Sunday Afternoon at the Haute Doggery (HD1)
It’s not news that Richard Blais, our Atlanta Top Chef + Top Chef Masters celeb chef, opened a hot dog joint called HD1 (Haute Doggery), but what IS news (at least to me) is how enjoyable the HD1-experience was to someone who is honestly not that into the hot dog thang.
HD1 is situated next to Pura Vida and San Fran Coffee in between Ponce de Leon and North Ave. on North Highland. I think it’s a brilliant location pulling from the Poncey-Highlands hipsters, the Virginia Highlands college kids, the Fernbank area families, and the Little Five and Candler Park folks. Kev and I visited HD1 on Sunday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. and it was P.A.C.K.E.D. Admittedly, I was shocked by how popular it seemed to be.
Location, Location, Location – right? Right.
A glimpse at HD1′s elaborate hot dog menu…
We found two cozy seats set aside from the otherwise communal seating, and were greeted by a pleasantly laid-back waitress who took our drink orders and informed us about her favorite HD1 dogs. We perused the menu for a bit, and I frequently looked up to see Kev’s eyes get wider and wider. Everything we were reading sounded more and more decadent and delicious than the former! Eventually, we settled on a few things.
We started with the HD Waffle Fries with maple-oy sauce.
They were different.
I found the maple-oy sauce to be pretty overpowering, and wished that we would have just ordered the plain waffle fries and soaked them in good ol’ fashioned ketchup. Now we know…
Next, we moved on to THESE. Beef ‘n pork wieners served on toasted sweet Ghana rolls.
From left to right – The Whiz: cheese sauce + shoestring frites (my fav.)/ Eastbound and Down: Carolina pulled pork, sweet mustard slaw + mop sauce (Kev’s fav.)/ Plain Jane: HD mustard, ketchup, sweet relish + onion.
Kev and I both agreed that the hot dogs were delicious and definitely creative, but the sweet Ghana rolls were really what made the major difference for us! Y-U-M!
Other hot dogs that we thought sounded great:
- Chow-down: chow-chow + brown mustard.
- Freemont St.: garlic cream cheese + red onion-tomato salad.
- Kenturkey: turkey sausage, tomato-pimento marmalade, mornay, bacon + parmesan.
See the full HD1 menu HERE!
Although we’d stuffed ourselves with hot dogs, we HAD to try the Caramel Popcorn Vanilla Soft Serve at the end of our meal.
It was out-of-this-world good!
We had such a fun time at HD1. The food was an interesting change up to an otherwise potentially boring Sunday lunch. While I might not want to eat hot dogs every weekend (Kev disagrees with me on that point), I would absolutely bring out-of-towners and first-timers to HD1 to show it off. And, next time I’m definitely trying the Kenturkey.
So, about that wedding diet…
664 Highland Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
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The Q+DD 2 Year Blog-iversary Was A BLAST!
Thanks so much to everyone who joined us last night at Pura Vida to celebrate the Q+DD 2 Year Blog-iversary! We had so much fun with y’all!
And, we seriously heart Pura Vida. It was our favorite Q+DD happy hour yet!!
We’d like to extend a very special thanks to Hector + Leslie Santiago for embracing all the Q+DD excitement and allowing us to invade their incredible restaurant for the evening! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
An excellent time was had by all.
Slick + Greg…
…and lots of our amazing friends + readers! Thank you all so much for your support!
Another big THANK YOU to Pura Vida bartender extraordinaire, Paul Calvert, who did a phenomenal job taking care of our thirsty Q+DD happy hour-ers! You rock, Paul. We loved the shout out on the cocktail menu, too! The best.
Finally…DID YOU GET ONE OR WHAT?!
They’re the hottest summer fashion accessory for your beverages. Just look:
Drinks just don’t get sexier than that…
Thanks again for celebrating with us last night + toasting to many more Q+DD-filled years to come!
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Celebrate Any Day That Ends in "Y" @ Genki
All three Genki Noodles + Sushi locations (Buckhead, Sandy Springs + Virginia Highland) are adding a new weekly event to their ranks: Sake Sundays. On Sundays, they are offering $1 sushi nigiri, $3 rolls, $3 Genki draft beer, $3.50 sake bombs + $5 cold sake. Sundays are meant to be social at Genki, all without breaking the bank. The Buckhead location will also feature live music every Sunday evening starting at 6:00 p.m.
In addition to Sake Sundays, all three Genki locations host Wine Wednesdays, offering half price bottles of wine starting at $12 and Genki Hour every Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with $3 apps, sushi rolls, wine + beer. The Virginia Highland location has also introduced Tokyo Tuesdays featuring $1 sushi nigiri, $3 rolls, $3 Genki draft beer, $3.50 sake bombs + $5 cold sake. Every Thursday is Ladies Night at The Prado in Sandy Springs with half of all appetizers for the ladies + live music at 6:00 p.m. For those that crave a late night sushi fix, the Buckhead and Virginia Highland locations offer a late night menu and a live DJ every Friday.
That’s enough to make your head spin…
Sounds like it’s a constant party at Genki!
3186 Roswell Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Sandy Springs – The Prado
5590 Roswell Road NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30342
1040 N. Highland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
Summerfest + Food Truckin' – What a Life!
