QUICK BITES: Pop-up king gets a brick and mortar, pizza returns to Old Fourth Ward, and more

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Photo credit: Courtesy of Zeb Stevenson
BIRD IS THE WORD: Redbird is slated to open this year at Westside Provisions District.

We are rapt with anticipation for Chef Zeb Stevenson and restaurateur Ross Jones’ Redbird, which is scheduled to open summer of 2019 in the former Bacchanalia space at Westside Provisions District. You can expect that Redbird will be fun, lively, and comfortable, with a “come as you are” sensibility that is only heightened through Stevenson’s “free-spirited cuisine.”

Aix, chef Nick Leahy’s much-hyped French restaurant and adjoining wine bar, Tin Tin, opened Mon., Dec. 17. Leahy’s menu is chock-full of the Provençal food of his childhood, outstanding desserts, craft cocktails, and a thoughtful wine list curated by beverage director Pat Peterson.

He’s our pop-up king and we follow him wherever he cooks. Jarrett Stieber, whose pop-up Eat Me Speak Me is currently operating out of S.O.S. Tiki Bar, is opening Little Bear, a brick and mortar restaurant in Summerhill’s Georgia Avenue project. The area near the Atlanta Braves’ old ballpark will also be home to Halfway Crooks Brewing, Little Tart Bakeshop, and Wood’s Chapel BBQ. We can’t wait until next summer to finish a meal with blondie bars and whiskey milk in the new location.

There’s a new place in town for kitfo and tibs. Desta Ethiopian Kitchen opened a second location at Emory Point (1520 Avenue Place N.E.). Chow down Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Cheers to 10 years! One Flew South, the first fine dining restaurant in the world’s busiest airport, is celebrating a decade of good eats and drinks at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

From the team behind Argosy, Sceptre Brewing Arts is scheduled to open in early 2019 in the former Oak Brewpub space in Oakhurst (630 East Lake Drive).

A new location of Tin Drum Asian Kitchen will open this January at the new North Decatur Square shopping center next to Whole Foods 365. The menu includes Tin Drum favorites as well as items exclusive to this location such as sidewalk sliders, Vietnamese banh mi, and lettuce wraps.

O4W Pizza has returned to Old Fourth Ward. Anthony Spina and Billy Streck’s (Hampton + Hudson, Cypress St. Pint & Plate) Nina & Rafi serves Spina’s Detroit-style pizzas from 5 p.m. to midnight across from Bell Street Burritos (661 Auburn Ave. N.E.).

New hotspot Root Baking Co. in Ponce City Market has launched a new dinner menu. Chef Matt Palmerlee will serve supper beginning at 4 p.m., Mon.-Sat. The mussels and clams in green tomato and clam broth topped with with sunchoke chips sounds pretty stellar.

The first certified gluten-free, fast-casual restaurant is now open in Buckhead (54 Pharr Road). KarmaFarm, an organic and sustainable meat and three, also donates a meal to a local child in need for every meal sold. That’s pretty cool.

Xhibit, helmed by chef Christian Messier, opens next week in a new hotel — Canopy by Hilton Atlanta Midtown (1414 West Peachtree St. N.W.). We don’t have a copy of the all-day menu yet, but it will have a commitment to local purveyors, local seafood, roasted vegetables on the stone hearth oven, coffee from Smyrna’s Rev Coffee, and baked goods from H+F Bread Co.

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