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Bistro Off Broad: Big City Eats with Small Town Charm

A short walk from the downtown Courthouse in Winder is a small bistro that has big city eats, nestled in a charming small town. It’s worth the drive from Atlanta to peruse the windows of the small shops and stop in for Brunch at Bistro Off Broad. Great cocktails and sparklers, as well as delicious appetizers and hearty brunch items. Get your fork out, it’s time to take a food adventure with us.

The long bar invites you into Bistro off Broad and they have a serious wine, beer, and cocktail list, along with specialty brunch drinks. Focusing on brunch, we sampled the bottomless sparklers that included four unique mimosas and Bellinis. Get. This. When. You. Go. They were all worth a sip and it was so tough to pick one to feature, so decided to feature them all. Starting with the Raspberry Bellini, it was simply raspberry puree and sparkling prosecco that was refreshing and sweet. The Peach Bellini also combined a peach puree with the sparkling prosecco, but it turned out more tart forward and brought out the tart in the wine. In between the sweet of the two Bellinis were the Mimosa and the Poinsettia. The Mimosa had a good mix of orange juice and brut champagne, not too sweet, not too tart. The Poinsettia incorporated cranberry and brut champagne, as well, but the brut brought out the sweet of the cranberry, so it was more balanced. Take your pick, you won’t go wrong.

Once you move from the bar into the dining room, gorgeous chandeliers hang strategically over each table. They were the first thing we noticed! The second thing we noticed was the full brunch menu full of delicious eats like fresh salads, benedicts, hashes, biscuits and gravy, and everything you can think of you’d ever want for brunch. We opted for several dishes, apps, and sides including deviled eggs, wings, corned beef hash, farmer’s scramble, and Brussel sprouts.

For the apps, the wings were beautifully stacked and looked almost too pretty to dig into. You wouldn’t be disappointed though when you did because they were sweet, salty, fall off the bone good. With a sticky, spicy Asian sauce then slightly charred they had the right amount of sauce and meat. Followed that up by the Reuben Deviled Eggs that were some of the best we’ve had in all of Atlanta.  These beauties were delicately whipped savory egg filling topped with tangy onion and a meaty piece of corned beef. Underneath is a tart and tangy ground mustard that gives it a flavor pop at the end.

For the entrees, the corned beef hash combined real thick cut-corned beef, roasted potatoes, onions and peppers, topped by a runny egg. It was savory, sweet, decadent, salty, and we could go on! If you’re looking for a healthy option, may we suggest the farmer’s scramble with mushroom, corn, green beans, and scrambled eggs. Let’s not leave out the Brussel sprouts side. This is something that we always get because it’s a good food to add brightness and crunch to a meal and we could eat them every day. These were very good with the right amount of crunch, along with a smoky, onion, and savory bacon flavor. It was the right combination of flavors that we wouldn’t add anything to it! They do offer it with a sauce, but it was really good even with out it.

With that we’re throwing in the towel! Stuffed and happy. Isn’t that how all Brunch should end?

4TH ANNUAL SPRINGER MOUNTAIN FARMS SOUTHERN WING SHOWDOWN

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 7/7/19

Over 30 Top Chefs from Around the Southeast Will Compete for ‘Best Wing’ Title

The Fairmont at 1 pm

Springer Mountain Farms Southern Wing Showdown, the favorite all-inclusive summer festival celebrating unique takes on a Southern staple, will return for its fourth year on Sunday, August 25 at The Fairmont (1429 Fairmont Ave NW) in Atlanta’s West Midtown neighborhood from 1pm to 5pm.

Sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms and Big Green Egg and produced by Taste of Atlanta, the event will feature creative talent from over 30 prominent Southeastern chefs hailing from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, including Atlanta’s Matt Basford of Canoe (2018 ‘Best Wing’ Winner) and Drew Van Leuvan of Seven Lamps, Charlotte’s Greg Collier of Loft & Cellar and more.

While enjoying wings and sides from acclaimed chefs, attendees can also sip beer, wine and specially crafted cocktails that complement chef creations. Local purveyor Springer Mountain Farms will provide chefs with chicken that’s raised without antibiotics, steroids, growth stimulants or hormones, and each chef will serve their unique recipe as they battle it out to win ‘Best Wing’ in a competition judged by festival goers and a panel of wing aficionados. The winner of Southern Wing Showdown will win a Big Green Egg to take home.

Angel Flight Soars, a volunteer pilot organization located at Dekalb Peachtree airport and providing flight services to patients in need of medical-related care, will be a nonprofit beneficiary for this event and will host a silent auction on-site. The festival will also support Second Helpings Atlanta – a nonprofit food rescue organization that fights hunger and reduces food waste in the city – who will be doing food recovery onsite.

Starting in June, tickets will be available for purchase online and will grant access to all-you-can-eat tastes and drinks, including signature cocktails, beer and wine, plus live music from Luke Latimer. There will be both General Admission and VIP tickets, with the first hour of the events reserved for VIP First Taster attendees. The event sells out every year, and last year, approximately 28,000 wings were eaten by attendees.

For more information, please visit: SouthernWingShowdown.com.

