Mi Barrio Restaurant Review – Grant Park, Atlanta, GA [From The Archives] 5

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 06, 2009

Originally Posted 11.16.2008

I returned to Mi Barrio last night for what was probably my fifth meal there.  While I will say that it was the best meal I’ve ever had there, that was not a consequence of the cuisine.  Ultimately, Mi Barrio is a decent restaurant, but drastically overrated in the food community.  At the end of the day, I would only recommend Mi Barrio if you have a hankering for some Mexican food and live in nearby Grant Park.  The food last night was par for the course for Barrio.  However, my good buddy Chris (from Café Agora fame) and Leslie, his wonderful wife, were kind enough to join me.  That’s what made this fun.

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Steamhouse Lounge Restaurant Review – Midtown, Atlanta, GA [From The Archives] 3

Posted by Foodie Buddha on May 29, 2009

Originally written 11.6.08

The best way to sum this up: A failure on most fronts.  Seafood (sans sushi) is not well represented in this city; however, that’s not for lack of options. For those craving "bar" seafood, this is one of the popular choices inside the perimeter.  The vibe here is great but the food here, while reasonably priced, is pretty weak.

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Gato Bizco Cafe Restaurant Review – Candler Park, Atlanta, GA 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 25, 2009

From the archives (10.03.2008)

Overall: ★★½☆

This is what a breakfast joint should be.  It’s nestled in that hopping little intersection of McLendon & Clifton, across the street from the evil empire that is Flying Biscuit.  Nearby, there are a handful of shops/boutiques as well as the Fellini’s/La Fonda combo.  I’ve visited Gato Bizco more times than I can remember; I’ve never left disappointed (or hungry).  The food is inexpensive and the portions are HUMONGOUS.  It’s almost too cheap for the amount of food you get.  It is hard to make a really stand out breakfast; but, Gato does without fail!

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Blue Ridge Grill Restaurant Review – Buckhead, Atlanta, GA

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 22, 2009

From the archives (10.20.2008)

Overall: ★★☆☆ (very good)

While my family eats at Blue Ridge like it’s their second kitchen, I have "only" eaten here about 10-15 times.  I wanted to wait until I had a chance to try their Sunday brunch before adding my review here.  Although I ordered two items that are always available, I was very pleased with the brunch dishes that I sampled.

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Carroll Street Cafe Restaurant Review – Cabbagetown, Atlanta, GA 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 16, 2009

From the archives (12.08.08)
Overall: ½☆☆☆

So I promised the gang that I would give them their 15-minutes and include them in a review.  So here you go guys and gals – this one is for you.
I was lucky enough to get an invite to the most exclusive of birthday celebrations!  It was so tough to score that even Mandi was S.O.L.!!!!  That’s saying something – she’s famous enough that she only needs one name!

Needless to say, I joined the lovely Elizabeth H (HAPPY B-DAY!!!!), magnanimous Ben O, inquisitive Chris & Leslie R (who I expect to read this entire review), and sexified Laura F, for brunch at Carroll Street Café this past Sunday.  Now with that stuff out of the way, I will get on with the recapitulation.

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Woody’s Famous Philadelphia Cheesesteaks Restaurant Review – Midtown, Atlanta, GA 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 07, 2009

Overall: ★★☆☆

Philadelphia is the self-proclaimed Cheesesteak Capital.  I’ve traveled to the most well-known spots (Pat’s King of Cheesesteaks and Geno’s Steaks) and I’ve been to each several times over.  Trust me when I say that they are essentially crap on a bun.  You go to those tourist traps for the “experience;” there are better steaks to be had in Philly (and better experiences).  Most locals would acquiesce – if you’re a steak connoisseur, you just don’t go to those spots.  Don’t believe me?  Go see what yelpers have to say.  Unlike Champagne, you can have an authentic steak and cheese outside the 215.  Which brings us to Woody’s, a local joint that stacks up just fine to those Philadelphia institutions … thank you very much.

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Cafe Agora Restaurant Review – Buckhead, Atlanta, GA 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on December 30, 2008

From the archives (11.09.08)

A good buddy of mine joined me for lunch at Café Agora this past Friday; the experience was yet another in a long line of tasty meals at this Mediterranean eatery. With the demise of Shipfeifer, Agora is now the only spot in the ATL I go for a quality gyro and tasty Turkish food.  While there are a handful of options in the burbs (that’s you Alpharetta), this is the best place in town and well worth the drive from Midtown.  Overall, I rate the food here very highly, but there are two or three problems with the experience that prevent the perfect score.

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ALL HAIL PHUONG: Tasty China Restaurant Review – Marietta, GA 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on December 22, 2008

From the Archives (11.20.08)

Phuong is my FAV!!!!

If you don’t know any better – take a clue from the fish tank that sits in the front entrance way – this place is the real deal. That’s not just for decoration people – they use those suckers! Last week, I returned to Tasty China (twice in fact) for my first meals there in approximately six-months. Not much has changed – and thank god! It’s in a dumpy little strip center in Marietta (across from what looks like a building that was fire bombed), but the restaurant has that very comfortable sort of feeling. The interior is washed in red and gold, very apropos. It’s a good sized spot – a bunch of booths and even more tables. In fact, you know this place will do you right if you bring a group – I think there are at least four tables with lazy susans (and maybe more than that).

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The Original El Taco Restaurant Review, Virginia Highlands – Atlanta, GA 3

Posted by Foodie Buddha on December 17, 2008

Address:
1186 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Phone:
404.873.4656

Restaurant Website
Restaurant Menu

So a friend of mine is on her way to the Original El Taco, so I am throwing up this old review from about a month ago. In fact, this was from 11.17.08, so that’s exactly one month! Spooky huh!  Enjoy the read everyone! As a quick aside, in my return, I tried the Mexican pizza (similar to a Tlayuda). It was solid and you should check it out if you go.
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I was flying solo last Thursday, so I decided to drop in at the new “The Original El Taco” (yeah – that makes sense).  The name freakin’ bothers me.  Granted, it’s just your basic Spanglish bastardization – but can’t we do better than “The Original The Taco“???  Oh well – it doesn’t factor in the score.
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Out of Town: Soto Restaurant Review, West Village – New York City, NY 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on December 16, 2008

Since Soto was just named the best sushi in New York City, I wanted to post a review I wrote a few months ago. Enjoy!
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Sotohiro Kosugi’s food has been a staple of my diet for many years. I frequented his restaurant(s) in Atlanta more times than I can remember. Needless to say, I was devastated when he left. As with Chefs Guenter Seeger and Joel Antunes, Soto just did not fit here in Atlanta. Soto is an artist, and that does not translate well to the Atlanta scene. We’re getting better, but we’re just not there yet. While I will give this 5 stars all day, every day – it is not to say that Soto is absent of faults.

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