JD’s Bar-B-Que

JD’s BBQ Brisket & Ribs

This is one of those occasions when the image fails to capture the moist and tender nature of these generous slices of brisket.  A little drizzle of sauce was added.  But, the beef was quite tender and moist without any added sauce.  This brisket was incredibly beefy and oozing smoke in the best possible way.

Loved it!

Under that dark layer of skin was super smoky and tender chicken.  This was also quite good.  But, in the end, we both preferred the brisket and the ribs.

The griddle fried corn and spicy (and tangy in the best way) collard greens were our favorite sides of the day.  As a matter of fact, we tried to make a meal of that sweet corn.

Hmm, which did we prefer?  Was it the spicy or the hot?  It’s hard to be sure.  Both were quite nice.  But, we believe the hot was the hottest of the three.  And, the hottest was our favorite.  That’s actually true in most cases when it comes to barbecue sauce.

If we’re ever in this area again, we would most definitely make a pitstop at JD’s BBQ.

J.D.’s Barbecue
(JDsBBQ)
6557 Bells Ferry Road
Woodstock, GA  30101
678 445 7730

Thai Restaurant Of Norcross

Seafood Salad With Green Chili Peppers

Meltingly tender slices of scallop remain to be one of the highlights of this dish.

The carefully cooked shrimp is incredibly tender, too.

This gorgeous salad is absolutely loaded with seafood.  The greens add fresh bite, crunch and color.  But, this salad is all about the tender seafood.  We noticed both red and green chili peppers.  Most of the peppers were finely minced.  But, there were plenty of thin slivers, too.  Those slivers serve as a clear warning to the diner that there will be a healthy dose of spicy heat to be had in this salad.  We’ve loved this salad for years.  And, we still do.  It’s one of our all-time favorite things to eat.

Loved it!  Again.

Num Tuk

Or, is it Num Tok?  Or, is it Nam Tuk … or Nam Tok?

By any name, it’s divine.

Tende slices of beef mingle with shallots, red onion, green onion slivers…

…and gorgeously fresh mint.

Deep Fried Catfish In Green Curry With Thai Eggplant

Fresh green beans, green peppers, red peppers…

…loads of fresh basil and beautifully green Thai eggplant.

Thai Restaurant Of Norcross
(Thai Of Norcross)
6065 South Norcross-Tucker Road
Norcross, GA  30093
770 938 3883

Antico Pizza Napoletana

San Gennaro

Salsiccia, Bufala, Cipolline, & Sweet Red Peppers

The ratio of dough to toppings were beautifully balanced, again.

Crisp, airy bubbles along the edges with a nice chew inside… So, we have great texture combined with an even better flavor.  And, a nice touch of smoke adds that something special.

Right down to the very last slice…

This was one deliciously divine pizza …again.

But, don’t forget, they’re closed on Sunday!

Antico Pizza Napoletana
1093 Hemphill Avenue NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
404 873 3799
404 724 2333

Las Brasas — New Location Coming Soon

Las Brasas — Coming Soon

We see a sign for Las Brasas on the side of the building that previously housed Burnt Fork BBQ (Behind McDonald’s at the intersection of Church Street & Commerce Drive).  The sign reads “Las Brasas Peruvian Restaurant & Bar Coming Soon”.  Awesome chicken and a bar?  We’re hopefully optimistic.

Lotus — Bo Nuong Vi

Bò Nướng Vĩ

Bo Nuong Vi
Sizzling Lemongrass Beef & Egg

Seconds before arriving to the table, this egg was cracked onto that sizzling hot platter.  Give it a few seconds or so.  Then, it’s cooked to perfection.  We seriously love this dish.

Love it!

Each gorgeously tender piece of beef has a pink center.

A Mountain of Beautifully Fresh Herbs & Lettuce

BÒ LÁ LỐP
(Or, Bo La Lot.. Or, Bò Lá Lốt…
Or, Thịt Bò Nướng Lá Lốt)

All time favorite?  Oh, yes.

As expected, this was delicious…. again.

Fresh Lime, Black Pepper, & Salt, Too

Lotus is a restaurant we’ve loved from day one.  And, we still do.

