Classic Cocktails for the Return of AMC’s Mad Men

 

Don Draper and the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce gang return this Sunday with the premiere of season five of AMC’s award-winning series Mad Men.

Get in the 1960s spirit with these classic cocktails.

Americano

2 oz Campari
2 oz Sweet Vermouth
club soda
lemon peel
ice cubes

Fill rocks glass with ice. Add Campari and sweet vermouth. Top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with lemon peel.

Old-Fashioned

1 sugar cube (or ½ tsp loose sugar)
3 dashes Angostura bitters
club soda
2 oz Bourbon
ice cubes
2 inch strip of lemon peel

Place sugar in a rocks glass. Add 3 dashes of bitters and a short splash of club soda, then muddle the sugar. Add ice, then Bourbon. Gently stir. Garnish with lemon peel.

Sidecar

¾ oz Cognac
¼ oz lemon juice
¼ oz Triple Sec
1 orange peel
ice cubes

Place ice cubes in a shaker, then add Cognac, lemon juice and Triple Sec. Close the shaker and shake until frosted. Strain into a martini glass using a cocktail strainer. Press the orange peel over the drink.

Mint Julep

2 oz Bourbon or Cognac
½ oz simple syrup
mint leaves, plus sprig for garnish
crushed ice

In a chilled julep cup or rocks glass muddle mint leaves and simple syrup. Add ice and Bourbon (or Cognac). Stir gently with spoon or swizzle stick. Add additional crushed ice and mint sprig garnish.

Gimlet

2 oz Gin or Vodka
½ oz Rose’s lime juice
lime wedge garnish

In a shaker filled with ice, pour gin (or vodka) and Rose’s lime juice. Shake, then with a strainer pour into a cocktail glass or over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

Dining Atlanta: Week of March 19, 2012

By Eric Harvison

Dining Atlanta spotlights what is opening and closing around the city. Check in at the beginning of each week to find out what is changing in your neighborhood.

Click here to read earlier columns

Around Town

The latest round of cutbacks at Creative Loafing has forced food editor and restaurant critic Besha Rodell out of a job. The AJC reports that CL editor Eric Celeste has asked Besha to continue to write for the struggling paper on a freelance basis. No word on whether she will accept his offer.

A new food truck will be trolling the streets and boulevards of town. ROUXD FOOD TRUCK will begin selling Jamaican/New Orleans cuisine beginning this week. Think Cajun shrimp pies.

Ansley

YEAH BURGER! partner Shaun Doty acknowledges he is in negotiations to open a fast casual rotisserie chicken restaurant in Ansley Mall sometime this fall. Reportedly, the yet unnamed restaurant will also bring back the popular duck fat fries that were on the menu at SHAUN’S until its demise at the end of 2010.

Buckhead

Former CRAFT space in The Mansion on Peachtree will reopen as Texas-based DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE, featuring “prime steaks, fresh seafood, and twists on American comfort cuisine.” Opening planned for late 2012.

CHEYENNE GRILL in the Peachtree Battle shopping center is changing their name to the WHITEHALL TAVERN. Historical note — the original WHITEHALL TAVERN was founded in the 1830s in what would eventually become downtown Atlanta (at the corner of present-day Gordon and Lee Streets).

Decatur

The ancient pecan tree that overlooked THE MARLAY HOUSE pub had to be taken down last week due to damage from an earlier lightning strike. The wood from the massive tree is being “tree-cycled” into several (5) banquet tables, benches and odd bits of furniture to be crafted by local woodworkers.

The space formerly occupied by CAKES & ALE on West Ponce de Leon at Ponce de Leon Place will reopen as THE PINEWOOD, serving “regional inspired cocktails and food.”

And speaking of CAKES & ALE, in their new location the restaurant has imported a new pastry chef. Eric Wolitzky has been brought in from BAKED in Brooklyn, NY. Also announced that they will begin Sunday brunch service effective April 15th.

Downtown

REN’S DELI & GRILL on Broad Street closed last Friday. Better known as the longtime MICHAEL’S DELI, the space will reopen as a Northern Indian cafe, NAANSTOP EXPRESS INDIAN CUISINE — home of the Naanwich. The concept was first rolled out (pun intended) by owners Samir and Neal Idnani as an Indian food truck in Los Angeles, serving “homestyle Indian food with a steet food twist,” but the pair have decided to relocate to Atlanta and open a brick and mortar cafe, with hopes to open additional locations around the metro area.

