Holeman & Finch Ramen 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on December 11, 2011

ramen at holeman + finch

Holeman & Finch’s foundation is in the craft beverages they mix up; however, their food is no slouch.  Actually, H+F is most well-known as “that place with the 10 o’clock burger.”  But beyond their nationally acclaimed burger, this gastro pub offers a constantly changing menu that has more than a few dishes worth talking about.

One of the latest additions to their current menu is a pork skin ramen.  Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup that’s going through a renaissance not unlike the current burger and pizza craze.  While not as prolific of a trend as burgers or pizza, ramen has been getting a lot of love from all sorts of restaurants who are adding this dish in a one off setting.  H+F is just the latest to do so.

Holeman & Finch’s ramen actually reminds me more of phở than it does of traditional ramen.  It’s absolutely loaded with garlic and ginger, and the murky soup seems to elicit the characteristics of lemongrass (though that may just be my imagination) perhaps on account of the abundant inclusion of coriander leaves.  But regardless of what traditionalists will say, this packed with flavor “ramen” will no doubt get your tongue to move.

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The base of the broth is of course pork, it’s touched with a hint of hot sauce, topped with a huge slice of H+F’s housemade bread, and comes in at $12 per order.  The fun little twist is the chopped bits of pork skin that hide like mines beneath the sea surface and detonate in your mouth with a soupy crunch.  Cutting through the five-minute egg floating in the center might take a little effort, but that’s what happens when you try and wrangle a free floating cocoon of gooey yolk.  Pop that sucker open, watch the yellow spill like oil, and  comprise your bite of a good helping of all the little ingredients the ramen offers.

It’s not the greatest ramen ever to land in Atlanta, but Holeman & Finch’s newest creation is certainly worth an order … it’s packed with flavor and that butter toasted bread is the ultimate dipping tool.  Check it out and let me know what you think … I most definitely dig it.

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Holeman & Finch Address & Information

2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 · view map
404.948.1175 · · menu
Cuisine: Gastropub, Modern American · Price Range: $$

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Super Pan’s Medio Dia: Atlanta’s Best Sandwich?

Posted by Foodie Buddha on November 14, 2011

mediodia sandwich at super pan latino

When Hector Santiago’s crew at Super Pan really puts their mind to it, the mediodia, a rift on the classic medianoche, is perhaps the single best sandwich Atlanta has to offer.  There is both good and not so good in this tiny sandwich shop located in Atlanta’s Poncey-Highland neighborhood; but when we fixate solely on that torpedo of goodness, we find that when it’s right … it’s freakin’ fantastic.

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Black Cod … Tomo … ‘Nuff Said

Posted by Foodie Buddha on September 06, 2011

black cod belly at tomo

Look at it … drool over it … want it.  Stare at that tempura batter soaking up the ponzu … crave it.  That, my friends in food, is one hell of a dish.  Courtesy of Tomohiro Naito at his eponymous restaurant Tomo, lusciously cut pieces of black cod have been tempura fried and left to swim in a garlic ponzu sauce.  Grated daikon and sliced scallions round out this tongue puckering example of umami.  In a Japanese restaurant where dollars need to be watched with meticulous solicitude, you’ll probably assume the $8.00 price tag exists in err.  Hurry now before Tomo-san realizes this gaff; this may be the most under valued dish in the entire city.

Tomo Japanese Restaurant Address & Information
3256 Cobb Pkwy Atlanta, GA 30339 // 770.690.0555 // website

DaVinci’s Pizzeria Delivery – Midtown, Atlanta, GA [Quick Hits] 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 25, 2011

half and half pie at davincis pizzeria

The Setting: My Home
The Meal: DaVinci’s, a Midtown pizzeria that delivers.
Important Note: These pictures are of well-done pizza as we requested that time.

Unless you’re a person in your late teens or early 20s, delivery probably isn’t a staple of your life.  For those of us not knee deep in Maruchan ramen or “couch coin” funded burritos, delivery can still offer a utility.  But whether you’re just trying to shut your kids up, take a night off from the world, or fool your dinner date into thinking you can actually cook, finding palatable deliverables is often difficult.

