Author: Art Huckabee

Dining out: La Petite Maison

  Frequent readers might be aware that I have been on a quest for Atlanta’s quintessential French bistro for quite some time. Friends recommended La Petite Maison. We visited most recently on a Tuesday, one of the slowest nights of the week for restaurants, but were surprised to find a good-sized crowd. They take reservations, which earns high marks from me. The space is configured in such a way that it can easily accommodate couples, large parties and business diners with its assortment of seating arrangements. There’s even a covered outdoor patio where you can pretend you’re dining in...

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Dining out: Le Fat

This newest of Chef Guy Wong’s growing restaurant empire, occupying the same space as his short-lived Yum Bunz in bustling West Midtown, bills itself as a Vietnamese brasserie. I like that they offer reservations and valet parking.   The lack of both can make a Saturday night restaurant visit as stressful as trying to change a flat tire on Spaghetti Junction in rush hour.   The 3,330-square-foot space designed by the same folks who did The Optimist, Watershed and JCT Kitchen features an opulent bar, lots of cozy, “meet the strangers next to you” seating, and a bakery counter...

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Dining out: Rumi’s Kitchen

What makes for a good restaurant or a restaurant that you want to re-visit? The short answer is the food, quickly followed by the service. After that, the list can get quite long with an ample helping of diner subjectivity thrown in for good measure. This month, I’m putting on my food writer lab coat and “analyzing” what makes one of my favorite restaurants, Rumi’s Kitchen, a good, if not great, restaurant. Accessibility: It can be good, but if it takes two hours in Atlanta traffic to get there, I’m not going more than once. Rumi’s is located just...

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Dining out: Papi’s Cuban and Caribbean Grill

The recent thawing of diplomatic relations with Cuba has had my chilled winter mind dreaming about sunning on a pristine white sand beach while drinking a Cuba Libre and smoking a fine cigar. While that dream, like warmer weather, may still be a few months, if not years away, one can sample the cuisine of Cuba in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward at Papi’s Cuban and Caribbean Grill. Founded by a Cuban immigrant, Papi’s, pronounced “poppies” and Spanish for “daddy’s,” is a popular place; a recent weekend late afternoon visit found the fairly spacious restaurant more than half full and...

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Dining Out: Café Sababa

There are close to 10,000 restaurants in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Most fly under the radar relying on word of mouth or online “review” sites like Yelp or Trip Advisor for their advertising and clientele. It’s our goal in 2015 to visit more of these “mom and pop” places, particularly those that are in the communities that the INtown and Reporter Newspapers serve. If you know of a restaurant in your community that you’d like us to visit, send an email to TastingIntown@AtlantaINtownPaper.com. We kicked off our New Year’s quest with lunch at Café Sababa. Located in an easily...

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