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Explore Gwinnett Magazine. 2023-24 print edition.
A Local’s Guide to The Best Restaurants in Atlanta
Thrillist. May 2023.
Atlanta is a city that many consider the culinary capital of the South. That’s partly thanks to a vast array of cuisines, neighborhoods, and culinarians from all backgrounds that are constantly popping up across the city—but local favorites have also been holding it down for generations.
From shiny new omakase spots that make for a celebratory meal to iconic barbecue joints that folks travel to try, we have it all. So here are the hot new openings and timeless favorites that make up the best restaurants in Atlanta right now.
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A New Way To Dine
Georgia Trend Magazine. May 2023.
The Third Space is not your typical restaurant with a set menu or hours, or even a pop-up, but a place to nourish yourself and commune with others. Reserve a time of your choosing, eat and drink as much as you want and stay until your heart’s desire. Owner and chef Shay Lavi just wants you to have a good time.
Lavi grew up with Libyan and Turkish parents in Or Yehuda, a city in the Tel Aviv district. Food was central to their lives and also a connection to the community. “I grew up picking up eggs from our neighbor and dropping off a cake while I was there. On the way back, I would stop by where the cows were to get some milk, and give them a bag of beans that my mom just dried,” Lavi says.
When Lavi immigrated to Atlanta in 2015 and started working at American kitchens (Ecco, Wrecking Bar and most recently executive chef at Nur Kitchen), as well as his own bakery, restaurant and catering business, he felt a lack of community. He came to believe that modern society and mass farming has distanced us from the food, and that chefs didn’t always act like leaders.
He wanted to make a change, and decided to get rid of menus and the traditional restaurant concept.
In October 2022, Lavi and his wife Karen moved into The Third Space (formerly occupied by Asha Gomez) to offer a unique dining experience where guests would book a seat, or the entire space, for an intimate evening. With a long dining table and eclectic décor, you feel like you are in someone’s dining room. Grab a seat at the bar facing the open kitchen to interact with chef Lavi, where he’ll note your dietary preferences even as he cooks in the moment with seasonal ingredients sourced from Georgia farms and Florida boats. He whips up homemade fig preserve, cured salmon tartare, lobster sweet potato souffle, lemon braised cabbage, beef stuffed okra and whole roasted branzino, among other dishes. Meanwhile, Karen chats with guests and pours from a great wine selection. There are no set courses or pairings. You are served until satisfied. With no formalities, you feel right at home. “It is a big party and each dish is created just for you!” Lavi says.
One of Lavi’s goals was to have better control of the products he sources by building human connections with the people behind them and purchasing only what’s available. Another was to treat his crew as a community, and create professionals who have high self-esteem and are proud of their work. The staff at The Third Space is small, but each person has an instrumental role to play in bringing life to the plate. Lavi says, “We don’t cook because we want to earn a lot of money. We cook because we love it.”
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Atlanta Women Making a Mark
Atlanta Magazine. May 2023 print.
Her mission is to enable entrepreneurs with disabilities to build sustainable businesses.
When Aarti Sahgal—a mother of two, the youngest of whom has Down syndrome—first moved to the U.S., she and her husband were disappointed by the lack of inclusivity and support available to kids with disabilities. She claims the programs her family had access to tended to be discriminative because they curtailed access to the same education and career opportunities that other kids received.
“When my youngest son was born, we were told that we should get ready to have him institutionalized, but we made a promise to give him the same opportunities as our older son,” Sahgal says. That moment proved to be a pivotal point in her life, and she decided to quit her corporate job to work in the disability sector.
In 2016, Sahgal founded Synergies Work, a business incubator and accelerator for entrepreneurs with disabilities. She believes that all individuals have their own unique skills and talents and a thirst for success. Today, at 22 years old, her son continues to thrive despite having Down syndrome; he attends Georgia State University, runs two businesses, and is an ambassador for Georgia Advocacy Office’s (GAO) Supported Decision-Making Project.
Sahgal says she is most passionate about leveling the field for people with disabilities so they can live up to their true potential. “I feel it is important to challenge the soft bigotry of low expectations,” she says. “The moment you raise the bar, you see the broad capacity and not the limitations.”
Synergies Work is the largest organization in the country to serve innovative entrepreneurs with disabilities at every stage of their journey. Since its inception, Synergies Work has helped more than 200 entrepreneurs, the majority of whom are women and people of color. It is committed to supporting 1 million new entrepreneurs with disabilities by 2027 through partnerships with disability organizations and businesses that believe in building an equitable ecosystem.
