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New North Fulton Restaurants

New North Fulton Restaurants

Aug 8, 2014

By Suzanne Taylor and Scoop OTP We heard through the grapevine that The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, a seafood restaurant with a popular Buckhead location, is coming to Roswell! Check out the restaurant’s Facebook page for the latest news. The restaurant will sit between Osteria Mattone and the historic event venue Naylor Hall. Downtown Roswell needs a good seafood niche, so this is a win-win concept. Scoop hasn’t been to the ITP location, but as a Florida girl I love trying new seafood places and can’t wait for them to open next spring. The most interesting thing I found out about this restaurant’s concept is that it’s by Southern Proper Hospitality, the group behind Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails, Tin Lizzy’s Cantina and Smokebelly BBQ. (By the way, Tin Lizzy’s opens Aug. 25 in Kennesaw.) In addition, South Main Kitchen will open in Downtown Alpharetta soon. Their Facebook page has some images of the restaurant. According to Atlanta Magazine Covered Dish: The man who helped manage the opening of Little Alley Steak, Inc. Street Food, and Salt Factory, will soon have his own restaurant. Louis Soon, who worked his way up from waiter and bartender to manager and now owner, is opening a seasonally driven, farm-to-table restaurant called South Main Kitchen this summer. Located at 9 South Main Street, across from City Hall, South Main Kitchen will serve American cuisine in a century-old industrial-style building.Also the Sedgwick Group, who owns Aspen’s Signature Steaks, Bistro VG, and Vinny’s on Windward, is opening a new restaurant in Alpharetta called Made Kitchen & Cocktails. Located at 45 Roswell Street, this restaurant theme will offer both tapas and a full menu. Opening September 2014, the decor has 130-year-old cotton mill wood beams and mounted antlers on wood. We are excited for this next venture by the Sedgwick Group to open. All of these great restaurant ventures makes OTP the place for fork & spoon...

Le Bistro at Roswell Provisions

Le Bistro at Roswell Provisions

Aug 1, 2014

By Michelle Weitzel Knapp  from Scoop OTP   Scoop OTP has been a fan of  Roswell Provisions  and Provisions for Home since we discovered them. Wine, cheese, French décor — what’s not to love? But since we don’t live in Roswell and only get there every couple of months, we had no idea that Kelly Kakes, the cupcake-laden eatery just upstairs from Roswell Provisions, had converted to Le Bistro. We were so excited to find another lunch spot in Roswell! The décor has gone from Kelly Kakes’ pink and black motif to what we adore at the French-style Provisions: lots of burlap, distressed wood and vintage photographs. Lots to look at — which I always love. Le Bistro offers many yummy French options including quiches, Croque Monsieur, salads with poached pears and goat cheese, and traditional Parisien Jambon sandwiches. I ordered the quiche, because as luck would have it, every time I try to order quiche somewhere, they are out. So this was my lucky day! Now, when I think French bistro, I tend to think of a feminine, girly meal. Our meals were served to us on heavy, Lodge Cast Iron Skillets. I took note of this to use as leverage when trying to convince my husband to come back to Le Bistro with me! The food was very good. The server was friendly and the menu was moderately priced. We will definitely go back, hopefully sometime in the evening so that we can enjoy a cocktail and maybe even a seat on the balcony and pretend we are in the City of Lights. Try it yourself! And tell them Scoop sent you. Extra Scoop: Provisions for Home is now located in the back of the restaurant! So once you order, you can stroll through the store and chat with owners Cyril and Kelly or one of their friendly...

Meet Me at Marlow’s Tavern

Meet Me at Marlow’s Tavern

Jul 11, 2014

By Suzanne Taylor – Co-creator of ScoopOTP website. With many OTP locations and a Mall of Georgia location coming soon, Marlow’s Tavern is known for its classic American tavern fare. What does that mean? How about a diverse menu with classic dishes that are taken up a notch, or, as their website says, “elevated to gourmet level.” All I know is I love their Ahi Tuna Nicoise Salad and their Baby Kale Caesar. OK, so maybe I’m only appealing to Scoop’s female followers, but yes, their signature big bar sandwiches like Prime Rib French Dip or their Tavern Burger is right up my husband’s alley.     The atmosphere has a contemporary feel with black and white photographs. There are tables, large booths, a bar and a great patio area. The warm vibe is great for date night, singles evening out, a business meeting (they have wifi), a family Sunday brunch, or a ladies’ lunch. The versatility of this restaurant’s appeal is all grounded in their great menu and signature drinks. In my most recent Kennesaw Marlow’s outing, I enjoyed their signature Bloody Mary that has a cool pipette of Tabasco and Worcestershire. I like when a restaurant has something unique to their drinks. My girl friend enjoyed the Grapefruit Ricky, a signature vodka drink. Our Savvy Scoop Fitness expert has enjoyed their Sunday brunch several times and highly recommends it for their great selection. With so many awards and recognitions by magazines and foodies, it’s no surprise that this restaurant is Scoop Approved. I didn’t realize that Roswell’s Aqua Blue, which has been on our list since we started to Scoop is owned by the same company. Follow Marlow’s Tavern on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news on their insider’s club specials and live music. On a side note, my daughter and her friends recently went to Marlow’s Tavern in Cumming after a basketball game (one of the reasons we started Scoop was to find fun local places to eat and shop in between sporting events) and ran into Kim of Queens. She was one of the youngest winner of Miss Georgia and now has a famous TV show about beauty pageants. So to my daughter, this restaurant will always be Scoop Approved for having great tasting steak and a sweet star that engaged...

