Restaurant Review: Flip Burger Boutique [Buckhead]

fliplogo 3655 Roswell Rd, NE

Atlanta, GA  30342

404.549.3298

www.flipburgerboutique.com

Unfortunately, the service prevented me from actually tasting the food of the infamous Flip Burger Boutique.  Like so many other foodies, I became intrigued by the famous Nitrogen-inspired chef, Richard Blais, from Bravo’s Top Chef.   I finally made plans to go after wrapping up my grocery shopping on Saturday. It was about 2:30pm in the afternoon and I was starving.  When my friend and I pulled into the parking lot, I was excited because it wasn’t many cars.  This should translate to good service, good food…well, it didn’t.  The building was very contemporary and the interior of the restaurant did not disappoint with the chic red and white decorum.  As soon as we walked through the front glass doors, we were met by a full bar.  I looked to my left to locate the hostess station.  Initially, no one was there to greet us.  After about 5 minutes, a young lady came over and asked “How many?”  I said, “Two”.  She asked us to hold on as she walked to the back of the restaurant.  Meanwhile, my friend walked to the restroom which was located in the back of the restaurant.  He heard the hostess complaining about something.  By the time he made it back to the front of the restaurant, he asked me why I was still sitting there.  I told him that I was waiting for the hostess to return.  After 10 additional minutes of waiting,  she said that she had a tabletop ready for us.  I asked if we could sit in the booth next to the tabletop.  She grimaced as if I was asking for too much.  She finally conceded, walked us to the booth, and gave us our menus.

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I already knew what I wanted to order because I has been scoping out this restaurant for a while.  It was my intent to order the lamburger which consisted of a lamb patty, citrus goat cheese, marinated veggies, tzatziki and arugula.  My friend, a non-foodie, wanted to order the Classic which was accompanied by bibb lettuce, pickled onions, sliced tomato, ketchup, FLIP sauce and pickles.  Simple enough, right?…Wrong.  After waiting to be noticed and then waiting to be seated, we were now waiting to be waited on!  I must admit that I had a bit more patient than my friend, who was beginning to become frustrated.  I did become a little leary after scanning the plates of some of the patrons.  The food did not look impressive as all of the hype that surrounds this restaurant.  I did not allow the appearance of the food discourage me.  Alas, a waitress comes to the table with 2 cylinder glasses of ice water.  She never said her name.  She just sat the waters on the table and said “I’ll be right back”.  Well, needless to say, 15 minutes later….she still did not make it back.  By this time, I was vamished.  I looked at my friend and he looked back at me.  We both said, “let’s go”.  In essence, we never got a chance to place our order.  I am so disappointed because I was so looking forward to trying one of Richard Blais’s creations.  I had such a horrible experience at the Buckhead location.  Perhaps, the Midtown location will provide a better level of service.
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Restaurant Review: Sweet Dee’s Bakeshop

sweet_dee_600 Address: 2316 Main St, Tucker, GA 30084
Phone:(770) 696-4461
Website: www.sweetdeesbakeshop.com/
Hours: Closed on Sunday.  -  See all Transit: Main St @ First Ave

Move over, CamiCakes!  Hellooooo, Sweet Dee’s Bakeshop.  Don’t get me wrong I love Camicakes; however, Sweet Dee’s really hit the spot for me.  The most exciting thing about Sweet Dee’s is that it is not to far from my home.  Located in downtown Tucker, it is the chose of the locals looking to satisfy a sweet tooth.  Parking was not an issue as there are several places to park.  I went on a Saturday afternoon around 4pm and I was able to park right in front of the store.  As soon as I opened the door, the smell of freshly baked goods hit my nose and settled nicely there.  The decor of the bakeshop is very dainty and inviting.  The perfect place to go and have a cup of coffee and cupcake when Calgon just isn’t enough.

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I went with the intention on getting one cupcake but, when I saw my choices I had to get two.  I purchased the Chocolate Salted Caramel and the Red Velvet cupcakes.  The cupcakes were $2.75 a piece.  Most cupcakes are in the $2.50 to $3.50 range so, the price was just right.  Sweet Dee’s Bakeshop packages their desserts in a signature chocolate-colored box with the Sweet Dee’s logo sticker on the front.  As you can see from the pic below, the cupcakes have adequate spacing between them.  There’s nothing worse than driving home and opening a cupcake box only to find the cupcakes on top of each other and icing smeared everywhere.

