ted's Profile

Title Last Reply

Vegetarian near Emory University

From Emory, my guess is that it's a 5-10 min cab ride to downtown Decatur. Once there, unless the weather is awful, you can walk everywhere.

I haven't been to Soul Vegetarian, but I've never heard good things about it. Cafe Sunflower is the only all-veg restaurant (besides Indian) that I've eaten at. And it isn't close.

It's more of an omnivorous city.

about 14 hours ago
ted in Atlanta

Vegetarian near Emory University

You could try Bhojanic, which serves meat but also does vegetarian Indian. Or Chai Pani, which is a little further in downtown Decatur. There are lots of options in Decatur where they may not have a totally vegetarian menu but will have vegetarian options (thinking No 246, Victory Sandwich, Kimball House, etc). I don't know of any specifically vegan restaurants.

1 day ago
ted in Atlanta

Canadian Whisky

We were in Canada a couple weeks ago and stayed in Canmore and Jasper in Alberta. I ended up bringing back bottles of Lot 40 and Alberta Premium Dark Horse. I also brought back a pint of regular Alberta Premium to give to my Dad. Haven't gotten into any of it yet to give feedback.

Both came from a store in Jasper that happened to be where I was when I decided I needed to pick up stuff. I also saw Gibson's Finest (12 yr and 18 yr, IIRC), but decided I'd rather have 2 bottles for roughly the same money as either of those. The shop was Jasper Wines, I believe, and they also had a walk-in cooler with an amazing beer selection. I think some of the really exotic beers (Brew Dog, e.g.) and the whiskies had been there for a while, but I didn't see the Dark Horse, for example, in Canmore. They were a few dollars more than internet research indicated, but not a big deal if they really had sold out elsewhere already.

Jul 24, 2014
ted in Spirits

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

Too bad I can't spell "izakaya" in a hurry. Yes, that's the place. I had a good conversation with a local chef who had just closed up on a Sun night. I was staying up around Fridley, so I was going places nearby.

The one really great meal I had was sitting at the bar at Butcher & the Boar one night.

Anyway, Atlanta has great options for Vietnamese and Korean food and really good options for other Asian cuisines. I'm tempted to say "this side of the Mississippi," but foodiebuddha's going to say I'm full of it regardless of what I say.

Jun 25, 2014
ted in Atlanta

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

No worries. It was Vietnamese out near Medtronic HQ. What we have here is leaps and bounds better.

I did get to try the lone sake brewpub (in the country last I was checking) and liked that a lot with their ikakaya-ish menu.

Jun 24, 2014
ted in Atlanta

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

You could do St Cecelia or Tomo (sushi) nearby. Seven Lamps might also fit. It's not too far of a cab ride to Holeman & Finch or Lusca (which we recently tried for the first time and really enjoyed).

Hector Santiago did the menu at least for a bar in Buckhead. We tried it once, but it was more of an old-school Buckhead bar/meat market scene. I Murtaugh out on that these days. The food was decent but pricey compared to what he had with his sandwich shop.

I've only been to MSP once, and the Asian food I had was kinda lousy. So, you could also grab a cab and head to Buford Hwy for some excellent Vietnamese at Nam Phuong or Dai Loi. The former being a little fancier.

I'd try any of those over my Top Chef suggestions (a Hector-curated menu at a fratboy bar, or going to Blais' inspired Flip Burger Boutique at Roswell and Piedmont).

Jun 24, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Shout out to all BBQ geniuses -- BBQ Boneless Rib Steak - I need help for Fathers Day

Thanks! It was funny- I cooked 4 steaks, and I had 3 temperature sensors. Two from my Maverick and one from the (fancy) grill. My nephew was watching me cook them and asked about what temperature I was shooting for. My answer- "depends on which of these thermometers I believe." They all were reading different temperatures, even though I think the steaks were reasonably close. One of the Mavericks read a solid 140F the whole time, so I just ignored it.

