Category: Best in Atlanta

P’Cheen…. Hit or Miss [CLOSED]

Crab Macaroni and collards

I’ve been here a several times. In each visit, I’ve had something good and something bad. So I guess that’s what has shaped my opinion of P’Cheen: Hit or Miss. There are some AMAZING dishes, but there are some that I was angry for trying.

There are two things that P’Cheen offers that must be tried: (1) The moonshine. I’m a southern girl, so moonshine was a fairly frequent topic amongst certain family members. I tried a homemade batch many moons ago and nearly cried. But today, they are smoother with the same strength and better flavors. The Apple Pie does not disappoint. (2) The crab mac n cheese. Yup, if you read this blog, you already know how serious I am about my macaroni! And here, P’cheen’s Chef Alex Friedman delivers.

Just as a side note: the specials can be a bit sketchy or maybe they are just never my thing. So I stick with what I believe in now: The wings, macaroni, brussel sprouts and moonshine.

The spot is pretty small so make a reservation for Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as for Sunday brunch. I’ve never checked out the lounge evenings with the DJ or live music, but I imagine its pretty cool. I enjoy the atmosphere. So even if you aren’t there for a meal, you can enjoy yourself.
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The Iberian Pig… a small bit of Spain in the Decatur Square

For my last birthday, my friends got dressed up to meet me for dinner before we hit the club. This year I chose my favorite Spanish Tapas restaurant, a little spot nestled in the Decatur Square: The Iberian Pig.

For years, I’d passed this place until a fellow lusophone asked me to meet her there for lunch, mad men style. After tasting my first Iberian Old Fashioned, I was intrigued. And then I discovered the best charcuterie in Atlanta, hooked. Spanish potatoes, pork cheek, calamari, scallops, etc. My mouth waters just thinking about it. Minha Tia Rosana tells me that all the meat, cheese and wine will make me “a gordinha“, but it doesn’t cross my mind in the moment. It all tastes so good.

Of everything I’ve eaten there, my favorite things would have to be the lamb ribs and the churros. The lamb ribs have a sticky, sweet and savory sauce that has me scraping the plate and licking my fingers on the sly. No matter what I start with, the ribs call my name! DINEWITHDANI SAYS they are the BEST LAMB RIBS IN ATLANTA. And the churros are so light and sweet, they melt in your mouth! They are the perfect way to end a meal.

Be sure to make a reservation if you’re going during peak hours. Thursday through Saturday dinner hours are crazy. Without one you could be in for an hour plus wait. The bar area is teeny tiny so you shouldn’t expect to hang out there during that time. During warm weather, there is limited outdoor seating.

I heart Iberian Pig. I hope you will too. I’m there probably every two months at least. I like to mix it up!
The Iberian Pig on Urbanspoon

South City Kitchen… Urban Southern Cuisine

BF’s first fried green tomato!

I have been to South City Kitchen more times than I can count, but I hadn’t thought to blog about it until I realized how many people I know had NOT been.  South City Kitchen is exactly what the name implies. You can expect southern dishes with an urban edge. Nothing is exactly the way your grandmother makes it: the fried green tomatoes are stuffed with goat cheese and the crab cakes are served with a blood orange cream.

Entrees start at $17 and are usually worth it. I don’t mean to imply that the portions are huge, only that the food is good.

My most recent visit was for bff’s birthday. The food was fantastic, but the drinks were super small. We had a few chuckles about the half-empty martini glasses. Other than than, we spent the entire meal tasting each other’s food. On one visit, I was particularly jealous of my friend’s scallops. This time I didn’t make the mistake of not ordering them. My scallop dish was modified for the winter with seasonal ingredients, but it was JUST as good as the summer version. I also ordered the crab and mushroom macaroni and cheese as well– YUMMY.

The menu is usually updated with seasonal ingredients– so the chef’s special is usually a good look. But there are a few regular dishes that I recommend.

  1. She-Crab Soup– its a great way to start any meal at South City Kitchen (PS– DineWithDani declares it the BEST SHE-CRAB SOUP in Atlanta),
  2. Fried Green Tomatoes– this a great starter to share with a party,
  3. Buttermilk Fried Chicken– you’ll see why it is their most popular dish,
  4. Shrimp & Grits– a tasty southern classic that not everyone gets right– they do(!),
  5. Veg-o-Matic (sauteed collards, crab macaroni, baby yams)– you can’t go wrong!

Check-in on foursquare or mention them on Twitter and you’ll likely get a shout out from @Fifthgrouper
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Be First to Dine at The Lawrence… Jan 19 & 20

My dear friend #TwitterlessHarvey is seeing one dream come true and I’m happy to support this new venture. You may have seen write-ups on other dining websites and local magazines. And now you have a chance to be among the first to dine at what is sure to be one of Atlanta’s most popular restaurants…. Check out the info below and visit www.TheLawrenceAtlanta.com… Enjoy

 

Dinner Party at The Lawrence

Atlanta Greek Festival… Sept 29- Oct 2

I attend the Atlanta Greek Festival every year. No, I am not Greek, but I do LOVE the cuisine. It’s such a relaxing festival to attend. Not at all over sized or overdone.

When you enter, there are normally booths for raffles and information about trips to Greece. I’ve always wanted to go. Beyond that, the stage is usually straight ahead- at the back of the fair grounds. That’s where you’ll find the live music, dance performances and more.

To your right is where you’ll find some food. Souvlaki, spanikopita, mousaka, pilaf, etc.– all for an awesome price. But bring cash! If you turn around 90 degrees from the food, you’ll see the children’s play area, which is usually shaded and fairly crowded.

Inside the church, there are vendors selling Greek art, jewelry, fashions, home decor and tchotchkes. They make nice reminders of the festival. But my favorite thing inside the church are the pastries. In what I would call the “fellowship hall” are women selling every Greek pastry you can think of. The lines look long, but they move. This is where you can buy my faves baklava and loukoumades.

There are also educational workshops about the Greek Orthodox Church, Greek mythology, live cooking demos and more. There are so many things to do and see that it would impossible to see them all in one day, however, I try to do as much as possible since the Greek Festival is always competing with some other outdoor festival. This year it’s the BBQ Fest at Atlantic Station.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE.

PS- parking is off site; a shuttle drives back and forth to avoid overcrowding. They’ve thought of everything!

I hope to see you there. Remember, if you make the trip to tweet me @DineWithDani and I’ll RT you.

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