Friday, May 10, 2013

What's the Dish?

At Woodfire Grill Executive Chef Tyler Williams has put together a creative menu using as much local produce and sustainably purveyed ingredients as possible.  By adding ingredients inspired by the various "likes" that flavor his downtime, he adds a personal touch to his cuisine. You'll find Williams jamming out to music by Iggy Pop, Morrissey and Terence Trent Darby and watching foreign movies such as "The Blind Swordsman Zatoichi" (Japan), "The Five Obstructions" (Denmark) and "Cool Runnings" (Jamaica). For fun he might kick back and catch up on "Antiques Roadshow," "Modern Family" or "The Borgias." The foodie likes to experiment with a variety of ethnic dishes from Bhojanic and Peter Cheng's. To satisfy his sweet tooth, Tyler loves to eat only the middle of the yummy frosted rolls at Cinnabon. 

The King said to the Duke, "We're Opening Monday, May 13!"

Crown Chef Ford Fry marvelously mischievous. King + Duke, his new Buckhead outpost opens Monday, May 13Turns out Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" inspired the naming of this fun and welcoming restaurant resplendent in classic American themes and bold, wood-fired cooking on a 24-foot open hearth. With Executive Chef Joe Schafer at the helm, slower cooking methods, woodsy smokiness and locally sourced ingredients come together at the hearth. Pastry Chef Chrysta Poulos' desserts can be paired with wine or cocktails. Top mixologist Lara Creasy runs with Fry's American history and literature inspirations in the beverage program that includes 35 wines by the glass and a "library" of more than 200 selections from around the world, including our original 13 colonies. Coffee roasted by Counter Culture in North Carolina fills cups. Located at 3060 Peachtree Road, King + Duke serves dinner nightly and lunch on weekdays, and offers a dining room, garden patio with a bar and lounge. Valet parking is available. Reservations: 404-477-3500.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Alert the Paparazzi: The Queen of Sandy Springs is at Hearth Pizza Tavern

Looking for the right way to show your thanks to the queen of your household on Mother's Day? Luckily for you, Hearth Pizza Tavern is tossing the dough and ladling the sauce on a new pizza dubbed "The Queen of Sandy Springs" that is sure to make your mom proud of your good taste. It's absolutely acceptable to say this queen is a little crusty and regally sauced. Tomato-rich passata di pomodoro sauce - not Hearth Pizza Tavern's usual homemade marinara - holds court on a healthy crust made from all-organic flour and its own natural germ. The whole outfit is adorned with whole, fragrant basil leaves and house-dried oregano. Queens and subjects, dig in.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Eat It and Tweep: A Twitter Feeding Frenzy Counts Down to King + Duke Opening

Want to stay in-the-loop with the happenings of Chef Ford Fry’s latest venture? The scoop about his new Buckhead restaurant, King + Duke, can be easily found by following along on Twitter (@kingandduke). And don’t worry, the opening on May 13 at 3060 Peachtree Road won’t bring an end to King + Duke’s Twitter action! 
Sample Tweet: getting close. we have furniture and lights and art! follow our progress here:

What's New on Pinterest?

Photo from Little Cake Bakery

Everything seems to be planned and ready for Mother’s Day- the perfect gift is wrapped and reservations are set at her favorite spot in town. But what about that something special from the heart? Nothing will make mom happier than munching on homemade treats-especially ones made by you! Our Treats for Mom board on Pinterest makes it easy to find and make goodies that mom will love on her special day.

Join Article 14 for a Patio Opening Party on May 8

Claim your perch on the patio at Article 14 on Wednesday, May 8, or you'll be guilty of missing a fantastic night out. Shelve the workday at 5 p.m. when the party begins and stay on for one complimentary cocktail and delicious appetizers. The bar will be flowing with cocktails, wine and ice cold beer until it ends at 9 p.m. Big clue on where to look in Midtown: the patio is upstairs, outside of Olmsted and boasts the best garden patio in ATL. Capping the day with a drink and appetizer at Article 14 could easily become an amendment to your after-work routine. Article 14 is where lawyers adjourn, case closed. 

Lucky Alpharetta-ites Get a BurgerFi Today


If you work or live anywhere close to 5475 Windward Parkway, check out BurgerFi asap - it opens today! We're big fans of their all-natural, farm-raised beef burgers, specialty Wagyu Kobe beef hot dogs, fresh-cut French fries and onion rings. The VegeFi quinoa burger, desserts such as frozen custards, natural cane sugar sodas, craft beer and wine are all on the Alpharetta menu as well. The farm-to-tray eatery is perfect for both time-crunched and leisurely lunch and dinner schedules, and offers indoor and patio dining. Open seven days a week from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Maybe you have a package to mail or some copies to make? FedEx is right next door! 

