Atlanta/Athens

Brush, another Decatur delight.

Brush, another Decatur delight.

Ah, Decatur.  When visiting Atlanta, this little enclave is my charming ‘in-between’ location — a destination close enough to my parents’ house without having to go all the way in the city and a place I don’t have to worry too much about parking — not […]

Bacchanalia, not the fine dining experience I expected.

Bacchanalia, not the fine dining experience I expected.

Have you ever had a place that you’ve literally been thinking of going to for over ten years?  Did you ever (finally) get to go?  Did it live up to your expectations? For me, that restaurant was Bacchanalia.  This Atlanta staple has been in every top […]

Antebellum, Contemporary Southern Charms.

Antebellum, Contemporary Southern Charms.

After a return trip to Yonah Vineyards (a must do if you are in Northern Georgia), and a high school reunion that wasn’t (a longer story if you want to hear it, just ask) and other stressful type things on my weekend to Atlanta, I was […]

Parkside District: Local food done right.

Parkside District: Local food done right.

As you might have come to realize, Atlanta is a relatively big city.  My parents live in the same house where I grew up which is ‘OTP,’ that is, Outside the Perimeter, a local Atlanta colloquialism.  For the most part, the best restaurants in the […]

Empire State South, a filling breakfast.

Empire State South, a filling breakfast.

Empire State South is an institution that has long been on my list of places to visit in Atlanta.  Chef Hugh Atcheson is involved with an old Athens favorite (Five & Ten), but alas, it’s rare that we ever stay over in our university town.  […]

The Optimist, the sad case of ordering incorrectly.

The Optimist, the sad case of ordering incorrectly.

While we were home, Hubs and I spent a day with our niece and nephew at TopGolf, which, for the record, is an entirely excellent way to spend a morning (and if I could franchise the concept in Dubai I would be a gazillionaire).  I was […]

Grayson’s Graft.

Grayson’s Graft.

For our last meal in the United States, we took another suggestion and drove to Graft, a farm to table initiative in one of the suburbs of Atlanta, GA.  The location is a former house, off a busy Grayson Highway and quite unassuming from the […]

Staplehouse: Worth the hype?

Staplehouse: Worth the hype?

So, of all the restaurants I was looking forward to in the States, Staplehouse was highest on the list.  And why is that exactly?  Well, as there is a distinct shortage of Michelin stars in Atlanta, this venue (with its nomination for the James Beard Award […]

Leon’s Full Service: Perfect (and kid friendly) lunch spot.

Leon’s Full Service: Perfect (and kid friendly) lunch spot.

After participating in an awesome scavenger hunt (no, seriously, it was a blast and I may have to write up an additional review), Hubs, the Niece and Nephew (ages 11 and 13, respectively) and I were ready for something to eat (and a cool place […]



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