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Is there such a thing as YUMMY fondant?

Have you tried marshmallow fondant? I have helped my so make it a couple times. Taste better than store bought stuff imo.

Dec 12, 2014
larkemon in Home Cooking

Best thin crust NON-NY Pizza in Tampa Bay

At the risk of suggesting a chain place have you tried Jets Pizza? They make a very good thick crust pizza but my wife loves their thin crust pizzas. They cut into squares and they're definitely not ny style.

Sep 02, 2012
larkemon in Florida

Atlanta Board (bored) [discussion moved from Atlanta board]

Have you tried I find the discussion and recommendations a bit more stimulating there.

May 29, 2012
larkemon in Site Talk

Ethnic ingredients for idiots in Atlanta (near Perimeter mall)

Although Super H is a good store, I would disagree regarding the larger selection. The ingredient list includes Asian ingredients as well as the Goya Discos. Although I haven't looked for them specifically, Buford Hwy Farmer's market has a much large selection of Hispanic ingredients (Does Super H even have anything mexican?). Heck, they are making fresh tortillas as you watch! If the original poster is looking for a single stop, I would head there to Buford Hwy Farmer's Market.

IMO, if you are looking for something Korean, definitely head to Super H. If you are looking for something Vietnamese, go to Hong Kong Supermarket on Jimmy Carter. If you are looking for a little bit of everything everything ethnic, then head to Buford Hwy Farmer's Market.

Apr 27, 2012
larkemon in Atlanta

Yummy foods while undergoing chemo

Sorry to hear of your sister's diagnosis. If you want something nourishing, soothing on the stomach, but still "exotic", you could consider making Vietnamese Rice Porridge with Chicken (Chao Ga). It's the Vietnamese equivalent of chicken noodle soup. It's rice boiled in chicken broth that's infused with a knob of ginger. It's boiled until the rice kernels burst and soup becomes a porridge like consistency. You use fish sauce instead of salt. Chicken used to make the stock is shredded and added back. You can garnish with thin sliced scallions and cilantro and a squeeze of lime. It's filling but very easy on the stomach. And the ginger should help some with the nausea.

Here's a good example of the recipe.

Mar 24, 2012
larkemon in General Topics

Visiting Atlanta with 10 year old.

Atlanta is a pretty spread out city. Where will you be in town? Since it's just for the weekend, it'd be a shame for you to spend hours in traffic.

Mar 20, 2012
larkemon in Atlanta

Top Round Roast?

Hi HBGigi,
I've used Kenji's method for Prime Ribs on other cuts very successfully. Perfect rare throughout and you can still get the crusty exterior. Here's a link to the Serious Eats article:

It's basically a slow and low approach, but then you take it out to bring it down in temp. While it's cooling you crank the oven as high as it will go. Put the roast back in to achieve desired browning. It's actually a great article with a full breakdown of several methodologies and how he arrived at the best approach.

Mar 16, 2012
larkemon in Home Cooking

Best hole in the wall in Atlanta

Yes, Hong's is gone. It's been many years since I've tried Nhu Y and at the time I wasn't too big a fan. Not that they were bad, but that there were better options around. Actually, years ago we did a fun banh mi taste off. Blissful Glutton documented it and it's still on her blog site (

Mar 16, 2012
larkemon in Atlanta

Vegan Friendly Fine Dining?

Have you considered other cuisines such as some of the really good szechuan in town? Tasty China are Gu's Bistro are the top two right now. Definitely stuff there for your omnivore husband. As for your vegan diet, I would imagine some Dry Fried Eggplant and Ma Po Tofu would work. You can check out Gu's menu here ( Plenty of Tofu and Vegetable options.

Mar 15, 2012
larkemon in Atlanta

Best hole in the wall in Atlanta

It's the great debate among Banh Mi fans, but I think Quoc Huong just up the road has much much better banh mi. Actually Lee's ranks pretty low in my list. If you're willing to drive a little bit further north to Jimmy Carter Blvd, I would highly recommend Huy's Sandwiches as well. As for pho, neither Lee's nor Quoc Huong do a good job. Stick with Pho Dai Loi or Pho Bac in my opinion.

Mar 15, 2012
larkemon in Atlanta

How to find good restaurants in Atlanta /Georgia

I would also suggest looking at as a great resource for Atlanta eats.

Jan 12, 2012
larkemon in Atlanta

Best hole in the wall in Atlanta

Might be a stretch at 20 min, but if you are looking for true hole in the wall, I would head to Chinatown food court. It can be a little tricky to find. Here's the website:

There are numerous options in the food court including:

- Hong Kong BBQ - Best Chinese BBQ in Atlanta IMO, good Malaysian selection.
- Chongqing Hot Pot - Good Szechuan food.
- Oriental Pearl - Good DIm Sum and Cantonese selection on Sunday mornings.

