Foodie News x Restaurant Reviews x Hip-Hop Attitude

In 2010, I (Nick Love) spent over 45% of my annual income eating out at some of Atlanta's best (and worst) restaurants. So, who better to guide you through the city's crowded dining terrain?? Now, I, along with my team of Hip-Hop generation foodies, will expose and review ATL's newest hits, hidden gems, and old favorites. Hopefully, this blog will earn us a free meal or two while we point you guys in the direction of some good food and steer you away from the wackness. Let's eat!!!

Apr 30, 2012

Review: R. RICE WOK GRILL SUSHI | It's A Can Miss

Name: R. Rice Wok Grill Sushi
Cuisine: Chinese
Neighborhood: Sandy Springs
Address: 1140 Hammond Dr. #125 Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Phone: (770) 804-8155

A couple of weeks ago, I was personally invited to come check out R. Rice Wok Grill Sushi.  At that time, I had never heard of this place.  When I saw the restaurant's address in the email, I assumed that it had to be brand new.  I consider myself to be fairly familiar with the Hammond Dr/Perimeter Mall area and I couldn't seem to remember seeing a sign or a new building.  I definitely had never heard talking about this place (good or bad).  So, I went in with zero expectations.

Going in with a blank slate wasn't the worst idea I've ever had.  First, the restaurant sits at the corner of Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd and Hammond Dr.  This is particularly busy intersection which should be great for any business, right??  Well, not really.  R. Rice sits on the bottom floor of a 3 or 4 story building (if I remember correctly) that houses a Uncle Julios, a big medical school or office, and a few other retail shops.  The sign for R. Rice is so relatively small and humble compared the raucousness around it, it would be VERY easy to completely miss the place.

I walk in and the place was pretty nice.  Considering the area, I wasn't too surprised.  There was a full liquor bar, a sushi bar, and a plenty of comfortable seating.  And, the TVs happened to be tuned to ESPN.  Loving it already!!!  Right before I sat down, I was told to "order anything I wanted" because the tab was already taken care of.  Why did they tell me that??  My goal at that point was to sample as much as I could off of the menu (within reason) to get a true feel for the restaurant.  And so my foodie hurricane began.

Crab Rangoons (4pc) -  $4.75
Up first, the Crab Rangoons.  Not bad at all.  Definitely tasty and fantastic for the price.  Thumbs up from me all the way around.

Shrimp Tempura - $6.75
Next - shrimp tempura.  This was NOT the bizness!!!  Straight batter with no seasoning.  Plus the shrimp was way big and round which got me a little suspicious. 

Tuna Pizza - $13.75
At the recommendation of my waiter, I checked out the Tuna Pizza.  Comprised of a crispy tortilla, guacomole, thin slices of tuna drizzled with scallions, onions, masago: special sauce, this thing was actually pretty good. It was definitely something that I would not have ordered on my own.  And it was served cold which I'm usually never okay with.  I genuinely liked it though.  However, at $13.75, I'd probably never order it again.  It was also very small.  At that price, it needs to be Pizza Hut size.  Lol.

Honey Mango Chicken - $11.50
Based on a Foursquare tip, I opted to order the Honey Mango Chicken.  When it came out, I thought it was gonna be INCREDIBLE.  When I ate it, I thought "ehh".  Honestly, it tasted like anything you've eaten at a mall food court.  Now, don't get me wrong, I have quite a fondness for food court Chinese cuisine.  But, at $11.50, I'll pass.  I'd much rather hit up Chinese Buddha at that price and get something better.

Paradise Rolls - $9; Rainbow Rolls - $10
Last but not least, the sushi rolls.  Win Win Win!!!  These were definitely a hit.  Ya'll know that I'm not the big sushi eater in the crew, unlike Sakina, but I really enjoyed these. 

Overall though, with everything that I tried, I can't really say that this is a place I'd recommend.  There were so many more misses than hits.  And, with the location not being one that you would just readily come across unless you live or work in the area, I definitely wouldn't urge anyone to make a special trip over there.  But, if you are nearby, and you don't shoot past it because you can't find it, stop on by and see if it meets YOUR seal of approval. 

Til we eat again!

