Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Midtown Review: Briza

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 0
Last night I ventured over to Briza, a new restaurant in Midtown that I have been wanting to try for a while. Now I'll be honest, I am normally not the "fancy schmancy" diner. But every once in a while, I like to treat myself  (and my mom in this case) and try out a delicately prepared meal that is well worth every penny. Briza will now be my go-to place for these exquisite meals. We tasted a bunch of their fabulous dishes and even though all of them were mouth-watering delicious (see pictures below), I specifically fell in love with one. Before I spill the beans on which dish it was, I'll give you a little background story.... I hate fish.
 I never have really enjoyed eating any fish dish. Maybe I am just not a fan or maybe I have never been anywhere where it has been prepared to perfection, but when I look at a menu at a restaurant I can promise you my eyes quickly move over the fish dish and it is never considered. Last night I received the tasting menu and the first thing I said to my mom was "everything looks amazing, except the halibut... guess you will be eating my dish as well as yours on that one." Of course my moms normal response was "just give it a try, you never know." After some amazing starter dishes, the halibut finally came into my presence. The smell of the fresh corn and taragon was first of all overwhelming and already gave me a little "mental" tease of what this dish may taste like. The following events all transpired very quickly because before I knew it there wasn't any halibut left on my plate. What just happened? My mom stared in disbelief as I pretty much inhaled this dish. It was the most crave-able dish that I have had in a long time. Seriously... it was so amazing and cooked to perfection that my mouth is watering right now (at 8:30am) for it. Who knew I would ever be craving halibut, even for breakfast! Embarrassingly, I even waved goodbye to my empty plate (with a sad face) and told it I would be back for more. It was that good. 
The rest of the meal was nothing short of exceptional and exceeded my expectations. 
Cucumber Compressed Melon Salad
Mozzarella egg, heirloom tomatoes, bacon
Alaskan Halibut, corn, chanterelles, tarragon, corn nage
Duck confit roll, foie gras, peach marmalade

Veal sweetbread parmesan, basil, garlic chips
Lamb, grilled ratatouille, olive pistou, red pepper custard
Old fashioned donut, bacon powder, chocolate, coffee ice cream

The actual meal portions are a lot larger so don't be fooled by the pictures. We only tasted these items so the servings were a lot smaller. If you check out Briza (which I highly suggest) please let me know what you think, even though I am sure I already know what you will say!

866 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Peachtree Music & Arts Festival Coming To Midtown October 1st

Thursday, August 18, 2011 0

The Peachtree Music & Arts Festival is a 1 day, 2 stage music & arts festival. It will be taking place October 1st on 8 acres in the Midtown Community of Atlanta, GA. The festival will be located at the corner of 8TH ST NW & Spring ST NW, only 1 block from the Midtown MARTA station. Entertainment for the festival will include: 2 Stages, 15 Musicians, Artist Vendors, Fashion Vendors, Atlanta Food Trucks, Beer Garden, Beverage Area’s, Sponsor Tents, and much more.
Artist Lineup:
  • Shiny Toy Guns
  • Freesol
  • Civil Twilight
  • Ocean is Theory
  • Under the Flood
  • Modern Skirts
  • Open Air Stereo
  • Stokeswood
  • The Kingston Springs
  • Levi Lowrey
  • Aunt Martha
  • Kunning
  • The Young Rapscallions
  • DJ Khaled and Guests
  • DGAF - Dallas Austin & Cory Enemy

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Midtown Review: Top Flr

Thursday, August 4, 2011 0
Do I even need to write a review about Top Flr? The talk around town about this place has been incredible from the beginning and my experience far exceeded my expectations. This little hidden gem in Midtown even has some killer mixologists that create the most exquisite cocktail creations in town. The menu is also far from disappointing with amazing dishes such as White Bean Hummus with Flat Bread, Olives, Capers and Chili Oil, Tuna Tartar on Sardinian Flat Bread with Thai Miso Pesto, Avocado and Lime Aioli, or their Duck Confit Pizza with Applewood Bacon, Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Pesto. Every dish is delicious and prepared to perfection.
The first Wednesday of every month is our Midtown Supper Club where a group of us get together and try out a new restaurant in the city that we haven't explored yet. I highly suggest starting a Supper Club with your friends, it is a wonderful way to spend time with great people and explore the city as well. This month we decided to try Top Flr since we have heard nothing less than exciting chatter in the city about this place. We all ordered different dishes and shared them among the table. I am going to let the pictures speak for themselves because a simple "review" of their food wouldn't do it justice.

Tuna Tartar , Sardinian Flat Bread, Thai Miso Pesto, Avocado, Lime Aioli

White Pizza, Garlic Confit, Sopressatta, Cana de Cabra, Arugula  

Fresh Tagliatinni, St. Fernadina Shrimp, Tomato, Basil Butter  

Hanger Steak, Garlic-Thyme Jus

Top Flr Mac N Cheese~ Sharp Cheddar, Smoked Gouda, Spicy Panko Crust 

Midtown Supper Club

Thank you Top Flr for another wonderful night in the city with great food, drinks and friends!

Along with their regular menu, Top Flr also has a Prix-Fixe menu (3 courses for $15). Thursday night is also Noodle Pho Bowl night! Check out their website or follow them on Facebook or Twitter for the menu updates!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Enjoy Midtown's Best Restaurants During Midtown Restaurant Week

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 0
Midtown Restaurant Week
August 27th - September 4th

Participating Restaurants:
4th & Swift
Cypress Street Pint and Plate
Goin Coastal
Gordon Biersch
The Melting Pot
Park 75
Ra Sushi
Rosa Mexicano
South City Kitchen
Spice Market
Table 1280
The Grape
The Nook
Veni Vidi Vici

BYOBakeshop Dinners - September 1st Menu

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