Look for the “little wooden jewel box” in the Ponce City Market Food Hall
Guy Wong’s Ponce City Market restaurant Ton Ton is slated to open August 16. The “little wooden jewel box” on the corner of the Ponce City Market Food Hall will have a ramen bar, yakitori bar, beverage bar called Unsung, and a separate sushi kiosk, explains creative director Nicholas Bown-Crawford.Read more
For these 7 singular stars, cost and quality are far from equals
We’d splurge on sushi and dine at steakhouses every night if we could. But most of us can’t, and for the casual lunch or dinner, we’re more likely to chow down on these singular stars, where cost and quality are far from equals.Read more
It’ll be available at Miso Izakaya’s bar
Guy Wong, chef and owner of Miso Izakaya and Yum Bunz, will begin selling his take on the ramen burger at Miso’s bar Wednesday evening. (He originally planned to launch the burger Tuesday.) Twenty ramen burgers will be up for grabs—and only at the bar—Tuesdays through Saturdays, with orders being taken at 9:30 p.m.Read more
Ford Fry names Tex-Mex spot Superica, Caffe Gio opens, HD1 closes, and more
Fry’s Tex-Mex restaurant to be called Superica
Ford Fry—the chef behind the Optimist, No. 246, King Duke, and more—has named his Krog Street Market Tex-Mex spot Superica, reports Eater Atlanta. The name came from the words “super taqueria.” The restaurant will open by early 2014.
Fire at Vine & Tap
Fire broke out at Vine & Tap, the Buckhead wine bar and small plates restaurant by Ian Mendelsohn, this week. Because of that, the grand opening—which was originally set for July—has been pushed back to late September.
HD1 to become FLIP Burger
HD1, the Poncey-Highland hot dog spot by chef Richard Blais, is now closed. The restaurant is being retrofitted as a FLIP Burger Boutique—another Blais creation—and will reopen in eight to ten weeks, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The new FLIP location will feature a rooftop patio. Select HD1 hot dogs will be added to the menu.
Giovanni di Palma’s Caffé Gio opens
Antico Pizza Napoletana founder Giovanni di Palma made great strides toward the completion of Piazza San Gennaro, his planned Westside neighborhood, last week with the opening of Caffe Gio, a gelateria and Neapolitan café. Adjacent to Antico, Caffe Gio serves “traditional Neapolitan street food,” including panini, salads, and chicken soup, Eater Atlanta reports. The gelato (ten flavors) is imported from Italy.
Dante Stephensen plans to auction off pirate ship décor
Dante Stephensen, founder and namesake of iconic fondue and jazz spot Dante’s Down the Hatch, has announced plans to auction off the restaurant’s equipment and decorations, reports the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Dante’s closed late last month after the land was sold to Atlantic Realty Partners and Behringer Harvard, who plan to build an apartment tower. Stephensen’s auction will take place at the restaurant on September 21, starting at 9 a.m. The $95 entry price includes food, drink, and live jazz.
Taria Camerino starts work at Miso IzakayaRead more
Pastry chef and Sugar-Coated Radical founder Taria Camerino recently left Rocket Farms Restaurants (Ford Fry’s empire) and has joined forces with Guy Wong at Miso Izakaya, Creative Loafing reports. She is working on a Japanese-inspired dessert menu and will be creating some items for Yum Bunz as well.
Yum Bunz scheduled to open in February
Yum Bunz, a fast-casual Asian spot serving steamed sandwiches called bao and Korean wraps called ssam, is set to open on the Westside next month. Mike Blum, founder of the Real Chow Baby, based the concept on a Chicago restaurant called Wow Bao and enlisted Miso Izakaya’s Guy Wong to help develop the menu.Read more
Back in July, we talked with Jared Lee Pyles about his decision to leave HD1, the Richard Blais ‘haute doggery,’ to start a new sandwich shop, Villains, with Jarred McLure and Alex Broustein of Grindhouse Killer Burgers. There had been some speculation at the time about the location of the sandwich shop, which was rumored to be opening in the Old Fourth Ward. Unfortunately, negotiations are still ongoing at two different locations, one in Old Fourth Ward and one in Midtown. They hope to have settled on a location soon.Read more
The return of ramen to menu of chef Guy Wong’s Miso Izakaya is shaping up to be an event. Wong’s ramen, which was once served only after 10 pm at the Old Fourth Ward eatery, earned him more than a few devotees and fans.Read more
The sons and daughters of Asian restaurant families help expand culinary borders
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Asian community. Atlanta’s adventurous Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Malaysian, Indonesian, Japanese, and Indian eateries have saved me from a boredom that otherwise would have broken my spirit over three decades of professional eating.Read more