Plant Based Pizzeria is Atlanta’s first all vegan pizza joint, and they are black owned! I was craving pizza and felt like going vegan for the day. Let’s get into it:
I walked in and knew I wanted pizza, butttt their menu has lots of good sounding options such as vegan meat lovers pizza, Georgia peach flatbread, and a spicy chicken sandwich. I wanted to get creative, so I decided on ordering their Philly pizza with beyond sausage, red onions, mushrooms, and bell peppers. I had to freak it, so I added jalepños onto that. My second option was for sure to try their Georgia peach flatbread that includes spicy beyond sausage, roasted peaches, red onions, and jalepños. I didn’t know what I signed up for, but I was excited!
First bite into the pizza, you would have thought I found gold. Not to sound cheesy, but I was cheesing the rest of the way as I bodied the whole pizza. The beyond sausage was seasoned and really reminded me of your Uncle Tony’s Italian sausage. The vegetables could not have been fresher! Even though most vegan cheese does not melt, Plant Based Pizzeria was able to find a solution to that. The cheese was holding everything together which made for a perfect bite. When I realized I had I no more slices in the box…
Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar carries on the heritage of the Gullah Geechee people with their cuisine and crafts. Virgil’s was created to provide amazing service, an abundance of love, and great grub of course! Let’s get into it:
At typical soul food spots, you will find fried fish, mac & cheese, and greens. But at Virgil’s you’re also going to find menu items like the watermelon & cucumber salad, salmon n’ rice, and fried pork chop & eggs. That’s right. You can get a perfectly battered fried porkchop with your eggs for brunch. That sounds better than hearing that Georgia will reopen businesses while coronavirus is still active..BUT that’s for another day. I could eat everything on this menu even the vegan options!
I tried several things! Even though it was a ton of fried food, I had a BLAST chowing down. The fried porkchop was better than taking your bra off after a long day. It didn’t make sense how they fried the chop so perfectly. The fish was huge but light. It was a classic item that satisfied me. The Jam up wingz were fire! They were half fried and half baked and drizzled with their special sauce. I could eat those once a day like they were a vitamin. The sides were so good. I have had TONS of mac & cheese over the years, but they won my heart with this. It was heavenly. From the cheese to the macaroni itself, I loved every bite. The fried cabbage and corn were new for me, but I will happily have them again. The corn was smothered with peppers, onions, and seasoning. Couldn’t get enough of it. When I thought the main dishes were stealing the show, the sides showed up to join the celebration like..
Hattie Marie’s BBQ is a staple for barbecue in Atlanta! They intend to provide the great flavor and essence SouthEast Texas cooking to Georgia. If there’s one thing we love in the south, it is food. Let’s get into it:
Hattie Marie’s BBQ continues to work diligently during this pandemic, as they even provided customers with a discount code to order online. What does the menu look like? Great question! You can find gumbo, fried shrimp and catfish, and all of your barbecue favorites. You won’t need to order an abundance, because their portions are enough to feed a tiger. (Shout out Tiger King)
Every bite I had was freaking amazing! The brisket was extremely juicy and not too fatty. The smoked wings were stunning. I also dropped to one knee and proposed. The sides did not disappoint one bit. The cabbage was surprising to me. It was so flavorful and fresh. Not to sounds cheesy, but the mac & cheese was cheesy goodness! The barbecue sauce should not have been that good. It was smokey and rich with flavor! I prefer this over memphis barbecue sauce everyday.. YEAH I SAID IT. I dipped my wings in the sauce and after my first bite, I looked at my mom like “why is this our first time trying this?”…
New Orleans Daiquiri and Bar is a exactly what you think it is! A trendy restaurant that has brought New Orleans cousine to Atlanta. I am social distancing, so I ordered the food to my home 😦 I much rather be there drinking daiquris! Let’s get into it:
This would serve no purpose if I didn’t rave about the menu right? Even if you just ate, you will be hungry after reading about their menu and smelling what’s cooking. They serve a variety of great dishes such as their big easy alfredo pasta, overstuffed po-boys, and even FRIED GATOR. Yepp! you read that right, and I have heard it is sensational.
I went straight for the carbs and ordered the big easy alfredo pasta! This came packed with smoked sausage, grilled chicken, and shrimp all topped with a cajun alfredo. This was pasta heaven for me, and I love noods. The creamy sauce was perfectly mixed in with the penne. If you really love carbs, please believe that their garlic bread is amazing. This bread was soft and garlicky! I was content and stuff while social distancing at home.
Redrocks is an award winning wood oven Napoleon bistro known for their pizzas. Buttttttt I went for brunch, because we brunch on Sundays. Let’s get into it:
Despite Redrocks being known for their pizzas, they put together some great sounding brunch dishes and of the best bottomless mimosas you can find. Their menu contains nice options such as a sunrise pizza, brandy-spiked french toast, and seafarer’s seafood scramble! To get drunk off blood orange mimosas, I also love the option to get brandy-spiked french toast. Just have me drunk the whole day I guess.
