Oz Pizza started in 1997 with the purpose of serving their community the finest ingredients and homemade pizza! Pizza makes any day better, so let’s get into it:
This mom and pop shop welcomed everyone so nicely. Their menu resembled a classic pizza shop including salads, calzones, and slices of all kinds! The slices were huge, so they immediately won bonus points. The prices were college-budget friendly too! I haven’t found too many pizza places in Atlanta, but Oz definitely remains on my lists to revisit.
Extra cheesy. Hella vegetables. Fresh crust. Need I say more?? The slices easily exceeded my expectations. The vegetables on their veggie slice were perfect. The crust played a great role keeping the tastes balanced and holding the slice together. The bites were juicy and left me with the Kool-aid man smile!
Velvet Taco likes to get funky with their tacos! They believe tacos don’t have to be associated with Tex-Mex. Let’s get into it:
I was already curious of the several flavor combinations, and the worker encouraged me to go with my gut! I ordered the Spicy Tikka Chicken taco and Chicken & Waffles taco. If I felt like eating as much as Charles Barkley, I would’ve also ordered their falafel taco, flank steak taco, and shrimp & grits taco! They also carry margaritas, so they officially won me over.
The spicy tikka taco was absolutely delicious! The flavors were so consistent and rich. It felt like I was eating tikka masala from an Indian restaurant. The chicken and waffles taco was nuts! Not only a waffle as a taco, but a chicken strip laid there covered with bacon and maple syrup. If you guessed that I almost cried because I was so happy, then you were 100% correct. The tacos were good sizes, so I really was able to indulge with every bite. After finishing my tacos, I was so close from going back to the register and saying…
Ted’s Montana Grill was started by Ted Turner for families to sit together and experience classic a American dishes together. That’s what I did! Let’s get into it:
Teds Montana is located right by Centennial park in the middle of downtown Atlanta. A great view with great food is all you can ask for right?
Who doesn’t love a large menu with several items?? But seriously, they had tons of great sounding dishes like the Cedar plank salmon, bison short ribs, and salt & pepper onion rings! It’s not many things that I’m choosing over salmon, so that’s exactly what I ordered.
The salmon came out, and it was perfect. The broccoli had a pinch of garlic and parmesan. So fire! This salmon was SENSATIONAL to say the least
What it do babyyyy?? Bonchon is known for their double fried Bonchon chicken brushed over with their signature sauce. This recipe was fire! Let’s get into it:
Double frying method is a different method that Bonchon used. The wings were crispy but light at the same time. They caught me by surprise, because wings are usually dry when they are that fried. However, the chicken was tender and juicy! This made for a great bite every bite.
The flavors are really what made these wings lit. I split the Soy garlic and Spicy sauces. Boy oh boy! Fantastic decision by me. The soy garlic seems like an odd combination, but I loved it! The spicy was actually spicy, not mild. Literally jumped into my bite and the spice hit me in the face. The spicy still had tons of flavor unlike most traditional hot wings. They also have a Japanese mayo to dip your wings in to help the spice (also seems odd, but it was yummy).
The fried rice was different. They added in red pepper flakes and the soy garlic sauce to make an appetizing seasoning. I am obsessed with fried rice, and this was one of my favorites! Just know.. you can’t order the wrong thing if you just order what I suggested!
Hank’s Oyster Bar opened up its location on the Wharf in 2017. They wanted to incorporate their delicious food with an awesome waterfront scenery! Let’s get into it:
Hank’s is right on the wharf connected to the boardwalk overlooking the water. Hank’s has outside seating that allowed me to take in the great sun and toast cocktails with friends! How could you not have a good time eating seafood right on the water on a sunny day?
The menu features a variety of options with seafood dominating. The eastern shore crab dip, oyster po’ boy, and seasonal barbecue chicken were calling my name over and over. Every spot on the wharf offers seafood, but I liked how Hank’s had non-seafood options that snapped just the same! Sadly, some people just can’t enjoy a Maryland crab cake due to their allergies. SUCKS!
The oysters came out quick and were hearty in size. I dress my oysters up with a scoop of cocktail sauce and a dash of horseradish. They lasted maybe 60 seconds on the table. I also had the seasonal barbecue chicken, which sadly is not on the menu right now. The chicken was perfectly grilled and seasoned by a true chef! I need to run this food date back ASAP! Sometimes you gotta just go get friends without your friends..
Crimson Diner is a modern diner with a taste of southern life. This experience was a pleasant surprise! Let’s get into it:
Crimson Diner’s ambiance was super smooth. Rooftop bar, diner style seating, and the café music all worked together. I was happy and comfy before we even ordered the food!
