Food Crawling in the ATL with my sisters & co-culinarians during Black Restaurant Week…EPIC!!!
First off, I had never been. Secondly, Darius, of Darius Cooks by way of Chicago decided to open a restaurant in Atlanta…and thirdly DARIUS OPENED A RESTAURANT IN ATLANTA!!
We planned a mini sisters retreat that included food crawls, shopping and getting our souls fed. We all had our particular places we wanted to visit. There were restaurants, churches, museums, malls and the ‘AS SEEN ON TV’ stuff as well. My sister had all the local spots down , thanks to Atlanta’s very own T.I. and his ‘favorite spots’ to grab a bite. Our goal in every city, every time is the best place for wings & tings. J.R. Crickets, apparently was the place to be. The wings, the atmosphere and savage cocktails.
So look…those wings were banging. I wanna say we had a 20pc dirty bird, if the dirty bird is spicy, wet with lemony pepper. That’s how I remember them anyway. There’s a crab place in Chicago and you mix all the flavors of throw it in the bag… these were like that. YUMMERZ!! With the wings we were told we had to try the Bob Marley. The word was one of these will put you on your ass. I passed on it but the rest of the party indulged on a few of them. I heard it was deliciously strong, worthy of the name and look.
On to the next day, maybe the day after that…either way it was now Greens & Gravy Day. Now I want you to know I prepared for this like a new job, like an exam, like a last meal type of day. I follow Darius on periscope for reasons other than food, but his love of food made me fall in heavy like with him. The advantage of that was I knew what he had planned to put on the menu. I was in it with him while he was setting up the restaurant. When he found the location, picking the decor, hiring staff…all of it so we were ready. I made sure to reserve our table, with Opentable months ahead because he had his soft and grand openings no too long before we were set to arrive. I downloaded the menu to go over it with my sisters because we wanted to be strategic and order everything to taste every thing. Luckily for us we met some other ladies on an earlier excursion who were going to join us also. This was perfect. We were sat at the last table in the back. The space is intimate and seats maybe 30 with a few tables outside.
We’re here, we’re seated and ready! I knew going in I would be having the lemon pepper honey drizzled fried chicken(I KNOW RIGHT). That would be for the table as it is a signature dish. At this point I knew the menu like the back of my hand. I watched their faces as they looked it over salivating at the descriptions of all this down home food with a twist. Decisions had been made and we were ready to load Zac, our waiter up with our orders.
Some of the other things we had included crab & shrimp deviled eggs, butter pecan cornbread, macaroni & cheese, fish & grits, jamaican jerk grilled prawns & grits & lemon pepper fried spare ribs. First and foremost the lemon pepper honey fried chicken was the star. I could’ve only eaten that and been satisfied.
Admittedly I wasn’t over thee moon with the rest of the spread, but it was good. I really loved the mac & cheese though. Just so happened the day before we went to another restaurant in Atlanta and had shrimp & grits/mac & cheese. We were underwhelmed, very underwhelmed. I needed my palate redeemed afterwards. Greens & Gravy did just that.
It was so homey and the music was that Saturday and Sunday morning cleaning music. I will be going back for the atmosphere, the food, the music and for Darius of course. #BlackBoyJoy
Catch us on our next #EdibleExcursion
GREENS & GRAVY
5-10 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. 1540 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta. 404-565-2074,
We Recommend: Lemony Pepper Fried Chicken With Honey
More pics from our Atlanta Excursion