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September 22 -
It's the first day of fall, and seasonal celebrations are almost upon us. Let us know some of your favorite annual autumn food-centric events, and we may feature it in an upcoming Side Dish!  

How about this patio weather?

We asked you last week for a few favorites, and Connie C. suggested North Italia on Ashford Dunwoody Rd. for its "incredible new patio that's big enough for a wedding reception." Cynthia M. of Atlanta reminded us of the beauty of Zonolite Dr. mainstay Floataway Cafe "for wonderful food in a casual, relaxing setting." 

In today's newsletter, we've got two new local restaurants, a recipe for a delicious Peruvian dish, and all the food news to get you through the weekend. Oktoberfest celebrations are looming, so get your steins and your lederhosen ready. 

😥 And, sad news from Athens, GA, as Vegan pioneer The Grit has announced it will close at the end of service on Oct. 7. 

The Rough Draft team
Causa Limeña & Shrimp Salad recipe

🍤 Authentic Peruvian cuisine is here in Atlanta – and you can make it at home. 

Tio Lucho’s opened earlier this summer, helmed by Chef Arnaldo Castillo of the Peruvian pop-up La Chingana and restaurateur Howard Hsu. The restaurant offers authentic Peruvian cuisine, inspired by Castillo’s time growing up in Lima and Piura. 

The entire menu at Tio Lucho’s is worth writing home about, but today Castillo is sharing a recipe for causa limeña and shrimp salad (pictured here with tuna instead of shrimp). According to Castillo, causa – Spanish for “the cause” – is a wartime Peruvian creation.

When men were away fighting, women stayed at home and created this dish as a way to support their cause. Today, causa is one of Peru’s most iconic dishes.

😋 Check out the full recipe here. 

The Ashford gears up for a new fall menu

🍅 Brookhaven has a new restaurant to try this fall.

The Ashford, located at 1418 Dresden Dr., opened this June. The chef-driven restaurant features a seasonal menu that’s about to get a little bit of an update for the fall.

Chef Randy Lewis, who is also one of three founding partners of the restaurant, said The Ashford will begin introducing new menu items over the next couple of weeks. 

In the meantime, some of the dishes available at The Ashford include bao buns, which are filled with heritage pork and Asian spices. There’s also fresh ricotta made in-house, and meatballs served over polenta.

Lewis also makes a Korean-influenced beef tartare served with a tomato/strawberry sauce. 

Learn more about The Ashford and their new upcoming items here. 

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Rosé all day is coming to Dunwoody

An upscale restaurant called The Hampton Social is coming to Dunwoody’s $2 billion High Street development. The Hampton Social is a coastal-inspired restaurant that will serve signature cocktails and feature a rosé menu. 

“Bringing first-to-market concepts like The Hampton Social to Central Perimeter aligns with our vision of creating a unique shopping and dining destination at High Street,” said Molly Morgan, who is leading retail leasing for High Street. “With its gorgeous interiors, fun atmosphere, and delicious food, The Hampton Social will deliver an exceptional experience unlike anything in the city.” 

🌹 The restaurant is expected to open in 2024.
Click here to learn more. 
Where to celebrate Oktoberfest

🇩🇪 Prost! Oktoberfest season is upon us, and local beer joints are celebrating. Grab your lederhosen and your stein and check out these upcoming events.

🍺 Best End Brewing Company is celebrating not only Oktoberfest, but its three-year anniversary Sept. 22-25. Enjoy German-themed beer and food, and take part in beer and football-themed games and competitions.

🍻 Tucker Brewing Company's 
Tucktoberfest is already in full swing and lasts until Oct. 2. Take a swig of the brewery’s classic Tucktoberfest Märzen Lager. 

🍺 Festivities are well underway at 
Halfway Crooks but don’t worry – you’ve still got some time to catch Bavarian music, food, and beer. The party lasts until Oct. 2 (pictured).

🍻 Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant's special Oktoberfest menu continues through Oct. 2. Try delicious Bavarian foods and Iron Hill’s own interpretation of a classic Oktoberfest lager.

🍺 Roundtrip Brewing has a slew of activities to take advantage of this Oktoberfest season, including a field day on Sept. 24 starting at 10 a.m., and a small dog race on Sept. 25. 

🍻 Red Hare Brewing will be hosting a celebration on Sept. 24 from 2-7 p.m. Enjoy music from the Sawgrass Blues Band, enter your wiener dog in the Dachshund Race, or test your muscles in a stein holding contest.

