Category: Best in Atlanta

Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival…. Sept 30- Oct 1

This year marks the 3rd Annual Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival. Join fellow BBQ lovers at the Atlantic Station Festival Grounds. This event boasts some of the best BBQ in the city, from well known establishments and backyard masters alike. These teams will compete for the title of Best BBQ in Atlanta.

Go hungry and bring cash! Samples cost one ticket ($1) and go pretty quickly at the most popular booths. While there, enjoy the live music, children’s play area and other entertainment. And remember to get your tickets in advance to avoid the lines. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.








This will be my first time attending. I’m very excited. Of course, as always, if you are there tweet me @DineWithDani and I’ll RT you!

Life in HD… The Year of the Hot Dog (some Hamburgers too)

Dani & HD

Hello world and more specifically, DWD readers.  So, this is my first blog entry ever and I want to start by thanking Dani for giving me an outlet to express what I hope is my creative side.  That said…


Year 2010 was the year of the hamburger in Atlanta.  Since last summer (if not a season earlier), restaurants have listed the house hamburger as a reason to stop by and dine.  Also, a number of new burger joints either gained more popularity (see, Grindhouse Killer Burgers), opened (see, Googie Burger in Centennial Park), announced they were opening and still have not (see, 5 Napkin), opened-closed-and reopened (see, EVOS).  While hamburgers on the menu and hamburger joints are nothing new, the attention and detail paid to them is. The food blogs, magazines, and restaurateurs covering the Atlanta dining scene took a play from each other’s playbook and invested in the all-American hamburger.  To take some examples, 2010 brought our attention to:


1.  The Bocado Burger. Said to be the closest competition to the legendary Holeman + Finch burger, Bocado has paid special attention to every delicious bite of their burger.  Such attention did not go unnoticed as their burger was named Creative Loafing’s “Best Burger” of 2010.  Bocado even began offering “The Wimpy”–a plate of 3 burgers.  I always thought they should give away a shirt for the brave of heart (and artery) who decided to undertake and devour The Wimpy.

Bocado on Urbanspoon


2.  FLIP Buckhead. After much success with their Midtown location, the FLIP guys (Richard Blais and others), decided to bless Buckhead with a burger boutique. Opening in October 2010, this FLIP locale has had its share of growing pains, but nonetheless remains a go to on Roswell Road for diners craving a burgers.

FLIP Burger Boutique on Urbanspoon


3.  Yeah! Burger. Shaun Doty ceased operation of his non-burger restaurant, “Shaun’s”, presumably to focus on his burger joints, located in Midtown and Virginia-Highlands.  Beef, Bison, Turkey, Veggie, Chicken, Yeah! has it.  If you are so lucky to be aware of Yeah! Burger’s secret menu ( — you’re welcome), you know they even have $1 sliders on special.

Yeah! Burger Westside on Urbanspoon

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See what I mean?  Burger-mania in the A!  My prediction:  This summer…this year…is the year of the hotdog.  You heard it here first folks (I hope): Year 2011 is the year of the hot dog in Atlanta and hopefully, the world.  I, for one, am excited.  Not only do we share initials, but hot dogs are by far my favorite food (followed by fried lobster tail…go figure)!  It’s still pretty early in 2011, and already, more and more restaurants are cranking out wieners.  There have always been places to grab a quality dog in Atlanta.  Star Provisions, Holeman + Finch, Brandi’s World Hot Dogs (in Marietta)–my fave, so had to mention–and Ormsby’s have had their dogs on the menu pre-2011 and have done well with them.  Others are following suit.  So far, 2011 has brought us:


Downtown Restaurant Week… May 28- June 5

Many of Downtown Atlanta’s finest dining establishments were selected to take part in this fabulous food event. There are no passes to buy, coupons to carry or cards to punch. You simply attend the restaurant of your choice during Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week and select from a special three-course dinner menu, for $25.00 and $35.00 per person, plus tip, plus tax*.

Book your reservation today by clicking here.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival… May 19-22

(Even though I was denied media credentials, I still believe this event should get a mention. I hope I’m able to attend on some level. And I hope I see you there.)

Food lovers across the nation can mark their calendars as the countdown to the first Atlanta Food & Wine Festival has begun. Dedicated exclusively to showcasing authentic foods, wines and spirits from across the Southern region, the inaugural event will take place May 19 – 22, 2011.

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, created by Atlantans Dominique Love and Elizabeth Feichter, is a welcome addition to a city that is home to an impressive number of chefs and restaurants of national acclaim. The weekend-long gastronomic affair will be the first luxury festival in the nation dedicated  exclusively to Southern food and beverage traditions. The Festival will highlight the best of the region from Texas to West Virginia and the states in between, building upon three key themes: old traditions, new traditions and imports and inspirations that have influenced Southerners in the kitchen.

Inspired by the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, the Atlanta Festival will take the best elements of other national festivals, build upon them and then infuse a spirit of honoring the regional food culture.  Leveraging the expertise of a Founders Council of the best Southern culinary talents, the Festival will offer carefully-designed seminars, demonstrations and tasting experiences, representing the unique flavors of the region.

(For more information click HERE.)

100 Dishes to Eat in Atlanta Before You Die

(as compiled by Cliff Bostock, Besha Rodell, and Jennifer Zyman for Creative Loafing)

We’ve picked a mix of classics, favorites and bests — a list that will help you navigate our city in all its gastronomic glory. We also asked a few chefs around town to pick one dish they’d eat before they die— one took the question quite literally — to find out what the professionals hunger for. So dig in — first reader to complete the list wins a heart attack and boasting rights.

Print off a checklist of the 100 dishes so you don’t miss a single bite.

To read more, click HERE.

Houston’s… Best Spinach Dip in Atlanta

I honestly can’t remember a time when Houston’s wasn’t around. It seems like my family always went there, specifically the location across from Benihana in Buckhead. Always a large party for us, we’re usually split into side-by-side circular booths—as parties larger than 6 are a challenge at every location.

Generally we start with the Chicago-Style Spinach and Artichoke Dip. In my opinion: the Best in Atlanta. For me it’s the standard by which I measure every other version of spinach dip anywhere. It comes with additional dishes of sour cream and salsa. As a kid I would stir all three together and dip my tortilla chips into the greenish-pink concoction it made on my plate.

My mother always gets the Traditional Salad with Hot Bacon dressing. Simply made with eggs, bacon and croutons– it was the first restaurant salad that I ever loved. Even now, my mother has no choice but to share a small portion of it- as it is entrée size.

I sometimes start with a bowl of soup, but usually the dip and salad are enough. And by the time the entrees arrive I can eat half and take the other half home with me. You do not want to leave food that good behind.

So what entrées do I recommend? My first choice is the Hawaiian Ribeye. This sweet and savory steak that almost tastes like teriyaki is probably my favorite steak at any restaurant. My second choice is the Gulf Coast Fish Sandwich. I can’t even describe how surprised I was when first tried this sandwich. This is my favorite fish sandwich as well. And my third choice is usually whatever the Chef’s Special is that day. It’s usually a safe bet.

While I highly endorse certain dishes, the truth is that I’ve never had a bad meal at Houston’s. Its usually a case of like versus love. Everything is well seasoned and well presented. Plus the ala cart portions don’t leave anything to be desired. So enjoy. I recommend a family visit. Share the love!

Houston's on Urbanspoon

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