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August 4 - Welcome to Side Dish! 

What a day to launch. It's National IPA Day, a celebration of the hoppiest beer around. Raise a glass at Wild Heaven Beer, which is offering $4 pints of IPA at their locations in Avondale Estates and West End. If that sounds too heavy, go lighter and open your mind to Chardonnay since it's also National White Wine Day (don't @ us, we don't make these "holidays" up).

In our first newsletter, we have a spicy sauce recipe from Chef Jacob Hunter of The Daily in West Midtown, and a local writer ponders what it means to eat well.

Also, Black Restaurant Week starts tomorrow and, of course, we explore what new restaurants are opening around metro Atlanta.

We want to hear from you! What's the one dish at a local restaurant that is a "must have?" Email us to share your secret and possibly be included in a future Side Dish.

Photo courtesy of The Daily
Jacob Hunter's chili oil crisp


🍳 Chef Jacob Hunter heads up the kitchen at The Daily in West Midtown, a breakfast, lunch, and coffee spot that's soon expanding to Inman Park and Buckhead. 

This week, the Atlanta native shares the recipe for his must-have condiment, chili oil crisp.

With a mix of chili peppers and spices, he suggests drizzling it on noodles or dumplings, mixing it with Greek yogurt for a dip, or tossing wings in it. 

"I make this with my older son all the time," he said. "My wife goes through about a half quart a week."

🌶️ Find the full recipe here and try it at home!

🌶️ Also, read our recent interview with Jacob where he dishes on his kitchen vibe and shares his eclectic In the Mix playlist.
Photo by Laura Peruchi
How to be a good eater

🍴 "The internet has made us bad eaters," says Atlanta writer Sara Delgado in her inaugural column for Side Dish.

"According to a study by ChowNow, 89% of guests research a restaurant on their phones before making a dining decision. We read reviews, analyze menus, and judge restaurants without taking one step inside. 

I think that most people confuse a 'good eater' with the idea of someone that’s never had a bad meal. A good eater isn’t defined by the quality of the food they consume, but by the way in which they eat. 

A good eater knows how to truly eat well. Your appetite isn’t fueled by a challenging quest to elevate your palate, it’s driven by pure enjoyment and a desire to satisfy a basic human need — hunger."

➡️ Read Sara's full piece here. 

Quick Bites

🎳 Your 3rd Spot will open at The Works on Oct. 12. The 26,000-square-foot space will feature dining with activities including board games, bowling, and shuffleboard (pictured).

🍷 Postino Wine Café will open its flagship Southeastern location in Buckhead this summer.

🍺 Downtown Chamblee is set to get a taproom and micro food hall.

🥪 Chicken Salad Chick will launch a Dunwoody location on Aug. 17. 

🦀 The Pig and the Pearl has closed at Atlantic Station, but seafood boil restaurant Angry Crab Shack is set to open later this year.

🥤 Shake Shack has opened at Lenox Square. 

🍔 Manuel's Tavern will turn 66 years old on Aug. 6 and will serve the "Manny Mac" burger. 
Look, Listen & Savor

🥘 Sheri Castle talks through her piece, “The Seven Essential Southern Dishes" on BATCH, a podcast from the Bitter Southerner. 

🌮 Christiane Lauterbach of Atlanta Magazine reviews El Valle, a modern Mexican restaurant a few blocks from the Fox Theatre in Midtown.

🍽 Namesakes Steven Satterfield of Miller Union and writer Stephen Satterfield talk to Dave Chang about Atlanta's dining scene on The Dave Chang Show.   
From left, Black Restaurant Week founders
Derek Robinson, Falayn Ferrell, and Warren Luckett.

Supporting the Black culinary community

🧑🏿‍🍳 Black Restaurant Week Atlanta returns tomorrow through Aug. 14, celebrating the flavors of African American, African, and Caribbean cuisine. It's part of a national initiative.  

“African Americans make up less than 10% of restaurant owners and managers in the U.S.," says Black Restaurant Week co-founder Warren Luckett. 

"Our mission is to provide a platform that calls for inclusion in the industry and exposes and elevates Black-owned businesses."

🍲 See the participating restaurants, including James Beard Award winner The Busy Bee Cafe.

➡ There's also a NOSH Culinary Showcase, set for Aug. 12 at State Farm Arena.
*PARTNER MESSAGE* 🎟️ The Wholesome Wave Georgia Southern Chefs Potluck is Sunday, Oct. 16 at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. Join us for an evening of delicious food, hand-crafted drinks, a live auction, and great company. All proceeds support Wholesome Wave Georgia’s work of providing fresh healthy food to families across the state. Tickets are on sale now. 
IG food follow of the week

📸 Watch as @foolproofliving, a local food blogger who features recipes without refined sugars, suggests cooling down on a hot day with this watermelon avocado salad.
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