There are exceptions to every rule and front in center in that department is DaVinci’s Pizzeria, a two outfit chain with locations in Smyrna and Midtown Atlanta.  The location in Midtown has been open some four months, and in that time, I have taken down at least a couple of their pizzas, their sides, and their sandwiches.  So while I won’t hold them to the standards of some of the more high brow pizza spots in Atlanta, I will say that to date, I’ve been relatively pleased.

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Cafe Agora’s Not Really Secret Menu Secret [Quick Hits]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 23, 2011

sampler platter (aka meze) at cafe agora

While it’s far from the most expensive thing in town and there are certainly more elevated restaurants  in the city, Buckhead’s Café Agora always finds its way onto my list of favorite/best/suggested eats in Atlanta.  Not much has changed with the food since I used Agora as an early guinea pig in my writing career.  Though I did have a worse than usual experience during one of my many recent visits, it was only a negligible drop-off and a temporary one at that.

But all that’s neither here nor there.  The meze platters still kick ass, the mixed grill (below) almost always finds itself to my table, and the beautifully presented gyro wraps show that the “law of diminishing returns” does have its exceptions.  But despite all of my fervor for Agora and familiarity with it, there was one thing I did not know was possible there until last week.

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Ramen, Tacos, and Barbecue … and Tooshie Talk [Quick Hits]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on July 15, 2011

tonkotsu ramen from yakitori jinbei

Another day, another mini-food tour that is my burden. At least I had good company!


Along with GI Joe, I took a Susie Washing Machine to lunch for her birthday.  She’s works near Cloverleaf so we hit up YJ for some of their awesome tonkotsu ramen.  My guests were thoroughly satiated, but my more discerning sensibilities got the better of me.  For the first time in a while (I’ve been there more than most), I was pretty bummed.  The broth still provided a silky, pork infused introduction, and the noodles were spot on, but the rest seemed like a regression concept.  Once laden with delicious roast pork, foodies have been groveling at the reduction down to two pieces per order.  You used to be able to order extra (for a surcharge) … not any more.  The only other visitor was some shredded cabbage (think inside of a spring roll), which was layered beneath the pork.  Still a fine slurping, this example seemed more like a dumbing down than anything else.  Maybe it’s time to look elsewhere for my ramen cravings.

Yakitori Jinbei Restaurant Address & Information
2421 Cobb Parkway, Smyrna, GA 30080 // 770.818.9215 // website // menu
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Stack Your Brunch And Fill Your Gut At Noon Midtown [Quick Hits] 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on June 21, 2010

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Call it a chicken biscuit … call it a sandwich … call it a coronary heart attack … I don’t care what you call it, so long as you make it a point to grab Noon Midtown’s “Stack” sooner than later.  Katie Birmingham’s top notch restaurant has been kicking ass and taking names since I first stumbled in there a little over a year ago.

Though it has grown beyond its conceptual roots as a lunch place, Noon Midtown has become one of my favorite dinner spots and best bets for a noon time meal.  Case in point, I’ve been there enough times that they can pick me out in a crowd.  However, until this past weekend, I had never ventured over to try their Saturday brunch.  After watching my beloved Oranji win them some football, I took advantage of the break in the action to meet up with Atlanta’s favorite bachelorette blogger.  Having seen Noon’s brunch menu some time ago, I was particularly inspired by Live to Feast’s memo and Chow Down Atlanta’s love note.

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A Smoothie Day At Nectar Fruit Juice Bar – Decatur, Atlanta, GA [Quick Hits]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on April 03, 2010


A few days ago, in the midst of a predictably busy Atlanta rush hour, I decided to drag a friend into Nectar, a fruit juice bar and smoothie shop over in Decatur.  Though their original location is in Oakhurst, this satellite spot is over on Clairmont Rd. sandwiched between Bohjanic, Nectar’s parent restaurant, and the much buzzed about Community Q.

