Aug 17

Challenge Your Taste Buds @ Sheik Burritos n Kabobs!

Two weeks ago now, I got a keratin treatment and bunkered up for the following two days of processing until my hair transformed into a pretty princess mane.  Slick dragged me out for lunch one afternoon under the condition that we were going to go some place that he promised I would enjoy + where I wouldn’t run into anyone who I knew.  We went to Sheik Burritos n Kabobs.

Sheik serves fresh Persian and Southwestern cuisine, and they make an effort to use local and organic foods.  Slick had dined at Sheik once before and remembered really enjoying it and wanting to bring me as soon as he had the opportunity to choose a restaurant (which is nearly always my job).  I had never even noticed the restaurant, which is situated on Piedmont Ave. near Cheshire Bridge – an area I pass multiple times a week.  It’s a small space, but there is a lot going on in there + I knew I liked it as soon as I walked in and saw the King of Pops served here sign!

Sheik’s walls are covered with a whimsical Persian mural.  This is my favorite section…

Slick ordered Sheik tea over ice with honey and we listened closely as our enthusiastic server walked us through the unfamiliar menu.  As this was my very first Persian food experience, I needed a bit of hand-holding to make sure that I knew what I was getting into. 

Our server suggested that we start off with chips and eggplant with herbs dip.  The eggplant’s texture and flavor was unusual to me, but in a good way.  The small cup of dip was not around for long!

After much deliberation, Slick + I deferred to the server to select our entrees.  He split two tasty burritos between us. 

On the left: La Dirka-Dirka – lamb sirloin, bad-man-jon, and red spinach served Persian style (wrapped in Persian flat bread with Basmati rice and yogurt).

On the right: La Camelback – local chicken breast, feast-n-june, Persian salsa, maroon and gold beets, and feta in a whole wheat tortilla.

They arrived with chips and a small cup of Persian salsa: tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, mint, olive oil + citrus.

We very quickly devoured both burritos.  They were delicious and filled with unique flavors. 

I think it’s important to challenge your taste buds, AND I think it’s important to have a restaurant that you can escape to when you have a keratin treatment slathered all over your head + you don’t want to see anyone you know.  Sheik was a perfect escape for both.  Keep an eye out for it on Piedmont Ave.  It’s a gem and worthy of a visit.  Heck, it’s King of Pops and Q+DD approved!  You can’t really beat that…  :)

xx, L

Sheik Burritos n Kabobs
1877 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
404.975.4314
www.sheikburritos.com

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Jun 29

Taste & Tour of Cheshire Bridge Road: 7/20-21

A wide variety of Cheshire Bridge Road businesses are working together to bring the Third Annual Taste & Tour to Atlanta’s most eclectic street.  The two-day event, held July 20-21, will feature many of Atlanta’s best restaurants + high-end businesses offering food tastings, exhibits, product samples, discounts, raffle prizes + more.  

 
This year’s Taste & Tour is sponsored by the Lindbergh-LaVista Corridor Coalition (LLCC) + Public Broadcasting Atlanta.  The LLCC is a non-profit corporation comprised of residents, business owners + property owners in northeast Atlanta whose mission is to redefine and revitalize the community it serves.  Net proceeds from this year’s event will be used to fund a feasibility study for the establishment of a Community Improvement District (CID) in the area.  


“I’m thrilled to once again be participating in this year’s Taste & Tour,” said Kevin Gillespie, Executive Chef at Woodfire Grill.  “Cheshire Bridge Road has so many fantastic restaurants and unique businesses, and I’m happy to be part of an event that celebrates our street’s diversity,” continued Gillespie, a finalist voted “fan favorite” on the sixth season of Bravo’s Top Chef.  

KG

Taste & Tour hours are 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day.  The event is accessible via the MARTA Lindbergh Station + bus route 27, which stops at multiple locations on Cheshire Bridge.  Designated parking locations are at Antiques & Beyond (1853 Cheshire Bridge Rd.) + The Center for Spiritual Growth & Meditation (1893 Piedmont Road NE).  A trolley will transport attendees along Cheshire Bridge with stops at several locations + within walking distance of participating businesses. 

