Monday, November 24, 2014

Memphis Barbecue Co.

"World Champion Pitmaster Melissa Cookston invites you to come taste the flavors that have won 10 World Championships!"

Chains come up with catchy PR gimmicks to trick the stupid voting public like she is actually cooking here (ie: like Guy Fieri at his restos)... Take a peek into the kitchen and you will find the crew from Shenanigan's in Waiting. The expeditor actually looked like Dane Cook and one of the line cooks like Luiz Guzman. I did not see one person of the female persuasion back in the kitchen. The fact that this joint opened without much fanfare speaks volumes. Observing the front of the house staff is also a tell-tale sign of their business model. And by what I saw, this is gonna be a real interesting first and last visit. All you have to do is look at who's eating there and what they are ordering. It's a BBQ joint, why are there more burgers coming out than BBQ? Am I the only schmuck who ordered the BBQ? This hipster wannabe DJ looking specimen comes in and orders a burger at the bar without even looking at the menu. Either he knows something I don't know or he is just a millenial with no palate or clue of what they specialize in. So, I take a look at the menu to see what the fuss was about with the burgers... I scroll down and see a "Donut Burger" they describe this as "Heaven with American cheese"... Fuck me. It was over before it began was what I was thinking to myself.
I have no choice except to accept what's coming to me... "Thank you, sir, may I have another" was in repeat mode in my tiny brain while my ginormous pouch was attempting to shrink itself.

Pork Rinds. Server asks if we would like some on the house... Duh. You come to a BBQ joint to eat a lot of man meat, so why would I say no to some crunchy fried porky foreskin? It was a nice gesture and pretty tasty. Hopefully, the BBQ will be just as tasty.

Signature Mary. Their version of the Bloody Mary... Too bad the bartender did not know how to make a one. I don't think she has even had one or heard of this drink before. It took 15 minzies to get this drink at an empty bar. She kept doing other things to avoid trying to make this drink. I don't usually ever complain about booze because I'm a hobo but this was undrinkable. I have no clue what she put in there but it tasted like llama piss and a raccoon on the rag. It was so thin and the 2 squirts of bloody mary mix she used was old, it had that expired taste to it. That old stick of celery looked like it was left over from a half eaten plate of wings from another customer. Besides the celery, what else is missing from this "bloody mary"... One can only count the ways. To rub that nasty dry rub salt around the rim to my open oral wounds is the ultimate insult. This is hands down the worst drink that I have ever had to still pay for in my miserable life. I know what I'll be doing when I get home... Crying myself to sleep once again.

Pitmasters Sampler. Spare ribs, pulled pork, sliced brisket, turnip greens, mac n cheese and cornbread. It actually looked decent. Yeah, and so does the plastic food in the windows at restaurants in Asia... I'm going all in or bust. The ribs were barely acceptable, tough to cut apart, a little chewy, thin dry rub, not much bark, light smoke flavor and they were not fall off the bone tender. The sliced brisket had some smoke ring to it but they were dry, no fat or bark. You have to sauce the shit out of them to get it down. The pulled pork were dried out like it's been sitting under a heat lamp for days. Found an end piece/tip with nice bark and crispies but only to have that dream crushed with a nice curly pube sticking out like a fucking flagpole waving victoriously at my defeat. Showed the bartender, she had a look like... "And this is my problem, how?". She did show it to the kitchen and they came out with a small monkey dish of extra pork. Oh, joy... Give me more of the same batch where that curly dwell and spawned. I ate it. The cornbread was burnt on the bottom and it was made days ago, hard as a rock. The turnip greens were finely chopped like something you find in the frozen aisle.. No way this was made fresh from scratch. The mac had that jar sauce consistency which means it wasn't good. The two BBQ sauces they have tasted exactly the same except one has more black pepper in it. For $24, this sampler was not expensive for the portion but as in life you get what you paid for.

This place wasn't even crowded and they were in the weeds... It wasn't a surprise. The staff has minimal training as evident by the lack of knowledge of the food and drink menu. The "managers" were all hanging out in the office laughing at something on the internet. There's no doubt the complacency of the management trickled down to the rest of the staff since no one gave two shits on the service, food execution nor the drinks. My advice is to stick with the beer and burger here... Even though I had none of that. I'm just going with the vibe of everyone else eating here. They obviously knew better than I did. This joint might last longer than it should because of the convenient location for workers during the weekday but it's definitely not a destination for those who are seeking quality BBQ. Seems like middling BBQ like this joint along with Smoke Ring and Smokebelly is the norm these days. When the free pork rinds are better than the paid items, you already know what the outcome will be. Where there's smoke... You better start pumping.

