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MKR’s Top 10 Atlanta Eats

It's Almost Impossible to Narrow Down a List of Best Atlanta Restaurants, But Here Are 10 to Try Today
August 29, 2015

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From a falafel that can stop me in my tracks, the best ever fried green tomato sandwich and a dish of divine wild mushroom ravioli, Atlanta has one heck of a restaurant scene. I’m often asked about the best Atlanta restaurants and recommendations for my tried-and-true favorites, but honestly it’s hard to narrow down the list!  But when Williams Sonoma asks you answer.  And while I’m always discovering new tasty bites, I can say these top ten on rotation have kept me full and happy as of late.  I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of them, and where you’ve had your favorite Atlanta meal!  Truly, MKR

1. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams: Well, duh.  There really are no words for Jeni’s ice cream, but I’ll stand behind saying that it’s just the best ice cream around.  I mean the Brambleberry Crisp? So. Good. 

2. Hal’s Steakhouse: While I obviously don’t eat meat, any place that starts the meal with garlic bread is amazing in my book (insert “100” emoji here). I hear from very trusted sources that this is simply the best steak one has ever had…yes, even compared to Chicago haunts. It’s an Atlanta staple and has been here forever, so you know they’re doing something right in there. You can even find Hal himself still at the bar, which just adds to the charm. Tip: order the Bone-In Filet.

3. KR SteakBar: My go-to spot for homemade, fresh pasta that’s just beyond good.  My mouth is watering just thinking about how to describe it.  Jenny Turknett of The Atlanta Journal put it perfectly: “The steak will steal your belly, the pasta your heart, but it’s the “other” that will steal your soul.” 

4. Pasta Da Pulcinella
: The atmosphere is just as cozy and perfect as the menu.  Don’t let its small menu turn you away; the wild mushroom ravioli is everything. Stuffed with brown garlic, each ravioli is a slice of heaven with its shiitake and domestic mushrooms tossed in rosemary infused olive oil and topped with tomatoes and julienne zucchini.

5. Murphy’s: This wine bar + shop has my name written all over it, no surprise here.  It offers a fantastic array of choices of hard-to-find wines. And my order?  The Fried Green Tomato Sandwich.  Well, and the TollHouse Pie.  

6. Sun in My Belly: This charming little cafe is my favorite breakfast spot. With a famous pimento cheese omelette on the menu, what’s not to love? 

7. Superica: Naturally, any new taco joint pops up quick on our radars.  So when this Tex-Mex restaurant opened its doors, we were eager to try it.  To our delight, it’s truly fantastic and do not forget to order the guac.

8. Antico Pizza
: If I’m going out for pizza, this is the spot. Every pie has that incredibly fresh and authentic taste, and each slice is perfectly thin. 

9. The Optimist: This place simply has the prettiest bar around, and its seafood is out of this world.  Oh and the mini putting green in the front while you wait = major points in our books. 

10. Star Provisions: While everyone swears by the shrimp po-boy, the falafel stops me in my tracks.  We’re talking a light, crunchy, soft and hot pocket of goodness. 

 

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See Ya Summer

Bidding Summer Adieu in a Super-Comfortable Blue and White Stripe Dress
August 28, 2015

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The end of summer is near, but how could I pass up this super-comfy blue and white stripe dress on a recent run through Barney’s?!  I mean blue and white stripe in an airy linen has my name written all over it.  Let’s just say that you can expect to find me in this dress on repeat until the temps start dropping and I’m forced to trade these wonderful Nicholas Kirkwood flats for suede booties come fall.  

And these flats!  You’ve seen them before and I’m still raving about them.  They are quite possibly my favorite flats ever..they are so so so comfy. Typically I’m wary of flats because of blisters, but this pair is simply perfection and the leather truly feels like butter (not to mention, they come in so many colors!)  

I’ll be bidding summer adieu in this blue and white stripe dress, that’s for sure.  What about you? Truly, MKR

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Creamed Vidalia Onion Bake With Homemade Bread Crumbs

Local to Georgia, vidalia onions are the star of this creamy, crunchy casserole
August 27, 2015

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Vidalia onions are local to Georgia, and I try to buy, cook and eat local whenever possible, as you know.  Unlike its brothers, the yellow, red and white onion, vidalias lack the sharp, astringent taste of other onions, and in turn taste sweet.  While I don’t discriminate against any onions (I adore them all), I will say you can find me grilling vidalias on the big green egg with just olive oil, salt and pepper quite often.  So when I had the opportunity to team up with Williams-Sonoma and whip up something local to my great state of Georgia, I immediately thought vidalias.  

So with summer beginning to sing its last sweet song, I knew I wanted to try a recipe that eases a summertime flavor into fall.  My answer: a recipe for Creamed Vidalia Onion Bake with Homemade Herb Bread Crumbs.  Sweet vidalias and shallots combine with creamy mushrooms and warm cinnamon, to then be topped with crispy herb breadcrumbs to create the perfect bite. Sweet + salty, soft but with a crunch.  

This dish completely stands on it’s own, but it would also be the perfect accompaniment for grilled steak, roast chicken or Thanksgiving dinner.  Imagine a little bit of this, a bit of stuffing, and a bit of turkey all on one fork…divine!  (Is it too early to talk Turkey??)

Be sure to tune in for my Williams-Sonoma Instagram takeover this Friday; I’ll be celebrating its store opening at Ponce City Market here in Atlanta all weekend long!  I’ll also be at the store all day Friday, so come say hi and join in the (yummy) festivities.  Can’t be there in person, I’m periscoping from the store at 12:00 est on Friday so make sure you join us at least virtually!  Truly, MKR

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