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Friday, August 26, 2011

Gravy Train: Chef-tastic ice cream from High Road, Sweeney to Cakes & Ale

Ron Eyester
  • Take home a pint of The Angry Chef's ice cream
High Road Craft is launching their first chef collaboration that’s available in stores - a Peanut Butter Pretzel creation from Ron Eyester (better known as The Angry Chef). The pints, along with other High Road flavors, are available at Whole Foods (Eyester's flavor debuts September 1). The local ice cream company also has flavors in the works from Shaun Doty and Matt Swickerath. Looks like Kevin Gillespie isn’t the only chef making his mark in frozen treats.

Cakes & Ale formally announced David Sweeney’s role at the new location, which will be to lead lunch at The Bakery portion of the restaurant. The Bakery is described as having its own identity and offering a casual, comfortable place for the pastry chefs to showcase their talents. The lunch menu will go beyond pastries, offering sandwiches, soups, and salads made with local ingredients.

Open Table released their Diner’s Choice list of top restaurants for late night dining, and a few Atlanta spots made the cut. Cafe Circa, HOBNOB, Loca Luna and Shout were all included in the nationwide list.

The AJC reports that Buckhead Barbecue Company is close to opening in... wait for it... Smyrna! Name’s a bit misleading, eh? The restaurant will feature both traditional and creative BBQ-based dishes. They are reportedly going for a more upscale feel than your typical down and dirty joint, but the pictures on Facebook show a comfortably casual spot with a large deck.

Another BBQ spot, Maddy’s in Decatur, seems to have closed it’s doors. Though there’s been much discussion on Decatur Metro, we haven’t seen confirmation from restaurant owners. That being said, Half Off Depot is offering refunds on Maddy’s dining certificates, which typically indicates a restaurant closure.

In happier Decatur restaurant news, Decatur Metro also has a preview of Harbour Bar, a seafood restaurant taking over the El Tesoro space. The restaurant is owned by the same folks as Napoleon's in Oakgrove Village. Harbour Bar will feature an outdoor bar, live music and will be 21+ after 9 p.m.

Eater reports that Sweet Auburn Bakery has inked a cookbook deal. The book is available for pre-order now and has a delicious looking cover!

If you’re looking to geek out over fine wines, you might want to pay a visit to Matt Bradford, the wine and beverage director at Canoe. Bradford recently became Atlanta’s only sommelier to pass the Court of Master Sommelier’s Advanced Examination.

Ocean Prime, opening in October, has announced their head chef will be Jason Shelley. Shelley comes with an Ocean Prime pedigree, having worked at some of the restaurant’s Florida locations.

Tre’za is gearing up for a fall opening in Town Brookhaven. The casual Italian restaurant specialized in wood-fired pizzas, fancy salads and gelato.

What Now Atlanta reports that Social House, which was originally said to have closed for renovations, is actually closed for good. The owner cites health issues as the reason for shuttering the brunch spot, which is now up for sale.

Ray's Killer Creek is replacing their current brunch offering with a Sunday Supper menu, available from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sundays. The Southern style meal features comfort food with a gourmet twist. Expect dishes like buttermilk fried chicken and house cut pork chops, accompanied by bottomless sides. The family-style meal is priced at $16 per person. The menu debuts on September 11.

Thrillist takes a peek inside Amnesia Bar and Grill, a new Mexican restaurant and late night lounge with a swanky nightclub vibe in South Atlanta.

Double Zero Napoletana, the recently opened Sandy Springs restaurant, has added bocce ball courts, which seem to be all the rage these days. They will host the Atlanta Bocce Ball League on Wednesday evenings.

What makes a restaurant one of the “manliest in America?” Well, I’m not sure but apparently Bone’s has got it. The restaurant is the only spot in Atlanta to be nominated in Men’s Health’s hunt for the manliest restaurant. Think you know manly? Vote in the contest here.

Cafe 640 (formerly Cafe di Sol) is now offering buy-one-get-one-free burgers every night of the week from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. and all day on Mondays, a pretty good deal.

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