Tribute to My Mother-Part One, The Busy Bee Atlanta

Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, from @FoodIsMyClassroom here with a tribute to my mother on this special day, December 3rd. It’s her birthday!🎂 Read more about my mom’s life and favorite eatery, Busy Bee Cafe, today!

Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, from @FoodIsMyClassroom here with a tribute to my mother on this day, December 3rd. It’s her birthday!🎂

Today we’re diving into one of my mother’s favorite restaurants, The Busy Bee Cafe Atlanta. This Downtown Atlanta staple has been serving up delicious traditional soul food since 1947. Read more about Busy Bee Atlanta’s history on their website at https://www.thebusybeecafe.com/our-history/.


Classroom:  The Busy Bee Cafe, est. 1947
    📍810 M.L.K. Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

The Lesson Plan [Full Review of Experience]

Materials Needed:
1. Patience
2. Appetite 
3. Something to keep you busy while you wait.
4. An umbrella in case it rains. There is no covering for patrons to protect you from the elements.
5. Comfortable shoes. The gravel is uneven and only 2 benches outside for those waiting. So, expect to stand.

Observation: [The Best of the Day]
Opening (Appetizers)
– Bread basket and butter

Busy Bee Cafe Atlanta, bread basket and butter
Bread basket and butter

During (Entrees)
-Meats: Smothered Pork Chops, Fried Pork Chops, smothered fried chicken
-Sides: Collard greens, potato salad, cornbread dressing, macaroni and cheese, and yams.
-Drinks: Sweet Tea & lemonade

Closing (Desserts)
– Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake at Busy Bee Cafe Atlanta
Red Velvet Cake

⭐ The Glows [Pros]
1. Still traditional.
2. Homemade dinner and desserts.
3. Excellent sweet tea.
4. They cater full meals for holidays and all other special occassions.
5. Days & Hours have been extended now to the weekends.6. All the veggies are super yummy but they have thee best potato salad I’ve ever had in my life.

The Grows [Cons]
1. Very small dining space. Never expanded for a larger eating area or moved to a larger location to accommodate their popularity and the growth of Atlanta.
2. Long lines and waits.
3. Very limited parking. Parking is shared with two other businesses. 
4. The prices are higher than most Soul Food restaurants and the portions are smaller. But, the taste is in a league of its own, bar none. 

Evaluation: [The Score]
Grade📋 A+


One last thing…


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Puff and Petals Lounge

Today’s post is all about Puff and Petals Lounge. This quaint eatery is operated by K. Michelle, a Memphis native singer, who you may have seen on Love and Hip Hop ATL. I tried a few menu items for brunch, and my favorite plates and cocktails are in today’s post! Check it out!

Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, of Food is My Classroom with today’s mini-lesson. I was in the mood for brunch, so I decided to take a trip to the Edgewood community where I stopped by Puff & Petals Lounge. This quaint eatery is operated by K. Michelle, a Memphis native singer, who you may have seen on Love and Hip Hop ATL. I tried a few menu items for brunch, and my favorite plates and cocktails are listed below.

Classroom: Puff and Petals
367 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (click for map)
http://puffandpetals.net

Plates:
⭐ Bring The Heat (spicy pasta)
⭐ Crabby Patty (fried slider)

Cocktails:
⭐ Flower Bomb
⭐ Hollywood Glamour
⭐ Frose Garden 
⭐ The Illusion
⭐ Cigar on the Beach

Pros: 
1. The food was amazing.
2. Antonio, male server/host, was really nice and good at multi-tasking.
3. Arielle, female bartender, was sweet and makes the BEST drinks. She also passes out LONG STEM ROSES.
4. Located on the Marta Trolly line.
5. Not far from I-20.
6. The staff makes the restaurant a good time as they dance to the bumpin’ hip hop music.

Cons:
1. There were NO desserts available this day. 

