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Peace, Love &Pizza in East Cobb


With over 25 years in the pizza business, Atlanta brothers Dave and Rich DeSantos will be opening their fifth Peace, Love and Pizza (PLP) restaurant on East Piedmont in the Publix Shopping Center in mid-June. The brothers originally started out in East Cobb in 1996 with All Star Pizza and More. In 2008, the business was sold but there was a no compete clause and that required them to open their Peace, Love and Pizza in  Kennesaw.

Other partners are Joe and David Ardagna (Joe is an original founder of Taco Mac). All PLP locations are decorated with oneof- a-kind handmade art. The theme for this East Piedmont location will be “Easy Rider”. There will be indoor seating for 50 and additional 12 on the café tables on the sidewalk.

Peace, Love and Pizza is located at 1050 East Piedmont, 30062. Visit them online at


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Food Trucks Return Tonight!


It’s officially summer and it’s time to take a night off cooking dinner! Paper Mill Village will host their monthly food truck event from 5-8pm. Come enjoy some great food and entertainment on a balmy summer night. The Paper Mill Village is located on the corner of Johnson Ferry and Paper Mill Road.

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Aurelio’s Celebrates Third Anniversary

Aurelio’s Pizza Marietta, 1255 Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb, announced it will celebrate its third anniversary June 27 to 28.

Owner Paul Vitt, who opened the first and only Aurelio’s Pizza in June 2011, has been eating Aurelio’s Pizza since it opened in 1959 on Chicago’s South side in Homewood, Ill. Vitt’s lifelong love affair with the iconic pizza began when Aurelio’s founder Joe Aurelio Jr. offered Homewood little leaguers sausage pizza coupons for home runs. Relocating to Atlanta with his wife, Vitt decided to become a restaurateur and bring the iconic pizza to transplanted Chicagoans and those passionate about Chicago-style pizza.

The anniversary celebration will include specials for $20.11, free ice cream or cookies for dessert and a balloon artist for children. Aurelio’s will also host a Facebook contest and one lucky winner will win free Aurelio’s pizza for a year. Entry forms are available at


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Cook’s Warehouse hosts summer camp

The “Honeybees” show off their prizes and pose with the judges from Thursday’s Iron Chef competition! L to R are: David, Payton, Rebecca, Bella, Isabel and Samantha. back row is Cook’s Warehouse staffer Diane Fennig, Chef Peter Rubin (judge), Eve Kofsky (judge), and cooking school director Wendy Allen (judge).


The Cook’s Warehouse in Merchant’s Walk held Camp #3 for 2014 recently. Morning, Noon & Night camp comprised of two teams of kids ages 10+.  The “Honeybees” and “Team Anonymous” learned a lot and had great fun as they cooked recipes with Chef Elizabeth and geared up for the Iron Chef competition on Thursday and lunch for their guests on Friday

On Thursday, the judges certainly had a tough job with so much great food, but the Honeybees were declared the winners!  They each won a nonstick frying pan, and all of the campers took home gift bags of culinary tools, all courtesy of Le Creuset.

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Reserve your spot for the Beer Food Pairing Dinner at Red Sky


Beer Food Pairing Dinner at Red Sky this Thursday, June 25th at 7pm.

Chef Brian has paired four great beers with four festive themed plates. Pairings include:

  • Bells two Hearted IPA paired with jalapeno cheddar potato cakes
  • Bells Oberon paired with jerk chicken tacos w/ mango salsa & goat cheese
  • Drafty Kilt paired with chipotle bbq sliders
  • Original Sin Cider paired with homemade apple pie

Cost is $30 per person and space is limited. Call 770.973.0100 to reserve your table.

Red Sky Tapas & Bar is located in East Cobb at 1255 Johnson Ferry Road Suite 16. Door, bar and kitchen open daily at 4pm.


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A family affair

Lemon Grass co-owner Ginger Hsu, center, with two of her servers Molly Yu, left, and Anne Ho. On the tray is Pud Thai (noodles), panang curry with steamed rice. Staff/Jeff Stanton


Tucked away in the corner of East Lake Shopping Center, Lemon Grass Thai Restaurant has a reputation for its authentic Thai cuisine. The family owned and operated restaurant has served metro Atlanta and Cobb County for 20 years.

“I have tried many Thai restaurants. I still think we have the best Thai food here. We just sell Thai food. We are more authentic,” said Ginger Hsu, who moved with her family from Taiwan in 1984 to be close to a sister in Marietta. “From 20 years ago, we have never changed that.”

When the family relocated, Hsu’s brother Andy Hsu, who is chef and owner, was still in school. Hsu, who waitressed in a Thai restaurant in Midtown at the time, said, “I fell in love with Thai food and made my family love Thai food. I felt the food was so wonderful.”

In 1994, her father asked his children if they wanted to open a Thai restaurant since they loved Thai food so much. “That’s how it happened. We didn’t have a lot of money so me and my brother cooked in the kitchen. Another sister was taking care of the dining room,” Hsu said.

After six months, business improved and Hsu worked as a waitress in the dining room. Ten years later, Hsu was promoted to manager and continues that role today. Their sister, Lucy, also works with the business.

Hsu’s parents have since died, but Hsu credits her father for its success.

“Without my father, we would not have this restaurant. He’s the one that came out of the money,” she said.

