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MAYA Steaks Seafood

Support Second Helping Atlanta at MAYA Steaks & Seafood

Chef Mimmo Alboumeh of MAYA Steaks & Seafood and Red Pepper Taqueria is not just focused on making delicious food. He’s also passionate about giving back to the local community.

Now through mid-May Chef Mimmo has partnered with Second Helping Atlanta. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization aims to eliminate hunger in the Metropolitan Atlanta area by taking surplus food and delivering it to those in need.

Chef MimmoDine at MAYA Steaks & Seafood on Wednesdays through May 10th 2017, and 20% of your total bill will be donated to Second Helping Atlanta.

Call ahead to the Sandy Springs restaurant at (404) 705-8880 and reserve the Chef’s Table for Second Helpings. You may also reserve a table for 2 to 8 people through Open Table. If reserving online, include the note that you’d like to be seated at the Chef’s Table to benefit Second Helpings Atlanta.

MAYA, named for Chef Mimmo’s youngest daughter, offers top cuts of steak from Iowa Premium Black Angus and inventive seafood dishes with a signature Spanish flair.

For more information on Second Helpings Atlanta visit www.secondhelpingsatlanta.org.

MAYA Steaks & Seafood, 6152 Roswell Road, Atlanta 30328.
Offering dinner Monday through Saturday, 4 p.m to 11 p.m.
(404) 705-8880, www.mayasteaks.com

Image of Chef Mimmo courtesy Red Clay Public Relations

Related: MAYA: Superior Steak in Sandy Springs

STK Atlanta

Oyster & Champagne Party at STK Atlanta

Oysters for $1 each and a glass of champagne for $5 starting at 5pm on Friday, March 31st at STK Atlanta.

You really don’t need to know much more than that. Fab food and drinks at a great price at one of Midtown’s coolest spots kind of speaks for itself.

oysters at STKBut here are the full details: STK Atlanta is hosting a “Shuck Yeah! Oyster and Champagne Party” in its bistro and lounge in honor of National Oyster on the Half Shell Day. It’s from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the 31st.

Fresh, chef handpicked East Coast and West Coast oysters will be $1 apiece, and the price of champagne changes based on the hour. At 5 p.m. a glass of bubbly is $5, starting at 6 p.m. it’s $6, and then it’s $7 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. A live DJ completes the party, making STK the perfect place to kick off the weekend.

Stay for dinner and add some turf to your surf, with one of STK’s mouthwatering steaks. I recommend the 28 oz Dry-Aged Porterhouse.

Shuck Yeah! Oyster and Champagne Party at STK Atlanta
Friday, March 31, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
1075 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309
(404) 793-0144, www.stkhouse.com

Images courtesy Caren West PR

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 TOGReservations@togrp.com. 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, www.stkhouse.com

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

images courtesy STK Atlanta and Caren West PR

MAYA Steaks Seafood

MAYA: Superior Steak in Sandy Springs

When a new steak restaurant comes along you expect the focus to be on high quality, great tasting steaks. And that’s what MAYA Steaks & Seafood gets exactly right.

MAYA Steaks & SeafoodThe upscale spot in Sandy Springs is the latest restaurant from Mimmo Alboumeh, chef and owner of Red Pepper Taqueria in Buckhead and Decatur. MAYA, named for Chef Mimmo’s youngest daughter, is an American steakhouse with a Spanish flair. Chef Mimmo, who was born in Lebanon, grew up in Spain and spent time in Italy before coming to Georgia.

Chef Mimmo is passionate about finding the right beef to serve. As he was planning the menu, he tasted selections from a variety of meat purveyors. From all of them he selected Braveheart Black Angus Beef, not just for the superior taste but for the treatment and processing of the cattle. Chef Mimmo even traveled to one of their farms in Tennessee to witness this firsthand. Braveheart beef is unique to MAYA; no other Atlanta area restaurants carry it.

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STK Atlanta

New Menu at STK

Need an excuse to check out STK? Midtown’s swanky steakhouse has a new menu.

