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Today You Meet Both Qing Mu and Grain

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Hey, congrats. You just won the lottery.

Lottery. Two new restaurants in one day. Same thing...

1. They give you bowls full of noodles here.

This one’s called Qing Mu, it’s from the people behind Miami’s beloved sushi spot Doraku, and it soft-opened this morning in Buckhead Atlanta.

It’s meant to look like something you’d find alongside a country road in China. And it does, thanks to the fake shingle roof and the rough wooden cabinets. (See it here.)

Order your noodles however you like, but might we suggest...
—Their original broth (the ingredients are secret).
—The roasted duck and oxtail.
—The BYHO spice level. That means “Blow your head off.”

It’s not violent if it’s delicious.

2. Your new semi-hidden Midtown go-to is called Grain.

And here’s when you’ll find yourself in this also-very-small-and-dimly-lit spot from some Cypress Street and Seven Lamps guys.

—On Monday, because that’s when it opens.
—Late. It’s open until 3am every night except Sunday.
—After seeing this menu and this slideshow. Notice all the wooden tables sticking out from the bar. Convenient placement.
—When you want a Not so Neutral with bourbon, Italian vermouth, Bénédictine and grapefruit bitters.
—After work on weekdays for Oyster Happy Hour. Give them $1, they’ll give you an oyster.

No haggling.

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