In case you missed it, there was a kerfuffle over the weekend as Atlanta Cuisine's Tom Maicon reported that the ever-disappearing Peter Chang was back cooking at Tasty China in Marietta. Chang has been the subject of much adoration and national wonderment over the past month, with articles about him in the March 1 issues of the Oxford American and the New Yorker. On Sunday, his whereabouts became questionable, with Food & Wine's Kate Krader (who was obviously in Atlanta for the weekend) Tweeting that a friend of hers had called Tasty China and been informed that he was gone. But reports also came in on Twitter that Chang was in the restaurant. Having a touch of the Chang fanaticism in me, I stopped in last night to see what was up. Chang was there, but as Maicon is now reporting on AC, he's not there for long. Tasty China's owner told me that Chang was there on "vacation." When I asked if he was planning to come back, he said, "You never know with Chang," and laughed.
Maicon says they are contemplating opening a higher-end restaurant together, but that it wouldn't be for some time. I wouldn't count on that exact project coming through (too predictable for Chang to say he's going to do something and then actually show up), although it's great to know that his ties to Georgia still exist.
As Maicon also stated, most of the food being served at the restaurant over the weekend was not Chang's cooking (except, of course, the 18 courses Maicon ate). There were a couple of specials though, that you had to inquire about to have the honor of buying, that smacked of those early, electric Tasty China days.
Spring's arrival means that P'cheen is resuming its (really awesome) Monday night special -- Mike's Bone Lick BBQ. I love it in part because Mike Lasage makes two Carolina-style sauces that are hard to find in Atlanta, despite our love affair with barbecue. Also, he features an international barbecue flavor each week.
Check out the menu. It's a mouthwatering and fun read:
Roadside Boiled Peanuts...5
-salty with a hint of heat, the way the old man on the side of the road used to make 'em!
Pulled Pork Sliders...7
- 3 mini versions of our delicious Pulled Pork Sammy
Died & Gone to Bacon...8
-our house smoked jalapeño bacon wrapped around our hickory bacon, wrapped around our house andouille sausage, brushed with a sweet and spicy chipotle glaze and slow smoked for a whole day
"How much for one rib?" ...3
-a sample of one slow smoked dry rubbed baby back rib.
-jumbo wings marinated for 48 hours in our secret sauce and slow smoked.
Pulled Pork Sammy...8
-a generous portion of our slow smoked pork, cider slaw and home made pickles
The Smokehouse Portabello Sammy...10
-portabello mushroom caps marinated in S.C. BBQ Sauce, smoked and grilled with mixed field greens, tomato, shaved onion and goat cheese.
- our 20-hour smoked brisket, served open faced on baguette with lettuce, tomato and grilled Red onion
1, 2, 3 and 4 meat combos served with 2 sides
Baby Back Ribs
Our house recipe dry rubbed, slow smoked, fall off the damn bone, baby back ribs.
Melt in your mouth pulled pork, dry rubbed and sopped in a smoker for 8 hours.
-a New Orleans classic made in house, with just enough spice and smoke to make you think you were in the French Quarter.
Texican Beef Brisket
- Texas BBQ means Beef Brisket, and we got it! 20 hours of slow smoke and love. Served sliced.
International BBQ of the Week
A spring BBQ tour around the globe featuring delicous dishes like Thai Style Grilled spare ribs basted in coconut, chilis and lime, Mexican Pork Barbacoa and Korean BBQ Short Ribs with Kimchi Sauce.
Sides: Fries, Washday Red Beans and Dirty Rice, Cider Slaw, smoked jalapeño grits, pork braised collard greens
Whoa! Peter Chang has returned to Atlanta. Tom Maicon has the scoop on Atlanta Cuisine.
Oxford American Southern Food Issue Dinner, March 26.Featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey, chef Shane Touhy, winemaker Tuck Beckstoffer and others. The dinner will be hosted by Dogwood Restaurant and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Suggested tax-deductible donation: $500 a person. Proceeds benefit the Oxford American Literary Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Space is limited. For reservations call 501-320-5730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The OA" Wine Auction After party, March 26. Mix and mingle with OA friends and food and wine experts from around the world at Dogwood Restaurant. The party starts at 9:30 p.m. and is free. For more information call 501-320-5730.
