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Soft shell crabs?

contact www.finndirect.com or YDFM as others have suggested

Jul 22, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Dinner in Atlanta

What's your budget, will you have a car, where do you live?

Jul 22, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Oyster Craze

this post seems to be taking on a very "local is better" flavor and i think it's much more complicated than that ... here's a very good article looking at things from the other side of the fence http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013...

Jul 14, 2014
foodiebuddha in General Topics

Oyster Craze

I could write more than a novel's worth on this but it's world cup day so this will have to do for now :-)
http://clatl.com/atlanta/the-plight-o...

Also, we're in the fledgling stages but keep an eye out on www.casom.org, it's an organization that Bill Walton is heading up and I'm a part of.

Jul 13, 2014
foodiebuddha in General Topics

Thai ?

you should be good to go with either of those spots - panita has perhaps a little more in the "personality" department but Annie is a sweetheart and the food there is consistent.

Jul 11, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Thai ?

not entirely comfortable with the term "authentic" but Annie's Thai castle is a nice option for quasi-fancy thai. Not stuffy but not super cheap .... if you are willing to drive a little - panita thai kitchen is a fun little option. service there can be somewhat, shall we say, off the cuff but that's the charm of the place.

Jul 08, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Long Layover + Braves Game

There aren't really a lot of options around Turner, as for inside the stadium, there are two notable food options: the steak sandwich from kevin rathbun (which i'm not fond of). and the h+f burger (http://instagram.com/p/oeJAmXsb8G/

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There are 3 stands for the burger ... one is behind home plate and the other 2 are on opposite sides of the centerfield building. It's $15 for a burger, and fries. The site says no drinks but every time i've gotten them there they've come with drinks.The lines get way long and they stop selling sometime around the 6th, i can't remember exactly. No fries at the home plate location.

As for other eats, let me know if there's anything particular you'd like to know.

If you're really focused on the burger, might i suggest you buy the H+F tickets.

Here's why:
- the outfield tix that are included are lower cost than worse seats elsewhere in the stadium
- you don't have to wait in line - this is seriously a huge deal, some people will miss 2 or 3 innings to get a burger.
- the package supposedly doesn't come with a bev but every time i've had it ... it's included. (http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/atl/tic...

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In fact, i find the h+f burger tix to be one of the best deals at the entire stadium.

Jul 02, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta
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Quick Suggestions - Buckhead or along the red line - tonight!

#Agree - the only other place i'd throw in there is Bojangles which is basically chick-fil-a

Jun 26, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

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

I wouldn't say that - after all, i'm full of it! :-) Cheers!

Jun 25, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

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

Well, if i might take this in a different direction, having dinned at most every restaurant in that area ... i would suggest the lobster bar at chops for something in that price point, it's biz casual this time of the week ... but regardless, my pick would be cafe agora for Mediterranean. It's less expensive but easily the best food in the area if you consider consistency & quality vs cost. I love it.

Jun 24, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

best Mexican in SoHo

whoops - didn't read the tex-mex part

Jun 20, 2014
foodiebuddha in Manhattan

The NoMad Bar

Went earlier this evening as well as Monday night; had great cocktails both nights.

Monday I went with the clams en brodo - fairly straightforward, well executed and tasty.

Tonight I tried the hot dog - it rocked.

Here are some pics:
http://instagram.com/p/pZzYopMb7o/
http://instagram.com/p/pUw0LUsb8Y/
http://instagram.com/p/pUv3zSMb6j/
http://instagram.com/p/pUv3zSMb6j/
http://instagram.com/p/pZxx5ZMb5Q/

Jun 19, 2014
foodiebuddha in Manhattan

Bar Primi - East Village

Had a brief flirtation with Bar Primi and I left fairly disappointed.

Sat at the bar and just had 2 items:

the stuffed meatballs in sugo http://instagram.com/p/pPYh7Bsb8B/
- filled with cheese, reasonably tasty but at $12 for 3 little meatballs, they aren't notable enough to get too excited for.

parpadelle w. spring mushrooms in marsala http://instagram.com/p/pPZrp0Mb-d/
- this fell pretty flat to be honest. the parpadelle noodles showed promise but were unfortunately too many degrees past al dente to really excite me. the spring mushrooms were good but the real sadness was the sauce as it coated nearly every inch of the plate usable portion of the plate. I'd enhance this with grandiose food words but i prefer to keep things short these days. Bottom line a nice flavor that totally ruined the dish thx to improper portioning.

Other observations:
Service was fine, it's not like a had a real opportunity to see what they could do, but i can't say i felt as welcomed there as i could have been. one of the food runners had some of the worst personal hygiene i've encountered in a while. I can't fathom how he made it past lineup.

Portions were small as well - while i'm actually quite fond of reasonably sized dishes, i don't like it when they come with a hefty price tag ... the meatballs were probably about 1 oz a pop and the bill for the dish was $12. The pasta was $19 and might have been around 100g of pasta.

Jun 15, 2014
foodiebuddha in Manhattan

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

NP! :-)

Jun 02, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

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

no problem, he writes extensively for seriouseats which is a great source.

Jun 02, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

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

todd speaks - thoughest listeneth
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/05/ou...

May 30, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Anybody down for Mexican????

