Buckhead’ s Blue Ridge Grill

Photo Credit: Blue Ridge Grill

Photo Credit: Blue Ridge Grill

Blue Ridge Grill has been a staple in the Atlanta community for years. The restaurant is designed to resemble a luxury cabin with its stacked-stone fireplace, and timbers rescued from an 1890s cotton mill. While you won’t find the trendiest decor or haute new cuisine here, what you will find is consistently well-executed dishes, excellent service and well-made cocktails.

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Choose wine from the extensive wine selection described on iPads

To say that Blue Ridge Grill is stuck in the past wouldn’t be fair. We were given iPads with the restaurant’s wine list on them from which to order. I love this swanky new way to order wine, though I still leaned on our waiter for advice on the wine and I was pleased with the Malbec I ended up getting thanks to his recommendation.  But you’re missing out if you don’t get one of their delicious cocktails to start your evening.

 

Hot Smoked Salmon

Hot Smoked Salmon

Two starters caught my attention immediately: the Hot Smoked Salmon and the Lobster and Gnocchi. The salmon tasted like regular salmon, albeit a very nicely prepared piece of salmon. And the Gnocchi was completed with bits of ricotta and enoki mushrooms.

Lobster Gnocchi

Lobster Gnocchi

Blue Ridge Grill is a rather large restaurant, with a pretty open floor plan, which could get quite loud. I like that they put special thought into the noise level and have clear dividers between booths which helps keep down the noise. The innocuous dividers do their job while not distracting from the beautiful decor of the dining room.

Snapper

Snapper

The special of the evening was a whole red snapper. The whole fish is brought out fully cooked and deboned table side. Served with a fennel slaw, it was tasty and a rather healthy dish.

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Lamb Chops

In the past five years or so, I’ve resisted ordering lamb chops at restaurants even though I’m a lamb lover. The problem? Restaurants have gotten stingy with their offering. Three used to be standard and some even went as low as two. I got tired of paying around 30 bucks for not a whole lot of actual meat. At Blue Ridge Grill, there are FOUR chops per entree. Cooked medium as I’d specified, the curry emulsion on top was fantastic.

This is the kind of restaurant you can enjoy with your parents. Good cocktails and locally sourced foods for you. Fantastic wine selection, upscale yet comfortable decor plus southern favorites for them.

Not in the mood for a full meal? Relax on the Porch of Blue Ridge Grill. Here you can order drinks, appetizers and dessert. I could see myself enjoying a hot toddy on a cold winter’s evening on this porch. My meal at Blue Ridge Grill was complimentary but the opinions expressed are my own. 

Blue Ridge Grill Website
1261 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30327
404-233-5030

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Win 2 Tickets to Dad’s Garage & Friends Event at the Goat Farm

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You know shows at Dad’s Garage are a riot. But they’re doing something they’ve never done before. They are having a kick-ass comedy show at one of the coolest venues in town, the Goat Farm. And I’m giving away a pair of tickets to this night of mayhem (Friday, July 11)!

Dad’s Garage Theatre Company will be joined by several celebrity friends for a full night of comedy, song, and dance at The Goat Farm Arts Center in West Midtown this Friday, July 11. Who you ask? The all-star lineup includes:

  • Aisha Tyler (Archer)
  • Colin Mochrie (Whose Line is it Anyway?)
  • Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall)
  • Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live) and more!

This one of a kind event is completely unscripted. But that’s not all! They’ll be joined by the best Atlanta dancers, singers, visual artists, food trucks, and cocktail slingers -including the coolest new kind of wine to hit Atlanta – Spodee (wine with Moonshine)!

Want to win a pair of tickets to the 10:30 pm Dad’s Garage show + a Bottle of Spodee Wine to enjoy during the show? Here’s how:
1. Like Atlanta Restaurant Blog’s Facebook Page
2. Comment on the contest status update on Atlanta Restaurant Blog’s Facebook Page telling us why you want the tickets + bottle of wine. That’s it!

Rules and Contest information:
A winner will be randomly chosen by 5 pm on Wednesday July 9. That’s only two days – get your butt moving!
By entering contest you completely release Facebook of any liability.
You must be 21 or older to enter and claim tickets. ID will be checked.
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Saltyard Does Brunch

The Buckhead popular spot for Americanized tapas has entered into the Brunch game. Since I’ve really enjoyed dining at Saltyard since it’s opening last year, I was interested to see what their take on Brunch would be.

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Burrata with peaches and prosciutto

At 12:30 on a Sunday, there was no wait for table, though the restaurant did start to get more busy during the course of meal. If you are eating healthy, choose from the “will power” section of the menu with items like oatmeal made from steel cut oats, granola or Atlanta Fresh Yogurt.

I say brunch is the time to indulge, starting out with not only the Burrata salad with peaches and prosciutto as well as the Mascarpone French Toast. The Burrata salad which was plenty to share between two or three people was wonderful. Not only did it have peach slices, but there was a peach puree as well which complimented the crispy prosciutto.

