Jerusalem Bakery

OVERALL GRADE: B+

Food – A
Ambiance – C
Service – A-
Price/Quality – A-
Uniqueness – B+
Jerusalem Bakery
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This was such an amazing find. I honestly would have never come here. I only did because I was in a big crunch to grab something to eat, this was close and quick ,and the person I was with talked me into it. This entire shopping center from the outside just looks like it needs to be burned down. It’s ugly and uninviting. This restaurant is right beside of a temple and that’s why I assume they chose this location. It’s easy foot traffic.

The food here was absolutely incredible. It’s all freshly cooked and very healthy as well. Not only that but it is just some of the most delicious Mediterranean food I have ever had. I personally had the chicken sharwama sandwich. While the chicken, vegetables, and pita was all perfectly cooked and fresh, the best part about the dish was the sauce. It had two different types of sauces. It had a garlic and a Tahini sauce and the way those flavors came together made that sandwich taste was unlike anything I have ever had. It was just phenomenal.

My partner had a plated entrée and it was just as great. I just didn’t know there would ever be a huge difference in pita but this pita bread here was leaps and bounds above any I have ever had. The humus itself is also the best I ever had.

Its really amazing that I went from, “I’d never eat here in a million years” to “I can’t wait to come back here at the first chance I get.”

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Kyma

OVERALL GRADE: C

Food – B-
Ambiance – B
Service – D
Price/Quality – C-
Uniqueness – B+
Kyma - Atlanta
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Looking back I feel a little disappointed in my Kyma experience. I think everything was fine but overall it just wasn’t worth it to return. I just don’t feel the experience lived up to the money we paid.

I guess it started with the wine. There was no really good option for wine. The cheapest glass was $14. The cheapest bottle was $44. I usually like wine with dinner but not good enough to spend a lot on it. We ended up getting a $47 bottle of Greek wine, which was just ok in the end. I wish there had been an option for wine less than $10 a glass or bottles less than $35.

Anyways, for appetizers to share we got cuttlefish, mussels and lobster to share. There wasn’t much sharing as each was only about 3 bites while the price was around $12-$14 for each. That markup is really high. I can say it all tasted good though and the cuttlefish was very unique.

We also had a fish for an entrée that was not good. I found so many bones in the fish. Now when you buy a fish, you are buying a whole fish and the cook cleans and filets it for you. The price runs around $42 PER PERSON for that fish. So for that price and this level of restaurant I expect it to be great. I don’t expect to pick bones out of every bite especially when the minimum wage people at H Mart can give me 5 filets in 4 minutes that leaves me to wonder if that fish ever had bone to begin with. So, the cooks at such a nice restaurant should be able to give me one fish with little to no bones. Also, there has to be more to seasoning the fish and kales that comes with it than dumping a half-cup of lemon juice on it.

Lastly, I also had a problem with a pushy waiter the same as I had in my first and only other Buckhead Life experience. Listen, I love recommendations, but if I have to say more than once that I don’t want something, don’t try and keep pushing it on me. Stop trying to upsell me on the more expensive items. Also, when my partner and I say we have ordered several small plates and only want one fish, don’t make us get into a near argument over ordering a second fish for another $42 because “we each will want one.”

The entire experience just wasn’t worth the $125 price tag. I don’t mind paying that but this ensured I’d spend that somewhere else.

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Ziba’s Restaurant and Wine Bar

OVERALL GRADE: A-

Food – A
Ambiance – B+
Service – B
Price/Quality – A+
Uniqueness – B+
Ziba's Bistro
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I had spent a great day at the Atlanta Zoo and was looking for a nearby restaurant to grab a small bite and a drink. This place popped up with some great reviews so we stopped in. The menu appealed to us because it was mostly small plates, but when we arrived we learned that they were only serving brunch.

The place itself has a rustic feel. It’s intentionally done and manufactured that way. However, you’d never know. The coolest part of the ambiance was the wall where it looked like the plaster had broken away. However, it was made like that and the hole of the plaster formed the Mediterranean Sea. Take a look at the picture to see what I am talking about.

