Thursday, July 7, 2016

Foodie Phonetics: Tzatziki

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Yiayia Gyro Bites at Athens Pizza - LAUREN RUBINSTEIN
  • Lauren Rubinstein
  • Yiayia Gyro Bites at Athens Pizza

Welcome to Foodie Phonetics, an occasional series in which we explore the names of food items that you might be mispronouncing. Let's help each other avoid embarrassing moments one dish at a time! 

Pronouncing Greek words can be a tongue twister. Tzatziki (“dzah-DZEE-kee”), however, is worth adding to your vocabulary — and rotation of summer dishes. This cucumber, yogurt, garlic, and dill sauce can add a zing of flavor and cooling freshness to gyros, burgers or even be used as a dip for chips and veggies.

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Drink Local: Independent Distilling Co. Rum

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 10:30 AM


Have you found it hard to stay on top of all the new spirits being distilled here in Atlanta and its surrounding counties? Welcome to Drink Local, a semi-regular series in which we'll feature and taste a range of local products, starting with the four local distilleries highlighted in our Made in Georgia Spring Dining Guide

Our aim is to enable you to walk in to your local liquor store (or favorite bar) armed with a basic knowledge of the local goods on the shelves. Our first feature was Old Fourth Distillery Vodka, the very first (legal) spirit distilled in the city of Atlanta since the days before Prohibition. Today, we'll introduce you to Independent Rum, from Independent Distilling Company in Decatur.  

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Quick Bites: Bonanza opens at Kimball House, Manuel's plans to re-open in August, and more

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 8:01 AM

BACK TO BASICS: Kimball House's new cocktail lounge focuses on cocktails, small plates, oysters, and caviar service. - JOEFF DAVIS/CL FILE
  • Joeff Davis/CL File
  • BACK TO BASICS: Kimball House's new cocktail lounge focuses on cocktails, small plates, oysters, and caviar service.

Spencer Gomez, who spent the past year at Gunshow, where he did a lot of “charcuterie work and meat-focused dining,” is the new chef de cuisine at Holeman and Finch Public House. Gomez said he learned of the opening and thought it would be a good fit. Gomez plans “to further enhance the kitchen’s commitment to locally sourced and tantalizing creations” at Holeman and Finch and has no plans to overhaul the menu or the kitchen.

Kimball House’s backroom cocktail lounge and private dining room, Bonanza, is now open. The lounge is complete with a separate entrance, a bathroom, and a kitchen. Bonanza’s menu focuses on “cheese, charcuterie, and a small selection of composed plates” as well as oysters and caviar service. The lounge’s name is an homage to the Big Bonanza Saloon that was once located at the original Kimball House Hotel. Bonanza is open from 6 p.m. to close.

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Don't forget to cast your votes for Best of Atlanta 2016

Posted By on Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 12:02 PM


In case you missed it, the ballot for Creative Loafing's 2016 Best of Atlanta issue is live, live, live. The issue hits stands September 15, but in the meantime you've got 14 more days to head over to the Oral Pleasures section of the ballot to cast your votes for your favorite spots, chefs, and dishes. You can vote for as many, or as few, categories as you'd like. If you're short on time, you can also save your ballot and come back to it later. The ballot closes midnight, July 17. Show your favorite Atlanta spots the love they deserve and vote, vote, vote your little heart out, today.

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Atlanta food events: July 4-10

Posted By on Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 10:01 AM

Start the weekend with Atlanta Beer Tours and 14 tastings at three Decatur breweries. - RACHEL HORTMAN
  • Rachel Hortman
  • Start the weekend with Atlanta Beer Tours and 14 tastings at three Decatur breweries.

Cook Hall Mon., July 4, 7-midnight Fourth of July Party Start the day off on the patio to watch the Peachtree Road Race and enjoy $5 Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas while listening to music from DJ Hakim. Guests can then feast on All-American food, boozy slushies, and other drink specials. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Details

Revival Mon., July 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Terminus City Fourth of July Party This Fourth of July, acclaimed restauranteur Kevin Gillespie’s celebration at Communion, Revival’s backyard beer garden is the place to be. Enjoy Southern fare such as whole hog barbecue, Brunswick stew, and fried pie while playing fun games like cornhole, darts and horseshoes. All proceeds benefit the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program. Details

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Quick Bites: The Spence closes, Ton Ton and City Winery open, and more

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 9:01 AM

THE END: The Spence closed for good on June 25. - JAMES CAMP/CL FILE
  • James Camp/CL File
  • THE END: The Spence closed for good on June 25.

