Friday, September 19, 2008
South City Kitchen is always packed for lunch, so go grab a seat on the sidewalk patio pronto and enjoy this gorgeous fall weather along with Chef Dean Dupuis' delicious menu. And don't forget to sample the cornbread in the restaurant's bread basket - our sources tell us it's a new recipe from the company's Beverage Director Vajra Stratigos!
South City Kitchen Midtown is located at 1144 Crescent Avenue in Midtown; 404-873-7358; www.fifthgroup.com.
Downtown for Coffee or a Quick Lunch? Quaint Bistro 191 and The Bean Counter Coffee Bar Satisfy Tall Orders in 191 Peachtree Tower!
Bistro 191 and The Bean Counter Coffee Bar: Open 7 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays at
Thursday, September 18, 2008
And if the new menu was not enough, Dogwood is enticing guests with drink specials, too. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday guests can enjoy half-price Ketel One martinis and cosmos along with half-price bottles of wine up to $100. Fox Theatre patrons can take advantage of half price wines by the glass with the purchase of an entrée any day of the week. Dogwood: 565 Peachtree Street; 404-835-1410.
Owner Nicolas Quinones started us with a wonderfully acidic, crisp Willakenzie Estate Pinot Gris to go with our amuse-bouche, a petite rice fritter topped with an Indian spiced duxelles. I was so quick to pop it in my mouth that I totally forgot my blogging mission temporarily and missed the photo op. You’ll have to use your imagination…
Now we are on to the big reds of the night. Torbreck Woodcutter’s Shiraz was our screw cap partner for the grilled duck breast served with creamed arugula and some of the best potatoes I’ve ever had. I dare you to find better.
Thank goodness we’ve made it to the last course because I honestly don’t think I could have made it through many more plates. Somehow, I did manage to clean my plate of its dense chocolate cake with caramel ice cream. The dessert managed to find that perfect sweet salty balance that the African soup had.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Suggested usage: When we finally made our way to the restaurant door and the freedom beyond, we were too polite to fill out a hate-mail comment card on the haitress who “served” us dinner.
"Hot and spicy" will describe both the food and the music this Saturday afternoon at Marlow’s Tavern in Alpharetta. The hopping, Northside tavern goes Cajun from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 to kick off its new weekly Saturday night live music series. This week, Andrew Black will entertain while guests push up their sleeves and hunker down to enjoy Low Country boil. Stay on for more musical entertainment and food and drink specials. No cover charge, just come “bayou-self” or bring friends!
Marlow’s Alpharetta: 3719 Old Alabama Road; 770-475-1800.
Monday, September 15, 2008
The next wine tasting at Woodfire Grill, Bordeaux Inspires the World, will take place this Wednesday, September 17. The wines features are those inspired by the Bordeaux region of France such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc from around the globe including France, Italy, California, Washington, Chile and Argentina.
At Woodfire Grill's wine tastings there's no crowded bar or schoolroom set up. You simply sit in the dining room with your friends and the wines are brought to you, at your own pace. But you don't miss the commentary - they bring that to you too! They will begin pouring the eight wines around 7 p.m. The cost is $15 per person excluding tax and gratuity. The menu that night be focused on dishes that pair well with the chosen wines. For reservations, call 404-347-9055.
Stay tuned for the next wine tasting on October 15 where we will be exploring Rhone Valley red wines and their counterparts from around the world.