Tuesday’s Treats #162

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Location: Several

Specifically: Norcross, Ga.

To those who faithfully check here on Tuesdays, my sincerest apologies for not having a Tuesday’s Treat up this week! Because I often post ahead from week to week, I had (wrongly) assumed I was caught up when I saw several likes and comments in my notifications on Tuesday, and I should have actually checked the site! 🙄🤦‍♀️😑 I’m glad I realized it tonight; so, I could post a new place for you! Maybe you’ll be able to check it out this weekend. 😉

Pappadeaux’s is an amazing seafood restaurant! You’ll want to start with the delicious and Huge coconut shrimp. Yum! Then, it really just depends on what type of seafood you are in the mood for when it comes to ordering your entree.

They have shrimp and grits, jambalaya, fried shrimp, lobster, crab, oysters and even octopus, 🐙 each with a nice cajun flair. Last fall, I had halibut with hazelnuts in a creamy white wine sauce. Oh my goodness! Talk about mouthwatering good! They have fresh, “Naked” fish with grouper, red fish and mahi mahi, just to name a few, all with a choice of preparation.

The sides are just as delicious, like broccolini, spaghetti squash, butternut squash and hazelnuts, cheese Grits andouille and corn. Wow! The butternut squash with hazelnuts is crazy good!

And you know, I couldn’t leave such an amazing meal without having dessert! They will bring you a whole dessert tray with all kinds of decadents! We decided on the key lime pie and the turtle fudge brownie. Holy Moly! Talk about feeling like you’ve just died and gone to heaven! These two are A. M. A. Z. I. N. G. !! It would be hard for me to choose between the two!! Delish! If these two just don’t do it for ya, the bayou chocolate cake is out of this world as well, and a friend of mine has had their creme brûlée. She said it’s one of the best she’s ever had!

There are so many locations, that you’ll need to check their website to find one close to you. There are a ton in Texas, and there are four in Georgia alone. If you live further north, you might just have to find one while one a Southern vacation… 😉 You won’t regret it!

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Tuesday’s Treats #161

Marlow’s Tavern

Location: Mall of Georgia, Buford, GA

I don’t do many reviews on “franchise” restaurants, but since this place is great, and the Mall of Georgia is a popular location to shop for those who love in the state, I thought I’d make an exception…

The pictures above display their delicious Tavern Salad, fried okra and Shrimp and Grits. Each one of these dishes is amazing! The Shrimp and Grits and fried okra is my “usual” every time we go to a Marlow’s Tavern. That’s how much I love it!

The salad has Baby Artisan, Field Greens, Granny Smith Apples, Jicama, Dried Cranberries, Spiced Toasted Seeds, Citrus Dressing, and it is so tasty! Oh, and those croutons are homemade, too! As you can see, the fried okra is not little pieces fried up. No, it’s the whole pod, or “lady finger,” as some may call it.

Honestly, the first time this was brought to me, I wasn’t so sure I was going to like it! I may be Southern, but I grew up only liking fried okra (pieces), and I didn’t want anything to do with the whole thing! (What if it was slimy on the inside?! 😜)

These are made to perfection. The batter is light but so deliciously adequate for the okra. The okra is firm and not though or slimy in the least bit. The only problem with it is I can never finish it, because they bring you a pile of them on the plate!

Now, let me tell you about the Shrimp and Grits… On the menu, Marlow’s serves the shrimp this way: White Cheddar Grit Cake, Sauteed Spinach, Roma Tomato, Shallot and Roast Tomato Beurre Blanc. This way is yummy; however, I have created a bit of my own dish, because I found that I love the grit cake by itself, as an appetizer or small plate. I love the shrimp served over their jalapeño cheese grits. Oh. My!! These just seem to send the deliciousness right over the top!!

I have friends who love this dish one way or the other, and just a couple like it both ways. I always try to tel people to try both. So, you go ahead and try the dish both ways, and then let me know which you decide to be your favorite!

