Beer Dinner at The Porter
March 31, 2009, 11:25 pm
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On Wednesday, April 29th The Porter Beer Bar in Little Five Points will be hosting a beer dinner featuring Terrapin Beer Company from Athens and Dogfish Head Brewery from Delaware.

 Terrapin will be featuring thier latest “side project” – their series of creative brews that are released for a limited time only.  This one is called Monk’s Revenge, and is a Belgian IPA.  They will also have the SunRay Wheat and a SECRET cask ale.

I haven’t been to The Porter yet, and Terrapin is one of my favorite craft breweries… hmmm might have to go!  More info coming soon!


Taqueria del Sol
March 31, 2009, 7:41 pm
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It seems like Americanized taco stands are all over the place here in Atlanta (Twisted Taco, Tin Lizzy’s, Holy Taco, etc.).  Why not?  Who doesn’t like tacos?  With locations in Buckhead, Midtown, Decatur and Athens, Taqueria del Sol is at the forefront of this taco-mania.

The menu is small, simple and reasonably priced, consisting of just a few specialty tacos ($2.19 ea) and enchiladas ($3.19 ea).  They have all your Mexican staples: cheese dip, guac, salsa, rice and beans, as well as a few soup options.  What! You have to pay for salsa?!  For lunch today I had The Memphis (pork, jalapeno slaw, tequila bbq sauce), The Brisket (beef brisket and pico de gallo), and The Fish (fried tilapia, jalapenos, and poblano tartar sauce).  All three were tasty, but nothing super special.

The biggest draw for Taqueria del Sol is the atmosphere.  All locations have adopted the same motif: pastel purple and white walls, modern looking furnishings, a large enclosed patio area, and a bar fully stocked with all sorts of tequila (ta-kill-ya).

I would recommend checking out Taqueria del Sol, but don’t expect the food to blow you away.  Go for the atmosphere and the margaritas (disclaimer: I did not have the margaritas. I went for lunch and had to abstain in order to continue my daily grind.)     

I visited the Taqueria del Sol at 2165 Cheshire Bridge Rd.  Check out their website to see other locations and hours of operation.



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Word of the Week
March 29, 2009, 12:00 pm
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Foie Gras – Term used for duck or goose liver.  Coming mostly from France, these livers are enlarged by force-feeding and fattening the bird over a period of 4 to 5 months, creating a huge fatty liver (up to 3 pounds).  Traditionally cooked by baking.

May not sound appetizing, and often pretty pricey, but you should definitely try it if you can.

Serpas True Food
March 29, 2009, 11:46 am
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Being new to the Atlanta food scene, I had only read about chef Serpas’ ventures throughout the city, and was very excited about experiencing his flagship restaurant.  I went with a friend that shares my passion for dining out, and we had a great experience.

Serpas True Foods is located in the Old Fourth Ward historic district off Auburn Avenue.  The space is remarkable, featuring exposed brick walls, a huge picture of a cotton blossom, great bar area, and modern furnishings.  With high ceilings and a large window in the front that offers spectacular views of the surrounding area, it feels very open and spacious.

Now…  The food!  The menu is a lot of fun, twists on familiar comfort foods.  Our waiter (Michael, who was great the whole time) informed us that they change the menu daily, keeping a few items the same and changing a few each night.  Very cool.  We decided to start off with the eggplant hush puppies, served with blue cheese and red gravy.  The flavor was awesome.  Besides wanting a few more on the plate (only four for $8), I would have liked to see the hush puppies be a little crunchier on the outside and the blue cheese and red gravy were a little liquidy.  Nevertheless, I would like a few more right now. 


 For our entrees we ordered the boneless short-rib, served with a potato-celery root gratin and the slow-cooked pork shoulder with the mac-and-cheese.  I really don’t have a bad thing to say about any part of either dish.  Both proteins were cooked perfectly, falling apart with effortless jabs of the fork and the sides were delicious.  The presentation was very simple and clean.  


Lastly, for dessert, we ordered the fried apple pie with vanilla ice cream.  I don’t usually order dessert, as I’m not a big sweets person and I usually like to try as much of the savory stuff as I can get.  This dish was such a disappointment after the great meal we had just finished.  Just think about a slightly improved McDonald’s apple pie, I’ll leave it at that. 

