The Muff & Buff Tour Visits Alluvia 3

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 22, 2011

cedar plank salmon at alluvia

Mother … forgive me for I have sinned.  Father … I’ve heard the stories so you have nothing to say! ;-)

Figuratively speaking, I’m at a loss for words.  I’m trying to come up with appropriate descriptors for my recent jaunt at Midtown’s Alluvia, the in-house restaurant at The Cheetah Lounge.  If you fancy yourself a bit on the conservative side, you may not know what type of lounge The Cheetah actually is.  Needless to say, *most* respected critics might not touch this American restaurant with a ten foot $*#$&!.

As for the loss for words, I don’t have writer’s block.  Rather, I’m distracted and driven off-course by all the side stories, subtleties, and humorous anecdotes that defined our time at the preeminent “adult” steakhouse in Atlanta.

In that respect, my struggles there were not unlike the struggles of the countless men that have walked into that dungeon of things depraved and excessive.  As much as I wanted to concentrate on the lamb lollipop, it’s a little difficult when Gwen’s tight little body kept gyrating its way through my line of sight again … and again … and again … and again (how much did we spend now?)

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The Muff & Buff Tour Visits The Pink Pony 6

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 13, 2010

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[Surgeon General’s Warning: If you do not have a sense of humor, are prone to short outbursts, or find naughty tids and bits offensive … this post might not be for you!]

You know, there is nothing redeemable about what’s about to happen.  It’s going to cost too much, it’s going to be too hard to remember in the morning, and there is absolutely ZERO chance of me “meeting someone.”  What’s worse, my mom reads this damn thing! [HI MOM!]  I am but a humble man, one who is way too susceptible to that rhetorical question: “Hey, we going to the ____ tonight?”  The blank in this case was none other than the Pink Pony, one of Atlanta’s many adult restaurants.

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The Bread Garden In Morningside: Atlanta Sub & Sandwich Tour #15 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on July 24, 2009

bread garden - the signage

Slowly, but surely, we eek along.  Some four months after my first sub tour pit stop, I find we are just now passing the 3/4 flag.  You know what they say … time flies when you are having fun.  Yesterday’s meal found me all alone at the Bread Garden. Tucked away on Amsterdam Walk near Morningside/Lenox Park, the Bread Garden has long had a reputation for some of the best breads in the city. 

Even if you show up without any knowledge of their reputation, you’d soon learn of the importance that grains play here: a basket of baguettes usually adorns the door.  So while the exterior appearance of the Bread Garden is as Plain Jane as it comes; the interior is home to a variety of freshly baked bread and freshly made goodies.

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LottaFrutta In Inman Park: Atlanta Sub & Sandwich Tour #14 5

Posted by Foodie Buddha on June 17, 2009

So yesterday was LottaFrutta; that quirky and offbeat food stop down in the Old 4th Ward/Inman Park.  A self-proclaimed fruit house and market, it translates into a fruit bar with sandwiches and salads.  Their style is unique (at least to this town); and, as such, it was time that I took the Atlanta Sub & Sandwich Tour down yonder.

lottafrutta - lemon chiWhether you think their name should be one word or two, one thing is for sure: you’ll remember this place.  It starts from the outside.  The fruit wrapped car is almost always sitting Southside on Randolph; meanwhile, the interior is awash in a palate of fruit colors and patterns.  Keep your eyes open, LottaFrutta has their own chi [A lemon that sits in one corner … noted as an energy lemon].  This style continues all the way through to their sandwich selection.  They’re fairly simple, but they do have personality.  Meanwhile, the ultimate question still needs to be answered.

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Cafe At Pharr In Buckhead: Atlanta Sub & Sandwich Tour #13

Posted by Foodie Buddha on June 10, 2009

Café at Pharr in Buckhead has been around for a long time.  Soon after the Braves were cheated out of a World Series victory by Kent Hrbek [yeah – I’m talking to you!!!], this place opened (circa 1992).  I actually remember eating here inside their first month of operation.  What a cute little foodie I was! (or at least, that’s what I tell myself).  Any who … Many years later, C at P is still going strong.

