Saturday, January 28, 2017

Break Bread with Revival, Eddie’s Attic, Gospel Legend Eric “Ricky” McKinnie and Paul Beasley at Gospel Brunch Feb. 19

Gospel and good times swing into Eddie’s Attic for a Gospel Brunch with Revival on Sunday, Feb. 19. Sway to five-time Grammy Award winner Eric “Ricky” McKinnie, Paul Beasley of The Blind Boys of Alabama and Mudcat & the Atlanta Horns inside Eddie’s historic listening room. Top off the uplifting experience by giving thanks for a generous, all-you-can-eat buffet line of Southern favorites from Revival executive chef Andreas Müller. Buffet, $24 per person, includes coffee, soda and tea; tax and gratuity extra; brunch tickets available for purchase day of show. Doors open at noon and show begins at 1 p.m. General admission tickets are $20 each or purchase table seats in multiples of four for $20 per seat (tables filled day of show on a first-come, first-served basis).

Friday, January 27, 2017

First 50 Guests Eat Free -- Willy’s Mexicana Grill Rolls Out First Cartersville Location Jan. 30

Better Burritos for Bartow! Once Willy’s starts rolling those burritos, there’s no stopping…even at county lines. Willy’s Mexicana Grill opens its first Bartow County location on Monday, Jan. 30, in Main Street Marketplace at 625 East Main Street and is doling out a free burrito and drink for the first 50 people in the store when doors open at 11 a.m. The newest location, open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, will serve lunch and dinner and offer online ordering and convenient catering via pick-up and delivery services. Guests can chow down on Willy’s favorites such as Baja and Frito burritos and pimento cheese quesadillas, all made to order with fresh, never frozen, produce and meats. Salsas and guac are made fresh daily as well. Willy’s homemade lemonades -- in flavors like raspberry, mango and prickly pear -- are perfect complements.

How About “Havana” Mojito and Mofongo? Papi’s Cuban Grill Opens Newest Location in Emory Point Jan. 30

Home-style Cuban cuisine, Cuban coffee, Cuban rum cocktails and the island nation’s vibrant culture have found their sunny spot in Decatur. Papi’s Cuban Grill, a longtime Atlanta favorite, opens its newest location on Monday, Jan. 30 in the Emory Point mixed-use development. The new restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, just like the six other Papi’s locations throughout the metro-Atlanta area. Owner Reynaldo “Rey” Regalado, who immigrated from the Santiago de Cuba province almost 30 years ago, uses family recipes and fresh, authentic ingredients to prepare Cuban specialties like pollo vaca frita (shredded chicken breast grilled with Spanish seasoning and green and red peppers), mofongo con camerones (stir-fried shrimp with red and green peppers) and arroz con pollo (a traditional Cuban dish of marinated chicken and rice). For Papi’s signature authentic Cuban sandwich, roast pork is first marinated in special seasoning for more than 24 hours then slow-roasted for another four hours before being tucked into fresh-baked Cuban bread alongside ham, Swiss cheese, dill pickles and a touch of mustard and mayo and pressed to perfection. Lunchers can enjoy a daily lunch special for a value price of $7.75. Papi’s beverage menu quenches thirsts with hand-squeezed juices, Cuban milkshakes, tropical smoothies and Cuban coffees, craft beers, wine by the glass, cocktails and more. And those hand-muddled mojitos? Coming right up. Don’t mind havin’ another.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Come Out of Your Shell! Join KUDU Grills and Chefs in Raising Funds for Oyster Farmers at 2017 Alabama Oyster Social Jan. 28

Some of the South’s most influential chefs, purveyors and distillers will rub elbows this weekend to put on a pearl of a party, the 2017 Alabama Oyster Social on Saturday, Jan. 28 in Auburn, Alabama. Slide in and visit tasting tables featuring Southern fishermen, foragers, farmers, brewers, butchers, distillers, vintners and shellfish enthusiasts and learn how Alabama oyster farmers employ progressive, sustainable techniques to put those oysters on your plate. KUDU is participating as a sponsor, showing its unique multi-grilling design based on traditional South African open grills. Buy tickets online, $75 per person (plus $3.62 service fee); covers chef tasting, beverage samples and live music.

