The highly-anticipated new location of Chequers Seafood + Steak is now open in East Cobb. Located on the corner of Upper Roswell Road at 1401 Johnson Ferry Rd.,  the new incarnation of the Atlanta eatery boasts 130 seats including an outdoor, covered patio and a semi-private dining room.

Chequers Seafood + Steak is open for dinner seven nights a week, along with Sunday brunch. Executive Chef James Dennerline features restaurant favorites from the original Chequers location along with new menu items showcasing fresh ocean fare and prime steaks for which the restaurant is known. In contrast with typical upscale seafood and steakhouses, entrees at Chequers always include side dishes, creating surprising value for the menu and experience the restaurant offers.

Highlights from the new menu include:

  • Maple Plank Roasted Salmon with bourbon glaze, whipped yukon gold potatoes, green beans and pecans
  • Seared Georges Bank Scallops with lemon asparagus risotto, fennel and balsamic reduction
  • Char Crusted Ahi Tuna with parmesan-herb roasted yukon gold potatoes, grilled asparagus and foyot sauce
  • 14 oz. Bone-in Duroc Pork Chop with choice of two seasonal sides  
In addition to its diverse menu, Chequers Seafood + Steak will launch Happy Hour on the patio and bar, featuring $7 appetizers, $1 oysters and $3.5 lobster claws from 4-7 p.m. Monday to Friday. Sunday Brunch is served buffet style with items including made-to-order omelets, Belgian waffles and an assorted cold, seafood display.

“We’re excited to now call East Cobb our home,” said Brantley Smith, Managing Partner of Chequers Seafood + Steak. “We are maintaining the integrity of the Chequers brand that our customers have come to know and love for the past 31 years, while updating it with a modern sensibility, reflective of our new location.”

Chequers Seafood + Steak is located at 1401 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA. Hours of operation for dinner: 4 to 10 p.m.Monday through Thursday4 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 4 to 9 p.m. on SundaySunday Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations can be made online and via phone at 770-977-9324and

Guy Wong, local chef and owner of Miso Izakaya, is launching Le Fat, a Vietnamese restaurant this summer. The restaurant will showcase Vietnamese com (rice), bun (vermicelli), clay pots and stir-fry.
“I’m looking forward to sharing flavors of Vietnam with the Westside community,” Wong said. "I am honored to be a part of West Midtown's new dining scene and I believe Le Fat will be a welcomed dining spot in the thriving neighborhood."
The new concept will be housed at 935 Marietta Street in West Midtown with designs by Smith Hanes, interior architects known for establishments such as The Optimist, Watershed on Peachtree and JCT. Kitchen & Bar. Unlike traditional Asian restaurant designs, Le Fat’s interior pulls from Vietnam’s French-colonial influences. The 3,300-square-foot restaurant is decorated with muted colors, 1950s-inspired hand-painted wallpaper and custom lighting.
Story and Photography by Sara Goodell
When you walk into Emidio’s Restaurant, you immediately get a sense of warmth and old world hospitality. These attributes are closely mirrored by owners  husband and wife, Emidio (friends call him Joe) and Maria Sapeta. With an extraordinary history of lifelong culinary achievement, Chef Sapeta is no stranger to Portuguese food. Growing up on the island of Madeira, he worked his way through many kitchens both abroad and  locally, until moving to Atlanta to be close to their son:  a student at Georgia State University with aspirations to attend Georgia Tech.  Both Joe and Maria exude enthusiasm and delight when they discuss the history and culture of each dish and are founts of wisdom when pairing their dishes with traditional Portuguese wines. 

Each dish is carefully crafted using customary cooking techniques. Maria proudly described the food as “Very light, because we don’t use any enhancers or fillers, nor food colors; it’s all real food. Everything is made to order so it is very fresh and we can make dishes for allergies and many of our options are gluten free.” It is easy to tell that Emidio’s is committed to this philosophy as you take a bite of the Shrimp and Chouriço in Garlic Sauce; delicately seasoned with bold flavors that greet your palate with sensational tastes. The sausage is smoked for 15 days and is a hearty accompaniment to the light paprika, white wine and garlic sauce.  Maria explained that it is typically served with Vinho Verde,  translated as “green wine,” referring not to the color but to the fact that it should be drunk within a year of bottling. The wine typically has a mild sparkling characteristic and Maria and Joe make Mimosas with it during the summer. Good thing summer is coming up soon! 
Shrimp and Chouriço in Garlic Sauce
Our next course was the Arroz de Marisco:  In this dish, the flavors are balanced between the acid of the tomatoes and the ocean brine from the shrimp, scallops, clams and mussels each suiting the other. All of the seafood is tender and light. The portion size is generous, so you can share with a group. It's a perfect warm weather dish.
Arroz de Marisco
The last course of Lamb: Joe’s Style was the highlight of the evening, and Maria explained that one part of Chef’s secret sauce is  cooking it for over 9 hours, developing flavors and depth throughout the process. The lamb is very tender and the mashed potatoes that accompany it are velvety and smooth. It is also one of the most popular items on the menu so make sure you get to Emidio’s early!

