Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Atlanta Restaurants Salute Memorial Day Weekend

Celebrate Memorial Day with ceremonies and salutes honoring our armed forces. Lighter traffic. Fewer lines. More brunch time. All-American restaurant specials, dance parties and live music abounding. Exploring Atlanta and nearby cities like Roswell over the Memorial Day weekend has its own set of perks. Remember to throw your flip-flops, sunscreen and dancing slippers in your car!

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland serves its mouthwatering brunch menu all weekend long and on Monday featuring all-American classics such as the fried chicken pancake sandwich, short rib and eggs, fried green tomato Benedict, numerous skillets and even avocado toast from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

It’s not every Monday you can enjoy a relaxing brunch, so why not go for it? HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern will offer its regular brunch menu on Saturday, Sunday AND Monday from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. HOBNOB also is one of the closest places to catch a bite when heading to the Atlanta Jazz Festival at Piedmont Park over Memorial Day weekend.

Johnny’s Hideaway boogies into the unofficial start of summer with a pre-Memorial Day party on Sunday, May 28. Dance to the music of the Cold Draft Beer band and DJ Spin. Want to stay out late? Johnny’s hours accommodate.

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend and National Burger Day (May 28) wiping burger juice off your chin -- the result of biting into the Royale with Cheese, a classic tavern burger, available at your favorite Marlow’s Tavern locations. Wagyu beef is seared perfectly and stacked with American cheese and dill pickle on a buttery sesame brioche bun. Open on Memorial Day. Check website for location hours.

There’s a whole lotta Whole Hog Hootenanny going on at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails from 12-2 p.m. on Monday, May 29. Pile plates with pulled pork, ribs, smoked chicken, sides and sweets at this all-you-care-to-eat shindig going hog wild on Milton’s Acre along with a cash bar, live music and games to please all ages. Tickets are $30/adult and $15 ages 12 and under. Buy tickets and read details here.

Enjoy an all-American meal of steaks, seafood and signature dishes at all three Ray’s Restaurants over the holiday weekend. On Memorial Day, May 29, Ray’s in the CityRay’s on the River and Ray’s at Killer Creek will offer all veterans and active military a 20 percent discount.

Roswell Remembers Memorial Day, May 29 at the Roswell City Hall complex, reminds visitors why we cherish this special day honoring those who have served our nation in the armed forces. Visit to find out what’s going on in the historic city then plan a Roswell staycation over the holiday weekend or on down the road.

Smokebelly BBQ tickles ribs with four days of Red, White & Q festivities over the dates of May 26-29. Drink specials span the weekend, including $5 mules, $5 Tito’s drinks and $3 Bud Light and Miller drafts. Live music plays Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m.-midnight and Sunday from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday brunch kicks things up a notch with a bloody mary bar and bottomless mimosas from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Smokebelly empowers Memorial Day gatherings with to-go packages. Dog-friendly patio! Call 404-848-9100 for more information. Open Memorial Day from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Atlanta’s closest beach is only a few miles away. The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill -- Buckhead or Canton Street -- primes for summer with live music, cold drinks and seafood dishes galore throughout the Memorial Day weekend. Stay cool on flip-flop-approved covered decks or within air-conditioned interiors. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Grape News! Two Ways to Celebrate National Wine Day in Sandy Springs on May 25

Food 101 to Pour Wine Flights
This week, Food 101 will offer their Wine Down Wednesdays wine flight special on Wednesday – and Thursday. Think they’re flighty? Not at all! Thursday, May 25 is National Wine Day, one of our favorite varietals of foodie holidays. To mark the wine-some day, the Sandy Springs restaurant will pour May’s wine flight selections during Thursday night dinner service. Explore an Atalon from Napa Valley, a Kendall-Jackson from the Central Coast of California and a Carmel Road from Monterey, California. Flights are offered for $15, and glasses are available for $10. Free samples of several other wines will be available, and a wine distributor will be on hand that evening to answer wine questions. Complete the experience with selections from executive chef Ryan Smith’s delectable menu of Southern fare, garden delights, charcuterie and artisanal cheeses.
Wine, Brews and Moos Fuel Celebration at Taco Mac-The Prado
Wine. Check. Cheese. Check. Brews. Huh? Leave it to Taco Mac to spin National Wine Day toward a stout and hearty celebration dubbed “Wine, Brews, and Moos” at the restaurant’s Sandy Springs Prado location. From 6:30-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, relish all you care to eat and drink beer, wine and cheese. Brewniversity members earn three Brewniversity credits for participation. Buy tickets online, $30 each.