Taco Mac Big Game Rush Week Begins Jan. 29 with Brewniversity Incentives and Saturday Wings-to-Go Pick Up

Taco Mac calls in special teams of Brewniversity double credits and Saturday wing order pick-ups for its Big Game Rush Week leading up to Super Bowl Sunday. Beginning Sunday, Jan. 29 and running through Feb. 5, all Brewniversity credits are worth double points. Full-size beers and pitchers are worth two credits and nooners are worth one credit. Daily credits max out at 12 (instead of the usual six credit daily max). Credits are still only worth double on Double Credit Monday.
And then there’s the home party stress-relieving team, having those take-away wing orders ready for Saturday pick up to minimize the stress of picking up food and preparing to host a party on game day. Guests who order for Saturday pick up will receive their to-go order in a foil pan with instructions on reheating. Toss in the sauce after reheating to prevent soggy wings. Roasted wings are ideal for Saturday pick up. Place online orders until noon on Super Bowl Sunday. Call your closest Taco Mac location to place orders after 12 p.m. on Feb. 5.
One more wing thing – “Wings are for Winners” is still in play at Taco Mac. When the Falcons play, Taco Mac game watchers present when the game ends will receive a card for a free six-pack of wings, valid on dine-in orders the following Monday-Friday. May not be combined with other offers, coupons or discounts.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Put Us In, Coach! Atlanta Restaurants Tackle Suppers and Sippers for Super Bowl LI Feb. 5

Put Us In, Coach! Atlanta Restaurants Tackle Suppers and Sippers for Super Bowl LI Feb. 5

The Atlanta Falcons are Super Bowl bound! (Falcons) Super Bowl fans are so excited they can hardly stay seated, let alone focus on what could be one of the most important plays of the season -- what to serve to those couch coaches, quarterbacks and cheerleaders screaming for their team at home viewing parties. Huddle up now. Atlanta restaurants have playbooks full of carry-out packages and dine-in specials destined for your end zone.

Take-Away Specials
An advantage to not being in the stadium is scoring tremendously tasty takeout courtesy of the slightly football-shaped Big Green Egg at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland. Intercept two full slabs of BGE pork spare ribs with tomato barbecue sauce for $35. Call a coin toss on whether to get two dozen BGE smoked or confit wings with your choice of sweet chili, spicy BBQ or Atkins Park classic wing sauce, including veggies and ranch and blue cheese dressings for $30. Pick up 12 bacon cheeseburger sliders for $30 and an order of house-made guac, salsa and tortilla chips for $25. Place orders by Friday, Feb. 3 for pickup Sunday, Feb. 5.

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails packs a walloping count of 50 smoked wings plus 15 s’mores Moon Pies into each “Super Bowl To-Go” package for $50 plus tax. Choose traditional medium, sweet garlic-honey chili or lemonyaki wings; carrot or celery sticks; and blue cheese or buttermilk ranch dressing. Place orders online by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 and pick up Sunday, Feb. 5 between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Questions? Call 770-817-0161.

Smokebelly BBQ predicts epic Super Bowl LI parties for barbecue fanatics ordering the Buckhead eatery’s carry-out bowl game specials. Smoked wings, priced at $50 for 50 or $100 for 100, come packed in re-heatable aluminum half pans accompanied by your choice of sauces, fresh-cut celery, carrots and blue cheese and ranch dressings. Want it all, ‘cue or wings to tableware? Party pack options serve 8-10 people and include disposable party platters and serving utensils, plastic plates, utensils and napkins. Porky Pig ‘Pigskin’ Pack ($99) brings smoked pulled pork, three signature sauces, fresh baked brioche buns and two sides. “Proper Southern Guest” package ($59) touches down on a chipotle-spiced pimento cheese platter with house-made pita crackers, pork rinds and a vegetable crudité platter of fresh-cut carrots, celery, blue cheese and ranch dressings and Peppadew sweet peppers. The Tailgate Party Platter ($125) backs the “Proper Southern Guest” with a smoked wings platter, three sauces and a choice of two sides. Nashville Hot Chicken package ($89) offers a 10-piece sliced Nashville hot chicken breast platter with Texas toast, pork rinds and BBQ ranch dipping sauce plus a choice of two sides. What about those sides? Choose from mac and cheese, coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, “kale’rd” greens, baby kale salad and succotash. Additional sides, including Brunswick stew and bourbon baked sweet potato soufflé, sauces, buns and Hawaiian rolls may be purchased à la carte. Order online by 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2; pick up Saturday, Feb. 4 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. or Sunday, Feb. 5 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Who says game-day grub is only for wings and ‘cue? Cheer on your team the FlexMex-style and order tacos and quesadillas to-go from Tin Lizzy’s Cantina. Score 20% off your catering order of $100 or more by Wednesday. Feb. 1.

