Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Top Restaurateur's BLT Steak Set for '08

IN THE NEWS: The AJC's Meridith Ford gives three stars to La Oaxaquena Taqueria (6738 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro), while Bob Townsend reviews Tossed (201 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-378-1400), and H.M. Cauley considers Yellowfin Chophouse (10595 Old Alabama Connector, Alpharetta, 770-587-4121) and California Dreaming (745 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, 770-428-2055). ... Cauley notes the opening of the coffeehouse SIP (528 Main St. in the Lindbergh City Center off Piedmont Road, www.siptheexperience), and the third area location of Marlow's Tavern (Plaza Midtown, 950 W. Peachtree St., marlowstavern.com) ... Ford notes the upcoming Atlanta openings from nationally renowned celebrity chefs, including the scheduled December 2008 opening of BLT Steak from chef Laurent Tourondel (BLT stands for Bistro Laurent Tourondel) inside the W Atlanta Downtown. Tourondel recently was chosen as restaurateur of the year 2007 by "Bon Appetit" magazine. ... Ford also notes the Sept. 26 opening of Lola Bellini Bar & Restaurant, the Italian restaurant from Here to Serve Restaurants (Tom Catherall's group of Twist, Shout, Strip, Noche, Posh and Goldfish) at the new Terminus Plaza in Buckhead (Terminus 100, 3280 Peachtree Road NW, Suite 150, www.heretoserverestaurants.com). accessatlanta.com ...

Creative Loafing's Besha Rodell gives three stars to Top Flr (674 Myrtle St. 404-685-3110), while Cliff Bostick visits the Brazilian-influenced Beleza (905 Juniper St., at Eighth Street, 678-904-4582), Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q (1238 DeKalb Ave., 404-577-4030), Buddha (100 10th St., 404-874-5158) and notes the Sept. 19 opening of Southern cuisine spot Relish (590 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, 770-650-7877). ... Emily Hanson reports that Linton Hopkins, executive chef and co-owner of Restaurant Eugene in Buckhead, is teaming up with wife Gina and mixologist Greg Best to open Holeman and Finch Public House, a restaurant that will focus on charcuterie and dishes like house-made fettuccini, fried bologna and mustard, and cane sugar cola floats. It's slated to open this fall at the Aramore across from Restaurant Eugene. atlanta.creativeloafing.com ... Steakhead's Atlanta Eats Blog lunches at Marlow's Tavern in Midtown. atlantaeats.blogspot.com
Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Midtown's Toast Is Toast; Cypress Moving In

IN THE NEWS: The AJC's Meridith Ford gives three stars in reviewing Indian vegetarian spot Banaras (3300 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite J, Duluth, 678-417-1911), while Bob Townsend reviews Rare (554 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, 404-541-0665), Adrianne Murchison considers Siamese Basil Thai (6034 South Norcross Tucker Road, Norcross, 770-242-4015), and H.M. Cauley reviews VIII Fifty Restaurant and Lounge (1570 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, 678-206-0850) and Blackstone Cafe (4685 S. Atlanta Road, Smyrna. 678-239-4473). ... Cauley reports the closing of Midtown's Toast, with Cypress Street Cafe set to take over the spot at 817 W. Peachtree St. sometime in October. ... Cauley also notes that former Dick and Harry's space in the Holcomb Woods shopping center has been leased by the owners of Twisted Taco, a Midtown Tex-Mex concept, set to open as early as November. ... Elizabeth Lee reports that it took no more than nine raw oysters to infect a Fulton County woman with a deadly bacteria, one that she may have been particularly susceptible to, according to state reports. The 52-year-old woman died on Aug. 10, just four days after a midafternoon seafood meal of raw oysters and cooked crab at Spondivits Seafood & Steak on Virginia Avenue near Hartsfield-Jackson airport. Fulton County health inspectors checking the restaurant found oysters stored at too warm of a temperature, according to investigation reports obtained under the state's Open Records Act. ajc.com ... Zagat Buzz reports that to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the James Beard Foundation is hosting a series of food festivals and special dinners in 20 cities nationwide. The events kick off on September 18th in New York with a lavish menu inspired by Beard at Four Seasons. The celebrations continue the next week with elaborate dinners cooked by first-rate toques in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Short Hills, NJ and Washington, DC. All of the events are unique, with different chef lineups and dining formats ranging from gala dinners to walk-around tastings, so check the individual city pages for details. Though prices for the dinners vary, all of them will be followed up on September 29th with special events at local Williams-Sonoma stores where chefs will be offering cooking demos, book signings, specialty food tastings and kids' educational activities free of charge. For more information about the event, logon to www.jbftasteamerica.com. zagat.com ...

