Millennial Toasts Toasts

Sometimes I think I’m not a millennial but then I remember I’m making avocado toast for lunch for the tenth day in a row, lol! Our city fully embraced the toast trend and I’m here for it, check these spots out! Plus a bonus spot in San Francisco that is V Instagram-able (& so tasty).
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Cold Brew Bar

Avocado Toast – sour dough bread with soft boiled egg.

Toasty

Unicorn Toast! Toasty is in San Francisco so naturally the toast is sour dough. They use food coloring to die the cream cheese (you get to choose your colors) and then top it with sprinkles and an edible flower! Delish!

Muchacho

Salmon toast with pickled red onions

Cold Brew Bar

Smoked salmon toast on sourdough bread with Arugula, and yes they get two posts because they’re amazing. One of my fav coffee shops, great coffee and delicious food!!

Bar Margot

Inside the Four Seasons Atlanta, this crab toast is lightly toasted bread, a spreading of avocado, stacks of crab meat, radishes and greens!

Cooks & Soliders

Caña Klasikoa is a Pintxos style toast, pulling inspiration from Northern Spain. This is goat cheese, roasted tomato, green pepper, red onion, and pistachio on top of mountain bread

Bar Mercado

Chef’s bites, complementary with your cocktail during happy hour. This shrimp toast hits right with your cocktail!

Which one would you try first? Let me know in the comments!

Atlanta Sandwiches

For lunch, I always want a sandwich, so here are some of my fav spots to grab one in the city of Atlanta!
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Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks

Classic Cheesesteak, done Dave’s way (extra toppings)

Suzy Siu’s

Boa buns are sandwiches in my world, and these lobster boas… holy fuck

Alon’s Bakery

This is one of my absolute favorite places to grab lunch, sweet treats or a quick dinner to take home. These are the Tuscany sandwich (my all time fav) and the Tunisian tuna sandwich (little spice).

Tavern at Phipps

Stackssss of a pastrami on rye – Looks amazing right? Sad side story, they stopped throwing cocktail napkins at patrons. (super fun tradition that the bartenders would throw cocktail napkins at attractive women, but a few Karen’s got offended for not having them thrown at them, so they stopped all together, thanks Karen).

Ticonderoga Club

Clam roll – this is amazing! The clam is lightly fried and as you can see it’s stacked high! The bread is light and basically serves as a vessel to hold your clam up!

Fred’s Meat & Bread

Cheesesteak, the best in Atlanta, better than what Philly has to offer per Alton Brown 😉

Ladybird

Oyster Po’boy on deck.. on the deck, overlooking the Beltline and enjoying the home of the three day weekend.

Victory Sandwich Bar

Don’t call them sliders, they’re tiny sandwiches, and they’re delicious. Pictured are my fav, the victory at sea. & yes, those are anchovies!

Hattie B’s

Nashville Hot Chicken, enough said.

Gu’s Dumplings

Yep, the dumpling spot has some fire sandwiches, a tofu and a chicken (pictured) po’boy with Schezuan flavors!

Petit Chou

Salut..Veggie sandwich with portobello mushrooms, tomato and arugula!

Travel – Unique Coffee Shop Drinks

Trying out a new coffee shop is one of my favorite was to explore a new city! It makes it even better when the coffee shop has a fun, unique coffee or tea to try. Check out these fun drinks on your next travel adventure:

Vanilla Peacock Latte

Home | San Francisco
They are known for their colorful latte art!

Tumeric Latte

Toasty | San Francisco

Clockwork Orange

Brother Moto | Atlanta
Fall latte that tastes like those orange flavored chocolates (shaped like an orange) from London!

Matchapanela

Academy Coffee | Atlanta
Matcha tea + aquapanela (raw sugar cane boiled down in water with lime)

Irish Coffee

The Buena Vista | San Francisco – coffee, sugar cube, Irish whiskey and cream. This is the best on in San Fran!

Latte with Animal Crackers

Tryst | D.C.- ok so the latte is basic but they serve it with an animal cracker and that’s pretty awesome!

Beet Latte

Cultivate Food | Atlanta

Coalemonade

Gilly Brew Bar | Atlanta
Espresso, charcoal and lemonade – amazing!

Atlanta Healthy Eats

I live by the 80/20 rule (err 60/40 lol). I believe in eating and I believe in eating what you enjoy. Everything in moderation, and sometimes a little more than you probably should, but that’s life. I’ve done the restrictive diet thing and will never again. Personally I’d much rather run my ass off (literally) and be able to eat what I want. With that… I do enjoy healthy eats, here are some of my favorite spots to grab a clean eat!

Upbeet

The Aloha bowl is my absolute favorite healthy eat in Atlanta. The bamboo rice is so tasty, it’s topped with arugula, mango, raw tuna, jalapeños and macadamia nuts.

pro tip: I get mine with half bamboo rice & half arugula because I can’t eat the whole thing if it’s all rice lol, (I mean I want to, but..)

