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Stone Crabs

Stone Crabs at Buckhead Life Restaurants

At Buckhead Life Restaurants, we pride ourselves in providing the finest and freshest seafood and Stone Crabs are no different!

To be sure that we will have them, please call first. Our supply can vary and very much depends on the harvesting schedule!

Why are Stone Crabs so special?

Perhaps the most anticipated seasonal seafood, Stone Crabs have officially arrived in our kitchens! Praised for their sweet taste and delicate texture, these delicacies are open for harvest beginning October 15th. Our stone crabs are responsibly fished and only sourced from the Florida Keys where the warm waters result in exceptionally sweat claws. Our stone crabs are delivered daily and served over ice with our famous secret sauce. You can enjoy stone crabs in our Atlanta restaurants at Atlanta Fish Market & Chops, and our South Florida restaurants at City Fish Market, Chops Lobster Bar, and Lobster Bar Sea Grille. Also, Pano’s Food Shop will carry them from time to time!

Aside from their delectable flavor, here are some of our favorite things about stone crabs:

Stone crabs can regenerate their claws.

While blue and Dungeness crab are valued for the meat from their legs, claws, and abdomen, stone crabs are sought after for their claws alone. The two front claws are not only delicately sweet, and powerful enough to crack an oyster shell (stone crabs feed on oysters, mussels, and fish)—they’re also “renewable.” Stone crabs can regenerate their claws if they’re removed correctly. To properly remove the claw from a live stone crab, first make sure it’s large enough to harvest legally (the claw must be 2.75 inches long). Then snap downward with a quick pop. This will help ensure the muscles and tissue the crab needs to rebuild the claw remain healthy and intact. In about three years, the claw should return to an adequate size for another harvest.

Look for the “fingerprint” to know if the claw is original.

You can tell if a stone crab claw is the original—or if it’s regenerated—by looking for a faint fingerprint-like marking on the propodus (the last segment of the pincer). If the fingerprint-like lines are unbroken, it’s the original claw. If the lines are broken, it’s a regenerated claw.

The stone crab’s weight is in its claws.

As a stone crab ages, the percentage of body weight may increase in the claws. An older male crab may have as much as half their body weight in their large claws.

Stone crabs are resourceful.

Seashells that wash up on the shore are often taken home as a beautiful memento. But for stone crabs, seashells are useful tools.  Stone crabs use shells to burrow and dig to create a home among the seagrass in shallow waters near docks, rocks, and bridges. Piles of underwater shell pieces near holes in reefs and rocks may be a good indication you’ve stumbled upon a stone crab’s home.

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Summer Dine Around Cardholders Update!

Summer Dine Around Cardholders Update

Current Summer Dine Around Cardholders ~ Each month, there is a grace period!

August Cards – Valid until September 8th September Cards – Valid until October 7th Extra Visit Cards – Valid until November 7th

We are not adding new cardholders to the 2019 Summer Dine Around Program.

How do you get on the program for 2020?

  • Dine Often & Dine throughout the year! This program was established to reward our loyal diners. Dining just during Summer Dine Around will not guarantee you a spot!
  • Make sure you use the same phone number and/or same email address when making reservations.
  • Sign up for our email! If you are not getting them, you probably opted out!  We cannot contact you if you have opted out, therefore we cannot send you a card if you are eligible!
  • If you tend to dine with Buckhead Diner or Corner Cafe, please make sure you make a “Priority Seating” reservation.
  • Don’t abuse the program ~ you know who you are! 🙂

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The Summer Dine Around Program 2019. What you need to know.


Program Overview:

The Summer Dine Around is an exclusive Buckhead Life Restaurant Group loyalty program designed to reward Atlanta guests who loyally dine with us throughout the year.  Prior to the start of the program, Buckhead Life, uses several criteria to identify those guests who will receive a Summer Dine Around Gold Card.  The criteria includes:

  • Has purchased an Ultimate Dining Card in the last 12 months
  • Receives and opens our emails
  • Dines at our restaurants during non-Dine Around months
  • Maintains an updated online profile
  • Successfully participated in previous Summer Dine Arounds

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Due to the cost of the program, we send out a limited number of cards each year and are not able to offer to cards to everyone.  Once the list is set, we are unable to add guests to the program.  Unfortunately, no one is guaranteed a card, even if they meet all the criteria. Due to the limited number of cards, Buckhead Life only sends one Gold Card per person, per household.

The first Gold Cards are mailed just prior to June, allowing guests to start the program in June.  Guests who use all the cards in the series realize $155+ in value.

