Tuesday’s Treats #154

Pleasantville Pub & Grill

Location: Zhytomyr, Ukraine

*My apologies for not having this posted on Tuesday! I did not realize I didn’t have a current one scheduled! 😉

This place is amazing! it was so good, we ate here twice during our travels. Comfortable seating, friendly staff and delicious food is everything you will find here.

The pickle platter appetizer is delicious! The pickles are so fresh and not marinated with vinegar; so, the taste is quite different than an American pickle, but they are oh, so delicious. The pickled cabbage does not taste like you would think either; it is not like sauerkraut. It is more like fresh coleslaw.

The chicken, steak, and any other meat you choose is grilled to perfection. My favorite were the grilled veggies. Oh my. Delicious! We also tried a little dessert. They didn’t have our first choice; so, we tried the little mouse cake. Little is the operative word. Lol! Yet, it does pack a little punch. It was yummy; although, it’s probably not my favorite.

I also ordered a non-alcoholic Mohito, and it was delicious! It has lemon, lime, mint and ginger, I think. A creative presentation and very tasty.

Here’s their website for more info and directions.

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Tuesday’s Treats #153

Hugo’s Oyster bar

Location: Roswell, Georgia

Ok, so let me begin by saying, This restaurant will surprise you!” We chose this, simply, because we were returning from Atlanta, and it was rated #7 on TripAdvisor. The restaurant we wanted (that’s higher on the list) had a 45 minute wait at lunchtime, and we didn’t want to travel to downtown, where several of the other restaurants listed #1-6 on TripAdvisor are located. So, we chose Hugo’s.

Upon arrival, we pull into a corner, city lot, drive completely around the building, as the parking is a bit limited, and park on the far side of the building. Now, this gives us a chance to see all the “ugly” of the backside of the building, and to be honest, it is quite ugly. The building is painted white, which would be fine if it didn’t need some pressure washing. There was a camp chair just sitting on one side. The back of the building really needs an enclosure for all the stuff that’s back there, and the side where we entered was just, in general, in a bit of dishevelment. I don’t mean to be nit picky here; I’m only trying to set the stage for you, because as we entered, my husband and I were very hesitant, and had it not been noon, we might have just left. His last words before we walked in the door were, “Well, this is one of those times, we’re just going to have to trust TripAdvisor.”

TripAdvisor did not fail us!! Let me tell you…

Everything was absolutely phenomenal!! We ordered fried green tomatoes, as an appetizer, blackened red fish with creamed corn and fried okra, blackened grouper with Mac and cheese truffle and red beans and rice, and a filet with fries. The filet just melted in your mouth! Both fish were cooked to perfection, and the sides were incredible! Note, the creamed corn is prepared more of a southwestern style; so, it’s a little different if you’re expecting a southern style, but it was still quite tasty. The okra seemed to be hand-breaded in house, and it has just the right amount of salt and pepper: delicious! The Mac and cheese was homemade and amazing, and the fries were your traditional steakhouse fries. Yum!

Yet, these delectable dishes were almost completely outshined by what came next… DESSERT! OH. MY. WORD. Let me share for just a moment…

My husband ordered the key lime pie, and even though I didn’t share the pic, because it really didn’t have a great eye appeal, it tasted just like one of our favorite key lime pies from The Keys. The chocolate cake our son ordered was wonderful. It looked very small on the plate, but it was so rich, it packed a mighty punch! However, the most amazing dessert was the praline beignets. HOLY. MOLY!! WOW!! The little doughnuts alone would have been incredible, but that praline syrup with which they’re served… Can I just drink it?? 😂 I’m going to definitely be craving these again! Wow!

A couple of disclaimers so you know ahead of time… when they bring you the check, be prepared to get your feelings hurt. It’ll be a big one. 😉 Yet, this kind of food is definitely worth it! … if you go for lunch, and the the server doesn’t give you a dinner menu, you might want one. That’s what has the appetizers and market fish list. … if you don’t like oysters, as I do not, don’t be turned off by the limited lunch menu. Those po’boys liked amazing as they were being served to other tables, and you can order a half with soup and salad, which we may just go back and try sometime…if I can get past the amazing grouper!

This place just goes to prove, you can’t always judge a book by its cover. Had we not been in the circumstances of lunch hour in Roswell, because of the look of the backside of the building, and because we’re not huge oyster fans, we may not have stayed to enjoy such an amazing meal! We will definitely be back!!

Website for location and menu options.

Tuesday’s Treats #148

Caparosa Hotel and Cafe

Location: Bukovel, Ukraine

From the cappuccinos, breakfast, salad, and filet mignon with grilled corn and baked potatoes, this is one of the most amazing meals we’ve had in Ukraine!

Tuesday’s Treats #147

Hungry Mykola

Location: Lviv Oblast, Ukraine

This place is amazing! The atmosphere is very nice, with several different options for seating. So many of the tables have couches or great big arm chairs; so, the seating isn’t just diverse, it’s incredibly comfy, too! They also have an outdoor covered patio seating, and it appears many weddings and receptions take place.

There are so many delicious menu option, it’s hard to choose just one. The food is incredible! We ordered way too much food for our party of four, but we hadn’t eaten all day, and it definitely was an experience! We ordered the meat platter appetizer, the bread basket with spicy cheese and garlic paste, a salad with baked chicken, cheese and delicious dressing (much like a Caesar), the Poultry Cutlets, and the Borscht from the Stove. Everything was absolutely delicious!

