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VALENTINES DAY ROUND-UP 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/25/21

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at TWO urban licks: 

Following the holiday of giving comes the holiday of sharing, and no one understands this quite like TWO urban licks. Add some heat to this year’s Valentine’s Day with TWO’s wood-fired cuisine, live rotating rotisseries, and unparalleled views of Atlanta’s skyline. Available on Sunday, February 14th, friends and couples can enjoy a live music performance while indulging in a seasonal a la carte menu created by Executive Chef Matt Weinstein that’s meant for sharing including Veal Shank, Crispy Flounder, and a 48 oz. Prime Porterhouse. Lovebirds celebrating throughout the weekend can nosh on dishes including, Burrata with Rosemary Focaccia, BBQ Jerked Shrimp, Baked Lobster Ziti, 32 oz. Cowboy Ribeye, and sweeten the night with a Strawberry Cupcake.  A credit card is required to secure each reservation.  To make a reservation, call 404.522.4622 or visit  twourbanlicks.com.  TWO  urban licks is located at 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30306.
S’more Love From Red’s Beer Garden: 
Red’s Beer Garden has dessert covered for Valentine’s Day. Besties and lovers are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home with Red’s Beer Garden’s At-Home S’more Kit. The kit includes s’mores supplies for two, roasting sticks, date night card, a four-pack of Flying Embers Pineapple Chili Hard Kombucha and a four-pack of Wild Leap Rollin’ Deeper Cinnamon Roll Stout. Online ordering starts February 1, 2021. Kits are $25. Pick up at Red’s Beer Garden. To order, visit toasttab.com/redsbeergarden. Red’s Beer Garden is conveniently located in Benteen Park at 1328 Boulevard SE Atlanta, GA 30315. For more information call Red’s Beer Garden at 770.637.2299 or visit redsbeergarden.com
Plan the Perfect Valentine’s Day with Dantanna’s: 

Friends and lovers are invited to indulge in a special three-course meal this Valentine’s Day, February 14th, at Dantanna’s in Buckhead. Whether lovebirds are getting cozy by the fire at home or dining in, guests can choose from a salad, entree, and dessert made with love by Executive Chef Brand Parker. Salad options include a choice of a wedge, Caesar, or strawberry-spinach with a raspberry vinaigrette. Split an entree of Surf & Turf for $149, Cioppino with fresh fish, shrimp, king crab, and lobster for $99, Rosemary Chicken or Pepper Salmon for $69. Finish the night on a sweet note with a choice of Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding, decadent Chocolate Bourbon Pie, or Passionfruit Creme Brule. Guests can pair this special menu with pink bubbles, a Gruet “Sauvage Rose” for $50, or choose from Dantanna’s extensive wine, cocktail, and beer list. Dantanna’s is located at the Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Dr. Suite 304, Atlanta, GA 30326. For more information or to make a reservation visit ww.dantannas.com or call 404-760-8873.

Swipe Right On STK’s New Date Night Menu:
Looking for a memorable date spot? STK Atlanta has it covered. Whether it’s Galentine’s Day with friends, a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, or simply a night out in Midtown, STK is known for its charismatic ambiance and exceptional steak and seafood offerings created by Executive Chef Andrea Montobbio.  Introducing Date Night at STK, diners can now dive into a curated, three-course menu for just $69 per person every Sunday through Wednesday. The new Date Night menu features signature favorites including Crispy Calamari, Lil’ BRGs, Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass, and more. To make Date Night even sweeter, guests can also imbibe on a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé for $99.
STK’S DATE NIGHT MENU
Choose One:
Crispy Calamari
Lil’ BRGs
Jalapeño Pickled Shrimp Cocktail
Choose Two:
6oz. Filet
7 oz. NY Strip
Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass
Maple Rub Ora King Salmon
Sides:
Tater Tots | Asparagus
The Closer:
Bag O’Donuts

For more information or to make a reservation, visit  www.stkhouse.com  or call 404-793-0144. STK Atlanta is located at 1075 Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta on the corner of Peachtree and 12th Streets in the 12th & Midtown development.

