Quest for the Best – FAJITAS – Taqueria Los Hermanos

IMG_2980This is my favorite Mexican restaurant in Atlanta. They have four locations, Tucker, Lilburn, Lawrenceville and Suwanee. I have never tried their fajitas because everything else on their menu is so good, until this week….TLH FajitasThey didn’t disappoint me with their fajitas either. The chicken was tender and well seasoned and this chicken was cut before it was grilled, leaving it super juicy. The cheese dip was great also.TLH Cheese dipIt has the jalepenos chopped and on the side so you can dump them in or not. These fajitas are very good. I would rank them in my top three. 

I have always gone to the Tucker restaurant but this one was their Lawrenceville Taqueria. Service was outstanding and the food is excellent. Have you been there? Let me know what you think.

Varuni Napoli, Whoa, do you like pizza?

An excellent new player has come to Atlanta, for pizza wars Varuni Napoli! Pizza 7Skip the appetizers, we tried the Cuoppo which was 3 Arancini (rice balls) and the Panzeroni (lightly fried potato croquettes). The rice balls were the better of the two, but don’t waste your time and calories with those, when the main star is about to come along.Pizza 3The main star = the pizza, The Porreca Piccante! Pizza Varuni NapoliThis pizza is so delicious, you cannot eat it fast enough. It is spicy and charred and so great. I can’t wait to go back to try all of them. We had some wine, but the beer looked great too!

Pizza 6The desserts look awesome too, but we were too full to try them, maybe next time.

Let me know your experiences in the Atlanta pizza world, or a recipe for a homemade pizza.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival!!!

Great idea for a Staycation, the Arts Festival at Piedmont Park. It is FREE and the park is beautiful! Young and old can find something to do in the park, at the festival.IMG_2904People were playing softball and kickball and down past the festival, there was a rugby match going on.IMG_2962You can see those blowup slides in the background, how fun is that?

They had a lot of food trucks with great smells. IMG_2947I ordered a jalepeno corn dog, but I got a regular corn dog, I suffered through it though. (they refunded my money, woo hoo!) There were a lot of talented people selling their art. IMG_2909Piedmont Park is a beautiful Park!IMG_2930Lots of wildlife in the water.IMG_2972The views of Midtown are spectacular.IMG_2948IMG_2977This was a great day, hope you did something fun too. Let me know if you did.

Quest for the Best – FAJITAS – La Hacienda

IMG_2869After the last Quest fail, I had to get back out there and try again. So, my neighbor, Will, told me about this pretty new mexican restaurant, La Hacienda, so, we went there today. Whew, it was very good! Attentive waiters, great decor, zippy service good overall experience. I do apologize for not taking more photos because the exterior is really tasteful and cute. 

IMG_2870Obviously, I ordered the fajitas, and this was a plateful with everything cooked (not just a garnish) The guacamole was great! Beans and rice very good. Chicken was really good. They have so many great looking entrees on their menu, I will happily return for more. 

IMG_2871Will got steak on skewers, it looked great. I am not sure why I didn’t try it. 

It was a very good experience and I will be back! If you have been let me know your thoughts.

 

Atlanta Braves Another Great Day Game

IMG_2798Today the weather was perfect and the traffic wasn’t too bad. So I drove down, went to a kiosk and purchased tickets, it is so incredibly easy. Oh and you can get tickets for as little as $10.00. Staycationwise, you could bring in your own food and water and not spend that much for a fun day for your family.IMG_2833This was this adorable guy’s first baseball game. He was so cute.We were up at Sky Field. (I had never been)IMG_2838Look at these big ole coke bottle adirondack chairs. That is a full grown Dodgers fan sitting there. Pretty funny, huh?

Then down to the outfield for a Holeman & Finch burger. Yahoo.H & F BurgerMy photo doesn’t do it justice. It is so good and Kevin Gillespie was right behind me in line. He is chef/owner Gunshow, he was on Top Chef. Just from watching Top Chef he was a fan favorite and a really nice guy. 

IMG_2836I think a Braves game is one of the most perfect staycation idea, even if the Braves lose. (Which they did)

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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!