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In the news: Eugene, Quinones rank as top 101 restaurants in America. Raku ramen opens.


Website The Daily Meal has produced a list of the 101 top restaurants in America. Coming in at #66 is Restaurant Eugene. The post states:

“Eugene pays homage to those who grow the local produce they use right on the menu. The list typically includes around two dozen farms, dairies, and even elementary school gardens, and pays tribute to the ingredients by altering them as little as possible while making everything in the kitchen from scratch.”

But that’s not all. Quinones at Bacchanalia also made the list at #87. The restaurant was named after the manager James Quinones who was tragically killed in a road accident in 2004.  The Daily Meal distinction states:

“..The menu, which changes daily, boasts a collection of dishes that mixes modern and classic Southern cuisine, with the results skillfully prepared.”

Congratulations to both restaurants!

In other news:

Tonkotsu ramen - Raku

Tonkotsu ramen - Raku (credit: Chloe Morris,

New ramen restaurant comes to Duluth

Chloe Morris of ChowDownAtlanta has reported that Raku, a Korean-operated ramen restaurant, has opened in the space that was formerly Shabu King.  The restaurant has been opened by the owners of Honey Pig – a Duluth Korean restaurant that specializes in table-side grilled pork bellies aka samgyeopsal.

This marks the second Korean operated ramen restaurant in metro Atlanta. The first being Umaido located just north of Duluth in Suwanee. A Raku representative that I spoke with over the phone explained that they are currently in the “soft opening” phase, and the grand opening will officially kick off in the coming weeks.  As Chloe wrote in her post, there are limited items on the menu but Raku stated that they have plans to add around 40 entree and appetizer items including a selection of Japanese beers.

And like Umaido, noodles are house-made at Raku.

10 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Sundays (hours are subject to change according to Raku), 2550 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite 112, Duluth. 770-476-1212.

Chef Robert Phalen taking over the Inman Park space that was Shaun’s Social Club

Creative Loafing is reporting that the space that was formerly Shaun’s Social Club has been taken over by chef Robert Phalen of East Atlanta’s Holy Taco.  According to the article, Phalen plans for the new concept are “organic sustainable new cuisine with European undertones.”  Phalen and his business partners hope to launch in three months time.

- by Gene Lee, Food and More blog

– Gene Lee writes about International Cuisine for the AJC Dining Team. He also publishes his own blog, Eat, Drink, Man… A Food Journal.

4 comments Add your comment


February 23rd, 2011
10:05 pm

fried chicken…


February 23rd, 2011
10:07 pm

Glad to see all three of those restaurants on the top 100 list in the country. I’ve eaten at all three and Eugene is my favorite of the three. I wish they did the “sunday supper” with the fried chicken they used to do. That space that Shaun’s was in has been a “revolving door.” in the past. I hope the new thing flies. Good luck in this economy. If it was easy, we’d all be doing it!

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February 24th, 2011
5:48 pm

Can we please get some ramen restaurants in the city??? :)