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SmoQue Pit

Chef Seni Alabi-Isama raised the culinary bar in Statesboro. Now, he’s bringing sous-vide barbecue.

Of the approximately 100 restaurants in Statesboro, some 70 percent are fast food chains. Seni Alabi-Isama craved thoughtful food made from high-quality ingredients that reflected his wide-ranging cultural influences.

At Kevin Gillespie’s Gamechanger, you can get a “Closed on Sunday” chicken sandwich with a half-pound of fries

Coming soon to Mercedes-Benz stadium, Kevin Gillespie’s Gamechanger promises to take sports concessions to the next level, serving cheesesteaks, pork French dip sandwiches, adult slushies, and a “Closed on Sunday” fried chicken sandwich to hungry soccer and football fans.
Kudu

Could the Kudu grill someday oust the Big Green Egg as the chef favorite?

Gunshow and Revival chef Kevin Gillespie, along with Macon-based entrepreneur Stebin Horne, created a South African–style open grill called the Kudu. (Thanks, Kickstarter!)
Revival

24. Revival

With Revival, Kevin Gillespie pays tribute to the South of his childhood.
Corby Kummer

Commentary: When it comes to dining, Atlanta should look inward

Atlanta is a city that looks outward far more than inward, or even nearby. Outward, say, to the Lower East Side (the General Muir’s pastrami), or to China (Gu’s Dumplings), or to France (Bread & Butterfly’s tender, airy omelets). With the glorious exception of Ryan Smith at Staplehouse, I didn’t find a posse of young, or youngish, chefs all cooking as much for each other as for the public. The priority in Atlanta is less innovation based on local ingredients, as at Staplehouse, than finding a formula that works and then pumping out food to fit it. This makes for generous, untweezed food. But it also means food that, once successful, can become rote.
Mercedes Benz Stadium

Antico, Fox Bros., Iberian Pig among the restaurants coming to Mercedes-Benz Stadium

When Mercedes-Benz stadium opens next year, fans headed to Falcons and Atlanta United games can grab a slice of Antico pizza mid-game, feast on a Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q sandwich, or snack on a classic Varsity hot dog.
Kevin Gillespie

Fun Follow: @chefkevingillespie

You’re more likely to find fried bologna sandwiches and funnel cakes than pristine fine-dining plates on this account from Gunshow and Revival chef Kevin Gillespie.
August Christiane Chronicles

The Christiane Chronicles: We have a ways to go when it comes to smelly restaurants

Who wants to eat steak while smelling fish? I like the cocktails at Amer, but must the entire bar smell like a grilled cheese? Please, get a better vent hood. Plus, I worry that we’re overlooking chef Allen Suh, who has a knack for turning Asian food on its head.

Fresh on the Scene: Noble Fin, Communion, Storico Fresco, and Hampton + Hudson

Get an early look at four new Atlanta restaurants, including Noble Fin, Storico Fresco, Hampton + Hudson, and Communion.
Beautiful Briny Sea salt

Local spotlight: Beautiful Briny Sea salt

After restaurateur Suzi Sheffield moved to Atlanta in 2012, she took up a new hobby: blending her own seasoned salts, with flavors ranging from lavender to pink peppercorn to mushroom.

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