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

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.

To start your meal, they give you a complimentary flat bread that simply has a tomato and herb spread baked with a sprinkle of cheese. It resembles a mini thin crust pizza but Mediterranean style.  During my working lunch I had the lamb burger, which was ground lamb with a spicy goat cheese spread on a toasted sweet bun. It was absolutely delicious! The ground lamb was moist and cooked medium, just how I prefer it.  It contained Mediterranean herbs in the lamb patty, which added more flavor, and was complimented by the mild goat cheese spread.  

I was so impressed by my lunch that I went back for a dinner date.  We ordered the steam mussels in a white wine herb butter sauce that I kept soaking up with slices of bread.  That sauce truly made the dish.  The mussels soaked up the sauce, which made them even more succulent and bursting with flavor.  We also had the lamb ribs, which were slow roasted and covered in a sweet glaze.  They were very tender and meat seemed to just slide off the bone.

We finished our meal with a tiramisu dessert. It was moist, not overly sweet, and with a creamy filing that was light and had a slight hint of rum. The plate was drizzled with a kiwi and cantaloupe puree and had fresh berries for a bit of tartness. Dessert was the perfect ending to the meal.

Every dish I have experienced at Basil’s was thoughtfully prepared and uniquely created with amazing flavors of Mediterranean herbs.  Basil’s is a hidden Buckhead favorite that deserves high regard.

6 ½ diamonds out of 7 diamonds!

 

 

Science Fact:

Fresh American Lamb

Nutrient-dense

Lamb is a prime source of high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals. As with other red meats, its protein is nutritionally complete, with all eight essential amino acids in the proper ratios. A 3-ounce serving of lamb provides 43 percent of an adult male's recommended daily allowance (RDA) of protein. Lamb is high in B vitamins, zinc, and iron. Red meats, especially lamb and beef, are amongst the best sources of absorbable iron. For those watching their carbohydrate intake, lamb as zero carbs.

Lean and mean

Compared to other meats, lamb contains very little marbling (fat in the meat). Since lamb fat is on the edges of the meat, it is easily trimmed off, which means fewer calories, only 175 in an average 3-ounce serving or 7 percent of the average daily caloric intake recommended for a 23 to 50-year old male. Only about 36 percent of the fat in lamb is saturated fat. The rest is mono or polyunsaturated fat, the "good" fat in one's diet.



FDA definition of lean (3 oz)

Average value for cooked lamb (3 oz)

< 10 g of total fat

8 g of total fat

< 4.5 g saturated fat

3 g of saturated fat

< 100 mg cholesterol

80 mg cholesterol

  Source: American Lamb Board

 

Good fat

Lamb is one of the richest sources of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA possesses unique and potent antioxidant activity. It is produced naturally from linoleic acid by bacteria in the stomachs of herbivores (plant eaters), such as sheep, goats, and cows. CLA cannot be manufactured in the human body. The CLA content in milk and meat is affected by many factors: breed, age, diet, and management.

Source: http://www.sheep101.info/lamb.html

 

 

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