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Are there ANY good cockails in Athens?

Highwire lounge. It's owned by the people who own Trapeze Pub. Their cocktails use fresh ingredients and craft spirits.

Jul 23, 2009
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Athens, GA - restaurant/food tasting groups?

Go to one of these and you'll meet plenty of people who love to eat and talk about food.

Jul 22, 2009
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Corn "Risotto"

May 28, 2009
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2 Nights in Atlanta ?

Does Alton Brown have a restaurant?

Dec 02, 2008
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Athens, GA: Heresy!

As much as I disagree with you I have to say that for a while my wife felt the same way about 5&10. A big part of that is that she is a vegetarian and she always ordered the pasta w/ mozz and shaved jalapeno. Which, she thought was good, but it didn't blow her away. Whereas I was almost always blown away by what I was eating across the table.

She finally ventured away from that during our visit last week for our 2nd anniversary and I'm happy to say that she was finally blown away, by the caprese-ish salad and the gnocchi with the pecan pesto. She ate the gnocchi as slowly as possible to lengthen the experience. Seriously, it probably took her 30 minutes to eat it.

I know the common advice is to not order the "safe" items.(This phrase drives me crazy and I would hope everything coming out of the kitchen is safe for consumption) Being in a town as small as Athens, I think that 5&10 has to not only be inviting to the adventurous eater, or fine dining veteran, but also to the frat boy trying to impress a date or the freshman out with his parents. And I think they do this very well.

Honestly, I usually order the specials, but the caesar salad and the frogmore stew are two of my favorite dishes that I've ever eaten. And in the case of the caesar salad, there is a lot of competition.

I guess my point is don't waste time trying "to get" 5&10. I think the restaurant tries really hard to avoid any type of pretense, and unfortunately a lot of the people who love the restaurant seem to enjoy giving the restaurant pretense.

Just order what sounds good, and if you don't like it then you don't like it. But rest assured, it's not because you don't get it.

Aug 05, 2008
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Could Athens, GA, support an "indie" butcher shop?

The Eastside Publix has marrow bones in the frozen meat section. They are really cheap too.

Jun 05, 2008
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East-West Bistro - Athens, GA

Has anyone tried the new menu at East-West Bistro?

I thought the new menu looked interesting and I like the idea of having a tasting menu in Athens.

Feb 20, 2008
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Cheesy Chips Mellow Out

The Natural Cheetos are even better.

Feb 17, 2008
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Ingredient Shopping in Athens GA

I just threw in a couple whole vanilla beans to infuse the vanilla flavor. The first time I tried it I split the beans and scraped the seeds out. This worked until I went to filter the seeds out. I used a coffee filter and it ended up taking out a lot of the orange color as well. I found out later that a lot of homemade cello's don't take on the color of the ones you see at the liquor store so it may have actually been ok.

I don't add any cream, it's not a traditional ingredient, but it could be interesting. If you want to have a fuller, thicker mouth feel, you can also add glycerine, which won't add any flavor, but will thicken the liquor.

Nov 30, 2007
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whig (cola, sc) (& a soon-to-be place in asheville)

The drink prices are what you would expect at a dive bar.

Nov 27, 2007
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whig (cola, sc) (& a soon-to-be place in asheville)

The whig is a great place, but it's not known as much for the food as it is the drinking. It's basically a dive bar, so if the place in Asheville is swanky, it's probably going to be a much different vibe.

I haven't had them myself but the tacos are cheap and from what I hear, incredible.

Nov 27, 2007
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Athens, GA: a few reports

I'm really surprised that you didn't like The National. Me and my wife really enjoyed it and our bill was much lower than a comparable meal at 5 &10.

Granted, I would typically prefer 5 & 10 over The National, the lower prices and different style of food make it a winner in my book.

Oct 15, 2007
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Mirko Pasta - Watkinsville(Athens,GA)

My wife and I went to Mirko Pasta on saturday night. It is newly opened on main street in the same shoppping center as Le Maison Bleu. It is is a new restaurant by the owners of Figo pasta in Atlanta.

When you walk in you grab a menu and then order from a counter. After that you sit down and are waited on. The service included some great bread with a white bean dip/puree.

