Big Kahuna Opens in SunTrust Plaza

It's becoming a regular occurrence in Atlanta to expect a new restaurant (or a few) to open at least weekly or bi-weekly. While it can be a bit overwhelming to determine which eateries are worth your time, the fact that Atlanta has so many culinary options is always a plus. One of the newest restaurants on the scene is Big Kahuna and it has some big competition ahead to win over local diners. Let's see if it's up to the task. Tom Nahas, a founding member of the team that introduced Atlanta to the successful Twisted Taco brand, and his business partner Rahim Kaba are excited to announce their new concept Big Kahuna is now open in the SunTrust Plaza.

Open for lunch, happy hour and dinner, Big Kahuna draws upon the lifestyle of the sun, sand and surf, featuring all-natural, top-quality burgers, creative salads, Cali-Mex tacos, Baja fajitas, fresh seafood and handcrafted cocktails. "We are excited to present our new West Coast concept in Downtown Atlanta," said Nahas. "We want our Big Kahuna diners to feel as if they're sitting in a friend's beach house enjoying a fresh coastal meal, even though our space is in a world-class office tower." A dining destination for Downtown business professionals, visitors and dwellers alike, the Big Kahuna concept reflects on California's beach culture with a menu focused on fresh ingredients and eclectic flavors.

The culinary experience begins with the "First Wave" appetizers and dips, including Big Kahuna creations such as the "Humamole," fresh guacamole combined with Sel's signature hummus; crab cake poppers with a duo of dipping sauces and "Big Cheesey Surf Nachos" served with lump crab, shrimp, creamy white cheddar queso, jack cheese, white corn, roasted chiles, sour cream and pico. Made-to-order tacos and sizzling fajitas infuse Cali-Mex flare into the menu with eclectic ingredients and flavors such as the "Acapulco" with habanera pineapple cabbage slaw and roasted chipotle mayo and the "Santa Barbara" style with grilled corn, feta, black beans, edamame salsa, jack cheese, lettuce and jalapeno ranch.

In addition, "Steamer & Surf Platters" - served grilled, steamed or fried - feature a variety of fresh seafood options, crispy homemade hush puppies and a choice of drawn butter, cilantro-lime tartar sauce or classic cocktail sauce. Guests can select from the freshest seafood including jumbo snow crab legs, jumbo steamed shrimp, crab, shrimp burgers, fresh cod and the fresh fish of the day. Inspired by the ocean with the light and colors of seaside landscapes, Big Kahuna's design was completed by iNvision Design Group, creating a beach oasis in the heart of Downtown Atlanta.

The vibrant space features raw materials such as river stone and reclaimed wood juxtaposed with polished concrete and movable glass walls, striking a balance between classic surf elements and contemporary design. A 12-foot Silver Surfer statue suspended from the ceiling serves as the focal point of the dining room while glowing glass pendants create the sense of moving water. Finally, a wash of soothing colors, including pumice blue, peridot green, taupe and bright silver along with one-of-a-kind hand-painted surf boards complete the relaxed Big Kahuna vibe. In addition to dine-in lunch and dinner service, diners seeking a delicious fast casual lunch or quick bite before Downtown events can grab Big Kahuna take-out for lunch and dinner.

The full menu is available for guests looking to enjoy some beach cuisine on-the-go with the convenient online ordering process and take-out counter ensures fast service. Big Kahuna is located at 330 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, Ga., 30303. For more information, please call 404.644.0909 or visit www.bigkahunaatl.com . For more information about the author, Danielle Jennings, please visit my Google+ profile page.