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The Bloody Beast @ The Nook

23 Jun

How I love to brunch.

A few weeks back, we finally had the chance to try a restaurant that has been on my list since the beginning of time! (Georgia time of course).  It is a small indoor/outdoor restaurant right across from Piedmont Park.  They usually have great specials, and interesting food concoctions.  If it is raining out $1.00 beers! If it’s Sunday morning or early afternoon, then it’s $2.00 mimosas! Things like that.

Now they have the Bloody Beast, and ever since my cousin in North Carolina introduced Luis and I to the best Bloody Mary’s we have ever had, we are consistently trying Bloody Mary’s wherever we go. Addiction? Maybe. Tomato juice problems? Possibly.

Okay… so, here it is.

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Yea, that is a beef straw, and a hard boiled egg, steak and tater tots skewer, olives, pepperoncini’s, jalapenos, lime slice, lemon slice, and a pice of toasted bread.

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Shrimp and grits burger with sweet potato fries.

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Open face egg salad with veggie sausage patties.

Happy brunching!

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Gladys Knight & Ron Winans’ Chicken and Waffles @ Peachtree Street

6 Nov

Today our plan was to wake up early and grab some chicken and waffles for breakfast.  We talked our two friends into coming with us for this must do experience in Atlanta, or so I have read.  It’s not hard  to talk anyone into eating, it’s the waking up early part that is hard.

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When we arrived at Gladys Knight & Ron Winans’ Chicken and Waffles Downtown Atlanta location, we were happy to see that there wasn’t a line when there usually is. Well, there was no line because the time changed and the place does not open until 11:00 a.m.  Darn, I could have slept in.  So, we hopped back into the car and drove to two more breakfast places.  The first one, West Egg had an hour wait.  That’s a negative.  Second one, Thumbs Up Diner had a 45 min wait. No and no.  Thankfully by that time, the doors would be opening soon for chicken and waffles. Oh yes, we headed back.  When we arrived, a small line had formed.  No worries, we didn’t wait long.

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For our opening act, we had fried green tomatoes and jerk chicken egg rolls.

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I had an Uptown drink, the house blend of lemonade and sweetened tea with the Midnight Train, one original waffle with four jumbo chicken wings.

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I guess we liked it since all that was left were the bones.  I couldn’t finish all of my chicken.  The wings were huge!

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This place was great!  Not your usual breakfast dish, but it hit the spot.  Oh! Happy Sunday!

Taste of Atlanta

22 Oct

On the edge of campus on Tech Square, Luis and I attended the 10th year of Taste of Atlanta.  With over 80 restaurants showing off their culinary talents in little tasty bites, Luis and I hardly knew where to begin.

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Milton’s was one of my favorites.  We had the Low Country Shrimp & Cheddar Grits and Charleston Crab Bisque Sherry Drizzle & Chives.

Sorry, I did not get any pictures of them as I was trying to get my bites in before Luis ate it all  =)

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From the Shout tent we tried Salmon Rillettes, spicy meatballs, and warm chestnut soup.  Not one of our favorites, but pretty tasty.

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We had the White Truffle Chicken Salad Slider and Roasted Beet Salad with Local Goat Cheese (not pictured) from The Shed.

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This is my “I love food” smile.

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Luis was in love with the Grilled Texas Cream Corn from D.B.A Barbeque.

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One of my favorites was Kaleidoscope.  We had Thai Style Cashews & Peanuts and Thai Style Beef Jerky.  The jerky was absolutely amazing, with tiny jalapeño
slices, thai spices, and a hint of fish oil.  This restaurant is on my list to visit for a whole meal ASAP.

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Once Luis saw Yakisoba on the menu at Genki, he had to try it.  It was pretty good, slightly off from the Yakisoba in Japan since it had meat and it’s usually made with only veggies.

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Once I saw California Dreaming with She Crab Soup, I had to try it, which I loved!

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My other favorite was Mali.  We had Chicken Naam Sod with Cabbage and Spicy Basil Chicken with Chips.  These dishes had so much flavor.  The Basil Chicken was spicy and sweet, while the Chicken Naam was refreshing (as Luis said), another restaurant I will have to add to my list to visit soon.

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Luis had a Gryo from Mediterranean Grill.

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While I had Alu Tikki Chole from Bhojanic, which I really enjoyed, but then again I love Indian food.

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One of the last tents we visited was The Iberian Pig.  We had Pork CheeK Tacos. Another favorite.

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There were so many more tents we wanted to try out, but we were actually full.  All we could handle was one more tent, for dessert.

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Red Velvet Whoopie Pie from West Egg.

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The perfect ending to a beautiful day with really good food.  I am so glad Luis decided last minute to get us tickets for Taste of Atlanta.  I have never been to a food festival or a food and wine festival before, so this was a nice treat.

Nakato Japanese Restaurant @ Cheshire Bridge Road

19 Sep

This past weekend, after a major win for the Yellow Jackets, the boys and I tried a new Japanese restaurant that Hoki found online.

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Nakato Japanese Restaurant is divided between three different style rooms; the Teppan “Hibachi” dining room, the Tatami room (where you remove your shoes and sit on the floor), and lastly the one we dined in, the tradition style sitting room. I also noticed that they have a small side garden where you could sit outside and relax, or possibly have a drink.

