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Fast-food burgers subjected to decay test

Buzzfeed recently conducted a test of several cheeseburgers from popular fast-food restaurants. Each cheeseburger was placed in a glass jar for 30 days, then examined for decay. The restaurants involved in the Buzzfeed test included McDonald’s, Carl’s Jr., Burger King, Wendy’s, Umami Burger, In-n-Out and Jack in the Box. The ...

Plum Cafe’s signature dish is composed of a trio of salads, including chicken, tuna and a carrot-beet-quinoa mixture. (JENNY TURKNETT / SPECIAL)

Magic at lunch turns into a pumpkin at night

Plum Cafe, located just off Canton Street in Roswell, prides itself on providing options for guests with dietary restrictions and for those who have a particular interest in tracing the origins of ingredients. The cafe’s owner, Monica Bolsoni, is committed to quality sourcing and boasts that nearly 75 percent of ...

Southbound’s fried green tomatoes are a sweet and savory starter, topped with chevre and a pineapple-habanero jam. (JENNY TURKNETT / SPECIAL)

Stunning Chamblee renovation with regional menu

Transformed into a local gem over a 25-month restoration period, this former mercantile-turned-Masonic lodge is now rustic, fresh and stunning. It gleams with brick, dark woods and reclaimed accoutrements, all in alignment with the character of the antique structure. As captivating as this decor is, it promises a level of ...

Homemade turkey pita and slaw at Cafe Jonah and the Magical Attic.

Lunch restaurant options: Sandwiches and soup spots

If you are hungry for lunch fare of filling sandwiches and tasty soups, here are three places to consider GWINNETT Bleu House Cafe This quirky bright blue house in Norcross serves homestyle salads, sandwiches, soups and wraps. Owner Maureen Adams said, “We started small. Out front, we talked to people ...

This tostada is one of the tastiest dishes at Marbar. The cold tostada provides the backdrop for a bright mixture of lime-cilantro mahi mahi paired with sweet mango and creamy avocado. (JENNY TURKNETT / SPECIAL)

Beachside-cantina theme needs more wind in its sails

Marbar’s casual beachside-cantina flair could be a home run with families in Decatur. Seafood-heavy Mexican fare with good pricing on great drinks could carve a successful niche in most any neighborhood. With its beautifully relaxed decor and expansive selection of tequilas and mezcals, Marbar should be a place customers want ...

The fried chicken breast at Etris Kitchen & Bar is more like chicken-fried chicken than the traditional bone-in bird that purists might expect. (Jenny Turknett)

Menu overhaul shows promise at Roswell spot

Etris Kitchen & Bar in Roswell just overhauled its menu to coincide with the arrival of new chef Boyd Rose. Offerings have shifted from tavern-style pizzas and burgers to more composed small plates and entrees fit for “families and foodies,” which owner Massi Mekhmoukh said is the restaurant’s target market. ...

Smokebelly offers a barbecue combo plate. ( Lauren Rubenstein)

A nice option, but smoky in name only

Smokebelly attempts to fill the smoke shack gap in Buckhead with what it calls “chef-crafted ’cue.” Yet the smart design — a harmonious collection of Americana — detracts from the fare, building expectations sky high. You’d expect the grub to follow suit, but the flavors here are just too delicate ...

Antipasto for two at Varuni Napoli in Atlanta includes soft Taleggio cheese, mixed olives, folds of prosciutto di Parma and a dish of house-made ndjua. (Becky Stein / beckysteinphotography.com)

New Neapolitan pizza magnet fosters communal dining

At Varuni Napoli, the new Neapolitan pizza joint in Morningside, the comparison with Antico is quite inevitable, given that this new spot’s chef and co-owner, Luca Varuni, was formerly Antico’s prime pizzaiolo. Here, customers will experience the togetherness that co-owner Giancarlo Pirrone’s design fosters, with tables large enough for communal ...

Chef/owner Zach Meloy has an artistic eye for plating as evidenced in this veal belly dish with quartered asparagus amid piped domes of whipped goat cheese with preserved lemon and smudges of mint puree. BECKY STEIN / SPECIAL

Fine dining in a simple setting

Better Half, the new supper-club-turned-restaurant funded by a Kickstarter community funding campaign, is one of our city’s newest casual fine dining spots. You’ll find the kitchen on full display right in the dining room, the absence of a liquor license (but it’s coming), and a place where the best seats ...

Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk at Vinoy Park

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