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Atlanta Ice Cream Challenge with The Classy Critic
23 Jan
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Atlanta Ice Cream Challenge with The Classy Critic

Contributing Writer: Nichole Wolf of www.atladventurer.com

 

 

Do you scream for ice cream? Do you love tasting every flavor behind the counter at your favorite sweet shop? Would you kill for the chance to sample delicious ice cream for 7 days in a row?

Believe it or not, that’s the premise behind The Classy Critic’s Atlanta Ice Cream Challenge, a week-long tour of the best ice cream around the metro Atlanta area.

Breakfast Comfort Food with Southern Charm- Buttermilk Kitchen

Brunch is a southern tradition, typically on Sunday afternoon when family and friends get together before the hustle and bustle of the week.  But imagine a place where you can have good old fashion southern brunch cuisine every day of the week.  Introducing Buttermilk Kitchen as a Buckhead staple restaurant for great southern food all made with local ingredients.  This house turned restaurant is in the midst of the Northern part of Buckhead off of  Roswell Road. 

Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival 2015
16 Jul
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Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival 2015

Ford Fry’s JCT. Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival at Westside Provisions

District Gears Up for July 19!

What: Chef Ford Fry’s seventh annual JCT. Kitchen & Bar Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival hits the

streets of the Westside Provisions District on Sunday, July 19 from 1-5 p.m. More than 50 chefs and

mixologists are ramping up their best tomato-filled recipes for the competition, a fundraiser for The

Giving Kitchen and Georgia Organics. Plus, Beastie Boys and Sublime tribute band Ill Communication and Five Bone Rack, Fry’s all-chef band, will take to the stage.

Premium Cuts of MEAT Without the Premium Price: Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse

We frequent the Buckhead area for great shopping and restaurants.  One place that had caught my eye during it's development was Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse.  I wasn't really sure what to expect as the restaurant has only been open for 2 months now.  

Chama Gaucha is a Brazilian Steakhouse with locations in Houston, Chicago, San Antonio and now our beloved Atlanta.  The decor is modern and warm with dark wood finishes and beautiful walk-in wine cellar as you enter the restaurant.

A Revamped and Romantic Restaurant of Buckhead: Ocean Prime

Ocean Prime opened in October 2011 and has been a gem of Buckhead ever since.  The location used to be a quaint Jazz Restaurant and Lounge and has transformed to a high-end, elegant restaurant that has been awarded several “Best of” awards by local publications.

Our first experience at Ocean Prime was during a special birthday.  The staff was welcoming and truly made the experience special.  Our server greeted the celebrant with a glass of champagne to start our dinner and went the extra mile throughout the evening.

A South African Chic Safari in the Heart of Buckhead: Yebo Restaurant & Bar

For those of you unaware, Buckhead is going through a major renovation.  Lenox Square Mall just wrapped up their re-grand opening in July 2014 and Phipps is next up. The Streets of Buckhead area is officially in operation and more and more new retail shops and restaurants are flooding the Buckhead area.

One favorite that has been a part of Phipps Plaza for 2 years is Yebo, which is located to the left of the front valet of the mall.  Pronounced “yeah-bo” meaning ‘yes’ is a chic depiction of South African cuisine with a modern and simplistic design. Yebo is a new venture from Justin Anthony of Atlanta’s widely recognized 10 Degrees South.

Sugar, Spice and Everything NICE: Pastry Live 2014
24 Sep
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Sugar, Spice and Everything NICE: Pastry Live 2014

August 24th to August 26th

As Atlanta becomes recognized and perceived as a foodie city, it’s only appropriate that the best food festivals and competitions bring people from around the country and the world to the city.  During the last week of August, the largest pastry competition in the country, Pastry Live, happened in downtown Atlanta.  Pastry Live was created by chefs for chefs as a way to bring the industries best chefs together to compete.  The annual event has grown significantly that this year (2014) the competition was moved to 200 Peachtree St, one of the largest special events venues in the heart of the city. Each day had a different schedule of competitions for culinary students and professionals.  Various awards, such as Chocolatier of the Year, Art of Cake, and Best Sugar Showpiece, were evaluated and scored by a panel of experienced judges.  The audience also got a chance to participate in the voting during the People’s Choice category.  For those with a sweet tooth, Pastry Live is like stepping into Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for 3 days and going into sugar shock.  The venue constantly had a flow of attendees throughout the competition that experienced fine desserts, chocolates, cakes, and more.

