Monday, June 30, 2008

Groovy Lunch Spots around the City

Green Tomato Buffet1275 Powers Ferry Rd SE Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 618-8451

Mon - sat 11-8
Cool cheap lunch spot that has my fave southern veg..Fried green prices...

Parish Foods Fine Goods
240 North Highland, 404-681-4434
Breakfast is served as early as 7 am Mon-Fri...Order sandwiches, salad during lunch hours...Brunch is served on the weekends upstairs in the dining room from 10-3

Café Circa464 Edgewood Ave Atlanta
oh my the appetizers, entrees and desserts are absolute yum..warning you may not want to go back to work after this delicious meal...

590 Mimosa Blvd Historic Roswell, GA
(770) 650-7877

The Old Tucker Fountain2329 Main St., Tucker, GA
Phone 770-493-8880

Jake's Ice Creams & Sorbets660 Irwin StAtlanta, GA 30312
(404) 586-9972
Try the fried green tomato blt and chicken sandwich. And don’t dare miss the ice cream. My toddler loves this place!

Fuji Ya Japanese Restaurant4135 Lavista RoadTucker , GA 30084
Fun hibachi restaurant, Japanese seafood and steak, and full sushi bar. Very cheap lunch prices

Buckhead Bread Company & Corner Café3070 Piedmont RoadAtlanta, GA 30305
(404) 240-1978
Expensive but good. Great bakery!

5th Earl Market
309 E College AveDecatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-5477

205 E Ponce De Leon Ave Decatur, GA 30030
(888) 580-3672
Large portions and hip design are the highlights at this Americanized Asian noodle shop
Le Petit Marche'
Neighborhood: Kirkwood 1963 Hosea L Williams Dr Ste 108Atlanta, GA 30317(404) 371-9888

Broil Out
5975 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30328
(404) 843-0333
Mu Lan Chinese Restaurant
824 Juniper Street Midtown 30308
(404) 877-5797

2884-B N Druid Hills Rd Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 315-6262
Toco Hills eatery welcomes pizza lovers with wood-fired pies and creative gourmet toppings.

Havana Sandwich Shop
2905 Buford Hwy NE
(404) 636-4094
Hole-in-the-wall Buford Highway lunch spot works its main-drag mojo on Cuban sandwiches.

Just Loaf’n
313 Boulevard
This new neighborhood restaurant (right around the corner from Six Feet Under) serves up New Orleans seafood specialties, from gumbo to po’ boys.

Casa Vieja
3652 Shallowford Road, Doraville
Authentic Columbian food that has old favorites from Cuban and Puerto Rican kitchens

Solstice Cafe
562 Boulevard S.E., Atlanta
A hip, caffeine-fueled cafe in Grant Park, serving bargain breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.

Alon's1394 N Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306-3354

Food 101 Morningside
4969 Roswell Road, Suite 200 Sandy Springs, GA
1397 N. Highland, Atlanta

Chef Rob's Caribbean Cafe
5920 Roswell Rd Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 250-3737

Chicago Nancy's Pizzeria
265 Ponce de Leon (Cross Street: Penn Avenue NE)Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 885-9199
Midtown pizza joint dishes up pies to those in need of a fast fix.

BLEU House Cafe108 N Cemetery St Norcross, GA 30071
Mon-fri 11-3

Oakhurst Grill350 Mead RdDecatur, GA
(404) 270-9575

The Varsity61 North Ave NWAtlanta, GA 30308-2166
(404) 881-1706
An Atlanta institution!

Las Palmeras
368 5th Street (Cross Street: Durant Place NE) Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 872-0846
Hidden in a Midtown neighborhood, this low-priced Cuban restaurant is well worth seeking out.

Fellini's Pizza2809 Peachtree Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30305-3135
(404) 266-0082 Cross Street: Rumson Road
Sit on the outdoor patio, crowdwatch and have a pie. Great atmosphere!

Duck's Cosmic Kitchen111-D New St.,
East Decatur Station,
Decatur GA

111 MLK
111 Martin Luther King Jr DrAtlanta, GA 30303 404-523-0109
Atlanta’s best hidden secret!

Zocalo Taqueria
465 Boulevard

Carver's Country Kitchen
1118 W Marietta St NWAtlanta, GA
(404) 794-4410

768 Marietta St. Suite A (Cross Street: Bankhead Highway NW) Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 522-5655
Hip Thai eatery cooks up curries and more on the Westside.

Souper Jenny
56 E Andrews Dr NWAtlanta, GA 30305-1316
(404) 239-9023
In spite of the East Andrews street address, it's easiest to park in the lot off Cains Hill Place. Traveling north on Roswell Road, turn left onto Irby, right again onto Cains Hill, left into lot opposite Churchill Arms.

Ann’s Snack Bar
1615 Memorial Drive S.E. Atlanta, GA 30317 - 2001 Phone: (404) 687-9207
Ann Price has been making her special brand of burger at this humble cafe for almost 30 years: hand-slung patties of ground beef cooked over onions and stacked with cheese, bacon, chili or all the works (aka the ghetto burger!). Her dressed-up hot dogs, such as the chili cheese split, also get heaps of praise

The Rusty Nail Pub
2900 Buford Hwy NE (Cross Street: N Druid Hills NE)Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 325-3326
This comfortable neighborhood hangout does all the pub-style faves--BBQ, burgers, wings and plenty of beer choices.

Oz Pizza
2805 Main Street (Cross Street: White Way) East Point
(404) 761-7006 A Funky little pizza joint that serves some of the bes pies in town – hands down!

Caffè Antico
Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory
University 571 South Kilgo Circle Atlanta, GA 30322
Located on the third floor of Emory's Michael C. Carlos Musuem; Offers seasonal menus of salads, sandwiches, and entrées as well as healthful grab-and-go options. Killer dill chicken salad, serves Starbucks coffee.

Sun in My Belly
2161 College Avenue Atlanta, GA 30317
Little 5 Points/Candler park
Phone: (404) 370-1088

Chanterelle's646 Evans St. (West End)404-758-0909

Taqueria Del Sol1200B Howell Mill Rd NWAtlanta, GA 30318
(404) 352-5811

Taqueria Sundown Café2165 Cheshire Bridge Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 321-1118

Rhea's Take Out Foods
1210 Canton StRoswell, GA 30075-3619
(770) 992-8638
One of the best and cheapest hamburgers in the city!

The Loop Pizza Grill
3537 Chamblee Tucker Road Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 220-2666
Embry Hills Shopping Center

Bombay Grill2165 Savoy Dr Chamblee, GA 30341
(678) 530-9555
Tip: Indian Buffett-$9.95

Cafe Bombay2615 Briarcliff Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30329
(404) 320-0229

Southern Sweets186 Rio Cir Decatur, GA 30030-2229
(404) 373-8752
One of the best bakeries in the city! Serves lunch in the quaint cafe

314 E Howard AveDecatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-2000

Zesto Drive-In Burgers544 Ponce De Leon Ave NE (Cross Street: Ponce de Leon Court NE)Atlanta, GA
(404) 607-1118

2625 Piedmont RdAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 844-0444

Muss & Turners1675 Cumberland Pkwy Ste 309Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 434-1114 Cross Street: South Atlanta Road
One of the best Deli’s in Atlanta

Blue Ribbon Grill4006 Lavista RdTucker, GA 30084
(770) 491-1570

Camille's Sidewalk Café
3499 Chamblee Tucker RdAtlanta, GA 30341
(770) 455-0500

Bellini's Pasta & Pizza5525 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 668-0558

Belly General Store
772 N. Highland Ave

Six Feet Under415 Memorial Dr SEAtlanta, GA 30312-2264 (404) 523-6664
2nd Location
685 11th Street (off of Northside Drive);Opens 3/26

La Fonda Latina (Cuban)
923 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306-4211
(404) 607-0665

Friday, June 27, 2008

Mama Mia Itsa Pizza!

Shorty's 3701 Lawrenceville HwyTucker, GA 30084 and (770) 414-6999
2884-B N Druid Hills RdAtlanta (404) 315-6262Super cool little authentic pizza restaraunt serving a variety of menu options in Tucker. Once you go, you will be back!