10th Annual Dads Garage Baconfest, March 27 This day celebrates and raises funds for Dads Garage Theater. The focus of the event is on bacon, beer, and local bands. Tickets are sale now and are available from $15 to $45. VIP tickets will include a special improvisational performance following BaconFest at 5 p.m. Advanced tickets can be purchased online at the Dad's Garage ticket office or at the gate the day of the event. Visit www.dadsgarage.com for additional information.
A friend who has become addicted to the sandwiches at The Kind Pie in Buckhead spotted Bill Addison, dining critic at Atlanta Magazine, there earlier this week. My source could not determine how Bill was feeling about the latest pizzeria to attract foodies. Jennifer Zyman has a full report on the new hole-in-the-wall....
Check out Salon's slide show of "the weird world of food obsessives." I know I urgently want to visit the International Banana Club and Museum before it closes or acquire a copy of the "Mona Lisa" rendered in toast....
Wayne and I made our regular Wednesday-night visit to the Shed on Glenwood for $3 sliders. I limited myself to two fatty delights: duck confit with caramelized onions and pork belly with baked beans. Then we tried the restaurant's newest dessert, spumoni -- layers of chocolate, cherry and pistachio ice cream between a cookie crust. I couldn't forgo the Greek yogurt with Medjool dates, walnuts and honey. So we split both desserts....
Time to make your reservations for Mother's Day. Do you have a favorite restaurant for hosting your mom?...
Repast (404-870-8707) begins its Japanese Fried Chicken Night this Monday, Mar. 29. Your $15 buys you the chicken plus salad and Japanese souffle cheesecake. Ginger beers are $4 each. That's every Monday night.
(Photo by Ken Bannister, courtesy of Salon.com)
"Are you having dinner?" our server asked. It was a reasonable question. Mac McGee's (111 Sycamore St., Decatur, 404-377-8050) is an Irish pub with a great whiskey collection, after all. But her voice was tentative enough that I replied, "Yes, is there a problem?"
"I just need to let you know that we're out of a lot of stuff," she said.
"Like what?" I asked. We'd already spent a few minutes scanning the menu.
She then rattled off so many of the menu's dishes that I interrupted, "In other words, most of the entrées and several of the starters."
"Yes," she said. "St. Patty's Day cleaned us out."
Maybe. St. Patrick's Day was four days earlier. A better explanation is the quality of the food at the pub, which opened in January. The chef is Ryan Stewart, who turned the Glenwood in East Atlanta Village into the city's best gastro pub about three years ago.
(Photo by James Camp)
4th and Swift. The Easter menu will be 3-courses & will be priced at $35 a person. For more information or to make reservations call 678-904-0160.
103 West. Easter Brunch will cost $59 for adults, $24.50 for kids under 12, and free for children under 6. There will be live piano, face painting, and photos with the Easter Bunny. For more details call 404-233-5993.
Aqua blue. Brunch will be $29.95 for adults; $9.95 for children ages four to 12; free for children under four. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information call 770-643-8886.
The Café at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. Easter brunch at The Ritz-Carlton will cost $65 for adults & $40 for children ages 5-12. There will be a live petting zoo & an egg decorating station for kids. For more information call 404-240-7035.
Cassis at the Grand Hyatt. The Easter brunch will be from 11 a.m. 3 p.m. They will also have face painting and an egg hunt. Cost is $44 a person but kids under 6 eat free. For more information (404) 364-3933.
Food 101. The Easter menu will be served from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Entrees range from $9 to $17. For reservations call 404-497-9700.
Kurt's and Vreny's. They will be hosting their 25th annual Easter Lunch Buffet. Seating times from 12 - 2:30. It will cost $35 a person but children 4-12 are half price. For more information call 770-623-4128.
La Tavola Trattoria. They will open an hour early at 10 a.m. for brunch until 3 p.m. For more information call 404-873-5430.
