Tuesday Treats #192

Sushi Nami

Location: Suwanee, Ga

*a bit late, but better late than never, I suppose! 😊

Ok, let’s preface this post by stating, I am NOT a sushi lover. I’m sorry. I know it’s very trendy right now, and I know a ton of people who love it. This includes my oldest son. If you won’t judge me, I won’t judge you. 😂

My son asked me to meet him here one day, and I agreed. It doesn’t matter if I don’t eat sushi, time spent with your oldest who will be gone next year is both crucial and priceless. Now, that I’ve eaten here, I would eat here again. It was that good…but not because I got sushi.

Let me tell you about the atmosphere first. I can sum it up in two words: Modern Minimalist. It is totally different than many restaurants I frequent, and I liked it. What you see in the pics is exactly what you get. Very simple but nice. The waitress and hostess were both very nice as well.

The menu is pretty extensive on sushi, but they also have a nice array of “I don’t like raw stuff” items. The prices are a bit high on some things, particularly for mid afternoon (not dinner), but it was about what you’d pay at a Hibachi.

Please, excuse the “corner shot” of the sushi and rice pics. My sons had already dove in before I clicked the pic, and when it comes to food, there’s no slowing down a teenage man-child. My oldest ordered the Fire Dragon Roll with a side fried rice bowl. Six came on the plate, and he said it was good, but he wasn’t incredibly thrilled with the spicy tuna on top. He prefers the volcano roll and said he would get that the next time.

My youngest ordered the beef fried rice, and it was amazing. We all took a few bites. I’m not sure how to describe this other than to say this, it had a very clean taste; even though, the flavor was full and wonderfully tasty, it wasn’t like you specifically tasted (individually) the teriyaki, soy sauce or butter that it was cooked in nor did you taste the grease that you typically will taste at a Hibachi. I do believe that is what made the dish so amazing.

I ordered the butternut squash soup and a hot tea. To be honest, I wasn’t real crazy about the tea. It was great tea, which I generally like, but this was so incredibly stout, I added two packs of sugar and even a smidgen of artificial flavor, and it was still overpowering. I’ve not drank matcha green tea, but it almost made me think it might be that. I didn’t complain as I wanted something warm, and I kept trying to convince myself it would grow on me. Sadly, it didn’t. The soup, on the other hand, was absolutely delicious. I was a bit taken aback by the “foam” (see pic) that was in the center when they first presented it. I’m still not sure what it was, and I didn’t eat it, but the soup, with the topping of pumpkin, sunflower and a few others seeds I didn’t know, was incredible. I had gone into the restaurant a bit full from already eating earlier, but I consumed this whole bowl by myself! It was that good.

I will say, this day became a bit aggravating on the wait time. We arrived around 1:30, and we not served our food until about 2:00… and this wasn’t because we waited to order…and they weren’t slammed with customers. There were only two other tables the whole time. Looking at the hours now, I tend to wonder if they are at the end of the lunch portion of their day (the last Hour??), and maybe there was a shift in chefs or something. I’m not sure, but had it taken a bit longer, it would have been beyond ridiculous…not quite a deal breaker on the first run, I suppose, but it could be if it were to happen again.

However, I will definitely meet my son here again, both for the delicious food and for the precious quality time!

I couldn’t Google an actual website, but I am including the Google page for location and phone number. Evidently, there are various locations, and I think this one is rather new.

After searching a bit more, I found this news article that will give you quite a bit more information about this particular location.

Tuesday’s Treats #187

Four65 Woodfire Bistro & Bar

Location: Highlands, NC

This place is very nice, albeit a bit pretentious, but you are in Highlands, and that’s just a bit pro quo in the restaurant business. It’s a pretty new bistro in town and on of the few open for lunch on Mondays; so, we decided to try it out. The menu is incredibly limited, and the wait staff is a bit slow, but the food is delicious.

We ordered the Caesar salad and Margherita pizza with pepperoni. Both were very, very good, and if we want pizza again while in Highlands, we will be back. If you’re into wine, beer and charcuterie, this will probably become your go to. They seem to have quite the selection.

As this isn’t quite our style, the rest of the menu was a bit too selective. A handful of salads and pizza choices, and what is on the menu is what you are allowed to order. NO SUBSTITUTES AND NO CHANGES is marked clearly on the menu, and it’s accurate. Missing the note on the pizza line, “(One item choice),” we asked for two toppings instead of one, and we were denied. It just is what it is.