The Classy Sunday Brunch Series
21 Sep
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The Classy Sunday Brunch Series

Sunday Brunch is a southern tradition that brings friends and family together at the table full of your favorite foods, from panckaes and waffles to omeletes and mimosas.  We have created our rendition of the Sunday Brunch and put our twist on the tradition.

05 Oct
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Ryan Cameron's New Food Tour of Atlanta

Have you ever wondered where to go out with your friends for dinner or want to learn about the newest hot spots of the city? Well here's your chance to join Ryan Cameron, The Classy Critic, and Dining Out Magazine to explore all of the 'new food' in the city and the hidden gems of Atlanta's neighborhoods.  We will be taking a food tour of Atlanta and featuring a new restaurant each month.

A New Indian Restaurant That Will Be Here Today and Gone Tomorrow: Currylicious- Duluth

Currylicious in Norcross- Satellite Blvd, Duluth, GA

I was asked by a colleague to review a new Indian Restaurant called Currylicious on Satellite Boulevard in Duluth, Georgia.  Currylicious is a family-owned Indian restaurant that opened in the beginning of 2014. The executive chef is mom, the front of house is dad, and the sous chef and business operations are run by the son, Azim Hooda.  For a restaurant to have ‘delicious’ as part of its name, I thought I’d be in for a treat. On the contrary, I experienced the opposite.

28 Jul
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Red, White & Brew 2014 Review

Red, White & Brew is an annual event held on the Fourth of July at the Georgia Aquarium, where an admission ticket gives visitors access to a live band, unlimited food & alcohol, and a firework viewing from the top of the parking deck. All proceeds raised from this event goes towards Sponsored Education Admissions (SEA), as well as other educational initiatives of the Georgia Aquarium, which offers kids a closer look into understanding aquatic life.

A Fresh Blend of Japanese and Korean Cuisine with a Casual, Midtown Feel: Kiri Rice Bar- Midtown Atlanta

I was first introduced to Kiri during a dinner meeting and was hesitant at trying another sushi place in Atlanta, since most have not been up to my standard in freshness or flavor.  However, as I was open-minded and figured I had nothing to lose.

Kiri is located in the Trader Joe’s shopping center off of Monroe Dr. about 2 blocks away from Piedmont Park.  There is a sufficient amount of parking in the complex unless it’s during peak times, like on a sunny Saturday afternoon or between 6pm-8pm on the weekends.  It is tucked in the back corner behind the Starbucks and right next door to the UPS store. They have an small outside patio space with umbrellas for shade or you can enjoy the modern ambiance of inside the restaurant. The space is not large with only about 10-12 tables, but they present a bright, modern welcoming feel with white walls, green grass trim, straight lines and chrome accents.

06 Apr
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Shuck 'em, Roast 'em and have a Toast to 'em! : Steamhouse Lounge's Annual Oyster Fest 2014

Oyster Fest February

Oysterfest is hosted by Steamhouse Lounge in Midtown Atlanta where they block off a portion of 11th St. and W Peachtree for the masses of people enjoying oysters, alcohol and live music.  This year (2014) was a 2 day event, February 22nd and 23rd, to celebrate Oysterfest’s 27th anniversary and was a large success for the restaurant, sponsors and charity (Embraced.org) it benefits.  

Cruisin' Through the Mediterranean: Basil's Restaurant and Tapas- Buckhead

We discovered Basil’s in Buckhead when we were searching for a secluded place to have a working lunch.  Basil’s is off of Pharr Rd and Grandview Ave.  It is a Mediterranean restaurant and tapas place that has been in the community for over 20 years. Basil’s is privately owned and was an old craftsman style home turned restaurant.  In the middle of the dining room, they have a baby grand piano for live music. They also have a fireplace off the side that they have burning during the cooler weather.  It is a great date night location with a romantic and cozy ambiance.

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