Zinburger Dunwoody Preview Night

A belle is back and here to stay y’all! We’ve had a LOT of transition the past couple of years, but have tried to stay active on our IG at least. At any rate, both belles are back in the A shawty and ready to get back to bihness! I recently moved back from a 3 year stint in NY and am so happy to be back “home.” Don’t worry…we have some amazing content to share with y’all.

Our loyal readers may remember that we covered Zinburger’s Opening Night in ATL a few years ago. Well, now Zinburger is opening a new joint in Dunwoody tomorrow, and we were invited to the VIP night.

I must say the vibe is nice at this Zinburger. The location feels larger than the one in Lenox Mall, but a belle isn’t quite sure. What we can tell you is that this location does NOT have a rooftop! It looks that way, but looks can be deceiving y’all.

Various salads, sides, and sliders, milkshakes, and pies were served. Somehow we missed the tater tots, Bars of Zin milkshake, but maybe next time.

Samburger
Kobe + Zinburger
A belle loves to support charity, so we opted for the Gold Card to support Camp Twin Lakes. What a nice option!
Chinese Chicken Salad
Napa Salad (this was the fave at our table)
Chopped Wedge Salad (very refreshing!)
Sweet Potato Fries…ooh wee!

We really enjoyed the Samburger, El Diablo, Kobe, and Zinburger. My fianc√© tried the Ahi Tuna and seemed to like it as well! Our fave milkshake was the cookies and cream which had the right amount of sweetness and cookies. The truffle fries + sweet potato fries were a hit as well…especially since we’ve never had sweet potato fries.

And of course, the wine was good. I tried a Malbec and Tempranillo which were tasty. The cocktails were AMAZING! We were fans of all of them…especially the Zingria (Sangria) and Pineapple Daiquiri.

We are happy this location is opening because it’s close to both of our homes + the Lenox location has been going down in our opinion. Every time we come there’s always a bad experience, so a belle is giddy the Dunwoody location is opening, and the staff seems super accommodating.

We look forward to visiting Zinburger Dunwoody soon! Don’t forget they open tomorrow!

What type of burgers do y’all like?

Foodie Fun: Melting Pot

So a belle heard that the Melting Pot was one of the best spots to have a foodie experience in Atlanta, so we had to try it. The sis and I visited the Midtown location, which is in the heart of the city, not too far from one of our fave places–the Alliance.

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Melting Pot has an intimate atmosphere that is perfect for a girls night out. The sis and I felt so special as we were tucked away in a cozy booth trying to decide on our selections. We opted for the four course feature, and I decided to try some drinks.

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Although you see my smile, I didn’t know how this drink would be y’all! I was so scared to try this Fiery Pineapple Margarita, as I am a tried and true belle. If I try it AND it’s true, I don’t like to leave it. But y’all know, variety is the spice of life, and I shole enjoyed this tasty drink that was outfitted with cayenne….YES cayenne pepper! The sweetness of the pineapple and the hint of chipotle gave me life chile!

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Interestingly, fondue is the star of the show and started off the first course. We chose a new selection as our cheese fondue. It consisted of fontina, kase butterkase (a German cheese), and goat cheese. When I tell y’all this cheese had us over the moon I mean it honey. Artisan breads and fruit were served alongside the cheese; Tamika and I went in on this creamy delicacy!!

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We both had house salads,which were your basic salads, so no complaints here. Moving along to the GOOD stuff ūüėČ

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Everyone should smile a little with a Sunshine Sangria between courses. I love sweet drinks and this drink was that and then some. It was almost too sweet that I forgot liquor was in it! One thing about The Melting Pot is their presentation. Can’t you see how pretty this drink is? The fruit was fresh as well which was a GREAT thing!

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Didn’t I tell ya about the presentation? Even raw food looks purty! The Melting Pot has various cooking styles that include broths, wines, and various seasonings. We chose the Coq au Vin, a burgundy wine that is infused with various herbs and spices. I had the Land and Sea and Tamika had the French Quarter meal (minus the spice of course). After placing the food in the pot, alongside veggies like potatoes and broccoli, we chatted and waited for the food to cook. Our taste buds did not steer us wrong!

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Tamika raved about the andouille sausage and I was in love with my food. I killed those mushrooms! We received various dipping sauces that complemented the meats quite well. We were both in awe at the curry like sauce that wasn’t spicy. Trust that our tastebuds went into overdrive!

