Friday, March 2, 2012

Gravy Train: Drinks are served at Cardamom Hill, a new organic lounge

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 11:13 AM

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Westside Indian outpost Cardamom Hill can serve booze! Huzzah! Brian Stanger, formerly of Abattoir, is heading up their craft cocktail program.

Organix Food Lounge is gearing up to open on Ponce in the former Entice-A location. Midtown Patch reports that they will serve gluten-free and vegan options, and the menu will consist of mostly organic tapas, plus lots of beverages - both with and without alcohol. The owner says it’s geared toward the type of folks who shop at Whole Foods and the like, who don’t want to compromise when dining out.

BGR: The Burger Joint will open in Atlantic Station. This is the first Georgia location for the national chain. They’ve got a slew of typical and not-so-typical burgers - from dressed up beefy numbers to alternatives like ahi tuna. Their Greek Burger (made with lamb) topped Bobby Flay’s creation on The Food Network’s “Throwdown.”

Luna Nueva in Little Five Points has transformed into Thai 5. Thrillist peeks inside the new restaurant. The menu includes noodle and rice bowls, the usual Thai entrees, and sushi. There are bento boxes at lunch. And don’t you fret, they’ve got alcohol (some will remember a margarita-less Luna Nueva in the early days).

Cypress Street Pint and Plate has added a monthly “Beer Geek Brunch,” complementing their well-established “Beer Geek Tuesdays” program. The brunch features a $20 prix fixe brunch menu that includes a beer cocktail. A la carte dishes are also available. The series will kick off this Saturday and then continue the first Saturday of each month.

Restaurant Eugene has a new sommelier, but he’s a familiar face. Jeff Hagley, the restaurant’s Director of Wine and Spirits, has shifted roles, bringing his passion for wine to a more customer-facing role.

Wonder where Chef Linton Hopkins eats, or even what kind of mayo he likes? Check out the chef’s picks on Find.Eat.Drink, including where he’d take a visiting chef, and his favorite places to shop for yummy stuff. Also, if you’ve got a hankering for homemade veal brains, you can try out Hopkins' recipe.

Another season of "Chopped All-Stars" is coming our way, and Eater has the scoop on the contestants. Representing Atlanta is Justin Balmes of Marietta. He’ll go head to head against other contestants from "The Next Food Network Star." Balmes' episode will air on April 22.

OpenTable has released their list of The Top 100 Restaurants for Service in the United States. The list is compiled from diner opinions. Atlanta makes the list with Bacchanalia, Bones, and Woodfire Grill.

Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint has appointed Jaaion Barnes as the new executive chef. Barnes started his first cooking job at the age of 18 at Straya’s in New Orleans. With Creole influences, some of his specialty dishes include Seafood Gumbo, Salmon Scampi and Veal Scaloppini.

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