She is bridging the financial gap for underserved communities in Atlanta.
As vice president and senior business consultant focused on underserved entrepreneurs at JPMorgan Chase, Rashida Winfrey is charged with supporting the company’s commitment to advancing racial equity through small business resiliency and growth. Previously, Winfrey served as chief service officer and director of partnerships at the Atlanta mayor’s office, where she led work to deepen constituent engagement, implement innovative solutions for community challenges, and establish the first City of Atlanta Corporate Partnership Office. She directly supported the city’s economic development agency, Invest Atlanta, in the distribution of $22 million of Covid-19 small business grants and launched the innovative Technical Assistance program providing business support beyond funding.
But for Winfrey, bridging the financial gap for communities in Atlanta has a personal meaning. “I had the benefit of growing up in an upper-middle-class family in the Cascade Heights neighborhood, but I was bused to high school in Buckhead every day,” she says. “I saw the poverty and struggles of my friends, who did not have the same support to ‘make it’ in their careers.”
Winfrey knew she was fortunate to have her upbringing and felt compelled to leverage her advantages to assist the communities around her. She strives to create programs and initiatives that offer hands-on financial literacy and coaching to small businesses and youth so they have more entrepreneurship opportunities and exposure to broader career paths in the banking space. Winfrey has served on numerous boards and initiatives geared toward economic empowerment and education, including WorkSource Atlanta and Promise All Atlanta Children Thrive (PAACT).
She’s passionate about how her legacy will help shape the city. “I grew up in a tight-knit African American community in Southwest Atlanta where we were taught that your neighbors are an extension of your family, and that we needed to fight for positive change to rise together,” she says. “That is why I unapologetically support underserved and minority communities in my city.”
She is empowering more single mothers to enter the STEAM workforce.
As president and CEO of Women in Technology (WIT), Penny Collins is passionate about seeing women and girls of all ages excel in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math)—from the classroom to the boardroom. In 2019, Collins developed the WIT Single Mothers Education Program, which provides supportive services, such as childcare, transportation, equipment, meals, coaching, and job placement in cybersecurity, for 40 disadvantaged single mothers (earning $30,000 or less) each year. The participants take a 12-week-long cybersecurity certificate course
through Emory University.
The idea was sparked by Collins’s own personal journey of entering the workforce as a single mother. “When I first came to Atlanta, I did not have a college education and didn’t even know how to use a computer,” she says. “I was a single mother of two living in poverty and about to get evicted. I got a job as a part-time admin, and it was the women around me who taught me everything about technology. That’s when I decided that once I got on my feet, I would give back.”
Collins initially connected with WIT while working at First Data, a financial services company, and she quickly saw firsthand that there weren’t enough women in the STEAM workforce. She started working toward giving diverse communities more exposure and a voice at the table, in turn promoting creativity and innovation in products and solutions.
She launched the WIT YoPros (young professionals) program and the WIT Career ConneXions program, which aims to train and place women in rewarding and well-paid technology careers. Collins attributes the successes of the programs to Atlanta’s community leaders who lead by example, offering partnerships and sponsorships.
Collins feels strongly about her mission to help both mothers and young women. “Moms are the teachers of the next generation of leaders who will be running our country and organizations. We want to make a conscious eff ort to not leave them behind,” she says.
~ Written for and published by Atlanta Magazine. All rights reserved.
6 Ultimate Amusement Park Rides To Try This Summer
AAA The Extra Mile. May 2023.
Gather your friends and family and go experience some of the newest theme park rides and attractions opening this summer. From the fastest and steepest roller coasters to sci-fi stimulations and dueling water pipelines, here are some of the extreme adventures you don’t want to miss!
DARKOASTER™ AT BUSCH GARDENS®—WILLIAMSBURG, VA
You don’t need to wait until Halloween to visit this spooky abandoned fortress in Virginia. Opening in spring 2023, DarKoaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is North America’s first all-indoor straddle coaster. Riders on this family-friendly experience will race through total darkness on snowmobiles across 2,454 feet of track, all while changing course and accelerating to avoid the fierce elements.
