Friday, December 11, 2015

Eat, Drink and Be Merry this Holiday Season

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Melissa Libby & Associates

Atlanta Restaurants Serve Up Exceptional Christmas and New Year’s Specials

ATLANTA (Dec. 11, 2015) – The holiday season is officially here, and between decorating the tree and shopping for everyone on your list, the last thing you want to do is figure out how to feed your friends and family on Christmas Eve or what you’re doing to ring in 2016. Not to worry: many of Atlanta’s best restaurants and nightspots have you covered with holly jolly specials, events and takeout options. Spaces are limited and sure to disappear faster than St. Nick up the chimney, so make your reservations today!

Christmas Eve:
10th & Piedmont is hosting a Christmas Eve dinner party that includes lobster bisque; cranberry and Camembert salad; an entrée of seared coffee-dusted duck breast with Chambord demi-glace or almond pesto-crusted Scottish salmon; and red velvet cake. This special menu is available from 5 to 10 p.m. for $29.95 per person. Beverages, tax and gratuity not included. 404-602-5510;
Dinner at Aqua blue is a three-course prix fixe menu of seafood gumbo or house salad; grilled ahi tuna with scallops and shrimp or grilled New York strip with coconut shrimp; and warm chocolate cake or New York-style chocolate cheesecake. This $39 per person holiday dinner menu is available Dec. 18-24. 770-643-8886;
Once you’ve finished wrapping presents and preparing for Santa’s visit, reward yourself with a meal at Aria. Christmas Eve dinner service at Gerry Klaskala’s Buckhead destination for creative American cuisine begins at 5 p.m. 404-233-7673;
Article 14 in Midtown is the perfect spot to sip a seasonal cocktail before or after enjoying “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights” at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Holiday cocktail offerings include Portside at Six with Michter’s American whiskey, Carpano Antica Formula, Fonseca port, Bitter End Memphis BBQ bitters and Boker’s bitters; and The Key to the Holidays old fashioned with apple liqueur, Larceny bourbon and a rich “holiday” syrup infused with honey, brown sugar, nutmeg, pecans, cinnamon, ginger and orange zest. The restaurant is open on Christmas Eve. 404-443-8432;

"Twelve Days of Biddy" ends on Dec. 24 at Bantam + Biddy and Chick-a-Biddy with $3 sliders available until closing (2 p.m. at Bantam + Biddy Crescent; 3 p.m. at Bantam + Biddy Ansley; or 6 p.m. at Chick-a-Biddy and Bantam + Biddy Avalon and Lenox Square). This wraps up a sleigh-full of daily deals and specials offered at both restaurants beginning Dec. 13.;

FLIP's burger of the month for December will have you shouting out with glee, and the burger boutique's two Atlanta restaurants will be open until 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve for you to come try it. "The Rudolph" is a venison burger with blackberry ketchup, baby kale, pickled grape tomatoes, red onion juniper jam and tomme cheese snow. It’s served with gingerbread-spiced potato twigs - shoestring potatoes with brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and clove. Wash it all down with December’s featured shake, "Deer Tracks" - chocolate ice cream, liquid nitrogen whoppers, salted caramel, balsamic reduction and vanilla whipped cream. It’ll go down in history!
Stop by Le FatGuy Wong's West Midtown Vietnamese brasserie, on Christmas Eve for the addictive garlic chili prawns or a hearty helping of comfort food like the thit kho bowl, brimming with caramelized pork belly, pickled mustard greens, braised egg and grilled scallions. Wong's menu is his personal interpretation of Vietnamese food from his family to yours. 404-439-9850;
Chef Kevin Gillespie’s celebrated Gunshow is open on Christmas Eve, featuring a holiday-themed menu of favorites from executive chef Joey Ward and the Gunshow team.  Dine on such offerings as roast beast, Peking duck and ham. Last reservation is at 8:30 p.m. 404-380-1886;