Livingston Restaurant + Bar. Chef Gary Mennie will host a buffet with carving station and bloody mary and mimosa bar. The brunch buffet will happen from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at which point the dinner buffet will begin. The buffet will close at 8 p.m. Adults cost $45 for the meal and $12 for drinks. Children 6-12 are $12.50 and kids under 5 eat for free. For more information or reservations call 404-897-5000.
Pacci Ristorante and AltoRex Rooftop Lounge. Executive Chef Keira Moritz is making a brunch buffet menu. The buffet is available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $22, $12 for kids ages six to 12 and free for children under six. Upstairs, AltoRex Rooftop Lounge is having both a family and an adult egg hunt. Families can find fun prizes for kids during the 5 - 7 p.m. hunt. Later that night from 9 - 11 p.m., adults will find prizes like gift certificates, AltoRex cocktail party packages, drink tickets and appetizer tickets. For more information call 678-412-2402.
Parker's on Ponce. The Easter Brunch Buffet will be $27 for adults, $15 for Seniors, $12.50 for children 7-12, children 6 & under free. For more information call 404-924-2230.
Park Tavern. Brunch Buffet Selections will include omeletes, pancakes, and carving stations. Cost will be $19 for each adult, $9.50 per child. For more information call 404-249-0001.
The Pecan. Easter brunch will be $55 a person, which includes tax & gratuity. $45 for senior citizens and $25 for children 5-9 years. For more information call 404-762-8444.
Ray's Killer Creek. Easter brunch for adults will be $30 and for kids 10 and under $15. Theyll be serving from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. For more information or reservations call 770-649-0064.
Ray's on the River. Serving brunch from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Adults $35 and kids 10 & under $17. For more information 770-955-1187.
Shauns. There will be a buffet featuring lunch & brunch items. Adults $40 kids 10 & under $10. For more info call 404-577-4358.
The Sun Dial. They will be hosting brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The three-course menu will cost $45. Ken Scott, a magician, will be on hand to entertain the kids. For more information or to make a reservation call 404-589-7506.
South City Kitchen. South City Kitchen Vinings will serve the Easter menu from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. For more information call 770-435-0700. South City Kitchen Midtown will serve the special brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find out more details call 404-873-7358.
Wildfire. The Sunday Supper menu from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., which comes with a salad, main course, and side dishes is $19.95 per person, plus $3.00 for homemade desserts. To make a reservation call 770-730-9080.
Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery. Seatings for brunch are at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; $30 for adults, $15 for kids ages six to 12; free for kids five and under (plus tax and gratuity). They require reservations so call 706-867-9862 and make one before making the trip.
I've had two good meals at Mac McGee's (111 Sycamore St., Decatur, 404-377-8050), an Irish pub that opened in January. A standout was this take on classic bubble and squeak, normally a mash-up of leftover roasted meat, cabbage and potatoes.
Chef Ryan Stewart improves on tradition by placing a hunk of pork belly over cabbage, potatoes and pickled white beets, garnished with julienned carrots. The effect is brilliant -- acidic sweetness, crispness, creamy, oily, earthy.
Yes, Stewart is the husband of Besha Rodell, our cuisine editor. He turned The Glenwood into a destination gastro-pub three years ago and it's good to have him back. Before you accuse us of nepotism, know that Christiane Lauterbach gave the pub a very positive review in the February Knife & Fork.
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(Photo by Cliff Bostock)
Today Bob Sandage states on his Facebook page:
Just became the proud owner of a 1901 house, with the eventual goal of it being a brewpub and events facility. Please sign up at Wrecking Bar Brewpub fan page to stay updated!
Sure to be the most happening brewpub and events facility around! City approval process currently, estimate renovations beginning in June 2010 and opening early 2011.
The Blissful Glutton reports on the Wine Shoe in Castleberry Hill, although I think she does it a disservice with her "just dont go expecting to discover any obscure finds" comment. It makes it sound as though all you'll find here are standard bottles you see everywhere that couldn't be farther from the truth. On this side of town I think it's the best selection around, with plenty of geeky labels and varietals that I haven't seen elsewhere.
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