JEZE Feb/2013 : Page 94

101 Tastes Bourbon Smash @candsseafood Must-Try Usually, Southerners take their bourbon on the rocks (or mixed with a Coke at a football game). Good thing for us, the barkeeps at C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar are a bit more inventive. They mix it up with Breckenridge Colorado bourbon whiskey with big rips of mint leaves, orange peel and soda. It looks like salad in a glass, but it sure doesn’t taste like one. $12, Vinings, been talking about these sweet morsels of goodness from new resto Bantam + Biddy , served with a chocolate-cappuccino dipping sauce—the perfect cap to your lunch break . $5, Midtown, @bantamandbiddy Pimento Cheese Dolloped on crispy crostini pieces, the pimento cheese at Brick Store Pub is every bit as good as mama’s trusted staple. Jalapeños and Benton’s bacon boost the fl avor quotient in this creamy (dreamy) rendition! $6, Decatur, @brickstorepub Merguez Sausage Oh, Richard Blais, such a tricky devil. Leave it to him to reimagine the hot dog. Lamb, you say? With currants, cucumber and mint aioli? Get it all on a crunchy, toast-like bun at HD1 . $9, Poncey-Highland, @hd1restaurant Car Bomb A dessert from Mac McGee Irish Pub to get you buzzed: Think whiskey-soaked bread pudding with Guinness caramel and housemade Baileys ice cream. Erin go Bragh? We couldn’t agree more. $7, Decatur, @macmcgeeirish Mango Roll Sweet: Meet salty. Chow down on Czar Ice Bar ’s classic shrimp tempura, with a fruity twist from freshly diced mangos and a generous helping of sweet and sour sauce. Stop, nosh and roll! $15, Buckhead, @czar_icebar Grilled Pork Sandwich Vietnamese-style barbecued pork and tongue-tingling slivers of jalapeño, cilantro and pickled veggies make Lee’s Bakery ’s ’wich (banh mi to you) the best thing since sliced, baked-daily baguettes. $3, Buford Highway, @leesbakery DOUGHNUT HOLES PHOTO BY SUONG NGUYEN; MERGUEZ SAUSAGE PHOTO BY JAMES CAMP; BOURBON SMASH PHOTO BY CHRIS HORNADAY eat + drink + party eat + drink + party eat + drink + party 94 Vegan Chili Sometimes all you need is a steaming bowl of hearty chili. Enter The Albert ’s killer soup, named Chomp and Stomp’s most supreme bean in 2012. $2–$5, Inman Park, @thealbertatl Pimento Cheese Fritters There’s no better way to celebrate the glory of Del Frisco’s Grille ’s fried cheese than by lathering one of these in homemade ranch and popping it into your mouth. 2013 is the year of the pimento—just sayin’. $9, Buckhead, @dfgrille Stuff ed Cerignola Olives Where fi nger food meets nirvana at Cucina Asellina , there are these olives: Stuff ed with roasted veal, coated in a semolina crust, and served in a martini glass, they’re an essential starter at this Italian hot spot. $9, Midtown, @asellinaatl eat + drink + party eat + drink + party eat + drink + party Doughnut Holes You know what they say about the ends justifying the means? They must have

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