Click here for more upcoming events.
Quick Bites

🍽️ Shay and Karen Lavi of Nur Kitchen have purchased The Third Space from Asha Gomez and will reopen the Studioplex private dining space on Oct. 1. 

🌮 Bartaco has a new outpost in the Vinings Jubilee shopping center (pictured).

🍕 Ammazza turns ten on Sat., Sept. 24. Stop by for a birthday party beginning at 6 p.m. with DJ Taradactyl on the decks and free small Margherita Pies to the first 500 customers. 

🥩 Enzo Steakhouse & Bar is opening for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch on Sept. 27 in Trillith. The Northern Italy-inspired restaurant features chef Andrea Montobbio (Fifth Group, STK Atlanta, Gansevoort Hotel) and has a dog-friendly patio. 

🇹🇭 Chai Yo Modern Thai is hosting a family-style Thai BBQ on Tues., Sept. 27. It's in the Som Tum Tradition, which is served in restaurants and by street vendors across Thailand

🍻 Red's Beer Garden in Grant Park is hosting an Oktoberfest event from Sept. 30-Oct. 2 with plenty of beer, hot dogs, and live polka music.  

🍷 Sommelier Cate Hatch is leading a special dessert wine tasting event at 
Southern Belle in Poncey-Highland from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 12.

☕️ The Sweet Auburn location of Refuge Coffee closes Sept. 23 after nearly three years in the historic Atlanta Daily World building.

🍔 Hopdoddy's Burger Bar, an Austin TX burger joint, is opening its first location in Atlanta this October. 

🍞 Bomb Biscuit Co. is considering a new location in Old Fourth Ward.

🍗 SmoQ'n Hot Grill opened in Midtown on Tuesday, and is expected to launch its full menu tomorrow.

🍖 The Southern Wilds Festival is coming back to Lawrenceville this weekend, featuring local restaurants, craft breweries, and more. 

🗓 Mark your calendars for Chamblee Restaurant Week coming Oct. 9-14.


🍟 Slutty Vegan, an Atlanta staple, opened its first New York City location in Brooklyn this weekend. 
Look, Listen & Savor

🍎 It’s the apple picking season, and Explore Georgia has some of the best places to pick the crispy treats.

🍁 Trader Joe’s is getting in the spirit of the season with its Autumn Extravaganza.

🎃 And if you’re still on the pumpkin spice bandwagon, Taste of Home has its list of the top products to buy this fall.
Behind the Food: Illegal Food’s Vietnamese Grilled Eggplant (Cà Tím Nướng)

🇻🇳 Chef Steven Lingenfeltermay started Illegal Food in 2013 as one of the first pop-ups in Atlanta. It eventually turned into a brick-and-mortar and garnered praise from local and national media, especially for his famous Hank Burger.

Illegal Food is once again a pop-up, with a residency at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium from Wednesdays – Saturdays from 5-11 p.m.
Illegal Food serves what Steven affectionately calls "Stoner Asian Food," which includes a heavy dose of Vietnamese cuisine. Why Vietnamese? Trips to Quoc Huong on Buford Highway for banh mi’s as a high schooler served as his gateway drug to escape the vanilla food tastes of his family growing up and eventually led to multiple trips to the country to explore the cuisine. 
Illegal Food’s take on Vietnamese Grilled Eggplant (Cà Tím Nướng) is inspired by Steven’s first experience of the dish in Vietnam at a roadside stall while sitting on plastic stools. He says that since Vietnamese food is regarded as highly customizable, he decided to tweak the recipe by adding some of the other flavors and textures he tasted while exploring the country including peanuts, shallots, the herbs tía tô and Thai basil, and a squeeze of lime and nước chấm dressing.

He says, ‘I am inspired by Vietnamese flavors and cooking techniques, but as an  outsider, I use these as a jumping-off point, never attempting the most “authentic” version, just a great tasting one.”
Illegal Food will be serving Cà Tím Nướng at
Soul of the South, a pop-up event with 14 pop-up chefs hosted by @gatherroundatl on September 29.

Behind the Food is a new column from Punk Foodie’s Sam Flemming that highlights some of the most unique and delicious dishes from the Atlanta underground dining scene. Go deeper via Punk Foodie’s weekly guides and pop-up calendar

IG food follow of the week

📸 The Giving Kitchen shared two Pop-Up Docs coming up in the metro Atlanta area in the next couple of weeks. Food service workers can get free healthcare services such as bloodwork, pregnancy care, vaccines, and more. Check out this post on Giving Kitchen's IG to learn more. 
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