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Zaxby's named America's most craveable chain

Zaxby's named America's most craveable chain

(WXIA) -- Zaxby's has been named America's "Most Craveable Fast Casual" restaurant for the second year in a row.

The Athens-based chicken chain received the honor from Technomic, a market research firm that focuses on the restaurant industry.

Technomic measures more than 60 elements of a guest's experience to determine the rankings. Zaxby's craveability can be attributed to its popular Chicken Fingerz and dipping sauces, especially the signautre Zax Sauce.

"We are continuously looking for new experiences and flavors to provide our guests, but it's also exciting for us to know that some of our very first menu items are still fan favorites to this day," Zaxby's CEO and co-founder Zach McLeory said. "We're delighted to know our guests have ranked us the most craveable for a second year, and will endlessly strive to provide them with exceptional flavors they can't get anywhere else."

Krispy Kreme selling coffee-flavored donuts

Krispy Kreme selling coffee-flavored donuts

(WXIA) -- Coffee and donuts are a great way to start the day -- but what if the two breakfast staples were combined?

Krispy Kreme is now offering two coffee-inspired donuts at participating stores through Sunday, Mar. 30.

Customers can feast on:

* Mocha Kreme: A moist yeast donut filled with a tasty blend of chocolate and coffee flavors, topped with mocha icing, a milk chocolate swirl and decorated with milk chocolate icing

* Caramel Coffee Kreme: A decadent glazed treat topped with smooth caramel and coffee-flavored icing, a mocha drizzle and dollop of coffee Kreme

Visit krispykreme.com to find a Krispy Kreme location near you.

Old Fourth Ward restaurant P'cheen to close

Old Fourth Ward restaurant P'cheen to close

ATLANTA -- After eight years in business, an Old Fourth Ward hangout known for its moonshine is saying goodbye.

P'cheen International Bistro & Pub on Highland Avenue plans to close for good on Feb. 9, say its owners.

Restaurateur Bernard Moussa of Woodfire Grill is buying the business and turning it into a cocktail-driven restaurant and bar.

"Nothing about it is easy," said Alex Friedman, P'cheen chef and co-owner. He runs Atlanta restaurant group Georgiaville Food Co. with Keiran Neely and Mike LaSage. The trio also owns Pizzeria Vesuvius, Edgewood Speakeasy and Bone Lick BBQ.

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"It was our baby. It was our first restaurant. It's sad to see it go," Friedman said.

Krispy Kreme to serve Valentine's Day donuts

Krispy Kreme to serve Valentine's Day donuts

(WXIA) -- Krispy Kreme will begin serving hearts, hugs and kisses next week, in honor of Valentine's Day.

Starting Monday, Jan. 27 and continuing through Friday, Feb. 14, the donut chain will offer Sprinkled Heart, Valentine Sprinkles, Chocolate Iced Heart, Kiss and Hug donuts at all of its shops.

Customers who buy a dozen donuts will receive 12 Valentine cards, each of which is good for a free donut.

Visit krispykreme.com to find your nearest shop.

Cooked To Perfection: Taste of Atlanta 2013

Cooked To Perfection: Taste of Atlanta 2013

ATLANTA -- After a food-filled weekend of sampling, sipping and celebrating, Taste of Atlanta festival attendees are fully satisfied—and possibly even sporting an extra notch on their belt loop!

The epic 12th annual food festival featured over 100 of the city’s premier restaurants and fed more than 45,000 hungry Atlantans. With one-stop access to the city’s varied culinary landscape, an impressive amount of featured cooking classes and seminars and an incredible support of non-profit, community programs, Taste of Atlanta has once again cooked up a recipe for success.

IHOP offering free Scary Face pancakes on Halloween

IHOP offering free Scary Face pancakes on Halloween

(WXIA) -- The arrival of autumn means different things to different people. For IHOP's youngest customers, it signifies something delicious: a Scary Face pancake.

Scary Face pancakes are available for the entire month of October and are free on Halloween.

"We're excited to bring back one of our most requested holiday promotions, the Scary Face pancake," IHOP vice president of marketing Natalia Franco said in a statement.

The restaurant chain's popular Halloween dish includes one buttermilk pancake, a mouth made from whipped topping, a glazed strawberry nose, mini Oreo cookies for eyes and eight pieces of candy corn to be used as teeth.

Adults don't have to be left out of the Halloween fun; IHOP's famous pumpkin pancakes will also return to the menu in October.

Find your nearest IHOP location at ihop.com.

Kevin, Kent Rathbun to compete on 'Chopped'

Kevin, Kent Rathbun to compete on 'Chopped'

ATLANTA -- Atlanta chef Kevin Rathbun and his brother Kent will compete Aug. 11 on the Food Network show "Chopped."

If the pair wins, they will receive $10,000 for their favorite charity.

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A "Chopped" watch party will be held Aug. 11 at Kevin Rathbun Steak from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 and include sliced steaks, desserts and tastings from six local chefs, including Zeb Stevenson and Suzanne Vizethann, both of whom have also competed on the show.

Proceeds from the watch party will benefit a local charity.