Friday, August 30, 2013

Quick Bites: Chef Mihoko Obunai to pop up at So Ba, World Peace Cafe closes, and more

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Loving Hut will soon replace World Peace Cafe in Sandy Springs.
  • Photo courtesy of Loving Hut
  • Loving Hut will soon replace World Peace Cafe in Sandy Springs.

Stillhouse, a new craft burger restaurant and moonshine bar, opens today in the East Andrews Entertainment District located at 56 E. Andrews Drive. Expect grassfed beef burgers with cheese baked directly into the buns, Coca-Cola-marinated chicken, and plenty of housemade condiments to go with. The bar will feature moonshine barrel-aged on site with ingredients such as Vidalia onions and Georgia peaches, which are then mixed into cocktails with fresh garnishes.

Cotton Cravings will hold a soft-opening today at Lenox Square Mall. Gearing up for a nationwide shopping mall launch, the company specializes in cotton candy treats flavored with organic and all-natural ingredients and colorings such as Key lime, cookie dough, toasted marshmallow, cinnamon bun, chai latte, and egg nog.

Following a six-month stint at Joli Kobe Kitchen, Mihoko Obunai has resurfaced with plans to launch a ramen and yakitori pop-up out of So Ba in East Atlanta Village. Obunai - along with So Ba owner Nhan Le and former Joli Kobe sous chef Andy Tran - is developing a simple, affordable menu of Japanese eats, which will be available during So Ba's lunch hours starting in mid-September.

While Rathbun's remains in the thick of reconstruction following a damaging fire on July 4, the restaurant is making all due measures to return at the top of its game, promoting Nick Anderson to the post of chef de cuisine. Rathbun's is scheduled to reopen in September.

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Atlanta Labor Day weekend food events, Aug. 30-Sept. 1: A pig roast, a fish fry, the 9th annual Beer & Whiskey Fest, and more

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 1:19 PM

6th Annual Pig Roast at Cypress Street Pint & Plate on Sat., Aug. 31
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  • 6th Annual Pig Roast at Cypress Street Pint & Plate on Sat., Aug. 31

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Café Intermezzo Fri., Aug. 30, 7 a.m. 6th German Language Breakfast Enjoy a German Breakfast and listen to guest speaker Dr. Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. of Georgia State speak about Goethe and the Greeks. Details

Fernbank Museum of Natural History Every Fri. through Sept. 5, 6:30 p.m. Martinis & IMAX "Under the Sea" and "Titans of the Ice Age" Atlanta's Fernbank Museum of Natural History combines music and movies for Martinis and IMAX, featuring live music, a bar fully stocked with signature cocktails, tasty hors d'oeuvres and a film in an IMAX theater. Details

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Cockroaches alone at Ru San's, Besha Rodell slams 'Eat, Drink, Love', NPR does dumplings

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM

A solution? Thai-style fried cockroaches
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  • A solution? Thai-style cockroaches
As has been reported everywhere, Ru San's Midtown location was closed by the Fulton County Health Department last week after three inspection failures within a month.

The cause? An infestation of cockroaches.

I have refused to eat in the restaurant more than three or four times since it opened years ago. The sushi was always of vastly inferior quality. Honestly, though, I don't recall seeing an insect trapped in the sticky rice.

At this writing, the restaurant has not reopened. Calls are forwarded to a full voice mail box. The Midtown restaurant has been removed from the chain's locations page.

But who knew that cockroaches like sushi? Apparently, Adam knew ...

Speaking of cockroaches reminds me of television and its endless parade of unreality. I'm referring specifically to Bravo's new show, "Eat, Drink, Love," which tracks the lives of five glamorous, single women in the LA food biz. They're all claws, donuts, hotness, and sappiness. As is true with most great narrative art, an ethical dilemma is at the heart of much of the show - specifically whether or not it's okay to fuck chefs.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pancho's: A monster dose of nostalgia neuralgia

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM

You remember the '70s, right? I know. You weren't even yet cringing in your mother's womb when she went to Los Mariachis on Buford Highway to listen to blaring Mexican folk music and swill margaritas. At some point, the name changed to Pancho's, "home of the monster margarita." You can read the history on their website.

