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8Arm chef Maricela Vega will be preparing a dinner on September 16 that weds the techniques and ingredients of ancient and modern Mexico. Her goal is to raise funds for a masa-making machine and, eventually, a brick-and-mortar shop that sells fresh, heirloom masa and tortillas.
When not spinning at MJQ, DJ Taradactyl likes cocktails at Banshee. We asked Tara Davies what she considers a perfect weekend in Atlanta, from Friday to Sunday.
The Ponce de Leon Avenue den of cool never stopped being revolutionary. 8Arm's new chef, Maricela Vega, has made it even more deliciously subversive.
Petillant-naturel (“pét-nats”) is a funky, hazy, sparkling natural wine with ancient roots, a modern-day buzz, and a wildly broad spectrum of flavor profiles. They're creating interest in Atlanta with Joshua Fryer of 8Arm and Ink, Juan Cortes of Stems, Seeds and Everythang, and Sarah Pierre of 3 Parks Wine Shop.
Get the early word on Bully Boy, a BeltLine-adjacent restaurant; Ink, a bar inside of Ponce's 8Arm; and LLoyd’s, Inman Park's instant classic that feels like a Midwestern tavern circa 1983.
Betsy McKay has kept the art of the casserole alive for almost eight years at a refined little spot in Morningside called...Casseroles. I can’t drive past the small easel she sets out on Lanier Boulevard without craving her tamale pie, chicken and biscuits, and eggplant Parmesan. Also: Why restaurant terraces and patios are almost always a bust.
Perhaps more than any stretch of pavement in the city, the expanse of Ponce de Leon Avenue between Mary Mac’s Tea Room and the Majestic Diner possesses the historic charm, the culinary creativity, and the total weirdness that makes Atlanta, well, Atlanta. Our ode to Ponce.