Taqueria La Oaxaquena

Salsa Bar

Chips & Mild Salsa

Mmm… much better

Sopes Suadero

Tender brisket is shredded with edges crisped up on the grill.  Rich, beefy, and generously topped with sour cream and crumbled cheese, this was one of the highlights of the meal.

Too good.

Huaraches Al Pastor

From the dense fried masa base to the mountain of pork and toppings,this could be a meal on its own.  It’s nothing short of gigantic.

Chicken Mole Tamale Wrapped in a Banana Leaf

The banana leaf adds a lovely herbal quality that almost hints at smoky.  And, this fabulous tamale was jam-packed with tender chicken.  It would be a serious understatement to describe the filling as generous.

And, divine.

Tamale With Chicken And Green Sauce

Hidden inside…

A generous mix of tender chicken (both white and dark meat)

Taqueria La Oaxaquena
605 Mt Zion Road
Jonesboro, GA 30236
770 960 3010

Heirloom Market BBQ

Spicy Korean Style Pork Sandwich

This sandwich was the highlight of the meal.  The pork was tender and full of flavor.  And, the sauce had a nice amount of spice and just a touch of sweetness.

More, please.

Pickles, Fries and Mac & Cheese

The fries were super crisp and addictive.  The mac & cheese was rich, creamy and a just a tiny touch spicy with red pepper flakes.  But, those sweet and spicy pickles were the most memorable accompaniment.  They were a bit like a Korean version of a bread and butter pickle.  There weren’t many on the plate, but, they were another high point to the meal.

Spice Rubbed Ribs & Pulled Pork

Both were tender, moist and smoky.

Between the two, we both preferred the richly spiced ribs over the pulled pork.  But, we didn’t fight over either one the way we fought over that delicious mound of Korean pork.

That was a generous mound of greens.  But, we didn’t enjoy them.  They were a bit too soft, the flavor wasn’t quite right and the aluminum cup (metallic flavor mind games… real or imagined, we’re not sure) was a bit of a turnoff.

Heirloom Market BBQ
2243 Akers Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30339
770 612 2502

Triple Chocolate Cookie @ Heirloom Market BBQ

Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookie

One bite into this chocolate-y cookie we regretted buying only one.  So rich and brownie-like, that cookie was seriously littered with white, milk and dark chocolate.  We’re eager to try the other varieties, too.  The giant snicker doodle will be ours soon.  It’s on our must-try list for next time.

Next up:

The BBQ at Heirloom Market

Heirloom Market BBQ
2243 Akers Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30339
770 612 2502

Panaderia @ Assi Market

Giant Cookies Filled With Dulce De Leche

Barely sweet cookies filled with caramel and dipped in coconut, these make a lovely companion to your morning cappuccino.

Glazed Cinnamon Bun & Pan Dulce

For around $1 each, these monstrosities will seriously fill you up.  We’d never call these our favorite pastries.  But, they’ll do in a pinch when you’re craving a sweet breakfast treat.

Panaderia @ Assi Market
1630 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, GA 30096
770 921 4989

Popcorn Haven

Hot Cheddar & Hot Wings With Blue Cheese

There was a good amount of heat to the Hot Cheddar. But, the hot wings flavor was quite mild and very tame.

Dark Chocolate Popcorn With Pretzels

At just under $6 per bag, the bag of Dark Chocolate popcorn looked to be about 2 heaping cups worth of chocolate-y snacks and the Hot Cheddar was closer to 5 or 6 cup.  While both were tasty, they were also excessively greasy.  We weren’t crazy about the unpleasant waxy/greasy coating that clung to our tongues after as little as a handful of popcorn.

We might be tempted to return to try the candy or caramel popcorn at some point.  But, we’re really in no hurry to try them.  We were both left with an overwhelming feeling of “eh”.

Popcorn Haven
(The Prado) Suite 110
5590 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
404 252 0522

The Marlay House

Cod Fritters

…And A Couple Drinks

Eggs Brendan

With Brown Bread, Rashers, Hollandaise & Poached Eggs

…And Potatoes with Red & Green Peppers

Pimento Burger With Bacon

…And Fries, Greens, Tomato & Onion Slices

Bell’s

And St Bernardus

Saturday & Sunday Brunch — 10:30am – 3:00pm

The Marlay House
426 West Ponce De Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
404 270 9950

Zoes Kitchen

Tabouli Salad With Orzo & Shrimp

Yes, it was tasty.  But, was it $11 dollars worth of tasty?  That’s the real question.

Grilled Chicken with Vegetables & White Beans

This was a perfectly “fine” meal.

Chocolate Chunk & Chip Cookie

Lunch For 2

Lunch At Noon

Zoes Kitchen
1165 Perimeter Center West
Suite 340
Atlanta, GA 30338
770 512 8637

The Rusty Nail

The Cajun Burger

As always, this was a tasty burger with loads of sautéed onions and cajun spice.  Those cheesy jalapeño grits in the background had plenty of great flavor, too.

Pulled Pork Salad With House Dressing

Piled high with tender pork, this is one incredibly hearty salad.

Fried Mushrooms

Don’t they just scream “Eat me”?  …In a word, yum.  The accompanying horseradish sauce has just the right kick of fresh heat to make these really interesting.

Late In The Day Lunch

Just look for the smoking gun out front

A sentimental favorite of ours for over 10 years

The Rusty Nail Pub
2900 Buford Highway
Atlanta, GA 30324
404 634 6306

Tostones Latin Cafe

Those shredded bits and slices of roast pork were still warm from the oven.

Cuban Sandwich

Mmm, tender roast pork…

This sandwich alone warrants a return visit.  Yeah, we’ll be back.

Soon.

Arepa Topped with Ropa Vieja & Cheese

Tostones Latin Cafe has been open four days.  Is it too soon to say this is the best ropa vieja we’ve ever had the good fortune to taste outside of Miami?  Probably, but, it’s still true.

Shrimp Torta

The shrimp were so tender we’re willing to overlook the excessive usage of mayo.

Blackberry Juice & Coke

An Early Lunch

Hightop Bar Divides Space Nicely

Guess Who’s Finger?

So close to 285, you can see the turn sign.

Next Time:

The Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Pineapple Salsa

&

Another Cuban Sandwich!

Tostones Latin Cafe
5499 Buford Highway
Doraville, GA 30343
770 936 3000

Hammocks Trading Company

Jalapeño Cornbread

Seriously doused with butter and honey, this is the sweet side of cornbread.  The jalapeño added a tiny burst of heat.  But, honey and butter were the dominant flavors.

Watermelon Mojito & Ginger Peach Sangria

Each drink arrived festively adorned with cocktail umbrellas.

Chef’s Choice Oysters — BBQ Style, Grilled with Bacon

So good, these disappeared at light speed.

Cornmeal Fried Oysters with Herb Salad & Black Eyed Peas

Crispy golden brown cornmeal exteriors yielded to perfectly cooked oysters, the herb salad was the right touch of freshness to accompany the rich oysters and savory bites of stewed black eyed peas.  We could have easily made a meal of these.

Cornmeal Fried Catfish on Black Eyed Peas & Wilted Greens
topped with Herb Salad

This was another example of a perfectly fried golden brown cornmeal shell.  This time it covered a moist and flaky catfish fillet.  Hidden under that generous catfish flllet were lemony wilted greens that paired beautifully with those hearty black eyed peas.  More, please.

Early evening, lazy day

Hammocks Trading Company
7285 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
770 395 9592