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Fresh & Refreshing — Peachtree Corners’ Best Summer Treats

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Taqueria Del Mar. Article Photographed By Isadora Pennington

Temperatures are soaring in Georgia, and after a full year of sequestering ourselves in our homes, it’s finally feeling a bit safer to venture out into the world and resume some semblance of normalcy. For many of us, that might mean something as simple as stopping by a local restaurant or cafe for a refreshing beverage on a hot summer day. Here in Peachtree Corners, we have some great options for cool treats, from kid-friendly smoothies and treats to enticing adult beverages, so we’ve compiled a list for your enjoyment!

Taqueria del Mar

5075 Peachtree Parkway Northwest, Suite 105A,
Peachtree Corners 30092
770-696-4582 | taqueriadelmar.com

This casual eatery is tucked away in a corner of Jones Bridge Square. Inside, colorful decor and a lively atmosphere make this restaurant a favorite for date nights and family meals alike. They offer a full bar, classic southwestern cuisine, a kids’ menu, lunch on Saturdays and brunch on Sundays. If you’re the type who craves slushy boozy drinks, check out their extensive frozen margarita offerings and variety of flavor add-ons.

I sampled their house Frozen Margarita in a regular size and their large frozen house margarita with an infusion of watermelon and mango flavors at the advice of my server. It was absolutely delicious, light and refreshing. Pair it with tacos, a burrito or fajitas, or indulge in an order of their amazing queso.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

5215 Town Center Boulevard, Peachtree Corners 30092
770-225-4662 | peachtree-corners.firebirdsrestaurants.com

Firebird’s Double Black Diamond.

This easy-going chain offers both lunch and dinner menus that highlight seafood and steaks. Set in an upscale lodge-like atmosphere, it’s a great spot for everything from a romantic date night to a casual business lunch. Don’t miss their extensive waterfall bar — all of the color-coded bottles on display are actually full of liquor and get cycled through for the cocktails; it’s not just a display.

Firebird’s Double Black Diamond.

Speaking of a beautiful display, check out this incredible concoction! The Double Black Diamond is one of those little-known delicacies hiding in plain sight. The giant glowing pineapple on the bar? Yep, that’s full of liquor! This huge bottle features a masterful selection of perfectly cut and arranged pineapple slices, soaking in New Amsterdam Pineapple Vodka, that are infused for 21 days, lending the liquor an incredibly light and refreshing flavor for a beverage that is deceptively boozy. Enjoy one of these and you’ll find yourself dreaming about kicking back on a sandy beach somewhere.

Clean Eatz

3975 Holcomb Bridge Road Peachtree Corners 30092

678-833-5353 | cleaneatz.com/locations/peachtree-corners-ga

If you need a tasty treat that’s also healthful and satisfying, look no further than Clean Eatz, which just opened on Holcomb Bridge Road! Their menu offers snacks like “Good For You Nachos” and customizable Build A Bowl offerings where you choose the base, the proteins, veggies, sauces and spice, as well as wraps, salads, burgers, flatbreads and, of course, smoothies. For those who might not feel up to making dinner, they also offer meal plans with no subscriptions. New menu items are listed every week.

Pictured here is the Dirty Peanut, made with chocolate 1st phorm protein, peanut butter, sugar-free chocolate syrup and smoothie creme. At only 255 calories, this decadent offering is on par with a standard candy bar, making it a sweet treat you can enjoy guilt-free.

Planet Smoothie

5275 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 106, Peachtree Corners 30092
470-545-1996 | planetsmoothie.com/stores/19223

(Photo courtesy Planet Smoothie Peachtree Corners)

Who doesn’t love Planet Smoothie? This familiar chain serves up customizable smoothies with both yogurt and sherbet bases, plus plenty of tasty add-ons. The Peachtree Corners location, open since 2018, has been a popular stop for a fruity and sweet treat, and recently they’ve started focusing more on catering orders. Got a pool party coming up? Order a big batch and make everyone happy with healthy, delicious, cool smoothies from Planet Smoothie.

Sarah, pictured, is holding a Mango Passion Smoothie with mango, passion fruit, strawberries and an energy blast and a Shag-A-Delic Smoothie with blueberries, strawberries, bananas, frozen yogurt, non-fat milk and vanilla.

Marlow’s Tavern

5210 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 260,
Peachtree Corners 30092
470-550-1197 | marlowstavern.com/locations/peachtreecorners

A local favorite, Marlow’s Tavern embraces the casual, laid-back vibe of a neighborhood bar. The menu features snacks, salads, burgers, sandwiches and tavern favorites. This spot is a great choice for those with gluten sensitivities as they have a robust gluten-free menu. Their extensive drink menu includes beer, wine and a number of craft cocktails.

