Thursday, March 18, 2010


Don't you love when you discover something new? when i discover a new restaurant that is off the beaten feels like a delicious little secret that i can nibble on and keep to myself..or share with my loyal followers! :-)

One of just those type of finds is SAUCED..the newest foray by famed ATL Chef Ria..

Ria started Ria's Bluebird Cafe and has consistently delivered one of the city's best comfort breakfasts hands down! this lady makes a mean pancake..brisket ...and her bionic breakfast with tofu sprouts, pan seared tilapia and skillet potatoes is the breakfast of in the coolest Grant Park location, across from the infamous Oakland Cementary on Boulevard

Sauced is her latest baby and oh i am so glad she birthed this one Ms. restaurant is a fresh take on "new south" food and the decor was so cute and kitschy that my dinner companion and i sat and laughed at how "Dad's Den" as the dining room is called reminded us of our parent's 1970's basement complete with paneling and knick-knacks that I know my mom still has from back in the day...

And let me mention that my dinner companion is one of the most discriminating foodies on the planet...she was doing the whole organic and "farm to table" concept 30 years ago...if she says it is fresh and the food is good..then bet your bottom dollar it is the bomb..(hey Kay!!) The food was intentionally thoughtful..the black-eyed pea fritters..sweet potato fries ..3 course skewers and lemon ice box pie made me swoon...and then there was this big ole biscuit thing that Ria stuffed with a Brisket that was positively melt in your mouth..and of course the signature sauces were awesome and a great accompaniment to the meal...

lord god if it weren't for the fact my boss would miss me i'd go right now! lol...i love this new hot spot in Inman is hanging on the edge of Edgewood Avenue and just a smidge away from Krog Street..

Run don't walk to check out this new gem...I challenge you to find something on the menu that is not fun, delicious and inventive!

753 Edgewood Avenue
Atlanta GA 30307

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Your Guide to "In-Town" Living

Are you new to Atlanta? Do you wonder what all the terminology like "inside the perimeter" "in-town" and "close to the beltway" means?

Well dahlings here is your definitive guide to becoming an Atlanta hipster..when i first moved here i couldn't understand all the hype about living "inside the perimeter" which basically means you are close to "in-town" means again you are close to downtown, but in a residential section of town...lastly "close to the beltway" guessed it! you can jump on 285 in a few seconds and reach downtown within 15 mins or where are the premiere "Intown Neighborhoods"? Stick with me..i've scoured this town looking for the most popular spots that urban professionals call home..this list is certainly not all-inclusive...there are plenty of hidden secrets that you will discover that will make your heart sing..but here are a few of my faves...those popular spots where if you have the cash, and a sense of adventure and love for city living..they are perfect for those seeking a hip fun lifestyle:

- Midtown (roughly 3rd to 15th Street and Piedmont to West Peachtree) is very trendy and popular. Mostly high-rise condos walkable to clubs, restaurants and Piedmont Park. For a long time this was considered a gay neighborhood and it's still very gay-friendly. It's pricey for Atlanta, but probably still cheap compared to SF.

- Virginia-Highlands (the Highlands) is right off that long stretch of East Ponce on Highland's very residential and family friendly.. some rental houses and duplexes as opposed to high-rise apartments, but it's still a lot of young professionals. There are a bunch of bars in the Highlands but it's more of a community pub scene as opposed to dance can be pricey but there are still deals to find esp in this economy

- Buckhead. the traffic is daunting in this hot spot neighborhood..there's a lot of celebrity sightings..and wanna be celebrities that hang out in Buckhead..but don't be fooled..there is real class here too...and a lot to love.A few great bars are left since the bit push toward "residentializing" this busy neighborhood...some good restaurants in Buckhead Village. Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza, Atlanta's two upscale shopping malls, are also in this area.

- Little Five Points/Inman Park/Candler Park -- Little Five Points is the restaurant/shopping area and Inman and Candler are the residential neighborhoods nearby. "Lil 5" as it is affectionately called used to be a very edgy bohemian area but has become a lot more user-friendly as of late..

