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Atkins Park Smyrna Celebrates 10 Years
New Spring Menu at Aqua Blue
Bhojanic Buckhead is Now Open
$25 Prime Rib Dinner at Ray's Restaurants
Outstanding Field Farm Dinner with Chef Kevin Gillespie
Rise and Shine for Easter Brunch
Final Four at STATS
Chef Tyler Williams Leads PIedmont Park Green Market Demo
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar Takes You Out to the Ballpark
Bantam + Biddy Slider Night
Eat it and Tweep: @NoKidHungrySE
Appetizing Aperture: Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival
Pinterest: Final Four Finger Foods
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10 Years Already? Celebrate with Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar - Smyrna on March 27




A decade of cheer and camaraderie has flown by for Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Smyrna. Share in the celebration beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 and receive a complimentary limited-edition anniversary t-shirt. That's in addition to the limited open bar, tasting station and live music from Michelle Enix. Party on, dude.

New Aqua blue Menu Signals Springtime




Land ho or anchors away -- the versatile new spring menu at Aqua blue in Roswell satisfies all. Go by land and order braised lamb shank, steamed chicken dumplings, BBQ St. Louis-style ribs, stuffed pork chop and other turf toppers. A second option is to order by sea to catch items such as lemon sole, grilled shrimp ravioli, lobster sushi roll or tempura lobster tail and shrimp. Straddling deck and dock? Share shrimp and veggie spring rolls or sautéed Little Neck clams and add tomato mozzarella salad or black & blue steak salad. You see, this place has a way of keeping everyone happy and well fed in the dining room, on the patio or at the bar.

Bhojanic Opens Sister Location in Buckhead




For the past 20 years, Atlantans have headed to Bhojanic in Decatur for a spicy blend of traditional, home-style Indian fare tempered with cosmopolitan ambiance. Buckhead, your turn is here. Bhojanic has opened a second location next to Crate & Barrel in the Shops Around Lenox, complete with all of the thalis, curries, street food, chapati and cocktails guests devour at the Decatur restaurant. Owner and Chef Archna Becker grew up in an Indian kitchen, learning the ways of Indian cooking from an expert - her grandmother - before setting off to travel the world and settle in Atlanta with her own family and open a restaurant. You're in good hands as you start out with a specialty drink, martini, beer, wine or chai and open the menu, which is slightly smaller than India in scope. No worries. The staff steers novices through it comfortably and into naan nirvana. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Book a table online and try out the new location.

Last Weekend for $25 Prime Rib Dinner 

at Ray's Restaurants




This will be the last weekend to take advantage of the $25 prime rib dinner deal at all three Ray's Restaurants. The slow-roasted prime rib dinner comes with mashed potatoes and au jus and is available Friday through Sunday, March 29-31, from 4 p.m. until close (subject to availability; first come, first served). Tax and gratuity not included in special price. Click here to reserve a table at Ray's on the Creek, Ray's in the City or Ray's on the River

Tickets Now Available for October Outstanding in the Field Farm Dinner with Kevin Gillespie 

Photo Credit Michael Cahill

The 2013 North American Tour of Outstanding in the Field opens up in California this May and works its way eastward to sow an amazing meal in Decatur on Sunday, October 6. Chef Kevin Gillespie, who is getting ready to open his new restaurant Gunshow, will be the guest chef at the 2 p.m. event hosted by farmers Joe Reynolds and Judith Winfrey at Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens. Tickets are now on sale. The table is long; however, you'll want to purchase tickets online before they sell out.


Rise and Shine for Easter Brunch, Lunch, 

Dinner and More




Easter springs up early this year on Sunday, March 31. Hop down our list of Easter feasts until you find the golden egg that's just right for you and yours. Advice from the wise bunny: when you see the word "reservations," make them.


Roswell residents have plenty to eat this Easter. From 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Aqua blue is serving up everyone's favorites for brunch, including a carving station with roasted strip loin and bone-in ham, entrée station, shrimp cocktails, salad, assorted sushi, smoked salmon, breakfast and omelet station and desserts. Bottomless bloody marys and mimosas are available for $15 for any thirsty guests. Adults eat for $29.95, children 4-12 for $9.95 and children under 4 eat free. Reservations: 770-643-8886


The cluck at Bantam + Biddy in Ansley Mall is about an Easter Sunday feast featuring corned Brasstown ham and gravy, stewed organic black-eyed peas, braised collard greens, Anson Mills grits and sweet potato pie for $20. Bottomless bloody marys and mimosas are poured until 4 p.m. for $10. Regular and special menus are available from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; brunch is available until 3 p.m.


