Sunday, May 30, 2010

Amuse

 
560 Dutch Valley Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30324

I'm in love with Amuse! Until a voucher came across my email on My Daily Thread, I had never heard of this Midtown bistro. It fits all of my requirements for an entry into my regular restaurant rotation, save being walking distance from my house. Since I will never be able to afford to live in Midtown, I'll have to be satisfied with just driving there.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Village Pizza

186 Carroll Street
Atlanta, GA 30312

Village Pizza is near my house in Cabbagetown, and it's a part of the Diem restaurant group that includes Apres Diem, Carpe Diem and Amuse. It's our go-to place for great pizza near the house. I've never had anything there that wasn't delicious. The ingredients are always fresh and the price is absolutely right for enormous portions. Take a look at my slice of the Village Deluxe, topped with Pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, ham, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, black olives, and extra cheese. For only $4.50, it's a great bargain.


The menu includes specialty pizzas, like the Deluxe, as well as build-your-own pizza, pastas and sandwiches. The salads are also a personal favorite: they are enormous and full of fresh vegetables. I give them extra points for using raw mushrooms in the house salad, as well as just a touch of shredded mozzarella. It's enough that you get a good taste, but not so much that it turns a good green salad into a fatty mess.

For right around $10, you can get a slice and a big salad. That's a deal that's hard to beat. Roommate Lynn likes to build her own slice, especially with ham and pineapple. Notice how big a half eaten slice is in relation to her hands.



Village also has a gelato counter, with 4-8 homemade flavors available in 3 sizes. We like to grab gelato to go and pretend that walking and eating balances out the sugar. My favorites are Black Cherry and Tahitian Vanilla. Delicious!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Farm Burger

410b W. Ponce de Leon
Decatur, GA 30030

I didn't think there would ever be a burger joint that wasn't for me, but I've found it in Decatur's Farm Burger. I'm a fan of 100% grass-fed, local beef, unless the taste of it is purposely masked with crap and over-cooking.

I had a Burger Banh Mi, beef with salami, pate, mayo, and the traditional banh mi pickled vegetables. Friends Traci and Russell both built their own burgers, and we shared fries and onion rings. Out of everything, only the onion rings were a stand out.

The menu is pretty cheap, and they do have beer and wine, although the selection is pretty poor. I love Miller High Life, but in a can? That's a little to self-consciously hip for me.

The space is nice, and certainly popular. Unfortunately, it was filled with the kind of Decatur crowd that I don't care for: soccer moms and hippies gone to seed.

The staff was lovely and sweet. They get my highest marks out of the experience. Overall, I give Farm Burger a bog "Whatevs". Go to the Earl instead.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

King of Pops

If you live in Atlanta and haven't heard about King of Pops yet, then get thee to the corner of North Highland and North Avenue now! The King of Pops sells homemade Popsicles out of a cart on the corner in front of the gas station and across the street from Manual's. They're a steal at $2.50 a piece, and come in gourmet flavors like Strawberry with Lavender; Honeydew; Muscadine; and Vanilla with Brownie.

King of Pops also sells his products at Irwin Street Market, Cabbagetown Market and Souper Jenny in Buckhead. Check out the website (with adorable t-shirts) and follow him on Twitter for day-to-day corner hours and flavor updates.

I went yesterday and had a Strawberry with Lavender, which was refreshing and not overly sweet. I forgot to take a photo, and should have, as the King of Pops is pretty hot. It's a nice extra for you $2.50. I lifted the photo below from the awesome Atlanta food blog The Blissful Glutton, which is super fancy and professional compared to me.


How does he keep them from melting?

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Serpas True Food

659 Auburn Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30312

Serpas meets every single one of my qualifications for a great restaurant. Amazing food, creative and delicious bar menu, beautiful surroundings, reasonable prices, and, most importantly, walking distance from my house.

I read about Serpas in Atlanta Magazine's 2010 "Cheap Eats" issue. It was listed in the "Restaurant" sidebar of the burger section (as opposed to "Burger Joint"). For $14, Serpas offers an astoundingly delicious double bacon cheeseburger with a side of fries. And unlike some actual Atlanta burger joints, they cook their burgers to order (wait for that rant in my review of Farm Burger in Decatur. Those hippies can kiss my raw-meat loving ass).


Monday, May 10, 2010

Repast

Repast
620 Glen Iris Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30308

I had high hopes for Repast. It's near my house and the menu looks amazing. Plus, Roommate Lynn bought a $55 voucher off of My Daily Thread. We three roommates are always on the lookout for good food near to Cabbagetown, and Repast is within a long walk. Price is not really a restriction for us when it comes to good foods; enough restaurants these days are focused on small plates that you can eat well, share, and not spend a ton of money. I had hoped that Repast would fall into this category.