I felt like a kid in the candy store while looking at the menu! Menu items such as Jambalaya, Crimson Burger, and Steak Frites definitely caught my attention. Jambalaya wins my heart every time.
The jambalaya was filled with plump shrimp, andouille sausage, and grilled chicken. My taste buds were doing be happy dance after each bite. I could not get enough of it! I learned that my friends that I was eating with did not like jambalaya, so I did not have to give anyone a taste test. I was like…
Char’d City is a hot and new restaurant located in Baltimore, Maryland. A modern day Mom and Pop shop with a unique twist. I was obsessed with of this place and their potential to grow. Let’s get into it:
I fell in love with Char’d City’s ambiance. Their big wood-fired grill, stage for live music, and charming artwork makes this spot one of a kind. There was no dead space inside, so I was constantly amused by the intricate art pieces hanging on the walls. My vision sees them hosting poets, singers and pianists, and other creatives on their stage. Who doesn’t love good live entertainment with their meal?
Italian with a north African twist? Does it work? Will it taste good? Hell yes it works! I was stunned after being ambushed by such flavor coming from their Brik rolls and Tajine el Bey. The farm to table vibe was really exposed when I bite into the Brik roll, and I could taste how fresh the potatoes and tuna was! The Tajine aka Tunisian-style quiche was amazing, and the lamb was seasoned to perfection.
Can we have a moment of silence for this Charm City Pie?….. It was a simple pie with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, garlic, etc.. HOWEVER, they went crazy and slapped some blue crab on the pie. This was sooooo fire. When they placed this beauty on the table, I immediately looked like..
JINYA was established in the early 2000’s and emphasized principals of serving delicious food at affordable prices that’s accessible to all. Best believe that I had to tap in! Let’s get into it:
JINYA presents a lovely environment that included indoor murals, exposed brick, and innovative lighting. I picked this place for a date, they thought it was cute and gave me praise. I awkwardly laughed in my head, because I had nothing to do with building this place. I just wanted to eat..
I started with the veggie bun. I honestly did not know what to expect from a vegan steamed bun filled with beyond meat, guacamole, and vegan mayo. But- IT WAS BOMB. I freaked it with some ginger soy sauce to dip. I could have crushed like 3 or 4 more of them.
Our server sounded cliché saying “it’s about the broth and not the noodles”. I had the wonton chicken ramen and spicy chicken ramen. The wontons were juicy and plump. The portion was huge, but it was so enjoyable. The broth was NO JOKE. I was thoroughly pleased with how the flavors meshed. After having this heavenly ramen, I look at other people’s ramen like..
Smith Commons is not your common Brunch place. They are open during the week only for dinner, but by the weekend they serving up bottomless mimosas. I had a great time visiting during DMV Black Restaurant Week. Let’s get into it:
Big windows, wooden tables, and eclectic music gave Smith Commons a unique vibe. They have tons of exposed brick and a huge chalkboard filled with designs. I wouldn’t be surprised if Becky with the good hair went viral taking a cool picture while there.
For starters, we decided to devour the salmon hash! I did not feel confident during the eye test, but this dish aced the taste test. The fresh salmon along with roasted peppers and onions paired so well. Also, the Smith Biscuits were fire. The biscuits covered in creamy grits, bacon, and sriracha sauce will definitely sit on my mind for days.
For my main course, I had the chicken and waffles. This was no ordinary chicken and waffles. The waffles were fluffy and topped with fruit. The chicken was roasted instead of fried, and it hit differently! I was in awe over the chicken falling right off the bone and filled with flavor. Pro tip: be a fat ass when you go out to eat, so you are not the only friend at the table with a kale salad.
Old Fields Restaurant is located in Long Island, NY. Their goal is to provide service and food so good that you’ll want to return to Long Island LOL. I had a great meal though, so let’s get into it:
Old Fields is a perfect date spot that is near the water, has a fire pit outside, and an intimate interior. The service was amongst the best, and it was so genuine. I showed up having no clue what to order, but they treated me like family and recommended some of their favorites!
The menu features a lot great options. I quickly was mesmerized with the three cheese mac n’ cheese, crab and avocado tacos, and the short rib risotto! Fried clams, little neck clams, and oysters were on my mind heavily too. Also they also took up the center of the menu with their steak options, so I had to see what they were talking about. *eyes emoji*
The steak came out, and I immediately requested to hug the chef. This steak was the size of my face and sweating with flavor. It was the perfect combination of tender and juicy! The mashed potatoes were the perfect pairing. Fresh potatoes, nice touch of pepper, and the garlic. After not knowing anything about this place, my friend and I pleasantly left the restaurant like..