BAFFI

Fri., Feb. 12 & Sat., Feb 13 – Valentine’s Weekend Four-Course Menu at Baffi, Available for To-Go & In-Restaurant Dining

To celebrate the holiday, Baffi is offering a special, four-course prix fixe menu in addition to their regular menu for takeout and in-restaurant dining on February 12 and 13! The menu here welcomes parties of two to share a Burst Tomato Pizza with burrata and basil, plus their famed JW Kale Salad and Roasted Oysters. Each guest will select an entree – Mushroom and Lemon Conserva Gnocchi with herbs and parmesan, JW Chicken with rosemary potatoes and salsa verde, Cast Iron Trout with braised collards and meyer lemon vinaigrette or Wood Grilled Hanger Steak with romesco, charred carrots and broccoli – before splitting Pistachio Cake featuring lemon curd and pistachio buttercream for dessert. The menu is $55 per person, and three wine pairings are available for in-restaurant guests for $35 each. Reservations can be booked here, and all to-go orders must be placed by emailing hello@baffiatlanta.com with menu selections, dietary restrictions, preferred pick-up time/date and a phone number by noon on Thursday, February 11.

HAMPTON + HUDSON

Sat., Feb. 13 – Hampton + Hudson’s Galentine’s Day Brunch & To-Go Packages

Hampton + Hudson’s annual Galentine’s Day brunch is back for another year! To celebrate the occasion, they will be offering Galentine’s To-Go Packages for groups of two ($85) or four ($160), including Hogwash Rosé Cans (still or sparkling), Pink Grapefruit Cocktails, pink Sublime Doughnuts, pink champagne flutes, “Never Have I Ever: Girls Edition” game and a Galentine limited print. Orders must be placed on the restaurant’s website here by February 10 at 2pm, and pickup will be on Friday, February 12.

H+H will also host Galentine’s Day brunch from 10am-2:30pm at the restaurant with COVID-19 health and safety protocols here in place. Guests can enjoy a Red Velvet Waffle special, plus bellini, champagne and rose specials, including a Godiva Chocolate and Galentine’s limited edition print while supplies last. Sublime Doughnuts and the restaurant’s regular brunch menu will also be available.

BOCADO

Now Available for Pre-Order – BOCADO’s Valentine’s Day Special To-Go

For $35 per person, BOCADO is offering a Valentine’s Day pick-up special that includes Kale Salad with pecans, flax seed, parmesan and buttermilk dressing, Culotte steak, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Local Shiitake and Oyster Mushrooms, Salsa Verde, Wood-Fired Bread with finishing oil and a Dark Chocolate Pot de Creme for dessert. A bottle of Prosecco can be added for $23. Orders must be placed over the phone (404-815-1399) by Friday, February 12, with curbside pick-up from noon-4pm on Sunday, February 14.

LAZY BETTY

Now Available for Pre-Order – Lazy Betty Valentine’s Day Chocolate Boxes

Lazy Betty is offering boxes of handcrafted, gourmet chocolates for purchase this Valentine’s Day! Available for $25 each, the chocolate boxes include six dark chocolates with various fillings, including Raspberry Rose Water, Strawberry Guava, Salted Caramel Hazelnut, Lemon Honey Chamomile, Vanilla Chai and Peach Bourbon. Orders can be placed here, and pickup will be available the week of Valentine’s Day (February 10-14) from 1-6pm at the restaurant. There is a two-day lead time on orders; boxes ordered for February 14 pickup must be placed by February 12.

Wed., Feb. 10 – Sun., Feb. 14 – Lazy Betty Five-Course Valentine’s Day To-Go Menu

Chefs Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips are crafting a new five-course menu for Valentine’s celebrations at home, and guests can add supplements to make the meal extra special – think caviar and a bottle of wine or bubbly. Available February 10-14 for $95 per person, to-go meals will be available for pre-order beginning late January through Valentine’s Day here.

Wed., Feb. 10 – Sun., Feb. 14 – Lazy Betty’s Special Valentine’s Week Tasting Menus

The Candler Park restaurant is offering special seven- and 10-course menus featuring new dishes to celebrate Valentine’s Day all week long. Reservations are available here, and the seven-course menu is $175/person and the 10-course is $225/per person. Wine pairings will also be available.

BUCKHEAD VILLAGE

Sun., Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Southern Gentleman

The restaurant will be serving a specially curated and luxurious a la carte menu in addition to wine and whiskey flight pairings. Make a reservation here.

