Tuesday’s Treats #146

Ippolito’s Italian Restaurant

Location: Suwanee, Ga

Ok, so anyone who knows me here, knows I LOVE desserts! If you’re looking for a great place for atmosphere, dinner AND desserts, you should make a trip to Ippolito’s. I hadn’t been here in a couple of years, because we got burned a couple of times after loving it for awhile, but they surely redeemed themselves!

About 18 girlfriends met up for a fun Girls Night Out last week, and I couldn’t have been happier with the evening. The atmosphere was festive, not just for us, but because the restaurant is located in the Town Center, and they were having a cornhorn competition, it filled up pretty quick. The service was great, even if the poor guy was the only server, and they added 2 more large tables in his section! 🙄🤦‍♀️

The food was incredible. We started with two different apps, the Gorgonzola chips and the Pepe. Yeah, I know you’re probably curious to know what those are all about! The homemade chips were crispy and covered with the Gorgonzola cheese, chunked tomatoes, diced cherry peppers and ranch dressing drizzle. The Pepe is a delicious dish of spicy Italian sausage wrapped in a homemade pizza dough, brushed with honey, baked and served on a bed of marinara sauce. Oh. My. Both of these were a big hit at our tables!

They bring huge Parmesan rolls and marinara to your table to start. Yum! I ordered a Caesar salad and lasagna for my meal. Several around me ordered a few different items. There were several lasagnas, chicken & spinach cannelloni, manicotti, and spaghetti. Everyone said they enjoyed their meals, and several of us decided to save just a little more room for desserts. Those things look divine in the display case!!

They have this million dollar cake that is supposed to be phenomenal. There were no pieces left when we made our order. One of the girls got the black & white cake, which was just as good! It’s this chocolate brownie, cheesecake, chocolate mousse cake “devil!” 😂 Another young lady got the cookies and cream cheesecake, and I got the tiramisu. The cheesecake was yummy, and my tiramisu would have been amazing, if it wasn’t supposed to be tiramisu. Lol.

Let me explain. It was a very tasty dish; however, it didn’t have the deep espresso flavoring or “mousse/cake” texture and appearance of a traditional tiramisu. This dish is three scoops of “tiramisu,” drizzled with chocolate, almost as if they “stirred” the tiramisu and then served it as ice cream. The texture was almost that of a soft, stirred cake or crumble (not as crunchy as a crisp). Honestly, it wasn’t bad! I just had my heart set on a traditional tiramisu, and it ended up being a bit of a disappointment. However, it was a blessing for one of the husbands whose wife took it home with her leftovers for his dinner and dessert! 😉😂

We will definitely be back for the meal and the million dollar cake! … if you need directions or menu options, you can check out their Website here.

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Tuesday’s Treats #145

Maynard’s at the Corner

Location: Flowery Branch, Ga

This place has been around for quite a while, but we just recently checked it out. The atmosphere is for a variety of tastes, because they essentially have three seating areas. There the bar and high top tables right on the center for those wanting a little entertainment, but not too overly raucous, as the whole environment seemed family friendly. Of course, we were there on a Saturday afternoon; so, you’d just have to see about the weekends and judge that for yourself.😉

To one side is a couple of billiard tables and cafe style seating for the larger groups and competitive types, and on the opposite side, they have a nice, quaint booth area, complete with softer lighting and nice decor. So, whether you’re looking for a night out with festive friends or a bit more intimate dinner, they could have what you’re looking for. Mind you, the one side isn’t too intimate, as each section is only separated by a half wall, but it’s nice to have a choice.

The food was great. The burgers were cooked to perfection, complete with amazing fries, not too greasy. Now, it might surprise you, but the steak was AMAZING! We will be going back just for that! The Caesar salad was delicious as well. We ordered the potato skins to start off the meal, and because they were so scrumptious, we just didn’t have time for desserts, but we’re going to try for that next time as well. They sounded tasty, too.

Check out their website for location and times.

