Wednesday, June 6, 2012

First Look: Exploring Town Brookhaven with Atlanta Culinary Tours

Oh happiness! There's nothing like using your taste buds to explore a neighborhood. This past Saturday, I was invited by Atlanta Culinary Tours to  experience a delicious culinary journey through Brookhaven. Atlanta Culinary Tours are basically a progressive dinner party in which the host, in this case a particular eatery or restaurant, present a dish along with the history, and technique behind it. Culinary tours are a great way to "savor" a city and experience local cuisine. 

Our first stop was Newks Cafe, an express casual dining experience in a refreshing and stylish atmosphere with an emphasis on freshness and flavor. At Newks we sampled 3 types of sandwiches, 2 different types of soup, 2 side items and basically every single dessert on the menu. Their must try menu item is the Newks "Q": White BBQ sauce, grilled chicken breast, Applewood smoked bacon and melted Swiss cheese. The sandwich is to die for. 

There Bar was next. There Bar is Brookhaven’s first upscale dive bar with a neighborhood atmosphere and great food from locally sourced ingredients. This gastropub is a hole in the wall with amazing food. Must try menu item: Fried Pickles made with vodka tempura batter, flash fried with dill ranch dipping sauce. Trust me, the vodka changes everything. These an no ordinary pickles. These are really, really good. The pickles are light and extra crispy and the vodka gives them  an unique flavor.  Eating just one is physically not possible ;D http://www.therebrookhaven.com/


Which Wich Superior Sandwiches was our third stop. They offer more than 50 varieties of customizable sandwiches.  Favorite menu item: The Grinder (Italian sandwich with salami, pepperoni and capicola). Favorite Milkshake: Vanilla


 The Flying Biscuit was next.  The place for alternative views and healthy, eclectic food and killer breakfast. Must try menu item: Biscuits with homemade cranberry apple butter.


Stop #5 Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub:  More Than a "Wee Bit" of Ireland...
Call it Celtic charm or just good ole' faithful food and fun, Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub is gaining a loyal following as a unique neighborhood gathering place. Featuring upscale pub food coupled with perfect pints and stout spirits, Olde Blind Dog offers contemporary tastes rich in tradition. Must try menu item: Ale and Cheddar Dip: Aged cheddar and Irish ale are the key ingredients in this delicious dip. It’s served with a generous helping of pretzel bread for the perfect pub grub. 1st Runner up: Short Rib Quesadilla, slow braised short rib meat, caramelized onions, and melted cheese all stuffed into a grilled quesadilla and garnished with chipotle ranch dressing.


Noche was our last stop. This is the perfect place to meet your friends and enjoy some famous margaritas and Spanish influence tapas. This high energy bar serving over 30 types of tequila is a local hot spot! Favorite menu item: White Sangria.

Atlanta Culinary Tours at Town Brookhaven will be held every first Saturday of the month at 3pm. Tickets are just $39. A steal considering the amount of food you are able to sample. Word of advice, come hungry, really hungry. I mean it. You will consume a lot of food.

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