Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Today is National Pecan Day!

No matter how you like to say it (puh-KAHN or pee-KAN) today is National Pecan Day. March 25 is the day on which George Washington planted pecan trees at Mt.Vernon and we're celebrating! Did you know that the Pecan tree is the only nut tree native to North America? Another crackin’ good reason to go nutty over the pecan dishes at our favorite Atlanta restaurants!Aqua Blue tops a butter lettuce cup with caramelized pears, pecans and gorgonzola dressing ($7). 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell; 770-643-8886.

Aria starts the meal with an elegant oak-grilled lamb tenderloin appetizer with warm pecan-crusted goat cheese and sweet onion pipérade ($15). 490 East Paces Ferry Road; 404-233-7673.

Canoe piles a wealth of health on a plate of grilled Atlantic salmon with spaghetti squash and carrot sauté, pecans and wilted baby spinach ($22.95). In Vinings at 4199 Paces Ferry Road, NW; 770-432-2663.

South City Kitchen indulges guests with individual pecan pies with buttermilk caramel and vanilla ice cream ($6.75). South City Kitchen Midtown: Open for lunch and dinner daily and Sunday brunch at 1144 Crescent Avenue; 404-873-7358. South City Kitchen Vinings: Open for dinner nightly and Sunday Brunch at 1675 Cumberland Parkway; 770-435-0700.

Woodfire Grill dresses Newborn, Georgia’s own Crystal Organics Farm lettuce with the native nut, Mt. Vikos goat feta, watermelon radish and Sonoma trio vinaigrette for a savory salad ($9). 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road; 404-347-9055.

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