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The fourth course was TRULY the star of the show….DESSERT! The sis and I argued over who would choose the chocolate. I won since Tamika chose the cheese. We settled on a rich chocolate with toffee in it. When I tell ya this chocolate was high quality and unbelievable, I mean it!! I love sweets so I was dancing as I ate my chocolate fondue. Rice Krispie treats, Oreo crusted marshmallows, strawberries, bananas, brownies, blondies, and pound cake were served with the fondue. I really enjoyed the brownies 774

The service was wonderful…absolutely wonderful! Tamika and I enjoy going to places where they KNOW the menu, treat you like family, and go over and beyond! Our night ended with 2 roses for 2 special belles! If you’re looking for a great place to dine that serves up good food and a killer ambiance, then The Melting Pot should definitely be on your radar!

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*Disclosure: Our meals were provided & this doesn’t affect a belle‚Äôs opinion in any way.

Local Eats & Treats: Hudson North

Hey y’all! A belle has been quite busy, but I had to get back to my sweet friends to tell you about one of the most¬†tastiest¬†local spots here in the A-T-L. It’s called Hudson North and you have to head there fast because this is a pop-up spot that’s about to sail away in 48 days! When you do, ask for Folks (we thought his name is cool too!). He was our waiter for the evening and will take excellent care of you.

Seriously, if you haven’t been to a pop-up restaurant, you have to go to this one. What’s a pop-up restaurant inquisitive minds want to know? It’s just like a pop-up store. It comes and goes as fast as it came! Read that twice and holla at a belle.

The sis and I were invited to Hudson North, an uber cool restaurant in Atlantic Station. The decor is fab, from the hanging jars with tea lights to the chic nautical theme. The food is affordable, fresh and locally sourced. The prices make a frugal belle squeal with excitement!

We started the evening off with a unique twist on fritters and fried okra. The fritters were unlike any¬†cheese stick¬†I’ve ever had. For starters, they were balls! They were filled with ricotta and parmesan¬†cheese and were on top¬†of a bed of asparagus puree. Pickled mushrooms were served on top. Talk about some good eating!

This food is as good as it is gorgeous! I could have devoured more of these, but I didn’t want to spoil my meal.

The okra was breaded like you wouldn’t believe. We’re Southern girls, so we know about our okra. This wasn’t your typical fried okra; it was cut¬†lengthwise, breaded with buttermilk and a seasoned flour¬†and came with a scrumptious chile-lime aioli. Can we say mmm, mmm, good?!

After our “bar snacks” we looked forward to choosing our entrees. I had hangar steak topped with parsley, mint, house steak sauce, pickled chiles and fingerling potatoes. To say my meal was FANTASTIC is an understatement. The steak was tender and juicy and the fingerling potatoes were cooked perfectly. The food was seasoned very well and we even chatted a bit with Chef Bart about the food and a little football (ROOOLLL TIDE!).

Tamika had braised short rib. She loved her meal¬†immensely. It came with a root veggie slaw, and a bbq beet puree. Doesn’t it look good?!

If you like libations with your meal, you’ll love the drinks at Hudson North. They’re not those run of the mill watered down drinks some restaurants have. These drinks are strong, good, and are whimsical in a way. I had the Senor Jimenez which had a citrus flavor with hints of tequila.

Lastly, we had their “mason jar dessert” which was too cute for words. Take a look! I had the apple pie (on the right) and the sis had the¬†banana¬†pudding. It was the perfect little portion to end our meal. The service was exceptional, the food was¬†beyond¬†stellar and the¬†atmosphere¬†was¬†inviting¬†and¬†beautiful.

Hudson North is the perfect place for a date night, or just when you want some good local food with friends.

Hudson North will be in Atlanta Station until December 31, 2012. We don’t know for sure if they’ll pop-up somewhere else or not, so make your way there TODAY. Also, be sure to like their page and keep up with all of their fab dishes. Have your name added to the wall when you visit. You know we did!!! Until our next foodie adventure, y’all!

 Disclosure: We were provided with these yummy eats. As always, a belle’s opinion is her own. 

Eats & Treats: Down Home Southern Food

Historic restaurant in Midtown

On a recent trip to Atlanta, Ga, the ArtBelles¬†visited Mary Mac’s Tea Room. We were in search of some good Southern cooking; Mary Mac’s came highly recommended by locals. The restaurant is located in Midtown and is very spacious.

Pictures of celebrities, politicians and other figures line the walls. An assortment of breads (cornbread, yeast rolls and cinnamon rolls) were placed on the table. The cinnamon rolls tasted good but weren’t over the top with gooey good icing like I like em.

Since it was our first time visiting, we received a “pot likker,” which is turnip greens and a piece of cornbread. Neither ArtBelle is a fan¬†of turnip greens, but the juice was seasoned very well! If you can turn someone that turns their nose up to turnip greens into a believer, then you’re doing something right! I highly recommend the pot likker. Pics & the rest—->

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