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Front Burner: News you can eat

MUlogoWowza. We have yet more restaurant openings this week.

The biggie? Miller Union from chef  Steven Satterfield (former Watershed chef de cuisine) and Neal McCarthy (former Sotto Sotto general manager) on the West side at 999 Brady Avenue. If the various pictures of piggies being cut up on Satterfield’s Facebook page are any indication, it looks like we can expect some serious oinkage on the menu. Call 678-733-8550 for reservations.


  • Por Fin, serving “creative coastal Mexican” fare has opened in Johns Creek. The menu offers both tacos (of course: tacos, tacos everywhere) and more upscale fare like Yucatan-style fish wrapped in corn husks. You can find more information on the restauarant’s  Web site.
  • The Decatur Metro blog has great scoop on the restaurant that wants to go into the old Voila space in Decatur. Called Farm Burger, it promises locally raised Georgia beef outfitted with house-cured bacon, farm eggs, bone marrow and other goodies. That is, if the owners can get their parking variance request passed. Read all about it here.
AJC Staff

AJC Staff

And in other news, chef Kevin Rathbun (shown here before he lost all kinds of weight by working out with a personal trainer) has been selected as one of five finalists to be Chef’s Magazine’s Chef of the Year. The five chefs were chosen for their “distinguished leadership in and out of the kitchen and advancement of the culinary arts, beverage and foodservice community,” according to the letter that Rathbun received. The other include chefs at a private club in Chicago, resorts in Mighigan and Hawaii, and a McCormick & Schmick’s in California. The winner will receive a $500 check for the charity of his choosing and a profile in the culinary trade mag.

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November 9th, 2009
10:32 pm

John, Neal McCarthy is the partner and former G.M. at Sotto Sotto

John Kessler

November 10th, 2009
8:28 am

Of course he is. Duh. Thanks! I’ve changed the copy to reflect that.


November 10th, 2009
8:46 am

i love food, I love your blog, thanks for your effort to spread the news on what I need to be fatting up on.

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November 11th, 2009
10:17 pm

Went to Miller Union tonight for their second night open to the public. They definitely have kinks to work out. First on the list is a liquor license. It’s BYOB until they get one. It would be nice if the website said that. They did offer a glass of house red or white gratis since they couldn’t sell it.

I ordered the pork shoulder but they served me pot roast instead. It was brown, stringy and tasted just like pot roast. Oddly, there is no beef on the menu at all so I guess it was pork shoulder. If it was served to 10 people I would bet $100 that at least 6 would guess it was pot roast. I f–ing hate pot roast.

My wife had the chicken. Very small portion and a lot of dark meat.

My final complaint is the completely useless valet. There is ample parking right in front of the restaurant. Why should I have to have a valet park the car. If there is anything I hate more than pot roast it’s valets.

Emily R

November 12th, 2009
1:14 pm

Oooh,,, Farm Burger looks fantastic! I can’t wait until they open! I only eat grass-fed, so that can be pretty limiting, but I’m looking forward to having another option.