An Edible Excursion In Atlanta

Food Crawling in the ATL with my sisters & co-culinarians during Black Restaurant Week…EPIC!!!


Why Atlanta?

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.

20170804_123303So 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.

 

 

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THEE BOB MARLEY OF J.R. CRICKETS

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.   20170808_223932 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). 20170806_144211That 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. menu

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,

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We Recommend: Lemony Pepper Fried Chicken With Honey


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I Thought It Was A Tiffany’s Box

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I attended a concert Wednesday night in San Francisco.  Raekwon The Chef was headlining at Slims nightclub. We were riding around looking for parking and I saw a door on the left side of Market.

 

The Hazel door is Hazel…Jamie, YES!!

I am very familiar with this part of San Francisco as it houses my favorite little chocolate shop, Littlejohn’s Candies. This door looked like a Tiffany’s Box in the middle of the street. I’d never noticed it before and I know I would have. Thinking about it now maybe the color of the door is Hazel…hmmm.

I was intrigued. I googled ‘Hazel San Francisco Market Street’ and Hazel Southern Bar & Kitchen popped up.  You had me at Southern Kitchen, let’s see what you’re working with. I researched a little more…it was a new spot.  Some of my favorite things were on this crisp and beautiful menu. The skeptic in me arose, collard greens on Market Street?! What’s the set-up like?  Who’s cooking? Who runs this joint? Instagram…YES!! The owner Jamie and Chef Casey Hatwig seems to have it on lock. Ok..ok so when will I make my reservation? What will I eat? How many to-go boxes will I need? These are all important and thought out queries. I decided on the eve of my birthday to partake on a date night in the city with moi.

 

Date Night…Treat Yo Self

June 24, 2017 a little overdressed compared to the patrons at Hazel, I arrive. I was met by the doorman who welcomed me and told me to enjoy the evening as I walked in with huge smile on my face. I was asked if I had a reservation and I replied, ‘Nope, table for one please.’ I got seated at a community table and it was great. I looked side to side and across from me to see what the plates looked like. I wanted to see what they were enjoying, devouring and craving.

 

The menu wasn’t overwhelming at all. Besides by the time I made the decision to go I had an idea of what I wanted.  I started with a blackberry lemonade and the collard green dumplings. The were crisp bites filled with creamy greens on top of a spicy peach chutney…yummerz.

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Pocket Yumminess
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Velvety Grits

The slight obsession I have with all variations of shrimp and grits I couldn’t wait to try theirs. The shrimp and grits arrived as I inhaled my second dumpling. I paused, smiled and dug into this velvety seasoned small plate of deliciousness. The shrimp had a perfect amount of spice.

Mentally I was prepared to get the oxtail w/gravy.  Honestly it didn’t look as aesthetically pleasing on the plate as I imagined.  I instead went for the blackened catfish. It was served on a bed of cabbage w/collard greens and green beans w/caramelized onions. The green beans were served al dente, perfect. Everything was seasoned to perfection.  So the collard greens on Market Street were a HIT!!

Blackened Catfish w/ Collard Greens.

I can’t wait to go back with the whole squad in tow. In a few weeks as a matter of fact. Oh and the bill…well let’s say I was pleasantly surprised that a phenomenal dinner, as it was, for one in San Francisco with cocktails costing less than $60.00.  Southern comfort at its best.

Well done Hazel…well done.