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Casseroles now open in Morningside and other restaurant news

courtesy of Casseroles

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:

Openings

  • 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. $$-$$$.

Events

  • 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 online3-6 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.

16 comments Add your comment

Allen S.

June 24th, 2011
11:17 am

Just as a matter of fact, the commercial node on North Highland Avenue north of Amsterdam Avenue is in MORNINGSIDE.

Steve

June 24th, 2011
11:22 am

per Bill Addison’s twitter, Leroy’s Fried Chicken opens next wednesday.

Jenny Turknett

June 24th, 2011
11:26 am

Allen S. – you are correct – thanks!

Kar

June 24th, 2011
11:52 am

Casseroles? Really? I guess that comfort food/retro wave has hit Atlanta. Not long ago I had to explain to my father that my generation views casseroles as what 70’s housewives did with leftovers and condensed soup. Déclassé!

Edward

June 24th, 2011
12:02 pm

The Southern Chefs Potluck and the JCT Kitchen Tomato festival both sound great. I’m there!

1164mgc

June 24th, 2011
12:10 pm

Where I live, those places like Casseroles come and go like the latest styles. Why spend at least $12.95 for a side dish when you can get frozen casseroles at the grocery store? Or better yet, make them at home for a lot cheaper. If I want to go out I’ll go out. If I want to eat at home I’ll eaither get take-out or get food from the grocery store to cook at home. A stand-alone frozen dinner place just doesn’t cut it for me.

Carla Roqs

June 24th, 2011
12:38 pm

kar, i agree: tuna cass, broc/cheese cass, all leftover casseroles, ewwwww. now, leftovers to make a homemade chicken potpie or beef potpie? yummy!

observer 1

June 24th, 2011
1:05 pm

you have july 31st listed at the bottom of the Tomatofest listing, but july 17 at the top

Susan Thornell

June 24th, 2011
6:52 pm

I, and many of my friends, love this concept! As a mother of two young ones who travels often for work, I appreciate the fact that Casseroles is in the neighborhood. Stopped in last week and got the Chicken Divan- it was delicious! Yes, it was frozen, but- for those naysayers- once heated, the dish was amazing- clearly a new healthy spin on the chicken divan. Went back this week and I’ve stocked up my freezer! I’m a fan of this place- perfect for busy families like us.

Baltisraul

June 24th, 2011
7:33 pm

This place is sooooooo over priced. If you need a building, this one will be available in about 6 mons.!!!!!!!

MarieP

June 25th, 2011
2:10 am

Definitely to each his own, either you like casseroles or you don’t – this shop concept isn’t for everyone. But don’t assume these are made with canned soup and leftovers. Also, I wouldn’t compare buying these casseroles (which I’ve tried and are DELICIOUS) to getting one cheaper at the grocery store. It would be like saying you might as well just go to McDonald’s instead of going to Flip Burger or Yeah Burger because it’s cheaper. I personally love casseroles, it’s comfort food to me, but I like the spin of healthier, fresh ingredients, and as much as I like to make my own dishes, my schedule doesn’t always allow it. I originally went in to buy one as a gift for a friend who was housebound, and she loved it! Recommendation: Brussel Sprouts & Fennel Bread Pudding. No mushy packaged brussel sprouts here! Fresh and perfectly prepared.

Atlanta Radio Guy

June 26th, 2011
11:32 am

Yesterday I stopped in to Casseroles. I got an Eggplant Parmesan for a party I attended. Everyone LOVED it, including me (NO LEFTOVERS!). I also got a frozen Chicken Divan to welcome my wife home tomorrow night from the airport. I can’t cook, but I can heat up a casserole.

I grabbed a Cobbler’s Cobbler for a cookout I’m attending today. I forgot to check if Casseroles sells vanilla ice cream to accompany the cobbler.

The prices are appropriate for the quality, and you expect to pay a little more for fresh ingredients. I agree with Marie P, comparing grocery store casseroles to this boutique kitchen is inappropriate.

I’m really glad that Atlanta has Casseroles. Now if we could just get a new location to open in L5P or East Atlanta…

Baltisraul

June 27th, 2011
11:36 am

Atlanta Radio Guy…..most places use fresh ingredients and you don’t have to take out a loan to eat there!!

Tracey

June 27th, 2011
12:56 pm

I appreciate that Casseroles uses fresh ingredients, but anyone can do the same thing at home. There are many “cook and freeze” and “cooking once a month” type cookbooks on the market. If you don’t have time to cook meals for your family, just cook a lot more food when you do have time and freeze the rest. We’re supposed to be in tough economic times. How people can afford to spend this much on something so simple is beyond me.

Grasshopper

June 27th, 2011
1:17 pm

Why all the negativity towards Casseroles? Sure you can make them at home. You can make almost anything that you eat at a restaurant at home…duh.

As for all the moaning about price: the medium Chicken Divan is $31.50 for up to 6 people…that’s $5.17 each. Much cheaper than a restaurant. More expensive than making it at home maybe. But factor in your time and it doesn’t seem that expensive. Assuming that they taste good that is.

Tracey

June 28th, 2011
4:12 pm

@Grasshopper

Is Casseroles marketing themselves as a restaurant? I don’t think so. A restaurant is a different experience. People are paying more to be served, for the ambience, the experience, etc… I don’t go to a restaurant to be served a boring casserole? They’re one of the most basic dishes a home cook can make. And $31.50 for a Chicken Divan casserole is DEFINITELY more expensive than making it at home.