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Zagat names Atlanta’s ’10 Hottest New Bars'

Zagat names Atlanta’s ’10 Hottest New Bars'

ATLANTA -- Zagat has released its list of the “10 Hottest New Bars” in Atlanta. The list includes new places and established ones, such as Holeman & Fitch, doing new things, the food guide says.

In introducing the list, Zagat said, “If you want a drink, you're in the right city. Whether you're looking for a quiet place to confer with knowledgeable mixologists about a still-under-the-radar Italian liqueur, a rowdy place to throw back some cold ones with friends or just a casual neighborhood joint where the cocktails are great, the drinking scene in Atlanta provides. Where are Atlantans drinking right now? What's hot and new? Read on to find out.”

Bars on the list include:

*Bar Amalfi (Zagat says, “This breezy Home Park bar in the Piazza San Gennaro mini-complex conjures sunny thoughts of coastal Italy, with striped blue-and-white umbrellas and open-air cabanas draped in flowing linens.”)

Mellow Mushroom launches spicy Up in Smoke menu

Mellow Mushroom launches spicy Up in Smoke menu

(WXIA) -- Mellow Mushroom is celebrating summer with a "hot" new menu. The Up in Smoke offerings are inspired by the spicy flavors of chipotle and poblano peppers.

The pizza chain's restaurants will serve Up in Smoke items through Sunday, July 27.

The menu includes a vegetarian tortilla soup, the Holy Mole Hoagie (a sandwich featuring chicken, poblano peppers and Mexican mole sauce), a shrimp calzone and salad, and Mel's Fattie, which is a giant flour tortilla filled with chicken, cheese and caramelized onions.

Mellow Mushroom's Up in Smoke featured pizza is the Fully Blazed Chicken Mole Pie, which has a mole sauce base and is topped with grilled chicken, caramelized onions, the chain's signature mushroom trio, and mozzarella and feta cheeses.

There is also a dessert offering -- the Psychadelic Cookie Sundae, which is a giant cookie served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and whipped cream.

5 local burgers listed among best burgers in America

5 local burgers listed among best burgers in America

ATLANTA (WXIA) – Food lovers' blog The Daily Meal has included five metro Atlanta burgers on its annual list of the 101 best burgers in America.

The double cheeseburger from Buckhead's Holeman and Finch Public House was number seven on the list, and was also named best burger in the Southeast.

Panera swears off artificial ingredients

Panera swears off artificial ingredients

NEW YORK -- Panera says it will remove artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives from its food by 2016, a reflection of the growing distaste people are showing for such ingredients.

The chain of bakery cafes, which has about 1,800 U.S. locations, is making the pledge as part of a "Food Policy" it is unveiling Tuesday that outlines its commitment to "clean" and "simple" ingredients.

The announcement comes at a time when Panera Bread Co. is facing slowing sales growth and working to jumpstart its business.

It also underscores how positioning foods as natural has become a marketing advantage, regardless of whether it brings any nutritional benefits.

Local restaurants make 5 Make-a-Wish dreams come true

Local restaurants make 5 Make-a-Wish dreams come true

(WXIA) -- Diners at two metro Atlanta-based restaurant chains had a hand in making wishes come true for five very special children.

Throughout March and April, J. Christopher's and Reveille Café customers donated more than $47,000 to the Make-a-Wish organizations in Georgia and Middle Tennessee. Make-a-Wish grants surprises to children living with life-threatening medical conditions.

Thanks to the diners' generosity, Make-a-Wish was able to send five kids on trips of a lifetime:

Andrea, age 3
Hematologic (blood) disorder
Andrea got to go to Disney World and meet her idols -- Mickey and Minnie; Peter Pan and Tinkerbell; Pluto and Goofy.

Bryce, age 4
Wilms' tumor (kidney cancer)
Bryce got to fly on a plane to Disney World, ride the rides and meet Mickey Mouse.

Elijah, age 8
Respiratory condition
Elijah took an "absolutely awesome" trip to Disney World.

Flying Biscuit to support Make-A-Wish

Flying Biscuit to support Make-A-Wish

(WXIA) -- The Flying Biscuit Café will raise money for Make-A-Wish Georgia next month.

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Throughout June, all Flying Biscuit locations will give a percentage of sales from the Egg-stravaganza entrée to Make-A-Wish, which makes dreams come true for sick children. Diners will also have the option of making donations to Make-A-Wish's Summer of Wishes campaign.

Egg-stravaganza consists of farm fresh eggs, chicken sausage and turkey bacon with a side of whole wheat French toast and the chain's signature grits.

Visit flyingbiscuit.com for more information and to find your nearest Flying Biscuit location.

Mellow Mushroom hosting Sports Authority shopping spree contest

Mellow Mushroom hosting Sports Authority shopping spree contest

(WXIA) -- In honor of its role as sponsor of the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, Mellow Mushroom is hosting a contest for the runners, athletes and weekend warriors in metro Atlanta.

The Atlanta-based pizza chain has debuted its Mellow Sports Sweep contest. Based on the old game show "Supermarket Sweep," the contest will give two lucky winners the opportunity to go on a 90-second shopping spree at Sports Authority.

To enter, create a 15-second Instagram video using #MellowSportsSweep explaining why you should win the contest.

The grand prize includes two race entries into the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, one night at the W Atlanta - Buckhead, dinner for two at Mellow Mushroom and, of course, the Sports Authority sweep.