us, it makes the perfect light meal. Greet that unexpected combination with wines up to the task, showing good acidity, like these French bottles. ———  MAKE THIS  PANZANELLA WITH GRILLED SHRIMP ...
Fueling a football team, the Steelers way

Fueling a football team, the Steelers way

During the Steelers’ summer training camp, the Community Center Dining Hall at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe is the stuff big eaters dream of. Indecisive souls feeling ravenously hungry could go crazy mulling its many menu choices, which features a cornucopia of lean meats and fish, garden-fresh vegetables, orb after orb of plump seasonal fruit. There also are five Oster blenders waiting...
You'll want to put this Sicilian vegetable salad on everything

You'll want to put this Sicilian vegetable salad on everything

I don't use my slow cooker often, but I am most likely to break it out in the summer when my overall culinary mission, besides getting to my nearby farmers market each week, is to avoid standing over a stove or firing up my oven. Based on the popularity of the Slow-Cooker Ratatouille I did for this column last summer, I am guessing many of you feel the same way. So this year I looked toward a different...
5 wines to try: Scintillating, electric, lovely, sparkling, tasty

5 wines to try: Scintillating, electric, lovely, sparkling, tasty

When Riesling is "on," it can be one of the most thrilling wines. This week's selections include a scintillating example from Alsace, made from organic grapes, plus a lovely Rhone red and an electric white from Sicily. For novelty, how about a tasty kosher rosé from Italy and a gentle frizzante sparkler from Italy? 3 stars Alsace, France, $23 This is a fantastic single-vineyard Riesling...
Not the same old Bloody Mary: Atlanta drinks tomatoes with a twist

Not the same old Bloody Mary: Atlanta drinks tomatoes with a twist

If you think the tomato-cocktail repertoire is limited to the classic Bloody Mary, check out Atlanta restaurateur Ford Fry’s Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival sometime. At the July celebration of this favorite summer fruit, the city’s mixologists got a little crazy. Better Half mixed tomato marmalade with lemon and Old Forester Bourbon — rather simple in comparison to Atlas&rsquo...
In season: Make luxurious soup with summer’s bounty of tomatoes

In season: Make luxurious soup with summer’s bounty of tomatoes

Tomatoes are the most highly anticipated produce of the year. As soon as winter days start to give way to spring, customers at local farmers markets start asking, “Where are the tomatoes?” But it’s this time of year that farmers’ tables are piled high with tomatoes of every color and size. Debbie Fraker of Corn Creek Growers in the city of South Fulton near Fairburn, says her...
Learn to make La Casa Italian Grill’s Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

Learn to make La Casa Italian Grill’s Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

From the menu… La Casa Italian Grill, 37 Old Roswell Road, Alpharetta. 770-609-6311. lacasaitaliangrill.com I have written to this column before, it’s one of my favorite things in the AJC, but I have never gotten a recipe printed. Not because you didn’t try! So I’m hoping you can get this recipe for me from LaCasa Italian Grill in Alpharetta. My husband and I randomly...
Steakhouse from team behind Vero Pizzeria coming to Brookhaven

Steakhouse from team behind Vero Pizzeria coming to Brookhaven

Stephen Herman (left) will serve as the chef at Arnette’s. / Photo by Ligaya Figueras A “stylish alternative” to a steakhouse is set to open in Brookhaven in early 2018. Arnette’s Chop Shop will set up shop in the Apple Valley Brookhaven development at 2700 Apple Valley Road in a 6,000 square-foot space, according to What Now Atlanta. The restaurant...
This Marietta restaurant was named one of the top 10 new eateries in America

This Marietta restaurant was named one of the top 10 new eateries in America

An apple and belgian endive salad is sprinkled with pomegranite seeds. CONTRIBUTED BY: Courtesy Spring restaurant Two weeks after being named a finalist for best new restaurant in America by Bon Apetit, Spring in Marietta now knows where it stands. The restaurant was named to the magazine’s “Hot 10” list, coming in at number seven. While editor Andrew...
This Buford Highway bread will have you falling for figs

This Buford Highway bread will have you falling for figs

Fig bread from the pastry case at Buford Highway Farmers Market. / Ligaya Figueras Dish of the Week: Fig Bread at Buford Highway Farmers Market I am fixated on figs. The $1 fig bread at Buford Highway Farmers Market is the latest way I’m getting my fill. Called pan de higo, it’s stuffed with chunks of dried Mission figs and the entire roll gets dusted in sugar. I made the mistake...
Midtown’s Wing Fest, hatch chile fest and more in metro Atlanta this weekend

Midtown’s Wing Fest, hatch chile fest and more in metro Atlanta this weekend

Fly over to the second annual Springer Mountain Farms Atlanta Wing Fest this week.  Wing Fest in Midtown. Hatch chile fest in the Westside. There are several fun, food events happening in Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time. Saturday, Aug. 19: Ray’s at Killer...
Corso Coffee closed in Buckhead, to be replaced by Revelator Coffee concept

Corso Coffee closed in Buckhead, to be replaced by Revelator Coffee concept

Corso Coffee’s interior in Shops Buckhead Atlanta. There’s good news and bad news for coffee lovers who got used to getting their fix at Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Corso Coffee, which opened in late 2014 in the upscale shopping complex at 3065 Peachtree Road NE, closed its doors yesterday, Eater Atlanta reports. But the space won’t be caffeine free for long...
Students get $2 off PB&J flavored ice cream all week in Buckhead

Students get $2 off PB&J flavored ice cream all week in Buckhead

Students get $2 off PB&J flavored ice cream all week at Sweet Charlie’s. Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates. Back-to-school savings are sweeter in Buckhead. Sweet Charlie’s  recently rolled out a new kid-approved ice cream flavor: PB&J. To celebrate, students will receive $2 off the new flavor now through Aug. 18. Ice cream rolls are served...
From the garden to the grill

From the garden to the grill

When your garden delivers loads of vegetables, toss them on the grill. Something happens to vegetables once they are kissed with the heat of a grill. The natural flavors of most vegetables exude and caramelize. Asparagus and eggplant flavor becomes more intense. Mushrooms switch to their meatier side. Yellow, red or white onions become sweeter. Just about any vegetable works on the grill, even romaine...
A cool solution for hot summer nights

A cool solution for hot summer nights

For some, a cold supper’s main virtue is expedience — a less-than-exciting but convenient way to get food on the table with no cooking required. My friend from upstate New York, however, has fond memories of summer evenings and cold suppers eaten on the screened-in porch. His family’s small farm supplied everything but the cold cuts, which were picked up in town. Potato salad, macaroni...
When bad drinks go good

When bad drinks go good

Just as the cocktail renaissance has brought renewed fame to classics like the martini, the Manhattan and the Negroni, it has heaped fresh infamy on a rogues’ gallery of less classy concoctions, most of which emerged during the final decades of the last century. Now a backlash of sorts has begun, as some high-end bartenders apply their skills to a new challenge: doing bad drinks well. Chaim...
What you need to know about Chilean wine

What you need to know about Chilean wine

In the wine world, “Chilean” used to be code for “good everyday wines for a steal.” They weren’t wines that, after a first sip made people go, “Dios mio, nothing will ever be the same from this moment forward!” But they were wines that halfway through a bottle made people go, “I would have gladly paid much more than $7 for this wine. Let’s go back...
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