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Freeze Us in Ice and Wake Us Up Once the Pancakes are Ready – National Pancake Day 2019

Remember Otzi the Iceman? The Neolithic man was found in the Italian alps in 1991 and his last meal – along with some deer – may have been a pancake, cooked over an open fire. In other words, humans have been eating pancakes longer than we’ve been speaking English! To celebrate National Pancake Day on February 21st, let’s check out five pancakes around Atlanta that would be worth freezing in ice for 5,000 years.


Ria’s Bluebird
– The New York Times called them “the world’s best pancakes”. They make them from scratch with hot maple syrup – you can add toasted GA pecans, caramelized bananas or chocolate chips to top it off. Or all of the above.

Pancake from Bread and Butterfly. Photo: @zdapproved/Instagram


Bread and Butterfly
This European inspired cafe and bistro is located in the heart of Inman Park – perfect for the brunch crowd. Atlanta Magazine wrote that “baking powder (a lot of it) is the key to these pancakes’ fluffy texture,” and we say bring on the fluff.

Buttermilk Kitchen owner Suzanne Vizethan with a stack of pancakes. Photo: @buttermilkkitchen/Instagram


Buttermilk Kitchen
These stacks have people making lines out the door every Saturday and Sunday for brunch. Owner/Chef Suzanne Vizethan makes her own buttermilk on-site and uses that to make her delicious pancakes. Looking for a topping on your pancake? Buttermilk Kitchen uses local purveyors including Emily G’s Jam.

s'mores pancake from Folk Art
Folk Art
At folk art, they make their pancakes with a Sweet Potato base and a ton of toppings. We love the chocolate s’mores toppings, but they also do a delicious banana nut fosters, cinnamon pecan sticky bun and peanut butter and banana for you Honky Tonk Kings out there.

the dutch baby at the Original Pancake House

The Dutch baby at the Original Pancake House. Photo: @casieltey/Instagram


Original Pancake House
They may have 100 locations across the country, but the Atlanta locations feel as local as pecan pie. Their signature pancakes? The apple pancake – a single large pancake smothered with sautéed apples and cinnamon sugar baked to perfection, creating a rich cinnamon sugar glaze – and the Dutch baby – an air filled delight, oven-baked to gold perfection and served with lemon, whipped butter and powdered sugar.

Food Terminal

Malaysia is known for its amazing street food that brings together the cultures of Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific all together. Food Terminal, which brings that culture under one roof, has received national attention for being one of the country’s best new restaurants. Food Terminal is the next generation of great Buford Highway global cuisine.

Southbound

Where the train tracks run through Chamblee, you’ll find Southbound – a creative, Southern comfort food restaurant. Featuring two floors with rooms for lots of events (including weddings), the charm and warmth emanates from each floorboard and decoration. But the most important thing about Southbound? The southern inspired cuisine!

Sweet Hut Bakery

When we want a sugar fix on Buford Highway, there’s only one spot that we head. It’s Sweet Hut. From cupcakes to pastries, they have it all. And all with a Taiwanese twist. If you don’t have a giant sweet tooth, they have plenty of savory treats as well. But, whatever you order, make sure to wash it down with a bubble tea. Sweet hut is making one of the most in-demand versions in Atlanta.

And now, with a Midtown location – complete with catering and lunch sandwiches- you can get your fix wherever you live.

Old Brick Pit BBQ

They’ve been open for 40 years and continue to make delicious, slow cooked meats in their classic Old Brick Pit. Whether it’s the ribs, chicken or pulled pork sandwiches, this is one pit we don’t mind being stuck in.

HopStix

What do you get when you combine delicious, expertly made sushi, a Robata bar and a brewery featuring 13 original beers on tap? You get Hopstix, USA Today’s #2 ranked brewpub in America and one of our favorite Asian restaurants.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

They’re cooking up good stuff at Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar.  With multiple locations around metro Atlanta, there’s a Bad Daddy’s close to you.  At each Bad Daddy’s, you can choose from their in-house burger options like the Bacon Cheeseburger on Steroids, the Bad Ass Burger or the Sam I Am Burger.  Or, you can create your own with literally dozens and dozens of fresh ingredients, protein options and toppings.  And don’t forget to grab a drink while you’re there.  The Bad Ass Rocks Margarita is particularly popular, but there’s a limit of only 2 per customer – they have mucho mucho tequila.

Blue Top

There’s something about an open-air space that makes you feel alive, and at BlueTop in Chamblee, they are living! In addition to the great space, they serve adult slushes and amazing cocktails – in addition to delicious snacks and meals to satisfy any level of craving. Nothing to be blue about here!