We have had several of their appetizers. Our faves are the Kettle Chips, the Truffle Fries and the Firecracker Shrimp. A friend of mine absolutely loves the Black & Blue Steak Salad, and as far as other entrees, the Tavern Burger, Chicken Frisco Club and the Chicken Pappardelle Stack are all wonderful. Yet, my husband discovered the French Dip on our last visit, and I do believe, that might become his new favorite!

Now, for dessert!! This is their warm chocolate cake. It is AMAZING! Save a little room; so, you can enjoy its deliciousness!! One of my friend loves their creme brûlée, and, of course, they do have a plethora of wine and adult beverages, if that is your thing. I guess, I’ll just stick with that delicious cake!!

Marlow’s has a ton of locations. Here is their website; so, you can find the best one for you.

*Note: specific plate descriptions come directly from their menu online. I own no rights to these descriptions.

Tuesday’s Treats #128

The Village Tavern

Location: Alpharetta, Ga

This place is great. The staff is nice. The food is yummy. But the warm butter cake is A. M. A. Z. I. N. G!!

This restaurant fills up quick during the lunch hours of the weekdays; so, be sure to get there early, or better yet, just call and make reservations for the time you need. The warm pimento cheese dip is definitely a great start to a great meal. The salmon is absolutely delicious. We also ordered the blackened grouper, but it wasn’t quite the favorite. The shrimp and grits was tasty, but the shrimp was boiled or steamed rather than blackened, as I like it, and it had a lot of bacon in the dish. I’m probably just a little more partial to the Charleston-style preparation to shrimp and grits, but if you like your shrimp and grits prepared this way, you’ll love the dish. If seafood isn’t your style, they have a plethora of items to choose for lunch, but be sure to save room for dessert!

There are several desserts that look delicious, and one in our party ordered the creme brûlée. She said it was wonderful, but I have to say that warm butter cake is ABSOLUTELY delicious!! Be sure to share it with a friend, because even though, you’ll want to scarf down the whole thing, your tummy might just not thank you for it later. Lol! I’m still having cravings for this thing, and I’m begging my husband for a return date very, very soon!! 😊

Here’s the website for more info.

Tuesday’s Treats #93

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille

Location: Gainesville, Fl.

This was the first restaurant we went to after two weeks in The Keys, and let me tell you, their sweet tea is AMAZING! 😉 The atmosphere is great. The staff is friendly, and the food is delicious. If you’re in Gainesville, Fl., you’ll definitely want to check it out.

Before the meal, they bring fresh bread with this herb butter that is so delicious, you’ll be tempted just to fill up on that and forfeit the meal. However, let me assure you, the meal will be worth your restraint! The burgers are yummy, and the shrimp and grits were my favorite. The grits are made just “Southern style good,” and the shrimp is sautéed just right with just a touch of blackening. Oh yeah. I did get the sauce on the side, because I couldn’t tell by the description how it might be. Sometimes, the sauce can be overpowering and dominate the dish. It ended up being incredible, and I gladly poured it over the shrimp once this picture was taken.

For dessert, you have a plethora from which to choose, and we chose three: the Oreo doughnuts, key lime pie and pecan pie. Prepare yourself for those doughnuts. Oh. My. Word. Your arteries will be screaming before you even take a bite, but your tastebuds will thank you forever. 😂

They were amazing; yet, so rich, I only had two bites (plus, my pick was the pecan pie). My husband liked the key lime pie; however, compared to the other two desserts and the key lime pies we had while in the Keys, I wasn’t much impressed. Now, the pecan pie: WOW! The waiter had said he liked a different pie, but I opted for this one when he said, “It is a little too much pecan for me.” Look, I’m a southern girl, I’m not sure you can have too much pecans. Haha. It was absolutely amazing! I still have cravings for that yummy deliciousness.

Like I said, if you’re in the Gainesville area, and you’re looking for a great meal, Harry’s is the place to go. Check out their Website here.

