Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Babalu Tapas & Tacos to Open First Atlanta Location in Early Summer

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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Tuttle
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New Midtown Restaurant Offers Melodic Mix of Latin-Inspired Cuisine and Sharing-Style Fun

ATLANTA (April 26, 2017) – Babalu Tapas & Tacos announces the opening of its first Atlanta restaurant in the 33 Peachtree Place mixed-use development in Midtown this summer. Named after the signature song of Desi Arnaz’s character Ricky Ricardo in the television comedy series I Love Lucy, Babalu offers a sharing-style dining experience featuring made-from-scratch, Latin-inspired dishes with Southern touches. The Jackson, Mississippi-founded restaurant company with local offices in Roswell, Georgia already has six existing locations throughout the Southeast and plans to open its doors in June at 33 Peachtree Place at the corner of West Peachtree Street and Peachtree Place next to the newly opened Dancing Goats Coffee Bar.

“Our new Midtown restaurant is completely unique to Atlanta; in fact no two Babalus are alike. Our whole brand is founded on providing guests something better and different. It’s in our design, our feel, our people and definitely our food and guest experience,” says Stan Stout, Chief Operating Officer of Eat Here Brands. “Our chefs draw inspiration from locally sourced ingredients for our made-from-scratch dishes and handcrafted cocktails. ”

Guests can look forward to a wide selection of starters, soups and salads, chef-inspired small plates, tacos, sandwiches, sides to share and desserts. Examples of menu items include:

·         Signature guacamole made tableside with Hass avocado, sun-dried tomato, red and green onion, kosher salt, cilantro and lime juice, served with house chips
·         Pan Roasted Redfish: Rösti potatoes, smoked corn pico de gallo, red chili butter sauce
·         De Pato Taco: Duck confit, avocado mousse, yellow onions, cotija cheese, lime vinaigrette & cilantro
·         Creole Shrimp & Grits: Gulf shrimp, garlic, herb Creole sauce, mushrooms, cilantro, Coldwater Creek grits, grilled country bread

Margaritas, sangria, signature cocktails and a curated tequila selection accompany local craft beers and wines by the glass and bottle to complement the shareable menu, which is designed to inspire conversation, encourage camaraderie and promote good times.

The Atlanta restaurant’s 5,200-square-foot space will feature chef’s table seating as well as a large outdoor dining patio with an indoor/outdoor bar. Appealing to the urban lifestyle and eclectic nature of Midtown’s residents and visitors, Babalu takes pride in the restaurants’ communities and offers a dining experience intended to bring people together.

About Babalu
Babalu Tapas & Tacos is a fun, one-of-a-kind, sharing-style dining experience. Founded in 2010, in Jackson, Mississippi, the restaurant has quickly taken the Southeast by storm. The Latin-inspired dishes -- each with a unique Southern flair -- are sure to bring people together. Babalu is proud to use hyper-local produce and products for its made-from-scratch dishes and handcrafted cocktails. Babalu is a wholly owned subsidiary of Eat Here Brands. For more information, visit Follow Babalu on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for additional updates.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Taco Mac Brings More Brews and Buffalo Wings to the Sunny South: New Location Opening in McDonough

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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Tuttle
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Iconic Brand Introduces State-of-the-Art Restaurant Prototype

ATLANTA (April 25, 2017) – Known for providing best-in-class wings, the most craft on draft and the best sports-watching environment, Taco Mac is now bringing a new freestanding restaurant to the South Point Shopping Center in McDonough, Georgia, this May. The McDonough location is a brand new prototype and is the first new Taco Mac location to open in two years.

“We are very excited to bring Taco Mac’s seamless blend of family-friendly dining and favorite neighborhood sports bar with 120 taps and 72 HDTVs to McDonough,” says CEO Greg Lippert. “We’ve listened to our guests and are now offering more food, beverage and event options than ever before. We’re excited to launch our new, state-of-the-art restaurant prototype that showcases Taco Mac as a leader in craft on draft and the best place to watch all sports.”

The first location for Henry County, the new McDonough restaurant is just under 6,300 square feet and located at South Point Exit 218, GA Hwy 20, in an upscale retail and dining destination in one of the nation’s fastest growing counties. The industrial chic-inspired design includes features that reflect the brand’s roots – sports and beer – and include elements like an exterior wall made from beer kegs, reclaimed barn wood finishes and a state-of-the-art audio and visual system that includes Harmon Cardon speakers, 12” Sunfire subwoofers, 72 HDTVs and a video wall.

Guests can look forward to special events for both Brewniversity members and McDonough neighbors leading up to the opening. The new Taco Mac location will also work closely with local brewery partners for a planned series of local beer events and special tappings within the first few weeks of opening.