Prior Knowledge:
1. Parking for 2 hours is $10 and 4 hours for $20.
2. Not really designed for large parties. This spot is very quaint. There are 3 spaces for up to 6 guests. I recommend 2 to 4 in your party. 
3. Average wait time is 30 minutes to 1 hour.
4. All parties of any size have 18% gratuity automatically added.
5. They are closed Mondays & Tuesdays. 

About the owner:
Singer K. Michelle (Kimberly) opened this restaurant because it was her dream as a child. 
Read her story here:
http://puffandpetals.net/owner/

Grade: A+
I definitely cleaned my plate!

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Too Much for Too Little?

Today’s question from http://www.answerthepublic.com explores a shared mystery among patrons of high-end luxury restaurants. Why do expensive restaurants serve tiny portions? There are many reasons why restaurants serve small portions and we’re going to explore a few of those reasons.

Why Expensive Restaurants Serve Tiny Portions

Today’s question from www.answerthepublic.com explores a shared mystery among patrons of high-end luxury restaurants. Why do expensive restaurants serve tiny portions? There are many reasons why restaurants serve small portions and we’re going to explore a few of those reasons with you.


1 | Limited Portion = Unlimited Expectations

I’m sure we have all run low on an item and product. Our natural instinct is to conserve and not be wasteful. The same concept is applied to fine dining. Restaurants attempt to recreate this conservation by giving smaller portions that diners will be excited to try and savor the richness of the dishes. Chefs and restauranteurs hope this makes the meal more memorable.

Photo by Julien Sarazin on Unsplash

2 | High Ingredient Costs

Luxury restaurants often source their ingredients from the obscure international markets and farms. This practice increases the production costs of the dish which affects the menu price. In an effort to keep the price from being astronomical, restaurants serve smaller portions.

Photo by Marta Markes on Unsplash

3 | Minimalism to the Maximum

Take a stroll on Rodeo Drive or to any high-end boutique and you will see that less is more. Expansive tables house one purse or a pair of shoes. Expensive restaurants also embody this practice through the belief that minimalism is elegant or avant garde. Guests at these establishments seek unique tastes and experiences rather than coming to fill their stomachs.

Photo by Julien Pianetti on Unsplash

4 | The Plate is a Canvas

Have you been to an art museum lately? Some expensive works of art feature a tiny image painted on an over-sized canvas. For expensive restaurants, plating techniques have evolved into a blend of aesthetics, art, and design. As a work of art, smaller portions allow enough space on the plate for the chef to display their artistry.

Photo by Aigars Peda on Unsplash

5 | Avoid Boredom

For Thanksgiving, we tend to pile our plates with food only to waste most of it. Why? Our taste buds will get used to a flavor after 4-5 bites. Smaller portions eliminates the boredom of a dish and helps your mind register the taste for a longer period.

Photo by Tae In Kim on Unsplash

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Atlanta Breakfast Club Review

Hey Students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, from Food is My Classroom here in Midtown Atlanta at Atlanta Breakfast Club (ABC). Get your forks ready as we journey through this breakfast empire!

Hey Students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, from Food is My Classroom here in Midtown Atlanta at Atlanta Breakfast Club (ABC). I found this breakfast spot in walking distance from one of Atlanta’s biggest tourist attractions, The Georgia Aquarium. Get your forks ready as we journey through this breakfast empire!

Classroom: Atlanta Breakfast Club
249 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
http://www.atlantabreakfastclub.com

⭐ The Lesson Plan [Full Review of Experience]

Background Knowledge:
Anthony Sanders (Executive Chef) & O. Osiris Ballard are Co-Owners of the black-owned parent company, Good Food & Company, and Atlanta Breakfast Club is their “pride and joy.”

⭐ Materials Needed:

  1. Patience: There is a couple of spots in the front and a few in the rear of the restaurant.
  2. Cash: There is also paid parking across the street for $10, which is your best bet.
  3. Comfortable Shoes: You may have to walk a block from the parking garage/paid lots to the restaurant.
  4. Something to occupy your time: Expect at least a 30-minute wait and up to 2hrs depending on the day of the week and the hour.
  5. Camera/Cell Phone: Be prepared to possibly run into a news anchor, reporter, politician, well-known pastor, or celebrity for a quick selfie.

