GBR Grille sits in East point and emphasizes their quality of food rather than the overhead. Price point and satisfaction is their lane! That’s the lane I like to pull up in. Let’s get into it:
GBR Grille fits in as a fast casual dining place, but they cater to a variety of appetites. Have you ever been starving and can’t put your finger on what you want?? Tacos or burgers? Salad or Barbecue?? GBR Grille is the perfect place to have that mental breakdown! They have a beautiful range from spicy jerk burgers, blackened chicken tacos, shrimp grill mix, and many more. You literally win with whatever you impulse choice you make.
I settled on the shrimp mix bowl and spicy teriyaki wings w/ fries. I’ll start with the more simple dish aka spicy teriyaki wings. They saucy, plump, and spicy. I was struck in awe of the quality of the wings. The spicy teriyaki was a great balance of heat and tanginess! The fries were a nice compliment to the wings. We all HATE when the fries suck. The shrimp bowl was made up grilled shrimp, yellow rice, loads of veggies, and a sauce of your choice. It was magnificent. Of course, I loved the portions and the freshness of every vegetable. You know it’s good when your bite is just rice, grilled onions, and spinach, and that excites you. The flavor was on every bite. I will be back soon and the day after. I will tell those who ask exactly where to go..
Healthful Essence is a spiritual creation to share nourishing and healthy Caribbean food with the world. Vegan food has now adopted some classics such as Jerk Chicken! Let’s get into it:
Healthful Essence is all about taking care of you. They live and breathe the vegan lifestyle, and they have a surplus of items to bring positivity to your life. From sea moss drinks to banana nut bread to curried vegetables. They ensure everything is plant base then add their flavor to it! From their cooked menu, you will find items like macaroni and un-cheese, Jamaican patties, jerk un-chicken. It’s the options for me!!!
I ordered a jerk plate with rice & peas along with cabbage. I’ll start with the cabbage. It was fresh, and they were seasoned perfectly. It was like they were made with a dash of spicy too. Even without bacon fat, this cabbage was still slapping! The rice and peas felt and tasted like the classic dish it is. It did need one more seasoning in that pan though to win my tastebuds fully over. The Jerk un-chicken was one of the best vegan meat substitutes I have had. If you have a jerk sauce that is fire, then I will love you and tell everyone to show love.
Amalfi Pizza brings traditional Neapolitan pizza and flavors to Atlanta. After studying and doing an apprenticeship in Italy, they decided to open up shop here. Who doesn’t love great pizza and pasta?! Let’s get into it:
Amalfi Pizza has one of the best ambiances I have seen. As soon as you walk in, the restaurant turns into an Italian walkways with Juliet style balconies and iron chandeliers. It makes for a great date night if you and bae don’t mind sitting inside. My hungry butt went straight to the menu and fell in love. Lots of traditional Italian dishes can be found such as gnocchi, ricotta stuffed crust pizza, and classic pastas.
I went straight to the pizzas and stumbled on the Diavola. This pizza was topped with spicy salami, hot peppers, fior de latte, pecorino and basil. I don’t expect you to know all of those ingredients, because I was for sure lost! I knew things would be fresh and authentic though, so I felt fine. When it came out, the aromas were heavenly out the wood fired oven. The spicy salami was amazing and probably my favorite part. The crust with the ricotta cheese had me feeling like I could move to Italy right now. Everything was fresh and working together. I was about to walk to the kitchen in my costume and look at the chef like…
Local Green Atlanta is a fast casual restaurant whose mission is to redefine healthy, affordable eating. I wholeheartedly support putting more healthy options in areas that need them! Let’s get into it:
Local Green is exactly what it sounds like plus more! Not only are their colors and signage green, but just about all of their food options have green in them. If you’re a superstitious person, i’m sure you will make the case that it is indeed your lucky day around all of that green. Their menu contains a diverse selection that includes a power kale salad, monsta shrimp burger, vegan Oh Boy burger, and more. No chickens here for your basic butt!
