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Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week

Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week 2015

Mark your calendars for the 13th annual Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week, a chance to check out signature dishes from some of the city’s top dining spots at exclusive prices.

From Saturday, July 18th through Sunday, July 26th, more than 35 restaurants will be offering three course prix fixe lunch, brunch or dinner menus for $15, $25 or $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

This year’s participating restaurants include Alma Cocina, Asante, Atlanta Grill, BLT Steak, Braves All Star Grill, Café 458, Cuts Steakhouse, Der Biergarten, Fandangles, Fire of Brazil, Game-X, Glenn’s Kitchen, Hard Rock Café Atlanta, Hudson Grille, Jalapeno Charlie’s, Legal Sea Foods, Max Lager’s Wood Fired Grill and Brewery, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, McCormick & Schmidt’s, Meehan’s Public House, Morton’s the Steakhouse, No Mas! Cantina, Pittypat’s Porch Restaurant, Polaris, Poor Calvin’s, Prime Meridian, Ray’s in the City, ROOM at Twelve, STATS, Sway, Terrace Bistro, The Commerce Club, Thrive, Trader Vic’s, Truva, Twenty-Two Storys, Twin Smokers BBQ and White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails.

Click here for a full list of participating restaurants and their menus

Reservations are strongly recommended and may be made online at Open Table or by calling the restaurants directly.

While downtown, take a ride on the Atlanta Streetcar or check out the National Center for Civil and Human Rights or the College Football Hall of Fame.

Atlanta Downtown Restaurant Week is presented by Central Atlanta Progress, a Downtown business association with the mission to build a vibrant community with strong leadership and sustainable infrastructure.

Want to chat with fellow diners or see the latest restaurant week news? Join the conversation by using #DARW2015.

Atlanta Downtown Restaurant Week, July 18 through 26, 2015.

>> Connect:
Facebook: AtlantaDowntown
Twitter: @downtownatlanta
Instagram: @downtownatlanta



Summer at Westside Provisions District

With new restaurants and events, the Westside Provisions District is the place to be this summer.

Here’s what’s new via The Reynolds Group:

Little Bacch Now Open

The latest concept from chefs Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison features an à la carte menu with fresh-grown produce and seasonal favorites. Diners will enjoy oysters, caviar service, cheese soufflé, Summerland Farm greens, dry-aged beef and more. To complement the food, hand-crafted classic cocktails are poured tableside.

Little Bacch is open Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. For more information or to make reservations visit

Westside Provisions District Farmers Market

The WSPD Farmers Market is open every Sunday from now until September 27th. Hosted in partnership with Community Farmers Markets, the outdoor market runs from 10 am to 2 pm and features fresh produce, baked goods, flowers and more from local farmers and artisans as well as District tenants. For more information click here.

Free Wi-Fi

Sharing what you’re up to on the Westside is even easier with free Wi-Fi now available on property 24/7. Follow @WSPD on Twitter and like WestsidePD on Facebook.

Little Trouble Pop-up

New bar and social club Little Trouble will be opening soon in the District, but before then Atlantans can get a taste of the menu with a pop-up at its sister restaurant Paper Plane in Decatur. Sample menu items include ramen, meats on sticks, steam buns and dumplings. The pop-up will be taking place Monday through Saturday from 5 to 11 pm in June. For more information visit the Paper Plane’s Facebook page.

Terrarium Class at Le Jardin Français

Le Jardin Français will be hosting an interactive terrarium class on Saturday, June 20th. From 2 to 4 pm attendees will have an opportunity to create a succulent or tropical terrarium. They will also explore the fundamentals of how a terrarium emulates the weather cycles of Earth. The class is $225 per person and includes all supplies needed. Click here for more information.

Canning 101 at Preserving Place

On Saturday, June 27th from 2 to 6 pm learn all about canning with Preserving Place. Geared toward the beginning canner, Canning 101 provides students with an in-depth approach to home hot water bath canning, including the equipment needed, a discussion on the scientific principles behind the process and a hands-on experience in the kitchen. Attendees will take home two jars of what they made in class. Canning 101 is $95 per person. For more information and to register, click here.

For more on the Westside Provisions District visit

image via Westside Provisions District

Davio's Atlanta

New Summer Menu at Davio’s Atlanta

This summer check out new seasonal offerings at Davio’s in Atlanta. The northern Italian steakhouse located at Phipps Plaza offers a variety of handmade pastas, steaks and seafood.

I recently had the chance to taste some of the new dishes as well as perennial favorites at a dinner with owner Steve DiFillippo.

Potato Gnocchi Bolognese, with braised veal, beef and pork in tomato sauce
Potato Gnocchi Bolognese, with braised veal, beef and pork in tomato sauce

The Hand-Rolled Potato Gnocchi is light and just the right texture, here served in a bolognese sauce. Pictured in the featured image at the top of the article is the standout Ricotta-Truffle Caramelle, candy-shaped pasta served with crackling mushrooms and fennel pollen in a butter sauce.

