Mangos Caribbean Restaurant Review

Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, from Food is My Classroom here at Mangos Caribbean Restaurant. I found this Caribbean restaurant right in the Heart of Downtown Atlanta affectionately called “Sweet Auburn.” Click the link for more goodness 🙂

Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, from @foodismyclassroom here at Mangos Caribbean Restaurant. I found this Caribbean restaurant right in the Heart of Downtown Atlanta affectionately called “Sweet Auburn.”

Mangos Caribbean Restaurant
Food is My Classroom at Mangos Restaurant

Classroom: Mangos Caribbean Restaurant, 180 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

The Lesson Plan [Full Review of Experience]

Mangos Caribbean Restaurant
Food is My Classroom at Mangos Restaurant

⭐ Materials Needed:

  1. Major Credit Card: To pay for street parking, which is $2.00/hr. Max 4 hrs. Must enter your tag number. Police monitor these spots heavily.
  2. Patience: There can be a bit of a wait to order (to-go) during the lunch rush due to the large crowd.

⭐ Observation:

Opening (Appetizers)
-n/a

During (Entrees)

Mangos Caribbean Restaurant
Food is My Classroom at Mangos Restaurant

Regular Oxtails Plate:

  • Comes with approximately 6 small bones in gravy. The plate includes a small portion of cabbage, 2 plantains, and a large amount of rice and peas. Oxtails were on the small side, and the amount was seemed justified and expected due to the market value as oxtails are considered a delicacy in the food industry. They were tender, and the gravy from the meat was soooo yummy that it made me want to lick the plate. The cabbage was a bit salty and overcooked while the plantains had a slight crunch, which was unexpected only to be further let down by the dryness of the plantains. Lastly, the rice and peas were filling, but nothing stood out about it in comparison to any other Caribbean restaurant.
Mangos Caribbean Restaurant
Food is My Classroom at Mangos Restaurant

Curry Shrimp Pasta:

  • Bowtie Pasta with large juicy shrimp, broccoli, red and green peppers, and onions all coated in a fragrant and flavorful Curry Sauce. The bowl was placed in front of me, and the aroma was breathtaking and made me want to dig in immediately. The shrimp were large, plump, and perfectly cooked. The veggies had just enough crunch, and the curry sauce was absolutely impeccable. They need to sell it! This dish is large, so share!
Mangos Caribbean Restaurant
Food is My Classroom at Mangos Restaurant

Mango Lemonade:

  • The suggestion made by my waitress was Mango Tea or an Arnold Palmer, but I went for the Mango Lemonade. It was a great choice! The punch is a perfect blend of lemonade and mango punch to create a delightful concoction. The punch made me feel like it was native to the Caribbean islands, especially if it had a little Rum.
Mangos Caribbean Restaurant
Food is My Classroom at Mangos Restaurant

Closing (Desserts)

Signature Mango Cheesecake:

  • A large slice of creamy mango cheesecake on a caramel drizzle with whipped topping. The cheesecake was very smooth and creamy with a soft crust. There is a thin mango-flavored gel layer on top that I didn’t care for. The caramel drizzle on the plate was delicious. The whip was not flavored and had no taste.
Mangos Caribbean Restaurant
Food is My Classroom at Mangos Restaurant

⭐ The Glows [Pros]

  1. They opened on time at 11 am, and food was ready to be ordered & served. All options were available.
  2. Portions are large enough for sharing. This way, you can sample multiple menu items.
  3. Depending on your location, Mangos is available via many means of transportation. (i.e., car, the Marta bus, the downtown trolley, scooters, bike, and on foot)
  4. They are walking distance from/to Georgia State University (my alma mater) which will allow college students to get there on foot.
  5. They are right next to a Marta bus & Trolley stop, which is good for public transit commuters.
  6. They offer Door Dash.
  7. They are minutes from I-75 and I-20.
  8. My waitress, JOELLE, was an ABSOLUTE Godsend. She was kind, attentive, and made suggestions on what most people order & what she liked.
  9. Since they are in the heart of downtown Atlanta, they are close to public parks, night clubs, luxury apartments, historical places to tour, and other small businesses.

The Grows [Cons]

  1. The decor is a bit outdated and visually busy.
  2. The restaurant is a bit cluttered with items that need to be in storage, especially in the bar area.
  3. They decorate the plate with so much parsley, and I do mean a lot of it. It’s unnecessary and a bit messy. It was all over my table.
  4. The meats are done well, so they shine brightly, but the veggies are just okay.

⭐Evaluation: [The Score]
Grade📋 B

Most Popular:
Per Joelle, most people order Mango Lemonade or Tea, Oxtails, Jerk Shrimp, Curry Shrimp Pasta, Red Snapper, and Mango Cheesecake.