Opening any day now near LUNACY BLACK MARKET on Mitchell Street, CHARLOT’S CREOLE CAFE. Gumbo, po’ boys, etc.

Midtown

Now open, THE FIFTH IVORY PUBLIC HOUSE. “A southern version of an Irish Pub” merged with a 60s style piano bar, according to their website. 794 Juniper at 5th Street.

LA PIETRA CUCINA chef Bruce Logue has departed the restaurant. No news on where he’s headed, but last year it was rumored that he was looking to open his own restaurant somewhere in-town.

RA SUSHI has converted their upstairs overflow seating in to a separate bar, GEISHA LOUNGE (no relation to GEISHA HOUSE which closed in Atlantic Station recently).

TIN DRUM will open their third in-town location in Colony Square later this spring.

THE LAWRENCE had their soft opening over the weekend, and expect to receive their liquor license by tomorrow.  905 Juniper Street.

SONO

(This is apparently the hipster description for the area between downtown and North Avenue, now appearing in Yahoo! Maps)

Recently opened, METRO FUXON. Caribbean/West African cafe.

Westside

The guys from P’CHEEN in the Old 4th Ward are planning to turn their popular Monday night BBQ habit into a full time BBQ restaurant sometime this summer. BONE LICK BBQ, 1133 Huff Road near CORNER TAVERN.

New rooftop bar (three bars actually) and concert venue has opened inside the King Plow Arts Center, TERMINAL WEST.

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Eric Harvison’s Dining Notes began a few years ago as a sporadic e-mail exchange with a friend, sharing restaurant openings and trying to satisfy that vague urge to dine “somewhere new.” That friend started forwarding Eric’s messages to some of her friends, several of them food industry professionals. They in turn began passing along bits of restaurant news and gossip that they would come across. These exchanges became more frequent and took on a viral life of their own that has evolved into what you read today.

Aside from the occasional editorial comment, Eric won’t attempt to review these restaurants. There’s plenty of others better qualified, with much more refined palates — probably you. Rather, this is an attempt to help you keep up with the constantly changing Atlanta dining scene, for better or worse.

AG Pick: Chateau L’Ermitage Costières de Nîmes Blanc 2010

Spring is in bloom — and the perfect pairing is a floral white wine.

For crisp, refreshing white wines that have lovely floral flavors look to the south of France. Grapes from the Rhône region (most notably Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier) produce aromatic wines that can make you feel like you are sticking your nose into a bouquet of flowers, not just your glass.

Kick off spring with a bottle of Chateau L’Ermitage Costières de Nîmes Blanc 2010. Costières de Nîmes is an AOC in the southwestern part of the Rhône region surrounding the city of Nîmes.

The wine is a blend of 60% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc and 20% Viognier.

The Chateau L’Ermitage Blanc is a medium bodied white wine. Stone fruit and floral aromas expand on the palate, with supple flavors of white flowers, honeysuckle, peach, white apricot, golden pear and lychee. The finish is clean and satisfying.

Pair the Chateau L’Ermitage Blanc with halibut, sea bass and other white fish; salads, spicy Asian cuisine, or olive oil or cream-based pasta dishes. It’s also great as an aperitif for sipping on a warm spring afternoon.

A bottle of Chateau L’Ermitage Costières de Nîmes Blanc 2010 costs approximately $11.

13% alcohol by volume

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Atlanta Hotel Restaurant Week

Atlanta’s hotels have some of the top eateries in the city — and Hotel Restaurant Week is a great time to check them out.

Atlanta’s second Hotel Restaurant Week will take place from March 31st through April 7th. Ten restaurants will be offering three course prix fixe menus for $30 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.

Participating restaurants include Park 75 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Midtown, Spice Market at the W Midtown, Paces 88 at the St. Regis in Buckhead and Southern Art at the InterContinental Buckhead.

Click here to see all participating restaurants and their menus

Reservations are recommended.

For more information on Hotel Restaurant Week visit hotelrestaurantweek.com.