Tuesday’s Treats #75

Ray’s at Killer Creek

Location: Alpharetta, GA

This place is absolutely AMAZING, and I really could let the pictures speak for themselves. The atmosphere is incredible, and the food is off the charts! We have been several times, and everything has always been delicious. Now, our favorite of these “sister” restaurants is Ray’s In The City, but if you live north of Atlanta, as we do, Ray’s at Killer Creek is a nice substitute. The traffic isn’t half as bad, and the parking is a breeze. The atmosphere of each is different and very unique to its own, but the menues are very similar; so, you know what to expect. 

Some of our favorites are the BBQ shrimp appetizer, the Shrimp and Grits, the blackened Black Grouper and the Prailine Basket for the dessert. Oh. My. Word! It’s making my mouth water just thinking about it! 

There’s not enough good things I can say about this place, and I don’t want to just keep repeating myself; so, go give them a try and find out for yourself. 😉 Here’s the website for you to check out the menu and the various locations.  

Tuesday’s Treats #72

Tannery Row Ale House

Location: Buford, GA

This is a cool restaurant in a cool little town in North Georgia. The downtown of Buford has been restored, and this eatery is in the old Tannery Building just a block beyond the town. It began as a pretty small restaurant with seating for probably less than 50 people; however, they’ve converted much of the open warehouse into an “open patio” seating area with giant screens for movie nights and a stage for local bands. The atmosphere is great. Every once in a while, they will have a/c issues in the warehouse area; so, it can get pretty toasty. However, this happened the other day when we were there, and they had those giant floor fans which we directed our way; so, it wasn’t too terrible (and it was a hot 85+ day, too😉).  

The food is tasty, and the service is friendly. The fried pickles are a must, and the fried grouper fingers are a must most days. (Every once in a while, the grouper doesn’t taste so fresh.) They have a wide selection of burgers, sandwiches, pizza and specialty items. The shrimp and grits are a favorite of mine, as they make it different than I’ve had anywhere else. They start with a grit cake, melt pimento cheese on top and layer the shrimp and sauce on top of that. Yum! There is a brisket pimento cheese on Texas toast that is definitely a fork and knife meal, and my son says the ribs are pretty tasty, too. 

This is also an event hall; so, if you need a really cool, large building for a big gathering, give them a call. I’m sure they’d love to book your event. Here’s the website for more info and contacts. 

Tuesday’s Treats #71

Fortify Kitchen

Location: Clayton, GA


Fortify Kitchen is AMAZING! People drive from all over to eat here, and often, you will be greeted at the door as a friend. It has a wonderful atmosphere, and the food is to die for!

Some of our favorites are the fried green tomatoes with blackened shrimp, the shrimp and grits and the steak. Oh. My. Goodness. I am getting hungry just thinking about it! You can tell by the pics above that it LOOKS good. However, Fortify doesn’t deliver only on presentation, the taste is almost breath taking! From the bread, homemade hummus and maple butter to the homemade desserts, everything is farm to table and absolutely fabulous! 

They also have a sister restaurant right next door, Fortify Pi. More casual atmosphere, same delicious food in homemade pizzas and the sort. 

Hope you will check them out and make a trip soon! They will not disappoint! 

Website for more information. 

Tuesday’s Treats #54

Bourbon Street Grille

Location: Dahlonega, Georgia

We love Bourbon Street! You definitely need to get there early if you’d like a good seat, because the place is rather small, and the good seats are pretty limited. It is located right on the Square in Dahlonega, and on a nice day, you can sit on the balcony and enjoy the sights and sounds of town. 

We have eaten here a ton of times, and we’ve never had a bad meal; however, we do have our favorites. I love their shrimp and grits. It is served, in what looks like a small bowl, but let me tell you, it is filling. They serve it with a jalapeño cornbread muffin, and I usually get a salad before hand. The shrimp are cooked just right, and the grits are nice and creamy. There is a little bell pepper “chutney/relish” that is served on top, and honestly, the first time it was served, I wasn’t sure I would like it. However, it is very tasty and a nice addition to the dish. 