Founded in Atlanta in 1979 as a Buffalo wings restaurant, Taco Mac has grown to 30 locations in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. While that flavorful wing is still the thing, and one of the key reasons guests keep coming back for more, the entire restaurant team has elevated listening to guests to an art form, continually refreshing their successful model and introducing new food, beverage and event offerings.

About Taco Mac
An Atlanta institution since 1979, Taco Mac offers over 100 beers on draft, the Southeast’s Original Buffalo wings and 50+ HD TVs for enjoying all your favorite sporting events. Started by two friends from Buffalo, New York, Taco Mac now has 30 locations across Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Taco Mac is one of many portfolio companies owned by Dallas-based CIC Partners. For more information, visit


Friday, April 21, 2017

Sublime Doughnuts Keeps Atlanta Cool with Custom Ice Cream Flavors

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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Tuttle
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City’s Home for Chef-Crafted Doughnuts Serves Up Delicious, Frozen Treats

ATLANTA (April 21, 2017) – With winter finally in the rearview mirror, Atlantans are once again embracing the tastes and traditions that come with warmer temperatures. Sublime Doughnuts keeps fans cool by offering high-quality, handcrafted ice cream scoops at both locations.
The Atlanta bakeshop beloved for its fun, funky doughnuts is also the city’s premier spot for delicious homemade ice cream. And each scoop is imbued with the same passion and flair for imaginative flavors that have made Sublime the sweetheart of the metro area’s confectionary scene. Sublime’s ice cream boasts inventive takes on classic tastes, and chef-driven offerings inspired by popular cookies, candy bars and other well-known treats.

“Making ice cream is very different from making doughnuts,” Sublime founder Kamal Grant says. “But they’re both delicious, and they both make people happy, and that’s what it’s all about for us. Our goal is always the same: to provide our guests with flavors, textures and quality they can’t get anywhere else.”

Sublime offers a regular roster of tried-and-true favorites including vanilla bean, mega chocolate, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, strawberry rosé, peach Riesling, Reese’s peanut butter, white chocolate Oreo and limoncello. In addition, the bakeshop features a rotating selection of flavors that includes chocolate chip mint, coffee, strawberry cheesecake, orange dream, Heath bar, butter pecan, red velvet, Nestle, Butterfinger, Kit Kat, birthday cake and salted caramel.

About Sublime Doughnuts:

Sublime Doughnuts has been bringing chef-inspired sweets and treats to Atlanta since 2008. With hand-pressed, gourmet coffee, homemade ice cream and over 30 varieties of doughnuts, Sublime proves that they don’t take the cake--they take the dough. In addition to their flagship store in West Midtown, Sublime has expanded to North Druid Hills and plans to open two locations in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2017. For more information, visit

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Budding Atlanta Entrepreneur John Martin Becomes First-Ever Sweet Charlie’s Franchisee

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 Morgan Lanier or Olivia Tuttle
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Budding Atlanta Entrepreneur John Martin Becomes
First-Ever Sweet Charlie’s Franchisee
Martin Bringing Rolled Ice Cream Concept to Buckhead Later This Spring

ATLANTA (April 20, 2017) – Virginia-Highland resident and 2012 University of Georgia graduate John Martin is seeing his entrepreneurial dreams come true as the first-ever franchisee of Sweet Charlie’s. The Philadelphia-based rolled ice cream and yogurt phenomenon has been attracting blocks-long lines since debuting its made-to-order frozen treat in 2016. Martin is bringing the first Sweet Charlie’s location to Atlanta with a late spring opening in Buckhead, next to Superica.

Martin became enamored with rolled ice cream last year after seeing it in action during a summer vacation. He is so confident in all that the untapped food opportunity has to offer Atlanta, that he recently departed his career as a project manager for one of the country’s leading fabricators of structural steel.

“Sometimes in life, you just need to take a leap of faith and follow your passion,” says Martin. “I’ve seen how people respond to the rolled ice cream concept, and I want to be the person to bring this new dessert experience to Buckhead.”

Martin’s goals for the city’s first Sweet Charlie’s location are simple. Says Martin: “We want to take the art of making rolled ice cream, with its unique brand of crowd-pleasing modern American showmanship, and create a one-of-a-kind, delicious dessert for all ages.”

Sweet Charlie’s is the brainchild of 19-year-old entrepreneur Kyle Billig, who after watching a video about the overseas trend of Thai-inspired rolled ice cream, teamed up with his older brother Jacob and figured out a way to duplicate and Americanize the delicious treat.