Anyways, I had the biscuits and turkey sausage gravy. Didn’t sound too exciting and the turkey sausage wasn’t appealing to me, but I did order anyways because I wanted gravy. I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived. First of all for below $10 an entrée I expected it to be much smaller. It was large portions that ensured anyone would leave full. The food itself was very unique. Now I grew up in the south and know biscuits and gravy but this dish had such a unique taste to it. The gravy was very creamy and lite, and the turkey sausage was spicy. It had such great complimentary flavors and the biscuits were perfectly made. It was just perfectly baked and even on all sides, which is uncommon. It was just a unique and great dish.

There are so many brunch places around and the menus never differ that much. So, I find it hard to get a unique experience at brunch. Zibas gave me that and everyone at our table agreed. Their meal was great and unlike anything we had before. I’d love to come back and try their dinner menu.

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Two Urban Licks

OVERALL GRADE: A

Food – A+
Ambiance – A
Service – A
Price/Quality – A-
Uniqueness – A
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TWO Urban Licks
I can’t believe I haven’t been here before. This is absolutely my new favorite restaurant in Atlanta. It just has everything I would want if I were describing my perfect restaurant.

The food is absolutely phenomenal and out of this world. When first looking at the menu I was a little disheartened. I have seen menus like this before. Super expensive because of popularity and you leave with a wallet as lite as your stomach still is. This was not the case here. The portions were huge which is why the price is high. Their food costs has to be more than 30% of the food because of how much they give you.

I ordered the beef brisket. I was pressured into it and was regretting it because no fancyish restaurant has good brisket. The best brisket is at some hole in the wall BBQ joint or a grill on the side of the road in Alabama. I was proved wrong again. This was the absolutely most flavorful, best-cooked, delicious piece of brisket I have ever put in my mouth. I have waited in line for 2 hours in Texas before for some amazing brisket and it didn’t even touch this brisket. It also came with a spicy creamed corn that was phenomenal as well. I don’t even like corn that much and I could eat that corn every day.

The truly great thing about this restaurant is that the menu and prices and even the food served would make you think it’s going to be a white table cloth, wear a tie to dinner place. No, not even close. It’s one of the most relaxing and cool atmospheres in town. They had a live band the night we were there and there is a bocce ball court out back where the beltline passes by. It’s not pretentious at all and a place that anyone can come to and feel welcome.

At the end of the day everything is just perfect here. I can’t imagine it ever being much better than this.

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Bangkok Station

OVERALL GRADE: B

Food – B
Ambiance – A
Service – A-
Price/Quality – B-
Uniqueness – C+
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Bangkok Station
I think one month after opening, a restaurant should have their act together. That’s always been my benchmark and it seems to live up to my expectations. I have been excited to try Bangkok Station but I stuck to my guns and waited until they were open one month until I visited.

There was a disappointment at first because they still had not received their liquor license. All they had was beer and wine. I wouldn’t have been disappointed had my expectations not been there for it since they published their cocktail menu on the website and had no indication that they were not able to do cocktails yet.

The dishes I tried were the summer roll, coconut soup, green curry and massman curry. The summer roll was actually really excellent. It’s pretty much the same thing as a spring roll and I don’t like spring rolls. I’m guessing I just never had a good one. I usually find the basil or mint in there to be overwhelming but it was just perfect in this roll. Also, the honey wasabi made a great addition.

That was a great start but I was disappointed in the coconut curry soup. It wasn’t spicy at all. It also seemed to be a little thinner and less creamy than the ones I typically enjoy. It did have whole mushrooms and large chicken pieces in there, but I’d rather have a richer and spicy coconut soup than that.

The curry itself was very tasty and enjoyable. After I had finished the curry and ruminated on my whole meal I had one conclusion. This place is similar in class, ambiance, and price to Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft. However, at the end of the day Tuk Tuk just edges this place out. I’d return here and be happy but if I was picking the restaurant, Lemongrass in Marietta and Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft would come before I picked here again.

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Garden at Community Smith

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I had a lovely invitation from their media company to come and try out their new food menu as well as their cocktail menu.  We couldn’t stay very long but we were there long enough to see that they had a very skilled bartender. Usually if you order an outstanding looking cocktail then you won’t get a good tasting one. I don’t mean one that looks nice as in has a nice garnish and an interesting hue to it. I mean it’s a rainbow in that glass or swirling colors or even those neon ones that everyone in the restaurant takes note of.   I actually really like those but they never taste good. Well I ordered one from here and for the first time in my life it actually tasted great. It was a Zombie drink I think it was called. I’d highly recommend. It wasn’t overly out there but had a few different colors and everyone asked me about it as I was walking around.

