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Midtown Restaurant Roundup

Little Azio on the Midtown Mile will reportedly close its doors in December.

The 2012 holiday season is officially underway and that means food and lots of it. So, what better excuse than to take a quick peek at Midtown restaurant and food news as we prepare to indulge this holiday season?

Up first is a report from Eater Atlanta that the Little Azio on the Midtown Mile will close its doors next month and be replaced by the sandwich shop, Villains. Eater reports that Little Azio, located at 903 Peachtree Street, will close on December 15 and soon after be replaced by the hero sandwich concept.

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Little Azio isn’t the only Midtown eatery saying bye-bye as 5th Street Ribs and Blues, located at 86 5th Street, recently closed its doors after nine years on Tech Square. Read more from What Now Atlanta here.

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Deckard’s American Tavern, located at 650 Ponce de Leon Avenue in the Midtown Place shopping center, also closed its doors earlier this month. Opened in 2010, Deckard’s was the creation of Taco Mac corporate chef Matthew Deckard. On its Twitter account, Matthew Deckard wrote: "Sad days in the Deckard camp. We had to make a decision to close the restaurant. I want to thank all my devoted fans and all the patronage." Read more here.

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Congratulations to the westside’s Bacchanalia, which this month was named Atlanta’s top restaurant for the 18th consecutive year by the Zagat Survey. Boasting a 29 out of a possible 30 score on Zagat’s distinguished food rating system, Bacchanalia, located at 1198 Howell Mill Road, also claimed honors for most popular Atlanta restaurant. The acclaimed spot prepares an exquisite five-course prix fixe menu that changes nightly and is abundant with fresh-grown produce and seasonal flavors. 

“We are deeply honored to have been awarded this distinction throughout the years and continue to strive to achieve the highest levels of excellence in cuisine and service at Bacchanalia,” said chef-owner Anne Quatrano in a news release. “We are sincerely appreciative of our guests’ continued support.”

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The Lawrence, located at 905 Juniper Street in Midtown, has announced the appointment of Jonathan St. Hilaire as executive chef. Once named "Best New American Chef in Atlanta" by Bon Appetit, St. Hilaire is best known as one of Atlanta’s premiere pastry chefs. His new role as executive chef of The Lawrence marks his return to the Atlanta culinary scene as a savory chef for the first time in more than a decade.

Classically trained at the French Culinary Institute, St. Hilaire began his career in New York City’s finest restaurants. After moving to Atlanta, Hilaire has worked at award-winning kitchens such as Canoe, Spice, The Four Seasons Hotel, Woodfire Grill and Bakeshop. 

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Not far away, Campagnolo chef Daniel Chance has revamped the casual Italian restaurant’s opening menu and added several warming dishes that honor the cooler weather ahead. The restaurant, which opened this past spring at 980 Piedmont Ave., has also added heaters outside so guests can enjoy one of Midtown’s best people-watching terrace throughout the upcoming season.

Campagnolo is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week including brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

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You’ve no doubt noticed, but Mi Cocina officially opened in the heart of Midtown on Nov. 12. A Texas favorite for more than two decades, Mi Cocina features signature dishes such as the Sunset Fajitas, Tacos “De Brisket,” homemade salsa and hand-dipped enchiladas, and its famous margaritas including the Mambo Taxi.

Located at 1080 Peachtree Street, it is open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Have you tried it yet? Let us know what you think!

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Directly across the street from Mi Cocina, Café Intermezzo will bring its European flair to the $2 billion 12th & Midtown mixed-use development project in January. Owner Brian Olson tells Buckhead Patch about why he’s so excited about coming to Midtown after 25 years of operation at its nearby Buckhead location.

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Also coming in the new year will be a casual Italian concept from the owners of Buckhead’s popular La Grotta Ristorante Italiano. The new gastropub, Salt Yard, is scheduled to open in late winter or early spring in the Brookwood condominiums, locatated at 1833 Peachtree Road. It will be situated next to Watershed on Peachtree, which opened earlier this year following a long and successful run in Decatur.

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Midtown’s STK and Cucina Asellina introduced this month “The 1075 Club,” a weekday post-work, pre-dinner menu. The side-by-side restaurants are featuring happy hour inspired cocktail and food specials each weekday afternoon, priced as an homage to the restaurants’ address, 1075 Peachtree.

The 1075 Club is designed to be the ideal destination to pop in for a quick cocktail, beer or snack to unwind after a long workday. The weekday series features a $10.75 bar-bites menu at STK and $10.75 Belvedere specialty cocktails, and Cucina Asellina offering complimentary appetizers and $10.75 Belvedere specialty cocktails.

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Looking for something else good to eat this Monday? Well, it’s Burger and Pint Mondays at Charlie G's 11th St. Pub; Date Night at HOBNOB; and 50-cent wings during Monday Night Football at Moe’s Original Bar B Que.

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But wait, November 26, 2012 at 01:04 PM
six of us went to mi cocina saturday night... our waiter was great and gave some good suggestions for those of us that couldn't decide. i typically judge a mexican restaurant by their guac and this place was great. the chips and salsa they give you to munch on was disappointing though. luckily the main course made up for that, i had bacon wrapped shrimp and also sampled a friends pork taco which was outstanding. drinks were large and the mojitos were great. the margs were okay. all in all pretty good place with a lively (not quite a quiet date night location) atmosphere. perhaps my positive impression was skewed due to the fairly negative comments on yelp, etc. but overall our group enjoyed themselves and would eat there again.
Christopher November 26, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I also dined at Mi Cocina on Saturday and had an exceptional experience. The restaurant is beautiful and has a cool but not distinct vibe. Our server, Christian, was friendly, extensively knowledgeable of the menu, made sound suggestions, and ultimately yielded an amazing experience for my party. The food came out quickly and tasted amazing, and it was fairly priced. I wasn't too fond of the complimentary chips and salsa, but it was decent. I would return to Mi Cocina and I would recommend it for others as well.
Traci November 26, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I hate that Azio's is leaving. It was fairly affordable. I am not looking forward to another sandwich shop (yuck). Jimmy johns is practically next door and there is a subway on 14th and cresent.
midtown dad November 29, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I love Little Azio's and they seem to be busy most of the time. That's too bad. We do need a new sandwich place, I hope it's good...but really wish it wasn't replacing Little Azio...
AT November 29, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Sad that Little Azio's is closing but Vinny's Pizza in Spire is just awesome.

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