Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Whisk Away to Winter in Spain Savoring Bulla Gastrobar’s Seasonal Specialties

An epicurean vacation in sunny Spain is so close you can taste it. Jet to Bulla Gastrobar in Midtown, where the “Winter in Spain” menu simmers, stuffs and slow roasts a Spanish tapas bar excursion you won’t want to miss. Bring friends and share small plates of shishito peppers fashioned after the Spanish dish “padrones rellones,” stuffed with Mahón cheese, panko and spicy tomato ($8). Inspired by Caldo Gallego, warming Galician soup rewards those who spoon into its flavorful broth with mouthfuls of white beans, pork shank, chorizo and good-for-you kale ($9). Mull over tender morsels of slow-roasted pig with pork demi, Bulla’s take on lechon asado, along with its side of melt-in-your-mouth panadera potatoes ($23). Piquillo peppers Vizcaina-style, stuffed with ground beef and pork with béchamel and black currants ($11), and meaty lamb chops basking in honey beer reduction with kale and potato foam ($23) offer more incentive to leave baggage behind and head Spain-ward. To celebrate your mini vacation, enjoy an imaginative cocktail like the Mariposa Negra (made with Old Forester 100, butterfly pea powder syrup, lemon juice and St-Germain), housemade sangria, craft beer or glass of Spanish (or American) wine. Relaxation to the max.

Order Christmas Ho, Ho, Ho To-Go: Milton’s Bourbon-Glazed Hams, Smoked Turkeys and Southern Sides

Spend more time making merry at exciting Atlanta holiday activities and devote less time hovering around the oven during upcoming days. Executive chef Derek Dollar and his staff at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails are already planning to prepare 12- to 14-pound Applewood-smoked turkeys and spiral hams with bourbon-orange glaze. Let them throw one or two on for your crowd. They’ll gladly pack up some irresistible Southern sides as well. Each ham or turkey comfortably feeds six to eight guests for $85. Each turkey comes with a quart of Madeira gravy and another side of your choice; each ham comes with a quart of bourbon-orange glaze and a choice of side. You’ll want to add more sides when you see the list: mashed potatoes, green beans, asparagus, cheddar grits and smoked Gouda mac and cheese. Order online by Dec. 18 and pick up Dec. 22 or 23 between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the historic Crabapple restaurant.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights Cozy Up to Free Pretzel and Warm Cheese and Beer Dip at HOBNOB Midtown

How does your holiday garden glow? With hot yummies and a wintry mix of frosty beers, cocktails and wine from HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern in Midtown anchoring your visit to the Garden Lights, Holiday Nights extravaganza at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Show your same-day Garden Lights, Holiday Nights ticket at HOBNOB Midtown and receive a free order of its popular soft pretzel with warm cheese and beer dip. Warm innards with a selection from the extensive selection of bourbons, whiskeys, ryes and such. Thaw out over shareable snacks, burgers, tavern specialties or pizzas from the crowd-pleasing menu. For kids in the party, HOBNOB offers a $6 kids menu, and kids 12 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée Sunday-Thursday from 5-7 p.m. For a sweet ending, spoon into HOBNOB’s hot cobbler or an adult milkshake spiked with spirits or the straight-up (non-alcoholic) chocolate shake. There’s more than one way to get your glow on.

Let the Reindeer Graze and Head to these Atlanta Restaurants for Christmas Eve Dining

Welcome Christmas by sharing brunch, lunch or dinner with loved ones on Christmas Eve. Atlanta restaurants provide welcome respite amid the last-minute shopping frenzy and festive feasting before or after Christmas Eve services. Santa’s helpers will appreciate the “no assembly required” aspect of dining out before settling in with instruction manuals. “Yule” have to check our list to see which jolly restaurant will serve dinner on Christmas Day.

Multiple Locations

Jingle all the way to Henri's Bakery & Cafe's Westside location on Christmas Eve. While the newest outpost is open from from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., sister locations in Buckhead and Sandy Springs will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Celebrating the holidays with Ray’s Restaurants is an Atlanta holiday tradition, and reservations are recommended. All three restaurants will be open on Christmas Eve offering an a la carte dinner menu from 5-9 p.m. While Ray’s in the Citywill be closed during brunch and lunch hours Christmas Eve, it’s a perfect place to sit down for dinner when downtown for a Christmas Eve service or other festivities. Ray’s on the River will serve a brunch buffet from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. priced at $45.95/adult, $22.95/child on Dec. 24. Welcome Christmas Eve at Ray’s at Killer Creek and enjoy a brunch buffet from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. for $42.95/adult, $21.95/child. The Ray’s trio will be closed on Christmas Day so staff can spend the holiday with family.

These Southern Proper Hospitality restaurants will follow their regular opening hour schedules and offer menu specials on Christmas Eve: The Big Ketch - Canton StreetMilton’s Cuisine + Cocktails and Gypsy Kitchen. On Dec. 24, pop into The Southern Gentleman for lunchtime comfort and joy -- delicious bites, beer or bourbon -- when shopping for that last gift at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta.

