Wine Dine and Play: Food 101

Food 101

Farm-to-Table Southern Bistro
Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA
Virginia Highlands, Atlanta, Georgia 
Cuisine Style: Southern American
Average Price: $$
Overall Rating: 3/5
Dined: 2006-2008
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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Executive Chef:
Ryan Smith

Restaurant Owners:

The name southern bistro is redefined with Food 101, a fine dining restaurant owned by the 101 Concepts Group, which from 2006 to 2008 when I visited multiple times had two locations, Sandy Springs on the Northeast side of Atlanta, and the second in the Virginia Highlands, a suburb section of southern Atlanta near the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Emory University. Their diverse selection of comfort foods and southern selections have made them a household name in Atlanta, and a destination to stop. 

    • For the Table
    • From the Garden
    • For Grazing
    • Entrees
    • Sides
    • Desserts
As a disclaimer, my many dining experiences at Food 101 which began in 2006 was the result of working with the restaurant group. I worked at both the Sandy Springs and the Virginia Highlands location near Morningside which the “Angry Chef” Ron Eyester ran under Food 101, then bought out and renamed Rosebud. This name has a very interesting urban dictionary definition, and even funnier is, after you read what the urban slang for rosebud is - match that with the fact that it is also the name of a 1970s Islamic terrorist group. The restaurant is in the Virginia Highlands is now called Morningside Kitchen owned by the famous Murphy’s Restaurant, a classic staple neighborhood restaurant.

Pimento Cheese Sliders
When I worked at the Sandy Springs location the chef was Justin Keith, who collaborated with Ron Eyester to create the long standing of menu favorites which Chef Ryan Smith continued to enhance and expand upon. While there, some of the favorites were the fried chicken dish with mashed potatoes, volute, and jicama slaw, the meatloaf composed of ground beef, pork, and bison making for an excellent flavor. The tuna tostadas appetizer is a lite bite with excellent profiles and contrasts in taste, the fried chicken and waffles, and the pimento cheese round up the favorites. The pimento cheese recipe was so good, I ask Ron for the recipe and still, use from time to time to this very day.

Other restaurants owned by the 101 Concepts group include Meehan's Public House (several locations from Vining's near where I used to live, Atlantic Station, and Sandy Springs), and Cibo e Beve an Italian restaurant that Chef Linda Harrell turned into one of their best concept restaurants, challenging fine dining Italian restaurants to up their game. She was a guest chef at Food 101 before the opening of Cibo e Beve and we all got to try her gnocchi dish which is now a staple classic at that restaurant. Newer restaurant concepts which I have not tried include Restaurant Paradis in Rosemary Beach, Florida near Panama City, 101 Steak, and Smoke Ring. In 2006, they had a restaurant on Saint Simons Island which is now closed and Soho Atlanta which used to be part of their group is now on its own. 

Southern Fried Chicken

The cast iron apple crisp and the warm chocolate bread pudding is where I say no more. Though there are several other selections, these two items are the ones that you must try when you visit Food 101. Both are topped with a vanilla ice cream and taste like heaven on Earth.

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Hyman’s Seafood Enduring southern seafood eatery in Charleston, South Carolina
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The Floridian Restaurant Modern and locally sourced café for southern grub in St. Augustine, Florida 
The Gumbo Shop Acclaimed gumbo and crCreoletaples in the French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Final notes, review basics, observations and more pictures:

Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsible, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience to the best of the writer's knowledge, even if it includes metaphors the restaurant may not like to read about. My ratings are by the stars I award (from 0 to 5). The rating is calculated on a point accumulation of six separate factors based on individual experience. They include wine and other beverage selections, plate presentation, customer service, restaurant or café ambiance, food quality, and wow factor. To see more details of this rating list, read this article:

Overall from this experience, and the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ section, based on my individual experience and rating, I give Food 101 a 3 out of 5 stars, meaning that they exceeded my expectations and were far above the average dining experience of most restaurants.
Scores are detailed in the factor chart below:

Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings
Max Points Possible:
Total Points Awarded:
Total Points deducted:
Food quality
Plate presentation
Customer service
Alcohol and other beverages
Total regular points awarded
Total percentage — less the Bonus


“Wow” factor BONUS
Total bonus percentage


Total percentage and bonus for a final star rating


Stars Awarded (see chart below)
             0 - 5

**A full break down and explanation of the observations and point disbursement is available in the linked article above. To receive a detailed copy of your score, feel free to contact me at any time and I will provide it to you.**


Overall Star Rating:
3 of 5 Stars: 
84% Rating with a 1 point “wow” bonus
Exceeded my Expectations in a Dining Experience
Wine List:
Wine rating:
7 of 10
Old World selections: 
France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal,

New World selections: 
New Mexico, California, Oregon, Washington State, New Zealand, Argentina
Corkage fee’s:
This Restaurant does not list any corkage fee’s however, most American restaurants charge 
$25.00 per bottle
Restaurant style:
Casual dining
Cuisine Style:
American, Southern American
Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Farm to Fork, Local, Low Carb, Pescatarian, Sustainable, Vegetarian
Not Required
Accepted, but not guaranteed
Dress code:
Smart to Casual attire
Child policy:

The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a kids menu or cater to them; however, for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended that kids not to be in attendance, unless they have been trained in proper etiquette. 
If not then:
Hire a Babysitter! 
Place for foodies, Trendy, Lounge, Business parties, Hotspot, Great bar, Great outdoor dining, Good for special occasions, Great brunch, and a Neighborhood Gem.
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Private Lot
The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Nonsmoking restaurant, and nonsmoking patio
Patio or terrace:

Food Prices 
(excludes, alcohol, taxes & 20% gratuity’s)

$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricy)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)

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Food 101:

4969 Roswell Road 
# 200
Atlanta, Georgia 

Contact Information: 
Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 404-497-9700
Online reservations
Website Contact:
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)

Lunch: Mon-Sun
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Brunch: Sat-Sun
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dinner: Mon-Sun
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Other Pictures:

Dining room
The "Angry" Chef
Food 101 Restaurant 

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But in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”

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