Grade: C
What's Great: Extensive Menu, Service, Presentation
What Ain't: Location, Food is Hit or Miss
Ideal For: Lunch (if you live or work in the area)

R Rice Wok, Grill, Sushi on Urbanspoon

Apr 28, 2012

Taste of Marietta (April 29, 2012)

This is gonna be one of those weekends!!!  Not only is the weather INCREDIBLE here in the A but the Braves (who are on a pretty decent winning streak) are playing at Turner Field, the NBA Playoffs are kicking off (our hometown Hawks are making their fifth consecutive postseason appearance), AND last but certainly not least is the Taste of Marietta.

Going down tomorrow (Sunday) in the Historic Marietta Square from 11am - 7pm, Marietta's "Taste" boasts over 80 participating restaurants and vendors.  Hopefully this will be enough to accommodate the more than 70,000 people that are expected to attend.  There will be live entertainment all day as well as games and activities for the kids.  Admission is free but food will be sold at prices ranging from $0.50-4.00.  Side Note: What could possibly be on sale for $0.50??  Lol.

For more information, check our their official website or LIKE them on Facebook.  There's a good chance that you'll catch a few members of the ATL Bite Life team there a little earlier in the day partaking in the festivities.  Come say hi and take some pictures with us.

Happy Eating!

Apr 26, 2012

Review: CHINESE BUDDHA | Late Night Done Right

Name: Chinese Buddha
Cuisine: Chinese
Neighborhood: Midtown
Address: 100 10th St NW Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (404) 874-5158
Website: N/A
Menu: N/A

Atlanta's foodie purists will probably bite my head off for this but I'm gonna just go ahead and say it - Chinese Buddha has the best Chinese food in the city!!!  Yeah, I said it.  You wanna make something of it??  Sure, I'm familiar with the big names and the big chains that populate the city offering Asian cuisine.  I also haven't forgotten my hood roots on Candler Rd in Decatur (s/o to China Cafeteria - how have you stayed open so long??).  But, if given the option, 9 out of 10 times, I'm gonna find myself at the corner of Spring St and 10th St.

Main Dining Room
I can already hear some of you now in your whiny baby voices - "How could you say that??  Chin Chin is the best.  All the critics agree on that".  Well, you know what I say to the critics. . . F the critics!!!  Lol.  The critics have never been to Club Primal on a Friday night and gotten hungry at 3am. The critics never had $8 bucks in their account and wanted a non-fast food meal that wouldn't require overdraft protection.  And, on top of being open late and also being affordable, the food is really good!!!

Egg Rolls
I've had several items on the menu but I'm very partial towards the Sweet & Sour Chicken combination plate.  For $9.95, you get a quite hearty helping of sweet & sour chicken, white or fried rice, an egg roll, and your choice of soup (a slightly smaller serving of this meal is offered for lunch for $6.75).  Most people end up taking the some food home with them.  Me, I knock mines out in one sitting like a man.  Lol.  I mean, why wouldn't I??  The sauce on that chicken is fantastic.  I prefer mine SMOTHERED in it.  And, the mixture of onions, peppers, and pineapples with the sauce make it even better.  The egg rolls are very tasty.  Spend the extra couple of bucks to get 2 egg rolls if you can.  There have been times when I've stopped by JUST for egg rolls when I didn't wanna get a burger and fries as my fourth meal of the day. 

Sweet & Sour Chicken w/ Fried Rice
Oh, and don't flex on the soup.  The hot & sour soup is amazing!!!  Don't ask me what's in it.  I didn't cook it.  But, that combination of spicy and tangy is INCREDIBLE!!!  And, it's the perfect prelude to the meal that is to come.

Hot & Sour Soup
The only downside to me is the parking.  Anyone who's ever been to Chinese Buddha knows of the potential dangers of that rear parking deck.  First, getting in and out can be quite messy.  The corners within it are very sharp and narrow and drivers are, shall we say, less than cautious when maneuvering through.  When leaving, God forbid you try to make a left onto 10th St.  The exit point puts you right at the 10th/14th St exit on 75/85 and cars are whizzing by at quite a pace.  Finally, I've always been a little leery of walking to and from the restaurant and my car.  There's a little side alley that's right up against the exit that's kinda dark and is just perfect for an evening mugging.  I know my crew has been guilty of bringing firearms into the Buddha on several occasions.  Gotta do what you gotta do, right??