Fri., Feb. 12 – Sun., Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day Dinner at Gypsy Kitchen

Transport to Spain this Valentine’s Day with a specially curated a la carte menu including menu favorites and chef features, innovative cocktails and a romantic setting. Reserve a spot here.

Fri., Feb. 12 – Sun., Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day Dinner at Le Bilboquet (In-Restaurant & To-Go) 

All weekend long, Le Bilboquet will serve a special prix fixe dinner menu with three courses, including a selection of appetizers, entrees and festive desserts. A curated wine pairing will also be available, and specialty cocktails will be flowing. Make sure to make a reservation early by calling 404-869-9944, as seating is limited. A condensed version of the menu will be available for takeout on bilbotogo.com.

Available Feb. 1-28 – Valentine’s Day Cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake 

Georgetown Cupcake at Buckhead Village is offering three different Valentine’s Day dozens for pre-order with contactless store pick-up, local Atlanta delivery and nationwide overnight shipping available. Cupcakes are available for online order at georgetowncupcake.com, and the Valentine’s-inspired dozens include:

  • The Valentine’s Heart Dozen ($41) – Strawberry Lava Fudge, Strawberry Cheesecake with a graham cracker crust, Peanut Butter Fudge and more packaged in a limited edition Georgetown Cupcake pink heart gift box.

  • The Valentine’s Dozen ($36) – Lava Fudge, Vanilla and Baby Pink Buttercream, Raspberry Chocolate Chip, ‘Cupid’ Salted Caramel and more.

  • The Rose Gold & Ruby Chocolate Dozen ($36) – Chocolate and Baby Pink Vanilla Buttercream cupcakes covered in clear and gold sanding sugar and decorated with ‘love’ embossed gold fondant medallions, Chocolate Squared cupcakes decorated with gold and pink fondant hearts, and more.

PONCE CITY MARKET

Available in Feb. – Artisan Chocolate Heart Box, Macarons, Heart Shape Mousse Cake & More from Saint-Germain French Bakery

Saint-Germain French Bakery is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a selection of baked goods and chocolates! Their lineup includes Raspberry and Chocolate Heart-shaped Mousse Cake ($6.25), heart-shaped boxes of 25 hand-crafted Artisan Chocolates (starting at $35.95) and boxes of 18 gluten-free Macarons (starting at $30.95). They will also offer ‘I love you’ specialty cakes available for pre-order by phone (470-823-4141) or Instagram DM. Valentine’s Day cakes must be ordered by the end of the day on February 10, and customers can choose layer flavor, including vanilla cream, champagne sponge cake, chocolate biscuit, black valrhona chocolate mousse or white chocolate mousse ($65 with silver inscription). All items are available in-store, for pre-order and curbside pick-up.

Available Sun., Feb. 14 – “Over the Top Shake for Two” Available at Honeysuckle Gelato

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Honeysuckle Gelato’s “Over the Top Shake for Two.” Customers can select their gelato flavor for the shake, then it’s topped with whipped cream and two mini glazed Revolution Doughnuts. This special is good while supplies last only on Valentine’s Day.

Available Sun., Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day Grams for Children & Red at Hop’s Chicken

Similar to the grams with candy that children used to get from their classmates in school, Hop’s Chicken will be handing out grams to children only on Valentine’s Day! Each one can be cashed in for a special milkshake the next time the guest visits Hop’s.

TWO URBAN LICKS HOSTS A LOMBARDI WINE TASTING TO CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/21/21

Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Experience With Tony Lombardi of Lombardi Wines and Todd Rushing of Concentrics Restaurants 
Thursday, January 28, 2021 From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 
Acclaimed wine experts, Tony Lombardi of Lombardi Wines and Todd Rushing of Concentrics Restaurants and TWO urban licks, are joining forces and hosting a special wine tasting event on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Bully Boy in the Old Fourth Ward. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., wine lovers are invited to gather and sip on an array of delicious Lombardi wines accompanied by exquisite food pairings created by TWO urban licks’ Executive Chef Matt Weinstein, including Scallop Crudo, Chicken Liver Toast, Mixed Mushroom Strudel, Duck Confit, and a surprise dessert. The tasting will be socially distanced to keep guests and staff safe. Tickets are $75 per person (includes wine, food, tax, and gratuity). To make a reservation visit www.opentable.com or call 404.522.4622. Bully Boy is a destination restaurant located in the Old Fourth Ward next to TWO urban licks, in between The Telephone Factory and Common Grounds, right down the BeltLine from Ponce City Market. 

