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.
I met Chef Terry at a business networking event at 200 Peachtree St in Atlanta. He had a long display of food laid out for the event. Anything from pulled pork, potato salad, biscuits, fresh fruit, and more. Chef Terry was very polite and cordial when we met and made sure that I picked up one of his business cards. He was not pushy or overbearing as I have seen some catering chefs be about getting their information. Chef Terry’s cool and calm personable attitude let me know he was a good and genuine person.
During my first visit to Co’m, I was intrigued that there was a Vietnamese grill restaurant in the downtown Dunwoody area. Not many of the Vietnamese or Southeast Asian demographic are concentrated in that area since most are now in Gwinnett County or in the Buford area. Nevertheless, I was open to trying their cuisine since it was recommended to me by a close friend.
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Briza is located in West Midtown Atlanta and is attached to the Renaissance Hotel off W. Peachtree Street. Executive Chef Janine Falvo is the mastermind behind the menus and I was excited to try her cuisine and critique its taste and presentation.
There were a number of things that drew me into Briza that particular chilly Thursday evening. A friend and I wanted to grab a bite to eat before we enjoyed one of the last days of the Garden of Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, and Briza was in a perfect location close enough that we could catch up over a nice dinner and then go to the gardens for an hour or so. I was also drawn in by the items I saw on the menu on their website. Items like a duck entree featuring fried liver and duck confit breast, a 48 hour beef short rib, and a sea bass with a truffled hollandaise sauce were what jumped out to me the most.
Cibo E Beve is another 101 Concept in the same restaurant group as Food 101 and Meehan's. Located in Dunwoody off Roswell Rd in the same shopping complex as Food 101, it is in a prime location for the Sandy Springs/ Dunwoody and even Buckhead professionals.
Metro Fresh has been in Midtown since 2005 by founder and owner Chef Mitchell Anderson. The Midtown location is in the Trader Joe's shopping center next to Mellow Mushroom and the UPS Store off of Monroe Dr. Think of it as a truly sophisticated and fresher version of a cafe with soups, salads, and sandwiches. They also have a bar for coffees, desserts and wines.
Taste of Atlanta is an event I always look forward to every year. This was special because I had VIP access to any and everything at the festival. Over 90+ restaurants, food trucks, caterers, wineries/ breweries, etc. were showcased for the 2013 event. It can definitely be overwhelming for a foodie, but I was up for the challenge. Now mind you, I am petite and only have one stomach. I did not sample every vendor there, but I did strategically try samples of the new and up and coming vendors and the ones that sparked my interest from their presence and presentation. I also took cards of the vendors I would follow up with and review at another time.
Vortex is known for it outrageous and dark restaurant environment and even more "out there" menu items. The original Vortex is in Little 5 Points and has a ginormous skull in the front of the restaurant, and its mouth is the entrance. That already says a great deal about the place. Inside the walls are plastered in old license plates, vintage posters of pin-up girls and action figures, and large pieces that are interesting to look at, like an original motorcycle and a modern jute box. The environment is definitely eclectic from the wait staff having piercings and tattoos all over to the entire restaurant covered in paraphernalia of the outrageous and interesting.
Cosmopolitan is right off the 75 North Delk Rd exit. It is a stand alone restaurant with plenty of parking and a large dining room as well as party rooms for private events. I came across this place by accident. I looked up family owned restaurants in Marietta and Cosmopolitan came up so I decided to give it a shot.
Establishment is a bar/ small plates lounge with an old history feel. The owner, Brandon Lewis, is a big history buff and modeled Establishment after 1845. The lounge is covered in real wood carvings, deer antler chandeliers and cow hides. The best way to compare the ambiance is as if you've just walked into an upscale cabin in the mountains in the middle of Buckhead.
Bangkok Thyme is an authentic Thai restaurant with an authentic ambiance.
Eclipse di Luna is a Latin infused restaurant with various inspirations from the Latin American cuisine and middle eastern entertainment.