Piquant Caribbean spices meet artistic plating and global culinary influences inside Cala Bar and Grill, where the kitchen staff tosses crawfish and jerk chicken into bowls of creamy pasta and pairs blackened tilapia with white-cheddar grits. Platefuls of plantains and a mix of rice and peas are served as sides, and the cocktails—flavored with rum, ginger beer, and mint sprigs—are bestowed with names such as Voodoo and Jamaica Mule.
Bright-red accent walls and colorful artwork on the dining room's walls juxtapose with a monochromatic theme that fills the space, conveyed via black tables, chairs, and banquettes. The result is a vibrant space that gives off a modern vibe. Throughout the week, the bar and grill treats guests to live performances by musicians and comedians.
Mediterranean Grill’s authentic kebabs, fresh hummus, and overflowing pitas have earned it not just one but six Best Middle Eastern awards from Creative Loafing—including those for 2012, 2010, and 2009—as well as a gushing news profile by CBS Atlanta. The eatery’s chefs earned these laudations by charbroiling tender cubes of sirloin and chicken, frying falafel patties to the perfect crisp, and layering phyllo dough with a blend of spinach, feta, and ricotta for spanakopita triangles that precisely illustrate the Pythagorean theorem. Guests can sit down to eat their wraps and kebab plates at the intimate dining room’s two-person tables and booths or call ahead to place orders for pickup, delivery, or catering.
It's pretty impressive that, as impatient as hunger makes people, a dish that takes an hour or more to prepare is still a restaurant's most popular. That's the case at Fletcher's, where their baked wings more than make up for the wait. They come in a choice of sauces, sweet heat being the perennial favorite. Those who don't have time to wait that long for food needn't worry, though. The fried variety of wings cut way down on the prep time.
The diverse menu also includes specialty pizzas, turkey lasagna, and shrimp and grits, all of which pair nicely with a drink from the full bar or working faucets. The entertainment is similarly diverse, taking the form of anything from poker games to live DJs.
Deceptively casual from the outside, the interior of Green Ginger is sophisticated and welcoming, its walls lined with neutral stones and its boxy booths lit by hanging lights. The chefs show off their creativity in all their Chinese, Japanese, and Thai dishes, whether draping thinly-sliced slabs of raw fish over little bundles of rice or stir-frying spicy kung pao chicken. Behind the bar, bottles are stacked along shelves in a display of sake, wine, and hard liquor, available by the pour or shaken into a variety of cocktails.
Natural light pours in through Mint 2 Thai-Sushi's front windows, catching the wafting aromas of roasted duck, shrimp, and salmon in Thai chili and zesty mango sauces. Diners can play tabletop shuffleboard with spicy-tuna rolls and strips of fresh-cut sashimi. The full menu holds close to 200 items and even offers handy icons to ease selection—a chili pepper indicates spicy dishes, a star indicates popular dishes, and a chef's hat indicates dishes that fit snugly beneath a chef's hat.
At Nectar, the staff finds a balance between what’s good for the earth and what’s good for the body. Organic options and raw fruits and vegetables blend into juices and smoothies, while handcrafted paninis feature deli meats, cheese, and veggies layered atop artisan bread. Staffers also provide clients with the drinkable supplies for one-, three-, or five-day juice cleanses that detoxify, brighten the skin, boost energy levels, and facilitate weight loss.