50TH ANNUAL CATHEDRAL ANTIQUES SHOW

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/17/21

50th Anniversary Cathedral Antiques Show: A Virtual Show Reimagined for 2021, January 21 – 23 benefitting City of Refuge

Tickets and details at www.cathedralantiques.org

The Cathedral Antiques Show presents its 50th Anniversary Show in a new and exciting all-virtual format. Enjoy Atlanta’s favorite festival of the decorative arts in a safe, accessible way in the comfort of your own home.

All proceeds benefit City of Refuge, located in one of Atlanta’s most impoverished and dangerous neighborhoods. City of Refuge helps individuals and families transition out of crisis. Services include meals, childcare, education, safe housing and vocational training for victims of sex trafficking, homelessness, and more, all under “one roof.”

Events:

Tour of Homes invites you to take a virtual stroll through three of Atlanta’s most stunning private residences on a personal guided tour by the homes’ architects and designers. These homes showcase the finest in architecture, design, art, and gracious living.

All-Star Design Panel presents Alex Hitz, “the very best host in the world,” live streaming an intimate gathering of friends for “The Silver Lining – An Evening of Grace: Celebrating Hospitality and Comfort in the Era of Physical Distance.” Alex will be joined by fellow designers, tastemakers, and lifestyle experts Lisa Fine, Richard Keith Langham, Frances Schultz, and moderator Margot Shaw for a lively, enticing, and entertaining discussion.

Flower Friday brings world-class floral designers for master classes and live Q&A. Direct from the UK will be Shane Connolly, whose clientele and accomplishments are among the most exclusive in the world. He was Artistic Director for the 2011 wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, floral designer of the 2005 wedding of the Duchess of Cornwall to the Prince of Wales, and counts London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts as two of his most valued clients. From British Columbia, Hitomi Gilliam‘s biggest passion is ‘Sharing Everything She Knows about Flowers’ through presenting and teaching. She is the recipient of many international awards and the author of 8 books. Christin Geall is a Canadian floral designer, writer, photographer and gardener who trained in horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Her writing and floral work focuses on the intersections of nature, culture and horticulture. Also offered are presentations from Garden Clubs and Flower Guilds around the country, and the always popular Iron Floral Competition.

Verbal Appraisals of your personal treasures will be available in person and by appointment at the Cathedral, where our talented team of appraisers will be happy to evaluate your items.

Antiques Dealers from around the country will be presented to you in a virtual format designed exclusively for our Cathedral Antiques Show. We will showcase their unique antiques, fine art, silver, rugs, jewelry and more. Browse at your leisure or shop by appointment.

EXPLORE THE BATTERY ATLANTA WITH A WINTER-FRIENDLY ITENERARY THIS JANUARY

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/10/21

No matter the resolution, The Battery Atlanta’s ever-evolving roster of experiential offerings, chef-driven restaurants and boutique shopping is accessible to all metro-Atlantans looking ahead to a 2021 filled with new discoveries. Those with a goal to get active this month can sign up for a high-energy workout at Pepper Boxing, get some fresh air at The Walking Trail presented by UnitedHealthcare or toss a bag at Cornhole ATL Winter League. Guests can spend time with loved ones warming up with happy hour cocktails and listening to live entertainment every day at Live! at The Battery Atlanta and PH’EAST, plus dueling pianos at the popular Park Bench bar.

An up-to-date list of restaurant and retailer happenings is available on the website. Details and hours of operation are subject to change. Visitors are asked to follow public safety guidelines while on property.

Outdoor Activities:

Cornhole ATL Winter League
Every Tuesday from 6:45-9 p.m.
A tailgate favorite is now a league of its own! Spectators are encouraged to watch the action and cheer on league participants as they play games leading up to the season’s final tournament on Feb. 23. League winners will receive a championship trophy and other prizes.

The Battery Atlanta Walking Trail presented by UnitedHealthcare
A brisk walk can curb cravings, reduce stress and offer a healthy way to catch up with friends and family! Get out and get active on the 1.5-mile loop circling the campus.

