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Need a bit of guidance for trip to atlanta

You should definitely hit up Heirloom BBQ. It's gone to take-out only and I realize you are a big group - but they have a standing table on their patio so you can just eat there.

I just went today for lunch - here's their Spicy Korean Pork sam:
http://instagram.com/p/m8ZEJaMby5/
Here are their tacos:
http://instagram.com/p/m8ZEJaMby5/

What's so cool about Hierloom is that it's korean flavored bbq (in addition to traditional options). It's run by a couple - he's Caucasian and she's Korean. So it's literally Korean BBQ. I don't know of another place like it. It's easily my favorite bbq in the city.

Fox Bros is the other spot i would consider for you - it can handle your group, and while it's got plenty of problems ... given what you guys are looking for this would be a good bet. It's very convenient. The owners are super cool dudes and their frito pie is a must.

Mexican / Tex-Mex has some decent options - nothing world class but more than a handful of places that i enjoy. Based on the fact that you guys are a large group, I'd recommend that you check out El Rey Del Taco on Buford Highway ... it's a little bit of a drive from y'all and i do prefer a few other spots in that "traditional taqueria" category - but it will be your best bet due to the nature of your group.

Much closer in town there are places like Bone Garden & Nuevo Laredo. The former drifting a bit more towards traditional Mexican fare and the latter being straight up Tex-Mex. Both are very close to one and other ... so do a little searching on the net and see which one fits you better. Quality wise - i think the food is better at Nuevo simply because it's consistent and while there are no stellar options - i don't think there are any dogs on the menu.

Two other options to consider: Taqueria Del Sol is a "tex-mex..ish" spot with a few locations around the city. May not be the easiest for a large group but the food is always fresh and as consistent as any place.

Mibarrio would be another option - it's small and family run, solid albeit not spectacular (noticing a them to my notes?) but if mexican is a must and convenience is a factor - this is the best place near where you're at.

New Southern is a sadly, the mantle which our city so badly wants to rest on and yet comes up so very short. It's a crutch we stand on - Empire State South and Miller Union are your two best bets. Both are in hoods where you can find a few other things to do afterwards so i'd check out their menus. ESS is a little more lively whereas MU is a little more refined. If you do ESS make sure to get their jars, it's the best thing on the menu.

At the price point they are at - our "new southern" restaurants are all highly disappointing to me but i'd be totally comfortable with either ESS or MU given that you probably don't have much to compare where you hail from.

Definitely do decatur - you've seen my notes and happy to provide more if you want any.

Stay very far away from anything run by Ford Fry (JCT, Optimist, 246, St. Cecilia, King & Duke) ... though if you hit up MU Optimist is a nice looking space with a lot of energy so get a drink or something. Bocado is right in that hood - and that's where i'd go to get a burger. Vortex is also fun albeit very different experience and not anything you can't find elsewhere.

Definitely do oysters ... look for Sublime Doughnuts if you're into something funky there - cafe agora in Buckhead would be a great budget friendly option .... spend some time on buford highway if youre travel companions are up for it. The varsity because you just kinda have to :-

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Definitely hit the Clermont lounge one night and let me know if you have any questions. I'm much easier to find via social media and email but i check in on here once a day.

1 day ago
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Burrito Art, I miss you!

no problemo :-)

1 day ago
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Canadian foodies looking for central Boston reccs

OP said Subways were fine

Apr 17, 2014
foodiebuddha in Greater Boston Area

Canadian foodies looking for central Boston reccs

check out Craigie on Main, Puritan & Co, & Toro ... all of those are near Cambridge

Apr 16, 2014
foodiebuddha in Greater Boston Area

Need a bit of guidance for trip to atlanta

thanks for the kind words yo!

where are y'all staying? sadly, BoccaLupo *probably* won't be able to accommodate you.

As for Decatur - check out Brickstore as a dinner option. The food isn't outstanding or anything but the beer list is and i think it will have a nice vibe for you guys.

Also - what's your budget for this rendezvous, I might suggest a few other places?

Apr 16, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Burrito Art, I miss you!

