Bartaco, Atlanta GA

A couple of Fridays ago, Marie and the three year-old came down to see me at work and we drove a short distance away for some lunch. Bartaco opened in August in a former industrial space on Marietta Street right at Howell Mill Road, continuing the ongoing prettification of this little stretch, which had been old city blight for such a long time. Going in next door are an Arden’s Garden and a boutique called A Ma ManiĆ©re. It must have been an expensive buildout for the small chain, which is based in Connecticut and has three stores there and one just across the state line in Port Chester NY. Continue reading “Bartaco, Atlanta GA”


Patrick’s Sub Shop, Atlanta GA (take two)

A couple of years back, I wrote a long and rambling chapter about Patrick’s Sub Shop, marking the first occasion in our blog to celebrate the great lost chain, Shrimp Boats. At the time, I did not know very much about this old location on Collier, but as I began digging into the background of some of the other stores, I found myself wanting to take a few more pictures of the building. One day, of course, the bulldozers will come. They always do. Continue reading “Patrick’s Sub Shop, Atlanta GA (take two)”

Star Provisions, Atlanta GA

Sometimes, word of mouth is still much stronger than social media. For example, one of my co-workers also has a part time job at Jeni’s Ice Creams. We all love this particular co-worker, well, for lots of reasons, but one of them is that every so often, she’ll bring in a few pints and leave them in the freezer with a note on a break room table inviting us to indulge. Oh, that Banana French Toast. My, my. Continue reading “Star Provisions, Atlanta GA”

Ssam Burger, Atlanta GA

I occasionally keep a lurking eye on the 285 Foodies Forum for news and opinions about Atlanta’s restaurants. One of their regulars is a friend who goes by the handle Barnum, and he reported on a new little place that had originally been in the works to serve house-made sausages. The family changed directions and went with burgers instead. Driving around in November shortly before they opened, Marie and I saw their little storefront on Defoors Ferry at Collier one Sunday. Continue reading “Ssam Burger, Atlanta GA”

The Real Chow Baby, Atlanta GA (take two) (CLOSED)

This is Marie, contributing an article about another location of a place we’d been to and enjoyed, and we wanted to see what (and how) the original was doing. Booming business, it appeared; the place was completely packed and there were ridiculous lines for the food bar. But I get ahead of myself. Continue reading “The Real Chow Baby, Atlanta GA (take two) (CLOSED)”

Jeni’s Ice Creams, Atlanta GA

Once upon a time, I didn’t object much to Ohio State. Part of it’s because I always thought that Jim Tressel was a class act, but basically, while I have little interest and no real concern about the activities of other, lesser, conferences, it’s kind of hard for me to muster much passion or antipathy for what goes on in the Big Ten. Then they went and hired Urban Meyer and packed their schedule with a bunch of loser teams and had the audacity to announce that they were number two in the country and stood in the way of Auburn playing FSU for the title. Continue reading “Jeni’s Ice Creams, Atlanta GA”

Big Easy Grille, Atlanta GA

Every once in a while, Marie and I can be spontaneous! We don’t always plan our trips and visits and meals months in advance, only sometimes. Okay, most of the time. But once in a while, like a Sunday last month, we dropped the girlchild off with her godmother so the two of them could see a movie and had no plans whatever for supper. We just drove around the Howell Mill / Westside neighborhoods looking for anything that struck our fancy. (Between you and me, I was totally in the mood for Nuevo Laredo, and drove past it, smiling, “Well, hey! Look! Nuevo Laredo’s open on Sundays!” Marie said that she did not want Mexican. Hmph. I would have to wait a few days to manage my Mxyzptlk-timed three-month craving for Tex-Mex.) Continue reading “Big Easy Grille, Atlanta GA”