Tuna Tartare with crispy shrimp, avocado cream and fish roe
Tuna Tartare with crispy shrimp, avocado cream and fish roe

Over the course of the evening, Steve shared a history of the Italian restaurant which is now celebrating its 30th year.

Crispy Chicken Livers with port balsamic glaze, glass spinach and toasted pine nuts
Crispy Chicken Livers with port balsamic glaze, glass spinach and toasted pine nuts

In May 1985 Steve purchased a locally-owned restaurant on Newbury Street in Boston. He revamped the interior, menu and wine list, but kept the name — Davio’s.

Seared East Halibut with white asparagus and lobster risotto
Seared East Halibut with white asparagus and lobster risotto

Since then the original location has moved, and Davio’s has expanded — with three additional locations in Massachusetts, and one in Philadelphia, Manhattan and Atlanta. Look for Davio’s to head west next, with a restaurant being planned for Los Angeles.

Colorado Rack of Lamb with sunchokes, summer pea purée and white balsamic gastrique
Colorado Rack of Lamb with sunchokes, summer pea purée and white balsamic gastrique

Steve has also published a book, It’s All About the Guest. In it he shares engaging stories of how he became successful in the restaurant industry, along with 12 signature Davio’s recipes. Click here to purchase a signed copy.

Panna Cotta with Prosecco macerated strawberries and peanut brittle
Panna Cotta with Prosecco macerated strawberries and peanut brittle

Davio’s is open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

Davio’s Atlanta, Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30326. 404.844.4810,

STK Atlanta

Chefs, Shrooms and Champs at STK Atlanta

What could be better than steak at STK Atlanta? How about an evening of steak, mushrooms and champagne?

Four Atlanta chefs are joining forces on Tuesday, April 14th to host “Chefs Shrooms and Champs,” a night celebrating the art of cooking with mushrooms. The all-inclusive experience from 6:30 to 9:30 pm includes Veuve Clicquot pairings, an open bar, a live DJ and more.STK and Veuve Clicquot

The participating chefs are Mark Alba of STK Atlanta, Nick Leahy of Saltyard, and Timothy Magee and Joseph Ramaglia of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails.

The four chefs will take over the Bistro at STK Atlanta and offer eight dishes inspired by a mushroom foraging expedition. Guests will sip champagne and STK’s signature cocktails while mingling with the chefs at dedicated tasting stations.

Here’s a peek at the tasting menu:

Pasture Raised Chicken and Wild Mushroom Terrine with Toasted Brioche and Apricot Conserva
Grilled Hanger Steak, Wild Mushroom and English Pea
Garganelli with Black Truffle Foam
Created by Executive Chef Mark Alba of STK Atlanta

Wild Mushroom and Spring Vegetable Soup
Pan Roasted Scallops with Brown Buttered
Mushrooms and Cauliflower
Created by Executive Chef Nick Leahy of Saltyard

Fava Bean Panna Cotta, Morel Mushroom and Asparagus Salad
Pan Roasted Sweetbreads, Madeira Mushrooms and
Green Garlic Purée
Created By Executive Chef Timothy Magee of
White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails

Cured Mountain Trout, Vidalia Soubise, Pickled Wild
Mushrooms, Foraged Greens and GA Olive Oil
Wild Mushroom and Duck Sausage, Farro, Charred
Green Garlic, Sorrel Purée
Created by Sous Chef Joe Ramaglia of
White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails

The cost for Chefs Shrooms and Champs is $100 per person. Reservations are required and can be placed by calling 404.793.0144 or emailing Guests must be 21 and up to attend.

Chefs Shrooms and Champs at STK Atlanta, Tuesday, April 14th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. 1075 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, 30309 (Midtown). 404.793.0144,

>> Connect:
Facebook: STKhouse
Twitter: @STKAtlanta
Instagram: @eatSTK

images courtesy STK Atlanta and Caren West PR

Johnny’s Hideaway Celebrates 36 Years

You know it. You love it. And you’ve likely spent more nights there than you’re willing to admit.

Johnny’s Hideaway, the legendary restaurant and dance club in Buckhead, is celebrating its 36th anniversary this month.

Johnny's HideawayOwner Chris Dauria is inviting fans to share in the celebration with a special party on Thursday, April 23rd. Enjoy the complimentary buffet and open bar from 7:30 to 8:30 pm, then hit the dance floor and party all night with Johnny’s favorite DJs.

The “nightclub for big kids” has been attracting Atlantans and visitors for nearly four decades with its retro feel and music from the 1950s to today’s top hits. The nightspot is open late seven nights a week for drinking and dancing.

Johnny’s Hideaway 36th Anniversary Party, Thursday, April 23rd beginning at 7:30pm. 3771 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, 30342 (Buckhead). 404.233.8026,

>> Connect:
Facebook: JohnnysHideaway
Instagram: @johnnyshideaway

Buckhead Restaurant Week Returns in April

Make your reservations for Buckhead Restaurant Week, returning later this month.

