Category: Restaurant Review

WHAT’S FOR LUNCH… Best Fish Tacos

from TaqueriadelSol.com

Taqueria del Sol is true to its name. It is a taqueria, which is the Spanish word for a place that serves tacos.

And at Taqueria del Sol you will find only 5 tacos, 3 enchiladas, a handful of sides and endless margaritas. And depending on the location and hour of day, there could be a line out the door.

How does a place with such a limited menu have such a loyal following? They’ve perfected the few items that they offer. The fish taco is simple; lightly breaded, fried, served with jalapeno tartar sauce and pickled jalapeno slices. No slaw, no guacamole, nothing fancy to ruin it. Just a good old fashioned flour tortilla taco! The same description fits everything on the menu. No frills, just good ingredients resulting in good food!

My favorites are the fish taco, the shrimp and corn chowder, the chicken enchilada with pork green chili sauce. What does Dani love MOST? The price. With tacos under $2.25 each, you can get one of each and still come in under budget! It’s a great lunch deal!

There are only three locations in metro-Atlanta and one in Athens, so you may find lunch there a challenge. But it’s worth the stop if you are ever in the area. Don’t be put off by the line, because it moves quickly. And remember, those people aren’t lined up for nothing!
Taqueria Del Sol Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Restaurant Recommendation| JCT Kitchen… Atlanta’s Best Mussels

JCT cod

JCT Kitchen may be one of my favorite lunch places to eat during the week. Named for its location right near a junction in the railroad tracks, I can’t help but think that this restaurant is metaphorically the juncture between casual low country and upscale Atlanta. The southern chic décor makes it perfect for the neighborhood. Located in West Midtown and part of White Provision, JCT’s hidden location makes a find for those who haven’t walked through this new development.

This week I visited JCT for the millionth time, this time with the finalists for the Steve Harvey Morning Show’s Hillshire Farm Go Meat Mama Cook Off. Our party of six began the meal with cocktails, deviled eggs and truffle oil and parmesan fries.

JCT salmon sandwich

Truthfully, I’ve never met a JCT special that I didn’t like, but I went with my favorite thing on the menu. I ordered the appetizer of angry mussels as a entrée. These mussels are cooked with peppered bacon, serrano chile and onions. Hands down, the best mussels I’ve ever had. I daresay the best mussels in Atlanta.

The cook off finalists—women who pride themselves on their palate and skills in the kitchen—sang the praises of the restaurant throughout the entire meal. Basic items like green beans, spinach and tomatoes revved up their desire to go into their kitchens to put a twist on what they’d just eaten.

JCT mussels- Best in Atlanta

If you are in the area for lunch, do not miss out on the JCT Salad with Chicken. This salad will catch you off guard and change the way you look at restaurant salads. The meat and potatoes is a hearty option that won’t leave you so stuffed that you can’t go on with your day. And the fish and chips is another tasty option if you don’t want anything too healthy or pricey.

Word to the wise: make a reservation for dinner. Walk-ins often find the restaurant not packed but still unable to accommodate their party. Bar seating is available, but the limited menu and exposure to the elements outside make it an uncomfortable setting to eat dinner. Recommendation, wait for a table. It’s totally worth it.

 

JCT Kitchen & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Restaurant Recommendation| Holeman and Finch Public House

Holeman & Finch Public House has not only garnered the attention of Atlanta Foodies, but the culinary industry at-large has recognized it’s genius. Atlanta Magazine and Esquire Magazine (among others) laud the burgers, but this spot brings so much more to the table.

H&F Lamb Shoulder

After the L5P Halloween Parade, fast food simply would not do. A second trip to Atlanta’s hottest restaurant was necessary. That week alone, I had heard three coworkers name this place as their favorite during a leadership workshop and I was anxious to see what the buzz was about. So I wasn’t that surprised when there was a two-hour wait on a Tuesday night. Unfortunately, I was so hungry then that I settled for tacos at my favorite work-week lunch spot.

On Saturday, following the parade, I checked the website and saw that the restaurant was opening for dinner as the parade ended. So we floored it from Little 5 Points to Buckhead. No valet line, no wait, no crowds. We were seated at a corner nook near the back of this small establishment. Perfect for date night. The server, dressed in plaid shirt, fitted denim and cool sneakers with colors matching the plaid came over to drop off the menus.

Truthfully, I was a little overwhelmed at first. The menu is not set up into appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts. Parts, plates, farm, and “ground, stuffed, cured, fermented and tied” are the headers. Lamb champagne, cured south carolina tripletail collar, finocchiona. What? I had to put on my food-network-thinking-cap to figure exactly what these items were based on their vague descriptions.  Of course, I’m not afraid to ask a server to describe a dish and make recommendations.

H&F after dinner

Holeman and Finch is not quite a tapas restaurant, but “small plates” is actually appropriate. We ultimately settled on the deviled eggs, beef tartare, mussels, pork belly and lamb shoulder. Of course I always order a drink—a “belle star” in this case. And if I can swing it, I order a dessert as well. This time two. The toffee pudding and the fried apple pie…

If I described every dish we ate, this blog would be more than 1,000 words, but I will use only one for the actual review: PHENOMENAL.

