Archive for the ‘Restaurants’ Category

Most of us love a meal out now and again and for many of us it is a necessity on exceptionally busy days! On those days we often rely on

picture of food

Try one of these websites to plan your next culinary experience!

our reliable neighborhood places for convenience.  It’s the weekend why not try a new place? Don’t know where to go? There are great resources on the internet to help you find the perfect place!

If you are house hunting in a new area, enjoying a local restaurant may help you get insight into what is available in the community.  Click here for available listings in an area and then pick a restaurant using some of these websites!

Have you checked out Urbanspoon.com yet? They break down restaurants in several different categories so you can find the perfect place. Categories include:

  • Counties
  • Inside the Perimeter vs Outside
  • Cuisine
  • Features, such as Family-Friendly, Farm-to-Table, Gluten-Free, etc.
  • Most popular
  • Talk of the Town
  • And more!

If knowing a restaurant’s inspection grade is important to you, Alpharetta Patch regularly compiles a list of North Fulton’s eateries inspection reports. This week they are featuring Italian restaurants.

Atlanta Eats is a website around the popular show by the same name. The site features and reviews various restaurant and food topics. It may give you some new ideas! Many places that are new to the dining scene are reviewed here.

Maybe you already know where you want to go, but you know it would be best to make a reservation or you have chosen a new place and you want to make a reservation?  Open Table allows you to select the area or restaurant you want to dine, as well as the time you would like to go. Your search will provide you with options of dining availability around your desired time and other criteria.

Hopefully these websites will help you plan a fun weekend with friends.


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How exciting when I got up this morning and looked over local blogs to see a feature about all the wonderful places to eat in Roswell on

steakhouse in roswell

Little Alley Steak was one of multiple Roswell restaurants featured on Atlantaeats.com. Photo from littlealleysteakhouse.com

Atlantaeats.com. Now I will say I wasn’t overly fond of the first paragraph, but I know that there are many people that live inside the Perimeter that wouldn’t dream of venturing out to North Fulton to eat, but maybe this article will help them see what they are missing. As for the rest of us that already live in the are, if you haven’t been to one of these in the article make plans to go!

I love how they broke some of our favorites out into categories.

From Atlantaeats.com and Duncan Connor


Most Important Meal of the Day

Thumbs Up Diner. This place has come a long way from its beginnings in the Old Fourth Ward. Now with five locations ITP and OTP, Thumbs Up serves great breakfasts at very reasonable prices from 7am to 3pm. If you have a hankering for the kind of diner where regulars sit and talk about the news of the day to each other and the serving staff, this is the place for you.


It’s a Breakfast, It’s a Lunch, It’s Super Brunch

You can find food posing as brunch at a few places around town, but for the real deal, you have to head to J. Christophers. Whether it’s French toast, waffles, or eggs benedict (the dish by which all brunches should be judged), J.C’s is where you should head on a weekday mid-morning. If brunch with mimosas and a few friends is more your weekend speed, get yourself to Oak Street Cafe, grab a seat in the sunshine and start your weekend right.


I Never Bring My Lunch

It’s tucked away a little bit, but Artisan Foods Bakery & Cafe a great lunch destination among many great lunch places. Sandwiches and salads are the order of the day (literally) here.

Continue you reading here and check out their other categories, such as Take a Date, When you want to look sophisticated.

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Now that Easter is behind us, it is time to plan some Spring events and I have the perfect one for you!

taste of the highlands for children's healthcare

11th Annual A Taste of the Highlands benefits Children’s Healtcare. photo from tasteofhighlands.com

The 11th annual A Taste of the Highlands will be Saturday, May 18.  This event always brings a fun crowd out to sample wonderful restaurants from Atlanta’s  favorite in-town neighborhoods.  The event is presented by Fifth Group Restaurants and all proceeds benefit Children’s Healthcare. Since it’s inception the event has raised over $246,000 for the organization.

A few of the restaurants that are participating this year are El Taco, 4th & Swift, Rosebud and Cypress Street Pint & Plate. For a full list of participating restaurants click here.

The event will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday May 18 at John Howell Park in The Highlands. Gather your friends and come out for a great cause, while getting to sample some absolutely delicious food!

Buy your tickets now!

