Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Best of Atlanta: 2013 Oral Pleasures ballot now open

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 3:32 PM


Voting for CL's 2013 Best of Atlanta: Oral Pleasures section is now open. Start your ballot here and vote for the best food, chefs, and restaurants Atlanta has to offer. You have five days. This year, Oral Pleasures voting ends Monday, Aug. 5 at midnight.

You can vote for as many, or as few, categories as you'd like, as well as save your ballot and come back to it later.

On-the-go? Check out our new, super-easy-to-use mobile voting site so that the minute you encounter the best of the best Atlanta eats, you can record it with a vote.

This year's ballot consists of 84 questions. Just remember that you must answer at least five for your answers to be counted.

Can't decide who to vote for? Browse our Best of Atlanta Archives for some inspiration.

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Knife & Fork reviews King + Duke and Gunshow

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 11:25 AM

The latest issue of Christiane Lauterbach's Knife & Fork has at least one surprise. Ford Fry's latest, King + Duke, earns an unusual three stars while Kevin Gillespie's Gunshow rates only two.

Christiane says this about King + Duke's cuisine, prepared by Chef Joe Schafer:

Delightful inventions such as a combination of crispy torn potatoes and an herb salad used as garnishes for lamb saddle chops with warm green olives and minted salsa verde have much to do with establishing King + Duke's gourmet reputation...The restaurant does all it can to engage its customers imagination.

While calling Gunshow's "food ... almost always tasty and entertaining," the review includes these sentences:

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Corner Tavern: Your gonna love you're sliders

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 11:21 AM

I headed to the Edgewood Corner Tavern Monday night. My ears were craving heavy metal and my mouth wanted the $3 tacos served all day Monday. I got more than enough of the former and none of the latter.

"The kitchen ran out of tortillas and we've sent someone to get some more," my server said.

No problem. I ordered three of the $3 sliders from the regular app menu. My favorite was the fried green tomato with pimento cheese and arugula. Second was the "Mini-Mac" burger with bacon, cheddar, lettuce, and tomato. My third was cubed brisket - delicious, but I detected no smoked gouda or salsa, as promised. (There's only one other slider on the menu - barbecued chicken.)

Never mind about the missing gouda. The grammatical graffiti in the bathroom (right pic) made up for the boo-boo. In case you can't read it, it says:

For those of you who don't know proper English, here's a lesson:

1. Go home, dude. You're drunk.

2. Here is your beer.

- courtesy of the Tavern

Anyone who reads anything on the internets knows that the schools have quit teaching the difference between the two words.

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Gay stuff: Stoli evil? Roxx gets better

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Begone, Stoli!
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  • Begone, Stoli!
It's a controversial idea, but activists like Dan Savage are urging gay bars and consumers to boycott Russian vodka - in particular the iconic Stolichnaya. The boycott, underway in some bars in West Hollywood and Chicago, is in protest to the draconian anti-gay legislation recently adopted by the Russian Parliament and signed into law by President Vladmir Putin.

The action is controversial because Stoli, while made from Russian ingredients, is distilled in Latvia. Its headquarters are in Belgium. Further, the brand's CEO claims Stoli has been a "fervent" advocate of gay rights. Activists are also calling for corporate sponsors to withdraw their support of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia ...


Meanwhile back in gay Atlanta, there's been a lot of bitching about Roxx Tavern's failure to pass a health-department inspection. Then, the restaurant barely passed a subsequent inspection a week later. ProjectQ Atlanta reports:

Problems with cooling methods and temperatures, plumbing, lighting and a handwashing station were among the factors that led to a failing grade of 66 during a July 9 inspection. A follow-up visit seven days later found some of the same violations, prompting a score of 72. A score below 70 is considered failing.

But the gay-friendly restaurant's owner, Dean Chronopoulos, told Project Q Atlanta on Friday that the violations are being addressed and a yet-to-be scheduled re-inspection will prove it.

"We take full responsibility for it and we've taken corrective actions to fix all of that plus more, actually," Chronopoulos said. "We are shortly going to ask for a re-inspection. We are not going to keep those scores."

Y'all calm down. This is not unusual at some of the city's most notable restaurants.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

And don't flush the chicken bones down the toilet

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 9:58 AM

I spotted this sign over the water fountain in Dahlberg Hall on the Georgia State campus. (I was there Saturday night to see six one-act plays directed by my friend, Frank Miller.) I asked three or four students if they'd ever tried to pour coffee grounds or some other food down the fountain. All said "of course not." Likely story.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Paula Deen drama: An update of 'Imitation of Life'?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Kim Severson of the New York Times published a great story about Paula Deen last week. The topic is the most recent accusations of racism and the astonishingly low salary Deen paid a black woman, Dora Charles, whom she called her "soul sister." Charles ran Deen's kitchens for 20 years, most of the time for under $10 an hour. The Times also features Severson's video interview with Charles.