The Billig family was so impressed with Martin’s pitch to bring the interactive ice cream experience to the city of Atlanta, they awarded him the first Sweet Charlie’s franchise opportunity.

Martin’s Sweet Charlie’s location will feature a garage-style roll up window for warm breezy days and a vacation vibe filled with good music, smiling faces, quick service and lots of delicious rolled ice cream and yogurt options for hot, hungry Atlantans.

An Atlanta food aficionado and major Ford Fry fan, Martin was excited to find a retail space adjacent to Fry’s popular Tex-Mex concept. “Proximity to Ford’s second Superica location is one of the first things that drew me to Buckhead Court,” says Martin. “I love that the Atlanta food scene is always on the forefront of up-and-coming national restaurant trends, and my hope is that Sweet Charlie’s will be no exception.”

Opening in late spring, Sweet Charlie’s will be located at 3872 Roswell Road in the Buckhead Court shopping center. For more information, visit
About Sweet Charlie’s
Sweet Charlie’s combines the art of making ice cream rolls with modern American showmanship to create a one of a kind experience for all ages. Each ice cream or frozen yogurt is made to order on a super cold surface that is below 20 degrees. Because the surface is so cold, very small ice crystals form quickly. These ice crystals create the freshest, most delicious end product. The unique process eliminates the need to add stabilizers, emulsifiers and preservatives. The best part is… it tastes delicious! Visit us at


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Marlow’s Tavern Springs Forward with New Crop of Cocktails and Dishes

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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Tuttle
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Farm to Fork Approach Adds Fresh Items to Menu at Atlanta’s Favorite Tavern

ATLANTA (April 18, 2017) – Nothing says spring like freshly harvested garden vegetables. Marlow’s Tavern is welcoming the spring season with new features on both the food and drink menus beginning April 18. Marlow’s Tavern executive chef, CEO and co-founder John C. Metz and his research and development director Ben Krawiecki have been listening to their local food sources and experimenting in the kitchen to bring the new palate- and wallet-pleasing plates to the menu.

“Georgia has become famous for its rainbow trout. We’ll be pairing it with cauliflower, green beans, shiitake mushrooms, tofu, poke and charred scallions. Our pan-roasted version is incredibly light, a perfect complement to a warm spring or summer day,” says Metz.

Of course, what would spring be without something sumptuous to sip? Thanks to Rick Blumberg, manager of adult beverages for Marlow’s Tavern, guests can taste fresh cocktail concoctions.

“Our guests have always raved about our mojitos,” Blumberg says. “For the spring, we’ve added a blackberry mojito to the menu, combining mint with berry syrup. I have a feeling it’s going to become a tavern favorite.”

Additional new seasonal menu items include:

  • Tavern Salad: Shaved fennel, radish, spiced seeds, citrus dressing
  • Tuna Nicoise Salad: Large-sliced tuna saku, arugula, roasted tomatoes, green beans, fingerling potatoes, Kalamata olives, sliced egg, chopped parsley, potato sticks, lemonette dressing
  • Grilled Chicken Stack: Herb-marinated chicken, served with roasted fingerling potatoes, rosemary, thyme, blistered grape tomatoes, artichokes, baby arugula, green beans lemonette, parslied olive oil
  • Black and Blue Steak: Grilled beef tenderloin, Field greens, pickled red onion, tomato carpaccio, crumbled gorgonzola, sliced scallions, gorgonzola dressing
  • Fried Banana Split: Phyllo-wrapped banana, panko crusted, vanilla ice cream, chocolate, strawberry & caramel sauces with salted caramel whipped cream

Other additions to the cocktail menu include:

·         Pom Collins – Tito’s, PAMA Liqueur, house sour mix, simple syrup, mint leaf, pomegranate seeds
·         Southern Charmer – Old Forester, Domaine De Canton, peach, lavender, lemon bitters

Blumberg has also added new wines and beers to their well-stocked portfolio. “Imagine sipping on a glass of Conundrum White Blend or Belleruche Rose with one of the specials our kitchen team has whipped up. I’d say that’s a rather perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening.”

For more information on the new menus, visit

About Marlow’s Tavern
Marlow’s Tavern was established in November of 2004 with the opening of its first location in Alpharetta, Ga., and has continued to grow over the years, adding several Atlanta-area and Florida taverns. In 2013, Nation’s Restaurant News named Marlow’s Tavern one of its “NRN 50 Breakout Brands” for the year. The neighborhood restaurant concept is open for lunch and dinner daily, offering guests classic American tavern fare with an upscale twist. For more information and location addresses, visit  

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Federal Lets Patrons Steak Claims Early on 50-Day Dry-Aged Manhattan Strip

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 Morgan Lanier or Olivia Tuttle
Melissa Libby & Associates

Rare Treat Will Delight Connoisseur Carnivores

ATLANTA (April 14, 2017) – Acclaimed Atlanta chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere have a tender spot for their carnivore customers. That’s why the two, who recently opened The Federal in Midtown with a selection of steakhouse traditions on the menu, are working with Buckhead Beef to dry age their 16 oz. certified black Angus steaks for an unheard-of 50 days.

