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Entries Tagged as 'Decatur'

Sprig

Sprig

It’s such a shame that some of my friends have had unfavorable visits here. I’ve been numerous times and never had a bad experience. It’s a great neighborhood restaurant if anything else. Dishes are well thought of, crafted beautifully, taste delicious, and ingredients are top-notch. It doesn’t hurt that my parents’ house is a stone’s throw away in Oak Grove either and this has been a favorite family spot for many months now. There’s also a very cool bar (if cool is even a good description). You all know I don’t drink so take cool to mean good.

Sprig

Sprig’s road to success has been shaky. Not too long ago, we went over to this new bistro that just opened to see the menu. Prices were in the $25 range and for a restaurant in an older strip plaza, it did not really belong. They also had funky hours and they never seem to be open when we wanted to eat there. Our excitement for this new place soon began to fade. Besides, there’s a neighborhood bar next door that has also been a family favorite so we chose to go there all the time instead. I really thought they wouldn’t last more than a couple of months. Fast forward to a few months later and running out of eating options, decided to drive by another time. The menu no longer boasts of special occasion prices. Rather, it’s been toned down to where you can affordably eat there many times a week. The dishes are also more new Southern. You know, not the traditional southern dishes you see at Southern places. They’re more, I don’t know, I guess you can use the word exciting. Our love affair with Sprig started the minute we set foot in the door. And the food? Exciting.

Sprig

Want in on Atlanta’s best kept secret? They have the best Pimento Cheese. Creamy, cheesy, and just so, so good. It has just the right amount of zing from the pimientos and the perfect saltiness from the sharp cheese. I’m warning you– this is addicting.

Sprig

I love the corn bread here enough to get a plate of it. They’re moist and sweetish and you can really taste and see the corn in it. Dip it in butter and oh my, what a great appetizer.

Sprig

One of the best things I’ve eaten here is the Sugar Rubbed Pork Shoulder. I must have eaten this twice a week for an entire month! This (pork belly) dish is so fantastic I think about it all the time! Yes, it’s that memorable. The pork is so juicy and melt-in-your-mouth tender. The skin is crisp and sweetish. Absolutely a delicious and gorgeous dish. Get it with the Carolina rice grits and you’ll have one of the best dishes of your life.

Sprig

You want something to knock your socks off? Try the Lamb Stroganoff. Seriously, the braised lamb in creamy mushroom sauce atop house-made egg noodles is so fantastic you’ll moan with every bite. It’s a huge serving (for normal people) even for the half order so keep that in mind.

Sprig

The North Carolina Seared Trout is another tasty dish. The fish is fresh tasting, seasoned just right, then seared to perfection, with crisp edges to boot. Sides change depending on what’s fresh and what’s in season. Just know that all the sides are great.

Sprig

Want a meaty option? Get the steak. Straight forward, no frills, good steak.

Sprig

I don’t follow any diets but for those who do, they have tons of gluten-free and vegetarian options. Even for dessert. This farm-to-table neighborhood restaurant is worth a try. Take my word for it.

Sprig Restaurant
2860 Lavista Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 248-9700

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No. 246

No 246

My sister and I went opening week for a quick lunch and fell in love with the food. There are so many amazing restaurants in Decatur and this is one of my many favorites.

No 246

The one thing you should not miss here is the agnolotti. The house-made pasta tossed with oyster mushrooms and roasted sweet corn kernels in a corn milk broth then topped with tarragon and a dollop of goat cheese is pure genius. A big order for $14 gets you 6 pieces of agnolotti and is big enough for sharing when you get other items, while the $8 smaller order with 4 pieces is good enough as a solo appetizer.

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The other thing you should get is the meatballs. You can either get it as topping on a toast or as a sandwich during lunch service. Oooh, the meatballs are fantastic. They aren’t packed tight so they’re so juicy and tender. They’re made with a delicious San Marzano tomato sauce that has the right consistency — not too soupy, not too dry. Sandwich plates come with garlic fries or a small rocket salad.

No 250

The chicken paillard sandwich comes with crispy chicken pieces that are battered perfectly and fried golden. They are very tasty and juicy. The rocket leaves topping in a lemony dressing makes it a grown-up sandwich, although some simple lettuce and tomato will do, as well.

No 246

Want something sweet after your meal? You’d love their zeppole. I mean, fried dough then drizzled with espresso ganache, what’s not to like? The picture above was taken during Taste of Atlanta 2011 over this past weekend. Those were topped with a nutella chocolate sauce. Mmm.

Everything here is good. The carbonara, roasted chicken, and pan-roasted grouper are all delicious choices. You can’t go wrong with anything from the menu. If you haven’t been, go now!

No. 246
129 E. Ponce de Leon Map
Decatur, GA 30030
(678) 399-8246

Lunch Everyday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dinner
Monday to Thursday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 5:00 – 11:00 pm
Sunday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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David Sweeney: Cakes&Ale Bakery Lunch

The much awaited return (to cooking) of David Sweeney has finally come. Today was his first day taking helm during lunch hours at Cakes&Ale Bakery. The menu is small, typical of a bakery lunch, but each dish is well-thought of, in true David Sweeney fashion, that is. Chef David is brilliant with veggies and even the non-believer non-veggie eater that I am has become a big fan.

