Friday, June 26, 2009

A Few Sizzling Hot New spots to try

Ziba's Restaurant & Wine Bar
Neighborhood: Grant Park

562 Boulevard SE Atlanta, GA 30312

Waterhaven 75 5th St., Atlanta, 404-214-6740
In the space formerly occupied by the Globe’s. Warm inviting spot that specializes in fresh fare from local farmers. Italian greens done up Southern or sweet, slightly seasoned, ightly fried squash blossom, grilled eggplant. Yum! Joe McCarthy is the owner so tell him ATLBROWNGIRL Sent you by...

Sweet Auburn Bistro
Anybody been yet? Give your girl a shout out!!
171 Auburn Avenue Suite PAtlanta, GA 30303 Downtown Atlanta 404-525-5810

Whiskey Blue unveiled summer menus of small bites and signature drinks. Find remixes of old stand-bys (black truffle pizza w/ fontina cheese, french fries w/ sriracha-spiked mayonnaise) and tropical adult beverages (Guava Sin, Papaya Daiquiri) to unwind over. Cabana included. (3377 Peachtree Rd. NE, 678.500.3100)

Eros World Tapas Bar 2160 Monroe DrAtlanta, GA 30324 (404) 549-2433

Dogwood Restaurant 565 Peachtree St, Downtown Atlanta, GA 30308
404- 835-1410
Do I need to say more than "Grits Bar"?? Hey now! lol...for down home fans this is it in a fine dining atmosphere..Not to be missed..

Corey McDaniel
this brotha is one of the most talented artists in the city..his artwork takes you back to a time when EWF was playing in the basement, velvet paintings hung on the wall, and the finest sista was the one with the biggest afro and Earth love this cat's work..check him out at Apache Cafe where his artwork titled "Foreplay on Canvas" is definitely images that evoke a feeling in your soul...THIS IS A MUST SEE!

Ole Skool Saturdays...
It's the best old school party in the city! They have it once a month in different hotels around the city. Sometimes they bring in acts like Whodini, Suga Hill Gang, Dougie Fresh. And the people come! There are usually thousands of people, mostly working, professional types.

Dolce 261 19th st NW Atlantic Station 404-872-3902
Celebrity entrepeneneurs are behind this sexxy new Italian restaraunt tucked in the corner of Atlantic Station. Hottest spot to see and be seen

Canvas.Art.Bar.Lounge 170 Northside Drive Castleberry Hill Atlanta 30313 404-522-5615
Wildly hip urban art lounge for sipping, sampling tapas and checking out the hottest artists in the city

STIR at Art on 5
quoting from the website "....S.T.I.R. (Sounds Thoughts Ideas and Rhymes), held at Art on 5 Gallery (2001 MLK Drive Suite 530) allows Atlantans to mix up their weekend nightlife routine and awaken their senses to quality urbane entertainment...." Atlbrowngirl says: It is like a Red bull to all your palates...the food was delish ( the art was amazing and music was jamming ( and also included a mix of comedians and spoken word artists...STIR occurs every month and is sponsored thru at an inconspicuous gallery space right off MLK..this little slice of artistic heaven has some of the most amazing paintings done by many of the hottest urban artists her in do not walk to check out this next event or just stop by the gallery at

Diesel 870 North Highland Ave. Atlanta, GA 30306 404.815.1820
This new hotspot just opened in Va Highland in the old "dish" spot...Omigod the bbq burger, black-eyed pea hummus, fried green tomatoes and fried poundcake is mouthwatering. Tell your waitress Kat that you heard about them on my blog. She's awesome and will take good care of you!

Flip Burger Boutique 1587 Howell Mill Road, 404-352-3547,
Richard Blais the top chef who has gained rockstar status here in atlanta has another venture set to open in December. Gourmet burgers with put your elbows on the table good eating. check it out and holla at your girl...

Take 2 Sports Bar and Grill 4634 Rockbridge Rd Pine Lake, GA 30072 (404) 781-1200
a new Caribbean/American fusion restaraunt in the tucked away little city of Pine Lake right off Rockbridge music some nites..Have you been? please send me a shout-out on your experience...

