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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Meehan’s New Spring / Summer Menu

Meehan’s may be a pub, but their food is anything but pub-like. For starters, the Ahi tuna bites were chopped tuna atop an English cucumber with pickled ginger and feta. And how do you put an interesting twist on hummus? Use a mixture of Edamame and goat cheese for a delicious and unique dip.

Meehans ahi tuna appetizer Meehan's Kale Salad

If you are eating light, there are plenty of salads to choose from as well. Of the two sampled, it was difficult to pick a favorite. On one hand, I did love the Strawberry Avocado salad ($9) with spinach, goat cheese, toasted almonds and a basil vinaigrette. But the Chopped salad ($8, pictured above) was quite tasty too. It had kale, broccoli, raisins and even brussels sprouts all tossed in a thai dressing.

Liked grilled cheese? Then you have to try the Grilled Feta sandwich ($10)! Oh my goodness, what a different twist to grilled cheese. It also comes with pesto mayo. I tried it with no meat, but you can add chicken or bacon to the sandwich if you like. The Mason Dixie burger topped with Pimento cheese is another good choice as is the Ahi Tuna burger, both priced at $12 and come with a side.

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So, three appetizers (I only mentioned two so far – keep reading), two salads and three sandwiches later, we were still sampling. Next up were entrees. Here’s good news for anyone who suffers from gluten intolerance. Meehan’s has two fantastic gluten-free options: Salmon with Roasted Cauliflower mash ($15) and Trout topped with mushroom and crab fricassee ($14, pictured above). Out of the two fish entrees I preferred the trout, but Roasted Cauliflower mash served with the salmon is my new favorite side dish.

As a starter we had the mini version of the Surf and Turf – Scallop and Pork Belly ($9). You can see the dish pictured above left. Sometimes pork belly can be tough or just overly fatty, you know? But not this one; it was done perfectly and with just the right amount of sweetness to it. This was my favorite entree of everything we sampled. In fact, if I had to pick and app, entree and side dish it would be Goat cheese and Edamame dip, Surf and Turf entree and Roasted Cauliflower mash side.

Extras: Did you know that Meehan’s has brunch service? So, instead of waiting for an hour for the new trendy spot, think about Meehan’s. Also, they’ve got an express lunch menu that includes items like a Lamb Philly and Fried Chicken Po Boy with drink and a side for $10.

My meal was complimentary but the opinions expressed are my own.

Bloody Amazing Bloody Mary Mix

I think it is fitting, I’m writing this the day after judging the ACVB Cocktail Contest.  James, Mara and myself had a blast last night judging the this cocktail competition with Gone with the Wind inspired drinks. Anyway, as I said before the contest began I don’t discriminate when it comes to liquor. And I love a good Bloody Mary, especially at brunch.

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Photos from the ACVB Battle of the Bottle Cocktail Competition

I was super excited when the makers of the Bloody Amazing Mary Mix reached out to me about their super cool Bloody Mary Mix. My hubby has a mix that he’s done for several years that I love. It is so good, it almost doesn’t need the booze. However, this new Bloody Amazing Mary Mix is a close second to my hubby’s. I love that it contains real quality ingredients and no High Fructose Corn Syrup.

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I mixed up a Bloody Mary with my fancy mixer last week and it was quite enjoyable. If I’d only had a crab cake benedict to go with it. This mixer isn’t available at any stores here in Atlanta, but can be purchased from their Bloody Amazing online store. I didn’t try it but the recipe below for the Southern Irish Mary (made with Bourbon and Guinness) sounds pretty good to me. I told you I don’t discriminate when it comes to booze!

“Southern Irish Mary”

 

3 oz. Bloody Amazing Mary Mix
2 oz. Bourbon
2 oz. Guinness Dark Stout
Blend, pour over ice and garnish with a slice of lime and green olive.