Category Archives: Atlanta

Buckhead Restaurant Week 2013

Make your reservations now for Buckhead Restaurant Week!

From Saturday, March 9th through Sunday, March 17th, nearly 40 restaurants will be offering three course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. The menus, which will highlight signature dishes, will cost $15, $25 or $35 per person, exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity.

To see a list of participating restaurants and their menus visit

Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant or by clicking here to book online at Open Table.

Upcoming 2013 restaurant weeks include Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week from July 27th through August 4th, and Midtown Restaurant Week from September 7th through 14th.

Buckhead Restaurant Week, March 9 through March 17, 2013.

Lure Now Offering Weekend Brunch

Can’t make it to the coast for fresh seafood this weekend? Make Lure your destination. The contemporary fish house in Midtown is now serving weekend brunch.

Since opening last summer on Crescent Avenue, Lure has quickly established itself as a top spot in Atlanta for seafood with a southern flair. The restored 1920s bungalow feels hip yet casual, with design elements that mix wood and the sea.

Start with a mimosa or a glass of sparkling wine – Lure has Prosecco on tap. Or order one of Lure’s Bottle Shop cocktails, made with house-crafted sodas and infused spirits. Try the Micha Caliente, made with lemon-lime soda, jalapeno-infused vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry and Verdejo. It’s refreshing with a hint of spiciness, great to get your appetite going. (Just remember you can’t order alcohol before 12:30pm on Sundays.)

The Fried North Carolina Catfish Biscuit is one of the standout items on the brunch menu. Order it “Frazie style” (named for former beverage manager Mark Frazie), which comes with a fried egg and coleslaw.

If soup is more your style, try a cup of Lure’s Shrimp and Crab Gumbo, loaded with Andouille sausage and okra.

The Lobster Benedict is decadently delicious, with large chunks of lobster meat and spinach, tomatoes and slow-cooked eggs topped with sauce cardinale (similar to Hollandaise and made with lobster butter).

Shrimp & grits gets an Asian twist in the Rice Porridge. This intensely flavored dish is reminiscent of risotto and comes with warm buttered shrimp, grilled pork belly, egg, ginger, scallions and soy sauce. Drizzle in some chili oil for a little heat.

For dessert try the Citrus Tart. Similar to Key Lime pie but with a local spin, a rich lemon and orange custard is surrounded by crushed Georgia pecans and topped with whipped cream.

Executive Chef David Bradley is committed to freshness so dishes may change based on the season and availability of fish.

Lure is part of Fifth Group Restaurants, which operates South City Kitchen, La Tavola Trattoria, Ecco, Alma Cocina and The Original El Taco.

Lure, 1106 Crescent Avenue NE, Midtown Atlanta. (404) 817-3650
Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm; dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 11pm; lunch available daily from 11am to 3pm.
[slideshow auto=”off” thumbs=”on”]

D.B.A. Celebrates National Pig Day

Looking for a place to celebrate National Pig Day on Friday, March 1st? Head to D.B.A. Barbecue for a special evening of all-you-can-eat pork barbecue, drink specials, live music and more.

For its second annual Pig Out, the Virginia-Highland restaurant will offer a buffet of house-smoked suckling pigs, ribs, bacon, pork rinds and pork belly. There will also be pork inspired side dishes and desserts including bacon potato salad and candied bacon chocolate cake. Three dollars gets you a Red Hare brew or moonshine to wash it all down.

Completing the pig-inspired theme, D.B.A. will be showing the film Porky’s at 9:30pm.

The buffet will begin at 6pm and costs $20 per person. The regular dinner menu will also be available.

National Pig Day at D.B.A. Barbecue, Friday, March 1st at 6pm. 1190 N. Highland Ave NE Suite B, Atlanta 30306. (404) 249-5000

Ammazza: Neapolitan-Style Pizza in the Old Fourth Ward

It’s not often that you find a restaurant that’s both hip and family-friendly but Ammazza does both – with tasty results.

Pizza is the main attraction at this new Old Fourth Ward restaurant. The menu is inspired by the street food of Naples and features classic Italian cooking methods that use Italian, locally-sourced and house made ingredients.

Ammazza is located on a quiet stretch of Edgewood Avenue, with great potential to inspire other shops and eateries to open nearby. Parking is easy and free, in a lot next to the restaurant.Ammazza

Ammazza is Italian slang for expressing astonishment or admiration. The slang captures the casual and relaxed feel of the space. You place your order at the front counter, then walk down a narrow hallway to the dining room that has a view of the large wood-burning ovens (great for keeping kids entertained). Dishes are delivered to your table. There’s a second bar in the dining room for when you’re ready for another drink.

Order one of Ammazza’s antipasto to share while your pizza is being prepared. Try the Polpette, homemade meatballs topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, romano and ricotta cheese. If you’re more in the mood for a salad try the Pomodoro Caprese, a stack of roma tomatoes, house mozzarella and basil drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.polpettepomodoro caprese

The Neapolitan-style pizzas are large and come with eight slices so there’s plenty to share. Try the Capricciosa (a traditional pizza that comes with marinated artichokes, wild mushrooms, olives, shaved ham, basil and house mozzarella) or the Inferno (topped with spicy sopressata, house mozzarella, calabria peppers and basil). If you want a taste of Naples street food try a Pizza Fritta. Similar in style to a calzone, house made dough is stuffed with cheese and meat and fried to a golden brown.capricciosa pizza

For dessert you can’t go wrong with the Cannoli. The crisp pastry shells are filled with decadently creamy and sweet ricotta cream. Also worth saving room for is the Torta Caprese, a flourless chocolate almond cake from the isle of Capri that is topped with homemade chocolate ganache.cannoli and torta caprese

Ammazza, 591-A Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta 30312 (Old Fourth Ward)


Chocolate South: Handcrafted Treats with a Southern Flair

Now open in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood, Chocolate South offers a selection of handcrafted chocolate indulgences using the finest ingredients.

Architect by career and chocolatier by passion, owner Amy Stankus has been perfecting her chocolates since 2004. A native of Mississippi who has called Atlanta home since the mid-1980s, Amy infuses her southern heritage into both the chocolates and the boutique.

Each chocolate takes days to make and is truly a piece of art. There is great attention to detail, from the shimmering shell of the Green Tea with Mint bonbon to the alligator print of the Mississippi Mud.Southern Gardens chocolatesTea Time chocolates

Taste is most important and here Amy excels too. She selects special tempered Valrhona chocolate for each of her creations and uses organic cream in the ganache. These give the chocolates a delicately crisp shell and a luxuriously rich inside.

Great Southern Getaway chocolates

Try the Peach Tea – locally-produced Georgia Peaches Tea from Just Add Honey is infused into cream and blended with dark chocolate and surrounded with a dark chocolate shell. Or try the Honey Ginger – ginger-infused cream is mixed with local honey, dark chocolate and crystallized ginger bits in a dark chocolate shell that resembles a gemstone.

The selection of chocolates will grow over the coming months. Amy plans a line of chocolates inspired by southern celebrities, including Elvis, Dolly Parton and Ted Turner.

There is savory in addition to the sweet. Amy makes vegan muffins, pimento cheese sandwiches and egg and olive salad sandwiches, which she sells at the shop.Chocolate South

There is also picked okra, cheese straws, loose tea and greeting cards, all made by people whom Amy knows. And there’s art on display too — beautiful wooden bowls made by Amy’s husband Roman, and coming soon to the walls, paintings from local artists.

Chocolate South: a one-of-a-kind chocolate boutique and much more.

Chocolate South, 1050 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30318