Fish Bowl Asian Bistro 10930 Crabapple Rd Roswell, GA 30075 678-461-8765
tucked away spot on in roswell down holcomb bridge in a cute little strip mall...some of the best sushi in town...stunning decor

Ambience - An Upscale Restaraunt and Bar 5580 Memorial Drive Stone Mountain, GA 30083 404-968-9696
this beautiful dining experience is located in an unassuming spot on memorial drive between an endless array of used car lots and fast food Jazz Bands, standup comedy, Happy-Hour Karaoke and 30 plus dance and R&b on sats with a dj spinning...the kitchen is open till 3 am and the bar till 4 am...what else do i need to say for you to get thyself to Ambience?

Harry Bissett's Buckhead 360 Pharr Road Atlanta 404-425-5995
This Athens institution, has opened a restaurant in the heart of Buckhead offering the same New Orleans style seafood cuisine and "something for everyone" fun-ness. Live jazz, great patio with big screen, brunch on the weekends and lunch served daily

255 Tapas Lounge 255 Peters St Castleberry Hills, Atlanta, GA 30313 (404) 522-2612
black owned spot where hip meets urban grunge..the food is definitely a step up from bar food, but still casual..i enjoy the cool feel and the range of folks at the bar are never dull..try the turkey or crab mini sliders and garlic fries..yum!

The Feed Store 3841 Main StreetCollege Park, GA 404.209.7979
the new Southern menu has something to please every palate to include shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoesThe menu is very "new Southern" with new twists on Fried Green Tomatoes and Shrimp & Grits. yum!

El Tesoro 129 Church St Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 377-9797
cozy little house in Downtown Decatur that sells delicious drinks.the tacos, salsa and dip are delish!

Pearl Restaurant & Lounge, 253 Peters St., Atlanta, 404-523-2121
Futuristic look and way cool seafood menu tucked behind the unassuming Baltimore Crab & Seafood in Castleberry Hill. Do know that the service and the food at Baltimore crab is hit or miss

Home 111 W Paces Ferry 404-869-0777
Wildly popular Celebrity chef brings a delicious down-home feel to this Southern inspired menu

No Mas Cantina 180 Walker St Castleberry Hill (404) 574-5678
Breathtaking interior at this hip restaraunt serves killer guacamole and mexican inspired dishes..may not be the most authentic spot but great atmosphere

Haven 1411 Dresden Drive 404-969-0700
Great addention to the Brookhaven neighborhood featuring Hip New American menu with a cool ambience

4th & Swift 621 N Ave NE Ste B Atlanta, GA 678-904-0160
Newest addition to the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood; Modern comfort food and drink, lively conversation and southern hospitality includes huge scrumptious portions

Aquaknox 3280 Peachtree Road inside the Terminus Bdg 404-477-5600
The pricey place to impress that special someone with delicious seafood. this ain't a put your bib on bubba and let's crack some crabclaws..dress to impress

Steamhouse Lounge 1051 W Peachtree St Midtown 404-233-7980 Don't even try to come in here being cute as this is put your elbows up on the table lowcountry seafood grub. the menu runs the gamut from fried baskets and platters, burgers and sandwiches to messy yummy entrees that will have you picking and peeling shrimp while belting back a brewski

Spice Market inside the W Atlanta Midtown 188 14th Street NE 404-549-5450
An exhausting array of Asian food by popular NY chain

Steel Restaraunt and Lounge 950 West Peachtree Street 404-477-6111
Pricey Pan Asian restaraunt in the hot new W Peachtree area. Gorgeous decor

Straits 793 juniper street 404-877-1283
Luda's new spot. Pan asian inventive menu with a spectacular setting

Maxim Prime 110 Marietta Street inside the Glenn Hotel 404-469-0700
The Glenn Hotel's sexxy younger sister comes complete with inventive Steakhouse fare and a sizzling hot rooftop deck for enjoying after dinner drinks..can be $100+ with drinks, app, and dessert

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Aquatic Adventures!

So, imagine you and the kiddies or you and your love muffin are looking for a way to cool out this summer and have a rockin' good time in the Gawga better way to beat the heat than a day frolicking at a water park?

Cheap fun around the metro area:

Bogan Park Aquatic Center2723 North Bogan Rd., Buford; 770-614-2063 ; Adults, $5; children 4-10, $4; under 4, $2
Indoor lap pool --water slides--indoor leisure pool--water play structures and a beach entry.

Central Aquatic Center520 Fairground St., Marietta; 770-528-8465; Adults, $3; children, $2
2 indoor pools , 1 for laps and 1 for recreational fun.


