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Metro Atlanta Food and Drink Events to Check Out in May

Get a taste of seafood and Alpharetta and get your hands dirty this May in metro Atlanta.

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A Tranquil bar, Excuse My French, Pops Up at Citizen Supply in Ponce City Market

Aaron Mattison, CFO, and co-founder of Bar Vegan, launched a pop-up French bar at Ponce City Market last week, and it’s about as different from Bar Vegan as it could get. A “boho, feel-good” spot called Excuse My French, was inspired by Mattison’s Parisian travels when he was in business school.

“I remember the number of small, bar-style coffee shops I’d go to and study,” he says. “Citizen Supply [an artisan market where Excuse My French is located] gave me that same feeling, where you can walk around, shop, pull out your notebook, and grab a drink. It’s super relaxing.”

In contrast to Bar Vegan, also on the second floor of Ponce City Market, which defines itself “bar theater,” Excuse My French aims to provide a tranquil respite with a minimalist vibe.

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Review: High praise for Le Bon Nosh, Buckhead’s all-day Parisian cafe

In France, one of the highest compliments one can pay to a dish or a meal is: “It was correct.” Having grown up in this context, where proper execution is valued and silly hyperbole frowned upon, I am delighted to say that Forough Vakili’s posh new all-day restaurant in Buckhead—a celebration of the Parisian grand cafe—is bold, elegant, but above all, correct on almost every level. 

Located in a soaring space on the ground floor of the Irby condo building, Le Bon Nosh is a big-budget production, with acres of shiny marble counters, tile insets, and buttery drapes descending from 25-foot ceilings. 

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15 Zero-Proof Drinks to Try in Atlanta

The craft cocktail movement and a higher demand for nonalcoholic drinks has led bartenders to take a more creative approach to nonalcoholic drinks. No longer does getting a “mocktail” mean being limited to a soda or a drink labeled virgin. Gone are the days that these drinks are called mocktails, too, with many bartenders opting for less infantilizing terminology like “zero-proof” or “spirit-free.” There are also pop-ups specializing in zero-proof drinks, like Alt, and Zilch Market which hopes to be Atlanta’s first store specializing in nonalcoholic spirits.

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Celebrity Chef Scott Conant to Open an Italian Steakhouse in Buckhead

Two-time James Beard Award­­–winning chef Scott Conant will open an Italian steakhouse in Buckhead in April. The Americano, will be located in the former Southern Artspace at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta and marks the Chopped judge’s first restaurant in the South. “We’ve been holding on to this news for a while now, so it’s nice to let the cat out of the bag,” says Conant, best known for his work at New York restaurants L’Impero, Alto and Scarpetta.

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Craft Cocktail Bar and Speakeasy, Foundation, Coming to the Works in September

Located on the Westside, the Works has a barbecue, beer, ax throwing, a food hall, and more. But it doesn’t have a dedicated cocktail bar—yet. Drew and Brittany Fancher, owners of the Aero Bar Atlanta mobile cocktail company, are opening their first brick-and-mortar bar there in September. Called Foundation, it will reside near Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and Dr. Scofflaw’s and serve complex cocktails, beer, and wine, along with charcuterie and small plates. “You’re coming in for an entire experience,” Drew Fancher says. “It’s visual, olfactory, your taste buds, the way the garnishes are presented, and how the glass feels in your hands.”

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It’s Almost Time to Eat, Drink and Party Poolside on the Roof of the Interlock

It appears Mediterranean resort-style pool, bar, and restaurant combo L.O.A (Leave of Absence) is scheduled to finally open atop the Interlock on Howell Mill Road in April.

Owned by Slater Hospitality, the group behind Ponce City Market rooftop amusement park Skyline Park and restaurant Nine Mile Station, expect a sprawling 300-seat restaurant serving what’s described as “coastal European” fare, a lush garden-like outdoor bar and lounge called the Grove, and a pool complete with views of the Atlanta skyline, sun loungers and private cabanas, and its own indoor bar.

As with Slater’s Ponce City Market venues, people must first check-in on the ground floor of the Interlock to gain access to the adults-only space on the rooftop.

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Our (frequently updating) Guide to Atlanta’s Very Best Pop-Ups, Food Trucks, and More

Some of the most exciting food in Atlanta today is served out of borrowed kitchens, at farmers’ markets, and from food trucks. From beautifully wrought cream puffs to hearty Taiwanese breakfast, here are some of our recent faves, and where to find them. 

