Post Meridiem's canned margarita. COURTESY OF POST MERIDIEM SPIRITS

Love food? Here’s what to do, eat and drink this weekend in metro Atlanta

Hungry or thirsty? There are plenty of events to check out and new restaurants to try this weekend in metro Atlanta.

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Do This Friday

Prepare for National Margarita Day this weekend by stocking up on tasty canned margaritas at Post Meridiem Spirits. The local canned cocktail company sells its wares at a discount directly from their West Midtown mixing facility every Friday from noon to 4:00 p.m., including a perfectly-mixed canned margarita. Stock up and celebrate National Margarita Day on the go! 

Ready for Mardi Gras? Petite Violette has a plan to satisfy your creole cravings. Starting Friday, Feb. 21, the French restaurant will offer a New Orleans-themed menu each evening from 4:00-9:30 p.m. The menu includes classics like crab louie, crawfish etouffe, chicken and seafood jambalaya and Petite Violette’s award-winning New Orleans bread pudding. The special themed menu will be available alongside the standard menu each evening through Mar. 7; the restaurant recommends making reservations by calling 404-634-6268.

Do This Saturday

Not only is it Saturday, it’s National Margarita Day! Plenty of restaurants in the metro Atlanta area will be celebrating:

Red Door Tavern: starting at 2:00 p.m., the bar will be serving its Karma Margaritas at a special price of $4. Guests can make it a double for $2 more and add a splash of Grand Marnier for another $1. 

Whiskey Blue: celebrate margaritas with a view! Whiskey Blue will offer two-for-one Casamigos margaritas starting at 4:00 p.m.

Bartaco: the trendy chain isn’t stopping at National Margarita Day - it is celebrating all month long with its “Margarita March” promotion. Starting this Saturday, Bartaco will offer a new limited-time margarita each week. The first is the Hibiscus Mezcalita made with tequila, mezcal, blood oranges and hibiscus tea, available Saturday through Tuesday, Mar. 3.

Red Pepper Taqueria: no fine print here, just  a great deal on margaritas. All three locations of the sports-oriented Tex-Mex restaurants will be serving $5 Isla Margaritas all day long. 

Bahama Breeze: two metro Atlanta locations of the national chain have an excellent deal on their signature Classic Margaritas: just $2.22 apiece at both the Gwinnett and Kennesaw locations all day long. 

Chido & Padre’s: the Baja Mexican restaurant in Buckhead is serving its signature Chido Y Padre’s Margarita for $5 all day long.

Street Taco: at Marietta Square Market, Street Taco is serving both house margaritas and traditional frozen margaritas for $3 apiece. This deal will continue on Sunday, too!

The Big Ketch: What’s National Margarita Day if you don’t don’t celebrate with friends? At the Buckhead location of the Big Ketch, fishbowl margaritas are just $10 all day long.

Tin Lizzy’s Cantina: a metro Atlanta Tex-Mex favorite, Tin Lizzy’s will, of course, be celebrating. Its Goza margarita is just $4 at all locations on Saturday and Sunday.

This weekend also marks the beginning of Alpharetta Restaurant Week! To see which restaurants are participating and get all the details, visit the event’s website. For even more information, check out our preview of Alpharetta Restaurant Week

Hello Kitty! fans, this one’s for you: the Hello Kitty! Cafe Truck will be at Atlantic Station this Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. The truck will sell whimsical treats like macarons and confetti popcorn in addition to new, exclusive Hello Kitty! collectibles. Note that the truck does not accept cash; it is credit and debit card only. 

The Hello Kitty! Cafe Truck . COURTESY OF HELLO KITTY!
Photo: Mora Film Co./Mora Film Co.

Warm up with the new Plat du Jour menu at The Federal, featuring an $18 daily special available Tuesdays through Saturdays. Dishes in the rotation include rosemary airline chicken with black kale pesto polenta, fried kale and chicken jus on Thursdays and 14-ounce pork chop with Roman gnocchi and sage on Fridays. Read more here.

Do This Sunday

There is a unique opportunity at the Learning Kitchen to better understand the experiences of refugees and immigrants through food. The Chef’s Club, created by the Refugee Women’s Network, presents a class by Chef Babita teaching classic Indian vegetarian cooking. Tickets are a $55 donation and will include the hands-on cooking session, detailed recipes and tasting all dishes prepared in class. The event is Sunday, Feb. 23 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Tickets and more information are available here

Catch some fun at Watchman’s newly-launched Sunday Supper Fish Fry, a special menu offered Sundays from 5-11 p.m. For $20 for one protein or $25 for two, guests can select trout, oyster, chicken thigh, and/or jumbo shrimp served with creamed greens, grits and hot sauce. A potato presse with caviar and crème fraîche is available for an additional $15. Read more here.

Toast to Sunday with Marlow’s Tavern Brookhaven’s new weekly Sunday brunch buffet from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. featuring sweet and savory options including omelets and waffles, baked egg strata, smoked chicken salad, wild berry French toast and white cheddar mac and cheese. Bottomless mimosas are also available for $15. Read more here.

Looking ahead

Two of Atlanta’s most exciting culinary establishments will come together Monday, Feb. 24 when Talat Market pops up at Tiny Lou’s. Inspired by the ‘hot spiciness of the Clermont Lounge,’ the focus of the special menu will be spicy food. The event is first come, first serve, and begins at 5:00 p.m. Read more here

If Mardi Gras is your holiday of choice, there are plenty of events coming up around town, and some that are already in full swing, including two Mardi Gras-themed pop-ups. Want something sweet? Check out where to get your king cakes here.

Head downtown for a Mardi Gras “Pardi” on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Dos Bocas. This party has everything: lvie Zydeco music, beignets, a crawfish boil, cocktails from the French Quarter and more. For more details, check out the event on Facebook.  

A gigantic Oreo-themed slide at Atlantic Station? That’s not something you see every day. The five lane, three-story tall slide is a playful way for Atlantans to ‘vote’ on their preferred ratio of cookie to cream filling, while also enjoying a minor thrill ride. The slide will be at Atlantic Station and open to the public on Friday, Feb. 28 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 29 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Local ice cream shop Butter & Cream is here to help you take the edge off your weekdays. Tuesdays through Thursdays, from 3:30-6:00 p.m., Butter & Cream will offer a mini-sundae happy hour. Mix and match any two mini-sundaes for $7, which includes a kid’s scoop of your choice of ice cream or sorbet, sauce, a topping and finished off with whipped cream and a Luxardo cherry. Butter & Cream’s happy hour deal will run through March 26. For more info, visit their website.

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival kicks off Feb. 10, with several food-related movies on its roster through Feb. 27 including “Abe,” about a boy who connects with a Brazilian chef and food blogger via cooking; “Last Week at Ed’s,” about a West Hollywood diner serving its last meals; and “No Pork on the Fork,” a short film about the Atlanta Kosher BBQ FestivalRead more here.

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