4764 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338
770-394-7427

http://memphisbbqco.com/ 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Drunken Vittles

The pouch doesn't drink much... At the work place. When I'm not negotiating million dollar deals for breakfast with my white knight, Harry Ellis, for Hans' detonators, I'm getting sloshed with a lot of brown juice. No, I'm not drinking out of the toilet like my dog... I'm talking about the nectar of the gods. I'm like a hobo and I like it all, bourbon, scotch, rye, vodka, coconut water, it's all the same in the darkness of my 360 sq ft. apartment like the one displayed in Ikea where I usually cry myself to sleep. But sometimes this bloated creasture muster up the courage to venture out for some sustenance, preferably at dusk.. And most likely after a shit load of cocktails. It's my mangina lubricant. Let's see what the pouch likes to stuff in it's hole(s).  

Wrecking Pub.
Classic Grilled Cheese. One of the best drunk food besides Taco Bell slop. I don't recall what it tasted like but I'm sure it was ok since the plate was empty when the bartender took it away. I did find a french fry in my shirt when I got home.

Bone Marrow. Topped with beef cheeks. Who doesn't like to put their bone in some cheeks... Don't mind me, I was just cruising the interwebs and saw something similar. This tasty little morsel will definitely fill you up.. Or a cheap slut.

Chicken Liver Pate and Bone Marrow. This was a special one night. The best offal you can find on a piece of patio paver... Unless it was that dead rat I found one day getting it's innards eaten by insects. This walkway cuisine is pure excess.. Pate and marrow, only thing missing was uni. It's like something you find at Alinea. Good stuff.


Napoleon's.
Tacos. Yeah, I ordered tacos from a pub. It's usually a bad move but they had a Korean BBQ taco. I had to do it like a sucka. The other 2 were something like beef and cheekan. At least they let you mix and match. They individually wrap each taco in foil.. It's kinda smart to separate these tacos. Upon closer inspection of the 3 Mexican't hatchet woundwiches... They kinda reminded me of 3 cuckoo ex-girlfriends I had. Flour tortillas, steam tray filler ingredients, and tri-color tortilla chips with canned black beans and a teaspoon of watery salsa... Had a taste of each and had enough. Yep, as fake as my ex-girlfriends. Time to dump these "Hoses". Ok, it's not awful but when you're drunk this will taste like Kate Upton. Not that I know what she tastes like but I did see the leaked nekid pics and I would eat that shit up. Slurp.

Smoked Chicken Wangz. Sounded great on paper. Looked nice when it came out. The outer part was smokey for sho' but when you get to where the meat touches the bone.. It was game over. The wings were parboiled and then smoked. A lot of places do this but most people wouldn't even notice it sober but the pouch's awareness amplifies with booze... Especially with wangz.

Fried Okra. These work pretty well when getting fucking toasted. Fried shit that's semi good for you. I think okra is good for you. Who knows, who cares, just keep shoveling them in your dirty toothless hole. Dude, there was this movie called "Tooth", it was about vagina dentata.. Scary shit man, pass the fried okra.


Sapori di Napoli.
Arancini. Fried rice balls and booze is any girl's wet dream... And mine. I got one ball in each cheek like a chipmunk. I know a couple of ladies that can do the same while balancing another one on their chin, they are very talented but not so smart.

Salsiccia e Funghi. Any fatso loves pizza when they're drunk. I'm no exception. This joint makes some great Napoletana pies, I don't usually get toppings but fat people usually never say no to more food.

Margherita. The one 'ZA that I enjoy the most because of it's simplicity, amazing flavor, crust, char, sauce and cheese melt factors when it's done right.. And this place does it spot on. I ate nearly the whole thing and then stumbled over to Victory for a few Jack slushies and a Beast on Yeast... And no, I'm not talking about those two talented ladies with balls on their chins.


Nori Nori.
Most sushi buffets are scary but this joint I like a lot. It's my once a month slutty splurge. They turn over the fishy platters quickly so it never sits for a long length of time and it's pretty fresh and clean. They got this routine down to a science. I usually go after a night of heavy drinking, so I don't care if I fucking gorge myself until my buttons pop on my shirt and find shrimp tails down my pants later on. I may be low rent but this place isn't at all and accepts me for who I am... A slob.

