Petite Auberge Celebrates 40 Years in Atlanta

Petite Auberge has been around since 1974. They are celebrating all month long with specials, including a retro themed dining night on August 14 where all the pricing will be what it was forty years ago.
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Through Saturday, August 9, a Special 3-Course Prix-Fixe Menu for $25 offering a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert for dinner, served from 4-9:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 9, from 4-6 p.m., a Party in the Petite Auberge Olive Oil and Vinegar Boutique. This free event features samples of 27 flavored and infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars, complimentary hors d’oeuvres cooked during demonstrations of using this healthy alternative to butter, discounted specialty cocktails and a 10% discount on all olive oil and balsamic vinegar purchases during the event.

Monday, August 11 through Saturday, August 16—$10 Bottle of Wine, choice of any bottle of Coastal Vines—Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot or White Zinfandel—available at lunch and dinner.

Thursday, August 14, a 1974 Party (the restaurant will be closed for dinner to the public).

Monday, August 18 through Saturday, August 23—40% off Appetizers, Soups, Salads & Desserts. For dinner only, 40% off appealing appetizers, savory soups, sensational salads and decadent desserts, from 4-9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 19, Dinner and a Diva featuring an evening complete with a four-course gourmet meal and show-stopping performances of La Traviata (by Verdi) done by members of the Capitol City Opera Company who sing between each course. The price for the evening is $60 per person, which includes hors d’ oeuvres, salad, choice of one of two entrees, dessert, coffee/tea, two glasses of wine and tax (gratuity not included). The evening begins at 6:15 p.m. with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres reception. Dinner and performance start promptly at 7 p.m.

Monday, August 25 through Thursday, August 28, 40% off Select Entrees including classic French entrees, German specialties and other gourmet continental cuisine, during dinner only (from 4-9:30 p.m.).

7 Picks for Downtown Restaurant Week

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Downtown restaurant week returns again for its 12th year! This year’s Downtown Restaurant week runs from Saturday, August 9 to Sunday August 17. Prices range from $15 to $35.

More than 30 restaurants are participating in Downtown Restaurant week. What’s pretty neat about these offerings is that they are not just limited to dinner. They have added lunch and even brunch options for your dining preference.

Thirty is quite a few to choose from.  I’ve narrowed it down the selection a bit and given you my top 7 choices for Downtown Restaurant week.

Alma – Not only is this top notch Mexican food in the heart to of downtown, but the upscale décor is beautiful. If you haven’t been to Alma, now is the perfect time to visit.

Café 458 – The numerous brunch options here are mouth-watering. Choose from southern items like GA Peach French Toast, Chicken and Waffles, or Sweet Potato Pecan pancakes. Oh and did we mention TWO eat for $15? Now that’s a bountiful brunch!

Fire of Brazil –Get a trip to the salad bar plus your selection of up to 16 different kinds of meat. Don’t miss out on the Cordeiro (leg of lamb), Picanha (garlic sautéed rump steak) and of course, Filet Minion. Don’t forget to wear your stretchy pants!

Meehan’s – This pub brings an entirely new meaning to pub food. If you haven’t been to the downtown location, the décor is stunning. Make sure to take a peek in the private dining room at their beautiful stained glass ceiling. Oh and did we mention this is a $35 DINNER FOR TWO? Some choices include Lobster bisque, Ribeye and Blood Orange cheesecake.

Poor Calvin’s – This hidden gem is offering brunch, lunch and dinner. If you are a “seafoodie” this is the spot for you! Tantalizing dishes include Pimento Crab fries, Octopus Ceviche and Grouper Thai curry.

Stats – This restaurant is so much more than a sports bar. Visit them for lunch during downtown restaurant week. Their $15 lunch includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Grilled fish sandwich with jalapeno mayo? Yes, please!

White Oak Kitchen - Highlights here include Pimento Cheese with Fried Green Tomato appetizer and Swordfish with Vermouth Tomato-Chutney.

 If you don’t normally think of downtown when it comes to fine dining, now is the time to discover some of the terrific dining options that downtown has to offer.

Movie Tavern, Roswell, GA

MOvie Tavern Roswell

Movie Tavern, a dinner and movie concept opened last year in the Marietta / Roswell area. I was glad to have a concept like this closer to home. I do love Cinebistro but it is a long haul for me to make it over there. I’ve been to Movie Tavern twice to see movies and like the comfy seats and clean theatres. Staff was very friendly and the interior is well kept and well decorated.

The first time I went, I bought my tickets online. I liked the fact that when you purchase online you can also pick out your seats. This obviates the need to arrive super early to make sure you get a good seat. To my chagrin, even though you buy tickets online and are given a QR code for scanning which you can easily show on your smartphone, you still must wait in line at the ticket counter for them to scan and print out real paper tickets. What a waste of paper and time! Thank goodness there wasn’t a long line or we would have missed the opening scenes of the movie.

