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Vin 25 in Roswell

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/8/21

In a quaint cottage just off the hustle and bustle of Canton’s food district in Roswell, Vin 25’s heated patio glows with firepits and the chatter of diners can be heard down Plum Street. We visited for Roswell Restaurant Weeks, but beyond that, this little slice of heaven is the perfect spot for an intimate date night, a glass of wine with your bestie, or just for a relaxing meal on the patio. Their stellar menu boasts large plates like succulent salmon to amazing charcuterie and fromage boards, unique wines like the Albarino Reserva from Uruguay, craft cocktails, and a whole slew of small plates. Just thinking about Vin 25 is making us hungry, let’s dig in.

Just because Vin 25 sells as a wine bar, doesn’t mean you can’t sip on a tasty cocktail. We sampled the La Rosa and it was a real treat from the mix of lemon, tequila, and sparkling rose. But what really makes this cocktail is that bit of spice from the prevalent amount of black pepper. It gives it just that little edge to elevate it from good to great. Now, being that Vin 25 IS a wine bar, we had to try something different, so we paired our salmon with the wine pairing recommended, the Barbera. A mild red wine out of Italy that is lighter bodied and more reminiscent of a pinot noir. Not too fruity, but not too bold, this one went so well with the earthiness of the foraged mushrooms and Brussel sprouts on the main course. We also were treated to the Albarino Reserva out of Uruguay, which is a white varietal that reminds us of in between a Vinho Verde and a Pinot Grigio. It was tart with a slight acidity but mellows out on the back of the pallet for a smooth finish. What a wonderful wine!

As we mentioned, we went for Roswell Restaurants Weeks and got the 3-course meal that included Winter Squash Toast, 60 South Salmon, and Buttermilk Cake. On top of that we got gigantic charcuterie and fromage board! The board consists of 5 rotating meats and cheeses that can range from Tomme, which was John’s favorite, to Red Dragon from Whales, which was Liz’s favorite. What’s Red Dragon? It’s an aged cheddar that contains grain mustard seeds. Delicious. On the meats, we sampled two types of salami, prosciutto, and more. Who knows what will end up on the board next time! Hope it has the honeycomb and the bacon jam, those were very welcome accoutrement to the meats and cheeses presented! One of the better meat and cheese boards around, if you ask us.

The first course for the 3-course meal was the Winter Squash Toast. This seasonal vegetable toast had so much flavor! Just imagine the creamy and sweet winter squash purée melts into the crunchy toast and as you bite you go from creamy and sweet to savory of the bacon, tart of the currant vinaigrette, to tang of the pickled onions. Did we mention this one was bursting with flavor? It’s so complex and really tasty! The second course was the 60 South Salmon.  This one is a beautiful plate and just as beautiful tasting. The English pea purée is creamy and a little earthy that pairs perfectly with the tender salmon. Sitting in the middle of the salmon, the brussel sprouts are cooked just right and mixed with foraged mushrooms. This rounds out the flavors of earthy, crispy, and a richness. Such a good dish, and a great portion! Must try. The third course was the Buttermilk Cake.  Not too sweet, not too rich, this moist and delicate cake has a warm and buttery caramel on top of a boozy Rumchatta cream. Those dynamic flavors are well balanced with the addition of strawberries for tartness and almonds and pecans for a crunch.

What’s better than good food is always good company, we enjoyed talking to Mac, the GM, and our waiter about all things wine and beer. They have an amazing staff, stellar menu, and top-notch drinks. We can’t wait to sit on their amazing patio when the weather gets warmer. We’ll have to get the Albarino Reserva again and try a new bite or two. What would you like to try?

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.”

SUMMER SIPPIN’ ROSWELL 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/24/20

Runs August 1 to September 30

50 Participating Restaurants and Sips here.

Summer Sippin’ Roswell, a two-month beverage competition that typically occurs from June through July, will take place this year from August 1 through September 30. This event was created in 2016 as an industry support program by Roswell Inc, the city’s economic development organization, and in the event’s fifth year, more than 50 restaurants are competing to have their drink crowned ‘ Best Sip in Roswell’ 2020.

