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October 11, 2011

ATL Eats Beat

Tomo Goes Uptown, Flemming’s Lands a Ferragamo Pour and Former Ecco Chef Plans a Sexy Nosh Nook in the Old Grape Space

By Nancy Staab

Radical Sugar chocolate bar from Local Market South Radical Sugar chocolate bar from Local Market South















































Former Ecco chef Micah Willix is opening up a restaurant in the former Grape space at Phipps Plaza next month. Called Latitude, the restaurant will feature a global menu with an emphasis on sustainable foods. Given his background at Ecco, we suspect there will probably be some Italian-Mediterranean plates in the mix.

Tomo Buckhead  has a soft launch this week (Oct. 14) in its  new The Ritz-Carlton Residences digs. The setting may be a bit more posh than it’s old Vinings locale, but expect the same beauty and precision in its menu: everything from lobster carpaccio with white truffle oil, pink sea salt and Tomo salsa to snow crab jalapeno. Tomo chef Tomo Naito trained under famed chef NoBu Matsuhisa of NoBu’s, so he knows his way around a sushi knife and fusion food.

STK,the glitzy steak house coming to Midtown, announced a second venture, also located in the Loews Hotel, Cucina Asellina. It’s a smaller version of The One Group’s Ristorante Asellina ,which focuses on light, organic Italian dishes. Think wood fired pizzas, saffron strozzapreti with shrimp, zucchini and brandy sauce; seared branzino; and veal chop Milanese with arugula, shaved grana and lemon vinaigrette. STK is slated to open end of November. No word yet on opening date of Cucina Asellina.

A seafood tower from Ocean Prime A seafood tower from Ocean Prime

Ocean Prime, a luxe seafood chain with multiple locations such as Dallas and Phoenix, docks in Buckhead at 3102 Piedmont Road on Oct. 25. Billing itself as a “modern American supper club,” the swanky space includes a cocktail lounge with piano bar and outdoor terrace/lounge in addition to a main dining room. On the menu: a surf n turf with sea scallops and braised short ribs; a smoking shellfish tower; lobster bisque with sweet corn fritter, prime steaks with lots of decadent toppings, and of course a boatload of seafood entrees like Chilean sea bass with a champagne truffle sauce.

Local foodie couple and Food We’ve Eaten bloggers, Jennifer and John Maley (with day jobs in development and digital brand managing) have taken their food love to a new level with an online, southern-sourced market of goodies called Local Market South ( Their labor-of-love online store is stocked with hand-picked, Southern-made, epicurean treats like Emily G’s Jam, High Road Craft Ice Cream, Pine Street Market meats and Sugar-Coated Radical chocolates and sweets (the latter an online exclusive). And coming soon: more Georgia-based provisions such as Unforgettable Pound Cakes, Hidden Springs Farm honey, and Greendale Farm cheeses. Be sure to check out special gift packages for the holidays!


Chef Watch:

Check out Chef Todd Richard’s recent TV appearance on the Today Show earlier this fall. Chef Richard’s whipped up a hearty grilled chicken and malted waffles dish with peaches and a bourbon maple syrup, as well as loaded corn on the cob and a fall arugula salad with apple pecan bourbon vinaigrette—all seasonal menu items at the Café at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. This is the first time a Ritz-Carlton chef has been featured on the Today Show so hats off to this talented toque!  (click link below and the chef demo will start up after a brief commercial).


Restaurant critic John Mariani named Todd Richards one of only four "Chefs To Keep Your Eye On' in the nation in the current Best Restaurants of the Year issue of Esquire magazine.

Flash Eats:

Ecco is featuring a rotating, seafood-centric menu from Oct. 12-Oct. 22 with Sirens of the Sea. Sample menu items include warm Spanish tuna, olive and potato terrine with zucchini and sweet pepper confit; Alaskan spot prawn bisque with sea urchin mousse; chorizo-stuffed squid baked in a wood-burning oven; clam pizza and sautéed scallops with fennel pureee and burnt orange beurre blanc

Hogtoberfest comes to South City Kitchen Vinings Oct. 13-22. What does that mean? A pork-palooza of menu items from pork rind snacks and a “Beer Belly”—ie. pork belly with pickled cherries and barlotto-- to clams casino gratin with house-cured bacon and “Tongue ‘n cheek,” featuring pork in a orange olive braise with polenta grits and gremolata.

ONE. Midtown is offering 50% of its entire food menu Sunday-Wednesday. Save a maximum of $25 off your bill through Oct. 31.

For the entire month of October, Pricci will celebrate the regional cuisine of Verona. Selections from Chef Piero’s three course menu include a risotto with roasted pumpkin and chaterrelle mushrooms; Bigoli al Torcio pasta with roasted duck sauce and shaved ubriaco cheese; and a veal chop in traditional bone marrow. $32 or $42 with wine pairings.

Cibo e Bevehas new lunchtime festino deal: a salad and pasta pairing of your choice for $12.95 Make it a liquid lunch with a special $1.01 house martini!

Chef Ron Eyester of The Family Dog is hosting a fall, six-course Apple Dinner Monday Oct. 17 at 7PM. $38 per person with beer pairings. RSVP to  Menu highlights  below:



Smoked Apple Bisque

Peekytoe Crab, Mustard Oil & Crispy Wontons

Jailhouse Brewing Conjugal Visit Red Ale - Hampton, GA


Seared George’s Bank Scallops

Saffron Apple Puree & Pickled Apple Relish

Wild Heaven Invocation Ale - Decatur, GA


Apple Stuffed Berkshire Pork Loin

Balsamic Braised Cippolini Onions & Sage Caramel

Jailhouse Brewing Breakout Stout - Hampton, GA


High Road Craft “Drunken Dutchman” Ice Cream

Blend of Roasted Apples, Toffee, Lager Caramel & Dutch Topping

Terrapin Pumpkinfest - Athens, GA




Speaking of apples, Tap bistro-pub has a robust new fall menu and equally tasty fall drinks menu, featuring two apple libations:  The Jersey Toddy is like cinnamon apple cider with a clove syrup infusion and the decided kick of applejack bourbon, while Eve’s Apple is a fruity concoction with sparkling wine and brown sugar. 

The Jersey Toddy form TAP The Jersey Toddy form TAP

Flemming’s steak house just paired with fashion family Salvatore Ferragamo’s winery Il Borro for a private label Forty-Six Diamonds Toscana, 2009. The limited-edition Tuscan wine is a Sangiovese blend featuring spice notes and sweet red and blue forest fruits. Sip fashionably while the bottles last. Fleming’s also recently received the Wine Spectator Magazine’s Awards of Excellence.

Cocktailers rejoice: H&F Bottle Shop now has a boutique collection of spirits (and beers) in the house in addition to fab wines! There will be bourbons a-plenty and a house gin and peach bitters are also in the works.

Congrats to local craft brewer SweetWater, which snagged two awards at The Great American Beer Festival (knows as “the Super Bowl of Beer Festivals”) in Denver, Colorado, recently. They took home a bronze in the Rye Ale category for their limited-edition Crank Tank (through mid-October) and landed a gold for Sch’Wheat—an American-style wheat.