Flanked by rustic stone columns and carved lions, 5 Seasons Brewing's entrance looks like the secluded front to a Napa Valley villa, belying its cozy atmosphere and community-focused mission to provide tasty, affordable food and drink. Founded by chef David Larkworthy—son of a pioneering advocate of using organic food in restaurants—Five Seasons Brewing carries its commitment to community to its ingredients, cooking with a cornucopia of regularly shifting local produce from a gaggle of affiliated farms. The menu features such fusion dishes as crispy alligator served with a blackened chili glaze and Remoulade. At tables, guests dig in to home-baked bread, whose warm crust exudes tangy scents from the brewery's spent beer grain.
In the towering tanks that skirt the pub, brewmaster Kevin McNerney creates a kaleidoscopic selection of unique small-batch beers. The cofounder of flagship Georgia brewer SweetWater, McNerney brings two decades of experience to his craft, making refreshing brews such as the Chug Monkey and turning to ancient Belgian traditions to make his crisp, orange-infused witbier.
Imagine That! and Future Tech founder Kelly Williams has always loved science and art—up until her children were toddlers, she had spent her life building a career as an environmental engineer working for the EPA. But when she began volunteering as a leader of art and science programs at her local church and school, she unexpectedly discovered that she loved teaching children even more. Since 1995, Imagine That! and Future Tech learning centers have fostered a passion for science and technology in students aged 3 through 14. Alongside hands-on, age-appropriate instruction in the basics of physics, chemistry, and simple machines, the kids learn to work futuristic wonders such as building and programming robots to navigate obstacle courses and follow instructions. Science camps and workshops at locations all over the Atlanta metropolitan area give children a firm foundation in the sciences and prepare them for tomorrow’s world of ever-more-advanced computers and automatic doors.
El Porton Mexican Restaurant has sated cravings for fresh, healthy ingredients for more than two decades, serving up authentic Mexican lunches and dinners that complement the bar’s array of 85 tequilas. Amid golden walls that evoke a warm afternoon in a tropical cantina, guests kick-start stomachs by watching chefs craft lime-infused guacamole tableside. From the kitchen, beef and shrimp fajitas sizzle, wafting aromas of onion and bell pepper that transform into cartoon hands to lure in noses. Warm days open El Porton's patio, where sunshine heightens the flavors of make-your-own combo platters spread with chile rellenos, tostadas, and burritos, as well as USDA steaks aged a minimum of 21 days. Tequila shots arrive in flights or individually, and customizable margaritas in flavors such as mango and classic lime pour forth from salt-rimmed glasses to accentuate entrees and fuel conversations about Mexico's hidden agave rivers.
At Rio Nuevo Mexican Cantina, culinary maestros spice, sear, and toss savory ingredients into sizzling platters of upscale Mexican cuisine. Rio Nuevo crafts specialty mole infused with authentic Mexican notes, such as the mole Don Jose, a mélange of 32 spices including tangy chili ancho and rich chocolate. Diners can savor game from land and sea infused with Mexican flavors in the alambre de camarones, plump shrimp skewers grilled with a cloak of garlic-lime-agave-caper sauce, or the filete azteca, tender sirloin affectionately nurtured by melted cheese, grilled cactus, and commitment-ready salsas. Extensive lunch selections allay taste-bud escapes with piping half-pound fajitas and hearty handheld tortas. Attentive servers usher entrees and refreshing drinks to guests amid the restaurant's well-appointed interior, which sparkles with glowing sconces, hanging lights, and crisp, conversationally adept tablecloths.
Azul Agave is owned by DCT Hospitality Group, founded by entrepreneur Chittranjan “Chuck” Thakkar and has won OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice awards for Good for Groups and Fit for Foodies. The upscale eatery serves southwest and Mexican cuisine influenced by Latin and southwestern flavors that can be paired with selections from the restaurant’s extensive list of tequilas, draft beers, and margaritas. Diners cozy up at booth tables in the dimly lit dining room, which features two fireplaces and an exhibition-style kitchen. Five flat-screen TVs add a soft glow to the contemporary lounge where patrons sip on signature cocktails before heading out to one of two outdoor patios where they can engage in an evening of conversation or debates over how Bugs Bunny got his name.
Under the guidance of the Sarma brothers, who own and operate Haveli Indian Cuisine, the chefs take care to turn out traditionally crafted Indian dishes that showcase tender lamb and chicken baked in clay ovens. Each geographic region of India has its own variation on common recipes, and Haveli's menu mirrors this broad culinary scope. Plates of vegetarian saag paneer spice up spinach cooked with cubes of cheese, and fiery vindaloo entrees send bites of shrimp or chicken blazing across taste buds. Platters of rich curries and sides, such as freshly baked roti or samosas, keep the lunch buffet packed for people on a break from work or spelunkers searching for something that's truly bottomless.