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HD1 to open, Pico Auténtico closes and more restaurant news

courtesy of HD1

courtesy of HD1

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:

Pico Auténtico

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

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.

16 comments Add your comment


September 16th, 2011
5:09 pm

Sad that Sweet Grass won’t be doing goat cheese any longer – it is so delicious! Very interested to see what will happen in the former Pico space.


September 16th, 2011
6:28 pm

That is indeed sad about Sweet Grass Dairy’s goat cheeses! I once had an experimental goat cheese that they’d produced in a small quantity and sold through Star Provisions, and it was one of the most delectable cheeses I’ve ever put in my mouth. (I regret that I don’t remember the exact name … this would’ve been probably at least four years ago.)


September 16th, 2011
8:56 pm

is Richard Blaise the “new” Emeril? One to just toss his name to anyone who gives him cash until he becomes insignificant? Come on. It’s a hotdog joint. Are you yuppies gonna poison hotdogs the way you have hamburgers?

“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.”

Really? What has that to do with a hot dog? While it may be good, it’s NOT a hotdog. Quit trying to glom on to established food names to push your products. If they are good they will stand up on their own. And Richard, please, stop prostituting your name………..


September 16th, 2011
9:01 pm

I wonder if Adele’s will be any good. Ain’t found a decent Cajun place in Atlanta yet although I try all I hear about. I especially loved the place in Lawrenceville that has a “po’boy” made with Cuban bread. Really? Why do you call it a po’boy then? Why not call it an oyster Cuban sandwich? i know. An apple is just a “misunderstood” orange and there’s no reason to call an apple a apple if you can convince fools it’s really an orange……………


September 16th, 2011
9:08 pm

Bah, I just perused the menu. Didn’t see any boudin or andullie. God forbid there be some fried ‘gator………. I’ll try it though. I haven’t had a decent roast beef po’boy since 1987. Maybe theirs will be real. We’ll see.


September 16th, 2011
9:27 pm

Fred, with no due respect, you’re an idiot. Probably the best restaurant I’ve ever been to, bang-for-buck, is Hot Doug’s in Chicago.


September 16th, 2011
11:37 pm

When is Richard Blais going to get serious about being a chef? Hamburgers and hot dogs just won’t do it. Not to say that a good hamburger or hot dog is bad. Just, that he seems to avoid doing “Top Chef” sort of things. At some point he is going to have to put the pedal to the metal and get into the real restaurant wars in Atlanta.

Jenny Turknett

September 17th, 2011
7:03 am

kmb – Blais is opening a new restaurant here called The Spence, which will not be hot dogs/hamburgers. You can read more about it here:

The Nerd

September 17th, 2011
8:40 am

Guys, the best hot dogs ever belongs to Wienerschnitzel in Vegas.


September 17th, 2011
9:16 am

I’ll stick with the footlong chili-cheese dog at Zesto’s and not have to mortgage my condo to buy it.


September 17th, 2011
11:13 am

@Fred…Have you tried Henry’s in Acworth for your cajun fix?? It’s a pretty popular place!


September 18th, 2011
7:51 am

Good riddance to Pico. The place was terrible. A server once told me that the owners owned the building outright, so didn’t care what was housed in it. That was evident in the food.


September 18th, 2011
10:13 am

For those that will miss Sweet Grass goat cheese, check out the local goat cheese maker Calyroad Creamery. I’ve tried quite a few of their offerings and they have all been delicious. You can catch them at some of the local farmers markets, and I understand they have a new cheese making shop in Sandy Springs that is open one day a week to purchase cheese. Each time I see them at a market, they have at least 5 or so flavors of goat cheese and several cow cheese products.


September 18th, 2011
10:34 am

We used to frequent Relish and always had a pretty good meal there. We tried Pico twice. The first time, a few weeks after they opened, we arrived at 7:30 pm on a Sunday evening, to be turned away, as they said they were “our of food”. They gave us a $10 coupon, and we went back a few weeks later. The guacamole was very good, but the rest of the meal (various assorted tacos) was quite bad (including the shell and the fillings). When our family of 3 eats out at a moderately priced restaurant, the cost is anywhere from $35 to $60 typically. In this economy, we are more particular about where we spend our money. We don’t want to throw it away on sub-par food. The food needs to be above average to warrant our spending. There are a lot of places to choose from in the Roswell area. If you can’t deliver good meals, you won’t succeed.

Relish seemed to be fairly crowded each time we dined there. It seemts to me that the owners threw away a moderately successful restaurant and concept in the quest to catch the trendy Roswell/Canton Street restaurant wave. The spot has a great patio area overlooking the square. A restaurant can succeed there if they provide exceptional food. While Fickle Pickle is a great, successful spot, I hope they don’t just place a second location in the Pico space. It seems like it would be too close geographically to the original spot. Give us something interesting and different there, not the same choice as a few blocks down.


September 19th, 2011
10:10 am

As for the Haute Doggery…*sigh* Tried Flip once. Not impressed. Sure HD1 will be just as trendy, and just as mediocre.

And good riddance, Pico! I’ve never had a worse meal, and such an apathetic response from management. I loved Relish, and was a regular, but no matter what that team puts in that space now, I think I’ll pass. You can’t fool me twice.

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