Leaves of vegetables and herbs sprout from the ground near Sweet Potato Cafe, providing the arsenal of ingredients that chefs Karen Patton and George Pollard draw from as they construct their seasonal, upscale dishes. The chefs—who boast decades of baking experience and finesse with Caribbean, French, and American Southern cuisines—pluck a daily crop from the onsite garden, bolstering their fresh harvest with organic ingredients, such as cage-free eggs and grass-fed beef, that are sourced from nearby sustainable farms. The verdant bounty yields a rotating menu of dishes, many of which star the sweet potato and its natural entourage of nutrients.
The chefs till their lush garden just beyond the eatery, which is housed inside a renovated, 1930s craftsman-style home. Rich, burnt-orange walls, dangling lights, and lustrous wooden floors and tables modernize the dwelling, but every other Friday evening, live jazz music and telegraphed ticker-tape readings enhance the historic ambiance.
With each authentic dish at Piassa Restaurant & Mart, diners receive a balanced helping of Ethiopian tradition and hospitality, which, according to the hosts, is essential to the Ethiopian dining experience. Vibrant booths and beaded curtains enliven the restaurant, along with paintings and photographs depicting Ethiopian culture. The restaurant draws its name from the piassa, an epicenter of cultural and economic activity in Addis Ababa and other major Ethiopian cities. With traditional menu items, a selection of Ethiopian music and apparel, and special events, Piassa Restaurant & Mart dutifully reflects its namesake. Each night until 2 a.m., the staff host a full-service bar complete with Ethiopian wines, traditional drinks such as tej and tella, domestic beer, and espresso that keeps diners energized while they’re chopping down neighborhood mailboxes for firewood.
Recognized as the "Heartbeat of The Caribbean", Kool Runnings' outstanding contemporary cuisine and seamless service, has garnered much critical acclaim from Atl's Creative Loafing and the Atl Journal Constitution, coupled with numerous awards. We have become a landmark for visitors to Atl. and have become "home" to many.
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.