The seasonally influenced additions come from newly appointed Executive Chef Mark Alba, who has won numerous awards and accolades in his 25 years of experience. He is joined by the new General Manager Geno Dew, who most recently was restaurant operations manager at Area 31 in Miami.

Whether you prefer surf or turf, you’ll have a hard time choosing among the new dishes.

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SMASH Kitchen & Bar Now Open

Satisfy your appetite no matter what you’re craving at SMASH Kitchen & Bar, now open in Town Brookhaven. The modern casual American restaurant is the newest concept from the Here to Serve Restaurants group, and features smash hits from owner Tom Catherall’s other Atlanta eateries.

Smash Kitchen & BarFlatbreads, steaks and burgers are the main attractions on SMASH’s menu. The flatbreads are cooked in a wood burning oven, and range from the Classic Margherita to the Diablo, a spicy mix of chorizo, coppa salume and hot chili peppers.

It may be hard to decide between the Steak Burger and the SKB Burger. Your decision will be even tougher when you scroll down the menu and see the “Smash it Down,” shaved prime rib served with BBQ sauce and horseradish slaw. For non meat eaters there’s the Veggie Burger, made in house with brown deviled eggs, bacon, pimento cheeserice, black beans, beets and quinoa.

In addition to a selection of steaks there are baby back ribs and pork chops. There’s also skillet fried chicken, jumbo lump crab cake, grilled salmon and a variety of salads and sides (we told you there was something to match any craving).

Click here to see SMASH Kitchen & Bar’s lunch, dinner and brunch menus

Brunch offers a menu that’s as fun to order as it is tasty. Try the Baked Frenchman (bread pudding french toast), the Mad Italian Skillet Scramble (coppa, mozzarella and chili flakes topped with basil, baby arugula and tomato), or the Gravedigger (chicken fried pork chop with fried egg, mushroom, sausage, gravy and a cheddar cheese biscuit). Of course you can’t go wrong with the SKB Chicken & Waffles, which comes with a decadent pecan bacon syrup.

flatbreadIf you’re in the mood for drinks or light bites, take a right past the host stand and you’ll find a great list of wines, beer and cocktails at SMASH’s bar.

The décor for the bar and restaurant is a mix of cozy and eclectic. Brick walls, red booths and SMASH burgera window into the kitchen give Smash a casual feel, while a unique mix of art, chandeliers and a larger than life ‘eat’ sign make it feel like an escape from the shopping center outside.

The Here to Serve Restaurants group includes Prime, Noche, Goldfish, Twist, Shout, Strip, Aja, Coast Seafood and Raw Bar and Cantina. Later this fall H2SR will open Shucks, an upscale oyster and wine bar, also in Town Brookhaven.

Looking for a unique holiday gift? Here to Serve Restaurants is partnering with Atlanta shops and destinations for the 5 Star Package. A $100 gift certificate to any Here to Serve restaurant will come with an additional $100 in coupons to Spa Sydell, Fab’rik clothing boutique, the Alliance Theater and the Cook’s Warehouse. 5 Star Package cards will be available for purchase at each partner location and online at www.h2sr.com and the 5 Star partners’ websites.

Smash Kitchen & Bar, 804 Town Boulevard, Suite 1010 in Town Brookhaven, Atlanta, 30319. (404) 841-4221

>> Connect: @SmashATL and @H2SRestaurants on Twitter
Facebook: www.facebook.com/smashATL

images below and of food above from Here to Serve Restaurants

The Varsity

Fly & Dine at ATL: Your Guide to Where to Eat at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

If your travel plans take you through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, you’ll want to arrive early. With a host of new restaurants, there have never been more delicious dining options for travelers.

The airport offers a true taste of Atlanta, including favorite in-town restaurants like Ecco and landmarks like The Varsity.

Whether you’re leaving town, returning home or just passing through, here are restaurants to check out at the Atlanta airport.

