The Ultimate ATL Send-off

I’ve officially moved to New York City for the summer, but of course, on the brink of my departure from Hot’lanta, I experienced two nom-worthy meals. It seems fitting that after two weeks glued to my couch watching TV that I’d finally stir up the courage to be adventurous in my city.

I’m upset that I didn’t think to take a picture of my farewell dinner at Einstein’s in midtown. Perfectly located on Juniper Street, this restaurant and bar is usually frequented by a younger demographic. But my family decided to shake things up for once in our restaurant endeavors and enjoy a delicious meal at this hipster spot. I treated myself to a spinach-strawberry salad — complete with candied pecans, goat cheese and a white balsamic dressing and a side of quinoa-spinach risotto. To complete my food coma, we ordered (my favorite) creamed corn hush puppies. I’m not sure what it is about corn but lately I’ve become obsessed. From corn chowder to simply on the cob — corn is my jam.

For my official send-off, my dad decided to be “trendy” and look up a “hopping” spot for breakfast in downtown Atlanta. He chose Ria’s Bluebird on Memorial Drive and I must say, it was a pleasant surprise. It had the vintage-NYC-brunch spot vibe smack dab in the blossoming Grant Park neighborhood. Sadly, I only captured one of our dishes but definitely chose the most scrumptious looking one of all: the day’s special of banana nut bread french toast topped with fresh pineapple, coconut, macadamia nuts and hot maple syrup aka a piña colada in french toast form. I think this photograph says enough:

I settled for the day’s special omelet — stuffed with farm fresh goat cheese and summer squash. A little strange for 9am but definitely delicious. Ria’s is best known for “the best pancakes in the country” according to the New York Times and the breakfast burrito that looked especially tempting. Overall, Ria’s Bluebird is a must-try for my fellow Atlantans.

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