Friday, January 31, 2014

What's New on Pinterest: RA Sushi Platter

Let's be honest, hunger pangs can make football watching (and any other activity) not-so-super. We've racked up football-themed recipes and Super Bowl Snackers to prepare for the big day. Weather vegan appetizers are on the menu or chowing down on beer-candied bacon is the plan, grubbing on game day is a must!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

#Foodgram of the Week: @handletheheat

Sometimes it's slow-cooked shredded chicken, sometimes it's inspiring sunsets. Either way, check out @handletheheat's page and follow this culinary arts student's chronicles from sunny Arizona! She's bound to bring the heat on these wintery days!

Appetizing Aperture: All-You-Can-Eat Pizza at No. 246

Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee
You've been cooped up in the house for the last two days, so why not make up for it by staying out a little later this weekend? Starting tomorrow, No. 246 in Decatur is serving up a new late-night special. For $6, you can fill up on all-you-can-eat Margherita and salami pizzas and take advantage of a full bar menu of cocktails, wines and beers. The offer is available on Friday and Saturday nights at the bar at 10 p.m. with last call at midnight. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Save Time, Money and More with Social Save

Picture this: you're out and about on a Wednesday night in an area of Atlanta that you're not-so-familiar with. You don't feel like breaking the bank, but aren't sure where to look for good deals. Sure, discounts, promotions and savings are great - but finding them? That part can be difficult. Thanks to newly launched  Social Save, finding and spreading the word about promotional offers has never been easier. Deals can be filtered by Atlanta neighborhood, day or experience, which makes saving money simple no matter where you're headed. 

Tin Lizzy's Cantina Brings FlexMex Flavor to YouTube

Want to know what it's like to get guaced? We can't say we want to feel it, but we certainly don't mind watching it. Tin Lizzy's Cantina has a new YouTube page where you can catch this birthday prank, get taco-building advice and enjoy more fun-loving short takes. Check in at home or while you're partaking of a grilled taco and margarita at any Tin Lizzy's Cantina location around Atlanta.

Atlanta Restaurants: Snow Day Status

Georgia weather is known for being temperamental, but when snow hit ATL for the first time in years, two inches of white threw everyone off schedule - especially Atlanta restaurants. Here's what's happening today at some of the city's most popular spots:

  • 10th & Piedmont: bar is open for lunch and the restaurant will open for dinner
  • Aria: closed
  • Article 14: open
  • Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar, Virginia-Highland location: open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.
  • Bantam + Biddy Ansley: open today at 11:30 a.m. and will remain open for dinner
  • Bantam + Biddy Crescent: closed today and will reopen tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and dinner
  • Big Ketch: closed 
  • Bistro 191: closed
  • Chicken and the Egg: closed today
  • Chocolate South: closed, Thursday – TBD
  • Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant: open this afternoon
  • G’s: open for dinner
  • Gunshow: open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Hearth Pizza Tavern: closed
  • HOBNOB: open for lunch with full bar and limited lunch menu and the restaurant will open for dinner
  • JCT. Kitchen & Bar: closed 
  • King + Duke: closed
  • Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria: open
  • Market Street Café: closed
  • Marlow’s Tavern: all locations closed for lunch, some locations will try to reopen for dinner. Update: Marlow's Tavern at Northlake will be open all day. Marlow's Midtown will open 4 p.m. for cocktails only.
  • Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails: closed  
  • No. 246: closed 
  • Old Vinings Inn: closed
  • The Optimist: closed 
  • Ormsby’s: closed       
  • Osteria Cibo Rustico: closed 
  • RA Sushi: closed 
  • Ray’s on the Creek: closed
  • Ray’s on the River: open at 2 p.m.
  • Ray’s in the City: open
  • STATS: open for dinner
  • St. Cecilia: closed 
  • Sweet Dee’s Bakeshop: closed
  • Tin Lizzy’s Cantina: closed 
  • Umi: closed

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Western Teams, Northern Stadium, Southern Parties - Atlanta Restaurants are Ready to Tackle the Super Bowl Showdown on February 2


Cheers, tears, suspense, spirits. Sunday, February 2 promises one big night of Super Bowl action, an eye-popping halftime show and those highly anticipated commercials. Time out! What's your game plan? Whether it involves running long or staying put, Atlanta restaurants and businesses are ready with the assist on indoor viewing, food and beverage specials and team-worthy carry-out options.

Teaming up in Midtown, 10th and Piedmont and G's Midtown are combining forces to host a doubly super Super Bowl block party. Hot-off-the-grill hamburgers and hot dogs plus beer specials keep spirits high no matter who you're rooting for to win. Join in the "Beer Bust" from 3-6 p.m. to benefit Joining Hearts. Reserve your spot online.

