Environs does… Inman Park (Part one)

Inman Park is not only a highly desirable intown neighborhood with an eclectic mix of beautiful and historic homes but also home to a vibrant restaurant and bar culture.  We have been dying to get over there for a while, so get ready for part one of “Environs Does Inman Park”.

 

Bar Taco Inman Park

Bartaco

By Tamera Shearon

Hey! Hands off those tacos!

Hands off (Bartaco)

At Bartaco it is difficult not to eat just yours. So make sure you order enough for everybody because these great minis are so very tasty plus they pair well with friends and family.

We ordered Pork, Chicken, Portabello w/ Queso and Fish tacos. It was a perfect little treat in between shopping at all the wonderful shops and Thank you Nicole @ TomTom for suggesting this place for a stop in Inman Park.  Check out Bartaco’s website for more information.

 

frittiFritti

By Paige Stills

Fritti's Pizza - Inman Park Located at the corner of Highland Avenue and Elizabeth Street, Fritti is one of my favorite places in Atlanta for pizza. My dad and I opted for lunch, but it really comes alive in the evening (the martinis are awesome – try their espresso martini!) It was raining, but we got there at the perfect time. We were lucky enough to meet owner Ricardo Ullio in the parking lot, and he escorted us through the back door so we wouldn’t get drenched, and seated us.

Fritti's Pizza with Dad!Usually I enjoy sitting outside on the outdoor patio but even on the enclosed patio we still had one of the best people-watching spots in Atlanta! As an upscale, but casual restaurant their menu offers a variety of Neopolitan-style pizzas, pastas and spiedini, and an impressive wine list.  We enjoyed the Regina Margherita pizza with San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, and basil leaves. I can’t say enough about the consistently excellent service I’ve had here, as well—molto importante. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

 

BeetleCatBeetleCat

By Dawn Landau

Dawn and Stacy at BeetleCat

Ford Fry’s newest venture in the ATL (I think) is great, which is no surprise to this realtor/food reviewer :-)

I’ve been twice already. First was a date night with the hubs. We had drinks in the super-cool bar downstairs then got a table for dinner. I had a rye whiskey Manhattan cocktail..YUM.

For food, we had oysters on the half shell which is a MUST  for all diners here. BeetleCat - Yum!They seem to take great care in describing the succulent shellfish which makes it easy to select from the list. We also tried the Hamachi or “Spring on a Plate” as the server described it, Kale salad and the Crispy Whole Skate Wing. The Hamachi and Kale salad were HUGE hits for both of us. The fish was nice but is not on the “order again” list. The concept was to make wraps with all the ingredients which was a bit cumbersome.

BeetleCat Oysters!On our next visit, we returned for apps only. Hubs again and friend Stacy. This time I had a rum daiquiri. Delish!! We of course had oysters again. We tried 3 different types. All were true to the descriptions and yummy. BE SURE to request an oyster menu if at the bar since they didn’t offer it up first. We also tried the Conch Fritters and a Pepper medley. My favorite of the two was the peppers…some were sweet, some hot and some in between. As long as you can stand some moderately hot spice on your tongue, go for it. None were eye-wateringly hot :-) I’ll be back when I need an oyster fix…

Check out the BeetleCat website to see sample menus and get other info.

 

Parish AtlantaParish

By Dawn Landau

Parish Fried Chicken and CauliflowerSo after apps at BeetleCat, we chose another place for our entrees. Barcelona and Bar Taco were both 3 deep at the bar so we headed up the street to Parish. We were seated right away. Not sure where everyone was but this place should have been busier! We ordered a nice bottle of Rioja for $40 and dug into the menu. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. I wish I had jotted down his name.

Terry and Stacy ordered fried chicken and I selected the beet salad (I’d already had too many fritters and peppers!). Parish-Beet-SaladThe chicken came with a cauliflower gratin and a wheatberry/green tomato salad, both of which were scrumptious. I devoured the beet salad and we all took food home.