I really am a fucking slob. This was just the appetizers. Burp.

Look at the size of that thing! ...That's what she said. I saw this in a porno once... This girl put it in her, eh, nevermind. I'm just gonna ram this in my face hole. This place is like a porn lab, it's rows and rows of deadly sins... They got it all right here and I am full of lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, pride, envy and wrath comes later on in the bathroom. My bowels are asking for forgiveness now. 


Tin Lizzy's.
Tacos. I have no clue what I even ordered here... I mostly pointed and grunted on the menu to the bartender. She coulda put in a hamburger and I wouldn't even notice. Why do these tacos all taste the same? This dump was so not good, even when drunk. The place was so sticky. Prolly from all the cheap margaritas... Which I had a couple and so did the floor.

I think this was the fried cheekan taco... Well, of course it is... Under all that shit. No clue what it tasted like. Another shot of tequila, pweez... And one for your mom, too... Because this taco reminded me of her. Did she ever get the results from the doctor yet?


Taqueria El Rey del Taco.
The first thing you always order at a taco joint is the hot wings, naturally. Seriously, when you have been boozing all night, wings are a godsend... Hell, wings anytime is a godsend. Mexican hot wings aren't as crispy or spicy but they did the trick.

Skrimp Cocktail. Nothing says luxury than shrimp cocktail in the middle of the night on Buford Hwy. #1percento.

Offal Taco Assortment. These cabrons know tacos and internal organs. Lengua, cabeza, tripa, culo, pinga... Sometimes I don't know what I'm eating but I lurv them all and the prices of these booze absorbing grubbery leave you with enough pesos to get more booze!

More booze! That horchata is much better with Kahlua and vodka (just sneak airplane bottles in and say no comprendo when they ask what's in your hand)... I call it the Light Brown Russian. If they try to take it away, just say loudly, "Hey! Careful ese, there's a beverage here."


This might be the stupidest post I have done to date... It's ok, though, no one is reading this garbage anyways. Except for my one perverted fan. I love you man.. Or woman... Perhaps a parakeet. I gotta run out to the liquor store and maybe return some tapes.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thirteen Pies

The Buckhead militia was out in full force on a recent Friday night. Every girl was wearing almost the same outfit. Note: if you're a fat chick, don't wear black tight yoga-style riding pants with high brown boots and a denim shirt that acts like a mini dress. Those thighs were wearing out the already thin see-through material. Don't even think about bending over to pick up that napkin you just dropped, Bossy. I don't wanna see DuDu through those LuLu's. But anyhooha, this newly opened pizza joint was packed like hookers at a Secret Service party. It's obvious they're not here for the pizza, it's the scene they want to inhale...Except the fat chicks wanted to inhale the 'ZA. Shit, put me on that list as well, my muffin top needs more yeasty stumps for my lump.

The place is built out in the standard corporate fashion, not a lot of personality but it has clean lines, plenty of space, semi long wrap around bar, and two over-sized wood burning pizza ovens. When I say over-sized, it's really for looks more than function. You never want a giant oven where the cooking area (dome) has too much space, you want thick insulation or else you will never maintain that high temp constantly and putting out consistent product. The two ovens are really ridiculous, it's almost Willy Wonka-esque. What about the 'ZA??? Well, we'll just have to take a journey into the pouch then won't we...

Old Fashioned. So... I'm waiting for my drink and in the mean time I'm making observations around the joint. Three millenial broads dressed in unison at the next table, MK bags, the high brown boots, the works... Shit is gonna go down up in this piece with these three. Two of the three pies arrive, they let it sit there trying to be polite. Bitch, this ain't fine dining, it's pizza, you gotta eat that pie hot since no one is eating their's. The third comes out 8 minzies later, the other pies are now cold. Like it matters because all three skanks took 15 minutes to eat 2 slices each minus the crust, not even wanting to try the other pies. Watching each other to make sure they eat the same amount so they don't look like pigs in public. They each box up the rest. No fucking way they are full on 2 tiny frozen Totino's size slices, no fucking way. One broad is like 5'10" and 160 lbs, you know she will inhale the rest of her pie in 3 seconds like 2 lines of blow when she gets home. Another broad was like 3 apples high and 170 lbs, she will prolly finish the rest off in the bathroom and pretend to have left the box in the shitter by accident after they get to the car. You just can't make this shit up. This was a story that had to be told... To my one reader. And on that note, my drink finally arrives...
A decently executed OF... But drinking on these tiles bring back repressed memories when I fell off the wagon and found myself slumming it with a bot of Black Currant Mad Dog 20/20 in one hand and a half eaten roast beef sando with extra horsey sauce on the bathroom floor at an Arby's. I coulda really used some Polynesian sauce, wait, wrong fast food joint. Make the pain go away... A few more of these surely will.