Serengeti Flyer; Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
SERENGETI FLYER AT BUSCH GARDENS®—TAMPA BAY, FL
The recently opened Serengeti Flyer swing ride is the world’s tallest and fastest ride of its kind. Expect to fly high above Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s 65-acre Serengeti Plain as you experience multiple negative-G-force moments before soaring back to the ground. This ride is not for the fainthearted, with speeds of 68 mph and a height of 135 feet at the ride’s peak.
CATAPULT FALLS AT SEAWORLD®—SAN ANTONIO, TX
Hold on to your seats and get ready for a splash landing! Catapult Falls at SeaWorld San Antonio is North America’s only vertical-lift flume coaster opening this summer. It offers thrill seekers a chance to ascend the world’s steepest flume and then drop over the falls into the rapids. Angled at an astonishing 53°, the chute plummets thrill seekers into an intense splashdown at over 37 mph.
TRON Lightcycle entrance/ Run Presented by Enterprise; Photo courtesy of Steven Diaz and Disney
TRON LIGHTCYCLE / RUN AT WALT DISNEY WORLD® MAGIC KINGDOM® THEME PARK—ORLANDO, FL
This computerized simulation is based on “TRON: Legacy,” the famed Disney sci-fi film. As a daring rider, you’ll race a Lightcycle against your fierce opponents and attempt to cross through eight Energy Gates. TRON Lightcycle / Run, which is one of the fastest simulation rides at all of Disney’s theme parks, opens in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park in 2023.
RIPTIDE RACE™ AT WATER COUNTRY USA®—WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Grab your bathing suit and head to Riptide Race, Virginia’s first-ever dueling pipeline water ride. Beginning in summer 2023, you’ll splash and dash in a side-by-side race through high-speed tunnels and twists on a two-person raft. The adrenaline-pumping waterslide starts at 54′ off the ground and swooshes you through 520 feet of slippery fun.
PIPELINE: THE SURF COASTER AT SEAWORLD®—ORLANDO, FL
Feel the adrenaline rush as you ride powerful ocean waves on Pipeline: The Surf Coaster at SeaWorld in Florida. As you ride the world’s first-ever surf coaster, expect to soar up to 110 feet in the air and go upside down on a wave curl. You’ll “get air” five different times along 2,950 feet of track for nearly two minutes—but the memories will last a lifetime.
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Best Restaurants in Athens
Thrillist. May 2023.
Athens is a charming college town located an hour east of Atlanta—but it’s not all keg parties, casual food, and “go dawgs!” chants around these parts. The area is home to a wide range of dining options ready to satisfy. For a small city, you’ll be surprised at the chef-driven eateries and top-notch bars in Athens—some of which even rival the restaurants and bars in Atlanta.
Whether you are visiting Athens to stroll around the state gardens and tour the historic buildings or visit the UGA campus, here’s our rundown of the 18 best restaurants in Athens to try while you’re in town.
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5 Adult-Centric Cruises To Take This Summer
AAA The Extra Mile. May 2023.
Are you longing to hear the gentle splash of the waves and gaze at endless blue waters? This summer, embark on a unique cruise that is designed for mature travelers looking to feed their adventuresome spirits and their tastebuds.
Select your voyage based on destinations, activities, amenities, and ships that are adult centric, or in some cases, adult only. From active adventures in the polar regions to wildlife safaris along the equator, below are some boutique and luxury cruises that cater to those looking for a getaway with fellow like-minded travelers.
Viking’s “18+ only” ships feature classical music performances, elevated dining options, and quiet reading nooks with a great selection of books. The onboard state-of-the-art, Nordic-style sauna is one of the largest at sea. Once you are completely relaxed and rejuvenated, you’ll be ready to pursue a deeper understanding of your destination’s culture by taking one of the guided tours.
While sailing along the Norwegian Fjords on the Viking Homelands itinerary, expect to eat traditional Norwegian pancakes for breakfast while enjoying panoramic views of glaciers. You can also hike through pristine valleys and visit charming European villages.
If visiting this extraordinary continent is on your bucket list, take an adventure cruise with Quark Expeditions. You won’t find any childcare or musicals on board, but you’ll witness plenty of nature’s beauty on your twice-daily Zodiac excursions. From kayaking with humpback whales and walking among penguin colonies, to snowshoeing on ice sheets and plunging into the icy Antarctic waters, you’ll experience the adventure of a lifetime.
While younger adventurers are welcome on board, the remote environments and colder temperatures on these journeys typically attract a more mature audience.
