On The Back
The Club Ms. Mae’s
New Orleans, LA
We heard about the Dive Bar Shirt Club some time in April. If you visit their Facebook page about 7 or 8 days into the month, you’ll find a picture of a bar and hint or two about that month’s dive bar shirt. When we saw the pictures of Northside Tavern for the month of April, we had to sign up. For $22 dollars a month (or, $24.50 for XXL), we’ll receive a t-shirt for the dive bar of the month and an oversized postcard that offers a few pictures of the bar of the month along with a brief history… until we cry uncle. (If you don’t want to commit to a lifetime supply of dive bar t-shirts, there are other options, too.)
Someone got this as one of his birthday presents this year. But, it’d make a great Father’s Day gift, too.
Dive Bar Shirt Club
Chicken & Beef Shawarma
Lamb Shish Kebab
Each big chunk of lamb was medium rare and beautifully tender.
Even next to all of that delicious meat, the hummus deserves equal attention.
Grilled Pitas Served Warm
Every visit, our meals have been consistently good from start to finish.
Don’t forget the spicy sauce on the right. It’s a favorite.
Patio & Hookah Corner, Too
Aladdin’s Mediterranean Grill
8725 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30350
770 518 9288
Bánh Kẹp Lá Dứa
(Vietnamese Coconut Milk Waffles)
Rich with coconut, mildly sweet, fluffy, delicately spongy, and a little bit dense, these were both satisfying and tasty. We broke each waffle into quarters and simply nibbled them plain. No toppings were needed. One day, they made a lovely snack. The next day, leftovers were devoured as a quick grab and go breakfast.
5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd.
Norcross, GA 30093
678 691 0628
The Mastu Nicola
Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, Caciocavallo, Lardo, Smoked Red Peppers,
Guanciale, Pecorino Romano, Fresh Basil, & Black Pepper
This was a real beauty.
We were perfectly satisfied after one pie. But, we couldn’t resist the Don Gaetano.
The Don Gaetano
Pomodorino Tomatoes, Spicy Calabrian Peppers, Pancetta,
Garlic, Pecorino Romano, & Fresh Basil
This topped another round of gorgeously charred dough.
Good to the last slice.
Correction, make that good to the very last bite.
Order At The Counter
Then, find a seat.
And, settle in with a drink for your short wait.
11:30Am On A Quiet, Rainy Day
We can’t wait to spend some time on this cozy patio with two giant trees providing warmth to the space… once the rain stops pouring down on us, of course.
Sfogliatelle & Cannoli To Go
Oh my goodness, it’s too good. We’ve never had one quite this divine outside of New York.
1540 Monroe Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
404 709 2690
We had to try these. If we’re in the mood for a crunchy, deep-fried processed chip-type snack, chances are very high that we’re reaching for a bag of Doritos. Unless we’re buying blue corn tortilla chips (Whole Foods) for dipping, that is.
Three Test Flavors
Test Flavor 2653
In our eyes, these were the clear winners. They’re the most unique and interesting of all three test flavors. They have a bit of a chipotle bbq spice vibe with a hefty dose of smoky bacon and a little dark chocolate mole thrown in for kicks and giggles.
Test Flavor 855
These could easily be the epitome of generic cayenne spice. After one taste, we simultaneously said, “Doesn’t this flavor exist already?” But, they are quite tasty and keep you reaching for more. They’re clearly using that magic balance of sweet:salty ratio that makes chips the addictive thing that they are. This flavor reminded us of the Flamin’ Hot spice with an added creamy cheese note and a generous touch of extra sweetness. That sweetness mellows the heat.
Test Flavor 404
These instantly wake up your taste buds with a zippy burst of citrus followed by an odd rush of sweetness. Hmm, are they some sort of tequila lime flavor? Maybe.
But, sorry, who wants to fork over a bunch of personal information for a very VERY slim chance to win $1000? Not us. No, thank you.
Doritos Bold Flavor Experiment
Choose From The Daily Selection
Then, pay and pick up your order at the window.
Ice Cream, Too
That’s for another day.
Dark Chocolate, Triple Cinnamon, Salted Caramel,
& Chocolate Coconut
Salted Caramel In Front, Triple Cinnamon
With Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting In Back
They were all shockingly good, but, the triple cinnamon was a real winner.
It’s just begging to be eaten.
Triple Cinnamon Cross Section
Peanut Butter With Chocolate Chips, The Other Favorite
Illy Issimo Cappuccino
For a bottled coffee drink, it was acceptable.
The Menu of Flavors Changes Daily
The line to order is ever-present. But, it’s a relatively efficient and fast moving line.
(In the Lenox Square Mall)
3393 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
404 846 1599
Fish & Chips
Two generous pieces of thickly battered fish were served on a large bed of crisp chips. Both were served piping hot.
Add One Fat Tire Amber Ale
And, this was lunch.
The Royal Oak Pub
1155 Mt Vernon Highway
Sandy Springs, GA 30338
770 390 0859
The Local Exchange
Nick Cook’s Spurtle & Honey Dipper
Longer and a bit more delicate than most honey dippers, it might be a bit more fragile than it’s chunky kin. Only time will tell. But, it’ll be a joy to serve honey with such a lovely piece of turned wood.
Check out more of Nick Cook’s woodturning here.
Atlanta Honey Company’s Honey In The Comb
It’s crystal clear that this piece of honeycomb was handled with care. Every uncut cell remains perfectly intact. Here are just some of the locations to find more from the Atlanta Honey Company.
Atlanta Honey Company
The Local Exchange
130 South Park Square
Marietta, GA 30060
770 794 3136
Shrimp De Fuego
The portions of crispy battered shrimp and jalapeño slices were quite generous.
Pacific Rim & Marinated Filet Tacos With Fried Yucca
The tomatoes were seriously over-marinated which resulted in a soggy, spongy unpleasant texture. But, the crispy Shrimp De Fuego and patio seating around the square would encourage another visit if we’re in the area.
Steak Bowl With Fried Egg
70 South Park Square NE
Marietta, GA 30060
678 324 7491
Don Antonio By Starita
The Quiet Before Noon
The Lunch Menu
8 Inch Pizzas (With or Without Salad) From 11:30-2:30PM
Pistacchio e Salsiccia
Pistachio pesto, sausage, pecorino romano, basil, and buttery homemade mozzarella.
That’s one gorgeous crust. There was a lovely crisp snap on the outside while the inside had a rich, mature flavor with a good chew. We devoured almost every crumb.
For the pizza lover, it made a perfect birthday lunch.
Chunky edges yield to a thin, cracker crisp bites in the center. And, that cheese, it’s so rich and buttery. It really is something special.
We can’t wait to return and enjoy the gorgeous weather on their patio.
Don Antonio By Starita
102 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
404 844 2879