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Live Music At City Fish Market & Lobster Bar Sea Grille!

Live Music Friday at City Fish Market & Chops Lobster Bar

Enjoy Live Music on Fridays!

We've kicked off a new tradition for Wednesday's and Friday's! Join us for some soothing live music to compliment a lovely dinner with family and friends on Friday's at Lobster Bar Sea Grill, and Wednesday's AND Friday's at City Fish Market. We'll be featuring local artists at both restaurants to set the ambiance and kick off the weekend the right way! If you have any questions on schedule or who will be playing don't hesitate to contact us. We'll see you there!

City Fish Market - Boca Raton

Lobster Bar Sea Grille - Ft. Lauderdale

 

 

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Stone Crabs Are Back at Buckhead Life Restaurants!

Stone Crabs Atlanta Fish Market, Kyma, City Fish Market, Lobster Bar Sea Grille, Chops Lobster Bar

Stone Crabs at Buckhead Life Restaurants

Visit one of the following locations to try our famous Stone Crabs! 

Atlanta
Atlanta Fish Market
Chops Lobster bar

Florida
City Fish Market
Chops Lobster Bar
Lobster Bar Sea Grille

To be sure that we will have them, please call first. Our supply varies depending 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!

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.

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A Letter from Founder I. Pano Karatassos

Dear Friends,

As part of our extended family of Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, I appreciate the trust you have always placed in us and our team for over forty years in allowing us to serve you the finest quality food,  unsurpassed service with the highest of industry standards.

As always, the awareness and responsibility for the safety of our guests, and our team have always been paramount. Regardless of the current situation of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we hold extremely high standards for ourselves every day and adhere to strict health and safety standards that already exist in our industry. We are closely following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and local agencies.

According to a statement released from the FDA, food is not known to transmit coronavirus. Specifically, the FDA states, “We are not aware of any reports at this time of human illnesses that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging.

Rest assured the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group Restaurants have always adhered to the highest standards of cleanliness and food safety and we will be working day and night to make sure our restaurants are safe for our guests and staff to dine and work in.  The following are some of the procedures we are executing:

  • Sanitizing dispensers and anti-bacterial soap have been placed all over our dining rooms and kitchens for ease of use by our guests and staff.
  • Our staff has intensified the continuous cleaning of commonly touched areas such as menus, phones, doors and handles to ensure your well-being and confidence while dining in any of our restaurants.
  • We continue to update and train our staff on best practices daily, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and how it relates to a safe dining experience.
  • We also will not allow any employee to come to work that is remotely sick or under the weather.

Additionally, we know that times are tough, therefore we are offering the following to make this time a little bit better.

  • We will be adding a 15% BONUS to all New Ultimate Cards and Ultimate Card Reloads online and in the restaurants for a limited time.*
  • We will be offering value-priced menus in all our restaurants.*
  • We have taken 15% off all DoorDash prices.*
  • If you would like to dine (at home), all of our restaurants offer to-go by calling the restaurant directly.*
  • All Atlanta BLRG restaurants are on DoorDash Chops Atlanta will be offered on DoorDash soon. South Florida restaurants will be added as soon as possible.
  • Select bottled wines will be offered at 50% off daily.*
  • Pano’s Shop (located at the Atlanta Fish Market) is open Monday to Saturday (10 AM to 6 PM). We offer fresh seafood (that you can cook at home or we can cook for you).
  • Pano’s Shop (located at City Fish Market in Boca Raton) is open 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM, daily.

* All offers will be in place by Tuesday, March 17, 2020, if not sooner, until further notice. 

Always Sincerely,

I Pano Karatassos

Founder & CEO, Buckhead Life Restaurant Group

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We Love Stone Crabs! Now Available

Stone Crab Season!

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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What No One Ever Tells You About Planning a Private Event

Tips from Florida’s Busiest Private Events Manager, Sherry Craig.

City Fish Market’s Event Coordinator Sherry Craig, is no stranger to creating the perfect event. At City Fish Market, Boca’s fine dining staple, she’s planned events ranging from large concerts to small weddings. For Sherry, it’s the details that make or break a private event. Here’s a Q & A with Boca’s resident event expert.

How far in advance should people start planning their event?

It really depends on the season. If it’s in season, they need around three months because the books fill up. In an off season, you don’t need as much notice, and while I always try to accommodate last minute needs, the odds are much better that your date will be available if you begin earlier. If your event is in October through May you should plan at least three months out.

What tips do you have for first time event hosts?

Gather information from various venues. Talk with friends and family members and see what they would recommend.

What tips do you have for selecting the perfect event space?

I think everyone has different needs- some people like outdoorsy, some people like bright lights. Visiting the location you’re interested in is key. You really can’t tell certain things about a space until you experience it yourself.

What tips do you have for sticking to a budget?

You’ll definitely get a bigger bang for your buck with daytime parties instead of evening events. Especially with many people in our community being retired, an afternoon party to celebrate a birthday or anniversary is just as convenient but will cost much less. You can also pick an off season for your event to further cut costs. Think outside the box- why not host a cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres instead of a full sit-down dinner? We always work with people on creating exceptional events for guests while staying within their budgets. Also, July and August are months that are ideal for smaller budgets.

How do you create the perfect atmosphere?

There’s really not one perfect vibe. Different events call for different atmospheres. City Fish Market’s vibe is all about openness, airiness, cleanliness, in a bright, architecturally beautiful space with views of water. Every private room here overlooks water.

What are the differences in planning a Power Lunch vs. a Social Soiree?

It’s all about communicating your vision to the event manager. For example, do you want it to be quick, efficient, or do you want it to be leisurely and focused on social relaxation? The pace of an event makes a huge difference and it’s important to decide and communicate what pace aligns with your vision.

How important is it that hosts visit the potential event space?

A picture can show you one thing but walking into a space and experience it is completely different. I don’t think there’s a single photo that really does City Fish Market justice.

What’s the biggest mistake people make in event planning?

Many people come to us without an idea on budget. At least having an idea of what you’re able to spend becomes really important in shaping the framework of your event. We can always accommodate different price points, but to narrow down things like decorations and entertainment, budget really helps steer the conversation.

How should hosts choose Décor and Entertainment?

It’s important to envision your event and make stylistic choices that fit the vision. Fortunately we have connections with every experience coordinator you’d ever want to work with.

What’s the Golden Rule of Event Planning?

Explain to the people you’re working with your goals for the event. The more information you give them, the easier it is for them to help you. It becomes a shared vision.

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