Chicken Pot Pie Fritters with Sherry-Date Barbecue Sauce
They might not look like much. But, every time we order them, someone stuffs up on them and then she can’t finish her burger. These are more than a meal if you try to eat all three by your lonesome. (The other sauce? Our best guess is some sort of creamy mustard.)
Little bits of carrots and green veggies round out the flavors of chicken soup in croquette form.
4514B Ashford Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
770 454 2201
So much pork…
Tender, shredded pork dominated (in the best possible way) the dish with a touch of hominy playing a supporting role. This was a comforting bowl of all things warm and good on a cold day. We can’t think of a better way to take the chill out of a never-ending winter.
Add Wild Heaven beer, our day just got better.
Trout With Maple Pecan Butter & Butternut Squash Mash
The trout was lovely, delicate and tasty. Pecan butter brings just the right touch of nutty richness. But, it’s that side of creamy mashed butternut squash that we fought over. We took that generous mound of pecan maple butter and we let it melt all over that potato alternative. We’ll happily take this butternut squash over potato any day of the week.
If you’re in the area, pull up a chair and stay awhile.
The Corner Pub
627D East College Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
404 377 0603
Chai Pani Decatur
A Huge Mess Of Masala Fries
Super crisp and cooked to a deep, dark golden brown, that’s just the way we like it.
Tossed With Plenty of Chopped Cilantro
The fresh, heady scent of green made these fries even more appealing. A mild tomato chutney on the side completed the picture. For those who want it hot, there’s a spicier chutney already waiting for you on the table.
Kheema Pav (Or, Sloppy Jai With Fried Okra)
Rich lamb hash stewed with tomatoes, ginger, and spices. Top it with fresh cilantro, red onion, and a little drizzle of green chutney and yogurt. We both loved it.
Slivers of Fried Okra
Shaved thin and fried to a crisp, the thin shards of crispy okra shatter delicately under your bite. Then, we were hit with a bursts of fresh citrus that made it all even better. It’s a fried dish that’s really alive with flavor. The fresh green and acid wake up what would otherwise be just another fried vegetable. This was much more than that.
Fresh bits of cilantro, still bright with color… it was really quite good.
Here, two cumin spiced potato samosas are dressed with tamarind and green chutney. Garnished with red onions and fresh cilantro, it all sits in a bowl of comforting chickpea stew. This is a favorite dish of ours. And, it’s done beautifully at Chai Pani. Make it a touch spicier, and this could easily become one of our all-time favorite versions.
We know these were freshly made. How do we know? Because even under those sauces, that pastry was feathery light and crisp.
Chai Tea & Honey
Always welcome on a cold day, this was a great way to fight the wicked chill in the air.
Lime Ricky? Next time…
Or, maybe a Gin Ricky… Somehow, the cocktail menu didn’t make it to our table. But, that’s ok. It’s a great excuse to make another visit. That visit will most definitely be sooner rather than later.
Daily Specials, too.
When we arrived, almost every table was full.
By 3:30pm, it got a bit quieter.
(Psst, lunch service ends at 3:30pm.)
Lunch: Tuesday thru Sunday — 11:30am – 3:30pm
Dinner: Tuesday thru Sunday — 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Chai Pani Decatur
406 West Ponce De Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
404 378 4030
Pistachio & Orange
Again, all of our doughnuts were so incredibly delicious. We really had a hard time picking a favorite. But, we’re both in love with the pistachio orange. The bright burst of orange flavor was the perfect accent to rich fried dough and fresh pistachios.
Gorgeous bubbles add lightness. Revolution doughnuts are the perfect combination of rich and light. Plenty of bubbles keep the dough fluffy, light and airy. Yet, these doughnuts aren’t so full of air that you feel you’ve eaten nothing but a mouth full of air covered in sugar glaze. Every bite blends rich, yeasty artisan quality dough with beautifully crafted, flavor packed glazes.
Toasted Almond Cake
Fighting for top spot was the toasted almond cake. This is a baked cake doughnut drowning in the best way with freshly toasted almonds and sweet almond glaze. It’s so good you don’t miss the fried dough one little bit.
Tender crumbs with buttery richness, the toasted almonds added depth and complexity.
Salted Caramel Bacon, Gingerbread, And A Big Ole Apple Fritter
Yes, we did say big and we meant it.
Now, do you see why it was so hard to pick a favorite. Each doughnut was delicious in its own right. The gingerbread fried cake doughnut deserves an honorable mention. If not for the stiff competition (and by this we mean to say “at any other doughnut shop”), this would have been an easy favorite.
Richly crafted dough, tender apple bits, cinnamon, and sweet glaze. All of the usual suspects were present and added to the flavor party.
That’s a whole lotta yum on one plate.
From the moment we arrived until we left, there was a nonstop line out the door. As a matter of fact, when we arrived at 8:03am the line was already out the door. We were happy to wait. And, it was well worth every second.