Take a river cruise journey that is both culturally insightful and memorable. Traverse through ancient historic sites, colorful craft markets, and traditional villages in Vietnam and Cambodia, on the Riches of the Mekong 7-night Cruise with AmaWaterways.
AmaWaterways is a family-owned and operated cruise line that is known to have some of the most spacious and elegant staterooms on the river. It’s also the first cruise line to offer complimentary bikes, a wellness program with group fitness classes, and the Chef’s Table specialty restaurant.
Follow the steps of Darwin in one of the most diverse places in the world. For cruisers looking to have personal, up-close experiences with rare wildlife and exotic flora, the remote Galapagos Islands are a dream come true.
Ecoventura, a cruise company based in Ecuador, offers three luxurious Relais & Chateaux affiliated ships. With a maximum of 20 guests on each ship, you’ll enjoy a private-yacht-style experience, including onboard hot tubs, locally inspired Ecuadorian meals served on the sun deck, and a team of expert naturalist guides who are recruited from the region.
The environmentally friendly fleet offers uncommon access to places in the archipelago that larger ships cannot reach. Spend your days paddleboarding or snorkeling to beaches and secret coves, or hiking to volcanic mountains and through national parks.
If you’re looking for an intimate sailing experience without the private charter prices, Silversea offers six ultra-luxury ships and five expedition vessels. Ship sizes range from 51 to 364 suites and all the vessels feature spacious ocean-view accommodations—most with private verandas and all-inclusive fares. Be pampered with butler service, 24-hour gourmet dining, premium alcoholic beverages, and complimentary shore excursions in each port.
The new Silver Nova ship is one of the most luxurious and spacious expedition ships at sea, featuring suites with 270° sea-to-sky views, as well as a reimagined two-story pool deck, open-air sky bar, and an indulgent spa.
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A Sweet Journey Around The World
Khabar Magazine. May 2023 print.
Over three decades back, they started out by selling wet grinders for making idli and dosa batter. Now, thanks to the ingenuity of this husband-and-wife duo, they are designers and manufacturers of innovative stone grinders that are revolutionizing the bean-to-bar chocolate industry.
Andal Balu, in her conversation with Khabar, talks about their journey into the world of gourmet chocolate, their impact on helping create artisanal chocolatiers in India and around the world, and her tips on how to taste and buy chocolate.
Bean to Bar workshop in Atlanta with Dr. Darin Sukha from University of West Indies, Trinidad, who is part of a select global team developing international standards for cocoa quality and sensory analysis.
Andal Balu and Dr. Balu M. Balasubramanian have played their part in revolutionizing the bean-to-bar chocolate-making industry, not only in the U.S. but around the world. The couple, originally from Tamil Nadu, started with their humble factory in Alpharetta, and are now exporting their machinery to chocolatiers in over 100 countries.
Growing up in India, I had never heard of the beanto- bar concept. In fact, as a kid, my love for chocolate was incessant, but my exposure was limited to Cadbury and Nestle brands that were manufactured locally at the time. It is only in the 2000s that craft chocolate makers popped up around the world and today, India is said to have only a couple of dozen professional craft chocolate companies— as opposed to over 300 in the U.S.
Last month, I sat down with Andal Basu at her office to learn about her journey into the exciting world of craft chocolates. As we sipped on hot cocoa and snacked on chocolate samples from all around the world, we shared our mutual passion for chocolate and travel.
Tell us a little bit about your company, CocoaTown.
CocoaTown designs and manufactures an innovative range of melangers or stone grinders that have revolutionized the bean-to-bar chocolate industry. Traditionally small-batch chocolate makers would need to invest in heavy, space-consuming, and expensive equipment. But with the patented CocoaTown machinery, anyone from home-based enthusiasts and farmers to professionals and chocolate shops can afford to make good quality chocolate without a lot of investment. We also customize the machines for each country and the client’s needs.
As a result, CocoaTown has been able to create new sources of employment and wealth in rural communities in India and all over the world. My husband, Dr. Balu, and I have traveled to Brazil, Dominican Republic, Nigeria, and many other countries to demonstrate how our machines work. We provide workshops on how to start and manage a chocolate-making business and also offer ongoing training and support to anyone who wants to learn more. We also go to chocolate festivals in many countries such as France, Germany, the Philippines, and South Korea where we meet with the end users and share the best practices of the industry.
How did you come up with the idea of CacaoTown?
