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OKTOBERFEST 2020 ROUND-UP

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/16/20

Celebrate Oktoberfest With Wild Heaven: 

It’s time to break out the lederhosen and dirndls and raise a stein in honor of Wild Heaven’s Oktoberfest Weekend! Beginning Thursday, September 24, 2020, until Sunday, September 27, 2020, revelers can celebrate the frothy tradition with special German-themed menus and a new craft beer release at both Wild Heaven West End and Avondale locations.  Created by acclaimed Brewmaster Eric Johnson, beer lovers are invited to sip on Old Country 80 Shilling Fall Ale and popular Fest Beer in 1 Liter servings. The Avondale location will be offering German-inspired pairings by Chef Shay Lavi, including Roasted Chicken in a bun, Schweinebraten Pork Roast, Schweinshaxe, a roasted ham hock in a bun, Würstl, sausages in a bun, Brezen pretzels, and Käsespätzle cheese noodles. Available at the West End location, Chef Donte will be serving up specialty bites, along with an outdoor food fest with guest chefs Terry Koval and Rusty Bowers, who will be firing up the Big Green Egg on Saturday, September 26th. Guests can take offerings to-go or enjoy on the patio. For more information, visit https://wildheavenbeer.com.
Prost to Oktoberfest at Red’s Beer Garden:
Crack out the lederhosen, Red’s Beer Garden has Oktoberfest deals that will be flowing throughout the month of September. Starting on Wednesday September 16th through Sunday the 27th from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., diners can enjoy local Flipper’s German style Cheddarwurst sausages, pretzels, and a house-made beer cheese dip.  Guests can also wash down Oktoberfest specials with a selection of Oktoberfest Märzens in bottles from their self-serve cooler and brews on draft. Take an order to-go or have a seat outside with a pup on a dog-friendly patio. Masks are required to order inside. Red’s Beer Garden is nestled between Grant Park and East Atlanta in Benteen Park, 1328 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30315. For more information, visit www.redsbeergarden.com or call 770-637-2299.
Raise a Pint, It’s Time for Oktoberfest at Dantanna’s: 
Beginning Friday, September 18th, join Dantanna’s in Buckhead for Oktoberfest festivities. Revelers can enjoy a German-themed menu created by Executive Chef Brad Parker while dining in, on the patio, or celebrating at home. An ideal starter, the fresh pretzel Brezen with Obatzda spiced cheese-butter spread is not to be missed. Serving dishes including Bratwursts sausages cooked with mustard and sauerkraut, Schweinebraten roasted pork with pan gravy, and Schnitzel, Dantanna’s Oktoberfest menu has a bevy of German-inspired dishes for all tastes. If that wasn’t enough, the menu of sides will make it a little harder to tighten the lederhosen with Kartoffelsalat potato salad, Kasepatzle cheese noodles, and Spaetzle butter seared dumplings. End the meal and satisfy any sweet tooth with a German Strudel stuffed baked pastry. Guests can also cheers to the occasion with a selection of German style beers. Dantanna’s Buckhead is located at the  Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE #304, Atlanta, GA 30326. For more  information or to make a reservation visit  www.dantannas.com  or call  404.760.8873.

WHERE TO WATCH MLS MATCHES THIS SUMMER 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 7/9/20