Parish was one of the first restaurants to open on this strip of Highland Ave and is located in an old building that served as the admin offices for a pipe manufacturer back in the day. Terry showing us the beautiful inside of ParishSo, you’ll get great food and beautiful surroundings as well. RUSH to Parish soon before those masses at Barcelona and Bar Taco figure out it’s the new-old place to be! (There is a sandwich shop downstairs for those who want a quick lunch)

Check out the Parish ATL website.

 

inman park festivalInman Park Festival 2016

By John Powell

Inman Park Festival is one of the largest, if not the largest, neighborhood festivals and is one of my all time favorites! While the weather didn’t completely cooperate, a good time was had by me and some friends. Leslie and I always go straight for the jalapeno corn dogs, then off to one of the many beer vendors. After browsing a number of artist and street market vendors, a couple of notable purchases occurred in the form of some earrings and folk art from Hallie Edwards of Big Gully. After a quick stop at the Delta Stage for Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics, we headed to dinner at one of our absolute favorites restaurants – Sotto Sotto (next review).

In our view, despite the intermittent rain, Inman Park festival is one of the best Atlanta offers and I encourage all to head out and take part.

 

Sotto SottoSotto Sotto

By John Powell

As usual, we were not disappointed! Our friend and chef, Gregg Herndon, joined us. Starting with the Bufala e Peperoni sans anchovies, then moving straight into our entrees with Gregg enjoying the Halibut while Leslie and I opted for pasta dishes. I can easily recommend both the Cappellacci di Zucca and my “go-to” dish the Tagliatelle ai Funghi, which we shared enthusiastically! View their Facebook page for up to date information.

 

Stout Brothers

The Stout Brothers Inman Quarter Beer Market

By Tamera Shearon

Know a “HopHead” that is always looking for something new? From Crowlers to Growlers The Stout Brothers Inman Quarter Beer Market is the perfect place to surprise them with 30 different beers on tap to choose from. Impress your hard to please beer lovers with a vast choice of Wheats, IPAs, Ciders, Meads and Sours. But if it is something sweet that you need, don’t leave without taking home the Holmes and Finch Bacon Caramel Popcorn. Yes…this smokey tasty treat isn’t for breakfast anymore. Beer and Popcorn reunite in a better and unique way. When you go ask for Conner, he is very knowledge about the products in this store and, as a passionate brewer himself, he will be able to guide you towards the best beer experience you ever had.  Check out their FB page for updates and news.

 

madeagain-logoMade Again

By Briana Holmes

Made Again is a beautiful art gallery that features furniture, home decor, and lighting sources as well as everyday accessories, stationery, and even jewelry.

Made AgainWhile their items may be super trendy, what makes them shine is that they promote upcycled and handmade goods. Their industrial chic items mixed with their multiple textiles make this space perfect for the budding designer, the renovator, or even the every shopaholic.

If going out and about doesn’t appeal to you, no worries because they’re also available online! Made Again also dabbles in interior design and home and office organizing. While we may have walked away wanting everything in the store, there’s no rush because we’re sure Made Again will be around for a while.  Visit their website to learn more.

 

Inman Park Nails

Inman Park Nails

By Paige Stills

Inman Park NailsShortly after they opened, maybe 10 years ago, I visited Inman Park Nails on Austin Avenue next to The Albert. They offer a variety of services such as manicures and pedicures, where clients also can also choose gel nails, Minxnail, or acrylic nails. I was impressed with not only my manicure and pedicure, but the friendliness of the staff. It was fun to sit at the large window and relax while waiting for my nails to dry.

I visited a few more times the next couple of years, and always received the same excellent service. Last week I decided to stop in for a manicure and pedicure. It’s not quite the charming little salon that I remembered. My manicure looks nice, but my pedicure experience left a lot to be desired. Perhaps they were not having a good day, which happens to everyone, right? One of the Environs Team is planning on a visit this month, so I’ll keep you updated!