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Archive for April, 2012

Watershed announces reopening plans

courtesy of Watershed on Peachtree

courtesy of Watershed on Peachtree

“When is Watershed reopening?”

That’s one of the questions we’ve heard most since Watershed closed its Decatur location last August. Now, we have an answer. Last night, the restaurant sent a teaser to its email subscribers with the message “opening soon.” I spoke with Managing Partner Ross Jones this morning, who told me that Watershed, now called Watershed on Peachtree, is slated to open May 24, barring delays.

Jones calls the restaurant’s new location, 1820 Peachtree Road, their “new house,” with Decatur being their first. She says, “Decatur was awesome, but our new, bigger house has more of the features we were looking for, like outdoor and private dining and a large bar area.”

The restaurant will feature two distinct spaces: a large bar area Jones describes as “cool and casual” and a separate, more quiet dining area. Most of the extra seating will be found in the bar area and on the patio overlooking Peachtree …

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Sublime Doughnuts wins best bakery in America

Sublime DonutsBake magazine conducted a nationwide search of America’s Best Bakery and, once the votes were tallied, Atlanta’s own Sublime Doughnuts takes the…er..cake.

Voting started at the beginning of March, and six finalists rose to the top of the crowd, including Kamal Grant’s midtown doughnut shop. The winner was then chosen by Bake’s editorial staff, and Sublime will be featured in the May issue of the industry magazine.

If you have lived in Atlanta for long, or if you spent any amount of time perusing the Atlanta food blogs during the fall of 2009, the deliciousness that is Sublime Doughnuts is probably old news for you. But, if you are new to town, or have been sheltered from the wonderful, pastry-like donuts that Grant churns out of his shop on 10th Street, make sure to check it out. And if you want some shamelessly self-promoting food porn, feel free to drool over the fuzzy cell phone pics from my own blog post/catalogue of his unconventional and delicious treats.

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Restaurant inspections, Simmon’s Fresh Seafood

Simmon’s Fresh Seafood in Atlanta failed to rebound to satisfactory food safety levels during an April 13 follow-up exam, according to an inspection report.

After facing numerous new violations during its routine inspection, the restaurant at 2102-B Hollywood Road N.W. was cited for a host of repeat and new infractions, such as plumbing and cleaning issues. Other problems were related to a malfunctioning freezer, improper storage and absence of a certified food safety manager, the follow-up report showed.

Simmon’s was advised that it must “repair or remove freezer,” “clean gaskets on freezers” and clean tables and shelves,” the report showed. The inspector also noted that the April 6 routine inspection was initiated because of a complaint.

According to the follow-up report, Simmon’s did correct some temperature control inadequacies. Another follow-up is scheduled for April 23. The manager was not available for comment.

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Bourbon: A love story

photo(6)“Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough.” – Mark Twain

I started drinking whisky for all of the wrong reasons.

I chalk it up to youth, mostly. You see, once I reached legal drinking age, I realized that it was time to put away childish drinks. Once I could purchase a six pack at stores that actually looked at your ID, I bid adieu to Natty Light and anything with “ice” in the name, and set out to broaden my horizons with real beer.

My taste in liquor was also due for some refinement, which was limited to whatever mixed well with some sort of carbonated sugar water or readily available fruit juice. And I made the decision early on that I wanted to learn to drink whisky.

I couldn’t shake this romanticized vision of myself later in life, perhaps having a cocktail in a smoky bar after work, or at some posh soiree, sipping a glass of straight whiskey. And in this image, I was always wearing a suit, usually with loosened tie. I wanted to be …

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Restaurant inspections, Stars Restaurant

Stats Restaurant in Atlanta recently suffered a significant drop in its food safety scores, according to an inspection report.

Following a routine exam April 5, the restaurant at 300 Marietta St. received a 57 (U), venturing away from its normal A-B levels, the report showed.

Manager Bryan Bullock attributes the unsatisfactory result to infractions related to a cooler that had just malfunctioned. It has been replaced, he said. The inspector did note several improper temperature-related control procedures.

Other citations included one hand-washing incident, equipment storage issues and cold-water pressure inadequacies.

Bullock said the restaurant has corrected all of the citations, including a leaky faucet and blown-out light bulb. He said he looked forward to the follow-up inspection that’s scheduled for April 16.

Here are more recent restaurant inspection scores from across the metro area.

Clayton County

  • Number One, 7887 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro. 80/B

DeKalb County

  • China …

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The Cafe at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead Sunday Brunch Review

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What images does the name The Ritz-Carlton conjure? Luxury? White-gloved service? Indulgence? That’s the “The Ritz-Carlton Mystique,” a companywide strategy to deliver exceptional customer experiences that encourage lifetime loyalty and a high level of perceived value.

