Craving a burger? Yeah me neither.
But take one step inside Atlanta's Yeah! Burger and I guarantee you will be hankering, itching, I daresay yearning for a burger. This place is so good even Bon Appetit gave it their stamp of approval (as in a "Favorite Burger Spot in America!").
|Yay Yeah Yum|
I visited the adorable Virginia Highland area's location of this retro joint. Yeah! Burger serves up your choice of a grass-fed beef or bison, or all-natural turkey, veggie or chicken patty with a wide array of pick-and-choose toppings (did I mention grilled vidalia onions??). Their ingredients are natural and organic which makes for a fresh meal of "real" food. No soggy fries able to withstand the elements for ten years here.
My personal selection included a bunless veggie burger topped with sunflower pesto (hands down the best pesto I've had), tomato, sauteed mushrooms, Napa coleslaw and sliced avocado. My favorite part of the meal? A sweet, mushy side of sweet potato fries. Heavenly.
The nice thing about Yeah! Burger was that it had healthy options from which to choose. Sure, it's totally fine to indulge in a juicy burger now and then. When you have options like a turkey or veggie burger, though, why not give them a shot? At a place like Yeah! Burger, they will ensure that you will not be let down. I honestly think even the most serious of carnivores out there would enjoy this flavorful, beef-textured veggie burger offering.
Check out my friend, Kristen's, review of our new favorite spot. (I have her to thank for not allowing me to buy a Yeah! Burger t-shirt despite the urge).
Tonight I had dinner at Fuego Coastal Mexican Eatery in Midtown Mobile (MiMo!). It was date night with my dad, and we decided to do what we do best and track down some good Mexican food. Neither of us had ever been to Fuego-- open since 2009-- and so decided to give it a shot. I am so glad we did!
|My failed attempt at taking a picture out front|
Fuego was started by a former Mobile resident who traveled both coasts before deciding to settle back in his native land. He focuses on fresh ingredients mixed with both traditional and modern, SoCal-influenced takes on Mexican cuisine. Fuego offers everything from the classic taco to "Carnitas a la Zosa"- "a slow-cooked pork with more than 23 flavors that will leave you speechless!" Baja fish tacos with jicama cabbage slaw and seafood enchiladas with shrimp and crab (a taste of Mobile) are also in the mix.
My dad and I began the night by splitting "El Pepin"- a watermelon-cucumber margarita. I do not come by margaritas naturally, but four years in undergrad has taught me to appreciate them. This margarita was so refreshing and not at all overly sweet as is often the case. It even came with a cucumber garnish that mocked the typical lime wedge.
|I wish all margaritas could taste like this|
My dad ordered the fish tacos with grilled mahi mahi. They came with a cilantro aioli and jicama slaw wrapped in homemade corn tortillas. Delicious. I went with the veggie enchiladas with black beans and puebla rice (rice with veggies in it) on the side. SO so so good.
Fuego stays true to their freshest ingredients possible mantra. Even their salsa tasted as though it had just been prepared moments before being served to us. A lively atmosphere with friendly service, Fuego will be seeing much more of me.
After the race on Saturday, we needed a good meal to refuel (or that's what I tell myself, at least). We had heard several mentions of Whiskey Kitchen located in "the Gulch," a happening area downtown, and decided to check it out. We were expecting a wait due to the high influx of people to Nashville that weekend so planned to sit at the bar for a while upon arrival.
Vibrant and filled with a true young Nashvegas crowd, Whiskey Kitchen was an excellent choice. We actually realized that we spent a total of 4 1/2 hours there that night. We waited for an outdoor table for roughly 2 1/2 hours and then had a long meal after that. Crazy? Nah. The things we will do for good food and good times. It was a nice night topped with a bottle of wine and that was all we could ask for.
This was a night that I threw all nutritious eating out the window. Horrible-sounding, I know, but my body was starving for butter-soaked energy. 13.1 miles really takes a toll on a girl. After much debate, I ordered the Fried Chicken Southern Sliders-- "a basket of hot buttermilk biscuits with blackberry-peppercorn butter, caramelized honey and buttermilk horseradish." Biscuits and blackberries and buttermilk, oh my!
Much to my disappointment (and I mean I was REALLY bummed out), the kitchen was out of biscuits by the time my order went through. Argh. I went with my second choice, the Spicy Pepperoni, Spinach and Fresh Mozzarella Pizza on a thin brick-oven baked crust. The pizza was delectable, but I had already stuffed my face with our appetizer of Tennessee Whiskey Yam Fries-- complete with sea salt, brown sugar and jalapeno ketchup-- so I was not even in the mood for pizza by the time it arrived. It made for a great dinner the following day, however.
|My friend, Kristen, and me at Whiskey Kitchen|
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Whiskey Kitchen. There were a few minor drawbacks, however. Though the wait was enjoyable thanks to good friends and fun atmosphere, it was excessive. All of the dishes had a certain kick to them, also. This was nice if you like a little pep to your meal, but I can see where it would be a bit too spicy in other cases.
All in all, Whiskey Kitchen is the hip place to be in Nashville and is worthy of a fun night out should you be in the neighborhood. And how could you not like a place with a quote like this:
"Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake." -W.C. Fields
~the Boston series~
|My friend Callie and me|
|Inside Union Oyster House with Amie and Kristen|
|We were NOT happy about having to wait so long|
|So we headed to a bar next door for a glass of vino|
|Let's try this again|
|Slightly delirious and high off sugar at Mike's Pastry|
|Dara, Kristen and I at Harvard|
Just thinking back to the number of coffee shop-esque locations we frequented in Boston gives me a sugar high. Here are the highlights of Cambridge (Yes, these were all the result of ONE day's worth of exploring. Judge away.)