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  1. If you make it to Atlanta, then you should go to Fox Brothers. Even though barbecue tastes are incredibly subjective, a lot of people agree with me that they're the best in Atlanta and serve very good food. The other two places you mentioned are also good choices, but I'd put Fox Bros. just ahead of them. Oh, one other place you may consider is Harold's Barbecue - an institution around here, they've been open over 50 years. Although the barbecue isn't that great, they still serve really good Brunswick stew and crackling cornbread. -Greg
  2. It seems that a whole belly clam is also an Ipswitch clams, a specialty of the Northeastern United States. I would give Sawicki's a call. If she can't help you, then maybe Star Provisions. -Greg
  3. There are three or four here in Atlanta that have a pretty good following, although they're not that secret. They have their own website/facebook page/etc. -Greg
  4. Definitely Churchill Grounds for jazz. There is a Sambuca club here, but I prefer Churchill's music. Other restaurants I'd recommend are La Pietra Cucina, Woodfire Grill, Abbatoir, Aria, Canoe, Pura Vida. -Greg
  5. My suggestion is Blackberry Farm. I wrote up my stay there a few years back - I'm sure the post is still here somewhere. But basically, it was incredible. Their current food events can be found here - http://www.blackberryfarm.com/index.php?lo...3264374cce4e532. -Greg
  6. Mi Pilon is an excellent suggestion. Around 'the corner' is Nadia's which specializes in Weat African (Liberian) food. There is a place off of 316 in Lawrenceville - I think it's on Hurricane Shoals Road. Jamaican food, and I believe they are/used to be on restaurant.com. Can't think of the name right now though. -Greg
  7. To me, Watershed and JCT offer two different takes on Southern cuisine. JCT Kitchen is more modern, with flavors that area a bit bolder. Watershed is simple and understated. Chef Peacock is famous for his Tuesday night Fried Chicken special. It's extremely lightly floured and fried to order. It's more about letting the quality of the meat come through than the crisp seasoned crust of other types of fried chicken. I feel that his restaurant is a bit more traditional in that way - and I love his connections with the great Edna Lewis. JCT Kitchen is good also, just in a different way. One small concern might be that Watershed is accessible from MARTA, while JCT Kitchen is not so much. Just in case you decide you don't want to drive. If you do go to JCT Kitchen, it shares a parking lot with Star Provisions (which includes Bacchanalia and Quinones), a Taqueria Del Sol location, and a Figo Pasta location. All of which are worth checking out, especially Star Provisions if you want some foodie souvenirs to take home. If you go to Watershed, there is also a Taqueria Del Sol across the street from it. Just 2-3 blocks away are Taco Mac if you need a sports/draft beer fix, Cakes And Ale which is run by a Watershed alum and they have a killer pastry chef in Cynthia Wong, Brick Store Pub is one of the best places to drink beer anywhere, and a location of Cook's Warehouse for those souvenirs again. -Greg
  8. The Soul Food Museum, http://www.naacaha.com, in Atlanta, Georgia. I really like what the museum is trying to do, but I believe it lacks direction. The article below will tell you more. http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/gyrobas...tent?oid=453576 -Greg
  9. In case you haven't been to Atlanta, a couple of things you should know. The city is not very pedestrian friendly. We have sidewalks and the basics, but the city is just not designed to be travelled on foot. (I just spent a week in San Francisco, and it was the exact opposite - *so* nice out there.) And to make matters worse, our public transportation is fairly poor. And cabs don't really run that much here - although you'll be staying downtown, so there will be a few more cabs than usual. I have a few suggestions that are walking distance from the Hyatt Regency. I think the furthest is about a mile. Sun Dial has decent food, but they're known for the views. The restaurant revolves, so you do get a nice view of the city. If you like that type of thing, I'd suggest just having a drink at the bar. You can just ride the elevator up to check out the view, but I think they've started charging for that. Not positive though. Trader Vic's is a bit touristy, but it can be fun. FAB is the new version of an old Atlanta restaurant (Brasserie Le Coze). I still haven't made it down there to try it out, but I've heard mostly good things about it. Chik Fil A is a Southern U.S. fast