Date Night at Del Frisco’s Grille
This post is incredibly long overdue. Right around Christmas time, Kevin and I had ourselves a nice, little double date with our buddies, The Caseys, at Del Frisco’s Grille in Buckhead. For over a month now, I’ve been wanting to tell you all about what we ate. (Where does the time go??)
While I personally preferred what Craft did with the space, DFG mastered the upscale bar look with their renovations - which is more appropriate for what they’re going for anyway.
DFG’s menu is sizable with nice coverage on the appetizers and flatbreads list. You could easily make a whole tapas-style meal out of those two sections alone and leave completely full. In fact, the next time I’m at DFG that is exactly what I intend to do.
We sat + ordered cocktails, and we smiled when they came out on these cute coasters. The DFG bartenders pour well.
So, here’s what we ate:
Ahi tacos: tuna tartare, avocado, spicy citrus mayo. My favorite thing we tried. They are delicious and a must-get for the table!
Cheesesteak egg rolls: sweet & spicy chili sauce, honey mustard. They were fun to try and I’d recommend for every DFG first-timer to order them, but I’m not sure that I’d get them again because they were so heavy. Totally worth trying once, though! (They are extremely photogenic, too, which I very much appreciate in my food.)
Orecchiette pasta: lemon-thyme chicken, fresh spinach, garlic cream parmesan. Jess ordered this. She said it was fine. It looked pretty basic to me. I feel like there are other things on the menu that are a bit more exciting.
Chicken schnitzel: sweet potato spaetzle, bordelaise sauce, fried egg, brown butter, parmesan. Sam opted for this creative dish. He said it was pretty darn good, too!
The Grille prime cheeseburger: double patties, lettuce, tomato, sloppy sauce, frites, pickle. Kev and I both went for the burger, and we were very pleased. It wasn’t quite as good as Bocado or Holeman + Finch’s master burgers, but it was still really satisfying and I’d definitely order it again. The fries were also pretty tasty, and we loved that the ketchup came out in a squirt bottle. Very cute touch.
Del Frisco’s Grille was good. We had a good time and enjoyed a good atmosphere with some good food. Was it great? I don’t know. Will I go again? For sure.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – not every meal has to be Bacchanalia. If it was, Bacchanalia wouldn’t be nearly as special. There is room in my social life and stomach for good food. DFG did a fine job changing up Craft’s space, and its bar scene is perfect for the Buckhead banker-types. It’s a fun place to see + be seen, and I think it will do well in Atlanta. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you all to give it a shot. At the very least, you have to test out a cheesesteak egg roll once in your life!
And when you’re there, walk over to the new Mandarin Oriental hotel and take a peek inside like Jess and I did after dinner. There is some serious loveliness happening in there!
Del Frisco’s Grille
3376 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
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Adventures in Cocktails
So, I’ve been doing a lot of cocktailing lately…and not a lot of writing. But to make it up to you, here’s the Q+DD on 3 creative ideas for your happy hour(s):
The basement of the refined and established Georgian Terrace Hotel holds a little surprise: ultra cool restaurant and bar, Proof and Provision. A stark contrast to the ultra-glam Livingston upstairs, Proof and Provision is dark, cozy, and effortlessly cool. (isn’t it just like an old Southern family to have a quirky family member in their brood?)
I went just before the holidays with one of my favorite little cocktail crews… we nibbled on hardwood smoked almonds with rosemary salt, deviled eggs, and ok – a grilled cheese or two - while we sipped on hand crafted cocktails:
…and you know, hung out with Ice Cube.
I suggest reading the full story on Witty and Pretty. (Prepare to belly laugh, Hess is hilarious.)
2. Article 14 I’m not going to lie to you, I have never liked a restaurant in this space, but when the girls suggested it as a kick-start to the weekend a few weeks back, it seemed as good a place as any and I’m so glad I made it in there. My fingers are crossed for Article 14 – located in the 1180 building on Peachtree at the corner of 14th (behind Tap) it’s upscale and ritzy but relaxed, and the wait staff is precious.
We totally got our nosh and enjoyed a few bevvies – definitely a nice change of pace for this area of town!
3. Cook Hall
So, in the W Buckhead, Market is out, Cook Hall is in. It’s brand-spanking-new, but the word is already out and the place is relatively small. We were lucky that Hess scored us a reservation because the joint was on a 20-minute wait on a Thursday night and when it comes to cocktails – my crew prefers instant gratification. (who doesn’t?)