House-Made Lamb Sausage. So, I ordered the 13th pie, they were out of that. How the fuck can they be out of that if it's a chef's choice? Just make something the fuck up and trick me with it. So, then I tried the Iberian pie which was also not available because they ran out of soffritto... Yeah, fucking soffritto, an Eyetalian version of mire poix. What's the deal with soffritto on pizza? My guess is prolly these fucking Lumbersexuals' fault at the bar, I heard they like anything that's rustic. So, I got this pie instead. Look at this specimen. What is going on with the puffy crust, is it stuffed with bacon and cheez like Pizza Hut? I hope so because this looks like it should come with a puffy shirt, but what's with the bite mark on the right... Did Remy make this pie or did a pizza maker slap his purple helmet on the dough like how artists sign their works. I smell a rat. The few nubbins of sausage were decent, the sauce was scarce and bland, the rest of the fillers were forgettable, decent char but the over-sized crust was just a way to cut down on the amount of toppings within that 8" diameter inside. It's all about cost control, people. Was it horrible? No. But it didn't exactly make me soil my underpants either. It's like how you feel when you wait for something for so long that you don't even care how it tastes, it's just something to shove into your mouth and chew like a mindless cow. I did just that.

Look at that man bulge... Or is that Kate Moss' kneecap? I wonder if her kneecap is just as chewy. I assume so from working all that gluten on the catwalk.

Spotted Trotter Guanciale & Farm Egg. Ok, this sounds good on paper. Shit, egg on anything sounds good to me. When it came out, I was like... Where are we, Panera? I didn't order a fucking salad bread bowl. Then I realized it was a pizza. Oh, my bad... Anyone could have made that mistake. I like frisee but Jesus, I don't need a muff size amount of it like in a 70's porno. Even Seka woulda trimmed that down a bit. I do like the egg, but no fucking way that came from a farm, try the back of a Sysco truck. The roasted onions was nice but the bland sauce and elephantiasis crust was still annoying the fuck outta me. For the people who don't eat the crust, you'll be shit outta luck getting halfway full with the rest of the mid-teens priced 'ZAs. Seriously, reduce the size of the outter crust and trick out your sauce a little bit more and then you'll have a halfway decent pie.

The other pizza joints need not worry about new competition, hell, Don Antonio by Starita isn't even a threat. This place is all show and no blow... It's like going to a club and they're dry. It's just a place for the millenials to see and be seen. It's basically a pissing contest in here. At best it's a place to kill time with a bite and a few drinks before going to your final destination. The food here is just for conversation. Just make sure they have plenty of to go boxes. They're gonna need it.

250 Buckhead Ave., Suite 317
Atlanta, GA
678-791-1313
http://thirteenpies.com/

Monday, November 3, 2014

Industry Tavern

By the name and location of this place, one can only imagine what kinda "industry" people would come here after their shift. Perhaps the ones with 7" clear stiletto heel platform shoes. One would expect an industry driven menu with an avant garde cocktail menu but sometimes reality must intrude and you're usually left with disappointment... Kinda like my life everyday. This "fast casual" joint has all the industry props for some low rent high school flick. Perhaps, this was the third and final work to "Waiting" and "Still Waiting" trilogy? I hope Luiz Guzman pops his greasy Goat out of his zipper to say hello or Naomi to flash her sasquatchian hair muff full of crumbs again, just for shits and giggles... Dane Cook, not so much, though.

But ok, what's the deal with this joint? The Terminus building complex is not really known for fine dining... MF Sushi put the place on the map but Amura sank a few months ago pretending to be like MF with Ru San's grade sooshee. BrickTop's, I don't even know what that shit is. So, this place came to be via the peeps from Gibney's Pub... Ok, not a place known for it's culinary appeal but I don't discriminate.. What am I talking about? I will discriminate like a motherfucker if it sucks ass. Let's take a looksie and hope there's a steady supply of toilet paper up in this piece...