Tickets On Sale for BaconFest 2012

On Saturday, March 31st there will be beer. There will be bands. And oh yes, there will be bacon!

It’s all going down at BaconFest, the popular annual pig out benefiting Dad’s Garage Theatre Company.

Founded in 1995, Dad’s Garage is a nonprofit theatre in Inman Park that engages, cultivates and inspires artists and audiences by producing innovative, scripted and improvised works.

Now in its 12th year, BaconFest continues to get bigger and better! From 1pm to 6pm bacon fans can enjoy a bounty of bacon from Vortex Bar & Grill and D.B.A. Barbecue, plus cold beer, live music, improv, games and more. There will also be a coronation of the Bacon King and Queen.

Returning this year is the “Go Whole Hog!” VIP ticket option that gives festival goers exclusive access to two whole pigs roasted by the BBQ masters at P’cheen International Bistro & Pub.

Tickets are now on sale online at three price points:

Portioned Porking ($25 online, $35 phone/door): Admission to the festival, a fistful of game tickets, three cups full of beer, bacon or both.
Bottomless Bacon ($45 online, $55 phone/door): Admission to the festival, unlimited game playing, unlimited beer and bacon.
Go Whole Hog! ($85 online, $95 phone/door): Festival admission plus access to a whole pig roasted by P’cheen and kegs of specialty beer from Ale Yeah! Whole Hoggers also get a special BaconFest t-shirt.

BaconFest sells out so you’ll want to purchase your tickets ahead of the event.

Click here for highlights from BaconFest 2011.

BaconFest will be held from 1pm to 6pm on Saturday, March 31st in the parking lots of Dad’s Garage Theatre in Inman Park at 280 Elizabeth Street, Suite C-101. Ages 21 and up, rain or shine. Attendees are encouraged to take MARTA.

For more information, directions or to purchase tickets visit www.dadsgarage.com or call (404) 523-3141.

Dining Atlanta: Week of March 12, 2012

By Eric Harvison

Dining Atlanta spotlights what is opening and closing around the city. Check in at the beginning of each week to find out what is changing in your neighborhood.

Click here to read earlier columns

Buckhead

High drama at FUOCO DI NAPOLI. Creative Loafing reports that pizzaiolo Enrico Liberato has abruptly departed the fledgling restaurant and his return appears uncertain at best.

CL also reporting that ONE MIDTOWN KITCHEN chef Drew van Leuvan is departing to open his own place, SEVEN LAMPS at the Shops Around Lenox. Estimated June opening.

Decatur

Maria Riggs and husband Joel Riggs have been peddling their baked goods at the Decatur Farmers Market for the past three years. Now, with funding assistance from the Kickstarter program, they are launching REVOLUTION DOUGHNUTS + COFFEE next to ALE YEAH! and AVELLINO’S PIZZA at 908 West College Avenue, promising doughnuts “made from scratch with real food ingredients – without all the pre-fab mixes, funky oils, preservatives, fillers, or stabilizers that the big doughnut chains use.”

Downtown

Jaaion Barnes has been named executive chef at SWEET GEORGIA’S JUKE JOINT, replacing Hank Reid. Barnes began his career in the kitchen at STRAYA’S in New Orleans.

Glenwood Park

New wine shop coming to 880 Glenwood Avenue. 3 PARKS WINE aspires to let their customers have a say in the wines they carry via social media, e-mail, and face to face recommendations. Owner Bob Conquest is targeting most wines in the $15 – $20 range, and hopes to open on May 1st.

Inman Park

Travel + Leisure magazine has recognized BARCELONA as one of the “Best Wine Bars in America.”

Midtown

Reported that the recently closed Outwrite Bookstore space at 10th and Piedmont will be absorbed by neighboring GILBERTS MEDITERRANEAN CAFÉ, who will use the space to expand their bar.

Vinings

Also rumored that an Indonesian restaurant is in negotiations for the former TOMO space on Cobb Parkway.

Virginia Highland

GEORGE’S BAR AND RESTAURANT will host filming of scenes from an upcoming Clint Eastwood movie tomorrow, The Trouble With the Curve. A baseball themed film, also starring Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman; though I’ve no idea which (if any of them) are in the scenes being shot tomorrow.