Order end zone dance-worthy platters for dine in or take out atAtkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland. Dive into platters of 50 Big Green Egg smoked wings with spicy barbecue sauce or 50 Atkins Park confit wings with sweet chili-garlic sauce or Atkins Park wing sauce; both platters are accompanied by veggies and blue cheese and buttermilk ranch dips ($45). Other platters include 20 grass-fed beef cheeseburger sliders ($40) and 20 Big Green Egg smoked pork sliders with tomato barbecue sauce ($40). For extra points, grab a quart of guacamole and a quart of salsa with tortilla chips ($20). Place orders by noon on Saturday, February 1 for Sunday, February 2 pick up by calling 404-876-7249.

Load up on all-natural chicken wings and tenders at Bantam + Biddy in Ansley Mall. They'll fly out of the kitchen at 50 cents each! Dunk sauces like barbecue, wasabi honey, ranch and blue cheese are available at an extra charge. For more information or to place an order, call 404-907-3469.

Test your game during the big game at Game-X in Downtown's Luckie Marietta District. Participate in Bar Olympics each quarter to compete for X-cards and gift cards. The top combined score for all four of the events will receive a $100 gift card. Competing games include Nothing but Net, Two Minute Drill, NBA Hoops and Skeeball. Guests must register from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, February 2 to compete. For more information, call 404-525-0728.

Go big and go home to watch the game prepped with carry-out fare from the Old Vinings Inn SuperFeast 2014 menu. In the à la carte zone, snap up pimento cheese and flatbreads, barbecue beef brisket sliders with horseradish sauce, seven-layer dip, potlikker collards, celery root and apple slaw, a "huge" pretzel with mustard and cheese fondue sauces, D2 jumbo chicken wings with Don's house-recipe hot sauce, or chow chow deviled eggs ($1-$15). Order desserts by the piece -- miniature fudge cake with salted caramel, carrot cake squares and Key lime tarts ($1.50 each). Team SuperFeast ($145) serves eight to 10 players and includes pimento cheese flatbreads, barbecue beef brisket sliders, D2 jumbo chicken wings, collards and celery root and apple slaw. Call 770-438-2282 to place your order.

Your big game viewing and noshing will be just as exciting and cost a whole lot less than in the stadium at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern where you'll find half-priced wings, $10 pitchers of Miller Lite and $2 shorties waiting to be downed. Reservations: 404-968-2288.

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Midtown scores major points with a variety of sushi platter options including salmon, yellowtail, tuna and shrimp nigiri as well as a wide range of sushi rolls, vegetarian options and customizable platters. All platters come ready to roll with wasabi, soy sauce, ginger and chopsticks. To order, call 404-267-0114.

STATS in downtown Atlanta's Luckie Marietta District counts down to the big game with specials leading up to Super Bowl Sunday:

Tuesday, January 28 - $6 nachos or wings
Wednesday, January 29 - $5 burgers
Thursday, January 30 - Three sliders for $4
Friday, January 31 - Three tacos for $5
Saturday, February 1 - $2 Bud and Bud Light drafts
Sunday, February 2 - $1 Cinerator cinnamon whiskey shots, $13 buckets and $17 100-ounce towers of Budweiser or Bud Light

Both sides taste sweet victory when desserts such as logoed cupcakes, football cookies and football-shaped brownie pops fromSweet Dee's Bakeshop in Tucker are on the board. Place orders right away by calling 770-696-4461 or visiting the website.

Touch down at Tin Lizzy's Cantina for party food to fill any size game table, including half pans of cheese, steak, grilled chicken and veggie quesadillas that feed up to six ($24.99-$48.98). Chips and salsa, queso and guacamole score extra points. One pan of chips and a quart of dip serves 10-12 football fans. ($8.49-$26.99). Catering is available for pick-up only. More catering and location information is available online.

Whole Foods Market piles on healthy eating options with recipes, ingredients and prepared foods to fill big bowls and top hot gridirons. Dips, burgers, brats, wings, shrimp, pizza - all are fair game! For game day recipes and photos, click here.

Coffee for Early Birds and Dinner for Night Owls at New Bantam + Biddy in Midtown

Early birds in Midtown Atlanta now have another reason to celebrate! Newly opened Bantam + Biddy is serving coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner and adult beverages seven days a week at Crescent Avenue and 12th Street. Meet up for business and a power breakfast of fried chicken and waffles or a pastured three-egg omelet. Need a caffeine boost to get the day started? Stop in for a refuel cuppa after a fast morning walk. As does its Ansley Mall sibling, the new eatery features local JB Farms eggs, organic Alabama milk and all-natural and pastured poultry on its menu ($5-$14). Lunch and dinner choices include "meat-and-two" options such as a quarter or half chicken or eco-friendly pork loin, meatloaf made with White Oak Pastures grass-fed beef along with other entrées ($12-$16). Sandwiches range from Southern fried chicken or California club to a falafel wrap. A mighty salad line-up features the "Power House" topped with egg, roasted broccoli, sprouts, organic almonds and other goodies, and an organic spinach salad with quinoa, apples and goat cheese, among others. Gluten-free seekers will find plenty to please. Sides and desserts make for even more satisfaction. Little Cluckers, 10 and under, enjoy a special $8 menu featuring fried chicken tenders, rotisserie chicken, whole wheat quesadilla and other kid favorites with organic juice or milk. Gotta go? Call in to the carry-out counter (404-835-6450), and with 30 minutes notice, your "Family Meal" ($45) for three to five people is ready to go, with rotisserie chicken, meatloaf or 24-ounce roasted pork loin, an organic green salad, jalapeño cornbread, choice of dressing, three sides and a half-gallon of freshly brewed tea.