“With new safety standards and carryout options, Summer Sippin’ is a great way for our community to safely celebrate the end of summer and support our local food and beverage industry, which has felt the tremendous impact of COVID-19,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. To ensure the health and wellbeing of both our businesses and patrons, all participating restaurants will implement the following 5 ‘Sip Safely Standards’, which are in direct alignment with guidance provided by the State of Georgia, City of Roswell and CDC:

● Clean Restaurants Tabletops will be cleaned between diners, and entire facilities will be thoroughly and regularly cleaned, focusing on high-traffic areas.
● Wearing Masks. Employees will follow face-covering guidance per state and local ordinances.
● Frequent Hand Washing. Employees are trained on the importance and expectation of increased frequency of handwashing.
● Physical Distancing. Restaurants will comply with capacity and physical-distancing requirements in accordance with
state and local guidelines.
● Carryout & Delivery. Where possible, restaurants will offer carryout, curbside or delivery options.

Furthermore, the majority of participating restaurants will offer a carryout drink option in addition to serving their cocktail in-house, allowing patrons to participate in whichever way they choose. Carryout drink options include mocktails that can be “spiked” at home, DIY cocktail kits and hand-crafted cocktail mixes. During the two-month event, patrons are encouraged to order sips from participating restaurants, and then rate each sip they try on the Summer Sippin’ app or at SummerSippin.com. At the end of the event, based on the drink ratings, one alcoholic and one non-alcoholic drink will each win the title of ‘Best Sip in Roswell’ 2020. Patrons can also share their sippin’ experiences during the event using the hashtags #SipSafelyRoswell and #SummerSippin2020.

Participating restaurants for 2020 include: 1920 Tavern, Adele’s on Canton, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Bayou’Q, Big Oak Tavern, Brookwood Grill, Bruster’s Ice Cream, Café Lucia, Canton Street Beer Market, Ceviche Taqueria, Chipper’s Pub, Crazy Love Coffee House, Deep Roots Wine Market, Fellows Cafe, Fickle Pickle, Flying Biscuit Café, Foundation Social Eatery, Fresco Cantina Grille, From the Earth Brewing Company, Gate City Brewing, Gracious Plenty, HOLA! Taqueria & Bar, Houck’s Grille, Huh Natural & Real Food, Ipp’s on Canton Street, Johnny’s Pizza, Local on North – Roswell, Loyal Tavern, Lucky’s Burger and Brew, Marlow’s Tavern, Monterrey Roswell, Noca Eatery & Bar, Osteria Mattone, Peach & the Porkchop, Pinkies Up Beer and Wine, Pure Taqueria Roswell, Rock N Taco, Roswell Provisions, Scooter’s Coffee, Shanghai, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill, Sublime Tree, Table & Main, Taqueria Tsunami, The Mill Kitchen & Bar, The Whiskey Project, Variant Brewing Company, VAS Kouzina, VG bistro + bar, Vin 25, and Zest Restaurant.

The full list of participating restaurants, drinks, descriptions and photos can be found at SummerSippin.com and on the Summer Sippin’ App, which is available in both Google Play and Apple App stores.

ROCK ‘N’ TACO KICKS OFF SUMMER WITH LIVE MUSIC SERIES

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/8/20

Late-Night Gourmet Taqueria and Live Music Hub Now Offering Fun for Everyone

Rock ‘N’ Taco, Roswell’s favorite late-night gourmet taqueria, live music venue and incubator of local musical talent, is excited to splash into summer with a live music series. Rock ‘N’ Taco kicks off its summer music series this Friday, June 12 at 9:30pm with local favorite Aunt Betty. Rock ‘N’ roll lovers can also see featured artists like Carter Horne, Francisco Vidal and the Justin Borgman Band.

“Rock ‘N’ Taco has always been a launching pad for amazing homegrown talent that have gone on to compete on TV shows like ‘The Voice’ and ‘American Idol,’” says co-owner John Michael Brunetti. “We’re excited to bring music back to Roswell residents.” Guests also can catch local bands Denim Arcade, Dueling Pianos , 84 (a Van Halen tribute band) and more. To check out the live music line-up, visit Rock ‘N’ Taco online.