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Now to the taste – actual cake/breading is what separated Sweet Dee’s from the rest.  The cupcakes did not taste artificial.  The ingredients had to be from scratch.  The cakes were very fresh.  The Chocolate Salted Caramel cupcakes had a nice surprise of caramel filling.  The icing was very creamy and not so sweet that it overpowered the rest of the cupcake.  The Red Velvet cupcake was simplistic in delivery but, it over delivered when it came to my palate. After one bite, I urged myself to save the rest for a midnight snack.  I couldn’t do it….after a mile down the road the cupcake was gone!  If I had to make a complaint about anything, it would be the icing.  While the taste and texture are great, I could have done without the amount of icing.  However, I do not think that this is a practice of Sweet Dee’s alone….other cupcake hotspots are right in line with the trend as well.

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Restaurant Review: Chai Pani

chai_paniAddress: 406 W Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Phone:(404) 378-4030
Website: chaipanidecatur.com
Saturday hours 11:30 am–3:00 pm, 5:30 pm–9:30 pm  -  See all
Transit: Ponce De Leon Ave@Fairview Ave

 

Chai Pani, a new City of Decatur hotspot known for its “Indian street food”, caught my eye as I was going to Farm Burger.  I was drawn to the line outside.  I knew that a trip to Chai Pani was in the near future.  Fast forward to today, the FUTURE is here.  I pulled into the parking lot.  Because Chai Pani shares a parking lot with a Cleaners spot and Farm Burger, parking can become very interesting.  However, today was my lucky day.  I spotted a parking space close to the front entrance.  It was around 2:15pm and there was no line in sight.  Today must really be my lucky day.  No parking hassle and no line….As I opened the front door, the beautiful vibrant colors of Mumbai, India greeted me.  The hostess was pleasant and sat me in the front dining room along the wall.  This was the perfect place to sit because I had a bird’s eye view of every angle of the eatery.

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I grazed the menu and narrowed my choices to the Bombay Chili Cheese Fries and the Sloppy Jai.  I waited patiently for the waiter to show….15 minutes later.  This was some what of a turnoff.  I don’t think it is indicative of the restaurant because other servers were respectful of their patrons’ time.  I just think I got the wrong waiter.  Once he made it to my table, he did apologize for the wait.  I let him know that it was my first time dining and asked his opinion on the 2 dishes I pre-selected.  It was one thing to read the description of the Bombay Chili fries in the menu (see below) but, it was a totally different experience to hear the words roll off the waiter’s tongue.  The waiter described the dish in more detail and really gave life to it.

The Bombay Chili Cheese Fries was found under this section of the Chai Pani menu:

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“Bombay Chili Cheese Fries (g) $7.99 Spiced Lamb hash (kheema) piled high on our masala fries, topped with paneer, onion & cilantro. Drizzled with our special hot stuff & served with tomato chutney.”

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I hope the picture translates to total goodness.  This meal did not disappointment.  There was an explosion of flavors with every bite.  I really loved this Indian take on an American dish.  The Bombay Chili Cheese fries can be shared with 2 people especially if they will be eating an entree as well.

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To accompany my Bombay Chili Cheese Fries, I decided to try the Lime Ricky which was made of fresh lime juice, house-made raspberry syrup and soda water.  This beverage was so refreshing.  It was not to sweet and it had a little fizz.

What are my quick thoughts on Chai Pani?  Everything seems to be pretty tasty at Chai Pani.  When I scanned the room, most plates were clean.  A young woman that I was sitting next to ordered the Samosa Chaat.  She said that it was so good that she was considering moving to City of Decatur.  If you are new to Indian food, then I would suggest getting your feet wet with the Bombay Chili Cheese Fries or the Sloppy Jai.  Both meals are based on American cuisine.  Even, if you are not into Indian food, the restaurant offers salads.  You can never go wrong with a salad.

Chai Pani is vegan and gluten-free friendly spot. All of the meats and dairy used are all natural and antibiotic & hormone free.  This is not only a great a place to dine for adults but for kids as well.

I highly recommend Chai Pani.

 

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