Quest for the Best – Fajitas – Mi Cocina

Mi Cocina 1Mi Cocina is a Mexican restaurant in Midtown Atlanta, part of a chain out of Dallas. It started out on a bad note and didn’t improve much from there. I was seated outside and chips were brought out immediately. The salsa was very good, the chips were fresh but I do not think they were homemade. (Their website states everything is handcrafted and made fresh daily.)

So, then I sat and sat and sat and tried to get anyone’s attention. What made me so sad is how attentive the waiters were to all of the other people dining with them. The head waiter came over and asked if I had been helped, “no,” what would you like to order? Cheese dip and fajitas and water. Cheese dip came out right away.Mi Cocina 4Now see that lovely chip that came in the dip, it was stale. The cheese dip tasted like Velveeta, not that there is anything wrong with that but I think I just ordered the wrong queso. The fajitas arrived about ten minutes later.Mi Cocina 6The beans were good and so was the rice. The peppers were not cooked, this did not come out sizzling the chicken was bland and cold. There were some good cooked potatoes on top of the chicken. It was like they threw some spices on before they brought it out. The two tortillas they gave me were not fresh. It was just not good. The good waitress asked me how thing were and I said okay. Finally my waiter came and asked me. I said the peppers were not cooked, he said, yes they are just a garnish….So I told him about my quest for the best – fajitas, and of all that I have tried so far, these were the worst and explained why. He was super nice and offered to get the general manager. So I waited, 5 minutes, no one, so I left. 

On a good note, the parking was free because they were repairing the ticket taker! 

Let me know if you have had a better experience here.

Quest for the Best – Bone Garden Cantina (Spoiler Alert, no fajitas)

Bone Garden Cantina 1Bone Garden Cantina was on the Travel Channel, Best True Mexican Restaurants in America, so I had to go check it out. A little hard to find, but not really.

A lot of restaurants are charging for chips and salsa now, this is one of them. The salsa was excellent,Bone Garden Cantina 2 the chips had a little too much salt on them for me, but if you like salted chips you would love it. I ordered a chicken taco and pork tamale (my other quest for the best is tamales, just haven’t reported it yet.). The chicken taco was excellent, the corn tortilla was one of the best I have had. The tamale was very good but not the best. The pork filling to the masa was just a little off for me. They do not have fajitas, but I think they are more traditional. Overall an extremely great experience, my waitress was so great! She was really attentive. I say go there and check it out, food is worth it!

Please let me know what you think!

LobsterFest 2014

IMG_2770This past Saturday my neighbors Mark and Alan had LobsterFest 2014 in honor of Mark’s mother Diane, who passed away last year. These lobsters were humongous. IMG_2774They were also delicious! IMG_2765A good looking group. Lots of wine and lots of food. Wait till you see dessert. Cake at LobsterFestIt all was so incredibly delicious.

This is Will and his lobster. IMG_2778If you want to host a LobsterFest for a Staycation, you can order them from the Lobsterguy.com. (Your friends each pay for their own lobsters) It was a blast and we can’t thank our hosts more! IMG_2772

Intriguing Art

IMG_2748Do you love looking at paintings? There is a wonderful Art Gallery in Historic Duluth. There is a great variety of artwork from a few different artists. Most of it by the owners, which are two extremely kind and talented people, Pam and Larry Smith oh and their new puppy! Their gallery is 2 Smith Art Gallery in Duluth, Georgia.

Pam Nelson Smith PostcardThis is Pam’s card. You can take her a photo and she will paint it for you and it is just priceless. Her work is stunning. 

Here is Larry’s card.Larry Smith PostcardHe paints landscapes, they are outstanding. He also teaches painting and his Fall Painting Classes are starting soon.I think they are an amazing duo and I am sure they are great teachers! If you are interested go to http://www.artistlarrysmith.com.

You can find their gallery at 3150 Main Street Suite 101, Duluth, Georgia 30096.

Let me know what you think!

Historic Duluth (A not so hidden gem!)

IMG_2711So, I went to Don Pedro on Monday. Excellent by the way. Then I thought I would drive up Buford Highway to Buford Dam, but on the way I saw a sign, historic Duluth turn left. I turn and find a parking lot on pavers, cute. I get out of the car and see a fountain with kids playing in it. IMG_2709Then I see this cute playground. IMG_2759Then they have these incredibly cute shops down the street.IMG_2741The only problem was that it was Monday and most everything is closed on Monday, but this cute shop was open.IMG_2744This place is adorable! Honestly cute bags, cute clothes, great gifts and cards the the store’s owner could not have been nicer. IMG_2725There are a few restaurants, I think Pure Taqueria was the only one open.IMG_2740On Thursdays they have Thisty Thursdays and you can get a drink, cocktail, beer and walk around and shop. On Thursdays they have a farmers market also.

They have cool concerts all the time and a beautiful music venue – Red Clay Theatre.

It would be a fun date night place to go, a fun family day trip, or a great weekend fun day! Check it out.  (Tomorrow I am going to let you know about a very special art gallery out there that is a must see!)

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Quest for the Best – FAJITAS Don Pedro

IMG_2703Okay technically they are not called fajitas here, so I ordered the pollo asado, grilled chicken. Here’s the deal, this place is packed with Hispanic people and me, good sign. The service is super fast. The chicken is really super tender and must have been marinated. The skin is crispy and so good! The salsa bar is very good. The sides are good too. Don Pedro chicken yumOh the salad was really good, iceberg lettuce, which can be yummy. Yes that is cheese dip in the background, also very good but too much food. Oh and the Coke, hecho en Mexico. If you haven’t had one give it a try, very sweet and very good!Don Pedro CokeThis place is winner winner chicken dinner! 

Oh it is way up Buford Highway, right after Beaver Ruin. The conclusion is I need to try these small great mexican restaurants. 

Tomorrow I will let you know somewhere great I discovered!

Quest for the BEST – FAJITAS Tacos & Tequilla

T & T MenuIf I don’t find the BEST soon, I might just be burning myself out on Fajitas. Today it was Tacos & Tequilla. It is a lively place. Cool looking inside. T & T InsideI think they had a little trouble deciding who would be my waiter, but it was just a hiccup. So, I ordered queso and then the chicken fajitas and a lime and some jalepeno slices. I pour the jalepeno slices into the queso, and they were a little spicy, but made it really good! Out came the fajitas…T & T FajitasLots of onions and peppers and although the chicken was grilled and sliced, they were still pretty tender and juicy. This was very good, the best thing about these fajitas was the salsa. This is some great salsa. I am going  to continue the quest. The next restaurant will be a hole in the wall. I will report later. Let me know if you have any suggestions. 

Oh, they have 3 locations, Buckhead, Midtown and Cumming!