Overall though, I HIGHLY recommend this place.  Yeah, there's a little element of danger.  But, isn't good food worth a walk on the wild side??  It's affordable, it's amazing, and open after hours.  It doesn't get much better than that. 

Til we eat again!

Grade: B+
What's Great: Portions / Quantity of Food
What Ain't: Parking
Ideal For: Lunch, Late Night

Chinese Buddha on Urbanspoon

Apr 24, 2012

RED Restaurant Opens at Philips Arena

So, on Friday, the good people over at Philips Arena invited ATL Bite Life to a sneak preview of the all new RED Restaurant which was unveiled to the public over the weekend.  This approximately 10,000 sq ft space that seats about 250 people sits between the 203 and 205 section of arena and is probably the sexiest sports lounge you've ever been to.  Not only does it boast a full bar sponsored by Ciroc (with bottle service), a reasonably priced premium menu, and group seating that mirrors the sections you'd find at one of Alex Gidewon's clubs, the view of the court (or whatever event is going on at the time) is still prime. 

The Ciroc Bar
As soon as I walk in, I position myself at the bar right in front of the big Ciroc bubble wall.  Yes, I said Ciroc bubble wall.  I'm sure that's not the proper term for it but if you look at the picture above, what else would you call it??  On this particular evening, they were offering three (3) special opening night cocktails.  I chose to rock with the Coco Court (they all had basketball themed names).  I'm sure I had at least 4 of those.  Which explains why many of food pics came out kinda fuzzy.  Lol

The bottle service sections
About a half an hour later, everyone was escorted to their tables.  I actually ended up sitting with the spouses of two of the Hawks owners.  Right before I was about to launch into an angry rant about the questionable front office moves of my hometown NBA team, they were escorted away to the table they were REALLY supposed to be at.  Should've known they wouldn't be sat next to the kid from Decatur on purpose.  Lol.  Just kidding.  They were cool though.  Hi, Penelope (call me if you're reading this).  The young ladies from Insight Magazine who replaced them were just as cool so I was still in good spirits.  S/O to Brittany!!!

The centrally located show kitchen
Then, the food from the menu starts to arrive.  Not bad at all.  I had a chance to sample several items.  On the positive side, the Crispy Chicken Cheese Sliders were very Chick Fil A-ish so I was definitely pleased with those.  The Signature Creamy Mac n' Cheddar Bites, which was basically fried mac & cheese bites, were very tasty.  The Shrimp and Super Lump Crab Cakes were DELICIOUS!!!  However, on the down side, the Margherita Pizza was just okay.  I've definitely had better.  The mixed green salad was kinda blah but whatever.  Finally, The Red Pepper Steak Burger might have been okay had it not been damn near RARE (ya'll know black folks don't do raw meat!!!). 

The view from RED
Overall though, it was more than cool.  I definitely will be returning during the playoffs  #GoHawks  And, I suggest that you do too.  Those of you who follow me personally on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram know how I was raving about this place all weekend long.  I'm already predicting that this will be the spot for the rollers in the city to hang out during the games.  It's an ideal spot for a fly date night in the city but also a nice "put on" spot for the socialites that wanna pop bottles and ignore the main event going on (Atlanta is FULL of those!!!).  

Right now, RED is only operating before, during, and shortly after ticketed events.  However, I have it on good authority that they will be opening in the not too distant future just like any other full service restaurant for lunch and dinner on non-event days.  Not sure how that will work though.  I don't know how many people will just want to grab food at Philips Arena on the average day.  But, hey, I was wrong once before.

Happy Eating!

Apr 20, 2012

2NITE: ATL Bite Life 4/20 Event @ Cloud IX

Attention all ye celebrators of 4/20: Join ATL Bite Life TONIGHT at Cloud IX (177 Peters St) as we, along with our friends DJ Black Bill Gates, Exit65, and Mighty Entertainment present the Fish N Grits Radio 4/20 Fest.  It's a party and a show!!!  Performing live - Pill, Sean Falyon, 2win, Young Lyxx, Mighty Network, Slice 9, and more.  It's going down and you need to be in the building!!!

Now, just to be clear, we will not be serving actual fish and grits.  Fish N Grits is actually the name of the new online radio program that will soon be launching this summer here in Atlanta.  However, we will be enjoying some of those delicious tilapia fingers that Cloud IX has on the menu.  

