Gu’s Bistro + Krog Street Market = In Town Awesomeness [Rumors] 4

Posted by Foodie Buddha on May 10, 2013

gu's bistro food

Gu’s Bistro is on the cusp of changing the entire Chinese restaurant scene here in Atlanta. As it stands, ATLiens find themselves pilgrimaging to one of two zip codes whenever they crave something other than Americanized Chinese cuisine. One area is the Cloverleaf, where two Szechuan kitchens founded by the ronin-esq Peter Chang stand by (for the uninitiated, those two restaurants are Tasty China and Tasty China 2). The other area is the much mythologized Buford Highway, home of great mystique and much pomp.

It’s in the latter culinary causeway that we find Gu’s Bistro; perhaps the most lauded example of traditional Szechuan Chinese food in the Atlanta area. No doubt there are many devotees of the two Tasty China outposts; however, a number of his minions now frequent Gu’s in light of Chang’s departure to VA.

Regardless of which restaurant you fancy, most all will agree that good Asian restaurants in inner city Atlanta are few and far between.  Now, Gu’s is looking to change that and save folks many many gallons of gas.  Their targeted destination is the yet to open Krog Street Market. The ink isn’t on the paper yet but it’s about to be. Call this a rumor; but, call it a rumor with A LOT of legs.

If you haven’t heard of the KSM metroplex, it’s a large project going down in the heart of Inman Park.  It’s scheduled to open this year and the builders are actively pursuing restaurants from the likes of Ford Fry.  Meanwhile, with the recent opening of BoccaLupo and the impending opening of Staplehouse, the area is almost certain to be Atlanta’s new “it” neighborhood (at least in terms of restaurants … which is the only thing that matters).

Umi Sushi From Fuyuhiko Ito [Coming Soon]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on February 19, 2013

umi-sushi-logo

It’s been a few months since Fuyuhiko Ito‘s plans to open a Buckhead sushi bar started to leak out.  Now, it appears things are finally starting to come together.  The restaurant has been branded Umi, which is the phonetic equivalent of the Japanese word for sea.  Seems appropriate.  The restaurant just launched a facebook page and it’s replete with construction images.  The restaurant is located at 3050 Peachtree Road in Two Buckhead Plaza, which is right in the midst of Chops/Lobster Bar and the St. Regis (amongst other tenants).

It’s one of the restaurants I’m most anxious to see open.  Both Ito-san and his wife Lisa previously worked at the now defunct MF Sushi Bar.  Ito was one of the chefs while Lisa deftly executed the restaurant’s excellent Japanese desserts.  She also showed off her skills as head of service in the fancy pants Omakase room at MF.

While the restaurant hasn’t officially said what the opening date is, they are shooting for March 1, 2013.  My peeps tell me that date is more or less in play.  If there are delays, it might be a result of licensing and such as opposed to construction stalls.

Holeman & Finch Bread Co. Hath Risen … Officially Open 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 20, 2012

ramen bread at holeman + finch

Here’s some good news: that buttery, glowing siren of bread pictured above is now available 7-days a week.  That’s right …  Holeman & Finch Bread Company (unofficially known as Atlanta’s best bakery) has officially opened its doors to the general public.  The technical term is “walk-ins now accepted,” but I don’t know anyone who’s tried this stuff that has the patience for walking in order to procure such goodness.

If you’re in the minority of folks who read this blog but haven’t tasted head baker Rob Alexander’s work; you don’t really have much of an excuse now. If you don’t feel like getting up at the ass crack of dawn on a Saturday to grab it from a farmer’s market and/or haven’t visited any of the handful of shops that sell it, I’d encourage you to hustle over as soon as you have a second. Keep in mind, it’s open 7-days a week until 4pm  And with that, I’m off to go get my drink on.

H&F Bread Co. Address & Information

1401 Ellsworth Industrial Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 // view map
404.350.8877 // // menu
Cuisine: Bakery // Price Range: $

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Olmsted & Article 14 : Two New Atlanta Restaurants, One Midtown Location [Openings] 5

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 06, 2012

So what we have here is more “coming soon” news in the form of Olmsted and Article 14 (two separate Atlanta restaurants).  To be honest, I can’t stand writing this stuff as it makes me sound like a stodgy journalist … something I’m most definitely not (on either front). Be that as it may, the situation is that these two compadres are getting inserted into Symphony Tower (aka – 1180 Peachtree) in the not too distant future.

A few months back, the biz chronicle broke word that Legacy Restaurant Partners (STATS, Max’s, Glenn’s Kitchen, etc.) planed to open a restaurant in the former Trois space in Midtown.  Seeing as it’s a cavernous “room”(something like 14,000 square feet), it’s not a total surprise to hear that there are two restaurants going in.  There’s a little bit more to be said … so click that little linky thing that says “continue reading” if you fancy yourself curious.

