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The rustic texture and toasty corn flavor of stone-ground grits bear little resemblance to the bland porridge of Jason Starnes’s youth. At South City Kitchen, he uses a 50/50 blend of earthy, yellow grits from Mills Farm in Athens and sweeter-tasting white grits from Riverview Farms in Ranger.
Canoe's menu constantly changes to take advantage of local flavors, but the smoked salmon is a permanent fixture. “That’s the one dish that has always been exactly the same,” says executive chef Matthew Basford. “It’s been on the menu the same way for 21 years.”
Get the early word on four new Atlanta restaurants: 5Church Atlanta at Colony Square, Ba Bellies in Peachtree Corners, 101 Steak in Vinings, and Ton Ton at Ponce City Market.
A tweet sent out yesterday by RestMart.com alerted my colleague Jackson Reeves to the surprising news that Tomo chef/owner Tomohiro Naito has put his original location on Cobb Parkway in Vinings up for sale. A called to Naito confirmed that he’s leaving Vinings to concentrate on his new location in Buckhead, at 3630 Peachtree Road—the skyscraper that includes the Ritz-Carlton Residences.
It was a Friday evening commute spent in classic, nerve-jangling Atlanta traffic. The speed-stop-speed-stop flux of cars extended straight from Downtown into the parking lot of Canoe in Vinings, where valet attendants conducted drivers with Wagnerian fervor. My dining comrades were still stuck on the highway; the woman at the hostess station suggested I wait for them at the new outdoor bar.
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