Friday, November 30, 2012

No Atlanta food trucks on Daily Meal's list of America's best

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Atlantas Good Food Truck

Earlier this month, The Daily Meal evaluated more than 300 food trucks in 30 cities to compile its list of the 101 Best Food Trucks in America in 2012. Food carts, or anything that has to be pulled, dragged, pushed, or carried, were not included in the list, and while some dessert trucks made the cut, they were "the exceptions." (Big Gay Ice Cream, anyone?)

After these exemptions, 270 trucks remained in contention and were judged on four criteria: popularity, critical review, social score, and originality.

But despite the growing popularity of food trucks in Atlanta (nearly 60 and counting according to the Atlanta Street Food Coalition) not one was included on the list. In fact, only 11 trucks in four Southeastern cities were selected. (New Orleans - 2, Nashville - 2 , Miami - 3, and Charleston - 4.)

One story published by The Atlantic breaks down the geography of America's best food trucks:

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THIS WEEKEND: Nelson Brothers of Belle Meade Bourbon tour Atlanta

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 1:15 PM


The Nelson brothers are hitting up Atlanta from Nashville and they're bringing their signature Belle Meade Bourbon. They're on a road trip to revive Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, founded in the 1800s by their great-great-great grandfather Charles Nelson. This weekend (Dec. 1-2) and Mon., Dec. 3, the boys will tour the city with various bottle signings around town:

Sat., Dec. 1
Bottle Signing at H&F Bottle Shop | 2-4 p.m.
Drinks with the Boys at Holeman & Finch Public House | 5-6 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 2
Bottle Signing at Green's on Ponce | 3-5 p.m.

Mon., Dec. 3
Belle Meade Bourbon Dinner at STK | 7 p.m.

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Creative Loafing visits R.J. Wheatfield's, 1984

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 11:31 AM

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"The greatest menu change is their increased mesquite grill offerings. Mesquite cooking is the current food preparation rage sweeping the nation, as well as Atlanta."

"An extensive wine list ($8 to $19.50 per bottle) completes the large menu."

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Pancakes masquerade as desserts

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Here are three of the four breakfasts I consumed in two days for my next "Grazing" column. Breakfast has never been very appealing to me and, as a kid, I detested pancakes and waffles. They were too dry to eat without butter and syrup, which made them super-sugary and gooey.

Well, times have changed and I love sugary goo. I had no idea that pancakes and waffles have basically turned into desserts.

Above is the stunning trio of blueberry cobbler pancakes I ate at Buttermilk Kitchen. The batter includes crunchy cinnamon-sugar crumbs. The pancakes are topped with white chocolate cream and fresh blueberries.

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Daily Hash 11/30/12: Guy Wong plans ramen pop-ups, on chefs who bite back in the comments, and more

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Watch chef Hugh Acheson make his famous Frogmore Stew via Chow.

"Go please to other restaurants in other locations. Check them out but don't forget to wear a condom on your tongue to contain the orgasm of your ignorance." Prompted by this chef's response to an online restaurant review, food writer Dianne Jacob considers cooks who blast back in the comments section.

Chef Guy Wong plans to launch Miso Izakaya ramen lunch pop-ups around Atlanta. If you want one to pop up in your neck of the woods, Wong is currently taking location suggestions from diners on Facebook.

Feeling poorly, NPR's Melissa Block, host of "All Things Considered," asked for tried-and-true cold remedies from a few foodies, including Atlanta cookbook author and food scientist Shirley O. Corriher.

Would you eat a Cheetos-flavored macaron?

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Atlanta weekend food events: Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Tapas and wine at SoHo, Night Out for Autism at Inc. Street Food, and more

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Night Out for Autism at Inc. Street Food
  • James Camp
  • Night Out for Autism at Inc. Street Food on Sun., Dec. 2

Wine dinner? Beer tasting? Cooking class? Let us know. Submit Food and Drink events here.