⭐ Observation: [The Best of the Day]

Opening (Appetizers)
-I was so graciously GIFTED the “Paul Biscuit,” affectionately called the “P Biscuit,” by Deonte &Paul to try. It is sooo big and yummy. It is fried chicken, folded eggs, cheese, & bacon on a soft biscuit smothered in warm pepper gravy. The pepper gravy is so darn good. No floury or burnt taste. The bacon is thick cut. The chicken was nicely battered and fried to a crispy perfection. This item was created by Paul, one of the Managers, and is NOT on the menu but can be requested.

During (Entrees)
-I had the popular Shrimp & Grits. The Shrimp & Grits were AMAZINGLY divine. Creamy white grits, jalepeño gravy (not spicy), gulf shrimp, and chicken sausage (which is where I tasted the heat). The combination of flavors makes for a happy marriage.

Closing (Desserts)
-The peach cobbler french toast (half order). This could easily be dessert and the last course, so that’s just what I did! Served with a hot crumble, juicy peaches, vanilla butter, and powdered sugar. The best french toast I have ever had in my entire life. OMG!!!

The Glows [Pros]

  1. Location! ABC is located near The Georgia Aquarium, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and The World of Coca-Cola.
  2. The staff is super friendly and inviting. It was delightful and felt like being at home.
  3. My waiter, Ron, greeted me with a smile and made food suggestions. He asked my name and how to spell it so he could remember it. He also checked on me often, and I appreciated the Southern hospitality.
  4. The food was hot and super yummy.
  5. They do to-go orders as well and have a specified parking spot for that out front.
  6. The staff works together, especially when your waiter/waitress is busy.
  7. As I waited for my meal, I noticed that the food does not sit in the window long. That explains why the food comes out hot.
  8. Seating is available inside and outside for those who are WAITING to be seated and served.
  9. A phone system is used upon check-in, and they call your cell phone when your table is ready. So, don’t miss your call.
  10. I will return soon to try their award-winning Chicken & Waffles.

The Grows [Cons]

  1. The parking could be a deal-breaker for some patrons.
  2. Considering the scale of the restaurant, the restrooms are tiny, with only a couple of stalls.
  3. Minimal handicapped parking in front of the restaurant with only 1 spot.

⭐Evaluation: [The Score]
Grade A+ (Principal’s List)

Teacher’s Notes

  1. There are a few clubs and businesses around that may have empty lots depending on the time of day, but DO NOT park there. Pay to park! Police officers are continually writing tickets.
  2. Deonte, Manager of Digital Marketing, would love to hear that you’re visiting on my recommendation. He and Paul treat everyone like a celebrity.
  3. They are quite proud of their trophy on display from the Marriott Invitation where they placed 2nd in a golf tournament this year (2019).
  4. Darrell, who is listed on their IG page as Artistic Cousin, created a mural that is on display in memory of Chef Anthony’s mother, who died a few days ago. (June 2019). The mural is so dope!

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Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen and Bar Review

Hey students, it’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, here in Downtown College Park, Georgia at Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen and Bar. Today I’m trying some “Geechee” inspired small plates! Click the link for more goodness 🙂

Hey students, it’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, here in Downtown College Park, Georgia at Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen and Bar. Today, I’m trying some “Geechee” inspired small plates!

Classroom: Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar

3721 Main St, College Park, GA 30337 (Link to Google Map)

⭐The Lesson Plan [Full Review of Experience]

⭐Materials Needed:

1. Patience: Very small restaurant causing long waits.

2. Hand Fan: The air was not working.

3. Comfortable Shoes: You may have to walk some blocks depending on where you find a space to park.

4. Guest: With a guest, you can choose multiple plates to share, which is much better.

⭐Observation: [The Best of the Day]

The “Get Tight Up” Cocktail at Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen

Opening (Appetizers)

-I had a cocktail called “Get Tight Up” that contained pureed fruit with vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, triple sec, fruit liqueur, and sour. The drink is available in peach, blackberry, or strawberry. I chose peach, and it was just okay.