Lenora Park Pool
4515 Lenora Church Road, Snellville 30058
Features an outdoor leisure/water park pool with beach entry, giant waterslide, river channel, water play structures. Open during summer 5/23/09 - 9/7/09, open weekends only beginning 8/10/09.

Kedron Recreation and Aquatic Center202 Kedron Dr., Peachtree City; 770-631-2525 ; Adults, $4; children 3-11, $3; under 3, free
Large instructional pool and smaller pool. Facility includes a game room and playground.

Mountain Park Aquatic Center1063 Rockbridge Rd., Stone Mountain; 770-564-4650 ; Adults, $5; children 4-10, $4; under 4, $2
The outdoor water park features two waterslides, a vortex, a relaxing river channel and plenty of water play structures to explore, including a bubble bench.

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

Piedmont Park Aquatic CenterPiedmont Ave. and 10th St., Atlanta; 404-875-7275 ; Adults, $4; children 16 and under, $2
This new outdoor facility features lap lanes, a channel for a relaxing float, an easy beach entry to the pool and concession stands.

Bethesda Park Aquatic Center225 Bethesda Church Rd., Lawrenceville;678-924-6334 ; Adults, $5; children4-10, $4; under 4, $2Take a dip in the indoor pool, float through the river channel or relax on hydrotherapy benches. Features a water park with giant waterslide, water play structures and ceiling spray.

Rhodes Jordan Aquatic Center100 East Crogan St., Lawrenceville; 770-822-5143 ; Adults, $5; children 4-10, $4; under 4, $2
Relax during the summer in this outdoor water park’s river channel or rip down the waterslide. The pool features three lap lanes and a beach entry.

Collins Hill Aquatic Center2200 Collins Hill Rd., Lawrenceville; 770-237-5647 ; Adults, $5; children 4-10, $4; under 4, $2The outdoor water park and pool are only open during the summer months. Take a trip down one of the two giant water slides or relax in an easy-flowing river channel.

South Cobb Aquatic Center875 Six Flags Dr., Austell; 770-739-3180 ; Adults, $3; children, $2
Splash down the center’s giant, twisting slide or slip through the smaller tube slide.

West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center4488 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross;770-417-2281 ; Adults, $5; children 4-10, $4; under 4, $2
Visit the spray bar and water vortex, or slide down two of the center’s waterslides. The outdoor water park pool features a river channel and bubble bench.

Best Friend Park Pool 6224 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Norcross 30052 770.417.2202
Features an outdoor leisure/water park pool with beach entry, giant waterslide, and water play structures. Open during summer 5/23/09 - 8/9/09.

The Beach at Clayton County International Park2300 Hwy. 138, Jonesboro; 770-473-5425;
Park is open daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Beach times varyAdults, $10; children 3-12, $8; under 3, free; parking, $3Features: Multiple slides--kiddie pool--sandy beach--water trampoline

It ain't cheap, but it is a blast!

Lake Lanier Beach and Water Park7000 Holiday Rd., Lake Lanier Islands; 770-932-5789;
Sun.-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 Features: Georgia’s largest wave pool, three-story FunDunker, waterslides, Kiddie Lagoon

Robin Lake Beach, Callaway GardensHwy. 18, Pine Mountain; 800-225-5292;
Open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.Adults, $15; children 6-12, $7.50; under 6, free Features: One-mile stretch of white sand beach, Iceberg Island, climbing walls

Skull Island at Six Flags Over Georgia275 Riverside Pkwy., Austell; 770-948-9290;
Hours vary with park scheduleAdults, $39.99; children under 48”, $29.99; under 3, freeFeatures: Three giant water-dumping towers, fountains, water wheels, six water slides

Sun Valley Beach5350 Holloman Rd., Powder Springs; 770-943-5900;
Mon.-Tues., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wed.-Sun., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.Adults, $17.95; children 2-11, $14.95
23 mos. and under, free Features: 11 waterslides, dolphin fountain, lumber jack log roll, diving platforms

White Water Park 250 Cobb Pkwy., Marietta; 770-948-9290;
Opens daily at 10 a.m.; closing times varyAdults, $36.99; children under 48”, $26.99; under 3, freeFeatures: Captain Kid’s Cove, activity pool, giant waterslides, Tree House Island