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TheCreat
Outdoors
Alfrescodining in Atlanta
definesoutdoorchic.
BY MARARE I DRO G E R SC.C P
ANDMEGR. SPARWATH
BY BOBDILLEN
PHOTOGRAPHY
utdoor
dining
us
beckons
during warmer months, and the
alfresco
culture
of
sun-
drenched Atlanta does not disappornt.
You can choose lunch in the cool shade of
The Food Srudio's cozypatio is nestled between lofis and sltops in tt reuitalized uarehouse district.
an awning or patio umbrella, or dinner on
three
college buddies
a moonlit terrace for great eats, a convivial
of
atmosphere for intimate conversation and
guessedit-NewYork
alluring people-watching.
from-you
Ciry. The innovative
where rotating art, faux-finished walls and
hardwood floors lend a SoHo-like aura.
and delectablecuisine with Southwestern
Executive chef Alena Pyles, formerly of
SOHO opened its doors in Vinings Ju-
and Asian influences is served on an en-
bilee last September-'twas the brainchild
gaging patio that seats50, aswell as inside,
Nickiemoto's and Azalea, has developed a
"bold,
flavorful, fresh
menu that she labels
and simple." Lunch entrees include Stir
Fried Soba Noodles in a Peanut Ponzu with
RANT-SouthCrN
HAMILTON'SRESTAU
flair;500 Powder
cuisinewithan international
SpringsSt., Marietta,(77O)427-2500.
American;3639
ARUGUTA-Contemporary
(404)8140959.
Road,Buckhead,
Peachtree
CANYONCAFE-Southwestern;118 Perimeter
(770) 39ffi605.
CenterWest,Dunwoody,
ANDBAR
A STEAKHOUSE
COOHILL'S.
-Steak, seafood;1100 Peachtree
St., Midtown,
(4O4)724-090L.
globalAmerican;
870 N.
DISH--4ontemporary
ighland,(404)897-3463.
HighlandAve.,VirginiaH
1.424
HOUSE--Asian:
DOCCHEY'SNOODLE
aHighland,(40418€ffi7 77.
N. HighlandAve.,Virgini
THEFOODSTUDIO-BoIdAmerican
cuisine,887 W. MariettaSt. NW Downtown,
(404)81S6677.
u
1620 Piedmont
LESAINTAMOUR-French:
Ave.,Midtown,(404) 881-0300.
GRILL-CreativenewAmerican;
PANGEA
(77O)52L-O099.
281 S. MainSt.,Alpharetta,
PAPPASITO'S-Mexican
; 2788 WindyHil.
Road,Marietta,(770)541-6100.
3227 RoswellRoad,
PERCY'S-Seafood;
(4041237-3227.
Buckhead,
3081 MapleDrive,Buckhead,
SOLEIL-French;
(4O4)467-L79O.
UNCLEJULIO'SCASAGRANDE-Mexican;
(404)3506767.
Road,Buckhead,
1860 Peachtree
Parkway,
VINNY'S-ltalian;5355 Windward
Alpharetta,(77O)772-4644.
Vegetables($6) and the Quesadillas Platter
with Coconut Rice, Chipolte BBQ Beans
and
choice
of
quesadillas-Grilled
Chicken with Yellow Tomato Salsa or
Spinach, Goat Cheese and Papaya with
Habanero-Melon Salsa($7). Both the Coconut-Curry with Lemongrass Soup and
the Chicken Tortilla with Avocado Chile
and Lime have a variery of pleasing spices
for a kick in the taste buds ($5). Unique
appetizerssuch as Pumpkin Seed Crusted
Shrimp with Spicy Cucumber Noodles
($7) will spark a desiref61ms1s-and
you
won't be disappointed with dinner entrees
like Grilled Ahi Tirna with Griddled Sweet
Rice Cakes and Pickled Ginger ($20) or
Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Fried
Green Tomatoes and Chipolte BBQ Bean
ATLANTAHOMES & LIFESTYLES
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ALAORTE
Sauce($17).Try to makeit ro dessertfor a
grand finale of Coconut-BananaPudding
($4) or Chocolate Bread Pudding with
se
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"ou,
L-/n the cornerof Piedmonlond EostPocesFerry
Rood sits one of Atlonto'sliveliestneighborhoodrestouronts- the CornerCofe. Chef John Wellg hos ossembled o sotisfyingmenu of eclecticdishesworthy of the
restouronl'sbeoutifullyworm ond friendlysurroundings
high ceilings,mossivewindowsond soft,energeticmusic,
olong with o young,friendlywoit stoffto
mokeyour meolespeciollymemoroble.
