courtesy of Casseroles
In Morningside, there’s a new solution for meals-to-go. A new shop called Casseroles fills that niche. The recently opened store offers what they call “Southern hospitality to go.”
Casseroles, located behind and below Rosebud, sells an assortment of main dishes, sides and desserts in three sizes ($12.50-$46.50). Don’t feel like cooking? Take home the classic tuna noodle casserole or the vegan Indian-inspired vegetable biryani. Or, maybe the Brussels sprout and fennel bread pudding is more to your liking. Whatever your tastes, they have something for you.
Products come frozen with reheating instructions, but if you want to arrive home the hero with a warm dinner, give Casseroles a shout a few hours before you stop in and they will heat your dinner so it’s ready for your table. Now, that’s Southern hospitality!
Casseroles also specializes in creating a “gifting experience” for housewarming, sympathy, new baby or illness recovery gifts. Have your casserole tied with twine and select one of the accompaniments for sale by local vendors. The shop stocks products such as cards by Breathless Paper Co., whoopie pies from No Big Whoop!, Nona Rosa’s pizzelle and Chocolate South products.
Casseroles also sells their own dessert and they do so for a reason. Would you believe it’s because of a ghost? According to co-owner Hunter Hanger, the late gentleman cobbler who once occupied the retail space continues to do so. Therefore, out of respect to him, the cobbler is a permanent fixture on the menu.
If you need a taste of Southern hospitality, get it to-go at Casseroles in Virginia Highlands. Just keep an eye out for the cobbler.
10:30 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 1393 North Highland Ave., Atlanta. 404-228-3260, www.casserolesatlanta.com. $-$$$.
In other news:
- Family-owned Downtown Deli Dogs officially opens July 1 in Canton. The restaurant will serve both Chicago dogs and New York street-vendor-style hot dogs. Downtown Deli Dogs will also be one of only two places in Georgia to sell Uncle Louie G’s Italian Ice, which is made in Brooklyn. Italian Ice flavors include cannoli and cherry with real fruit chunks. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. 250 East Main St., Canton. 678-653-6475. $.
- Owners of Burrito Gorilla in Johns Creek have just opened a new Italian concept, Dal Cuore, next door. The restaurant is only open Thursdays through Saturdays and will be a “destination date-night spot.” It will serve homemade focaccia bread alongside entrees such as the enchanted springs trout, which is pan roasted with Brussels sprout and roasted garlic farrotto. Finish with Italian dessert favorites including homemade cannoli, tiramisu and gelato. 4:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, 4:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. 2100 Ray Moss Connector, Johns Creek. 678-867-0854, no website yet. $$-$$$.
- Atlanta Culinary Tours is now offering a Batdorf & Bronson coffee roastery tour. On this two-hour tour, learn where coffee is grown, how it’s roasted and secrets to brewing the perfect cup. Purchase tickets online. 7-9 p.m. July 20 and Aug.10. $25.
- The second annual Southern Chefs Potluck is coming up on July 31. During this casual Sunday potluck dinner to benefit Wholesome Wave Georgia, 13 area chefs will contribute a Southern supper side dish, relish and dessert to accompany the main dish of White Oak Pasture beef prepared by Jim ‘n’ Nick’s BBQ. A few of the chefs participating include Linton Hopkins, Anne Quatrano, Kevin Gillespie, Ford Fry, Hugh Acheson, Steven Satterfield and Joe Truex. Purchase tickets online. 3-6 p.m. July 31. Inn at Serenbe, 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Chattahoochee Hills. $100.
- The JCT.Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival, featuring the almighty tomato will happen on July 17. The event, benefiting Georgia Organics, will pair farmers with local chefs, who will create a dish using tomatoes for guests to sample. Local mixologists will also be present to pour their signature cocktails. Participating chefs include Ford Fry, Jay Swift, Gerry Klaskala, Hector Santiago, Kevin Rathbun, Carvel Grant Gould, Hugh Acheson, Steven Satterfield and many more. Purchase tickets online. 1-5 p.m. July 17. JCT.Kitchen, 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. ($55-70).
–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog
– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.