A Trip to Engine 11 And Mykonos Taverna Opens [Quick Hits]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on July 29, 2009

This is just a quick little get up for ya’ll.  I’m heading out the door for a business trip and haven’t had time to finish writing either of my two latest reviews.  I hope to have at least one of them ready to post by the time I land.  In the meantime, here’s a quick little heads up.

First up is Engine 11, the pub that now occupies the old fire station on North Ave.  While the building itself is pretty damn cool, the location seems to be a death knell for all who open there.  Stylistically, not much has changed since The Spotted Dog, the previous tenants, closed up.  Menu wise – it’s a bit of a mix and match with over priced appetizers and par for the course grub.  Details to follow.

Meanwhile, Mykonos Taverna has finally opened.  Roughly three-months behind schedule, this Greek eatery is hoping to capitalize on the huge buzz with a mind boggling array of menu options and a distinct decor.  To my surprise, that opening announcement has been on of the more popular posts on the blog (currently 3rd as of this writing).  Meanwhile, the initial meal left me absolutely perplexed, but not so much that I’m ready to burn down the place (yet…).

Atmosphere Restaurant In Morningside: A Delicious Brunch – French Bistro Style [Quick Hits] 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on July 20, 2009

atmosphere - Oeufs Bénédictine (aka eggs benedict) with baconYesterday, pops and I took a trip over to Atmosphere Bistro on the outskirts of the Morningside neighborhood in Atlanta.  Open roughly 7-years, they have long served one of my favorite brunches here in the city.  Given the price point, the atmosphere (no pun intended), and the service – I find little to complain about when visiting on any given lazy Sunday.  As this is a quick hits posts, keep in mind I am speaking specifically about the brunch menu at Atmosphere and not their standard fare.

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Around The Dirty – Trips To Daddy D’s Barbecue, Flip Burger Boutique, La Pietra Cucina, & Varasano’s Pizzeria [Quick Hits] 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on July 06, 2009

Hope ya’ll had a pleasant weekend. I know I did.  As you might expect, the past few days have left me worn down and fried.  So, rather than pen a full review, first impression, or the like, I have decided to hit ya’ll up with some quick notes about some recent goings-on in the ATL.

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Taqueria El Rey Del Taco: 24-Hour Tacos In Chamblee [Quick Hits] 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on June 30, 2009

taqueria el rey del taco - the digs taqueria el rey del taco - more digs

Last week, a few of us got together for some lunch at Taqueria El Rey Del Taco. It seems almost like clockwork: once every handful of months, an Atlanta food blogger heads over to Buford Highway to grab some of ERDT’s lauded tacos.  Last week was my turn.

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Co’m Vietnamese Grill – Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA [A Review In Pictures] 10

Posted by Foodie Buddha on June 26, 2009

Open roughly four years (at least by my count), Co’m Vietnamese Grill has become one of the de facto responses to the question: “Where do I go in Atlanta for good Vietnamese?”  It is therefore no surprise that this BuHi hotspot now has a devout following and a satellite location.

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Morelli’s Ice Cream In East Atlanta: Get Your Kiss On [Quick Hits] 3

Posted by Foodie Buddha on May 20, 2009

Sorry for the dearth of posts lately.  I had family in from out of town; thus, my free time was pretty much usurped the past five days.  Luckily, we got in a couple of noteworthy food stops … no small feat with my little brother – the kid has a seriously restricted palate.  What the hell is up with that Shorty?

Anyway, I’m almost defiant in my love of savory foods.  To get my sweet tooth salivating, someone needs to really throw down.  Luckily, Morelli’s is just such a place.  Though it sits on the outskirts of East Atlanta, the place is all sparkly glowy.  You’ll find it on the corner of Ormewood and Moreland Ave – tucked in with a Little Azio and the new Spoon location.  I managed to wrangle the crowd up at the idea of Atlanta’s best ice cream.  Morelli’s didn’t let me down.

Part ice cream parlor, part hot dog stand (no seriously – they have ‘em!) … they put Howard Johnson’s Ice Cream Parlor to shame.  Who’s with me?  Anyway, the great thing about this place is their selection.  While I’m almost always a “less is more” type of guy – I am sold here on the plethora of options.  Morelli’s manages to offer something for the traditionalist and for the adventurist.  Case in point, my mother ordered a scoop of sweet potato pie ice cream.  It was seriously perfect.  They managed to capture the essence of a sweet potato pie without taking away from the main star: it’s ice cream.

I played both sides of the fence.  For my traditional flavor – I went with cookie dough.  To get out of my element, I went with a scoop of Dolce de Leche Chunk.  The flavors were pronounced and freaking delicious… I hear Homer Simpsons salivating over my shoulder.