Marietta's Chicken and the Egg is providing brunch all day long this Easter Sunday. From 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., the restaurant is offering their regular brunch menu with starters such as crawfish and artichoke bake and pimento cheese. Diners with a sweet tooth can choose bananas Foster French toast or a strawberry waffle. Egg lovers can pick from items like eggs Benedict, "green eggs and ham" or pork belly hash. Reservations: 678-388-8813.


A not-your-mother's Mediterranean-style Easter Sunday brunch is in the plans at Ecco in Midtown from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Choose from a variety of meat and cheese options, one for $4.75, three for $14 or five for $22. Taste-and-share items for the table range from chocolate strudel to mixed olives, and crab fritters with a poached egg and pickled peppers ($4-$13). Appetizers of mixed lettuces, radishes, almonds and tarragon-mustard vinaigrette ($9), grilled red romaine, smoked char, poached eggs and romesco ($14) and potato, leek and chervil soup with poached Georgia shrimp ($9) supplement the wood-fired pizzas, pastas and main dishes, including the San Marzano tomatoes, house-made mozzarella and basil pizza ($13), lasagna with mushroom ragu, béchamel and arugula ($18) and the butcher steak with polenta, asparagus and salsa rosso ($20). Reservations: 404-347-9555.


Sandy Springs dwellers can hop on over to Hearth Pizza Tavern for an Easter meal. Opening at 4 p.m. on Easter day, the restaurant is offering plenty of holiday specials. For more information, call 404-252-5378.


For Passover, Lure Executive Chef David Bradley is making gefilte fish using fresh pollack and Georgia rainbow trout. Enjoy this special dish at the Midtown seafood sensation through April 2. 


Across the Chattahoochee River in Roswell, The Mill Kitchen & Bar invites guests to enjoy an Easter Sunday brunch menu in a farmhouse-style setting. Reservations: 770-817-9345. 


Family-friendly Easter brunching and lunching is in store for Decatur residents at No. 246. Chow on a chicken Parm sandwich, wood-baked ziti and meatballs, mushroom pizza and much more. Children's Easter egg hunts roll out at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with "waves" for toddlers and adult-free children at each hunt. Lucky locators will win prizes such as a free kids' spaghetti and meatballs plate and more. Reservations: 678-399-8246.


At Olmsted in Midtown, the regular brunch menu and special holiday ham or prime rib entrées will please the Easter Sunday crowd. Starters include lobster bisque, fresh-baked biscuits or the breakfast meat sampler. Mains include a wild mushroom omelette with aged Gruyère, tarragon and fingerling potato hash; brioche French toast with seasonal fruit compote and vanilla bean cream; and eggs Olmsted with poached eggs, toasted English muffin, shaved house-cured Canadian bacon and citrus scallion hollandaise. Wee ones can munch on buttermilk pancakes with a choice of maple, blueberry or banana walnut syrup. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations: 404-443-8431.


After all of the egg hunting and hopping around, grown ups can rabbit trail over to RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Midtown for Sunday night Flying Fish Lounge specials. From 8 p.m. on, choose from more than 35 sushi, appetizer and tapas selections ($2.25-$7.25), plus a wide variety of beer, wine and signature cocktails ($3-$7). Popular Flying Fish Lounge dishes will be served until 11 p.m., and a variety of discounted creative cocktails will be served until midnight.


Bring on the buffet! This Easter, Ray's on the River in Sandy Springs is offering their award-winning Easter buffet from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday, March 31. Guests can enjoy assorted breads, a salad bar, omelette station during brunch hours, Virginia ham, prime rib, homemade desserts and plenty more. The buffet is $39.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids ages 5-10. Children 4 and under eat free. Reservations: 770-955-1187. In Alpharetta, Ray's on the Creek is serving a buffet from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and the regular menu will be available from 5-9 p.m. Adults can dine for $29.95 and kids ages 5-10 can dine for $14.95. Children 4 and under eat free. Reservations: 770-649-0064.


