Saturday, March 18, 2017

Ormsby’s Chef Nick Anderson Sticks to His Buns for Little Trouble Bunday Mar. 20

Bunday, Bunday, so good to be at Little Trouble for Monday Bunday on Mar. 20. Nick Anderson of neighboring Ormsby’s masters the bun-filling challenge as visiting chef at the weekly bun-derful evening. How many delicious buns can you hold? Find out from 8 p.m. until midnight. Drink specials abound to wash them down.

Appetizing Aperture

Love sushi. Love pizza. The Asian Caucasian solves the dilemma without the challenge of rolling sushi or stretching pizza dough. Asian cooking? Oooh, that’s so challenging for newbies, right? Not so when following the Asian Caucasian blog, a culinary journey where east meets west. This adorable sushi pizza recipe starts with a rice cooker and easy-to-find sushi-grade salmon or tuna. Aah, so simple, healthy and delish!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Marlow’s Tavern, Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads Vie for “Chompionship” in Atlanta Eats Elite Eats 2017

There’s more than one set of brackets being filled in this town – the one for hoops and Atlanta Eat’s Elite Eats 2017 for top scoops, i.e., 64 of the most mouthwatering dishes in Atlanta. The Smoked Trout Dip at Marlow’s Tavern holds an Elite Eats bracket spot in the “Bar Bites” division. Chicken nachos from Tin Lizzy’s Cantina line up in the “Around the World” division. Asian BBQ chicken pizza from Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads slices into the “Insane Italian” division. Winners from each of these divisions will eventually face off with the winner of the fourth division, “The South Rules.” As with the basketball brackets we so painstakingly fill, restaurants progress through similar rounds until there is only one dish left as “Chompion.” Vote for your favorites in each division here; number of votes determines advancement. First round of voting closes at 4 p.m. on Mar. 19, and the winners will be announced the next day. The process continues with round voting closing Mar. 26, 28 and 30 then April 1 and 3 until the “Chompion” is announced April 4. During each round, one person will win dinner for two at one of the spots they vote for.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tin Lizzy’s New Beverage Menu Tickles Spring Senses with Tequilas, ‘Ritas, Craft Cocktails and “Mix Your Six” Craft Beer Coolers

Springtime signals Cinco de Mayo is almost here. But why put off until tomorrow what you can “drinko” today from the new beverage menu at Tin Lizzy’s Cantina? Look for a cool option to mix your own craft cooler of any six brews for $25. Original margaritas -- Maestro, Texas, TLC, Grand Patron and 100 Proof -- are always crowd pleasers, priced by the glass or pitcher. Share some silver by ordering The Giving Goza margarita of Goza Silver, Agavero Orange liqueur and sour mix that portions off a bit of the proceeds to a local charity ($6.75/$26). Tin Lizzy’s expands the “Thin Lizzies” list with hugely flavorful hits such as the Old Fashionable with its hand-selected barrel-aged Avion Reposado, crushed orange and agave nectar; the Tanteo Jalapeño tequila-spiked Hot and Skinny; a Detox Margarita clarifier of Dulce Vida Grapefruit tequila, muddled lemons, limes and agave; The Ginny, dolling up Hendrick’s gin with muddled lemons, basil, agave and soda water, and more. Let mixologists craft cocktails to please your springtime cravings, whether for a coconut-ty Beach Bum, Ginger Margarita, Chipotle Pineapple, Thai Basil, Chile Mule, T el Tea or Smokey Mule. Spring has sprung. May your only ice-filled days involve cocktail and craft coolers at your nearby Tin Lizzy’s Cantina.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Taco Mac Honors SweetWater Brewing Company’s 20th Year with March Beer of the Month Status

