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

Posted by Foodie Buddha on May 10, 2013

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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).

Silver Fox Alert: Laying Over in Atlanta #Spoilers

Posted by Foodie Buddha on October 02, 2012

While I’m honestly the last person to care about celebrity sightings, I can make an exception every now and then.  Case in point: the mythical Silver Fox has been spotted in Atlanta.  Anthony Bourdain, known to his friends and cohorts as Tony Bourdain, is in Atlanta right now filming for the soon to be defunct TV show “The Layover.”

While I’m not sure when this episode will air, it is in fact the final shoot for The Layover … so there’s something momentous in that.  So if you happen to see a sporty red Challenger whizz by you over the next few days, don’t be alarmed.  That’s just Tony being Tony.

He’s already been firing some guns with Empire State South exec chef Ryan Smith and he dropped in at Octane Coffee/Little Tart Bakeshop in Grant Park.  There are a few more destinations sprinkled in … but what fun is it if I tell you all of that now! ;-)  #MuHa

For those unfamiliar, The Layover is a show geared towards those food curious travelers who are simply in town on a mere pit stop.  It’s on the Travel Channel, and even though I prefer No Reservations (Tony’s other show) … some Tony is always better than no Tony.

Chomp & Stomp Chili Extravaganza in Cabbagetown [Festivals]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on November 05, 2011

It’s early, it’s Saturday morning, and you’re just sitting down with your cup of coffee expecting a lazy day. BUZZ … WRONG! Why is that you ask? Well, it’s Saturday, November 5th, 2011 and that means it’s Chomp and Stomp day.


Between the hours of 11am and 6pm, droves of chili fanatics will be flocking to the corner of Tye Street & Kirkwood Ave in Cabbagetown.  Party time will be in order.  The main draw at Chomp and Stomp is of course the chili cook off.  It features a TON of Atlanta restaurants as well as a SUPER TON of homegrown chili enthusiasts.  But even if you don’t like chili (aka you aren’t human), there’s live music, BEER, street food vendors, and even a kids zone!

If you’ve never been before, heed this advice: get there early.  The chili will be gone by the time you can bat an eye.  Still, there’s a lot going on so get down regardless.  To sample chili, all you need is $5.  Beyond that, it’s a free event so you only have to pay for what you want to.

There are four stages for live music, so check the lineup to see who’s playing when and where.  And of course, plan your travel accordingly.  There will be shuttle services running throughout the day, and you can check out the interactive Chomp & Stomp map to help get yourself organized. [You can also print up a pdf of the map]

If that’s not enough to get you down there … perhaps you’ll want to rub elbows with the handful of chef judges that will be on hand.  The list includes: Shane Devereaux of Top Flr, Hector Santiago of Pura Vida, Julia LeRoy, Jay Swift of 4th and Swift, Scott Serpas of Serpas True Food, Kevin Rathbun of his empire, Joe Schafer of Parrish, Steven Satterfield of Miller Union, and Zeb Stevenson of Livingston.  That’s a list!

2011 Chomp and Stomp Festival

When: Saturday, November 5th, 2011, 11a-6pm
Where: Cabbagetown at the Intersection of Tye & Kirkwood // MAP
Tickets: Free entry. $5 for a chili tasting spoon.  Vendor sold goods dependent on vendor.
More Info: Chomp & Stomp Website

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Bruce Logue To Open New Italian Restaurant [Openings] 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on December 22, 2010


Chef Bruce Logue, the esteemed champion of La Pietra Cucina, is moving on to bigger and better things.  After spending the last couple of years trying to make it work in the location that just won’t go away, Logue is scheduled to cut ties with that albatross of a location sometime after January.  My understanding is that he’s looking at Grant Park, but that’s 100% rumor at this juncture.  The Atlanta native, who has spent time at the famed Babbo, may just be ATL’s best chef.  He’s certainly one of them.  I am not exactly sure what the exit strategy is for LPC … I don’t know if they are closing, keeping Logue on for an extended time, or what … but I’m sure that info will all come out in the not too distant future.

My understanding now is that this has been put off indefinitely.

Young Augustine’s Restaurant Review – Grant Park, Atlanta, GA [First Impressions] 5

Posted by Foodie Buddha on July 21, 2010

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Grant Park’s Young Augustine’s rose from the ashes of The Standard early this year.  This neighborhood take on the gastro pub is the brainchild of Chris Johnson, owner of The Standard, Andy Gonzales, a well traveled chef, and Kyle Faucher, the manager who I know little about.  While the fate of the Standard seemed set by a series of tragic circumstances, these three gents set out to infuse the space with a bit of life.