It’s a buzzy little gastropub and the food is delish! We especially enjoyed the deviled eggs with blue crab, the meatballs, and the cheese plate (duh)
But we REALLY loved the “cocktail kit” which arms you with Tito’s vodka and everything you need to make your own fancy-pants drink.
Full disclosure: mine ended up tasting like an extremely sweet pineapple and rosemary explosion…but it was super fun to construct. I have a feeling Hess and Terch were better equipped to make a cocktail.
However, if you do end up with a masterpiece in a glass, the cocktail kit is equipped with a “little black book” for you to jot down your recipe for future cocktail conquistadors! (Don’t worry, you won’t find my little gem in there)
That’s all for now! Feel free to shoot us your new favorite places to spend the hours of 5-9 on Monday – Friday in the comments section…mmmkay?
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Get Hooked on Fifth Group’s Lure!
Oh gosh, this post is WAY overdue. Apologies for my serious MIA-ness this month. I’m officially back! Okay, so about three weeks ago, Kevin and I joined the Caseys to try out Fifth Group’s newest hotspot: Lure.
Located on Crescent Ave. in the old Vickery’s space, Lure is an urban fisherman’s dream! The rustic/ contemporary wooden decor makes you feel like you are in the belly of a ship. Here’s a peek inside:
On the Friday night we visited Lure, the crowd was young and lively – and the bar was the place to be. Lure has an excellent bar set off to the side by the front door overlooking the restaurant. They also have a creative drink menu featuring a lengthy selection of wines by the glass, bottle, or on tap, as well as some fun cocktails and beers. Their adult beverage highlight is shochu. Lure sez that somewhere between a martini and a glass of white wine is the beverage taste experience and domain of shochu. Like a wine or spirit, full of grace and nuance, each has its own character and unique flavors. Lure offers eight shochu options.
These were some of our lovely cocktails for the evening.
Eventually, we made our way to our table and immediately started ordering. We began with Fried Rhode Island Calamari & Ipswich Clams served with pickled shallots, parsley, tartar, and lemon. Delish.
Although this photo was terribly unsuccessful, this appetizer was a serious hit at our table. Grilled Octopus & Pork Lettuce Wraps mixed with herbs and spicy Vietnamese sauce is NOT to be missed at Lure! It was out of this world good!
Then, it was time to get serious.
For my entree, I ordered the Pan-Fried Sole Fillets with bread crumbs, capers, brown butter, and sauteed spinach. I ate every last bite. This is a solid dish.
Sam selected the Grilled Whole Georgia Rainbow Trout served head-and-all with pickled ramp butter and new potatoes. It arrived with instructions as to how to debone. It was serious business, y’all. Must be a true fish lover for this entree!
Or maybe not so serious…
Jessica was the envy of the table when her Fish & Chips order came out. We pretty much stole all of her french fries. (Sorry, Jess!) Lure’s F&Cs are Acadian redfish in lacy sourdough batter with fries and malt vinegar. Soooooo goooooood.
I’m still kinda confused about what Kevin ordered. In fact, I was too busy watching Sam debone his fish and plotting how to steal more of Jess’s fries without her noticing, that he could tell me he had anything on the menu and I would believe it. I did get a picture of this in front of him, though:
Fried Oyster Slider with remoulade and watercress on a soft bun. The flag sticking out of it made us all smile.
Our server successfully talked us into dessert to cap off our evening. Creamy soft serve ice creams with some tasty toppings hit the spot.
We were all big fans of Lure, and all of us agreed to visit again. Fifth Group Restaurants continue to be reliably delicious. While I have to admit that we didn’t have the best server I’ve ever had, I think that new-restaurant-service-issues are pretty typical and can be easily fixed as the restaurant matures and the staff gets more familiar with the space, menu, and clientele. Other than that minor blip, I really enjoyed our experience. You could say that I’m hooked on Lure!
(Get it? Get it?!!)
1106 Crescent Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 3009
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It’s Pimm’s O’Clock!
Park 75 Lounge at the Four Seasons Atlanta loves the London Olympics.
And, I love Park 75. It’s that simple, really.
Park 75 Lounge
75 14th Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
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Mondovino Monday Nights @ Cucina Asellina!
Spent your Monday nights at Cucina Asellina (my new favorite Midtown restaurant – thank you very much) and get 4 wine samples/ 4 delicious light bites for $30. Sounds like a deal to me!
LOVE a Monday night out! I will definitely be there next week…
More on my recent visit to adorable Cucina Asellina HERE. And, I’ll see you there!
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