Feliz Navidad! Santa loves tacos. Luckily, Tin Lizzy's Cantinalocations in Buckhead, Grant Park, Perimeter, Kennesaw, East Cobb and Augusta will be open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Dec. 24 so the jolly elf can take in some tacos before his flight. (Better watch the margaritas, Santa.)

Midtown and Around

In Midtown, 5Church will be open and offering its regular menus on Christmas Eve. Enjoy favorites from executive chef Scotley Innis like short rib pappardelle ($28), rabbit pot pie ($21) and truffle mushroom risotto ($18).

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland hosts a special Christmas Eve brunch on Dec. 24 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and will close at 6 p.m. The merry brunch menu includes breakfast egg rolls ($8), country ham, grits and red-eye gravy ($14) and eggnog pancakes with bacon or pesto chicken sausage ($12). They promise “special gifts for all of the good boys and girls.” On Christmas Eve, all customers will have an opportunity to win a $50 Atkins Park gift card. Atkins Park is the neighborly place to be on Christmas Day, opening at 6 p.m. and offering plenty of holiday fixings: Big Green Egg smoked turkey breast with caramelized apple and sage stuffing and cider gravy, braised pork shoulder, roasted root veggies with bourbon glaze, green bean casserole, crispy onions and roasted mushrooms, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry Grand Marnier compote, sweet potato biscuits, Southern pecan pie and eggnog cheesecake. $30 adults, $18 for young adults and $10 for ages 10 and under. Reservations recommended.

On Christmas Eve day or night, gather friends for tapas, craft cocktails and Spanish specialties around communal tables at Bulla Gastrobar in Midtown, which will follow its regular hours on Dec. 24.

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern in Midtown and Brookhaven will honor their regular business hours on Christmas Eve for yuletide greetings and eatings then close for Christmas Day.

Revival, chef Kevin Gillespie’s Decatur restaurant, will serve beloved Southern brunch specialties on Christmas Eve from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. As is its custom, the restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Count Gunshow out on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; the Glenwood Park restaurant will be closed Sunday and Monday as usual, reopening Tuesday and serving dinner from 6-9 p.m.

Buckhead and Sandy Springs

Glitzy American Cut in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta will be open on Christmas Eve until 10 p.m. Dinner service begins at 5:30 with the last seating at 8:30 p.m. Head home for a celebratory nightcap as The Regent Cocktail Club will be closed on Christmas Eve.

Cherish an elegant Christmas Eve dinner at Aria. Chef Gerry Klaskala’s acclaimed Buckhead restaurant is usually closed on Sundays so this is an especially sweet opportunity to celebrate this special night.

Rein in the busyness preceding Christmas Eve and be present in calm, exquisite moments at Umi. The celebrity-favored Buckhead sushi restaurant, normally closed on Sundays, will be open for dinner service on Christmas Eve for the first time this year.

Incentive to complete the gift wrapping and stocking stuffing early: Johnny's Hideaway plays jolly jingles and dance tunes well past midnight on Christmas Eve, staying open until 2 a.m. (Hear that, Santa?) The Buckhead hideaway will be closed Christmas Day and night. Psst. Word’s out they’re having a holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 21, so finish that shopping and tootle on over.

Food 101 American Kitchen & Bar in Sandy Springs sustains Santa’s helpers with Christmas Eve brunch and dinner options. Peruse the regular brunch menu from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. From 5:30-9 p.m., savor a special limited dinner menu featuring starters such as “New England-style” smoked haddock chowder, Blue Point oysters stuffed with smoked bacon and kale and braised beef short rib petite Wellingtons with red wine demi-glace ($9-$16). Chef Ron Eyester’s main plates that night include pan-roasted Florida grouper with eggplant purée, haricot vert and tomato jus; crab-stuffed lobster tail with asparagus gratin, new potatoes and hollandaise; smoked chicken risotto with wild mushrooms, herbs and foie gras jus; seared tuna with braised white beans, fennel and olive jus; Santa’s burger with Kobe beef, St. Andres cheese, balsamic onion relish, baby arugula and foie gras mayo; and braised beef short rib with creamed kale, grained mustard and whipped potatoes ($24-$32). Closed Christmas Day.

Outside the Perimeter

Come Christmas Eve in East Cobb, dine on chef-driven seasonal specialties at Seed Kitchen & Bar or go coastal for the “Best Seafood in Atlanta” per the AJC at Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar. Both of chef/owner Doug Turbush’s restaurants will be open for dinner as usual on Christmas Eve.

Monday, December 11, 2017

What’s New on Pinterest

We’re using our noggins to whip up Eggnog Delights just for you and yours. Traditionalists will adore punchbowls and pours of peppermint-eggnog punch, spiked and spiced bacon eggnog, eggnog chai smoothies or Martha Stewart’s eggnog martini (hold the olive, please). Go ahead, spike that eggnog French toast bake (we won’t tell) for an eye-opening breakfast. Prefer to chew instead of raising a glass of the brew? Try eggnog arroz con leche and cranberry parfaits, gingerbread trifle, eggnog pound cake and cake rolls, fudge, meltaways and frosted cookies to jolly-fy the office cookie exchange.