Jan 06, 2012
larkemon in Atlanta

Indonesian/Malaysian Restaurant?

Penang consistently gets good reviews. It's been a while since I've dined there and I've only been to their location on Buford Hwy but it was good. Rasa Sayang also gets good reviews but I thought it was just okay.

Waroeng Corner Restaurant I believe is in the Hong Kong Supermarket food court. I'm not sure that they are still open so you may want to call in advance.

I'll add one more to your list. Hong Kong BBQ in the Chinatown food court. In my opinion, they have the best Chinese BBQ (Roast Duck, Roast Pork and Soy Sauce Chicken) in town. It's run by Malaysians and they also have an extensive Malaysian menu from what I recall.

Hong Kong BBQ
5385 New Peachtree Rd
Chamblee, GA 30341

Dec 30, 2011
larkemon in Atlanta

Fun themed restaurants in Atlanta (pref. northern side)?

Based on the places you mention (Dante's and Melting Pot), you may want to consider Korean BBQ. There are many in town on the northern side. Check various review sites for more info, but I've enjoyed Han Il Kwan myself and it's close to Buford Hwy Farmer's Market so I can get some shopping in too. A beginning list below:

Han Il Kwan
5458 Buford Hwy NE

Honey Pig
3473 Old Norcross Rd NW

Iron Age (AYCE)
2131 Pleasant Hill Rd

And several more.

Dec 29, 2011
larkemon in Atlanta

Whats the BEST restaurant in Atlanta area ?

Since you are staying near airport, I wouldn't suggest anything too far north as the traffic (even on holiday) could be pretty bad. There are some really nice recommendations below. Here are a couple more to consider:

Holeman and Finch ( You can get some really tasty food, even sample the famous burger served starting at 9:30 pm.

I know you are from NYC, but if you are looking for a really great pizza (best in Atlanta in my opinion), consider Antico Pizza ( It's BYOB, can get pretty crowded, but bangs out just really good pizza.

Hope you guy's enjoy your time in Atlanta and please let us know about the dining experience!

Dec 25, 2011
larkemon in Atlanta

Whats the BEST restaurant in Atlanta area ?

What type of food and what part of town will you be in? Price point?

Dec 24, 2011
larkemon in Atlanta

Eel in Atlanta?

Places to check are Dekalb Farmer's Market, Buford Highway Farmer's Market, Super H and Hong Kong Supermarket. I believe I've seen eel available at Buford Hwy Market and HK Supermarket, before, but the others are usually great to find anything under the sun.

Dec 23, 2011
larkemon in Atlanta

REAL Italian Bakery in Altanta?

Not sure what part of Atlanta you are in, but have you tried Alpine Bakery in the Roswell/Crabapple area (technically, it's an Alpharetta address)?

Alpine Bakery and Trattoria
12315 Crabapple Road
Alpharetta, GA, 30004

They started out as a bakery and then started doing pizza. They recently moved down the street from their original location and now have a nice sit down restaurant with full Italian restaurant menu. They still have the full bakery and do their baking on premises. Every cake we've ever gotten from them has been great. Also, they make very good pizza and excellent calzones/strombolis. I know the family is Italian. You can try calling to see if they make the butter cookies you are seeking.

Dec 13, 2011
larkemon in Atlanta

Downtown Atlanta Bars (a little divey okay)?

I've never been, but I have several friends that really love going to Trader Vic's. Not sure it really fits your description, but it's downtown and from what I understand pretty fun and lively.

Nov 30, 2011
larkemon in Atlanta

Sunday Night Solo

Based on your opinion on Iberian Pig and H&F, there are several places in downtown Roswel to look at. Table and Main, Roswell Tap, The Salt Factory, Inc Street Food to name a few. The downtown area is quite revitalized over the last several years. It's a nice area to walk around in. Get yourself an incredible slice of pie at The Pie Hole. If you are there near breakfast time, you can hit Artisan Foods & Bakery. For lunch, there is the Fickle Pickle.

Would love to hear back from wherever you decide to dine at.
Suggested below is Swallow at the Hollow and Pasti's. Swallow is a very short walk from downtown and a very good option. Gets crowded and it is "rustic", but good food. Pastis is downtown Roswell as well, but I've heard very mixed to bad reviews of the place. I would also avoid Ceviche.

