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In the news: Author of Moroccan cook book in Atlanta, Bell Street Burritos opens new location

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This Saturday, Dec. 3, food writer Paula Wolfert will sign her new book The Food of Morocco at the Emory Barnes and Noble starting at 1 p.m.

Wolfert, a regular contributor to Food and Wine magazine, has won the Julia Child, James Beard and M.F.K. Fisher awards for previous works that include The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean and The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen.

Paula Wolfert, 1 p.m. Saturday Dec.3, Barnes & Noble at Emory, 1390 Oxford Road, Atlanta. 404-727-6222.

In other news:

Bell Street Burritos opens a new location

Matt Hinton, proprietor of Bell Street Burritos in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, has officially opened a second location in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood. Today is the official grand opening where there will be discounts and giveaways offered at the Westside restaurant between 6-9 p.m.

Below is the formal press release (edited for length):

Atlanta, GA- After only one year open at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, Bell Street Burritos will open its second location this coming week, this time on the Westside. Bell Street Owner and former religion professor, Matt Hinton, has set up shop in the former Social House at Howell Mill and Chattahoochee and will be open for more normal hours than the Sweet Auburn Curb Market’s schedule has allowed, giving Atlantans more opportunities to try the burrito named by USA Today as one of the ten best in the country.

[Hinton] opened the original Bell Street Burritos at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, which had limited hours and allowed him to dip his toe in the business without jumping in. Pretty soon, demand exceeded these hours and he began seeking away to accommodate folks for whom the Curb Market’s hours were unworkable.

Our commitment is to help our customers find ‘their burrito’. Whether it’s a pork and green chili with salsa fresca or potato and broccoli with chipotle salsa, we will find your burrito.

Bell Street Burritos, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, closed Sundays, 1663 Howell Mill Road.

So Ba in East Atlanta offers late night dining alternative

So Ba Vietnamese restaurant has recently opened a late night dining option in the form of Octopus Bar. Anyone looking for dining options other than hash browns prepared 80 different ways, can now journey out to the East Atlanta restaurant during the hours of 10 p.m.-3 a.m., Mondays-Saturdays.

Unfortunately, I’m usually in bed at those hours so I haven’t sampled the intriguing menu that involves the collaboration between So Ba chef/owner Nhan Le and former Miller Union chef Angus Brown. (It hints of gastro with a nod to Le’s background.)

Some of our more prolific local food bloggers have already given it a try. Read recaps from ChowDownAtlanta and Foodie Buddha.

Octopus Bar, 10 p.m.-3 a.m., Mondays-Saturdays, 560 Gresham Ave., Atlanta. 404-627-9911.

by Gene Lee. Food and More blog

7 comments Add your comment


November 30th, 2011
11:47 am

Gene – can you give me some reccomendations for some good traditional Ramen, preferably on Buford Highway? The Miso Iyakawa & So Ba are too far for me, anywhere else on Buford Hwy worth going to? Dying for some good pork bone/miso ramen…

Gene Lee

November 30th, 2011
12:49 pm

@FoodFan – Shoya Izakaya in Doraville/P’tree Industrial make a few versions. Yakitori Jinbei on Cobb Parkway have tonkotsu (pork bone) and shoyu ramen. Umaido in Suwanee. Bishoku off Roswell Road. Taka in Buckhead. Raku in Duluth.

Hope that helps.


November 30th, 2011
2:20 pm

Hi! This is Matt from Bell Street Burritos, confirming that we are open on Howell Mill, but denying that we are closing at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market (209 Edgewood Ave). Our original location is still there and running strong!
Matt Hinton
Bell Street Burritos

wannabe food critic

November 30th, 2011
2:30 pm

Bland Street Burritos is sooooo overrated

Gene Lee

November 30th, 2011
3:17 pm

@Matt – Thanks Matt. I have remedied the post.


November 30th, 2011
5:57 pm

Thanks for the link love Gene, your readers may also be interested in my update post on Octopus Bar ( It was a distinctly different experience than my first impression.


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