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Foodie Friday: Ecco -Atlanta restaurant #foodiefriday #atlantaga

It is Foodie Friday!!!!

If you are in Atlanta, GA, do yourself a favor and go to Ecco.

Located in Midtown at 40 7th Street NE. Atlanta, GA 30308.
For reservations, call 404.347.9555.

The cuisine for this nationally recognized restaurant is modern style European. The restaurant was dimly lit with an open kitchen, lending to the comfortable atmosphere. This is definitely the place to go after work for drinks and appetizers.

cocktails menu

There were plenty of well crafted cocktails to choose from. My favorite was Long Live the Queen- Bombay Sapphire gin with elderflowers, lemon, peach, and mint.

I felt so refined and fancy.

My all time favorite was the fried goat cheese topped with honey and cracked black pepper. I never had anything like it before and was skeptical at first. Now I am believer. It was delicious! I am thinking of making a special trip to Atlanta just for that! The balance of flavors was simple but complex at the same time.

fried goat cheese

While I am not usually one to eat ice cream, I was encouraged by my group to try the house made pistachio ice cream. Delectable! It was creamy with a subtle nutty flavor and just the right amount of sweetness. They have ruined me! Now that I have had the best, that is all I want.

pistachio ice cream

TOW Final Word: Everything about Ecco was outstanding! The food was excellent. The servers were welcoming and attentive. From start to finish, it was a great experience.

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Foodie Friday: Atlanta restaurant – Atlanta Fish Market #atlantaGA #review #foodiefriday

I went to Atlanta Fish Market with some business associates. I cannot remember how many times I have passed this place and did not even pay attention to its location. This is despite the fact there is a giant fish statue in front of the building. Sometimes I can be oblivious to my surroundings. Good thing we made reservations because the place was packed.

For an appetizer we ordered sushi. Everything was really good. The flavors were light and fresh.

For my main course, I chose my fish and the style of cooking. Of the many different varieties, I ordered salmon and another white fish.
There were four cooking choices:
SAUTEED, BROILED OR BLACKENED / with olive oil & lemon plus select two sides
HONG KONG STYLE sherry soy, scallions, ginger, spinach & bowl of sticky rice

I decided to go with Hong Kong style. On paper this sounds awesomely delicious. But the reality was not as spectacular. I thought it would be pan fried with Asian spices, but it was essentially boiled fish. I am not a big fan of boiled fish. The flavor was good but the texture was not my preferred method of eating fish. In retrospect, I should have ordered sautéed or blackened for the cooking method.

I cannot really rate the restaurant poorly for the fish entrée because they gave me exactly what I ordered. I know for next time to ask more questions to determine how the fish is cooked. On the upside, the sushi was the best I have had on the east coast. I do not usually order sushi unless I am on the west coast because I know how far the fish has to travel before getting to my plate. In the case of Atlanta Fish Market, they have planes flying in their fish fresh every day. I know I should feel bad about my carbon footprint this whole equation, but it was so decadently tasty.

Fox Bros Bar-B-Q #atlanta #bbq #foodiefriday

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Since I love BBQ, a friend told me that I have to try this place in Atlanta called Fox Bros Bar-B-Q.

As far as I was concerned, I had a fave BBQ spot in Atlanta already, but he convinced me that I should try Fox Bros.

When we went, it was raining and the place was packed. It was surprising that we were able to find a parking space.

We put our name on the list to get a table. It was a 45 minutes – 1 hour wait. We were told we could order takeout and it would be ready in 15 to 20 minutes. We opted for that. We were hungry and ready to get to the hotel.

Between the two of us we ordered ribs, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and a side of jalapeños cornbread. For dessert, I had some of their banana pudding.

My fave BBQ join in ATL is Daddy Dz, but I must admit the BBQ here is just as good.

It is a major plus that I could eat the pulled pork without sauce. It was not dry and was full of the smoky flavor associated with the slow cooking process. 

The macaroni and cheese used shell pasta instead of elbows which was unconventional but still tasty. The shells held more cheesy goodness. 

The banana pudding was good but I wish i could have had more cookies on the side. I don’t like soggy cookies in my banana pudding.

They have so many delicious sounding items in the menu, I feel like I have to return so I can order some of the other stuff. Stuffed jalepeno poppers? Jalepenos stuffed with pulled pork and cream cheese.  Yum!!!

Do I recommend? Yes! It’s worth going to try their BBQ. You won’t be disappointed. Be prepared to wait or order take out.

How to get there:

1238 Dekalb Ave, Atlanta GA 30307
404.577.4030
http://www.foxbrosbbq.com

Go Greek in Atlanta GA

I was talking to a foodie friend about places to go to eat in Atlanta and he asked me “Ever went to Nick’s?”

He said it was a takeout place that serves Greek food. He spoke highly of the place and said that a lot of ATL chefs will grab lunch.

I was intrigued.

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When we got there, I realized why everyone just “grabs lunch to go”. The large cement building is mostly the kitchen. We walk in, there is little space to move around. We order our food and wait outside while our order is being prepared. Mainly because we needed to get out of the way of the other people who were standing in line behind us.

Sitting outside at one of the tables gives me an opportunity to look around. If this restaurant has not come highly recommended by someone who I respected their food opinion, I probably would never have stopped there. Broken signage and peeling paint do little to entice newcomers. I would call this place a dive restaurant rundown looking restaurant known by the locals for their good food and low prices.

As we all know, looks can be deceiving. I guess that the owners cannot be concerned with the outside because they are too busy throwing down in the kitchen bringing authentic Greek food to the South.

I ordered the lamb gyro with fries. The meat was tender and flavorful. I loved the house made tzatziki sauce. Up until the best gyro I eaten was from Bronx, NY. This rivaled that. Maybe one day I will get to Greece and have a gyro from its homeland. Until then, I will have to satisfy myself with Nick’s.

However, next time I go, I will forgo the fries because the gyro is enough.

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Greek take-out sandwich restaurant

Nick’s Food to Go

240 Martin Luther King Jr Drive S.E

Atlanta, GA 30312

Best breakfast in Atlanta goes to Ria’s Bluebird Diner

Google “best breakfast in Atlanta” and one of the top results will probably be Ria’s Bluebird. This diner in Atlanta was featured on a Travel network show about breakfast places. This restaurant opens 8am-3pm. They do not accept reservations. When you arrive, you sign in and wait outside until your name is called.

The smaller the group the better chance you have of a short wait. When we went, it was hubby and I, so our wait was about 20 minutes.

I ordered the special: almond crusted French toast stuffed with cream cheese sweetened with local honey served with warm maple syrup on the side. This was the best French toast I have ever eaten. Everything about this plate equaled perfection. To drink, I ordered fresh squeezed orange juice. You cannot beat fresh squeezed OJ.

Words that come to mind to describe this restaurant: eclectic, artsy, trendy

The décor has a retro vibe to it. The wait staff is friendly but no nonsense. They make some small talk, but keep it moving because they have a lot of tables to serve and a lot of orders to get to hungry people.

Hipsters were crowding the parking lot waiting for tables in the packed restaurant. Sometimes a restaurant becomes a trendy place to eat but the food is mediocre at best. In the case of Ria’s Bluebird, the food lives up to the hype. I can see why they were featured on TV and are known for have the best breakfast in ATL.

I recommend getting there early and ordering the special (especially if it is almond crusted stuffed French toast). Leave with a happy belly and satisfied smile.