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KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There! Babalu Tapas & Tacos, 33 Peachtree Place NE, Midtown Atlanta 30309 (404) 900-9595 https://atlanta.eatbabalu.com/
Meet me @ Babalu’s.. On the corner of 9th & West Peachtree is the new midtown restaurant, Babalu, serving creative tapas and tacos. Now, I was so excited about the grand opening that I was there a week in advance(LOL), of course, there was no food, just drinks, in keeping with their great customer service, I was invited back on another day for complimentary tacos. It’s a Saturday afternoon, my dear friend and I made plans to meet at Babalu’s and see what the buzz was all about. We were seated outside on the dining patio with the yellow awning, you can’t miss it, it’s quite bright. (LOL) My friend and I both were in the mood for brunch, we both ordered, Tacos Desayuno, a breakfast favorite served in 3 homemade corn tacos(scrambled eggs topped with avocado, pico de gallo, crispy potato hash, drizzled with sriracha-lime crema, now I heard you say, what is sriracha-lime crema…allow me, it’s just lime juice, sriracha and sour cream whipped together) We both enjoyed every morsel, it was delicious! Now I had water to drink and my friend had a pomegranate mimosa, sounds good huh, he said it was, I should know, he had 2. (LOL) We both passed on dessert, now you know sweetness is my weakness, how about if it still tell you what they have, I’ll feel better… a Kahlua caramel cheesecake, cayenne chocolate truffles, cinnamon bread pudding and a Tres Leches cake(sponge cake, citrus whipped cream, and blackberry maple syrup), is your mouthwatering yet, mine sure it..LOL
The concept behind Babulu is latin inspired, homemade, small plates for sharing, now sharing is optional of course. They also offer a kids menu, creative cocktails, brunch, table side fresh guacamole, 2 outdoor patios, the atmosphere is high energy. We experienced the best customer service from start to finish, it’s their first restaurant in the ATL, so show them some Love. I will definitely be back, look for me on the patio, feel free to join me, while I sip on my virgin margarita.
Bezoria, 903 Peachtree St, Midtown Atlanta 30308 http://bezoria.com/ Have you been to Bezoria? I’ve walked past this café many times, however, on this day I was compelled to check it out. I was greeted warmly and they were very attentive and reviewed the menu with me. The menu is quite diverse, offering Eastern Mediterranean food, fast, fresh and very delicious. Bezoria’s also has items such as salads, bowls, shawarmas(lamb, chicken, steak) and a vegan sampler. Now, I wanted something simple, so I had lentil soup and falafel. The lentil soup was flavorful, seasoned well and the falafel with tahini sauce satisfied my hunger. What I like about Bezoria, most items are housemade such as their baked pitas, delicious sauces and my falafel was cooked fresh, not frozen, you know what I mean. (LOL) It’s a very casual, laidback environment with outdoor seating, so if you want good fast fresh food Mediterranean style, Bezoria is the place. Now how did I forget about that memorably delicious apricot ginger tea, “Da Bomb” I’m so glad I decided to check them out, I’ll be back, may today, naw, next week, naw, the weekend, perhaps. (LOL)
KeithKNOWS Been There, Ate There! 26 Thai Kitchen Restaurant & Bar, 541 Main Street(by the Lindbergh MARTA station ) Atlanta http://www.26thai.com/ A Papaya salad with shredded papaya, you heard me, proceed…crunchy green beans, sliced tomatoes, peanuts and a mild sweet and sour dressings, with just the right amount of spice(heat). It’s a breezy cool Saturday, I just went shopping at the new Kroger at Lindbergh, so I decided to grab a bite, lo and behold, 26 Thai Kitchen, a great spot to eat good food and chill. A stone’s throw away from the Lindbergh MARTA station, the eatery is modern with a touch of elegance but still casual and laidback. Oh, I almost forgot, the Papaya Salad is DA BOMB! Now to compliment the salad, I decided on coconut soup, authentic, bold and delicious. 26 Thai Kitchen eatery’s food is made from scratch, fresh, MSG free and the restaurant is in a cool loft like space. I know you were wondering did he have a drink, no! H20 (lol) was my drink of choice, now they do have a full service bar for your pleasure. So the next time you are craving Thai food, leave your car at home, take the MARTA to Lindbergh walk upstairs and Voila! You are there! Call me, let’s do lunch, sit on the patio, chill, vibe, feast!
