ATL Food Chatter: February 28

Former Top Chef contestant Eli Kirshtein is starring in a comic book, Spider-Man: A Meal To Die For, which is available for free download at Marvel Digital Comics.
Alpharetta. Erwoods Kitchen & Keg, from the owners of Tifosi Gastropub, has opened at 12635 Crabapple Road.

Buckhead. After months of anticipation, H&F Bottle Shop will at last open this Friday, March 4. The owners consider this a soft opening while the shop sells only wine; legal hoops will allow for liquor sales in a few weeks. In the meantime, use your previous stash of vodka to make Bloody Mary’s at home using H&F’s homemade mix and pickled okra.

Speaking of the owners of H&F Bottle Shop: Restaurant Eugene was named one the 101 Best Restaurants in America by The Daily

What Now Atlanta is reporting that Texas-based Swirll Yogurt is planning to open its first Georgia location at 4365 Roswell Road this spring.

Decatur. PR guru Melissa Libby confirmed today the name for Ford Fry’s forthcoming Italian-inspired restaurant: no. 246. The name refers to the land plot number on which the restaurant sits.

Decatur Metro is reporting that Wisconsin-based sandwich shop franchise Erbert and Gerbert’s is planning to open its first East Coast store on E. Ponce de Leon Avenue just outside Decatur‘s city limits.
East Atlanta. What Now Atlanta is reporting that a Bell Street Burritos is slated to open at 1246 Glenwood Avenue this April in the former Wachovia Bank building.

Inman Park. Besha Rodell broke the news that Holy Taco chef (and a Shaun’s alumni) Robert Phalen has signed a lease to open a resto featuring” organic sustainable new cuisine with European undertones” in the former Shaun‘s space that is slated to open in the next 3 months.

Marietta. Tomorrow’s News Today first reported that former Bluepointe top toque, Doug Turbush, is planning on opening Seed Kitchen & Bar, featuring locally sourced ingredients in a casual atmosphere late this summer in the Merchant’s Walk shopping center next to the new Whole Foods. Local firm ai3 will design the space.

Midtown. The AJC first reported that Pacci Ristorante will close by the end of March due to a change in ownership of the Hotel Palomar.

The AJC also reported that Basha Bistro, featuring a Mediterranean themed menu, has opened at 420 14th Street.

Westside. Quinones was also named one of the 101 Best Restaurants in America by The Daily

Question of the Week: What former President and COO for the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group is bringing his new restaurant company’s Asian concept to town?

The answer to last week’s QOTW— What bakery known for its boozy cakes is moving from Downtown to Grant Park?—is Cake Hag. (Commenter Steve guessed correctly last week.) They will probably be open to the public at 575 Boulevard sometime next week (city red tape pending), but you can still order a custom cake by calling 678-760-6300.