Atrium (Pre-Security)

Atlanta Bread Company
Offering pastries, sandwiches and salads.
Location: Atrium Northeast
Hours: Open 24 hours

Atlanta ChopHouse
Offering fresh cut choice steaks, burgers, drinks and more. Offers meeting rooms for business groups to rent.
Location: Atrium Northeast
Hours: 6am – 10pm

Concourse A

Brioche Dorée
A Parisian-style café bakery specializing in French urban cuisine.
Location: A Centerpoint
Hours: 5:30am – 11pm

Samuel Adams Atlanta Brew House
Get a taste of Samuel Adams’ favorite and seasonal brews, plus a menu that includes burgers, sandwiches and chicken wings.
Location: A 12
Hours: 6am – last flight on A

Concourse B

Cafe Intermezzo
A European-style coffee house offering lunch, dinner, dessert and a variety of coffee beverages.
Location: B Centerpoint
Hours: 6am – 11pm

SweetWater Draft House & Grill
The restaurant from the Atlanta microbrewery offers a range of beers and a menu of American cuisine.
Location: B 11
Hours: 6am – 11pm

Concourse C

Atlanta Bread Company
Offering pastries, sandwiches and salads.
Location: C 30
Hours: 5am – last flight on C

Brews & Blues
Featuring southern style cooking with beef brisket, pork, turkey and chicken sandwiches.
Location: C 6
Hours: 9am – last flight on C

Burgers, BBQ & Brew
A sitdown restaurant offering a spot for a quick bite to eat.
Location: C Centerpoint
Hours: 6am – last flight on C

Quick-service chicken restaurant featuring sandwiches, salads and nuggets.
Location: C 21
Hours: 5:30am – 11pm

Miller Lite Victory Lane
Offering draft beers and traditional bar food.
Location: C 12
Hours: 6am – last flight on C

Moe’s Southwest Grill
Offering fresh burritos, tacos, fajitas and nachos.
Location: C 14
Hours: 6am – last flight on C

The Varsity
One of two airport locations (with Concourse F) of the famous Atlanta drive-in restaurant, offering chili cheese dogs, burgers and Frosted Oranges.
Location: C 21
Hours: 5:30am – 11pm

D Concourse

Grindhouse Killer Burgers
The local burger restaurant offers fresh ground burgers, fries, onion rings and Boozy Shakes.
Location: D 30
Hours: 7am – 10:30pm

E Concourse

One Flew South
An upscale restaurant featuring spirited global fare and sushi, with an extensive wine and cocktail list.
Location: E Centerpoint
Hours: 12pm – 11pm

F Concourse

Ecco Atlanta airportEcco
The airport location of the European-influenced restaurant located in Midtown Atlanta features fresh, seasonal fare.
Location: F Mezzanine
Hours: 10am – 10pm

French Meadow Bakery Café
Offers upscale sandwiches, desserts and more.
Location: F Mezzanine
Hours: 6am – last flight on F

Jekyll Island Seafood Company
Featuring fresh and fried seafood dishes and southern favorites like shrimp and grits.
Location: F 9
Hours: 9am – 11pm

Lorena Garcia Tapas BarLorena Garcia Tapas Bar
Offering a selection of small bites and sandwiches.
Location: F Mezzanine
Hours: 9am – 10:30pm

Maison Mathis
Offering European-inspired sandwiches, salads, desserts and beverages, as well as Belgian beer.
Location: F 3
Hours: 9am – last flight on F

The Original El TacoThe Original El Taco
A spirited Mexican restaurant featuring fresh food, margaritas and frozen mojitos.
Location: F Mezzanine
Hours: 9am – last flight on F

Pecan BistroThe Pecan
The airport location of the College Park restaurant offers upscale southern cuisine.
Location: F Mezzanine
Hours: 6am – last flight on F

Pei Wei Asian Diner
Offering Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai cuisine.
Location: F Mezzanine
Hours: 9am – last flight on F

Pei Wei and The VarsityThe Varsity
One of two airport locations (with Concourse C) of the famous Atlanta drive-in restaurant, offering chili cheese dogs, burgers and Frosted Oranges.
Location: F Mezzanine
Hours: 9am – last flight on F

Bon voyage and bon appetit!

