Local Republic

Local Republic

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Stone Enjoy By 4/20

Chicken Livers With Tomato Jam

These were beautifully cooked with tender, blushing pink interiors.

The Southpaw

This burger was NOT small.  The bacon slices were just that huge.  The burger as a whole was incredibly good.  But, oh my goodness, that bacon was just out of this world.  The sprinkle of cajun spices made it even better.

Mac & Cheese

Crispy bits on top, creamy interior

This macaroni and cheese was everything we want in the dish.  It was ooey, gooey, creamy, cheesy, smoky, rich, and delicious.

Fatback Pig Project

The pork chop was perfectly pink and meltingly tender from the first bite to the last.

Wild Heaven Funkenrauch

This was a great meal with even better service, we can’t wait to return.

Local Republic
225 West Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA  30046
678 205 4782

From start to finish, this was an absolutely lovely meal on a perfectly beautiful day with bright blue skies.  Not one cloud dotted that perfect blue.

It was a beautiful day to wander, too.

Antiques & Beyond

Antiques & Beyond

We know these little trays should come with a matching tea tin.  We’ve recently seen the matching tea tin (without the trays) at another antique shop.  But, we’ll be using these as cocktail snack trays.  So, we have no need for that matching tea storage tin.

Spring Semi-Annual Side Walk Sale!
(It’s on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 9am to 5pm.)

Antiques & Beyond
1853 Cheshire Bridge Road
Atlanta, GA  30324
404 872 4342

Summits Wayside Tavern

Summit’s Chicken Wings

Ten of these large wings were incredibly filling.  We wanted more.  But, we’ll have to wait until next time.  After 5 wings each, we were absolutely stuffed beyond belief.

Then, we did a bit of light reading.

Lexington Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

(Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.)

This was smooth blending of oaky bourbon barrel char and Kentucky Ale.  There is a definite deep dark smoky, complex vanilla sweetness here.  But, it’s doesn’t overpower.  I think it’s fair to say that this was one of the more enjoyably drinkable bourbon barrel aged ales that we’ve tried.  Yes, there’s quite a barrage of flavors.  But, here, they all play well together.

We had New Belgium’s Hop Kitchen Botanical Imperial IPA, too.

It was incredibly fresh and lovely… perfectly bright and citrus-y tart for spring.

We’d both love to have more of this one.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

This one is always a winner.

And, we’re still loving it.  Simply put, it’s all things good.  It’s just right in every way.

Beautiful hops and malt, so incredibly enjoyable, drinkable… stunning

We want more.

Another Note:

We had carrot sticks with our chicken wings.  (Not the beer)  The portion of carrot sticks was incredibly generous.  Also, noteworthy, it’s clear these carrots were chopped into pieces quite recently.  They were fresh, plump, and sweet.  (Not dry, withered, and curled up into inedible twigs… as you see far too often next to a basket of chicken wings.)

Biggar Antiques

Biggar Antiques

Don’t forget… They’re closed on Sundays!

Com Mai — Duck Noodle Soup

Just to be sure our love was true…

We’ve both ordered a few more bowls over the last couple months or so.  And, we’ll be sure to return time after time.  Each and every bowl was topped with meltingly tender duck.

Com Mai’s Duck Noodle Soup

With duck this buttery rich and tender, I doubt we’ll ever tire of this dish.

Shrimp Rolls

We had a few nibbles to start, too.

Just because…

Made to order, these were a sizzling hot start to our meal.

We weren’t in the mood to share.  So, we each got our own to go.

Com Mai Vietnamese Cuisine
1455 Pleasant Hill Road
Lawrenceville, GA  30044
770 564 2292

The Bayou Boil

What’s in that bucket?

All of the crab boils are served in plastic bags.  The king crab claws make the extraction a bit more challenging than the standard Bayou Boil bucket.

This boil bucket/bowl came with a generous amount of king crab.

King Crab, Mussels, & Shrimp

The House Special Spicy Boil


If this isn’t spicy enough for you, they’ll make it even spicier.

The Bayou Boil Bucket

Again, the snow crab claws were huge.

There were plenty of huge crawfish, blue crab, shrimp, snow crab, potatoes, corn, and garlic.