I don't have any info on Burrito art but i do have a handful of recipes from Tortillas posted on my site ... google "Tortillas’ Long Lost Burrito Recipe" for the link.

Apr 16, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

College visit with teens

I agree that 6 Feets Patio has a nice view but I cannot, in good conscience, recommend that anyone from out of town use that as a justification for visiting there :-)I think they both leave a lot to be desired, but in thinking that the OP is coming with kids - i think they'll be far more enamored with Flip than 6 Feet. Add that to the consideration that San Fran is the baseline - seafood in this town leaves a loooot to be desired. What do you think?

Apr 16, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

College visit with teens

How much time do you have? :-)

The short of the very long -> the food is significantly overpriced and it is prohibitively expensive. Meanwhile, the execution there leaves a lot to be desired in the way of consistency.

The food falls flat, especially at the price point and often times it just doesn't taste good. Meanwhile, I've found both the service (aka how servers interact & handle things go at the table) and the customer service (the general treatment of the patrons by the staff) to be piss poor. The number of my close friends who have had similar experiences there is alarmingly high.

Apr 15, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

College visit with teens

I can't think of a single restaurant in Atlanta that would end up on "the best of category" spot in San Fran. That said, if you're in to oysters, Kimball House in Decatur is right up there with Swan & Hog Island etc...etc.. It's not just an oyster bar, so there are plenty of dishes for your kids.

General & BoccaLupo are right up there though! So I think you'll really enjoy those spots.

Apr 15, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

College visit with teens

that's actually an excellent point. I find it highly overrated but given what your goals are ... what Jboeke said is spot on.

Apr 15, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

College visit with teens

Without knowing where you hail from, here are some thoughts:

Decatur is great. I think Brickstore or Leon's would serve you well all things considered. My favorite spots in Decatur don't meet your criteria. I would skip Iberian ... lots of people love it ... i'm not one of those people.

I think all of the new southern spots leave a lot to be desired in some capacity, primarily in value and consistency. If pressed, I'd choose Empire State South. JCT is a train wreck & Miller Union is far more expensive than ESS.

I would consider Flip a waste. Definitely go to General Muir. If you want a burger ,that's a great option. However, there are other items that are great at Muir, so I'd do the burger at Bocado. It's a restaurant that puts out a competent menu, not illuminating by any means, but you can get a fantastic burger there and your girls will find something there as well.

I consider BoccaLupo required eating -> pasta/italian.
If you're looking for Neapolitan pizza, the two premier spots in town are Antico & Varasanos. People will swear up and down by Antico. I find it highly overrated. But, it's got a ton of energy and is for that reason "fun" for a lot of folks. Their toppings are great, but their consistency is lacking. Varasano's, with a sour dough starter, gets my vote even though the space can be a bit of a dud.

Asian:
Chinese: Gu's Bistro on Buford Highway for Szechuan & Bobo for "cantonese-esque" although they are a bit of a treck for you.
Vietnamese: Nam Phuong on Buford Highway much closer in, though still a trek.
Korean BBQ: Based on the idea that the farther out places are too far from where you're coming from, Han Il Kwan or Hae Won Dae are your best bets. They are both right close to Bobo & Gu's

The other categories of asian food leave a lot on the table. If you're pressed for sushi, Tomo & Umi offer wallet busting options that while good, don't stack up with similarly price options in other markets. Hayakawa (near Gu's), Taka, & Huku offer the best chance for a solid meal in the more reasonable price range. Still, I'd skip sushi.

Indian: Hard to find good indian in this city, run as far away from Cardamom hill as you can. Perhaps Planet Bombay ... i guess??? I dunno - Panahar on Buford Hwy is bangladeshi and decent ... i suppose.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9687...

Apr 14, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Dinner in the Midtown/Georgia Tech area

If you need something within walking distance, I would focus on Empire State South or Ecco. I'm not saying those are the best bites in Atlanta but they offer the best chance for a high quality meal. If you want a beer, go by Cypress street. The food there leaves a lot to be desired, but the beer list is good. The aforementioned ESS offers the best cocktails in the area. Meanwhile, if you're looking for something more casual, Cafe Agora is awesome & inexpensive. It's a tiny space and not glamorous, but extremely consistent and tasty.