 

So they had samples of Oxtail toast, duck pate, crispy squid, and mussels.  The mussels and squid were absolutely my favorite. I could have eaten till I bust on those. The squid wasn’t chewy at all and the breading had some spices added to it that made it very flavorful. The sauce the mussels came in was delicious as well. The only thing is that two mussels I got were grainy. Not a good thing but no one else had one that was grainy so maybe it just slipped through. The oxtail toast was definitely unique. I’d suggest trying it even though it might not be something I’d regularly order. It was still tasty and like I said something unique you wouldn’t get other places.

 

Now while all of this was a great reason to visit, the absolutely best reason is how gorgeous, comfortable and inviting the space is.  It’s not a true roof top space as the building continues on up. However, it’s more on the side of the building and is open. They have many different tables, chairs, couches and lounge areas that offers something for everyone. I really like the rooftop on the Glenn Hotel but it’s covered which is a big complaint of mine. So, seeing as this one is uncovered and has better drinks, it’s now my favorite roof top in the city.

 

Gusto! Wood Fire Grill

OVERALL GRADE: B+

Food – B+
Ambiance – B
Service – A
Price/quality – B+
Uniqueness – B
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Gusto! Wood Fire Grill
The menu is pretty basic. Three bases, three proteins, and six sauces. Pick one from each to make your meal. The concept is fast casual. You go through a line like you would at Chipotle to create your meal.

As far as the food goes, if this place was closer to where I work, I would come by here probably once a month to eat. The bases are fresh and delicious. I had a wrap but the flat bread was not like a tortilla, It was more like Pita bread. Chicken was cooked perfectly and was tender and juicy. The only mark against the food is I didn’t like the sauces. I have tried two different sauces and both simply weren’t so good. They had the “just out of the jar” taste. I could probably find something better in my local grocery store. I can’t tell you for sure if it was canned sauce or not, but at the end of the day I know Chipolte and Naan Stop doesn’t put out anything that isn’t made in house and doesn’t taste like they just made it for me. So, it was a slight bit disappointing.

At the end of the day it was a good lunch for less than $10. Location is great with dedicated parking. The inside is clean, modern and new. The food is a healthier lunch option and at the end of the day I’d return and be happy.

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Saltwood

I was the very first customer to ever be in the restaurant. I didn’t come for the opening, I wasn’t there for the soft opening, I came even before that. This was just a practice night for the kitchen and servers. The managers here just invited a handful of people. I was lucky enough to be one. It was really fun and similar to a role playing night. I felt like an actor. I was given what dishes to order before I even sat down.

It’s an interesting concept here. it’s quite different than any other restaurant in Atlanta. The executive chef Olivier Gaupin has been in kitchens all over the world. Hailing from Europe he puts a unique spin on this charcuterie restaurant. All ingredients is sourced locally he puts a great European spin on otherwise southern ingredients and dishes. That along makes it truly unique.

Another unique factor is the managers background that resonates into the dining experience. The managers here do not have so much a background in dining as they do class. They have strong Ritz Carlton pedigrees which prompts them to put an emphasis on respectful and true service rather than the friendly/partnership attitude you see prevailing in servers today. It’s classical service. In fact, to ensure they didn’t bring in any bad habits that typical restaurants cultivate, they have hired a semi-inexperienced waitstaff just so they can teach them the proper way to serve from scratch. I could certainly see the nerves in the servers as we were there. I do have a concern the inexperience and timidness of the servers may take some time to disappear, but soon enough the service will be highly praised.

I can’t say enough about the dishes we were served either. The charcuterie served on salt blocks was very unique and each bite was packed with flavor. Execution is certainly on par here. The black bass I ate had the most perfect crispy skin I had ever had. I rarely have seen a fish served to me in Atlanta with acceptable skin on it. The chef here blew my mind with each bite of this fish. In addition, the kale served with it was perfect as well. It was quite crispy but perfect in presentation, taste, and execution of such a unique style of kale.

I think Saltwood offers such unique features that it could be a new benchmark for Atlanta diners. It certainly separates itself from the myriad of other restaurants that occupy the city and I can’t wait to see what they actually become.
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Saltwood

Superica

OVERALL GRADE: B

Food – A-
Ambiance – B+
Service – C-
Price/Quality – B+
Uniqueness – B
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Superica
This was my second Ford Fry restaurant experience. After a disappointing first experience at St Cecilia, I wanted to give another restaurant of his a try simply because of all the rave. I can say overall my experience was much better.

