The Dirty Thirty!

by Nealey on August 27, 2013

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It happened, y’all. I turned the dirty thirty! And despite a strange new interest in wrinkle creams, I’m feeling pretty damn good.

Walt managed to throw one doozy of a surprise party — his request to guests was to bring more food than I could imagine, and boy didn’t disappoint. A sampling of the goods included cranberry chicken salad, shrimp cocktail, stuffed red peppers, Knorr spinach dip, baked spinach artichoke dip, feta dip, pulled pork roll-ups, brisket-bacon burgers, baked beans, brussels sprouts, Papa John’s pizza, Funfetti cupcakes, and Alon’s Bakery Midnight Cake! Holy moly, I’m popping out of my skinny jeans!

I think this epic animated E-Card from my mother adequately sums the day — and my life — up. Seriously y’all, this is one to watch! (It’s a gastrotastrophe!!!)

Image source: Blue Mountain Cards

 

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Recipe: Sweet & Savory Bacon Jam

by Nealey on August 21, 2013

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As a Southerner I know I’m supposed to pledge a certain allegiance to bacon, but I have to admit the “bacon-makes-everything-better” trend had me rolling my eyes after the first month or so. (And that was five years ago!) Then I made this sweet and savory bacon jam, and I’ll be damned if I didn’t want to slather it on everything from breakfast sandwiches to cupcakes. Yep, I turned into “that” girl… Continue reading at The Kitchn

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Recipe: Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

by Nealey on July 30, 2013

Teriyaki Pork DC-1Teriyaki pork tenderloin is total comfort food for me — it appeared in my mom’s cooking rotation at least once a week when I was growing up, and it was always served with a side of yellow rice and a big green salad. Yes, it was the pre-marinated pork in a bag, and yes, it was delicious… Continue reading at The Kitchn

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Southern Fish Fry, Nashville-style

by Nealey on July 25, 2013

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I grew up frequenting catfish shacks on Sunday afternoons once church let out. My parents and grandparents were huge fans of the deep-fried “mudcats,” but me, not so much. I always ordered chicken fingers and stole hushpuppies off my sisters’ plates. It wasn’t that I didn’t like catfish, I just didn’t think it was anything to write home about; this recipe definitely just changed my mind.

I took some inspiration from Nashville and bathed my catfish fillets in Tabasco before dredging them in a cajun flavored cornmeal mixture. The amazing crust shatters like glass thanks to the assistance of Wondra and cornstarch. The resulting catfish is complex, tangy, and just hot enough so you’ll keep coming back for more. Pair the goodness with buttermilk coleslaw, beer-battered Cajun fries, and creamy-corn hushpuppies for a true Southern feast, and don’t forget the ice cold beer!

Get the recipe at The Kitchn: Southern Fried Catfish

 

 

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When I first moved to Atlanta I started a (rather short) Word document on my desktop with a running list of restaurants where I wanted to dine. At the time the food scene here seemed rather lackluster compared to what I left behind in Los Angeles; I have to admit I was rather unimpressed. In the few short years since, Atlanta has really — and I mean seriously — come along. Thanks to a few key tastemakers and chefs acting as spirit guides, this wonderful Southern city has finally hit its culinary stride.

I am frequently asked by friends, students, and readers where folks should eat next in ATL (Floataway Cafe/anything by AQ is my first response) but instead of trying to spout off restaurants from the top of my head per usual, I figured I’d just go ahead and make my private document, well, public. For those of you interested, here ya’ go.

I might add that by no means is this list comprehensive; it’s just my up-to-date document of places to try and things to taste. I am constantly editing, adjusting, and adding to it, so check back often for more. Oh, and if you see an Atlanta restaurant you love that’s not mentioned here, tell me all about it in the comments. Ideally this will become a crowd-sourced, one-stop-shop place for your next delicious dinner out!

UPDATE: THE MOST CURRENT RESTAURANT GUIDE IS LOCATED IN THE NAV BAR ABOVE!

 

WHERE (& WHAT ) TO EAT IN ATLANTA

(I have included a number of restaurants I have tried and liked in addition to those I want to try, with favorite foods mentioned when possible. Restaurants that weren’t up to par are not included here. Those with a star* by their name are the ones I recommend the highest.)

