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Review: Gourmet sandwiches at The Little Hippo hit all the right flavors

Review: Gourmet sandwiches at The Little Hippo hit all the right flavors

The first time I went to Jamie and Aaron Russell’s outdoor sandwich restaurant, on the main drag in Avondale Estates, was shortly after it opened in December 2023. It was love at first sight.

Owners of Michelin-recommended Poor Hendrix announce plans for a new sandwich shop

Husband-and-wife team Aaron and Jamie Russell recently announced that the Velvet Hippo in Avondale Estates by the end of the year. The 400-square-foot space will feature a concise menu of sandwiches, salads, and soups in the eclectic style the Russells are known for, along with cocktails, beer, and wine.
Lazy Betty, Bacchanalia, Hayakawa, and more awarded Michelin Stars

Lazy Betty, Bacchanalia, Hayakawa, and more awarded Michelin Stars

The suspense is over. Atlas, Bacchanalia, Hayakawa, Lazy Betty, and Mujo are officially one Michelin Star restaurants. 45 total restaurants rounded out Atlanta's inaugural Michelin Guide—here's what made the cut.
5 Reasons to love East Lake

5 Reasons to love East Lake

As the neighborhood slogan goes: “The sun rises first in Atlanta in East Lake.” Indeed, this quiet, walkable community of vintage bungalows is the city’s easternmost hood. Founded in 1892 as a trolley-car suburb, the area offered country living and lakefront attractions, including a penny arcade, a swimming beach, and steamboat rides.
Atlanta's Caribbean vibes

Atlanta is a pepper pot of Caribbean cultures

With numbers steadily increasing since the 1970s, Caribbeans officially account for 85,000 of metro Atlanta’s 6 million people. That number will shock some readers for a couple of reasons. The first is what I like to call “undercover Caribbeans.” There are a lot of people in this city who you would never know are Caribbean.
Atlanta restaurants became a source of community during the pandemic

During the pandemic, Atlanta restaurants weren’t a treat—they were a lifeline

The pandemic throttled local restaurants. At the same time, it revealed how much we rely on them, for reasons far beyond sit-down dining.
Fernando Little Bear

Naming restaurants can be a bear—but these Atlanta restaurateurs found inspiration in animals

From heraldry to symbolism, many eating establishments have hung out shingles that refer to familiar animals. In times and places when most people were illiterate, anyone could recognize a pub that was named the Fox and Hound, for instance, and illustrated accordingly.
Busy Bee Cafe

The pandemic reminds me of a time when Atlanta was a very different food city

In this hiatus, I’ve had ample time to return to memories of the restaurant scene of Atlanta’s past.
Best takeout Atlanta COVID-19 coronavirus open

Atlanta’s 50 Best Restaurants: Takeout Edition

With most restaurant dining rooms still shuttered due to the pandemic, we’ve compiled a list below of all the restaurants from last year’s 75 Best Restaurants issue that are offering takeout, curbside, or delivery.

Is it Google-able? Memorable? Easy to pronounce? How to name a restaurant.

Like naming a baby, picking the right name for a restaurant can trigger high-level anxiety. Will the name be easy to pronounce and remember? Will it stand out from the others? How Google-able is it?

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