Atlanta’s Westside Blowing Up – And The NY Times Knows It 4

Posted by Foodie Buddha on November 22, 2009

the dining room at abattoir
                                                                                                                    (the dining room at Abattoir)

In today’s edition of the NYT, Shaila Dewan decided to talk up the burgeoning art scene on the west side of Atlanta.  Despite a few journalistic faux pas, it’s a nice summary piece on the neighborhood.  What’s especially neat for us foodies is that Dewan took the time to point out some of the ‘hoods culinary adventures that have garnered so much attention locally.

In the spirit of the article, I must say that if forced to identify the in-town neighborhood with the most action, it would undoubtedly be the Westside.  Centered around the intersection of 14th street and Howell Mill, you’ll find casual eateries, upscale dining options, and several of Atlanta’s hottest new restaurants.  The article draws special attention to Octane, Flip Burger Boutique, Abattoir, Hop City Beer, and Sublime Doughnuts (with a nice quote from owner Kamal Grant).

The article is really just the tip of the iceberg.  If you intend to spend anytime over in that neck of the woods, then you’ll also find the highly regarded Antico Pizza, sandwich shop Tiny Bistro, and popular breakfast spots like The West Egg and The Silver Skillet.   And that list is far from exhaustive.

So if you’re a bit of a homebody and looking for something new … take some of your free time and donate it to the Westside.

Tiny Bistro Restaurant Review – Westside In Midtown, Atlanta, GA [First Impressions] 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on May 05, 2009

tiny bistro - cuban with guava mojo pork loinTiny Bistro is a new café just off the beaten path in the midtown/westside part of town.  It’s pretty well hidden given that it faces the intersection of 8th and Marietta St.  In fact, it’s so easy to miss that Adam, a FB guest blogger , and I were pretty sure we were going to be the first people to mention this place.  Well … we missed the ball on that one.  Oh well, we quickly got over our bruised egos, grabbed @holtlyda .. and headed over for lunch.

Truth be told, given Tiny Bistro’s proximity to Adam and Holt’s office, they are already regulars here.  For me, this was my first go round.  As first impressions go, this ended up being a pretty positive experience.

Tiny B is a simple little joint.  The dedicated dining room is simple yet eye popping.  A pink “mural” of sorts adorns the wall.  Meanwhile, a table or two in the main area plus two patio tables provide ample supplemental seating.  A little baker’s corner is all that is needed to pump out the ten or so sandwiches, handful of sides, and few salad options.  This corner is partitioned from the main area, at least in part, by a refrigerated case.  This case holds a handful of alternative options … but more on that later.  For now, let’s talk about the food we had a chance to try.

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