Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Feeling the Heat? Chill with Summery Fare at Atlanta Restaurants

Honor your summer appetite by noshing and dining on lighter fare at Atlanta restaurants. Ditch lunch and dinner doldrums with these tasty perks:

Senf schnitzel (mustard schnitzel) lands the coveted schnitzel of the month spot at Der Biergarten. Dijon mustard and a light breading coat a tender pork cutlet that’s gently fried and accompanied by a side for $23. Crisp Spaten lager, beer of the month, refreshes without overwhelming ($9/liter).

The raw tuna tartare burger at FLIP burger boutique foils summer heat with a cool and colorful topping of Asian pear, pine nuts, soy dressing, wasabi mayo, compressed veggies, mango sphere and avocado ($14).

The savory-spicy yin yang of kimchi, gochujang and scallions dress Korean pork sliders ($7) at 
Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub. Dwelling on half-priced appetizers 5-6 p.m. Monday through Friday -- and your cold beverage of choice -- saves a hot-under-the-collar kind of day. Slide in for sliders and check out Kaleidoscope’s new renovations and expansion when the restaurant reopens on July 18.

Marlow's Tavern mixes a watermelon and buffalo mozzarella salad that’s pure chill with European cucumber, radish, fresh mint, olive oil and balsamic glaze ($9). Available through August 3 as part of Marlow’s Midsummer Cocktail Party. (Not available at Waterford Lakes or Woodstock locations.) While there, snap a pic of your summer fun and upload it to Marlow’s Midsummer Cocktail Party photo contest for a chance to win dinner for four (#marlowsmidsummer).

Sized right for summer appetites, small plates of fried chicken and champagne meatballs with champagne gravy ($10) are always in season at MAX’s Wine Dive in Midtown.

All three Ray’s Restaurants bring the Maine coast to metro Atlanta through their summer lobster promotion. Select a 1.25-pound whole Maine lobster with a choice of salad and side, served with drawn butter for $24.95 at Ray’s at Killer CreekRay's on the River and Ray's in the City.

Seed Kitchen & Bar sears Maine scallops and serves them alongside poblano creamed corn and chanterelles with truffle vinaigrette.

At Tin Lizzy's Cantina, a skewer of seasoned grilled shrimp reclines on a bed of seasoned rice, grilled red peppers and onions, Monterey Jack cheese and crispy tortilla strips, all drizzled with creamy avocado sauce ($9.99). Ask for the shrimp fajita skillet, and while you’re at it, add a margarita or ice-cold beer. 

Stem Wine Bar has a sweet spot for Georgia peaches, pairing Marcona almond panna cotta with riesling-poached peaches from Pearson Farm.

The Southern Gentleman’s dessert menu chills with a strawberry financier ($8) with rhubarb, white chocolate ice cream and brown butter crumble and a blueberry upside-down cake ($8) topped with salted vanilla ice cream with Fruit Loop dust and cornmeal crumbs.

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