Select Retail and Restaurant Promotions:

Football Special at Terrapin Taproom
Sports fans can grab 24 delicious Fox Bros BBQ wings and a pitcher of beer for $50, while enjoying Monday Night Football inside the taproom.

Tuesday Combo Deals at Wahlburgers
Dine-in customers can savor Combo Deals every Tuesday including a 5 oz. burger, fries and a non-alcoholic drink for $12 or an 8 oz. burger, fries and a non-alcoholic drink for $14.

Wednesday Crab Night at El Super Pan
Patrons can score a deal on $19 snow crabs served from 5-10 p.m. every Wednesday with French fries and chili garlic butter. Guests can also grab a 32 oz. ice-cold Coors Light for just $10.

C. Ellet’s Last Call
As the final hour of service approaches each night, C. Ellet’s will be offering a special menu – 4 to 6 favorites plus the H&F Double Cheeseburger and fries for $10.

Kung Fu Tea After-Hours at PH’EAST
Kung Fu Tea lovers can take any drink purchase to Taps at PH’EAST and get it spiked! Try favorites such as the Drunken Fist made with Kung Fu Milk Tea + Brandy, the Lychee Margarita made with Lychee Punch + Tequila or the Honey Badger made with Honey Lemonade + Bourbon.

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social
Visitors can join in on happy hour fun featuring half-off activities, food starting at $5 and all-day drink specials from 4-7 p.m. every Sunday through Friday.

The Southern Gentleman

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/7/21

Holding every door for you. Greet you with a genuine smile. Dressed to impress. Asking politely to hold your hand. With all that southern authenticity and charm, you’ll get this vibe from The Southern Gentleman in Buckhead!  From southern-inspired fancy fried chicken, divine duck, spicy shishito peppers, some fantastic signature cocktails, creamy potato gnocchi and a fun dessert, expect to be charmed by this one. Let’s not waste another minute. Who’s hungry?

Starting with the sips, we sampled the Nick’s Garden and The Upside Down. The favorite of the two was the Nick’s Garden because it was a vegetable forward cocktail with a ton of tasty flavor. With the earthiness of beets combining with the lemon, earthy gin, blackberry for tartness and honey for sweetness, this cocktail created a balanced sip from start to finish. Plus, it’s gorgeous! The Upside Down pays homage to the classic pina colada or pineapple upside down cake, take your pick. With pineapple the star of this cocktail, it combines lemon rhubarb bitters for some earthiness and tart that pairs well with the rum and pineapple. This one drinks like a tiki pineapple drink with a nice froth that is reminiscent of the beach.

To begin our meal, we tried three small plates that included the Homemade Buttermilk Rolls, Potato Gnocchi, and Blistered Shishito Peppers. Something you must get for your table are the Homemade Buttermilk Rolls because they’re not just any ordinary roll! They add bacon fat to them on top of the tender and buttery rolls, so that the bacon flavor lingers on the back of the bite. They’re something that you have to try, buttery, warm, meaty. Then, the potato gnocchi, tastes spot on to a loaded baked potato! With creamy, sharp sauce that is so rich and deep it engulfs the tender potato pillows. It ends up being sharp, creamy, yet soft and fluffy. All-around yum. Our favorite bite had to be the Blistered Shishito Peppers. We’ve never been a big fan of these peppers because they’re either bland or just not cooked right, but this dish changed our minds. Actually, our minds were blown how much this dish brought a hint of spice, the savory of the Bahn Mi vinaigrette broth, and the meatiness of the ham. We couldn’t stop eating because it started with a pop of the pepper skin, a slight earthiness, followed by spiciness, then cooled and brightened by the flavorful broth and ham. Must try.

Of the main dishes, the Honey-Glazed Duck and Buttermilk Fried Chicken stood out as the most interesting. Duck is an acquired taste for some but it’s divine for others, and we love our duck. The Honey-Glazed Duck didn’t disappoint with tender and slightly sweet duck perfectly paired with lemony forward sauce that brightened the savory of the jus. On the side, the creamed turnips were creamy, earthy and they hide the best surprise, the most amazing duck sausage we’ve ever put in our mouths! It was salty, hearty, and whatever you do we recommend you mix it with the creamed turnips and sauce. Divine duck IS RIGHT. As for the Buttermilk Fried Chicken, this beauty was pretty to behold, but also was fantastic to eat. The crunchy shell is glazed with a hot honey, all while masking a tender piece of white meat inside. Crunchy, spicy, sweet, and tender. Then, creamy, and mellow leaks accompany the heartiness and spice of the meat. Complex and good.

