Bartaco’s at it again with their 10th off-the-menu taco, a whole crispy soft-shell crab, mmm mmm!
Nestled under the St. Regis in Buckhead, the Atlas lives up to the prestige of the area with an upscale dining experience complete with an extensive art collection.
Celebrate the best in seasonal American cuisine with fine dining in our main dining room. Our expertly trained team of chefs and staff will guide you through an unparalleled culinary experience inspired by the capital of the South.
The restaurant’s impressive gallery of 20th century artwork has been selected from The Lewis Collection, one of the largest private art collections in the world.
Back in March my girlfriends treated me to a dinner at 8arm, a relatively new (Est. 2016) hybrid coffee spot-restaurant-bar, in the heart of Atlanta off Ponce De Leon. I had been wanting to try it out for many reasons one of which was supporting my pal Sarah Dodge who bakes all the pastries and breads in-house. In addition to knowing Dodge I was also familiar with one of the owners, Nhan from my time living in Castleberry Hill back in 2008 with his adorably small sushi restaurant, Wasabi. We ate there all the time until I moved across the city (5 miles is far in Atlanta you guys…) Lastly, another reason it struck my interest was having lived across the street at Ford Factory lofts for three years and always thought that space was so good but not being used properly as a Vespa and motorcycle shop. Now, converted into 8arm, that sweet location is getting great use and a lot of foot traffic because, yall, this place is a gem!
Here’s some shots I took before my gals arrived-
In addition to the inside seating area, they’ve opened the patio seating right outside with a walk up converted shipping container turned bar. They nailed the on trend accents with the monsteras and palms with baby pink lining!
Now onto the meal, but first:
My favorite, a classic margarita! They added a little twist , incorporating the salt in it rather than on the rim, was a nice touch.
So the menu changes really frequently but they always stick to American/Japanese-inspired simplistic dishes. Of course hanging with the ladies I totally blanked and didn’t write down everything we ate (fail) but trust me, it was damn good so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
More information on the chefs, history, etc check out these Eater articles and be sure to give it try!
Warmest thanks to all of you who reached out with Happy Birthdays and for being so encouraging about my opening up in that last post. Meant the world and I felt stronger the second I posted it! <3
Nowwww, back to your regularly scheduled pretty photos and outing recaps >>>
This past Saturday I partnered with Holeman and Finch to spread the word about the revival of their weekend brunch / lunch menu thanks to Chef Spencer’s inventive plates and twists on traditional favorites. If you’re a local or Atlanta enthusiast you’re probably already going “oh yea, Holeman and Finch…Mmmmmmm their burger is legit” well I can tell you, their other items should be just as famous!
Since it was my birthday afternoon and we had no other plans but to soak up all the foods we took our precious time and sat at the bar before moving to a table. We started with Bloody Mary’s and to my delightful surprise, they make their own mix that is now bottled!
Didn’t get into Bloody Mary’s till a few years ago since the tomato juice always hurt my tum (went through a phase with bad issues like ulcers) but now I can treat myself to them. And since they are basically a salad and lots of vitamins, I tell myself it’s in the name of health! ;)
As for the meal we told the kind staff that our (my) only dietary restriction is beef, I don’t do it, so we let them just surprise us! First came this ridiculous charcuterie board. Some of the portions were from Georgia others from various Southern states but sadly, I don’t recall, but it’s always changing so you’re in for a legit treat no matter what!
Ok, now lets talk about this soft shell crab benedict.
Truthfully I never eat soft shell crab because the fact you’re chomping down on tons of tiny, soft bones always freaked me out. Until Saturday when that allllll changed! I went in full steam and didn’t stop but once to take the below pic of that perfect egg. This dish was a game changer for me, a life changer even. In the last couple years I’ve upped my seafood intake and there aint no turning back now!
If the benedict wasn’t mind-blowing enough they brought out this colorful quail and seared foie gras dish. QUAIL AND FOIE GRAS. Whaaaat. Another two things that aren’t normally on my radar but I went for it! I mean how could you not with that pretty dish?!