I will try the “Geechee Rita” next time, which is also a popular drink according to the bartender. 

During (Entrees)

-Jam Up Fried Wings: Three seasoned and marinated whole wings drizzled with Gulla gal sauce. The wings were tasty, and the sauce seemed ketchup-based but much sweeter.

-Fried Poke Chop (Pork Chop): One small pork chop that is lightly battered and fried to a golden color. This was a disappointment. The meat was well cooked, but not seasoned well. Additionally, the pork chop was very small and not nearly the size of a standard pork chop.

-Seafood Pasta (cold dish): A combination of crab meat, white shrimp, and pasta mixed with a seafood salad dressing. This dish was one of my favorites, and a must-have.

-Fried Cabbage: Fresh cabbage fried in a skillet with onions and bacon. This was the biggest disappointment. It was very salty, and the cabbage was so overcooked that it was brown and soggy. Cabbage, even fried, shouldn’t be that mushy.

-Macaroni & Cheese: Classic cheddar cheese and elbow macaroni baked til golden. This was just cheese and noodles. The noodles were overcooked and unseasoned.

-Fried Shrimp: White shrimp that are seasoned, lightly battered, and golden fried. These were cooked perfectly.

-Sauteed Shrimp: White shrimp that are seasoned and sauteed in a Gullah butter sauce. These were seasoned nicely and yummy.

-Gullah Fries (Potato Wedges): Fried potato wedges dusted with Virgil’s Gullah seasoning. These were very good and came out hot. They are also a must-have.

-Shrimp & Crab Gravy: White shrimp cooked in crab gravy over Jasmine rice (contains bacon). This was the STAR of the night. It is better than New Orleans jambalaya. The rice was slightly undercooked, but the shrimp and gravy made up for it. I wanted to sop it up with a biscuit. You can’t come to Virgil’s and not have this dish!

Closing (Desserts)

-Chucktown Chewie Sundae: This dessert was a warm chewie blonde (vanilla) brownie topped with caramel ice-cream, candied pecans, chocolate fudge, and powdered sugar. It was delicious and I hardly ever eat a dessert at a restaurant. It was heaven on a spoon! I would go back just for dessert and try a new cocktail. Just thinking about this dessert makes me want to make the drive to College Park right now!

⭐ Small Plate Ranking 

[0 to 5-star scale, 5 being the highest]

5⭐ Shrimp & Crab Gravy (over rice), Chucktown Brownie, Seafood Pasta (cold)

4⭐ Gullah Fries (Potato Wedges), Jam Up Wings

3⭐ Sauteed Shrimp, Fried Shrimp

2⭐ Poke Chop, Get Tight Up cocktail

1⭐ Mac ‘n Cheese

0⭐ The Fried Cabbage

Evaluation: [The Score]
Grade A

⭐Teacher’s Notes

1. This restaurant is not family-friendly. No high chairs or car seat slings.

2. Our waiter was William, who was excellent.

3. The host, Curtis, was accommodating with getting me a larger table.

4. The restaurant sits between Soul Crab and Milk & Honey.

5. They do not take gift cards. (VISA)

6. They do have lots of free street parking and lots in the area if you follow the signs. Not sure if the lots are free or not.

7. Your party should be from 1 to 4 people. The restaurant is not designed for groups.

8. Police circle the area often for a sense of safety.

9. Be careful crossing the street. I was almost hit in the crosswalk because everyone doesn’t abide by the law about pedestrians in the crosswalk, especially when there is no flashing light.