Staying for dessert, we decided that Pumpkin Spiced Donuts sounded like the perfect way to end our meal. They house make these donuts, fry them up, and top them with tons of cinnamon. On the side, coffee ice cream goes well with the crunch and cinnamon flavor of the donuts and is reminiscent of coffee and donuts in the morning. What a great way to end this meal. I do declare if this wasn’t a fantastic, well-round food adventure.

ROSWELL RESTAURANT WEEKS 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/6/21

Roswell Restaurant Week(s) Expands, Beginning January 11

Roswell Restaurant Weeks returns for a seventh year with a duration expansion. In 2021, the promotion, which ordinarily lasts ten days, will be temporarily rebranded to Roswell Restaurant Weeks, encompassing several weeks, and will run from January 11 – February 11 to support the local restaurants through a traditionally slower period of patronage. Roswell Restaurant Weeks is presented this year through a joint partnership between Roswell Inc and Visit Roswell, the economic development and tourism partner organizations for the City of Roswell.

In previous years, Roswell Restaurant Week has been celebrated as the largest restaurant-focused promotional event in Metro Atlanta. For the upcoming year, 37 participating restaurants from around the city have signed on. During the multi-week event, all participating restaurants will serve individual prix fixe menus featuring signature favorites and original specialties.

Participating restaurants include: 1920 Tavern, Adele’s on Canton, Another Broken Egg, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Bayou Q, Big Oak Tavern, Brookwood Grill, Canton Street Social, Chipper’s Pub, Eat Raw Vegan Wellness, The Fickle Pickle, Fresco Cantina Grille, From the Earth Brewing Company, Gracious Plenty, HOLA! Taqueria & Bar Roswell, Houck’s Grille, Hugo’s Oyster Bar, Huh Natural & Real Food, Ipp’s Pastaria & Bar, Lazaro’s Cuban Cuisine, Lola’s Burger & Tequila Bar, The Mill Kitchen & Bar, Monterrey Roswell, Noca Eatery & Bar, Osteria Mattone, Peach & The Porkchop, Pure Taqueria Roswell, Rock ‘N’ Taco, Salt Factory, Souper Jenny, Table & Main, Taqueria Tsunami, Uncle Jack’s on Canton, VG bistro + bar, Vin 25, The Whiskey Project, and Zest Restaurant.

Prix fixe menus are set to be announced in early January and available at RoswellRW.com.

Local residents and visitors to Roswell are encouraged to follow Roswell Restaurant Weeks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @RoswellRW and share dining experiences using hashtags #RoswellRW and #RRW2020.

“Restaurants and food & beverage providers make up a segment of the hospitality industry hit the hardest during the pandemic. Facing continuous COVID-related hurdles and colder months, our restaurant partners remain reliant on support that is critical at the local level. Most have made investments that include expanded patio space, tenting, fire pits and electric or gas heaters to offer a pleasant dining experience,” says Andy Williams, Executive Director at Visit Roswell. “Roswell Restaurant Weeks allows us to highlight our partners through offerings typically not seen on standard menus, and the expanded length gives patrons more opportunity to enjoy favorites and consider new choices, as well.”

BLUE MARTINI ATLANTA PRESENTS BUBBLES AND BOW TIES ATLANTA NYE 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/28/20

Blue Martini Atlanta

Thursday, December 31 8pm

Tickets can be found here

Spend the biggest party night of the year at Atlanta’s newest, hottest and sexiest nightlife destination!

Grab your Blue Label ticket now! Ticket is $129 and includes:

Entry, Open Bar 8-11pm, Gourmet Buffet, Party Favors, Champagne Toast at Midnight!

Dressing up is highly encouraged! Cocktail attire requested: cocktail dresses for the ladies; suits/tuxedos for the gentlemen. Encouraged but not mandatory; normal dress code will be in place.