When I visited, I sampled the Grapefruit Ricky. This delightful cocktail is made with American Harvest vodka, St. Germain, fresh grapefruit juice and a splash of lime juice. Garnished with a chunk of grapefruit, this drink is refreshing and light while still packing quite a punch!

Beard Papa’s

5215 Town Center Boulevard, #620, Peachtree Corners 30092
770-807-0564 | beardpapas.com

Okay, I’ll admit it. The cute, bearded mascot is what ultimately drew me into the small Beard Papa’s shop at Town Center. This bright and cute counter service chain was founded in 1999 in Japan and is most well-known for their cream puffs. They also carry frozen drinks and coffees on their limited menu.

I tried one of their Strawberry Cream Drinks, which was rich and creamy with a light berry flavor. Sure to be a hit among kids, their frozen drink menu also includes an Oreo cookie crumble drink — and all frozen drinks are topped with a generous heap of whipped cream.

Peachy Corners Cafe

6365 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners 30092
678-691-0547 | facebook.com/peachycorners

A sweet neighborhood coffee and bubble tea shop, Peachy Corners Cafe is a great spot to have a quick bite, grab a coffee or a smoothie, get some work done or play board games with your family. The menu offers standard coffee shop fare plus a selection of smoothies, freezes and bubble teas sure to please your palate and cool you down on warm summer days.

Pictured is their Mango Smoothie, which is rich and creamy but also light and refreshing. Packing a fruity punch, it is topped with whipped cream for a little pop of pure sugary sweetness.

Isadora is a writer, photographer, and designer living in Avondale Estates, GA. She has worked in print for the past decade and has been published in the Atlanta INtown, Oz Magazine, Atlanta Senior Life, and the Reporter Newspapers.

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H&W Steakhouse Opening in Peachtree Corners

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(Photography by Bruce Johnson)

Norsan Restaurants has announced the upcoming opening of its new restaurant concept, H&W Steakhouse. H&W is the third fine-dining steakhouse concept from Norsan Restaurants.

The company also operates Pampas Steakhouse in Johns Creek and Frankie’s The Steakhouse in Duluth. H&W aims to bring modern fine dining to Peachtree Corners with USDA Prime Steaks and a variety of seafood options.

H&W Steakhouse
Left to right, Martin Ramirez, COO of Norsan Restaurants, Thomas Minchella, Executive Chef of Norsan Restaurants

The restaurant was designed by architect Filipao Nunes out of Monterrey, Mexico.

“It fills us with great pride to be part of such an important project, which was designed to create an experience on par with the menu,” says Nunes. Our goal was to allow for elegance to shine in every single detail, staying faithful to the essence of the brand.”

Chef Thomas Minchella leads the culinary team at H&W and has served as Norsan Restaurant’s Executive Corporate Chef since 2020.

Chef Minchella, formerly the Executive Chef of McKendrick’s Steakhouse, looks forward to the opening and sharing his menu and creations with guests. He states, “Creating delicious food is my passion, creating a culinary staff is my ambition, and creating guests is my love!”

Norsan CEO Norberto Sanchez shares, “We are very excited to open our new concept H&W Steakhouse. Taking center stage at H&W will be handpicked premium steaks and a fantastic array of seafood offerings. Our hospitable and professional service team has one goal: to make our guests feel at home.”


H&W will soft-open late September with a limited number of reservations available.

Reservations will be available via Opentable and directly through the restaurant. Follow along on Instagram for the official opening date and ongoings @hwsteakhouse.


Source: H&W Steakhouse
Photography by Bruce Johnson

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Shah’s Halal Food Celebrates Opening in Peachtree Corners

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Images courtesy of the City of Peachtree Corners

Mayor Mike Mason, Peachtree Corners Business Association (PCBA), business professionals and community well-wishers joined the Hameed family, owners of Shah Halal Food, and staff to celebrate the opening of its new Peachtree Corners restaurant with a ribbon-cutting celebration and lunch event.

Khurran (Kay) Hameed shared, “At Shah’s Halal, we take pride in offering the highest quality, most authentic and delectable halal cuisine at a fair price. We are excited to bring our exceptional dining experience to Peachtree Corners.” 

In addition to dining services, Shah’s Halal also offers to-go orders and catering for special events.

Mayor Mason, along with PCBA Board Members Lisa Proctor, Allison Reinert, Suzanna Martinez and local business supporters were on hand. 

