Friday, February 21, 2014

Appetizing Aperture: Nikolai's Roof

Do the Winter Olympics have you craving some Russian flare in your lifeNikolai's Roof, the iconic restaurant atop the Hilton Atlanta, serves a vibrant bowl of the red beet and beef borscht consommé that showcases the culture and flavors of Russia. Start training your appetite, Atlantans - it won't be long until Nikolai's reopens!

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Marlow's Tavern is Spicing Things Up During Bayou 'n Bourbon

Bayou 'n Bourbon is back at all Marlow's Tavern locations and the New Orleans style grub has everyone in a frenzy! The celebration of bold NOLA flavors, cocktails and brews is happening now until March 31. Join the party over lunch or dinner with menu items like roast chicken and shrimp gumbo or the fiery spice lump crab cake. Honey Jack chicken and andouille flatbread are making a sweet and spicy landing on the menu along with the infamous Jack Daniel's Honey-splashed honey-bourbon bread pudding. A Louisiana-style party wouldn't be complete without drinks that pack a punch like  "Pat's" Marlow's Hurricane, Ramos Gin Fizz and the Cajun Cosmo. This celebration only comes along once a year, so come on in and let the good times roll!

Cure Your Case of the Mondays With Half Price Bottles of Wine at Hearth Pizza Tavern

Let's face it, Mondays have a lot going against them. After reveling in the freedom of the weekend, few people welcome the start of the work week with open arms. All that changes when you step inside Hearth Pizza Tavern in Sandy Springs, though, because all bottles of wine are half price all day on Mondays. Yes, you read that right. ALL. Including the premier wine of the month, which happens to be Robert Mondavi cabernet sauvignon during February. That means you'll only shell out $30 for a bottle of wine that's $60 the other six days of the week. We're liking that math, and suddenly we're loving Mondays.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Join Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub for Lunch

Brookhaven's prized eatery, Kaleidoscope, is known for delicious cocktails, dinner and brunch. Now offering a lunch menu, the neighborhood pub invites neighborhood residents and nearby offices to join them for a quick and delicious lunch break away from the crowds from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Their globally inspired menu changes daily and always includes steaming hot soups, big crisp salads and mouth-stretching burgers and sandwiches on H & F Bread Co. bread. Recent offerings include potato leek soup with applewood smoked bacon, croutons and Tillamook cheddar, Greek chicken salad, fried chicken club salad with bacon and avocado, a lamb patty gyro with tzatziki, and a roast beef dip sandwich with Gruyère and Vidalia onion. Flexible Kaleidoscope satisfies all of your lunch needs for about the same as you'd pay at a fast food place but with an all made-in-house touch, customizable options and lots more personality. Come in for a quick lunch, call in a to-go order (404-474-9600) or steer friends or office mates here for a big group lunch. A fast way to spread the word and lunch meet-up idea is to have friends click on Kaleidoscope's Facebook page for the daily lunch menu posting. 

Stay Warm at Ray's Restaurants with New Three Course Winter Menu

Photo by Timothy Thiel  

If you're still thawing out from Snowpocalypse 2.0, Ray's Restaurants has the perfect new dishes to warm you up.The executive chefs at Ray's have crafted a three-course winter menu encompassing the season's best flavors for $32 per person (excluding tax and gratuity, no splits). Add sommelier-selected wine pairings to each course for an additional $15 per person. Just reading through course options will thaw you out in no time. Start with winter chicory salad topped with Ellijay apples, spiced pecans and farm cheese; soup du jour or crispy green tomato stack (+$3) with Boursin cheese and smoked bacon. Entrée choices include slow-roasted pork "osso bucco" with Logan Turnpike grits; a filet trio with local, wild mushroom risotto; and grilled, marinated Block Island swordfish (+$4) accompanied by fingerling potatoes and grilled endive. End with winter fruit cobbler and High Road vanilla ice cream, chocolate-raspberry mousse cake with ganache and raspberry coulis or warm white chocolate bread pudding with High Road burnt sugar ice cream (+$2). Respective wine pairings include Bliss Family Vineyard sauvignon blanc with the first course, Bell Glos "Meiomi" pinot noir or Steele "Pacini" zinfandel with the second course and La Marca prosecco, Rustico with dessert. Enjoy now at Ray's on the River,Ray's in the City and Ray's at Killer Creek because, like winter, this menu is only here for a limited time.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sushi in the Suburbs: It's What's For Lunch


Lunchtime in Roswell? Head over to Aqua blue where $10 will get you a great, all you can eat sushi lunch. It's a healthy and fast midday meal, bringing a good amount of protein and omega-3s to the table. Aqua blue's special is "chef's choice" from the lunch sushi menu and includes sashimi and nigiri. A ten-spot per person nabs the deal Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. A few ground rules apply to this lunchtime catch: dine-in only, no carry out and no sharing please (tax and gratuity not included). Great fuel for powering through the second half of your day!

Get Happy With 50 Cent Wings and Tenders Weekdays at Bantam + Biddy

Photo by Angie Mosier

After being stuck inside for so long because of all this crazy Atlanta weather, we're ready to fly the coop in search of some delectable new deals. First stop? Bantam + Biddy for wings and tenders at 50 cents apiece Mondays through Fridays from 3-6 p.m. All of the chicken at Bantam + Biddy is all-natural and pasture-raised. Peck out a text or tweet friends to join you at either the original Ansley Mall location or the new Crescent Avenue venue. Make a toast to finally getting out of the house with a beer, cocktail, glass of wine or classic sweet tea, then chow down on some of the best wings and tenders in town.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Article 14 Hosts A Night of Dinner and Drinks with Four Roses Bourbon

History lessons aren't all bad - especially when they involve Bourbon. The story of Four Roses Bourbon is rich with interesting facts, tradition and most importantly, flavor. Article 14 can satisfy your curiosity about this historic Kentucky distillery at their Four Roses Bourbon dinner on Thursday, February 27. The event begins at 6 p.m. with five courses prepared by executive chef Nathan Geist at this Midtown restaurant. Leo de Rivera, the restaurant's head mixologist, is ready with three bourbon pairings: Four Roses Yellow, Small Batch and Article 14 single barrel, plus two smooth bourbon cocktails. There's only 20 spots available, so grab a seat while you can! Call 404-443-8432 to make a reservation. 

Raise a Glass to National Margarita Day on February 22

Restricting your margarita intake to the summer months is like denying yourself a tropical vacation when you need it most. That's why National Margarita Day falls on Saturday, February 22. Looking for the right place to celebrate? Tin Lizzy’s Cantina serves seven house margaritas, from skinny to “Fall Off the House” strong, as well as five specialty blends -- watermelon basil, pomegranate cilantro, Mexi-mule, Texas or the Thai with 1800 Coconut tequila. Simply Buckhead magazine (May/June 2013) picked the St. Rita at Hearth Pizza Tavern as the epitome of summer in a glass. St. Rita wears tequila blanco, St. Germain and fresh lime juice. By the way, Hearth Pizza Tavern serves up the St. Rita and other margaritas for $5 each on Thursdays, adding another day of margarita mania to your week! A margarita bonbon from Chocolate South’s Cocktail Hour Collection works inside the box and out. This lime ganache treat, complete with margarita Himalayan salt, has all of the fabulous flavors of a margarita without the glass. Chocolates and cocktails all in one bite? That's a pairing we can get behind!