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ATL Adventures: Brunching at 10th & Piedmont

This weekend my brunching buddy Glo, from GloingThroughLife, wasn’t able to make it, so I decided to shake things up a little and go with Ethan, from DapperPub, and my fiancé. Deciding on a place was definitely a challenge. Our list is getting longer and there are so many good options, but Midtown kept calling my name so 10th & Piedmont it was! I even decided to be fancy and make a reservation through OpenTable.

My favorite feature of this super modern restaurant are the fantastically large windows. They wrap around a corner allowing the entire place to be illuminated by natural light, even on a drizzly day like we had. To make those beautiful windows even better, when it’s warmer out they’re slid back so that the whole place becomes a covered patio. 1oth & Piedmont, you’re irresistible with those windows.

It was fairly quiet when we walked in at 11:30 am. Probably because the brunch staples (aka, mimosas, bloody marys and bellinis) are not served until after 12:30 pm. We were seated right next to a window that looked directly across to the Flying Biscuit. It was a great people watching location. They really do know me well; big windows and a perfect people watching spot, what more could a girl ask for?

The menu selection was larger than other places I’ve been and the trouble was, everything looked absolutely scrumptious. And I mean finger licking good, so we started with coffee.

Coffee at 10th & Piedmont

I finally settled on some extravagant French toast, fit for The King; these thick slices of bread were stuffed with peanut butter and slices of banana then topped with a dusting of powdered sugar and some maple syrup. My mouth is watering as I write this.

The King French Toast from 10th & Piedmont

Every single bite was heavenly with just the right amount of peanut butter and sweetness. Honestly, this selection was a risk for me. I HATE bananas, but LOVED this! Jas suggested my taste buds might have “grown up” and I like bananas now, but I am going to give all the credit to 10th & Piedmont’s amazing recipe.

Jas ordered the Southern Styled Steak Benedict, which I totally stole a bite of. It’s delicious! Get it if you go. Ethan ordered the Country Fried Chicken & Biscuit plate. I didn’t get to taste that one only because he scarfed it down so fast. But he assured me it was perfect.

Southern Steak Benedict at 10th & PiendmontJust look at it! - Southern Steak Benedict at 10th & Piedmont

Country Fried Chicken & Biscuits at 10th & PiedmontRight at 12:30 pm our server asked us our drink orders and we completed our fantastic meal with some bubbly beverages; I ordered a Peach Bellini, Jas a Mimosas and Ethan a Bloody Mary. They really were just what we needed that Sunday morning.

Peach Bellini at 10th & Piedmont

Overall, we have another great brunch experience. Our server was funny and attentive plus the atmosphere was hip and chic with some light techno and classic rock on the playlist. As we sat there reflecting on everything wonderful we ate, I noticed the line at Flying Biscuit was getting longer and longer. What I couldn’t figure out is why you would want to go to a standard chain (yes, I still think Flying Biscuit is good, but seriously, why) when you could cross the street and enjoy this trendy city sweet spot.

Next time you’re tying to decide where to grab brunch in midtown, steer clear of those Waffle Houses, IHOPs and Flying Biscuits; go to 10th & Piedmont for something truly worth your time and money. You won’t be disappointed.

Have other Atlanta brunch hot spot suggestions? I would love to hear them! Tag me on instagram (@BasicallyBubbly) and use #BBbrunch in the caption.

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ATL Adventures: Brunching at The Pig and The Pearl

ATL Adventures: Brunching at The Pig and The Pearl

Barbecue and oysters; is there a better combination? Two delicious entities all on their own, but when they come together… let’s just say it’s happiness in a brunch!

Glo, from GloingThroughLife, and I have decided that we are going to make eating brunch a tour of Atlanta. Last week was The General Muir (if you have’t already read my review, check it out. It will make your mouth water!) and this Sunday was The Pig and The Pearl.

I arrived early and they weren’t open yet. Thankfully, Target is an early riser just like me, so I took a little detour. When I came back, I was still a little early, but Glo was too. We were able to catch up in the sun until the doors opened.

The atmosphere at The Pig and The Pearl is a little rustic chic; natural woods, stone toned walls and sleek industrial globe bar lighting provide this space with its dimmer, dramatic ambiance. I could definitely imagine this interior as a renovated space in a bay area somewhere. The focal ooh-and-aah feature though has to be the massive wire ceiling piece holding a ton of oyster shells. Definitely adds that touch of sea-faring essence.

The menu held a variety of brunch options from the knife and fork pork shoulder sandwich (which I have had before and LOVED) to a pastry basket or french toast. Plus four different types of oysters available by the shell. The big ticket item that had me interested though was the $15 pitcher of mimosas!

After we squared away our drink order (most important things first) we decided on our brunch. I chose a classic with a little PandP twist, Eggs Benedict with barbecue pork!  NOTE: In case you didn’t know, barbecue is one of my absolute favorite foods. 

Eggs Benedict a la PandP

Eggs Benedict And The Pig and The Pearl didn’t disappoint my barbecue expectations. The meat was tender with some spice, the eggs were cooked to perfection, the biscuits were light and the crisp arugula were the most wonderfully strange combination of brunch delight. And the grits! mmmmmm….

