Get ready for some smoky competition as Atlanta’s very own Kevin Gillespie judges the Smoked one-hour premiere. A lucky up-and-coming pitmaster will go grill-to-grill against a BBQ legend. Who will win the ultimate title, major bragging rights and the pride to last a lifetime? With unexpected twists from host Marc Ryan throughout the eight hour competition, pulling off a win won’t be easy!
Thursday, May 23, 2013
The Optimist is celebrating two biggies -- its one-year anniversary and Memorial Day -- on one party-perfect day, Saturday, May 25. The polished fish camp and oyster bar is hosting a fish fry beginning at 1 p.m. Keyboardist Ben Tanner of the Grammy-nominated Alabama Shakes will perform with bands Belle Adaire and The Bear starting at 4 p.m. The year has sailed by with regatta speed since Ford Fry opened The Optimist to give Atlantans the ocean edge they crave. The fresh catches and cool tunes will help cure any landlocked woes.
Fast Times, Decatur-Style: No. 246 Adds Call-Ahead Lunch Menu and Summer Sunday Ping-Pong Tournaments
Time flies on a lunch hour. Downtown Decatur workers, squeeze a leisurely Italian lunch fix into your precious lunch break via the new call-ahead menu at No. 246. Call before leaving the office and your meal will be ready when you arrive. Delizioso plates include a chicken Parm sandwich, wood-baked ziti and meatballs, and mushroom pizza ($8-$16). Share or go solo on some crispy cheese, garlic knots, chicken wings and soup ($5-6) or salad and side options like the chopped salad, house salad, flatbread, roasted potatoes and crispy onions ($3-$12). See a sample menu on Facebook. For more information or to place a call-ahead order, call 678-399-8246.
Ping-Pong players sign up now! Come Sunday, June 2, fast-paced Ping-Pong takes over in the backyard area from 5-8 p.m. Drew Belline's winning snacks keep energy levels high and include a selection of toasts ($5-$13) with a variety of toppings like arugula almond pesto and house ricotta; pork rillettes, beet pickled farm eggs, whole-grain mustard and local parsley; cannellini beans, Parmesan and EVOO; red pepper, basil and EVOO; and tuna conserva, citrus and olives. Bites ($5) include the No. 246 meatball and French fries with salt and Parmesan. Pizzas also are offered and include Margherita with tomato, fior di latte and backyard basil ($10) and local mushroom with mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes and arugula ($13). Toast sweet victory with Yuengling, Dale's Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout ($3-$6) or one-ounce shots of rye whiskey and Fernet Branca ($3 apiece). Sign up for tournament times by emailing Clarke Anderson at email@example.com.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Raise Money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with RA Sushi's 9th Annual Nicky's Week, May 26 - June 1
During Nicky's Week, eating edamame and Tootsy maki at Midtown's RA Sushi Bar Restaurant goes straight to helping children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. From Sunday, May 26 through Saturday, June 1, and now in its ninth year, the annual spring benefit dedicates 100 percent of the proceeds from select menu and drink items to assist kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases. St. Jude's patients receive care regardless of their family's ability to pay. The inspiration behind the effort is Nicky Mailliard, a St. Jude's patient and nephew of one of RA Sushi's founders. The 13-year old inspired many RA Sushi employees during his brave battle against brain cancer in 2005. Since the start of Nicky's Week, RA Sushi has raised more than $1 million for St. Jude's! Now that's a reason to eat out!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Sign Up for a Wheel Adventure and Join Warren Bruno Memorial Ride Through In-Town Neighborhoods on June 2
Grab your bike, bring your friends, and get ready for the Warren Bruno Memorial Ride on Sunday, June 2 to kick off Virginia Highland Summerfest. Warren Bruno, founder of Virginia-Highland Summerfest, passed away recently after a long battle with cancer. Bruno was not only an avid cyclist, but also the owner of Ormsby's and Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar. What better way to celebrate his life than with a bike ride through Virginia Highland! Donations will be given to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and water and food will be provided along the route.