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An idyllic hour at Dancing Goats

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 9:44 AM

I've been driving by the Dancing Goats Coffee Bar behind the evolving Ponce City Market for a year now, but never visited. Truth is that I thought the place had closed, even though I knew it was a temporary location, awaiting occupancy in the market next year. It's hard to spot any activity there when passing by.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Ratio Bakeshop's scone dream

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM

I posted an interview with Ratio Bakeshop owner Chris Flores recently, and mentioned that he spent some time at Jonathan St. Hilaire's Bakeshop (R.I.P.). Jonathan, who is now somewhere in New Hampshire, made addictive scones, among my favorite comfort foods. Chris said he's been tweaking a recipe of his own for some time, and here's an example, direct from Ratio's kitchen.

It's a sugar-glistening blend of pecan pieces, dried cranberries, and white chocolate. Chris intentionally evokes nostalgia in much of his baking. For me, this was a flashback to the pecan sandies I pigged-out on as a kid. The crispy pecan bits and taste of sweet, creamy chocolate get a slight acidic bump from the dried cranberries. It crumbles but doesn't shatter.

Don't eat two in the middle of the night. Your sugar-fired brain will be ruminating at warp speed.

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Grabbing a panino at Caffè Gio

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Since my friend Brad lives in Rome much of the year, I thought it would be interesting to get his take on the new Caffè Gio that just opened behind Gio's Chicken Amalfitano. He ordered the mixed greens, "insalate Gio," to which he added a thin slice of bistecca. While flavors were good, the $13 price, even with the slice of steak, was kind of shocking for a salad barely bigger than the side salad served with my caprese panino (above). We agreed that it's still too early to make any kind of overall judgment about the place - especially before trying the affogato.

I did enjoy my caprese panino, which is made with bufala mozzarella. Our friend Frank tried the chicken parmigiano panino. He liked it but complained that the chicken breast was too large in circumference for the bread. Oy. That's the first time he's complained about any dish being too large. And it wasn't so large that he didn't join me in scarfing down two scoops each of the heat-dispelling gelato.

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Atlanta food events, August 26-30: Beer & Whiskey Fest, a backyard cookout, pig roast, and more

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM


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Barcelona Wine Bar Tues., Aug. 27, 7 p.m. Backyard Cookout Chef Shane will break out the Caja China and roast different proteins pairing them with easy to make at home sides accompanied by a beer tasting/pairing. Details

Big Tex Decatur Tues., Aug. 27, 7-9 p.m. Big Tex Cooking Class During this cooking class, chef Rick Watson will demonstrate how to prepare mouth-watering dishes including shrimp bites, tomato salad, and Big Tex carnitas. Details

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Atlanta weekend food events, August 23-25: A cocktail class, barbecue night, birdhouse social, and more

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Holeman & Finchs Academy of Bartending on Sat., Aug. 24

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Lobby at Twelve Fri., Aug. 23, 6-9 p.m. French Food Cooking Class Join chef Russell Hays to discuss and dine on four French dishes with your choice of a paired beer or wine. Reservations required. Details

STATS Fri., Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. Clean Water Beer Dinner Sweetwater and Water Keeper Alliance Save Our Water Campaign is coming together at STATS to host a five-course dinner with Sweetwater beer pairings in support of clean water efforts. Details

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Quick Bites: P.F. Chang's at the airport, Ratio Bakeshop opens, Krog Street Market updates, and more

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 11:56 AM

FLIP SIDE: HD1 to become Flip Burger

Upscale Roswell restaurant Table & Main ( 1028 Canton St.) has a new chef de cuisine: former Restaurant Eugene executive sous chef Woolery "Woody" Back. The new toque will reportedly take the reins by mid-October, just as Table & Main owner-operator Ryan Pernice readies to open his next venture, nearby Italian restaurant Osteria Mattone.

Tim Willard of the Spence recently passed the Court Of Master Sommeliers' rigorous Advanced Sommelier Exam, making him the seventh Atlantan to currently hold the title. Joining his boss, general manager and wine director Justin Amick, the Spence now boasts two of Atlanta's seven advanced sommeliers.

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