So, come thru and eat, drink, and be merry with us.  And, if you happen to partake in something extra curricular before, during, or after the event, our name is Bennett and we ain't in it.  Lol.

See you tonight!!!

Apr 19, 2012


Name: Sweet Auburn Bakery
Cuisine: Bakery, Dessert
Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 209 Edgewood Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (678) 927-9401

It was quite a while ago when my sister, Rasheeda, first put me on to Sweet Auburn Bakery.  At that time, I didn't know their name nor their location in the Market.  I also had no idea about the countless hours of preparation and effort put forth by the friendly staff nor the various menu items offered daily at SAB.  But, I definitely knew of their delicious Sweet Potato Cheesecake (which I feel everyone should try before they die).

Recently, I made a special trip on over to Edgewood Avenue and stuck my head in to SAB and it instantly reminded me why I need to share this secret with the world.

Mark Bishop (SAB's chief Pastry Chef) has been in the game for over a decade.  He's the brainchild behind the sweet treats you and I get to enjoy.  Old classics on the menu like Chocolate Chip Cookies, Red Velvet Cupcakes, and Banana Nut Bread will cure anyone’s nostalgic cravings for childhood favorites.  However, if your palate is slightly more sophisticated, they offer treats like the Almond Horn (a soft almond cookie filled with almond paste & topped with toasted almonds) or, my favorite, the Magic Cookie Bar (pecan pie filling, chocolate chips, and coconut on a shortbread base).  I know it sounds overwhelming but it works…trust me.

Don’t think SAB is only good for dessert though.  manager Julie Coleman gave me the run down on all the goodies they offer.  They have an assortment of breakfast items ranging from muffins and Danishes to coffee cakes and tea breads.  Or, if your eyes happen to be bigger than your stomach like me, I’m sure you would opt for their gigantic doughnut glazed with chocolate ganache.

Oh, and let’s not forget about the pies. SAB’s most popular pie, and bestseller throughout the year, is the Sweet Potato Pie, which is offered either small or large.  They also offer their Pecan Pie by the slice and whole for the holidays.

So, the next time you're downtown, I highly recommend that you stop by Sweet Auburn Bakery.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  The service is exceptional and the treats are delicious!!!  Special thanks to Julie and Mark for all their help and information.  And, also for the box of goodies!!!  : )

Check on Sweet Auburn Bakery online.  You can visit their main website (link above) or follow them on Twitter - @sweetauburnbake, or LIKE them on Facebook - /sweetauburnbakery

Happy Eating!!!

Apr 16, 2012

What Is Your Dream Combo Meal From Atlanta Restaurants??

Heard this on Q100's The Bert Show last week and I was surprised that this didn't get a bunch of comments due to all the foodies in the A.  They even talked about it again this morning (Yes, I'm a loyal listener).  Their question: What Food From What Restaurants Would Make Your Dream Menu??  Basically, they're asking if you could take various items from different restaurants and put them in one meal, what would they be??

I used to think about this all the time when I was a kid.  I dreamed of taking the sandwich from Chick Fil A, the fries from McDonalds, and the chocolate Frosty from Wendys and enjoying one super combo.  As a matter of fact, I tried this one time when I was in college.  But, when I sat down to eat it, the fries and sandwich were as cold as my Frosty.  Smh.

But, now that my palate is a little more sophisticated, I've got a new dream meal.

Appetizer: West Indies Beef Patties at Bahama Breeze

Salad: The Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad at Buckhead Pizza Co.

Entree: Turkey Ribs from Wing Tyme

Side(s): The Parmesan & Truffle Fries at Fish Thyme, The Broccoli at Pearl Restaurant & Lounge

Dessert: The Toasted Strawberry Pound Cake from Capers

Drink: The Lychee Mojito at Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft

I win!!!  No one can top that!  But, if you wanna give it a try, I'd love to hear it.  Leave your comments below.

Happy Eating!