The only disappointing part of the trip was the service. I had my hopes dashed almost immediately upon entering the restaurant. The hostesses were just not on top of it. We had 6 people and was told it would be a 10 minute wait. After about 12 minutes I noticed it had been longer than quoted. It’s ok, I get it. Maybe a table decided to hang out or something like that. Well I started looking around the restaurant and saw 5 tables open, 3 of which could fit 6 people. It’s ok, we should get sat soon. Well, I begin to see table after table get up and still no one is being seated. By this time 4 other parties had arrived all between 2 and 4 people and no one was being sat. I had no idea what was going on because the hostesses seemed to just not care. They just stood there and finally after a long wait of 20 minutes we got sat. I counted 9 open tables as we walked to ours. No idea why there was a wait.

This wasn’t a very good start and I had begun to regret my decision to give Ford Fry another try. Then, as if by some miracle the hopelessness of me ever liking my experience was washed away with the food. The saving grace had come and had come strong. We had three appetizers. First the chips and salsa which is provided for free. They display two different types of sauces, both made in house and fresh every day. After many recent experiences with watered down salsa and flavorless additions, these sauces brought me back around for my love of Tex-Mex. Flavorful, fresh and perfect. I also must highy recommend the nachos. The chips are thick and sturdy. The great thing about the nachos is that each one is constructed individually. Each chip is carefully layered with cheese and toppings. It makes sure every bite is wonderful.

All the food was wonderful and reasonably priced as well. I went for lunch and for $11 you can get a choice of any two items on the lunch menu. It’s worth the money for the quality of food you receive. I think you would enjoy the stroll here for some great Tex-Mex fare.

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Fred’s Meat & Bread

OVERALL GRADE: C

Food – C-
Ambiance – B-
Service – B
Price/Quality – D
Uniqueness – B-
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Fred's Meat and Bread

I was really disappointed in my experience at Fred’s. It wasn’t a bad experience but I probably won’t go back. I have a coworker that eats there 4 times a week for lunch. Combine that with near perfect reviews online and another friend told me about how much they liked it yesterday and I just had to go there for lunch today.

My meal cost $16 for a burger and fries for lunch. That’s really expensive for a burger and fries, but from all the rave I knew it would be worth it. It wasn’t worth it. The burger was good, but the fries were not. I got the garlic fries. They are large and more like potato wedges than fries. Anyways, two things are wrong with them. The first is that they were not crisp. They were limp and encroaching the title of soggy, but don’t get me wrong, they aren’t. The second is that they had a whole bulb of garlic on there. Even when I was eating my burger I had an overwhelming smell of garlic in my nose and overtaking my palate.

Now let me tell you something about garlic and me. Until today, I said there is never such a thing as too much garlic. Whenever I come across a recipe that calls for garlic, I usually triple what the recipe calls for without increasing anything else. If I use salt it’s garlic salt. One of the reasons I love my girlfriend is because she also likes garlic. That’s weird I know but it’s true.

I don’t think you are hearing me so let me tell you another story. When I was in college my class held a fund raising dinner. We were having spaghetti and the cook there(our hall parents) put all the garlic we had bought into the sauce which was way way way too much for everyone. Almost half the people there didn’t eat their spaghetti. The other half couldn’t even get halfway through their plate. It was by all accounts a disaster. Anyways, I loved it. I loved it so much I went back for seconds when no one else in the 130 people did. People talked for weeks about me eating that spaghetti but that is how much I love garlic. So when I say, there was too much garlic in those fries, you better believe me that there was way too much garlic in those fries.

Now the burger itself wasn’t bad. The 9 slices of pickles they put on there was a slight bit too much when just 2 would have sufficed. However, they were easily picked off. The burger itself was good and everything cooked perfectly. It was about 1/3 lbs burger even though it was a double stack. All in all I’d come back here for a burger, but it cost me $16 for lunch. There are tons of bars around with good burger for <$10. Farm Burger and Yeah Burger isn’t that much more of a drive for a really amazing burger for $10. I just can’t see coming back to this place and forking over $16 for what I got. It seems absurd to me.

I can see why people like this place. However, it just isn’t for me and for the price there is a long list of restaurants I’d visit before coming back here.

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