KeithKNOWS, Been There, KNOW That! Health is Wealth! Lucky Lotus Smoothie & Juice Bar(Ponce City Market), 675 Ponce De Leon NE, Atlanta (404) 343-1913 Hours: M-F: 11am-9pm Sun: 12pm-8pm http://www.poncecitymarket.com/food-hall/ If you haven’t been to Ponce City Market, you go must go and quench your thirst at Lucky Lotus. Lucky Lotus is the sister store to Rawesome Juicery which is located in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, ummmm ummm good, both stores elevate your wellness. If you enjoy vegan meals, healthy smoothies and juices, this is the place. Go Nuts!!! Gotcha..LOL, that’s the name of my favorite smoothie, it consists of peanut butter, bananas, almond milk, coconut oil, oats and dates. My guest had the Acai Bowl which is original Acai, topped with bananas, berries, granola, coconut flakes and honey. Lucky Lotus also offers cold press juices and wellness shots. So the next time you are in your wellness mood or at Ponce City Market, stop by and grab a smoothie, tell ‘em KeithKNOWS sent ya!
KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There! Princi Italia Restaurant, 171 12th St, Midtown Atlanta http://www.princiitalia.com/ (404) 709-2058 I’ve walked by this restaurant quite often when I’m in midtown, I decided to celebrate my birthday there with a buffet brunch. My experience was memorable, the staff was very attentive, professional and on point! My guest of 31 enjoyed the breakfast buffet which consisted of fresh fruit, french toast, scrambled eggs, tuscan potatoes, sausage, breakfast breads, bottomless mimosas and bellinis. They took very good care of me and my guests. The tables were decorated elegantly with cobalt blue napkins with signature napkins holders with my name on them and vases filled with beautiful flowers. The manager and his staff stopped by to ensure we had everything we needed. I would highly recommend Princi Italia for your book club meeting, birthday celebration, private dinner, and of course, a great date spot.
KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There! Vitality Bowls(Superfood Café), Viewpoint Condos, 855 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 (404) 883-2371 http://vitalitybowls.com/ You know I was curious about this café, what is a Vitality Bowl, well, let me tell you now that I know (L0L) I stopped in after work, I wanted something good and nutritious to eat, I was greeted by a lively and gracious staff and the manager took out time to explain to me the concept. I was able to sample various Kombucha drinks(Kombucha…fermenting drink usually tea with yeast) my favorite was lemon ginger. All the bowls, salads, soups, and drinks are powerhouses of nutrition, their signature dish is the Acai bowls. “Vitality bowls and smoothies contain NO ice, NO frozen yogurt, NO added sugar, NO artificial preservatives, NO trans fats, or any other fillers. Most of our ingredients are organic, depending on the season and availability, and everything is made fresh to order” On this trip, I had a panini sandwich and the rehydrator smoothie(lemon, kale, pineapple, mint, coconut water), very nice! Vitality Bowls café also has a coffee bar, so if you looking to re-vitalize, re-energize, tantalize and elevate your nutrition, you’ve found the right place.
KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There! Cinnaholic Edgewood Bakery, 1230 Caroline St NE, Ste B-110, Atlanta 30307 http://www.cinnaholic.com/ Okay the wait is over, finally made it to “Cinnaholic” vegan cinnamon bun, I meant “rolls”, well, kinda sorta (LOL) It’s a quaint space in the Edgewood Shopping Center off of Moreland Avenue. Their products are dairy & lactose, egg, and cholesterol free. The rolls are displayed elegantly, so you can see exactly what you want to devour. I had the Chocoberry cinnamon roll, a delicious glazed topped off with chocolate bites and fresh fruit. Cinnaholic has a variety of flavors such as Gingersnap, Oreo cookies, Strawberry Jam, Macadamia Nut, Coconut, and many more. You can have your cinnamon roll with Octane Coffee, teas, they also serve cookies and brownies. I’m excited to go again and try another flavor, won’t you join me, on the sidewalk café, of course.
KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There! Herban Fix Vegan Kitchen, 565-A Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30308 404-815-8787 http://herbanfix.com/ You want Pan Asian vegan food in an elegant, laidback, casual environment, Herban Fix is the place. I feasted on the Pad Thai dish (stir fry) & my dining guest devoured the Pom Pom mushroom steak dish, both were excellent! You know I had to have dessert, so I kept it simple, Carrot cake, OMG, moist, flavorful, I wanna another slice.( Lol) Oh, I almost forgot, we both had beetle juice (beets and ginger) I was pleasantly surprised, it was delicious. This is a great venue for a private event, a date, meeting, or just to enjoy good food in a fancy setting. Be sure to checkout their Sunday Brunch, I hear it’s a great way to sample some of the menu items.
KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There! Insomniac Cookies, 930 Spring Street, Midtown Atlanta 303039 877-6326654 www.insomniaccookies.com If sweetness is your weakness, early in the wee hours, well at least til 3am, Insomnia Cookies is the place to satisfy your sugar fix. Now, if you want ice cream, they got it, brownies a lode, sinful. .they got that too...lol Warm, Delicious, Delivered right to your dorm, I mean door, they are located near Georgia Tech campus in a new student housing complex.
KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There! Lov’n it Live, 2796 East Point Street • East Point, Georgia 30344 • 404.765.9220 http://www.lovingitlive.com/ Livin’ and Lovin’ the Good Food Life! It’s Small Business Saturday, so my fellow YELP elite member and I join forces to support local small businesses. We had planned to venture to Medu bookstore at Greenbriar Mall, after supporting, Shrine Bookstore and Cultural Center on the West End. On our way to Greenbriar, we wanted some good and delicious to eat, so we stopped in East Point at “Lov’n It Live. Yes, Lov’n It Live…food prepared with tender loving care. We both had the same appetizer, half avocado stuffed with nut meat, tomatoes, and bell peppers, presented elegantly, it was heavenly divine! (smile) For my entree, I had the personal pan pizza scrumptious slice made with kamut bread, topped with spinach, tomato sauce, pine nut cheese, onions, chopped tomatoes, black olives, Sage crumbles and red bell peppers. My dining guest had tacos, two crisp flaxseed-sun flower shells stuffed with sage crumbles, pine nut cheese, avocado, tomato. We both agreed our entrees were good, however, the appetizer was Da BOMB! (LOL) Now keep in mind, all the food is fresh, organic, all natural, no additives or preservatives and prepared while you wait, so allow yourself, at least 20 minutes before the food arrives, so sip on some good ole’ Sorrel(Hibiscus flower, ginger and birch xylitol as a sweetener) The restaurant is cozy, casual and quaint, white table linen on all the tables, tasteful artwork lined the walls, and good music. If you've being meaning to try a vegan or live food restaurant, Lov’n It Love, won’t disappoint.
KeithKNOWS Been There, Eat There! Savi Provisions, 988 Peachtree St, Midtown 30309 http://www.saviprovisions.com/home.aspx So excited Savi Provisions opened this week in Midtown. Savi is a gourmet, local shop providing deli foods, bakery, snacks, prepared fresh foods on the go, some organic favorites, wine and beer. I usually buy quite a few of my favorite organic items such as Noble Aloe Mint juice, Endangered Species dark chocolate, and many more. Also, there’s sitting in the upper level, order some dessert, sandwich, and chill.
KeithKNOWS Been There, Eat There! Ruscello Restaurant, Perimeter Mall (Nordstroms), 4390 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE, Atlanta 30346 http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/nordstrom-restaurants?cm_mmc=yelp-_-ycm... On my recent visit to Perimeter Mall, I had lunch at Ruscello's formerly "Nordstrom Cafe". Ruscello's is a snazzy, modern, comfy restaurant tucked away on the 4th Floor of Nordstrom's. I was eager to try the "Salmon Nicoise Salad", which is grilled salmon, mixed greens, capers, red onions, grilled potatoes, string beans, sliced boiled eggs, cherry tomatoes, tossed in a lemon vinaigrette. Delish! Of course, you know I must have dessert, so I tried the apple cinnamon torta(pie) topped with vanilla bean gelato. This is a great spot for lunch, reasonably priced, and a great value. So the next time you're at Perimeter, let's do lunch.
KeithKNOWS Been There, Eat There! Proof Bakery, 100 Hurt St SE, Atlanta (Inman Park) 30307 (678) 705-3905 www.proofbakeshop.com Homemade goodies. I had the ginger molasses lemon dessert, u see whats left of it! :) The bakery offers lots of goodies and some breakfast items. The staff was friendly, engaging, a great spot to hang with friends, family, etc. The bakery is located right near the Inman Park MARTA, so it's very convenient. On my next visit, hmmm, perhaps, I'll have a sandwich, since the bread is homemade.