Cakes&Ale Bakery

The roasted corn soup was delicious. It was creamy yet not milky. It went down smooth and warmed your entire body. I love the texture of the coarsely puréed soup that has nutty flavors from the pumpkin seeds.

Cakes&Ale Bakery

The slivers of Appenzeller cheese on a grilled baguette was delightful. The butter and pepper jelly lending a tiny bit of heat and sweet to balance the flavor of the cheese.

Cakes&Ale Bakery

I really liked the smoked trout on brioche. It was similar to a seafood salad except a thousand times better. There were a lot of flaked trout meat that were bound together by the tiniest amount of mayo, just enough to hold them together. The horseradish cream , watercress and cucumbers gave this sandwich a creamy, herby taste and the necessary crunch. The dense and buttery brioche was a perfect partner. Smallish (the size of a slightly bigger slider) at $5 but the quality and taste were all worth the price tag.

But the scene-stealer (as I was told) was the big salad plate. It was ordered for the table, I had two bites, and no, I didn’t take a picture. I have to admit that I really liked it. It had lettuce, fresh corn salad, potato salad, cucumber salad, tomato-basil salad, and avocado slices. It was so refreshing, believe it or not.

Overall, an amazing spot for lunch. Expect to spend a minimum of $10, a lot more if you’re a big eater like me. My total bill for soup, two sandwiches, and a soda was $18 before tip. A little pricey for lunch but really, really worth it. So what are you waiting for? Go!

Bakery at Cakes & Ale
151 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-7960

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Decatur Hotspot: Steinbeck’s

One of my favorite eating destinations is Decatur. Aside from eclectic boutiques, indie bookstores, and historic structures, there are so many great eating (and drinking) places in this progressive city that you literally need weeks to try all of them. Such is this neighborhood gem whose food has been flying under the radar: Steinbeck’s. Helmed by Chef Andy Gonzalez, this Irish pub not only offers a great selection of beers, they have good, freshly-made food!

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You might think the hodge-podge of international dishes on the menu to be a bit sketchy at first glance. But, seriously, each one is carefully and properly executed. There’s one thing here that is actually on my death row meal — the Chinese Breakfast! I know, I know. Chinese dish in an Irish pub? Trust me. It’s amazing. I started eating this chalkboard special last winter. It was so elusive you could only have it during lunch. And not all the time. Guess what, it’s now on the regular menu. Yay for me!!! Just imagine. Fork tender, delicious, braised pork belly sitting on perfectly cooked, fragrant Jasmine rice and grilled fresh leeks that have been drizzled with a soy-sesame oil sauce then topped with a sunny side up egg. Wow. Wow. Wow.

Steinbeck's

I’ve loved everything I’ve eaten here. One other favorite is their Buttermilk Fried Chicken. It’s juicy and tasty. The creamy, stone-ground grits make a perfect background for the crispy chicken. And the sliced tomatoes just round up everything. Mmm, yum.

Steinbeck's

But there’s more. The House Burger will make you a believer. It’s perfectly cooked and seasoned. The Pimiento Cheese has a sharp cheddar yet creamy taste. Great with grilled bread and vinaigrette cucumbers. The fries are to-die-for.

I really love this place. A friendly, neighborhood bar with great food and great service nestled in a great city. What more can you ask for? Go. Now.

Thanks again to my good friend Troy for introducing me to my Chinese Breakfast addiction. You and the AC girls, are awesome!

Steinbeck’s Ale House
659 East Lake Drive, Suite B
Decatur, GA 30030
404.373.1116
Dinner 7 Days a Week (5PM – 11PM)
Lunch 7 Days a Week (11:30AM – 2PM)
Brunch on Sundays (11:30AM – 2:30PM)
Bar open late.

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Double happy: Sun In My Belly

Sun in my belly means happy. Magic. I’m constantly inspired to come here by two of my good friends, the Asian Cajuns, who are doubly happy and who constantly rave about this place. You see, they come here a lot! Mind you, for those uninitiated, it’s quite difficult to find the place. No huge signs. No bells and whistles. Just an old, red J. A. Bailey & Sons Hardware letters on the front. It’s very easy to miss, actually.

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But what’s not to love? The place is cozy. And hipster. A mish-mash of furniture, old cookbooks on the shelves, comfy couches. Quirky murals. Mason jars. Brown paper table lines. Hipsters. Oh, and the food.

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You must, must have the Kirkwood. Soft scrambled eggs: not, I repeat, not the overdone, over-dry ones you see elsewhere — kinda like the difference between over-easy and fried eggs. The large, soft, creamy curds make your mouth happy. Infused with herbed boursin cheese. It’s subtly herby and cheesy and eggy. The honey-glazed bacon will rock your socks off. It’s slightly spicy. Sweetish. And addictive. Yeah, you’ve been warned.

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The Challah French Toast? Wow. Delicious. Gigantic. A thick piece of challah filled with creamy, honeyed ricotta and piled with fresh, brown sugar-glazed berries. And a side of real maple syrup. It was the perfect dessert. It was divine.

Mmm. Happy. Sun in my belly.

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Sun In My Belly
2161 College Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30317
(404) 370-1088

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