QUICK BITES: Food news roundup 8-24

A new stop along the Beltline’s Eastside Trail, millions of oyster shells for a cause, and more 

BETTER WITH BOURBON: Meet the authors behind 'The Bourbon County Cookbook' and 'Julep' while sampling cocktails and bites.

Ooh la la! We have a new place to stop along the Beltline’s Eastside Trail. Bazati (550 Somerset Terrace) opened late August inside the Common Ground development. The 7000-square-foot space features eight retail shops and The Brasserie, helmed by chef Remi Granger (Bread & Butterfly). With indoor and outdoor seating, the Brasserie is going for a 1920s Paris vibe — a chic, all-day place to explore the menu of steak frites, duck confit, pastries, and cocktails.

The good folks at Kimball House and Watchman’s recently sent more than a million slurped oyster shells to an area off the coast of Georgia. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will use the oyster remains for a reef-restoration project that will be home to many wild oysters in the future.

We have been waiting on Adalina since Dennis Lange (Five Seasons Brewing Co.) announced it would be taking over the former Sip space at 4403 Northside Parkway back in 2016. It looks like it’s finally happening. The northern Italian restaurant is hiring.

American Roadhouse, the Virginia-Highland staple since 1989, closed on Aug. 26 and will reopen as Truva Turkish Kitchen. This first location of Truva is downtown near Peachtree Center, serving Mediterranean fare with bonus belly dancing.

Congratulations are in order for Empire State South’s (and beverage director for all Hugh Acheson restaurants) Kellie Thorn. She was recently honored as one of Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40 tastemakers of 2018. Cheers, darlin!

This year’s Foxeria del Sol — the annual Hatch Chile Festival by Fox Bros Bar-B-Q, Taqueria del Sol, and Home Team BBQ — was held on Aug. 26 at the Westside location of Taqueria del Sol. All proceeds benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta via nonprofit Hogs for the Cause. Team Foxeria del Sol has made a commitment in a $750K donation to CHOA and was honored on Fri., Aug. 24 at the inpatient Cancer Center unit at Scottish Rite Hospital, where they unveiled the Celebration Area. This will be the place where cancer and blood patient disorders patients ring a bell celebratinging the end of treatment. Good stuff.

Cocktail lovers, check it. Attending the AJC Decatur Book festival will be Alba Huerta, author of the popular cocktail book, Julep: Southern Cocktails Refashioned. Huerta will mix a favorite recipe from her book, while authors David Danielson and Tim Laird of The Bourbon Country Cookbook pair a dish with bourbon. The demo will take place Sat., Sept. 1 at 4:15 p.m. on the culinary stage at the Plaza in Decatur. Walk down to The Pinewood at 6:30 p.m. for a reception.

It’s Better with Bourbon welcomes guests to meet the authors behind The Bourbon County Cookbook and Julep while sampling cocktails and bites from the popular books. Tickets include 3 cocktails and small bites.

Mark your calendars for Les Dames d’Escoffier International Atlanta Chapter’s 18th annual Afternoon in the Country. On Sun., Nov. 4, some of Atlanta’s best restaurants pair with farms for tastings alongside fine wine, beer, a silent auction, and a cake raffle featuring desserts from local pastry chefs.

Hey mambo! On a recent excursion to Norcross’ The Forum, we noticed Mambo Italiano has shuttered.

The Po’Boy Shop opened this past weekend in Decatur (1369 Clairmont Road.). Our prediction was successful after a visit on Sunday afternoon — the shop was completely sold out of food. The menu was chock full of varying po boys (fried oyster to roast beef and gravy), gumbo, wings, and red beans and rice.

PA franchise Saladworks, which serves salads (duh), grain bowls, and fancy toasts, is now open at Brighten Park (2484 Briarcliff Road). Though, we still call it Loehman’s Plaza.

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