Apr 12, 2012

Hunger Hits Home on Food Network This Saturday

This Saturday, we here at ATL Bite Life are encouraging ALL of our readers to postpone your dinner plans or just stay in all together and park yourselves in front of the TV.  Food Network  along with an organization called Share Our Strength is presenting a special documentary on childhood hunger here in the United States - a topic that many of us, especially in the foodie community, tend to forget exists in this country.  Even today, I had to kinda take a step back and remember the times when eating out was one of the RAREST of luxuries in my life.  My parents worked very hard to make sure that me and my brothers never missed a meal.  However, we were far from living the "bite life".  These days, I've been eating so good and so frequently that I created a whole site and show around me looking for new places to eat and new cuisines to experience.  Funny how things change.

Hunger Hits Home will take a first hand look at this nationwide crisis thru the eyes of the children, parents, activists, educators, and politicians that are actively fighting this battle on a daily basis.  It is Food Network and Share Our Strength's hope that this documentary will be a call to action for viewers to join the fight by making donations and/or community involvement.  According to the site, their goal is effectively end childhood hunger by the year 2015.  I'm all for that!!!

The documentary will air at 8pm EST.  If you can't catch it then, set your DVR or After you watch it, come back here to this post and leave comments about what you saw.  We'd love to know how you felt about it.

Make sure you follow these wonderful people on Twitter - @FoodNetwork and @NoKidHungry.  The Twitter hashtag for the show will be #HungerHitsHome.


The ATL Bite Life Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnut Eating Challenge | May 12, 2012

Fresh off of our LADIES ONLY Crab Legs Eating Competition, we are not letting up.  On Saturday, May 12th, ATL Bite Life will be taking over the downtown Atlanta Krispy Kreme location on Ponce de Leon Avenue for our Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnut Eating Challenge.  This event will be open to MEN & WOMEN ages 16 and up!!!  If you think you've got the gastrocular fortitude (that might not be a word) to down the most original glazed doughnuts in under 10 minutes, you're gonna walk (or crawl) away with our Grand Prize.

We'll be releasing more details over the coming weeks so make sure you come back here everyday so you don't miss anything.  Tell a friend to tell a friend.

As always, Happy Eating!!!

VIDEO: The ATL Bite Life x Heineken LADIES ONLY Crab Legs Eating Competition

We came, we saw, we conquered!!!  In our very first live event, we, along with the good people at Heineken, shut down the Cajun Crab House for our LADIES ONLY Crab Legs Eating Competition.  It was fast, it was furious, it was entertaining, and it was hilarious!!!  If you missed it, you should go squeeze your pinky toe with one of those crab cracker things.  Lol

With $250 up for grabs, we put 10 minutes on the clock and 6 pounds of crab legs in front of our 9 contestants.  The winner would be determined by either who finished their crab legs first OR who could eat the most before time expired.  After all the carnage was cleared and the hot melted better was dried, we crowned our winner - With 5 lbs and 8 ounces downed, our girl Mo took home the grand prize. 

It wasn't without controversy though.  There was another contestant who was on Mo's neck the entire competition.  We were forced to weigh the crab legs that were left to properly determine our champion.  The actual margin of victory was just under 3 ounces.  WOW!!! 

Anyway, peep the video below.  The footage will tell you everything you need to know.

Extra special thanks to Cajun Crab House, Heineken, our DJ - Ian Ford, and our host - Sean Simmons.

As always, Happy Eating!

Apr 10, 2012

Atlanta Food Truck Park Coming April 26th

It's official!!!  Atlanta will finally be joining the likes of other major cities throughout the U.S. with the establishment of an actual food truck park.  Instead of watching tweets or waiting for Fridays to get your food truck fix, there will be one permanent location open 7 days a week beginning April 26th.  Hooray!!!

The Atlanta Food Truck Park which sits on nearly 3 acres of space at 1850 Howell Mill Rd (behind Willy's Mexicana Grill), will include an onsite free parking lot, covered areas for dining, and up to 15 different food trucks to choose from at any given time.  Of course, the usual suspects like Yumbii, King of Pops, Honeysuckle, and The Fry Guy (which have some of the best fries in the world), have already signed up to set up shop.  There will also be a few new faces in the mix.  Either way, I can pretty much guarantee that this will be a weekly stop for me.

For more info, hit up their website - - or follow them on Twitter - @ATLFoodPark

Until next time Happy Eating!!!

Apr 5, 2012

Easter Eating Made Easy

With Easter being this Sunday, everyone is asking, "What are the best spots in the city to enjoy a good meal with friends and family?"  Since I aim to please, I’ve put together a quick list of 5 fabulous restaurants worthy of your time and taste buds.  Most of these restaurants are offering buffet style options that will run you between $25-$35 per adult.  And, most of them have incorporated a child friendly element by hosting Easter egg hunts or a visit from the Easter Bunny.