Like I said, the food was really delicious; so, please, don’t be put off by my honest review. It’s worth going one time, and that must be a common thought, because it was quite packed when we went; although, it is a smaller restaurant. The grilled cheese selection with the root vegetable stew did look delicious, as well as, several other plate that went by.

I do hope they do well. They are located right beside the very popular Old Edward’s Inn that has Madison’s and the Wine Garden Cafe (don’t remember official name), which has been open for years, and Wolfgang’s and Restorante Paoletti’s is just across the street; so, the competition is tight. I just wish the chefs/owners would realize a bit more variety might allow for a bit larger clientele; but then, what do I know, I’m just a Georgia girl who loves traveling to Highlands to enjoy the day…many times, eating somewhere else before we arrive.

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Tuesday’s Treats #171

Bourbon Barrel Beef & Ale

Location: Waynesville, NC

This restaurant isn’t big in size, but what they don’t have in size, they definitely have in taste! The large room consists of four booths, the bar seating, a handful of tables and chairs and an open meeting type room with a long section of tables and chairs (put together to form one long).

When we first sat down, we were a bit disappointed, because the last time my husband was here, he ate from the dinner menu, and there was a much bigger list from which to choose. He had told us about sever different entrees he had had, and we were expecting to enjoy some of that fare. So, when the waitress informed us we couldn’t order from the menu until after 5:00, we almost revolted. Lol.

We decided to make the best of it and began our orders. My husband got the Paw’s Old Fashioned Burger. Our son got the chicken fingers and fries. Our friends ordered the 1/2 BBQ Sammy and soup, Paw’s Old Fashioned Burger, and I ordered the BLGT: bacon, lettuce, & fried green tomato sandwich.

Oh. My. Word. Everything was absolutely delicious. The burgers were outstanding. My friend really liked the BBQ pork sandwich. She said the meat was tasty; although, she said she would have liked a little more slaw and sauce on it. She said the beef stew was amazing! The fries are like potato wedges, which I love; so, I stole some from my son. Lol. His chicken was fresh, cut slices (like you’d serve on a salad) with this amazing batter served atop the potato wedges. Yum!

We all decided the BLGT took the prize. It was absolutely amazing! This is not your regular BLT! The Italian panini is paired with a ton of nicely (not too much, but just enough) battered fried green tomato, applewood bacon with lettuce and a black pepper mayo. There must have been four green tomatoes…I had one on each half, ate one and shared one! I had actually asked for the mayo on the side, but they left it on, and honestly, I was skeptical when the plate came, but it was so very good!!

We look forward to being back in the area to eat here again!

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Tuesday’s Treats #168

*My apologies to anyone who reads Tuesday’s Treats, and you’ve wondered where they’ve been! They’re back online, and, hopefully, here to stay for awhile!😉*

Marco’s Trattoria

Location: Brevard, NC

We dropped by here after a long day of traveling, and we had plans to simply feed our teenage son and get a “little bite of something.” Well, a bread basket, two soups, salad, cheese pizza (for son), and an entree of baked halibut later, we left stuffed!! 😂 Everything was delicious, and we will definitely be back!

The italian bread basket is served with an olive oil/herb mix that is incredible. The tomato basil soup and crab bisque was amazing, and the halibut was tasty. We ordered both soups, because we wanted to taste each. I think we both enjoyed the tomato basil a bit more than the crab, but each one was unique and delicious.

The baked halibut had a lemon garlic sauce and topped with crab meat. Halibut is one of my favorite fish, and you can’t find it all the time; thus, the reason we splurged. Honestly, I’m not sure I’d order it again. It was definitely tasty, but we both decided we like grilled or blackened halibut best. The salad was also tasty, as was the pizza.

They do make the pizzas with King Arthur’s non-bleached, non-bromated flour; so, that made me very happy. (It’s better for you… if you can consider pizza “healthy.”😂) If you’ve not had this type, it’s makes the crust a tad bit sweeter and more filling than regular pizza dough, and the ingredients on top were delicious! They have several “pre-made” types, and they have a build-your-own choice with a plethora of toppings.

The atmosphere is nice, and there are tables and chairs, as well as, a few booths and outdoor seating. We are here on a Monday night, and the host asked if we had reservations. We didn’t and we’re led to a nice corner table, but when a booth opened up, we did ask if we could move there. The waitress said she’s have to see if it was reserved; so, apparently, if you want a particular seat I think the house, be sure to call ahead.

Here is the website to find more information.