10. I met both owners, and they were very kind to my family and me. Search Food Is My Classroom on YouTube to see the video with Gee, co-owner of Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar, A “Geechee” Cultural Experience.

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Mama’s Caribbean Grill Review

Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, here with today’s mini-lesson at Mama’s Caribbean Grill in Decatur, Ga. If you live in the Decatur area, try them out today! Everything was absolutely fresh and delicious!!!

Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, here with today’s mini-lesson at Mama’s Caribbean Grill in Decatur, Ga. If you live in the Decatur area, try them out today! Everything was absolutely fresh and delicious!!!

Food is My Classroom at Mama’s Caribbean Grill

⭐Location:

4919 Flat Shoals Pkwy #122, Decatur, GA 30034 (Kroger Plaza)

⭐What Did I Eat?

I had jerk shrimp, rice and peas, plantains, macaroni and cheese, jerk chicken, cabbage and veggies, curry goat, curry chicken, and oxtails in gravy. If that didn’t sound like enough, I ended with the sweet potato pudding. 

See my RECOMMENDATIONS below: 

Mama’s Caribbean Grill Menu

Rice and Peas (topping with oxtail gravy is optional): The rice was cooked well and the peas were soft, but not mushy. The dish was very tasty with a mild hint of coconut milk.

Cabbage and Veggies: The cabbage had a slight crunch and was cooked with green beans, carrots, peas, red and green peppers, and corn. I absolutely loved it!!!

Mango Island Vibes Nectar

The Mango Island Vibes Nectar: This is a sweet juice that is even better over heavy ice (it’s sweet ya’ll).

The Baked Macaroni & Cheese: The noodles were NOT overcooked and the dish was well-seasoned. It was baked cheesy in the oven, which is the only way to eat it in my opinion. 

Curry Chicken: The chicken pieces were in an authenticly delicious Curry Gravy, which had a hint of coconut milk. 

Jerk Chicken: These leg quaters were tender, seasoned well, and spicy. They weren’t so spicy that it took over the meal. This was my favorite meat!!!

Sweet Potato Pudding

Jerk Shrimp: Although the shrimp are small, the jerk shrimp starts with a sweetness. Then, the heat hits you, but it is not overwhelming for those of us that can’t take hot/spicy food.

Sweet Potato Pudding: This Caribbean dessert was like a dark sweet potato pie in pudding form. It did have more nutmeg than I prefer, but it was yummy. Adding raisins to the pudding would be good too, in my opinion.

Background Knowledge: 

1. Located in the Kroger Plaza beside American Wings 3 and near Gutbusters.

2. Located in Decatur, Ga.

3. They offer a large menu and 2 Caribbean desserts. 

4. All seafood items are cooked to order.

5. For an upcharge, instead of having cabbage with rice and peas, you can substitute for baked macaroni and cheese, collard greens, or yams. 

6. They offer some drinks with an island vibe. The Mango Nectar drink was yummy.

7. The restaurant opened at the end of July (2019), as announced by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, with a food drive for the community and 100+ free hot meals to customers.

8. Open Monday – Saturday (7 am – 10 pm), Sunday (8 am – 8 pm)

Pros: 

1. All natural, even the seasoning. Salt and pepper is their only purchased seasoning. They make their seasonings from blending raw ingredients. So, if they want onion powder, they blend from real onions.

2. The owner believes in no MSG.

3. My server was Khalil who was very respectful, kind, used his manners, and was completing multiple tasks with a smile on his face. 

4. The restaurant is family-owned and operated.

5. I also met Erica, the manager, who took the time to explain EACH dish to me. This was greatly appreciated considering I voiced that Caribbean cuisine is not my cuisine of choice due to how spicy it is. She explained that not all restaurants have a heat level that extreme and that they don’t!

Cons:

1. It was a bit warm inside.

2. The oxtails were small, but the gravy was good enough to dip the coco bread in and eat.

✏📋 Score: A

I will definitely be going back to try more dishes. Especially, the cabbage and mac-n-cheese.

