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Front Burner: Serpas named one of America’s 10 Best New Restaurants in GQ


Flash-fried oysters with pickled chiles and mirliton from Serpas

GQ Magazine restaurant critic Alan Richman traveled the country looking for America’s best new restaurants and found a place on the list for Serpas True Food — chef Scott Serpas’ buzzy eatery in the Old Fourth Ward’s Studioplex building. Richman calls the Louisiana-born chef’s cooking  “raucous—a little messy and a touch out of control,” but full of “passion and sense of place.” You can see a slideshow of all 10 winners — including New York’s Marea and Los Angeles’ The Bazaar — here.

In other news:

  • Korean behemoth Red Mango has plans to blanket the metro area with 20 units of its frozen yogurt chain. It will enter a market already saturated with both multi-unit yogurt shops  (Juicy Green, Yoforia) and local faves (Decatur’s The Yogurt Tap, Buckhead’s Yogurberry). By the way, I’ve tried Red Mango and I think it’s great — the plain flavor is the creamiest in texture and the most tart in flavor that I’ve tried.
  • Highland Bakery in the Old Fourth Ward will open a second location in the 1180 Peachtree building in Midtown — home to the recently shuttered Trois. The bakery cafe will not take the Trois space, but rather build out a vacant spot with entrances through the lobby and on 14th Street. It will offer the same healthy-hippie-yummy line up of breads, pastries,  breakfast plates, sandwiches and salads.
  • West Egg Cafe will pack up its Coca-Cola cupcakes and move around the corner to a spot inside the White Provision complex in mid-January.
  • Sa Mui Island Thai will open in the former Phoenix Noodle Cafe space on Peachtree Parkway in Norcross. The restaurant is named for Ko Samui — the Thai island that is a popular resort destination. Let’s all hope it not just another fancy-schmancy Thai restaurant.
  • The former Harry Bisset’s — a flash in the pan on Pharr Road in Buckhead — will reopen as something called Saskatoon. Could it be what we’ve all been waiting for — Canadian prairie cooking?? Now that would be an early Christmas present.

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December 16th, 2009
1:06 pm

It is the Bomb! I ate there last December and it was good then. I watched Scott really shine at Two Urban Licks before he opened Serpas with his wife. To make 1 of the top 10 on GQs list in just 1 year is something!

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December 16th, 2009
3:19 pm

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December 22nd, 2009
11:27 am

Serpas has quickly become one of my favorites in Atlanta. My wife and I have eaten there quite a few times since they opened and the food and service is consistently great — and without the now de rigeur attitude of Rathbun’s and others. Scott lets his food do the talking. Great for him and his wife, but I’m sure this recognition will now make it all the more difficult for us to get in. But that’s a happy problem to have!