Tuesday’s Treats #144

Firebirds Steakhouse and Grill

Location: Montgomery, Al

This place had amazing atmosphere, wonderful staff and incredible food. We will definitely be back!

Tuesday’s Treats #142

O’Shucks

Location: Loganville, Ga

If you’re looking for a great little seafood dive, and you’re miles and miles from the coast, check out O’Shucks. I promise you, you’ll be surprised! From the moment you walk in the door, you’ll feel like you walked into a little dockside restaurant on a He beach. The atmosphere is so fun!

I’m sorry this pic looks skimpy but we had already dove into these yummy bites before I captured the shot! Yet, I did want you to see how tasty these are!!

The food is great! There are all kinds of seafood selections, and some that might just surprise you like redfish and conch fritters. We ordered bacon wrapped shrimp for the appetizer, the TNT burger, blackened redfish and chicken fingers. Yeah, we have some land lovers among us. 😂 Everything was delicious, and although, (obviously) I wouldn’t say it’s, “fresh right out of the sea” kind of seafood, it is still very delicious! Being from Florida, my craving for good seafood can be very disappointed while living inland Georgia; however, this place impressed me.

Now, for desserts, many of them are homemade. I ordered the apple pie this time, and it was decent, but when we go again, I am ordering their brownie ala mode. It is to die for!

So, if you’re stuck inland for awhile and have to get some good seafood at not the outrageous-fancy-place-prices, drive over to O’Shucks and give them a try! They have two locations: Winder and Loganville.

Tuesday’s Treats #141

El Ray Mexican Grill

Location: Bethlehem, Georgia

The atmosphere was great, and the food was delicious. Honestly, it might not be my absolute favorite Mexican grill, but it was defining tasty. The staff is very friendly, and if you need to do some shopping after dinner, you’re in the right spot! Check out the menu and location here.

Tuesday’s Treats #140

Universal Joint

Location: Clayton, Ga

This little gem is situated right downtown in the North Georgia mountain town of Clayton. There’s always a crowd; so, show up early, or plan to fight for a seat. Lol! There’s some seating inside, as well as, plenty of patio seating.

The staff is friendly, and the food is yummy. We always like to start with the Pimiento Cheese Plate and follow it with burgers, tator tots and a cold, sweet ice tea. I used to get the brisket sandwich all the time, but somewhere along the way, they started getting one a little too salty; so, now I just stick to the burgers, and they’re always delicious. They have other sandwiches, salads and apps from which to choose. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with much of anything you get. So, head on over and check it out! And since it’s October already, be sure to drive on up the road just a bit to Black Rock Mountain State Park Ana check out the beautiful fall colors! 😉

Tuesday’s Treats #139

The Perfect Coffee Place

Location: Newnan, GA

This is an unassuming, quaint and very comfortable coffee shop. They have amazing coffee, free WiFi and the best Morning Glory muffins on the planet!! They, also, have lots of other breakfast items from which to choose. So, go ahead and bypass your “same old, same old” Starbucks and embrace your new local coffee shop! 😉

Tuesday’s Treats #139

The Original Waterfront Crab Shack

Location: Fort Walton, Fl

This place is absolutely AMAZING!!

It’s the effect dockside seafood dive with absolutely delicious food! We had a large party at lunchtime on a weekday, and we were seated immediately. Our waiter w

Here’s the website.

Tuesday’s Treats #138

Papadeaux’s Seafood Kitchen

Location: Norcross, Ga

This place is absolutely amazing!! We had actually gone to eat at one of the sister locations just the day before and had a not so great experience, but a friend of mine and I decided to drop by this location to have a “redo,” oh, my. Was it ever worth it! Wow!

We were seated in one of the best seats in the house, a nice little corner with plants and flowers at the window, hissing the parking lot, and a vintage entryway displayed out the other window. The server was terrific. You’d have thought we see his only, and most important customer of the day. So, we were already to set to have a great lunch, but I’m not sure we could have been prepared for the deliciousness we were about to consume!

