Chocolate Mousse Cake
Looks great! Tastes… not so great. For such a deep dark chocolate colored cake, it has remarkably little flavor. And, the mousse has a cloyingly, thick texture. Chocolate that refuses to melt in your mouth is extremely unpleasant.
Chocolate Toffee Nut Cake
Both chocolate and cream are nearly tasteless and very heavy… oily, greasy heavy.
From now on, we’ll stick to the $1 soft serve yogurt cones. At least they’re edible.
Cheong Woo Ultra Zzang Snack
Wow, that’s a mouthful.
Don’t be fooled by those sesame seeds. This is a sweet treat.
1 Part Cap’n Crunch + 1 part Super Sweet Bugles Wannabe
So, we’re talking children’s breakfast cereal sweet.
Super H Mart
Topped With Arugula & Parmigiano Reggiano
The crust was light and airy. Little bubbles charred up nicely along the edges.
With Shrimp, Scallops, & Calamari
The exteriors were crisp and flaky while the interiors were moist and tender, this was a nice little dish. We also enjoyed the light, fresh taste of the tomato sauce.
Flatbread To Start
5165 Peachtree Parkway
Norcross, GA 30092
770 441 3200
Simply put, this little gem of a place has all the beer you want to drink. And, while you’re there, you’re sure to find something new to try. This time we went with a couple Oud Beersel Kriek & Framboise (both under $10 a bottle).
We’ll be back for more… very soon.
Craft Beer Market
906 West College Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
404 371 4331
Nut Balls With Buttery Caramel
Ok, this is just a guess. But, we think these are labeled incorrectly. There wasn’t a single piece of dried fruit. These are all about the nuts. A blend of pistachios, cashews, and almonds made up these nutty clusters. Dried Fruit? Who needs dried fruit? These are little balls of awesome.
Ground cardamom and nuts fill these pastries dripping with brown sugar syrup. These were dangerously good, as usual.
These are a new favorite. Gilded with silver, these tender, buttery pastries are filled with a sweet paste of dried fig and other assorted dried fruits. So rich, one little crescent makes an incredibly satisfying two bite dessert that pairs perfectly with masala tea or coffee.
Don’t they just scream eat me?
On more than one occasion, we’ve made a meal out of these.
763 Dekalb Industrial Way
Decatur, GA 30033
404 299 2062
The Veggie Loaf
Pecan romesco sauce hides under a mountain of roasted cauliflower, shitake mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes. These vegetables were topped with a wedge of Leon’s veggie loaf and a handful of arugula. We still consider this to be one of our favorite vegetarian dishes.
Ictegem’s Grand Gru — Flemish Red Ale
Cherry and other slightly sour, tart fruit in the background become more complex and interesting with the oak.
Grass-fed Beef Burger, Cheddar Casserole & Lightly Dressed Arugula
Our grass-fed beef burger generously topped with cheddar was quite nice. But, much of the flavor was lost under way too much ketchup and mustard. Next time, we’ll ask for our condiments on the side.
This humble little cheddar casserole sitting on top of a ladle full of spicy apple butter was our favorite part of the meal. A slightly larger portion of the casserole with the dressed arugula on the side would make an incredible meal all on its own.
A Side Of Fries With Goat Cheese Fondue, & Garlic Aioli
We weren’t prepared to consume a mountain of fries. So, we went with this side of fries. It was an incredibly generous portion. And, it’s more than enough for two to share with dinner or even to start.
Leon’s Full Service
131 East Ponce De Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
404 687 0500
Homemade Shortbread Crackers
Delicate, buttery, and crumbly, the melt-in-your-mouth tender crumb works well with Brick Store’s creamy pâté.
Country Chicken Pâté With Smoked Peach Preserves
Generous portions of both allow you to build each bite to your taste. Cornichons and grainy honey mustard make a lovely distraction from the buttery richness.
Oud Beersel Framboise
Delicate bubbles and a tart bite made for a pleasant surprise.
Scaldis Strong Ale
Smooth, mellow and creamy with a perfect peppery bite.
Brush off that salt and buttery bite-sized pieces make another vehicle to consume every last bit of the mason jarred pâté.