- Decatur -- Is technically a suburb of Atlanta, but is not the suburbs as you probably think of them. Has a cute little square with bars and restaurants; they're building a lot of new condos over the storefronts. It's a relatively easy commute into town and pretty inexpensive compared to some of the sheer amenities you will discover here esp in Downtown Decatur.

- East Atlanta -- is still what most people would consider a "transitional" neighborhood, in that it used to be a sketchy area but lots of families and young professionals are moving in. That makes it pretty affordable..

**Shout out to the Trip Advisor for giving Atlanta love on your website

Urban Oasis Hot Spots in the City

Have you dreamed of ditching the suburbs and becoming an urban hipster? do you want the kids to have the best of both life plus an old fashioned community feel? Well, this post is just for you..Suburbanites unite! and get ready to load up the moving van and relocate closer to the city...Let's face it..Downtown Atlanta is one of the nicest urban places to live in the Nation..there are plenty of "urban oasis" spots minutes from Downtown that still give you the old fashioned amenities of being in a neighborhood...I have to warn you though..Some of these spots are the city's best kept shhhhhhhh let's keep these hot spots just between you and :-) Enjoy!

Cool Condo living

Buckhead - 10 Terminus Place

Brookhaven - The Logan

Downtown - Twelve Centennial Park

West Midtown - White Provisions

Cool Communities with that Neighborhood Feel

West Midtown - Dupont Commons and Habershal at West Highlands

East Atlanta - Glenwood Park

Grant Park - Oakland Park

Monday, March 1, 2010

Bold Shopping Spots for the Fellas

Men..i know you want to want to maintain a certain freshness for the ladies...that doesn't involve alot of time spent in shopping malls! if you are anything like my brothers and sons...spending a day shopping is a fate worse than are like to go straight in get what you're looking for and roll out...

well rest assured your girl has got you! i have compiled a list of some of the hottest stores in town that cater to the well dressed ATL type dude...these speciality stores are some of Atlanta's best kept secrets..and they don't order many of the same item, so you can be confident that when you slide into the club and the ladies gasp at your won't see another brotha across the room in the exact same outfit! lol

so without further are some spots that ATLBROWNGIRL has checked out for you...these are my top recommendations for places to get the newest kicks, interview suit or an outfit that will make you the freshest at the party..

A. Dom's 2591 Piedmont Rd, Suite 1110, Atlanta, GA 30324
Sexxy!! good lord..Where else can a dapper man get assistance with his suit game 24 hours a day? No where else but this very innovative boutique that offers said fashion assistance to a brotha..24 hours a day! This is the Atl's best kept secret. The businessman that opened this shop has long been on the speed dial of some of Atlanta's best dressed he is bringing his savvy straight to those discriminating brothas here in Atlanta that want to want access to style at their convenience...Genius!

Strivers Row 774 Highland, Atlanta, GA 30303tel 678-973

Bill Hallman 792 N Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306 404-876-6055

Wish - The Flagship Store 447 Moreland Ave Atlanta, GA 30307 (404) 880-0402

Standard 1841 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 355-1410

Miller Brothers Ltd 3207 Paces Ferry Pl NW Atlanta, GA 30305 (404) 233-8000

Sid Mashburn 1198 Howell Mill Rd Atlanta, GA 30318 404-350-7135

Adrene's Boutique Castleberry Hill 264 Peters Street Atlanta, GA 30313

Shout outs:
Macy's in Perimeter - The Men's store is the truth!

Throwbacks on Old Natty - Now you know where to go to get your sports on

Nordstrom Rack/Saks in Discover Mills - The discounts will stop you dead in your shopping tracks

TJ Maxx Superstore - Mall of Georgia
Psycho Sisters/Junkman's Daughter - eclectic and definitely different...but there are some really cool deals if you like a retro prepared for the