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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 ...

Taco offerings at Cabana Grill in Snellville. CONTRIBUTED BY CABANA GRILL

First Look: Cabana Grill, Snellville

On April 14, Fiesta Restaurant Group, which owns, operates and franchises Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana, debuted its newest concept, Cabana Grill, in Snellville. The fast-casual restaurant with limited table service touts affordable Mexican food made from scratch with fresh ingredients.The look: Located in the Lowe’s shopping center on Scenic ...

Grain Bowl with quinoa, baby Vidalia onions, turnip greens, roasted broccoli and carrots at Ration and Dram. (CONTRIBUTED BY BECKY STEIN)

First Look: Ration and Dram, Kirkwood

Ration and Dram, the new family-friendly neighborhood spot from former Holeman & Finch partner and star barkeep Andy Minchow, has a lot of things going on in a modern two story Arizona Lofts space with two patios, two bars and an assortment of food and drink. The look: The downstairs ...

Sausage and pepper meatballs with meat sauce, caprese salad, pickled veggie jars and antipasto at Bar Meatball. Photo Credit: Isadora Pennington. HANDOUT PHOTO - NOT FOR RESALE

First Look: Bar Meatball, Virginia-Highland

Bar Meatball, which recently replaced Virginia-Highland’s Pozole, features a customizable menu similar to the offerings at New York City success story the Meatball Shop, with a variety of mix-and-match meatballs and sauces, sliders and sides. The look: Tucked behind a parking lot on Greenwood Avenue, the cottage-like space is topped ...

Foundation Social Eatery chef/owner Mel Toledo’s potato gnocchi with roasted mushrooms, asparagus, bacon and soft-cooked egg. CONTRIBUTED BY CHRISTOPHER HORNADAY

First Look: Foundation Social Eatery, Roswell

Newly opened in the former Dick and Harry’s space on Holcomb Bridge Road, Foundation Social Eatery from chef/owner Mel Toledo conjures the current wave of suburban casual fine dining concepts, such as Table & Main in Roswell, Seed Kitchen & Bar in east Cobb and Century House Tavern in Woodstock, ...

Spinach quiche and Salad Nicoise with seared ahi tuna at Le Bistro in Roswell. (BECKY STEIN)

First Look: Le Bistro, Roswell

Roswell Provisions, the popular Canton Street market and cafe with wine, cheese, meats, baked goods, fancy foods and an espresso bar, has added to its considerable offerings with a new French-inspired restaurant, christened Le Bistro. The look: Located above Roswell Provisions, a vintage stairwell leads to a surprisingly sprawling and ...

First Look: Sweet Auburn Barbecue, Poncey-Highland

Known for its Sweet Auburn Curb Market stall, food truck and catering operations, Sweet Auburn Barbecue recently opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in the former Pura Vida space on North Highland Avenue. Full service, an expanded menu and a full bar are part of the new concept, which continues to riff ...

The Chick Trio Special at Chicken Salad Chick, with “Buffalo Barclay,” “Fancy Nancy” and broccoli salad. CONTRIBUTED BY SARA HANNA PHOTOGRAPHY

First Look: Chicken Salad Chick, Marietta

Chicken Salad Chick founder Stacy Brown started the company in 2008 making chicken salad in her kitchen in Auburn, Ala. Now there are some 85 locations throughout the Southeast, with a dozen new franchises planned for metro Atlanta and Athens. One of the first of that number opened in Marietta ...

Asada and Chorizo tacos on corn tortillas with a tequila sunrise at La Urbana. (BECKY STEIN)

First Look: La Urbana Tequila & Mezcal Bar, Westside

True to its name, La Urbana Tequila & Mezcal Bar, the new Westside spot from Jesus Onate, owner of Zapata Tacos & Tequila Bar in Norcross, features a contemporary urban atmosphere and a host of specialty cocktails made with agave-based spirits. The look: Situated in the Apex West Midtown apartment ...

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July 1, 2012

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: America's royals?

Yeah, yeah, yeah so Prince George turns 1 today. Big deal. Over here in the Colonies we get to vote on our royals and we've coronated - yep - Kimye.

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