As our blog readers know, we’re avid fans of the show Chopped. Chefs based in Atlanta, GA including Zeb Stevenson, Chef Joe Rego (now in Florida) and Courtney Renn all have competed and fared well on the show. With the Final Four in Atlanta and a couch to sleep on at a good friend’s place, we decided to check out for ourselves what the city had to offer.
Our first stop was brunch at the Highland Bakery in the Old 4th Ward. Immediately upon entering, we knew it was one of those places we’d be regulars at if we were Atlanta residents. The atmosphere was both cozy and lively and everything on the menu was to die for. Since we couldn’t try everything, we decided go with the following Eggs Benedicts:
Allen- Put some eggs, Canadian Bacon and potatoes on a plate and I am one happy camper!
Kristina says: Since we were in the South, I decided to give the Cowboy Benedict a try. With poached eggs over quesadillas topped with Hollandaise, black beans and corn salsa, it was impossible to go wrong! I might not be able to eat brunch like this every day but I’m sure glad it’s an option every so often!
After spending a few hours downtown at the NCAA’s Bracketown, our next stop was an early dinner at Antico Pizza Napoletana in Midtown. The casual atmosphere and brick ovens made us feel like we were enjoying our meal in a small Italian village. The kitchen was open so we watched our pizza as it was prepared from scratch- from the spinning of the dough to the pie being placed in the oven.
The pizza was delicious… so delicious, in fact, that we could have probably eaten another pie. It was THAT GOOD.
Also check out our Vine video at Antico.
When we first interviewed Chef Zeb Stevenson last year after his Chopped victory, we told him that if we traveled to Atlanta, we would stop by Livingston Restaurant & Bar and meet him in person. When we stopped in for a late Sunday brunch, we were lucky enough to have him sit with us for a few minutes before we ate. He shared his experience on Chopped with us, as well as his daring cycling adventures!
His menu at Livingston was just as exiting with so many great options to choose from. We decided on the Chicken Fried Chicken and French Toast as well as an Arugula Salad.
Allen: Since we were in the South, I had to order fried chicken. The meat was really juicy and the skin was fried to the right crisp. The coleslaw provided a good contrast.
Kristina: Considering that I’d had Eggs Benedict at Highland, I decided to step out of my usual brunch routine and go with the French Toast. It was the perfect item to tame my sweet tooth… and the mimosa I enjoyed on the side wasn’t half bad either. 😉
Two Urban Licks
Prior to our trip to Atlanta, we reached out to the Twitterverse to ask about the best places to eat in Atlanta. Everyone that replied mentioned Two Urban Licks as a must-try. After dinner there, we can see why!
When we arrived at 5:30, there were at least 15 people waiting ahead of us even though doors didn’t open until 6. That’s always a good sign!
Two Urban Licks is situated in what looks like an old warehouse, which gives it a unique appeal. To “open” the windows, a server had to pull the chain to open the factory door.
Our server Terrison ran through the list of appetizers and entrees while suggesting his favorites. We decided to start with Tuna Tartare and Baked Chicken and Broccolini and Beef Brisket for our meals.
We know we only had a small taste of what Atlanta had to offer. We will make sure to visit the A-T-L again!