Ann’s Snack Bar

I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was spent checking off bucket list items and preparing for our farewell road trip to see family and friends. As you read this RG, Marley and myself are packed down on our way to DC. We will be on the road for the next week and a half. I hope to update you along the way, but don’t hold it against me if my posts are a bit spread out. This is a jam-packed trip…stopping in VA/DC to see my family, a night’s rest at the casino in WV, a night on the town in Indianapolis with great friends, a longer stop in Columbus IN with RG’s family and then a quick night out in Nashville. Whew!

Enough about our trip…I wanted to take this post to share about my experience at Ann’s Snack Bar a couple of weeks ago. It was not what I expected and actually exceeded my expectations… Read More

Best Thai food in Atlanta

For years I have walked past this restaurant and had no desire to step foot inside.  It looks like an old house with overgrown bushes and tarps covering the windows.  To be honest I couldn’t imagine how it would pass a health inspection or what they might be cooking in there.  About two years ago I was invited to a friend’s baby sprinkle and it was going to be held at Panita Thai Kitchen.  I had no idea where this place was…come to find out it was the restaurant I have stayed away from for years.  I was intrigued…and to say that I was impressed was an under statement.  Now, RG and I make it our mission to introduce people to Panita’s. Read More

Holiday Road Trip

Our holiday road trip has come and passed…we had a great time on the road, spending time with family, visiting old friends and grubbing throughout.  Now with New Years around the corner it is time to slow down, regroup and plan for 2013!  As I sit here on the last Sunday of the year with wings in the oven, a beer chilling and football about to come on I wanted to tell you a little about our trip. Read More

My neighborhood spot . . . P’Cheen

Update: This restaurant has since closed

Do you have that restaurant that you love, frequent often, close to home, and you can never go wrong with what you order? If not, you should really find one! That is what P’Cheen is to us. It is around the corner from our apartment, we can walk there and the staff are people you wish were your friends. It is our go to place for a random weeknight dinner, low-key birthday celebration, holiday party or just to grab a drink.

P’Cheen has neighborhood charm with an edge of flirtiness. The dishes represent all sides of the globe…from Italy to India. At night the DJs spin old-school hip hop, think Snoop’s first album, mixed with indie hits like Of Monsters and Men. You can relax on a plush leather couch noshing their appetizers and sipping specialty moonshine cocktails or sit at a candlelit wooden carved table. Read More

Best new restaurant of the year?

That’s what Esquire Magazine has to say about Atlanta’s The Optimist.  Opened in early summer by the same people of JCT Kitchen it has a similar vibe and feel.  JCT is by far one of my favorite restaurants around, so I couldn’t wait to try out The Optimist and I was not disappointed.

I don’t know if I would call it the best new restaurant of the year, but it would definitely be on my list.  The atmosphere is low-key but energizing.  There is almost always a wait for your table, and on nice nights you can spend the time playing mini golf or relaxing with a specialty cocktail on lounge chairs under strands of lights.  Or you could use the time to have a cocktail and some oysters in the Oyster Bar. Read More