Saturday, January 7, 2017

Appetizing Aperture: Storico Fresco's Piadina Panini

Storico Fresco Alimentari satisfies those pressing lunchtime decisions such as how to get some healthy greens in when you really want to bite into bread, meat and cheese. Hot-pressed Piadina panini embrace spicy green arugula, bright red cherry tomatoes – and the salty kick of prosciutto and creamy mozzarella di bufala ($11). Hands on; don’t bother with a fork.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Reel in $1.99 Meal for Kids 12 and Under at The Big Ketch

We love them, but like anyone, kids can get a bit, shall we say, “crabby” when they’re hungry…and that’s usually around 4-6 p.m. Parents, your rescue ship’s come in and it’s docking at The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill. Both the Buckhead and Canton Street restaurant locations are offering a $1.99 Kid’s Fun Zone meal deal Monday through Wednesday from 4-6 p.m., dine in only. Children 12 and under can sink their claws (and teeth) into a Fun Zone menu meal, normally $6.95, for only $1.99 (plus tax) with the purchase of an adult entrée. Youngsters go for land and sea choices of grilled or fried chicken fingers or shrimp, crispy fish bites, cheeseburger or grilled cheese sandwich, and each comes with a side of seasonal fresh fruit, chips, coleslaw or corn on the cob and a beverage. Drop anchor on your way to and fro? We think so!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Atlanta Restaurants: Weather Status

Atlanta Restaurants: Winter Weather Status

These Atlanta-area restaurants are currently planning to stay open Friday and Saturday (Jan. 6 and 7) during the winter weather! We'll keep updating this list as things change. #ATLopen #Snow 2017 #OpeninATL

  • 5Church will be open regular hours Friday and Saturday for brunch and dinner and will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday for dinner only.
  • Aria will be closed Friday night and plans on reopening for dinner service on Saturday.
  • Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar - VA Highland
  • Ormsby's 
  • Hand in Hand
  • The Federal will be open except for Saturday brunch service
  • Marlow's Tavern
  • Taco Mac (locations may vary)
  • Antico will open at 12 p.m. on Saturday
  • Bar Amalfi will open at 12 p.m. on Saturday
  • Caffe Antico will open at 12 p.m. on Saturday
  • Gio's Chicken will open at 12 p.m. on Saturday
  • Willy's Mexicana Grill: Closing at 4 p.m. Friday; locations may vary
  • Gunshow
  • Revival
  • Rize Artisan Pizza and Salads will open at 3 p.m. on Saturday
  • Seed Kitchen & Bar, Stem Wine Bar and Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar: Closed for dinner on Friday night and lunch on Saturday. Planning on opening for dinner at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Storico Fresco will open at 12 p.m. on Saturday
  • Johnny's Hideaway will open at 7 p.m. on Saturday
  • Jefe's Tacos & Tequila
  • Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub
  • The Southern Gentleman will open at 4 p.m. on Saturday
  • Gypsy Kitchen will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday
  • The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill Buckhead and Canton Street: Canton Street closing at 9 p.m. 
  • Tin Lizzy's Cantina
  • Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails: Closing at 9 p.m. Saturday
  • The Blind Pig: Closed Saturday night.
  • Sublime Doughnuts (North Druid Hills location is closing at 3 p.m. on Friday. Will reopen when possible.) 
  • Ray's Rio Bravo
  • Ray's at Killer Creek
  • Ray's on the River
  • Ray's in the City
  • American Cut 
  • The Regent Cocktail Club
  • Dolce Italian
  • Corso Coffee
  • Chicken and the Egg will be closing at 8 p.m. on Friday and will open for brunch at 11 a.m. on Saturday

Stream into Stem Wine Bar for Game of Rhones January Wine Tasting Series

Hit record; kings and thrones can wait. Game of Rhones wine tastings conquer Wednesday nights at East Cobb’s Stem Wine Bar during the month of January. Owner and chef Doug Turbush and sommelier Chris McNeill welcome wine lovers to their kingdom for an informative tasting of varietals originating in France’s famed Rhone Valley realm and royally paired with six small bites. Wine tastings run 6:30-8 p.m. and cost $40 per person (plus $3.19 service fee; gratuity added at in-store checkout). Space is limited so click on your preferred tasting date and buy tickets today for wine tastings on Jan. 4Jan. 11Jan. 18 and Jan. 25.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wake Up Sundays with Revival Brunch Beginning Jan. 8

Slow down. Enough with the 2016 rush. Ease into 2017 over a leisurely Sunday brunch at Revival, an option beginning Jan. 8 at the popular Decatur restaurant. Chef/owner Kevin Gillespie waxes nostalgic about childhood days when the pace of life paused for weekend family breakfasts. Revival’s brunch menu is an assortment of cherished Gillespie family recipes and favorites from executive chef Andreas Müller, including the Closed-on-Sunday chicken sandwich, griddled meatloaf sandwich with aged cheddar on a caramelized onion roll and other Southern classics such as smoked ham and onion breakfast strata; breakfast plate with two eggs, grits, sausage, bacon and biscuits; and catfish bites over grits with gravy. Slide in for brunch Sundays from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Revival also serves dinner Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 5 p.m. Reservations are accepted but not required and can be made online or by calling 470-225-6770.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

TV Dinner? Join “Atlanta Eats” at Rize in Poncey-Highland on Jan. 4

Psst. ”Atlanta Eats” is dropping into Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads in Poncey-Highland on Wednesday, Jan. 4 to film an upcoming episode, cueing you to rise to the occasion and drop in for dinner. From 5-7 p.m. that evening, guests will receive a free small plate with the purchase of any entrée. How’s that for a spin on the whole watching TV while eating dinner scenario? Plus, Rize loads its menu with pleasing dishes for a wide range of appetites with signature and custom pizzas ($9.50-$13.50); salads in full and half portions ($7-11); delectable seafood, meaty and vegetable-rich pastas ($10); small plates ($7); and flatbreads ($8). The kids menu offers pizza, pasta and hummus plates that thrill youngsters and include a beverage and scoop of gelato ($7.50). Craft beers, wines by the glass and handcrafted sangrias up the ante for adults while teas, lemonade and craft sodas quench thirsts for guests of all ages.

Monday, January 2, 2017

What's New on Pinterest: New Year, New You

New Year, New You stocks an arsenal of healthy ideas. Raid the kitchen instead of the drug store for cold and flu fighting drinks and detox-ers. Prep for the work week by portioning out skinny Southwest chicken salad or honey sesame chicken into lunch bowls, making protein stacks that actually fill you up or compiling a grocery list based on no-cook meal preps for 1,200-1,500 calories per day. Greet morning sipping a groovy mango-orange-banana sunrise smoothie then stick a straw in a chocolate peanut butter or cucumber avocado smoothie to fill up and hydrate midday. And yes, Santa, there really are comfort foods and healthy dinners coming in under 500 calories. Believe.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Foodgram: @Shutthekaleup

Those scared to dive, cold turkey, into a healthier new year will find encouragement and tons of inspirational eating ideas like simple bowls, smoothies and sea salt chocolate chip cookies (slightly healthy) at @shutthekaleup. The feisty and fit mom and yoga sculpting instructor goes the extra mile by blogging at