food chain founded here in Georgia. It is fast food, but their chicken sandwiches are very good. (Plus, they have waffle fries.) Room At Twelve I've been here a couple of times and enjoyed it. Look at their website for information about an early bird prix fixe menu that they have - $25 for three courses. McCormick & Schmick's is another chain, but has pretty good food - steak and seafood type of thing. (Although they pay no attention to sustainability issues.) One thing about them is a great happy hour - under $4 food items (not just small bites, but full size options) and (I think) drink specials. They have the menu on their website. The Varsity is an Atlanta instituition. I really recommend a visit here. It won't be the best food you've ever eaten, but it's a real piece of history. Glayds Knight and Ron Winan's Chicken and Waffles has a bit of the Southern/regional food you were looking for in a casual atmosphere. (Although it's not high on my personal list of places to go.) Mary Mac's Tea Room is another Atlanta institution, and an example of the 'meat and three' I mentioned in my other post. (Well, technically a tea room - but it's pretty close to the same thing.) MF Sushibar One of the best sushi restaurants in Atlanta (along with Taka - which is definitely not within walking distance for you). Krispy Kreme Doughnuts! If the red neon "hot light" is on, make sure you get a fresh hot doughnut. Baraonda has gotten some real good reviews. I used to know a girl who worked there, and she said it was very good. ENO is a great wine bar. (I think the best one in Atlanta.) The food usually has a Mediterranean influence, and they almost always have a few different wines on the list, like Greek, etc. Thelma's Kitchen is another example of a 'meat and three' type of restaurant. Daddy Dz is consistently ranked as one of the best barbecue places in Atlanta. We Southerners do like to argue about barbecue. Dynamic Dish This blog isn't updated everyday, but it functions as their only website. David is one of the best chefs in Atlanta. His food is the type of vegetarian cuisine that makes carnivores jealous. (Although he does occaisionaly use meat.) I highly recommend going here, but check the website for his hours. A few other interesting places if you have some free time: Fox Theatre is absolutely beautiful. They give tours of the theatre, and it's definately worth checking out even if you don't see a performance there. Shakespeare Tavern isn't well known for their food, but they do serve dinner before the shows. And their performances are good. Churchill Grounds is a first rate jazz club, that does serve a few things to nosh on during performances. Sweet Auburn neighborhood is only about half a mile from where you're staying. There are restaurants, stores, a farmer's market - a lot of food related things to do. That website isn't great, but it will give you a starting point to see if you're interested in anything there. World Of Coca Cola Coke was founded here in Atlanta, and World Of Coca Cola offers a history of the drink along with exhibits, being able to taste different versions from around the world, etc. Georgia Aquarium is the world's largest aquarium. (And probably has the world's largest crowds. ha) But is worth it, they have done a great job with everything about the aquarium. CNN offers tours of the studios and some behind the scenes stuff. (If you actually do have a bit of free time while you're here, look at getting a CityPass. I did it when I was in San Francisco, and it was great. Of course, out there, it included public transportation. But the one for Atlanta is good for a few things I mentioned, plus more.) I'm sure I've forgotten a few things, but that should give you a good starting point. If you have any questions about anything, just let me know. -Greg
  10. By regional, I assume you mean Southern U.S. The big trend in Atlanta right now is Farm-to-table and upscale Southern cuisine. Probably the best places that are doing that now are Restaurant Eugene, JCT Kitchen, Quinones Room, and Watershed - although there are quite a few others. If you're looking for something more casual, we have a few restaurants called a 'meat and three' (or two), named because you pick a meat from the daily selections and three (or two) vegetables from the daily offerings. Unfortunately the best ones are open just for lunch, but there are a few open at night if you can't get away during the day. Atlanta has quite the diverse ethnic populations also. So if you're looking for some other kind of regional - we have a restaurant for pretty much any country you can think of. Do you know where you'll be going for the business dinners? Where are you staying? Will you have transportation? All that will make a big difference. -Greg