⭐Teacher’s Notes✏:

  1. If you go on Mondays, they have BOGO.
  2. If you go during lunchtime for DINING-IN, the crowd isn’t that bad.
  3. The owner, Tru, used to own The Royal Peacock. But, they are still deeply tied to the location.
  4. The Royal Peacock crowd frequents Mangos after they party, which is why on the weekend, Mangos stays open to 4 am.
  5. From Thursday – Sunday night beginning @9pm, Mangos has a live DJ for what is called “Club Mangos.”

⭐ Feedback [Comment & Share]

📸 and 📽 by Adriena Long

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Weekend Recap- July 19-21

Happy Monday students, this is your favorite teacher, Adriena, with a recap of my weekend. I enjoyed food and cocktails with my Marketing Team at El Real Mexican Grill & Bar, did a little shopping at Target where I found a new soap for men called Harry’s, used the drive-thru for a FREE Grilled Chicken Sandwich using the Chick-Fil-a app, snatched up the cutest cow mug Home Goods, ordered my own #FIMC mug on VistaPrint, went to a birthday party at Outback Steakhouse, and ended my weekend by celebrating National Ice-Cream Day with a sundae from Dairy Queen.

Was your weekend as sweet as mine?

Back to School 2019

As a teacher, by profession, I want to provide a space to share upcoming Back-to-School events from the Greater Atlanta Area. If you know of any other events, feel free to add them in the comments!

As a teacher, by profession, I want to provide a space to share upcoming Back-to-School events from the Greater Atlanta Area. If you know of any other events, feel free to add them in the comments!

FIMC: How it All Began

Photo by Iñaki del Olmo on Unsplash

I am often asked about my inspiration for starting the Food is My Classroom brand. I would say that starting this new journey in my life is a culmination of activities over the past few years.

The groundwork for Food is My Classroom began years ago when I would hang out with friends at local restaurants. Loving to explore the city, I preferred to visit newly opened or independent restaurants. Luckily, many of those restaurants were on popular discount websites. To my friend’s chagrin, I would take pictures of everyone’s food and write a blurb to post on Facebook. Instantly, I would get tons of questions from friends requesting menu recommendations and asking me about my overall experience.

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As a classroom teacher, I write comprehensive lesson plans each week. So composing reviews detailing my experience from start to finish wasn’t that much different. Eventually, I began posting my restaurant reviews and photos on Google Reviews. I even received inquiries from people asking for restaurant recommendations in various locales. Afterward, I started receiving emails from Google announcing that over 100,000 people saw my reviews and pictures! I even received invitations to attend conferences hosted by Google.

With posts on Facebook, Yelp, Google Reviews, and some still on my phone, I always wanted a centralized place to host all the pictures, reviews, and recommendations I’ve made. Many friends kept telling me to start a blog or website. Unfortunately, I knew very little about blogging or running a website. Nevertheless, I brainstormed ideas for a name just in case I did start something. Staying true to my profession, the name Food is My Classroom stuck out. I loved the name as a classroom is a place of learning, and exploring food and restaurants is a learning experience for me and others.

Photo by Kid Circus on Unsplash

Food is My Classroom was launched on July 4th, 2019, to celebrate independence from my fears of starting this new journey. It hasn’t been a month yet, and Food is My Classroom is already exceeding expectations. Not only did I start a blog, but the brand has expanded to Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. Each like, comment, and share on the posts are a confirmation to my dream of starting this brand. I appreciate every one of you for sharing in this process with me. Without your support over the years, I would not have the strength and stamina to do this awesome work.

Greater works are coming! Stay tuned for the next chapter in this adventure…

The Original Hot Dog Factory!

Hey Students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, of Food is My Classroom here with today’s mini-lesson for National Hot Dog Day! Click on the link for more goodness 🙂

Hey Students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, of @foodismyclassroom here with today’s mini-lesson for National Hot Dog Day. My Marketing Director and I had lunch today at The Original Hot Dog Factory, a black-owned eatery with 18 choices of franks. It was soooo delicious!

See my RECOMMENDATIONS below:
⭐Corn Dog
⭐BLT Dog
⭐Taco Dog
⭐Onion Rings
⭐The Deep Fried Oreos (eat hot)

Background Knowledge:

You may be familiar with the owner Dennis McKinley, because he has been seen on the 11th Season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. He is the fiancé of Porsha Williams and the father to her daughter. This is the first baby for both parents. McKinley, a native of Detroit, opened a second corporate Hot Dog Factory on Piedmont Avenue (formerly Slice) in Midtown Atlanta. McKinley is a college-educated serial entrepreneur as he also owns Cru Hookah Lounge here in Atlanta as well. The Hot Dog Factory does also offer Catering/Food Truck and Franchise opportunities.

