This April we headed on over to Krog Street Market, included in the Fodor’s Travel’s Ten Best Food Halls in the U.S. In the heart of Inman Park, this 1920s warehouse conversion market is filled with fabulous eateries and unique retail experiences. Let’s get to our reviews!
So the team headed out for Happy Hour to one of the first watering holes on Krog St, Krog Bar. A Kevin Rathbun concept (I suspect to hold thirsty diners waiting for a table at Rathbun’s), it is a screened-porch sort of place with nice cocktails wine and small bites.
We had great service on the pretty Spring afternoon. John was in beer mode, I had a gin concoction that was yum and Tamera sipped on a cocktail with some bubbles. Hers disappeared quickly too For snacks we had the pimento cheese and a flat bread with honey and sea salt. No complaints.
FYI, the pimento cheese is on the sweet side rather than the sharp/spicy genre that I’ve grown to love. I didn’t turn down this version but thought it worth of note.
Stop in someday…it’s right on the Beltline and a nice break from a traditional restaurant or pub.
According to our server, Superica is pronunced Soo-puh-REE-kah instead of soo-PER-i-kah. I’ve heard it both ways so there you have it!
Anywho…I love this place.
This time I went with Stacy and Amanda (webmaster extraordinaire). I ALWAYS have the chicken fajitas. They are the best in the city and a good value at $21, since they serve 2 easily. The chicken is brined or somehow prepped to be the juiciest I’ve ever had. If you like fajitas, give this a go next visit. We also shared the Pollo con Mole enchiladas, which was delish as well. Nice to have something different for a change.
In addition to their divine house-made salsas (Amanda is in love with the green one!), we had the Chili con Queso and the Ensalada de la Casa (large) for the 3 of us. We had wine rather than tequila this visit (school night) but the margaritas are excellent.
This is a really fun place with lots of outdoor seating. No reservations, so plan to wait a minute if you go during traditional meal hours. It’s worth it. Ford Fry knows how to please all our senses
Frankly Hot Dogs, From The Spotted Trotter Team
Is your grill all dressed up and nothing to grill? It is not just franks anymore at Frankly. Frankly has your dry-aged Ribeye Steaks and New York Strips. Dry-aged up to 3 weeks or more.
In a hurry and don’t have 3 weeks to wait? No worries, they will cut the meat for you even if it is fresh from delivery. Aged or not, all these delicious marbled beautifies are going to need is Salt and Pepper and your grill for good eats with your family and friends. They have Sausage and Pork Chops too.
As you wait for your order at Frankly swing next door to Jeni’s Ice Cream, it is a great treat for some old fashion soft ice-cream. My favorite is mint and salted caramel. Some flavors are limited editions so get there quick.
Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall
Who wouldn’t want to check out a place located at Atlanta Beltline Mile Marker 9.2!? Envision roadside BBQ meets trendy-urban-watering- hole and you have the mashup that is Ladybird. We (Amanda and Dawn) finished up a bike ride recently and needed some food and libation. Since this place was on our way back home, we peddled our way over. What a treat! There is the Grove for socializing and drinking only, no food service. Next is the outside deck and inside is a bar and screened porch as well as indoor seating (the Flag Room). We were on the lanai (a fancy word for screened porch). Most the seating is picnic table, shared seating, unless you have a large party. That ended up being a big positive…more on that later.
The menu is fairly simple both in the drink and food category. I’m a fan of that strategy…do a few things great and change them often. We had wine and a margarita. The rita is my only complaint. It was fine but not great. Sticking with beer or their specialty cocktails here is the way to go we decided. Our food selections were the Pimento Cheese Fritters (fantabulous), the Pickled Shrimp Salad (pickled yumminess on plate), the Mustard Greens (very good, get some pepper sauce) and a side of the Broccoli Salad (not on the menu).
So, our tablemates ordered the Basecamp Back Yard BBQ. It was served on a slab of wood fit for Fred Flintstone The biggest ribs I’ve ever seen served alongside a broccoli salad (hence our request) and crispy chunks of potato. We watched the two guys chow-down for 30 minutes, tossing out hoots and hollers of encouragement between our bites of deliciousness. Finally, they handed over a rib! It was great. We’ll take a few friends next time so we can try this or one of the other Basecamp dishes that serve 3-4.
Glad we had to ride home or the food coma would have overtake us in the car…be sure to travel to Ladybird under your own steam. You’ll need to burn off some calories after a visit here
…And don’t forget about the shopping:
French Market Flowers
Whether you are seeking a floral bouquet to celebrate, commemorate, or to apologize, French Market Flowers should be at the top of your list. Floral designers, John and Cindy Tarrant, specialize in creating elegant arrangements for all occasions. Tropical and indoor plants, as well as other unique gifts, make this little floral shop one of the best.
Mama Bath + Body
Mama handmade bath and body shop specializes in soy candles, artisan soaps, and so much more. They even offer candle-making classes! With a distinctive line of Atlanta neighborhood candles. Two favorites are Atlanta, a honey-almond blend, and the lavender and mint scent of Oakhurst. Just ask for Emilie.
Krog Street Pet Works
Don’t forget to pick up something for your furry critter at Krog Street Pet Works. There are several organic dog biscuits and treats, and signs with catchy phrases to help your cat or dog mark their spot in your home. Kelli pointed out the display of small decorative sombreros that are also popular—perfect for Cinco de Mayo!