Spend Delicious Quality Time with Mom on Mother's Day Plus More in this Week's Dish

Looking for a way to celebrate mom this year? Don’t forget, the way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach! Whether her faves are omelets and mimosas or sushi and steak, Atlanta restaurants are ready to make this Mother’s Day one to remember. Specials, treats and tasty eats for this Sunday, plus much more in this week’s Dish!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Atlanta-Area Restaurants are Ready to Make Mom's Day

Photo from Little Cake Bakery

Mom has a hectic schedule 365 days a year. Treat her to something special this Mother's Day with a relaxing cocktail and brunch, lunch or dinner out at one of Atlanta's fine restaurants. It's the perfect way to show her you care! Check out the restaurants that are celebrating the special day. 

In Roswell, Aqua blue spreads a special brunch buffet with carving stations, made-to-order omelets, sushi, assorted desserts and more from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Adults dine for $29.95 each, children ages 4-12 eat for $9.95 and children under 4 years old eat free. Those over 21 can indulge in $15 bottomless mimosas and the famous bloody mary bar. The regular dinner menu is available from 5-10 p.m. Tax and gratuity are not included. Reservations: 770-643-8886.

Bantam + Biddy in Midtown's Ansley Mall has a special $25 three-course menu for Mother's Day guests. Choose starters of tomato gazpacho or English pea salad with goat cheese; a second course of chicken and dumplings or salmon with asparagus and caper egg vinaigrette; and assorted pies, cupcakes and cookies make tempting dessert choices. Mom leaves with a favor bag of sweet treats for later. Tax and gratuity are not included. Info: 404-907-3469.

Treat mom to a special North Indian Punjabi brunch at both Bhojanic locations -- Buckhead and Decatur -- from noon-4 p.m. on Mother's Day. Reservations: Buckhead, 404-841-8472; Decatur, 404-633-9233.

Bless her heart with a four-course Southern supper at West Midtown's JCT. Kitchen & Bar. She'll love the regular Sunday supper menu and Mama's Day featured items. Reservations: 404-355-2252.

Stop by Little Cake Bakery in Buckhead on Saturday, May 11 and sneak a few cupcakes into mom's weekend. Along with its usual sweet selections, the bakeshop has three special flavors honoring mom: strawberry champagne, pink lemonade and lemon lavender. Call 404-841-8856 to place an order.

Complimentary flowers and chocolate-covered strawberries are Olmsted's brunch gift to moms on Mother's Day, and a photographer will be on site to take family portraits. Sit inside or on the patio for the Midtown restaurant's special brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Regular menu and featured items also are available. Reservations: 404-443-8431.

So she loves sushi? RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Midtown loads its menu with more than 35 sushi, appetizer and tapas items on special ($2.25-$7.25) including Tootsy Maki, pineapple cheese wontons and "RA"ckin' shrimp. Celebrate the day with a signature cocktail ($3-$7) such as the Absolut Asian Flirtation, Pinnacle Strawberry-Kiwi Saketini or Absolut Tokyo Peach. The Mother's Day special is available from open to close for dine-in orders only. Info: 404-267-0114.
All three Ray's Restaurants honor mom over the weekend. Ray's on the River in Sandy Springs pours Spanish-themed drinks, including sangria, and serves tapas on Saturday, May 11. Love that live Spanish guitar music. On Mother's Day, the restaurant is open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., offering a buffet meal all day long priced at $39.95 per adult and $19.95 for kids ages 5-10. Kids ages 4 and under eat free. Reservations: 770-955-1187. From 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Ray's on the Creek in Alpharetta is serving brunch for $29.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids ages 5-10. Kids 4 and under eat free. The regular dinner menu is available from 5-9 p.m. Reservations: 770-649-0064. Downtown's Ray's in the City serves Mother's Day brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for $29.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids ages 5-10. Kids 4 and under eat free. The regular dinner menu is offered from 5-9 p.m. Reservations: 404-524-9224. Tax and gratuity are not included in the prices at each restaurant.

In the Shops Around Lenox, Seven Lamps offers Mother's Day brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. À la carte offerings include citrus-cured salmon sammie, Seven Lamps eggs Benedict and Georgia shrimp with South Carolina grits. Shake or stir up her day with a special Mother's Day brunch cocktail. Info: 404-467-8950.

Not usually open on Sundays, Woodfire Grill makes a special case for Mother's Day and offers a four-course prix fixe dinner for $58, plus tax and gratuity. The menu offers local greens with blackberry vinaigrette, purple basil, raw beets and smooth cheese; Georgia white shrimp and grits with smoked tomato gravy and green tomato jam; wood-grilled skirt steak with chimichurri, braised beans, root beer BBQ and fried Vidalia onions; and blueberry cobbler served with vanilla ice cream. Reservations are recommended: 404-347-9055.