Alternative Options:

  1. Beef hot dogs are 100% beef.
  2. All turkey, chicken, and veggie dogs are gluten-free.
  3. All factory dogs can be substituted for polish, chicken or veggie at an upcharge.
Food is My Classroom at Hot Dog Factory

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Ann’s Snack Bar Gallery

Sometimes you just have a taste for a big ol’ Ghetto Burger. Well, whenever you do, head on down to Ann’s Snack Bar located in Kirkwood and order “The Best Burger in America” as said by Time Magazine. Click the link for more goodness!

Food is My Classroom at Ann's Snack Bar

Sometimes you just have a taste for a big ol’ Ghetto Burger (2 patties, bacon, grilled onions, chili, & cheese with lettuce and tomato). Well, whenever you do, head on down to Ann’s Snack Bar located in Kirkwood and order “The Best Burger in America” as said by Time Magazine.

Tell James I sent ya!

Ann’s Snack Bar Ghetto Burger

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Greens and Gravy Atlanta

Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, from @foodismyclassroom here with today’s mini-lesson. We’re checking out Greens & Gravy, which is one of my favorite Atlanta restaurants to attend for BRUNCH. This black-owned eatery is owned by Chef Darius Williams! Click the link for more goodness 🙂

Greens and Gravy Restaurant

Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, from @foodismyclassroom here with today’s mini-lesson. We’re checking out Greens & Gravy, which is one of my favorite Atlanta restaurants to attend for BRUNCH. This black-owned eatery is owned by Chef Darius Williams! Scroll down for more goodness 🙂

See my TOP 5 BRUNCH items below: 

⭐Lemon Pepper Honey Fried chicken that was brined in Apple Cider vinegar for 24hrs before cooking. Served with a warm buttermilk biscuit.

⭐Skillet Macaroni & Cheese

⭐Toasted Sour Cream Pound Cake with fruit, fresh mint, and vanilla bean mascarpone

⭐Braised Collard Greens (w/smoked Turkey) served with Watermelon Chow Chow

⭐Buttermilk Chicken Biscuits with aged cheddar and country white gravy. Served with 2 eggs made your way.

#greensandgravy #DariusWilliams #brunch #foodismyclassroom #atlfoodie #atlblogger 

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Quick Bites: Salmon Chips at TWO Urban Licks

Has anymore ever been to TWO Urban Licks?!? If not, you are missing a treat! They’ve got these Salmon Chips that are a taste explosion. Check out my short up-close video of this delicacy.

Feature photo by Caroline Attwood

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Let me be honest students, your favorite teacher goes to TWO Urban Licks for these salmon chips at least once a month. I’m addicted!

Write a comment below to tell me what your favorite item is at TWO Urban Licks.

#foodismyclassroom #atlfoodie #atlblogger

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Old Lady Gang (OLG) Restaurant Review

Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, from Food is My Classroom here with Lesson #2: OLG (Old Lady Gang) Restaurant. This popular restaurant is located in the Castleberry Hill Neighborhood near the Atlanta University Center. Click to read my full review!

Classroom: OLG (Old Lady Gang)
177 Peters St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313
*Castleberry Hill Neighborhood

⭐ The Lesson Plan [Full Review of Experience]

Materials Needed:
1. Patience: There is very limited parking in the rear of the restaurant. There is one shared lane for entrance/exit, so let the attendant help you. Otherwise, you can try and find street parking.
2. Cash: The parking is not free. There is an attendant to collect your $10 in order to enter.
3. Camera: You may run into Kandi Burruss-Tucker or Todd Tucker (owners), one of the other family members from RHOA, or any local celebrity in the city of Atlanta. 
4. Reservations: I would not leave home without it! Only the Peter St. location offers Open Table.

Observation: 
Opening (Appetizers)
– Deep Fried Whipped Deviled Eggs: I went into my first bite with much hesitation as the description didn’t sound appealing. But, I fell in love at first bite. These were soooo good!

– Mama Joyce’s BBQ Rib Tips: The rib tips were overly coated in BBQ sauce, but they were tasty. A couple of the rib tips were tough because they were the end pieces.

During (Entrees)
– Mama Sharon’s Chicken & Cream Anglaise French Toast: The chicken was well seasoned and fried to a perfect southern crunch. The french toast were just okay, but that Maple Syrup was so yummy that it woke the french toast right on up.

– Kandi’s Honey Glazed Blackened Salmon (w/red mashed potatoes & Mama Joyce’s Green Beans). This was the highlight of the night for me. The salmon was cooked perfectly. The mashed potatoes were creamy and I loved the use of red potatoes. But, the true star of the plate were the green beans. They were ‘thee best’ green beans I have ever had in my entire life. Like ever!!! 