Though the restaurant started with humble beginnings, it has grown to be a Cobb County favorite.

Lemon Grass Thai features a variety of authentic menu items such as chef’s specials and entrees along with salads, curry lovers entrees, noodles, fried rice, soups, appetizers and more.

“Thai food — it’s not greasy like some Asian food. Thai food is lighter,” Hsu said.

Tea Rose, a small steamed dumpling with ground pork and vegetables, is a customer favorite along with their made-from-scratch spring rolls.

The chicken coconut soup is another popular item.

“Everybody will call me from everywhere, if they move or go home and want the recipe because they say they cannot find the same soup anywhere,” Hsu said.

The curry dishes are also popular.

“The reason that they’re good is that they’re made from different curry or different color of the chili pepper,” she said.

The friendliness of the staff also keeps customers returning for more.

“Many of the staff has worked at the restaurant close to 10 years. They’re always very friendly. It’s a neighborhood restaurant feel,” Hsu said.

Dine in or take out is available at Lemon Grass. They are open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner Monday through Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 5 to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday 4 to 9:30 p.m.

The restaurant is at 2145 Roswell Road, Marietta.

For more information, visit or call (770) 973-7478.

(Reprinted from The Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Sally Litchfield, June 12, 2014.


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Common Quarter welcomes kids with $3 menu


Common Quarter recently created a Kids Menu to offer parents a delicious and healthy dining option for their children. For $3 your junior diners can choose from a list of entrees that include: hand breaded chicken fingers; hamburger or cheeseburger; mac-n-cheese; spaghetti; grilled cheese and hot dog. Kids can also get a side of either sliced apples, steamed broccoli, carrots and celery sticks, fries, corn on the cob or steamed green beans. And to sweeten the deal, a scoop of vanilla ice cream with or without chocolate sauce is included.

Common Quarter, 1205 Johnson Ferry Rd. 30068 678-809-4040. Visit them online at


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Kids Can Eat FREE in East Cobb


Dining out on a budget? These restaurants will feed your kids for free if you order something for yourself. Sometimes, families have to forego the luxury of eating out just because it becomes too much for the family budget. Here are some restaurants that are “kid friendly” and offer free meals for the kids. Be sure and double check with the restaurant before you go to make sure they haven’t changed their policy.

If you know of any other specials, or you find that one of these specials has been discontinued, please let us know at The following is a list of restaurants offering “Kids Eat Free” deals.

IHOP, 3130 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta, GA 30062, 770-640-1731, after 4 pm (with adult purchase)

Baked, 1111 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta, GA 30068, 770- 612-2533, (with adult purchase)
Suburban Tap, 1318 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta, GA 30068, 770-977-4467, 6:30 pm (with adult purchase)
Tijuana Joe’s, 690 Johnson Ferry Rd. Marietta, GA 30068, 770- 321-1233, (with adult purchase)

Broadway Diner, 1333 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta, Georgia 30068, 770- 977-3337, (with adult purchase) 5-10 pm

Zaxby’s, 3030 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA, US, 30062, 770- 642-9100, (with adult purchase) 5-8 pm

Paradise Grille, 3605 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta, GA 30066, 770-579-6226, (with adult purchase)
Mirko Pasta, 1281 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta, GA 30068, 770-977-3030, (with adult purchase)

Moe’s, 688 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta, GA 30068, 678-560-4666 (with adult purchase) after 2 pm

Red Sky Tapas, 1255 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta, GA 30068, 770-973-0100, (with adult purchase)
Jersey Mike’s Subs, 2960 Shallowford Rd., Marietta, Georgia 30066, 770-578-3973, and 4400 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30062, 770-321-3998, (with regular sub purchase).


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Brunswick’s to celebrate 1 year anniversary


Brunswick’s and Tavern ’45, 2749 Delk Road in Marietta, will celebrate a milestone from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 13 as the Marietta location turns a year old. The center will host an anniversary party, including bowling for charity, a birthday cake, raffles and giveaways.
Ten percent of the bowling proceeds will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. Todd Falter, the center’s general manager, will present the donation to the charity that evening.
The Marietta location is the first of three Brunswick’s centers nationwide. The other locations are Norcross and Buffalo Grove, Ill. All three locations house an in-house gastropub, Tavern ’45, which offers local craft beer selections, small plates, and specialty pizzas.


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Chequers opens in East Cobb


Brantley Smith, Managing Partner of Chequers Seafood + Steak. “

It seems East Cobbers are continually in search for a good restaurant. Well look no further. Chequers Seafood + Steaks opened its doors –in the old Houlihan’s location–to much anticipation in early May. The original Chequers opened in 1983 in Dunwoody near Perimeter Mall.

Serving the area’s freshest ocean fare, prime steaks and handcrafted cocktails, the restaurant, helmed by Executive Chef James Dennerline has maintained such menu favorites as Char-Crusted Ahi Tuna, USDA PRIME Bone-in Ribeye as well as creating some new entrees.

“We looked at various location opportunities and after months of searching, we finally discovered the perfect spot in East Cobb,” said Brantley Smith, Managing Partner of Chequers Seafood + Steak.

“Fortunately, the crowd who frequents our Dunwoody location has decided to come with us. In fact, many of them live in the East Cobb area. “

Chequers is located at 1406 Johnson Ferry Rd. 30068. Visit them online at


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