I studied Botany in India and worked as an agricultural scientist. When we moved to Atlanta in 1983 because of my husband’s job, I wanted to raise a family and work part-time in science. But there weren’t any opportunities that matched my criteria. So, I started my own business selling imported Indian spice blenders and wet grinders. It became quite successful. But a few years later, the recession hit, and I started exploring other sources of revenue.
I noticed that the clients who were buying my grinders were not all Indian. They were using the grinders for many different purposes such as making hummus, facial masks, nut butters, and chocolate. That’s when I got the idea of modifying the grinders to make cocoa grinding easier. Dr. Balu, who has a Ph.D. in Chemistry, jumped in and created the machines, some of which have patents for them. Now we operate the business together and enjoy sharing something with the world that has never existed before.
What does the cacao growing industry in India look like today?
Cacao fruit was brought to southern India by the British at the end of the 18th century. But it was the British chocolate company Cadbury that started giving out seedlings to farmers in the 1960s and ’70s. Cacao grows as an intercrop among areca nut (betel nut), rubber tree, coconut, and banana trees. Traditionally, cacao farming in India is inorganic and unsustainable.
In 2014, we had a meeting with cacao farmers in Tamil Nadu and Kerala where I quoted from our Tamil literature about how we had the highest-yielding crops using organic methods. After colonial rule introduced modern fertilizers, the land became uncultivatable in a few years. There were very few organic farms at that time.
Fast forward to 2023, and there are now multiple organic farms as well as initiatives supported by the Government of India. In 2022, the state of Andhra Pradesh produced the highest amount of cacao, followed by Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka.
There are also many bean-to-bar chocolate makers in India that are supporting organic cacao farmers. These two segments feed each other to create a sustainable chocolate business.
Tell us about your favorite Indian bean-to-bar chocolate brands.
CocoaTown is the first company in the world that introduced the bean-to-bar concept to India and conducted workshops in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. The first CocoaTown customer in India, Arun Viswanathan, won three international awards within the first six months of starting his company, Chitram Chocolates. Arun is very creative in coming up with new flavors using Indian ingredients such as mango lassi and moringa. His Infusions Café in Coimbatore has an entire menu based on cacao and chocolate. You can have chocolate idlis, idli chili powder with cacao nibs, and vegetable biryani with chocolate mole (Mexican mole) sauce!
California-based Srinivas Eerpina started Godavari Chocolates with his family members in Andhra Pradesh. They pay more attention to the fermentation of cacao beans on their farm. The chocolates are made in India and sold in the U.S. Chef Prateek at Ether Chocolate creates bean-to bar-chocolates and nut butters. We also like chocolates from Mason & Co. and Earthloaf.
How can we tell what’s good chocolate?
Chocolate tasting is similar to wine tasting. Eating chocolate should involve all five senses. First, look at the shine and color of the chocolate. Break it and hear the snap. See how cleanly it breaks—as though you have cut it with a knife. Then, smell it. Take a small piece, put it in your mouth, break it with your front teeth a couple of times, and then let it melt in your mouth. Make sure your upper palate is covered with chocolate. You can also suck in air so that the flavor reaches your throat. Try to identify the flavors. These are a few things you can do to tell which chocolate is preferred by your palate.
How can we as consumers do better about buying and eating chocolate?
Health-conscious individuals are beginning to appreciate the health benefits of the two-ingredient chocolate (at least 65% of cacao and 35% or less sugar), and are willing to pay more for good quality ingredients versus the sugar-filled name brands. Over the decades, we have educated our audiences about the differences between beanto- bar chocolate, candy chocolate, and commercial dark chocolate. You need to pay attention to the ingredients. If you cannot pronounce an ingredient, that chocolate is not good for you.
Our advice is to buy from small chocolate companies. Most of the bean-to-bar, small-batch, craft, artisan, and micro-batch chocolate makers buy ingredients directly from the farmers or they source organic beans that are traceable to the origin of the beans. This ensures you are getting good quality produce that is also benefiting the grower. Buying craft chocolate is healthy for you, the small business-es, and also the cacao farmers.
What has been the most interesting part of your chocolate journey?
