Tuesday, June 5, 2007

French American Brasserie Draws Raves

IN THE NEWS: The AJC's Meridith Ford awards a whopping four stars in her review of the new French American Brasserie (30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.), while Bob Townsend visits The Corner Pub (627-D E. College Ave., Decatur). ... Ford's Table Talk blog spotlights restaurants who do a great job with grouper, including: Thrive (101 Marietta St.), Lobby at Twelve (361 17th St. inside Twelve Hotel at Atlantic Station), The Inn at Serenbe and Farmhouse at Serenbe (10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road, Palmetto) and Element Restaurant & Lounge (1051 West Peachtree St., Atlanta). accessatlanta.com ... Blogger The Blissful Glutton blissfulglutton.blogspot.com also visits French American Brasserie as well as MF Sushi Bar. ... Steakhead's Atlanta Eats blog atlantaeats.blogspot.com is one of the first to weigh in on Kevin Rathbun Steak, which opened May 30 ... AtlantaCuisine.com's Tom Maicon reviews star chef Richard Blais' cutting edge work in the kitchen of Element (1051 West Peachtree St., Midtown). ... Atlanta Foodies atlantafoodies.blogspot.com reviews Nava (3060 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta). ... Chow Down Atlanta chowdownatlanta.com reviews PURE Taqueria (103 Roswell St., Alpharetta). ... From Anya Martin of the Atlanta Business Chronicle, "Given the city's size, it's no surprise chefs shuffle from one high-end restaurant to the next. However, Atlanta restaurateurs tend to accept that as par for the course, rather than seeing it as a threat. A look at one Atlanta restaurant company tells the tale. Over 27 years, Buckhead Life Restaurant Group Inc. has nurtured many of Atlanta's top chefs including Kevin Rathbun, chef and owner of Rathbun's; Ian Winslade, who first cooked for Bluepointe, then Tom Catherall's Shout and recently became chef de cuisine at Posh, the Catherall concept that replaced Seeger's; and Tom Harvey, who left Nava last fall for ONE. midtown kitchen. ..." The Chronicle also reports that Newport Beach, Calif., chain zpizza says Atlanta is on track to get 19 stores, three in 2007, as part of the company's ambitious expansion plans. ... Creative Loafing's Besha Rodell hangs out in North Carolina with Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini, in the States in part to plug his latest book, Slow Food Nation (Rizzoli, $22.50). ... Cliff Bostick reviews 5th Runway Café (420 14th St.), while Maureen McCarthy visits Lee's Bakery (4005 Buford Highway, Suite C). atlanta.creativeloafing.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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