Restaurant Matchmaking 8.29.20

Welcome to another episode of "Restaurant Matchmaking," a segment about restaurant News and calls from listeners on "Atlanta Living" on 95.5 WSB from 8.29.20.

From the controversy over canceling the James Beard Awards to how Great Britain is helping restaurants to survive the pandemic to where to dine on patios, we covered it today!

Outdoor Patios:

Check out STK's new patio just opened right on Peachtree St.

Bar Mercado - the canopy-covered outdoor patio is open for dine-in everyday from 11:30am-9pm - full menu available. Every Thursday, guests can enjoy BMC's #ThirstyThursday promo featuring $20 sangria & margarita carafes!Photo: (image is pre-COVID & does not represent social distancing!)

The Iberian Pig Buckhead - partially enclosed patio with an indoor-outdoor bar is open for dine-in everyday beginning at 5 pm - full menu available. A special Jamón Happy Hour is also available for dine-in (Mon-Thurs from 5-7pm & Fridays from 4-7pm) featuring discounted charcuterie boards & $5 drinks! Photo:

no. 246 - Decatur Square's favorite outdoor patio (includes a gaming ping pong table!) is open for dine-in everyday beginning at 4:30 pm - full menu available with all your favorite Italian classics! Photo:

King + Duke - partially covered outdoor patio is open for dine-in everyday beginning at 5 pm & includes a special patio-only menu featuring seasonal cocktails, beers, cider & wine by the glass. Photo: (image is pre-COVID & does not represent social distancing!)

The Optimist - indulge in fresh oysters & your favorite seafood dishes on The Optimist's outdoor patio (complete with its signature putting green!) - open weekdays beginning at 5 pm & weekends beginning at 3 pm, full menu available. Photo:

JCT. Kitchen & Bar - the outdoor patio is open for dine-in service everyday beginning at 5 pm - A full dinner menu is available. For guests looking for something more casual, head upstairs to JCT's bar that offers a special menu featuring a list of signature snacks! Photo:

Floataway Café - Floataway's romantic the outdoor patio is serving up major French courtyard vibes (with a side of dreamy string lights) & is open for dine-in every Wed-Sat beginning at 5:30 pm - full menu available (be sure to try out the rotating list of seasonal pizzas & pasta!) Photo:

Ecco Buckhead - head to Ecco's outdoor patio for the best in European cuisine every Tues-Sat beginning at 5:30 pm - full menu available. Photo:

Alma Cocina Buckhead - the restaurant's wrap-around patio is serving up its popular Mexican menu for lunch on Wed-Sat beginning at 12 pm & for dinner every Tues-Sat beginning at 5:30 pm - full menu available. Photo:

Lure - Lure's coastal seafood menu is available for dine-in on the outdoor patio every Tues-Sat beginning at 5:30 pm - full dinner & drinks menu available. Photo:

And a bunch more here:

Here are what our listeners called in to ask and share:

Belinda loved Dantana's carry out butchers market option

I have been killing Murphy's secret dinner for 4 + wine for weeks! Murphy's *secret offer" can be found here.

John in Powder Springs loves Paella--check out Bulla, Barcelona Wine Bar, Under the Cork Tree and Gypsy Kitchen in Buckhead.

Nick from Athens recommends Chai Yo in Buckhead for Thai. Also for Korean BBQ check out 770 Korean, 678 Korean and 9292 Korean, and if you want to go full-on into the belly of the beast, check out Han Il Kwan on Buford Highway.

Wolf is looking for a great Goulash, the hearty Hungarian soup dish, can be found at Kurt's in Duluth.

Linda is looking for crepes to try, I like Julianna's in Inman Park or one of the Cafe Intermezzo locations.

Betsy in Atlanta recommends Sandy Springs' Casi Ciello on Roswell Road, an Oaxancan-inspired restaurant--here is my review.

Cheri was looking for Polish food which sadly we are short on for the scene--as far as I know. This place is new and will have to be explored: Also, Der Biergarten has German/Polish/Eastern European food.

For Ethiopian food try Desta Ethiopian Kitchen.

For Pirozhki (Russian pastries) check out Babette's Cafe in the Highlands

Eric in Canton recommends Kajun Seafood on Highway 9 for Cajun food.

Jack from Atlanta was asking for boiled crab legs--Kajun Seafood has them and also check out Crab 404 in Sandy Springs and swing for the fences with their $110 Pacific Boil.

A listener from New Jersey says the best bagels in GA are at Bagel Boys.

Marietta high student, Gabriel in Marietta, loves Mela Ethiopian in Decatur. He loves their chicken tibs!

Ron in Rockdale wants crispy squid tentacles like the ones he's had in Spain. My best guess there is at Barcelona Wine Bar where they offer a crispy calamari dish.

Linda in Buckhead goes to Lemongrass Thai restaurant in Marietta.

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