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Eric Harvison’s Dining Notes began a few years ago as a sporadic e-mail exchange with a friend, sharing restaurant openings and trying to satisfy that vague urge to dine “somewhere new.” That friend started forwarding Eric’s messages to some of her friends, several of them food industry professionals. They in turn began passing along bits of restaurant news and gossip that they would come across. These exchanges became more frequent and took on a viral life of their own that has evolved into what you read today.

Aside from the occasional editorial comment, Eric won’t attempt to review these restaurants. There’s plenty of others better qualified, with much more refined palates — probably you. Rather, this is an attempt to help you keep up with the constantly changing Atlanta dining scene, for better or worse.

Dining Atlanta: Week of March 5, 2012

By Eric Harvison

Dining Atlanta spotlights what is opening and closing around the city. Check in at the beginning of each week to find out what is changing in your neighborhood.

Click here to read earlier columns

Berkeley Heights

No more brown bagging it. CARDAMOM HILL received its liquor license last week.

Nearby, TERIYAKI EXPERIENCE at The District at Howell Mill has closed.

Decatur

Madrid based LA TAGLIATELLA pizza/pasta restaurant chain, with over 100 locations throughout Spain and France, is opening their first U.S. restaurant at the Emory Point development on Clifton Road. TIN LIZZY’S and FRESH TO ORDER have also recently signed onto the development, slated to open this fall.

DeKalb (unincorporated)

Reminder to those residing in unincorporated DeKalb County, tomorrow’s election includes decisions more impactful than selection of the potential future leader of the free world. Sunday alcohol sales are on the ballot. Same is true in Cobb, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties, plus a few scattered townships (…and yes, I get the irony between “free world” and the inability of a citizen to purchase a can o’suds on a Sunday).

Downtown

For when you tire drinking out of the fountain at Centennial Olympic Park, the folks from SIDEBAR and ENGINE 11 FIREHOUSE TAVERN have just opened PARK BAR at 150 Walton Street in the former SABOR LOUNGE location. Basic pub grub menu.

Eric Dauce, former head baker and pastry chef at HIGHLAND BAKERY, and prior to that ALON’S, is opening his own place, LA FRENCH QUARTER CAFÉ in the Healey Building. According to the press materials, the café “will focus on fresh breads and a legacy of baking.”

New Caribbean restaurant opening on Auburn Avenue at Piedmont. MANGOS hopes to be open within the month.

Little 5 Points

Former LUNA NUEVA space has converted into a new sushi and Thai curry/noodle parlor – THAI 5. 1148 Euclid Avenue.

Midtown

Back in July I reported that CRAVE was “opening soon” at 239 Ponce (onetime WHITE DOT nightclub and birthplace of Pork & Bean Wrestling for those of you taking notes). This project has been shelved, and Jermaine Day will go before the Neighborhood Planning Unit tomorrow night to make his case for a liquor license for his ORGANIX FOOD LOUNGE. If successful, he hopes to have the lounge open in three to six months offering a menu aimed at the “Whole Foods demographic,” consisting largely of organic tapas and cocktails.

Speaking of liquor licenses, Richard Blais’ newest concept, THE SPENCE comes before the NPU for their liquor license hearing on April 3rd. 75 5th Street.

Morningside

Nick Salpekar, longtime wine guy from MURPHY’S, has purchased his own wine shop up the road, taking over HIGHLAND WINE & CRYSTAL, 1402 North Highland. No changes to the overall concept are planned, though Nick advises to expect a name change sometime in the intermediate future.

Westside

New brunch option. SWIT BAKERY & CAFÉ is opening at 1000 Marietta Street, adjacent to TOSCANO & SONS ITALIAN MARKET.

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Eric Harvison’s Dining Notes began a few years ago as a sporadic e-mail exchange with a friend, sharing restaurant openings and trying to satisfy that vague urge to dine “somewhere new.” That friend started forwarding Eric’s messages to some of her friends, several of them food industry professionals. They in turn began passing along bits of restaurant news and gossip that they would come across. These exchanges became more frequent and took on a viral life of their own that has evolved into what you read today.

Aside from the occasional editorial comment, Eric won’t attempt to review these restaurants. There’s plenty of others better qualified, with much more refined palates — probably you. Rather, this is an attempt to help you keep up with the constantly changing Atlanta dining scene, for better or worse.