FYI, I would strongly suggest reservations to avoid extremely long waiting times.

1. 103 West
103 West Paces Road
Atlanta, GA 30305

Follow the Easter Bunny to 103 West for a delicious Easter buffet!  Enjoy world-class fare & live entertainment while little ones enjoy face-painting & photos with the Bunny.

2. Blue Willow Inn
294 N. Cherokee Road
Social Circle, GA 30025

Buffet from 11am-7pm

3. Briza
866 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30308

If it's good enough for TI & Tiny, it's good enough for your family too.  Bring the entire family to Briza restaurant to enjoy brunch and complimentary Easter activities including an Easter egg hunt and professional family portraits!
236 Perimeter Center PKWY NE
Atlanta, GA 30346

Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet 9am-7pm

5. Two Urban Licks
820 Ralph McGill BLVD NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

On Sunday from 10am-3pm Two Urban Licks will host families for an Easter egg hunt. Hunts go down at 11am and 1pm.  The Easter bunny will be there as well.

We hope you all find this helpful.  

And, as always, we wish you Happy Eating and Happy Easter!!

The Bon Rappetite Hip Hop Cookbook (Exclusive ATLBiteLife Discount)

Is it real??  Is it fake??  Was it a scam??  Was it just an elaborate publicity stunt??  These are the questions that surrounded the most interesting food hoaxes in quite some time - Bon Rappetite.

For those of you who missed it, Bon Rappetite burst on the scene a couple months ago proclaiming to be a hip-hop themed restaurant nestled in East Atlanta's Ormewood Park neighborhood.  With a fully functional website boasting operation hours, an event calendar, and menu items like Wu Tang Clams and Waka Flocka Flambe, this "restaurant" gained national attention.  First, it appeared on Scoutmob.  Then, huge, reputable outlets like CNN and Huffington Post picked up the story.  From there, the joke spiraled out of control.  There are reports of people traveling from out of state to the A just to check the spot out only to find that the place didn't exist.  Lol. 

But, something real actually sprung from this fugazi food spot - a cookbook.  With over 100+ full color pages, Bon Rappetite offers a collection of over 50 rap inspired recipes.  For us ATLiens, there are items such as Big Boi-led Shrimp and  Ludacrispy Chicken Salad.  For Wu Tang loyalists, there is a Roastface Killah recipe and instructions on how to make Ol' Dirty Custard.  This is a really entertaining read and several reports are saying that the food is actually really good.  I ordered my book yesterday and I can't wait to try a couple of these things out.  It'd be great if you guys could get a copy too so that we could do some private Bon Rappetite cooking nights.  Who knows??

The good folks over at Baby Robot (the social media/branding company behind this whole mess) are offering a discount exclusively for readers of ATL Bite Life.  Enter the coupon code - BITELIFE - at checkout on and you will receive 10% off of your purchase of the Bon Rappetite cookbook.  #POW  Who's winning??  WE ARE!!!

As always, Happy Eating!!!

Apr 2, 2012

Hotel Restaurant Week (March 31 - April 7)

If you haven't started on your Restaurant Week swag for the year, I would suggest that you start this week.  As soon as I heard about Hotel Restaurant Week, I knew I was gonna go in!!!  I mean, 3 course meals for $30 is always a great deal.  But, there's also something about eating at a nice hotel that just seems super sexy to me.  Don't you agree??  This event actually started over the weekend but we were so busy with our LADIES ONLY Crab Legs Eating Competition (pics coming soon), that we didn't get a chance to jump in the mix til today.  

There are some pretty good restaurants participating.  I definitely recommend Spice Market, Paces 88, and Southern Art.  If you peep the menu that Southern Art is offering this week, I'm sure you'll make that your first stop!!!  FYI, BLT Steak at The W Hotel Downtown happens to be one of the spots on the HRW list.  But, you know how we feel about them.  

As always, they recommend that you make your reservations ahead of time because they're expecting thousands of diners to take advantage of this week's deals.  If you're going, let us know what spots you plan to hit.  Maybe we can run into each other.

Til we eat again. . . 
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