Atlanta Restaurant Scene with John Kessler 

Atlanta restaurant reviews and food news with John and the AJC's dining team
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Sundowners & Supper Event supports West Africa

  • 9:04 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Alexa Lampasona

The fresh flavors of gardening and the cuisine of Africa come together for the

Note to Readers and Mamak Restaurant Review

  • 1:12 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by John Kessler
Fish head curry at Mamak. (credit: Becky Stein)

Stick a fork in my hand: I’m back.

My most recent report on Mamak, a new Malaysian restaurant on Buford Highway appears today online and tomorrow in the print edition of the AJC. Some readers may notice something that hasn’t appeared with one of my restaurant articles since 2012: a star rating.

Beginning today, I am back in the saddle as a restaurant critic for this paper and will join Jenny Turknett in writing starred reviews. My various roundups, first looks and discursive ramblings with be largely replaced with straight-up reviews. That means I will be making multiple visits to each restaurant I [More]

True Food Kitchen restaurant review, Buckhead

  • 10:00 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Jenny Turknett
courtesy of Fox Restaurant Concepts

In tomorrow’s AJC I have a review of True Food Kitchen, the new Lenox Square mall restaurant. I gave it a grade of 2 stars.

True Food Kitchen implements the teachings of health and lifestyle guru Dr. Andrew Weil, a partner in the restaurant group. The menu stems from his anti-inflammatory diet food pyramid and is inspired by the recipes in his cookbook, “True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure,” which are featured prominently (and for sale!) in stacks throughout the restaurant. Options abound for vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free guests, but traditional diners won’t be disappointed. The [More]

Ron Eyester cut from ‘Top Chef’ team, talks to Blais

  • 8:47 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Bob Townsend
Top Chef - Season 12

In a baseball challenge at Boston’s Fenway Park, Atlanta chef Ron Eyester lost his bid to continue his “Top Chef” journey in last night’s Season 12 episode of the Bravo show.

Unfortunately, Eyester pitched a baseball-sized fish croquette into a bowl of popcorn soup. Tom Colicchio, Richard Blais, Hugh Acheson and the other judges, who were disappointed by dishes from several other chefs, were most disappointed with Ron’s less than fine dining dish, and sent him packing his knives.

The ending was clearly emotional for Eyester, who is the chef/owner of Rosebud, the Family Dog and Timone’s in Morningside, and Diner, which [More]

Halloween Happenings around Atlanta

  • 8:50 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Alexa Lampasona

We are graced with Halloween occurring on a Friday this week. That means we can don our costumes that much longer, and sip on one extra “Vampire Blood” cocktail, knowing that the weekend is upon us. So if you’re looking for some adult festivities, we’ve found cooking classes, concerts and costume parties from now until the big night.

Preserving Place | Wednesday | 6:30-8:30 PM

Vermouth makes an appearance in the hands of One Flew South’s mixologist Tiffanie Barriere at Preserving Place’s “Abracadabra Brews” class. You’ll learn the history of this fortified wine, how to store and pour, and of course, concoct [More]

Avalon in Alpharetta: Restaurants, food shopping and more

  • 2:59 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by John Kessler

“Hug yourself,” the mirror commanded as I stood facing it. A few curious Whole Foods shoppers stopped rolling their buggies to observe. One man, who seemed to be there on official business, pulled out a professional video camera. I glowered at him, and he lowered it. Then I hugged myself.

The Whole Body Mirror purportedly captured a “burst” of my aura and recommended body lotion. “Rescue rough skin,” it advised, suggesting that only once I eradicated flaky dryness with ultra hydration would I find peace, or perhaps the checkout line.

So it goes at one of the “interactive shopping experiences” at the [More]

Chef Jared Hucks: One of Atlanta’s Most Culturally Saturated Chefs

  • 9:45 am Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Alexa Lampasona

Atlanta boasts many accomplished chefs, yet perhaps one of the most up and coming is chef Jared Hucks. He has trained in some of the world’s most prestigious kitchens including Denmark’s Noma, Spain’s Arzak, Thailand’s Baan Rim Pa Restaurant group and Guillaume at Bennelong in the Sydney Opera House. Exposure to these great chefs and cuisines has helped Hucks build a culturally saturated culinary profile. Now he has come full circle to his hometown of Atlanta  where he helms the fine dining pop up supper club Dogwood Table  together with mixologist and sommelier, Adam Fox.  For the past year, [More]

Paces & Vine, Asante, Illegal Food and more updates

  • 3:53 pm Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Bob Townsend

Paces & Vine open in Vinings

Paces & Vine, the new restaurant from Tom Murphy of Murphy’s in Virginia-Highland, has opened in Vinings Jubilee. Murphy’s executive chef Ian Winslade has created lunch, dinner and brunch menus billed as “signature American comfort food.” Look for steaks, seafood, entree salads and comfy Murphy’s-style dishes, such as sweet potato ravioli, Guinness-braised brisket, and shrimp and grits. 4300 Paces Ferry Road S.E., Suite 250, Atlanta. 404-205-8255.

Marvin Woods’ Asante Restaurant

On Nov. 10, celebrity chef Marvin Woods will premiere Asante Restaurant and Lounge in the downtown Atlanta space formerly occupied by Peasant Bistro. [More]

Emidio’s Restaurant for Portuguese Food

  • 3:33 pm Monday, October 27th, 2014 by John Kessler

I’m guessing the caldo verde here is better some times than others, and I didn’t hit it on the best day. This soup, made with potatoes, leafy crucifers (kale, collards) and chouriço sausage can be bright and vibrant, as well as a bit chunkier and more toothsome. This version seemed too amalgamated and had a sour aftertaste.

But here we go. The Francesinha (“little Frenchie”) is a much loved open-faced sandwich topped with steak, cheese and a fried egg in a rich tomato-beer sauce flavored with rosemary. At the base is a house-made bolo de caco, a round, dense roll cooked on [More]

Healthy Tips from Lisa Lillien, the Hungry Girl

  • 9:21 am Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Alexa Lampasona
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You started with ‘coffee shop swap drinks’ and your friends went crazy for them. What made them successful?

Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, because you get more protein.
Unsweetened almond milk has far few calories than regular milk.
Sugar free syrups or sweeteners instead of regular sugar is a great one to one for homemade smoothies or lattes.

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