The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Bob Townsend takes a first look at Proof Bakeshop, the new Inman Park bakery from the Cakes & Ale team. Townsend finds quiche and sandwiches in a hip environment:
Located in a storefront at the corner of Hurt Street and DeKalb Avenue, the interior is decorated in coffee bar shabby chic style. ... On the current lunch menu, find a whole or half house salad with veggies and lemon thyme vinaigrette ($4/$8), a daily slice of custardy quiche with a side salad ($10), and several sandwiches made with Proof bread ($6-$8), including an Italian-style soppressata panini with chard, preserved lemon ricotta and Dijon mustard. On the breakfast menu ($5.25-$9.50), there's a rosemary ham, Gruyere cheese and baked egg melt on an English muffin, yogurt and granola with seasonal fruit, and a smoked salmon bagel plate.
Over at Creative Loafing, Todd Brock has a first look at Braves All Star Grill, the Downtown shrine to Atlanta's hometown baseball team. Brock says it hits the right notes:
Between families on their way to a game, weekday lunchers, and game-watchers filling the quirky, stadium-seat barstools, the Braves All Star Grill is exactly what it needs to be: festive and approachable. Come 2017, this will be the team's only presence left in Atlanta proper. The prices feel a tad elevated, but they're on par with the other restaurants along that stretch of Peachtree. For a party of four to dine and drink, plan on surpassing $100 with tip, and that's before shelling out some dough at the pitching cage. Hey, a fun night at the ballpark doesn't come cheap.
Creative Loafing's Brad Kaplan digs into O4W Pizza, finding tasty pies at low prices:
The pizza at O4W falls into two camps: a basic, thin-crust pie dubbed the Jersey round or a rectangular, pan-style pizza. The house specialty Grandma Pie ($3.75/slice, $23.50/whole) — ahem, one of Creative Loafing's 100 Dishes to Eat in Atlanta — falls in the rectangle category. The Grandma is a heavenly, simple combination of crisp thin crust topped with fresh basil, pecorino cheese, and broad, alternating stripes of fresh house-made mozzarella and marinara. You'll also find pan-style specials, like a recent pesto square dotted with goat cheese, bits of bacon, caramelized onions, and roasted cherry tomatoes. As for the rounds, you can ask for a slice of whatever's on the counter that day. Go with the basic Jersey round ($2.25/slice, $14.50/whole) or options such sausage and freshly sliced pepperoni or a white pie with mushroom, artichoke, and ricotta.
THE ELSEWHERE AND THE BLOGS: Fried Chicken Lips finds a poor rendition of fusion cooking at Gypsy Kitchen. Hot Dish Review likes the charcuterie at Saltwood. Fresh ATL is enamored with Umaido Ramen in Suwanee. Atlanta Restaurant Blog likes the Asian influence on comfort food at Pijiu Belly. Bella Vivere has an "unbelievable evening" at Masti Fun Indian Street Eats. Marie, Let's Eat! likes the gyro at Nick's Food to Go.