Mellow Mushroom Pizza 1679 Lavista Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30329-3414 Phone: (404) 325-0330
Old standby with locations all over atlanta

Quattro 1071 Piedmont AveAtlanta, GA 30309Phone: (404) 881-0000 Best kept secret of a little slice of a pizzeria on the edge of Piedmont Park

Mama Nikis 1715 Howell Mill Road 404-350-0514 Voted one of Atlanta's Best Pizza..Try the garlic pretzels

Rosa's Pizza 62 Broad St NW 404-521-2596 Closest thing to NY style pizza here in the A-T-L. you will stand in line with a zillion Ga state students but it's worth the wait. delicioso!

Blue Moon Pizza 2359 Windy Hill Rd SE Ste 100 , Marietta , GA , 30067 Flavorful thin-crust pies have the locals raving about this hip pizza parlor in Marietta.

Capozzi's New York Pizza 2960 Shallowford Rd Ste 101 , Marietta , GA , 30066 Local pizza and pasta shop serves New York-style pies in a friendly environment.

Rosa's Pizza 62 Broad St NW , Atlanta , GA , 30303-2323 The preferred pizza joint for the downtown lunch crew.

Chicago's Nancy's Pizza 265 Ponce de Leon Ave , Atlanta , GA , 30309 Midtown pizza joint dishes up pies to those in need of a fast fix.

New York Pizzeria 3354 Chamblee Tucker Rd # D, Chamblee(770) 457-4466 It ain't fancy but its a great neighborhood option for folks in Chamblee

Fritti 309 N. Highland Ave. , Atlanta , GA , 30307 Sexy Inman Park pizza joint offers authentic Italian snacks for hip urbanites.

Cameli's Gourmet Pizza Joint 699 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Ste 12 , Atlanta , GA , 30308 Exceptional pies make this pizza place one of Midtown's best-kept secrets.

Everybody's Pizza 1593 N Decatur Rd NE Health-food consciousness blends with gourmet aspirations at this groovy intown pizza parlor.

Baraonda 710 Peachtree St NE Apt 210 , Atlanta , GA , 30308Stylish Midtowners snack on Euro-style pizzas at this romantic trattoria.

Athens Pizza 1341 Clairmont Rd , Decatur , GA , 30033Greek cuisine outshines the pizza at this popular Decatur joint.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Adventures for big kids

Starlight Six Drive-In 2000 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA

Malibu Grand Prix 5400 Brook Hollow Pkwy Norcross

Six Flags White Water 250 N Cobb Pkwy, Marietta

ADRENALINE CLIMBING 460 Brogdon Road #100, Suwanee 770-271-1390

NexGym at the Mall of Georgia - Fully functional sports gym geared for 6-14 year olds! gaming, organized sports, and all type interactive activities to get our kiddies moving. Awesome concept..

Movie Tavern at Northlake Festival 4043 LaVista Rd Tucker, GA (678) 680-5782

Junction Lanes 141 Newnan Station Drive Newnan, Georgia 30265 770-683-2695

Dave and Buster's
4000 Venture Drive Suite 15 Duluth , GA 30096 770/497-1152
Marietta 2215 D&B Drive Marietta , GA 30067 770/951-5554

Planet Q-Zar 3750 Venture Dr., Duluth770-497-1313
Unbelievable laser tag fun for older kids...

Jillian's Discover Mills Mall 5900 Sugarloaf ParkwayLawrenceville, GA 30043 678.847.5400

Medieval Times 5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy Lawrenceville inside Discover Mills Mall (770) 225-0230

ESPN Zone 3030 Peachtree Rd NW Atlanta

Stone Mountain Park Hwy 78 E (Exit 8) Stone Mountain

Wild Animal Safari 1300 Oak Grove Road Pine Mountain

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games 11000 Alpharetta Hwy Roswell

Lake Lanier Islands 6950 Holiday Rd Buford, GA

Water Parks!

The Beach at Clayton County International Park
2300 Hwy. 138 SE, Jonesboro770-473-5425 www.thebeachccip.comTues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.Adults, $10; children 3-12, $8; 2 and under, free; parking $3

Lake Lanier Beach and WaterPark
7000 Holiday Rd., Lake Lanier Islands770-932-7200 www.lakelanierislands.comTues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.Adults, Mon.-Fri., $27.99; Sat.-Sun. $29.99' Children 42" and under, $17.99; under 3, free. Cool off in style with Georgia’s largest wave pool, an exciting three-story “FunDunker,” waterslides galore and a half-mile long sand beach. There’s also a Kiddie Lagoon and Wiggle Waves child-sized wave pool for your smallest kids to enjoy.

Red Top Mountain
50 Lodge Rd. SE, Cartersville 770-975-0055
Open daily, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Free admission; parking, $3.The park’s Lake Allatoona is a great place for watery adventures. The sandy beach is ideal for swimming, and the lake is great for fishing and boating. Visitors can bring their own boats or rent on-site. Other attractions include hiking trails, miniature golf, tennis courts and picnic pavilions.

Robin Lake Beach
Callaway GardensHwy. 18, Pine Mountain. 800-225-292
Open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.Adults, $13; children, $6.50; under 6, free.Relax on a one-mile stretch of white sand beach while the kids chill out on Iceberg Island, which contains climbing walls, trampolines, aqua totters and slides. Other activities include miniature golf, table tennis, shuffleboard, volleyball, paddle boats and the “Flying High” Circus, which has daily performances (except Wednesdays) throughout the summer.

Skull Island at Six Flags Over Georgia 275 Riverside Pkwy, Austell 770-948-9290 Hours vary.Adults, $39.99; children under 48", $29.99; under 3, free. In advance from Publix: free children’s admission with purchase of adult admission.Drop anchor at Skull Island for an interactive water adventure. Attractions include three giant water-dumping towers, six waterslides and a variety of water blasters, sprayers, fountains, jets, water wheels and pumps.

Sun Valley Beach 5350 Holloman Rd., Powder Springs 770-943-5900 daily; 10 a.m.-8 p.m.Adults, $17.95; children 2-11, $14.95Dive into one of the largest pools in the Southeast or relax on Sun Valley’s sandy white beach. Attractions include 11 waterslides, a dolphin fountain, a showering umbrella, lumber jack log roll, diving platforms and swinging ropes. Bring a picnic, light up the grill or buy lunch at the concession stand.

White Water Park 250 Cobb Pkwy., Marietta 770-948-9290 Opens daily at 10 a.m.; closing times vary.Adults, $36.99; children under 48”, $26.99; under 3, free.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Cool Coffee Bars

Well if you are like me and my teenage son, we love to lounge in coffee bars...I mean who doesn't like to roll in somewhere in jeans and flip flops, get a latte, a dessert treat and catch up on the latest Creative Loafing or take advantage of Wi-Fi..all in a cool laid back environment where no-one gives a rat's patootie what you look like..The list I'm about to give you privvy to is no Starbucks honey...These are Atlanta orginals and great places to get your hot coffee and chill on...Happy sipping!

Lattitudes Coffee Lounge & Bistro 501 Dekalb Industrial Way Decatur, GA 30030
404 298 8787 i'm feeling this new little spot right off L'ville modern vibe and yummy treats + a good cup of joe..yeah baby!

Urban Grind 962 Marietta St. Atlanta, GA 30318 404.724.0605

Alcove Coffee 4135 Lavista Road Suite 550 Tucker, GA 770.621.3636

Jake's Ice Creams & Sorbets 660 Irwin St Atlanta, GA 30312 404.586.9972

Tilt Coffee Shop 274 Walker St SW Castleberry Hill 404.688.4284

Joe's Coffee 510 Flat Shoals Ave SE , Atlanta , GA 30316
Lattes and laptops reign at this homey East Atlanta coffee shop

Dancing Goats Coffee Bar 419 W. Ponce de Leon Ave Decatur 30030 404.687.1100
Cool airy vibe and enough coffee to please even the most discerning coffee snob. try the mini-donuts!

JavaVino 579 N Highland Ave NE , Atlanta , GA 30307 Coffee and wine go hand in hand at this neighborhood nook in Poncey Highlands.

San Francisco Coffee Roasting 1192 N Highland Ave NE Atlanta , GA 30306 Neighborhood coffee hotspot favorite shines with superior home brews and plenty of comfy nooks.