IND Hand-Pressed Burger, seared with choice of cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion. That's funny, I didn't get a choice, I got all four options. They said they only serve it cooked through, so, naturally, I asked if they could do it medium-rare. Server said, sure, I guess so. Came out well done. But that's not the surprising thing... Ready for this? This burger tasted exactly like a BK Whopper!!! Holy shit, this is the first time ever that a burger from a "real" resto made it taste like a Whopper. I don't know if I should congratulate them or wrap it up in that wax paper like a Whopper, mark an "X" with a Sharpie on the wrapper and ask for a brown bag and paper crown to go. While the burger was nothing to write home about, the broccolini was quite tasty. I just couldn't do any fries or tots because I'm on a diet. Yeah, right.. I bet you believe that shit.

$18 Lobster Roll. I AM A SUCKA for this shit. You know this shit was gonna happen. I see a fucking lobster roll on the menu, I get that shit. For $18, you get a 4" bun (not buttered or toasted) filled with some decently dressed tender knuckle and claw meat... I said, Four Inch bun. Who makes a bun that small? My dick is bigger than this and that isn't saying much... And I don't charge $18 to wrap your mouth around it, I usually pay them but that's another story. They should call it a Robster Roll... Robbery in progress, call the po-po. The lobster was decent tasting but a bit on the bland side. The sauce cup of clarified butter was for what? Are you gonna bring out a brush and a George Foreman grill with that... So, I can butter and grill my own bun table side? And the extra mayo, how much fucking dressing do I need for a 4 inch bun of critter meat? I hate to see waste and this was just a plain waste of unneeded condiments. Is it bad if I asked for a to-go container for the clarified butter? Squirt.

Spicy Coppa. In BOLD letters proclaimed, "AWARD-WINNING PIZZA". What's with the hyphen? Is it some trick to keep your attention so you don't forget what it is when you read the space between the two words? Anytime anyone have to tell you that something or other is award-winning, they usually have something to hide or it's a Jedi mind trick to gimmick you into ordering one. I'm just a Padawan learner so I got Jedi mind fucked into getting one because of my curiosity. If I was a cat, I would be dead since 1979. Ok, when it came out, I was like award-winning in what competition? Best frozen pizza category? Someone call DiGiorno's and deliver me from cracker crust pizza hell... This thing was not good. This is the kind of pizza you serve at a 5 yr old's birthday party because if it fell on the ground, no one who notice the difference when someone puts it back on the table... Because everyone's attention will be on the kid's drunk father trying to break open a SpongeBob pinata with a wiffle ball bat. Like the pinata's candy spewing all over the lawn, this thing should be spewed all over the Atlantic ocean. I can't believe they actually charge real money for this.

This is like the real life Shenanigan's... A bunch of characters serving movie prop like food to middling pedestrians that wouldn't know the difference between a pizza pie and a hair pie. If any industry people come here after work at all... It'll be the ones with a wad of Drakkar Noir drenched dollar bills strapped to their thighs.

Pump, pump... Pffft. This joint is shooting blanks. I'm going home to cry myself to sleep yet again..

3280 Peachtree Road NE #187
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 254-4468
http://industrytavern.com/

Monday, October 27, 2014

Little Alley Steak

Canton Street has become real popular with the suburbanites and soccer moms. This is like the hipster area of Roswell... Too bad everyone here is over 40 trying to be that cool kid with who has the most gaudy shit on and how can I top Stephanie's rhinestone boots and muffin top squeezing jeans I got at that over priced rag depot, Francesca's. Wait, what the fuck am I doing up here on a week night?! And why is this area so packed? Do these soccer moms and their slutty cougar friends work or what? Nevermind, y'all, know the answer to that... It rhymes with "On a street corner". But let's take a look at this popular steak house and see what all the fuss is about by the OTP breeders..

Roasted Bone Marrow Canoes. Looks more like horse boners to me but whatever... I'll still ate the shit outta them. They were pretty good, just wished they grilled the bread a little bit for that char flavor.

American Kobe Beef Tatare (Tartare). Nice cubes of fresh meat, hard to distinguish if it was American Kobe or just plain of good beef. Chintzy on the gaufrettes but the tartare was real tasty after mixing it all together.

