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One Eared Stag’s Robert Phalen is opening a new restaurant in East Lake this summer. Called Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters, it will be a casual Southern spot inspired by the former cook and nanny of Phalen’s mother-in-law, whose fried chicken recipe Phalen adopted.
Until just recently I had no clue that Chick-fil-A owns two concept restaurants that serve completely different fare: Truett’s Pizza Cafe and Truett’s Luau. The family-style pizza joint and the Hawaiian-themed establishment (Chick-fil-Aloha, everybody!) are both in Fayetteville, both closed on Sundays, and both late-in-life pet projects of the entrepreneurial company founder.
For an easy dinner at home, Billy Allin suggests open-top braising, a slow-cooking method that yields super-tender meat with minimal kitchen effort. For poultry, Allin prefers the “crocodile” method, in which he places chicken (or duck) pieces in a pan and partially covers them with liquid, leaving the tops exposed “like the backs of crocodiles floating in the water.”
A roast chicken prepared with precision can be a Michelin star–worthy feast. Here, Little Bacch executive chef Joe Schafer breaks down the basics.
For decades, one of the biggest annual conventions in Atlanta has been the January gathering of poultry producers. Now even bigger—attended by more than 28,000 people from 124 countries—it’s called the International Production & Processing Expo and includes farmers of beef, pork, and other meats. But chicken remains king.
Nygren entered the kitchen almost as soon as she was born. Her mother, Margaret Lupo, became pregnant with her in 1959, three years after Lupo opened her first restaurant, Margaret’s Tray Shop, in downtown Atlanta. In 1962 Lupo became the proprietress of Mary Mac’s Tea Room, and over the next couple of decades she turned the meat-and-three restaurant into an Atlanta icon.
A native of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Evans moved to Atlanta to helm the kitchen at Buckhead’s now-defunct Craftbar. His focus at the Optimist is seafood, but he still craves the earthier Southern comfort foods of home: his mom’s biscuits and gravy, his grandmother’s chicken and dumplings, and most of all, North Alabama chicken stew.