Garlic, garlic… everywhere…


We probably wouldn’t order these again (any time soon).  While not horrible, these were much too dense and a bit bland.  Though, I’m sure we’ll give them another chance at some point.

Bayou Boil’s Beans & Rice

When you’re in the mood to play with your food, this is the place to go.


We’ll be back.  Again and again… and again.  We’re sure of it.

The Bayou Boil
5091 Buford Highway, NE
Doraville, GA  30340
770 733 1460

Las Margaritas

Las Margaritas

Cuban Mojito




Actually, that’s too generous.  This sangria was rather unpleasant.  And, the plastic glasses only underlined that fact.


With Chicken, Mussels, Calamari, Small Octopus,
& A Couple Scallops

Colombian Dog

That’s a whole lot (A LOT A LOT) of greasy canned potato sticks.

“Ugh, more potato sticks…”

This corn was tough, rubbery, and very chewy.  Given the unnaturally, hard rubbery chew nature of the corn, we can only assume it was frozen.

Las Margaritas Latin Restaurant
1842 Cheshire Bridge Road
Atlanta, GA  30324
404 873 4464

South Main Kitchen

South Main Kitchen

Fried Egg BLT

On Grilled Bread

Simply, fine.

Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

In this version of the dish, it’s all about the gravy.  And, this is a great one.

Brussel Sprouts

With Feta, Bacon, & Lemon Vinaigrette

This large bowl could easily be a meal.  And, we both enjoyed this dish a great deal.  But, the sharp feta paired with such a powerful green was a bit overwhelming.  Now, if you were to take this exact dish and top it with crumbled goat cheese, it would be perfection.

South Main Kitchen
9 South Main Street
Alpharetta, GA  30009
678 691 4622


Campania Pizzeria Napoletana

The Brunch Pizza

Every Sunday starting at noon…

Sweet & spicy red peppers, fresh basil, ricotta…

The ricotta, basil, and peppers are glorious together.

The Sofia

Sausage, (Pizza)Oven Roasted Red Peppers, Fontina,
Fior di Latte Mozzarella, Oregano, & Basil

Finished With Garlic Oil & Parmigiano-Reggiano

We each enjoyed every bite… right down to each one of our last slices.

Cracker crisp on the bottom, chewy inside…

This was another great meal at Campania.

We lingered long enough to enjoy a beer…

…or two.

800 North Main Street
Suite 100
Alpharetta, GA  30009
770 559 4674

Boiling Crawfish

Boiling Crawfish

The Board Special Boil

This house special boil comes with whole shrimp, one blue crab, mussels, about 8 large crawfish, and a rather small snow crab claw.  There’s one big ear of corn (cut into two) in there, too.

The Special Spicy sauce was spicier than we expected for medium heat (But, this is a very good thing… We wanted hot.  But, FIYAHH! HOTTT! sounded a bit over the top hot for us.)  and quite tasty.  We chose the “It’s kickin’ hot” medium and it had a spicy good kick to it.

Coming from two people who like it hot, we’re not sure if we can take the FIYAHH! HOTTT!, if this was the medium level heat.  Unless we’re feeling brave, we’ll be sticking to the medium.  “It’s kickin’ hot” medium was a spicy level heat that still allowed the flavor of the seafood to shine.  And, the seafood was all fresh, sweet and very tender.  The whole shrimp and mussels were our two favorites of the meal.

The mussels were deliciously plump, distinctively fresh tasting, and beautifully, meltingly tender.

Fried Oyster Basket

The oysters had good flavor.  But, the breading was a bit heavy and more than a little greasy.  Admittedly, this was a late lunch.  (maybe the fryer wasn’t up to temp)  So, we’ll give these oysters another chance.  We think they deserve it.

The sweet potatoes were thick cut and they had a hefty tempura-like batter.  Sadly, heavy breading on under-cooked sweet potatoes was a bad combination.  These need a little bit of work.

But, the House Special Spicy Boil deserves another visit.

We’ll be back soon.

Hmm, interesting…

Boiling Crawfish
5412 Buford Highway NE
Doraville, GA  30340
770 559 5839