Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Year in Food: The most important things that happened in Atlanta’s restaurant scene in 2018

Looking beyond such fanfare as the opening of Tiny Lou’s and the rise of fast-casual everything, what else happened in the food world this year—and what does it say about Atlanta? We received a few snubs on the national stage, which might suggest that our dining scene is faltering. It could also be that we’re currently stewing on our most promising culinary ideas and talent.

Review: Estrella channels Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula from a BeltLine-adjacent rooftop

Part of what makes the Atlanta BeltLine so useful is that it encourages exploration of pockets of the city that were once overlooked. At Estrella, not only do you get to explore one of those pockets—you also get a taste of a region far more remote—Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.

Saltwood’s weekday salad bar is Midtown’s best-kept lunch secret

During its weekday lunch service, Saltwood Charcuterie and Bar at the Loews Atlanta Hotel has an amazing, all-you-can-eat salad bar with a ton of toppings to choose from and even unlimited housemade potato chips served on the side.

The verdict on 3 newcomers to Atlanta’s dining scene: Banshee, Pho Nam, and Root Baking Company

You have to try the pepperoni butter at East Atlanta Village's Banshee, the pho at Krog Street Market's Pho Nam, and the bread at Ponce City Market's Root Baking Company. Our mini reviews of the newest restaurants in Atlanta.
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An Atlanta photographer’s “Heartbooks” turns kids’ art into coffee table-worthy albums

Instead of filling up storage bins of children’s artwork or feeling guilty about discarding it, pieces can be sent to Atlanta photographer Heidi Geldhauser Harris, who photographs the artwork and compiles the images into a hardcover, linen-bound photo album that fits in perfectly with a stack of artful coffee-table books.
Nakamura.ke Atlanta glow in the dark ramen pop-up

The world’s first glow-in-the-dark ramen pop-up is debuting in Atlanta

Atlanta will be the first city in the world to experience a glow-in-the-dark ramen restaurant before it heads out on a global tour. Nakamura.ke, an immersive pop-up dining experience from an international team of artists (including Atlanta’s own Zoo as Zoo and Dashboard), debuts on January 30 and runs on select dates through February 16.

Field Day set to offer a cozy neighborhood dinner spot in Old Fourth Ward

Rob Bouton, owner of Charleston’s Queen Street Grocery, has partnered with former Ford Fry employees Hanna Houle and Mike Pitts to open Everyday Market, a grab-and-go market that opened a few weeks ago, and Field Day restaurant, set to open in January, both in Old Fourth Ward.

Review: With the Brasserie at Bazati, French chef Rémi Granger makes a case for the classics

What’s not to love about the Brasserie at Bazati, a day-and-night, BeltLine-adjacent restaurant that’s serious about traditional French cooking? Bread & Butterfly chef Rémi Granger’s food is that of a true Frenchman, and the restaurant's idyllic patio suits his classic style.
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Dream Home: Author Kristy Woodson Harvey puts down roots in Beaufort, North Carolina

I was nineteen the first time I ever drove over the drawbridge into Beaufort, North Carolina. Good Southern girl that I was, I had arrived for a debutante party. One look, and I was absolutely smitten.

Chef Zeb Stevenson to open Redbird in the former Bacchanalia space

Former Watershed chef Zeb Stevenson is planning to open his first restaurant, Redbird, with Watershed cofounder Ross Jones in the summer of 2019. Known as a Southern chef, Stevenson is going with a more free-from menu that has global influences and fewer restraints on sourcing.

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