Rock ‘N’ Taco showcases rare music memorabilia and boasts a state-of-the-art audio and video system that makes the restaurant one of Roswell’s best-sounding live music venues. The varied menu features authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex favorites with a distinct rock ‘n’ roll attitude, along with healthy salads and creative cocktails.

“Our large, open garage doors make room for plenty of patio seating and fresh air while guests enjoy the music, and we continue to follow all safety guidelines and maintain social distancing to keep our guests, staff and musicians safe,” says Brunetti.

When the music is not playing, guests can expect to see headline events like the UFC International Fight Week featured on Rock ‘N’ Taco’s abundance of high definition TVs.

Rock N Taco Roswell: Foxey Lady!

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/29/19

“Here I come baby, I’m coming to get ya!”

Previous Buckhead staple, Rock N Taco is back and it’s bigger, better, and more immersive in its new downtown Roswell location. If you’re looking for a place that you can eat a taco while watching a Stone Temple Pilots video, we’ve found your spot. It truly is a rock n roll haven with tons of early to late 90’s rock, rock inspired cocktails like The Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Offspring, as well as fresh tacos, fajitas, and everything in between. Let’s take a Journey into Rock N Taco, adventure ahead!

From the moment you enter, rock is strong with this one! Starting with the signature cocktails, they have two that we tried: The Offspring and The Jimi Hendrix Experience. First, The Offspring was a bourbon cocktail that was mellow and smooth, creamy with the whisked egg white, and topped with bitters to give it a slight bite, give it to me, baby. Followed by a real treat, The Jimi Hendrix Experience is Yuzu vodka, Crème de Cassis, and orange liquor, filled with marinated berries topped with sparkling wine, which gives makes it slightly sweeter. Drop in some dry ice. It billows and bubbles giving it a psychedelic effect. It’s really a fun, foxy drink to watch being made and to drink. Foxey, lady!

Fajitas, tacos, triple dip trios, and even inspired desserts, Rock N Taco has some good eats in a rock n roll atmosphere. We’ll start with the by taco bout some tacos. Of these solo performances hands down the best taco was The Classic. It’s perfect: simple, crunchy, beefy, cheesy, and all-around delicious. Tip: Add guacamole! Carne Asada was also simply good with tender steak, onion, cilantro, and lime. Savory, classic, and rich. The Hulk had fried avocado that was perfectly fried, good amount of avocado and crunch from the breading. Perfectly paired with a ranch sauce that adds to the creaminess of the bite.

Headliners like Metallica would be proud of this: topped with a decent amount of cheese, the tender steak combined with crisp peppers and savory onion, it was a great bite when all mixed together. Our recommendation would be to stuff everything into a tortilla with tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and top with guacamole and the original salsa. It’s a stellar creamy, savory, concoction!

They call them Encores, but we call them Show Stoppers. The Fried Ice Cream was like eating cake and ice cream, the breading was so fluffy and thick then fried and topped with raspberry and chocolate sauce. The Churro was cinnamon goodness that they fried and sandwiched creamy vanilla ice cream. It’s hard to decide which was our favorite, but that thick fried breading of the fried ice cream is probably it. Can’t decide? Order both!

Not being too far from our hood, we may adopt them as our new taco spot for live music, 90’s rock, and of course, some more of those fajitas and fried ice cream.

FTE Pop-Up Christmas Bar The Angel Bar 2019

Date: Monday, December 23rd

Time: 4 pm

About: Bring the family and celebrate like the Griswold’s! From the Earth Brewing will be opening Monday 12/23 from 4pm-10pm for a special Pop-Up Christmas Bar, The Angel Bar! We will be serving up your favorite holiday cocktails and bites from the FTE kitchen and have consulted Clark Griswold to assist with the decorations! Tacky sweaters and holiday attire encouraged. This event is free to attend.

