Sunday, September 27, 2009

Some openings, some secrets of Southern hospitality

Posted By on Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 11:16 PM

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, which replaced Piebar, is now Ixtlan Ultra Lounge:

Just arrived in the former space of Eros Tapas Bar, Ixtlan retains the interior design of its predecessor (glass tent ceiling, stone floors, rooftop filled w/ rounded white backless couches), while boasting an all-new menu including "tapa-tizers" like Ixtlan Hot Fish (fried tilapia bites tossed in sweet chili sauce) and fire-grilled Filet Kabobs marinated in garlic, herbs, and the chef's signature tzatziki. Also worthy're char-grilled Sirloin and Turkey Burgers, Chopped Beef, Pulled Pork, and Chicken Breast BBQ Sandwiches, plus BBQ entrees like the Smoked Turkey Drumsticks and the 10oz Boston Pork Steak, aka the Rich Garces....

Cafe Sage Hill has taken over the Dusty's Barbecue location at 1815 Briarcliff Rd. It's all about breakfast and lunch, Southern-style....

A new restaurant, Croaker's Spot,  is opening at the corner of Edgewood Ave. and Boulevard, across from Danneman's Coffee. It will feature seafood and soul food....

The Iberian Pig (121 Sycamore St.) opens Monday night in Decatur....

Abattoir is now open for lunch....

Regina Charboneau, author of the Southern cooking blog for Atlantic Monthly's food site, recently posted an article entitled, "Seven Lessons in Southern Hospitality." Here is my fave "lesson":

Decide a night or day that is the easiest night for you to entertain. Maybe you have a housekeeper that comes on Thursdays so entertain on Wednesdays so you will have help cleaning up, or entertain on a Friday because your house is already clean.

Right. The secret to Southern hospitality is a servant. Miss Scarlett knew it and so should you.

I find this bit of Southern hospitality advice kind of strange too:

Never apologize even if dinner is overcooked or undercooked. Make light of it, we are all human--just have plenty of bread (and wine won't hurt). Whether you live in the North, South, East, or West, hospitality is hospitality--it is always a gift.

Well, fiddle-dee-dee, it seems the fried chicken is nearly raw. Y'all just have another couple of biscuits and I'll get the peach cobbler warmed up as soon as I scrape the mold off it.

(Photo of Vivian Leigh and Butterfly McQueen, from "Gone with the Wind," courtesy of Live Auctioneers.)

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