Creative Loafing brought back starred reviews this week and awards Richard Blais's the Spence three shiny ones: "Even with a few false notes in execution, there's more than enough happening at the Spence to warrant celebration. And while the sheen of celebrity is good for Blais, the Spence, and Atlanta, they're all far more impressive in real life than through the prism of reality TV." Three stars means "very good," but since this is the first review, there's no frame of reference for where that really falls between "poor" (zero stars) and "extraordinary" (five). [CL]
In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jon Watson gives two stars to Canvas Cafe and Bakery: "After a few visits, it is clear to me why this is one of the worst-kept secrets in Marietta. For a comfortable neighborhood cafe and bakery, the neighborhood couldn't ask for much better than Canvas." [AJC]
Eat It, Atlanta on The Optimist, Food Near Snellville goes to Seven Hens and Sky BBQ, Marie, Let's Eat reviews Blue Moon Pizza and Pancho's, Review Atlanta takes on Ammazza and Golden House Dim Sum, Atlanta Restaurant Blog eats at Hammocks Trading Company and Cardamom Hill, Chow Down Atlanta reviews Liu Fu, Bella Vivere checks out Ecco, and Creative Loafing is back with ten more things to know about The Spence.