Update: As of June 24, all three locations of Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles have reopened and are operating with regular business hours, reports the AJC. Gladys Knight’s son, Shanga Hankerson, is facing two counts of felony theft.

The Spence has closed. The Concentrics Restaurants’ spot spearheaded by chef Richard Blais closed on June 25 after four years of business. Concentrics President Bob Amick says the group wants to focus on their new concepts, which include Mihoko Obunai’s Nexto, hotels, and concepts in other parts of the country. Concentrics plans to open a new concept at 75 Fifth St. N.W. in the near future.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Atlanta Fourth of July food events 2016

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 10:49 AM

  • Joeff Davis/CL File

It's Fourth of July weekend people! Put your party pants on and wear your red, white, and blue home team colors. Be fully prepared to celebrate America's independence all weekend long by dabbling in some day drinking, special cuisine menu options, and live entertainment you're bound to sway to. Let's all agree to some sun and some fun, shall we?


Muss & Turner's Fri., July 1- Sun., July 3 Fourth of July Catering Muss & Turner's is offering assistance with your 4th of July celebration meals with to-go catering. Pick from a selection of delicious homemade sides and high quality meats. Your Independence Day party will be completed with food without all the stress of time and prep. Details

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

CL's #ATLDoughnutSmackdown needs your vote

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • Brad Kaplan
Doughnuts are having a moment right now. To be fair, they never really went away — Krispy Kreme, the cronut craze, famed institutions such as the original Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Ore., etc. But the popularity of dedicated boutique doughnut shops is on the rise all over the country. The bulk of Atlanta’s doughnut renaissance is happening outside of Atlanta proper. Apart from a few intown mainstays, most of the magic is happening in the ‘burbs. With so many appealing options luring us ITP-ers to far-flung corners of metro Atlanta, we started to wonder which doughnuts were really worth the time and gas money.  

The Ultimate Doughnut Smackdown was born.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Meet the artist behind 5Church's strategic ceiling art

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 12:55 PM

THE ART: Artist Jon Norris paints the ceiling at newly opened 5Church in Midtown - COURTESY JON NORRIS
  • Courtesy Jon Norris
  • THE ART: Artist Jon Norris paints the ceiling at newly opened 5Church in Midtown

“There is only we” is freshly painted above the sprawling bar at Midtown's new 5Church (1197 Peachtree St. N.E., 404-400-3669., which opened at Colony Square last Friday. Open for dinner seven nights a week, "5Church combines a technique-driven menu with cutting-edge design and genuine hospitality for a memorable dining experience," says the press release. It is the third location from restaurateurs Patrick Whalen, Ayman Kamel, Alejandro Torio and Jamie Lynch. The others are located in Charlotte, N.C. and Charleston, S.C.

If you happen to find yourself at 5Church, look up and let the words sink in. There are a lot of them. It's inspirational advice not from a Pinterest meme or from the Dalai Lama, but from a 2500 year old strategic military manuscript. Chinese general Sun Tzu's The Art of War to be exact. Written in the 5th century BC, this treatise holds guidance and strategic thinking applicable to many situations, even restaurants. 

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Quick Bites: Gusto! to open, Terminus City dishes BBQ on Independence Day, and more

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 12:01 PM

FUELED UP: Former pro football player Nate Hybl will open his second Gusto! Wood Fire Grill in July. - MIA YAKEL/CL FILE
  • Mia Yakel/CL File
  • FUELED UP: Former pro football player Nate Hybl will open his second Gusto! Wood Fire Grill in July.

Marco's Pizza opened at 798 N. Highland Ave. on June 27 after more than a year of planning. The quick-service concept fills the space once occupied by the city’s only Ben & Jerry’s, which closed in November 2011, according to What Now Atlanta.

Gusto!, the fast-casual concept from former NFL QB and Georgia native Nate Hybl will open its second Atlanta location in the former Real Chow Baby Space at 782 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E. next month. Look for further expansion of the concept in the near future.   

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