From Saturday, April 18th through Sunday, April 26th, nearly 40 restaurants will offer prix fixe lunch, brunch and dinner menus.

The menus highlight each restaurant’s specialty and are priced at $15, $25 or $35 per person, exclusive of tax, gratuity and alcohol.

Buckhead Restaurant WeekParticipating restaurants include 1 Kept, 10 Degrees South, Aria, Atlanta Fish Market, Bantam + Biddy, The Big Ketch, Bistro Niko, Bricktop’s, Buckhead Diner, Buckhead Tavern, The Capital Grille, Cook Hall, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Del Frisco’s Grille, Divan, Eclipse di Luna, Establishment Buckhead, F&B, Fado Irish Pub, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Horseradish Grill, Katana Teppanyaki & Sushi, KR SteakBar, Kyma, Le Bilboquet, Meehan’s Public House, NM Café, Ocean Prime, Portofino, Pricci, Saltyard, Seasons 52, Smokebelly, Southern Art, Ted’s Montana Grill, The Café & Bar at Mandarin Oriental, True Food Kitchen, Vine & Tap and YEBO.

For more information including menus visit

Reservations are recommended, and may be made by calling the restaurants or by booking online at Open Table.

Connect with fellow diners and share what you’re enjoying with #BRWatlanta2015.

Buckhead Restaurant Week is presented by sponsors The Coca-Cola Company,, The Atlanta Business Chronicle, Central Atlanta Progress, WABE 90.1 FM and The Reynolds Group.

Upcoming restaurant weeks include:
— Atlantic Station Restaurant Week, May 9 – 17
— Atlanta Downtown Restaurant Week, July 18 – 26
— Midtown Restaurant Week, September 5 – 13

Buckhead Restaurant Week 2015, Saturday, April 18 through Sunday, April 26.

College Park Restaurant Week, March 14 – 22

Make your reservations for the second annual College Park Restaurant Week.

From Saturday, March 14th through Sunday, March 22nd, thirteen of the city’s restaurants will offer special lunch and dinner menus for $9, $19 or $29 per person, exclusive of tax, gratuity and alcohol.

College Park Restaurant WeekParticipating restaurants include Brake Pad, The Corner Grille, The Feed Store, La Pasadita Taqueria, The Manchester Arms, Palio, The Pecan, The Pig & The Pint, Simon’s Steak & Seafood, Southside Lounge, Tasty Taste, Tony Morrow’s BBQ and Voya Bistro.

The restaurant week is presented by Meet College Park Georgia, the city’s convention and visitors bureau, which aims to generate economic development by effectively marketing the community as a preferred tourism, convention and meeting destination.

While maintaining a small town feel, College Park Georgia is home to the world’s busiest airport and Georgia’s second largest convention facility, and the headquarters of Chick-fil-a and Sysco. For more information visit

Presenting sponsors of College Park Restaurant Week are The City of College Park, Atlanta Eats and UBER.

College Park Restaurant Week, Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 22, 2015.

Flight Night at SOHO Atlanta

Looking for a spot to discover new wines with friends? Visit SOHO Atlanta on Wednesday evenings for Flight Night.

SOHO Atlanta RestaurantEach week the American bistro in Vinings features three wines from well known regions around the world. The wines are paired with tapas from by Executive Chef Scott Warren.

November’s wines showcase Australia and New Zealand.

Guests can sample a flight (three three-ounce glasses) for $14.50; pair the flight with one tapa for $19; or enjoy a full glass and one tapa for $13. The wines and tapas are also available individually.

Can’t make it to flight night? The wines are available through the following Tuesday.

Click here for more information on Flight Night at SOHO Atlanta.

Flight Night on Wednesdays at SOHO Atlanta Restaurant, 4300 Paces Ferry Road SE, Atlanta 30339 (in the Vinings Jubilee).

Paces & Vine Opens October 24

Paces and Vine

Paces & Vine, the new restaurant from the team at Murphy’s Restaurant, is opening this evening in Vinings Jubilee.

Here are the full details via press release from The Reynolds Group:

The team at the helm of Virginia-Highland culinary icon, Murphy’s Restaurant, is introducing its signature contemporary American comfort food to close-knit Atlanta neighborhood, Vinings. Named Paces & Vine, the restaurant aims to become Vinings’ quintessential culinary gathering place, striking an even balance of high-caliber cuisine and a sense of “home,” making Paces & Vine an extension of the neighborhood diners’ own kitchens and dining rooms.

The restaurant opens tonight at 5 p.m. for dinner service and will begin serving brunch tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. Lunch service will debut Monday, October 27, at 11 a.m.

Well-respected Atlanta hospitality veteran Tom Murphy along with executive chef Ian Winslade, director of operations Dave Green and general manager Dwayne Wiseman lead Paces & Vine’s management and culinary teams, ensuring that the restaurant is a seamless expansion of the brand while developing a distinctive neighborhood atmosphere of its own. Continue reading