Northern Star Coffeehouses 45 South Peachtree Street Norcross, GA 30071 770.409.4009 Exposed brick make this loft like space in Downtown Norcross way cool along with wine tastings, local artists paintings and indoor and outdoor seating

Aurora Coffee 992 N Highland Ave NE , Atlanta , GA 30306 Indie coffeehouse mixes urban design with serious java moxie.

Java Monkey 205 E Ponce De Leon Ave Ste 5 , Decatur , GA 30030 Coffee and cake are a hit at this cyber cafe-wine bar combo in downtown Decatur.

Octane Coffee Bar & Lounge 1009-B Marietta St NW , Atlanta , GA 30318 Fuel for your day: Recharge at the Westside's urban coffee haunt.

ChocoLate Coffee 2558 Shallowford Rd NE Ste 201 , Atlanta, GA 30345 Local neighborhood cafe caters to coffee connoiseurs or those in need of a quick caffeine fix

Inman Perk Coffee 280 Elizabeth Street NortheastAtlanta, GA 30307 404.523-7774
Cute little place to relax in Inman Park

Thursday, June 19, 2008

First Date Spots

Fellas/Ladies, Can we talk? Have you ever booked a restaraunt for a first date and your date bores you's why I suggest you give it a test drive first at these spots can chat, get your drink on, have dessert, listen to live music, look at a nice view or people watch..and if you need to rise up, then you can with no buyers here are my faves for spots to get to know that special someone..Don't get me wrong..All these spots below are the bomb..But they are more for getting to know your date...Then if you are really feeling them then do your homework and check my list of Top Restaraunts When you are Dating that Special Someone..That way you can save the big bucks for those special evenings with the one you want to take home to!

Rare- Soul Tapas Restaurant 554 Piedmont Ave (404) 541-0665
wow..thank goodness for spots like rare! after a short hiatus the rising star of the Lorenzo Wyche family has re-opened and we all breathe a sigh of relief that this rare soul food tapas spot is back to cater to the discriminating tastes of Atlanta's urban elite. your date will def be impressed! CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS

Rooftop - The Glenn Hotel - Marietta Street
Get there before 9:30 as it gets crowded. The DJ spins Wed-Sun starting at 8 pm. Sexxy!

UTOPIA Martini & Tapas Lounge 840 Marietta St NW (404) 898-8788 the decor is amazing..prepare to be dazzled...

Harlem Bar 262 Edgewood Ave NE (404) 588-0014 go early and stay late at this tiny slice of a new york brownstone in Sweet Auburn..the food is delicious...sometimes can be long waits for menu orders, but worth the wait...gets crowded after 9:30 pm

I love this place! My #1 spot for shooting pool, kicking back with a group of friends, listening to some of my fave local bands (Quinn and Friends/Indigo Sunset) and looking at the great eye candy...Pick your nite thursday-sunday based on the live entertainment.

Cafe Circa 464 Edgewood Ave (404) 477-0008
a winning combination of laid back sophisticaion and cool urban appeal has livened up Edgewood avenue... founded by a few brothers from morehouse..don't miss the desserts and appetizers for noshing..and the peach cobbler is awesome..i love this place!

FOX Sports Grill - Atlantic Station
Great place to check out the game and get your giggle on at the bar..if you are feeling your date move across the street to Strip..good strong drinks :-)

M Bar Castleberry Hill
all the sexy people come to this hip castleberry hill boutique lounge to nosh, drink and hang out..nice vibe, cool ambience and hot people watching...oh and the M is for their signature margaritas, martinis, mojitos, mimosas and music ...turn on your sound and check out the website to get a taste of just how smooth the M Bar is...enjoy!

Churchill Grounds 660 Peachtree St (404) 876-3030
Monday's Afro Sounds and Thursday's Latin Jazz are other good nights to go. Top rate talent play at this sophisticated little club on the weekends…

Brookwood Grill 880 Holcomb Bridge Rd Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 587-0102
Noisy enough that if you and your date are not feeling each other you can still enjoy your food, the ambience and roll out and still have had a good time because of the surroundings...

Martinis at IMAX- Fernbank Museum's IMAX Theatre 767 Clifton Road
Friday's Martinis & Imax is a hot ticket in town, so before you show up for a sold-out show, call (404) 929-6400 to reserve tickets.

Londzell's Jazz & Blues Cafe 2300 Holcomb Bridge Rd Ste 309 (678) 795-9100
The food is average but the music is swinging baby…friday nites are happening...

Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View 210 Peachtree St NW Phone: (404) 589-7506
this slowly revolving restaurant and bar--an Atlanta destination for must-impress occasions--offers unparalled views of the city. Some patrons stop by for a cocktail at the bar; others settle in for dinner.

Vino Libro 933 Garrett St Atlanta, GA 30316 Phone: (404) 624-3644 Hip black owned wine bar in the super cool Glenwood park. If you're really feeling your first date, take them next door to Vickery's for dinner..killer appletinis

Cafe Intermezzo 1845 Peachtree Rd NE Phone: (404) 355-0411 Cozy spot for after drinks, dessert and a little (ahem) foreplay :-)

The Chocolate Bar 201 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Suite C Decatur, GA (404) 378-0630 Romantic after dinner spot for satisfying your sweet tooth

Grape Atlantic Station 264 19th St Atlanta, GA 30363 (404) 815-0090 Enjoy live jazz on Thursday nights…sit on the patio for serious people watching..i love the hummus!

Chef Rob's Caribbean Cuisine 5920 Roswell Rd Ste 117 Sandy Springs (404) 250-3737 Inventive caribbean food in a cozy laid back "it's all irie" vibe..the carribean egg rolls are amazing

Gladys Knight & Ron Winan's Chicken & Waffles 7301 Stonecrest Mall (770) 482-6766 Weekdays and dinner are good days to go..expect long waits on the weekend..try the soul food sautee with chicken

The Real Chow Baby 1016 Howell Mill Rd Ste A (Cross Street: 11th Street NW) (404) 815-4900 All you can eat stir fry made to order….you fix it anyway you like and the cooks will whip it up on an open flame…no takeout so go hungry...

Special Spots to take your Boo

Goldfish 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE Atlanta (770) 671-0100
The scoop: Inside are high ceilings, vibrant murals and a sheet of water cascading behind an elegant sushi bar. The restaurant hums with activity but also offers quiet corners for more intimate dining. A Seafood lovers delite!

Blue Ridge Grill 1261 West Paces Ferry Road (404)233-5030 The scoop: Comfortably sophisticated and startlingly realistic replica of an upscale hunting lodge. Pricey but very well done Classic Southern and American dishes.

Redfish Creole Bistro 687 Memorial Dr SE Atlanta (404) 475-1200
The scoop: Fairly new, Louisiana-inspired restaurant. Cajun-Creole mix of classics such as gumbo, red beans and rice, jambalaya, etouffee, heavy on the seafood.

Horseradish Grill 4320 Powers Ferry Road NW Atlanta (404) 255-7277 A rehabbed horse stable with cozy rustic charm is the scene. Solid New Southern food is a winner. The restaurant's popular brunch is served Sundays from 11am to 2pm.

Aria 490 E Paces Ferry Rd NE Atlanta (404) 233-7673Cross Street: Maple Drive
The scoop: A seductively dark bar leads to the expansive dining room, a hip mix of yesteryear architecture and droll postmodern art. "New American"includes twists on old favorites like short ribs, pork soft-shell crabs, and fish. Dessert is delicious!

SAGE on Sycamore 121 Sycamore Street Decatur Square (404) 373-5574
The Scoop: Turn of the century storefront in Downtown Decatur is home to this casual bistro. Eclectic New American menu. Wednesday night is live jazz!

Wisteria 471 N Highland Ave (404) 525-3363 The scoop: Intimate VA Highland eatery is attractive and comfortable. Yummy Southern-influenced menu changes seasonally,

The Capital Grille 255 East Paces Ferry Road
The scoop: National chain looks like a gentleman's club: a smoky bar, dark wood paneling, and deer heads mounted throughout the dining room, all with a stunning view of downtown Atlanta. Steakhouse with comfort food side dishes.

