There’s a new excuse to check out one of Atlanta’s top dining spots. Atlas, the restaurant at the St. Regis in Buckhead has just launched The Tavern at Atlas.
Located in the two front areas of the restaurant, by the bar and in the library, The Tavern at Atlas offers chef-driven small plates, creative cocktails and a more casual experience.
It’s the perfect date spot or place to reconnect with friends. In the cozy, intimate setting you can share dishes like citrus-cured salmon flatbread, Georges Bank pan-seared sea scallop and Atlas sliders.
You get to enjoy the excellent food Atlas is known for, without committing to a full, formal dinner.
The Tavern at Atlas opens at 4 p.m. daily. For more information visit atlasrestaurant.com, or connect with @AtlasBuckhead on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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.
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.
Over the course of the evening, Steve shared a history of the Italian restaurant which is now celebrating its 30th year.
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.
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.
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.
Davio’s is open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
Chill out with Slow Food Atlanta on Saturday, June 20th at its 9th annual Ice Cream Social. The local chapter of the international nonprofit invites families to taste classic and creative flavors churned by local chefs.
Come for the fresh fruits and veggies, and stay for the sweet treats. The Ice Cream Social will be held at the Cathedral of St. Philip just after the Peachtree Road Farmers Market, from 12 pm to 2 pm in Child Hall.
This year’s participating restaurants include Beverly Jean Bakeshop; Castellucci Hospitality Group (Double Zero Napoletana, Sugo, The Iberian Pig, Cooks & Soldiers); Community Smith; di Paolo; Empire State South; King of Pops; RO Hospitality (Osteria Mattone and Table & Main); PARISH; Portofino; Queen of Cream Ice Cream + Coffee; Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar; Seven Lamps; Shake Shack; The Pinewood; The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead; and TRACE Atlanta at W Midtown.
The event is BYOS — bring your own spoon! After tasting the dozens of ice creams and sorbets, guests will cast a vote for their favorite flavor.
Tickets, which include a taste of each flavor and a ballot, are $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 10 and free for children under five. Click here to purchase tickets online. Tickets will be available at the door until the event sells out.
Proceeds from the Ice Cream Social will benefit Slow Food Atlanta and the Peachtree Road Farmers Market.
Slow Food Atlanta is a local chapter of Slow Food International, a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization founded in 1989 to inform and educate communities on a local, regional, national and international level about food production and making choices in support of good, clean and fair food.
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.
Owner 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.
The southern influenced gastropub is the place to go for a post work drink or dinner with friends. You’ll find a chef-driven menu with locally sourced ingredients in a laid back yet sophisticated setting.
Bourbon fans – and those hoping to discover what makes bourbon so good – will love the cocktail menu. Try the East of Hudson, The Southern Gentleman’s take on a Manhattan, or that week’s Barrel Aged Cocktail. If you want your whiskey without all the fuss, there’s a list of more than 80 kinds of bourbon, rye and Scotch. There’s also a selection of draft and bottled beer, and wine by the glass and bottle.
It’s a good sign when a newly opened restaurant is packed on a Wednesday night. It’s an even better sign when it features a menu that makes you want to order every single dish – and better still when those dishes exceed expectations.
The décor, like the menu, is influenced by Spain with Moroccan and Indian flavors thrown into the mix. It’s that cool spot you would want to happen upon in Granada after an afternoon of sightseeing at the Alhambra.
It’s a see-and-be-seen kind of place, with a layout that makes it at once intimate and good for people watching. The outdoor patio is sure to be packed all weekend, as is the bar area that features a life-size metal bull.
Celebrate Labor Day weekend at Smokebelly’s Q & Brew Lawn Party. On August 31st from 5pm onward there will be a whole hog roast, $5 craft cocktails, $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon and live music.
There was something about Smokebelly BBQ that made me like it from the moment I arrived. Maybe it was the vintage décor that called to mind my favorite barbecue spot in Houston. Or the Led Zeppelin playing over the speakers. And it certainly didn’t hurt that we happened to be seated near a TV showing the Yankees game. But after the first sip of my cocktail, the smoky and spicy Southern Pina, I was happy to welcome Smokebelly to Buckhead.
And that’s the thing about barbecue – it’s a food that makes you happy. Have you ever seen someone looking depressed while digging into a plate of pulled pork or brisket?
Though beer is a natural pairing for barbecue, you won’t want to miss out on the cocktails. The Southern Pina, Smokebelly’s take on a margarita with an added kick, is made with house smoked Mezcal, pineapple, lime juice, jalapeno and agave syrup. Another top pick is the Blackberry Whiskey Smash, made with bourbon, blackberries, lime, mint and sugar. The berries are muddled and then strained, so you get pure juice and no seeds.
Dave, our server, was the ideal guide for our first time at Smokebelly. While giving us an overview of the menu, he made sure to recommend dishes that we would have overlooked.
One such recommendation was the Blistered Peppadew Peppers. They were served on top of goat cheese, smoked almonds, black pepper and honey, with house-made crackers. On paper it was perhaps unusual but together the gently spicy pepper, creamy goat cheese and sweet honey were a tasty combination. We also enjoyed the Fried Pickled Okra, served with a barbecue ranch dipping sauce, and the Cherry Cola Ribs, which were flash fried and tossed in the house made sauce.
For the main course my husband and I shared the Sliced Smoked Turkey Breast and the Sliced Beef Brisket. The brisket had great flavor and the turkey was cooked just right (our favorite of the two, if we had to pick one). Both were even better when paired with one of Smokebelly’s sauces.
About those sauces — you will never have to worry about running out. There are large bottles on your table, and a full lineup at the sauce bar. There’s the mustard-based Carolina Gold; the vinegar-based Carolina Red; the creamy Alabama White; the Cherry Cola; and a Sweet, Spicy and Savory.
Trying a bite of brisket and turkey in each of the sauces is the closest you’ll get to playing with your food as an adult.
Don’t worry vegetarians, you’re still welcome at Smokebelly. There are a variety of vegetarian options and entrée size salads. All diners will enjoy the Chilled Sweet Corn and Edamame “Succotash,” and the collard greens-style Smoky Braised Kale is a standout among the sides (though just a warning for vegans, the kale and the baked beans are made with bacon).
If it is possible that you still have room for dessert, you’ll want to find out about the evening’s special offerings. While the peanut butter cake sounded incredible, we went for the (seemingly) less rich banana pudding. Lightly caramelized on top, with sliced bananas and a decadent creamy filling, it was a gourmet take on the southern sweet.
Smokebelly BBQ is open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Wednesday from 11am to 10pm, and Thursday through Saturday 11am until late. Plenty of free parking is available at the restaurant.