Nikolai's Roof Fri., Nov. 30, 7 p.m. Opus One Wine Dinner. For the dinner, Nikolai's Roof will partner with California-based Opus One Winery. The five-course banquet features pairings from Opus One, Billecart-Salmon and Robert Mondavi Winery. Details

BLT Steak Through Nov. 30 BLT Steak Book Early and Save Promotion. Book an event with BLT Steak by November 30, 2012 and receive 15% off your food and beverage total. This offer is valid for events held between January 1 and March 31, 2012. Complimentary valet is always provided at BLT Steak Atlanta. Details

WonderRoot Fridays, noon. Continues through Nov. 30. Free Coffee Friday. Enjoy free coffee at Wonderroot provided by Parkgrounds. Details

SoHo Through Nov. 30, 5:30 p.m. Weekly Tapas and Wine at SOHO - Australia and New Zealand. This month, SoHo staff guides guests through the wines of Australia and New Zealand. Each wine is paired with tapas specifically matched to the wines by Executive Chef Joe Ahn. The selections change weekly and are rolled out each Wednesday. Pricing: $9 per glass; $13.50 per flight; $18 per flight and any one tapas; $12 per wine/tapas pairing. Details

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

La Fourchette closed, will reopen as Barca Tapas & Bar

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM

New signage goes up at 3133 Piedmont Road
  • Courtesy La Fourchette
  • New signage goes up at 3133 Piedmont Road

Earlier this month, on an Atlanta dining internet forum, one member reported that La Fourchette (located at 3133 Piedmont Road) would soon undergo a major facelift. "The owner told us he is changing the concept and will be closed at the end of the month for renovations," the post read.

Today, we learn that La Fourchette has closed and will undergo renovations through the weekend. The restaurant plans to reopen for dinner next Monday as Barca Tapas & Bar - according to the website, "A fresh new approach to Buckhead dining and entertainment."

A phone call revealed that La Fourchette/Barca owners are aiming for a cheaper price point with their new concept because diners don't seem to be spending as much as they have in the past.

According to La Fourchette's Facebook page, new signage for Barca was installed around noon on Thursday.

Barca will only be open for dinner (starting at 5:30 p.m.) its first week, transitioning to lunch and dinner service soon after.

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Buttermilk Kitchen: stoner breakfast food?

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Yep, that's a grass-fed burger patty atop a sour-dough waffle. House-made butter tops the burger, which is about to be drenched in maple syrup. It's a specialty at Buttermilk Kitchen. At least it's not a burger made with donuts, like Paula Deen favors. I'll have more to say in my next Grazing column.

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Daily Hash 11/29/12: Dante's Down the Hatch owner on closing, the beauty of rotten food, and more

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Dante's Down the Hatch owner Dante Stephensen opens up to BuckheadPatch on the closing of his iconic restaurant. via Eater

The newly opened Bantam & Biddy (featured in this week's food section) made the switch from counter-service to table-service.

Feast your eyes on the beauty of rotten food in photographer Joe Buglewicz' new series "Rotten."

The retro Mickey D's at 1994 Howell Mill Road was recently demolished to make way for a fancy, new, upscale McDonald's to go in its place.

Two original menus from the RMS Titanic were sold at auction for $160,000.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

First Look: Bantam & Biddy

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM

MEAT AND THREE: Rotisserie half chicken and dipping sauces with mac and cheese, sautéed broccolini, and red peas and rice
  • James Camp
  • MEAT AND THREE: Rotisserie half chicken and dipping sauces with mac and cheese, sautéed broccolini, and red peas and rice

As Atlanta settles into an age of chef-driven, fast-casual concepts, former fine-dining chef Shaun Doty remains at the trend's forefront with his latest restaurant Bantam & Biddy. Enlisting the help of chef Lance Gummere (most recently of the Shed at Glenwood), Bantam & Biddy is a meat-and-three/chicken rotisserie hybrid featuring all-natural, pastured poultry and seasonal organic vegetables - regionally sourced whenever possible, of course.

Most eco-speak can be used to describe the month-old Ansley Mall eatery: sustainable, local, organic, farm-to-table, free-range, and heirloom variety all apply. Nearly 20 items on the expansive menu of rotisserie options, starters, entrées, sides, salads, sandwiches, and desserts, are even gluten-free. But don't let the buzzwords fool you, Bantam & Biddy is a restaurant on a commendable mission, spotlighting Doty's commitment to mindful sourcing and healthy eating. Unfortunately, this type of progress, while generally tasty, isn't always cheap. Bantam & Biddy offers an accessible, counter-service concept with all the benefits of a chef-driven, farm-to-table restaurant.

Inside the 50-seat restaurant, white farmhouse panels, avocado green accent walls, and pumpkin-colored banquettes lend the space a fresh, harvest feel, while the floor's busy black and white diagonal stripes evoke the hustle and bustle of an urban shopping center. Pick up a menu stowed near the door on your way past the dessert case to the cashier. Once you order and pay, grab your table marker, and find a seat.

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