BLT Steak Coming to New W Atlanta Downtown Hotel
The new W Hotel in Atlanta will be home to a New York steakhouse making its first foray down South, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. Barry Real Estate Cos. and BLT Restaurant Group ironed out a deal to bring the upscale modern steakhouse BLT Steak to the new W Atlanta Downtown Hotel & Residences, currently being built at Allen Plaza. The restaurant will open in December 2008. ... The Chronicle also reports that Planet Smoothie Café and Tropical Smoothie Café are about to get a lot more competition. FROOTS, a similar quick-service concept, has 80 stores planned for Georgia in the next 10 years. The chain has stores in Alpharetta, Kennesaw and Johns Creek. atlanta.bizjournals.com ... Creative Loafing's Besha Rodell gives two stars to Pacific Kitchen (913 Bernina Ave. 404-223-9292. www.pacific-kitchen.com), while Cliff Bostick visits Lamplighter Café (280 Connally St., 404-247-0240), Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q (1238 DeKalb Ave., 404-577-4030) and the Albert (918 Austin Ave., 404-872-4990) in Inman Park, and Maureen McCarthy considers Chris' Pizza (Toco Hills Shopping Center, 2911 N. Druid Hills Road. 404-636-7544). ... Rodell notes the Sept. 12 reopening of the totally retooled Joel, while Emily Hansen reports on the fifth anniversary specials at Woodfire Grill(1782 Cheshire Bridge Road) on Sept 19-22. ... atlanta.creativeloafing.com ... The Blissful Glutton visits Antojitos Mexicanos "La Revolucion" in Marietta (585 Franklin Road, 770-420-0544) and Gimza Polish Restaurant in Norcross (3425 Medlock Bridge Rd., 770-441-2268). blissfulglutton.blogspot.com ... AtlantaCuisine.com samples the Cuban sandwiches and pizza at L'il Louie's (2495 East-West Connector, Austell, 770.439.9555). ... ChowDownAtlanta.com previews Taste of Atlanta, set for Oct. 13-14 at Atlantic Station with more than 70 Atlanta restaurants participating.

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Monday, September 10, 2007

Vinings' South City Kitchen Gets a New Chef

IN THE NEWS: The AJC's Meridith Ford awards three stars in reviewing Babette's Cafe (573 North Highland Ave., Atlanta, 404-523-9121), while Bob Townsend reviews Cafe Alsace (121 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-373-5622), and H.M. Cauley considers Blue Moon Pizza (4600 West Village Place, Smyrna, 770-436-4446) and Cinco Mexican Cantina (5755 Vickery St., Cumming, 678-341-6962). ... Cauley notes that Chip Ulbrich is the new executive chef at South City Kitchen in Vinings. (770-435-0700, www.southcitykitchen.com). ajc.com ... The Atlanta Business Chronicle features Lime Taqueria & Tequila Bar, set to open in October in a new mixed-use project called the West Village in Smyrna. atlanta.bizjournals.com ... Creative Loafing's Besha Rodell notes Richard Ullio, chef/owner of the new Beleza (905 Juniper St. 678-904-4582), while Maureen McCarthy considers Bagel Palace Deli and Bakery (2869 N. Druid Hills Road. 404-315-9016). atlanta.creativeloafing.com ... ChowDownAtlanta.com visits Ethiopian eatery Queen of Sheba (1594 Woodcliff Dr. N.E, Atlanta, GA 404.321.1493). ... Blissful Glutton reviews Dancing Goat Cafe (419 W Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, 404-687-1100), and Ann's Snack Bar (1615 Memorial Drive, 404-687-9207). blissfulglutton.blogspot.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Decatur's The Epicurean Shutters Doors

IN THE NEWS: Creative Loafing's Besha Rodell notes the Aug. 28 closing of The Epicurean Restaurant (1361 Clairmont Road, Decatur.) and gives two stars to Thrive (101 Marietta St. 404-389-1000. www.thriveatl.com), while Maureen McCarthy's Cheap Eats considers Little Cuba (3350-D Chamblee-Tucker Road, Chamblee. 770-451-0025) and Cliff Bostick stops by Top Floor (674 Myrtle St., 404-685-3110), La Tavola (992 Virginia Ave., 404-873-5430), and Jalisco (2337 Peachtree Road, 404-233-9244). ... Bostick also reports the opening of gourmet food shop Paulsen's Foods (748 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, 404-873-1804) and reports that Calavino Donati, former owner of the Roman Lily Café, has assumed management of the Oakhurst Grill, which has been renamed Calavino's (350 Mead Road, 404-270-9575). Andiamo to Go, selling prepared meals to go, will be next door. atlanta.creativeloafing.com ... The AJC's Bob Townsend awards two stars in reviewing the newly reopened Ray's on the River (6700 Powers Ferry Road, Sandy Springs, 770-955-1187) and also reviews Rise 'N Dine (1565 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta, 404-377-4407), while H.M. Cauley considers Provino's (2252 E. Main Street, Snellville. 770-972-8411), Cafe Misto (47 Reinhardt College Parkway, Canton, 770-704-0667), and Relish (590 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. 770-650-7877). ... Cauley notes the openings of Valenza (in the former Mix location, 1441 Dresden Drive; 404-969-3233; www.valenzarestaurant.com.) and Little Cake Bakery (3792 Roswell Road, 404-841-8856). accessatlanta.com ... The AJC's Duane Stanford reports the aggressive Atlanta expansion plans for California-based chicken chain El Pollo Loco and Charlotte-based Bojangles Restaurants. ajc.com ... ChowdownAtlanta.com reviews Mi Pilon (5705 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Norcross, 770-797-2924), and Love Letter Pizza and Chicken (10820 Abbotts Bridge Rd, Ste 350, Johns Creek, GA 770-813-8882). ... BlissfulGlutton.blogspot.com visits Australian Bakery (463 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta 404-653-0100; 48 S Park sq NE, Marietta - 678-797-6222). ... AtlantaIntown.com reviews Sun in my Belly (2161 College Ave., Kirkwood) ... Atlanta Foodies reviews Daddy D’z BBQ Joint (264 Memorial Dr., Atlanta, In Historic Grant Park, 404-222-0206, daddydz.com), KC Pit BBQ (234 Hilderbrand Dr., Sandy Springs, 404-459-6497, www.kkcpitbbq.com), and The Vortex Bar & Grill (Little Five Points, 438 Moreland Ave., Atlanta, www.thevortexbarandgrill.com). atlantafoodies.blogspot.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com