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Summer is in full swing and these Atlanta-area restaurants have fresh dishes on the menu to satisfy your seasonal cravings:
Need a break from the everyday backyard burger? Check out FLIP burger boutique’s raw tuna tartare burger ($14). Raw tuna combined with Asian pear, pine nuts, soy dressing, wasabi mayo, compressed veggies, a mango sphere and avocado puree is lighter than a big beef burger, but just as satisfying.
Der Biergarten in Downtown Atlanta shakes things up each month with a schnitzel special. For July, it’s the senf schnitzel ($23): lightly Dijon-breaded pork served with your choice of side, which pairs perfectly with the July beer of the month, Spaten Lager ($9/liter).
Korean pork sliders with kimchi, gochujang and scallions ($7) are on the menu at Kaleidoscope, where guests can also take advantage of half-priced appetizers Monday – Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. Several appetizer options are available, including pub fries, Berkshire pork potstickers and Indian curry chicken spring rolls.
MAX's Wine Dive in Midtown serves up a unique twist on classic meatballs...and fried chicken. Order the fried chicken and Champagne meatballs with Champagne gravy ($10), and there’s no way you’ll be disappointed.
If it’s lobster you want, diners at Ray’s at Killer Creek, Ray's on the River and Ray's in the City, can select the 1.25-pound whole Maine lobster with a choice of salad and side, served with drawn butter ($24.95). (Available for a limited time only.)
At Marlow's Tavern, the Midsummer Cocktail Party rages on through August 3, featuring several special menu items, including the refreshing watermelon and buffalo salad ($9): Euro cucumber, radish, fresh mint, olive oil and balsamic glaze. (Not available at the Woodstock location opening July 14).
This summer, there’s always time for a margarita at Tin Lizzy's Cantina! And while you’re there, order the shrimp fajita skillet ($9.99): seasoned rice, grilled red peppers and onions, Monterey Jack cheese, and crispy tortilla strips with a skewer of seasoned grilled shrimp, a lime wedge and a drizzle of creamy avocado sauce. (Be sure to check out the new downtown location opening July 20!)
And don’t forget to satisfy that sweet tooth! The Southern Gentleman in Buckhead has a dessert menu bursting with bright summer flavors. Try the strawberry financier ($8): rhubarb, white chocolate ice cream and brown butter crumble or the blueberry upside down cake ($8): salted vanilla ice cream with Fruit Loop dust and cornmeal crumbs.
If that’s not enough to curb your need for something sweet, head to Stem Wine Bar in Marietta for the Marcona almond panna cotta with Riesling-poached Pearson Farm peaches. You should also check out Stem’s sister restaurant Seed Kitchen & Bar, where scallops are the star of the menu this summer: seared Maine scallops with poblano creamed corn and chanterelles with truffle vinaigrette.
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