Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lights, Camera, Action – Watch Aria on “Atlanta Eats” Feb. 24


From the heart of Buckhead to the local small screen, tune into Peachtree TV this Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. to see Aria on “Atlanta Eats.” Chef/owner Gerry Klaskala shows off his seasonal daily specialties to the Atlanta Eats crew, while pastry chef Kathryn King wows with dessert classics like lemon pound cake and assorted sorbets. Pop open a bottle of bubby after being inspired by general manager and head sommelier Andrés Loaiza and get ready to make your reservation to Aria soon.

“Huevos” Hello to Huevos Rancheros and More on Bulla Gastrobar’s New Brunch Menu starting Feb. 24


How do you keep that Valentine’s Day high? Take your sweet ones to Bulla Gastrobar for brunch and love life over the new brunch dishes. Tostada de aguacate (avocado toast) hits the comfort-food-and-good-for-you-too spot sporting avocado spread, heirloom tomato slices, grated smoky Idiazabal cheese and a drizzle of EVOO atop toasted multigrain bread ($8.50). Bocata de huevo (egg sandwich) cradles homemade sausage and eggs, tetilla cheese and tomato butter between slices of multigrain bread with a side of smoked paprika fries ($11). Lasso Bulla’s Spanish version of huevos rancheros made with two fried eggs, brava sauce, green and red peppers and served with a side of crispy bread ($12). Chorizo gravy spikes buttermilk-marinated, crisp-fried chicken breast in new chicken and waffles ($16). Share churro s’mores for dessert ($10). Churros, rolled in sugar and graham cracker crumbs, oust the crackers before the hot iron melds and melts the classic Hershey bar and marshmallow middle. Want a perfectly paired brunch experience? Order off their prix fixe menu ($27) and enjoy three courses of dishes that will make you say “boo-ya” to boring brunch. Bulla opens for brunch at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It’s a given that you’ll find bubbly mimosas and other glorious brunch bevies calling out from the beverage menu at this bright spot of sunny Spain in Midtown. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Medal in Crawling with HOBNOB and More at Town Brookhaven Pub Crawl Feb. 24


2018 Olympic curling, twirling and hurling from ski jumps draws to a close this weekend. There’s still time, however, to excel in “crawling,” a lesser-known sport, at the Town Brookhaven Pub Crawl on Saturday, Feb. 24. Warm up with some pull-ups and lunges before claiming your passport at the tent in Town Brookhaven’s green space. Next, crawl around to HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern and other participating Town Brookhaven restaurants to have your passport stamped while partaking of drink specials, light bites and raffles from 4-8 p.m. HOBNOB’s event skillset brings forth warm pretzels with beer cheese dip and any SweetWater beer for $7.50. Buy tickets in advance for $15 per person on Eventbrite or pay $20 at the event. Main rules: have fun, make friends, try someplace new. No split-second timing, judging or windswept slopes involved. Proceeds benefit Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (those feeling athletic can sign up for their upcoming 5K on Mar. 17).

Welcome the Year of the Dog Savoring Food 101 Chinese New Year Menu Feb. 21


It’s officially the Year of the Dog . . . which in no way infers it’s acceptable to “woof” down dinner in 2018. Au contraire. Our fortune cookie reveals a year of savoring new flavors and mindfully enjoying each bite -- starting at a Food 101 Chinese New Year celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Executive chef Ron Eyester plans a special á la carte menu of Chinese-inspired dishes, available one night only, to honor the year. Look forward to chopped liver egg roll with shredded carrot, apple, scallion and apricot duck sauce ($9.50); lobster scallion pancakes with pickled mushrooms and toasted sesame mayo ($12); smoked spareribs with ginger salad ($13); Chinatown mussels with shallot, lemongrass and rice wine-sambal butter ($13); shrimp toast with toasted sesame mayo and marinated bean sprouts ($13); Mongolian pork tenderloin with crispy Brussels sprouts, radish and cilantro ($26); and Chinese fried chicken with steamed rice and braised red cabbage ($23). The next Year of the Dog barks in 2030, a long wait to mark the date. Call friends and celebrate now, this week, at Food 101. Make reservations on OpenTable.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Appetizing Aperture: Atkins Park Herb-Roasted Chicken