I ate the seafarer scramble and garlic knots. These garlic knots will make you question if you’re actually Italian. They were $6 and I could given them my whole $20. The seafarer scramble was extremely tasty due to the garlic shrimp mixed in the scramble. Their choice of seasoning it with red peppers, parmesan, and basil was perfect. Believe it or not, I put my drink down to actually enjoy all of these flavors. By the end of this bottomless brunch, I was stuffed, happy, and doing strange drunk things like this..
Rosa Mexicano is known for how well they bring you an upscale dining experience while also honoring the Mexican heritage. Seems like a great combo! Let’s get into it:
Rosa Mexicano is what you call gorgeous. As you walk inside, you will notice the high ceilings and elaborate lighting. They truly embody an upscale restaurant and serve of the best Mexican cuisine in the land. Their menu is exquisite to say the least. You will find empanadas filled with crab and shrimp, enchiladas filled with crab meat topped with a roasted tomato sauce, and grilled octopus.
Did I like what I had? Nah. I loved it. The guacamole was not able to get flicked up, because I chowed it down too quick. Easily the best guac I have eaten! The empanadas were heavenly texture wise. The crab and shrimp was fire! The enchiladas were to die for. The plump crab meat mixed in the roasted tomato sauce was delicious. The meal won my heart, and I am devastated that it is over..
TNR Cafe serves up the finest Chinese food in Arlington, VA. There is not many places known for their locally sourced food, customer service, and unique ambiance like TNR Cafe! Let’s get into it:
TNR Cafe wants you to be as satisfied as possible with their food! The aromas that fills up the restaurant is extremely pleasant. This must come from a result of how fresh and organic their food is. Their menu caters to everyone, which I love. Besides the typical Kung Pao chicken, you will see other eye catches such as full fish in Szechuan spiced broth, Kung Pao tofu, and crispy shredded beef! If you told me to just pick one, I would have to happily decline. They were all bomb!
I could rant all day about how amazing these flavors were on each dish. The walnut shrimp was ridiculously tasty. The shrimp were plump, and the walnuts added the perfect touch. The shredded beef was immersed in flavor, so I was obsessed with taking bites. The fish in Szechuan broth was spicyyy yet the fish was juicy and packed with flavor. To ensure I wouldn’t have a food baby after this fantastic meal, I had to dance it off..
Shaw’s Tavern resembles an American tavern that offers seasonal dishes that contains classic comforts and rustic delicacies. They also have on the best bottomless mimosa deals! Let’s get into it:
We loveeeee a good brunch. Shaw’s Tavern presents an old town road type of vibe with tons of wooden fixtures and bar stools. The menu isn’t that conservative though! You can find vegetarian/vegan options and gluten-free options. Some of the mouthwatering menu standouts to me were the mange chipotle BBQ wings, cornbread chicken & waffles, and the farmers vegetarian pizza. I’m a huge fan of lunch foods, so I was lit off the mimosas while celebrating my order!
My wonderful plate was made up of a steak & egg burrito w/ homefries. The steak was fantastic! Extremely tender and juicy, but the pico de gallo was so on point! Maybe it was the alcohol talking, but the flavors were all paired together so well. The homefries blew my mind, and the potatoes were crispy and seasoned. Overcooked potatoes are never satisfying, so I was cheesing with happiness! Rules before next brunch: choose Shaw’s Tavern, be hungry, and call your friends. tell them “let’s get drunk”
City Sweets & Treats is not your typical home-based bakery that puts out brownies and cookies everyday. City Sweets & Treats owner, Maria, has been elevating her game and specializes in several kinds of pastries, brioche breads, and yeast-based breads. Put the chocolate strawberries to rest this Valentine’s day and order you a few cardamon buns or raspberry sweet rolls!
Reasons why you should shop with them
When you are looking for baked goods, you want to shop with someone who is passionate, patient, and puts love into their baking. That’s what City Sweets & Treats is all about! No baked good is sitting and drying out over there, because every order is made fresh just for you.
Reasons why I brag about the pastries
I love a wide variety of flavors when it comes to dessert. Sometimes I want chocolate, and sometimes I want cinnamon. City Sweets & Treats creates tons of different flavor combinations such as a chocolate raspberry sweet rolls, egg nog babka muffins, and a triple bacon sweet roll! Where else can you get that delivered to your doorstep in D.C.?
Reasons why I should ditch the box of chocolates?
We should support more of our local businesses. The quality is just as good (if not better than large businesses). And, a little support has never hurt anyone. Show love this holiday season! I’ll be on the lookout.
Ida B’s Table is a fantastic black owned restaurant sitting in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. I could go on and on about how many awards they’ve gotten for their food and service, but I’m going to stick to how good their food was. Let’s get into it:
Ida B’s Table presents soul right when you walk through the door. You will 100% feel like you are at your grandmother’s house on a Sunday! Comfort food flies out the kitchen! The menu consisted of many tasty sounding options such as Brisket Benedict, Moroccan Lamb Burger, and Ida B’s famous Homefries.
I ordered the chicken and waffles, because they put a star next to it and I was curious! It absolutely delicious. It was smoked fried chicken with smoked honey drizzle on top of a sweet potato waffle. Read that again. The chicken made me shed a slow tear. I need the recipe! The sweet potato was very different but exceeded all expectations with the flavor. I was asked if I could share a piece, and my face said it all..