Ikura - beautiful and bursting with flavor; like pop rocks for adults!

“Cheap” High Quality Sushi?

Is this even possible? Most cheap sushi is low quality and usually consists of salmon, crab with K, tuna and maybe an average tamago. Once you enter the realm of an omakse meal (chef’s choice of various items including some cooked) the notion of affordability quickly flies out the window. My friends, I have found…

Traditional pad Thai w/ grass fed beef

L’Thai Organic Cuisine & Wine Bar…

The name alone probably confuses most would be patrons, and judging by the sparse crowds at the West Village location (Smyrna), it does. I have been to this location (they have another in Tucker) at least ten times over the past several years, and every time, lunch or dinner, it’s dead…which is sad because the…

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Tonkotsu Ramen – My Take

Unless you’ve been hiding out with Jimmy Hoffa you’re well aware that Ramen (in all it’s forms) has been taking over the food scene across the country for the past few years and is now basically mainstream. The secret of good ramen is the broth, and it takes a lot of time and care to create…

Pork belly sandwiches - the soft bread alone was worth the price of admission.

Husk Nashville

Sean Brock opened up the Nashville outpost of his wildly popular Husk restaurant a little over a year ago and the enthusiasm and the crowds have not dimmed. We dined there on a chilly Wednesday evening in the middle of January and it was still packed. Husk is on the edge of downtown in a…

Jalapenos & sweet peppers

Short Rib & Smoked Snapper Stuffed Peppers

Ah, tis the season of super bowl parties and the finger food that accompanies them. At many such events you’ll find a variety of roasted peppers stuffed with the likes of pimento cheese, shrimp, straight cheese, wrapped in bacon, the infamous “fried rat toes” from Six Feet Under, etc. Why take the easy route when…

Spicy tuna and scallop rolls

Rishi Sushi & Ramen – Columbus, OH

Not that I’m in Columbus that often, but there’s nothing better than a solid bowl of spicy ramen on a cold, dreary day, especially when snow is imminent! In the wasteland of downtown eating establishments, Rishi stands out with its creative ramen offerings and first rate sushi. Rishi is pretty modern compared to the other…

Hoagie version

Schnitzel?

Seven Hens is spreading chicken schnitzel all over the metro with their second location in Sandy Springs (other location is in Decatur) and it’s apparent that more locations are on the horizon. What is schnitzel you ask? It’s basically chicken breast (or any meat product) that’s been pounded to death (in a good way), breaded,…

Margherita pizza

Pie in the Sky – Masseria

On a recent trip to the Blue Ridge mountains (NW GA), I stumbled upon a just opened pizza/pasta joint touting wood fired pie and a fully stocked bar, so with no expectations we took the plunge. Classic neapolitan style pizza is all the rage across the country, but in tiny Blue Ridge…I was skeptical at best. When…