Sip and Savor Four Wines, Five Courses at Aria Rhys Vineyards Dinner May 24

Expect a divine wining and dining experience when Aria hosts a Rhys Vineyards Wine Dinner on Wednesday, May 24. Aria chef/owner Gerry Klaskala creates an inspired five-course menu showcasing four sensational wines from Rhys Vineyards: Anderson Valley chardonnay 2014, Horseshoe Vineyard chardonnay 2013, Anderson Valley pinot noir 2014 and Bearwallow Vineyard pinot noir 2013. These four varietals express the nuances of the varying rocky, mountainous, cool and coastal conditions of the California winery’s estate vineyards. Want to know more about these terroir-driven wines? Chat with Rhys Vineyard sales director Eric Sothern at the event. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. $150 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Limited seating; call 404-233-7673 for reservations.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Appetizing Aperture: Aria's Cabrio Tour

Aria’s bartenders sure know how to mix a mean cocktail! The Cabrio Tour is handcrafted with brandy, sloe gin, green chartreuse and egg white and is featured on the new spring cocktail menu. Smooth and frothy, this mixology masterpiece is the perfect start to a night on the town. Hurry in to snag a seat at the bar, then savor every second. Make dinner reservations online.

Babalu Tapas & Tacos to Bring Latin-Inspired Sharing-Style Fun to Midtown, Opens First Atlanta Location in June

Midtowners will soon be singing "Babalú" for their supper while enjoying conversation, camaraderie and good times at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, opening in late June in the Midtown 33 Peachtree Place mixed-use development (West Peachtree Street at Peachtree Place). Named after the signature song of Desi Arnaz’s character Ricky Ricardo in the television series “I Love Lucy,” Babalu sambas in with a sharing-style dining experience of made-from-scratch, Latin-inspired dishes with Southern touches. The Jackson, Mississippi-founded restaurant company with local offices in Roswell, Georgia, already has six existing locations throughout the Southeast. No two Babalus are alike, drawing inspiration from locally sourced ingredients for made-from-scratch dishes and handcrafted cocktails. The large outdoor dining patio offers a sociable setting to share starters, soups and salads, chef-inspired small plates, tacos, sandwiches, sides and desserts. Specifics? Think signature guacamole made tableside with Hass avocado, sun-dried tomato, red and green onion, kosher salt, cilantro and lime juice, served with house chips; pan-roasted redfish, rösti potatoes, smoked corn pico de gallo and red chili butter sauce; De Pato Taco with duck confit, avocado mousse, yellow onions, Cotija cheese, lime vinaigrette and cilantro; and Creole shrimp and grits made with Gulf shrimp, garlic, herb Creole sauce, mushrooms, cilantro, Coldwater Creek grits and served with grilled country bread. Margaritas, sangria, signature cocktails and a curated tequila selection accompany local craft beers and wines by the glass and bottle, all to be enjoyed with friends at tables or at the indoor/outdoor bar. Babalu, looking forward to meeting, eating and drinking with you!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

#Foodgram: Shingo Gokan

Bar none, here’s high proof Himitsu cocktail maestro Shingo Gokan @SoberSpeaker has as much talent with the camera lens as he does creating new mixed drinks. Some pics are laughable tongue in cheek, others swizzle in cocktails of “dirty” mango, kiwi in cordial or straw in coconut.

