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Painted Pickle—a pickleball “compeatery”—opens April 17

The latest pickleball venue to open in Atlanta, Painted Pickle offers much more than the tennis-like game. Created by Justin Amick and William Stallworth, the team being the Painted Pin and the Painted Duck, Painted Pickle is a “compeatery” (a word Amick coined to describe the venue's vibe) with live music, lawn games, poker, ping-pong, mini golf, table shuffleboard, and more.
Flaky Not Flaky

Flaky Not Flaky introduces sconuts to Atlanta

First there were doughnuts, then cronuts, and now . . . sconuts? Husband-and-wife team Miguel and Anna Caraballo invented this sweet fluffy treat as a happy mistake. Owners of Flaky Not Flaky bakery and chocolates, they were intent on developing a less dense and crumbly scone recipe. What they came up with is a cute name for a product that sounds like a gimmick but is quite tasty.
Disco legend James “Mr. V” Virgil now sells kitchen gear to chefs and designers

Meet James “Mr. V” Virgil, the disco legend who sells kitchen gear to chefs and designers

Commonly known as “Mr. V,” James Virgil operates a restaurant supply store, dealing in mostly used commercial appliances, that attracts a cult following of designers and chefs to his facility in the shadow of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. I have spent hours squeezing myself down the tightly packed aisles of Mr. V’s Restaurant Equipment and Store Fixtures, where bar coolers, margarita machines, fridges with glass doors, and fryers rotate on an almost daily basis.
The Chastain sustainability

The Chastain chef and owner Christopher Grossman shares his secrets of sustainability

Two Atlanta restaurants—Bacchanalia and The Chastain—won Michelin Green Stars in 2023. Started in 2020, the Green Star recognizes an establishment’s commitment to environmental stewardship. We talked to Christopher Grossman, owner and executive chef of The Chastain, about cooking and his secrets of sustainability.

Family-friendly Bruxie serves scratch-made Belgian waffles and chicken tenders

Bruxie opened in Chamblee’s Parkview on Peachtree building. The California-based counter service restaurant is described as a “waffle sandwich shop with a culinary focus." But unlike most fast-casual chain eateries, Bruxie features scratch-made fare. Its sauces are made inhouse daily, and all chicken is marinated for 24 hours before being battered and fried to order.
Where to eat and drink in and around Truist Park

Where to eat and drink at the Battery and Truist Park

Consider this your guide to having the best Braves game day meal ever. Here's where to eat at the Battery before the game (whether you have a lot or very little time), what to get inside Truist Park, and where to keep the party going after the game, plus tips for parking and pregame entertainment.

Catching up with James Beard Award finalists, chefs Parnass Savang and Rod Lassiter

Chefs Parnass Savang and Rod Lassiter, the co-owners of Talat Market in Summerhill, were recently named Best Chef: Southeast finalists by James Beard Foundation. We chatted with them about what the nomination means, how they got to this point, and how they're staying true to their restaurant and vision.
The verdict on 3 new Atlanta restaurants: The Bronx Bagel Buggy, El Santo Gallo, and Owens and Hull BBQ

The verdict on 3 new Atlanta restaurants: The Bronx Bagel Buggy, El Santo Gallo, and Owens and Hull BBQ

The Bronx Bagel Buggy Rolls into Chamblee, plus a new traditional taqueria on the Westside and an exciting barbecue collaboration in Smyrna.
Trevor Shankman Maria

Dining at Trevor Shankman’s Maria feels like coming home

Dining out can be an experience, a work of art, or a show with a story that deserves our full attention. This is why underground supper clubs are becoming popular in Atlanta. One of them is Maria, by 21-year-old chef Trevor Shankman. It is so popular that it is sold out through mid-May, and here’s why.

Oaxaca and El Valle owner to open Casa Balam in Decatur and Dixeebe in Midtown

Chef Luis Damian, one of the owners of Oaxaca in Chamblee and El Valle in Midtown, has multiple new restaurants in the works. First to open—likely the second week in April—will be Casa Balam, replacing Ted’s Montana Grill in Decatur. Focused on dishes from the northern side of Mexico near Monterrey, Casa Balam will serve shared plates and sous vide cocktails in a casual environment designed for families.
11 places to get incredible French fries in metro Atlanta

11 places to get incredible French fries in metro Atlanta

The carby, greasy fried potatoes that sop up all your troubles get the respect they deserve around here. Head to one of these Atlanta restaurants and bars for your next French fry fix.

3. Masterpiece

Rui Liu, a certified master chef from northeastern China, came to America on an O-1 visa given only to “individuals with extraordinary achievement.” Just wait til you bite into the more than 100 dishes on his menu.