Food is My Classroom at Mama’s Caribbean Grill

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Christmas In July at Blue Willow Inn🎄

It’s Christmas in July and I’m here in Social Circle, GA with a special lesson at The Blue Willow Inn Restaurant & Gift Shop ☃️❄️ Click the link ⬇️ to read more on my blog!

Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, from Food is My Classroom with today’s lesson in Social Circle, Georgia at Blue Willow Inn for Christmas in July. I have been eating at Blue Willow Inn (opened November 1991 after renovations) since I was young but never knew they celebrated this holiday. This award-winning inn is one of Social Circle’s biggest tourist attractions and well worth the drive down I-20.

Christmas in July at Blue Willow Inn

Classroom: Blue Willow Inn Restaurant & Gift Shop
294 N Cherokee Rd, Social Circle, GA 30025

The Lesson Plan [Full Review of Experience]

Materials Needed:

  1. Reservations: Yes, they still take reservations.
  2. Empty Stomach: You need room to enjoy all this goodness.
  3. Cash or Major Credit Card
  4. Full Tank of Gas: Located in a small town, so there is no QT or Kroger Fuel Center nearby.
  5. GPS: Due to construction in the area, you need to know your way around as the Detour signs are not always clearly visible.

Observation: [The Best of the Day]
Opening (Appetizers)
-Small Salad Bar
-Two Soups

During (Entrees) for today’s holiday.
-There are a variety of choices.

Closing (Desserts)
-There are usually around 7 choices for dessert.

The Christmas in July Menu:

Meats: Baked Tilapia, Turkey, Ham, Fried Chicken, Fried Chicken Liver, and Roast Beef with gravy & vegetables.

Veggies: Salad bar, black-eyed peas, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, sweet potato souffle, green beans, green bean casserole, fried green tomatoes (w/ chutney), corn on the cob, cornbread dressing (w/giblet gravy).

Desserts: Coconut cake, chocolate cake, peanut butter pie, lemon meringue pie, pecan pie, macadamia nut cookies, and peach cobbler.

Drinks: Coca-Cola products, sweetened tea, unsweetened tea, lemonade, Arnold Palmer, coffee, and water (not bottled).

Breads: Cornbread muffins and biscuits

Condiments: Cranberry sauce, ketchup (catsup), mustard, tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, hot sauce, and pepper sauce (vinegar-based).

The Culture: What is Christmas in July? In the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas (December) occurs in the summer, and many people decline to cook such large feasts due to the extreme heat. So, they plan many outdoor activities during this time instead of a “traditional” Christmas. Plus, no one wants to be engaged in outdoor activities on a full stomach. In July, when the weather is cool, many residents in such places as Australia, South Africa, Madagascar, and New Zealand will cook large meals, have a campfire, drink wine and egg nog just like we do in the Northern Hemisphere.
(Sources: Wikipedia and Responses on Quora)

⭐ Evaluation: [The Score]
Grade 📋 A+ (Principal’s List)

Teacher’s Notes✏

  1. This is an all-you-can-eat buffet.
  2. There is table service.
  3. Menu items change by the day and by the season.
  4. The upstairs dining rooms are open on jam-packed days.
  5. There is something for everyone here.
  6. The price is comparable to a Golden Corral but tastes way better.
  7. There is also a gift shop where you can get home decor, preserves, music, baby gifts, jewelry, postcards, and Christmas gifts. (Note: If you break it, you must pay for it. Not a shop for small kids or the clumsy.)
  8. There is also an outdoor restroom if you’re near the gift shop, so you don’t have to re-enter the restaurant.
  9. Allergy Alert: Food is cooked in a kitchen that contains nuts.
  10. There are many beautiful homes to see in the area and many small shops “in town,” which is walking distance from the restaurant.

Want to know more about the Blue Willow Inn Restaurant & Gift Shop?
Here is their story:

https://bluewillowinn.com/our-story/

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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.”

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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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