The entire drama brings to (my) mind the 1934 movie, Imitation of Life (above), in which a white woman turns her black housekeeper's pancake recipe into a gold mine. The racism in the movie focuses on the housekeeper's daughter. But you can't see the film now without noting the underlying racism of the entire story, right down to the Jemima-esque restaurant logo. Basically, the film depicts the simultaneous exploitation and affection that has been part of the US's racial history. Can you say, "Mammy"?

Severson notes all of this in Deen's relationship with Charles:

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Atlanta food events, Jul. 29 - Aug. 2: IPA Day, Roaring 20s dinner, and more

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 10:11 AM


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Tues., July 30

4th & Swift Tues., July 30, 6:30 p.m. Summer Anniversary Dinner Party Celebrate 4th & Swift's five-year anniversary with a cocktail reception on the patio and a seated dinner in the private dining room. Details

Barcelona Wine Bar Tues., July 30, 7 p.m. Introduction to Ceviche Chef Shane Devereux will teach you to create six different ceviches, each paired with crisp, summer wines. Details

Wed., July 31

Savi Provisions Wed., July 31, 6 p.m. Tequila Tasting with Dulce Vida Master mixologist Adam Fox will prepare award-winning cocktails featuring Dulce Vida Tequilas. Details

Thurs., Aug. 1

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Quick Bites: Sugar-Coated Radical update, Timone's opens, and more

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

  • One Flew South photo by James Camp, courtesy of Green Olive Media

In case you missed it, chef Ron Eyester opened Timone's, his laid-back Morningside pizza joint, last week at 1409 North Highland Ave. The family-friendly, 105-seat eatery offers an array of both basic and gourmet pies, in addition to comfort food appetizers and entrees inspired by Eyester's New York childhood and Italian culinary heritage.

According to Eater, Eyester's next restaurant, Diner, will incorporate 1950s memorabilia with jukeboxes and stainless steel touches, and serve across-the-board menu items like a corned-beef Reuben and possibly build-your-own omelets. Diner will also have a designated coffee-and-dessert corner and a soda arm for house-made beverages. The breakfast-to-late-night concept is set to open in Atlantic Station in February 2014.

Jenny Levison, proprietor of Buckhead institutions Souper Jenny and Cafe Jonah & the Magical Attic, has announced plans to open a juice bar a stone's throw away at 56 East Andrews Drive this fall. Dubbed Juicy Jenny Community Juice Bar + Superfood Emporium, the healthful concept will offer a signature line of six cold-pressed juices, as well as smoothies, homemade protein bars, snacks, breakfast items, and a variety of dips. Additionally, Levison will soon open the second location of Souper Jenny in Decatur.

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The Sound Table: Smack your lips and dance

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 10:01 AM

I dined at The Sound Table on Edgewood Avenue Thursday night. It's been a couple years since I ate there, and I was surprised to find the menu of small plates relatively unchanged - or maybe I was just drawn to the same dishes I've liked in the past.

The brick chicken (above) has it all: crispy skin and moist meat, served over sauteed, slightly salty spinach. The usual cooking method for this dish is to "spatchcock" half a chicken. That means you remove the sternum and backbone, allowing you to smash the chicken flat. Then you fry it in a skillet under the weight of a foil-wrapped brick. (You can use another weighted skillet.) After a few minutes you've got half a chicken with super-crispy skin. You don't even miss the batter.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Atlanta weekend food events, July 26-28: Rock 'n' Soul BBQ, bacon class, and more

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM


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Fri., July 26

Lobby at Twelve Fri., July 26, 6-9 p.m. Cooking Class with Russell Hays This cooking demonstration will feature four Asian-inspired dishes paired with your choice of a selected beer or wine. Ticket price includes ingredients, cooking class, and dinner with wine pairings. Details

Woodfire Grill Fri., July 26, 7 p.m. Allagash beer dinner Woodfire Grill will be hosting a beer dinner to allow guests to discover beers from Allagash, a brewery in Portland, Maine. Details

Savi Provisions Fri., July 26, 7 p.m. Big, Bad Napa Cab A blind tasting of Napa Valley Cabernets. Details

Sat., July 27

Masquerade Sat., July 27, 6-9 p.m. Creative Loafing's Rock 'n' Soul BBQ Featuring music by DJ Kemit, Algebra Blessett, and Delta Moon, as well as heaps of barbecue from Atlanta's favorite joints. Details

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