Sunday, December 10, 2017


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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Appetizing Aperture

Soup’s on at Willy’s Mexicana Grill! ‘Tis the season for Willy’s beloved chicken tortilla soup, which, by the way, is on FourSquare’s list of “The 15 Best Places for a Chicken Tortilla Soup in Atlanta.” Order a cup ($2.95) or a bowl ($4.75) and get to slurpin’.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Let Kevin Gillespie and Team at Revival Wrap Up Your Holiday Cooking -- Smoked Hams, Southern Sides, Cakes, Pies

Be the host with the most delicious holiday spread this year thanks to Atlanta chef, restaurateur, speaker and cookbook author Kevin Gillespie and his Revival team led by chef de cuisine Nicole Edwards. Gillespie’s grandmother loved to create farm-fresh Southern dishes, inspiring her grandson to share the love with Atlanta families through Revival holiday at-home menu items. All eyes and forks will focus on Riverview Farms ham, cured and smoked in the Terminus City BBQ pit, cooked in-house and baked to crunchy-crust perfection with Gillespie’s new Good Ass Ham Sugar. It feeds 10 people for $90. Revival signature sides available for order include Granny’s pole beans, braised greens, lemon-glazed sweet potatoes and cranberry relish that will feed four to six guests for $20 each. The chef and his crew cover desserts as well: Revival’s chocolate cake or yellow cake with chocolate icing for $55 each and lemon icebox pie, apple streusel pie, pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie for $35 each. Baked pies come complete with reheating instructions. Email orders to by Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. Pick-up is on Saturday, Dec. 23 between 1-5 p.m. at the American Spirit Whiskey Distillery (199 Armour Drive, just off the Northside BeltLine trail in the Armour Yards neighborhood near SweetWater Brewery), where the Terminus City BBQ team is currently on-site every Saturday with delicious barbecue and sides.

Atlanta Restaurants: Weather Status

Check out these Atlanta-area restaurants if you are looking for a cozy place to stay and a warm meal tonight. We'll keep updating this list as things change. #OpenInATL #SnowDay

  • Ormsby's
  • Gunshow
  • Revival
  • The Federal
  • HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern in Midtown and Brookhaven
  • Atkins Park Virgina Highland
  • Taco Mac: All locations open with the exception of the Lindbergh and Crabapple locations, which are closed
  • Terminus City BBQ: Pop-up at ASW Distillery set for noon on Saturday, Dec. 9

These Atlanta-area restaurants are currently planning to close due to the snowy weather conditions. We'll keep updating this list as things change. #ATLclosed #SnowDay


  • Willy's Mexicana Grill: All locations closing today, Friday, Dec. 8 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Henri's Bakery & Cafe: All locations closing today, Friday Dec. 8 at 4:00 p.m.
  • FEED Fried Chicken + Such: Closing today, Friday, Dec. 8 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Brine Seafood Shack: Closing today, Friday, Dec. 8 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Chicken and the Egg: Closing today, Friday, Dec. 8 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar: Closed today, Friday, Dec. 8
  • Seed Kitchen & Bar: Closed today, Friday, Dec. 8
  • Stem Wine Bar: Closed today, Friday, Dec. 8
  • Bulla Gastrobar:Closed today, Friday, Dec. 8
  • Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails: Closed today, Friday, Dec. 8 
  • gusto!: Both locations closing today, Friday, Dec. 8 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Perks Coffee: Closed today, Friday, Dec. 8
  • Aria: Closed today, Friday, Dec. 8  
  • Johnny's Hideaway: Closed today, Friday, Dec. 8
  • Ray's at Killer Creek, Ray's on the River: Closing today, Friday, Dec. 8 at 9 p.m.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Live Music Rocks the House Sunday Nights at Johnny’s Hideaway

Even the busiest elves need a night off from the holiday hubbub to rock and roll along with the band. Live music jams at Johnny’s Hideaway in Buckhead on Sunday nights beginning at 8:30 p.m., and we’re not talking reindeer bands. On Dec. 10, Cold Draft Beer plays hits to fill the dance floor, and on Dec. 17, Band X churns out party music galore. Cover is only $5. Food and drink specials fuel merry souls, and DJ Spin follows the bands to keep the party rolling into the wee hours. Additionally, hospitality industry workers enjoy their in-the-biz specials on Sunday nights.

Kids Eat Free when Grown-ups Dine Sunday-Thursday Nights at HOBNOB

Mom and Dad, add dinner at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern to your holiday plans -- and bring the kids. Both the Midtown and Brookhaven locations of the casual eatery are running a Kids Eat Free promo from 5-7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday evenings. Limit one free kids meal per adult entrée purchased. Available to kids ages 12 and under ordering from the kids menu. Dine in only. HOBNOB Midtown is a fabulous place to convene or cap a family outing to the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Garden Lights Holiday Nights extravaganza. Stop at HOBNOB Town Brookhaven on the way home from visiting Santa at a nearby mall or viewing holiday lights from the family sleigh, err, car.