PARTICIPATING CHEFS:

Asheville, NC
Steve Goff – AUX Bar

Atlanta, GA
Christian Rodriguez – High Road Ice Cream
Deborah VanTrece – Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours
Drew Van Leuvan – Seven Lamps
Jason Jiminez – Kitchen Six
John Adamson – American Cut
Linda Harrell – Cibo e Beve
Matt Basford – Canoe (2018 ‘Best Wing’ Winner)
Megan Brent – New Realm Brewing
Nick Leahy, AIX & Tin Tin
Pat Pascarella – The White Bull & Grana
Thomas McKeown – Polaris
Todd Richards – Chicken + Beer

Chattanooga, TN
Charlie Loomis – Feed Table & Tavern (2017 ‘Best Wing’ Winner)
Charleston, SC
Daniel Doyle – Poogan’s Porch

Charlotte, NC
Eric Ferguson – Staggioni
Greg Collier – Uptown Yolk
Alex Verica – The Stanley
Thomas Marlow – Mimosa Grill

Conyers, GA
Gary Caldwell – Triplz Lounge

Knoxville, TN
Jesse Newminster – Tako Taco

Marietta, GA
Greg Lipman – Piastra

Nashville, TN
BJ Lofback – Funk Seoul Brother
Richard Jones – Green Door Gourmet
Shane Nasby – Honeyfire Barbecue Co.

Peachtree City, GA
Scott Smith – The Curious Pig

Savannah, GA
Zach Schulz – Cotton + Rye

Winder, GA
Alex Friedman – Bistro Off Broad

Slingin Wings Festival 2019

Date: Saturday, April 6th

Time: Noon

About: Slingin’ Wings Festival is BACK for the 3rd year for a seriously saucy wing and beer festival! Join us on Saturday, April 6th, for Slingin’ Wings Festival where restaurants from all over Atlanta will be slingin’ chicken wings for your tasting pleasure! In addition to a full day of good eats, we’ve got an awesome lineup of frosty brews, live local music, plus wing eating contests and all your favorite tailgate games. General admission tickets are $17 and Wing Lover’s Tickets are $35.

General Admission Tickets Include:
• Entry to all festival areas
• Access to food vendors, live music, and bars.
• (4) Wings Vouchers to get you started (additional wings available for sale ~$1/wing)
• People’s Choice voter’s ballot

Wing Lover’s Tickets:
• (15) Wing Vouchers
• Slingin’ Wings Souvenir 16oz tumbler

Looking for more than a taste? Not to worry! Each restaurant will be selling additional wings (~$1/wing), plus we’ll have a variety of local Atlanta restaurants serving up their full menus (and full-sized portions) available to purchase.

More Information:

https://www.slinginwingsfestival.com/

2019 SLINGIN’ WINGS FESTIVAL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/17/19

Heritage Sandy Springs

Saturday, April 6th

Tickets here: https://www.slinginwingsfestival.com/

Slingin’ Wings Festival is BACK for the 3rd year for a seriously saucy wing and beer festival! Join us on Saturday, April 6th, for Slingin’ Wings Festival where restaurants from all over Atlanta will be slingin’ chicken wings for your tasting pleasure! In addition to a full day of good eats, we’ve got an awesome lineup of frosty brews, live local music, plus wing eating contests and all your favorite tailgate games. General admission tickets are $17 and Wing Lover’s Tickets are $35.

General Admission Tickets Include:
• Entry to all festival areas
• Access to food vendors, live music, and bars.
• (4) Wings Vouchers to get you started (additional wings available for sale ~$1/wing)
• People’s Choice voter’s ballot

Wing Lover’s Tickets:
• (15) Wing Vouchers
• Slingin’ Wings Souvenir 16oz tumbler

Looking for more than a taste? Not to worry! Each restaurant will be selling additional wings (~$1/wing), plus we’ll have a variety of local Atlanta restaurants serving up their full menus (and full-sized portions) available to purchase.

2019 Participating Restaurants:
Hudson Grille Brookhaven | Taco Mac | Three Dollar Cafe Chamblee | Smoke Ring | Gilly’s Sports Bar | HOBNOB | Alcohol Infused Wings | GooodNewz BBQ | Wings On Wheat Stone Mountain | Meehan’s Public House – Sandy Springs | Island Chef Cafe | Amanda’s BarbeeQue and Catering Services L.L.C | JAY’s Out The Pit | B & L Wings LLC | City Tap Atlanta …. More To Be Announced!

Live Entertainment:
DJ OneNate | Wesley Cook | Vinnie Van Go & Everything You Need | The Sagas

Wing Contests:
Slingin’ Wing Eating Contest powered by Hudson Grille Brookhaven
Slingin’ Wing Contest (wing toss) powered by 101 Concepts Restaurant Group (Smoke Ring, Meehan’s Public House – Sandy Springs, Food 101, 101 Steak,)

Official After Party:
Meehan’s Public House – Sandy Springs

A portion of event proceeds will benefit Releash Atlanta, a 501c3 not for profit charitable organization that works tirelessly to save dogs from high kill shelters throughout the state of Georgia.