I ordered the Oh boy burger and Air fries. First off, this burger was monstrous. I got the “OH boy” feeling. This burger resembled no vegan burger i have had so far. It looked and was presented like a $24 burger from a steakhouse. That beauty was extremely juicy and topped with natural vegetables! The mock cheese gave me all of the feels of gooey real cheese. That burger was not backing down from me. I struggled to finish for real! The air fries were cajun seasoned and had a little heat. It was a great combination! If I had some wine, I might have passed out from joy…
Atlanta Breakfast Club prides itself on great food and good company! Their prime location, fantastic staff, and dedication to food makes this a top Atlanta breakfast spot. Let’s get into it:
Atlanta Breakfast Club makes sure you can feel the soul and culture throughout their restaurant. As soon as you arrive, you will see it busy and trying to find where you are going to wait for your table. Might not want to show up starving because your hungry ass might have to wait! You can also order online like I did, so I can grab my food and dip without having to wait for the brunch babes to finish their meal. The menu has lots of delicious sounding items such as peach cobbler french toast, fried chicken and waffles, and breakfast tacos
I ordered the fried chicken and waffles, because how could you not? I love the combination of chicken and waffles, even though it comes with this itis. The waffles were fluffy with a slight crisp. The chicken looked, smelled, and tasted so good that it could have been my Valentine. The seasoning was excellent, but I still throw some syrup on everything. I know for a fact multiple items on the menu would have been great! After that heavy breakfast, I had to walk down the street and get some energy back..
Yaaas Cookies was bound to be a business after the owner, Vaughn Hill, began baking ever since he was 11 or 12. They aim to provide a variety of tasty options. I love choices! Let’s get into it:
Yaaas Cookies name represents the personality of the company well! The shop is in a nice location and will be decorated nicely. It bright and welcoming, so I couldn’t wait to see what cookies I wanted. Their menu was filled with options but like they were fun amount of options unlike the huge Cheesecake factory menu that offers you everything. A few that I landed on was their chocolate chip, salted caramel, peanut butter chocolate chip, and two of their vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! Don’t mind me ordering all of the variations of chocolate chip. Mind your business LOL.
I dove right into the salted caramel after hearing it was the most popular one. It definitely delivered! I was worried it was either be too salty or too sweet, but it was a pleasant balance. Felt like I was at the beach being fed caramel. Maybe I have been in the house too long. From the peanut butter chocolate chip to the vegan oatmeal cookies, the fresh ingredients was evident in every bite. Nothing about these felt store bought! Even your grandmother would enjoy a bite. The chocolate chips may have been basic, but they were my favorite part. I shared them with my mom, and she loved them. We came together and celebrated like…
The Local Coco is a new Atlanta pop up spot focused on brining Latin food to the vegan space. Tacos always boost my mood! Let’s get into it:
The Local Coco popped up during my search for black owned vegan spots in Atlanta. I have never heard of the place, and I soon found out they were new to the game and here to stay. If I had three words to describe their brand, it would be: culture, authentic, and innovative. They are a pop up shop, but they surround their space with classic R&B records, fresh tortillas and chips, and lots of love in the air. Their menu changes but you can find their well battered cauliflower wings, street tacos, and loaded nachos most of the time. I could tell it was going to be good when they were eyeballing the seasonings and portions!
I took on the loaded nachos and cauliflower biscuits since they had sold out of their normal supplies to make wings. Those housemade chips were to DIE FOR! Crunchy goodness with the freshest vegetables topping them along with their jackfruit al pastor. But seriously, their vegetables were top of the line. I feel like they had just come outside with this parsley LOL. The jackfruit al pastor was put together admirably and gave me the feel as pulled chicken on top of nachos! The cauliflower biscuits felt so innovative that I couldn’t do anything but respect it. They were fluffy and battered up excellently. However, that chipotle sauce was the best chipotle sauce I’ve had! It was tangy and also had a little kick of heat. You can debate your mom or whoever you want, because I said what I said! If I offer you a bite and you do not like it, I will look at you like…
Tom, Dick, and Hanks is also known as Happy Hour Hanks for their fantastic deals and drinks. Goodie Mob helped inspire the name, and the culture inspired his flavorful style of cooking. Let’s get into it:
Tom, Dick, and Hanks is an experience, because it was started after Hank was promoting nightclubs and exposed to short order cooking. Could you imagine you leaving the club at 2am while off a few shots, and your friend is like “hey.. I have some dry rub wings and a fried fish sandwich for you”. You would probably drunk cry, because someone cares about you. This restaurant is located near downtown, so the rooftop patio is a perfect vibe for food and drinks. You will find menu items such as BBQ chips, brisket sandwich, crab legs, and more. Either way, you’ll leave this place a little messy from barbecue sauce or crab leg juices on you LOL.
