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Review: BeetleCat proves Ford Fry needs to slow down

Cocktail-fueled crowds are standard when dining with Ford Fry, whose interiors are never anything less than stunning. But at some point, you will need to eat—calories to balance the booze. This is where BeetleCat starts to sink.
Taqueria La Oaxaqueña

The Christiane Chronicles: Yes, there’s great food OTP, and why eats don’t need to be Instagram-worthy

I’ll log as many miles as it takes for a good meal. Other folks eat only at restaurants nearby out of convenience. That’s fine, unless you’re one of the many intown residents who regard their refusal to travel outside I-285 as a badge of sophistication. Plus, why there’s nothing wrong with simple food.

Ford Fry’s Optimist spinoff to be called Beetlecat, opening in November

Ford Fry’s Inman Park restaurant, often referenced as “the little sister to the Optimist,” finally has a name. Beetlecat will open in November and is named after the small wooden sailboats popular in New England. Andrew Isabella, formerly of No. 246, will lead the kitchen, working closely with Kevin Maxey.

Wesley True, formerly of the Spence, replaces Adam Evans at the Optimist

Rocket Farms Restaurants and chef/restaurateur Ford Fry announced today that Wesley True is replacing Adam Evans as executive chef at the Optimist. True worked at Danube and Aquavit in New York City, and most recently the Spence; Evans, who has led the Optimist since its opening in 2012, announced his departure last month and has yet to reveal his future plans.
Superica

The El Felix and Superica

It doesn’t much matter what I think about Superica and The El Felix, Ford Fry’s two new Tex-Mex restaurants with almost identical menus and almost identical lines. When I asked the manager of The El Felix—in Avalon, the Alpharetta mall-city—how many diners they served, he said, “Three to four hundred on a slow night.”

New beer: Ford Fry, Red Hare launch Hoptimistic Hare, collaboration session IPA

The latest beer in Red Hare’s chef series launches tomorrow, Friday, May 1. Restaurateur Ford Fry and his beverage manager Eduardo Guzman teamed up with Red Hare brewmaster Bobby Thomas on a session IPA. "Hoptimistic Hare" will be available at the Optimist, No. 246, King + Duke, the El Felix, and Superica, as well as on tap at the Red Hare brewery in Marietta.

3 Atlanta off-the-menu items you must try

Try these scrumptious secret meals from Seven Lamps, the Optimist, and Houston's.

3. The Optimist

There’s more to Ford Fry’s nautical seafood temple than fresh Georgia shrimp. Available only at lunch, the squat six-ounce burger is two thin patties made out of skirt steak trimmings ground with frozen butter (for real).

We asked 4 Atlanta chefs, “What’s the best burger you’ve ever eaten?”

Robert Phalen, Steven Satterfield, Linton Hopkins, and Ford Fry dish on their all-time favorites

The Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings for 2015

With the opening of Buckhead Atlanta and Alpharetta’s Avalon last year, our city saw an influx of restaurants from other markets (Oak Steakhouse, Thirteen Pies, and Le Bilboquet, to name a few). This year, however, numerous local names will expand further across the city. Here are the fifteen most anticipated restaurants for 2015.

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