Even though it’s winter, herb-roasted chicken ($13 lunch/$15 dinner) at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar satisfies and comforts like a tall glass of sweet tea on a Georgia summer day. Probably because the Joyce Farms airline chicken breasts are brined in sweet tea before roasting so they’re tender and moist for your fork. Fried okra and butternut squash gratin join the Southern foods family reunion on a plate.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

#Foodgram

There’s a man wearing an apron and solving Kitchen Conundrums behind the kitchen doors at Martha Stewart Living. Thomas Joseph, director of food development, chefs those gorgeous dishes you want to steal and eat right off magazine and website pages and posts them at @tojo827. Sift through Joseph’s photos, recipes and short instructional shows then try your hand at no-knead artisanal bread with olives and Gruyere cheese, roasted cauliflower soup or fudgy vs. cakey brownies.

Winers: Your Sips at Marlow’s Tavern Send Tips to ACFB Hunger Walk Run through Feb. 25

Enjoy wine, so others can dine, by ordering wine by the glass or bottle at Marlow’s Tavern locations through Sunday, Feb. 25. Marlow’s Tavern is always on the lookout for ways to help out and make a difference in the community. This month, corks are popping to benefit the Feb. 18 Atlanta Community Food Bank  Hunger Walk Run at Georgia State Stadium. The neighborly taverns are partnering with Chateau Ste. Michelle and the Food Bank, donating $1 to the organization for each bottle of wine Marlow’s sales through Feb. 25. Michelle Brut, Columbia Valley, NV; Chateau Ste. Michelle sauvignon blanc, Columbia Valley, 2014; 14 Hands merlot, Washington State, 2013; and Intrinsic cabernet sauvignon, Columbia Valley, 2014 are the four spectacular wines driving donations. Marlow’s Tavern staffers are tying on sneakers to walk and run in this year’s event. Join them in the walk or donate to the cause here.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Southern Proper Hospitality to Open Chido + Padre’s in April, Bringing Baja to Buckhead

This year, when Baja beckons for a spring break, Atlantans can zip to Buckhead where Chido + Padre’s, the newest concept from Southern Proper Hospitality (SPH), will deliver the bold flavors, traditions and spirit of the Baja Peninsula’s vivacious culture. Set to open in early April, the restaurant will fill the Smokebelly BBQ space at 128 East Andrews Drive. “From Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas, we have visited Western Mexico often and have fallen in love with the food, people and way of life there. We wanted to create an authentic concept that would transport some of these customs to Atlanta in a modern way,” says SPH CEO Tony Bartlett. “Chido + Padre’s will celebrate Mexico’s fresh, coastal cuisine and bring a fun and festive party to Buckhead.”
What’s in a name? Chido and Padre personify the notion that opposites attract -- Chido being the mischievous risk taker, while Padre is the do-gooder voice of reason -- purposefully pleasing foodies and families with fresh, elevated Baja-Mex fare, festive atmosphere (think birthday celebrations with sombreros) and convenient parking while tequila-ing the fancies of the after-work and party crowd with strong drinks, modern food and a high-energy vibe. Executive chef Benjamin Meyer, also SPH’s corporate chef, will employ a mesquite wood-burning grill and fresh flavor combos on the lunch and dinner menus. Look for mesquite-grilled meats and seafood, campechana, vegetarian tamales, chicken mole, smoked brisket tacos, enchiladas and other authentic dishes, along with a wide variety of botanas (dips) such as queso, house salsas and made-to-order guacamoles. An upscale yet approachable beverage program will feature margaritas, cocktails, tequilas, wine and a variety of Mexican, domestic and craft beers. Appealing to guests’ Chido side, the edgy Bandida Bar will emphasize tequila and mezcal varietals and off-the-menu cocktail creations. Chido + Padre’s continues the SPH tradition of providing a “short-term escape” for diners by appealing to a sense of adventure -- in this case, it’s that authentic Baja-Mex experience, right here, and almost right now. Can’t wait until April brings this “spring break.”  For more information, visit chidoandpadres.com

