Matzoh Balls, Bar-B-Que, Beer and Wine

Award-winning restaurants and beverage destinations are all in the Emory family.

By Michelle Valigursky

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Brooklyn Athletic Club in Houston, Texas

It’s always fun to try a new restaurant with friends, but why not consider checking out these dining and drinking establishment from your Emory alumni? Here are just a few great places around the country:

Peck’s Deli in Brooklyn, NY

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Welcome to Peck’s Deli on Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn, the culinary domain of Theo Peck 94C, where “Old School Kosher Deli Meets New-School Brooklyn Appetites.” His classic Jewish deli and bakery is so praise-worthy, the New York Times article “Everything Old is New Again: The New Golden Age of Jewish American Deli Food” lauded his approach to cooking – a blend of classic recipes with new techniques.  An excerpt from the article by author Julia Moskin reads:

"At Peck’s, he makes pickled-beet borscht (with a shot of kvass), house-cured tongue and a tall, golden version of Ratner’s legendary corn muffins: crunchy, buttery and just a bit gritty. His coarse, rich, Jewish-style chopped liver is served on an onion roll from Orwasher’s on the Upper East Side (though he hopes someday to recreate the famous onion roll from Ratner’s). But because Mr. Peck is also a trained chef who has worked at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, he also makes a smooth chicken-liver terrine with classic French charcuterie spices, topped with a verjus gelée. 'They are both part of who I am,' he said. 'How could I ever choose between them?'" 

The Salt Lick Bar‑B‑Que in Driftwood, Texas

For Maile Roberts-Loring 06B, the Salt Lick Bar‑B‑Que is a fixture of Texas life, and the legendary food-lover’s paradise has been in her family for more than 40 years. Thousands of people flock to their tables weekly, for slow-cooked meats and succulent sides. “Salt Lick makes their own barbecue rules,” celebrity chef Bobby Flay said on The Best Thing I Ever Ate with Bobby Flay. A fan of the ribs, he said, “I always eat it with their habanero barbecue sauce. It’s so good. I don’t usually cook beef ribs, and it’s one of those things I leave to the Salt Lick.”

Brooklyn Athletic Club

“This place is said to have some of the best brisket, ribs and sausage in the Lone Star State,” Adam Richman 96C said in his television segment for Man vs. Food. The food host is also included in the Salt Lick Cookbook. "It is with great pride that I am part of this book. Without question, it is a story worth reading and learning from," Richman wrote.

Brooklyn Athletic Club in Houston, Texas

It’s all fun and games at Brooklyn Athletic Club, owned by alumnus Chris Dray 87C. As this New American restaurant’s Facebook page proclaims, “Brooklyn meets Houston with just a dash of The Hamptons! BAC is the perfect spot to relax and unwind. Offering casual and fine dining options along with a unique outdoor gaming environment.”

Vintage Berkeley and Solano Cellars in Berkeley, California

Vintage Berkeley

Co-owner Michael Werther 95B takes pride in his three wine establishments known for their small production and value wines from around the world for under $25. As the website reads, “We buy wine from small importers, local wineries, and independent distributors who give us preferred access to today’s best selection of high quality, affordable wines. Our stock changes daily as new wines emerge from our tastings that fit the store profile. As buyers, we always seek out the best deal for you.” Join them for daily wine tastings, or sip at a more leisurely pace in the Solano Cellars Wine Bar where “a fresh, seasonal menu with artisan cheeses and salumi is paired with adventurous wine flights, high-end tastings and wines by the glass.”

Ready to learn more? The wine bar also hosts regular wine classes, wine and food pairing dinners, and visiting winemakers from all over the world.

Monday Night Brewing in Atlanta, GA

Ready to tie one on? That's the theme at Monday Night Brewing in this Atlanta-based craft brewery, where people go to relax and sip. Jonathan Baker 05B is the establishment’s “marketing guy and master of mind control.” So what’s their philosophy? “We brew beers for the weeknights – balanced, flavorful ales that pair well with food.”

This hot spot reports, “Exciting news from Atlanta, via Denver. Our Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale won a 2014 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal in the Wood- and Barrel-aged Beer category. We’re humbled. Ecstatic. Scrumptrulescent.”

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Monday Night Brewing

Hungry and thirsty yet? Enjoy the holidays, Emory style!

Editor’s Note: We know there are many more Emory-owned dining and drinking establishments out there in the world. We’ve featured a few in recent years: Aretsky’s Patroon in NY, The Lawrence in Atlanta, The Chupitos Bar in Singapore. Help us to identify other Emory-owned food and beverage businesses. Drop us a line and let us know so we can add these new names to our growing list of places to visit and host events!

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Michelle Valigursky