The aroma of brewing organic, fair-trade coffee from Brazil wafts through the air at 50th Street Cafe during breakfast and lunch. Behind the breakfast counter, cooks work to reinvent classic breakfast dishes. They flip pancakes made with cookie dough and drizzle them with chocolate or add fresh mozzarella and basil-pesto hollandaise to unorthodox omelets. Farm-fresh eggs and housemade hash browns, early-morning staples, arrive alongside less traditional panko-battered walleye fillets. The griddle sizzles like a knight in shining armor left in a hot car, laden with half-pound patties of Cattleman?s Selection ground beef, which end up on thick-cut sourdough toast with Old Smokehouse bacon and melted swiss cheese. That heat is also reflected in the bright hues of yellow tile and orange accents as well as whimsical calico-patterned carpets. The staff at 50th Street Cafe works to reduce its collective carbon footprint by using recyclable materials.
For the past two decades, Uptown Comedy Corner's small stage has hosted big acts such as Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, and Dave Chappelle, as well as weekly up-and-coming comedic talent. While watching performers' standup routines, guests can sip on cocktails and indulge in hearty American cuisine such as wings, half-pound hamburgers, and onion rings.
The Derby Sports Grille Pub's crew of cuisine crafters delivers a capacious menu of pub favorites and beverages. An appetizing arrangement of cheese sticks bathes in a marinara concoction ($6.50), and battered buffalo shrimp inhabit oceans of mild, medium, or hot sauce ($6.95). The deft cooks stack up the Derby Melt, an 8-ounce burger cushioned by marble-rye bread and melted swiss cheese ($8.95), and diners can dollop mounds of barbecue-infused pulled pork and coleslaw on waiting buns ($7.95). Order a mealtime multiplicity of wings engulfed in sauces both classic and inventive, such as teriyaki, lemon-pepper, or sweet and sour⎯all served bone in or out ($6.99 for 6, $7.99 for 10, $13.99 for 20). Any of these meals can be enjoyed with a mug of beer, a glass of wine, or a derby hat filled with cognac.
Vino Venue, the brainchild of Atlanta Wine School founder Michael Bryan, corrals a restaurant, culinary school, and wine shop?making it a wine emporium under one roof. With its 200 wines by the bottle, 50 wines by the glass, wine accessories, and a mouthwatering menu of small plates and entrees to share, Vino Venue ensures that oenophiles don?t have to look any further to satisfy their wine needs.
And that includes their culinary-education needs. Atlanta Wine School classes continue at Vino Venue in a new demonstration kitchen and event room, where a crack team of chefs and sommeliers host private parties ranging from one-on-one wine classes to socials and mixers.
Inside the cozy wine emporium, guests gather around rustic communal tables constructed of 1850s barn wood to enjoy a house-made menu featuring braised beef with potato-leek waffles, lobster mac 'n' cheese, and a cheese and charcuterie list that rivals a Parisian bistro. The dishes pair with an extensive selection of 32 wines from self-dispensing machines, available in increments of tastes, half glasses, or full glasses. That may be part of what's earned the restaurant so much acclaim. Gayot.com named them one of the 10 best wine bars in the United States.
Discovery Channel's Moonshiners recently filmed at Stillhouse Craft Burgers & Moonshine—a newly opened bar and restaurant that stocks all the moonshine Georgia has to offer. Bartenders often use this white lightning as the base for cocktails, which is sometimes aged for a month in the charred-oak barrels behind the bar. In addition to infusing these spirits with regional ingredients such as peaches and watermelon, they allow guests to smoke their drinks with flavors ranging from apple to maple wood chips. Then they garnish glasses with local berries, fresh fruit juice, and housemade syrups.
In the kitchen, chefs create a menu of burgers with grass-fed beef, Coca-Cola moonshine marinated chicken, and ground duck. They surround these patties with housemade condiments before baking cheese right onto the bun. In lieu of a towering burger, guests can choose from small plates, salads, and sides such as spicy macaroni and cheese or fried green tomatoes. Seating includes a mix of booths and whiskey-barrel tables, as well as a wooden back bar. Below their feet guests will find a stone floor; above them, a ceiling of copper drop tiles. These tiles call to mind Georgia's stills, which have traditionally used copper in the process of turning the moon's tears into moonshine.
The name of Executive Chef Joey Riley’s eatery, Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub, celebrates both the restaurant’s colorful decor and its eclectic menu of global comfort food. Having given up a full scholarship to pursue his passion for cooking, Riley worked in some of Florida and Georgia’s top kitchens before traveling to Thailand, a trip whose influences can be seen in his menu—Thai-style beef jerky, chicken panang curry, and green-chili grits all make an appearance. The restaurant also features European classics, such as the dinner menu's chicken parmigiana and pork schnitzel. The brunch menu finds Mexican inspiration in the mahi tostado, complemented by bottomless mimosas that garnered praise from Jezebel magazine. No matter the meal, Chef Riley ensures that his clients eat responsibly; Riley has made a commitment to cooking with antibiotic- and hormone-free proteins, and produce from local farms. Wood-beamed ceilings and a huge brick archway set a rustic scene in the dining area, while studio lighting and hanging lamps lend a touch of modern. Bright yellow walls support colorful abstract paintings that call to mind the restaurant’s name, and long wooden tables support bottles of wine from a host of countries including Argentina, Italy, and Spain.