I treated myself to the dry rub wings and BBQ chips with chicken. I must admit.. I had no clue what these BBQ chips were going to look like when they arrived. I expected some type of nachos, but these were insane! A pound of juicy pulled chicken layered on top of queso dip, jalapeños, and housemade BBQ chips. It had an abundance of flavor. It was like every bite a new component stood out as the favorite. I need to run these backs and explore other proteins, because this was good! Also, I ordered the dry rub wings (with ranch of course). They were smart for not saying what’s in the house rub, because it was exquisite and yummy. I bodied those wings before I could process them. When I noticed they were only $5 for happy hour, I looked at the waitress like..
iScream Ice Cream is not just black owned, they are more specifically black woman owned! They provide fully customizable rolled ice cream and treats. Let’s get into it:
iScream Ice Cream presents a ‘stay for awhile’ vibe with lots of modern seating, board games, and a neon sign for all of your Instagram pictures. My favorite part of all of this was the menu and the creative names. Nobody wants to be at the register like “uhh I’ll have chocolate”. Instead, you’ll run into signature names such as Campfire Favorite, Old Town Roll, and Saturday Morning Cartoons. I always enjoy ordering something something creative and hoping it tastes good!
I had to order the Saturday Morning Cartoons and Campfire Favorite. Where do I begin? The Cartoon ice cream including fruit loops in the cream which I loved! The cream was natural and not store bought tasting. The fruit loops added a nice crunch between bites. Also they topped this with mini Pop-tarts, so I was on a sugar high for sure. It all came together well! My ass really felt like I was watching an episode of the Flintstones while eating that. On the other hand, I felt like I was outdoors on a high school camping trip trying to eat the Campfire Favorite. They really put toasted marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate chips with ice cream.. How could I not want to smile excessively?! The flavor ran deep, so every bite was heavenly. It wasn’t just ice cream, it felt like an experience. I’d take my family here instead of the zoo LOL. They just opened during a pandemic, owned by a black woman, and lots of options. Please don’t be surprised when you try this place, and I look at you like this..
Old Lady Gang is Kandi Burress’ baby in Atlanta. She gives credit to her old ladies who whipped up some of the best food as she grew up! I had to give it a shot, so let’s get into it:
Old Lady Gang is more than a restaurant, it is an experience which I believe Kandi was looking for. You are going to find groovy music, modern seating, and a busy environment. When I went, I think someone was shooting a movie outside. I was mad confused, but it fit the aesthetic perfectly. Their menu presents down south classics with a twist. You will find fried then grilled wings, deep fried deviled eggs, shrimp and grits w/ vodka cream sauce, and more! I felt the itis already creeping up on me before I even ordered.
I ordered the OLG fried then grilled wings and a cajun shrimp po’ boy, because who doesn’t love po’ boys. I didn’t even have take a bite before my mouth started salivating. the wings were heavenly. They really shook the game up with that fried then grilled method, because the wings were perfectly crunchy and juicy. The sauce was for sure made from grandma’s recipe, because I did’t have a clue what was in it yet it was delicious! The po’boy was exactly what I needed. The shrimp had great spice and flavor throughout, and the sauce was damn near better than being hugged. The shrimp and sauce combo still sits on my mind till this day. I wonder if i’ll ever have a better combo than that…