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Red Lotus.

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Tuna tataki and beef tataki.

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Tofu steak with seaweed.

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Octopus and veggie tempura.

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A whole lot of sushi, not even sure what was ordered.

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Then came the main course and what could be the best thing I have eaten since Japan. It is my new obsession; hot pot, otherwise known as Shabu-Shabu.

Get ready for some action pictures of our sweet, funny, and super tiny server Moya setting up the hot pot for us.

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What’s on fire you ask? Kaki Rockefeller; grilled oysters topped with mozzarella, bacon, and spinach. Yea, we take food pretty seriously  =)

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Look at the excitement on his face!  He wasn’t the only one exited, I was too! No lie, it was the best thing ever! We ate it all and the broth was so delicious, I ended up dreaming about the broth all night and wished that I had asked our server to pack up the left over broth for me to take home.

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And of course after a feast you have to order dessert to top it all off. Green tea creme brulee and ginger ice cream.

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I am so happy Hoki found this place, it was the best meal ever!

Ray’s New York Pizza @ Tech Square

18 Sep

We recently started a little addiction to Ray’s New York Pizza located on campus and I think it’s because of the garlic knots!

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My first time ever eating a Falafel. This one was made with bean fritters, tomatoes, cucumbers, and pickles with a sesame cream and roasted pepper  spread, served in a pita bread.

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Garlic knots.

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Bruschetta; sauteed spinach, sundried tomatoes, eggplant, feta cheese, and basil baked on flat bread.

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A Greenwich Village Calzone made with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, and spinach with a side of their delicious tomato marinara sauce.

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In the dessert section of the menu was a picture of this dessert called Kunafa.  It’s something I have never had before so, of course I had to order it.  It is a baked cheesecake with shredded dough crust, topped with a sweet simple syrup and pistachios.  It was amazeballs!

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The first time we had Ray’s was before the first football game.  It was so good we had to go back a week later.  On our second visit Luis and I took advantage of the nice weather and opted to sit outside. The food was quick, inexpensive, the service was great, and the Mojito was pretty darn tasty.  That could be why this place is always packed.

Another great thing about this restaurant is that it is next door to Barrelhouse, which just opened in July.  The best thing to do (or what I think is best) is to enjoy a nice meal at Ray’s then head to Barrelhouse for some interesting and unique hand crafted drinks, but more on Barrelhouse and my bourbon muddled with fresh oranges drink concoction that Brian made me another time.

Niramish @ Little Five Points

8 Sep

Ever since our little hole in the wall Indian place closed down, Luis and I have been craving some naan and the spices from the tikka masala sauce.  While visiting Little Five Points with Luis’ family over a month ago Luis’ dad noticed this restaurant, Niramish and talked us into eating there. I am really glad he did because our meal was really good and better than the other place that we use to go to.

Luis had Lamb Dharosh Bhaji and I had the Tandoori Chicken Tikka with garlic naan.  It was the best naan I have had to date, I could have just eaten the naan as my meal.  Our meal came with a refreshing lemony soup, which I do not know the name of, but it was amazeballs.  Not only are there portions large, but they are very inexpensive.

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No lie, one of the best meals I have had here in Atlanta and our waiter was the best server ever.

Little Five Points is one of my favorite places to walk around and people watch as well as wander through all the little unique shops.  And.. I guess you could say I really enjoy the wall art there too!

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I have an urge for Indian food now, can’t wait to go back and try out some other items from the menu at Niramish.

Mary Mac’s Tea Room @ Ponce De Leon

24 Aug

I’ve heard many people talk about Mary Mac’s Tea Room since we moved to Atlanta, being one of the best southern restaurants.  While Luis had his family here visiting us we decided to try the place out and put all these rumors to rest.

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I love the little room we sat in, which I guess I could call it the bar room, since from what I saw was the only room with a bar in it.  The place is divided between 3 sections or rooms. The section/room we were in felt very cozy and relaxing. Our waiter asked if it was our first time there, explained how to fill out the make-your-own menu form and then went to get our drinks. When he came back he served us collard greens and corn bread as a starter, which I loved, and is given to first time customers. I love the south!

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The place had a line out the door, but thankfully we didn’t have to wait long.  I was a little nervous since the last place we went to because everyone told us how great it was and also had a long lone which turned out to be a two hour wait for a table, was awful. Mary Mac’s however, was delicious and would probably wait two hours to eat here if I had to. The prices on the menu are awesome and our waiter was very helpful.

My little brother and I were in love with the bread selection; cornbread, mini cinnamon buns, and some other goodness that I didn’t try because the mini cinnamon buns kept calling my name.

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Old school cream soda, yum! And just look how adorable my little brother is!! Stop growing up!! I miss his face!

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My mouth is watering.  I had the chicken with stuffing and cornbread dressing, fried green tomatoes, and sweet potato soufflé. So good!

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And now for the desserts, which we went a little over board with ordering…

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Those last two photos were a little shaky because I was rushing to put my camera down and dig in, plus not everyone has my same excitement for taking pictures of food and would rather just eat instead of patiently waiting for me to take the perfect picture while their fork/spoon is waiting up in the air in position to dive right in once I give the okay to take a bite.  Sorry and I love you!

Thank-you mom, dad, and little brother for making our first visit to the infamous Mary Mac’s so wonderful.