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Zeal and Smoke Ring Open This Week


Zeal opens in East Cobb

Zeal Modern Eatery is set to open for dinner on Friday Oct. 25 in Market Plaza on Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb. Executive chef Eric Mulville is a Culinary Institute of America grad and the former executive chef and managing partner of Maggiano’s Buckhead. Mulville’s menus for lunch, dinner and late night feature a variety of price points among small plates, sandwiches and entrees, including steaks, seafood and pasta. Look for specialty cocktails and a sizable craft beer list with draft beer flights.1255 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 42, Marietta, 678-401-7142.

Smoke Ring opens in Castleberry Hill

Smoke Ring, a new “gastro” barbecue joint from 101 Concepts (Cibo e Beve, Food 101, Meehan’s Public House), is set to open in Castleberry Hill on Thursday Oct. 24 in the former J.R. Crickets space. Jordan Wakefield, former executive chef at Meehan’s downtown, and his wife, Erin, are the owners and operators. On the “Georgia-style barbecue” menu, look for snacks like crispy pig ear “fries” and BBQ deviled eggs,  sandwiches, soups, salads and barbecue plates. 309 Nelson St., Atlanta, 404-228-6377.

— Bob Townsend, for the AJC Food and More blog.

8 comments Add your comment

david c

October 21st, 2013
4:11 pm

People do realize that the word gastro means stomach, right? So this is tripe barbecue?

Patience Iago

October 21st, 2013
4:57 pm

It’s so complicated, David.
Can you go over it one more time?
Or maybe just look up the contemporary popular usage of the words “gastro” and “barbeque,” and then work out a formula to see if there is any other possible way these words might be juxtaposed other than to mean “grilled stomach.”

S Crowe

October 21st, 2013
6:44 pm

Got to taste some of Zeal’s menu at a pre-tasting event. Going to be a great restaurant! The key lime cake is one of a kind! Highly recommend.


October 22nd, 2013
10:58 am

I was excited about Smoke Ring until I read the owner used to be executive chef at Meehan’s. That place is a bunch of tasteless, pre-made frozen food, designed for tastebuds numbed by alcohol. I’ll probably still check it out, but will do so with suspicion.


October 23rd, 2013
8:43 am

@PatienceIago – THANK YOU

Smoke Rings has great food. I have been there several times during Falcons game. Very fresh and flavorful.


October 23rd, 2013
6:53 pm

Eric is definitely laid down an amazing foundation in the culinary world can’t wait to see what this farm to table restaurant does…sounds amazing and can’t wait to try his menu and the cocktails…


October 24th, 2013
9:40 am

$7 pints at zeal. This isnt NYC.


October 24th, 2013
10:53 am

How could you have gone to Smoke Rings several times during Falcons games when it is just opening TODAY, October 24?