3 reasons to check out Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads in Sandy Springs

No need to drive down to Poncey-Highland now if you’re craving some slabs and sangria from Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads. The fast-casual eatery recently debuted its second Atlanta-area location just outside the perimeter in Sandy Springs, serving up lunch and dinner daily in a laid-back atmosphere equally suited for a meal with coworkers to dining with the family. Here are our three top reasons to give it a try.

1. So. Many. Options.
Whether you’re in the mood for pizza, salad or pasta, the extensive menu at Rize offers up a little something to suit multiple cravings. Flatbreads, small plates, soup, and gelato and sorbet round out the rest of the menu. The signature, specialty and classic pizzas are a solid choice (a good ol’ margherita is a simple but tasty way to go, and the Asian BBQ chicken is worth a whirl). They also offer a gluten-free dough option available for all their pizzas. But don’t be afraid to check out the rest of the menu. For something a little different, try starting off with the herbed goat cheese crostini with a sweet touch from pear chutney and a little kick from pistachio chili crumble, followed by a superfood salad featuring seared shrimp, quinoa, walnuts and other goodies topped with honey lemon vinaigrette.
2. A quick lunch
We like that you can nosh on a super-fast lunch at Rize for days when you need to grab something quick on your lunch hour. Their lunch menu—which is offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., includes lunch-sized versions of artisan pizzas, hot sandwiches, salads and soups. Better yet, go for the “pick two” combo and grab your choice of one lunch pizza, flatbread or sandwich, plus a soup or lunch salad for just $10. Their mobile app also makes it easy to pay and be on your way.
3. The sangria
We’re sort of suckers for sangria and love that you can order up their handcrafted sangria by the glass or carafe. The Marbella Red is a bold concoction infused with orange, blueberry and strawberry, while the Andalucia white is a crisp and refreshing blend with notes of pear, lemon and ginger. If sangria’s not your thing, sip on a craft beer and wine, soda or tea.6050 Roswell Rd.

Try the classic margherita pizza at Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads in Sandy Springs. Photo courtesy of Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads

What's new to eat and drink at the ballpark?

Watching the Reds on the field at The Great American Ball Park while licking a cone of Graeter's black raspberry chocolate chip ice cream is about as Cincinnati as it gets. For the first time this year, you will be able to experience this hometown double-header.

Graeter's is among one of the new food stands being introduced at the Reds home ballpark for the 2017 season. It's just one of many in the ballpark's Cincinnati-heavy offerings. Even the latest in technology being introduced this year has a Cincinnati connection: Apex Supply Chain, an international company based in Mason, will be installing the first ever remote food-ordering app in any ballpark. It will be ready to go sometime during the upcoming season.

It uses lockers to shorten wait times for your concession stand order. You install a Ballpark app, order your food (anything that's available from the Porkopolis hot dog stands). You get a bar code sent to your phone in reply, take that to a bank of 12 lockers to unlock your box, then pick up the food and take it and go. There's a new line of cardboard packaging to make it easy to take back to your seat. Some details are still being developed, but they hope to have it available after the All-Star break. If beer's involved in your order, it might take 20-25 seconds because someone will have to check your ID. If it's just food, it should take 10 seconds.

Tim Martin, director of operations for Delaware North at Great American Ball Park, said they have found that some of the most successful food offerings are foods that evoke childhood memories or hometown pride. So, this year, there are new ways to eat goetta and Queen City bockwurst and ham. They'll be served on grilled Portuguese buns, the goetta paired with sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing, the bockwurst with pineapple and the bockwurst with sauerkraut, onions and peppers.

Graeter's flavors available will be: black raspberry chocolate chip, mint chocolate chip, double chocolate chip, cookie dough, cookies and cream and vanilla, served in scoops and cones. Keystone mac and cheese is another hometown favorite new this year, with their classic mac and the BBQ chicken and bacon.

The All-Star game two years ago was a chance to experiment with some new presentations, and they're bringing back one of those tryouts: The teppanyaki grill, with Bahn mi sandwiches filled with Laura's Lean Beef, lobster or pork belly. The food bar, set up next to the long craft beer bar, will offer new hot dogs, including a gator dog, a taco dog, a Reuben dog and a nacho dog. You'll be able to get baked potatoes in addition to fries at The Fry Box, and the Smokehouse will offer a pulled pork flatbread. The Porkopolis stands will offer a Sausage Cubano, with cheddarwurst, pulled pork and pickle.

If you have ever found the elusive and mysterious funnel cake bar in the upper deck (the one place they're sold), you'll be rewarded this year with a choice of a box of funnel fries and battered chicken with a sweet cherry drizzle. There will also be a  new fry box concession on the upper deck, bringing extra choice to the cheap seats.

On the beverage side, a new Tito’s bar in right field will serve vodka and beer. You can also get a bloody mary made with Tito’s vodka and the ballpark’s own house bloody mix, garnished with celery and a beef and pepper stick. The bartender can vary the spiciness level on request.

Ole Smoky Moonshine will be back again this year, with its "party barn" next to Mr. Red's Smokehouse still intact. And there will be plenty of draft beer, with 42 different types on tap in the park, plus additional offerings in cans. Expect to see many of the same breweries as last year, but they'll change the offerings up a bit. In moves fitting for a baseball stadium, MadTree's PsycHOPathy will be replaced with the brewery's Rounding Third Red IPA, and Rhinegeist's Truth with its Hustle. In addition to those, you'll also find offerings from several other local breweries: Blank Slate, Braxton, Listermann, Moerlein, Mt. Carmel and Rivertown.

Maybe there is one thing more Cincinnati than having Graeter's at the ballpark: Washing it all down with local craft beer.

‘Hamilton’ at the Orpheum: Here’s where to eat & drink nearby

Since Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical phenomenon “Hamilton” began its preview run this month, the Bay Area has cast its eyes on the Orpheum Theatre (1192 Market St., San Francisco).

In the opening number of the musical, the character of Aaron Burr posits, “How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished, in squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?” Over the course of three hours, the answer to that question is explored through witty hip-hop tunes and rap battles, which will no doubt leave the audience satisfied.

But here in the Chronicle Food department, we feel there is an equally pressing question that needs to be addressed: Where can hungry and thirsty theatergoers go to “raise a glass to freedom” or grab a bite to eat?

To that end, here are some of our favorite spots around the Orpheum.

Quick & Casual

Moya: Great, reasonably priced Ethiopian food that offers gluten-free injera. Favorite dishes include kitfo, a spicy Ethiopian-style steak tartare, and the doro tibs, a sauteed chicken dish flavored with tomato, garlic and berbere.

121 Ninth St., San Francisco. (415) 431-5544. www.moya121.eat24hour.com. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday.

Jin Mi: Jonathan Kauffman recommends this Civic Center Korean restaurant particularly for its soft-tofu soups. The bibimbap is also a solid offering.

366 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco. (415) 834-5007. Lunch and dinner Sunday-Friday.

Golden Era: Another pick from Kauffman is this Tenderloin eatery, where you’ll find bright, flavorful vegan Vietnamese food like the house rice claypot with tofu, black mushrooms, noodles, onion and ginger.

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