More Information:

https://derbiergarten.com/10th-annual-nikolaustag-party/

INAUGURAL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL AND PARADE DEBUTS IN ROSWELL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/29/19
Featuring a Lantern Parade, Tequila-Tasting Experience, Face Painting, Street Performers, a Lantern Parade and Much More!
Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Saturday, November 2, 2019, Atlantans and visitors alike are invited to explore vibrant cultural traditions at the inaugural Dia de Los Muertos Festival and Parade in the historic city of Roswell, Georgia. Held on the grounds of City Hall from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., this exciting Day of the Dead celebration will pay homage to the Mexican holiday that honors those who have died with food, marigolds, dancing, music and more.
Free to attend for all ages, the fun-filled day will feature an array of activities and entertainment including a live mariachi band, street performers, a Mexican ballet group, complimentary face painting and so much more.  At dusk, festival goers can light up the night during a mesmerizing Lantern Parade led by a marching band along the marigold-filled streets in downtown Roswell.  Participants are welcome to bring their own lanterns or purchase a lantern kit at the festival for $5 to $25.
In addition to food vendors serving authentic Mexican cuisine, the festival will have a dynamic Tequila Tasting Experience boasting three of the top tequilas with mini shots prepared by a mixologist that will also be curating tequila cocktails for sampling, and a chef on-site creating tequila-inspired meals for tasting.  For $45, attendees ages 21 and up will receive a souvenir cup, nine tasting tokens and a raffle entry to win a Mattel Dia de Muertos Barbie Doll.  Tickets are available now at www.dayofthedeadatl.com.

Roswell Food and Beverage Festival 2019

Date: Sunday, October 27th

Time: 2 pm (1 pm VIP)

About: You are cordially invited to a culinary experience and cutting-edge event where attendees, Roswell chefs, and spirit experts gather for a spectacular food and beverage adventure. Our indulgent all-inclusive tasting will take place in the Connexion Shopping Center Parking Lot (where From the Earth Brewing Co. is located) on Sunday, October 27th from 2-5 pm (VIP 1 pm). Guests will feast on a delicious journey tasting bites and beverages from Roswell’s finest restaurants, breweries, cafes and local joints. The Roswell F&B Festival has been created to further highlight one of Roswell’s core industries and tourism products throughout the City: our amazing food and beverage offerings. Spearheaded by Tim Stevens, owner of From the Earth Brewing Co., the Roswell F&B Festival Committee is made up of representatives from the community’s breweries, restaurants, wine markets, City of Roswell Special Events Committee, and Convention & Visitors Bureau. Recognizing that a true single-day food event has not occurred in quite some time, the committee has organized a 4-hr event, with an additional hour of VIP access. Tickets are $75 for general admission and $125 for VIP and can be found here. General admission includes 2 pm entry, unlimited food and drink tastings, and a killer F&B experience, while VIP includes early entry, VIP lounge by 13 Hub Lane, reserved wine selection, limited release beers from FTE like the Kentucky Cosmonaut, a whiskey barrel aged Imperial Stout, as well as a Berliner Weiss, and more. Roswell F&B Festival’s prime focus will be on local chefs and independently-owned restaurants. Participating restaurants will offer samples of a variety of menu offerings throughout the day. Beer, wine and cocktails will also be served throughout the event, and participants can expect to learn more about appropriate wine pairings and craft beer in general. However, most notably, the festival is different than a traditional “Taste of” event, in that it will feature interactive demonstrations throughout its duration. Attendees can expect to see demonstrations that include ceramic smokers, open fire cooking, mixology, and whole animal breakdown, to name a few. The event will also include a butcher demonstration, Wine 101 seminar, cocktails and beer from Roswell’s local bartenders and breweries. Restaurants include From the Earth Brewing Company, The Mill Kitchen & Bar, Ceviche, Vin 25, Bistro VG, Foundation, The Grub Gastro Pub, Citizen Soul, and many more, while also featuring a collaboration beer by From the Earth Brewing Company, Variant, and Gate City for everyone to taste!

More Information:

https://www.roswellfandb.com/