Though Nectar offers a handful of Panini and a number of breakfast selections, the main focus of this small eatery is their juices, teas, and smoothies.  Since we had already consumed an ample lunch over at Café Agora, this was simply a pit stop to tryout a refreshing beverage.

nectar-smoothieAs with many places of this ilk, there are a handful of pre-designed beverages and the option to mix and match your own.  Smoothies run $3.99 (16 oz.) and $5.29 (24 oz) for the custom constructions or simply $5.99 for their 16 oz pre-designed options (designated as Mega smoothies).  In addition, you can always add additional boosters (“superfoods”) for a nominal charge.

I made a beeline for a 16 oz Pomegranate based smoothie of my design.  Though my wimpy camera phone shot doesn’t look great, the drink actually had a rich color.  It was prepared quickly and with a very friendly smile, something that I’ve become accustom to while dinning next door at Bhojanic. 

To be honest, their really isn’t much you can do to screw up a smoothie, but that aside … I was quite happy with my beverage.  Everything inside was clean and given the handful of exotic items on the menu (Amazonian Acai, Acerola and Cacao), Nectar certainly did enough to earn my money.

Further exploration is needed, but for now … if you’re in the area, it’s a great place to grab a smoothie.  It’s also worth a mention that their Oakhurst location does have a sampling of Indian cuisine.

Nectar Clairmont Fruit Juice Bar & Smoothie Shop
1365 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033 // 404.633.4400 // Nectar website // Nectar menu // Nectar facebook
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Nectar Oakhurst Fruit Juice Bar & Smoothie Shop
707-C East Lake Drive, Decatur, GA 30030 // 404.378.4006
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A Friday Afternoon In March … The Kind Pie On My Mind

Posted by Foodie Buddha on March 19, 2010

I should be writing about this …


but instead I’m watching this …


So I’ll be back on …


In the meantime people – if you have a chance to get to The Kind Pie in Buckhead… DO IT!!! AND DO IT NOW … the pizza is amongst the best in the city … and inspired by Brian Spangler of Portland and his take on the cuisine!  This place deserves to blow up … it’s just that good!

Zoes Kitchen Restaurant Review – Peachtree Hills, Atlanta, GA [Quick Hits] 3

Posted by Foodie Buddha on February 10, 2010

zoe's kitchen - the space by foodiebuddhaOn an early afternoon scamper from Buckhead back to the Westside, I found myself looking for sustenance.  As I was heading right past the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, I decided to swing by Zoës Kitchen, a fast casual franchise with a focus on health conscious and sustainable grub.  I wasn’t looking for something quick, cost effective, and relatively tasty.  At the end of the day, that’s basically what I got.

The decor reads straight out of a manual.  The tables are clean, the chairs are “futuristic,” and there’s a lot of orange going around.  The menu looks like it’s a sandwichized version of Moe’s (both in form and factor).  Though I haven’t double checked this, they are supposedly gluten friendly, so that should make at least one blogger very happy.  Thankfully, nobody yelled “Welcome to Zoës when I entered!

As I wasn’t terribly hungry, and I was hopping to spend under $5, I went with a small container of chicken salad.  Alas, the bill was closer to $6 … so that was a bit frustrating.  Anywho, upon opening the container, I found a straightforward sampling of shredded/minced chicken salad.  It’s the type they use on the chicken salad sandwiches at The V.

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I kinda enjoy this alternative to the chunky salads that seem to permeate our restaurants.  However, at more than $4 for a simple container of it, I wasn’t in love with the price.  Meanwhile, the spice mix was your basic mayo, salt, and pepper.  They said they use “spices” on the bottom label, but i didn’t get anything special.  I would have liked a little more salt and pepper … and something to help with the texture.  In the absence of bread, some more celery would have helped make it a bit more substantial.  Still, it was pretty fresh and not too sweet, so it would definitely work for me if push came to shove.

In the scope of fast casual, Zoës seems likely to fit right in.  Further exploration is a must before any semblance of a true commentary can come out.

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Zoës Kitchen Restaurant Address & Information

2333 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 // 404.233.9637 // Zoes Kitchen website // Zoes Kitchen menu (pdf)
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