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.