Thursday, April 14, 2016

New Restaurants Blossom this Spring

Atlanta is abloom with azaleas, dogwoods – and new restaurants. Lift up the sunglasses and glimpse what’s growing and opening on Atlanta’s dining horizon and in nearby Greenville, South Carolina and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, this spring.
101 Steak, an innovative, chef-driven steakhouse from the team behind 101 Concepts (Food 101, Meehan's Public House, Cibo e Beve, Smoke Ring, Restaurant Paradis), will beef up Vinings’ dining scene with high-quality steaks, seafood, a raw bar and more than 100 wines by the glass when it opens in mid-June at 3621 Vinings Slope, SE. Chef Joe Ahn’s locally sourced, seasonal menu hints of Asian, Southern and Italian influences and features locally sourced à la carte meat and seafood specialties to pair with a variety of creative side dishes. Follow 101 Steak on Facebook.
5Church opens at the intersection of 14th and Peachtree streets in May, completing a Southern triangle with points in Charlotte, Charleston and Atlanta. Guests can expect casual-yet-refined menus from executive chef Jamie Lynch including 5Church favorites such as the “60 second” NY strip steak and 5Church hamburger with red onion marmalade and Gorgonzola fondue. Look for Atlanta-specific locally sourced dishes, a 200-bottle wine list, specialty cocktails, craft beer, rooftop bar, sidewalk patio and artwork created by local artists. Follow 5Church Atlanta on Facebook.
In May, Marlow’s Tavern, Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood tavern, will welcome its newest location in Marietta's Sandy Plains Centre at 2960 Shallowford Road. Guests can enjoy classic tavern favorites or new menu selections such as the Chopped Chicken Salad with grilled Prestige Farms chicken or “AB” Firecracker Shrimp with tempura fried shrimp, red bell peppers, pepperoncini, sweet chili and cracklin’ spicy sauce. Keep up with Marlow’s on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The Katharine Brasserie & Bar opens late April on the ground floor of the renovated R.J. Reynolds building at Fourth and Main in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Executive chef Ed Witt builds a traditional brasserie menu upon a foundation of seasonal ingredients, French techniques, classic Southern cooking and modern polish. Downtowners and The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel guests can sit down to breakfast, lunch, dinner or selections from the bar’s extensive wine list as well as craft beers and cocktails. “The Katharine” borrows its name from Katharine Smith Reynolds. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram.
Greenville, South Carolina, is the newest city to go loco with Tin Lizzy’s Cantina’s second outpost in the Palmetto state. Opening later this month, the Atlanta-based taqueria brings its lively atmosphere, chilled margaritas and FlexMex cuisine to Magnolia Park Town Center at 1025 Woodruff Road. Now that’s something to taco-bout! Catch Tin Lizzy’s on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Sublime Doughnuts rises up in a second Atlanta location this month to roust those in the Druid Hills area with more than 30 varieties of yeast-risen doughnuts, Octane Sublime blend coffee, teas, homemade ice cream and specialty bakery items. Eyes will glaze at the sight of founder/creative director/chef Kamal Grant’s beauties including A-Town Cream, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Fresh Strawberry & Cream and Orange Dream Star. Pretty sure the new Sublime at 2566 Briarcliff Road, NE will be your new happy place. Lick your fingers and roll with Sublime (and their fan club president, Baby Blue) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and drool.  
Chef Kevin Gillespie will soon open Communion, a German beer garden-inspired outdoor space, to welcome guests to his popular Revival restaurant in Decatur. The backyard social scape invites guests to have fun playing games -- like cornhole and horseshoes -- and whet appetites at a food truck offering executive chef Andreas Müller's inspired takes on German beer garden snacks. Guests will purchase $5 tokens from the Communion cashier to spend on drinks and food truck noshes. Plan to play in Revival’s backyard on Thursdays and Fridays beginning at 4 p.m., 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. on Sundays, weather permitting. Keep up with Communion and Revival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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