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The Five Boroughs pizza at The Real Fix Pizzeria in Roswell. Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser. HANDOUT PHOTO - NOT FOR RESALE

Pizza is the star at this Roswell restaurant

Hicham Azhari and Fikret Kovac of F&H Food Trading Group recently opened their fifth restaurant together, The Real Fix Pizzeria, in downtown Roswell. Piazzolo Giacomo Lazzano moved from Palermo, Italy to oversee the kitchen, which prominently features a pair of handmade wood-burning ovens. The look: Located in a strip center ...

Bellwoods Social House Seahive Boxty Rolls with potato and Seahive cheese crepes and house-brined brisket, and Bellwoods Punch. (

First Look: Bellwoods Social House, Westside

Recently opened on Marietta Street, Bellwoods Social House is the new bar/restaurant from Leif Johnson, chef/owner of the popular Bite Bistro & Bar in Alpharetta. The concept features Johnson’s updates of American bar food and beverage director Arianne Fielder’s craft cocktails.The look: Located in the former West & Mill Bistro ...

South Main Kitchen Red Snapper Entree. Courtesy of South Main Kitchen & Milton’s Magazine. HANDOUT PHOTO - NOT FOR RESALE

First Look: South Main Kitchen, Alpharetta

South Main Kitchen opened in late August on South Main Street in downtown Alpharetta, a stretch that’s been enlivened by a redevelopment project that includes a new city hall, town plaza, park and parking facility. Louis Soon, previously of F&H Food Trading Group in Roswell, teamed with chef Christy Stone ...

Samosa pockets at Spice to Table. Photo Credit Chris Hornaday Photography. HANDOUT PHOTO - NOT FOR RESALE

First Look: Spice to Table, Old Fourth Ward

In July, chef/owner Asha Gomez closed Cardamom Hill, the critically acclaimed Indian restaurant she opened on Northside Drive in Berkeley Heights in January 2012. But in August, Gomez opened a new bakery cafe concept in the Old Fourth Ward, called Spice to Table. And later this year, she will debut ...

Memphis BBQ Co. in Dunwoody BBQ Combo Platter with smoked wings, brisket, mac & cheese, cole slaw and sour cream cracked pepper cornbread. (

First Look: Memphis BBQ Co., Dunwoody

The newest Memphis BBQ Co. location from Mississippi Delta pitmaster and winner of several World BBQ championships, Melissa Cookston, recently landed on Ashford Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody. Cookston’s two previous locations are in Horn Lake, Mississippi, and Fayetteville, North Carolina. The look: Situated in a freestanding brick building near Perimeter ...

A Dragon Bowl at Doc Chey’s Dragon Bowl, Emory Village. Contributed by Amy Sinclair. HANDOUT PHOTO - NOT FOR RESALE

First Look: Doc Chey’s Dragon Bowl, Emory Village

In July, Doc Chey’s Noodle House in Emory Village closed to make way for a new Doc Chey’s concept dubbed Dragon Bowl. The focus is on Asian-inspired made-to-order bowls with grilled meats, healthy grains and a variety of local and seasonal ingredients. The look: The interior was redesigned to create ...

Pies & Shakes: Banana Cream & Chocolate Pies; 10 Shakes and Floats including Creme Brulee Shake, Bars of Zin Shake, Bananas Foster Shake and 50/50 Float with Vanilla Ice Cream, & Orange Soda. Contributed by Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar. HANDOUT PHOTO - NOT FOR RESALE

First Look: Zinburger, Lenox Square

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar recently opened at the front of Buckhead’s rejuvenated Lenox Square, next door to fellow Fox Restaurant Concepts’ True Food Kitchen. Zinburger has nine more locations in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida. The look: Like True Food, the Zinburger look is clean ...

Bartaco tray, with chef’s selection of tacos, tamales and sides, and the Bartaco Margarita. (

First Look: Bartaco, Westside

Barcelona Wine Bar spinoff, Bartaco, opened last month on Atlanta’s Westside. With four locations in New York and Connecticut, and at least two more planned for metro Atlanta, the Mexican-style concept features “upscale street food” and a good time atmosphere. The look: Situated in the Dixie Packing building, the modest ...

Panbury’s Roasted Mediterranean Veg pie (open), Thai Green Chicken Curry pie, Chicken & Mushroom pie, and mini pies. (

First Look: Panbury’s Double Crust Pies

In the spring, Adam Panayiotou and Lauren Duxbury opened Panbury’s Double Crust Pies in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Inspired by the offerings at pie shops in South Africa, where Duxbury grew up, the menu features an array of savory pies, plus small bites, sides and a few seasonal fruit ...

First Look: Max’s Wine Dive, Midtown

Max’s Wine Dive — the Texas-based boutique chain with the mantra “Fried Chicken and Champagne? Why the Hell Not?!” — opened on July 1 on 12th Street in Midtown, serving dinner and brunch. Helming the kitchen, executive chef Jason Hall (formerly of Saltyard and Livingston) adds seasonal dishes to the ...

