After a summer of anticipation, HD1, for Haute Doggery, will open with dinner on Sept. 22. This Poncey-Highland restaurant presents a modern take on the hot dog with house-ground meats and sausages.
The restaurant is owned by Barry Mills and Richard Blais is serving as the menu consultant. Chef Jared Lee Pyles will head the kitchen to execute Blais’s vision.
You can expect the menu to venture well beyond the classic hot dog with items such as fennel sausage with San Marzano ketchup, fontina and grilled radicchio or Merguez lamb sausage with red currant compote and minted cucumber salad. An array of original condiments such as canned-beer mustard and pepper jack foam should also keep things interesting. 664 N. Highland Ave NE, Atlanta. 404-815-1127.
In other news:
Roswell’s Pico Auténtico, owned by The Condiment Group, closed at the end of August. Pico opened earlier this year after a rapid remake of the former Relish Restaurant. The Condiment Group’s other restaurant, The Fickle Pickle, remains in historic Roswell. Pico’s website states that they plan to open a second Fickle Pickle in the Relish-turned-Pico spot. We are, however, following up on rumors that this may not be the case. Here are two recipes from the two former restaurants for posterity: (Relish’s cucumber lemonade & martini and Pico’s cheese fritters).
CinéBistro, a dinner-and-a-movie theater, is scheduled to open in Brookhaven next Friday, Sept. 23. While there are several such theaters around town, this one promises a greater focus on the food. In fact, CinéBistro will also double as a restaurant for non-movie-going guests. It will serve what it calls “chef-driven American bistro-inspired” cuisine.
On the menu, you’ll find options other than the standard salads, pizzas and burgers that constitute dinner theater menus. CinéBistro aims to dazzle with bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with gorgonzola, lamb lollies with potato sauce, fresh thyme and pomegranate glaze, lump blue crab cakes and habanero-glazed pork tenderloin. For dessert, you might nibble on the warm chocolate and cherry bread pudding or the blueberry and coconut tart with vanilla-bean ice cream. Guests 21 and over will find a line of movie-inspired cocktails, draft and bottled beer and wines by the glass or bottle. 11:30 a.m. – until close daily. 1004 Town Blvd., Atlanta. 404.333.0740. $$-$$$.
Adele’s Authentic Cajun Experience
A newcomer to Roswell’s dining scene, Adele’s Authentic Cajun Experience serves classic Cajun dishes including jambalaya, shrimp creole, crawfish étouffée and red beans and rice. You’ll also find favorites such as po’boys and muffulettas on bread made in-house. The restaurant sources its seafood directly from Louisiana each week. 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. 690 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 770-594-0655. $-$$.
Azul Agave, which refers to itself as a “trendy-chic Mexican restaurant,” opened recently in Alpharetta. At this bar and grill, pair ceviches, tacos, fajitas and the like with one of the many margarita selections. End the night with the tres leches cake or Mexican doughnuts with Mexican hot chocolate. 11 a.m. -10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. 4120 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta. 678-566-0169. $-$$.
If you’re a fan of the show “Cupcake Wars,” you may be familiar with Smallcakes, based in Kansas City. You can now try those famous cupcakes at the new Smallcakes shop in Buckhead, their first location outside of Kansas City. The bakery offers 15 different signature flavors plus seasonal specials. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 2955 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-846-9960.
Sweet Grass Dairy news
Sweet Grass Dairy, a family-owned cheese producer based in Thomasville, announced that beginning in 2012, it will no longer produce goat cheeses. Instead, the dairy will focus its energy exclusively on cow’s milk cheeses. The product list is still being finalized, but expect to see a range of cow’s milk cheeses available on a year-round basis.