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Six Feet Under
April 20, 2009, 6:08 pm
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On Saturday night, some friends and I visited the Six Feet Under on 11th Street (they have another location in Grant Park).  I had heard a lot about them and was really looking forward to this trip. 

Arriving around 8:30, the restaurant was still packed.  We had about a 40 minute wait, but it was no problem cause the weather was nice and they have a patio with access to the bar.  While enjoying some delicious Terrapin Rye, I got to enjoy the seafood house atmosphere.  It really reminded me of a seafood restaurant I would visit on vacation in Florida, and really made me wish I was on vacation!  The rooftop patio might become my favorite place once the weather decides to stay nice.  

When we finally got seated, everyone was starving and we wasted no time in ordering.  We started off with a dozen raw oysters and their fried green tomatoes.  Both were very satisfying.  The oysters were served very cold, and tasted very fresh.  The fried green tomatoes were good, but they weren’t very green and thus they weren’t very tart.  I did get to introduce two of my friends to fried green tomatoes (both are from the South too… I don’t know how that could happen).  I also got to introduce them to Siracha – the BEST hot sauce in the world.  The flavor is unmatched, and it was perfect on top of the oysters.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

For entrees, we ordered the Combo Basket (fried shrimp, oysters, and fish), the Crab Cake Po’ Boy, a Black and Blue Burger, and the Combo Tacos (calamari, blackened shrimp, and catfish).  My friends have started doing their research before we go, and heard about the Combo Tacos and the burgers in particular.  You always know a meal is going well when everyone is quiet.  I asked for complaints and all I could really get was that the Po’ Boy could have used some more acid or sauce.  Overall, everything was great.  I’m not going to go into a lot of detail cause I’m trying to keep these posts short and sweet.    

Crab Cake Po' Boy

Crab Cake Po' Boy

Combo Tacos

Combo Tacos

Let me end by telling you that Six Feet Under really makes a concerted effort to be green.  They use a windmill to power the location I visited, have energy-efficient kitchen equipment, and use biodegradable takeaway products.  I think this is awesome and you should support this restaurant just for making the effort.  Luckily for you, you’ll get a great dining experience to boot.

The good weather is here (kind of)!  Get out to Six Feet Under and enjoy it!  Six Feet Under has locations at 685 11th St. and 437 Memorial Dr.  Entrees range $8-25.

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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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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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