Sometimes, even I get lucky.

Jun 19, 2014
ted in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling
1

Shout out to all BBQ geniuses -- BBQ Boneless Rib Steak - I need help for Fathers Day

Thanks! Like I said, maybe a little more charred on the outside than I ideally wanted. Tasty, nonetheless.

I thought about trying a reverse sear. That's still a technique I don't entirely get. Since it was a special occasion, I decided to stick to what I knew how to do.

Jun 17, 2014
ted in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Shout out to all BBQ geniuses -- BBQ Boneless Rib Steak - I need help for Fathers Day

Little late here, but I did ribeyes over the weekend, too. I had lust in my heart for the prime grade ones at Costco, but I ended up getting a whole choice ribeye at RD for about the same cost as 4 of the prime steaks. I now have several in the freezer for later. That wasn't 100% intentional- two of the big eaters were no-shows for dinner.

I cut mine about 1.5 inches thick, which I think worked out to ~25 oz each. Needless to say (hopefully), we shared.

I just did kosher salt and pepper and a little grapeseed oil. Cooked on the gas grill (not my preference, as I was cooking at my FIL's house; I'd have done charcoal). Cooked for 5 to 6 minutes a side, then moved to the unlit side and continued to 125F internal.

There was a lot of flareup from searing them, and I'd go for less blackened in the future (less time or less heat). Otherwise, the steak really hit the spot. Looking forward to leftovers in a salad this evening.

Jun 16, 2014
ted in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling
2

Texas Sausage - concept & recipes

The times I've had sausage in TX, it makes me think of kielbasa. Not tons of spices.

Unfortunately, some of the Q places here in ATL smoke Italian sausage, and that really chaps my hide.

Jun 11, 2014
ted in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Soft shell crabs?

Not sure if Bob's talking about YDFM, but that's where I'd look.

Jun 11, 2014
ted in Atlanta

What Craft Spirits Have Disappointed You?

I really enjoy the St George gin and absinthe (not a big vodka drinker). That said, I don't think the Breaking & Entering (B&E) bourbon is worth it compared to my usual major distillery bourbons. Visiting the distillery in Alameda was way cool (and quite a pilgrimage for me, as it involved many miles of walking that day).

The Charred Oak bourbon is maybe OK as a mixer.

Buffalo Trace's white dog gives me a headache just by looking at it.

Jun 01, 2014
ted in Spirits
1

Anybody down for Mexican????

Awesome. Rick Bayless = Gringo Mex.

I always think of refritos as the classic Tex Mex menu item. That said, I was in TX before the Memorial Day holiday and had them in a breakfast taco (with eggs, potato, and chorizo) one morning. Also had some really good grilled corn with chimichurri butter.

Jun 01, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Sriracha or sriracha or...Cha!

I just saw the Trader Joe's house brand there, as well as a Badia version at Publix in the Latin section.

So, uh, what does this specifically have to do with Atlanta?

Jun 01, 2014
ted in General Topics
1

The Best Burgers in Atlanta??? via Zagat.com

That's tough. There are several I haven't had. I really enjoy the burger at Bocado, Farm Burger, and Grindhouse (to varying degrees depending on the visit).

May 26, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Cobb Gallaria recs

Blade is a hoot- I haven't been in a few years. Lots of fun.

I may be wrong, but I think you'll have to go to Buford Hwy for good Vietnamese. Lee's Bakery and Nam Phuong are where we've been going lately, but there are places closer to 285 too. Pho Bac comes to mind for a little closer.

Not sure what kind of pizza you're looking for- we have lots of Neopolitan style places, as well as your plain ole pizza. Double Zero Napoletana might be the closest, or the new Don Antonio in Buckhead. Both are a little fancier and get good reviews, but I haven't been yet. Otherwise, you're venturing much further into town.