They really do have a bit of everything. From yeast, to cake, to baked cake doughnuts, what more could you want? Good coffee? Check. Our favorite was the Full City Roast Revolution Blend. Deep, dark, rich and complex, it stands up to the decadent richness of these fine doughnuts.
We were one day too early for their new Crumb Cake doughnuts. They just started serving those on Monday. But, we’ll be back! Of that, you can be sure.
908 West College Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
678 927 9920
Bone Lick BBQ Pizza with Fried Collards
So good… it’s all about the toppings here.
Crispy, salted deep-fried collards lend a hearty crunch. It makes a perfect companion to the Bone Lick BBQ’s tangy pulled pork. Just the right touch of vinegar and black pepper in the barbecue sauce bring this pizza to life. To put it simply, we enjoyed each and every bite.
This pizza was generously piled with relatively thick slices of prosciutto and plenty of fig jam. If we wanted to be picky, we might say they were a bit too generous with the fig jam. Still, it was a very tasty pie.
Two Styles: Neapolitan or New York
Want to choose your own? They have plenty of lovely options.
A Late Lunch
327 Edgewood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30312
404 343 4404
Jack Rudy Small Batch Tonic
Instructions for a Gin & (Rudy) tonic grace the side of the bottle.
Ransom Old Tom Gin
This old tom gin is more than just a pretty bottle. It’s barrel aged and flavored with juniper berries, orange & lemon peel, coriander, cardamom & angelica root.
Jack Rudy Tonic & Ransom Old Tom Gin
Two beautifully complex blend of flavors, they each deserve to be savored on their own. Straight, on the rocks, or with a twist of orange, other citrus rind? It’s your choice. Just be sure to enjoy the flavors on their own before you choose to embellish an already complex blend of aromatics.
We also found the Tovolo sphere mold set (set of 2 molds) at H&F Bottle Shop. Tovolo’s sphere feels bigger than its 2 and a half inch size. They really are worth the slight effort it takes to make them.
The two inch tapered ice squares felt significantly smaller. As a matter of fact, they felt downright wimpy by comparison. We’ll be keeping a container of ice spheres in the freezer from now on. We like to be prepared. You never know when the urge for an iced cocktail might strike.
Next time: Holeman & Finch Bloody Mary Mix
H&F Bottle Shop
2357 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
404 841 4070
Simple and delicious, put the freshest cashews together with soft, creamy caramel and milky dark chocolate. It’s a good thing we only bought one.
Chocolate Covered Praline Blob
We’re not big praline fans. It’s just too much sugar. What if you cover it in chocolate? Now you’re talking. We’re in. It doesn’t hurt one tiny little bit at all that those pecans are ridiculously fresh and tender.
If you can dip it in dark, milk or white chocolate, River Street Sweets probably has it.
River Street Sweets
(Phipps Plaza — Suite 1011)
3500 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30326
404 364 0810
The Peter Tosh
The Peter Tosh is a white pie topped with jerked pork, pineapple, red pepper, an extra sprinkle of jerk spices and plenty of fresh cilantro leaves. It’s so good… period.
We’ll happily eat this tasty pie any day of the week.
3704 Lawrenceville Highway
Tucker, GA 30084
770 414 6999
Shorty’s Pizza – Decatur
2884-B North Druid Hills Road
Decatur, GA 30329
404 315 6262
Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market Bavarian Rye
We’re still not in love with the bakery section at YDFM. But, they’ve added a few new (and a few other new-ish) baked goods that we do enjoy. This Bavarian rye is one of them. This loaf was a bit too moist. We’re guessing it could have used another few minutes in the oven. We’ll be trying it again, though. That’s for sure. We were so preoccupied looking for one of the last loaves of Bavarian rye, we completely forgot to pick up one of the new loaves that we sampled. Oh well, there’s always next time.
Coarse grains of rye and caraway add a bit of texture and bite.
And, it’s really quite nice with their rare roast beef.
Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market
3000 East Ponce De Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
404 377 6400
The General Muir’s Sesame Bagel
We would have preferred poppy. But, beggars can’t be choosers. Even after an early lunch, the bagels were almost gone by the end of our meal. So, go early!
What separates a good bagel from a great bagel? It’s not something that’s easily put into words. But, there is a certain feel and touch. It’s a hard crackly exterior with a moist, yet chewy interior. The interior should not be heavy or clunky. It should be soft, with a dense crumb and possess a mature flavor. It should not under ANY circumstances taste doughy or flour-y.
The General Muir’s Salt Bagels
These salt bagels offer a glimpse to that which is impossible to put to words. Do you see those glossy, thin bubbles? You sink your knife into a bagel like this and there’s an extremely satisfying crackle-y crisp crunch. Those thin bubbles shatter and crunch loudly yeilding to the moist interior.
Plenty of bubbles dot the interior.
These were three of the best bagels we’ve had in a REALLY long time.
The General Muir
1540 Avenue Place
Atlanta, GA 30329
678 927 9131
Midnight Snacktime? They were still crackle-y crisp, delicious and beautiful.