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Atkins Park Virginia-Highland Primes for Patio Season
BurgerFi Opens April 16 in Emory Point
Dick Vitale Signing at STATS & Game-X
RA Sushi Showdown April 7
Article 14 "Be Kind to Lawyers Day"
Eat it and Tweep: @tylerjamie79
Appetizing Aperture: Shrimp Bhojanic
Pinterest: Great Grilled Cheese
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Atkins Park Virginia-Highland Primes for Patio Season with Thursday Night Big Green Egg 

Pizza and Beer Specials




Hibernation season is over. Peel off the parka and prepare to park yourself on the patio at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland for even more personal attention than usual. On Thursday nights, the Atkins Park crew is stoking up the Big Green Egg to turn out personal pizzas. These chefs are experienced BG Eggers, and guests are in for a crispy-gooey and little-bit-smoky treat. Share or just go ahead and order another one or two for the table. How cool that they're highlighting a different Sierra Nevada craft brew each week? Live music begins at 10 p.m. making this patio a fantastic place to soothe a case of spring fever.

BurgerFication of the Nation® Reaches Atlanta as BurgerFi® Opens April 16 in Emory Point




Taking the classic roadside burger on a healthier ride, BurgerFi® will stamp its BurgerFication of the Nation® imprint on Decatur's Emory Point when it opens on Tuesday, April 16. Within the bun lies juicy grass-fed Angus beef burgers, sustainably and humanely raised on a vegetarian diet, right here in the good old U.S.A. These patties are freshly made, never frozen. Missing, but not missed, are antibiotics, additives and added hormones. Offerings include a variety of beef burgers and build-your-owns, the VegeFi® quinoa burger, a Hippie burger, natural hot dogs fixed NY-, Chicago- or Texas-style, and Wagyu Kobe beef or chicken-apple dogs. Accessorize with hand-cut fries or crispy onion rings, freshly prepared frozen custards, Coca-Cola and Boylan cane sugar sodas, wine or craft beer. You can still break "B.A.D." by ordering the Breakfast All Day burger, which fills its bun with a beef burger, cheese, bacon, maple syrup, fried egg, hash browns, onions and ketchup. Dine in good conscious because this EarthCraft-certified, environmentally friendly BurgerFi® recycles it all, from containers to oils, provides furniture made from recycled soda bottles and runs low-electricity fans.

Bring It On -- Dick Vitale Signing Event Includes You at STATS on April 5 and

Game-X on April 8




March Madness extends into April's on- and off-court hoopla when STATS and Game-X both host Dick Vitale for afternoon greet and autographing sessions. The basketball coach turned ESPN sportscaster will be at STATS on Friday, April 5 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and at Game-X on Monday, April 8 from noon-1 p.m. Fans may bring in anything that they would like to have Vitale sign, or they can purchase merchandise at STATS and Game-X. Take an early timeout from the office to sideline at STATS for Friday afternoon fun and multi-screen sports viewing along with seriously hearty American fare, pull-your-own drafts or staff-served beer, cocktails and wine. For a Monday match-up, stay on after the Vitale signing to sneak in a few rounds of "Nothing but Net" followed by a champion gourmet burger and a beer or cocktail at Game-X.


Can Your Bracket Hack It? Big RA Sushi Showdown Pits Man vs. Sushi 

in April 7 Competitive Eat-off




It's live, uncut RA Sushi Tootsy Maki roll action, and it's all going down at RA Sushi Bar Restaurant's third Sushi Showdown on Sunday, April 7 from 3-6 p.m. With eyes fixed on the uncut Tootsy Maki rolls set before them, two heats of 12 competitors will race the three-minute clock and each other to see who can put down the most sushi and move up the brackets. Three competitors from each heat will advance to the Championship Sushi Showdown where they'll vie to devour as many Tootsy Maki rolls as they can in five minutes. The consummate winner takes home a "RA Sushi for a Year" package containing 12 $50 RA Sushi gift certificates. RA Sushi gift certificates of $100, $50 and $25 go respectively to second, third and fourth place winners. All participants receive a complimentary appetizer or lunch card and a RA Sushi sweatband. Competition is limited to the first 24 entries; ages 18 and over apply at RA Sushi through April 4. Fans partake in the action as well, scoring Throwdown and Tokyo Tussle sushi rolls ($6-$7) and powerful drink specials such as Free Throw Bombs ($5), Kirin and Kirin Light ($5) plus sake ($1), Half Court Bombs of Red Bull with a shot of fruity vodka or Jägermeister ($6), or the Rim "RA"cker, a Skyy Vodka and Red Bull cocktail ($7). Flying Fish Lounge specials kick in Sundays at 8 p.m. Whether you're competing or eating and drinking, give RA Sushi your best shot.


Article 14 Motions for Diners to Celebrate "Be Kind to Lawyers Day," April 9




Legal eagles, your day in culinary court is here. Article 14, the place where lawyers hang out, is marking "Be Kind to Lawyers Day" on April 9 and inviting diners to celebrate. Cross examination of the Midtown restaurant's menu is what makes this case so challenging when judging what to choose. Should we side with the Article 14 Manhattan assembly and create our own version of the cocktail with a selection of bourbon, rye, vermouth and bitters, or the bacon-wrapped Medjool dates stuffed with Sweet Grass Dairy's Asher Blue and wrapped in house-cured smoked bacon? While there, check out the "legends on the wall," a series of portraits of prominent Atlanta lawyers. Case closed. 

Eat It and Tweep: Tyler Williams Tweets at Woodfire Grill




As executive chef at Woodfire Grill, Tyler Williams is constantly thinking out loud about how to show off the season's freshest and best ingredients. Or he's sharing about how we can help with causes such as Team HIDI and Taste of the Nation for Share Our Strength. Or he's showing where you can learn a new cooking skill or menu idea at one of his chef demos. Keep up with this busy chef on Twitter (@tylerjamie79).


Sample Tweet: Foie torchon. Cocoa puffs. Malted foie powder. Burnt bread. Pickled strawberry. Cocoa berry bubbles....

Appetizing Aperture

Shrimp Bhojanic shows off jumbo shrimp, sautéed with garlic and curry leaves then served in a tangy tomato and onion masala sauce at Bhojanic in the original Decatur restaurant and the newly opened Buckhead location in the Shops Around Lenox. Feeling bold? They're glad to turn up the spice factor on this plate for those who dare.
Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month with our "Great Grilled Cheese" Pinterest Board
Pass the cheese, please, as we pin up some Great Grilled Cheese ideas in honor of April being National Grilled Cheese Month. There's no reason for the cheese to stand alone when it melds so well with seemingly infinite partners and breads. Raclette even skips the bread for pure golden goodness.