Frittata and Mascarpone French Toast

Frittata and Mascarpone French Toast

I’m glad I’d ordered an entree in addition to the French Toast. It wasn’t the robust dish I was expecting based on the description and lacking in the Mascarpone department. The house made blueberry pecan syrup was nice but the consistency was much thinner an liquidy than I would have expected.

My entree, the Frittata with mushrooms and squash was a pretty presentation – topped with grape tomatoes and arugula. As far as satisfaction, it was hearty and filling, if not a bit bland. I think it could have benefitted from the addition of sausage, but that isn’t an option as they like to keep this as a vegetarian entree and it is pre-assembled.

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Corned beef hash

The highlight of brunch was the corned beef hash topped with fried egg and chive hollandaise. The presentation is rather nice, with the hash being served in as a fried croquette-like dish rather than loose. And they don’t skimp on corned beef, with a generous portion of tasty, juice cb in every bite.

While brunch isn’t meant to be tapas style like dinner, everything is a la carte. So, while entrees are only around $10, they don’t come with sides. Our entrees of corned beef hash and frittata were plenty filling on their own but the addition of grilled tomatoes and garlic fries were a nice addition.

Saltyard Website
1820 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30309
404.382.8088

Fourth of July $17.76 Prix Fixe Menu

Both Double Zero and Sugo are offering special prix fixe menus for the Fourth of July holiday. The prix fixe menus include three courses and are available on July 3rd, 4th and 5th at Sugo and July 4th only at Double Zero according to the menus below.

Double Zero will feature two meat options made on the Big Green Egg grill including a smoked lamb shoulder crostini and smoked pork spareribs. Other menu highlights include a grilled watermelon salad, lamb burger and bourbon bread pudding.

At Sugo, they are highlighting their Italian and Greek specialties. These include a sampling plate of Sugo’s signature meatballs, spanakopita and bacon wrapped dates, wagyu burger and apple pie push pop for dessert. See menus below.

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Chow Bing Opens Buckhead Location

I was first introduced to Gary Lin’s fast casual concept, Chow Bing, last year. His first Chow Bing is located downtown in the Pencil Factory lofts. I instantly loved the light and healthy ingredients used in his foods. More than that, the decor was a minimalist and modern look, as is his newest location, in Buckhead’s Disco Kroger.

Here’s Gary’s philosophy in a nutshell: A younger generation isn’t too keen on the way Chinese food is presented at most restaurants. It is full of heavy oils, MSG and low quality meats. “Naturally Good Chinese” is much more than a slogan to Mr. Lin. Gary, who uses meats from humanely raised animals, locally sourced vegetables, no MSG and many organic products. With four children of his own, says he would feel comfortable letting his kids eat the food from his restaurants every day.

Chow Bing Wonton Nachos

Chow Bing Wonton Nachos

Besides items like Edamame, Dumplings and wings, some of my favorite appetizers are the Lobster Philly Wontons and Wonton Nachos, both priced at $4.79. These nachos are especially unique made with chicken, black beans, jalapenos, cheese and a spicy cilantro sauce. In the need for something really hot? Order the Sichuan Wings, true to the “tongue-numbingly hot” promise on the menu.

If you do order those hot wings, make sure you have a bubble tea handy to combat the burn. My bubble tea of choice at Chow Bing? Mango coconut. Make it an extra tasty boozy shake by adding some rum.

Chow's Chicken Box: Chicken Breast and sweet pork sausage, steamed rice and french fries, honey and lime slaw, hard boiled egg

Chow’s Chicken Box: Chicken Breast and sweet pork sausage, steamed rice and french fries, honey and lime slaw, hard boiled egg

All entrees are referred to as Bing Platters – complete with protein, rice or noodles and 3 vegetables. You can “bing it yourself” or order from the house platters. Luckily, our group of foodies was happy to share with one another, so I got to taste many of the entrees. I’d previously had the Shrimp with purple slaw, broccoli and cilantro lime sauce, otherwise I’d have ordered that. A Beef Brisket was quite good as was the Roast Pork, marinated in red wine sauce, served with pickled carrots, cilantro and a hoisin bbq sauce, both only (8.59).

But I couldn’t resist the Chow’s Chicken box ($8.49), a lightly fried chicken breast plus sweet pork sausage, served with garlic steamed rice and french fries, honey lime slaw a hard boiled egg all topped with a soy sauce glaze. Phew! That’s a mouthful. And then some! It makes me think of it like the chinese version of Bandeja paisa. The chicken breast was lightly fried and the soy sauce glaze matched it perfectly. The sweet sausage, which resembled mini beets, was wonderful as well. I loved the dish, although I don’t know that the french fries added much to it.

Me with Gary Lin of Chow Bing

Me with Gary Lin of Chow Bing

The entree portions are the same at both lunch and dinner: huge. I barely made a dent in my dinner before packing it up for my hubby to eat later. You know that sleepy, lethargic feeling you get after eating chinese? I never felt that at all after my Chow Bing meal. No MSG and the use of organic ingredients attribute to this I’m sure. Where else in Atlanta can you dine out and eat such fresh, healthy food for these prices? Disclosure: Our meal at Chow Bing was complimentary but the opinions expressed are my own.

Chow Bing Buckhead website
404-816-8008
3330 Piedmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30305

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