O’ku

Poke bowl & a cocktail (because, balance) from my favorite sushi bar!

Poke Burri

Sushi burrito, you get your burrito fix but in the healthiest way possible. Hello omega-3’s! Look at how amazing this is!

Serpas

Smoked salmon chips with capers and red onion. OK, the chip might not seem healthy but it’s a mute point of the meal, it’s more like the plate holding the smoked salmon and veggies but you also get to eat it! lol

Sukoshi

Ahi Tuna bowl over brown rice with edamame, sesame seeds and mango! You can’t go wrong & they’re the sister restaurant of O’ku!

Clean Juice

The green 14 bowl, it has (as you probably already guessed) 14 types of greens, plus goji berries, avocado and walnuts!

AIX TinTin

Fall inspired shrimp salad with cauliflower, olives and butternut squash.

Like I said, healthy eats are good and it’s all about balance. Do you have some you’d recommend?

Atlanta Unique Eats – Savory

Looking for some unique savory eats in Atlanta? Check these out when you’re in town, in no particular order:
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Bakey Bakes

Thunderbiscuits – a soft boiled egg inside of the most buttery chive biscuit. You’ll die and go to heaven and then cry after the last bite because it’s over.

Gunshow

It doesn’t even matter what this dish is (it’s goat carnitas) because it’s most likely not on the menu now. This spot is known for its experience. 6-8 chefs, each make two dishes. They bring the dish around to each table, show it off & tell you about it. If you want it, they leave it with you and you eat, if not they move on to the next table. The menu changes every 6 weeks and features what’s in season.

Poke Burri

Sushi donuts and sushi burritos?? They have a secret menu, and if you order my secret sushi burrito the “salut” you’re in for a real treat! (hint, it’s spicy!)

Superica’s Golden Tacos

Tacos Dorados de Camaron AKA “golden shrimp tacos” arbol chile salsa, cabbage & avocado. The golden taco means a fried taco… holy hell! drooling!

District M

A5 Wagyu beef.. the best quality meat on the market, barely seared and melts in your f*cking mouth.

Banshee

Scallop crudo topped with fish roe – OMG, this is one of my favorite dishes. Raw scallops are so buttery, taste amazing and the fish roe adds the perfect amount of saltiness.

Poke Burri

They’re so unique that they deserve two posts. This is their sushi pizza!! It’s a secret menu item that you need to order 24 hours in advance. The crust, is it’s own sushi roll! Amazing!

White Bull

Sea bass Crudo – ugh yes please. Raw sea bass under a bed of red cabbage and covered with sesame seeds!! Simple ingredients yet amazing.

Wrecking Bar Brew Pup

Smoked trout pate topped with salmon roe inside of a blood sausage pastry! Just try it and thank me later.

Momonoki

Fishballs covered in fish flakes (they literally move on their own).

What do you think? Was there a dish that stood out that you really want to try? Or do you have a unique savory dish I need to try ASAP? Let me know in the comments!

Atlanta – Oyster Hot Spots

Oysters you must try in ATL

Bazati

Happy hour at Bazati is a must! Sexy bar with caramel colored leather barstools, floor to ceiling windows and all the liquors on display.

Mission & Market

How do you make raw oysters better? Top them with caviar!

Watchmans

The sister of Kimball House so you know it’s amazing. They have a great happy hour and oysters from both coasts to satisfy your needs!

Beetlecat

Another great restaurant by Ford Fry. This coastal inspired spot has amazing seafood dishes and of course oysters. Check out the den (downstairs) for a fun weekend night out with drinks!

Big B’s Fish Joint

Oyster happy hour? YES PLEASE!!! They get some of their oysters from a small river in Virginia where the owners grew up. These are those and they were good, they have a more mineral flavor than your coastal oysters.

Kimball House

Covid hit hard, so oysters at home from Kimball house will have to do. I picked them up on ice and shucked them myself (with a flathead screwdriver) and the hit right.

Atlanta – Bloody Mary’s

I love a good Bloody Mary, the spicer the better in my book. After every race it’s a tradition of mine that I drink one (or more) and of course they’re the perfect cocktail for brunch! Grab one from these spots next time you run a 10K or dress up for brunch with your people.
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Parish Inman Park

Post Peachtree Road Race Bloody Mary’s. The PPRR it the largest 10K in the work (60K + runners), and my favorite 4th of July tradition (well with the Bloody Mary of course).

Serpas

The celery stick alone is enough to make me smile but the fact that you can see the spices in the glass make me really excited!

Varuni Napoli

How about a spicy Bloody Mary with a side of breakfast pizza. Yes, please!

West Egg Cafe

The ‘Spicy Maria’ with a short stack + chocolate chips because I was at the crack of down for a freezing cold 5K in Atlanta. I really do love my post race Bloody Mary tradition (& carbs lol).

