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In the news: Cafe 101 reopens, OMG Taco to open in Little 5 Points

(Credit: Urbanspoon.com)

(Credit: Urbanspoon.com)

The recently shuttered Cafe 101 — a restaurant that specialized in Sichuanese/Taiwanese cuisine — has reopened its doors.

The Buford Highway restaurant, recognizable by its circular shape, reopened this past Sunday. I could not locate any contact information for the restaurant but hints indicate it will continue serving similar fare under the same Cafe 101 name.

I went by there yesterday but the hours posted on the front door stated it is closed on Tuesdays. More information to follow.

Lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, dinner 5-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sundays, closed Tuesdays, 5412 Buford Highway N.E., Doraville.

In other news:

Website What Now Atlanta has reported that OMG Taco will be opening in the Little Five Points space that formerly was sushi restaurant Sweet Lime. OMG stands for Oh Mmmm Gogi, a play on the Korean word “gogi” for beef. The restaurant plans to serve Korean tacos.

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Chinese Southern Belle Natalie Keng has written an extensive article in the May issue of Atlanta INtown about Asian markets in metro Atlanta. She also reveals the mystery on why Asian groceries have a distinct — sometimes funky — odor.

According to Keng:

“Due to lack of refrigeration and the need for preservation, a wide assortment of traditional Asian foodstuffs are dried, pickled, or fermented (squid, shrimp, mushrooms, fermented beancurd, kimchi). Add to this the preference for live/fresh seafood and meats traditionally displayed open air market or butchery-style, and you’ve got an interesting mélange of “smells.”

Keng continues on how stores have improved this:

“Today, improved sanitation, store design and vacuum packaging has reduced or eliminated the “odors.”

Go here to read the digital version. You will need to click on the graphic of the paper and then scroll to page 32.

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Genki Noodles and Sushi recently opened a third location in Virginia Highlands. On Tuesdays the restaurant offers $1 nigiri, $3 rolls, $3 house draft beers and $3.50 sake bombs.

11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays-Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-midnight Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1040 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 404-853-3315.

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Tasca Latin Bistro, a new restaurant serving South American and Caribbean fare, has opened in Johns Creek. The restaurant offers live Latin music on Fridays and $5 tapas on Wednesdays.

Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, dinner 5-10 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, closed Sundays, 10970-A State Bridge Road, Johns Creek. 770-753-0855.

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Website What Now Atlanta has reported that Eat 2 Thai Kitchen in downtown Decatur has closed. An American Deli is slated to take over the space.

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Website Roots in Alpharetta has reported Mediterranean restaurant Café Efendi has closed.

Gene Lee, International Cuisine

Gene Lee, International Cuisine

- 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.

7 comments Add your comment

matt

May 18th, 2011
8:54 am

Does anyone know what these buildings were originally? There is another in Buckhead on Pharr road and I have always wondered what they were and if there were more of them. I am guessing some kind of fast food resturant.

up north

May 18th, 2011
10:13 am

They were A&W Root Beer restaurants, believe it, or not.

Eli

May 18th, 2011
11:15 am

I believe both locations were “the Oogleblook”…a small chain that was owned by Morrison’s Cafeteria.

SP

May 18th, 2011
11:32 am

Anyone know what’s going into the former El Toro on Boulevard near Memorial?

foodphotog

May 18th, 2011
6:36 pm

Cafe 101 was one of my favorite places and I was distraught when it closed! I am praying they have the same menu and chef.
thanks for the dinner idea Gene!

Edward

May 19th, 2011
2:45 pm

The former chef at Cafe 101 left to operate the Top Chef stall at the Great Wall Supermarket on Pleasant Hill Rd in Duluth. That was most likely the cause of the restaurant subsequently closing, the replacement chef simply was not up to par. I will be curious to know if the former chef has since returned for the reopening.

Mike H

May 22nd, 2011
10:34 am

Edward, did Top Chef close? You can definitely tell the quality went down when the chef left. Beef noodle soup was my favorite. The replacement was just soy sauce water and tough meat.