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Kosher Atlanta Restaurant Update 2014

Some new additions and changes to the Atlanta Kosher scene since the last update in 2011:

  • The Spicy Peach has arrived on the scene as an all-in-one specialty shop. Started by a group of women who have previously run smaller operations from their homes, they now offer specialty meats and cheeses, hard-to-find international groceries and candy, and even fancy paper and plasticware all under one roof. They also have a feresh-to-order counter (the “Peach Pit”) with soups, salads, and paninis.
    You can find them in the same complex as Kroger and Publix (on the island of stores across from the Kroger side of the complex but facing North Druid Hills Road like Publix) or at thespicypeach.com
  • On the restaurant side, we say hello to Pita Grille, a sit-down meat restaurant similar in style to Pita Palace. To compare the two, Pita Grille’s prices are slightly higher in exchange for a more formal restaurant environment and the thrill of a Coca Cola Freestyle® machine.
    They can be found in the north end of the Buckhead area by Roswell Road.
  • The Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt across from the Toco Hills Publix is a popular hangout for children and adults of all ages as well as all times of the year given their significant indoor space. See the Kashrut notice in the store for the listing of flavors and toppings that are approved (same process as currently done for the Bruster’s Ice Cream on the Kroger side of the complex).

 

  • The cafe inside Emory’s Hillel building has changed hands a few times, including cycling between meat- and dairy- only. As of this writing they are meat-only, though they haven’t been advertising to the local community and seem to be more fucused on catering activities.
    Former provider Goodfriend Grill continues in both its meat and dairy operations at the JCC in Dunwoody, as it has for several years now.
  • Jewish life in Sandy Springs has grown with The Kehilla reaching out to a new and generally younger community under the guidance of Rabbi Karmi Ingber. Indeed, the Atlanta metro area continues to grow in size and number, offering not only choices of restaurants and Shuls, but also schools and community locations in general.
  • Other losses since the last update are:
    1. Moshe’s Mediterranean Cuisine, closing its Dunwoody doors some time ago
    2. OU for You, which briefly turned to a meat menu before itself shutting down
    3. Dolce Bakery was also briefly open in Toco Hills as a storefront to their usual catering operation, though it did not last long

As always, please see the main Atlanta, GA post for more established restaurants and plenty of other Jewish and tourist info about the city.

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You are welcome to contact the author should you or someone you know be passing through and wish to visit the community for Shabbat or even during the week. Contact Daniel Wenger.

Toco Hills synagogues Beth Jacob and the Young Israel are also valuable resources.

About the author

Daniel Wenger

Daniel was born and raised in Teaneck, NJ, and the taste of Noah's Ark is still fresh in his mouth. After attending Rutgers University and majoring in Computer Science and Art History, he moved with his wife down to her hometown of Atlanta, GA. They have found that what Atlanta lacks in a wealth of Kosher eateries, it makes up for with more people who can cook well on their own.
Says Daniel, "Whenever it snows here, BBQ at my house!"

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