Decatur Green Fest
April 19, 2009, 11:42 am
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On Saturday, May 2nd Terrapin Beer Company, Leon’s Full Service, and others will sponsor “Decatur Green Fest” in the Old Courthouse Square from 3-9:30pm. 

This event will feature live music, fun kids activities, green vendors, and a LOCAL AND ORGANIC TASTE OF DECATUR. 

For more information, click HERE


Word of the Week
April 19, 2009, 11:25 am
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Sweetbreads – Come from the thymus gland (neck/throat) or the pancreas (heart/chest/stomach) of a young animal, usually a calf or lamb.  Sweetbreads are very popular in the culinary community and can be found at many trendier establishments around town, probably as an appetizer or special.  I had them at Five and Ten in Athens… Very good of course!

Mary Mac’s Tea Room
April 18, 2009, 3:09 pm
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Really without planning to, I ended up visiting 2 longtime Atlanta favorites for comfort food (see OK Cafe).  Mary Mac’s, open since 1945, specializes more in Southern and Soul food.  Yeeee-haw!

Let me set this up by saying that there is a Southern food spot in Athens called Peaches.  This is probably one of my all-time favorite restaurants.  I would go there 2-3 times a week sometimes when I was at UGA (GO DAWGS!).  I can’t name another restaurant I have ever done that with.  There are some I would if I could afford it.

So, when visiting similar restaurants, I always compare them to Peaches.  In this case, I ordered my old standby: fried chicken, macaroni-and-cheese, and green beans.  Peaches, Peaches, and Peaches!  Sorry to all ya’ll Mary Mac lovers; maybe you can point me in the direction of some other dishes.  I love Southern food.  The chicken was moist and crispy, but really had no flavor.  I like a little seasoning!  The green beans and mac-and-cheese were good, but as I said earlier, it’s hard to make a green bean stand out and theirs didn’t.  I don’t think a mac-and-cheese exists that is better than Peaches.  When I was done with Mary’s, there was at least 2 tablespoons of oil/grease left at the cup.

I’d also like to mention that the space is a little rundown and could use some renovating.  I thought it smelled like pee when I walked in, but it wasn’t as bad in the dining area.  Also, there was a woman going around talking to tables and rubbing people’s backs.  I am so glad she didn’t come to mine!

As you can tell, I was not impressed. I’ll probably still go back unless I can find something better, but man I hope this isn’t the best Soul food Atlanta has to offer.  Mary Mac’s is located at 224 Ponce De Leon Ave, Atlanta.  They are open 7 days a week, 11am-9pm.  Most entrees are under $10 and include 2 sides and bread.


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Follow Tongue Sausage on Twitter
April 18, 2009, 2:08 pm
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I’m a Twitter-er now.  Follow my tweets!  My name is TongueSausage.


OK Cafe
April 18, 2009, 1:32 pm
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I visited OK Cafe on a lunch outing with my grandmother this past week (really cute, I know).  I had heard about it and driven by it many times, so I was excited to check it out.  We arrived at 1:00 and it was still completely packed from lunch.  They claim to serve more customers than any full-service restaurant in Georgia, so I guess I should have been prepared.

During our wait, I got to check out the atmosphere.  Although they opened in 1987, they’ve done a great job creating the feel of a classic American diner.  The kitchen is open and loaded with flat-top grills and fryers.  The booths and tables are retro.  The servers are dressed in classic diner apparel: blue and white collared dresses with aprons and matching hats (I think 50’s-ish, but I don’t really know since I was born in the 80’s).  Everything in here takes you on a trip back in time.

The menu is large and loaded with classic comfort food for breakfast lunch and dinner.  It was tough to decide, and I hadn’t really done much research about what they might be known for.  I should have asked the waitress, but I decided to just go with the meatloaf.  I’m sort of a meatloaf connoisseur and it was on their “Blue Plate Special” menu, so I figured it must be good.  For my sides, I got the macaroni and cheese and green beans.  We also got the fried green tomatoes, which were a special that day, as our starter… Also one of my favorite things (I’m a born and raised, proud southern boy).

