The Tin Drum peeps have opened Wonderful World Burgers in Emory Village (1561 North Decatur Rd., 404-373-8887). We sampled a few of the cafe's tasty slider-size burgers, but this hot dog with teriyaki sauce, mayo and roasted seaweed was the standout.
Everything except daily specials costs under $3. And the specials, like Wednesday's kimchi stew with hanger steak, are only $3.75.
As is usual with Tin Drum's owner, the restaurant makes musical allusions. I presume the name derives from the song made famous by Louis Armstrong. In the bathroom, I found faux graffiti quoting lyrics of "Zero Landmine," the EP by (incredible) Japanese artist Ryuichi Sakamoto. It's probably best known to Americans for Cyndi Lauper's participation.
More in "Grazing" later this week.
(Photo by Cliff Bostock)
Its easy to see why restaurants are becoming safer and less eccentric. When times are tight, the reflex is to return to simple, nonthreatening food that appeals to the masses. 30 Tables, in the Glenn Hotel, reflects that tendency, both on the part of the hotel and on the part of Concentrics, the group brought in to run the restaurant.
Lets start with the Glenn, and the space 30 Tables inhabits. The restaurant is the third establishment in this space in three years. The hotel's tried one outlandish concept after another, starting with the ludicrous and preposterously bad B.E.D., and then Maxim Prime, a collaboration between Jeffrey Chodorow and the mens magazine of the same name. Maxim Prime was only slightly less garish than B.E.D. in its design and concept, and the food was far more successful. But ultimately, the 80s-themed den-of-iniquity decor, eggs topped with gold leaf, and Russian waitresses dressed up like Simply Irresistible dancers didn't hold sway over enough diners to make Maxim Prime a success. So what next?
(Photo by James Camp)
Just thinking about eating a salad gives you permission to eat French fries instead:
Just seeing a salad on the menu seems to push some consumers to make a less healthy meal choice, according to a Duke University researcher.
It's an effect called "vicarious goal fulfillment," in which a person can feel a goal has been met if they have taken some small action, like considering the salad without ordering it, said Gavan Fitzsimons, professor of marketing and psychology at Duke's Fuqua School of Business, who led the research.
In a lab experiment, participants possessing high levels of self-control related to food choices (as assessed by a pre-test) avoided french fries, the least healthy item on a menu, when presented with only unhealthy choices. But when a side salad was added to this menu, they became much more likely to take the fries.
No wonder Mickey D's and others have added salads to their menus!
(Graphic courtesy of Find Fitness Here.)
This (above) was the best thing I ate last week -- chicken cooked in a tomatillo sauce. It's a tapa-sized portion available at Eclipse di Luna. I used to eat the same dish, in a larger portion, at El Molino, my favorite Atlanta taqueria that, sadly, closed over a year ago. (I've yet to find another taqueria that prepares daily off-the-menu dishes like the cook at El Molino did.)
I lunched at Eclipse with four friends and every dish, including the cheese plate (right), was spot-on. Another dish I enjoyed for the first time was the chicken empanada.
Generally my friends and I order three dishes each here, but less gluttonous diners will be happy with two.
(Pictures by Cliff Bostock)
Grindhouse Killer Burgers opened Monday at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market and my two visits have required waiting in long lines not something you see frequently these days at restaurants. The dirt-cheap restaurant is open for lunch only, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. More in my next Grazing column.
(Photo by Cliff Bostock)
Here are some food and drink events coming up in the next week:
Sunday, Sep. 20-Saturday, Sep. 26
Around 75 restaurants in the Atlanta area have agreed to help out Share Our Strength in ending childhood hunger by donating a percentage of sales and collecting money.www.strength.org. 202- 393-2925. prices vary
Sunday, Sep. 20 at 2pm
Michaele Weissman, author of God in a Cup: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Cup, will be giving a talk entitled Deconstructing Coffee, which will discuss specialty coffee, boutique-quality coffee and she will be answering questions. Octane Coffee. 1009-b Marietta St 30318. 404.815.9886.www.octanecoffee.com
Monday, Sep. 21-Sunday, Sep. 27Inman Park restaurants serve up 3 courses for a set price: Pure Taqueria, Sauced and The Albert for $15; Fritti, Parish Foods & Goods, Parks Edge, Rathbuns, Shauns, Sotto Sotto, Wisteria and Zaya Mediterranean Cuisine for $25; and Kevin Rathbun Steak for $35. Be sure to make reservations in advance to ensure that you get in. North Highland Ave. 404-577-4212. $15-$35. www.inmanparkrestaurantweek.com.
I recently re-read Satyricon, often regarded as the western worlds first novel, written by Petronius, a member of the court of Nero, toward the end of the 1st century CE. The longest chapter of the satirical book is a description of a banquet hosted by Trimalchio, a freed slave who has become immensely wealthy.
Although Petronius motives are controversial, its impossible to read the banquet description without thinking of life in our own culture during the last few years. Generally, the banquet satirizes the excesses of the nouveau riche. Eerily, like dining trends in our own time, Trimalchio is interested in changing the form of food, dressing up offal and turning dining into theater. Hes even into local food its all from his own estates and he psychologizes dining by pairing his guests with dishes appropriate to their astrological sign.
It is a measure of our time that we observe most of these same phenomena and, with rare exception, regard them only as completely positive, undeserving of even mild critical scrutiny. But Im taking my cue from Petronius for citing some of the most dubious dining trends of late.
Every few months, my sister and I inevitably find ourselves debating which three cuisines we could eat for the rest of our lives if we had to choose. Typing it aloud makes the whole thing sound ridiculous since I cant fathom a scenario where we would need to do so. But the debate is always interesting because our choices evolve as we broaden our food horizons. Yeah, we are food-obsessed weirdos.
Although my sister and I tend to have wildly different tastes and appetites (I am always snacking while she is more regimented in her meal times), we both, without fail, rank Japanese in the highest position. Japanese food has everything you could want. Raw. Fried. Stewed. Steamed. Grilled. Sautéed. The list goes on and on. The ingredients are handled with reverence. Precision is of the utmost importance. And the flavors and presentation are simple, but stunning.
I dont know how or when it happened, but Atlanta has accumulated quite the assortment of Japanese restaurants. People think San Francisco is rife with Japanese cuisine. But let me tell you something: I lived in San Francisco and it has nothing on Atlanta. My mind actually races with indecision when I have to choose a spot because there are so many options--Sushi House Hayakawa, Yakitori Jinbei, Shoya Izakaya, Taka, Tomo, Hashiguchi Junior and Nakato just to name a few of my favorites. We. Are. Lucky. And now, I found another Japanese spot to add to my rotation, Ege Sushi and Japanese Cuisine.
(Photo of Ege's special menu by Jennifer Zyman)
Welcome to the wild, wild west.
On Sept. 13, 12 people competed in the Krystal hamburger-eating contest at Lenox Square Mall. The person who could consume the most Krystal and Big Angus hamburgers in eight minutes won a seat at the final table of the Krystal Square Off VI World Hamburger Eating Championship Sept. 27 in Chattanooga, TN where the top eaters will compete for $50,000 in cash prizes.
The winner at Lenox Square was Humble Bob Shoudt, Humble Bob consumed 41 Krystal and 5 Big Angus hamburgers in the eight minutes in a stomach-turning display of eating ability.
After the competition Humble Bob admitted to feeling a little guilty that he was not out protesting for clean water for the poor. The world heath organization estimates over 400 people die a day because of poorly treated water, Humble Bob said after consuming 46 hamburgers, I feel guilty I am not protesting the use of treated water on soccer and football fields when it could be used to help those who have no clean water.
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