Wednesday, June 5, 2013

atlanta, part 2: where the eating gets good

Part one can be found here. When we last left off, I had visited the Aquarium, which was great, but hadn't had very good luck with the food scene. We were hoping that dinner that night could turn things around.

Holeman and Finch Public House is a bar in Atlanta that is supposed to have one of the top burgers in the country. Unfortunately, they only make 24 burgers a day. You can reserve them in person any time in the evening, but they are not ready until 10 pm. Jennifer (my sister-in-law) had to work the next day, so I resigned myself to not getting a burger. We drove out there anyway for dinner, though, because there were some good looking things on the pub menu and some amazing cocktails. The place was... closed. Due to the holiday weekend, they weren't open. Jennifer and I had a pretty good laugh at Andrew's expense (the second restaurant in two days that was closed?), but in his defense, they didn't update their closure on twitter until pretty late in the day. After some fast googling, we went to Antico's for pizza. It is Zagat's highest-rated pizza joint in America. Besides the fact that they KILL YOU on the price of a soda ($2.75 for an 8 oz. aluminum bottle and no free water option?), we were all really happy with it. They also have cannolis, which were also pretty good.


No pictures of the food, so you get my doggy niece Lucy instead. She got in bed with me every morning.

The next morning, while Jennifer was at work, we went back to Decatur for Cakes & Ale. This time, the bakery was open. We got a few cookies and some coffee. The chocolate chip cookie was pretty amazing. I would have loved to eat in the actual restaurant. Next time, maybe! We also walked around a few of the shops. A lot of them were closed (Georgia, you're killing me!) but we did pick up a gift for my father-in-law and a vintage milk bottle.

Inside of the bakery. Not sure if that wall was recreated or original but it was so cool!

Mocha, complete with latte art. The peanut butter cookie sandwich with peanut butter marscapone cream is in the background.

Thomas Jefferson, just hanging out on a bench outside.

So if you have been reading for any amount of time, you know that my husband is becoming a BBQ Connoisseur. There is a Korean BBQ place in Atlanta that is getting a good amount of press that his coworker told him about, so of course we had to go (sarcasm, can ya tell?). It was tiny and connected to a convenience store on the side of the highway, but full of people at 11:30 a.m. I went with the Spicy Korean BBQ Sandwich that they were known for, and it was really good - so much sauce that it fell apart, but not too spicy and I actually liked the slaw that was on it. I also had tempura sweet potatoes, which let's be honest, were glorified sweet potato fries. Andrew went with the more traditional offerings and deemed it acceptable, but Texas' BBQ is far superior.

Traditional BBQ - the mac and cheese was not impressive compared to what I had at Pecan Lodge a few weeks ago!


My Korean BBQ - definitely the prettiest plate of BBQ from any of the places we have been. The pickles were also awesome.

Jennifer had unexpected car trouble and got home later than she planned, so we weren't able to go to Stone Mountain, as we had planned. We decided to get her dog, Lucy, and go back to Roswell to look at the shops. We got there, Lucy was hot, and I felt bad spending time in the shops while Jennifer was outside with the dog. There were tons of cute antique stores and I could have spent hours there... but I didn't. It was a nice excuse to walk around for an hour, though.

That night's dinner was the one I was most looking forward to. We had tickets to the Gunshow. Kevin Gillespie is probably my favorite Top Chef contestant of all-time. During his season, I thought he seemed like a nice guy and immediately nicknamed him Beardy. I learned that he cooked with bacon whenever possible and was frequently told he looked like Yukon Cornelius (the greatest prospector in all the North! We are huge Rudolph fans in my house!). While his season was airing, we took our first trip to Atlanta and ate at his old restaurant, Woodfire Grill. It is a fine-dining place, and they did this really neat thing where you could have a chef's choice dinner. It was four courses and you didn't know what you would get. Since I trusted "Beardy," I ate foods outside of my comfort zone - scallops and quail - and it is one of my favorite food memories. The next time we went to Atlanta, we went with my father-in-law too and between the four of us, ordered almost the whole menu. That's another great food memory. So, recently Kevin left Woodfire to start the Gunshow.


On the way to dinner - he usually hates pictures and makes an awful face so I was goofy and he wasn't. Oops.

Gunshow is unlike any other dining experience I have ever had. It calls itself "southern dim sum." Basically, you don't order. There is a menu on the table so you know what to expect, but the chefs come around with each dish and ask you if you want it. All of the portions are small plates, and we tried all but two of the offerings that night. It was really easy to do when the scallop dish was one scallop and the risotto was in a small bowl! The things I expected to like - the pork belly and pork skin risotto - I didn't love, and the things ordered as afterthoughts - grits with leeks and housemade funyuns and a Thai chicken salad - I will be thinking of for weeks to come. Everything was great. I highly, highly recommend this place is you are ever in Atlanta! I didn't take any photos. I know many chefs frown upon doing so and want you to just enjoy the food, and the restaurant was small and kitchen was open, so I decided to just dig in rather than photograph the meal. I will tell you, though, that plating was definitely considered and every dish tasted as good as it looked!

So, at the end of it all, Atlanta was only 50% on this trip when it comes to dining. Luckily, we have a free place to stay anytime we want to visit again. I am just not looking to a car trip that long anytime soon!

What's your favorite city to visit, and why? Tell me about the food - if it's good, I'll want to visit for sure!

8 comments:

  1. I love latte art. I adore when people post photos of it.

    I was only in Atlanta once, years ago. All I remember is an enormous sea food restaurant with the hugest crab legs I've ever had.

    I liked our San Francisco eats, and I've never had a bad meal in NYC. I also think my own town, Philadelphia, has great restaurants.

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  2. You are killing me, with all this yummy food that I'm looking at right before lunch!

    Uh like you have to ask where my favorite place to visit is... duh! :)

    Got your email, will reply when I get a sec. Craziness is my life these days but short answer - I'm totally there. Just don't laugh at me when I look totally awkward.

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  3. latte art is my favorite!!! ps. glad you did have some good eats while you were there, i was starting to get nervous for you after yesterday's post.

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  4. How do they do that latte art? That is awesome. Your food pictures are making me drool! We're almost neighbors; I'm only 3 hours from you. I'm in S. Charlotte!

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  5. Jennifer's dog is sooooo cute! Of course that has to be the first thing I comment on. ;)

    I really want to visit Georgia sometime because I've never been. I had my sights set on Savannah (have you ever been?), but I would be totally fine with Atlanta, too.

    Sorry you didn't enjoy the food everywhere, but at least you did enjoy some!

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  6. Jennifer's dog is sooooo cute! Of course that has to be the first thing I comment on. ;)

    I really want to visit Georgia sometime because I've never been. I had my sights set on Savannah (have you ever been?), but I would be totally fine with Atlanta, too.

    Sorry you didn't enjoy the food everywhere, but at least you did enjoy some!

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  7. Jennifer's dog is sooooo cute! Of course that has to be the first thing I comment on. ;)

    I really want to visit Georgia sometime because I've never been. I had my sights set on Savannah (have you ever been?), but I would be totally fine with Atlanta, too.

    Sorry you didn't enjoy the food everywhere, but at least you did enjoy some!

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  8. Ahhh! Sorry. I didn't mean to comment 3 times. :(

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