I love to travel, so I have enjoyed traveling to different places and learning about different cultures. Going to chocolate festivals and conferences, and meeting farmers and chocolate makers has been very interesting. We have made a lot of friends from among our customers. One of them hosted us at their home in Tabasco, Mexico, where she took us to see a Ganesha statue in the local museum. When we went to a small community in rural Nigeria, one of the kings invited us to his village. It was a four-five hours drive from Lagos and, along the way, we saw people carrying water on their heads just like in India. When they served the meal, the king invited us to eat in the VIP tent where the other kings were seated. One of them asked us where we are from, and I said “CocoaTown in Atlanta.” He really thought we were the king and queen of an actual town!
~ Written for and published by Khabar Magazine. All rights reserved.
Sea Wolf Tybee
Georgia Trend Magazine. May 2023 print.
On the Georgia coast sits a white ranch-style house with picnic benches on a wraparound patio. The small, wood-paneled and homey interior feels like a watering hole created in your grandma’s living room. Hardwood floors, neon lights, pink drapes, disco balls and random knickknacks such as pineapple-shaped mirrors, baking molds and nautical-themed paintings recall what you would find in a home from the ’50s. But this is not a dive bar or an antique store – it is a neighborhood restaurant on Tybee Island.
The creators of Sea Wolf wanted to pair their successful bar concept – Lone Wolf Lounge in Savannah’s Starland district – with innovative globally inspired cuisine and community events at the beachside neighborhood. On weekend afternoons, you will find local musicians performing country, bluegrass and blues music under the cool shade of oak trees in the front yard.
Sea Wolf specializes in “hotdogs and champagne,” and you’ll discover sparkling wines and champagnes from around the world on the menu. The innovative cocktail program is equally fancy, with drinks such as The Richard Wolf, a rum Old Fashioned with citrusy lime and orange hints, and a Scandinavian-inspired refreshing long drink, The Owlbear, with Douglas fir-infused gin, sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters. You may also opt for a glass of a coastal terroir wine or a daily draft beer special.
Since its opening in September 2020, Sea Wolf has appealed to a broad range of diners. About one-third of the seasonal menu is plant-based, but you won’t even miss the animal protein. For starters, the French onion dip, made with potato starch cream cheese and three kinds of caramelized onions, was luscious and comforting. It was served with a side of warm grilled pita bread on delicate, mismatched floral china.
A wide selection of fresh oysters on the half shell, sourced from boutique fisheries on Prince Edward Island and Washington, are served with house-made cocktail and red-wine mignonette sauces.
If you prefer your oysters cooked, come Monday through Wednesday for grilled oyster specials with experimental toppings. This is probably the only place you will find red-wine-braised and shredded pork shoulder on top of a grilled oyster enhanced with breadcrumbs, kalamata olives, tomatoes and parsley.
Gourmet hot dogs are the most popular section of the menu, but you won’t need mayo and mustard on them. Chef Thomas James loves to experiment with contrasting flavors and takes the classic American dog to a whole new level. Try the Adobo Chicken Dog topped with sweet and spicy adobo-marinated grilled dark chicken, pico de gallo and pickled jalapenos on a buttery brioche. Made with 100% Australian Wagyu, the sausage has deep flavors and smokey undertones and the jalapeno adds a nice kick.
For a meat-free option, the Romeo & Olivia Beyond Sausage on a vegan pretzel roll is quite satisfying. It is topped with mushrooms and olives tapenade, sweet Romesco sauce and fresh micro cilantro leaves.
The menu at Sea Wolf is largely dictated by seasonal ingredients sourced from local purveyors. For an entrée, try the BBQ Bourbon Lion’s Mane, another healthy and vegan-friendly dish of mushrooms cooked in Four Roses bourbon sauce, served over crunchy wild rice and fried shallots.
Brunch specials offer comfort foods inspired by international flavors. While a classic grilled cheese and rotating soup such as curried cauliflower bisque are a staple, you can also find innovative breakfast tacos. Think Mexican-style black bean taco with hot pickled jalapenos and cilantro, or Asian five-spice roasted pork with pickled onions, spicy aioli and fried eggs.
While the desserts are homemade, they don’t quite hit the spot. A key lime pie in a glass bowl made with vegan cream cheese and graham cracker is runny and not as creamy as you would hope.
Sea Wolf has a casual, family-friendly and fun atmosphere with very unique food and drink offerings. It’s a place to grab a bite after a swim, celebrate with a glass of champagne or watch a baseball game at the bar. Check out the Instagram page to see the endless creative possibilities.
~ Written for and published by Georgia Trend Magazine. All rights reserved.