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Archive for January, 2013

Best bets: Jan. 8-14

ShatnersWorld2William Shatner brings his one-man show, “Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It,” to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, Jan. 13. Photo: Joan Marcus

FRIDAY
Kids, visual arts: “Young Architects: Designing the Future” is an interactive exhibit inspired by famous architects. It runs through Jan. 19 at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center in Buford.

Visual arts: “Georgia Nature Photographers’ Association: The Art of the Landscape” is on view at the Chattahoochee Nature Center through Feb. 15.

Stage: In this bilingual Mexican folktale “Brother Coyote and Sister Fox,” Brother Coyote conspires to eat Doña Conchita’s plump chickens, but Sister Fox is one step ahead. The Thistle Theatre of Seattle production runs through Jan. 27 at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Performing arts: Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents the premiere of “Swell Party,” a new mystery by Atlanta playwright Topher Payne.  It continues through Jan. 27 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. …

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Favorite new restaurant of 2012

121612kesslerQwner Ford Fry and chef Adam Evans of the Optimist, which was your pick and our pick for favorite new restaurant of 2012. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

YOUR PICKS
1. The Optimist
You say, “The Optimist gets my vote. Good food and good atmosphere. The bar looks great, too.”

2. Lure
3. Little Alley Steak
4. Red Pepper Taqueria
5. Graft

OUR PICKS
1. The Optimist
Chief Dining Critic John Kessler says, “Ford Fry and chef Adam Evans got the tone exactly right for their Westside seafood restaurant. They call it a “fish camp” — which, of course, it isn’t. It’s an expensive urban dining destination, but it still manages to evoke the spirit of lusty fun at a shoreline spot. Peel-and-eat shrimp as fat and velvet-smooth as shrimp cocktail make for a fine start, as do clam rolls with kimchi vinegar and the terrific chowders and gumbos, all served with wonderful sides. Then come simple, clean entrees that pack the surprise wallop of understatement. This is the best kind of restaurant …

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