Sunday brunch is always important at South City Kitchen in Midtown and Vinings, and the longtime favorite is serving a three-course prix fixe Easter brunch menu from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. For $32 for adults and $16 for children under 12 (plus tax and gratuity), guests can choose from appetizer options such as house-made pecan granola, fried green tomatoes or a strawberry salad; entrées including buttermilk fried chicken, crab cake hash, BBQ pork Benedict and farmstead vegetables; and dessert of peach cobbler, chocolate velvet Elvis cake or orange buttermilk chess pie. Reservations: 404-873-7358 for the Midtown location; 770-435-0700 for the Vinings location.

STATS Goes Mad for Final Four March Madness Over Two Fun Weekends




The huge bracket tracking March Madness action outside STATS says it all, the Final Four dance will soon be underway, and downtown Atlanta's sports-viewing headquarters on Marietta Street catches every shot. When the brackets go up, the parties start going down Thursday through Saturday, March 28-30. 790 The Zone will host four prize-packed viewing parties where fans can register to win a Big Green Egg, Braves opening day tickets and Final Four Championship tickets. With 70 high definition TVs strategically angled inside STATS, every view is a slam dunk. Modern American fare and signature beer tap tables keep winners (and losers) happy from noon-11 p.m. on Sunday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday. 

Woodfire Grill Executive Chef Tyler Williams Leads Piedmont Park 

Green Market Demo March 30




Midtowners looking for farm-fresh culinary inspirations will find plenty at the Green Market in Piedmont Park. Voted one of the top five farmers markets in Atlanta by Access Atlanta, this season's market is now open Saturday mornings from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the 12th Street entrance gate. Woodfire Grill Executive Chef Tyler Williams shows shoppers how to prepare lamb kheema, feuilles de brick, house-made yogurt and fava bean agrodolce salad this Saturday morning, March 30 at 11 a.m.

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar Takes You Out to the Ballpark and Back for Braves Home Opener




Get out of your dugout and catch a seat on the bus when Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar hosts its annual Braves home opener field trip on Monday, April 1. Sliding in at $50 per person, Atkins Park covers all the bases: pre-game hot dogs, ice cold Jägermeister and beer, bus transportation to and from Turner Field plus a ticket to the game. Call your preferred Atkins Park location to reserve a seat; busses pull out from each place at 5:30 p.m. for the 7:10 p.m. pitch. Virginia Highland, 404-876-7249; Smyrna, 770-435-1887.

Slide into Bantam + Biddy for $3 Slider Night Starting April 1




When word got around that The Shed at Glenwood was shedding its $3 slider night, Bantam + Biddy answered the call. Bantam + Biddy Co-owner Lance Gummere was behind the original slider night at The Shed so it's only fitting that he'd slide in to keep the tradition alive. Every Monday beginning April 1 (THIS IS NO JOKE) from 5-9 p.m., Bantam + Biddy will feature a chef's selection of sliders with a new menu each week. On April 1, look forward to chicken fried steak with country gravy, fried green tomatoes with goat cheese, fried catfish with lemon aioli, pork schnitzel with pear jam and house-smoked pork BBQ. Did that slider goodness make you thirsty? Good thing the restaurant is offering drink specials including seven-ounce Miller High Life bottles for $1 and beer punches for $3.
Eat it and Tweep: Tweet to End Child Hunger 

Elizabeth Baker (@NoKidHungrySE) has her priorities, and a big one is getting the word out about the Southeast regional culinary events going on to help Share Our Strength end child hunger. Follow her and find out how you can help.



Sample Tweet: Missed the Baking Contest for @nokidhungry segment on @cbsatl this AM? No problem, we have it here for your viewing! ...

Appetizing Aperture: Could we
pull-eeze have a decent tomato? 
We long for Killer Tomato season to attack. We'll be ready with napkins in hands to catch every juicy drip. Ford Fry is on it, strategizing for this July's Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival.
Tickets go on sale April 1, so be sure to purchase yours stat! Heirlooms, Romas, Better Boys...with so much at stake, you'd best follow The Dish for vine-breaking news.
What's new on Pinterest?
Pinterest: March Madness is about more than fancy footwork. Let the players take care of that. With our brackets set, we're concentrating on Final Four Finger Foods for our Pinterest board. Some dunks, some fowls, some for all four corners of your snack table. Bring on overtime.