Growing up my family (yep, including me!) hunted birds deer, turkey, pesky rodents -youuu get it- we killed animals for sport and/or to eat. So I grew up eating game. But honestly don’t recall ever loving it. And now as an adult exploring other protein options, I’ve been giving it a try. The most recent time was in Colorado at a fancy game-serving restaurant called Gas House. I had elk and was sadly not the biggest fan. In my opinion it tasted too much like beef and I just don’t like something about that taste.
Now, having tried this Georgia quail that was kept simple with what seemed to be a salt and pepper rub, I’m a changed woman! I was delightfully surprised that it had so much meat on it. First time eating quail I didn’t feel like I was doing a ton of work for little reward. Since I’m new to the foie gras I tried a few small bites alone and then another with some veges (is that sacrilegious? sorry!) and it was good! I’m new so maybe I’ll graduate to “it was great” but for now, these 31 year old tastebuds have some graduating to do.
Heck yes those are edible flowers on an omelette! And dang straight we made room for this baby! Though to be real, we took home a bunch of leftovers and dined like a king and queen again the following day!
Mezcal drink on the menu, yes please!
To make things fit even tighter the sweetest staff brought me this lil birthday cookie brownie warm and gooey “best seller” with a candle which I blew out and wished the same wish I always do, but obv. can’t tell ;)
Get this! Dustin doesn’t eat chocolate, ever. We had to have a cake option on our wedding day for him because he doesn’t like the stuff. HE TRIED THIS! I felt so special :D But wasn’t surprised after each of those courses being that fantastic, he knew they knew what was uP!
What I wore ~
Can’t brag on this place enough! A must visit for weekend brunch / lunch or weeknight, casual or romantic-it suits all occasions!
This Sunday we are off to Madrid, followed by Barcelona then Paris. Yall, it’s hitting us that we’ll be traveling for 15 days straight, longest trip yet, ADD emotions go something like this:
“OMG OMG OMG! oh crap, that’s a long time to pack for, PARIS! k, still need this/this/that/this. or should i wait to buy there? zaraaaa. what comfy shoes to bring? hope we see all the things we wanna fit in! first time traveling with inlaws. hmmm. it’ll be finnnnnne. champagne tour! crap, i gotta start packing.”
Yaaaaa. As always, follow along on IG to keep for real up to speed <3
Our Greece trip (you know, the one I still haven’t fully posted about…) was a celebration combo of Dustin’s 30th and our 1-year wedding anniversary. Since we went big in September and Halloween fell on a Monday, we kept our anniversary plans simple with hanging around Inman Park on that Sunday.
Starting at Beetlecat for oysters, but first, photos!
Surprisingly, neither of us had tried it out since it’s January opening but every time I walked or biked by I knew the inside held some unique decor details along with it’s menu offerings.
Stepping in to either entrance, the top (here) or the submarine den downstairs is like walking onto the set of Life Aquatic! Wes Anderson vibes for sure in the best and trendiest way.
With the help of our awesome server we got four different type of oysters from different states. We really liked that Beetlecat’s menu gives in depth flavor descriptions on each type just like you’d find at a brewery or winery, ie “crisp, robust, earthy.” Decided when it was too late but moving forward we’d like to get out of the habit of eating them on crackers with all the fixins (well, at least at legit spots!) and really try to pick up on natural flavors. May have to work up to just eating them straight raw but start with eating out of shell and then chasing with cracker and hot sauce..? We shall see!
I adore that my puzzle piece tattoo made an appearance in this post because it’s something that Dustin and I got together on our first Valentine’s Day. We knew very quickly we completed each other and made one another whole, to commemorate our affection we got matching puzzle pieces down the street from my loft. Love this little reminder!
Conquered! Look how pretty they are. In the past I’ve collected my fair share of oyster shells on shores but I let these go, much to Dustin’s surprise I’m sure!
Thankful for this guy’s company over the last 381 days. They say “the first year’s the hardest” and we chose not to believe but ya know what, we get it. I would like to give Dustin and I credit because, call me bias, but even with all the hurtles (family stuff, buying a house and all the crap that comes with that, etc etc) we did dang good and are stronger together! Reread the card he gave me last night and teared up. I found a good one yall! Love you “D Dog” “Double D” “Babe” “Diddy” :P <3
Santorini p.1 is next! *or is it?! Jk jk.