Restaurant In-House Viewing Specials
American Cut in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta calls guests to #RISEUP at the ultimate Super Bowl big-screen viewing party on Sunday, Feb. 5. Cheer the Falcons on to victory while tailgating on American Cut’s game-day bar snacks like “chili lobster” chicken wings and wagyu sliders in the first floor bar and lounge, and feast on a prime rib buffet in the main dining room. Buffet remains in play through the end of the third quarter. An open bar on the first two floors pours from kickoff until final buzzer. Buffet and bar are included in the $85 ticket price; buy tickets online. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. #RISEUP to the Regent Cocktail Club for celebratory craft cocktails and Champagne after the game. American Cut has served numerous NFL athletes, including Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, making it the place to be on Super Bowl Sunday.

Halftime shows off a “limited open bar” in support of home team Atlanta Falcons at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland. Going for the extra points, the spirited viewing spot is raffling off a Yeti cooler during halftime. Customers receive a Yeti raffle ticket with each Bud Light pitcher purchase.

Super Bowlers preferring to hunker down and watch the game at Smokebelly BBQ will be able to purchase $3 Bud Light drafts and $10 pitchers, $15 buckets of Bud/Bud Light and $5 Tito’s cocktails. As predicted, packages and drink specials mean win-win, at Smokebelly’s house or yours.

We can already hear fans cheering for HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern Super Bowl Sunday specials. During the game, this Midtown viewing spot will pull SweetWater 420 pints for $2.50 each and pour free shots for every fumble. Kinda takes the hurt out if your team drops the ball. Wings, priced at 50 cents each, are sure to fly off the grid.

Dollar beer (si, $1 a draft) for those sporting Atlanta Falcons gear, team-themed food specials and mucho TVs with sound turn Jefe’s Tacos & Tequila into Brookhaven’s fiesta end zone for watching Super Bowl LI.

Boogie your way into the end zone at Johnny's Hideaway. Catch the big game where Atlanta Falcons footballers Matt Ryan, DJ Tialavea and Levine Toilolo once partied in Buckhead. 

Falcons fans, Rise (Up) and shine on Wednesday, Feb. 1 doting your beloved game-day attire. If you’re one of the first 200 fans dressed in Falcons gear, Sublime Doughnuts has your breakfast covered with a free doughnut. Promo only offered at the North Druid Hills location.

ATL Falcons doughnuts from Sublime Doughnuts will fly off your game day table. And, when the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots go toe to toe on Super Bowl Sunday, Sublime Doughnuts and Boston doughnut shop Kane’s Donuts will go dough to dough, wagering a dozen of their home team-themed doughnuts to the outcome of the NFL Championship game. During the post-game week, the losing team must snap a photo of their staff wearing the opposing team’s jerseys while making doughnuts. Sublime Doughnuts is also giving away a dozen doughnuts to the Facebook and Instagram follower who most closely guess the game’s final score.

Taco Mac Super Bowl Week Playbook Tags Wings To Go, Brewniversity Specials, Big Game Philips Arena Event and 680 The Fan Live Broadcasts

Saturday wing pick up to ease Super Bowl Sunday party planning and Wings are for Winners are just two of the ways Taco Mac locations are helping couch wingbacks, quarterbacks and fans prep for Super Bowl LI. Receive a Wings are for Winners special-edition certificate with all to-go orders. Calling up wings couldn’t be easier, just use the online ordering link.

Taco Mac calls in special teams of Brewniversity double credits and Saturday wing order pick-ups for its Big Game Rush Week leading up to Super Bowl Sunday. Beginning Sunday, Jan. 29 and running through Feb. 5, all Brewniversity credits are worth double points. Full-size beers and pitchers are worth two credits and nooners are worth one credit. Daily credits max out at 12 (instead of the usual six credit daily max). Credits are still only worth double on Double Credit Monday. During the game, Taco Mac locations will offer even more Brewniversity credits tied to game action.

Taco Mac is throwing a Big Game Event at their Philips Arena location that’s sure to score touchdowns from fans wanting a bigger, say arena-sized setting, to root for and watch the hometown team. $35 per-person Big Game Package includes any two drinks from the Big Game day beverage menu, a 10-pack of wings and a side, unlimited chips and salsa and a guaranteed seat (closest seats to the home Dome). Buy tickets via Xorbia.

680 The Fan and Anheuser-Busch are teaming up with Taco Mac for a week of Super Bowl live broadcasts and promos. At each live appearance, 680 The Fan will register guests to win a pair of tickets to the Super Bowl plus a $1,000 check to aid travel, hotel, meals, etc. Chuck & Chernoff will broadcast from the Lindbergh Taco Mac on Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 3-7 p.m.; Chris Dimino will be at the Perimeter location on Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 6-8 p.m.; and The Buck & Kincade Show and Chuck & Chernoff will be at Taco Mac The Prado on Thursday, Feb. 2 for a special Bud Light Falcons Super Bowl Pep Rally from noon-7 p.m. On Super Bowl Sunday, enjoy live broadcasts of Atlanta’s Official NFL Pregame Show and 680 NFL GameDay from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Taco Mac’s Philips Arena location.