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Seven Lamps: Craft Food & Drink in Buckhead

New Year, new restaurants to try. At the top of your list should be Seven Lamps, the new restaurant from co-owner and Executive Chef Drew Van Leuvan (formerly of ONE. midtown kitchen), now open in the Shops Around Lenox.

The restaurant takes its name from an essay by English art critic John Ruskin. The “lamps” are the seven principles of architecture – sacrifice, truth, power, beauty, life, memory and obedience – principles that Chef Van Leuvan believes are applicable in the kitchen.

Architecture is important in creating an inviting ambiance at Seven Lamps. The triangular space is warm and intimate, with reclaimed wood from an old mill in North Georgia adding a rustic feel. Long tables mean you may be seated near strangers. The outdoor tables are sure to be packed as the weather warms up.

Seven Lamps is dedicated to craft food and drinks. That means a focus on house-made ingredients and intricate cocktails that may take a little longer to prepare.

You’ll have a hard time selecting among the effervescent, classically inspired and barrel aged cocktails created by Arianne Fielder, beverage manager and head “mixtress.” Try the Red Dawn (barrel aged Four Roses bourbon, Pur Likor spiced blood orange liqueur, Benedictine and black walnut bitters), or the Chilcano (house barrel aged Pisco Porton, smoked lime and Seven Lamps’ delicious ginger beer). If you’re in the mood for something sweet try the Crunch Punch, which is Peanut Butter Captain Crunch-infused Redemption Rye, vanilla syrup and cream with a dash of nutmeg.

Jerk sodas, made fresh in-house to order, offer a tempting non-alcoholic alternative.

The menu at Seven Lamps is a mix of small plates that are perfect for sharing and generously portioned main dishes. This guarantees you’ll find something perfect for whatever time you dine (Seven Lamps is open until 2am), as well as the number in your dining party.

Start with a sampling from Seven Lamps’ “Salted, Cured & Whipped” section. The Pate de Campagne, Foie Gras Torchon and Potted Smoked Salmon are made in-house. Next try the Silver $ Mushrooms, stuffed with pork rillette. The Savory Crepes, filled with wood grilled kale and served with a gruyere gratin, satisfy that creamy salty craving.

The selection of handmade pasta will entice even the most carb-conscious. Try the Tagliatelle, which has Sapelo Island clams, andouille, jalapeno and asiago cheese in a flavorful tomato sauce.

There’s the saying “bacon makes anything taste better.” At Seven Lamps, Chef Van Leuvan demonstrates that wood makes anything taste better (there’s a wood-burning oven in the open kitchen). The Wood Grilled Hanger Steak, cooked to a perfect medium rare, is one of the best dishes on the menu. When infused with wood smoke, faro and broccoli rabe have never tasted so good.

Dessert offers a whimsical end to the meal. Try the Fried Banana Pie, which is topped with chocolate sauce, crème fraiche sherbet and dried cherry. Or go for the Rainbow Sherbet Push Pop, which has layers of raspberry, orange and lemon sorbet.

Seven Lamps, 3400 Around Lenox Road, Atlanta (404) 467-8950 www.sevenlampsatl.com

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STK Atlanta to Open Mid December

The wait is almost over. Sexy NYC-based STK has announced its Atlanta restaurant will open in mid December.

The combination modern steakhouse and chic lounge located at 12th & Midtown is set to become the place to go for an exciting night out.

Adding a local touch to the STK brand will be General Manager Marcus Marshall who was formerly with Concentrics Group, and Executive Chef Jeremy Miller who was formerly at BluePointe.

The menu will feature high quality steaks of various cuts and sizes along with seafood, side dishes, appetizers, desserts and cocktails. In addition to specialty items created by Chef Miller there will be STK’s popular Jumbo Lump Crab Salad, Beef Tartare and lil’ BRGs.