Sometimes you just need a nice adult beverage after a hectic day of shopping. Stop by Marlow’s Tavern, Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood restaurant, for the Holiday Spice martini made with vanilla vodka, rye whiskey, RumChata and St. Elizabeth allspice dram. Served on the rocks or in a frozen martini glass and garnished with fresh grated nutmeg. All Atlanta-area locations of Marlow's are open normal hours on Christmas Eve.
Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar is serving a family-style Christmas dinner on Dec. 24 with such offerings as smoked chestnut with ham hock; crunchy arugula and shaved asparagus salad; a selection of oysters, crab claws and steamed Georgia white shrimp; braised lamb shank; roasted Cornish hen; baked and stuffed flounder; assorted macaroons and more. This special menu is available from 5:30 to 10 p.m. for $65 per person. 404-745-5000;

Christmas Day:
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland is serving a classic Christmas dinner on Dec. 25. The prix fixe menu features a Big Green Egg-smoked turkey breast with caramelized apple and sage stuffing in a cider gravy; braised pork shoulder with roasted root vegetable in a bourbon glaze; green bean casserole with crispy onions and roasted mushrooms; roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sweet potato biscuits. Don’t forget to leave room for a delectable slice of Southern pecan pie or peppermint cheesecake. The price is $28 for adults, $18 for young adults and $10 for children under 10. Doors open at 6 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended. 404-876-7249;
After a day of trekking back and forth to visit family, give yourself the gift of a fun, relaxing evening at Johnny’s Hideaway. The legendary Buckhead nightspot is opening on Christmas Day starting at 7 p.m., serving up its popular menu of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, entrées and more. 404-233-8026;
Celebrate family-style at Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar with Christmas dinner served from 5:30 to 10 p.m. for $65 per person. 404-745-5000;

New Year's Eve:
10th & Piedmont welcomes guests with a complimentary glass of Champagne and a four-course prix fixe menu including country ham and black-eyed pea soup; pan-seared crab cake and wild greens; a surf-and-turf “three way” with filet mignon, lobster bound salad and grilled gulf shrimp; and salted caramel crème brûlée parfait. Cost is $45 per person; beverages, tax and gratuity not included. 404-602-5510;
Toast to midnight at Aqua blue while enjoying a three-course prix fixe menu of lobster bisque or lobster and shrimp salad; seafood-stuffed Maine lobster tail or Angus beef rib-eye and tempura shrimp; and warm chocolate cake or chocolate mint crème brûlée. This $55 per person dinner menu is available Dec. 26-31. 770-643-8886;
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Aria in Buckhead with a four-course meal for $95 per person.

Gunshow is open for extended hours on New Year’s Eve, seating every half-hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. through 10 p.m. The restaurant is offering its singular dining experience, with chefs rotating selections tableside, and guests can also enjoy premium wines and cocktails. 404-380-1886;

Gypsy Kitchen is featuring a New Year’s Eve menu of family-style pinchos (almonds, olives, chicken croquettes and pickled beets), plus a supplemental course of uni-stuffed eggs (add $10) and foie gras (add $15); a mixed green salad and tortilla Espanola; and an entrée of cod pil-pil or braised beef chunks (add burgundy truffles for $15). Price is $65 per person. 404-939-9840;

Johnny’s Hideaway rings in the New Year with a special celebration for $40 per person. The price includes your seat for the evening and party favors at midnight. Guests must arrive by 9:30 p.m. or forfeit their seats. Reserve in person or by phone. 404-233-8026;

Usher in 2016 at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern with all-you-can-drink SweetWater 420 and all-you-can-eat pizza from 10 p.m. to close. Guests will also enjoy live music and DJ tunes from James Patrick Morgan and a midnight Champagne toast and balloon drop. The restaurant is also serving its regular dinner menu until 10 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door and may be purchased here; limited to the first 100 guests. 404-968-2288;