Now, imagine what Sunday brunch at The Café at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead looks like. What do you envision?

Review by Jenny Turknett

Review by Jenny Turknett

Caviar? Tall flutes of bubbly? White-jacketed chefs cooking to order? Check, check and check.

Drop your car with the valet and enter through doors held wide into the hushed calm of the lobby, lush with fresh floral arrangements. The soft tinkling of the grand piano will beckon you to The Café where a lavish spread awaits.

A gracious hostess will greet and quietly seat you in an appropriate location — couples in corner booths near windows, a weary party of post-wedding late-nighters in a darker, quieter enclave and families nestled in a separate section.

Servers …

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The Atlanta Food Truck Park to open this month

rendering courtesy of Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market

rendering courtesy of Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market

Food trucks are becoming an ever larger part of Atlanta’s food scene. With the new Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market opening this month, you’ll have a permanent place to hit your favorites.

Atlanta Food Truck Park co-owner Howard Hsu, who owns the Sweet Auburn Barbecue food truck, says that his original intention was to buy property for his own place to set up. Yet, once he found the perfect spot at 1850 Howell Mill Road, the site of an old hotel, he realized it was too big for his use alone and decided to fashion a food truck park after those in Austin.

Hsu and partner Brian Harvin have rehabilitated the property, cleaning up debris and hiring professional landscapers. In addition to 2000 square feet of both covered and open-air dining, the park features 1.5 acres of green space with a playground, picnic area, bocce ball court and a lawn for movies and concerts.

Food trucks may number 10-15 for any given meal, with …

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Upcoming food events

Shaun Doty will lead a demonstration this weekend featuring recipes from upcoming restaurant Bantam & Biddy. (AJC staff)

Shaun Doty will lead a demonstration this weekend featuring recipes from upcoming restaurant Bantam & Biddy. (AJC staff)

If you like to dig into the food scene, fill your plate with a few of the many upcoming food events this month.

Taste of the Nation

Tomorrow night (Apr. 12), Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger, will host its 24th annual Taste of the Nation event at the Georgia Aquarium. During the evening, guests will sample wines and morsels prepared by local restaurants including Aria, Canoe, Kyma, 4th & Swift, Local Three Kitchen & Bar and more. Tickets may be purchased online. 6:30 p.m. (VIP)/ 7:30 p.m. (general admission), Apr. 12. $350 (VIP)/$250 (general admission).

Farmers market and Shaun Doty demo

Whole Foods Merchants Walk and High Meadows School are hosting an indoor farmers market on Saturday, Apr. 14. with over 40 vendors selling sustainably-grown produce, eggs, cheese, jams and meat. Chefs, including Shaun Doty, will …

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New food trucks rolling into town

Credit: Banged Up and Mashed

Credit: Banged Up and Mashed

Now that the weather is once again tolerable, we are entering the season of the food truck. The food truck lineup has swelled since last year, with at least three new trucks being added in the last month or so.

Banged Up and Mashed

Back in January, the rolling British pub-grub truck Banged Up and Mashed launched, giving fans of Yorkshire pudding and fish and chips a new source for the oft-derided UK cuisine. Regulars at Churchill’s Pub in Buckhead will find the truck parked out front every Friday and Saturday night slinging bangers and mash (pork sausage, mashed potatoes, and gravy) and Chicken Tikka Masala (yes, it is an Indian dish, but wildly popular in Britain). You can follow them on Facebook, or their homepage to keep up with locations and specials.

Rouxd Food Truck

Originally slated to start rolling out on March 22nd, the Rouxd Food Truck’s opening got pushed out to this Thursday 4/12 for their inaugural run. The part Jamaican, part …

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Restaurant inspections, Restaurante Taco ‘N Gusto

Restaurante Taco ’N Gusto in Norcross rebounded to an A-level score after dipping below satisfactory twice in about a year, food safety reports showed.

The eatery at 6075 Singleton Road, Suite C, scored a 62 (U) during a recent routine exam. Improper hand-washing and food-handling procedures, inadequate temperature controls and substandard storage of wiping cloths contributed to the failing score, according to the inspection report.

For the follow-up inspection, Taco ’N Gusto was cited for new violations, some related to its sanitizing and thawing procedures, the report showed. Three of the four infractions were corrected during the exam, the inspector noted. The manager was not reached for comment at various numbers listed for restaurant.

Here are more recent restaurant inspection scores from across the metro area.

Cherokee County

  • Bojangles, 12100 Ga. 92, Woodstock. 99/A
  • International House of Pancakes, 8979 Ga. 92, Woodstock. 89/B
  • Starbucks, 3241 Sixes Road, Canton. …

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