Cast Iron Raclette
Gorgeous deep golden brown potato slices are buried under that mountain of cheese.
St Bernardus Abt 12 Quad
Rich powerful flavors with a touch of barely sweet malt and dried dark fruit
Gulden Draak 9000 Quad
Dark caramel, fruity and almost too rich, we might give it another chance.
Fish & Chips
A few fries had already been nipped at this point.
Brick Store Pub
125 East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
404 687 0990
Vosges Blood Orange Caramel Bar
There are simply no words to express the absolute perfection of this bar. The chocolate is deep, dark, rich and complex. While the right bite of bitter citrus from blood orange and Campari tempers the sweetness of syrupy smooth caramel, it’s easily the closest thing to a perfect candy bar we’ve ever tasted.
That term is an insult. This is a bar of fine chocolate with perfectly layered flavors. The richness of the chocolate guides the way for soft, creamy caramel that hides a dose of bitterness that makes your tongue tingle with curious interest and pleasure. Then, it finishes with the light floral flourish of hibiscus. The hibiscus adds its own touch of subtle tartness that keeps the flavor of this chocolate bar a unique thing onto itself. This combination of flavors and textures is nothing short of edible artistry.
(We bought our bar at Alon’s Dunwoody location.)
Raspberry Crumble Bar
We’d love to tell you about this crumbly cookie bar filled with raspberry jam. But just one tiny bite in, it hit the floor. Our little devil dog scarfed it up in one quick piggy bite. She clearly loved it. We could tell by the way she lapped up every crumb of the floor.
4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
678 397 1781
Coffee & Donuts
Rich, creamy coffee dotted with a Krispy Kreme donut hole…
It was love at first bite… or was it the second.
The coconut banana was a perfect summer day option, too. But, we both agreed. The coffee and donut pop was the real winner.
Other Flavors On This Hot Summer Day:
Chocolate Sea Salt
Peach ‘n Cream
Check out their website for hours and locations:
King of Pops
(Our favorite location: Decatur Square)
The Beautiful Restaurant
3 Short Ribs
That’s the generous portion served at The Beautiful Restaurant.
Short Ribs in Brown Gravy
This is pot roast’s richer, tastier cousin.
Incredible beef flavor was the hallmark of every bite. But, what really appealed to us was the fork, tender beef. This short rib was braised the perfect amount of time to allow the beef to reach that succulent melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. But, it wasn’t braised long enough for the flavors to escape the meat. We’ve all tasted that piece of beef that falls apart into shreds and lacks flavor from a cook’s neglect. That was most certainly not this dish. This was divine comfort.
Crisp, crumbly breading surrounds tender thigh meat. They were completely sold out of white meat. And, we could understand why. This chicken is good… really good. We’ll be adding this restaurant to our list of fried chicken favorites. This place might not top the list. But, it’s a very worthy addition.
Sweet Potato Casserole & Macaroni ‘n Cheese
Sweet ground clove, plenty of sugar, raisins and marshmallows touched with golden brown edges, this was a dessert masquerading as a vegetable. But, we both loved it.
Mac & Cheese And Stuffing With Gravy
Creamy, custardy and cheesy, that’s one of the ways we like our mac & cheese. Meanwhile, the cornbread stuffing has a pudding-like quality that reminds us of spoon bread. Topped with brown gravy, this is richer and tastier.
Broccoli & Rice Casserole
Super duper cheesy, the broccoli is really an afterthought. But, who doesn’t love cheesy comfort food casseroles?
Eggy, tangy, creamy, and mildly sweet, this potato salad had us craving backyard barbecue. It was chock full of crumbled hard boiled eggs, pimento and relish.
Southern Style Corn Muffins
Moist, crumbly and perfuming the air with the scent of sweet corn, loads of fresh cornmeal made this great muffin what it is. This perfect specimen was dense from the cornmeal rich batter and ever so mildly sweet. There’s no doubting the Southern roots of this muffin.
The Beautiful Restaurant
2260 Cascade Road Southwest
Atlanta, GA 30311
404 752 5931