September 20, 2012
ATL Dining Chatter
The latest news-bites from the dining scene and ATL’s newest eats beats
By James Oxendine
Dunwoody gets a swanky steakhouse, the La Grotta team ventures out with Salt Yard, La Pietra Cucina gets a reboot (& a fancy chef import) and Top Chef-testant Kevin Gillespie Is well-armed for his novel, new eats spot Gunshow
Swank Steakhouse, Captial Grille, Opens a Second Locale In Dunwoody
Atlanta’s second Capital Grille raises the stakes in the Perimeter Center market.
I went, I ate and I was captivated by the fare and finesse at the newest edition of the famed steakhouse Captial Grille that opened last month at 94 Perimeter Center West in the former WildFire Grill location, next store to Seasons 52.
As a guest at a recent preview dinner, I dined on robber-baron-style menu highlights such as a selection of fresh oysters on the half shell; a seared tenderloin with butter-poached lobster tails and lobster mac’n’ cheese. Up until now, I have been betrothed to Chops steakhouse in Buckhead, but the butter-soft tenderloin and the fresh-from-the-ocean lobster tails made me think hard about my prior allegiance. Other menu items include: lobster and crab cakes, steak au poivre with Courvoisier cream, double-cut lamb rib chops, cedar planked salmon with tomato fennel relish, and decadent sides like creamed corn with smoked bacon or parmesan truffle fries.
Adding to my dining pleasure was a knowledgeable wait staff that artfully guided my guest and I through some well paced menu selections and a voluminous wine list. Executive Chef /Partner Tom McEachern, formerly of the famed Horseradish Grill, has put a focus on local ingredients to create unique daily specials as well as seasonal menu features.
The Capital Grille is renowned for its outstanding selection of dry aged, hand carved beef; extensive, award winning wine list of over 350 pours; and superb selection of seafood. But the celebrated restaurant group with 50 properties to its name is also known for its anticipatory, personalized service and an atmosphere of refined elegance. In the Dunwoody location, this translates into a mahogany-paneled restaurant whose walls are adorned with images of illustrious persons from our local history.
As a salute to Atlanta’s history, Capital Grille commissioned portraits of 10 prominent Dunwoody area figures such as Margret Mitchell, jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams and C.E. Woolman, one of the founders of Delta Air Lines.With its new location, The Capital Grill adds a dash of Buckhead style to the Dunwoody dining scene.
Capital Grille is open for both lunch and dinner. For more information and menus visit: www.thecapitalgrille.com/about/main.asp
JAMES OXENDINE'S NEWS-BITES FROM THE LOCAL DINING SCENE
Look for Salt Yard, a casual Italian concept, from Christian Favalli (La Grotta) and wife Kristy Jones at the Brookwood condominiums. No date yet.
Look for Amorous Restaurant to open this winter at 12 West Peachtree Place in the former Social location with a Michael Habachy design.
Shane Deveraux is now the top toque at the Peasant Bistro. He also remains as top toque at the popular The Lawrence, but has severed his ties with Sound Table. Word has it that he's editing the Peasant Bistro menu and taking it back to its classic French focus.
According to a press release, Kevin Gillespie, formerly part owner /top toque at Woodfire Grill, plans to open a new restaurant, cheekily named Gunshow in honor of one of his favorite, self-described "Southern redneck" pastimes, in Glenwood Park by Spring 2013. Gunshow will take up the empty retail space at the corner of Garret Street and Bill Kennedy Way . Gillespie plans to create a casual, home-like atmosphere (with design by ai3) where guests can eat what they wish. Gillespie will prepare dishes from refined to rustic and send them out to the small dining room as they are ready. The medium-plate dishes will be offered up to the guests, who may choose what they’d like laissez faire style, rather than relying on a printed menu. Gillespie's first cookbook, Fire In My Belly, is due out next month.
OLD FOURTH WARD:
Brothers Hugh and Jason Connerty's Ammazza, a huge, warehouse-style pizza parlor with two ovens for wood-firing margheritas, a live DJ and multiple bars featuring Neapolitan-style pizzas, opens at 591 Edgewood Avenue on Monday,September 24th. But instead of sourcing all ingredients from Naples like a traditional Italian pizzeria, this joint also has an eye on the bounty of local fare and produce. For example, Ammazza will use fresh, local ingredients like Spotted Trotter sausage on their custom pies. The dinner-only menu will also include a sampling of Italian street food--fried pizza anyone?
Concentrics Restaurants announced in a recent press release that the renowned Italian resto, La Pietra Cucina, has been re-concepted and will now be known as “LPC” with Russell Kook as executive chef. Chef Kook hails from acclaimed restaurants including David Burke (Las Vegas), cibo matto (Chicago) and The Florentine(Chicago). While Kook was at cibo matto, the restaurant was named a James Beard semi-finalist for “Best New Restaurant” so expect some stellar plates of pasta.The focus will still be on fine Italian fare and the new chef’s menu debuts Oct. 1, as does a lightened up interior and improved valet parking.
A second Fadó will open in a planned residential development at the corner of Howell Mill Road and 14th Street.
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