Grace 17.20 5155 Peachtree Pkwy Norcross, GA (678) 421-1720 The scoop: Tucked away in the Forum at Peachtree Corners, elegant dining and a seasonal menu makes for an irresistible formula. Contemporary American cuisine with a strong suit of seafood.

Nava 3060 Peachtree Road Atlanta (404) 240-1984
The Scoop: Trendy upscale Southwestern restaurant. Food can be hit or miss but the atmosphere and drinks are good.

South City Kitchen 1675 Cumberland Pkwy, Smyrna, Ga 30080 770.435-0700
The Scoop: This 2nd location of the wildly popular Midtown icon, is a new Southern restaurant serving fun delicious food like Buttermilk fried chicken, lima bean hummus, goat cheese fried green tomatoes. the Desserts are amazing!

Kyma 3085 Piedmont RoadAtlanta (404) 262-0702 The scoop: Stylish interior makes for a special nite at this upscale Greek restaraunt.

Tierra 1425B Piedmont Ave NE (404) 874-5951
The Scoop: Tiny cottage serves a hip, diverse crowd the menu explores the flavors of Central and Latin America. Try the luscious très leches cake, refreshing lime ice cream or the seasonal (usually fig or mango) tart.

Sambuca Jazz Café 3102 Piedmont Rd NE (404) 237-5299(404) 237-0207 The scoop: Sambuca creates a luxurious atmosphere with plush seating and swinging music: jazz, blues, modern, world, straight ahead and vocals. The impressive surroundings lend an air of class to a night of dining and drinking. After work, this is a prime people-watching spot for the Buckhead business crowd. The eclectic cuisine menu is diverse from seafood to Middle Eastern appetizers and thick cuts of red meat. Dine on Friday and Saturdays and skip the $10 cover

Village Tavern 11555 Rainwater Drive Alpharetta, GA 30009-8696(770) 777-6490 This sister restarant to my hometown fave in Bham is excellent..the service is impeccable..the ambience is snuggly to include a fireplace and the know your girl would not post it if the food was not AUHMAZING...try the crab dip..and brunch is great too..Alpharetta stand up and take a bow..the Village tavern is a great addition to the neighborhood

Dante's Down the Hatch 3380 Peachtree Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30326 (404) 266-1600
The scoop: This is a fun place complete with a full-scale cutaway of a sailing ship. The menu is quite electic with Fondue being the highlight. Live jazz is the big draw and the bands perform six days a week.

Stoney River Legendary Steaks 5800 State Bridge Rd (Corner of Medlock Bridge Road) Duluth (770) 497-6676 10524 Alpharetta Hwy (Corner of Holcomb Bridge) Roswell, GA 30076-1429 (678) 461-7900
The Scoop: Stoney River looks and feels like an upscale lodge. The steak is delicious and the seafood is delectable. And the bread is wonderful! Bring your money, honey, cause it shole ain’t cheap… This is one of my favorite steakhouses!

Lenox Grill 3393 Peachtree Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30326 (404) 442-8891
The scoop: The old fashioned diner is yet upscale and an easy choice for dining at Lenox Mall, relaxed yet elegant, the food and the service is consistent. American comfort dishes are inventive and satisfying.

Steel Restaurant & Lounge 950 West Peachtree St Ste 255 Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 477-6111 Steel's Pan-Asian menu is served in a wow! inducing setting of swanky teak wood and modern interior.

Aqua Blue 1564 Holcomb Bridge RoadRoswell, GA 30076 (770) 643-8886 Shimmering aqua light washes over this visually dramatic suburban restaurant. The menu offers cuisine from around the world...The sushi bar rocks!

5 Seasons Brewing 5600 Roswell Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30342 (404) 255-5911
The scoop: Five Seasons is more than a place to knock back beer. An elegant interior beckons with softly lit tables and an expansive dining area. The menu encompasses dishes from around the world. The grilled pizza is not to be missed. After dinner, kick back and relax in the laid-back downstairs bar, which has darts and pool tables.

Blackstone 4686 South Atlanta Rd Vinings, GA 30080 (404) 794-6100
The Scoop: An obscure location on the back edge of an Atlanta Road strip mall is an unlikely location for this upscale, yet easygoing Smyrna steakhouse.

River Room Restaurant & Tavern 4403 Northside Pkwy NW Ste 150 (404) 233-5455
The scoop: Located in the Post Riverside complex between Buckhead and Vinings, this tucked away spot is a popular choice for daters of all ages.The seafood selection is dreamy!

Ten Degrees South 4183 Roswell Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30342-3715 (404) 705-8870
The scoop: If you’re looking for a WAY different dining experience, this is it! The dining rooms, which are separated by a fireplace, feature earth-toned walls, ceiling fans and indigenous artwork and tapestries. The only restaraunt of its kind in Atlanta serving South African cuisine.
Dishes here are packed with intriguing flavors. Squid comes in peri-peri sauce, Bobotie spring rolls feature sweetened ground beef in a fried wrapper, served with fruit chutney, Durban chicken curry. Try Diane's Delight, a buttery sponge cake served warm with ice cream. Definitely a gastronomic adventure!

Oceanaire Seafood Room 1100 Peachtree St NW (404) 475-2277Cross Street: 12th Street
The scoop: Lavish seafood restaurant with the prices to match. Some of the freshest seafood in atlanta. First stop for impressing that someone special!

Two Urban Licks 820 Ralph McGill Blvd (404) 522-4622 Cross Street: Freedom Parkway The Scoop: This sexxy restaraunt hums with activity but at the same time casts a spell with its subtle mysterious interior. Bulbous red lanterns and flickering wall sconces cast a spell, and helps to pull together the entire vibe of the funky warehouse feel. LIve blues nightly.The restaurant is tucked away from the road. Follow Somerset until you pull all the way up to the valet platform. New american menu. Dress to impress!

Paschal's Restaurant 180 Northside Dr SW Unit BAtlanta, GA 30313 (404) 525-2023
In short: Castleberry Hill fine-dining establishment complete with white linen tablecloths serves up Soul food and seafood specialties. Paschal's is a grander restaurant than its namesake predecessor located nearby. Dress appropriately.

Bistro VG 70 W Crossville Rd Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 993-1156
nice place for a casual date...gorgeous patio and great bar..try the desserts...

Feast 314 E Howard Ave Decatur (404) 377-2000(404) 377-2747 Feast offers Mediterranean dishes and a cozy vibe. The Mediterranean-inspired food is offered mostly as small plates and thin-crust personal-sized pizzas. Stick with the dessert specials from Southern Sweets Bakery.

Carpe Diem Bistro 105 Sycamore Pl Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 687-9696
The scoop: Ultra-stylish eatery is located elegant, industrial space makes a dramatic statement. From the entryway, stairs lead down to a striking dining room with soaring ceilings and lots of glass. Banquettes line the walls, while sleek mahogany-stained tables fill the room. In contrast, low-slung couches cluster around coffee tables in the intimate bar area. Service is friendly, if somewhat flaky. The well-rounded menu works for sampling. Fried calamari is well executed: tender, not chewy, with light breading and a piquant marinara for dipping. A mound of crispy shoestring fries, served with garlic-parsley sour cream, is perfect for sharing. Entrees are hit-or-miss. Tender, flavorful filet of beef isn't cooked to order. Wood-grilled chicken breast is dry, but nicely sauced in a rosemary au jus. Grilled sashimi tuna steak delights; served rare, it's topped with a spicy Thai-influenced sauce. For dessert, order the molten chocolate cake.

Sweet Devil Moon 980 Piedmont AvenueAtlanta, GA 30309 (404) 347-3600Cross Street: 10th St The scoop: THIS IS A NEW LOCATION. THEY MOVED FROM MEAD STREET. scoop: This neighborhood tapas bar has the look and feel of a hip lounge. The menu is short but a diverse selection of Latin favorites and the cocktail menu, including Sangrias and Margaritas is sure to please.

Woodfire Grill 1782 Cheshire Bridge Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30324-4922 (404) 347-9055
The Scoop: Dinner nightly. Does not serve lunch. A large wood-fired oven dominates the dining room done in warm, coppery tones. The open kitchen is usually manned by chef Michael Tuohy. The diverse menu, which focuses on fresh organically grown local ingredients, changes daily. Try the woodfired pizza.