Atlanta Eats Hosts Share Their Favorite Valentine’s Meals

Whether you’re staying in at home or you booked your reservation weeks ago, lots of folks have plans centered on a great meal this Valentine’s Day.  We checked in with our Atlanta Eats hosts – Steak Shapiro, Julie Smith and Mara Davis – to hear about some of their favorite, love-filled meals.

Cacio e Pepe from Storico Fresco
Mara Davis (@maradavis2000)
A perfect Valentine’s Day meal?  Home cooked!  Ina Garten even has a recipe for “engagement chicken”. Rumor has it Meghan Markle made it for Prince Harry prior to their getting engaged. A good roast chicken is SEXY.  Get the recipe here.

Another idea would be fabulous fresh pasta from Storico Fresco, it’s definitely the best in town.  Finish your meal with a decadent desert from Alon’s Bakery.  You can’t go wrong with their classic Midnight Cake or chocolate chip cookies.  Enjoy!

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Julie Smith (@juliesmithcbs46)
Over the years, on Valentine’s Day.. if I was single, then the meal was usually with girlfriends (my GALentines) or in my sweats at home and and when I was dating someone or just one a date… if it involves a meal, it was nice and everything but nothing extraordinary. So my BEST  Valentine’s meal in comparison I’d say was one year when I came home from college and Mom was so excited to cook whatever I wanted which was her garlic chicken with mashed potatoes and broccoli and she’d STILL give me and my brother a box of chocolates. She loved doing it so much that it makes those the best meals.

The lamb shank at le bilboquet
Steak Shapiro (@steakshapiro)
My idea of a great Valentine’s day is to meet my wife early in the evening on one night during Valentine’s week and not worry about reservations and sitting down at a table and all that. We meet at 5:30 and camp out at the bar and share a bunch of appetizers and a dish at places like:

  • Chops Lobster Bar – one of the sexiest rooms in the city
  • Umi – the best sushi plain and simple….might be expensive but worth it.
  • La Tavola – One of the great neighborhood Italian restaurants around.
  • Ecco – Can’t go wrong with great glasses of wine and super sexy food either in Midtown or new Buckhead location.
  • Le Bilboquet – Bottle of bubbly, classic French cuisine, can’t go wrong.
  • Waffle House– love the tablecloths and candlelit service to celebrate Atlanta.

100 Krystals in One Day – Did We Do It? WWVL Week of 2/4

Our week kicked off last week with visitors coming to us! We celebrated 100,000 followers on Instagram (thanks all of you out there who followed us) with an attempt to eat 100 Krystals live on Facebook and Instagram. Did we do it? Find out by watching the two videos below…We were also shooting last week at Coalition Food and Beverage in Alpharetta. Check out our visit where we took a look at how they make their delicious burger.

Celebrate The Love of Your Life This Special Holiday – Italian Food!

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Everyone loves Italian – even gluten-free folks figured out a way to make a pasta that works for them.  So, to celebrate National Italian Food Day on February 13th, we wanted to highlight some great Italian restaurants that we’ve visited over the past year to give you some new noodle options.

Pappardelle con coniglio is large, flat pasta noodles served with braised rabbit, castelvetrano olive, and grana padano (shaved cheese). They utilize whole rabbits and then use it as a broth to braise the rabbits in.
DiPaolo
This neighborhood spot in Alpharetta has been serving delicious Italian food – alongside a lengthy wine list – since 1995. They make everything from scratch – from the pastas to the cheeses to the salad dressings. Try the pappardelle con conivlio – large last pasta noodles served with braised rabbit, castelvetrano olive, and grana padano.

Double Zero
The Castelluccis have been running excellent restaurants throughout Atlanta for decades. Their Double Zero, which moved from Sandy Springs to the Emory area, continues the tradition. They make their pasta fresh, every day and delicious Neapolitan style pizzas in the oven. But our favorite was probably the Chicken meatballs – they make them with springer mountain chicken and serve it over a bed of plenty with garlic, Pecorino Romano cheese and puttanesca red sauce to top it off.

