FROM KFC TO QUINOA

R. Thomas: a health food phoenix rises from the fryer

Kids and adults alike clamor for R. Thomas’ French toast platter, piled with thick, sugar dusted slices of egg soaked sourdough.

STORY: Rebecca Cha
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

Marinated, grilled and tossed with tangy sauce, the hot wings practically fly off the menu.

It’s hard to believe that […]

OTHERWORLDLY UNDERWORLD

Italian mecca La Grotta is the hidden heart of Buckhead

La Grotta’s filetto di manzo al Barolo tenderloin, served in a Barolo-Pommery mustard sauce and topped with Gorgonzola, is a triumph of complementary flavors.

La Grotta’s filetto di manzo al Barolo tenderloin, served in a Barolo-Pommery mustard sauce and topped with Gorgonzola, is a triumph of complementary flavors.

STORY: Rebecca Cha
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

PURE PLEASURE

There’s something to taco ’bout at Brookhaven’s Pure Taqueria

Pure Taqueria has tacos and homemade salsas for every palate and dietary restriction

STORY: Rebecca Cha
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

With its sizzling veggies, avocado and charred tomatillo salsa, the cazuela bowl is as visually stunning as it is tasty.

As the hot summer sun bled through the blinds […]

BROOKLYN BOUND

Loyalists line up for a seat at Sandy Springs institution Brooklyn Cafe

Accompanied by ruby tomatoes and balsamic greens, the smoked salmon is lusciously marbled and fragrant with hickory.

STORY: Rebecca Cha
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

Loyalists line up for a seat at Sandy Springs institution Brooklyn Cafe inspires one of those all-too-infrequent “a-ha” moments in a food writer’s life, a joyful reminder that when you think you’ve […]

PASS THE CHOPSTICKS

Taste culture and tradition at Nakato Japanese Restaurant

Your first visit to Nakato? Consider ordering a combo plate so you can sample a variety of dishes from across the menu.

STORY: Hope S. Philbrick
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

Pay a little extra per person to enjoy dining in the private tatami rooms that can accommodate up to […]

TEX-MEX MEETS WILD WEST MEETS DEEP SOUTH

Tastes converge at neighborhood sports bar Big Sky Buckhead

With the Tres Tacos, you have your choice of delicious beef, chicken and shrimp.

STORY: Rebecca Cha
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

Big Sky Buckhead reminds me of the small-town eatery I used to waitress at years ago in my pre-college days. No staff member was a day over 25, everyone was […]

HEARTH AND HOME

Cozy up to one of Sandy Springs’ favorite pizza taverns

The ever-popular Ring of Fire is as close to perfection as pizza gets.

STORY: Rebecca Cha
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

Hearth’s roasted Brussels sprouts are drizzled with a touch of sweet balsamic vinegar.

Hearth Pizza Tavern has a real urban feel, like the buzz of a city subway, […]

A KALEIDOSCOPE OF FLAVORS

Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub is colorful and ever-evolving, as the name implies

Convivial patrons fill the seats at Kaleidoscope come mealtime.

STORY: Rebecca Cha
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

While hanging near the bar on my inaugural visit to Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub, I examined the room with its vaguely industrial energy, soaring ceiling and expressionistic oil canvases (a permanent collection by artist Tyler Blum). The walls are amber-hued […]

BODACIOUS BREAKFASTS

Franchise favorite Flying Biscuit Café feels like one-of-a-kind

Come and get it, y’all! The Flying Biscuit serves a Southern breakfast in all its glory.

STORY: Rebecca Cha
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

I like the Flying Biscuit Café. A lot. Sure, it’s a chain—franchised, actually (at last count, there were 16 in the Southeast). What unites them is a commitment to a square meal, fairly priced, with all the […]

A SLICE OF HEAVEN AT HAVEN

The Brookhaven eatery is an oasis of good taste and casual elegance

Masterful food and wine pairing is one of Haven’s many charms.

Masterful food and wine pairing is one of Haven’s many charms.

STORY: Rebecca Cha
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

Haven’s succulent, seared Georges Bank scallops are served on a bed of sweet creamed corn. Mouth watering yet? […]