All of the pasta seems to be made fresh as well as the sauces.

We split some apps and a salad, all of which were good. The caesar salad was the best and was elegantly plated.

For entrees I had a taglioni(sp?) pasta w/ tomatoes and crab which was incredible. My wife had a ravioli w/ spinach and some sort of cheese which she loved as well.

Overall, the restaurant is very good and well priced. I personally don't like ordering at the counter but it may be nice for some quick and delicious food. It also makes ordering desert/wine somewhat a pain.

Oct 01, 2007
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Atlanta to Athens - need advice...

Hugh is actually Canadian. There used to be a bio on the 5&10 website, not sure if it's still there or not.

I'm just hoping he'll start serving poutine at some point.

Sep 27, 2007
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Any good pizza in Athens, GA?

Bischero is my favorite in town, mainly because I prefer the very thin crust, but I have had it not be so good on a couple of occasions.

Honestly, if you want good pizza athens is not really the best place for it.

The only other place I really like is Little Italy, but it's greasy and the place is very dirty. It's great if you've been drinking, probably not so much for a saturday afternoon.

Sep 11, 2007
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The National - Hugh Acheson of 5&10

The wife and I enjoyed a meal here on Friday. I was very excited because my wife is a vegetarian and there was a lot more for her than there is at 5 & 10.

The meal was excellent and a good bit cheaper than a typical visit to 5 & 10. The food is a lot more rustic for the most part, so don't expect fancy plating. Although, I did get a scallop dish that was plated beautifully.

We started with Marcona Almonds, then I had the previously mentioned scallop dish, and seafood fideos. The fideos were very good and it was filled with very tiny shrimp and some regular sized squid. My wife had the vegetable plate which she was absolutely in love with. She tends to order the vegetable plate any time we go to Farm 255, but she said this blew that completely out of the water.

We finished the dinner with a cazuela w/ spice chocolate sauce and brandy soaked cherries. This was very good and very rich.

I would highly recommend the restaurant to anyone on the fence about trying it. Our meal was about 80 dollars before tip, but we probably spent 30+ dollars on alcohol.

The service was also quite good for a new restaurant.

Sep 05, 2007
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Music-themed eating in Athens, GA

I ate at the Farm on Friday and once a few months ago.

The food is good, but they are really missing on some key things. Nothing we ate was salted at all. But, once salt was added was quite good.

They have cured meats now that are very good. I especially liked the lomo.

I feel the prices are high for the quality of food. The food should also be a lot better considering the high quality of most of the ingredients.

Apr 09, 2007
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Eating "Chinese" in Athens, GA

I for got to mention that Sun Ming is right near my parent's house and is very very good. I didn't know that it was authentic or even noticed the chinese characters, but the food is incredibly good.

Mar 15, 2007
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Eating "Chinese" in Athens, GA

The name of the town is actually Irmo not Irma. I grew up there and moved to Athens about 2 years ago.

They have a yearly festival celebrating Okra called the Okra Strut.

Mar 15, 2007
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Pasta Fresca in Columbia SC?

It's a pretty decent pasta place. As far as I know it's local, so that is always a good thing.

It can be a little stuffy if the place is full though.

I actually had one of my most embarrassing moments their. I put a large mouthful of pasta in my mouth and for some reason it was scorching hot, and I had to spit it out in front of my date to save my taste buds.

Feb 27, 2007
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Columbia, SC steakhouse

I don't know of any non-chain steakhouses in Columbia. In fact, I've never had a very good steak in a columbia restaurant. But, my best bet would be to stick to a good restaurant like Motor Supply and order a good steak.

There is a nice restaurant on the Northeast side called Solstice Kitchen and Wine Bar that has a pretty decent steak from what I hear.

Feb 23, 2007
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Ingredient Shopping in Athens GA

I went to Earthfare today and they only had the Luna Ciabatta rolls. I was looking for a bigger loaf so I got the earthfare brand baquette, which was pretty terrible.

I have been looking for good bread ever since I got some great bread at the Dekalb Farmer's Market after going to see Le Cordon Bleu.

When you went, did you see any other Luna breads or just the Ciabatta rolls?

