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.

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.

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.

Atlanta mourns the passing of Ria Pell

Atlanta’s restaurant industry is grieving the passing of Ria Pell, owner of Ria’s Blue Bird in Grant Park. She reportedly died of a heart attack yesterday. Pell worked in several local restaurants around town before opening Ria’s in 2000. Her place immediately became neighborhood favorite, and it helped pave the way for the area’s now-booming dining scene. Below, some social-media remembrances from the community:

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.

Cirque to take over former Piebar space

The iconic, round, spaceship-like building off Monroe Drive and visible from I-85 is about to open its doors again. Formerly home to a handful of short-lived concepts like Eros Tapas Bar, IXTLAN Ultra Lounge, and Piebar, the building is set to become a seafood and daiquiri spot called Cirque by February 2014 (at the soonest).

Ford Fry signs on as Justin Bieber’s personal chef

In a rather strange turn of events, executive chef and restaurateur Ford Fry—the man behind St. Cecilia, King Duke, the Optimist, No. 246, and JCT Kitchen—has signed on as Justin Bieber’s personal chef for the next three months.

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.”

Feeling Lucky’s? Enter the Roswell burger joint’s Grim Reaper eating contest

If you've ever secretly fantasized about your death certificate listing the official cause of your expiration as "hamburger," have we got a fund-raising contest for you. Lucky's Burger & Brew in Roswell is celebrating its first anniversary on Sunday, August 7 with a day-long party featuring a doggie wash, live music and $1 burger and brews all to benefit the Golden Retreiver Rescue of Atlanta (Lucky's is named for owners Ernie and Diane Geyer's golden retreiver).

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