News for Restaurants in Atlanta
Restaurateur Frank Bragg of Radial Cafe knows he needs to listen to his customers, in this case his neighbors, and so he did, acceding to their wishes for beer and wine and dinner. Now added to the line-up, dinner embraces a number of fine regional dishes, using local products whenever possible. Brasstown Beef (from over the Georgia/North Carolina line) supplies the meat for the short ribs and the other beef dishes. Bragg does fish and grits, traditional in southeast Georgia, rather than the ubiquitous shrimp and grits, a low country inspiration. Caramel cake for dessert will make you feel you're still a kid being spoiled by your grandmother. Vegans and vegetarians may choose from plenty of innovative fare. The restaurant is closed entirely on Wednesdays. Radial Cafe, 1530 DeKalb Ave. NE, Ste. G, Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-659-6594.
Luc Beaudet has moved his charming little French bakery and café, Douceur de France, from its original spot on Glover St. in Marietta to a more commercial space in a strip center at 277 S. Marietta Pkwy., Marietta. The telephone number has not changed. A second location remains at 1173 Alpharetta St., Roswell, 770-650-1173. This is where you want to be when the croissant cravings hit full force. Beaudet came to Atlanta as corporate chef for La Madeleine, based in Dallas, Texas, and remained here to raise his family and realize his dream of having his own operation. Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Sat. Douceur de France, 277 S. Marietta Pkwy., Marietta, GA 30064, 770-425-5050.
Chef Michael Bologna of Vingenzo's will cook at the James Beard Foundation in New York City on Thursday, Dec. 1. A limited number of tickets are available to the public for $170 per person. Interested guests should contact the James Beard Foundation directly at 212-627-2308. Vingenzo's, Parkside Plaza, 105 E. Main St., Ste 100, Woodstock, GA 30188, 770-924-9133.
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