New Menu at Buckhead Diner

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a tasting at Buckhead Diner, which was also the launch party for the new Atlanta Food Bloggers Society, an association for top food bloggers in Atlanta. With its delicious food and classic diner d├ęcor, Buckhead Diner is an Atlanta favorite, and also a great place to spot celebrities. My mom, Pattie, attended with me, and we had a wonderful time chatting with other top bloggers and sampling delectable dishes created by Buckhead Diner’s Chef, Charles Schwab. Chef Charlie chatted with us about the new menu at Buckhead Diner, and was very friendly and gracious.

Here is the menu for the tasting – each dish was scrumptious, but I will describe them in more detail. Everyone seemed to enjoy everything, but we all had a different favorite. Mine was the Spicy Pow Pow Rock Shrimp.

Tasting Menu -

White Truffle Deviled Eggs with shallot mayo and bibb lettuce – Flavorful and delicious.

Ceviche Day Boat - pristine seafood in lime and lemon juices, red onion, tomato, long chili, avocado and cilantro and paper thin sweet potato and plantain chips - Loved it. Perfect amount of cilantro.

Pimiento Cheese Balls - OMG, these were so good with gooey pimiento cheese inside!

Spicy Pow Pow Rock Shrimp served with chopsticks - My favorite dish. Lovely sauce, but watch out for the kick.

Grilled Chicken Breast Cobb Salad with Point Reyes blue cheese and white balsamic vinaigrette – This was probably the overall favorite dish of the tasting because of the variety of fresh ingredients and remarkable blue cheese.

Vegetarian Flatbread with arugula and pesto, a new item. - We all loved this flatbread pizza.

Horseradish Crusted Maine Cod with autumn bean and corn succotash - Delicious flavor combination.

Turkey Breast “Jardiniere” wood grilled with fresh cut asparagus, tiny tomatoes, shaved radishes, fingerling potatoes, organic arugula and olive oil lemon vinaigrette - This was another favorite, and would make a wonderful light lunch.

Buckhead Diner’s Famous James Beard Award Winning White Chocolate Banana Cream Pie - Wow! This was amazingly delicious! I love white chocolate.

I would certainly recommend a visit to Buckhead Diner, and if you have not been recently, it is definitely worth a trip back to try the new menu.

Buckhead Diner's Website

The Buckhead Life Group was so gracious to host this event, and I would like to share some news about their company as well. In Fall of next year, a new Pano’s restaurant will open on the entire main level of 103 West. The dining experience and menu are being designed with broad appeal for upscale Atlanta diners. Award-winning local designer, Bill Johnson of Johnson Studios will collaborate with founder and CEO, Pano Karatassos and his sons Niko and Pano to design the new restaurant. The recently renovated Grand Ballroom downstairs will feature an expanded pre-function space and will continue to be used for private events.

Buckhead Life is also currently expanding its highly successful Chops Lobster Bar in Boca Raton, Florida, with the addition of a third private dining room that will accommodate up to 70 people, and there are plans to open two more Buckhead Life restaurants in Florida. The first is in Coral Gables is expected to anchor a major hotel and condominium development. The second is on Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale, which will introduce a new concept for the company – Lobster Bar Grille. The Lobster Bar Grille will feature a more approachable menu than the original Chops Lobster Bar with menu selections to appeal to a broader market.

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Taste of Atlanta 2011! - October 22 & 23

Taste of Atlanta - October 22 & 23

Head to Tech Square in the heart of Midtown to celebrate all the 'tastes' Atlanta has to offer. Experience delicious bites from more than 80 of Atlanta's favorite restaurants, exceptional wine, beer and cocktail tastings, seminars and food pairings and relaxing music cafes.

For more info and to purchase tickets:
Taste of Atlanta.


Castleberry Hill Chili Cook-Off - October 22, 2011

THE 10th Annual Castleberry Hill CHILI COOK-OFF is Saturday, October 22, 2011
Proceeds Benefit the Castleberry Hill Fire Department and the Castleberry Hill Neighborhood Association

Atlanta, Georgia (October 5, 2011) – The 10th Annual Castleberry Hill Chili Cook-Off is taking place on Saturday, October 22 at the Elliott Street Deli and Pub. Not only will there be terrific chili to sample; there will also be a hot dog eating contest and live music. The winner walks away with a cool trophy and of course chili bragging rights. This year’s judges will include firemen from the neighborhood’s Fire Department as well as Atlanta Restaurant Blog’s Malika Harricharan, author of the new book, Food Lovers’ Atlanta. As in previous years, proceeds will benefit the Castleberry Hill Fire Department the Castleberry Hill Neighborhood Beautification projects. Entry is free. Tastes are $5 each. For more information, visit Castleberry Hill Cook-Off.

When: Saturday, October 22, 2011
2 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

Where: Elliott Street Deli and Pub
51 Elliott St Atlanta, GA 30313

Cost: Free Entrance. Tastes and beer samples are $5 each.

Benefiting: Proceeds Benefit the Castleberry Hill Fire Department and the Castleberry Hill Neighborhood Association

Website: Castleberry Hill Cook-Off.

Parking: Plenty of Free Parking in the lots at and around Elliott Street Deli and Pub.

2 p.m. Event Begins
3 p.m. Judging Begins
4 p.m. Hot Dog Eating Contest
4:30 p.m. 2011 Chili Awards

Sponsors: Elliott Street Deli and Pub, Boar’s Head


Willy's Mexicana Grill Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Jennifer Dunaway! You have won our contest for a $20 gift card from Willy's Mexicana Grill!

Fans, stay tuned for our next contest! :)

Check out Willy's Website!


Anime Weekend Atlanta - September 30th - October 2nd

AWA is going on this weekend, September 30th - October 2nd, 2011, at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. This is a cultural post rather than a food post, but all of the anime fans I know love Japanese food, and snacks like Pocky.

Anime Weekend Atlanta (AWA) is a Japanese Animation (Anime) & Comics (Manga) convention. AWA was first organized in 1994, with the first convention held in 1995. Since then, AWA has been recognized as one of the most popular Japanese Animation conventions in the United States, and one of the top ten attended anime conventions in North America.

AWA has a variety of events, including video rooms, a dealers room, costume contest, panels, workshops, an artist alley, and a formal ball.

AWA's Mission

1) To provide a venue for fans of Japanese Animation and Manga to come together in a festive environment.

2) To educate in the history of the medium by having guests who have worked in the industry.

3) To learn about the aspects of Japanese culture through animation and comics.

Anime Weekend Atlanta

See you there!