Friday, March 14, 2014

St. Patty’s Deals for Saving o’ the Green

Don’t wait until Monday to start reaping the St. Patty’s deals. Start now with this quick guide to keeping that pot o’ gold full.

All-Weekend-Long Deals
The Communitas Hospitality clan o’ restaurants in Midtown is serving up Irish dish and drink specials beginning Friday, March 14 and carrying on through Monday, March 17. 10th & PiedmontG's Midtown and HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern are serving green beer for $3 and Irish Car Bombs for $6. All three restaurants are preparing traditional corned beef and cabbage with sliced, slow-braised beef brisket with grain mustard and chopped cabbage served with golden potatoes and baby carrots, all roasted in Harp Irish Lager.

What luck! Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in historic Crabapple is offering three specials over an extended St. Patrick’s Day weekend of Friday, March 14 through Monday, March 17. Dig into beef, barley and Guinness soup; cornbread-crusted cod with buttermilk mashed potatoes and creamed bacon-braised cabbage; and brown ale-braised lamb shank with mushroom-barley risotto, roasted pearl onions and natural jus. Information and reservations: 770-817-0161.

Sunday Specials
In Brookhaven, Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub gets a jump on St. Patrick’s Day and celebrates the anniversary of its patio opening by partying it up on Sunday, March 16. Irish food, a flood of Guinness and lively live music will keep Irish eyes smiling all day and into the night.

Monday Celebrations
Bantam + Biddy locations at Ansley Mall and on Crescent Avenue are pouring a St. Pat’s bargain on Monday, March 17. Fly by either place for $3 Guinness and $3 Jameson Irish whiskey pours. A glass of either is just the thing to add a little Irish fling to Bantam + Biddy’s meatloaf made with White Oak Pastures grass-fed beef.

LepRAchauns can celebrate St. Patty’s Day all day long at RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Midtown, as beer, sake and cocktail specials will start at just $1 on Monday, March 17. Toast good luck with $1 green hot sake, $4 Jameson Irish whiskey shots, $5 melon margaritas and Kirin/Kirin Light or $6 Irish Car Bombs.

What’s New on Pinterest: Nothing but Noodles

Swimsuit season goes hand-in-hand with exercise season, so as spring bursts into bloom, so does the number of fun runs, 5Ks, 10Ks, half- and full-marathons around town. Let the carb-loading begin with our Nothing but Noodles Pinterest board. Easy-to-prepare dishes, such as chicken lo mein and caprese pasta, will get you out the door and through your run in no time flat.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

“Best Chefs America Presents: The American South”

Chefs know best when it comes to judging their peers, according to Best Chefs America. After asking the tough questions of more than 5,000 U.S. chefs, the results are in. 

Atlanta chefs rose to the top of the heap, including Adam Evans of The Optimist and Shaun Doty of Bantam + Biddy. These two made the cut for the 2014 edition of “Best Chefs America Presents: The American South.” Evans, executive chef at The Optimist and a 2012 Rising Star Chef, turned his youthful affinity for fishing into a culinary focus. Trendsetter Doty, Bantam + Biddy co-owner and executive chef, zeroes in on regional ingredients and flavors served up in a community-centric atmosphere. 

The 248-page travel-size guide covers 12 Southern states with essays, recipes, food facts, trends and social media insight for following the best chefs and their restaurants.