Lamb: Joe's Style
In addition to the lunch and dinner menu, Emidio’s offers specials during the week, and a special Sunday Dinner for only $14.50 per person from noon to 5:00 p.m. This includes a choice of soup or salad, an entrée and coffee. They will also have a special menu for Mother’s Day and The Pride of Portugal Wine Tasting Dinner coming up in June. Lastly, if you have a sweet tooth, make sure you visit on the weekends for Maria’s special dessert: Pasteis De Nata, an egg tart pastry which was created before the 18th century in Lisbon. Ask Maria to share the fascinating story behind this dish.   Emidio’s is open 7 days a week and can accommodate large parties either inside or on the shaded patio. It is located at 8610 Roswell Rd. and you can make reservations by calling 770-837-3373 and check their facebook page to see their changing specials. 
8610 Roswell Rd. (please use 8612 Roswell Rd. for GPS)
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
Thursday, June 12th, 2014, at 07:00 pm
($60.00 per person)

First Course:
Canapés (Chef Sapeta’s assorted appetizers- a delight to your senses)
Twin Vines –Vinho Verde

Second Course:
Portuguese Sausage in Port wine sauce
Periquita Red 2010

Third Course:
Grilled vegetable Medley
Domingos Touriga National-Syrah

Fourth Course:
Chicken Ao Porto

Fifth Course:
Secret Dessert
Port Wine

Make your reservation: 770-837-3373 or at

8610 Roswell Rd. (please use 8612 Roswell Rd. if using GPS)
Sandy Springs, GA 30350


The below schedule highlights upcoming cooking classes that begin in April and continue through June 2014. The Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Simple Abundance Cooking Class series provides the community with a unique opportunity to interact with Atlanta’s finest chefs in The Cook’s Warehouse state-of-the-art kitchens. Participants can learn the secrets of exquisite dishes, have fun, and help feed Atlanta’s hungry.  One hundred percent of class tuition benefits the Food Bank. For details or to register, visit, or call 404-892-FEED, x1248.
May 5
Chef Archna Becker of Bhojanic
The Cook’s Warehouse – Decatur
Vegetarian Indian Cuisine Hands-On
$65, 6:30 – 9:30 PM, Hands On & Tasting
You’ve asked for more Indian vegetarian, so Archna is back with a great vegetarian menu that will satisfy your craving. Add a little spice to your vegetarian repertoire once you roll up your sleeves and join Archna in the kitchen to prepare these vegetarian favorites: Alu Gobhi (Potato and Cauliflower with Ginger and Onions), Saag Paneer (Spinach and Indian Cheese), Peas Pullao (Rice with Spices and Peas), Bengan Bharta (Spicy Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Cilantro), Chana Masala (Spicy Masala Chickpeas), Chapati (Whole Wheat Indian Flatbread) and Raita (Cucumber Yogurt Sauce). Evening includes wine tastings sponsored by Sherlock’s Wine Merchant and a chance to win tasty door prizes provided by Bella Cucina Artful Foods and Cabot Cheese.
Location: The Cook’s Warehouse – Decatur: 180 West Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030
May 19
Chef Paul Albrecht
The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown
Gluten-free Gourmet
$55, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting
Going gluten-free doesn’t mean that you have to give up on fine dining. Chef Albrecht, an icon on the Atlanta fine dining scene for over 30 years, joins us tonight to serve up classic American fine dining dishes - and all are gluten free. He’ll share the secrets to preparing gourmet favorites such as: Citrus-cured Char with Jicama-Asian Pear Slaw and Coriander Oil; Roasted Georgia Quail; Kale Salad with Sour Cherry, Warm Pecan-smoked Bacon and Mustard Dressing; Herbed Quinoa-stuffed natural raised Chicken Breast; Sweet Peas, Morel Mushrooms, Goat Cheese Zucchini Blossoms; and a Gluten-free Swiss Chocolate Tart with Nutella Cream. Evening includes wine tastings sponsored by National Distributors and a chance to win tasty door prizes provided by Bella Cucina Artful Foods and Cabot Cheese.
Location: The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown: 1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 403-R, Atlanta, GA 30324
June 2
Chef Shaun Doty of Bantam + Biddy and Chick-a-Biddy
The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown
Early Summer Specialties of Belgium
$55, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting
After working for two years under Chef Guenter Seeger at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, Chef Shaun Doty relocated to Europe where he pursued culinary stints throughout France and Belgium. In this class he reflects on some of his favorite springtime fare from Belgium, highlighting seasonal ingredients such as asparagus, endive, and – of course – fresh seafood. Attendees will get a first-hand taste of these Belgian specialties paired with Belgian beers as Chef Doty regales us with tales of his studies abroad. Keep checking for complete class menu. Evening includes wine tastings sponsored by National Distributors and a chance to win tasty door prizes provided by Bella Cucina Artful Foods and Cabot Cheese.

Location: The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown: 1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 403-R, Atlanta, GA 30324
June 9
Chef Costanzo Astarita of Baraonda and Publik Draft House
The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown
Traditional Neopolitan Cucina
$55, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting
At Baraonda, tradition is a way of life that is relished and often celebrated with good friends, great joy and exceptional food. Chef Astarita of Baraonda is here tonight to highlight some of the traditional cuisine from Naples and the surrounding area. Delight in these Neopolitan favorites: Spaghetti Schiue Schiue, Pasteria Napolitana, Ragu alla Genovese and Rabbit Ischiatana. Evening includes wine tastings sponsored by National Distributors and a chance to win tasty door prizes provided by Bella Cucina Artful Foods and Cabot Cheese.
Location: The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown: 1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 403-R, Atlanta, GA 30324