Looking for more than just individual tickets? Contact Allen 404-569-6863 via text to reserve your VIP Tables for NYE!

General admission is available for $60 and includes entry but not seating, VIP reservations/tables is encouraged.

POWERED BY

Crown Royal – Don Julio – Grey Goose – Johnnie Walker – Veuve Clicquot

Joy Cafe Atlanta

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/20/20

We heard a rumor that Joy Café in Midtown serves up the best brunch in the city, but what we know for absolute certainty is that they have a delectable dinner menu and specialty cocktails! The second you walk in; you’re greeted with a larger-than-life Christmas tree in the center of the dinning room. With babbles and ornaments, tons of colorful lights, packages, and a train running around the bottom, what stands out is the word Joy. Not only is Joy Café have it in it’s name, it’s a testament to the love and you know we’re going to say it, joy, that goes into every dish and cocktail that they make. Like the tree, larger-than-life flavors and textures are in every bite, like the best southern fried chicken we’ve found in Atlanta, the healthy salmon, savory pork belly ribs, “southerned-up” ahi tuna ceviche, amazing cocktails, and unforgettable homemade hot sauce. Who’s ready to eat?

During the holidays, Joy Café turns their bar into a holiday pop-up with fresh, unique cocktails that meld simple, yet diverse flavors. The three from the holiday cocktail menu included Cuddly as a Cactus, Stocking Stuffer, and The Milk and Cookies Santa Really Wants. Our favorite of the three was the Grinch-inspired Cuddly as a Cactus (charming as an eel, Mr. Grinch). You ending up singing that last bit, didn’t you? From the black coupe to the green hue, it packs a ton of flavors like chartreuse, citrus, but very little smoke of the mezcal. It comes off very balanced between the bold chartreuse flavors and the citrus.  On the opposite end of the spectrum is the Stocking Stuffer that’s coated in candy cane flecks and sugar, this one starts off sweet and milky of the egg then comes around and hits you with bold peppermint. It’s a Christmas treat to say the least. We can’t agree more with The Milk and Cookies Santa Really Wants. Boozy kahlua shot inside a fresh homemade cookie glass you can eat after? Yes, please. Plus, the cookie is so good you may want to get TWO, just for the cookie! Now, that’s definitely what Santa would approve.

Starting off with a couple of appetizers, we opted for the Pork Belly Ribs and the Ahi Tuna Ceviche. One of the favorite bites of the night, had to be the ceviche with creamy guacamole, perfectly tender and marinated in bloody mary mix tuna then topped with fried onions. We think it is genius that they added a hint of southern with the fried onions. They’re delightfully and really gives this dish a uniqueness! It comes off with all the flavors, creamy, meaty, crunchy, and tart. As for the Pork Belly Ribs, you’re in for a hearty, rich treat with so many bold and dynamic flavors. From the tender and perfectly cooked belly to the chunky and rich grits to a phenomenal hot sauce, you end up with a meaty, earthy, creamy, and spicy bite all in one. Speaking of the homemade hot sauce, you must try it. It has peppers in it, perfectly seasoned, creamy, and very spicy and puts those boring one-note hot sauces to shame. It’s on the pork belly and comes with the fried chicken, but we bet you could put it on just about anything.

Speaking of the fried chicken, we cannot stop thinking about this dish. It’s perfect. The crunchy, crispy, and oh, so naughty skin peels back to reveal a tender and juicy bird. The skin is so good with rich buttermilk, the right amount of spices, and that unforgettable crunch. But don’t forget to eat with the meat because it’s so tender it just falls right off the bone. This dish comes with not-your-mommas mac and cheese that’s so rich and cheesy. On the other side, we also opted for a healthier option, the Salmon. Just because we said it was healthier, we didn’t mean a lack of flavor. The succulent salmon is topped with a light creamy, lemony sauce atop a bead of mixed lentils, chick peas, celery, carrots, and more. The accoutrements are a lot like a cassoulet but just on the light side without too much fuss.  It’s nicely seasoned and the crunch goes so well with the tenderness of the salmon and the lightness of the sauce.

Save room for dessert, because here comes the Milk and Cookies Pie that we’ve heard they’re famous for! It looks more like a cake, but definitely eats like a pie. Light and airy filling paired with cookie crust, you can imagine you’re eating literal milk and cookies. Now that you’ve had a few things on the menu, what do you want to try? For us, next time, meatloaf! We also must get out and try this brunch too. We have to confirm that rumor.