Ribeye Prime Cut ("abundant marbling"). Hard to see if this was well marbled after it's been cooked even at medium rare but their presentation makes you think it will taste better.. They come out and serve this from the pan to your plate and then spoon all that extra buttery fat on top. I mean any ribeye will taste good swimming in all that fat but this one was pretty tasty. Perfect mid rare and melted in your piehole. No complaints from me.

Bone In NY Strip ("dry aged"). Not many places have dry aged with the specific days aged. This place sources all their meat from a purveyor in Chicago. That town does have some kick ass steaks and importing it to Roswell reflects in the price tag that you'll happily pay. Look at this hunk of man meat, bone in which will please the ladies and bears. Manmeat was perfect medium rare, beautiful red color inside and of course it melts like jizz in your mouth... Both are great for your skin tone I hear.

Creamed Corn. Too me it tasted like it was from a can, not that there's anything wrong with creamed corn from a can. I like that low rent shit.. Mix some parmesan cheese, shallots and butter in there and you got this tasty gruel.

Lobster Mac n Cheese, Mushroom Confit. Lobster mac coulda use a little more gooey and the shroom confit was spot on.

Asparagus. Yep, I definitely ate a spear or two... I smelt it in my daily awkward morning hard-on pee.

Crispy Brussels Sprouts, yuzu bernaise. It's fatty crispy B-sprouts, what's not too like. Douse it in that fatty mother sauce and you got a fat ass to compliment your muffin top.
 
Chocolate Bar. I don't know what the fuck this was but it supposedly had bacon in it.

Key Lime Pie. Placing a twisted lime slice on top makes not a key lime pie. This ain't no key lime pie. God damn, I hate desserts and shitty desserts makes me even angrier.

If you want a steak, go to a steak house... And this place delivered... For a hefty price. It ain't cheap if you go full retard.. And we went full Corky. But hey, life goes on. Tons of  meats, boners, sides, tons of whiskey and booze were had. If you're an entitled millenial, cougar, hooker or old rich white dude looking for some poon or manmeat... This is the joint for you. So, where do I belong on that list you ask? I'm a hooker of course... Me love you long time. Now, eat my meat.

Pump pump squirt.

955 Canton St.
Roswell, GA 30075
770-998-0440
http://littlealleysteak.fhfoodtradinggroup.com/


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Finn Direct

This little local mom & pop seafood shop has been around for a bit with very little PR... I like them already! There's not much to this place, a simple small space behind the building which you will miss if you don't see the small sign out front. If you look at the space it used to be a garage. A fridge, small prep area, 2 induction burners, a sink, a grab and go cooler. Got a couple of po'boys to see what the fuss was about..

Softshell Crab Po'boy. Since, they don't have a fryer, everything is cooked on the induction burners. It won't give you that extra crispy crust but it still came out pretty tasty with some crunchy bits. They dust them in a seasoned flour mix aka Old Bay seasoning. The bread was cold and flexible like, smeared with some mustard remoulade that you could barely taste because the garden salad between the buns was too thick. You couldn't get this thing in your mouth without a bunch of stuff falling out and the crab squooshing up and out. I wished they buttered and toasted the bread a little beforehand. Overall, it's a decent sandwich (not really a po'boy), but nothing to really write home about.

Shrimp Po'boy. Prepared the same way as the crab above but these little suckers just will not stay in place. They pop out every time you take a bite.. I just started eating them in pieces. Decent flavors and shrimp is pretty plump and fresh. Looks like a po'boy but it's still only a sandwich. Still gotta toast that bread a lil.

They sell a few grab and go precooked items for you to reheat at home or just eat it cold... But mostly they sell raw seafood, a little on the pricey side but what do you expect from a small business owner. Just check their list for what's available daily. They are super nice people and you'll want to support them but it won't be on my weekly rotation. Doesn't mean I still won't check out their weekly specials just in case.

