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