Illegal Food

Pop up turned restaurant, Illegal Food in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood is definitely worthy of your dinner plans. Besides Zagat rating them in the top 10 best burgers in Atlanta they have impeccable cocktails and a fresh menu that changes daily.

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Who can resist fresh chicharrons?

Who can resist fresh chicharrons?

I enjoyed four courses that included a cocktail. The portions you get with every course will put you in a food coma so take a date, a best friend or a hungry stranger to share with.

The Haymaker's Switchel with ginger was spicy but perfectly well rounded. 

The Haymaker's Switchel with ginger was spicy but perfectly well rounded. 

The crab cake and corn relish was perfectly cooked! 

The crab cake and corn relish was perfectly cooked! 

After finishing my crab cake I was presented with a coffee roasted pork belly porchetta that was life changing! Placed on a bed of collard greens and a parsnip & apple purée, every bite melted in my mouth. If that wasn't enough I also had the rigatoni with Italian sausage. Soon after I was ready for a nap.

I still dream about this pork belly. 

I still dream about this pork belly. 

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I ended my meal with a chocolate tiramisu. If you follow me on Instagram you know how much I love tiramisu so this was a real treat!

Chocolate and espresso tiramisu. 

Chocolate and espresso tiramisu. 

Owner and head chef Steven Lingenfelter outdid himself! Illegal Food is a Atlanta gem so do yourself a favor and go!

- Morgan Bryant

 

Brunch at 101 Steak

Let's just start off with how gorgeous 101 Steak is. I could barely make it to my seat because I was too busy gawking at all the rich dark wood, soft buttery leather and tall grand ceilings adorned with beautiful chandeliers.

We walked past a well stocked bar and a large table set with all different juices, fruit, and bitters. Which I would later come to find out is their "Libation Station" , where you can customize your own Mimosa or Bloody Mary.

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The "Libation Station" 

The "Libation Station" 

We were seated in a nice comfy corner and were promptly greeted by our awesome server, Christopher. He was very attentive and super sweet, even going so far as to put a candle on my ricotta donuts we had for dessert for my birthday. 

We started our meal off with their delicious smoked salmon board that they smoke in house on their big green egg in the back served with all the fixings to create your own bagel. Then we had to choose from their extensive list of not only champagne but rose' and prosseco allowing you to further customize your Mimosa. When we made our way up to the "Libation Station", we were greeted by the restaurants assistant general manager Chris Reid who showed us some delicious combos for our Mimosas.

Keeping it local with  18.21 Bitters

Keeping it local with 18.21 Bitters

House smoked salmon board

House smoked salmon board

Awesome recommendation, Christopher! 

Awesome recommendation, Christopher! 

Finally for our main dish I decided on the hangar steak and eggs with chimichuri sauce. When I say that was the best steak and eggs I have ever had, I'm not exaggerating. The steak was cooked perfectly and the chimichuri sauce was so good I almost licked the plate.  

 

Hangar Steak and Eggs

Hangar Steak and Eggs

I had such a wonderful experience at 101 Steak and can't wait for my next meal with them.  

- Arielle Kleinman