The biggest surprise to me was the lack of customers.  We were there on a Friday night at 7:30 and the place was very far from full.  I know the economy sucks right now, but damn people, we’ve got to get out and support the great restaurants we have here in Atlanta.

Serpas True Foods is located at 659 Auburn Ave, Atlanta.  They are open Tuesday through Sunday at 5:30pm, and have also just begun a Sunday brunch.  Entrees range $15-25.


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2 Georgia Chefs up for Award
March 26, 2009, 7:45 pm
Filed under: News

Hugh Acheson of Five and Ten in Athens and Linton Hopkins, from Restaurant Eugene here in Atlanta are both finalists for the James Beard Foundation’s Award for Best Chef in the Southeast.

I have visited Five and Ten several times and each has been a great experience.  Look out soon for a review of Restaurant Eugene, it’s towards the top of my hotlist.  One thing I know these chefs have in common is their affinity for local and seasonal ingredients.

View all Awards Here

Anis Cafe and Bistro
March 26, 2009, 5:06 pm
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The moment I saw this place, I knew I had to check it out.  Anis is tucked away on Grandview Avenue, but stands out thanks to the abandoned VW Beetle, plants, and other decorations that adorn the front of this converted old house.  The inside is just as cozy, with a large covered patio, old hardwood floors, and plenty of artwork and memorabilia lining the walls.

Today I went to Anis for lunch with a close friend.  The food was reasonably priced, and everything on the menu sounded so good I had a really hard time deciding what to order.  I eventually decided on the Cured Salmon Croque Monsieur, a sandwich consisting of smoked salmon, tomato, red onion, capers, and goat cheese.  She had the Quiche of the day, with asparagus and goat cheese.  We each started the meal with cups of the tomato-basil soup. 

Everything was good, not great.  I am a huge fan of lox (smoked salmon), capers, cream cheese, and red onion on a bagel.  While including practically the same ingredients, my sandwich lacked the great combination of flavors I am used to.  On top of this, the toasted bread was way too greasy.  I walked away wishing I had tried the Mussels or the Steak and Frites.

For now, I’m going to hold off on giving Anis Cafe and Bistro my official recommendation.  I love the atmosphere and I’ve heard great things, so I’ll be back.  Hopefully the food will be a little more memorable next time.

Anis Cafe and Bistro is located at 2974 Grandview Ave, Atlanta.  They are open for both lunch and dinner.  They have two other restaurants: Pastis in Roswell and Django in Midtown.  Entrees at Anis range $10-20 for lunch and $20-30 for dinner.


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Leon’s Full Service
March 24, 2009, 7:35 pm
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I visited this new hotspot before I decided to start Tongue Sausage, but my experience there was so great that I wanted to go ahead and tell about it. 

“Leon’s” is located in downtown Decatur, and comes from the guys that created one of my other favorite spots: Brick Store Pub.  This is a more upscale version, with a smaller yet very nice selection of beer and more of a focus on food.  The space is open and airy, with lots of windows and a large patio area in the front that “is going to be set up soon.”  It will be a great option for summer and spring. 

I went with a group of three friends, and they made the perfect companions for a great dining experience.  We split an appetizer and five entrees amongst us.  We ordered the mussels and frites (fries) to start.  The mussels were cooked with lemongrass and beer and served with soft, slightly toasted bread.  The frites themselves were okay.  I think we just got the bottom of the basket as lots of them were short, the seasoning was okay.  To rescue our mini-frites, the choices of dipping sauces were great, especially the smoked tomato mayonnaise: a great twist on russian dressing.

For round two we ordered the open-faced brisket sandwich, the scallops, the pork osso bucco (my inspiration for the word of the week), and the bass.  Everything was simple, clean, and delicious.  I’m not going to go into a lot of detail because you should go yourself and I plan on returning and writing this baby up again.

Leon’s Full Service is located at 131 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur.  Right now they open at 5pm, but I’m hoping they’ll be open for lunch soon.  Entrees range $10-20.


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