This article seems pretty relevant for discussion:
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/05/dr...

also ... with little to love in this area: chicago supermarket is my favorite on BuHi and i enjoy taqueria la oaxaquena on Mt Zion near the airport

May 28, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Oysters

talk to Julie - she rocks but yeah no French Belons.... http://twitter.com/inahalfshell and http://www.inahalfshell.com/

May 28, 2014
foodiebuddha in Manhattan

Essex Taqueria - new on (you guessed it) Essex

i don't see a problem with this - i think competition helps drive quality .. it's exactly why you always see McD's Burger King, Wendys etc... all right on top of one and other.

May 27, 2014
foodiebuddha in Manhattan

Athens Ga

not sure how many places you can hit but Cinco y Dies - the apps are especially good.

The national didn't blow my skirt up but i've only been there once

May 27, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Italian American lasagna with ricotta cheese in Atlanta (NE preferred)

i don't know that there are any great options - there's Alfredo's version ... and then there's a place near Chamblee Dunwood & Ptree Dunwood - don't remember the name but will post it if i do

May 27, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Trust tabelog.com ?

i have plenty of experience with yelp & their business practices here in the states if that's what you're after :-)

May 27, 2014
foodiebuddha in Japan

Le Bernardin Tasting Menu for Lunch in the Lounge

I was there just a few weeks ago - i went through one of their smaller tasting menu options - in a single meal (in fact on consecutive dishes) i realized the heights of greatness and the depths of a place that my not be as bullet proof as it once was -

the seared scallop in brown butter dashi was amazing http://instagram.com/p/nvw3c3Mb_t/ and the subsequent dish - a halibut poached in sweet vermouth with a korean "boulibaise" with shrimp dumplings was as flat and as flavorless as one could possibly imagine.

May 27, 2014
foodiebuddha in Manhattan

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

I'm more inclined to follow the words of Todd Brock than anything produced by a survey site ... lots of average burgers on this list. I certainly have my own views on what constitutes a good burger but there are so many different styles out there

May 27, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Midtown Dining

yeah if that's the case then yes - ess will be a comfortable experience for you and fit nicely within your budget. The lawrence is another good option for the area. If everyone at the table gets an entree and you split some apps like the aforementioned jars, y'all should also be able to snag a cocktail (or split a bottle of wine) and hit the $50 price point - with tax and tip it will probably go a bit more. Props to you for City House!

May 24, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Kyoto on a budget

Get to Izuju early - if i recall, what notes are available online about the hours are way off. We got there at like 730pm on a non-descript night and they were already sold out of most everything. They hooked us up though in one of those fantastic examples of hospitality.

Hitomi is a must ... we blew it out there and i think we spent like 3,000 yen a head. Make a reservation - won't be hard to get but will be good.

May 24, 2014
foodiebuddha in Japan

Tokyo Natural Wine / cocktail bars

I have the book i got right next to me as i type ... damn it i need to get back over there.

May 24, 2014
foodiebuddha in Japan

Midtown Dining

Okay - well given those parameters here's what i suggest:
Empire State South one night for dinner. If i'm correct in my presumption, places like City House & Husk are in your "sphere" and ESS is the one place in that neighborhood that will give you an opportunity to have that type of experience. You're not going to find any restaurant in ATL that has entrees quite at $50/head. Mid-30s is the high-end and that's where ESS falls. The best things about that place are the jars (things like pimento bacon jam and stuff like that) & the cocktails. The rest of the menu changes so who knows what will be on it when you come and what will be good. They have a patio as well with a bocce court. Reservations are a must for a party your size. (they aren't required but if you don't make one you won't get a seat)

Your other dinner i would do at The Lawrence. The staff there is incredibly nice, it gets a good vibe and the food there at least fits the criteria you are looking for.

Keeping in mind proximity and your age - i'd look at getting some drinks at places like Top Flr and at Proof & Provision. Both are about 5/6 blocks away from your inn. Papi's Cuban is right next to top flr if you want some solid cuban for either lunch or a dinner. Very casual, very affordable.

If you're left with a 3rd dinner - it might be hard to find something that hits just right - so if you focus more on the experience with your friends and not "the best" place - i think you can have a great time. Steam house lounge gets a decent scene - they have an outdoor patio so that's a plus. Then there is a strip of restaurants on spring street between 8th & 10th ... marlows tavern is the anchor. You can search the web. Nothing spectacular their to eat but again - there are other factors at play.

There are some spots on Crescent ave - Front Page News, Ri Ra, Ra Sushi, and a handful of others. Front Page has a lively patio so that might be a great fit for you guys as well.

Definitely grab lunch one day at Cafe Agora. It's sort of hidden just around the corner from Empire State South. This outpost doesn't have much of a vibe but they have some delicious gyros. Granted ... not american but still.

While you're at the braves game - you can snag an H+F burger -> it's not quite as good as it is at the restaurant but for a stadium burger its ridunkulous.

If youre willing to open yourselves up to a larger net (we have uber here and there are some 'hoods not far away), let me know - that will drastically alter my recs.

May 24, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Midtown Dining

It's really hard to direct you without a little more information ... thus:

What's your budget?
Any cuisine preferences?
Will you have a car?
What city are you coming from?

May 23, 2014
foodiebuddha in Atlanta

Tokyo Natural Wine / cocktail bars

you know I loved it when you took me to Bar Tender ... mmmm #Cocktails

May 22, 2014
foodiebuddha in Japan