Will It Go Round in Circles? Sublime Doughnuts’ New “Will it Doughnut?” YouTube Series Spins New Flavors

Las Vegas has its roulette tables. Sublime Doughnuts owner Kamal Grant has his Wheel O’ Doughnuts for a fun bit of gourmet “gambling” in deciding new doughnut flavors. Grant spins the Wheel O’ Doughnuts to land on wacky new flavor options and shares the sweet spin through a new weekly YouTube episode, “Will it Doughnut?” Each week’s decisive spin winds up as the following week’s featured far-out doughnut. Every Monday, purchase the featured funky flavor at the West Midtown store. Drool-worthy Starburst yay or curious lotion-flavored nay, they’re all good. Grant has a way of making everything taste delicious. Need a doughnut fix? In addition to the flagship store in West Midtown, Sublime has a store in North Druid Hills and will open two locations in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

What’s New on Pinterest: Berry Delicious

Have you noticed? Berries are front and center at the grocery stores right now. You could stop at strawberry shortcake. Or, you could opt for these Berry Delicious ideas. Bakers, mix berries into triple berry scones to smear with homemade raspberry butter, fix a pan of banana-berry baked oatmeal for breakfast or wow the dinner club with a multi-layer lemon blueberry cake. Drinks on the deck or potent potables for the pool? Mix up berry sangria, blackberry whiskey lemonade, blueberry mojitos, thyme berry sparklers or skinny berry smoothies. Counter rising temperatures with strawberry lime sorbet, blueberry popsicles and raspberry rose sundaes. Bottom line, bury your cart in berries and rejoice.

Friday, May 19, 2017

HOBNOB, Jefe’s, Drinks, Demos, Music and More Headline Taste of Town Brookhaven

Taste of Town Brookhaven, this weekend’s best food fest, sprawls over the Town Brookhaven green space on Saturday, May 20 from 3-7 p.m. Anticipating all the tastes from neighborhood restaurants like HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern and Jefe’s Tacos & Tequila, plus beer, wine, music, chef demos, prizes and more, motivates completing that to-do list in the morning thus leaving the afternoon open for appetizing abandon. Prepping for the upcoming opening of its new Town Brookhaven location, HOBNOB’s Midtown chefs will prepare their popular New Generation duck nachos during a festival cooking demonstration. Plan ahead and save: buy tickets online through May 19 for $20 per person (plus service fee) or fork over $30 per person at the festival. Ticket price includes five food tasting tickets; purchase additional tasting and drink tickets at the event. Proceeds benefit LifeLine Animal Project.

Midtown Takorea & Ssam Bar Takes the City by Storm with Atlanta Eats Episode Airing May 20 and 28

Tune in this weekend to see Midtown Takorea & Ssam Bar featured on an episode of Atlanta Eats! Hear from the masters of Mexican and Korean street eats as they share a behind-the-scenes look at one of Midtown's coolest restaurants. The episode will air on Peachtree TV (WPCH) on Saturday, May 20 from 7-8 p.m. and again on Sunday, May 28 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Set your DVR or iPhone alarm because you won't want to miss this!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Kudos for a Sunday Afternoon KUDU Safari Braai Cookout with Kevin Gillespie and Justin Anthony at Yebo Beach Haus May 21

Surfin’ safari? We’re game! Celebrity chef, restaurateur and author Kevin Gillespie and Atlanta restaurateur Justin Anthony ignite a KUDU Braai Cookout on the Yebo Beach Haus patio Sunday, May 21 from 3-6 p.m. “Braai Masters” Gillespie (Gunshow, Revival, Communion Cantina and Terminus City) and South African native Anthony (10 Degrees South, Yebo Beach Haus, Cape Dutch and Biltong Bar) will man four custom KUDU Grills in a celebration of South African culture. Along with libations and chef chat time, enjoy passed plates of hot-off-the-grill South African bites including shrimp kabobs, boerewors rolls, sosaties, peri-peri chicken and vegetable kabobs. Alcohol will be available for purchase. Buy tickets online, $30 per person plus small service fee.

Sip What’s Near and Dear – Limited Edition 25-Year Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon at The Southern Gentleman

One bottle. That’s all. Be one of the lucky diners at The Southern Gentleman to indulge in limited edition 25-year Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. Bourbon connoisseurs know this elixir is to be savored and rolled across the palate. The Van Winkle family distillery produced fewer than 1000 bottles and just 710 bottles have been filled and sold – which works out to fewer than 15 bottles per state. A one-ounce neat pour carries a $350 price tag. Impressive? You bet. But then, so is The Southern Gentleman -- and its notable bourbon program -- in the Shops Buckhead Atlanta.