Frequenters of 327 Memorial’s previous tenant will remember the joint for its dive bar atmosphere and low-brow bar food.  That’s all a distant memory.  The one notable holdover is the bocce ball court out back.  On the other hand, the interior has been blown open, leaving a community table in the middle and a long, polished wood bar against the back wall.  Taking it all in one Saturday afternoon, and on the heels of some rather flattering reviews, I had high hopes for YA’s.  Unfortunately, the interior was the first thing, and just about the last thing, that I actually enjoyed during my one meal there.

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Republic Social House Coming Soon To A Grant Park Near You [Openings]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on April 23, 2010


Though I don’t have an exact date, Republic Social House is set to open in the not to distant future in Grant Park, just across from Oakland Cemetery.  Located in the Jane Complex at 437 Memorial Drive, you’ll find them next to the original Six Feet Under.  Like most every restaurant in the area, Republic will be a neighborhood bar that serves food.  Thanks to their location, they were able to include a rooftop bar that overlooks Downtown

Details are still a little sketchy at this time (seeing as their website is still just a landing page); however, there is a facebook page, so not all is lost.  It appears that the menu will include a handful of flavored buffalo wings, some pizza, and deli style sandwiches.  As it seems, there will be a walk up counter for ordering with food runners and cocktail waiter/waitresses to keep you lively.  Lost somewhere in the mix, there is reason to believe that there either was or still are plans for another one of these on Piedmont Road, but I can’t quite nail that down just yet.  I’ll update the blog once I can nail down some of the details (like menu and service style).

Republic Social House Restaurant Address & Information

437 Memorial Drive, Atlanta, GA 30312 // Republic Social House website // Republic on facebook

Grant Park’s Stella Shuttered In Favor Of Doc Chey’s [Dead pool] 3

Posted by Foodie Buddha on November 02, 2009

Had I written on Stella Trattoria, you would have seen one of the blistering reviews that I’m known for.  To be honest, I thought I had written it.  Only when I heard that the restaurant is off to the land of restaurants past did I notice the oversight.  Regardless, the Grant Park Italian eatery, who shares a father with Osteria 832, never caught my culinary fancy.  Despite a very memorable meal there (because of the tornado – not the food) and the unabashed love by a dear friend (see … even my closest companions don’t always agree with me), the place just never caught on.

The space is scheduled to go through some renovations and open in February as the equally unimpressive Doc Chey’s.

Corks And Forks Food And Wine Hits Grant Park Saturday And Sunday [Events] 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 29, 2009

corks_small Looking for something to do this weekend?  Head down to Grant Park for the 7th annual Corks And Forks event.  The event runs Saturday, August 29th and Sunday, August 30th (1-5pm both days).  For $45/day, you have an opportunity to taste a lot of food and drink from a number of Atlanta restaurants.  When you show up, you are given a bag of color-coded chips.  The chips give you an opportunity to sample each eatery.  However, food is limited, so get there early.  Complete list after the jump!

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Mi Barrio Restaurant Review – Grant Park, Atlanta, GA [From The Archives] 5

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 06, 2009

Originally Posted 11.16.2008

I returned to Mi Barrio last night for what was probably my fifth meal there.  While I will say that it was the best meal I’ve ever had there, that was not a consequence of the cuisine.  Ultimately, Mi Barrio is a decent restaurant, but drastically overrated in the food community.  At the end of the day, I would only recommend Mi Barrio if you have a hankering for some Mexican food and live in nearby Grant Park.  The food last night was par for the course for Barrio.  However, my good buddy Chris (from Café Agora fame) and Leslie, his wonderful wife, were kind enough to join me.  That’s what made this fun.

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Around The Dirty – Trips To Daddy D’s Barbecue, Flip Burger Boutique, La Pietra Cucina, & Varasano’s Pizzeria [Quick Hits] 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on July 06, 2009

Hope ya’ll had a pleasant weekend. I know I did.  As you might expect, the past few days have left me worn down and fried.  So, rather than pen a full review, first impression, or the like, I have decided to hit ya’ll up with some quick notes about some recent goings-on in the ATL.

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