Killer Creek Restaurant 1700 Mansell Rd Alpharetta (770) 649-0064
The scoop: The usual chophouse design is refreshingly updated along with a mouthwatering menu of steaks and seafood. Desserts are outstanding and enormous. Killer Creek holds theme nights. Tuesday is scotch and cigars; Wednesday is ladies' night, with discounts on appetizers and gift drawings; and Thursday is beach night, with ocean-inspired drinks and song. The Sunday brunch is worth making the drive!

One. Midtown Kitchen 559 Dutch Valley Rd NE (404) 892-4111
The Scoop: Theatrical, urban and designed to impress, this striking restaurant is situated on the edge of Piedmont Park. The menu centers on fresh, seasonal ingredients, with special emphasis on small plates. Take advantage of the complimentary valet.

The Cafe at East Andrews 56 East Andrews #10 Atlanta (404) 869-1132 The scoop: Stroll leisurely through a European-style courtyard complete with a picturesque fountain and make your way to the welcoming wood-paneled dining room. Serving New American fare, with delectable seafood selections.

Nino's Cucina Italiana 1931 Cheshire Bridge Rd (404) 874-6505
The Scoop: They have the distinction as Atlanta's oldest Italian restaraunt. Cozy and family owned, the menu resonates with Italian favorites. Don't miss the Dessert pastry cart!

Hudson Grille - 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody RdAtlanta, GA 30346770.350.0134 Perimeter Mall Newly opened bar and grill occupies the former Garrison's space at Perimeter Mall. A sports enthusiasts mecca with more than 70 giant plasma TV screens, the menu is abound with tried and true bar food like wings and burgers, salads and a decent array of entrees including seafood, pasta and steaks. Good desserts from Metrotainment Cafe bakeries

Wahoo! A Decatur Grill 1042 W College Ave Decatur (404) 373-3331
The scoop: Situated near the train tracks, this neighborhood joint exudes a cozy,rustic feel. Wahoo's menu features fresh catches with changing daily specials. For an extra special experience request a table in or outside on the patio...Delicious and romantic!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Excursions for Tots

Indoor activities:

Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW 404.659.KIDS (5437)

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK) - Gainesville 999 Chestnut Street 770-536-1900

Maxx Fun Family Entertainment Center 1100 Shannon Mall, Union City. 770-774-9500.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta 404-929-6300

For the Wee Ones:

Little Gym various locations in the area

Gymboree various locations in the area

Imagine-It, the Children's Museum by Centennial Park has a special section for really young kids. It's back behind the water section. It has a variety of fun things, safe and clean.

Atlanta Kids Zone ( Call the Director as there is a nominal per hour charge to come play at their indoor playground in the evenings.

Stonecrest Mall (I-20 exit Turner Hill Rd) has an indoor play area in front of JCPenny's. It is all padded and mostly enclosed. It can get pretty crowded with bigger kids on the weekend though. There is also a train for a few dollars that drives around the mall - very fun!

Leapin Lizards has a separate section for 3 and under,

Northpoint Mall in Alpharetta. they have a great soft play area. it's best to go early in the day.

Jumpy Places

Jumping Jeronimo! 770-552-2772
1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Ste. 240, Roswell
Jumpin’ Jamboree770-496-1200
2534 Royal Place, Ste. E, Tucker

Monkey Joe’s
1019-B Collier Road, Atlanta. 404-351-1815
*Coming to Lavista Road soon

Leapin Lizards Fun and Party Center 185 Sams Street Decatur Georgia 30030 404) 371-9700
Decatur’s brand new indoor play and party center featuring over 10,000 square foot of bouncing inflatables, giant slides, obstacle courses, toddler exploration area, concessions, two large private party rooms, free WI-FI and computer access.

The Jumping Bean 504 Amsterdam Avenue Amsterdam Walk Atlanta GA 404.897.3646 A clean, colorful bounce house in midtown offers a nice alternative to the bigger chains. Very well suited to smaller kids.

Bounce-n-Bob’s 404-634-4964
1936 Briarwood Ct. (I-85 and Clairmont), Atlanta

IKEA (you can check your baby into the playroom for 90 minutes to play while you shop in Atlantic station or within the store)

Outdoor fun:

Zoo Atlanta

American Adventures

Six Flags - Thomas Town

Dixieland Fun Park - Fayetteville

Indoor playgrounds

The Mall at Stonecrest • Discover Mills • Mall of Georgia• Arbor Place Mall • North Point Mall

Outdoor Playgrounds

Centennial Park's playground - play in the fountains! * Brook Run Park *Dresden Park *Holcomb Bridge *Tanglewood Park - Canton*Mayor’s Grove Playground at Piedmont Park

Aquatic Centers

Mountain Park Aquatic Center 1063 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain 7770.564.4650 Super cool outdoor leisure pool with zero-depth entry, two giant waterslides, river channel, bubble bench, vortex, and water play structures.

Browns Mill Aquatics Center 4929 Browns Mill Rd Lithonia This sparkling new attraction has several neat features including aTot Pool, Lazy River and Leisure Pool

Lenora Pool 4515 Lenora Church Road Snellville 770.982.5309 Outdoor leisure pool with zero-depth entry, a giant waterslide, river channel, and water play structures.

West Gwinnett Park & Aquatic Center 4488 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Norcross 770.417.2281 Outdoor leisure pool with zero-depth entry, two giant waterslides, river channel, bubble bench, vortex, spray bar, and water play structures.

Who's got Kickin' Wings?

Rick's Hotwings 3103 Cobb Pkwy NW Kennesaw, GA 30152 (678) 453-4343
Great lemon-pepper and hot.

Da Bomb Wings & Seafood 250 Auburn Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 681-5513
Sketchy location just around the corner from Harlem Bar with limited seating and a serious takeout/delivery business. They have a ga-jillion flavors and the wings are meaty and juicy Don't go for the ambience, go when you need a late nite fix or better yet, have them delivered!

Publix various locations around the city
wow..who knew a grocery store deli could turn out some of the most delish wings you've ever the mardi gras and lemon pepper

Famous Yardbird 1025 E West Connector, Austell, GA 30106 (678) 556-0161 the wings are a meal, not a drinking snack. Tater tots are and you gotta have the Slices of Texas toast

Buffalo China: 1145 Glenwood Ave., 404-622-8888 (multiple locations). Crisp-saucy "braised" wings with fried rice is the tasty signature at this wings-n-Chinese joint. Sketchy location with lots of panhandlers...

Coco Loco Cuban & Caribbean Cafe: 2625 Piedmont Rd. (Buckhead Crossing Mall), 404-364-0212,
Lemon/garlic/mojo marinated wings find a nice foil in soft, tangy onion rings at this popular Buckhead old-timer.

Wild Wing Cafe 2145 Roswell Road Marietta 770-509-9464
This sports bar has a family-friendly dining room, plus three bars — one smoking, one nonsmoking, and an expanded, grass-covered outdoor tiki bar with a beach theme.

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q: 1238 DeKalb Ave., 404-577-4030,
Lip-tingling spices and sweet smoke earn these hot little suckers best in show for barbecue.

J.R. Crickets: 631 Spring St., 404-881-1950, locations). Carefully honed dive-bar atmosphere makes you crave a beer. Small, crispy-bitted wings, chunky homemade blue cheese dressing and a fistful of celery are always just right if not memorable. If you climb the stairs, don't let your eyes dwell on the archaeology of gum beneath the mezzanine-level tables.

LT's Wings & Other Things: 1160 Fairburn Rd., 404-349-0006. (multiple locations) A stopover for commuters who call ahead and pick up boxes of wings, each with a baggie of celery sticks and baby carrots. If you eat on premises, the friendly owners will set up a picnic table on the patio.

Sgt. Phifer's Wings and Fries: 124 Spring St., 678-886-0556.
Sit on the rickety patio. The wings and fries are fine. And remember... Hot here is hot.

Shane's Rib Shack: 1221 Caroline St., 404-525-7427, (multiple locations). Not too crisp, not too smoky. But, hey, they're ready fast.

Taco Mac: 573 Main St. (in Lindbergh City Center) 404-574-5813, (multiple locations). We know everybody loves these hometown wings, but we thought the skin was just too soft. Then again, after sampling the exhaustive beer list, we didn't mind the flimsiness so much after all.