Tickets are available online: Taste & Tour of Cheshire Bridge Rd.    
 
Ticket prices are $15 each for a one-day pass or $25 each for a two-day pass until July 1.  Tickets sold after July 1 will be subject to higher pricing.  Children ages 12 and under are admitted free. 
 
Many of the participating businesses have called Cheshire Bridge their home for decades while others have recently joined the diverse mix.  Participating businesses include: Alfredo’s, Antiques and Beyond, Barking Hound Village, Caroline Budd Picture Framing, The Colonnade, Décor Professionals, Habersham Gardens, Johnny’s New York Pizza, Las Margaritas, Nakato Japanese Restaurant, Nino’s, Perla Taqueria, Photography Center of Atlanta, Region’s Bank, Rhodes Bakery, Roxx Tavern, Tailor’s Art Cleaners, Roxx Tavern, Ursula’s Cooking School + Woodfire Grill.  Click HERE for a full list of participants.

This may be the most exciting neighborhood culinary tour yet, folks…  :)

xx, L

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Mar 16

Garlic Breath

Slick and I are definitely more of a “let’s grab sushi” couple than a “let’s eat four pounds of heavy-garlicky Italian food” couple.  However, when I found that he hadn’t eaten at Alfredo’s* yet, a mecca for Italian food in Atlanta situated on the sketchiest street in the city – lovely Cheshire Bridge, we rallied the Shapiros and sent Outlook reminders to “SAVE THE MEAL.”

*Note: Please do not read any further if you happen to be on a diet…

the shapiros (blog regulars)

Alfredo’s is NOT a place you want to choose for a first date.  It’s packed (even on random weekdays) – it’s pretty loud – there’s not a sexy atmosphere whatsoever – you absolutely REEK of garlic when you leave – and you cannot get out of there w/o consuming roughly 4,000 calories.  However, I love every minute of the famous Alfredo’s experience!  From the 70’s-ish decor that hasn’t been updated to the heavily-accented Italian servers – this place is a gem! 

We went on a Thursday evening and although we made a reservation, we had to wait 20 minutes to be seated.  Even I patiently waited…  The restaurant was filled with businessmen in suits and Sandy Springs married couples.  I ran into a colleague who’s around my age with some of her friends.  The demographic at Alfredo’s is entirely across the board. 

On Stuart’s recommendation, we ordered delicious caesar salads and almost immediately cleaned our plates.  We shared fried calamari + marinara and garlic bread.  I believe we ended up finishing three or so baskets of GB…don’t judge.  It’s the best I’ve ever had – and it’s what leaves you breathing garlic for the following three days.  Seriously, it comes out of your pores.  Not sexy at all – but kind of awesome. :)

For entrees: Stuart’s chicken parm was the group favorite.  Slick and I had the mussels w/ linguine + marinara and the chicken al pesto.  Stac ordered the chicken cacciatore.  We washed it all down with a bottle of cab.  This doesn’t sound like an enormous amount of food, but it certainly was**.  So much, in fact, that after dinner Slick and I parted ways so that we could each go home and rub our stomachs + independently pass out from our food comas.  (Again, sexy – I KNOW.) 

I was full until about 3:00 p.m. the next day.  Even though I brushed my teeth almost hourly after the meal, I could still smell + taste garlic two days later!  Alfredo’s really isn’t kidding around.

me

It’s officially spring and the weather is starting to warm up.  You might as well try Alfredo’s now before you start thinking too much about swimsuit season…   Oh also – I’ve heard from friends that its small bar is a fun place to sit at and have a drink on the weekends

**Note: No pictures were taken of our meal because I felt it would be disrespectful.  This place is sacred.  You’ll just have to see for yourselves.  :)

xx, L

Alfredo’s Italian Restaurant
1989 Cheshire Bridge Road NE
Atlanta, GA  30324
404-876-1380
http://www.alfredositalianrestaurant.com/

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