Common Market coming to South End

Plaza Midwood's Common Market is opening a second location, in South End at 1515 S. Tryon St., across from the Bland Street Lynx station. It'll start with the same lineup as the original's: deli fare, plus coffees, wine and beer, and “urban provisions/convenience offerings.” Future plans include a juice bar, wine and beer bar, and breakfasts.

Thanksgiving dining

Villa Antonio (4707 South Blvd.) will be open 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, and also offers a takeout Thanksgiving meal for six to eight for $120, including soup, salad, sliced turkey breast, stuffing and more. You can pick it up on Thanksgiving Day. 704-523-1594.

Both Red Rocks Cafés will offer their annual Thanksgiving buffets from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. this year. Adults will be $22.95; children 12 and younger $10.95. Reservations are required; Birkdale: 704-892-9999; Strawberry Hill: 704-364-0402.

New from the sea

GW Fins (525 N. Tryon St.) now offers a new lineup of bar dishes, from “seafood cocktel Veracruz” (shrimp and calamari in spicy tomato-citrus salsa) to "hot buttered popcorn shrimp" that are $5 between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. ($8 afterward). 704-716-3467.

Sullivan's Steakhouse (1928 South Blvd.) is serving Florida stone crab claws, in appetizer and entree portions, with traditional Dijon mustard sauce. 704-335-8228.

From fields and vineyards

Ratcliffe on The Green (435 S. Tryon St.) offers the first of what's planned as quarterly chef/farmer dinners. This five-course meal, Nov. 12, features Grateful Growers Farm of Denver (with Natalie Veres and Cassie Parsons) and New Town Farms of Waxhaw (with Sammy and Melinda Koenigsberg). $65; 704-358-9898.

Noble's (6801 Morrison Blvd.) hosts a Martinelli Estate wine dinner Nov. 3, with a five-course tasting menu paired with the wines of winemaker Helen Turley. $150 per person, plus tax and tip; 704-367-9463.

Oceanaire (4620 Piedmont Row Drive) hosts a Chateau Ste. Michelle wine dinner Nov. 7, with five courses and a price of $65; 704-554-8811.


Tom Colicchio (of “Top Chef” on Bravo, and of his own New York restaurants) opens Craft Atlanta and Craftbar at The Mansion on Peachtree, a Rosewood hotel & Residence, in mid-November. He's also launching (practically simultaneously) a new place in New York called Tom: Tuesday Dinner. The idea? Impromptu tasting menus, based on what's at the market, offered every other Tuesday. Find out more at tomtuesdaydinner.com.

Restaurateur Kenny Shopsin, whose edge-of-bizarre 900-item menu was made famous by Calvin Trillin in the New Yorker, has a memoir/cookbook out, titled “Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin.” A quote: “My approach at Shopsin's is the exact opposite of ‘the customer is always right.' Until I know the people, until they show me that they are worth cultivating as customers, I'm not even sure I want their patronage.” (Restaurant folk, you can applaud now.)