Wing Ranch: 1154 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville. 678-225-0750, (multiple locations). Give us a home where wingless chickens roam: This Western-themed spot serves up a fine passel of flavors (garlic Parmesan or lime-pepper, anyone?) in a spit-shined strip-mall dude ranch.

Wingnuts 2088 Briarcliff Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30329Phone: (404) 417-9990
Their wings are fresh with a huge selection of different flavors to choose from Open late. and they deliver

Wing Factory 4279 Roswell Rd NE Suite 605Atlanta, GA 30342 (404) 255-4460 All the flavors are satisfying (including your traditional hot buffalo) and the prices are friendly too

Atlanta Best Wings
7016 Highway 85 Riverdale, GA 30274Phone: (770) 997-2333
Love the fried mushrooms and chicken fingers..and of course the chicken wings are hot and quick to the table..yummy late nite option

So you think you've had good BBQ?

Sam & Dave's BBQ, 4944 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, 770-977-3005

Fox Bros. BBQ, 1238 Dekalb AveAtlanta Ga 30307 404.577.4030

Rolling Bones Premium Pit BBQ, 377 Edgewood Ave., 404-222-2324

Hometown Barbecue, 1173 Highway 29 S., Lawrenceville, 770-963-5383-

Maddy's 1479 Scott Blvd., Decatur, 404-377-0301

Harold's 171 McDonough Blvd. S.E., 404-627-9268

Fat Matt's Rib Shack 1811 Piedmont Ave NE (404) 607-1622

Wallace Barbecue 3035 Veterans Memorial Highway Austell, Georgia (770) 739-1686

Spiced Right Smokehouse Barbecue 5364 Lawrenceville Highway Lilburn 770-564-0355

The Swallow at the Hollow 1072 Green St Roswell, GA 30075-3638 (678) 352-1975

Daddy D'z 264 Memorial Dr SE Atlanta, GA 30312 (404) 222-0206 Cross Street: Hill St

Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q 1425 Roswell Road Marietta, GA (770) 971-3201

KC Pit BBQ 234 Hilderbrand Dr NE Atlanta, GA 30328Phone: (404) 459-6497

Harold's Barbecue 171 Mcdonough Blvd SE Atlanta, GA (404) 627-9268

Dusty's Barbecue 1815 Briarcliff Rd NEAtlanta, GA (404) 320-6264

Sprayberry's Barbecue Highway 34 at I-85 exit 47 Newnan, GA 30263 (770) 253-5080

Dean's Barbeque 9480 S Main St Jonesboro GA (770) 471-0138

Anderson's Old Fashion Bar-B-Q 65 Willis Mill Rd SW (404) 696-8144

Spas that Cater to the Total Diva in You

Polished Beauty Lounge
4500 W Village PlaceSmyrna, GA 30080 (678) 213-2999
You will be afreakin amazed at the mani/pedis

Renew Day Spa
4347 Shallowford RoadMarietta, GA 30062Phone: (770) 998-8592
Slice of southern charm in the heart of Marietta

Entebello Modern Apothecary & Spa
Neighborhood: West Paces Ferry / Northside324 E Paces Ferry RdAtlanta, GA 30305(404) 477-2933
Great mani/pedis, facials and nice selection of mdse for gifts or a treat for thine self..

256 Pharr RoadAtlanta, GA 30305Phone: (404) 814-2121
Sweetest mani/pedi in Atlanta...a little pricey but who cares when you are being pampered

Blue MedSpa
190 10th StAtlanta, GA 30309Phone: (404) 815-8880
relaxing massages are one of the best services offered at this uber cool spa experience

The Spa on Paces
3209 Paces Ferry Pl NWAtlanta, GA 30305Phone: (404) 237-7712
Warm welcoming total spa experience in Buckhead..mani/pedis, facials and massages are awesome..try the body polish w/60 minute massage

Fabu Face Spa & Boutique
335 W Ponce de Leon Ave Ste DDecatur, GA 30030Phone: (404) 377-6363
Stunning facials

Mind & Body Day Spa
939 Peachtree StAtlanta, GA 30309Phone: (404) 249-9677
Try the Japanese hot stone massage

Fiori Skincare Spa
11720 Medlock Bridge RdDuluth, GA 30097Phone: (770) 814-0089
Spectacular facials, great massages and very attentive to detail when waxing

Places where the Black Singles Mingle

First will notice that the tried and true popular spots around town are conspicuously missing...Awwww you know who they are...they get enough's my goal to introduce you to some of the out of the way spots to get your mingle on..keep in mind that all my spots below are upscale and security is in effect to make a sista feel without further ado..ladies get your 'do together...fellas go ahead and get your line tightened...and get ready to party like a rock star!

Grown Folks Cafe
5495 Old National Hwy Atlanta, GA 30349 (404) 767-9011
stritcly for the 35 and older crowd

Crowe's Nest Mega Plex
5495 Old National Hwy Ste B13Atlanta, GA 30349-3255 (404) 767-0123
strictly for the 35 and older crowd..and perhaps a few soul daddies may be in the house..but it's all good :-)

Taboo 2
6075 Roswell Rd.Atlanta, GA 3032 (404) 255-4911
Run don't walk to Si-man Baby's (from 102.5 radio) friday nite old school party...i love this place!
Echelon 3000 Ultra Bistro
1179 S Hairston Rd
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
(404) 294-1820

M Bar & Lounge
Castleberry Hill2 57 Peters St SW Atlanta, GA 31132 (404) 523-1555
Definitely one of THE places to see and be seen...nice place for a snack and the drink list is's def the atmosphere in this sleek lounge that will keep you coming on the website and turn on your sound to be transported to all that is MMMMMM

Hairston's Dinner Club
1273 S Hairston Rd Stone Mountain, GA 30088-2718 (770) 322-9988
Very laid back before 10..and then the party people come out in full force..always a good time to be had at Hairston's..try the catfish fingers if you want a little bite...

The Pearl Bistro and Bar
2841 Greenbriar ParkwayAtlanta, GA 30331 404.349.1987 Newly opened nicely down renovation of the old Magic Johnson's TGIF's in Camp Creek..they have a variety of special nites where the feature dinner, dancing and grown folks mingling...check out the website for specifics at

Wind down Wednesdays
Centennial Park is the place to be on wed evenings for jazz in the park STARTING LATE SPRING THRU THE SUMMER..remember to bring your chair...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Places to get your Jazz on...Mama!

So i don't know about you but music is in my soul..if my cat daddy wants to take me to a jazz joint then it's certain to be a magical many of the new places around town have shut their doors but there are still a few spots in the city that are popping..and a great opportunity for the grown folks to mix and's my fave top Jazz spots :

Sambuca Jazz Cafe 3102 piedmont road atlanta ga 30305 (Buckhead) 404-237-5499
get your checkbook ready as their is usually a cover charge..but if Joey Sommerville is there you will get a special treat..and they bring some of the top acts in the city..dinner ain't cheap either but fellas if you want to impress a certain special lady...well look no further than this first class dinner club

Smooth Jazz Summer Series at Villa Christina 4000 Summit Boulevard Atlanta 30319
For a magical nite of good food, drink and smooth jazz check out this tuscan villa. Happens once a month all summer long. Check the website for dates. Don't miss this!

Londzell's Jazz & Blues Cafe 2300 Holcomb Bridge Rd Ste 309 (678) 795-9100
The food is yum and the music is swinging baby…friday nites are happening... if you see a gentleman behind the bar with long dreads that savvy businessman is Londzell himself...introduce yourself and tell him Atlbrowngirl sent you by..and if you're lucky he may even share a few stories of his days playing with some of the hottest bands back in the day

Cafe 290 290 Hilderbrand Dr NE (404) 256-3942
The décor ain’t special but the music is the big draw....

Beluga Martini Bar 3115 Piedmont RdAtlanta, (404) 869-1090
Great people watching…killer drinks..and get a seat close to the piano if you come for the band on most friday in advance...

Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe 660 Peachtree St (404) 876-3030
Monday's Afro Sounds and Thursday's Latin Jazz are other good nights to go.
Top rate talent play at this sophisticated little club on the weekends…

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Soul Food Stars in the A-T-L

Now everyone loves their soul food a certain way..perhaps your Auntie made your sweetpotato pie with lemon flavoring rather than vanilla..or you prefer your yams with more juice and light on the cinnamon..or your fried chicken with lots of crunch on the outside..and i believe no would argue when i say the mac-n-cheese has to be the real thing along with homemade nana pudding is a must and don't even try it if the sweet tea, cornbread and yeast rolls are not on point! you can see i get passionate about my soul ya'll on with the list of my top faves for getting your soul food on in the A-T-L...and hey i'm waiting breathless on any additions you may have to the list..enjoy!

Busy Bee Cafe 810 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive The West End (404) 525-9212
omigod i love their food! as a matter of fact i'll be back... i'm headed there right

Honey's Kitchen 517 Flat Shoals Ave Atlanta, GA 30316 (404) 586-0009
anyone tried this spot? let me know what you think..

Geraldine's Fish & Grits 971 N Hairston Rd Ste Stone Mountain 3 (770) 498-3660
the only place i know that serves every fish in the sea with all the breakfast trimmings all day everyday till 3 pm

King’s Southern Restaurant 4958 Redan Road Stone Mountain, Georgia 30088
404-501-0182 or 678-596-1198
yum! down home cooking with all the favorites..great spot for after church

Mama Nem’s 6049 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, 770-469-0445
New school soul food..great atmosphere with full bar and flat screen tvs. special events are some of the most fun in town. attended the Election nite party and it was the jam! danced and ate fried green tomatoes and wings to old school.

Who's Got Soul Southern Cafe 3818 Covington Hwy, Decatur, GA 30032(404) 289-0116
Chef Keith Kash who made an appearance as Lisa Hartwell's personal chef on RHA owns and runs this restaraunt..piping hot fish and chicken fried to order..fresh veggies and the meatloaf is the this place after getting my praise on at Berean Christian Church

The Beautiful 2260 Cascade Rd SW The West End (404) 752-5931
an Atlanta institution where you can get your good greasy soul eat on..

Q Time 1120 Ralph David Abernathy The West End (404) 758-2881
another Atlanta favorite..check out the breakfast..the grits are off the cheesy!

A lil bit of Soul 1234 S Hairston Rd Stone Mountain 30088 (404) 297-2242
it ain't fancy but it tis good when you need a carryout meal

Mae's Soul Food Inc. 34 Peachtree St SW (404) 525-4557
has anyone tried this place..give me a shout and tell me what you think...

Son's Place 100 Hurt St NE Atlanta, GA 30307 (404) 581-0530
legendary fried chicken....

Louise’s World Best Soul Food 1455 Pleasant Hill Road Lawrenceville, 770-923-1188
clean, pleasant little spot in the old ruby tuesday's down from gwinnett mall..don't miss the fried green tomatoes...CLOSED

This is It BBQ & Seafood 4065 Memorial Drive (404) 292-5616
still one of my faves...the red velvet cake is orgasmic

Quinnie’s BBQ Restaurant 2860 LaVista Road Decatur 404-728-8763
i'm just so glad to have a soul food spot in my hood! cool spot for lunch

Collard Green Cafe 2566 Shallowford Rd NE (404) 634-3440
another winner for lunch in my hood

Our Way Cafe 2831 E College Ave Decatur (404) 292-9356
they have a comforting selection of soul food favorites

Best steaks in town

Sear 265 Peachtree Center Ave. 404-521-0000 in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis downtown

Maxim Prime Steakhouse The Glen Hotel 110 Marietta St. 404-222-7992

Hal's On Old Ivy 30 Old Ivy Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30342Phone: (404) 261-0025

Morton's - The Steakhouse 3379 Peachtree Rd., NEAtlanta, GA 30326Phone: (404) 816-6535

Room at Twelve Centennial Park 400 W. Peachtree St. 404-418-1250 Atlantic Station

Prime Steaks Sushi Seafood Lenox Square Mall 3393 Peachtree Road NE 404-812-0555

Ted's Montana Grill 1874 Peachtree RoadAtlanta, GA 404-355-3897 and 133 Luckie StreetAtlanta, Georgia 30303P: 404- 521-9796

Wildfire Perimeter Mall 94 Perimeter Center West 770-730-9080

McKendrick's Steak House 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road 770-512-8888

Chops 70 W. Paces Ferry Road Atlanta. 404-262-2675

Kevin Rathbun Steak 154 Krog St., Suite 200 Atlanta. 404-524-5600

Highland Tap 1026 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 404-875-3673

Bricktop's 3280 Peachtree Road Suite 100 404-841-2212

Burgers, Burgers, Burgers!

Ok..I know this is a gamble to put myself out here claiming to know the best spots to get a burger...let's face it: burgers are as diverse as the people are in our fine city..but i like my burgers thick and juicy...homemade....and hand you know i have high standards when it comes to a burger...the only spots to make this list with the frozen patties are special spots that gussy up your burger and make the visit worthwhile...So on to the topic at hand..
now i will not attempt to offer my thoughts on these fine about you check them out and give me a shout..holla!

5 Napkin Burgers 990 Piedmont Ave NE Atlanta GA 30309 (404) 685-0777

Kitsch’n 155 1788 Clairmont Rd. Decatur, GA 30033 678-973-0606
yummy homemade burgers and sweetpotato fries in cozy location

Farmburger 410b W. Ponce de Leon Decatur, Georgia 30030 404.378.5077
totally groovy 100% grassfed beef in supercool location in decatur next door to Watershed

Grindhouse Killer Burgers 1842 Piedmont Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30324 404-254-2273
these handshaped burgers are mounds of pure delight. u must try the boozy milkshake!

Yeah! Burger 1168 Howell Mill Rd Ste E Atlanta, GA 30318 (404) 496-4393

Atlanta icons

George's Restaurant & Bar 1041 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

The Warren City Club 818 N Highland Ave Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 475-1991

Two Urban Licks 820 Ralph McGill Blvd Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 522-4622

not only will you get a good burger but the hottie potattie's are in the bldg!

Bocado 887 Howell Mill Rd Atlanta, GA 30318(404) 815-1399

Manuel’s Tavern 602 N Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307 (404) 525-3447

The Vortex Bar & Grill 878 Peachtree St NE Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 875-1667

Highland Tap 1026 N Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 874-4742

Dantanna's 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 760-8873

Atkins Park Restaurant and Tavern 794 N Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 876-7249

Front Page News1104 Crescent Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 897-3500

Shaun's1029 Edgewood Ave Atlanta, GA 30308 (404) 577-4358

The EARL 488 Flat Shoals Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30316 (404) 522-3950

The Burger Club 4300 Paces Ferry Road, Suite 150, Atlanta

Murphy's 997 Virginia Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 872-0904

Rusty Nail 2900 Buford Hwy NE Atlanta, GA 30329 (404) 325-3326

One of a kind spots

Mikes Big Burger So Dekalb Mall (404) 286-8762

Rosebud 1397 N. Highland Avenue(Morningside) Atlanta, GA 30306. 404.347.9747

Napoleon's Grill 2836 La Vista Rd Decatur, GA 30033 404-321-5000

Moe & Joe's Bar and Grill 1033 N Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA (404) 873-6090

Ann's Snack Bar 1615 Memorial Dr Atlanta, GA 30317 (404) 687-9207

Rhea's Take Out Foods 1210 Canton St Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 992-8638 7420 Southlake Parkway , Jonesboro 770-210-0031

Melton's App & Tap 2500 N Decatur Rd Decatur, GA 30033 (404) 634-9112

Burgers & More 245 Ivan Allen Blvd Atlanta, GA 30313 (404) 658-7808

Chevy's Diner & Ice Cream Parlor 45 Macon St, McDonough (678) 583-8777

Paper Mill Grill 305 Village Parkway, Marietta (678) 766-1500

Places that make a Turkey Burger with their weight in gold

Neighborhood: Castleberry Hill 323 Walker Street SW ATLANTA, GA 30312 (678) 705-9759

FLIP Burger Boutique 1587 Howell Mill Rd Atlanta, GA 30318(404) 352-3547
and u must try the krispy kreme milkshake!

