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Super Bowl Specials
Valentine's Day Around Atlanta
Monday Night Brewing Pairings at Atkins Park
Six Nations Rugby at Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant
Roasted & Toasted at Ecco
Support Team Hidi at JCT. Kitchen & Bar, No. 246 & The Optimist
Southern Food Tour at The Goat Farm
Tweep of the Week: @ATLfoodwriter
Appetizing Aperture: Brunch Menu Tempters at No. 246
Pinterest: Better Breakfasts
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Atlanta Restaurants Toss Out 49 or 50 Reasons to be Ravin' About the Super Bowl


The Falcons ran a super season. Now the pressure's off, and Atlantans can kick back and watch those other two teams duke it out and take in the illustrious commercials on Sunday, February 3. Atlanta restaurants are right there with 50-yard-line views and menus packing winning fare to eat in their bowl or yours. Visit the Atlanta Dish blog for the game-day lineup.

We Propose Ringing Atlanta Restaurants for Valentine's Day Dining Engagements




Preparing to pop the question? Atlanta restaurants are always engaging whether it be "Will you be mine?" or "Where would you love to eat?" Look for prix fixe Valentine's Day menus and plenty of parties and minglers for singles.


Color Valentine's Day Aqua blue in Roswell, where guests will enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu with items such as New England-style clam chowder, "stuffed" twin lobster tails and classic cr�me br�l�e for dessert. $50 per person, not including tax or gratuity. Reservations: 770-643-8886.


Go chic at Buckhead's Aria where the special Valentine's Day four-course prix fixe menu is $90 per person. Beverage, tax and gratuity are not included. Reservations: 404-233-7673.


Celebrate Valentine's Day in Midtown at Communitas Hospitality restaurants Gilbert's Caf� & Bar and 10th & Piedmont. At Gilbert's, dinner begins with an appetizer taste of braised lamb shank rillettes followed by a soup or salad choice of smoked trout and sunchoke chowder or red apple and baby arugula salad. Entr�e options are collette steak skewer, diver scallops or wild mushroom purses. Pink champagne cake is offered for dessert. 10th & Piedmont starts with a trio of small bites including beef tartar, zucchini ribbon roll and butter-poached lobster followed by soup or salad of smoked trout and sunchoke chowder and red apple and baby arugula salad. Entr�es include house-made lobster rolls, beef medallions and wild mushroom purses, and ending with mini pink champagne cupcakes. 10th & Piedmont seatings are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. $75 for two people, either restaurant. Credit card is required to hold reservation. For more information and to make a reservation at Gilbert's, call 404-872-8012, and for 10th & Piedmont, call 404-602-5510.


Swoon over the Valentine's Day menu at Ecco in Midtown. The regular menu will be joined by decadent specials: calamari ala plancha with pears, harissa and basil ($9); roasted quail with chorizo, farro verde and radish green salsa verde ($15); crispy black cod with young collards, hazelnuts, brown butter, capers and lemon ($27); and milk chocolate torte with blood orange coulis and spiced pecans ($9). Reservations: 404-347-9555.


Fun for the unattached awaits at the Nuts and Bolts Valentine's Party at Fad� Irish Pub & Restaurant on Saturday, February 9 beginning at 10 p.m. Gender dictates nut or bolt upon arrival at the Buckhead pub. Talk and twist with others to find your match -- all the while sipping on a pint from the pub's wide beer and ale selection. The Irish prix fixe menu is a hearty way to share February 14. From 5-10 p.m., $34.95 per person buys a shareable appetizer of cheese puffs or smoked salmon bites, a shareable dessert of either chocolate-dipped profiteroles or harvest bread pudding, and two of the following dishes: farmhouse salad, fish and chips or Gaelic steak boxty. Toast with the accompanying glass of prosecco, included. Reservations: 404-841-0066.


Passionate about pizza? Hearth Pizza Tavern is, and the Sandy Springs restaurant has some lovely pizza specials in mind for Friday, February 1 through Thursday, February 14. The "Stupid Cupid Pizza" loads up on white clam, artichoke, marinated tomato, red onion, lemon, Parmesan and toasted almonds; "Hot Lips" kisses up to mildly spicy fra diavolo sauce, hot Italian sausage, capicola, roasted peppers, onion, pickled chilies and Parmesan; a steak lover's pizza welcomes a meat lover's embrace. Dine in or take back to your love nest: 404-252-5378.


HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern preludes with a pre-Valentine chocolate and beer tasting February 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Executive Chef Brett Ring designs four courses of specially prepared chocolate food for tasting with four complementary beers: chocolate-dipped oranges with sea salt and Founder's Centennial IPA; chicken mole over crispy rice cakes with chocolate-dipped bacon paired with Stone Smoked Porter; white chocolate pudding with chocolate graham crackers and cherry compote with Boon Kriek "Cherry" Lambic beer; and ending with a flourless chocolate espresso torte with Bailey's whipped cream and fresh raspberries with Redd's Apple Ale. Space is limited, reservations required. 404-968-2288.


