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Prepare for Delightful New Restaurants this Year
Healthy Dining Options
The Cook's Warehouse Winter Classes
Game-X Free Game Play Week
Tin Lizzy's 5th Annual Taco Contest
Atkins Park Santa Ride Spins $$ for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
#foogram: @adoptagoldenatlanta
Appetizing Aperture: RA Sushi's Dragon Bite Cocktail
What's New on Pinterest? Light Delights
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We're Pumped, Anticipating a Year Full of Delightful Atlanta Restaurant Openings




It's going to be a delectable new year! We're looking ahead with mouths watering in anticipation of all of the tantalizing newcomers entering Atlanta's restaurant scene in 2014. We'll keep you abreast of the details as the year progresses.


A second location of Bantam + Biddy opens in Midtown on January 13, increasing the flock of fast-casual, all-natural poultry eateries for Atlanta chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere. To crow about: caffeine. The new roost on Crescent Avenue will house an espresso bar serving Batdorf & Bronson coffees at breakfast, lunch and dinner. 


St. Cecilia, patroness of music and the name of Ford Fry's newest destination is housed in the former Bluepointe space at the corner of Lenox and Peachtree roads in Buckhead. Executive chef Brian Horn's culinary style is heavily influenced by the European coast and the Ligurian coast. The menu will feature light olive oils, simple yet perfect pasta, wood-roasted fish and produce from the Southeast. The food and beverage team including pastry chef Chrysta Poulos (King + Duke) and Lara Creasy overseeing libations are in perfect harmony for the January 13 opening.


Commanding a panoramic view from high atop Hilton Atlanta, iconic Nikolai's Roof unveils a million dollar new look and menu Winter 2014. Devotees will appreciate both the nod to Russian heritage and executive chef Stephanie Alderete's of-the-moment yet timeless menu, available à la carte or in three-, four- and six-course options. Formal gloves and gold-domed plates are gone, impeccable service lives on. 


Superica is Ford Fry's 2014 addition to Krog Street Market, which opens this spring in Inman Park. Austin, Texas-inspired Mex-Tex fare of tamales, enchiladas, tacos and margaritas, wood-burning grills and an indoor/outdoor patio designed to stage live music have us cheering an anticipatory "Ole!"


Makan debuts this spring in Decatur, bringing the street foods of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea to the lively little city. We're looking forward to supping on George Yu's Asian comfort food both inside and out on the patio at the restaurant and experiencing its night market feel within the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel at 130 Clairemont Avenue.


Chris Hadermann and JP Piemonte, the guys behind The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails and Osteria Cibo Rustico, have three Buckhead restaurant personalities in the works, each offering craft cocktails and lunch and dinner seven days a week plus live music. We're poised with napkins ready, anticipating generous servings of 'cue and Southern culture when Smokebelly opens in late February at 128 East Andrews Drive in Buckhead. Executive chef Darrell Rice plans well-rubbed smoked and non-smoked meats and guest appearances by smoked alligator and more. Whiskey, bourbon and moonshine cocktails will reflect a speakeasy era. Gypsy Kitchen will open in early July at Peachtree Street and Buckhead Avenue in the Streets of Buckhead. Here, we'll go global for Spanish fusion influenced by Indian, Moroccan and Southeast Asian flavors. The Southern Gentleman shares space with Gypsy Kitchen. He tips his hat toward a Southern gastropub menu where ingredients from the group's farm at Milton's will play a big role.


Kennesaw friends, sit tight. FlexMex and margaritas are coming your way this summer when fun-loving Tin Lizzy's Cantina opens in your neck of the woods!


The St. Regis Hotel hints at a new restaurant opening in 2014, Kevin Gillespie is working on a new barbecue spot, and Aria is getting a mini-makeover. We can't let everything out of the bag at once!

Healthy Dining Options Keep Your 

Resolve from Dissolving


TBK Ahi-Quinoa Bowl 


Be honest with yourself about healthy eating. Holing up with a case of V8, cottage cheese and a treadmill may seem like a fast save for holiday over indulgences, but the relationship probably won't last into February. Atlanta-area restaurants prove wise lunch and dinner choices can be delicious, low-cal and social.


Article 14 makes the case for a healthier Midtown lunch with pan-roasted Scottish salmon served over Anson Mills organic farro tossed with slow-roasted tomatoes, fresh herbs and broccoli rabe.


The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill casts many satisfying, good-for-you choices. The Buckhead restaurant provides a low-calorie lunch menu option as well as dishes such as TBK ahi-quinoa bowl with seared ahi tuna, crunchy macadamia nuts and toasted sesame seeds over a quinoa-couscous salad dressed with fresh herbs and vegetables and sweet Asian vinaigrette.


