Thursday, August 28, 2014

Relax! These Restaurants are Ready for You on Labor Day


What to do with your day off? Eat delicious food of course! Lucky for you, we have the inside scoop on just which Atlanta restaurants will be open to help satisfy those Labor Day cravings.

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland will be open from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. serving Labor Day brunch specials including fried chicken biscuits with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, tomato gravy and stone gound grits. Yum! If you’re more of a late riser, not to worry. They will also be offering their lunch, dinner and bar menus.

If you’re venturing out in Midtown on your holiday, make sure Bantam + Biddy in Ansley Mall is on the itinerary. Open during normal hours, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served. If you’re in the brunching mode, Bantam + Biddy on Crescent Avenue will be offering Labor Day brunch until 3 p.m. followed by lunch and dinner.


Downtown Restaurants Post Out-of-this-World Ideas for Dragon Con, August 29 – Sept. 1



Don’t be alarmed when you see caped characters, super heroes and villains wandering about the streets; it’s perfectly normal for Atlanta this time of year. Dragon Con is finally among us! With this great occasion comes even better food and drink specials. Nikolai’s Roof is hosting the sultry vocalist Kristin Tinsley in the restaurant’s lounge nightly at 8 p.m. Friday, August 29 through Saturday, August 31.


For Thursday night tunes and tall drinks, Trader Vic’s Atlanta offers $6 mai tais. Big Mike’s Tongo Hiti will take you back to the islands with pop exotica, Polynesian and Hawaiian sounds on August 28. Grab a Dagon Con-themed Dragon Juice cocktail – a blend of run and pineapple, orange and cranberry juices for $7 from Nikolai’s Roof and Trader Vic’s. Showing up to Ray’s in the City in your Dragon Con costume gets you a 20 percent discount from August 28 through September 1. Shazam! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

#foodgram


Take a peek inside the magical world of mobile meal modes. @Behindfoodcarts features fantastic fare on wheels! 

Zagat Releases “30 Under 30” Who are Making a Difference in Atlanta’s Restaurant Scene

                                    Layla Walk, King+Duke

From chefs to servers and entrepreneurs to sommeliers, this list of “30 under 30” features some of the top talent in Atlanta’s food and beverage world. Their accomplishments in the culinary game are very impressive, but what’s even more inspiring is that they are making such an impact before they turn the age of 30. Included in this list is Matthew Crawford, the assistant general manager and sommelier at St. Cecilia. Also making the cut is Michele Tenggara, server at one of the best spots for sushi in Atlanta, Umi. Layla Walk channels her passion for food as the chef de cuisine at King + Duke. Another chef de cuisine, Joey Ward is a part of this esteemed bunch. At Gunshow, Joey is the culinary collaborator to chef Kevin Gillespie. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Orpheus Brewing Beer Dinner at no. 246 on August 27


Orpheus Brewing will be hosted by no. 246 for a five-course dinner prepared by no. 246 chef Andrew Isabella paired with some Orpheus brews. With Hop Experiment #1, Wandering Blues, Lyric ale, Atalanta and a specialty brew crafted exclusively for no. 256, you won’t be leaving thirsty! To make your reservations, call Hop City at 404-350-9998.

Stop at Makan for Dine Out for the Decatur Farmers Market on August 26, Learn How at EAV Farmers Market Chef Demo on August 28



Tonight’s the night! Come Dine Out for the Decatur Farmers Market to see and eat chromatic chow from Makan.  Vibrant veggies, grilled kalbi-style steak, kimchi and rice, and rice cakes with local tofu are only a few farm-fresh options that will be on the table. This is also an opportunity to get your grub on for good. A percentage of tonight’s dinner proceeds benefit the farmers market’s outreach program and doubling SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) purchase capabilities for needy families in the community. Reserve your table here.

If you already made plans for tonight, not to worry! You can also drop by the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market on Thursday, August 28 at 4:30 p.m. and see Makan executive chef George Yu leading a chef’s demo. Get inspired! 

Dragon Con Deals, Labor Day Destinations and More in This Week's Dish!