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On a second visit, we just showed up and got tickets for an opening day show. Bad idea as the only seats left were in the second row. Shame on me for not planning better. This time, we ordered food. Me: Mahi Tacos ($11.25), hubby: Porky’s Revenge burger ($11.50). Prices seem in line for what I would expect from a movie theatre but the food was rather disappointing. I didn’t get any pictures because it was too dark by the time our food arrived. But I struggled to find the fish in my fish taco. Instead of 3 puny tacos, they should have just given me two, full of goodie. Hubby’s burger was pretty salty and just so-so. Definitely not on par with what Cinebistro offers.

Overall, I love that this movie theatre option is available. While I probably wouldn’t eat there again, it is nice to know a reserve seating theatre is practically a hop, skip and a jump away.

Movie Tavern Website
4651 Woodstock Rd.
Roswell, GA 30075

Goldberg’s Deli: Bagels, Brisket, Burgers and More!

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Goldberg’s Bagel and Deli has been in Atlanta since 1972. Since that time, they’ve expanded to several locations, including one in the Atlanta Airport. On a recent menu tasting, I was surprised to learn about the many other menu items they offer other than bagels.

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Have you ever heard of celery soda? I hadn’t either. Apparently it is quite popular in delis up north. I had to give it a try and I loved it. The slight bite to it was fabulous. But let’s get back to the food. First up was the soup: Matzoh Ball and Gazpacho. Chicken noodle soup when you are sick? Hogwash! It’s the Matzoh Ball soup; many loyal patrons swear by this cold remedy. And the Gazpacho – whoa – this cold refreshing soup had just the amount of kick to it and the dollop of sour cream was perfect. Hurry if you want to try it as it is a summer only special.

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Goldberg’s Sable Fish

A sampling of salads: Tuna, Chicken and Egg plus Smoked Fish assortment  had us all quite satiated! To my surprise it was the chicken salad that I had to get seconds of. The quality of the smoked salmon was incredible, but again I was surprised to favor the Sable (a white fish with a slightly fat, almost buttery taste) much better.

Chicken liver fan? Yep, they’ve got that too. Brisket? Mmm…get yourself a brisket sandwich piled high on Challah. But I was saving what little room was left in my stomach for these reubens I’d heard so much about.

Goldberg's Deli Reuben

Goldberg’s Deli Reuben

We sampled three reubens in total: Turkey, Corned Beef and Pastrami. Goldberg’s told us they get both their fish and meats for reubens flown in from New York. It was hard to pick a favorite but the Brooklyn (Corned Beef) and California (Pastrami) nearly neck and neck were outstanding. Don’t forget they do burgers too. I really enjoyed the cheeseburger made with ground sirloin, but the chicken and waffle was a little bland for me. I know chicken and waffles have been an ongoing craze, but Goldberg’s would be better off to steer clear, concentrating on their deli specialties, but if they are going to do it, they should offer syrup.

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What’s a visit to a bagel shop without a lesson in bagel making right? Lucky for us, Goldberg’s owner Howard, was kind enough to show us their process. They must have it down to a science with this location (Buckhead) producing more than 54,000 bagels per week.

As if all of the menu items we sampled wasn’t enough, we found out that Goldberg’s Deli also has pre-made frozen meals that you can grab and go. Choose from items like Lasagna, Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken Tetrazzini, and Shrimp n Grits. Just heat in your oven for 45 minutes. I’ve already devoured the Chicken Tetrazzini Goldberg’s sent me home with!

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Thanks so much to Goldberg’s Deli for hosting us for a fantastic sampling of your menu! Disclosure: This was a complimentary sampling.

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Celebrate National Cheesecake Day at These Sweet Spots

National Cheesecake Day is July 30. Where are you celebrating? What is your favorite kind of cheesecake? Me? I’ve never meet a cheesecake variety I didn’t like. Here are 5 spots in the Atlanta area with delicious cheesecakes to enjoy the special day.

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1. Cafe Intermezzo – Though their espresso machine was broken the last time I visited and not fixed in the two hours I was there, I do love this spot. I missed my usual Spanish Mokka but would definitely want to visit to celebrate the holiday. With about 100 dessert items not to mention coffee choices, this is a top spot to go on National Cheesecake Day.

2. Metrotainment
Opened in 1997, Metrotainment has quickly become one of the most beloved bakeries in Atlanta. For your choice of cheesecake, visit their building on Logan Circle or head to one of the restaurants that serve Metrotainment cheesecakes like Sugar Shack or Einstein’s. Would you try an Ancho Chili Cheesecake? Sounds delicious to me, but more traditional varieties include a Lemon Ginger and Bailey’s.

3. Sweet Auburn Bakery
Located downtown in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, you could do your grocery shopping for the week and then head over to this bakery for a sweet treat. They do offer a traditional cheesecake, but my absolute favorite is the sweet potato cheesecake.

4. Davios
Capra Gia Cheesecake. This delicious cheesecake is prepared with Oven Roasted Blueberries, Cardamom, Frosted Almonds and Limoncello Granita. This is rather special as it will only be available on July 30.

5.  La Tagliatella – Bocconcino is their take on Cheesecake. It’s rich, creamy and everything cheesecake should be. But you’re doing it wrong if you don’t have a nice glass of Limoncello with it. La Tagliatella is located in the new Emory Point. Tip: They offer 2 hours free parking in the deck during the day, and 3 hours free parking after 5 pm.