The bread basket had four different breads, the cheese spread was just a bit spicy with a wonderful creamy texture. The poultry cutlets were perfect paired with mashed potatoes and peas and carrots. The salad was amazing. I’m sorry, I don’t remember the name of it, but it’s the only one that has baked chicken, cheese and croutons. The Borscht was my favorite. It was presented on a beautiful little tray with garnishing and the yummiest mini yeast rolls in a skillet. Oh. My. We are till we could eat no more!

Something that is very unique about this restaurant is the trout pond where you can actually “fish for your dinner,” and they will prepare it for you. The small indoor and outdoor ponds are beautiful and makes for an interesting conversation piece.

oh, they also have a playground outside for the kiddos while you wait for your meal. How fun! This is just a wonderful restaurant you need to try when you are in Lviv!

As far as I can tell, the Website info doesn’t give menu information, but you can find the location and sister restaurants.

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.

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 #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 #137

Oink Joint BBQ

Location: Newnan, Ga

This place will leave a mark!

It was late on a Friday night. My oldest son and I were traveling through town and about half starved, because we both had waited to eat until he was off work, we were packed and on the road headed to Florida. His work ran late, and it took us a bit longer to get everything in the car; so, we hit Newnan about 8:00pm. We looked up places on Trip Advisor, and since my son wanted barbecue, we decided to give them a try. … I’m so glad we did!

From the moment you get out of your car, you can smell the smokers, and your mouth starts to water. It was definitely a busy Friday night, but there was enough seating, and there were only two parties in front of us. The menu is on the wall chalkboard, against the brick wall; so, you can decide while you’re waiting. The line moved pretty fast.

We ordered brisket, Brunswick stew, mac and cheese, chicken sandwich and salad. Now look, if you order a salad, just know, it COMPLETELY FILLS one of those carry out plate containers. So, if you were hoping for just a tiny side salad to help you feel better about all the meat and starch you’re about to eat, just forget about it, and enjoy! 😂

Everything was melt-in-your-mouth delicious!! Oh. My. Goodness!! It is one of the best bbq places I’ve ever eaten!! Yes, I’m telling the truth. One of our favorites is Biguns, and this one, now, comes in a close second. 😉 The brisket was actually chopped, just a bit; so, it made “shoveling it in” a breeze! The mac and cheese was shell macaroni with some extra goodness mixed in. The chicken was delicious, and they have three bbq sauces from which to choose: sweet, spicy and vinegar. As I’ve already stated, everything was absolutely delicious!!

Oh, did I mention, I didn’t even get to the salad? 😂 I packed it all to go, with a little leftover brisket, thinking I’d take t the next day to my husband to try. Then, I don’t I’ve off and left it in the hotel fridge! Well, it’d probably have been a mess to try and travel with it anyway!😜

We can’t wait to get back that way to have some more! Here’s their website for location and menu options. They have a FB page as well.

Tuesday’s Treats #134

Italian Pie

Location: Dacula, Ga

Small venue with robust flavor! This place isn’t very big; so, if you bring a crowd, you might want to come early or plan to eat on the patio. But if you’re in the mood for pizza, you won’t be disappointed. The friendly staff will be glad to assist you with whatever you need. They do have high tops, a few booths and several tables on the patio out front.

We ended up here as recommended by a friend, and I’m so glad we came. Everything was delicious. We ordered a side salad and garlic rolls to start. Romaine lettuce was fresh and the rolls were scrumptious, swimming in garlic butter and herbs (Not soaked, but just enough for a delicious flavor). We then had 2 kids pepperoni pizzas and a calzone with pepperoni, sausage, bell peppers and mushrooms. It’s hard to find a place that does a calzone right, but they’ve done great! The crust was crunchy, and the inside was nice and hot and cooked through. One of the great things about this place is you can choose from a medium or large calzone, too. But understand, even their medium is pretty big, at least for someone like me, who can’t usually eat a large and enjoyed a few garlic rolls beforehand! 😉

They do have wings and several other things on the menu, and they even had what looked to be homemade cheesecake in the dessert case, but we were too full to try it. I look forward to going again and saving a little rom for that cherry cheesecake, or maybe even, the chocolate chip one! Yumm-O!

Italian Pie

Tuesday’s Treats #132

Bistro Off Broad

Location: Winder, Ga

Great atmosphere, friendly staff and amazing food. This place is a hidden gem. We were told about it several months ago, and today was the first time I got to try it out.

My apologies for this not being the best picture, but I forgot to get a pic of the appetizer when it came out before we gobbled it down; however, you can slightly see it in the background here. These were fiery buffalo mozzarella bites with a tomato jam. They were extraordinary! Little bite size mozzarella balls with jalapeño “coins” that bring an amazing heat, and the “jam” is a sweet combination to cool it all down a bit.

I had, also, ordered a Caesar salad, which was amazing, and I thought I had snapped a pic, but evidently, I did not. The dressing was perfect, not too soupy, not too thick, just light enough to bring flavor to the fresh romaine and crunchy croutons. Oh, and the baked Parmesan piece as a “garnish” was the perfect touch. You can add grilled shrimp, roast chicken or steak to this to make a full meal. This is what my friend had as her meal, and she said the chicken was absolutely delicious.

Yes, I have posted a close-up of the French Dip; so, hopefully, you can see the slight softness of the fresh bread and the piles of shaved Prime Rib on this sandwich! It was scrumptious!! Everything was fresh, farm to table goodness. Even the fries were irresistible with just a slight bit of saltiness and no greasy after taste.

Please note, due to their farm to table dedication, some of their items are seasonal and not always available. However, even though their menus is a bit limited, they seem to do what they do with extreme excellence! I look forward to eating here again soon!

Here is the website to find location and menu option.