Quick Bites: Fox Bros. update, Le Bilboquet opens, Cooks & Soldiers, and more

Atlanta restaurant news roundup


  • Photo courtesy of Le Bilboquet
  • Les endives au Roquefort at new Buckhead bistro Le Bilboquet, which opened November 20.

A new location of New York-based bistro Le Bilboquet opens tonight at the Buckhead Atlanta development. Variations on traditional French fare include Cajun chicken with pomme frites, foie gras terrine, filet mignon, and mushroom risotto. Longtime Le Bilboquet veteran Jean Louis Sangare has been named chef de cuisine at the company's fifth outpost, which will begin lunch service the first week in December.

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The owners of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q (1238 Dekalb Ave.) are planning to move forward with their new catering and commissary kitchen space at 126 Ottley Drive. The venture includes a recently submitted building permit to the city of Atlanta for for commercial alterations to warehouse space that will total $620,000. Expect an uptick in catering possibilities in future months.

The Bakery at Cakes & Ale is in the process of adding a new, 85-bottle wine shop, sensibly dubbed the Wine Shop at Cakes & Ale. It's expected to be fully up and running by mid-December, with sommelier Jordan Smelt overseeing and curating the collections. Lunch service is still offered at the 155 Sycamore St. restaurant, though it has been moved to the main Cakes & Ale premises, and coffee and pastries remain up for grabs, while chef/owner Billy Allin continues to plan for his "all-day bakery" in Inman Park, Bread & Butterfly (280 Elizabeth), slated to open at 280 Elizabeth St. in early 2015.

Cooks & Soldiers, the Basque-inspired eatery originally slated to be opened more than a year ago by the owners of The Iberian Pig and Double Zero Napoletana, is slated to finally make its debut Mon., Nov. 24. Former Iberian Pig chef de cuisine Landon Thompson will helm the cuisine at the Home Park restaurant, overseeing menu items like traditional Pintxos snacks, Chuleton ribsteak, the Iberico burger, and "aerated" corn-and-bacon soup.

The latest restaurant from Holeman & Finch's celebrated chef/owner Linton Hopkins, The Café at Linton’s in the Garden, opens this Saturday, November 22 for dinner at the Atlanta Botanical Garden (1345 Piedmont Ave.). Take note: Guests can only gain access to the eatery by buying a ticket to tour the gardens, but the date-night options more than make up for the price: dishes include regional charcuterie, apple-and-endive salad, sweet potato tortelli, and even s'mores for dessert. Nearly three dozen wine options and seven craft beers round out the menu.

A new eatery called the Peach & The Porkchop is now open in Roswell at 12040 Etris Road, Atlanta magazine reports. Owners Chuck Staley and Eddie Hoover have tapped Alon's alum Matt Meacham as executive chef. The restaurant's theme, "slightly north of South," refers to the down-home twist on northern specialties—everything from a half-pound bologna sandwich to Coca-Cola-braised North Georgia pork belly, PEI mussels, and New York strip, plus beer, wine, and cocktails served up in a 170-seat restaurant adorned with a copper bar and reclaimed barn wood.

Second Self Beer Company, the Westside brewery and tasting room that opened on November 1, just debuted a new "Mole Porter" at Decatur "Asian comfort food" restaurant Makan (30 Clairemont Ave.) on Nov. 20. The limited-edition brew contains the essence of cacao nibs, chilis, cinnamon, and cloves for a spicy seasonal refreshment.