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A New Food Hall in Dunwoody Looks to Reinvent the Concept with Full-Service Dining

Carrabba’s, Outback, Cheeseburger in Paradise—these big-box chain restaurants once anchored the Perimeter Place strip mall in Dunwoody. Now, the Super Target-adjacent shopping center is undergoing a complete redesign and rebrand as Ashford Lane—a community hub with a 70,000-square-foot central lawn, outposts of intown hotspots like Grana, Superica, and Hawkers, and popular casual eateries including Sweetgreen, Brown Bag Seafood, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. The project is expected to be complete by the fall, and perhaps most unique to the area is a new food hall called the Hall at Ashford Lane.

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Atlanta’s Most Exclusive Secret Bars and Speakeasies…

The secret is out! Here’s where to find Atlanta’s most under-the-radar speakeasies, lounges, and exclusive, members-only spaces.

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Cake Culture Brings 20-layer Crepe Cakes to Ponce City Market

First came the 100-layer doughnuts; now, 20-layer cakes are the new Instagram-ready treat at Ponce City Market. Made from mille crepes in flavors like strawberry, matcha green tea, and signature classic (with almond and cherry notes), Cake Culture’s delicate pastries combine baking techniques from Japan, Singapore, and South Korea, with ingredients from around the world. Created by pâtissier Sujith Ratnayake, Cake Culture is now selling slices and 6-to-9-inch cakes online and in the Central Food Hall at Ponce City Market.

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43 Metro Atlanta Patios Ready for Winter Dining

In previous years, Atlanta patios came alive in the spring. But after two years of enduring  the Covid-19 pandemic, restaurants are keeping patios open year-round to facilitate diners eager for fresh air. Even when the weather isn’t optimal, many metro restaurants have installed awnings, heat lamps, and other features to keep out the rain and cold. Here’s where to go to stay warm this winter. 

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Atrium Transforms Former Brezza Cucina Space Into a Tropical Wonderland

Ever since Jonathan Waxman’s Italian restaurant Brezza Cucina closed at Ponce City Market last year, the cold, industrial-looking space has sat vacant, like a ghost amid an otherwise vibrant food hall. Tal Baum and her Olivia Restaurant Group (Bellina AlimentariAziza, and Rina) are set to change that with the opening of Atrium Monday, January 31.

The menu includes seasonal dishes with a focus on seafood and vegetables. There will be crudo, raw seafood, and vegetarian dishes like roasted honey nut squash with curry made with carrots and coconut milk, grilled bok choy, preserved lemon, and toasted pepitas. The burger has dry-aged beef trim in it and “fancy sauce” on top. In addition to lighter items like octopus with winter squash marmalade and a yuzu tart with basil granita and honey cremeux, there will be duck and bistro steak. Lunch and dinner will share a menu with an eight-item weekend brunch offering in the works.

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The Most Anticipated Metro Atlanta Restaurants of 2022

Old names, new restaurants; and pop-ups going permanent—those are the major themes of 2022’s most anticipated restaurants. After two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, many restaurateurs are still struggling. But the industry is a resilient one, and others have capitalized on vacancies and industry shifts to proceed with new ideas.

From Pat Pascarella, Tal Baum, and Deborah Van Trece—who each have multiple restaurants in the works—to Mia Orino (Kamayan ATL) and Sophia Marchese (Happy Seed)—who are taking their start-up’s brick-and-mortar, here are the names—and restaurants—to watch this year. 

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Hugh Acheson Brings Montreal-style Steakhouse Mount Royal to Buckhead’s New Hyatt Centric Hotel…

Known for farm-fresh restaurants Empire State South and Five & Ten, chef Hugh Acheson has turned his attention to hotel restaurants in recent years, opening By George in the Candler Hotel in 2019 and now-defunct Archie’s in the Omni at the Battery in 2018. He quietly launched his first Buckhead restaurant, a Montreal-style steakhouse called Mount Royal, in the Hyatt Centric.

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A Slew of Creative New Luxury Hotels Makes Atlanta Staycations Cooler Than Ever…

Boutique hotels are opening all over Atlanta. The city’s hospitality landscape, once dotted with convention-friendly high-rises and cookie-cutter chains clustered in tourist-friendly destinations like downtown and Buckhead, is rapidly diversifying, thanks to a wave of more intimate, experiential properties popping up from Alpharetta to College Park. This is good news for visitors but also locals—who have more reason than ever to stay close to home.

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LA-based vegan bodega, LaRayia’s, comes to Ponce City Market

An organic, vegan grab-and-go spot is opening in Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall on December 3. LaRayia’s Bodega—a philanthropy-forward, Caribbean-inspired shop—first opened in Los Angeles in 2019. Impressed with the diversity of Atlanta, founder LaRayia Gaston decided to bring her healthy eats to Old Fourth Ward—with a few changes.

