At Havana South Restaurant and Bar, a conga line of authentic Cuban entrees parades out of the kitchen, transporting diners to the Caribbean with dishes such as picadillo a la Cubana and ropa vieja in criolle sauce. The chef draws on his culinary experience to populate the menu with true Cuban cuisine.
Meanwhile, drink enthusiasts can marvel at servers using guava, mango, and passion fruit to brew up refreshing batches of house-made mojitos. The tropical flavor carries over to the eatery's decor as well. A life-size painting of palm trees and domino players on the beach may fool diners into thinking that they're dining on the coast, whereas crimson-hued walls compliment heated salsa nights that are speckled throughout the eatery?s event schedule. Spanish music constantly pours from the speakers, inspiring guests to get up and dance, a practice encouraged by the staff.
Diners take a whiff of grilled meats and slide into dark-wood booths upon entering Famous Joes, waiting to be greeted by the chilly handshake of a cold glass of beer and the calming glow of baseball games emanating from the 21 42-inch flat-screen TVs hung on terra-cotta-colored walls. As a karaoke singer croons on, chefs pull ribs and pork from a 12-hour marinade, toss glistening chicken wings in 16 varieties of sauce, and hand-sculpt ground beef into half-pound patties and busts of Woodrow Wilson. Behind a row of stools, bartenders pour from 10 drafts and 30 bottled beers hailing from domestic and overseas breweries.
From the time they were boys until they both had boys of their own, Jeremy Green and Josh Tedder maintained a close bond?even closer than the one between a man and his talking dog, to whom he tells all his secrets. The pair split up to pursue separate dreams after high school, but it wasn't long before fate and friendship brought them back together. Once they became fathers and husbands, Jeremy and Josh both sought out a family-friendly restaurant that was still young and contemporary. When they came up empty-handed, they decided to combine their talents?Jeremy as a chef, Josh as a businessman?and open their own: Green's Tavern.
At Green's Tavern, whole families can gather for a meal, and couples can stop in for a drink after work. The menu showcases a wide array of all-American grub that's suitable for all ages: burgers, barbecue, and even seafood. Plus, there are 12 beers on draft and 20 by the bottle, as well as 12 big-screen HDTVs and live music to keep everyone entertained.
As patrons take puffs from an ornate, handmade Egyptian hookah, the room fills with the intoxicating scent of watermelon or spicy vanilla from premium Al Fakher, Starbuzz, or Romman shisha. More than 75 flavors tantalize taste buds as guests sip coffee, nibble on crackers, and sink comfortably into plush leather couches. To keep all senses entertained, the lounge hosts open-mic nights and stocks its shelves with cards and board games.
When army vet Steve Hamlet returned home from his third tour of duty, he vowed to get into a business that he not only felt passionate about, but that also allowed him to feel more involved with his family and community. To that end, he opened Peachtree Growler Co.?a place where he can educate people on craft beer?one of his passions?right in Peachtree Corners, his wife's hometown. With the help of their cicerone?"cicerone" is to craft-beer expert as "sommelier" is to wine expert?Steve and his wife hand select the beers and wines that flow through their 40 taps. The selection changes daily, but has included Cherry Street's coconut porter, Moletto Vineyards prosecco, and the espresso stout collaboration between Starr Hill and Terrapin Gava Joe.
That last brew speaks to the other part of PGC's business?Peachtree Coffee Co. The onsite cafe is run by a certified coffee master?who is also a sommelier-in-training?and features local beans from Jittery Joe's in Athens.
But those primarily interested in beer can pick up 32- or 64-ounce growlers, sampling up to 6 ounces before deciding which to take home. PGC also offers homebrew classes and equipment, as well as portable draft systems that can hold up to eight kegs of draft beer or tears shed because the beer has all been drunk.
After nearly 20 years in the restaurant business, Oswald Morgan gambled his career, finances, and reputation on Kozmo Gastro Pub. After years developing and working in swanky restaurants such as The Globe, Oswald had the notion that a restaurant with the right combination of creative cuisine and vivacious atmosphere could lure adventurous diners through its doors—even if it resided in the suburbs. The hopeful restaurateur worked to make Kozmo in the image of metropolitan eateries, outfitting the dining room with a slick and airy wall of windows and bar-height tables coupled with brushed-aluminum chairs. Perched at their seats, diners can sip from the extensive list of beer and cocktails or share small plates of immaculately presented duck confit or risotto balls as they people-watch and toast their reflections for their impeccable style.