And the summer festivals roll on and on and on…
The Q+DD on VaHi Summerfest:
When: 6/4 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. & 6/5 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Summerfest takes place along tree-lined Virginia Avenue, in the heart of the historic + charming Virginia Highland neighborhood. (Between North Highland Ave. and Park Dr.)
Tickets: FREE ADMISSION – donations to the VaHi Civic Association are appreciated.
Buzz: Regularly recognized by local media as one of Atlanta’s best neighborhood festivals + consistently revered by art professionals as one of the best artists’ markets in the southeast, Summerfest is a great event for the entire family.
Arts: The juried artists’ market features work + exhibits from more than 220 of the best artists in the southeast and beyond, in a variety of media including painting, clay, glass, jewelry, photography, printmaking, fiber, wood, metal + mixed media.
Music: The 92.9 Dave FM music stage will feature a variety of renowned local musicians, along with nationally acclaimed singer songwriters.
And, and, and….I will be there! Hooray!!
Click righttttt HERE for more info about Summerfest.
Summerfest is a seriously solid festival. I always end up buying something awesome, eating something fried and terribly delicious + having a great time at it. The only way that Summerfest could get any better is if there are going to be food trucks this year. For sure King of Pops (love!) will make an appearance, but I’m talking about FOOD TRUCK food trucks.
Which brings me to one of my favorite parts of last weekend when Loren + Seth (congrats on your engagement guys!) and Slick + I chased down (from Little Five Points to Midtown) two of the trucks remaining in the Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race. We found out that they were filming in and around Atlanta from our friends, Mr. Casey + Foodie Buddha. Once we did a little research on the contenders, we knew that we were going to set aside time to find them.
On the show, food trucks travel across the country seeing which can sell the most food. At the end of each stop, the food truck that made the least money goes home. Atlanta was the last stop before the finale in Miami. Hardcore readers may remember that I recently tried the Nom Nom truck in Palm Springs, which was runner up in last year’s The Great Food Truck Race. I guess that this is sorta becoming my thing…
We only had time to sample two trucks, both of which were fan-freaking-tastic + we plan to root for on the show. Here’s what we ate:
(Slick ordering from Roxy’s.)
Oysters ROXYfeller. Cute.
Grilled CHZ: Vermont cremont cheese, proscuitto de parma + quince.
Grilled CHZ: Private stock cheddar, foie gras, applewood bacon + peach preserve.
…it got photographed twice!
We were in cheesy heaven. And, I got a Roxy’s t-shirt which I proudly wore to the gym yesterday! Somehow, we found inner-hunger, strength, whatever you want to call it, to check out The Lime Truck up the street.
Crab + Bay Scallop Ceviche.
Green Curry Tofu Quesadilla.
Ahi Tuna Poke Nachos.
Blistered Shishito Peppers.
And, the coolest part of all is that we got to see them filming!
Even now, I’m still stuffed. Total. Both trucks were SO good and for such different reasons. There is a time and place for a loaded grilled cheese. Likewise, there is a time and place for creative, fresh fish + tofu. Last weekend, it was time for both.
Don’t miss Summerfest this weekend in the Highlands. And, if they have food trucks – I’m sure I’ll see you there. Play on, players + good luck to Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese + The Lime Truck!
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Strawberry Pimm's Cup for Summer
Slick + I met Rosh + Z for dinner at Floataway Cafe on Friday night. We ordered cocktails + Rosh and I both jumped at the Strawberry Pimm’s Cup. (Neither of us had tried a Pimm’s Cup before, but we were feeling a little adventurous.) I finished it WAY too fast – but with purpose. It was so unbelievably delicious! A perfect match for my summer fruit lovin’ palate…
We loved. Look how pretty, too:
It would take some work, but this is a drink that would be a hit at a dinner party. Definitely a crowd pleaser.
Impress Your Friends w/ a Strawberry Pimm’s Cup:
Two ounces of Pimm’s
Two large strawberries (use a third if strawberries are not enormo)
Five mint leaves
Muddle all of that together and either strain (if you don’t like chunk) or pour directly into the glass (if you are chunk-friendly).
Top it off with homemade lemonade soda. For every ounce of lemon juice add 3/4 an ounce of sweetener. To the lemon concoction, add an equal amount of soda water on top. Pour into muddled ingredients.
Drink + enjoy!
You guys. It is a.m.a.z.i.n.g. No lie.
And, so was the rest of our meal. All was splendid! Here’s what we ate:
Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna Crudo, Blood Orange, Chili (my fav.)
Crispy Young Squid, Sweet Onions, Asparagus, Lemon
Wood Grilled Chicken Livers, Red Onion Jam, Sourdough (decided I don’t care for chix livers…to put it nicely)
Wood Grilled Hanger Steak, Pommes Frites (x2)
Wood Grilled Georgia Quail, Caramelized Sweet Onions, Shallot Mostardo, Champagne Gastrique
Margherita Pizza with Chorizo + Farm Egg
Toffee Cake w/ Vanilla Gelato (SUPER delish!)
Truly a delightful meal. Recommend Floataway from top to bottom!
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Atlanta, GA 30306
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