If bellies are love tanks, JCT. Kitchen & Bar in west Midtown is your Valentine's Day filling station, offering a four-course prix fixe menu on Thursday, February 14 for $60 per person. Start with a taste of house-cured lox followed by a starter of roasted local golden and red ace beets, crispy poached farm egg or pan-seared diver scallops. Mains include wood-grilled Muscovy duck breast, "chicken stand" fried young chicken and butter-poached Maine lobster. Share chocolate "PB" pie, white chocolate ice cream or champagne truffles for dessert. Guests may bring in a special wine of their own; $10 corkage fee per bottle. A 20 percent gratuity is applied to parties of six or more. Reservations: 404-355-2252.


Brookhaven-ites can stay close to home with someone special and enjoy the three-course Valentine's Day menu, $35 per person, at Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub. Not wanting to break any hearts, Kaleidoscope also is offering the regular menu. Reservations accepted, 404-474-9600.


In the heart of Virginia Highland, La Tavola Trattoria is preparing a three-course prix fixe Valentine's Day dinner for love birds. For $49 per person, guests choose from a variety of antipasti including braised rabbit crespelle, grilled calamari or beet and farro salad. Entr�es include items such as braised lamb ragu, chestnut gnocchi, grilled swordfish and saltimbocca alla romana. Dreamy desserts include Meyer lemon-olive oil cake, chocolate cake and honey mascarpone cheesecake. Tax and gratuity are not included. Reservations: 404-873-5430.


Share the love with a box of cupcakes from Buckhead's Little Cake Bakery. Special holiday flavors include lemon lavender, passion fruit vanilla, chocolate-dipped strawberry and French kiss. To order cupcakes for that special someone or to treat yourself, call 404-841-8856.


For $55 per person, No. 246 in Decatur is offering a four-course prix fixe menu this Valentine's Day. Examples of entr�e options include wood-oven-baked red snapper in cartuccio, butter-poached Maine lobster and braised Wagyu beef cheeks. Tax and gratuity are not included. Credit card required to hold a reservation; call 678-399-8246.


West Midtown's "oceanfront" restaurant, The Optimist, is offering a four-course prix fixe menu on February 14. Begin with a taste for the table of she-crab soup, followed by starter options such as east and west coast oysters, hearts of palm and beet salad or Spanish octopus. Entr�e options include items such as white steelhead salmon, Georges Bank scallops or grilled duck breast. Three dessert options anchor the meal. $65 per person, not including tax or gratuity. Credit card required to hold a Valentine's Day reservation: 404-477-6260.


Bless their hearts with a Southern-style, three-course prix fixe Valentine's Day dinner for two at South City Kitchen Midtown and South City Kitchen Vinings for $42 per person. Get started with pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes or fried gulf oysters then move on to a choice of buttermilk fried chicken, braised short rib or vegetable plate. Choose velvet Elvis cake, caramel apple toffee pudding or buttermilk chess pie for the finale. Tax and gratuity are not included. Midtown reservations: 404-873-7358; Vinings reservations: 770-435-0700.


Why wait? Woodfire Grill and Georgia Shakespeare embrace Cupid's day on Monday, February 11 by hosting a "Fools for Love" wine dinner. Beginning at 7 p.m., new Executive Chef Tyler Williams is offering a four-course dinner with premium wine pairings selected by owner and sommelier Nicolas Quinones. Georgia Shakespeare's Associate Artists will provide the entertainment, performing jazz standards and love songs throughout the evening. Tickets are priced at $150 per person ($90 is tax deductible) and can be purchased online or by calling Georgia Shakespeare at 404-504-3405. On Valentine's Day, the restaurant is offering a five-course vegetarian menu for $85 per person and a five-course pescatarian menu or five-course chef's tasting menu for $100 per person. Wine pairings also are available for $12 per glass or $20 per glass for premium wines. Reservations required: 404-347-9055.

This Can't Wait Until Monday: Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia Highland Marks Monday Night Brewing Opening with Thursday Night Menu Pairings




It's going to be tough enough to wait until this Thursday, January 31, to try out the Monday Night Brewing menu-pairing specials at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia Highland. Ale and beer from the newly opened Atlanta craft brewery have inspired Chef Andrew Smith to cook up some matches made in culinary heaven. Available from 5:30-11 p.m., try caramelized onion risotto with blue cheese and onion jam ($8) and Eye Patch Ale ($5.50); roasted lobster roll served on a brioche bun with ginger aioli and root vegetable chips ($14) and Fu Manbrew Belgian-Style Wit ($5.50); or cherry wood-smoked venison loin with a chocolate demi-glace served with creamy Yukon Gold potatoes and garlic green beans ($22) paired with Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale ($5.50). Order � la carte or savor all three dishes for $40 per person, plus beer selection. Sample a flight of five-ounce pours of the Eye Patch Ale, Fu Manbrew Belgian-Style Wit and Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale for $6. 