Feb 13, 2007
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Best Seafood Store in Athens, GA

I just recently noticed that their seem to be a lot of posters from Athens on this board.

So, I pose the question, which has better seafood, Rainbow Seafood or Athens Seafood Company, both on Baxter?

I personally liked Rainbow better, but have only been to each one once. I usually shop at the Kroger near my house for seafood as well as everything else, thank goodness they are opening a Publix on my side of town soon.

Feb 12, 2007
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Ingredient Shopping in Athens GA

Where is Daily Grocery?

I found great blood oranges at earthfare a few days ago and they were actually cheaper than at Kroger. I bought them to make a Blood Orange Vanilla-Cello, if anyone's interested.

I also was looking for Lecithin to make a foam with and I found it without any problem at earthfare, didn't see any Xantham Gum though. That would be great to be able to find that stuff locally.

On another note, it seems like their are a lot of posters here from Athens.

Feb 12, 2007
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Best New Gourmet Southern Food?

I concur that you should come to Athens if you stop in Atlanta. Although, Five & Ten may not be exclusively southern, most of the ingredients are southern however the technique used to prepare the food very likely won't be. Either way, it's an incredibly unique experience and easily worth the trip.

There is also a newish restaurant called Mama's Boy which is a very unique southern food place. It's hard to describe, but it is mainly twists on southern classics. For example, they have ice tea brined fried chicken and a mojito marinated pork chop.

Last Resort, Bissett's and Depalma's are not worth the trip from out of town. They are not bad if you live here, but don't make a trip to visit them, especially Depalma's.

Feb 12, 2007
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Need Help with "Molecular" Desert

The recipe made 4 servings. They are very small servings, since the dessert is very rich this is a good thing.

I did make the espresso foam. I just brewed some espresso and then added soy lecithin to it. You can usually find this at health food stores. It comes in pills, granules, and liquid form. I would recommend the liquid form, but I actually bought the granules because I had never used it before.

You just add some of the lecithin to the espresso and froth it using a stick blender. The lecithin just helps the bubbles hold once they are frothed.

I think the foam was actually my favorite part. The Espresso was very rich and complex, but in the form of a foam it was light and airy as well, it was a contrast I had never experienced before.

If you are thinking about the soup, I would definitely recommend it. It's a really fun way to do "molecular gastronomy" without having to buy any freeze dried powders, or expensive equipment.

Feb 03, 2007
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Need Help with "Molecular" Desert

To anyone who is interested, the donut soup was a huge hit. I ended up pairing it with a cherry gelee. It was actually just boxed jello.

The soup was a lot of fun to make. The recipe says to split the donuts into small pieces, but I would recommend actually dicing the donuts into very small cubes. This made it a lot easier on my blender.

The soup tasted exactly like a donut, except it was somehow richer than a donut. I had thought about using all milk instead of half milk and half water, and I'm very glad I didn't do that. The cherry gelee ended up being a great pairing and really cut through the richness of the soup. I just put the gelee into muffin tins and then popped them out upside down, just as marcel did in the thanksgiving episode.

Feb 01, 2007
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Need Help with "Molecular" Desert

Thanks for the idea. I think I'm going to do that.

That way I can also call it a deconstructed cherry filled donut and be even more ridiculous.

Jan 31, 2007
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Need Help with "Molecular" Desert

Me and some friends are teaming up to make a special dinner and watch the finale of Top Chef.

I am making desert and need some help. My dish is an homage to Marcel, mainly just because I wanted an excuse to try and make a foam.

I am going to make Moto's Donut Soup and put an espresso foam on top. A play on coffee and doughnuts.

I am going to plate the soup in a bowl on a rectangular plate.

I need help figuring out what to do with the other half of the plate. I wanted to do a chocolate paint brush swipe and then put some carbonated strawberries over it. I was only doing the strawberries because I happened to see a recipe for them and my wife happened to have some leftover dry ice from work.

The dry ice has since disappeared, so I'm not sure what to do.

I'm really looking for anything that would pair well with coffee and dougnuts, but any idea would be very helpful.

Here are links for the Donut Soup and the Carbonated Strawberries, if anyone is interested.

Jan 30, 2007
Awall25 in Home Cooking