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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 ( 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.

Sandy Springs' Secret Seafood Hideaway: Hammock's Trading Company- Sandy Springs

Hammock’s Trading Company is off of Roswell Road in Sandy Springs and is a seafood gem!  I've passed it several times, but never was drawn into the place until I saw it featured on an episode of Atlanta Eats. Hammock’s tag line is “Eat. Drink. Hangout”, and that is exactly what you do there.  Its a casual atmosphere that has a plethora of seafood options. Hammocks prides itself in being a blend of southern coastal seafood and Baja California cuisine.

Brunch... Lunch... And a Hearty Munch: West Egg Cafe- Atlanta (Midtown)


We have been hearing about West Egg Cafe for the longest time from friends and colleagues. It has received much recognition from other various Atlanta publications as ‘Best Breakfast in Georgia’ and ‘Best Breakfast in Atlanta’ for several years.  It’s one of the Howell Mill/ Midtown areas go-to brunch and breakfast restaurants.  I finally got a chance to experience this place with a client of mine.  We came in on a mid-morning Tuesday and was glad to see that the line wasn’t wrapped around the corner like it normally is.  There was a good amount of people in the restaurant having brunch but definitely not super busy for a Tuesday.