Art of the Meal Archive

Title Issue

Table 1280

So, have you been to the new aquarium? No, not the giant fish tank across from Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park - Midtown's new aquarium, at the Woodruff Arts Center.Table 1280, the elegant restaurant designed by Renzo Piano, is not so much a bar and dining room as a habitat. Viewed from the outside, its huge, incandescent glass rectangles swim with beautifully languid diners.

March 2006

Gottlieb's Restaurant and Dessert Bar

In the comic strip "Mutts," the two faithful dog-and-cat pals are forever enthralled with an appropriately named butcher shop: The Fatty Snax Deli. They hang on the gruff proprietor's every muscle twitch, hoping against hope that some small tidbit - a crisp exterior trimming, a sausage link - might be tossed their way.

February 2006

Piebar Pizza And Pizzazz

First, a warning: If you are a serious traditionalist, and you think pizza ought to be a dough circle with cheese and sausage, you're not going to like Piebar.

January 2006

Tasting the Wines

It wasn't Judgment at Paris. At that historic 1976 event, subject of a recent book by the same name, the most revered French critics blind-tasted the most famed French wines against upstart California labels - and to everyone's astonishment, the California wines won. The wine world was never the same.

December 2005

D. Morgan's: Confit Comes To Cartersville

Score another point for small-town resurgence: In downtown Cartersville, chef/co-owner Derek Morgan has (with the help of his contractor father) gutted and rehabbed a former furniture store to open a restaurant that seems out of place only until you go there.

October 2005

The Lovely Bone's

Once upon a time, the town square was a business barometer. You could just about judge the area's prosperity by the opulence of the courthouse, and what kind of commerce was going on in and around it.

September 2005

South By Southwest

Fifteen years ago, Karen Hilliard opened Georgia Grille in south Buckhead, after returning to town from Texas.Closing her nine-table restaurant called Peach's and packing her battered old Coca-Cola cooler into a truck, she'd arrived determined to bring Southwestern flavors to the Old South.

August 2005

Positively Babette's

Sometimes you can define a place by what it's not. And sometimes those negatives add up to positives.Take, for example, Babette's Cafe, the venerable little restaurant in Proven?al colors near Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta. Despite its big-city, cult-favorite status, it is not: noisy, crowded or loud. It does not treat people as "orders" (as in, "Let me see what happened to your order").

July 2005

Marco Solo

Covering the state's dining scene usually means reaching for the clouds in Atlanta, and digging for rural roots in the country.

June 2005

Pig Tales

How do you choose 10 barbecue joints to write about? You might as well try to describe your 10 most memorable dates, or your favorite shirts. Barbecue is that personal, and that familiar. It has to do as much with taste as circumstance. In other words, the story involved.

May 2005
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