  11. East Pearl in Duluth is usually good. 1810 Liddell Lane Duluth, GA (678) 380-6868 (Google the address, but it's off a little bit. It's basically at the corner of Shackleford Rd. and Liddell Lane in a building that looks like a ski lodge. I-85 to Steve Reynolds, go East. Left on Shackleford, East Pearl will be on your left.) I think they only have dim sum during the day - but they have it every day. And you're only half a block from the Gwinnett International Farmer's Market, and about 5-10 minutes from Super H Mart if you need to walk off all those calories. -Greg
  12. I havne't read the boards for a while, or I would have gotten to this sooner. Sorry about that. The two best Thai restaurants in Norcross are Thai Restaurant of Norcross (catchy, huh?) 6055 South Norcross Road Royal Thai Cuisine 6365 Spalding Drive I admit that I haven't been to either in a while, but they have both been around for many years and have stayed consistent over those years. -Greg
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    I first started getting gout in 2001 (I was 29.), but didn't realize it at first. I had started playing tennis again, so the little twinges I felt in my feet I put off on just tweaking my ankle a little. I did a little research after getting these twinges a few more times, and realized it sounded a lot like gout. But since it's usually older men who develop it, and especially after seeing the treatment (being a dry vegetarian), I decided I didn't have gout. Heh. And then one day, I woke up and just rotated my foot slightly and almost screamed, it hurt so bad. Over the years, I've tried altering my diet, going through phases. I've never done any one 'alternative' treatment for a long period, usually because my attacks were fairly spaced out, and I'd get bored with it. Then a while back, I had a bad attack in both knees at the same time. It looked like I owed some guy named Guido a whole lot of money. I was on the couch for a month and out of work (restaurant business - the perfect occupation for having gout) for six weeks. I seriously modified my diet, and was okay for months. But earlier this year, I had another mild attack. But it lingered for over a month, coming and going. So I finally went on probenecid. So far, so good. Like an earlier poster, I really wanted to do this 'naturally'. Not that I dislike drugs in general, but that gout really pisses me off. For years, decades even, I was fine. Then one day, my body decides it's not going to get rid of the uric acid anymore. Why? That's what irks me the most - that there's not much to why it happens other than genetics and predisposition and other general stuff. It's very annoying. In my research, I've found that the non-animal food sources aren't that bad. Mushrooms, broccoli, beans, etc. have the purine causing chemicals, but they are slightly different. The worst things are red wine, offal, shellfish, beef, and oily fish. (I've noticed, like one poster above, that a lot of foods that are 'good for you' are bad for you if you have gout. Drinking a glass of red wine for reservetol, etc.; oily fish for the omega-3s. Gout is truly an evil condition.) Things that are mildly bad would be cheese (anything with protein), the vegetable/beans category, chicken and turkey. (Maybe other fowl too. And I think bison might fall in this category because of it's low fat and nutrition profile. But I haven't been able to find anything about it.) In between would be all other meat and alcohol. And lastly - none of that is necessarily true. Gout seems to be a very individualistic condition. It will effect people very differently. To all the people above who are dealing with it, good luck. -Greg
  14. I'm a little late, but I ate at Table about a year and a half ago. It was one of the best meals I had had in a long time. Main dish was duck breast with braised celery that was just incredible, and I had a half bottle of a sparkling Burgundy that was excellent with it. And, granted, a year and a half was a while ago, but I still recommend eating there. -Greg
  15. I rarely bake anything; biscuits would be the only semi-regular item. But I've been thinking about making crackers lately. I'd like to know the basics ideas, but I'm specifically thinking about making a rosemary cracker just for snacking. So what is the basic procedure? What's the dough like? And how do you get specific shapes - form them first or cut them after baking? Thank you for the help. -Greg
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