KeithKNOWS Been There, Eat There! East Wave Fusion, 60 Luckie Street, Downtown Atlanta 30303 (on Broad Street, next to Smoothie King) Mon-Sat: 10:30am-7:30pm http://www.eastwavefusion.com/ Making “Waves” on Broad Street! There’s a new kid(restaurant) in town, known for its deep rooted cultural, fast, casual cuisine. Welcome to the “hood” East Wave Fusion” food freshly made every day with the freshest ingredients. On my visit, I had the Kale Salad, chopped kale, tossed in housemade black sesame dressings, layered with fresh corn, onions, tomatoes, parmesan cheese and topped with Louisiana spiced blackened shrimp. Very tasty, delectably divine..LOL To quench my thirst, flavorful jasmine green bubble tea made with lactaid milk, for those of us who are lactose intolerant. Hmmmm, next time I visit, I’ll do dessert, how does “green tea cheesecake” sound? The restaurant offers an array of items such as, sushi, soup, salads, seafood gumbo, salmon, ribs, chicken items, fried rice, egg rolls, tacos, wings, even lobster rolls, so much more!! Wow! So if you are downtown “holla” at me, let’s do lunch, you won’t be disappointed!
KeithKNOWS Been there, “KNOW” That!!! Le Macaron(French pastries), 855 Peachtree St NE, Midtown Atlanta 30308 404-963-5495 http://www.lemacaron-us.com/home Anyone that knows me, know that I’m always looking for cool places to “CHILL” Well, there’s a new dessert spot, “Le Macaron”, in Midtown, across from CVS. A very comfortable, laid back environment, decorated with flair. Le Macaron offers homemade gelato, coffee, teas, cakes and of course, “A mouthful of Heaven” macarons (Smile) This is a great spot for a date, small meeting, or just to unwind. On my visit, I had the Arabian coffee gelato, and a sample of the Madagascar Black Vanilla macarons, yummy!
Sweetness Weakness! “ Stressed spell backwards is DESSERTS” bet you didn’t know that!(LOL) Sweet Hut is a dessert experience like no other. It’s an elegant spot, with leather seats and a diverse mixture of people. You have two options for desserts, self serve or order from the display case or both. They also offer desserts to go, small amount of foods, plenty of drinks, hot or cold such as bubble teas, coffee, mochas, etc. Did I mention they have free wifi, an outdoor patio, FREE 2 hours parking, close to MARTA. It’s a great spot to meet, mix and mingle, chill, stay awhile. (The café is located on the lower level of the Metropolis high rise)
KeithKNOWS, been there, Ate There! Zinburger, 3393 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta(Lenox Mall) http://www.zinburgereast.com/
Where can you find a relaxed, casual atmosphere, food with that homemade taste, fresh squeezed lemonade, fresh salads, sandwiches, an exceptional wait staff, no it’s not your five star restaurant…gotcha! It’s “ZinBurger” the latest restaurant addition to Lenox Square Mall. No, it’s not in the food court, it’s at the front of the Mall, Peachtree st. side, right next to True Food and Sprinkles cupcakes. What’s so unique about this burger joint? Well, let me tell you. I enjoyed a delicious turkey sloppy joe topped with poblano peppers(without the seed, so it’s not spicy)and my side was sweet potato fries(light, not greasy). My dining guest had the same, his side was crispy zucchini fries…so good! I rarely eat fried food but I enjoyed Zinburger. The restaurant is sleek, modern, energetic, reasonably priced, and there’s also a full service bar. So the next time you’re at Lenox, check them out.
“Truly Living Well, Food for Life Supreme!True Food Restaurant @ Lenox Mall, 3393 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta 30326 404-481-2980 http://www.truefoodkitchen.com/locations/atlanta/ KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There!
“I just recently return from my hometown VA(Virginia) where the deers and foxes do play(LOL)..just teasing, now that I’ve gotten your attention. True food opened while I was in Virginia so I was excited to check it out! If you are looking for a restaurant with good food that’s simply delicious, look no further. Food that’ll keep you fit for life! True food uses the freshest ingredients, meals fresh to order. The restaurant is eco-friendly with an open air atmosphere, quaint and comfortable. Now let’s get to the real reason I’m at True Food, the food! I was starved, so I wanted something hearty, I tried the Turkey Lasagna(spinach, ricotta cheese, organic tomatoes) and sipped on a coconut water mixer(coco nut water, pineapple, vanilla, OJ )now that’s real good food. For dessert, I had the chocolate flourless cake, you heard me, flourless cake…light, sweet, chocolatey, ”Da BOMB!(LOL) This is a great restaurant for vegans, vegetarians, gluten free diets, there’s something for everyone. The prices are reasonable and the menu’s diverse with items such as, natural refreshments, entrees, salads, sandwiches, starters, wine, cocktails and beers. I’m excited to visit True Food again, if you go before I do, let me know what you think or call me, let’s meet for dinner”
KeithKNOWS, been there, Ate There! Panbury’s Double Crust Pies, (inside the Sweet Auburn Curb Market) 209 Edgewood Avenue, Downtown Atlanta 30303 404-500-1279 http://www.panburys.com New at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, single serve hand pies, just opened over a week ago. “Pie Power” While elevating Small Business by having a scavenger hunt at the curb market, I discovered Panbury’s Double Crust Pies. I was greeted with such warmth and friendliness, I knew I had to try a pie, well, I ate 2 apple pies and bought 2 additional pies to take home.(LOL) What I really like about Panbury’s, their pies are homemade fresh from the oven. While I tried the fruit pies, some of the guests from the scavenger hunt were more adventuresome, some tried the roasted lamb pie, spinach and feta, and green thai chicken curry. The menu consists of variety of pies, beef, chicken, veggies, and sweets. Panbury’s also has small bites, sides and extras such as a kale salad, potato salad, beverages and more. Lunch anyone? Let’s go to the curb market, I’ll treat!