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 #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 #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.

Tuesday’s Treats #131

Tani Thai

Location: Buford, Georgia

This is a newer restaurant in Downtown Buford. If you’ve ever been downtown, it is in the same location that Adam’s once was. The owner and staff are very friendly. The atmosphere is very nice, and the food is delicious! … and I’m not even a frequent visitor to Thai cuisine! 😉

A friend and I went here for lunch one day to try it out, and we had so much fun as we split all of our dishes and treated it as a 4 course meal. We started with the shrimp cones. Oh My! These were scrumptious!! I’m sorry we didn’t get a picture of them. We gobbled them up too quickly, but they were whole jumbo shrimp wrapped in a type of egg roll, served with a tangy-spicy sauce. I’d go back simply to get these!

Next, we decided to have soup and salad. We ordered the coconut mushroom soup with chicken and the Tiger Tear’s salad with chili-lime seasoned grilled beef and sweet peppers and fresh greens. Both were delicious and just spicy enough to bring a little warmth.

The entree was the Masaman Curry with yellow coconut curry, onions, sweet peppers, avocados & cashews, with your choice of chicken, beef, shrimp or tofu, served with steamed rice or brown rice. We chose chicken with steamed rice, and we had no regrets! It was incredible! The heat was just a little warmer than the soup, and when I go back again, I’ll go up one notch, but it had such a wonderful flavor…and the steamed rice is a nice heat reprieve for your mouth!😂

For dessert, we ordered the coconut cake. Oh my goodness, talk about moist! It’s moist and sweet cake, served on a plate of raspberry and lime sauce, but it wasn’t too overpowering sweet; however, I wasn’t able to completely finish that huge slice. The raspberry sauce was delicious and cut a bit of the sweetness, but the this picture doesn’t do justice to the actual slice!

We will definitely go back. …well, it’ll probably have to be a girls’ lunch, as it was before, as my husband isn’t too keen on this cuisine, but I’ll definitely go back. 😉 If you’d like to find their address or check out their menu, here’s the website.

Note: For each dish, you get to choose the level of heat (scale 1-5), and even though I enjoy quite a bit of spice, I was a little hesitant and unsure of the level of Thai (curry) spice; so, we chose 2 for the salad and the soup and 3 for the main entree.*

Ps. Here’s an interesting article that might help you when deciding on the level of Thai spices…

UPDATE: Returned visit a few weeks later: everything was still delicious. I ordered almost the same thing, except I opted out of the soup this time and changed the appetizer to the cheese rolls. These were amazing! If you like crab ragoons (done right), you’ll love these. These do not have crab, but they are made with that same cream cheese goodness all wrapped and rolled up in, what looks like, a mini egg roll. My friends got the fried rice and the garlic, honey chicken. These were great dishes as well.

Also, note: if you are like me and don’t much care for fish oil, get the salad dressing on the side or not on it at all. Apparently, this wasn’t on the salad the last time, but this time it was. They quickly and graciously amended it, but it was a definite surprise on that first bite. The waiter said some have to become accustomed to the taste…

Tuesday’s Treats #130

Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery

Location: Riverwalk – Augusta, Ga

This place is amazing, and what they do well, they choose to do amazingly well. It is definitely a cafe, sandwich style; so, please don’t come here searching the local burger and fry joint. There’s plenty of these in the surrounding areas; however, if you want an incredible sandwich, or even, a delicious dish of shrimp and grits, this is the place to go grab lunch!

Try the Curious George, The Jerk or even the Grown Up Grilled Cheese for a great and yummy choice of sandwiches. Don’t forget the delicious soups they have to start: corn chowder, tomato apple or turkey and rice, but be sure to save room for the incredible desserts to finish off the meal!

You can go by the display case or just look over the menu they bring, but I bet your ability to choose might be a tad bit difficult. Death by Chocolate, Strawberry and Red Velvet are just a few of the cake choices. Turtle Crunch, Cookies N’ Cream, and Blueberries and Cream Cheesecakes are each absolutely AMAZING, and there’s also Tiramisu and Key Lime Pie! Needless to say, the choices are just about endless, and I haven’t had a dessert here I didn’t like! Oh! I almost forgot. Be sure to order a cup of coffee, and you’ll be delighted with a little side cup of chocolate sauce and whip cream to make your own mocha, too!

Check out their menu and location here, and after lunch or dinner, take a stroll along the Riverwalk, and you won’t feel so guilty eating all this yumminess!

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.