Food

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

Atlanta Food Truck Park & Event Center

The Atlanta Food Truck Park & Event Center is a an everyday place to come together as a community and experience food and drink, browse local art, pick up local fresh produce, have a picnic with their family, laugh with your coworkers, throw the frisbee, play bocce ball, and pick out your Christmas tree or pumpkins. The Atlanta Food Truck Park & Event Center is for you. We have rehabilitated an old hotel site that has been sitting vacant and is a key piece of property within the community. The site will evolve with the seasons and provide a place for you and your family to enjoy. Read More

Drink Time: Enjoy The Under-Rated Apple Martini

This is a cocktail with a kick and addictively delicious. I have to say it is enormously useful as a quick shot of party spirit before you go to someone else’s party. I always feel better the next day, having a stiff drink before and water (sparkling rather than still but, hey, let’s live a little) during a party. Although it is a sour apple martini, at home I refer it only as Kryptonite. The lurid green is quite something. I’ve given quantities per glass simply because it’s better made up glass by glass and you can hand them round to your guests as they request them. Read More

Searching For The Best Steak In New York City

Kept alive by nearly two centuries of chewing carnivores, the New York City steakhouse defiantly broils on. Classic steakhouses, like Peter Luger and Keens, enjoy a certain amount of stability not common in the current dining climate, where even the most exciting chef-driven small plates tasting counters last about as long as the Edison bulbs that light their communal bathroom foyers. Many of these meat mongers have histories as well marbled as the aged cuts they serve, often extending back into the 19th and early 20th centuries. Taking their cues from the gregarious man-and-meat gatherings known as beefsteak socials, these old guard chophouses almost always feature dark Read More

The Essential Atlanta Restaurants in 2017

“Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group covers the entire city (inside the perimeter, loosely), spans myriad cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs. Every couple of months, we’ll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game. New additions to the list, mapped north to south, are 8 Arm, Cakes & Ale,Desta Ethiopian Kitchen, and Poor Hendrix. 1 O4W Pizza The location has changed, but Anthony Spina is still serving up his famous Grandma Pie. The pizzeria is no longer in its namesake neighborhood, residing in the former Read More

Want to Go into the Food-Truck Business? Start on eBay

If you’re thinking about starting a food-truck business, you’re not alone. Grabbing a meal from a kitchen on wheels has swept the nation. Somehow a gourmet Cuban sandwich or Korean BBQ plate tastes better when delivered through a sliding glass window. eBay Motors is on top of the food truck trend with many vehicles on tap, some of them already fully functional and others showing a lot of potential—and novelty value. A 1968 Citroën AX HY Van would certainly make a unique platform for grab-and-go nouvelle cuisine, n’est-ce pas? It’s here on eBay Motors. In this case, when customers say, “Pass the Grey Poupon,” you’ll be ready to oblige. Read More