Team Hidi: 01.27.13

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 07, 2013


Support Ryan Hidinger and Team Hidi.  All you need to know at

The bullet points:

a) Several Atlanta restaurants (Muss & Turner’s, Local Three, Empire State South and Five & Ten) to name a few have added a line to the bottom of their guest checks … it’s called “Round Up for Ryan”.  You can donate that way.

b) On Sunday, January 27th, there will be awesomeness from 4pm until 8pm at the King Plow (  It’s $150 plus some fees … buy tickets

The list of food that will be there is impressive and still growing:

Floataway Cafe
Muss & Turner’s / Local Three
4th & Swift
Brick Store Pub / Leon’s Full Service
Taco Mac
STG / Bocado
Miller Union
No. 246 / The Optimist
Double Zero Napoletana / The Iberian Pig
Restaurant Eugene / Holeman & Finch
Empire State South
Cakes & Ale
Greg Hardesty with Recess in Indy
Six Feet Under
Honeysuckle Gelato
Fox Brothers BBQ / The Big Tex

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]

Local Three By Muss & Turner’s To Take Over JOEL Brasserie Space [Breaking News] 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on June 26, 2010


Okay, so now that I’m in front of a computer, let’s give this a proper write up.  Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner (who collectively operate Smyrna’s Muss & Turner’s) have joined forces with Chris Hall, of 4th & Swift and Canoe fame, on an upcoming restaurant with the moniker of Local Three.  Though the group has moved swiftly to put this together (JOEL Brasserie closed just yesterday), Local Three has been in the works for some time.

A lot of details still need to be worked out, but as soon as I hear more I’ll let you know.  For now, just know that the restaurant space in the Piazza at Paces is getting filled.  Time will tell if new blood will make this location, just south of West Paces Ferry in West Buckhead, a viable spot.

Chef Ryan Hidinger: Inside The Chef’s Kitchen #1 7

Posted by Foodie Buddha on November 06, 2009

So today is the debut of Inside The Chef’s Kitchen.  If you want some background on the series, check out the introductory post from a few days back.

For our premier post, we managed to score some time with Chef Ryan Hidinger, the executive chef at Muss & Turner’s.  In addition to his role at M&T, Ryan and Jen, his much better half ;-), are in the process of starting up Staplehouse, a friendly little joint that they hope to open in the not too distant future.

In the interim, they are hosting “underground dinners” at their house under the name Prelude to Staplehouse.  You can check out all the happenings at the Staplehouse website.  And with that, welcome to ITCK.

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Get Your Butcher On With Todd Mussman & Grindhouse Killer Burgers [Lessons]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on October 28, 2009

grindhouse-logoI’m starting to think that I should do most of my writing after the witching hour … it’s amazing what you see late at night.  As I ho-hum here and poke around the net, this tweet showed up in my twitter feed.  My goodness, maybe twitter isn’t completely useless.  For those of you who don’t want to do a lot of click hunting … here’s what all that translates to.

Todd Mussman, the former in the tagline Muss & Turner’s, has been called into action at Grindhouse Burgers in Downtown’s Sweet Auburn Curb Market.  With the help of Grindhouse’s owner Alex Brounstein, Mussman will be chopping up an entire lamb for your viewing and educational pleasure.

Full details are available here, but the short of the long comes after the jump!

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Harvest Midtown Comes To The Georgian Terrace

Posted by Foodie Buddha on October 03, 2009

harvest-midtown-logo  Harvest Midtown hits Sunday, Oct. 4 from 1pm to 5pm (that’s tomorrow as of this writing).  The event will be hosted at the Georgian Terrace in Midtown and runs from 1pm to 5pm.  This fall festival features a lot of food, wine, and entertainment from around the city.

If ya’ll are looking for full on details, check out Harvest Midtown’s website.  In the meantime, here’s a little summary of what to expect in the food & wine department.

Winemaker Mark Davidson will be hosting mini seminars on organic bio demonic wines.  They run once an hour on the 30s.  If you get a sip of something you like, head over to the Barrelman Wine & Cheese Booth to score some grape juiz.

Meanwhile, there will be food tastings from a number of nearby restaurants.  According to the HM Website, you’ll be able to score some grub from ENO, Chow Baby, Muss & Turner’s, Holy Taco, The Melting Pot, The Sun Dial, Spice Market, Rosa Mexicano, Livingston, Baraonda, Pacci, Pura Vida, The Oceanaire, Nickiemoto’s, Noni’s Deli, Dolce, Geisha House, Flat Creek Lodge, and Ri Ra Irish Pub.  If you’re interested in going, you have a couple of ticket options. General admission tix will run you $55 while VIP cost $85.  You can save $10 if you purchase tickets before tomorrow.  You can do that online.  Last but not least, the event is a fundraiser for Camp Twin Lakes.  Details on the tickets after the jump!

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Hug It Out At The Prelude To Staplehouse [Sneak Peeks] 3

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 26, 2009

Tommy: Brothers don’t shake hands. Brothers gotta hug.

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That’s the kind of atmosphere at an event hosted by Jen & Ryan Hidinger (the line of course is a quote straight out of Tommy Boy).  In fact, we tried to get out of there on a handshake, and the better half insisted we hug it out.  For those of you not privy to my past posts on Staplehouse, let’s get ya’ll up to speed.

Ryan Hidinger is the Chef de Cuisine at Muss & Turner’s.  He, with the help of his lovely wife Jen, hope to open their own joint sometime in the foreseeable future.  The restaurant will open under the name Staplehouse (formerly two words – now one).  The concept will be a neighborhood eatery backed by fresh, staple-driven food. In the meantime, what we have is A Prelude To Staplehouse.  Prelude is quite simply a small gathering where a handful of diners get together, sample a good amount of Ryan’s food, and then are given an opportunity to give him some feedback.  PS … before you hit “read more” you may want to brace yourselves.  This is another post that’s far too long for the net. ;-)

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Get A Sneak Peek At Staplehouse Restaurant 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on May 26, 2009

Word travels these days.  Recently, I was turned onto a relatively new supper club by the name of A Prelude To Staple House (alternatively:  Run by Atlanta chef Ryan Hidinger and his boss (echemm… wife) Jenifer, Prelude popped up in early January.  With roughly six meals under their belts (as of the 31st), it looks things are moving along well.

I have yet to make it to one of these events (they keep filling up), but I still think it’s worth mentioning.  With some hard work and a little bit of luck, the couple is hoping to open a restaurant of their own in the near future.  More after the jump!

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Muss & Turner’s In Vinings, Smyrna: Atlanta Sub & Sandwich Tour #6 5

Posted by Foodie Buddha on March 19, 2009

I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time in the Vinings area the past few days.  After a great lunch at Social Vinings on Tuesday and a disaster of a meal at nearby South City Kitchen later that night, I returned today to hit up Muss & Turner’s for lunch.  I haven’t spent this much time in Vinings since my move from the area some five years ago.

M&Ts is one of those trendy names in the Atlanta dining scene.  Joined by the techtastic foodies who run Chowdownatlanta and Eatitatlanta, we showed up for a late lunch with high expectations.  It was a meal of firsts for me and I was really happy to have some lunch buddies for the meal.

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The Atlanta Sub & Sandwich Tour: Sandwich Shop Stops And The Quest For Atlanta’s Best 18

Posted by Foodie Buddha on February 27, 2009

Sandwich Shop Stops: quick, say that again three times!  So after a LOT of research, I have come up with a list of 20 spots to visit.  Two places that I want to try are named… but not included in that twenty.  I really wanted to focus on locally owned and operated Atlanta joints; however, I did include three franchises.  Details after the jump!

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