The signature decor is a mix of black gloss, violet and cream, with creamy leather banquettes, black platform seats, a large central lounge area and an exclusive dining room for more formal occasions. Theatrical lights, smoky mirrors and a DJ booth add to the sleek and energetic vibe.

Dress to impress. And if STK Atlanta is like the steakhouse’s other locations you’re likely to spot a celebrity or two.

STK, part of The ONE Group hospitality company, has locations in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami.

STK Atlanta, 1075 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309. (646) 624-2400
Soft opening on December 15th, now accepting reservations.
Dinner Monday through Sunday beginning at 5:30pm.

To stay connected like STK Atlanta on Facebook or follow STK Atlanta on Twitter.

Surf & Turf Done Right at Aqua Blue

When restaurants try to do it all, the results can be unpredictable. Rather than focusing on a theme or cuisine, too many different ideas may spread a chef — or the customers — thin.

Aqua blue is one of those restaurants that wants to do it all. Luckily for local diners, the results are excellent. There’s sushi, seafood, steak and more, in a spot that’s both a casual neighborhood restaurant and a place to celebrate a special occasion. It’s an ambitious feat and Aqua blue gets it right.

The Roswell restaurant celebrated its 10th anniversary in August and is welcoming its 11th year with new items on the menu and cocktail list. Now is a great time to discover or rediscover Aqua blue.

Bring a big appetite. One look at the menu and you’ll want to taste it all. Owner and Executive Chef John Metz (who also owns Marlow’s Tavern, Sterling Spoon Catering and the new Market Street Café in Buckhead), and Chef de Cuisine Kien Sam have so many mouthwatering options you’ll need some time to make your decision.

Aqua blue offers a variety of sushi rolls and platters, all made with the freshest fish.

If you like crab cakes you should try Aqua blue’s version that, with large chunks of crab, is more crab than cake. It is served on a bed of avocado and mango.

For a seafood entrée, you can’t go wrong with the Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass. This dish has been a hit since it first appeared on the menu. Just a touch crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside, the fish is served with a light shitake mushroom broth and baby bok choy.

Another delicious option is the Shrimp & Scallop Grits. The scallops are cooked with a light hand to maintain a tender texture. The stone ground jalapeño corn grits are so good you’ll want to lick your plate.

For those craving something on the turf side, the Australian Lamb Chop is one of the highlights. It’s perfectly cooked and well seasoned; you’ll find yourself forgoing your fork and knife so you can get every piece of meat from the bone. It is served with a crispy potato cake that has the flavor and texture of mashed potatoes covered with crushed potato chips. The slight saltiness of the potato cake goes well with the savory lamb.

Whether its lamb or steak that you order, the meat comes out at just the right temperature.

If you have room for dessert, try the rich and creamy crème brulee. The recipe comes from John Metz’s mother.

To accompany the meal, Aqua blue has a nice selection of wines by the glass and bottle, as well as what it calls “soon to be classic” cocktails. Servers are great at helping you choose a drink, offering advice on food pairings or the sweetness-to-alcohol taste ratio of cocktails.

New drinks include the Ginger Sidecar (Germaine Robin Craft Method Brandy, ginger syrup, fresh lemon juice and candied ginger), Bees Knees (Leopold Brother’s Gin, thyme honey syrup and fresh lemon), and the Vesper (DH Krahn Gin, Kettle One Vodka, Cocchi Americano and peach bitters).

Additionally, Aqua blue’s large bar area provides an inviting spot for a drink or casual meal.

Aqua blue’s location just outside the perimeter and minutes from GA 400 makes it an easy drive from the center of Atlanta. Whether you’re going into or out of the city, or just want a great meal, you’ll find it all at Aqua blue.

Aqua blue, 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, Georgia (770) 643-8886

Aqua blue is offering food and drink specials now through November 7th as part of its annual Chops event.

image of restaurant exterior from Aqua blue’s Facebook page