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If you are looking for some wonderful restaurants to tempt your taste buds,  Eater Atlanta has taken a closer look at some the delightful places in Alpharetta. These restaurants do more than fill your belly, they will leave you wanting more and I know, I’ve tried many of them myself! You don’t have to drive into Atlanta to get some of the best food around.

Here they are, in no particular order, they are all equally wonderful!

1- Breadtime 

Breadtime in Alpharetta

Don’t be fooled by the name, Breadtime offers all a full menu that will have you coming back time-and-time again to try something new! Photo from breadtime-atl.com

2- Alpine Bakery & Trattoria

3- Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse

4- Madras Chettinaad

5- Bite

6- Atlantic Seafood Company

7- Spice Brick Oven Kitchen

8- La Casa Italian Grill

La Casa Italian Grill

Don’t miss La Casa Italian Grill for homemade Italian cuisine. Photo from lacasaitaliangrill.com

9- Ray’s on the Creek

10- Satay House

Instead of going to one of your standby restaurants this week, check one of these out for lunch or dinner. You won’t regret it!

If you want to find out about other great restaurants in the Atlanta area check out atlanta.eater.com.

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St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, making St. Patrick’s Day a two day celebration for many! Can you think of a better reason to


Take a break this weekend and celebrate the luck of the Irish!

throw a party?  The temperature will be in the 70’s all weekend.  An impromptu event always puts people in a good mood! Take advantage of the weather and host a cookout with green drinks and Irish themed food. Check out my Pinterest board  for some ideas!

If you prefer to celebrate with a larger crowd, on Saturday venture down to Peachtree Street to Atlanta’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Former Athletic Director and UGA Football coach, Vince Dooley, is the grand marshal this year! After the parade many places in town will be celebrating St. Patty’s Day early.  Fado’s Irish Pub has one of Atlanta’s most famous events.

If you want to stay in North Fulton below is a list of various restaurants in the area, many have multiple locations, that will be celebrating the holiday throughout the weekend.

The Tilted Kilt

Meehan’s Pub

McCray’s Tavern

Harp’s Irish Pub 

Keegan’s Irish Pub

Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you wear green and have fun!

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I am thrilled about this new addition to the Alpharetta restaurant scene. We love Noche in Brookhaven or Virginia Highland and can’t wait to have one close to home!

Known for tasty tapas, tacos and stellar drink specials, Noche will be opening a new location in Alpharetta that promises to spice up the local flavor. Providing customers with casual indoor and patio atmospheres, this Atlanta favorite is sure to become an instant hot spot in the already renowned Alpharetta dining scene.

Perfect for small plate dining and drinks with friends, Noche has an established reputation as a venue for locals to meet, eat and enjoy the nightlife that the restaurant name suggests. The new Alpharetta location is slated to open on October 1.

The new Alpharetta location is slated to open on October 1. Photo: Noche

Perfect for small plate dining and drinks with friends, Noche has an established reputation as a venue for locals to meet, eat and enjoy the night- life that the restaurant name suggests. With three other successful locations around the Atlanta area, the new location is slated to open on October 1 and will offer the same unique menu, including the fan favorite weekly taco along with Noche Nachos, empanadas and more.

Source: PointsNorth magazine, written by Chelsea Stratso

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Do you use Open Table: Atlanta Restaurants to make restaurant reservations? Brian and I love the simplicity of their online reservation system and the ability to make reservations in real-time from our computer or mobile app. After each OpenTable dining experience, they email a link to a Dining Feedback Form (which I have to admit I overlook at times!) but I found that they actually use the feedback to create lists of Atlanta’s best restaurants. Here is the list I just received by email with the ten best neighborhood gems throughout Atlanta.

  1. HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern is currently OpenTable's #1 neighborhood gem restaurant based on diners' feedback.

    Photo credit: HOBNOB Atlanta

    HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern – Midtown

  2. Com Dunwoody – Dunwoody
  3. The Cellar – Newnan
  4. Brooklyn Cafe – Sandy Springs
  5. Carbonara Trattoria – Dunwoody
  6. The SHED at Glenwood – Grant Park
  7. Mali Restaurant – Virginia Highland
  8. B’s Bistro – Sandy Springs
  9. Adam’s American Mediterranean Restaurant and Piano Bar – Buford
  10. La Casa Italian Grill – Alpharetta

What do you think about this list? There are several that I would like to try based on the reviews!

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