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At Stem Wine Bar in east Cobb, the menu was developed with the intention to pair food — such as the Nantucket bay scallops with pumpkin seed romesco, piquillo and parsley — with wine. BECKY STEIN /SPECIAL

First Look: Stem Wine Bar, Marietta

A few weeks ago, owner and executive chef Doug Turbush opened Stem Wine Bar adjacent to his wildly popular Seed Kitchen & Bar in east Cobb’s busy Merchant’s Walk Shopping Center. The look: The intimate 40-seat space has its own semi-secret entrance marked by a corkscrew design etched on the ...

Seared rare ahi tuna, roasted butternut squash, portabello mushroom, ginger soy glaze, crispy onion straws. (BECKY STEIN)

First Look: Salt Factory Pub, Alpharetta

Now open on South Main Street in Alpharetta, the long-time-coming second location of Roswell’s popular Salt Factory Pub offers the same easygoing atmosphere and food as the original with a few new wrinkles. The look: Hicham Azhari and Fikret Kovac of F&H Food Trading Group took over a former Kentucky ...

Double pork “ham” burger with cheese at Pallookaville Fine Foods in Avondale Estates. BECKY STEIN / SPECIAL

First Look: Pallookaville Fine Foods, Avondale Estates

On Halloween, Atlanta deep-fried corn dog master and TV personality Jim Stacy opened Pallookaville Fine Foods in Avondale Estates with partner John Gianoulidis. The soda fountain and deli is a brick-and-mortar spinoff of Stacy’s carnival food truck, with an evolving menu that features burgers, sandwiches and a full bar with ...

Two-meat combo plate with Beeler Farms pulled pork & sliced brisket with crispy Brussel sprouts and maple, three cheese mac & cheese.

First Look: Smoke Ring, Castleberry Hill

Smoke Ring, a new “Georgia-style barbecue” joint from 101 Concepts (Cibo e Beve, Food 101, Meehan’s Public House), recently opened in Castleberry Hill. Jordan Wakefield, former executive chef at Meehan’s downtown, is in the kitchen. And Wakefield’s wife, Erin, is in charge of the bar. The look: Situated on Nelson ...

Stuffed lamb loin with pine nuts, mint, golden raisins, cous cous, and light cream curry with dried dates and cranberries. (BECKY STEIN)

First Look: Zeal Modern Eatery, East Cobb

Beginning with Seed Kitchen & Bar, and more recently Common Quarter, East Cobb dining has been getting a lot more interesting, lately. Now, Zeal Modern Eatery from general manager Michael Braver and managing partner Scott Sawant joins the scene with a lively atmosphere and lunch and dinner menus that offer ...

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