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Breakfast near the Ga. Dome?

That's a tough spot for walking options for breakfast. It's probably worth the short cab ride (~2mi) to West Egg or Silver Skillet. The only walking options I can think of are Landmark Diner (a greasy Greek diner) or Corner Bakery (national chain) and neither is worth the ~1mi walk.

Sep 04, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

toddler party in the park

Recently went to a 4-yr old party with a beach theme and she did a great job with star-shaped cut out sandwiches for kids (PB&J but we all know each other and no allergy risk) and chicken salad on croissants for parents, goldfish and pretzels in bowls to snack on, grapes all halved in little Dixie cups for portions and little hands. Then she made rice krispie treats in the shape of sand castles and had mini cupcakes. It was very kid-friendly and turned out great. SImple is best.

Restaurant in Sandy Springs area

We always liked 5 Season's Brewing - still SAndy Springs, right at 285 and Roswell in the Prado. Casual and good.

Aug 01, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

cake to the Westin, looks unimportant

I second Piece of Cake. Simple, high quality cakes and cupcakes. You can't go wrong, and several locations aroudn the city.

Aug 01, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Any recommendation breakfast between airport and le meridisn hotel

For hole in the wall, probably White House in Buckhead (exit Lenox Rd from I-400). http://whitehouserestaurant.net/
For something Southern but less greasy and not a chain, perhaps Buttermilk Kitchen on Roswell Rd.
http://buttermilkkitchen.com/

Jul 14, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Dinner near the Omni

If you head a couple miles up Marietta St. (past GA Tech camplus) there are great options like The Optimist, Miller Union, and JCT Kitchen. Not a lot in walking distance, but these options are about 2mi. away. For breakfast I love West Egg in that same area.

Jul 10, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

WANTED: pretty, bite-sized, filling, different cold or room temp stuffings for devilled eggs

Yes! there's a local caterer here in Atlanta that mixes jalepeno pimento cheese into their devilled egg filling and it's AWESOME!

Jul 07, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking
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Desserts that can stand up to summer heat

What about a trifle? Thinking cold berries and cream on a hot day would be awesome! Then you just grab some coffee cups from the breakroom and everyone can help themselves. Just keep it in the freezer until it's lunchtime.

Jul 07, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking

Anniversary Dinner In Chinatown - but not Chinese [San Francisco]

THanks for the help on part of town. Google Maps failed me on the neighborhood definition! :)

Jul 07, 2014
jboeke in San Francisco Bay Area

Anniversary Dinner In Chinatown - but not Chinese [San Francisco]

Hubby and I will be at a wedding in SF on our anniversary weekend, staying at the Sir Francis Drake hotel on Powell in Chinatown, but will be eating Chinese at all the wedding events so not looking for ethnic food. We have 1 extra night to ourselves on Sunday, so I need a recommendation for a romantic but low-key spot in walking distance or a short cab ride since we won't have a car. Not sure what pricing is like in the area; we're not big drinkers and have an early flight, so maybe $30-40ish entree prices? Mostly looking for atmosphere, not fancy but somewhere with a quiet, romantic vibe.

Jul 07, 2014
jboeke in San Francisco Bay Area

Quick Suggestions - Buckhead or along the red line - tonight!

I would also suggest Seven Lamps if you bail on the Top Chef idea.

Jun 24, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Quick Suggestions - Buckhead or along the red line - tonight!

How about taking MARTA to Midtown station and easy/safe walk 2 blocks to Empire State South. Hugh Acheson's restaurant - judge criteria met! Very casual and great food.
In walking distance I can't think of any Top Chef locations near your hotel, but you might walk down to Buckhead Diner on Piedmont for good casual dining.

Jun 24, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta
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Private Dining - Atlanta

103 West only has views of parking lots. I wouldn't recommend. Plus it's a private banquet facility not a restaurant, so it might be twice the work arranging menu, chairs, etc.

Just remembered that Atlanta Fish Market has a private upstairs room. Again, no view, but a private space in a nice seafood restaurant.

What about the Patio at King & Duke? Used to be Nava and I loved sitting out there in summer. Would they rent that space? It has a street-side view of Buckhead at least.

Jun 23, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Private Dining - Atlanta

it's being completely rebuilt - not sure who bought it, but it's been under construction for over a year now. But along those lines, Swan Coach House might be an option for the historical significance (plus a big filming location lately for movies).

Jun 19, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Private Dining - Atlanta

What about JCT Kitchen? I wonder if they'd set up your group outside in the little patio area? There's a good view of the city from the upstairs too - can't remember if it's their bar or the one next door though.

Jun 18, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Outdoor dining in the Gaslamp District?