Apr 14, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta
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Please Review: A Weekend in Atlanta

nicely done! glad you enjoyed and glad you got to see different parts of town!

Apr 10, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

looking for Tlayudas?

the best ones are at Taquería La Oaxaqueña (http://taquerialaoaxaquena.com/)

Apr 03, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Big News For All You Japan Chowhounds: René Redzepi's NOMA to Japan

via http://noma.dk/japan/

Dear Friends, guests and colleagues,

A long lasting dream of mine has come to fruition:

Restaurant noma is moving to Japan for two months in the beginning of 2015.

Five years ago I was invited there by chef Murata of the acclaimed Kikunoi and I was awestruck by the richness of Japanese food culture. In some way since that first visit I’ve been secretly planning this temporary relocation.

Although our entire staff will move to Tokyo, we’ll leave our ingredients at home. Rather we’ll bring our mindset and sensibilities to the best of pristine winter produce from all over Japan.

The whole staff is exhilarated, like myself, by this opportunity and we believe that the wealth of knowledge from the journey will enrich our own restaurant and cooking when we return to Copenhagen.

In June we will give you the final details: of what, where and when. If you want to be fully updated on this, please register here.

Sayonara, from René and the rest of noma.

Mar 30, 2014
foodiebuddha in Japan

Beltline Recommendations

Easy answer: BoccaLupo in Inman Park.

Drinks nearby (depending on your style and how much walking you're interested) but Rathbun's & Krog Bar. Also, light snacks at miso and get an Unsung Hero, one of the best drinks in the city.

Mar 26, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Please Review: A Weekend in Atlanta

Well thanks sir! :-)

Agreed re: Gu's.

And to clarify my thoughts re: the vortex, it's a good burger but the reason to go there is the kitsch (which i do love as Lorenzo does). i'm thinking that there are more than a handful of burger spots in NYC that can offer a similar experience.

Mar 26, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Please Review: A Weekend in Atlanta

Yeah, Atlanta's best food options are few and far between ... especially when stacked against NYC & Toronto.

Agreed w/ u re: BoccaLupo. While i love bruce's food (he ran the kitchen at babo for a bit), you can find that where you're at.

I would wholeheartedly agree with your reservations about The Spence. Don't feel bad about not eating at a blais restaurant, he seems more focused on being a rockstar than a chef ... you'll almost never find him in the kitchen.

Abattoir is a good option but let's remember that you're coming from awesome food cities so i don't think anything in ATL will blow your britches up.

You're just wasting stomach space with a vortex burger ... if you want to toss out some burgers you like in NYC, it'll give me a better idea of where to recommend here.

Holeman has sadly gone to shit - the food hasn't been good since the first two chefs came through there (Adam Binderman of Company Burger and Ryan Smith of forthcoming Staplehouse). The drinks are still solid but with Greg Best no longer there (the owner and guy who started pushing the envelope for atlanta), I again think you're wasting your time.

Bacchanalia is owned by the folks who own Abattoir. Since you seem like a guy who is interested in getting a feel for a city - might i suggest that you go to Bacch for a cocktail. Sit at the bar (the restaurant is in the back of their little market), order a few items a la carte and then walk over to Abattoir for dinner. Sit at the bar, let heather take care of you.

Atlanta's cocktail scene is far better than our restaurant scene so if you want some more thoughts in that direction just let me know.

I still think Decatur is a great bet and would say that Kimball House's oyster program is on par with Maison's.

You are correct re: Sushi, our one legit spot was Soto and he packed his bags for NYC roughly a decade ago (he now has 2-michelin ... and while i don't think that the only arbiter of what is good), that should tell you how far atlanta has to go when we run great food out of town.

Mar 26, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

How many months in advance for Michelin reservations?

no problem! hope it works out

Mar 25, 2014
foodiebuddha in Japan

Do not miss at the Buford Highway Farmer's Market?

if you're still heading that way - the taqueria you suggested is the one i go to when i'm visiting that area of town :-)

Mar 24, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Perimeter Center / Dunwoody

re: gyros - Cafe Agora. Two locations, the one is midtown is very close to the train station. would do that over any other place you've mentioned.