Easy roosting -- enter Bantam + Biddy directly from the 1010 Midtown parking garage on Crescent Avenue; the first two hours of parking are free. Weekdays, the espresso bar pours Batdorf & Bronson coffee beginning at 6:30 a.m., and the restaurant begins serving breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Doors open at 8 a.m. weekends. The restaurant is open until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday night, 10:30 p.m. on Friday and 10 p.m. on Saturday.

Team Up with Atlanta Restaurants for a Winning Super Bowl Sunday Plus More in this Week's Dish

The Super Bowl is right around the corner, and Atlanta restaurants are prepared to provide your party with plenty of food and treats. Whether you are hosting the party or taking the party to the restaurants, there are endless options of ways to eat up while watching the game. Valentine's Day is also sneaking up on us, so don't miss out on reserving a table at one of the city's best restaurants. Check out all the holiday hoopla, plus much more to nosh on in this week's Dish!

Gunshow Spins Out New Cocktail Cart

Bartender Mercedes O'Brien rolls the cart out from the kitchen and pauses tableside to woo and wow with the evening's creations at Gunshow in Glenwood Park. New to the wagon train: the Cocktail Cart will greet guests with a choice of two different cocktails to be mixed tableside and complementing the night's dishes. A spicier menu may bring out a smoked old fashioned with Belle Meade whiskey, flamed cinnamon stick and orange oil while a lighter gin cocktail better suits a menu based on green vegetables. Curated cocktails are $8 each. Chef and owner Kevin Gillespie plans on keeping the kitchen fun rolling by adding more Cocktail Cart choices down the road.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Chow Down on Atlanta's Valentine's Day Specials

Whether it's love birds flocking the town or singles who are ready to mingle, wander no further than Atlanta for Valentine's Day festivities.

Prix fixe dinners at the city's hottest spots will set the mood for a night of romance. Share chocolate soufflé for two at 10th & Piedmont, fall in love with twin lobster tails at Aqua blue or dote on your date while enjoying Doty's menu flashback at Bantam + Biddy. After a three course meal, dance the night away with live music Milton’s Cuisine & CocktailsJCT. Kitchen & Bar is serving two specialty cocktails, the "Lady" and "The Tramp," that pair perfectly with their four-course menu.

Dreaming of going coastal for the holiday? Head to Ray’s Restaurants,  The Optimist or The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill for fresh chef specials. Sparks will fly in the city at Buckhead restaurants like Aria and  King + Dukewho  are both hosting a four-course Valentine's Day dinner. You'll be in the mood to say "ti amo" after celebrating the day with the romance of Italy at Osteria Cibo Rustico in Toco Hills or in Decatur at No. 246Hearth Pizza Tavern in Sandy Springs is tossing up three special pizzas to fit any mood: Stupid Cupid, French Kiss and the It's Not You, It's Me pizza. All three pies are topped with fresh, flavorful ingredients. 

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern offers a little something for everyone on V-Day. Dine with a date from 5-11 p.m. to enjoy a couple’s dinner including the regular menu plus chef’s specials. Singles can party the night away from 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. with all-you-can-eat pizza and all-you-can-drink beer and bubbly. À la carte choices are just around the corner at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar with items like pork belly confit and pan-roasted black grouper. Old Vinings Inn and RA Sushi Bar Restaurant  let lovebirds celebrate the whole weekend with specials from February 14-16. 

Willy's Mexicana Grill is keeping things spicy all month long. Bring in a Valentine's Day card to any Willy's location on Friday, February 14 and receive a special offer to use on a return visit. Talk about sharing the love! 

Nothing says "I love you" quite like a box of chocolates. Chocolate South has beautifully boxed chocolates to pass along to mom, dad, daughter or date. Try the Chocolates for Two box, the One and Only box or mix things up with the Cocktail Hour box. Sweet Dee’s Bakeshop is making hearts sing with heart-shaped brownie pops, cookies, red velvet cupcakes, pastries and other treats that everyone will love. 

For a special night in, Whole Foods Market has wine, flowers, recipes and treats to make the night one to remember. Need ideas? Try their recipe for low-roasted lamb tagine with dates.

Do you have a love story to tell? Submit your fairy-tale proposal to the Old Vinings Inn Facebook page for the chance to win a $100 gift certificate for a romantic dinner at the historic Vinings restaurant. Fans and friends can vote for their favorite love story through Thursday, February 13. The winner will be announced on the day of love itself, February 14!