Their burgers are delicious and so are the fried. You can tell the burgers are hand pattied and not frozen and the fried are fresh cut and fried in clean oil. Some people don’t care about all that, but it sure makes for a more delicious meal. 

One time, recently, they had a daily special of blackened swordfish with asparagus and mashed potatoes. The swordfish was incredible! We’re not a fan of asparagus, but that was the only side with the potatoes; so, it sat lonely upon the plate as all the rest was gobbled up. We look for that special now whenever we go!

Next time you’re in the little mountain town of Dahlonega, be sure to stop by Bourbon Street. I don’t honk you’ll be disappointed. You can find their locations and menu items here

Tuesday’s Treats #51

Maggie’s Galley

Location: Waynesville, NC

This is a great little seafood restaurant in Waynesville, NC. Who would have thought it? The atmosphere is completely nautical. The staff is friendly, and the place is clean. It is locally owned, and they seem to really care about their customers. 

Now, I have to throw out a little disclaimer here. If you haven’t read my story, you may not know I am originally from the Gulf Coast; so, my opinion of seafood can be a little picky when I’m inland, but this place is pretty good for not being on the coast. If I were on the coast, it definitely wouldn’t be my first pick; however, when you’re inland, it is what it is. They have a good variety, and everything we’ve had tastes pretty fresh.  

The onion petals were a nice start. My husband got the steak, and he loved it. My son got the fish and chips, and it was so so. He didn’t really care for it, as it seemed to be more like catfish. My grandmother got the special of the day (above pic), but I am sorry, I don’t remember what it was. It’s been a little while since our visit, and I forgot to write it down. It was a grilled fish with a creamy, almost hollandaise type, sauce. The sauce was a little heavy, but it was tasty. I ordered the High Country Shrimp over blackened grit cakes. The dish had a good flavor, but it was so soupy. The hush puppies are yummy, and the cheesecake is divine! 

You’ll have to check this place out for yourself, but I’ve added some pics for you to see. You can check out their menu here, too.  

Tuesday’s Treats #47

Sullivan’s Downtown

Location: Maryville, Tn

We love, love, love Sullivan’s! The atmosphere is great. The staff is always inviting, and the food is incredible. We haven’t had an item yet that we don’t like. One of the cool things about this restaurant is it used to be the old JC Penney’s building, and at the tile at the front door has the JCP tile. The interior is really neat.

Okay, so if you’ve read many of my Tuesday’s Treats, you know I love desserts, and this place has an INCREDIBLE key lime pie! It’s got a thick graham crust and just the right key lime flavor. I’m not crazy about all the whip cream on top, but I just like key lime pies with less toppings. 😉 It is delicious!

The shrimp and grits, called Shrimp Charleston, are absolutely scrumptious! The shrimp are seasoned and cooked just right with just a little bit of a kick. The grits are so creamy and delicious. These are some of my favorite!

The Northshore Salad, full of feta, cranberries and candied pecans on a bed of spinach is delicious. The fried green tomatoes are just as incredible. I don’t even like tomatoes, but these little items are a tasty delight, AND they are set upon a bed of those creamy, scrumptious grits. I’m not a huge fan of balsamic vinagrette; however, this mixture of grits, fried green tomatoes, feta and vinagrette is like a party in your mouth! Yum!

If you are in the Maryville area, you don’t want to miss this wonderful restaurant. You can check out more on their website. They have two locations, one in Maryville and one in Knoxville. I’ve been told the Knoxville location is just as good.

When you get done, and if you don’t get too filled from your wonderful dinner, you’ll want to walk down the street for another delightful treat at the Capitol Coffee Shop in the old Capitol Theater. That’s a really cool venue, too; however, that will be for another post. 😉