True Food Kitchen’s Summer Market Salad features purslane, corn, almonds, cucumber, avocado, goat cheese, blueberries, tomatoes and herb vinaigrette. CONTRIBUTED BY FOX RESTAURANT CONCEPTS

First Look: True Food Kitchen, Buckhead

True Food Kitchen from Phoenix-based Fox Restaurant Concepts recently landed at the revamped main entrance of Lenox Square in Buckhead, along with another Fox concept, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar. True Food features menus based on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet. The look: In keeping with its healthy living mission, ...

The Lucky’s Undertaker, a 7-ounce burger topped with applewood smoked bacon, two slices of American cheese, fried egg and fried onion straws. CONTRIBUTED BY PHOTOMARI

First Look: Lucky’s Burger & Brew, Town Brookhaven

Named for the owners’ mascot golden retriever, honored on the company logo and dog-friendly front patio, popular Roswell spot Lucky’s Burger & Brew recently opened a second location at Town Brookhaven. The look: Could it be a franchise in the making? Lucky’s Brookhaven shares many design elements with the Roswell ...

The Painted Pin sliders with tomatoes, peppered bacon, pimento cheese. Photo credit-Heidi Geldhauser/Our Labor of Love.

First Look: The Painted Pin, Buckhead

The Painted Pin, an upscale bar, bowling and entertainment concept from Justin Amick and William Stallworth, recently opened in a renovated warehouse in Buckhead’s Miami Circle. Amick, son of Concentrics Restaurants’ Bob Amick, and an advanced sommelier, has been on the Atlanta hospitality scene for years. But Painted Pin is ...

Sugar Shack apple pie muffins and apple streusel muffins fresh from the oven. Photo credit: Sugar Shack in the Back. HANDOUT PHOTO - NOT FOR RESALE

First Look: Sugar Shack in the Back, Roswell

Pioneering Roswell chef Andy Badgett has helmed an assortment of restaurants around the Canton Street corridor — turning fine dining Asher into the popular Fickle Pickle cafe, and opening and closing Southern-inspired Relish and budget-Mexican Pico Autentico in the same spot on Mimosa Boulevard. Last week, Badgett debuted Sugar Shack ...

 Negril Village’s red snapper is a whole snapper cooked with herb creole broth, okra and green bananas. (

First Look: Negril Village, Midtown

A few months back, Negril Village took over the historic firehouse building on North Avenue that was once home to Engine 11 Tavern. Since then, the classy Caribbean spinoff of the Greenwich Village spot of the same name has been flying under the radar, making do without a working website ...


First Look: Smokebelly BBQ, Buckhead

Smokebelly BBQ, the new concept from the team behind Tin Lizzy’s, Big Ketch, Saltwater Grill and Milton’s, recently opened in Buckhead with executive chef Darrell Rice in the kitchen. The menu features barbecue inspired by multiple regions of the country, 20 craft beers on draft and classic and specialty cocktails.The ...

140522-ATLANTA-GA- Firstlook at Elmyriachi in Kirkwood on Thursday May 22, 2014. FOOD: Pomegranate Margarita- luna azul reposado, pama liqueur, la belle orange, splash pomegranate, fresh lime juice. Smoked Tacos- pork and a brisket with curtido, bbq sauce, monterey jack cheese, radish, pickled onions, and pickled jalapeños. (

First Look: Elmyriachi, Kirkwood

Elmyriachi — the recently opened Kirkwood spinoff of the Little Five Points Tex-Mex hangout, Elmyr — has already proven wildly popular in a neighborhood that has sometimes struggled to hold on to viable dining options.The look: Located in a former Mrs. Winner’s space, the casual spot is a much bigger, ...

Grilled Cauliflower with olive tapenade and tomato ragu at the Bishop in Avondale Estates. Photo credit: Brooke Lane. HANDOUT PHOTO - NOT FOR RESALE

First Look: The Bishop, Avondale Estates

Avondale Estates restaurant and bar, the Bishop, opened May 13 featuring a mix of small plates, salads, sandwiches and entrees, and an atmosphere owner Luellen Marshall calls “neighborhood-centric.” The look: Situated in Avondale’s distinctive Tudor-style row of buildings, the neat storefront space is decorated in a mix of neutral colors ...

Double Burger Tray with fries, onion rings and fruit punch shake at Cook Out in East Atlanta. BECKY STEIN / SPECIAL

First Look: Cook Out, East Atlanta

The Cook Out chain originated in the late ’80s in Greensboro, North Carolina, as a burger and shake concept with double drive-through windows. Since then, it’s grown to multiple locations in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia, while enjoying a cult following and several fan sites dedicated ...

Vine & Tap cheese and charcuterie plate. Photo Credit: Heather Photographers.

First Look: Vine & Tap, Buckhead

In February, Ian Mendelsohn, a former beverage director of the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead, and his wife, Susan, opened Vine & Tap in the former Pizzeria Venti space in the Lenox Village shopping center on Lenox Road. Clearly a labor of love, the elegantly remodeled restaurant, wine bar and ...

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