NEW AMERICAN

Staplehouse
King + Duke
Leon’s Full Service
Aria
Local Three
4th & Swift
Gunshow
The Shed at Glenwood
The Optimist (seafood)
Legal Sea Foods (seafood)
Rathbun’s
Table and Main
Seed Kitchen & Bar
Muss & Turner’s
Serpas True Food
Bocado
Milton’s at Crabapple
Quinones Room
Seven Lamps* – any cocktails by Arianne Fielder
 Livingston
Bacchanalia* – blue crab fritter
The Octopus Bar* – lobster roll, oysters, cocktails
Kaleidoscope – bloody mary, steamed buns
Abbatoir* – cheese plate, charcuterie, cinnamon money bread
Canoe* – buttered popcorn ice cream
The Spenceoysters & pearls

 ITALIAN/MEDITERRANEAN

No. 246
 La Pietra Cucina
Sotto Sotto
Ecco
BoccaLupo
Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano
La Tavola – tiramisu
 Floataway Cafe* – pizza, pasta, toffee pudding, soft serve with olive oil & sea salt
Valenza

SOUTHERN (UPSCALE)

 Cakes & Ale
 Woodfire Grill
 Restaurant Eugene
 Bantam & Biddy
 South City Kitchen
 Serenbe (The Farmhouse/The Hil)
Empire State South* – coca cola soft serve
Holeman & Finch* – pimento cheese, burgers
JCT Kitchen* – biscuits, brussels sprouts
Miller Union* – daily grind burger, ice cream sandwiches
Haven

STEAKHOUSE

 Hal’s on Old Ivy
Kevin Rathbun Steak
KR SteakBar
 Chops
Bone’s

GREEK

 Kyma
 Aria
Cafe Agora* – mixed maza platter, gyro, baklava
Mykonos* – gyro, fries, pineapple infused vodka, bread
Grecian Gyro* – gyro

SPANISH

 Iberian Pig
 Barcelona
 The Sound Table (tapas, cocktails)

FRENCH

 Violete
 Bistro Niko
 Au Rendez Vous

ETHNIC

 Peter Chang’s Tasty 2/Tasty China
 Sushi House Hayakawa
 Penang (Malaysian)
 Chef Liu
 Rico’s World Kitchen (global)
 MF Sushibar
 Tomo (Japanese)
 Nam Phuong (Vietnamese)
 Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft
 Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl (Korean)
 Taqueria La Oaxaquena
 Gu’s Bistro (Chinese)
 Honey Pig (Korean)
 Rumi’s Kitchen (Middle Eastern)
 Cardamom Hill (Indian)
 Bhojanic Indian)
 Panahar* (Bangladeshi)

LATIN AMERICAN

 Nuevo Laredo
 El Taco Veloz
 Alma Cocina
 Holy Taco
 Taqueria La Oaxaqueña
El Senor Taco* – fish tacos
Taqueria del Sol – collard greens
Bone Garden Cantina
Rosa Mexicano* – guacamole, enchiladas verdes

SOUTHERN (SOUL)

 Greenwoods on Green Street
 Busy Bee Cafe

ATLANTA INSTITUTIONS

 Mary Mac’s Tea Room
 Silver Skillet
 The Colonnade
The Varsity*
Dante’s Down the Hatch

BURGERS

 Flip Burger
 Yeah burger
 George’s
 Ann’s Snack Bar
Downwind’s*
Holeman & Finch* (Turner Field)
Grindhouse Killer Burgers
The Vortex
Farm Burger
Bocado

PIZZA

Antico

CAFE/DELI/MARKET

 The General Muir (deli)
Star Provisions* – fried green tomato sandwich, shrimp po’ boy, smores bars

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH

 Ria’s Bluebird Cafe
 Tree House
 Sun in My Belly
 Buttermilk Kitchen (Hungry Peach)
 Original Pancake House
 Sublime Donuts
 Home Grown
 Highland Bakery* – fried chicken eggs benedict
West Egg Cafe* – fried egg sandwich
Horseradish Grill – fried chicken
Murphy’s

BARBECUE

 Heirloom
 Fox Brothers
 Community* – beef ribs, macaroni & cheese

BAR/PUB

 One Eared Stag
 Meehan’s Public house
Olde Blind Dog* – cheddar & ale dip, burgers
The Clermont lounge*
Northside Tavern*
Hornsby’s*
Brick Store Pub*
 Clay’s* – buffalo chicken pizza

ICE CREAM

 Paolo’s
Morelli’s
Frosty Caboose* (sells Greenwood)
Highroad Craft* (no storefront)
Honeysuckle Gelato (no storefront)
King of Pops

BAKERY/SWEETS

 The Pie Shop
 Atlanta Cupcake Factory
 Rhode’s Bakery
 Café Intermezzo
 Cacao Atlanta
Highland Bakery* – cakes
Alon’s* – cakes, eclairs

SPECIALTY FOODS/MARKETS

 Lucy’s
 Storico Fresco (homemade pasta)
Savi Urban Market
Star Provisions
Bella Cucina

COFFEE

Batdorf and Bronson*
Beaneology*
Octane*

MEATS & DAIRY

White Oak Pastures
Atlanta Fresh – yogurt
Sweet Grass Dairy – cheese

WINE/SPIRITS

 3 Parks Wine
 Brookhaven Wines
Holiday Spirits*
Green’s Package*
Perrine’s Wine Shop*
Total Wine*

 

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