Cakes and Ale, Cardamom Hill nominated for Bon Appetit’s best new restaurants

Bon Appétit has released their list of the top 50 Best New Restaurant Nominees for 2012. Among the nationwide search, they've included two Atlanta restaurants: Cakes and Ale and Cardamom Hill.

Big Apple Inn serving up pig ear sandwiches and tamales in Atlanta

About six months ago, the story went around that we'd soon be getting an Atlanta branch of Big Apple Inn, the Mississippi institution that has been serving up pig ear sandwiches and tamales for the past 70 years. About a month ago, April Patton, granddaughter of Big Apple's founder, opened the doors to the new location on Ralph David Abernathy near the West End. An old friend and I dropped in for lunch yesterday and Patton was there behind counter, taking our orders and making them herself.

Chef Ryan Smith divulges details about Staplehouse

What started as a dream in 2009 is about to become reality this year. Staplehouse, a restaurant helmed by chef Ryan Smith (previously of Empire State South), will open in the Old Fourth Ward in "the very foreseeable future," according to co-owner Jen Hidinger.

Atlanta City Council passes legislation allowing food trucks to vend on limited public property

In what is the first step to a major legal victory for Atlanta food trucks, Atlanta City Council passed an amendment Monday allowing vendors to operate on certain public streets around the city. That means that as soon as Mayor Kasim Reed signs the bill (or seven days from now when the bill becomes law immediately), you could be in line to buy tacos from a truck parked in a metered space. Previously, trucks could only obtain permits to vend on private property.

5 Things You Didn’t Know about the General Muir

Now open in Emory Point, the General Muir is a Jewish-style deli created by the team behind West Egg Café, Ben and Jennifer Johnson, West Egg general manager Shelley Sweet, and chef Todd Ginsberg, formerly of Bocado. At the General Muir, Ginsberg is focusing on traditional Jewish dishes like matzo ball soup, pastrami, and chopped liver. But the General Muir offers more than deli fare; everything from the name to the décor has a meaning. Here are five things you probably didn’t know about the General Muir.

What’s the worst dish Gunshow’s Kevin Gillespie has ever made?

Kevin Gillespie discusses fried chicken, hunting, and the weirdest thing about being on Top Chef.

Cupcakes meet Christmas at Sugar Moon Bake Shop

Amy Kiefer has always been comfortable in the kitchen, but she didn’t decide to make a living at baking until the organization she worked at faced budget cuts.

Waffle House launches new food truck focused on disaster relief

Earlier this month, WaHo started bringing plates of joy to disaster stricken areas with a new food truck specialized for disaster relief. The company contracted David Ford of Food Trucks South to create a truck that would not only hold the ambience and productivity of a brick and mortar location but also could be used to assist areas affected by natural disasters. Recently, we got in touch with Ford for more details about the truck and how it will be utilized.

Dante’s Down the Hatch to close July 31

After months of back and forth, stops and starts, it appears Dante's Down the Hatch will finally sail off into the Atlanta culinary sunset on July 31. The announcement was made on the venerable Buckhead fondue restaurant's Facebook fan page. "The sale of the property has been renegotiated and the restaurant will be closing on July 31. Come see us soon and we appreciate all your loyalty. It's been a great 43 years!"

Cruzado owner takes over Cru Urban Lounge

Cruzado owner Grace Lee has leased the recently shuttered Cru Urban Lounge in the Old Fourth Ward and is turning the space into a hookah and small plates hideaway called Hookah Cru. Opening on Friday, Lee says Hookah Cru will have the “same coziness and intimacy that our [Cruzado] regulars love, just a half mile down the road.”

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