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11 Magical Things to do During Christmas in Atlanta…

Christmas in Atlanta is not your typical “White Christmas.” We rarely ever get snow down here, and one year, it was 75 degrees the week of Christmas. Even without the snow, there are still plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit with different Atlanta Christmas events, shoes, and photo ops. Here is a list of our favorites.

This beloved holiday pop-up bar has multiple locations this year. The restaurant spaces are decked out in kitschy festive decor and welcome you with Christmas-themed cocktails. The Miracle is the perfect bar to escape your annoying Aunt Susan visiting from out of town.

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Hidden Georgia: 58 amazing places we’ll bet you’ve never been…

Our essential guide to 58 fascinating museums, historic sites, thrilling rides, lovable animals, inspiring artisans, tasty restaurants, quirky inns, roadside curiosities, and illegal hooch.

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Newly Bowed Apt 4B Brings Modern Caribbean to Atlanta

Ten thousand vintage vinyl records greet you at Apt 4B, as does a state-of-the-art McIntosh sound system, the perfect example of how the restaurant blends “the best of then and now,” says executive chef Dayana Joseph. Additional touches such as a mix of modern and vintage flatware, dining chairs, and more bring the concept full circle.

Most importantly, of course, is the food, which Joseph, a Haitian, describes as modern Caribbean. “That means a use of traditional ingredients married with modern techniques found in gastronomy and fine dining,” she says, “such as reverse spherification, dehydration, and fermentation.” A hallmark of Caribbean cuisine is the concept of cooking nose to tail: Joseph braises her oxtails for three hours with mirepoix, fresh herbs, scallion, ground round spices, and Scotch bonnet peppers. 

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10 Best Things to Do After Midnight in Atlanta

It’s 1 a.m., you’ve danced all night, and you need to relax somewhere other than home. Head to Duluth and lounge in the heat at Jeju Sauna, the king of metro Atlanta’s 24-hour Korean spas. Based around traditional Korean jjimjil, the model is tried and true: Pay a $30 entrance fee, grab your uniform and wristband to charge your services, separate into gender-specific locker rooms, and reunite with your friends in the communal area (or indulge yourself with a Korean demadi, an exfoliating body shampoo). There, take your pick of several saunas ranging from the toasty (jade) to even cold (ice), body and foot massages, or enjoy a dip in the swimming pool. 

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Illuminarium Experiences’ First Venue Opens on Atlanta’s BeltLine with WILD: A Safari Experience, Immersing Guests in the Splendor of Africa’s Most Exotic Animals

Today, Illuminarium Experiences, a breakthrough global experiential entertainment company created by worldwide leaders in cinematic and interactive content, architectural and theatrical design, and venue operations, opens its first Illuminarium in Atlanta, Georgia, with its debut spectacle, WILD: A Safari Experience. The immersive 26,000 square-foot entertainment complex on the Atlanta BeltLine will showcase the beauty and splendor of Africa’s most exotic animals in their natural habitats. It will also offer a first-of-its-kind nightlife experience at The Bar at Illuminarium and all-day dining at The Illuminarium Café.

Through a convergence of cutting-edge technologies from the most impressive brands in the industry, Illuminarium’s immersive venues will transport millions of visitors to places that they previously could only dream of experiencing. By enabling audiences to see, hear, feel, smell and even personally affect an experience, Illuminarium places the guest “inside” the narrative using techniques from traditional motion picture production and virtual reality combined with interactive features that facilitate the experience of the real world. In essence, Illuminarium exemplifies a “VR, without the glasses” experience.

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This Hidden Cocktail Lounge in Midtown Delivers Glitzy 1970s Vibes and Crafty Cocktails

JoJo’s Beloved, a new cocktail lounge within food hall Politician Row at Colony Square, is a total vibe, allowing people to step back in time to the age of disco glam with a solid dose of 1980s futurism in its design and drinks. 

Hidden behind a door toward the back of the food hall, people travel down a red carpeted, mirrored hallway to enter JoJo’s, a cocktail lounge intentionally designed by New Orleans firm Bell Butler to shut out the world and transport patrons back to the fabled nightlife of the 1970s and early 1980s.

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Tracy Murrell’s collages explore the beauty and grace of Black women around the world

Tracy Murrell’s collages explore the beauty and grace of Black women around the world

From her Westview studio, Murrell uses ink, decorative papers, tile, resin, and high-gloss enamel to render silhouettes of Black women against vibrant colors…

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Celebrating Black Art in Atlanta

Atlanta’s Black art scene is one of the best in the country and visiting the galleries and museums throughout the city is a great way to get aligned with Atlanta’s creative pulse.  Here are three spots that cater exclusively to showcasing thriving talent and amplifying opportunities for new up-and-coming Black artists within Atlanta’s art scene.

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