Every piece of food was full of unexpected flavor and character! So many restaurants put emphasis on the design and décor, but at Holeman and Finch the food speaks for itself. It is amazing. It’s the kind of experience I want to have at every restaurant.
I debated ways to write this blog post, which explains the delay. I’ve been asked about the restaurant since dining there. I didn’t want to say too much because I love how surprised I was. I know that another visit is in order because I was too early for the renowned burgers. Only available after 10pm, these burgers are also hailed among the best in Atlanta. Holeman & Finch might get another blog post if they are as good as their word of mouth.

Note: I had no idea what “chow chow” was until I asked. Pickled vegetable. Delish! The drinks? Don’t even get me started!

Holeman and Finch Public House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Ghouls and Geeks… The L5P Halloween Parade

I’m really excited about this weekend. I have a lot of things to do. First and foremost, write my second blog post J. Second, the Little Five Points Halloween Parade this Saturday. Third is the AIDS Walk on Sunday. And fourth is another blog post. Must do better.

from L5Phalloween.com

Anyway, I haven’t attended the L5P Halloween Parade in a few years, but I’m looking forward to grabbing a few drinks before and dinner after. Little 5 Points has some of the coolest shops and dive bars in Atlanta. The Euclid Avenue Yacht Club is basically a neighborhood institution. Hippies, bikers, artists and yuppies alike stop by for a drink at this bar located right in the middle of the frenzy that is Little 5 Points. And of course my [relatively] normal friends and I will likely be among them.

I expect the crowd will be insane since the parade starts on Euclid. But if we’re in the mood to brave the mob, we may stop by Front Page News, The Vortex or The Corner Tavern. All low key spots to grab a beer and a burger.

I’ve never participated in the AIDS Walk. I’m happy to support the cause, but truthfully the meeting spot of my team makes me even more excited for brunch at either Blake’s or Flying Biscuit. Brunch is actually my favorite meal of the day. Eggs and alcohol are an awesome combination that make for a happy Sunday. The “Brunch” issue of Dine With Dani is coming soon.

If I don’t see you, have a great weekend. And let me know where you ate! I love to try new restaurants. WARNING: If you’ve never been to Little 5 Points, remember that it’s an alternative-artsy-hippie-rock haven. Tattoos, piercings, bright hair, heavy eyeliner, dr. martens, American apparel, rag-o-rama and incense abound. Enjoy.

Booze, billiards and bocce… a night at Ormsby’s

After a marathon day of meetings, a coworker asked me if I had set up my blog yet. I covered my face in shame because I had told her I would do it over the weekend prior. Knowing that I had no real excuse for not doing it, I immediately buckled down and purchased a domain name, web hosting and a theme. After about two hours of fumbling around- Dine with Dani went live.

from OrmsbysAtlanta.com

I looked at the clock and realized that I was late for a friend’s birthday celebration. A perfect way to start my blog!

I hopped in my car and headed to west midtown, specifically the understated-cool White Provisions District, a collection of repurposed warehouses and offices now boasting several restaurants, home décor stores and art galleries. Ormsby’s, hidden among them, is located beside Knoll and beneath Room and Board, which are across from Yeah Burger (more on that to come).

Upon entering, the low lighting on the wood paneled walls gave the spot the feel of an urban chalet. I’d been there before without much exploration, so this was the first time that I was actually going downstairs. The space opened up into what felt like the modern basement of a sophisticated frat house at a college in the mountains. A full bar, pool tables, dart boards and (surprisingly) bocce ball were all available under the surface of this simple establishment. I admit I immediately had a whole new respect for Ormsby’s.

After hellos and introductions, a toast with Jack and Ginger commenced and the party seemed to begin in the midst of it all. The staff at Ormsby’s was pleasant. The drinks were strong, but moderately priced. And then came a selection of hot dogs. Yes, hot dogs.

The Chicago Style Dog and the Chili Dog, both angus beef and served with fries, were lauded and hailed by all in the party. The former, topped with with mustard, onions, relish, tomatoes and peppers, seemed like a lot, but the flavor was amazing. The latter, topped in homemade chili, “house-made cheese whiz” and onions made everyone stop talking and point at what they had just put in their mouths; a clear sign that there are no words for what is going on in there.

The calamari was decent. It didn’t get the reception that the hot dogs received, but I think it’s because I forgot to tell them what I’m about to tell you: watch out for the fried lemons! Everything used to season calamari at other restaurants is battered and deep fried alongside the squid. A fried lemon may sound like an interesting idea, but trust me- you do not want to be caught off guard by this zingy-yet-bitter snack.

Anyway, the hot dogs are all I have to speak to in the way of food at Ormsby’s, but I thoroughly enjoyed the laid back atmosphere. All-in-all, I give Ormsby’s a thumbs up!

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