QUICK BITES: Food news roundup 12/6

Clydesdales, free spirited cuisines, glow in the dark noodles and more

Redbird Zeb Stevenson
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Chef Zeb Stevenson's BIRD IS THE WORD: Redbird opens next summer in the former Bacchanalia space

We are rapt with anticipation for chef Zeb Stevenson and restaurateur Ross Jones’ Redbird, which is scheduled to open summer of 2019 in the former Bacchanalia space at Westside Provisions District. According to a release by Redbird, the location will be fun, lively and comfortable, with a “come as you are” sensibility and Stevenson’s “free spirited cuisine.”

Those famous Budweiser Clydesdales are visiting Atlanta on Sat., Dec. 15. Lucky’s Burgers & Brew (305 Brookhaven Ave.) hosts the team from 3-6 p.m. so attendees can get pics and enjoy Budweiser beer and cheeseburger specials.

There will be no more shrimp flinging at Peachtree Center, since Hibachi restaurant Benihana closed its 229 Peachtree St. location. Fear not though —you can still enjoy a flaming onion volcano at their Buckhead and Alpharetta locations.

Sear at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis (265 Peachtree Ave, NE) is set to re-open late December after extensive renovations. The fiery American steakhouse will focus on a menu created with local ingredients from Georgia and Alabama, washed down with a selection of 20 “unique and local” bourbons.. Renderings look cozy but swanky.

Stems, Seeds, and Everythang, Brush’s Thursday night all-natural wine pop-up, is adding food for the month of December and it is not to be missed! Seung Hee Lee, better known as her Instagram name Korean Fusion cooks Korean specialties to complement the evening’s natural wine selections and Outkast tunes beginning at 10 p.m.

Chef Ami Sueki’s Nakamura.ke food truck will serve glow in the dark ramen and bioluminescent cocktails from the Sound Table’s parking lot in Old Fourth Ward. This artistic dish will be available from Jan. 30 to Feb. 16, before chef Ami Sueki takes the truck on a city-wide tour. This event is currently sold out. 

Have you been following Talat Market’s pineapple-emblazoned food truck around the city before the brick and mortar location opens? The crew cooks with Decatur’s Brush Sushi Izakaya (316 Church St.) on Tues., Dec. 11 from 7-10 p.m. Snag a reservation for six courses, snacks, and dessert here.

O4W Pizza is back in Old Fourth Ward. Anthony Spina and Billy Streck’s (Hampton+Hudson, Cypress St. Pint + Plate) Nina & Rafi serves Spina’s Detroit-style pizzas from 5 p.m. to midnight across from Bell Street Burritos at 661 Auburn Ave.

The much-anticipated Whole Foods 365 in Decatur (1555 Church St.) opens Dec. 12. The 5,000 square foot store has an upstairs area called Pour de Leon for pouring local and national craft beers, wine, and ciders and a hot bar with small bites, sandwiches, and pizza. The neatest part — free old school arcade games.

Taqueria del Sol’s chef Eddie Hernandez truly knows how to be festive. He’s cooking up complimentary breakfast tacos and coffee at Westside’s Sid Mashburn (1198 Howell Mill Rd.) on Sat., Dec. 8. He will also be selling and signing copies of his new cookbook, Turnip Greens and Tortillas, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

We hear Santa will be in Buckhead this weekend. On Sun., Dec. 9, he will be sitting for photos and listening to wish lists during brunch at the Southern Gentleman and next-door’s Gypsy Kitchen. The big guy hangs out from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A third outpost of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern is opening in Dunwoody on Wed., Dec. 12. This 1221 Ashford crossing location serves tavern food with Southern flair like its Midtown and Brookhaven siblings.

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