We started with the coconut shrimp, which are HUGE! These are giants, but yet, they’re not tough like tiger prawns. They are meaty and tasty. Then, I had a Caesar salad, and they put creole grilled baby tomatoes on it. Now understand, I don’t like tomatoes, but if it weren’t for a texture things with me, these things could make me begin to! They’re yummy, and the salad is great.

My friend ordered the salmon, and she said it was probably one of the best salmon she’s ever had. I ordered a season feature, halibut and Spanish octopus. Now look, I’m not exactly the “adventurous type, when it comes to eating; so, I didn’t couldn’t stomach having the octopus 🐙 put on my plate, but I will say, the picture of it didn’t look too bad. Lol. 😂 The halibut was one of the best I’ve ever put in my mouth, and the combination of toasted hazelnuts, butternut squash, all grilled in a light buttery sauce was absolutely to die for!! It was so much food, I couldn’t finish it all, as we wanted a dessert, but wow. That left a mark.

Then….DESSERT. Oh. My. They bring this huge dessert tray with all kinds of delectable, homemade desserts, and you just want to ask them to leave you the whole tray! 😂 We opted for the creme brûlée and the key lime pie. Oh. My. Word!! My friend said the creme brûlée was wonderful, and my key lime was just as if it was fresh out of The Keys, topped with just a bit of yummy whip cream and fresh berries (strawberries, blackberries and blueberries). This meal was incredible, we’re still talking about it!

Note, this Norcross restaurant is on the “high end” of the money scale; so, be sure to take your wallet, but I promise you, you won’t regret it! Papadeaux’s has three locations; so, check out their website for directions and menu options.

Tuesday’s Treats #136

Topgolf

Location: Alpharetta, Ga.

The food was great and moderately priced for a “sports bar.” Anytime you eat at an “entertainment venue,” the prices will be just a bit more. However, we did get a fried chicken sandwich with fries, a brisket grilled cheese with tator tots and a pepperoni flatbread, along with 3 drinks and a big “donut” dessert for about $60. It was all very tasty, and the waiter was impeccably nice; so, I’d say we came out pretty good.

The dessert alone was worth the $11. Fried, bite size donuts with “infusable” flavors of chocolate, raspberry and Bavarian cream, complete with little “syringes” to insert each flavor! These were crazy good, but there were so many (2 dozen), and it was so rich, that we couldn’t finish them all! Had they not been fried, I’d been tempted to take them home (fried stuff never reheats well. 😜). … Yeah, probably a good thing, cuz just one or two of those, and I think I’ve gained 5 lbs!! 😂

My husband and youngest son enjoyed an hour and half of teeing off, and the digital read outs gave great stats of range, height, curve, etc. There’s comfortable seating, nice restrooms and fans and heaters to accommodate the changes in the weather.

It was a great day outing, and for all the entertainment and good food, we were only out $150. That amount can be shaved next time with no dessert, no membership fee and waters only. 😉 As my husband pointed out to one of his friends, it’s not necessarily the place for the “professional golfer” or to get that “real golfing feel,” but if you’re looking to work on your swing, don’t want to get bored at the regular driving range, or you need to take someone to get used to golf who might just drive you crazy out on the range, and you’d like to not spend your whole day out in the woods looking for the ball, this is a great, comfortable day to spend enjoying a “round” of golf! They do keep a scoring system for you for a little friendly competition, and there can be as many as 8 to a section; so, with the comfortable seating, ability to bring your own clubs, and all the extra little perks I’ve already mentioned, this is fun for all ages. Oh, and a little bonus, because you’re completely under a covered roof, you’ll have no worries if you get caught in a little summer shower as we did today! 😉

There’s also a “kidzone” registration if you have kids ages 12 and under, which includes perks and discounts, and they are also running a “family pass” summer special May- Sept. For $199, you’re family can come any weekday from opening-5pm, as long as a child 12 years old or younger is present. They have some other packages and deals as well, just check it all out online.

The location we went to was in Alpharetta, Ga. However, after looking at the website, I realize there are, apparently, many across the states! Who knew?