Pedro’s Purple People Eater Skinny Margarita

Pedro’s Purple People Eater Skinny Margarita

Sep 8, 2013

It has been a while since we have come across an original cocktail recipe to share with our readers.  Most cocktails are filled with calories.  The ‘Skinny Girl’ Margarita and diet drink lines seem to be all the rage. I know that most folks like icy drinks in the summertime but here in the south the fall is hot enough for frosty, deck and patio, delights. Here is a skinny version of the Purple People Eater made famous by our cocktail editorial staff, that is less than 150 calories per serving. Ingredients: 2 cups Crushed Ice 1 cup 901 Slver Tequila 1/2 cup Triple Sec 2 cups Ocean Spray Diet Blueberry Juice 2 table spoons of Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate (Lo-Cal) 1/2 Fresh Squeezed Lemon Directions: (Serves 4) Put all the ingredients in a blender in no particular order and blend the ice into slush. Pour in an extra large Margarita glass, salt the edge, and garnish with a Lemon Zest Peel Spiral. …and repeat…many times….with friends…and camp out for the next 24 hours. Surprisingly this drink is delicious and has less than 150 Calories… so two will keep you under your fall calorie goals. Enjoy responsibly and liberally and keep it skinny by saying no to the nachos!...

BS Tests the ZIP-IT by BrassCraft

BS Tests the ZIP-IT by BrassCraft

May 1, 2013

Originally we thought it was time to go to the store and purchase $20 worth of harsh chemicals for a clogged tub. While navigating which arsenic scent would be better, lilac or summer breeze (no joke: they are scented now), a cardboard stand in the aisle caught our attention. This funny little barb cost less than $3 at the Home Depot. Disclosure: We would never advocate for not calling a local professional, nor have we asked one if this tool is safe to use on the drains and pipes in your home.   Our original intention was to have BS Test this little stick and to see if the BrassCraft claim that it would unclog hair and muck from a drain was even possible.   After about 30 seconds of shimmy and poke this 24 inch ‘dip-stick’ only showed its round tabbed end with my white knuckle clutched. I ripped the ZIP-IT with lawnmower force and a splattering mess of hair and debris flew up and suctioned to the ceiling and all four walls. Despite the mess, mostly caused by my exuberance, the drain cleared and the tub emptied with the rush of newness not known to this tube for many years.  Other than the nicks to my knuckles from the sharp little prickers and the uncomfortable tabbed top BS TESTS gives this simple but brilliant barbed poker 4 Bulls!   Please remember to always call a local plumber for all of your serious plumbing needs the first time and if you need a real opinion about this product. Team Bold...

Roto Punch – BS Tests This Complete Home Mending Solution

Roto Punch – BS Tests This Complete Home Mending Solution

Jan 1, 2013

Once again I have been seduced by my ultimate weakness,  the mini-infomercial. Since the beginning of BSNEWS, fitness, exercise, and healthy recipe blogging have been one of the cores of our success.  Speaking of ‘CORES’: with all of the weight loss, and sometimes gain, my core has many of my belts one hole short of being useful.  So obviously the Roto Punch, a belt hole puncher, was a necessity like all infomercial products, in this household. Since all we needed was something to fix our belts, we can only judge this product based on the hole-punching function.  It did come with a bunch of fasteners, snaps, and eyelet hole re-placers that I am certain we will lose before we have a need to fix some of our 1970’s apparel. This 10 dollar tool is surprisingly well made and has a good heavy feel.  It was ready to use right out of the package and very little instruction was needed before we were ready to poke holes in everything we could find. The hole puncher has 5 size options and each penetrate rather well on leather of all thicknesses. The holes are clean though only time will tell if they stay as clean and round as the original factory holes.  The force needed to operate it properly was moderate and even the daintiest of hands, child or other, would have no issue squeezing through a punch-out. The plastic female receiving piece for snaps may be a possible ‘weak-link’ to future durability but that is only speculation. This product gets 4 out of 5 bulls until we have time to work the eyelets and snap fasteners as well as see over time if our belts do not unravel, split, or rip where we altered them.  Look back for an update in a few...