-Mama Joyce’s Side Salad: Fresh salad that was large enough to share. Beautiful greens and colorful veggies.

-Side Selections: I added on some sides for the table to taste. I ordered mac-n-cheese (very good & cheesy), Kandi’s yams (they were excellent, but they are done soufflé style even though it says yams on the menu), and the Turkey Collards (full of flavor and meat).

Closing (Desserts)
-n/a

The Glows [Pros]
1. OLG has become so popular and productive that they have opened up a 2nd location in East Point and they even serve inside of State Farm Arena which is home to the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) & The Atlanta Dream (WNBA).
2. OLG offers reservations on Open Table. They can be made via their website or your Open Table App.
3. OLG offers an upstairs and downstairs bar. 
4. OLG also has an outdoor rooftop patio which is great for parties and catered events.
5. OLG employs many young college students from the area, from talking to many of them, which I think is awesome. What college student doesn’t need extra money, right?
6. The atmosphere of OLG is VERY lively, trendy and of all ages with a moderate noise level. Although much is happening in the restaurant, you can still hear the conversation of those that you are dining with.
7. Much of the time the owners and/or one of the family members are onsite meeting, greeting and taking pictures. They are super friendly. And, how often do we ever get to see the faces behind the places we frequent, especially when they’re celebrities. So, that’s pretty dope!
8. The restaurant is family-owned and you feel that in the ambiance & core concept of the decorations as well. The restaurant is saturated with cute  simple decor and MANY real family pictures that we all take as our family grows and ages. Very homey!
9. The food was absolutely delicious.  They bring cornbread with a signature sauce to the table, for sharing, and it is sweet like cake. We had at least 3 baskets of it because it is addictive. 
10. OLG uses a texting system to notify you that your table is ready. So, make sure you don’t miss that text because you only get so much time to return to the hostess station before your table is given to the next person on the list. 
11. The biggest compliment I can give them is…..I will visit again!

The Grows [Cons]
1. The parking is an absolute nightmare, but one should know that this is the NORM in all major cities and Atlanta is no exception. 
2. They allow reservations yet there is still a significant wait. Of course they allow walk-ins which may push those with reservations back.
3. There is extremely limited seating for those who are waiting (inside or outside) to be called & seated by the hostess.
4. The staff is fairly young which seems to be evident in the ‘off task’ behavior (talking/texting) when the restaurantis busy.
5. The space is very tight. You and your neighbor will be really good friends by the time you leave.
6. I went to OLG with friends and family. OLG didn’t have a sling for the baby’s car seat. They flipped over a booster seat but it was rocking so we had to place it up to the wall for stability. 
7. The wood floors are VERY slippery. I witnessed a few close calls several times. Also, there is a small, hardly visible,  ramp near the hostess station. You don’t expect to feel a slight drop when it appears to be no differentiation in the floor. Be careful!

Evaluation: [The Score]
Grade A+

Teacher’s Notes
1. Old Lady Gang is located in Atlanta’s historic Castleberry Hill Neighborhood (Fulton County). Castleberry Hill is well known for being the backdrop of the TV Series “Walking Dead”.
2. This review is based off of my experience after visiting on 2 seperate occassions to try more of their options.
3. Mama Sharon is Todd Tucker’s mother who passed away in 2014.
4. I was able to get several pictures with Kandi’s mom, Joyce, Aunt Nora and Aunt Bertha. The entire Old Lady Gang! We even song for them. It was such a fun experience!
5. The East Point location does not offer reservations at this time and the State Farm Arena location is only open based on the schedule of the arena.
6. RHOA is the acronym for The Real Housewives of Atlanta, which airs on Bravo.

Feedback [Comment & Share]
#oldladygang #foodismyclassroom #atlfoodie #atlblogger #olg #opentable

© 2019 Adriena Long, All rights reserved

Mini-Lesson #1 Sublime Doughnuts

It’s your favorite teacher 👩🏽‍🏫, Adriena, of Food Is My Classroom here with today’s mini lesson on satisfying your sweet tooth 🦷. I found this black owned 24hr. shop at Sublime Doughnuts 🍩 at Briarcliff. Check out my review!

Hey Students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, of Food Is My Classroom here with today’s mini-lesson on satisfying your sweet tooth. I found this black-owned 24hr. shop called Sublime Doughnuts off of Briarcliff. They also make fresh coffee, hot chocolate, & a variety of gelatos.

See my TOP 5 doughnuts below:
⭐Honey Glazed Cinnamon Swirl
⭐Reese’s
⭐Fresh Strawberries & Cream
⭐Red Velvet Cake
⭐A-Town Cream

Check out my photo gallery below!

Check out Sublime Doughnuts at www.sublimedoughnuts.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SublimeDonuts/


#foodismyclassroom #atlfoodie #atlblogger

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