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First Look at Sweet Auburn Barbecue; More on St. Cecilia

Gio's Chicken Amalfitano.
Gio's Chicken Amalfitano.
Photo: Alex Lassiter

Sweet Auburn Barbecue's Poncey-Highlands spot gets a first look from Zagat, where Howard Hsu expands the offerings of his Sweet Auburn Curb Market outpost and food truck at this first full-service location. Vacant since Pura Vida's departure a year ago, the space receives a revamp, giving it a "nouveau-rustic vibe." On the menu, expect "Asian-inspired Southern cuisine and fusion barbecue." Also of note is the cocktail selection with Reuben Victor, formerly of Holeman & Finch, behind the bar.

Creative Loafing lauds Ford Fry's newest concept St. Cecilia as another success that draws inspiration from his growing list of Atlanta establishments: "St. Cecilia's cuisine combines the Italian finesse of No. 246, The Optimist's seafood savvy, King + Duke's comfortable Buckhead opulence, and the cocktail-fueled bar scene of...all of the above." The pasta dishes, seafood crudos, and Lara Creasy's cocktail program get high marks, but the dessert selection leaves something to be desired at this "Buckhead-ready ode to looking good and eating well."

THE ELSEWHERE AND THE BLOGS: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution takes a look at La Urbana Tequila & Mezcal Bar. Marie, Let's Eat heads to Athens to try Weaver D's and Independent Bread Company. Burgers, Barbecue, and Everything Else makes the rounds at Perla Taqueria and Gio's Chicken Amalfitano and breaks out of a fine dining slump at Marietta's The Butcher The Baker. Bella Vivere returns to Morelli's, Little Five Points Pizza impresses Hot Dish Review, Food Wolf Blog recommends Mustard Seed BBQ, and Review Atlanta checks out Bantam + Biddy.
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no. 246

129 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, , GA 30030 (678) 399-8246 Visit Website

King + Duke

West Paces Ferry Road Northwest, , GA 30305 (404) 477-3500 Visit Website

Pura Vida

440 South State Road 7, , FL 33414 (305) 535-4142 Visit Website

Holeman and Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Road Northwest, , GA 30309 (404) 948-1175 Visit Website

The Optimist

1400 Adams Street, , TN 37208 (615) 709-3156 Visit Website