KICK 2020 TO THE CURB THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE AT MOONDOGS IN BUCKHEAD

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/19/20

The All-Inclusive Festivities Include Select Cocktails, Beer and Wine Until 12 a.m.
Cantine Povero Believe Champagne Toast and Individually Boxed Gourmet Meals
 
Thursday, December 31, 2020, Beginning at 9 p.m.

Partygoers are invited to kick 2020 to the curb at Moondogs’ New Year’s Eve Celebration on Thursday, December 31st. Located in the heart of Buckhead, the all-inclusive, sparkling festivities will begin at 9:00 p.m. and include select craft cocktails, beer and wine until 12 a.m. and a Cantine PoveroBelvive champagne toast. Hungry partygoers can also fuel up for 2021 with individually boxed meals including Gourmet Chicken Pot Pie, Zesty Spaghetti and Meatballs or a Cavitapi Pasta Salad served with fresh mozzarella, broccolini, olives, cherry tomatoes and a white balsamic vinaigrette. While toasting to the occasion, guests can enjoy an eclectic mix of endless entertainment with an expansive “four bars in one” footprint including catching the New Year’s Eve Bowl games in the Sports Bar, dancing the night away to a live DJ performance in the EDM bar, belting out classic hits in the Karaoke Bar or play a rousing game of pool or darts in the Pub Bar. Revelers can also challenge their friends to a friendly game of beer pong, bumper pool, skeeball, foosball, Connect 4 and Jenga.

To help keep patrons safe in the new year, Moondogs will be at limited capacity and has implemented multiple safety measures including temperature readings at the door, multiple hand sanitizing stations, safety screens safe guarding each service well, strict routine cleaning schedules, all employees must wear face masks, face masks will be available for purchase and so much more. For ages 21 and up, tickets are available for $50 per person at www.eventbrite.com/e/kick-2020-to-the-curb-this-new-years-eve-at-moondogs. Tax and gratuity is not included. For more information, visit www.moondogsbar.com or call 404.231.4201.

NETHERWORLD HAUNTED HOUSE TO HOST EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS, PERFECT FOR LAST-MINUTE HOLIDAY GIFTING

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/19/20

Enjoy a Behind the Scenes Lights On Tour of NETHERWORLD Between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3

Spooky season might be over, but NETHERWORLD Haunted House is keeping the thrills going with an exclusive Lights On Tour, a VIP behind-the-scenes experience designed for the most diehard haunt fanatics. Between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3, NETHERWORLD will reopen for a Lights On Tour guiding guests through HALLOWEEN NIGHTMARES and CYBORG SHOCK for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“After such a crazy year, we’re thrilled to bring another pop-up experience to our fans,” said Ben Armstrong, NETHERWORLD Haunted House co-creator. “This is the third time we’ve hosted our Lights On Tour, and for haunt fanatics, it’s an experience not to be missed. So much goes into creating and developing our haunts, and these tours offer an inside look patrons would never get to see during normal haunt visits. Just in time for the holidays, this experience is the perfect holiday gift for the haunt fanatic in your life!”

During this tour, the lights will be on, and the effects will be off, as guests are toured through all the sets by a knowledgeable guide and immersed into the rich history of NETHERWORLD. Tickets are available now, but extremely limited, for $125 per person and include:

  • A one-hour tour of HALLOWEEN NIGHTMARES and CYBORG SHOCK with a well-versed guide who will cover the themes, operations and history behind the attractions
  • Exclusive photo opportunities at preset locations inside the haunts
  • Admission to the House of Creeps Monster Museum

Each tour group has a maximum of six people allowed. If a group is larger than six, two separate time slots will need to be booked. Tours are offered Fridays and Saturdays from 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To check availability and purchase tickets, click here. After clicking through, change the category to “Tours” and set the game to “any” or “Behind the Scenes Tour,” then choose a date to check availability.

Please note, temperature screenings are required at each visit, and face masks are required at all times. Read up on all of NETHERWORLD’s COVID-19 guidelines and procedures here: www.fearworld.com/wordpress/2020-netherworld-covid-19-policies.