Cheers!

Glo and I received excellent service during our brunch. Our server was warm and friendly, offering suggestions and ensuring our mimosas always remained full.  Cheers to catching up, sharing our goals and giggling about everything!

The oyster menu finally caught Glo; she couldn’t leave without ordering a half dozen. My favorite part was reading the descriptions, one was described as “very approachable”. They arrived, cold and ready to be devoured. I’ve never had a raw oyster before and I was too full to try this trip, but that just means we will have to come back another time.

Half Dozen Oysters

Overall, I enjoyed our experience at The Pig and The Pearl. It was nice to have something so simple turned into something so memorable. The atmosphere, food and service make this restaurant worth coming back to. Have you eaten at The Pig and The Pearl? Tell me about your experience.

Have other Atlanta brunch hot spot suggestions? I would love to hear them! Tag me on instagram with #BBbrunch.

And don’t forget to check out The Pig and The Pearl’s facebook page and twitter handle.

ATL Adventures: Brunching at The General Muir

Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal, well next to dessert of course! And what better way to enjoy it than with a wonderful friend at a fantastic brunch local like The General Muir. Until last Sunday I had never been, but Glo from GloingThroughLife was dying to try it.

I walked into the most adorable classically chic restaurant and it was packed! That made me even more excited about Glo’s choice. This many people would only wait if the food was worth it. I couldn’t help but love the pure white tile, suspended globe lights and brilliantly large windows. Even before eating I was happy.

Then there were the tantalizingly delicious smells that seemed to come from all sides; the surrounding tables receiving their orders, the espresso bar in the middle and the deli at the front.

The menu was just the right side, full of mouth-watering selections, but not so many that you get lost while reading through. Glo and I ironically ordered the exact same thing from drinks to meal to dessert. We started with a dose of coconutty caffeine, a coconut latte. Made in a bowl sized cup and accessorized with a pretty little foam design, we couldn’t drink it all in fast enough. I can easily say this was the best latte I’ve ever had.

Coconut Latte

We then selected Avenue A, a homemade bagel topped with schmear, smoked salmon, onion, cucumber, avocado, dill and grapefruit. I almost opted for a hash, but this was the first item to jump out at me, so I chose to stick with it. And I am sure glad I did. The flavor combination was surprisingly addicting and the textures kept my mouth guessing with each chew. It was surprisingly filling too. I couldn’t finish the second half of the bagel so I picked off the best bits (avocado, salmon and grapefruit).

Avenue A Bagel from The General Muir

During our bagels Glo and I caught up about work, life and adventuring. We haven’t known each other long, but she has quickly become a favorite of mine. Spending time with her is never long enough and keep your eyes open for more coming from her soon.

Even though we were completely full, when our server offered pink n’ whites I said “yes” before I could consult with my full stomach. So she brought us two of the cutest pink and white delights! A little bit of strawberry, a little bit of lemon, a whole lot of wonderful.

Pink n' White Cookie

Overall, The General Muir is now on my “Must Go To” list when friends or family comes to visit. The experience was a great way to begin my Sunday and I cannot wait to take Jas. Have you been to The General Muir? Hopefully it was as wonderful as mine.

Have other Atlanta brunch hot spot suggestions? I would love to hear them! Tag me on instagram with #BBbrunch. PS – This would be a great Valentine’s Day date idea.

ATL Adventures: Six Feet Under

My friend over at Dapper Pub decided to come visit for the afternoon. While we waited for Jas to get off work we brainstormed where to go to grab a bite to eat. Six Feet Under was unanimous. The name doesn’t suggest a fantastic view and delicious food, but both are incredible! 6 Feet Under is a classic seafood pub on the inside with casually dressed servers and fun decor, but when you step onto the roof top seating, everything melts away except the beautiful view of the Atlanta skyline.  Every seat can see the view, but if you want a front row seat, there is bar seating along the edge.    Six Feet UnderE from Dapper PubJas & E The menu wasn’t overwhelming, which I was grateful! I hate flipping through pages on pages. Their menu consists of everything from sliders to crab cakes, shrimp baskets and grits. Drinks were first on the list – hello red sangria! Jas ordered a Red Hare craft beer and E ordered a gin & tonic.   The sangria was rich and flavorful and not too sweet, perfection. Jas and E were happy as clams with their choices as well.

SangriaNext appetizers. Jas and I chose gator bites while E settled on crab cakes. The gator was cooked perfectly, moist and paired with a Thia chilly sauce. YUM! E’s cakes weren’t overflowing with breading and flaked beautifully. That helped me decide on my entree.

Gator Bites Crab Cake AppEntrees – Jas chose a shrimp basket with onion rings, the classic choice at a fish house. E chose salmon BLT sliders with grits and I chose the crab cake sliders with zucchini fries. Everything could not have been better! I don’t think we took a breath between bites.

Crab Cake Sliders Crab Cake Sliders + Zucchini Fries

I would highly recommend Six Feet Under to anyone wanting to enjoy a night out in the city. We left fat and happy.