Photo credit: David Danzig

Kick Off Game Day with Fan Favorites at Dantanna’s Buckhead:
Located in the heart of Buckhead, Dantanna’s is celebrating the return of MLS with the ultimate tailgate experience for fans to cheer on Atlanta United and their favorite teams.  Beginning Wednesday, July 8th with the first match of the MLS is BACK Tournament, soccer fanatics can socially distance on Dantanna’s patio, in the dining or at the bar (reserved seating only) while enjoying a special menu created by Executive Chef Brad Parker.  Inspired by fan favorites, guests can enjoy each match while diving into “Leave Everything On The Pitch” Fries with shredded braised short ribs, bacon, fresh jalapeño, and more; “Bundesliga” Bavarian Pretzels served with Golden Spiked mustard and smoked gouda sauce; “Game of Two Halves” buy one get one free fresh oysters on the half shell for $3; “and “Close Range” fresh peel and eat shrimp, $4.50 for a half dozen and $9 for a dozen; and “Finish With Aplomb” dessert offerings. Every goal can be celebrated accordingly with beer buckets, half-off wine, and cocktail specials. Dantanna’s full menu will also be available.  Dantanna’s Buckhead is located at the Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE #304, Atlanta, GA 30326. For more information or to make a reservation visit www.dantannas.com or call 404.760.8873. Walk-ins are welcome. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @dantannas.
MLS and Park Tavern are the Perfect Match This Season:
Soccer-lovers are invited to raise a glass at Park Tavern’s MLS is Back Tournament Viewing Parties.  Beginning with Orlando City SC vs. Inter Miami CF on July 8th, 2020 at 8 p.m. and followed by Atlanta United’s first home match against the New York Red Bulls on July 11th at 8 p.m., fans can catch all of the action at Park Tavern no matter rain or shine on the spacious covered patio that has plenty of seating and hi-definition flat-screen TVs with top of the line sound systems. Fans can also celebrate each goal while enjoying refreshing drink specials, frosty brews, wings, burgers, tacos and more.  On July 16th, Park Tavern is hosting a special viewing party for the Atlanta United match against Cincinnati set for 9 a.m.  Opening early for the occasion, fans can start their day cheering on The Five Stripes with a Bloody Mary special that includes shrimp, bacon and a slider. Park Tavern is located on the Atlanta BeltLine in the heart of Midtown on the corner of 10th Street and Monroe overlooking Piedmont Park and the Midtown skyline. For more information, visit  www.parktavern.com  or call 404.249.0001. Stay connected on Facebook at  www.Facebook.com/ParkTavern  and on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter @parktavern.
Get Fired Up For The MLS is Back Tournament at Firepit Pizza Tavern:
Gear up and kick off the start of the MLS Tournament at Firepit Pizza Tavern, located in Grant Park. Fans can celebrate the return of the season when Orlando City SC takes on Inter Miami CF tomorrow, July 8th at 8 p.m. while enjoying $5 cheese pizza, well cocktails, house wine, and draft beers. Owned by Leslie Cohen, an Atlanta native and winner of Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” and with Chef Shaun Whitmer at the helm of the kitchen, Firepit churns out mouthwatering pizzas using the freshest ingredients and hand-tossed, signature pizza dough that’s made daily, with gluten-free crust also available. For more information or to view the full menu, visit firepitatl.com or call 404-495-4777. Firepit Pizza Tavern is open daily for lunch and dinner and is located at 519 Memorial Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30312. Stay connected on Instagram at @firepitatl and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/firepitatl.

Dantanna’s: It’s the Patio Lifestyle

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/20/20

Across from Atlanta’s landmark Lenox Mall in the North Buckhead is Dantanna’s. They’re one-part sports bar and corporate happy hour spot and one-part steak and seafood house. Everything from savory apps, to refreshing cocktails, to staple steakhouse entrée favorites, they have a something for the big game or the corporate dinner. On our patio adventure, we sampled chicken egg rolls, wings, salmon, and a refreshing mojito, while we enjoyed a warm, spring day in the shade of one of their large umbrellas. It’s the patio lifestyle, let’s jump in.

You know what screams patio drink? MOJITO! A bit of bubbles, lots of citrus up front and then comes the mint and tart on the back to finish it off. With a balance between all of these, it was one of those easy, breezy sips you could enjoy all day. It was perfect for our outdoor, patio experience.

Of the appetizers, our hands down favorite was the Cajun Chicken Egg Rolls. If you close your eyes and take a bite, it’s the perfect mix of crispy outside, gooey and soft chicken mixture inside. From the savory of the chicken and beans, crunchy onion, to the crispy outer shell, it’s an overall balanced and delicious dish. The cherry on top is the cajun mustard dipping sauce. With a dollop, dip, or maybe even a little slathering, the sauce is a hearty spicy mustard with cajun spices and something creamy! It elevates the egg rolls and makes it a spicy, savory, crunchy, creamy, tart bite that even re-heated the next day was amazing. Make sure you get all the ingredients, pico on the side, and the sauce into one bite. Insert love emoji.

With fried and rich covered, we opted for something a little lighter with the salmon entrée joined by broccoli and asparagus. First off, the vegetables are signature steakhouse prepared with butter, oil, garlic, and the right amount of salt and pepper. The salmon was freshly pan-seared and cooked medium and came to the table flaky and warm. With a little bit of crunch, it was well-cooked and savory main dish. Don’t get us started on the luscious shitake-brandy-cream sauce because it was “melt in your mouth” delicious. The mushrooms were perfectly sliced, cooked, and marinated in brandy just the right amount of time and combined with a little bit of dairy. It was drizzled over the salmon and gave it a richer, heartier weight that was oh-so good. Altogether, salmon should always come with this sauce. Recipe please?

While you’re at Dantanna’s, sit on the patio, at the bar, or dine on the floor, you’ll never miss a minute of the vibrant people watching, the game, or even a pooch on the patio. Next time, we’re in for a steak. Can we add the shitake-brandy-cream sauce?