Morelli’s keeps things fresh and will rotate some of their more adventurous flavors.  Their ice cream options will sometimes push the envelope; however, I have yet to be disappointed.  The sweet scoops always seem to hint at decadence while reminding you that you are eating something made from high quality ingredients.  I wish I could extrapolate on the mixtures a bit better … but ice cream ain’t usually my thang!  Oh yeah, according to the sign … show up after 6pm on a Monday … smooch your significant other … get a discount.  Sure … kick us single guys while we’re down.  Let’s get it on:

And now … for some sparkly glowy … just cus it’z awesome:

Atlanta Foodies On Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream & Desserts:

Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream & Desserts Restaurant Address & Information:
749 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 // P: 404.622.0210 // Morelli’s Website
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Livingston Restaurant In The Georgian Terrace – Midtown, Atlanta, GA [Quick Hits] 4

Posted by Foodie Buddha on May 17, 2009

livinsgton-mims Despite our swelling population, Atlanta is still very much a small town.  Word travels quick, and every foodie and their mother seem to flock to each newly minted restaurant.  While Livingston has already attracted several bloggers, not many of us have chatted it up.

Atlanta is steeped in tradition.  Underneath the new, there is always a reverence for the past.  Livingston seems to capture that in a most dramatic way.  The restaurant is named after Major Livingston Mims (left), the former resident 656 Peachtree.  Mims, who lived in a two-story building, was a a bit of a dynamo.  First a lawyer, then a private in the Confederate army, he went on to sell insurance.  Finally, Mims settled in as ATL’s mayor from 1901 until 1902.

Of particular interest here is that he was a gregarious man with an interest in food.  When once asked why he did not travel more, Mims responded:”I have … my plain wholesome food, which is the best in the world to me.” Supposedly he loved French cuisine, though I am unable to confirm that point.  The aforementioned quote doesn’t jive well with that idea.

But enough of the tomfoolery, you want to know what I thought about the food … well … you’re not gonna get that here.  At least not yet.  Though I sampled executive chef Gary Mennie’s food when he was at Taurus, Livingston is a fresh start.  In true Atlanta fashion, Mennie’s menu is a contemporary twist on Southern food with a nod to several other culinary styles, most notably: French.

I’ve eaten two meals here and want to return once more before pulling together a first impression.  Moreover, Jimmy joined me for one of my romps.  His post on the experience is spot on.  I will confirm what Jimmy said about the tableware and the disastrous choice to serve the sampler in stemless martini glasses.  You can check out my pictures at the bottom of the text.  Without going into detail, I will say the oysters kick ass, the crab salad was refreshing, the tuna tartare was abysmal and bland, and the duck fritter was interesting.  However, it was beyond frustrating to eat out of the glasses, especially considering that they used so much lettuce to elevate the food within the cup.

In the meantime, feel free to make a reservation and enjoy the show:

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Atlanta Foodies On Livingston Restaurant

Livingston Restaurant Address & Information

656 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30308 // P: 404.898.8316 // Livingston Reservations // Livingston Website // Livingston Menu
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Nam Vietnamese Restaurant – Midtown, Atlanta, GA [Quick Hits]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on May 04, 2009

Nam is the Vietnamese restaurant concept from brother’s Alex and Chris Kinjo.  (Alex seems to man this location more than Chris).  You might recognize the brothers Kinjo; they have a knack for opening high-brow Asian restaurants around the city.  In addition to Nam, the Kinjo’s own MF Sushi Bar and MF Buckhead.

True to form, Nam employees a clean decor, an attractive wait staff, and a slick vibe to deliver its message.  Despite the high tenant turnover in the front section of the Midtown Promenade, Nam has been one of the mainstays for the strip center.  In recent months, a free standing Starbucks Coffee was built right in front of Nam’s window.  I can’t imagine that the addition was good news to the Kinjos; ya think this has been good for business at Nam?

I’ve been there a number of times over the years; however, not with any great frequency.  As a result, I’m not ready to do a full on review of this place (or slap a rating on the restaurant).  Needless to say, I did take notes during my last visit.

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Holeman & Finch Continues To Flex It’s Burger Muscle [Quick Hits] 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on April 30, 2009

A good burger isn’t hard to find … a great burger is! Somewhat out of character for us, Atlanta actually has it’s fair share of top notch burger joints.  While the best burger in town is a hotly debated topic, the usual suspects always seem to end up in the discussion.  Holeman & Finch’s “Down Low Cheeseburger” is one such suspect.  Well, these brisket/chuck patties just got some more national attention.  The Food Network just published a 50 States, 50 Burgers report.  Georgia’s representative?  You guessed it!  More after the jump!

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Barker’s Red Hots … Get A Hot Dog … Or Two – Marietta, GA [Quick Hits] 9

Posted by Foodie Buddha on April 27, 2009

barker's red hots - bacon and cheese dogYou know… they tell me that reading is fundamental.  I should have listened to what they said!!!!  To clarify, today’s lunch destination was supposed to be JOËL.  Had I took the time to read (or for that matter … just remember), I would have known not to show up.  JOËL is closed on Mondays … so much for a burger!  So we darted up I-75 for the burger’s partner in crime: the hot dog.

Ask someone in Atlanta where to get a hot dog and more often than not, Barker’s Red Hots [sic] will show up as one of the responses [and here].  Though Barker’s offers an all beef varietal, their “original” dog is a Sahlen brand pork and beef dog.  It’s what they are most known for.  If you dig swine, take it for a spin … if not, stick the the moo cow.  In addition, if you are looking for old school European, you can always get a Polish or Italian sausage.

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