Mom sighting at Hearth Pizza Tavern in Sandy Springs! Their "Mom Says, 'Eat Your Veggies!'" pizza piles on spinach, roasted red peppers, broccoli, roasted crimini mushrooms, butternut squash, homemade marinara and premium cheeses. Salads rake in even more veggies.


Good neighbor Marlow's Tavern looks out for its friends with a seasonal pomegranate ahi tuna salad made with red and golden beets, field greens, baby spinach, pomegranate seeds, red onion, slivered almonds and pomegranate vinaigrette. Antioxidant jackpot!


Ray's on the River's ginger-soy tuna packs in major flavor, minor calories and plates up with bok choy, shiitake mushroom jus and a ginger-soy glaze.


Tin Lizzy's Cantina notes heart-healthy options on its menu. Try the veggie taco, filled with veggie rice, black beans, grilled onions and peppers and creamy avocado sauce

or the fiesta chicken taco with grilled chicken, corn, black beans, onions, tomatoes and cilantro on a wheat tortilla.

The Cook's Warehouse Winter Classes Will Sharpen Your Kitchen Skills 


Pour a glass of wine or cup of tea and open up The Cook's Warehouse Winter 2014 class schedule to select some learning ops in a class led by a visiting or local chef. January's healthy topics include "Discover Vitamix," elegant low-fat French food, exploring a plant-based diet, New Year's resolution recipe makeovers, "New Year, New You," heart-healthy cooking, baby food basics and more. The catalog continues with global cuisines, knife skills, entertaining, breakfasts, baking - the fabulously filling list goes on and on. A variety of classes are offered at all four store locations: Midtown, Brookhaven, East Cobb and Decatur. All classes include recipes, samples of food prepared, complimentary beverages plus a 10 percent discount off in-store purchases before and after class that day. Never stop learning...or cooking!

Game-X Free Game Play Week Puts More Fun in Your New Year




Adding more fun to your days can lead to a happier year, and Game-X is ready with free game play week, Monday, January 6 through Friday, January 10. Each day, all day long, guests can play any simulation game for free at downtown Atlanta's good-time headquarters in the Luckie Marietta District. Try your hand at Dead Heat Racing, SnoCross, Operation G.H.O.S.T., Deadstorm Pirates, QuadAir Hockey, Terminator, The Fast and the Furious: Superbikes and Fright Fear Land among others. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Flex Your Mex to Create the Top Taco in the Tin Lizzy's Cantina 5th Annual Taco Contest Beginning January 6



When Tin Lizzy's Cantina wants ideas for their next top taco they go straight to their fans to see what ideas are on the tips of their taco-loving tongues. Flex your Mex muscle and imagine your own tempting taco creations to submit in their 5th annual taco contest. Tin Lizzy's locations will have notepads handy so guests can jot down their creation ideas when they have t-Ah-Ha-co moments. Rawesome taco? Ragin' Cajun? Eenie Beanie Miney Moe? Finalists' tacos will be included on the menu in March. Top seller wins first place - $500, their taco on the menu and 10 VIP passes to the restaurant's Cinco de Mayo party. Second and third place winners will each receive a $250 Tin Lizzy's gift card. One thing's certain, if you're hankering to win, it's nacho taco unless you enter! (You can never have enough cheese.)

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar Santa Ride Spins $1,300 to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraising Efforts




Rudolph noses and Santa hats are packed away, and Santa Ride bicyclists are back to pedaling in their usual attire. They're still ho, ho, ho-ing among themselves about their merry Santa Ride through Virginia-Highland on December 11, 2013. Approximately 75 cyclists participated in the eighth annual ride hosted by Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland, raising $1,300 for the 2014 Race Across America Georgia Chain Gang and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
We are crackers about animals, especially goldens. How can we resist when @adoptagoldenatl posts such adorable pictures? Rover on over and take a look. Perhaps you'll want to help these charmers out in 2014!
Appetizing Aperture
Beautiful Dragon Bite cocktails at RA Sushi Bar Restaurant
bear a deliciously deceptive name. Fire breathing, they're not, yet they can sneak up on you. January's special $6 cocktail combines Bacardi Dragon Berry, strawberry purée, fresh lemon juice, Japanese yuzu and a splash of soda. So cute, with a strawberry perched on the rim. Hardly innocent. 
What's New on Pinterest?
Aqua blue Steak Salad
Heavy reading? No way. We're lining up a Pinterest board of "Light Delights" to help us all adhere to our healthy living goals for 2014. Are you with us?