Le Fat is open from 5 to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve for a Vietnamese fix of shaking beef and other favorites. 404-439-9850;
Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is open until midnight to ring in the New Year and is serving a $65 prix fixe menu from 5-10 p.m. Live music begins at 8 p.m. with party favors and a complimentary Champagne toast when the clock strikes 2016. 770-817-0161;

Dance the night away at a New Year’s Eve masquerade ball at Ray’s on the River. This elegant event, held in the Grand Pavilion, features live music, an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. The ball takes place from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Price is $130 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. 770-955-1187;

Ray’s on the River, Ray's at Killer Creek and Ray's in the City are also all serving a limited dinner menu alongside a $65 three-course prix fixe menu on New Year's Eve. Selections are subject to change but may include a broiled seafood platter, filet mignon, Bay of Fundy salmon Oscar, pan-seared Chilean sea bass and rib-eye.

In Decatur, Revival is serving both a family-style and à la carte menu of house favorites and traditional Southern dishes such as black-eyed peas, cornbread, pork, roasted prime beef with caramelized onion jus, local greens and fried chicken. Dinner reservations are available from 5 to 10 p.m. The restaurant's cocktail, wine and beer list will be poured, along with Prosecco for celebratory toasts. 470-225-6770;

Feast on the Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar special bar menu featuring lobster tempura; shaved salmon gravlax; Kentucky smoked ham; fried wild mushroom bread pudding; pan-seared foie gras slider; and French nachos with papas, duck confit, Reblochon cheese, bacon, caramelized onions and fleur de sel. In the main restaurant, guests can enjoy delicious selections from prix fixe stations serving chilled seafood, charcuterie, salads and grains, butcher chops, fish, side dishes, and desserts and petit fours. This menu is available from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. for $110 per person. 404-745-5000;

Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar in Marietta are both offering four-course prix fixe menus, as well as an à la carte menu for New Year’s Eve. $69 per person plus $25 per person wine pairings at Seed, $79 per person plus $29 per person wine pairings at Stem. 678-214-6888;;

The Southern Gentleman gastropub in Buckhead is serving up a suitably sophisticated prix fixe menu on New Year’s Eve for $65. Start off the evening with deviled egg with applewood-smoked trout caviar before enjoying a first course of either salt-and-pepper corn fritters or confit pork belly; a second course of roasted kabocha squash salad, beef tartare or Belgian endive-and-apple salad; and an entrée of Gulf shrimp, skillet-roasted young chicken, braised Creekstone Farm beef cheeks or foraged mushroom risotto. Finish with a dessert of foie blonde (liquid graham cracker, vanilla bean ice cream and essence of foie gras) or the Southern Gentleman candy bar with chocolate crémeux, caramel and roasted peanuts in a butter crust. 404-939-9845;

New Year's Day:
10th & Piedmont is serving its regular weekend menu of brunch favorites and cocktails.  404-602-5510;
Visit Aqua blue for your first dinner of 2016.  The Roswell restaurant is serving its regular dinner menu from 4 - 11 p.m. on New Year's Day. 770-643-8886;

Chick-a-Biddy and all locations of Bantam + Biddy are open normal hours on Jan. 1. The regular brunch menu is served until 3 p.m., and a special New Year’s dish of honey-glazed ham, stewed black-eyed peas, braised collard greens, cornbread and country gravy for $16 is on the menu all day, while supplies last. Guests can also enjoy $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas.;

At HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern, enjoy brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a choice between the regular brunch menu or a special $12 New Year's Day dish of scrambled eggs, black-eyed peas and collard greens. Regular dinner service follows. 404-968-2288;

Not a believer in hoppin' John for New Year's? Le Fat is open normal hours on New Year's Day. 404-439-9850;

Ray's at Killer Creek and Ray's in the City will be open regular business hours on New Year's Day. In the mood for brunch? Ray’s on the River is offering their famous brunch buffet from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and will be open for dinner from 5 - 10 p.m.


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