Joey Ward of Gunshow is a 2018 StarChefs Rising Star; Taste His Talent at Gala Feb. 20

Gunshow executive chef Joey Ward is on the 2018 class roster for StarChefs Atlanta Rising Stars. The honor comes with spoon, fork and swizzlers attached: Ward and his talented classmates -- Atlanta’s top chefs, sommeliers and bartenders -- will prepare tastings and pour drinks for guests to savor while sauntering around the 2018 Atlanta Rising Stars Gala at SunTrust Park on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Preview the tempting menu here. A VIP reception opens the evening at 5:45 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and the Tasting Gala from 7-9:30 p.m. Ward plans to wow gala guests with Lone Mountain Wagyu tartare, brioche, white truffle emulsion and egg yolk. He’s not going it alone. Compadre and Cocktail Cart Conductor Mercedes O’Brien joins him, treating imbibers to a smooth, java-ish cocktail of Grey Goose vodka, faux’presso, coffee liqueur, Chinese black bean vermouth and burnt sugar. Buy tickets online and come taste why these men and women are Atlanta’s StarChefs. General admission is $85 per person; VIP tickets are $125 per person (plus small service fee). A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit dedicated to providing emergency assistance to Atlanta restaurant workers.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Earn Points, Discounts through New HOBNOB Loyalty Program


Frequenters of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern joining the restaurant’s new loyalty program will be rewarded with a lagniappe (even when it’s not Mardi Gras season) in the way of points and dollar discounts. For each dollar spent, guests will rack up one point. Upon accumulating 100 points, they’ll receive $5 off their purchase. The program is already underway at HOBNOB in Midtown and Town Brookhaven. Enjoy a people-pleasing menu of refined tavern fare with Southern flair, cold brews, a satisfying wine collection and handcrafted cocktails at both locations.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

It’s 10 “o’guac” Somewhere! Social Hours and Late-Night Specials Flow at Babalu

Check your clock and get ready to guac and roll with the new afternoon and late-night Flights & Bites menu and specials at Babalu Tapas & Tacos in Midtown. Come hungry and thirsty. Leave happy and quenched. Chime in from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, Thursdays from 10 “o’guac” p.m. until midnight and Friday and Saturday from 10 “o’guac” until 1 a.m.
Savor a flight of three tequilas for $10 or a $10 sangria flight featuring house-made white, red, rosé and seasonal sangrias. For a buck more ($11), buy a specialty margarita flight with your choice of any four margarita flavors. Settle in over $4 pours of sangria or draft beers, $5 glasses of house wines or well drinks, or a house margarita for $6.
Bite into your choice of Babalu’s eight taco flavors for $3; queso blanco fries ($6); Babalu’s best dips -- guacamole, pico de gallo, black-eyed pea hummus -- and chips ($7); black bean fritters ($8); crab bites ($10); a Baba burger, crispy pork belly, and lamb and goat cheese slider trio ($10); or a dessert sampler of chocolate cayenne truffle, dulce de leche cheesecake bite and cinnamon bread pudding ($5). Night owls, it’s time.

American Cut Hosts Intimate Domaine Select Wine Dinner Feb. 24


Two names synonymous with excellence in their own right -- American Cut and Domaine Select Wine & Spirits -- comprise a dynamic dine-and-wine duo as they come together to host an exceptional Domaine Select Wine Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 24. American Cut executive chef John Adamson and head sommelier Adam Pucillo design a fabulous dinner featuring three savory courses plus dessert astutely paired with wines from Domaine Select and priced at $200 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Only 16 guests will be able to attend this intimate event, which starts at 6 p.m. at the upscale restaurant in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta on Peachtree Street. Call the restaurant to reserve seats, 770-415-9766.