Pharr has been the subject of several foodie posts (here, here, and here) and gets high scores from fans (urbanspoon & yelp).  With all that blog love, it seemed only fitting that this place worked its way onto the Atlanta Sub & Sandwich Tour.  As logic follows, I decided to make this stop #13 (my lucky number). 

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In the neighborhood for a hair cut (Colette Design rules!), I figured it was as good a time as any to grab some grub there.  Well, it turns out my luck has run out.  Okay, admittedly luck did not play much of a factor in this.  I’ve eaten at CaP a number of times over the years and I knew what I was getting myself into.  Still, I showed up, disregarded my past experiences, and got busy.

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Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill In Midtown: Atlanta Sub & Sandwich Tour #12 4

Posted by Foodie Buddha on May 23, 2009

papi's cuban & caribbean grillIn the past year, Atlanta has taken a few stiff upper cuts to its Cuban jaw.  Fire gutted Havana (reportedly due to arson) in October after owner Silvesonso Ramirez closed Midtown’s Kool Korner Grocery in August.  The opportunity gave Papi’s (pronounced like Poppy seed) the chance to snag market share.  Backed by an already strong following, the restaurant upgraded its digs, expanded its interior, and even added a new location.

Nowadays, Papi’s in Midtown is a hopping lunch spot with long lines and a devoted following.  Given its proximity to my home and its new found fame, it was only a matter of time before I worked it in on the Atlanta Sub & Sandwich Tour.

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Highland Bakery In Inman Park: Atlanta Sub & Sandwich Tour #11 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on May 13, 2009

A long time ago in a sandwich shop, far away…

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I best most of ya’ll thought I had forgotten about the sub & sandwich tour.  Truth is, I just got a bit worn out on sandwiches.  While I did grab a few sandwiches in the past few weeks, my rate of consumption plummeted.  The time off has rejuvenated me and I hope to have this thing wrapped up in the next couple of weeks.

To get things back up and running, I elected to visit the Highland Bakery in Inman Park.  In true Foodie Buddha fashion, the meal let me down.  While many people revel in the fresh baked goods and the variety of options on the menu, my meal just didn’t come together as I had hoped.  Services issues aside (they aren’t factored in on the tour), I found both of my sandwiches disappointing.

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Star Provisions In Midtown: Atlanta Sub & Sandwich Tour #10 6

Posted by Foodie Buddha on April 20, 2009

star provisions - the starOh Atlanta S&S Tour, how I have missed you!  Travel, temporary sandwich burn out, and life in general caused me to miss a few weeks.  What better way to get back in the saddle than with a trip to Star Provisions.  In the realm of high-end gourmet shops, SP seems to garner a near godlike appreciation amongst Atlanta socialites.  I myself am a big fan; over the years I have enjoyed everything from their wine and cheeses, to their sandwiches, to their eating accessories.  But alas, this is the sandwich tour … so with my blinders firmly in place, my camera in hand (UGGHGHGHGHGH), and some help … off to the principal’s office we go! [Sorry – my childhood rears it’s ugly head!]

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Sawicki’s In Decatur: Atlanta Sub & Sandwich Tour #9 6

Posted by Foodie Buddha on April 02, 2009

sawicki's eat good food signWell, sorry that it’s so late in the day.  I had a lot going on … but, I wanted to get this up today.  We are fast approaching the half-way point in the Atlanta Sub & Sandwich Tour.  To date, there have only been a couple of strong showings.  Luckily, today’s lunch at Sawicki’s marked another successful meal.

The trek to Decatur was a bit more adventurous than I would have hoped.  Apparently, Atlanta drivers are under strict orders: if it rains – make sure you disobey every traffic law possible!  That aside, the laid back attitude and fresh ingredients at Sawicki’s left me optimistic for the meal.  Their sign, “Eat Good Food,” says it all!

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Henri’s Bakery In Buckhead: Atlanta Sub & Sandwich Tour #8 4

Posted by Foodie Buddha on April 01, 2009

Yesterday marked my first sandwich tour stop in over a week.  It was a needed break; but, I am happy to be back in the saddle.  After hitting up a handful of “gourmet” sandwich shops, I thought it would be good to return with a trip to a straight forward bakery. Henri’s Bakery … this is your cue to enter stage left.  Though I’ve done a full review of HB, this Atlanta mainstay deserved some tour love.

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