Fad� Irish Pub & Restaurant Shows Six Nations Rugby Tournament February 2-March 16




We have our Super Bowl for pigskins and March Madness for roundball. Across the Atlantic, 'tis the season to follow rugby in the 14th series (119th edition counting its years as the Five Nations Championship) of the Six Nations Championship. As the series is now sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, you may see it referred to in headlines as "2013 RBS 6 Nations." England, France, Italy, Scotland, Wales and Ireland all have stakes in this northern hemisphere rugby union. Hunker down for the haul at Fad� Irish Pub & Restaurant, February 2-March 16. Find a fellowship of fans at the bar downing ales and stouts or fortifying themselves with traditional pub fare, all the while cheering the awesome views on multiple screens. Real pub interiors immigrated from Ireland for assembly here in Buckhead, so you can't find a more authentic viewing environment around town. Check out the tournament schedule online.

Bundle Up in Your Hottest Winter Duds and Ski into Ecco's Roasted & Toasted Event 

on February 5




If the Matterhorn were in Midtown, its snowy slopes would land on the patio at Ecco for Roasted & Toasted on Tuesday, February 5. From 7:30-9:30 p.m., Ecco's patio becomes a fireside chat room for Swiss misses and lederhosen lads, complete with a cozy fire, warm mulled wine, brandied hot cider, spiked hot cocoa and house-made s'mores. A few snowflakes would be cool. $25 per person (you can't even fly a suitcase to Gstaad for that price), and Ecco will extend a 15 percent discount on dinner to guests who dine there before or after. Just like on that Swiss ski lift, seating is limited so call 404-347-9555 to book your reservation today.

Dine at JCT. Kitchen & Bar, No. 246 and The Optimist on February 9 to Help 

Ryan Hidinger Conquer Cancer




Atlanta restaurants are unified in their quest to help one of their own chefs, Ryan Hidinger, fight stage 4 gallbladder cancer. Ryan and wife Jen, both of Staplehouse, are grateful for the support they've received from all across the country. Still, treatment doesn't come cheap. On Saturday, February 9, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, No. 246 and The Optimist are hosting a Ryan Hidinger Benefit. That night, 5 percent of dinner service profits will be donated to Team Hidi to help cover medical expenses. Read more about Team Hidi here



Southern Food Tour Launches at The Goat Farm with Night of Food, Drink, Music and Film 

on February 16




Attend the Southern Food Tour launch party at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, and you'll learn a lot about Southern Food heritage by tasting, watching and listening. Chefs Ford Fry and Kevin Gillespie will roast a pig to go with Southern classics such as gumbo from The Optimist's Adam Evans, tamales from JCT. Kitchen & Bar's E.J. Hodgkinson and chicken biscuit sliders by Suzanne Vizethann of Buttermilk Kitchen. Monday Night Brewing craft beers and American Spirit Whiskey cocktails are the Southern sippers of choice. Learn-ertainment comes from watching a short film and tapping to music from local band Blair Crimmins and the Hookers (who are not really). Plans are to have more of these events. Tickets are $45 per person and may be purchased online

Eat It and Tweep: Atlanta Tastemaker Tweets Food, Fashion and More




Andrea Janise (@ATLfoodwriter), lifestyle editor for digital Atlanta Tastemaker magazine, stays up on what's in, on and happening in the ATL. Jump over to her Twitter side to follow her passions for craft beer, food and people.


Sample Tweet: "@ATLBeerWeek: Looks like your Hopslam fix arrives this week Atlanta...." Word!

Appetizing Aperture



Peek into the pastry window at No. 246 in Decatur for a visual slice of new weekend brunch menu tempters ($4-$15). Not pictured (too much stimuli): ricotta pancake with orange blossom syrup and toasted pistachios, blue cheese cheesecake and toasted brioche, the daily quiche and greens, the house-made granola with yogurt, balsamic and honeyed fruit or the layered torte. The Decatur restaurant launches its new lunch menu this week as well. Way, way too much mouthwatering info for you to handle this early in the morning.

What's new on Pinterest: Better Breakfasts

Better Breakfasts help you "rise up" and seize the day. If you're the up-and-at-'em type, fuel up with a hearty hash. Mr. Dash, grab a no-bake granola bar. Snooze bar slammer, good thing you fixed those veggie scones yesterday. And for those of you who can't resist holiday themes, the shamrock breakfast sandwich shouts "top of the morning to you" come St. Pat's Day. These and more on our board -- wake up and take a look.