Taco Mac’s lineup of game-day drink specials returns for the biggest game of them all. With $11.95 pitchers, $4.75 20-oz. drafts and $13.95 mix-and-match beer buckets, there’s a special for the entire squad. Taco Mac is also teaming up with Lyft to make responsible drinking even easier with a 25% discount on rides to and from all Atlanta Taco Mac locations on Feb. 5.

Make a Play for “Rise Up ‘Ritas” and “Julio Jones Badass Butterscotch Brownies” from Mary Kay Andrews’ Cookbook

Guests will plow through beer-fortified margaritas and irresistibly sweet-salty brownies from “The Beach House Cookbook” by New York Times Bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews. To fuel home team fans for all that rising up, Andrews is Falcon-izing recipes including “Rise Up ‘Ritas” and “Julio Jones Badass Butterscotch Brownies” from her newest cookbook, which releases May 2. Bleachers or beach-ers, we’re game!

Rise Up ‘Ritas
  • 2 (12-oz.) cans frozen limeade concentrate
  • 2 (12-oz.) bottles light Mexican beer
  • 2 (8-oz.) cans lemon-lime soda
  • 1 ½ cups tequila
  • Margarita salt
  • Lime wedges for serving

Stir the limeade concentrate, beer, soda and tequila together in a pitcher. Pour into ice-filled glasses rimmed with margarita salt and serve with the lime wedges.

“Julio Jones Badass Butterscotch Brownies”
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 ½ tsp. bourbon or vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ¾ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 cup butterscotch baking chips

      Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line an eight-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, allowing two to three inches to extend over the sides of the pan.

Combine the brown sugar, melted butter, egg and bourbon in a large bowl. Stir in flour, salt and baking powder. Stir in the pecans and butterscotch chips.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes or until the center is set. Using the foil sides as handles, remove from the pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into squares and serve.

Tin Lizzy’s Tempers Winter with Fire in the Hole Tacos Cooled by SweetWater Second Helping

There’s never a dull mouth moment at Tin Lizzy’s Cantina locations. “Taco of the Month” specials woo with interesting combos like January’s Fire in the Hole folded around fried chicken, queso blanco, Tin Lizzy’s signature hot sauce, spicy salsa and fresh jalapeños. We feel those flames of desire for a basket of these, and we’ll balance the heat with January’s featured beverage -- SweetWater Second Helping IPA. During January, proceeds from the sale of this limited-time brew benefit The Giving Kitchen. Next month, hearts will cry out for February’s featured banh mi taco -- the ying to go with the tangy yang of drink special Milagro margaritas. Come March, we’ll boot scoot toward Nashville chicken tacos. Did you know Tin Lizzy’s also features a seasonal salsa? Hot news flash, salsa verde’s the star until March.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

All Drafts – Including Crafts – are $2 on Mondays at Smokebelly BBQ

Mondays don’t have to be a drag. Smokebelly BBQ is pulling $2 draft beers all day, every Monday -- and every tap is fair game. Imbibe in craft drafts like Lagunitas IPA, Blue Moon Belgian White and Founders Porter; seasonal brews; local SweetWater 420; and big names including Bud Light, Miller Lite, Coors Light, Stella Artois Pilsner, Newcastle Brown Ale, Yuengling Lager and Guinness Stout (Nitro).
 Come for the brews, but stick around for the grub! Dig into shareable plates like smoked wings and pulled pork sliders or fill up on the Smokebelly Stack sandwich or new Nashville hot chicken. You’ll be fueled up for the week ahead in no time.

Monday, January 23, 2017

What’s New on Pinterest: Southern Eats

Glory be, y’all! We’re dishing out Southern Eats in honor of National Southern Food Day, Jan. 22. Yep. Even Yankees will be able to prepare delicacies like homemade pimento cheese spread, classic deviled eggs and fried catfish with comeback sauce; Southern comforts of chicken and dumplings – Cracker Barrel and crockpot versions, slow cooker beef tips and rice and chicken and waffles; and sides of Southern-style green beans (with bacon), spicy collard greens and Trisha Yearwood’s macaroni and cheese. And, every Southern spread has its share of carbs such as tender angel flake biscuits, Southern cornbread and luscious lemon cream pie. Ah, yes. It’s great to be a mouth in the South.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

#Foodgram Nick’s Dad Beets

Nick’s Dad Beets claims the 2016 Saveur Readers’ Choice Blog Award for “Best Food Instagram.” Why? Because he masters the rhythm of gotta-try-this recipes, jaw-dropping restaurant eats and really cute family photos.