Other stuff that's nearby- Heirloom Market for BBQ (I took my Dad when he came in town for Blade a few years ago). Tasty China for Szechuan. Muss & Turner's for just good high-end deli/sandwich. OK Café for Southern. And so on.

Have a great time! I've been on the fence about going but may still end up there.

May 26, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Boneless turkey breasts in a charcoal grill: How long? What temp?

The one thing to be wary of is that some of those breasts already have a good bit of salt in them. Check the label before going too crazy with the brine.

May 23, 2014
ted in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Old Southern Food

The Chattahoochee National Recreation Area accesses are very nice up toward Roswell. We recently did a quick hike at Sope Creek and enjoyed it. Columns Drive is very popular and gets crowded on the weekend. I've never been to the World of Coke (too touristy). The Aquarium is very nice, but the one in Chattanooga is also pretty good (and also maybe more logically arranged).

May 16, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Old Southern Food

Greenwood's used to not take reservations. Did that change?

May 15, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Old Southern Food

This is a joke, right?

May 14, 2014
ted in Atlanta
3

Old Southern Food

I haven't been to the Busy Bee in forever, but I used to really enjoy it. I've only been at lunchtime.

It's been a long time for me, but Greenwood's in Roswell has been a knockout in the past. Fried chicken and whatever pie they happen to be making.

For bourbon, I've been really impressed with Pinewood Tippling Room in Decatur the few times I've been. The folks behind the bar are serious about their stuff without being overbearing/dogmatic/hipsterish. They've collected some pretty obscure stuff too if you're willing to spring for it. Food isn't too bad either.

May 13, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Old Southern Food

PPS: fried catfish

May 13, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Mid-Tier Spirits for Every-Day Cocktail Making

My only thing is that I really don't like Smirnoff. I even tried buying one of their super-premium versions long ago, and the aroma still makes me think of rubbing alcohol.

I'll usually spring for Stoli, but the Tito's is good too. Not that I'm drinking any of it.

May 10, 2014
ted in Spirits

College visit with teens

Yes, thanks for reporting back.

FYI, the reason you didn't see a peach was because they aren't in season yet. The cling stone ones will hit before too long, and then the free stone ones start out in late June and into July. The best ones I've eaten had a shelf life of roughly 24 hours and you had to eat them over a sink to contain the juice running off your chin.

You have no excuse for missing out on pie of some description. That said, a long-gone pie place I tried in SF (Miss Bepple's?) was really good.

May 10, 2014
ted in Atlanta

BBQ tour

I spent most of a week in KC a few years ago and had BBQ or a steak for every meal except breakfast pretty much the whole time. Lots of places to try there.

Also, I'd add Cooper's in Llano (it also looks like there's one in New Braunfels and one coming in Austin) to the TX list. We made a pilgrimmage there many years ago and were blown away.

May 07, 2014
ted in Atlanta

can someone recommend bbq gloves, i got a bad burn...

Forget that. Just go to Lowe's or HD (or maybe even a local hardware store). That's where all of mine have come from lately.

May 01, 2014
ted in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

can someone recommend bbq gloves, i got a bad burn...

Make that 3. I use them for the charcoal grill and the oven. Have a pair that's more beat up for the outside work.

May 01, 2014
ted in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Burrito Art, I miss you!

Thinking about it more, I may be mixing up a Thai meatlof/meatball burrito with the chicken.

Apr 17, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Burrito Art, I miss you!

I think the thai chicken burrito had spinach and/or thai basil in it also. They published the slaw recipe in the AJC at some point, IIRC.

Apr 17, 2014
ted in Atlanta

College visit with teens

For a fried-whatever basket with split-in-half fried okra (i.e. not the usual Sysco stuff), I think they do a good job. I had catfish the last time there, and I think they do a good job of that, too. I think they execute at least as well as Crawfish Shack, but people write them off b/c they do volume.

And, like I said, you can't beat the view. Sometimes, it's about more than just having a mind-blowing food experience.

Apr 17, 2014
ted in Atlanta