Taco Mac wishes “hoppy birthday month!” to fellow hometown suds bud SweetWater Brewing Company, designating four SweetWater brews as March Beers of the Month. Four goldens from SweetWater Brewing Company sail into the BOTM spotlight: Grass Monkey (hoppy wheat with lemongrass, 5.4% ABV), 420 (extra pale ale, 5.7% ABV), Goin’ Coastal (IPA with pineapple, 6.1% ABV) and Hatchery: Mosaic (single hop IPA, 6.4% ABV). On Thursday’s Pint Night beginning at 5 p.m., enjoy a pint of the evening’s featured beer and take home a different glass each week. Still thirsty? Ask for the month’s special SweetWater Super Vessel sporting a colorful 20th-anniversary logo. It’s filled with 23 ounces of beer bliss of any featured BOTM for only $14.95, while supplies last. Taco Mac taps a special 20th Anniversary ale on Mar. 14, one more reason they’re known as having the most craft drafts around. Taco Mac and SweetWater have eyes on sending some lucky winners to the SweetWater 420 Fest taking place April 21-23 at Centennial Olympic Park. Each Thursday, guests who pick up the weekly SweetWater glassware during Pint Night can snap a photo of their new glass and post it on Taco Mac’s Facebook page to enter. The person whose photo garners the most votes each week wins a free pair of tickets to the hottest music fest in the ATL. Two VIP wristbands are up for grabs to the dedicated Pint Night fan who collects all five unique SweetWater glasses and snaps the most creative photo incorporating their new glass menagerie by Sunday, April 2.

Daily Reasons to Visit Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill Emory Point Grand Opening, Going on through Mar. 17

Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill, Atlanta’s longtime destination for the home-style cuisine and vibrant culture of Cuba, recently opened its newest location in the Emory Point mixed-use development. Stop by and get to know Papi’s by eating up their daily specials through St. Patrick’s Day, Mar. 17.

Tuesday, Mar. 14 – Family NightBuy one adult entrée after 5 p.m. and get one free kids mealfor children 10 and under.
Enjoy a $3 mini version of Papi’s popular chicken and pork wraps after 3 p.m.
Partake in $5 mojitos and $5 empanada samplers as well as goodie bags for the first 50 ladies.
Chomp into a $5 Reuben Cuban special, offered all day, and try the special Bacardi “Lucky Charm” drink on St. Papi’s, err, St. Paddy’s Day. Live music starts at 6 p.m. with Atlanta's freshest and most dynamic salsa band, Clave y Son. 

Wednesday, Mar. 15 - $3 Wrap Wednesday
Thursday, Mar. 16 – Ladies Night
Friday, Mar. 17 – St. Patrick’s Day

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Leap through a Week of St. Pat’s Fun and Frolics

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland hosts a free, shamrockin’ St. Pat’s family cookie decorating party from 5-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 15. Bedazzle shamrock-shaped sugar cookies with a variety of candies (and save for Thursday’s lunchbox if the young leprechaun’s tuck-in time is approaching).
Even luckier are Irish eyes smiling over Atkins Park‘s special St. Pat’s menu, offered all day Mar. 17, for they’ll gleam over dishes of corned beef and cabbage glazed with stout mustard, new potatoes, roasted carrots and Irish soda bread ($14); bangers and mash featuring Guinness-braised sausage, mashed potatoes, caramelized onions and stout mustard ($12); braised lamb shank with mashed potatoes and vegetables topped with brown gravy ($16); and decadent bread pudding with white and dark chocolate Baileys crème anglaise ($5).
Save some of that pot o’ gold by partaking in complimentary corned beef and cabbage along with Irish shooters at Johnny’s Hideaway on Thursday, Mar. 16. Tis a night for wearing o’ the dancing slippers -- downing a few shooters will loosen up those dance floor jigs. 
On Mar. 17, follow the rainbow to plenty o’ $5 green beer and $16 corned beef and cabbage specials for hungry leprechauns at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern. Tap toes to live and lively music by James Patrick Morgan from 9 p.m. until midnight. The really big shindig, HOBNOB’s St. Patrick’s Day party, hops to at 10 p.m. offering all-you-can-drink beer and all-you-can-eat pizza. Fork over $39 per person in advance or dig up $59 at the door.

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style at Ormsby’s. You don’t want to miss out on Chef Nick Anderson’s St. Paddy’s specials including Shepherd’s Pie and corned beef & cabbage with a Guinness mustard jus. Sip on their signature Irish car bomb or keep it classic with a Jameson, a Glendalaugh Whiskey or an Ormsby’s favorite, Paddy’s Irish Whiskey. Come for the food but stay for the games. Voted as Atlanta’s “Best Bar with Games,” what better place to celebrate with some friendly competition. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

What’s New on Pinterest:Sensational Sushi

Friday fish fries are a Lenten tradition, but what about choosing sushi for a change? Or, tossing sushi into the meal rotation on another day of the week? Sounds like a Sensational Sushi plan. Try rolling your own cucumber wrapped sushi, spicy tuna hand rolls or rainbow sushi rolls. Assemble healthy tuna or salmon sashimi rice bowls or collard greens sushi. Vegans can roll umami-rich smoky portobello rolls. Lure kids toward the healthy bites by making spring kazari maki zushi decoration sushi rolls or (gasp) PB&J roll-ups that resemble what mom and dad are eating. And, those who overindulged over Mardi Gras can rein it in with guidance from “the best and worst sushi for weight loss.”


By Jove, those British GPB dramas and documentaries based in England have us scanning the isle’s idyllic countryside for traditional tea-worthy nibbles like rosewater and cardamom biscuits and globally inspired dishes of today’s Great Britain, Persian lamb and fregola, for example. Our fingers landed on LindsaysFeast, an album royally loaded with food stories and photos from a cook and writer living the English country life. Cheerio!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Appetizing Aperture

Girl Scout cookies are here! The Sublime Doughnut team immediately ripped into the Sublime stash of Thin Mints and set to work crafting their immensely popular Thin Mint doughnut ($3) to delight Girl Scout cookie fans at both store locations. Wearing bright green icing and roughly crumbled Thin Mint cookies, the seasonal favorite is right in step with St. Patrick’s Day color schemes. And, like those leprechauns, if you want to catch one, you’ll have to move fast because when the Thin Mints are gone, so are these doughnuts.

Smokebelly BBQ Cues In on Sunday Brunch Complete with Bloody Mary Bar and Mimosas

Buckhead, pull on your boots for the area’s newest and most kick-back Sunday brunch at Smokebelly BBQ. Highfalutin? Hardly. Smokebelly’s rep for casual Southern comfort and culinary traditions (i.e. chef-crafted barbecue) extends into its new Southern home-style BBQ brunch served every Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Rise and shine to a farmhouse biscuit sandwich housing a fried egg and a choice of fried chicken, sage sausage or bacon and pulled pork ($11). Brace for the day over the Smokebelly traditional breakfast of two farm-fresh eggs, buttermilk biscuit, grilled tomato wedge and brunch potatoes or creamy cheese grits with a choice of bacon, sausage, pulled pork or smoked brisket ($12) or golden fried chicken breast and biscuits served with Smokebelly’s signature sausage gravy and two eggs made to order ($14). If it’s all about the omelet, opt for the Cajun jambalaya omelet stuffed with sautéed peppers and onions, spicy tasso ham and pepper jack cheese ($12). Open the day with inspired takes on timeless favorites such as sweet potato pancakes layered with sweet potato soufflé and topped with bourbon cinnamon crème ($12); smoked Benny featuring poached farm-fresh eggs over two grilled biscuit halves, served with beef brisket, chipotle hollandaise and a choice of brunch potatoes or creamy cheese grits ($13); or French toast stuffed with bananas Foster, cream cheese and Myers’s rum, garnished with praline bacon crumbles ($11). Smokebelly’s regular menu of BBQ tapas starters, savory sandwiches, BBQ plates, combos, salads and sides round out chow options.

Adult beverages play a strong role. Go spicy or tame at the Tito’s bloody mary bar ($10) featuring mixes, more than 20 seasonings, garnishes including pork rinds, bacon, pickled okra, jalapeños and more. Enjoy mimosas and Bellinis ($4 each), the Michelada (bloody mary mix and Miller Lite, Coors Lite, Bud Light or Dos Equis in a salt-rimmed glass for $6) or signature sips like the pear brandy-infused Nice Pear ($10) or Log Cabin ($9) built on a bourbon-maple foundation. Coffee cocktails, wines and draft, bottled and canned beers complete the picture. Come as you are and leave satiated and lovin’ life. For more information, visit or call 404-848-9100.