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Chef Benjamin Meyer, of the Westside Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant, likes to theme his rotating chef’s specials by color—a yellow pepper bisque and a yellow watermelon salad, or a zucchini stuffed with green rice. The premise sounds a little gimmicky until you learn that for Meyer, these dishes represent a challenge. The chef is colorblind.
Narrow tables display wines grouped into themes like “great wines under $12,” “biodynamic wines,” and—our personal favorite—“costs like $20, drinks like $50.”
When Katie Rice, now the beverage director at Barcelona Wine Bar, moved from Ohio to Atlanta back in 2001, she barely landed her first job at Roswell’s Van Gogh, now VG Bistro.“One of the interview questions was to name four grape varietals,” she recounts. “Merlot? White Zinfindel? Literally, I knew nothing.”
One month ago Eyhab “Happy” Hatab quietly took over the executive chef position vacated by Shane Devereux at Barcelona Wine Bar in Inman Park. In a short time period, Hatab has since changed the restaurant’s menu, as well as its approach to cooking.
Life right now is kind of like a countdown to the premiere of the final season of "Breaking Bad" on August 11. But some Atlantans haven't had to wait that long for a glimpse of Aaron Paul (who plays the show's meth-addled but loveable Jesse Pinkman), who's been in town filming a movie about fast cars called "Need for Speed."
"Hello, and welcome to Cougar Town," a friend said as we jostled through the crowd at Barcelona Wine Bar. She was eyeing a table of six preternaturally blond girlfriends, clinking sloshy glasses of red wine and shrieking "Happy Birthday" to one of their pack. Scores of other coiffed, forty-something women prowled the central bar, their spiky heels on the wooden floors adding snare-drum rim shots to the growing din of voices.
ATL Food Chatter: December 20, 2011(To receive the Chatter and other culinary tidbits directly in your inbox, sign up for our weekly dining newsletter)Sasa (pronounced sa-sha) Mahr-Batuz is the creative mind behind the 16-year-old, Connecticut-based Barcelona Wine Bar restaurant group, which he co-founded with restaurant veteran Andy Pforzheimer. Their first location in the Southeast, on North Highland Avenue in Inman Park, has created much buzz in Atlanta’s dining scene with its Spanish themed tapas, outside-the-box wine program, and rustic-chic energy.