Burger Joe's 810 Marietta St. Atlanta, GA 30318(404) 876-2005

Mr Everything Cafe
870 Martin Luther King Dr Atlanta, GA 30314 (404) 521-9903

Grindhouse Killer Burgers
Neighborhood: Sweet Auburn Curb Market 209 Edgewood Ave Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 522-3444

Fuze Burger 265 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Suite AAtlanta, GA 30308(404) 685-9988

Atkins Park Restaurant 794 N Highland Ave NEAtlanta, GA 30306 (404) 876-7249

Chain restaurants that make a mean burger

Ted's Montana Grill various locations around the city

Houston’s various locations around the city www.

Five Guys various locations around the city

Zestos various locations around the city

Fuddruckers various locations around the city

Happy Hour Baby!

Cafe Circa 464 Edgewood Ave (404) 477-0008 a winning combination of laid back sophisticaion and cool urban appeal has livened up Edgewood avenue... founded by a few brothers from morehouse..don't miss the desserts and appetizers for noshing..and the peach cobbler is awesome..i love this place!

CRÜ Urban Lounge 620 Glen Iris DrAtlanta, GA 30308 (404) 551-2361
swanky loft for the grown and sexxy crowd

Luckie Food Lounge 375 Luckie St (404) 525-5825 you can definitely get lucky at this uber chi-chi restaraunt/niteclub..even the bathrooms are hot! and loved the gelato bar and "corner store" downstairs

FOX Sports Grill - Atlantic Station's Man central! and the drinks will definitely get you buzzing...

Acoustix Jazz Lounge 840 Marietta St NW (404) 898-8788 the decor is amazing..prepare to be dazzled...

Eclipse di Luna 764 Miami Cir NE Atlanta, GA 30324 (404) 846-0449
Love the latin band on thurs-sun nites!

Universal Joint 906 Oakview Rd. Decatur, GA funky unpretentious bar in a revamped auto garage..great bar food

Aiko Martini Lounge 128 E Andrews DrAtlanta, GA 30305 (404) 869-4800 sushi lovers dream...hip decor...

Thrive 101 Marietta St Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 389-1000 cool place to drink and meet and greet

M Bar 257 Peters St Atlanta, GA 30313 (404) 523-1555 hip little place in the very buppie Castleberry Hills to get your meet on..good food and drinks..definitely a hot spot for where the black singles mingle

Girls just want to Hang Out - Dreamy things to Do when you have "Me time"

So what is a girl to do with a day of leisure? Hey now..Me time! :-) Need ideas for those rare days when you clear your calendar, push all appts to the side, the kiddies are at school and when you give your to-do-list a break? Well..your girl is on the job! Here is a guilt-free day of girl-fun! Please peruse my fave list of Dreamy Tings to Do Mon...And I'm always open to ideas..Please send me a shout on your fave places!

Shop at Pleasant Hill (to die for!)– Lunch @ Bahama Breeze

Boutiquing in VA Highland and lunch @ Diesel

Spa visit and haircut @ Like the river Salon and and lunch @ Zaya - Dessert at Parish Fine Foods
Marshall’s @ Town Brookhaven – Lunch @ Noche and run by Publix before you leave :-)

Spa vist to Natural Body and Loft browsing in Brookhaven - Lunch @ Haven

Northlake Mall- Lunch @ blue ribbon grill/fuji ya/fuddruckers

Marshall’s and TJ Maxx in Buckhead – Lunch @ Bricktops

TJ Maxx on Howell Mill – Brunch @Social House - Pedicure @ Nail talk

Marshall’s on Roswell road – Lunch @Chef Rob's Caribbean Cafe

Massage @ Urban Body Studios + Yoga/Pilates in the studio - Lunch @Papis Grill

Shop at Cumberland Mall – Lunch @ Stoney River legendary Steaks/Ted’s Montana Grill/Cheesecake Factory

Shop at Phipps Plaza – Lunch @ The Tavern/The Grape

Spa @ Gabriel’s Face Spa – Lunch @ Paper Mill

Shop at TJ Maxx Northpoint – Lunch @ the Village Tavern (Exit 9 off GA400)

Shop at Perimeter Mall – Lunch @Wildfire

West End Mall for browsing and people watching - Lunch @ Busy Bee

Movies @ Mall of Georgia - shop at Nordstrom rack and TJ Maxx superstore

Shopping at Lenox Mall - Lunch @ the Clubhouse

Breakfast worth taking a break for

Now this is a subject near and dear to my heart...I love all things breakfast. So brunch is one of my favorite things to do on the weekend. How about a list of the top breakfast spots in the city? And weekend destinations for brunch! Yum....

Breakfast Served All Day:

The Social House
1663 Howell Mill Road, 404-350-1938,
closes at 3 will not be disappointed! their menu is delish. Black owned breakfast spot and another Lorenzo Wyche joint. Great food!

Ria's Bluebird 421 Memorial Drive S.E., Atlanta; 404-521-3737 - closes at 3 pm
killer pancakes...the crowd is always entertaining for people watching. Short satisfying menu that is easy on the pocketbook

Radial 1530 Dekalb Ave NE (404) 659-6594 funky little restaraunt with nice selection of breakfast items

Highland Bakery 655 Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30312 (404) 586-0772
omigod the sweetpotao pancakes and grits are divine..awesome selections of sweets also...

Original Pancake House various locations
Old standby with good reliable pancakes personal fave is on Cheshire bridge

Thumbs Up Diner various locations you didn't think we could mention breakfast without putting them on the list did you?

The Flying Biscuit various locations
An Atlanta institution

West Egg Cafe 1168-A Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404-872-3973
great downtown option for light satisfying fare..good selection of breakfast muffins

Matthews Cafeteria 2299 Main St Tucker, GA (770) 491-9577
when you are the Tucker neighborhood drop on by this legendary mom and pop dive that serve killer grits...and all the fixins for the low-low

OK Cafe 1284 W Paces Ferry Rd NW (404) 233-2888
I love the whole "retro diner" vibe and the food is reliable. Brunch stops at 2 pm on the weekend
Gladys Knight Chicken and Waffles various locations
Gladys I'm glad your Midnight waffle train made a stop in Georgia. I do wish they offered more of a variety in syrup fave is the Stonecrest location

Places I haven't tried but I hear are good:

J. Christopher's

The Pecan - off Main Street in College Park

American Roadhouse -Nothing fancy but a good reliable breakfast before a day of shopping in Va Highland

Babbette's Cafe - french cottage that serves unbelievably fresh fare

Chicago's in Sandy Springs has a good Sunday brunch

Brio various locations

Destination Weekend Brunch Spots:

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen 10795 Davis Dr. Alpharetta, GA (770) 992-5566
the motherlode of brunch spots..Served at the Alpharetta location only. Not to be missed!

Ray's on the River 6700 Powers Ferry Rd NW (770) 955-1187 oh my is good! it is a palatial spread...they recently lowered the price too

Chequers Bar & Grill 236 Perimeter Ctr Pkwy NE 7703919383

Murphy's 997 Virginia Ave NE VA Highlands brunch destination stops traffic with home-made baked goods and inventive egg dishes.

Front Page News 1104 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA yummy cajun food and great place for people watching on Crescent Avenue.

Paschal's Restaurant 180 Northside Dr SW Unit B (404) 525-2023
legend has it that pioneers of the civil rights movement planned there strategy over many a meal at this Atlanta institution ..where all the church folks stop by for a good sunday meal

Ritz-Carlton Buckhead The Dining Room 3434 Peachtree Rd NE (404) 237-2700
look no more..this is the quintessential spot for THE brunch in the city..reserve for special occassions and it aint cheap be prepared..but it will soothe that savage foodie beast within


Hi ya'll:

I first and foremost want to shout out my Sister and Soror Adrianne Caldwell. She was the inspiration behind this blog. She always says "Dee your knowledge of the city is so should blog!" So finally I got with it dahlings and here I hope you will stop by often and add your comments. Remember all opinions are welcomed, as long as you are kind. :-) Oh one more thing, food is my passion...I love to try new restaraunts so if you know of any hot spots that are not mentioned feel free to holla! And I'll be sure to include on this site..So onto the matter at hand - Hanging in the ATL! Thanks so much for stopping by,

Peace and Blessings,