Cinco de Julio

July 10, 2011

Order at the counter, then take a seat

Last Tuesday we went to grab a bite at Don Pedro on Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn.  OMG.  Probably the best Mexican food I’ve had in a long time.  A friend discovered their sister restaurant (same name, different location) on Buford Highway recently and has been raving about it.  The Lilburn location was a little closer to our house, so we decided to check it out.  I’m so glad we did.

Not only is Don Pedro’s home to the $.99 taco, but they have all you can drink Horchata, which is one of Jim’s favorite summertime drinks.  Also, be sure to taste the Jarrito — a fruit flavored Mexican soda.  They have an orange/mango flavor (we weren’t sure which it was) and pineapple.

Obviously, you can’t go wrong with a $.99 taco, but all the varieties we got were delicious and included: Asada (steak), Pastor (a spicy pork) and Picadillo de Pollo (shredded chicken).  Our friend also tried the Lengua (tongue) and said it was very yummy.

In addition to the tacos, we tried the Mulitas (two tortillas laid flat with steak, avocado, cheese, onions and cilantro), Chicken Tostadas and the Tortas, a meat and veggie filled sandwich pocket.  We also enjoyed a side of Rice and Beans.  Between the four of us that went for dinner, we couldn’t agree on what we like best, but it was a toss up between the Mulitas and the Tortas. (For the record, my vote is for the Tortas.)

We couldn’t stop thinking about their tasty fare, so Jim went back yesterday and picked up a to go order for dinner :0)


A Bloody Good Bloody

June 20, 2011

Today I returned home from a lovely vacay in Santa Rosa beach, FL where we attended a dear friend’s wedding.  We stayed at a cute beach house on 30-A and ventured a mere block down the street to Stinky’s Fish Camp for dinner Friday night.  Sunday morning we headed back (afterall, is was only half a block away) and after chatting with some locals ordered probably the best Bloody Mary I’ve had in a long time.  Not only was it chock full of tasty pickled veggies like green beans, okra and olives but also included a lemon and lime wedge, celery (of course!) and a perfectly cooked Gulf shrimp. 

When I open my dream restaurant on the beach, this Bloody will definitely be on the menu!

Best Bloody Eva

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Park Here

September 16, 2010

Last night my friend and I visited Park’s Edge for the first time. 

We were blown away.

The owner led us to our table {we chose to dine al fresco} which was elegantly set with a white tablecloth and cayenne colored napkins — perfect for fall! 

After allowing us to sample a few pinots before selecting our favorite, our server started us out with a basket of crusty french bread and a head of roasted garlic.  Marvelous.


Soup du jour

We both ordered the soup of the day, a heavenly bowl of pureed spinach topped with a cold salad of onion, tomato, cremini mushrooms and lamb juice, amongst other ingredients.

 We split the Chicken Chili Roll as an appetizer


Chicken Eggroll with a kick

Finally, I ordered the Heirloom Tomato Salad and could only muster about two bites — I was already stuffed!  However, the wedges of green and red tomatoes atop greens with thick slices of mozzarella was not only pleasing to palette, but also the eye.  Note: I had already embarrassed my companion enough with the brilliant BB flash, so I refrained from snapping a pic of my entree.  Camera = in the shop. Still.

Towards the end of the meal, Chef {another owner} Jorge stopped by our table to chat and enquire about our meal {which was perfection, btw}. Impressive.

Needless to say, we did not order dessert.

However, we will be back for brunch.  Per Chef Jorge the Crab Cake Eggs Benedict and Chilaquiles with a Fried Egg are TDF. 

Oh, and the bottomless Mimosas and Bellinis on the weekends are the perfect hangover cure.  Go get one.

Mykonos & Music & Marietta

September 16, 2010

Every year I have the opportunity to attend the Georgia Music Awards — which I love.  This year it was held at a new venue, the Cobb Energy Center (an amazing facility!).   En route to the annual show, my friend and I grabbed dinner at a Greek diner we spotted, Mykonos Grill.   Since I never go OTP (especially to eat), I thought this event should be documented. 

Dinner started off with a plate of EVOO sprinkled with red pepper flakes, parsley and shaved parmesan in which to dip pita bread.  I will definitely be making this at home. 


Greek App

My entree was so good, I forgot to take a picture until I had already dug in.  I ordered a Greek Salad with Gyro meat on top (and extra Tzeki Sauce on the side).  It was delicious.  

And if I ever venture out to Marietta again, I’d definitely stop by this joint. 

Greek Salad w/ Gyro Meat

My dinner (well, some of it anyway)

I discovered my love of Ethiopian food about a year ago when Jim and I decided  to grab lunch at Desta Ethiopian Kitchen (b/c we bought a coupon from Creative Loafing) and we both discovered something amazing.  Ethiopians do not use silverware, instead, they use injera, a spongy flat bread, to scoop up bites of food.  And it’s delicious.  Especially when you’re scooping up Zilzil Tibs (pictured below), tender strips of ribeye cooked with red onion and jalapenos.  (Excuse my drool.)   Use the injera to sop up the array of spices lined up on the side of the plate and you will definitely start craving Ethiopian food…and you’ll also need that injera to dull the heat in your throat. 

Jim loves the Vegetarian Combo, which is a great way to sample a lot of different dishes.  Everything on this plate is mouth-watering and will introduce you to flavors you never knew existed.

So, what are you waiting for? 

Zilzil Tibs & Injera


Vegetarian Combo