By presenting any Summer Dine Around card, a user agrees to all program terms and conditions set forth in this document. As specified on all program materials, Buckhead Life reserves the right to modify or withdraw this offer.
Please Note: We are unable to accommodate request card swaps. 

Summer Dine Around Gold Cards (June, July, August, September)

Each Gold Card may be redeemed for $25 off your dinner (food only) in the month, year and at the Restaurant specified on the front of the card. It is valid for a minimum of two guests per dining card, Sunday through Friday, dinner only.  Each Gold Card may only be used once and any unused value does not roll over to subsequent visits.

Gold Cards may not be used at our retail outlets (Pano’s Fish Market or Buckhead Bread Company.)  Gold Cards may not be used for take-out orders, Happy Hour menus, and lunch. Gold Cards are not redeemable for cash or gratuity and may not be used in conjunction with the Ultimate Dining Card, Epitome Card, Club Card or any other promotion. Cards are non-transferable.

When you dine at the restaurant listed on the front of the Gold Card, you will receive $25 off your dinner for two and the Gold Card for the next month at a different restaurant.  This repeats each month during June, July, August, and September with the goal of giving you a chance to experience several of our restaurants. The cards are distributed in a pre-set rotation of restaurants. 

$25 Extra Visit Blue Card

When you dine using your August Gold Card, you will receive a Blue $25 Extra Visit Card, in addition to your September Gold Card.  The Extra Visit Card is good for one extra visit to any Summer Dine Around restaurant.  It is only valid in August or September 2019.  This card allows you to visit your favorite of the Dine Around restaurants or a restaurant you haven’t been to during the Summer.

Bonus Gift

When you dine with your September Gold Card, you will receive your $25 discount and a signed copy of Chef Pano Karatasos' debut cookbook "Modern Greek Cooking."

Summer Dine Around Tips

Make Reservations!   

Make reservations, using the same name and same email address.

Forget to use your card? There is a Grace Period!

All Gold Cards and the $25 Extra Visit Card have a 7-day grace period.

June card ....by July 7th
July card .... by August 7th
August card .... by September 8th (since the 7th is a Saturday)
September card & Extra Visit Blue Card  .... by October 7th

Have Additional Questions - Please Email Us!

If you have a question about the program that hasn't been answered above, we're here to help! The most efficient way for us to help you quickly is for you to email us with your question and include your first and last name, email address, and mailing address. We respond to every email, every day (Monday to Friday). Email us at Summer@buckheadrestaurants.com

Office Hours

Our office hours for the Summer Dine Around are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 5: 00 PM.

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Venture Out for Valentine’s Day

Venture Out for Valentine’s Day

Picture this. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Neither of you can decide where to go. One wants romance, one wants fun, one wants new, one wants different. What if you could have it all? This Valentine’s Day, four of our Atlanta restaurants will be offering exquisite prix fixe menus, and you are sure to find a favorite among the mix. Take (and taste) an experience that ranges from the cuisines and styles of Greece to authentic French and Italian favorites! You may fall more in love with the food than your date (fair warning).

Here’s the rundown:

Venture Out for Valentine's Day

Buckhead Diner | 40pp

Alexa, play I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston. Buckhead Diner will be playing 80s & 90s love hits all night long! What is more classic than an American diner with all the right decor, food, and music? Enjoy three courses from their prix fixe menu, and have a sweet ending by splitting a milkshake or one of the diner’s new menu items, Sticky Toffee Pudding!


Pricci | 78pp

Love (and pasta) is all you need. Want to recreate a Lady and the Tramp moment? Now’s your chance. Pick your four courses from over 17 specially curated options. Pricci is the definition of classic, sophisticated romance. Add some wine pairings and you’ll feel like you’re in Italy itself!


Bistro Niko | 79pp

Fans of French? Look no further. Bistro Niko is known for its French fare, and it also has the environment to match–a grand ceiling and art from Paris, as if it could get any more romantic. You can choose wines to pair with your four-course meal, but if you want to be bold, branch out and try one of Bistro’s many unique cocktails! There’s also an extensive craft beer list. The perfect option that has something for everyone!

Kyma | 85pp (Vegan/Vegetarian | 59pp)

Kyma has two menus for Valentine’s Day. One caters towards guests with a regular diet, and another is made specifically for vegan/vegetarian only diners. Both menus offer four courses and plenty of options to choose from! You can even choose to add on wine pairings for your meal. Fun fact: Kyma has over 100 selections of Greek wines!

By dining at any of these locations, you’ll surely be both sharing and tasting the love. To make a reservation, call or book online!


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