Ormsby's is serving up summer the right way with a finger licking, thirst quenching new menu that will liven up any dull day this season. Dive into a handheld entrée, such as the pesto-marinated chicken wrap or fresh fish tacos. New draft beers make their mark on the menu, complete with listing names, origins, style, alcohol content and size. And don’t worry about dessert weighing you down; new options, such as key lime cheesecake and banana pudding, are light-hearted and tangy.
Cast Off for a Reel-y Good Time at The Optimist's One-Year Anniversary Party Plus More in this Week's Dish
Monday, May 20, 2013
Planning a little get-together for the 3-day weekend? We have the perfect drink! Celebrate peach season with a delicious peach daiquiri using organic peaches from Watsonia Farms (because they are the first to have them!). Get them at your local farmers market and use this recipe courtesy of Rebecca Lang's book “Quick-Fix Southern,” You'll probably want to get enough for two batches!
“Quick-Fix Southern” Peach Daiquiris
Serves 4 to 6
6 medium peaches or 3 cups frozen peaches, thawed
1/2 cup peach nectar
4 1/2 cups ice
1/2 to 3/4 cup rum
Peel and coarsely chop the peaches and place them in a blender. Add about two tablespoons of nectar. Blend until the peaches are completely puréed.
Add the ice and blend until all of it is crushed. Add the remaining six tablespoons of nectar and the rum and blend to mix. Serve in large wine glasses.
Friday, May 17, 2013
It’s time to take your woofer out for a day trip! Furry friends and their wagging tails are welcome at Barks & Beers at Der Biergarten on Saturday, May 18 from 4-8 p.m. with sales benefiting Georgia SPCA. Let your pups have their fun while you cool off with $5 Weihenstephan Hefe and $9 liters of Konig Ludwig or test your skill at beer pong, foosball and shuffleboard. With refreshing beers, games, and live music by Die Durtzbaum, Barks & Beers is a guaranteed night of fun for both owners and their furry friends; you might even need a hair-of-the-dog strategy for the morning after.
At Ray's on the River the grass is always greener, and the egg is bigger and greener too. On Saturday, May 18 from 1-4 p.m., Ray's Big Green Egg is all fired up for their Saturdays on the River barbecue event. Take advantage of the flood of locally brewed beers on hand and become an expert in "Beers Across Georgia." Ray's Saturday lawn parties always have plenty of drink specials, scenic river views and everything you need for a day of outdoor family fun!
Thursday, May 16, 2013
ATL Mixologist Movers and Shakers Vie for ACVB Centennial Cocktail Contest - The Votes Are Up to You
There's no better time than summer for sipping a cocktail on the patio of your favorite Atlanta restaurant. But which mixed drink outshines the rest? You be the judge! Whether your favorite is tequila, vodka or whiskey, ATL-inspired cocktails are taking over the city as mixologists strive to win your vote and have their drink crowned as Atlanta’s “Centennial Cocktail”. We've got a list of must-try cocktails, including some of our favorites like Ecco's Destination South and Ray's in the City's newest concoction, the Atlantamaker. Don’t forget to give your winner the recognition it deserves!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Applaud your favorite eateries by voting for them on Jezebel's 100 Best Restaurants 2013 . Input your personal top 10 then scroll down the list of more than 60 categories to add other top spots as you desire. We have some "bests" on the tips of our tongues for categories such as new restaurant, rising-star chef, sweet spot, burger, barbecue, 'wich, new OTP eatery, Italian, romantic dinner, taqueria, people watching, neighborhood pub, farm-to-fork, outside patio, group dining, mobile eats, barkeep and catch (seafood). The poll closes May 31 so be sure to submit your votes pronto! And it's okay to vote with your mouth full!
Beating the rooster out on wake-up calls this month, Bantam + Biddy gives Midtowners cause to rise and shine early on May mornings -- a breakfast promo of 50 percent off on Monday through Friday breakfast tabs. The Ansley Mall eatery serves weekday breakfast from 7:30-11:30 a.m. In case those reading glasses aren't handy, here's the fine print: Monday through Friday breakfast only, excludes alcohol, one discount -- $10 max -- per table, and not valid with any other offer. Enough said. Let's eat!