1604 Dekalb Ave
Suite B
Atlanta, GA 30307
(504) 909-6772
http://finndirect.com/


Monday, October 20, 2014

Ah-Ma's Taiwanese Kitchen

A handful of Asian street food joints are beginning to pop up intown. And so far all of them had been pretty shitty and disappointing. When you have to alter the dish to the gwailo's muted tastes, you basically just defeated yourself and your business theme as an Asian street food joint. I have dared these places to show me the money on grub that you can actually find on the streets in Asia. Few have tried and failed. I came by here once before and they were doing some tasting with zero signs on the door saying so. I walk in and these FOBs look at me like, are you here for the tasting? You look Asian so I guess you are until one of them realizes I'm not suppose to be there. I got the fuck outta there quick. Damn, so close. But to tell you the truth, I had a hidden agenda, I already have a preconception on how their food would taste just based off the limited menu. They had some real Taiwanese dishes on there but also some silly ones. There was no way they could be "authentic". Ok, my definition of authentic here is a little different than what you will find on the streets of Asia. There is no way we are gonna get that here so I will give them a little breathing room. If they get somewhat close then I might just bite. They left out some great dishes that are a staple to street grubbery... Oyster omelet, fish ball soup, pan fried buns, giant fried chicken cutlet, scallion pancake,  stinky tofu, spicy hot pot, 1000 yr old egg and tofu, giant pork meatball and the list goes on and on. I know they can't do it all in this tiny kitchen but let's see what they can do with the items on the menu. There were a bunch of FOBs dining in there, so that may be a good sign. Yes, FOBs in midtown. I'm baffled as well...

S&P Chicken Nuggets aka Taiwanese Cheekan Nuggets. Of course, I have to compare them to my favorite at Quickly's (I know they are so corporate but that slutty cheekan nugget is like crack to me)... And these were pretty tasty. Quickly is still tops but Ah-Ma's chix nugs destroys Makan's version. The coating is crispy and not too thick, just the right amount of spices and crunch to dark meat ratio. I could use more spice factor but it's totally acceptable. They send them out right away when it comes out of the fryer which I approve, who wouldn't? Nothing sucks more ass than having nuggets sitting around or under a heat lamp. I would get these again.

Frog Legs. Plump, juicy, crispy and lava hot temp. I'm so impatient that I shoved that toad in my hole and burned like a quarter size piece of flesh on the roof of my mouth. Nothing says fun while tonguing that flap around waiting for this red hot poker to cool down. Legs are obviously frozen but once it gets a nice seasoned dusting and sent to the fryer they tasted pretty darn good. It was a toss up between the legs and ears, so, I will try the pig ears next time.

Lu Rou Fan. Self proclaimed national dish of Taiwan. Hope it lives up to the hype. The minced braised pork belly (well it's suppose to be pork belly, the fat is what makes this salty dish) needed more fat and a little more sweetness but the salty factor was there. Was the comfort street food I was hoping for? Kinda. It's similar but not crave worthy enough for me to order again.

Cup Sticky Rice. Another classic street dish. The sticky rice was nice but the brown sauce tasted similar to the Lurou fan sauce with sweet sauce added to it. It's a close version and I would get it again because of the sticky rice.

Pork Belly Bao. Do I dare to even try a bao here with other places failing to put a decent pork belly one? Fuck yeah, I'm gonna get it. Ok, this version looked better, the pork belly had a good amount of meat on it vs. fat... That's a plus for me already. The bun seemed house made and had that nice pull and chew. I would put some hoisin and sriracha on it for a little sweet kick but this came out tasting pretty decent on it's own.

Beef Noodle Soup. One of the most common favorite comfort items ever. The beef noodle soup. I had a version in Hong Kong once that was claimed as the best Taiwanese style beef noodle soup in HK... And that fucker was. The broth was intense with super rich flavors and the hand pulled noodles could not be any better, the hours long braised beef was incredibly tender, it melted in your mouth. So, how was this version? It was totally acceptable and I liked it. The broth was very nice and flavorful, it's nowhere close to the HK version but it's got balls for midtown Atlanta. The egg noodles were fine, don't expect to get your noodle pulled by hand in this joint unless you go a couple blocks up towards Boulevard. The braised beef was tender and pulled apart with ease. They did a very decent job on this dish. I would get this again but the beef tendon noodle soup at Hong Kong Harbor still wins and it's right down the street.

Ah-Ma's has broken the curse that was once that disgusting Rice Box before them. This little Taiwanese outpost does a decent job with their menu to showcase a handful of the Taiwanese comfort food to the people of midtown and they are eating it! Believe me, I'm just as amazed as y'all that this didn't suck as much ass like how I thought it would. Even the pouch's instincts gets fuzzy math from time to time, ok, rarely but it happens. The plates are on the smaller side which is just enough but the price point reflects that as well which is respectable. I would be a cheerleader of this place if they expanded or rotated some other more adventurous Taiwanese dishes and amped up the flavors and techniques a little bit more. But for now, they are definitely on my radar.

931 Monroe Dr NE,
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 549-9848