Thursday, May 31, 2012

Atlanta Restaurant Openings

Atlanta is awash in interesting new restaurants. I've traveled for work 7 weeks in a row, so I am admittedly a little bit behind schedule on checking out new places. But that won't stop me from giving you a little scoop on three of the hottest new restaurants in Atlanta.

As far as I'm concerned, everything Ford Fry touches turns to gold, delicious delicious gold. So I've long been excited to check out his new Westside seafood spot. The restaurant's menu will focus on sustainable seafood prepared in a wood-burning oven. Not content with just one restaurant, there's also a sub-restaurant of sorts, called the Oyster Bar which will have a more fish camp-like ambiance including a patio, live music and of course lots of delicious seafood. I am almost always disappointed by cooked fish dishes at restaurants, but if I was ever going to optimistic about finding fish that doesn't make me long for a steak, this seems like the place, right? Duck fat poached swordfish or skate wing schnitzel do sound pretty darn good! 

914 Howell Mill Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30318

You'll find handcrafted cocktails from famed mixologist T. Fable Jeon and quirky Southern gastropub eats (fried bologna, anyone?) from up-and-coming consulting chef Julia Leroy at this new Decatur resto in the old Cakes & Ale space. Sign me up for a funnel cake with dulce de leche and a Hibiscus Fizz, made with hibiscus infused gin, lemon, lime, peach preserves, tupelo honey syrup, orange flower water, cream and egg white. I just love a frothy beverage! 

254 West Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur,GA 30030

The beloved Decatur restaurant is no more but never fear, you can still get your fried chicken fix at the newly opened Watershed on Peachtree. Still owned by Indigo Girl Emily Salier and helmed by former Repast Chef Joe Truex, Watershed will have an all new menu (aside from the beloved fried chicken). The menu will still be Southern-inspired elements of the many ethnic flavors found in the South. If the nibbles I had at tonight's preview party were any indication, the food is at once adventurous and comforting. I tucked into fried chicken hearts with a hot sauce thinking they were some sort of fried seafood, and I was pleasantly surprised that something I'd normally avoid tasted so good!

1820 Peachtree Road
Atlanta , GA30309



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