Dining Atlanta: Week of February 13, 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.

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Around Town

Get ‘em while you can. Creative Loafing reports that after 40 years on the menu, WAFFLE HOUSE will cease serving T-bone steaks at the end of 2012. They are currently the #1 T-bone server in the country.

Ansley

PLANET LIVING, upscale cousin to PLANET SMOOTHIE at Ansley Mall has closed.

Brookhaven

SLACKS HOAGIE SHACK is the first casualty in the Town Brookhaven development. The restaurant closed its doors last week.

Downtown

Cali-Mex styled BIG KAHUNA restaurant will open later this spring in the Sun Trust Plaza at 303 Peachtree Road.

Midtown

Former MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY site at Technology Square will reopen as the fourth metro location of Alpharetta based GYRO KING.

Sharpen your knives celebrity chef wannabes — casting call for next season’s Top Chef will be conducted at EMPIRE STATE SOUTH on February 25th from 10am – 1pm. Click here for more details.

ROYAL ORCHID Thai restaurant in the Midtown Promenade shopping center has closed.

North Druid Hills

Now open, CUPZ & CAKE, a coffee/dessert bar. Also offering full cakes and pies via their website. 1170 LaVista Road.

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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.

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