Wheatley Vodka-Mary

Or.. you could make your own Bloody Mary at home with some Wheatley vodka (from the buffalo trace family) and spice it up how ever you want. I love a piece of pickled okra, tomato and celery!

Atlanta Unique Eats – Sweets

Sweet treats are easy to find in Atlanta but how about some more unique options, ube what?, ice cream on a donut.. yes please!! Check these out when you’re in town, in no particular order:
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Kamayan Atl

(Filipino Comfort Food)
Ube Flan Cake – literally one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

Sweet Stack Creamery

Stacks of ice cream topped fruity pebbles (or whatever your heart desires) on top of an iced donut.

Cheesecaked

Unicorn Milkshake, super sweet, colorful & covered in sprinkles, cotton candy, marshmallows and chocolate…there’s other options but how can you pass this up?

Beard Papas

Cream puffs with vanilla, chocolate or green tea filling and/or icing – just amazing

The Yard Milkshake Bar

Creamy, not too sweet & they bring all the boys to the yard 😉
Pictured at the Cookie Monster & Cookie Butter Me Up

Revolution Donuts

Tiny Doors ATL’s 5th birthday donut was this adorable pink sprinkled vegan donut that I happily shot in front of her giant door! The giant door is #658 because it is 658 times larger than a tiny door!

Atlanta Coffee Shops

Some of my favorite coffee shops you must check out for your caffeine fix. In no particular order:
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Spiller Park
all about the toasts and coffee too, multiple locations to fit your mood

Cold Brew Bar
coffee on tap
and matcha too

Gilly Brew Bar
oldest house in stone mountain (originally for the mayor in the 1800’s) and house made syrups

Hodgepodge Coffee
oat milk on deck,
delish coffee and pastries

Brash
3 locations, brash box is my fav

Brother Moto
motorcycles, coffee & hipsters
(currently closed)

Daily Dose Coffee
masculine decor, books
and all the windows

Victory Coffee & Calamity
(formally DAC)
open space, big patio
& good coffee

Muchacho
think huge patio, warm vibes
& tacos

Docent Coffee
roast beans in house & all the good smells
(currently closed but still roasting)

Chrome Yellow Trading Co.
lions, tigers and coffee

Little Tart Bakeshop
2 locations, grab in go from KSM
or stay awhile in summer hill,
get a pastry, you’re welcome.

Moonbird
brick walls, natural light
& Saturday morning cartoons

Cultivate
traditional coffee, good space
to work and beet lattes

Also a fan of Academy Coffee Company, Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, The Deer & The Dove, The James Room, East Pole and Chattahoochee Coffee Company to name a few. Would you add any coffee shops?

The Best Happy Hour Vibes

Happy hour in Atlanta is a favorite past time of mine. Each of these places are some of my favorites spots, they don’t all have the same vibe but each one is unique! Check out these spots for your next happy hour.

The Golden Eagle | Reynoldstown – Think sexy, dark and masculine vibes. Teal velvet u-shaped bar with camel colored leather barstools, candles and music from an old record player. One of my favorite happy hour spots for the moody vibe (& great cocktails too). If you want a more light atmosphere, sit on their patio and grab some tiki drinks!

Little Trouble | West Midtown (West Side Provisions District) – The neon lights are calling. Not only do they have amazing cocktail options but their neon logo sign that beckons you down a long hallway is one of the most instagramable spots in Atlanta.

Lloyd’s (or what I like to call Grandpa’s basement) | Inman Park – Lloyd’s has a ‘dive bar’, late 70’s vibe to it. I always say the only thing they’re missing is a cigarette machine. Which bathroom do you want to take a selfie in, the green one or the pink one.. Regardless, their happy hour offers $5 (that’s tax included) Dirty Martinis (vodka or gin), Vespers (my new fav cocktail), Manhattans and Cosmopolitans. They also partners with a local brewer (Arches Brewing) to develop their own light beer.

Watchman’s | Inman Park (Krog Street Market) – Oyster’s on the half shell, whistles and sharks in your glass. What’s that, oh if you order this special menu item in early March the sirens will sound and a whistle will be blown (think, at the beach and a shark is spotted) then your server will bring out the first cocktail below! And never miss their eggnog around the holidays. It’s one of the best in the city (you can also sip it at their sister restaurant Kimball house).

The Whiskey Project | OTP in Roswell – To all of my fellow whiskey lovers, get here ASAP. The well bourbon… is WELLER green label!! You read that correctly. This place has the best whiskey line up of any restaurant I’ve been too.

Need a few more spots to grab a drink? Try New Realm brewery for amazing sunset views, Tiki Tango for flaming cocktails, The James Room for a James Bond/James Dean inspired vibe, Pour Taproom to try all the beers and seltzers you’ve been wanting to try but not buy a whole 6 pack of, there’s also the hotel Clermont (holy city views) and Twelve (on top of Ponce City Market). Need more recommendations? Ask me below, and if you have a recommendation, let me know!
xoxo – L