Food - Best Bets: Popcorn

Fancy snacks popping up at Ration & Dram, Tap, and more

Brick Store Pub's beer list is massive. Enhance the culling process while perusing the 200-menu beer menu with an order of bourbon caramel glazed popcorn with roasted peanuts and pecans. Like the classic baseball rendition, it's roasted and toasted, sweet and savory, and arrives in a festive brown paper bag. If you find half the bag is gone and you still haven't picked a beer, Brick Store's über knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to help you pick the perfect brew to sip with the rest of your caramel, corn, and nuts. 125 E. Court Square, Decatur. 404-687-0990. www.brickstorepub.com.

How does one make caramel popcorn even more decadent? Add bacon. Then use the bacon fat to make caramel. Holeman & Finch figured this out a couple years ago, and we've been in love with their bacon caramel popcorn ever since. (H&F has even started selling the stuff retail at specialty markets like Savi.) Enjoy a little metal bowl with friends before ordering from H&F's always adventurous "Parts" menu and a classic Remember the Maine cocktail (rye, sweet vermouth, Cherry Heering, and absinthe) from lead bartender Sara Justice. That boozy, full-flavored classic plays nicely with each sweet and smoky morsel. 2277 Peachtree Road, Suite B. 404-948-1175. www.holeman-finch.com.

Before he even opened Ration & Dram — the sleek, two-story eat-and-drinkery on Arizona Avenue — owner Andy Minchow told us, "there will be bacon." After enjoying some rations (a patty melt and some buttered radishes, perhaps?) and some drams on the super-chill patio, look for a section on the menu called "Coffin Nails." This is where Minchow keeps R&D's addictive version of bacon caramel popcorn. The buttery-sweet and meaty mix is a perfect match for Minchow's bittersweet Shallow Grave cocktail. Or share a bowl with the kiddos over a creamy Coke float. 130 Arizona Ave. 678-974-8380 www.rationanddram.com.

Tap's chef Nick McCormick recently partnered with Caja Popcorn to concoct a magical mixture that riffs on another pair of American mainstays: beer and wings.

Tap's "HopCorn" is seasoned with beer extract powder and hop botanicals that replicate the flavors in a pale ale. It has a citrusy aroma and each bite is followed by the slightly bitter finish of a pale ale. McCormick ups the ante by throwing puffy buffalo pork rinds seasoned with vinegar and onion powders, cayenne, and paprika in the mix. Try a handful with Monday Night Brewing's Eyepatch Ale. The crisp, malty caramel notes of the beer mellow out the snack's peppery burn. 1180 Peachtree St. 404-347-2220. www.tapat1180.com.

More By This Writer

QUICK BITES: Twain’s Brewpub and Billiards undergoes renovations, a fourth location of HobNob Neighborhood Tavern, and more Article

Food news roundup
Friday May 25, 2018 05:00 am EDT
Watchman’s Seafood & Spirits, the forthcoming restaurant from Kimball House partners, is anticipated to open on June 19 at Krog Street Market. The crew will be serving up Southern sustainable fare. Daniel Chance (W.H. Stiles Fish Camp, Bacchanalia) helms the kitchen as executive chef in the former The Luminary location. KH bartender Adrian Fessenden-Kroll, will manage the bar, and Kate Flowe... | more...

QUICK BITES: Grillin’ and Chillin’ returns to Emory Point, Todd English Tavern closes, and more Article

Food news roundup
Thursday May 17, 2018 10:12 am EDT

Grillin’ and Chillin’ returns to Emory Point. Head to the green space near The General Muir Thurs, May 24  from 6:30-9 p.m.for grilling, signature cocktails, beer, Montane Sparkling Spring Water, and live music. Chef Todd Ginsberg (The General Muir) will be cooking beer can chicken tacos on a Big Green Egg as Armand Starks (The General Muir) shakes up some killer cocktails. All proceeds...

| more...

QUICK BITES: Gino’s East of Chicago goes deep into the South, Smoke & Duck Sauce is revamping, and more Article

Food news roundup
Thursday May 10, 2018 12:19 pm EDT

B’s Cracklin BBQ (2061 Main St ) is serving up more than Bryan Furman’s whole hog pit roasted barbecue on Sat., May 12. From noon to 5 p.m. the Riverside restaurant is throwing down with a crawfish boil, ice cream, blacksmith demonstrations, and live music.

Haven’t found the perfect Mother’s Day gift yet? Here’s a good one. Decatur’s White Bull (123 East Court Square) has monthly pasta...

| more...

QUICK BITES: El Mexicano shutters in EAV, Lucky’s Burger and Brew is opening a second locations, and more Article

Food news roundup
Thursday May 3, 2018 05:00 am EDT
   | more...

QUICK BITES: Bombass biscuit alert, Dinner Bell the dinner series from band Quiet Hounds hits Decatur, and more Article

Food news roundup
Thursday April 26, 2018 10:54 am EDT



| more...
Search for more by Angela Hansberger