The fried green tomatoes were fantastic: cut really thin and lightly battered.  I would have liked some sort of sauce to go with them, but I think they were meant more to be a side.  Still, some of the best I’ve tried.  My meatloaf was just okay.  The meat had a weird texture.  It almost seemed like it was processed… Could it be that this is a frozen mixture, and not something they make themselves?  The “Creole sauce” on top was a spicy tomato sauce, not bad, but nothing special.  I’ve had much better versions of meatloaf: Greenwood’s in Roswell (probably my favorite), Agnes and Muriel’s, my mom’s, and The Diner at Crabapple are just a few that come to mind.  The sides were great.  It’s hard to make green beans stand out and these didn’t, and the macaroni-and-cheese was better than average.

I would like to visit OK Cafe again.  It wasn’t a horrible meal, it was just OK.  They must be doing something right if they’re drawing such large crowds.  OK Cafe is located at 1284 W Paces Ferry Rd.  They are open from 7am – 11pm or later, 7 days a week.  Entrees range $10-15, including 2 sides.


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Varasano’s Pizzeria
April 14, 2009, 5:01 pm
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In keeping with my theme of visiting the hottest new Atlanta restaurants (for the most part), I gathered up a couple of old homies to visit Varsano’s Pizzeria in the new Mezzo building off Peachtree Rd.  All I really knew going into it was that it was new and and that the guy who started it (Jeff Varasano) is the “creator of the Internet’s #1 pizza recipe.”  I figured it was worth a try.

The space is fantastic, featuring high ceilings, large windows overlooking Peachtree, bright red walls and booths, and classic Italian liquor posters.  The coolest feature was the open pizza bar where you could sit to watch the pizzateers in action.  We were given the chance to sit there, but having virtually lived in a particular hippie pizza chain for over two years, I know what goes into makin’ pies.

The menu is very simple: salads, pizzas, and desserts.  We were there for the pizza, and agreed that we would each order something different to share amongst the three of us.  They only offer one size, and it is meant for one person, so we ordered three pizzas:

1. The Nana’s – This is their classic New York pizza.  We added pepperoni and mushrooms.       

2. The Caramelized Onion – With caramelized onion and a sharp Emmenthaler cheese (a type of swiss).  We added prosciutto.

3. The Nucci – With garlic, arugala, Emmenthaler, capocollo, olives, and herbs. 


Let me begin by discussing the dough…  Freaking amazing!  I have read that this is the closest thing to New York style crust that you can find outside New York.  I have nothing to compare to, but it almost reminded me of a grilled pita.  I am still really baffled as to how they can make the bottom look grilled, almost burnt in some parts but maintain the moisture and breadiness of the dough.  Perfect combination of crunchy and soft and I’ll go out and say it’s the best pizza dough I’ve tried (and we had pretty good stuff at the hippie place). 

I really couldn’t come up with any complaints because everything was really good, but I would like to make note of a few things.  First, the Emmenthaler cheese that they claim is “sharp”, really did not stand out at all to me.  You would think its taste would stand out since they called it sharp on the menu.  Second, we added prosciutto to our Caramelized Onion pizza.  I was thinking that the saltiness of the prosciutto would go well with the sweetness of the caramelized onion.  The onions were SO sweet (still delicious) that they overpowered the prosciutto and might also be the reason I couldn’t taste the Emmenthaler.  Before we had even taken a bite, the manager came over and warned us that this would be the case.  That would be great if you told your customers these things BEFORE they decided to add it for $3.00.  After the fact you should just keep your mouth shut.  Lastly, the Nucci was an awesome pizza, but the flavor profiles were very strong (with the ingredients that’s not really a surprise), so just be prepared!

Overall, the pizzas were fantabulous and you can tell this guy really knows his pizza.  I highly recommend you pay them a visit.  Varasano’s is located at 2171 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta.  Pizzas range $11-17.

Varasano's Pizzeria on Urbanspoon

Shout Out
April 13, 2009, 4:11 pm
Filed under: Random

I am very pleased with the attention Tongue Sausage has received thus far, and would like to thank Brown’s Guide for mentioning me today in their Atlanta restaurant section. 2 things to clarify though:

1. It’s Tongue Sausage, not Tough Sausage (although that wouldn’t have been a bad name).
2. I’m a dude. Foodie Buddha guessed I was female also. Maybe I need to write more manly-er?!