Mar 24, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Weekend Lunch from ATL to Augusta

General Muir is worth the inconvenience

Mar 24, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Anyone tried St Cecilia?

i'm known for lengthy, often over complicated prose ... with that said: meh

Mar 24, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Please Review: A Weekend in Atlanta

Without knowing what city you are coming from (no reason to do certain things in ATL if you have good versions at home) ... made some suggested edits for a variety of reasons (geographic concerns, quality concerns, etc...etc..)

Friday in Decatur
Pre-Dinner: Kimball House (oyster happy hour 5-7pm)
Dinner: Cakes & Ale
After dinner: Beer @ Brickstore (moved porter for geographic reasons)
Late Night - Cocktails @ Paper Plane

Saturday:
Brunch - General Muir
Dinner - BoccaLupo
Late Night - Sister Louisa's then Clermont Lounge

Sunday:
Brunch - The Porter (HF works if you want the burger but you're doing bocado so pass)
Dinner - Empire State South
Late night - Vortex Bar & Grill (meh ... but it's sunday so why not?)

Monday:
Late Night Dinner: Gato Arigato / Jimmy's Hot Chx (http://www.eatitatlanta.com/2014/02/2...

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Tuesday:
Lunch: Bocado if you want a burger, Cafe Agora if you aren't getting the burger.
Dinner: Grab Varasano's or One Flew South (both at airport) inside terminals.

Mar 24, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

How many months in advance for Michelin reservations?

From a friend of mine in the travel biz:

Elaine Baran of Esprit Travel in Las Vegas is an authority on Japan.

She establishes extremely complex creative and accurate programs on a destination which is very difficult to sell if you exclude Tokyo and Kyoto, much more used.

Elaine runs a small operation and Japan is her sole market!
http://www.esprittravel.com/contact-us

Mar 24, 2014
foodiebuddha in Japan
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Reservations at Sawada (without a conceirge?)

So I'm headed to Tokyo in March and would like to visit Sawada again. I was in Tokyo last April and ate at Sawada for lunch. Ideally, I'd like to eat dinner there, but I would be happy with anything.

Last trip, I had our concierge make the reservation. This time, however, we will not have access to a concierge. My friend in Tokyo called them and they told her on the phone that out of towners had to go through a concierge. Any ideas?

Jan 22, 2014
foodiebuddha in Japan

Two weeks in Tokyo and Kyoto.....food is movating factor

I'd stay away from Kaiseki then, it's not that they aren't fabulous experiences (DEN, Koju, & Ishikawa in Tokyo are all great) but my guess is that your palate may not jive with the umami/bitterness that rules those roosts. Each offer entirely different experiences though.

Many of the high end restaurants are tough to get into - and i'm not sure how many restaurants you are willing to drop cash at but if sushi is in the mix - Sawada is a godsend. Mizutani and Kanesaka are both freaking delicious as well.

Apr 28, 2013
foodiebuddha in Japan

Yamada Chikara

as they say - I live to eat and eat to live :-)

Mar 19, 2013
foodiebuddha in Japan

Yamada Chikara

I've seen a few mentions of Yamada on here, but nothing in depth. From what I can tell, they are open until midnight. If I am correct in that, do they require reservations? Will they seat just one?

I am hoping to fit it in either after my meal at Koju (res at 18:30), after DEN (res at 18:00) or perhaps before Ryugin (res at 21:30). Does that sound doable?

Mar 19, 2013
foodiebuddha in Japan

Obana :: Will I Have Enough Time? Wild Caught Unagi???

Yes, we are flying out from Narita.

I am aware of the wait after ordering, so i figured if i'm there at 11:30 (so maybe show up at 11?), get my food at 12 and am done eating by 12:45 that we are okay for a 3:50 flight. Another option is to go on the 10th as our reservation at Ryugin isn't until 21:30. So I could go to early dinner at Obana and then dinner two at Ryugin.

After I arrive, I will ask our concierge to contact Obana for us and see about wild eel.

Mar 12, 2013
foodiebuddha in Japan