Chel John Wells describesthe
Corner Cofe os upbeotond light, with
on ortdeco feel. This is os comfortoble
o settingfor o power businessbreokfost
or lunchos it is for o fun outing for o
fomily supperor tosiy breok from weekend shopping.
S o t u r d o yo n d S u n d o yb r u n c hi s
s p e c t o c u l o rh e r e , b u t t h e s e s p e c i o l
items ore served everydoy: For breokfost, ScofchEggs (boiled "gg wropped
in sousoge)servedwith cheesegrits;
Lunchfeoturesthe city's best Chicken
C l u b S o n d w i c h { s l i c e so f c h i c k e n
b r e o s t , o v o c o d o , b l e u c h e e s e ,o n d
opplewoodcuredbocon on sunflower-wheot
breod); ond
ot Dinner, the Podnbeil^stuffedPork Loinis o Corner Cofe
signoture
dish.
Ghef John Wellr, originollyfrom Buffolo,New
York,workedundero mosterchef in Bohimorebeforecoming to Atlontoto work ot the fomousPono's& Poul'swith
internotionolly-renowned
Chef PoulAlbrecht.He bringso
greot levelof culinorytolentto the CornerCofe.
Sincethe BuckheodBreodCompony(BBC)is locotedon
the premises,customershove over 40 typesof freshbreods
from which to choose,A sompling?Try PotoroDill,Jolopeno
CheddorSourdough,
Tomqto& Onion or SpinochFococcio,
pluschewyPretzelBreodwith coorsesolt,
Another of the renowned Buckheod Life Restouront
Group's owsrd-winning resiouronts, Corncr Cafe is
locoted qt 3070 PiedmontRood (ot Eost PocesFeny Rood).
Complimenhry porking. Hours: Sun.-Thurs.,
6:30 o.m.- 9
p.m.; Fri. ond Sot., 6:30 o.m. - l0 p.m. All moior credit
-1978. E
cqds. Hondicopoccess.Pofiodining.
coseis
stockedrinlh
freshly-made
sandwiches
ond
sslodshr a
hnlthy meol-fogo.,.oryou cctn
[email protected] a leisurely
brwlcfsst, lunchor
dinnerinsideor an
Ih,epelio."
Carameland VanillaBeanIce Cream(95).
(770)801-0069.
Canoe, locatedalong the banksof the
Chattahoochee River where Buckhead
meetsVinings, is an incrediblyromantic
location.Its soothingsettingallowsdiners
to truly escapefrom the daily fray to the
leisurelyenjoyment of a fine meal. You
can rejoicein the bucolic vistawhile suit"River
ably cloisteredin the glass-enclosed
Room" or on the canopiedpatio. Lunch
featurescontemporarydisheslike African
SquashSoup with Lime Cream ($3.95)
and fresh pasraslike Potato Goat Cheese
Tortelloni with Spicy Escarole,Pinenuts
and Sage Brown Butter ($9.95). The
dinner menu presenrsitems that havethe
explosion of tastescharacteristicof the
chef; Gary Mennie. Appetizers include
Grilled Ostrich Medallion with Asian
Pear-CandiedGinger Salad and Plum
'Wine
Glaze($10.95);main dishes,ChineseSryleDuck with Spicy Greens,and
Coconut Pineapple Pancake accented
with a Caramel Star Anise Sauce
($17.25).(ZZo) 432-2663.
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in
Marietta has an eye-catchinglarge veranda. This is no small-scaleseafood
shanty-the menu has many Cajun specials as well as dishes prepared by the
"blackened"
method made famous by
Chef PaulPrudhomme.In the offeringare
classicseafooddisheslike Po Boys(99,95)
and Gumbo ($5.45).However,the choices
aremany, from a Catfish Po Boy to an Andouille Sausageand Seafood Gumbo.
Seafoodspecialtiesthat are hard to find
elsewhere
includeBoudin (Cajun sausage
- CornerCofefxeculneChef
JohnWells
stuffedwith dirry rice,$4.9), and Fried
Alligator hot appetizers($6.95). Save
some room for the Bayou Bottom Fudge
Pie ($5.25) or the Chocolate Praline
($5.25).(7lO) 984-8899. tr
Cheesecake
ATLANTAHOMES & LIFESWLES