The Liguria at Il Giallo


Il Giallo
Chef Jamie Adams is one of Atlanta’s best chefs and his Sandy Springs Italian spot continues that excellence. Il Giallo makes pasta fresh every day in house (sensing a theme, here?) – in fact, Chef Jamie periodically holds pasta making classes – visit their website for more info. But in addition to the pasta, Chef Jamie makes an incredible whole baked fish – the Lazio. Simple ingredients like capers, lemon and Extra Virgin Olive Oil bring tremendous amounts of flavor to this humble dish.
the brodetto at Piastra
Piastra
When you think Italian, you think family and Piastra delivers on both counts. Run by a mother son duo – Mama Betty’s front of house, Chef Greg’s in the kitchen – the Marietta square restaurant delivers fresh, authentic Italian dishes every day. Try the brodetto – the ocean in a bowl. It’s a seafood stew with clams, mussels, shrimp, fish and fried calamari in a red pepper broth with house-made spicy pork belly sausage over Anson Mill Heirloom Hominy Polenta.
Lobster Spaghetti from Cibo e Beve
Cibo E Beve
Chef Linda Harrel has been delivering great dishes to customers at this Sandy Springs pasta shop for years. With a focus on sustainable ingredients, Harrell infuses dishes with great Italian flavors. While the meatballs are a crowd favorite and keeps the regulars coming back, we also loved the lobster spaghetti. Shallots, scallions and garlic are all sautéed in olive oil with hints of red pepper and large chunks of fresh Maine lobster. The dish is coated in white wine to create a delicious broth.

Firepit Pizza Tavern

Every great neighborhood deserves a great restaurant-bar where locals can have a great meal with friends, sidle up for a cozy drink or a slice of pizza, and catch their favorite team on TV. Grant Park, one of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods, has welcomed exactly that with Firepit Pizza Tavern. Whether it’s the tavern style pies with tons of delicious toppings, the out of this world appetizers (including their mind-blowingly delicious “Unicorn Wings”), or the delicious, one of a kind drinks, there’s a million reasons to make Firepit your new go-to spot.

Branchwater

This Best of Forsyth winner has you covered on all fronts. Fresh seafood, amazing steaks and a great drink list, it’s all nestled into the cozy center of Vickory Village. They pride themselves on being able to serve the freshest ingredients with inspired flavors. Be sure to check out the weekly fish special!

The Big Ketch

A beach break right around the corner! The Big Ketch brings your dreams of fresh seafood and beach bar vibes to Roswell. This “beach shack chic” restaurant on Canton St. offers weekly catch specials and is sure to be your new favorite for shrimp & grits and lobster rolls. Sit back and relax with a cocktail, like the Georgia Peach or Buckhead Betty, or enjoy some lawn games to pass the time. You’ll put your “out of office” on for this staycation.

Citizen Soul

Fine fare in an even more fine atmosphere. Citizen Soul is Alpharetta’s sparkly new child that will not disappoint. A variety of menu items fit to please every pallet and a bar to dream about at night, it all comes together with the friendly and knowledgable staff. Also don’t miss the giant fire pit outside!

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Maggiano’s has been bringing Italy to the Atlanta area for 20 years and they are top on our list. Each dish encompasses true Italian tradition and recipes on their varied menu. On top of the family-friendly atmosphere and ambiance, Maggiano’s has dishes and drinks with flavor and fresh ingredients that speak for themselves. You can even order from the “On the House Classic” pasta menu and get a dish to take home. If that’s not enough, they are serving up scrumptious brunch on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 11-3 PM.

Wade’s Fine Eatery and Good Time Emporium

Whether you are too tired to cook or just looking for an exciting atmosphere, fun staff, and a delicious meal, Wade’s Fine Eatery & Feed in Smyrna has those options for you. This emporium has a mouthwatering variety of options on their menu. On the top of this restaurant, the rooftop bar has games and corn-hole, so customers are entertained while enjoying a drink. The fried cheese curds are one of the best guilty pleasures you can begin to indulge in at Wade’s. Experience an interesting night out, and savor in any of Wade’s menu options.

Atlanta is becoming one of the best cities for entertainment and dining, so enjoy all the excitement Wade’s has to offer.

Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails

Farm to Fork takes on a whole new meaning at this North Fulton eatery. The 150 yr old farmhouse and 1930s cottage serve as the grounds for Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails and offers the perfect charm to accompany their New Southern fare. It’s southern food in the 21st century, bursting with new ideas and creative remakes on old ones. Probably the most appetizing feature is that most of the food is grown right there at the onsite garden, Milton’s Acre. Additionally, they have an oyster and champagne happy hour and host tons of special events including five course dinners and wine pairings.

Vintage Pizzeria

Get your favorite Italian-American cuisine in the cozy neighborhood pub feel you crave. Vintage Pizza brings the old style of making pizzas, pastas, calzones & Stromboli’s to Chamblee. From classics like lasagna and caprese salad to their house specialty, the Blue Pie, they’re bringing the best of Jersey to the Atlanta area

Hampton + Hudson

Inman Park’s local community bar and restaurant, Hampton and Hudson is the perfect place to catch a game, grab dinner or meet up with friends. Renowned chef Craig Richards recently joined the Hampton + Hudson team and has redesigned elements of their menu to make the experience even better.