Food

Sandy Springs Restaurant Named Among 100 ‘Most Scenic’

SANDY SPRINGS, GA — Diners looking for a restaurant with a view ought to look no further than Sandy Springs, home to one of the “most scenic” restaurants in the nation. That’s according to the online reservation company OpenTable, which published its list Thursday.

Fort Oak

The team behind Trust launches Fort Oak In Mission Hills

The crane shut down the whole street. The payload it hoisted above Fort Stockton Drive in Mission Hills weighed 7,000 pounds. The crane operators looked at where they were going to place this behemoth and asked what was underneath. “A parking garage,” replied chef Brad Wise. The crane operators said uh-oh. Fearing it would collapse the foundation and create a hole in the earth, then crush a few cars parked below that hole in the earth, Wise had to consult the structural engineer. The engineer took a look, gave the thumbs-up. The 7,000-pound monster was Wise’s new grill. It has three walls of pure concrete, a firebox Read More

10 Of The Best Tasting Pizzas In 10 Of Our Favorite States To Visit

California With a mouthwatering menu, Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles is the brainchild of Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Nancy Silverton and a must-stop for pizza lovers. Florida In Miami Beach, Spris fires up tasty thin-crusted pizzas, with whole wheat and gluten-free offerings. Georgia Antico is the place to get pizza in Atlanta. One of the best parts about eating here is sitting at the community-style tables open to the kitchen where you can see (and smell!) the chefs firing up your delicious pizzas while you wait. Hawaii If you’re looking for New York pizza in Hawaii, head to J.J. Dolan’s in Honolulu. Illinois Pequod’s Pizza is a Chicago Read More

SafeHouse Chicago: Spy Theme Restaurant – A Review

Agents from across the city have infiltrated SafeHouse Chicago, the River North restaurant/bar filled with spy-related memorabilia, including vintage trinkets from the James Bond movies and the old “Get Smart” television show. It opened on March 1 and the formula is a modernized version of SafeHouse’s original location that opened 50 years ago in Milwaukee. Is SafeHouse something special in Chicago or a tourist trap? Read on. Comparisons to Milwaukee: SafeHouse took its time in opening a second location. But ownership isn’t going for a carbon copy experience. The prices are higher, thanks to Chicago’s higher cost of living, as “the Chicago craft cocktail menu leans toward Read More

San Francisco’s Top Sushi Restaurants You Need To Visit

1. Akiko’s Restaurant & Sushi Bar With chefs who have worked at some of the country’s best sushi meccas (Sushi Ran, Ota, etc.) and details such as Japanese applewood-aged soy sauce, Akiko’s takes its sushi very seriously. The menu pleases everyone from the California roll lover to the seasoned omakase hound. Our rec? Tell your server what kind of meal you’re in the mood for (all-nigiri or a mixture of hot and cold dishes, for example) and what price you’d like to pay, and just put yourself into the hands of those experienced chefs. The modern Japanese-style decor and extensive and interesting sake selection take it all Read More

Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar Is A San Francisco Favorite Landmark

The Tonga Room is like the Rainforest Cafe, only with a live band and deceptively strong tiki drinks – and way more happy moms than at your fifth birthday party. The bar, in the basement of the very ritzy Fairmont Hotel, is the grown-up version of your favorite childhood theme restaurant, complete with fake rain storms, palm trees, and mediocre food. Oh, and a pool in the middle of the restaurant (note: not swimmable). As tacky as it sounds, Tonga Room is a San Francisco classic, perfect for a really fun drink with out-of-towners, a big group, or whenever a mai tai feels right. The kitsch and Read More

DRIFT FISH HOUSE & OYSTER BAR IS SWIMMING FAST

Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar is certainly of the most anticipated new restaurants openings of the year, and for good reason. When Chefs Brandon Keenan and Doug Turbush, of Seed [Read our review of Seed, Jan 15 2016], announced their intention to open another restaurant in fashionable East Cobb, the word spread quickly. Atlantafoodies, who might believe that real dining can only occur ITP, had their interests piqued and they waited to see what the East Cobb suburbanites might soon realize. Wait no more! Drift is open and is doing a gang busters business at The Avenue in East Cobb. It’s strategic location also makes it Read More

ATLANTA’S OG OF JAPANESE DINNING, NAKATO CELEBRATES 45 YEARS

Enter Nakato and you have to choose: left or right. To the left, a tranquil, elegant space with a sushi bar opens out to traditional dining rooms, lined with rice straw mats and separated by silent sliding wooden doors. To the right, boisterous clapping cheers on hibachi chefs in a circus of cooking. In the middle is Sachiyo Nakato Takahara, the third generation owner of the 45-year-old restaurant. Sachi knows one can’t go wrong with either dining experience; instead, she celebrates both: ritualistic tradition and playful kitsch. After all, it’s the combination of both these worlds that has kept Nakato in Atlanta for so many decades. The Read More

THE BEST PIZZA SPOTS IN ATLANTA

The great ATL “pizza wars,” which we thought were over after everybody went batshit crazy over Antico, are back. Trending now? Fast-casual pies that are made the way your Subway sandwich was, back when you weren’t concerned with your health and thought Jared seemed like an OK guy (spoiler alert: he wasn’t). And while those pizza parlors are decent enough, there are still a good number of places making hand-tossed, thin-crust, and even deep-dish masterpieces, and they deserve recognition — as well as a place in your stomach. Here are Atlanta’s best places for that ultimate Atlantan-American meal. Oh and shout-out to O4W’s Ammazza, which will surely Read More

Foods That Help You Shed Pounds this fall

Ever heard of drinking water to lose weight? The diet tactic actually works, along with eating foods that contain a lot of water, like fruits and veggies. In a University of Tokyo study, women who ate high-water-content foods had lower body mass indexes and smaller waistlines. Researchers speculate that the water in these foods may fill you up so you eat less. Make the strategy work for you by adding more of these in-season fruits and veggies—each is at least 90% water—to your meals. Broccoli Did you know broccoli is a great source of fiber and calcium? Try this delicious recipe for Broccoli Salad With Sesame Dressing Read More