Lotus Vietnamese Cuisine
2550 Pleasant Hill Road
Suite 408
Duluth, GA  30096
770 622 9693

Varuni Napoli

Varuni Napoli

The Porreca Piccante Pizza

Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, Hot Soppressata, Capicolla, Nduja, Vessuvian Cherry Tomatoes, Spicy Italian Peppers, Pecorino Romano, & Basil

All things spicy and delicious on one pie?  Yes, please!

Good to the last slice…

Scratch that.

This was great to the very last bite.  We devoured every crumb.  And, we’re both craving another one now.  Please make it just like this…

Varuni Napoli Pizza
1540 Monroe Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
404 709 2690

The Real Fix Pizzeria

The Real Fix Pizzeria

The Fifth Avenue

Prosciutto Di Parma, Fresh Mozzarella, Pecorino, Fresh Oregano,
Arugula, & Truffle Oil

We were eager and very hungry.

Gorgeous color and flavor, the crust was lovely with a nice balance of airy fluff and chew.

Really lovely…

copious quanties of arugula, pecorino…

and proscuitto…

So much meltingly tender, buttery proscuitto hides under there on every slice.  We loved each and every bite of it.

The edges and bottom were nice and crisp, too.

Bianchi

Rosse

Two Fried Pies, Too

The Dough’No

Red Wine Poached Figs, Confit Mushrooms, Goat Cheese, Smoked Mozzarella, & Caramelized Onions

This was an interesting balance of sweet and savory.  Right about now, we were wishing for a bottle of wine.

Terrapin Hi5 IPA

This was pretty ok, too.  But, we’re not a fan of plastic glasses… at all.  And, there’s something particularly unpleasant about the combination of beer and plastic on a warmish day.

The Real Fix Pizzeria
14 Elizabeth Way
Roswell, GA 30075
770 299 1657

Georgia Aquarium — Whale Shark Feeding

Pictures just don’t do this experience justice.  They’re just so close.

Each whale shark gets fed in their own lane.  Sometimes, a manta ray will try to steal a bite or two.  These graceful giants of the sea were saved from the dinner table by Georgia Aquarium.

The choices we make on a daily basis matter.  They really do.  When it’s time to choose your seafood, make your choices wisely.  Eat sustainable seafood.

Seafood Watch

Fish Choice

Ocean Wise

Georgia Aquarium

Local No. 7

Looks 3, Taste 10

Sculpin IPA

Sculpin IPA
(Ballast Point Brewing Co.)

This is everything we want in an IPA.  Love, Love, Love it!

(The glass says Ranger.  And, Ranger IPA is quite nice, too.  We remember it vividly.  We’ve had a Ranger or two not that long ago.  But, this was so much better.)

Cuban With Sweet Potato Fries

We love that this pressed sandwich was crisp, flaky at the edges and not at all greasy.

And, that’s smoked pork in there.

Just look at those crispy sweet potato fries.  Win.

Fried Artichoke Hearts

These never get old.  They’re easily one of our top 5 fried things, ever.  We also drank a Mosaic Pale Ale (Pfriem Family Brewers, Oregon)  It was lovely.  Light, crisp and easy.  But, someone couldn’t wait to finish it and order another Sculpin.

The Local No 7
2316 Main Street
Tucker, GA  30084
770 674 1784

Florida Springs

Sally’s

Old school pan grilled pork chops, turnip greens, candied yams, hush puppies and biscuits, it was a simply charming and quite tasty meal.  And, the staff was equally charming.

3 Pigs Pub & Grill

Spare Ribs, Fried Okra, & Potato Salad

The ribs were smoky and quite tasty.  But, they were more than a little chewy.

Fried Catfish Sandwich & Fries

Soft, fluffy bun and fried catfish with a cornmeal breading, on the road this definitely beats fast food.  And, we were out of there in less than an hour.

The Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill

Fried Oysters & Baked Potato

By far, this was our favorite dish on the road.  These oysters were incredibly sweet, full of flavor and tender on the inside with a thin super crisp corn meal breading.  We loved these.

This was served with a chopped salad with feta.  And, it was topped with a greek style dressing.  It was just the type of salad we were craving.

Grilled Mahi Sandwich & Fries

Fluffy bun, lettuce, tomato and grilled mahi, that’s it.  Nice.