“The city council and I are delighted that you have chosen Peachtree Corners for your business location,” said Mason. “We are pleased to have this new restaurant available as part of our business-friendly city.”

Shah’s Halal Food is located at 5450 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 8B, in Peachtree Corners. Check them out at shahshalalfood.com/peachtree-corners/ or call 678-292-6426 to find out more.

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Good French Fare Now Closer Than Ever

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Photos by George Hunter

Henri’s Bakery & Deli opens a Peachtree Corners location.

“Un bon repas adoucit l’esprit et régénère le corps.”

That common French saying, “A good meal softens the mind and regenerates the body,” is gradually becoming a theme in this part of metro Atlanta. As the Peachtree Corners food scene expands its offerings, world-class cuisine is becoming more and more available.

For example, one can find the mouth-watering goodies of a French patisserie near the Town Center. Henri’s Bakery & Deli is one of the newest food purveyors in the area, but it has a long-standing tradition of quality and service.

A tasty history

French immigrant Henri Fiscus started his first bakery at the corner of 10th and Peachtree streets in Atlanta in 1929. He quickly became known for his inventive recipes and the attention to detail he paid to his customers’ needs and wants. 

That legacy led to several shops across the metro area with the newest location in Peachtree Corners, according to company literature.

Fiscus passed away in 1974, just one day shy of his 80th birthday, but his family has carried on the traditions and original recipes but has employed modern business practices to spread the quality throughout the area.

To keep consistency and streamline costs, all the products are baked at central location in metro Atlanta.

“We have one commissary, where all our products are made daily overnight. We get a delivery every morning at 6:00. So, whatever we need is freshly made for the day,” said Henri’s Peachtree Corners General Manager Tarik Aboudi. “We want to keep the recipe the same and make sure there is someone on top of orders.”

Aboudi, originally from Morocco, has many years of experience in this kind of food business. When the Peachtree Corners location was looking for someone to lead it, he’d been at a local family-owned bagel restaurant.

“I enjoy what I do here and like working with the company. It’s a good concept,” he said. 

Unlike the other company, the hours are a little more family-friendly to his lifestyle, with the eatery closed on Sundays and wrapping up daily service by 6 p.m.

And the location is just 10 minutes from his home. “That’s one of the reasons I came here,” he said. “I don’t want to work eight to 10 hours and then spend another two or three hours in the car.”

With Henri’s being local and family-owned, it appealed to Aboudi on many levels.

“Family-owned businesses have a different personality than many corporations,” he said. “People care more about their legacy, and you get to talk to the owners face-to-face. It’s more personal and it feels more like you are part of a family.”

Feast for the eyes and tastebuds

When you get right down to it, the food is what brings people back.

“There’s a good selection of fresh pastries,” said Aboudi. “I was raised on fresh pastry and one of my favorites is the Napoleons.”

Of course, you can’t call yourself a French pastry shop without eclairs and croissants — sweet and savory. And although the name is French, Henri’s has lovely Italian fare like tiramisu and Greek baclava.

There is plenty to choose from for everyday eating, but Henri’s also provides sandwiches, salads and desserts for special occasions. “We have these little, small cakes with a flower on top called petit fours. Also, there is shortbread; that’s been popular for years and years,” said Aboudi.

There’s a wide selection of cookies, too — chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and a specialty called the ‘Mediterranean’ that’s gluten-free, as well as classic favorites like snickerdoodle and gingerbread people.

But wait, there’s more!

Breakfast sandwiches — with a bagel, croissant or toast base — come with eggs, cheese, bacon, chicken sausage, ham and/or cream cheese. For those looking for classic Southern fare, there are several types of cheese straws and wafers with chives, jalapenos and other tasty ingredients. 

Aboudi stressed that you’ll not find a more delicious cake anywhere. “Our cakes come in a lot of different sizes and flavors. You can get a six-inch round to a full sheet cake,” he said. 

Southern favorites, like red velvet and coconut, to modern twists, like cookies and cream and peanut butter, are just a few choices on the menu.

If you have a hankering for something different, customers are encouraged to work with Henri’s staff through the online form, by phone or in person, to build the perfect cake for their occasion.

For customers who just want to run in, grab something and go, there’s a refrigerated case with pre-made sandwiches and salads.

“We try to accommodate customers on every level,” said Aboudi. “We already are seeing a lot of business and we are getting good feedback.”

Henri’s Bakery & Deli is located at 5005 Peachtree Pkwy., Ste. #820 in Peachtree Corners. Visit them at henrisbakery.com/peachtreecorners or call 470-282-3349. Their current hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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