"Sprinkles" Cupcakes & Ice Cream,Cookies, Brownies and an mini cupcakes ATM @ Lenox Mall KNOW More: http://www.sprinkles.com/
Rawsome Juicery, 209 Edgewood Avenue, Downtown Atlanta 30303 (inside the Sweet Auburn Curb Market) 404-996-6698 http://rawesomejuicery.squarespace.com/ KeithKNOWS Been there, KNOW That! Now if you haven't been, what are you waiting for? If you come during lunch the line is waaay long. My favorite salad is rawsome remix(spring mix, kale, carrots, cucumber, bell pepper, quinoa, almonds, craisins) your choice of cheese, I prefer gorgonzola, and my dressing choice, Tahini is excellent with this salad. "Refresh" is my favorite fresh pressed juice(pineapple, mint, apple..with a touch of ginger) Rawsome also offers various wraps, shots, smoothies, goodness to elevate your wellness.
Revolution Doughnuts, 908 West College Avenue, Decatur 30030 678-927-9920 www.revolutiondoughnuts.com KeithKNOWS, been there, KNOW that! For Real “Dough”! Have you ever dreamed of doughnuts that were gluten free, all natural, made from scratch, and definitely delicious. ( vegan and vegetarian optional). Well, wake up the dream is over, Revolution doughnuts to the rescue. You must try my favorites, orange pistachio and dark chocolate, yummy for my tummy!(smile) Now I must warn you, these doughnuts are a hot commodity, people drive across Atlanta just to get them. I see your eyes are glazed over with excitement, now when you go, avoid Mondays, they are closed. So spread the word, healthy doughnuts dominate the ATL.(smile) Don’t forget Revolution also has organic coffee and an expresso bar.
KeithKNOWS been there, Ate There: A Latin Twist of Flavor! Alma Cocina, 191 Peachtree Street, Downtown Atlanta http://www.alma-atlanta.com/ 191 Peachtree Street, Downtown Atlanta 404-968-9662
I was really excited to support another downtown Atlanta restaurant, so I suggested Alma Cocina to a couple of friends for lunch. Alma Cocina offers authentic Mexican cuisine and a variety of latin flavors in a fancy and friendly environment. My dining guests and I, started our menu with an excellent Pineapple/Ginger drink, we passed on appetizers, and ordered our meal right away. We all ordered Tortas(sandwiches), first guest: the Cubano which is achiote-braised pork, Bentons ham, Swiss cheese, house pickles, black bean puree, mustard mojo—2nd guest: BARBACOA-BRAISED SHORT RIB chile rajas, chipotle, caramelized Vidalia onions, tomatillo-avocado, queso asadero, cilantro, roasted garlic aio and me….CHICKEN ADOBO Sweet Grass Dairy goat cheese, vegetable escabeche, avocado, adobo sauce, I also ordered a tasty Mango Salad(w/avocados, strips of tortilla chips, lettuce, grapefruit, red onion), the sandwiches came with paper thin slices of plantain, a lil’ spicy but tasty. Can you believe it? I didn't have dessert, well..I'm cutting back on Sweets, yeah right! Let's just say I'm opting for less sugar and organic if possible(smile). I was very happy with my choices, my guests reserved their opinion, however, we definitely wanted to come back and checkout dinner. Overall, the experience was pleasurable, the restaurant also offers validated parking and online reservations. So if you happen to be downtown and you’re craving latin flavors, stop in and check them out, I heard the bar has excellent drinks.