Part tapas restaurant and part upscale lounge, bar ONE offers a sultry retreat from Atlanta's daily bustle and peach-avalanches. The lounge's ivory sofas, artful semi-nude photos, and mirror-polished surfaces create a chic background, no matter where or how guests choose to situate themselves. The best foreground, however, is a spread of small plates that blend the classic flavors of southern food with the spices and fruits of the Caribbean. Coconut curry shrimp, for instance, shares the spotlight with sweet potato waffles, and jerk chicken is folded into quesadillas. That combination of tastes is personal for Chef Natasha Wong, who draws on culinary know-how gleaned from both her years of cooking professionally in the states and her childhood spent in the Virgin Islands helping out in her parents' kitchen.
Forget the dry, overcooked turkey lurking untouched in the center of your holiday table. Today's side deal to Black Tie Barbecue puts a succulent, fully cooked, hickory-smoked turkey on your Thanksgiving table for $30, a $95 value. The friendly caterers at Black Tie Barbecue have never had an embarrassing Thanksgiving and want to share their success with your family. They'll fully prepare a 10- to 12-pound bird to juicy, smoky perfection for you to pick up between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, at Phipps Plaza. Serve your bird chilled, or follow Black Tie's handy reheating instructions to fool your family into believing you've done it yourself.
The moonshine is always flowing at P'cheen. Bartenders at this local bistro create seasonal cocktails from a selection of 10 or more moonshines, with flavors that include cherry, apple pie, and black tea. They also serve a full list of classic cocktails, such as the speakeasy old fashioned—a mix of bourbon, angostura + orange bitters—and craft beers. In the kitchen, chef Alex prepares a menu of international fusion dishes that complement the throwback libations. His specialties change with the season, since he sources many of his ingredients locally, but may include gazpacho made with local veggies, Guinness-battered fish and chips, and braised short ribs. Brunch is a favorite among regulars, with bottomless mimosas and a good mix of breakfast and lunch foods.
Divided across two floors, Top Flr exudes a trendy vibe that’s "claiming the attention of the in-town youthful, slightly offbeat crowd with modest pockets and good taste," according to Gayot. DJs perform on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, ensuring that patrons' toes tap and heads bob as they sip the bar's signature cocktails or ask the capable bartenders to invent new drinks on the spot. This revelry-inducing spirit endures throughout the night, and the restaurant stays open until 1 a.m. on weeknights and 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The kitchen keeps the same late-night hours, and Executive Chef Travis Carroll continues cooking his eclectic menu of upscale comfort foods until the doors close. The selection is New American with international influences. Hickory-smoked duck breast arrives with fennel salt and lavender jus, and the mussels steep in a soy broth tinged with the contrasting, yet complementary, flavors of coconut and lime. Damask-patterned walls and simple wooden floorboards aside, Top Flr's ambiance mimics the contemporary spirit of its menu and its clientele. The decor is minimalist, with low-slung black-and-white chairs, dark tables, and art-free walls. The lounge section mirrors this color scheme with a black couch that functions as booth seating for the intimately clustered, bistro-style tables.
Modifying menu items has irritated servers for centuries, directly leading to the Colfax Riot of 1873, the Attica Prison Riot of 1971, and the decline of R & B music. Today’s Groupon avoids world-altering events by letting you orchestrate your own orders: $10 gets you $25 worth of food and drink at The Real Chow Baby, Atlanta’s first and only create-your-own-stir-fry restaurant. Chow Baby is believed to be impervious to the harm of the natural world and all human weaponry, but rumors exist of a Nap Baby, born at the exact same moment and radiating concentric circles of pure, narcoleptic calm. Perhaps, if they are one day reunited, this madness will finally end. Until then, color-coded Chow Baby alert levels hold steady at fuschia: wary.