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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.

Pho, But Not At It's Finest: Pho Dai Loi #2- Buford

Pho Dai Loi #2 is one of many Vietnamese Pho restaurants off Buford Highway.  For those of you from Atlanta or have been here for several years, you know that in order to get great, authentic Asian food, Buford Highway is the place to go to.  And it’s very inexpensive! You could feed a family of 4 for less than $30 and everyone is going home full.

I grew up eating all sorts of Southeast Asian cuisines, from Laotian food, Vietnamese food, and Thai food. It’s a different type of spiciness when it comes to Asian cuisine.  The spice is more heat and flavor and it comes from fresh peppers and other green veggies.  The dishes are also full of flavor, creative, and filling on a smaller amount of food.

Authentic Thai Food for the Atlantan: Tamarind Seed Thai Bistro- Midtown Atlanta

Tamarind Seed Thai Bistro started in 1989 on the upper east side of New York.  When the Chef Nan and her family relocated to Atlanta in 1996, Tamarind Seed became the first location in Atlanta of the family-owned Thai trio restaurant group, including fine dining restaurant Nan Thai and modern casual dining eatery Tuk Tuk Loft.  Located in Colony Square off Peachtree St and 14th Street, Tamarind Seed is a great dining option for business professionals or visitors.

A Kept Secret That Doesn't Need to Be Shared: 1 Kept-Buckhead

1 Kept is tucked away on Peachtree St. and if you don’t slow down you might miss the roadway that leads to parking in the back of the building.  Its a quaint space that is rusty and casual. Nice ambiance for a kitchen and bar restaurant that would be fit for a family or a bunch of friends.  

Farm to Table of Chicken, Chicken, Chicken: Chick-a-Biddy- Atlanta (Midtown/ Atlantic Station)

Chick A Biddy opened at Atlantic Station in the Fall of 2013. It is a new casual eatery that serves farm fresh chicken and sides.  The restaurant has a 21st century diner feel,with bursts of white and yellow colors throughout.

The menu is quite simple; it’s all about the chicken cooked any and every way you could think of.  Wings, chicken tenders, crispy chicken salads, fried chicken and rotisserie chicken to just name a few.  The sides list is pretty extensive including the classic favorites of collard greens, mac ‘n cheese and baked beans.  

An Eclectic Play on American Favorites: The Spence- Atlanta (GT Square)

The Spence is located in heart of Georgia Tech Square, next to the Centergy Building and across from the GT conference center.  The casual dining environment used wonderful warm, earth colors and organic textures.  This restaurant is not only about the presentation of the food but also about the experience of the meal and visit.

05 Feb
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February 2014 Contest

February 2014 Contest


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A Classic Tribute to Casual French Cuisine that Will Keep You Coming Back: Bistro Niko- Atlanta (Buckhead)

After a rainy day and a long morning of going wedding dress shopping for a close friend, we stopped into Bistro Niko, a part of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, in the heart of Buckhead to have a late lunch and stepped into a French escape.  Bistro Niko is located on the corner of Peachtree Rd and Tower Place Drive in Buckhead. You can’t miss the maroon umbrella over the patio area with ‘Bistro Niko’ printed in gold.