Fickle Pickle
1085 Canton St, Roswell, GA 30075

The Iberian Pig
121 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

Oct 26, 2011
larkemon in Atlanta

Norcross - special dinner

Fairly close by depends on the traffic. Also, do you have a cuisine in mind? Here's a nicer place that is near by:

Pampas Steakhouse

Pampas Steakhouse
10970 State Bridge Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30022

Oct 11, 2011
larkemon in Atlanta

Best Vietnamese Dinner

You should consider Nam Phuong. They don't do banh mi that I know of and their pho is not as good as others around town, but they do a very good family style menu. They have two locations. The older/original location is on Jimmy Carter Blvd. The newer one is on Buford Hwy. Both are only about 15 minutes apart. From understanding, the location on Jimmy Carter Blvd has a fuller menu. I could be wrong as I've only been to that location.

Nam Phuong

931 Monroe Drive Suite 101-A, Atlanta, GA 30308

Aug 19, 2011
larkemon in Atlanta

Help Chowsters....

Just goes to show everyone's tastes and experience is different. I've been to Flying Biscuit several times and I prefer J Christophers. To be honest, in Roswell, I prefer Thumbs Up Diner, but that's not too close to Duluth.

To the original poster, if I'm in Duluth and looking for breakfast options in Duluth, I'd do dim sum at East Pearl. If it's lunch time or dinner time, I really like Spiced Right. I regularly got BBQ from the Roswell location until the storm a couple months ago damaged their building. Their brisket is awesome as well as their fried okra. You can really taste the smoke in their meats. I would avoid Dreamland. Tough meats, overly tangy bbq sauce. And IMO, Varsity is overrated. For nice dinner, 30 minutes away puts in reach for a lot of different places. I know you said no steak houses, but Pampas isn't too far away and they are Argentinian style as opposed to the typical places.

The Flying Biscuit
1084 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA 30068

Thumbs Up Diner
826 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Jul 28, 2011
larkemon in Atlanta

4 Days in Atlanta (with a wedding in between)

Where in Atlanta are you staying?

Jul 19, 2011
larkemon in Atlanta

Help Chowsters....

:) I remember that story. That location is a bit of a whole in the wall and in a run down plaza. The location in Duluth is actually quite nice. Not that it excuses whatever was going on in that story. Any type of cuisine you are looking for? 30 min drive from Duluth puts you in range for a lot of different options.

Jul 17, 2011
larkemon in Atlanta

Help Chowsters....

If you are in Duluth, you have quite a few options for ethnic eats. East Pearl for Dim Sum. Ming's BBQ for Cantonese style bbq. There are several Korean BBQ places. There's Super H on Pleasant Hill if you want to just bum around the market and eat in the food court.

East Pearl
1810 Liddell Ln
Duluth, GA 30098

Ming's BBQ
2131 Pleasant Hill Rd
Duluth, GA 30096

Super H
2550 Pleasant Hill Rd
Duluth, GA 30096

Jul 16, 2011
larkemon in Atlanta

Atlanta with a 10 month old?

I would strongly recommend against the Vortex. It's a loud bar that serves burgers. It's also 18 and over I believe.

Jul 14, 2011
larkemon in Atlanta

4 rivers now open in winter garden

From what I recall, there were 2 or 3 community tables inside with several booths. There is also a large outside eating area under a covered deck. Outside area had many large community tables and a bar that went along the sides. There are fans blowing with misters in the outside eating area. While I was eating a huge downpour came on and they were able to cover up the deck and keep everyone dry. I ended up eating outside and as humid/wet as it was, it was actually kinda pleasant.

Hope that helps.

Jul 12, 2011
larkemon in Florida

4 rivers now open in winter garden

My wife's family lives in Clermont and I come visit 3 or so times a year. Since reading about the original 4 rivers a couple years ago, I've been itching to try the brisket whenever I come to town. It's the only restaurant I want to go to when we come to town, but for one reason or another, I can never get there. Well, I just spent the past week visiting and I was determined to get to 4 Rivers even if I had to go it alone. I found myself freed up one afternoon, looked up the 4 Rivers web site to get the address, and found that one had opened up in Winter Garden! Woo Hoo! 15 minutes from my in-laws. I was not terribly hungry so I just ordered the brisket sandwich, okra and fries. The brisket was good, if slightly on the dry side. Flavor spot on. The sides were meh. Should have gone with something else, but I can't turn down fried okra. Definitely coming back when we come back to visit this Fall.

Jul 11, 2011
larkemon in Florida

Best Pho in Tampa Bay

My sister also loves their banh mi. I haven't had their pho, but last time I was in town, my dad got some Banh Canh as a take out item for me. That was very tasty and one I would definitely order again. Interesting that they they directly simmer the bones overnight. To get a very clean and clear broth, a lot of pho shops will paraboil the bones first to get rid of the scum and impurities. Then they'll transfer to the cauldrons for the overnight simmering. That's how my mom (who actually makes the best pho around :) makes pho. She also uses short ribs and oxtail to put it over the top :) There isn't any loss of beefy flavor and you don't have a "dirty" soup to deal with :)

Jul 11, 2011
larkemon in Florida