After a full year of eager anticipation, it's finally time to slip into our spandex and don our capes before heading out to Dragon Con! Whether you're strutting your stuff in the Dragon Con parade or strolling the hotel floors in search of your favorite sci-fi celeb, you're going to need plenty of energy to make it through the convention. Luckily, Ray's in the City is offering 20% off to true believers who dine in their costumes between August 28 and September 1. Need a more potent pick-me-up? Nikolai's Roof and Trader Vic's will both be serving Dragon Juice cocktails featuring rum, pineapple, orange and cranberry juices for just $7. Elsewhere in Atlanta, restaurants from downtown to Buckhead and beyond are celebrating Labor Day weekend with special offers and events, so be sure to check out our list of all the highlights. All that and more in this week's Dish!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fortune Cookie Says Your Office Might Win a Tin Drum Asiacafé Office BBQ Bash



And fortune cookie is never wrong. This Smokin’ Korean BBQ from Tin Drum Asiacafé will transform your lunch break into an all-out BBQ Bash. Enter the August 25 – October 19 contest to see if good fortune is on your side. Each Tin Drum Asiacafé location is awarding an Office BBQ Bash that feeds up to 20 people and includes three gallons of peach-ginger tea, one Smokin’ Korean BBQ tray, one traditional Tin Drum tray of your choice, one salad tray and one mixed spring roll tray, all delivered and set up by the Tin Drum Asiacafé catering team.


Enter while dining at Tin Drum Asiacafé by scanning the sweepstakes QR code on your table and following  the instructions. If you chose to do takeout, you can also enter in the comfort of your own home by visiting the Tin Drum Asiacafé Facebook fan page by clicking “Enter Now” or “Sweepstakes” on the Tin Drum page. If you prefer the hashtag over the like, enter #tindrumofficebash @tindrummer and follow the link on Twitter. Be sure to complete all of the information so you can get all of the glory if your office wins! 

Appetizing Aperture



What’s more refreshing than a couple of days away from the city? Absolutely nothing. Even better, White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Ga. is only a two-and-a-half hour drive south of Atlanta. With newly built lodging, stay a few nights and get rejuvenated. During your stay, get up close and personal with cattle and poultry by taking a farm tour. After working up an appetite on your journey through the ranch, pay a visit to the farm store or White Oak Pastures’ open-air dining pavilion

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Well, if you weren’t hungry before, you definitely will be now! Makan in Decatur is a fusion of Asian street and comfort food. More pictures of this colorful cuisine can be found @makanatl

Celebrate Eight with $8 Appetizer and Drink Specials at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails through August 31



Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is turning eight this month, and that calls for a celebration! Now through August 31, chef Derek Dollar and staff want to say “thank you” to their loyal patrons, old and new, by offering a special anniversary appetizer or cocktail for only $8. After you try the Cajun shrimp skewer joined by smoked bacon succotash and red pepper coulis, refresh your palate with Southern strawberry lemonade, served in a mason jar of course. 

Ale Aboard! JCT.- Terrapin Bar Bash Loads Up Crawfish Boil, Bacon Jam, Ooo-Eee Sauce, Atlanta Funk Society and More on August 23



When JCT. Kitchen & Bar and Terrapin Beer Company come together to throw a Bar Bash, it is anything but typical.  From 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, August 23, sip (or chug) some of your favorite Terrapin brews including RecreationAle and Hi-5 IPA for only $3 a can. If you’re feeling a little peachy, tip back a cup of beer punch infused with Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse ale for $6.


Chefs E.J. Hodgkinson and Brian Meiler are not going to let you drink on an empty stomach! They will be cooking up a crawfish boil with Georgia corn accompanied by crawfish straight from the Gulf and local potatoes to feed two to three people for $17. If you’re not crazy about crustaceans, the Original JCT. burger topped with bacon jam and blue cheese ($10) will make an appearance, as well as a double-smoked sausage perfectly paired with ooo-eee sauce and pepper jelly ($5). The Atlanta Funk Society will have you twisting and hustling the night away with 60s-70s-80s tunes. If you’re anywhere else this Saturday, you’re doing it wrong. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

no. 246 no. 3 Anniversary Calls for August 24 Backyard Bonanza




no.246 is celebrating three years of exceptional eats on Sunday, August 24 from 5-7 p.m. with a backyard bash. A pig roast, $2.46 Terrapin beer specials and a ping-pong tournament will be accompanied with Americana tunes by Atlanta’s own City Mouse

Todd Richards of The Pig & The Pearl, The Shed at Glenwood Works with Pork at Morningside Farmers Market Chef Demo on August 23



Are you tired of buying all of that farm-fresh fare at the farmers market only to realize you have no idea what to do with it? Chef Todd Richards from The Pig & The Pearl will be at the Morningside Farmers Market on Saturday, August 23 working with the product he knows best: pork. Riverview Farms, a certified organic farm in northwest Georgia, is providing Richards will a fresh from the farm hog. This delectable demo with begin at 9 a.m. and market hours are 7:30-11:30 a.m.