I'm coming a bit late to this thread, but wanted to share a recent trip. I was alone on a business trip this past weekend, staying at the Marriott by Petco Park. I had a Sunday dinner to figure out on my own and was tired of cheeseburgers and fish tacos after being along the coast most of the week. At the concierge's recommendation, had a great, quiet dinner at Rama. Cute little Thai place where the exterior walls are completely open to the street, so you can still people-watch without being right there 6" from them. Had a decent cocktail and a great plate of drunken noodles with shrimp. Went to the rooftop bar at the Marriott afterwards for another drink and a gorgeous view of the coast and sunset. A great evening for travelling alone!

Jun 10, 2014
jboeke in San Diego

Seafood in Midtown

can we get a bit more info?

May 15, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Old Southern Food

You got it right - South City Kitchen is more modern Southern. I still vote Busy Bee for your desire of real old school Southern, and if you're only in town a short while it's already downtown near Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium . But you might have to give up your pie craving (although I see cobbler on Busy Bee's menu; however it's a bit early for peaches still).

May 14, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Old Southern Food

I second Busy Bee! A real Southern, hole-in-the-wall experience with fantastic greens and pot likker to soak your cornbread in. Great fried chicken - love to sit at the counter.

May 13, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Saltines as binder for delicious, back to basics meatloaf

Love it! I believe meatloaf is not a recipe kind of dish - you throw it together and adjust based on what you have on hand. I have used leftover crackers, like oyster crackers you always throw out after chili, goldfish crackers (small kids so these are everywhere in our house), panko crumbs, and old bread. The only filler I really don't like is rice. The we top with ketchup or tomato sauce or marinara or whatever is around. I like the variety!

Apr 30, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking

Cooking advice for make ahead meals

Pulled pork freezes wonderfully, just put a little extra sauce in the baggies when you freeze it to keep it from drying out when reheated. I like this dish because I get tired of BBQ sauce and it works great in the crock pot: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/mu...

I also do mashed potatoes in bulk and freeze in individual freezer bag portions. Again, just a little wetter than you would like to offset what the microwave will do in reheating.

College visit with teens

so where did you land? reviews?

Apr 22, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

College visit with teens

I wouldn't rule out Flip. For a teenager, I think the atmosphere has a fun, modern vibe and the menu has a lot of diverse options (even if it's not the best burger in town). And what 17-yr old wouldn't like a Krispy Kreme milkshake? Plus it's going to be gorgeous weather and the patio will be fantastic at the end of this week.

Apr 15, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

lunch near Marriott Marquis

Ray's has been offering a $10 lunch menu, but it's none of their good entrees. Just burgers really. Unless you indulge in teh full menu $$, I wouldn't go.

Apr 15, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

lunch near Marriott Marquis

Best lunch options are still down Broad Street in all the little dive spots. This old thread is still pretty accurate.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875704

Apr 08, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Please Review: A Weekend in Atlanta

Perhaps, but when the very first line is "Yeah, Atlanta's best food options are few and far between..." and the last line implies that any talent we develop gets run out of town, I find it hard to read the input as helpful.

Mar 28, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta
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Please Review: A Weekend in Atlanta

Wow - way to slam your town. No, Atlanta is not NYC and it never will be, nor should it. The cuisine and food culture should reflect the local populace and culture. So constantly comparing Atlanta to other cities is not only unfair, it's illogical. I believe people come to this board to ask for what Atlanta has to offer, so a negative post like this that says we have a few gems but basically suck is not helpful for visitors.

Mar 27, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta
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Beltline Recommendations

Is there a certain part of the beltline you're planning on walking? It's >30miles long. Assuming that's all dependant on dining options, then on the Westside you're not far from JCT kitchen, which would be casual and good. In Buckhead you could hit Georgia Grille, which is a very interesting vibe (Gerogia O'Keefe theme) for Mexican food. In the Poncey-Highlands area you could hit Two Urban Licks and Krog Bar, end even potentially hoof it all the way to Sweet Auburn Curb Market. I think that last stretch might be your best dining/walking option.

Mar 26, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Single serving microwaveable meal suggestions

What about serving the chili over brown rice or whole wheat spaghetti (Cincinnati style!)? That would help with the increase your fiber goal, and give you a bit more freedom on the chili recipe. I fill mine with any veg: peppers, onions, carrots, mushrooms, eggplant...as long as you chop it fine, it shouldnt affect the texture too much. I do it to hide veggies from my kids.

Mar 17, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking

Review of Common Quarter

We were there from 6:00-7:00 on a Saturday and it was not full, no lines, even when we left. I also made a reservation for 6 with just 2 days notice, so I think it's stil too new to be busy (plus hidden at the end of a strip mall, behind Starbucks with little sightline to Johnson's Ferry). They have booths, tables, and high-top communal dining tables, as well as some patio seating.

Mar 17, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta