It’s the return of Dining Atlanta, a round up of news and events from the city’s chefs and restaurants, organized by neighborhood.
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Alma Cocina is adding a little spice to the regular work-week lunch with Tamale Tuesdays. Every Tuesday beginning at 11:30am Chef Chad Clevenger will park the restaurant’s food cart in front of Alma in the atrium of One Ninety One Peachtree Tower to sell his award-winning pork and veggie tamales. The vegetable tamale is made with mushrooms and zucchini, smoked tomato sauce, crema and charred corn salsa. The pork tamale includes braised pork shoulder, bacon-corn masa, green chile sauce, crema and pico de gallo. Tamales are sold individually for $7 or as a combo with chips, salsa and a beverage for $8.50. The tamales are only made in limited quantities, so once Chef sells out, he packs up the food cart until the following Tuesday.
191 Peachtree Street NE, (404) 968-9662. www.alma-atlanta.com
Diners looking to get closer to the culinary action at King + Duke can now reserve a spot at the new Chef’s Counter. Seated in front of the 24-foot open hearth, diners can enjoy a special five-course tasting menu created by executive chef Joe Schafer and his team. The cost is $75 per person and the menu changes daily. Reservations are available nightly at 6pm and 8:45pm Each seating can accommodate two parties of two. The restaurant will note any dietary restrictions at the time the reservation is made.
3060 Peachtree Road, (404) 477-3500. kinganddukeatl.com
Seven Lamps is introducing a couple of new dining specials. Mondays through Fridays from 5pm to 7pm enjoy $1 oysters and $3 “champagne” (Miller High Life beer-tails). To end the weekend check out the new chicken and waffles dinner special. Every Sunday from 5 to 10pm executive chef Drew Van Leuvan will serve juicy fried chicken, cheddar waffles plus a side, which will change each week. A half chicken portion is $16 and a whole chicken is $28.
3400 Around Lenox Road, (404) 467-8950. sevenlampsatl.com
The Albert is now serving weekend brunch. The menu, created by executive chef Shaun Whitmer, features traditional brunch dishes with a southern twist, light and healthy options, and more, complimented by a new signature cocktail menu. Patrons can enjoy dine-in or take-out brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm.
918 Austin Avenue NE, (404) 872-4990. www.thealbertatlanta.com
Cucina Asellina has a new extended happy hour. Monday through Friday, 5pm to 7pm enjoy $3 draft beers, $6 drinks and $5 select light bites.
1075 Peachtree Street, (404) 793-0141. www.facebook.com/CucinaAsellina
Lure will be offering a special limited-time-only lobster menu. From August 19th through 23rd Lure will offer the $60, 3-course, prix fixe lobster menu in addition to the regular dinner menu. The meal will include a chilled lobster salad with champagne vinaigrette; boiled 1 ½ lb lobster dinner with boiled potatoes and corn on the cob; and blueberry buckle with vanilla buttermilk ice cream for dessert. Reservations are suggested.
Additionally, Lure will bid aloha to summer from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, August 31st with a unique luau experience. Guests will be greeted on the patio with a lei while the sounds of the ukulele fill the air. The patio will be decorated with tiki torches and tropical flora. Boozy Hawaiian punch, Singapore Slings and Blue Hawaiians will be flowing. Executive Chef David Bradley and his culinary team will prepare traditional Polynesian dishes including Ahi Tuna Pole Lettuce Wraps, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Pork Lau Lau Steamed Buns, Whole Roasted Fish, Hawaiian Potato Salad, Coconut Rice, Coconut Cream Pie and a Fresh Fruit Mountain. A limited number of tickets are available and cost $45 each, including tax and gratuity. Click here to purchase tickets online.
1106 Crescent Avenue NE, (404) 817-3650. www.lure-atlanta.com
Park 75 Lounge at the Four Seasons Atlanta is offering a taste of “Southern Summer” with food and drink specials daily during August. From 5 to 7pm Park 75 Lounge will offer Southern-Fried Okra for $5 and Arnold Palmer cocktails for $6. The cocktail incorporates vodka into a mix of lemonade and iced tea.
75 14th Street, (404) 253-3840. www.fourseasons.com/atlanta
Bone Lick BBQ will be celebrating its first anniversary on Saturday, August 24th. The all-day bash kicks off at 12pm and features live music, DJs, a dunk tank, classic arcade games, drinking and eating competitions and more. Free to attend. Bone Lick’s full menu created by award-winning pit master Mike LaSage will also be available throughout the day and night.
1133 Huff Road, (404) 343-6574. www.bonelickbarbecue.com
Congratulations to The Optimist, which was named one of the top 10 best new restaurants in America by Bon Appétit magazine. Click here to read the article.
914 Howell Mill Road, (404) 477-6260. theoptimistrestaurant.com
No. 246 is hosting a Backyard BBQ on Sunday, August 25th and has invited some nearby establishments to join the fun. Sous chef Andrew Isabella and Colin Miles of Leon’s Full Service will be roasting pork on a Big Green Egg. There will also be beers from Decatur’s Three Taverns Brewery including Single Intent (a lighter-bodied blonde ale) and A Night in Brussels (a Belgian-style American IPA). The new craft brewery takes an open-minded American approach to Belgian-style beers. The Backyard BBQ is from 4 to 7pm and will feature live music from Jason Pomar starting at 5pm. The cost is $15 per person. Reservations are not available.
129 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, (678) 399-8246. no246.com
Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, a fast casual pizza chain with locations in six states, will have an opening party for its new Marietta location on Saturday, August 17th. The East Cobb County location is the 18th Uncle Maddio’s. The the restaurant will serve free 9-inch, three topping, fully-customizable pizzas to all customers in line from 11am to 2pm. One patron in line will be awarded free pizza for a year. The opening party will include face painting, balloon animals and a bounce house. Uncle Maddio’s pizzas are customizable, made-to-order and served up in just seven minutes for under $7. Uncle Maddio’s offers four sizes, three types of crusts including gluten-free, six sauces and nearly 50 fresh toppings, many vegan, organic, and hormone-free.
4101 Roswell Road, Suite 1100, Marietta, (678) 324-3590. www.unclemaddios.com
Aqua blue Restaurant & Bar is turning 12 years old with a week-long celebration featuring a special three-course menu. From August 14th through 21st, the menu costing $20.01 per person will includes a tasting plate, entree and dessert. Throughout the anniversary week the restaurant will present each table with a thank you card containing surprises such as 10% off, free appetizer, free entrée and $50 gift cards. On Wednesday, August 21, Aqua blue will host an anniversary party with live music from band Open the Skye, plus complimentary cake and a champagne toast. Every guest will receive a raffle ticket that evening for a chance to win free dinner for a year. In addition to its anniversary, the restaurant is also commemorating the recent start of weekday lunch service and longtime chef Kien Sam becoming an operating partner.
1564 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. (770) 643-8886. aquablueatl.com