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Nava Closing In Buckhead, Ford Fry The Likely Replacement + Some Not So Little Sushi News 5

Posted by Foodie Buddha on June 12, 2012

nava interior

Factoid: Nava, the longstanding “Southwestern” eatery from the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, is headed for the land of restaurants past.  While I don’t think anyone from BLRG has officially gone on record, this has been rumored and considered by many people over the past months and years.  The rumors are dead because this is now a fact.  Nava is closing in August despite (or perhaps b/c of) the revitalization that’s happening in Buckhead.  Because of that revitalization, Nava’s demise is not the only part to this story.

You see, one might argue that the intersection of Peachtree and East/West Paces Ferry is in fact the epicenter of Atlanta’s ritziest zip code. 3060 Peachtree Rd (the building that houses Nava) has kind of gotten the “Up” treatment in recent years; so you know someone was going to jump at the opportunity to move in.  As it just so happens, it appears that someone is right outside the neighborhood gates.

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Eleanor’s: A Cocktail Bar from Muss & Turner’s Goes Live

Posted by Foodie Buddha on May 09, 2012

So the gang from Muss & Turners has gotten together and opened themselves a little cocktail bar. Aptly named Eleanor’s (after one of their longtime employees), Eleanor’s is a cocktail bar with some food offerings from the newly M&T’s next door. It’s located right next to M&Ts (and there’s a little connector between the two).  Have at it ATL. Details can be found on the M&T facebook page.

[instagram courtesy of @staplehouse]

We Suki Suki Now Live in EAV [Openings] 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on February 14, 2012

we suki suki logo

Residents of and visitors to East Atlanta Village have a brand new eatery to check out.  We Suki Suki, a somewhat suggestively named Vietnamese restaurant, has just opened it doors.  WSS is apparently a straightforward banh mi shop offering four renditions of Vietnam’s answer to the po boy.  Located in the former Village Ice Cream space, WSS also provides bubble tea addicts (aka me) with an opportunity to get their fix for just $3 a pop.  A little more 411 for you after the jump.

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A Disturbance In The Force For One Eared Stag [Rumors] 13

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 13, 2012

the dining room at the one eared stag

There’s a somewhat frustrating bit of information floating around these days that pertains to One Eared Stag in Inman Park.  The restaurant, which features food from Robert Phalen and currently occupies the space of the fondly remembered Shaun’s, might be going away.  The supposed end of days is set for the tail of February.  Details after the jump!

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Holeman & Finch Bread Rising Again [Openings] 4

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 04, 2012

Holeman & Finch Bread Company is indeed reopening to the public and it appears that this bun is just about done in the oven.  So start your wave, erupt in cheers, dance in the streets, and throw down a flash mob … because that sweet deliciousness we’ve been forced to seek out at farmers markets and specialty shops is about to be much more accessible … again!

For those unaware, for the past few years bread savant Rob Alexander (@robmalexander) has been baking up H&F Bread Co. goodies for many Atlanta restaurants (roughly 60 last time I counted).  That’s a huge number and I suspect it’s even bigger now.  Mind you, I’m not surprised as the granular gold be good and tasty.

When the bakery first got going, common folk like you and me could walk into the little shop in Brookwood Hills/Peachtree Hills (it was next to their mother ship) and shop until Dr. Atkins rolled in his grave several times over.  For a multitude of reasons, that didn’t work out so well and the retail shop shuttered approximately 2-years ago.  Boo … hiss!!!!

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Café Agora in Midtown Just Around The Corner [Openings] 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on December 23, 2011

sampler platter (aka meze) at cafe agora

Good news for we fans of Café Agora, a Buckhead gyro and Mediterranean spot where I’ve popped more foodie cherries at than I can count.  In July, the Atlanta Business Chronicle broke the news that Café Agora was adding a satellite location in Midtown.  At the time, ABC reported that Agora hoped to be open at 92 Peachtree Place by late September.  As is common place with these sorts of things, that didn’t actually happen.

Fast forward a few months to present day, and it SEEMS like change is just around the corner.  Word around the campfire is that owner Mr. Ozelci (but you don’t need to call him that) hopes to have Al’s Café Agora Midtown open in the early parts of February.  I can wait nary another day as I have yet to find a Greek/Mediterranean/Turkish restaurant in the area that can hold a candle to CA.  Their gyros burst in the mouth with flavor as pronounced as pop rocks.  Beyond that, who doesn’t love to watch the jovial Al feed his customers as spoons goodies from a meze plate into the mouths of customer after customer?  Seriously – the dude likes to feed people as if he’s teaching a baby how to eat!  Don’t be scared … just go with it.

Also, Agora is finally starting to expand its mother ship, which TNT told us about last year.  The build out shouldn’t take long, but I have no time frame for when its actually going to be completed.  All I know is that Café Agora is expanding, and Atlanta will be better for it.

Café Agora Address & Information

262 E. Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 · view map
404.949.0900 · · menu
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean, Turkish · Price Range: $$

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