Now available, the Crescent Avenue restaurant offers guests an opportunity to taste this 50-day dry-aged Manhattan strip steak ($68) on their next dinner visit. The Manhattan is a premium lean cut known for its marbling, tenderness and flavor. Quantities are extremely limited.

When dry aging, beef is placed in a carefully controlled environment that offers cool temperatures and relatively high humidity. This process breaks down enzymes while allowing excess moisture to evaporate, which results in very concentrated and complex flavors.  

“Most restaurants dry age their beef for an average of 28 days,” says Doty. “Our 50-day dry-aged steaks are going to have even more intense flavor, making it a meal to remember and a rare treat for steak connoisseurs.”

The Federal is located at 1050 Crescent Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets and serves weekday breakfast and lunch, dinner Tuesday through Saturday and brunch Saturday-Sunday.  Reservations may be made via OpenTable. Two-hour validated parking is available next to the restaurant in the 1010 Midtown Parking deck, and additional paid parking is on Crescent Avenue. Valet parking is offered at the corner of 11th and Crescent Avenue Thursday through Saturday. For additional information, call 404-343-3857 or visit Follow The Federal on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for further updates.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Taste of Atlanta on the Move as the City’s Must-Do Food Fest Turns Sweet 16

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Taste of Atlanta On The Move As The City’s Must-DO
Food Fest Turns Sweet 16
Historic Fourth Ward Park New Home for Oct. 20-22, 2017 Festival

ATLANTA (April 13, 2017) - Taste of Atlanta, the city’s premier bites and bevs fest, celebrates its Sweet 16 anniversary this October 20-22, with a brand-new home in one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods. This year’s festival kicks off at Historic Fourth Ward Park with a “Sweet 16” soiree hosted by Jonathan and Justin Fox of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q on Friday, October 20. The good times roll through the weekend with even more food, wine, craft beer and cocktails from a who’s who of the city’s most buzzworthy restaurants.

“To celebrate our 16th year, we’re thrilled to bring Taste of Atlanta to Historic Fourth Ward Park in one of the city’s favorite neighborhoods,” says festival founder Dale DeSena. “The move pairs the city’s must-do food fest with the ease of walking and biking on Atlanta’s BeltLine, and provides a spacious new permanent home for Taste of Atlanta. As always, we want Atlanta’s best chefs and their fans to be in the center of the action.”

The 16th annual Taste of Atlanta will feature more than 200 nibbles, noms, sips and samples from the city’s neighborhood favorites alongside today’s hottest, most creative restaurants. Atlanta eateries already confirmed to be a part of Taste of Atlanta’s sweet 16 include Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, 1Kept, Woody’s Cheesesteaks and Livingston Restaurant + Bar.

In addition to Saturday and Sunday’s food adventures filled with soul-satisfying samples, festivalgoers can upgrade to a VIP Grand Tasting Experience to access exclusive bites and beverages. This popular ticket option sells out every year, so tasters are encouraged to purchase their VIP passes early. Chef demonstrations, interactive panel conversations, music and more round out the schedule for a weekend full of food and fun.

Hometown chefs the Fox Bros. are looking forward to hosting Friday night’s Sweet 16 Kick-Off Party and bringing some top-notch chefs with them. “Taste of Atlanta is one of our favorite yearly events,” say Jonathan and Justin Fox. “It’s a great display of the amazing and varied food landscape that this city has to offer. We are very honored to serve as hosts of the Taste of Atlanta Kick-Off Party on October 20. We are looking forward to putting together an all-star line-up of Atlanta chefs and making this the party of the year.”

Says DeSena: “As the city’s most affordable, chef-driven food fest, we’re proud to continue Taste of Atlanta’s tradition of introducing passionate festival attendees to the city’s newest trendsetting chefs along with enduring fan favorites. We always have something new to experience each year, and we’re looking forward to attendees exploring them in a beautiful new location this year.”

To keep up with Taste of Atlanta updates and be among the first to know when tickets go on sale, check out the official festival website at, sign up for the fun, foodie Bite of News newsletter and follow Taste of Atlanta on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For sponsorship information, please email Dale DeSena at