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posted on October 16, 2010 at 9:28 am

I’ve been running around Atlanta like a mad woman for Creative Loafing’s upcoming food issue and have accumulated quite the glut of meals and food photos that don’t warrant a full review. That doesn’t mean the food isn’t worth talking about. I’ve hit some old favorites and a few new spots worth a mention. Check it out:

I went to Miller Union with Moon before a show at the Tabernacle last week. Since the weather was cooler, we sat out on the patio, which is glorious at this time of year. Moon got the feta snack appetizer to start.
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I got the egg baked in celery cream, which I have touted before on the blog. If you still haven’t tried it, this is your directive–assuming you are an egg lover like me.
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I got the duck breast over a buttery succcotash for my main and Moon ordered a pan-roasted chicken breast. Both were excellent. Miller Union knows how to satisfy and remain consistent. A+ in my book.

We had Eat, Drink, Man and wife over for dinner that Friday. I’d found a chicken in Reisling from Gourmet I’d be dying to try and took the weather as a sign it was time.
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I tweaked it a little by adding some mushrooms I sauteed in butter at the last moment and a dab of dijon once I added the cream. Just a note if you do make this dish: it needs about 30 minutes more cooking time than the recipe says. I really loved it. It’s kind of a quicky weeknight coq au vin. Served with a green salad in shallot vinaigrette and some 2009 Beaujolais Moon picked up at Green’s.
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2009 was the best year in recent history for Beaujolais. It’s a great wine to have on hand and inexpensive to boot.

Moon had to work the next day so I took myself on a date. I went for an hour-long $25 foot massage at the spot next to Bo Bo Garden and then a sizzling Dolsot bibimbap at So Kong Dong, which I swear has gotten 200% better since the latest change in ownership.
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It is also quite the hotspot for Korean teens and young professionals on Saturday. The place was packed and everyone seemed to know one another. Funny.

I had to go to the Ritz Carlton in Greensboro for a conference and ended up dining at the Georgia Grill one evening. I have to to give the place props for sourcing as many local ingredients they can even if they aren’t exactly seasonal–see the sweet pea filled pasta underneath my perfectly grilled lamb.

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This was my first time at this property, but the service was excellent and I can see myself going back there for a mini summer lake vacay since it is only about and hour and half from Atlanta. Since we were on the road, I just had to get:
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Mmmmm. Bojangles.

The next day I met my friend for a little late lunch at Souper Jenny.
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God, that woman makes some of the best chicken soup in Atlanta.

I met another friend at Dynamic Dish for lunch later that week. Owner, David Sweeney, had the most amazing main of white beans cooked in some very flavorful stock, quinoa, greens, and some creamy feta. Very satisfying as usual.
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After receiving a tip from a reader about a new-to-me Korean BBQ restaurant (full review coming later), I dragged my friend for a second lunch of ramen at Waraku (a place Eat, Drink, Man had told me he heard has good ramen).
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I got the tonkotsu of course. Decent ramen, but it was all a bit sweet. The place seems like a seriously solid neighborhood spot if you live in Suwanee though.
Waraku Japanese Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Found this place called BrainFreeze a few doors down from Waraku. The windows are covered in white writing advertising snowballs, jambalaya, gumbo, poboys, etc. How could I resist? It’s super cute inside. Love the pastel vinyl seating everywhere.

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Since I was pretty full, all I could fit in my belly was a snoball flavored with “hurricane” syrup. They take the New Orleans theme seriously. My friend got one that was covered in condensed milk. Heaven. Well, condensed milk does make everything awesome.
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Turns out they have some sort of eating contest. Well, a snoball/ice cream creation that’s 64 ounces. You have to finish it in 30 minutes or your photo ends up in the “hall of shame” instead of the “wall of fame.” This is some “Man versus Food” kind of eating. Are you man enough? I’m definitely not.

BrainFreeze Snoball Cafe on Urbanspoon

I was fortunate enough to go to the debut dinner of the Spice Route supper club, a new supper club with a focus on Indian food cooked by Kerala native Asha Gomez. Isn’t she cute?

My friend gave me a seat as a birthday present. It was amazing! Stay tuned for my report on this and that new Korean spot this week. Until then…happy eating!

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