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…
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..
Dat Fire Jerk Chicken is bringing Atlanta authentic Jamaican food with a healthier agenda. With a name like Dat Fire Jerk Chicken, I can’t help but be interested to try it. Let’s get into it:
Dat Fire Jerk Chicken prides itself on providing healthier Jamaican food but keeping those distinctive flavors alive. Just by looking at their menu, I notice their unique menu off rip. Besides that fire jerk chicken, you will find curry tofu, jerk chicken hoagie, and the infamous oxtails. You could smell the spices and sauces brewing as soon as you step in the door. It was like mature and bold just like your grandmother’s perfume cabinet. You know Jamaicans will give you a bang for your buck and stuff your plate, so I was pleased with how affordable this was. I came in with a $20 and almost left with 3 plates LOL.
Well how the jerk? Was it fire?? It sure was! It caught me by surprise, because I have seen multiple types of jerk sauces. However, their sauce is light and tangy almost. It wouldn’t be jerk without the spice! Every bite left you craving a little more sauce. It wasn’t but spiciest jerk I have had, but it definitely felt like the healthiest. The rice and peas were plentiful as they were the perfect combo for the jerk chicken. The chicken was falling off the bone and grilled exquisitely. The greens were off the charts also! They did not have that heavy sodium feel to them which played into their healthy vision. I should have put the jerk sauce on everything bruh! Moral of the story: The flavor satisfied every Jamaican craving I wanted, but it also was a healthier alternative. With that being said, it is time to dance off this food..
Helen’s Hot Chicken was started in Nashville and now opened in Atlanta. If you like spicy food, then the trend of hot chicken is for you. Let’s get into it:
Helen’s is straightforward with their menu. They have chicken wings, chicken & waffles, shrimp, and fried fish. All of these items can be made with the spice level you choose. I am not a wimp, so I went ahead and ordered everything hot. Besides the simplicity, I like enjoy how they give you the bang for your buck. If you order fries, it’ll be lots of them. If you order the wings, they are the healthy sized chicken wings. They are trying to fill you up!
But more importantly, the flavor of this food is what we want to talk about. I dove right into the shrimp basket. Of course, I ordered for them to be made with a ‘hot’ spice level. They were perfectly fried and very juicy. The seasoning was better than your granny’s secret recipe. If I could ask Santa for something for Christmas, this would make my list. The chicken was nothing to play with either! The dry heat on the skin made this chicken exciting, because I was able to enjoy the succulent chicken before the spices came in and kicked my ass. It was a spice that you could appreciate and still hold conversation rather than you gasping for air and your nose running at the table. The fries were crispy and topped with seasoned salt. This food made me respect Nashville even more and had me considering embracing the culture. If I keep eating this shrimp and chicken more, you’ll catch me in Atlanta like..