Despite the lack of frequency of posts, I’ve been doing plenty this summer. Here are just a few snapshots of things I’ve been digging on the last few weeks. I hope you’ve been getting out there, beating the heat, and having some fun.
The ghetto burger at Ann’s Snack Bar – Worth the wait; we were seated at 11:30 and the last burger of the first seating was delivered at 12:30PM. I would suggest bringing something to snack on while you wait, but snacking before eating a Ann’s burger could be a costly mistake.
Local Beer from ABC – I enjoyed this #’s Ale, and it’s probably my favorite of theirs right now, particularly in the summer. This pint was consumed at Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria. In addition, Atlanta Brewing Company has tours each Thursday and Friday evening. It’s usually less crowded than Sweetwater, and it’s within stumbling distance of my house, which works out nicely.
The appetizers at RA Sushi – Last week I visited RA Sushi and started off with the scallop dynamite and pork gyoza. The tiny scallops in “dynamite” (spicy mayo) sauce were enjoyable, albeit something I’ve never seen at a sushi restaurant. The dumplings were soft and sticky on top, and well crisped on the bottom. The traditional ponzu sauce had small red pepper flakes that added a great kick. RA may not satisfy the educated students of sushi, but it’s a great place in midtown to pop in for some cold or hot sake and a few bites. Cliff Bostick with Creative Loafing actually mentions these two appetizers in his recent post.
The scallop po’ boy at Star Provisions – This specialty sandwich makes an appearance fairly frequently at SP, and when it does, don’t you dare scoff at the $12 price tag. It’s worth every penny. These plentiful, deep fried, and fabulously seasoned scallops go amazingly with the well designed balance of bibb lettuce, spicy remeloude, pickles, and oh-my-thank-God it’s summer tomatoes, all served in soft bread that would make any New England lobster roll jealous.
The burrata at Star Provisions – Cheesemonger Tim Gaddis just received another shipment of this in last Friday, so hurry up and get over there within the next day.
The variety of beer at Hop City Craft Beer & Wine – The selection is fantastic and Kraig is a real hop-head who is always happy to steer you in the right direction. On my most recent visit (below) I picked up the Hitachino Red Rice Ale, the Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest, Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Maharaja Imperial India Ale, Baird Red Rose Amber Ale, Stone 13th Anniversary Ale, Hitachino Japanese Classic Ale, and the Stone IPA.
Summer in Atlanta – One of the many reasons I’m excited about summer is the freshness of produce. My basil and my first round of tomatoes are coming in strong, giving me all sorts of reasons to whip up some fresh and tasty plates at any time. If you don’t have a garden (or even if you do), go check out one of the many farmer’s markets each Saturday in Atlanta, or The Local Farmstand each Tuesday through Saturday.