Piedmont Park Restaurants and Attractions – Reviewed by the Environs Team

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Spring is here and the Environs team has been working on a new helpful local guide, this time in our favorite outdoor spring destination in restaurants within walking distance to Piedmont Park!.  There’s so much to see and do in the heart of Atlanta in it’s biggest!! Please enjoy what our team has to say, and spend some time in the beautiful spring weather to check it out for yourselves.

Botanical Gardens

Reviewed by Environs Website Coordinator, Amanda Chappell. 

tulip-field-53104_960_720One of my favorite places in Midtown, no matter the time year is the Atlanta Botanical Garden, but of course right now it is the best place in Atlanta to enjoy the Spring.

This month and in April too, its tulip madness at the gardens, which is just ridiculously beautiful.

But the big event starting at the end of April, is the Chihuly in the Garden exhibit.  Some of you may remember last time (2004) Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures came to the park (I think I went 3 times to see them!) – this time there will be 21 installations and Wednesday to Sunday you can also view the collection by night for a whole different experience.  Maybe this time I’ll go 6 times!

Read more about upcoming events at the Botanical Gardens here. 

 

The Active Oval

Reviewed by Environs Team Partner, Realtor®, Dawn Landau.

We LOVE the Active Oval!

I’ve been working out here for years so thought I would share a photo journal of some ideas of what to do outside on these pretty March days.

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This exercise works abs, arms & back muscles. Try to do 20 & move your knees from side-to-side for obliques.

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I try to do 4-5 minutes of stair circuits each visit. Try using all the stairs that circle the oval to make it more fun and mix it up.

The pergola in the center of the oval is perfect for ground work. Hold planks for 2 minutes.

The angle makes push ups a bit easier. Start with 5 and increase. You’ll be amazed at how fast arm strength can build!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There has to be some fun involved with every work out too

Skipping…

Cartwheeling…

and of course swinging (at the Nagouchi Playground next to the Active Oval)

Our team is playing kickball on Sundays so watch for posts of the games…better yet, come watch us PLAY!!! This Sunday April 3rd at 3 PM at the Piedmont Park Active Oval.

Einsteins

Reviewed by Environs Team Partner, Realtor®, Paige Stills.

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Paige and Alex

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The Hillbilly Burger

After more than 20 years of fine food and excellent service, Einstein’s is not simply a restaurant, but a landmark-destination.  Alex raved about the Hillbilly Burger with bacon and pimento cheese with sweet potato fries–ouch!  Paige ventured from her favorite Einstein’s dish of Grilled Chicken and Potato Dumplings, and opted for lighter fare.  She recommends a bowl of their French Onion Soup–bon appetit! Their Sunday brunch is also a must!

Check out Einsteins menu here!

 

Empire State South

Reviewed by Environs Team Partner, Realtor®, Paige Stills and Lead Administrator, Tara Scott.

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Empire South Patio

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Bacon Marmalade

Paige and Tara visited Empire State South for their lunchtime menu on a beautiful spring day.  The outdoor space at Empire South is great, featuring bocce ball, corn hole and lots of space to lounge and enjoy the spring weather.  By far the pimento cheese and bacon marmalade appetizer we ordered set the tone for a delicious meal.  Paige’s main entree was the Steelhead Trout and Tara had the Spicy Chicken Po’ Boy and both were delicious!  Empire State South is full of southern charm and will not leave your tastebuds disappointed!  For a refreshing start try one of their home made teas!

Read more about Empire State South.

The Nook on Piedmont Park

Reviewed by Environs Team Lead Administrator, Tara Scott.

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The Nook

Tara visited The Nook on Piedmont Park for their legendary tarter tots!  It was so nice to visit and sit on the patio during a nice spring day on the very active Piedmont ave.  There was plenty of people watching to be done!  In addition to the delicious totchos (tater tots covered with delicious toppings) The Nook is a very active member in giving back to the Midtown community!  They are a green business and support a variety of local charities!

Read more about The Nook here

 

Zocalo Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed by Environs Team Partner, Realtor®, John Powell.

John and Friends

John and Friends

JP, Leslie & friends were out in Midtown enforce on Friday evening. Beginning with a light dinner at Zocola and culminating in

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John, Leslie & Friends at Ten

lots of fun at Blakes without missing a single bar in between!  Thankfully, we made reservations earlier in the week because upon arrival we were informed that there was already a 2 hour wait! Seated immediately on their spacious outside deck, we then enjoyed their wonderful version of table side guacamole, chips & salsa before Leslie and I opted to share the Chile Relleno entrée -all of which, as usual, was delicious! As you might guess, several pitchers of margaritas were consumed. Leslie, Rhett, & Beth opted for the Spicy Orange version, while Jenny & Daryl selected the lower calorie version known as the Bikinirita. Negra Modelo hit the spot for me & several beers later… the decision was made to continue for few more hours with a small pub crawl through Ten, Tenth & Piedmont, G’s Midtown and culminating at Blake’s! Good times!

 

Campagnolo Restaurant + Bar

Reviewed by Environs Team Partner, Realtor®, Dawn Landau.

This is 20160330_212416 (1)one of Terry and I’s favorite local haunts. They have fantastic food, attentive service, very pretty décor and an awesome outside patio. On weekends there is a piano in the bar area and sing-a-longs for those who know all the show tunes! This visit we tried some new items. We started with a fabulous bottle of wine recommended by the bartender. On Wednesdays they offer half off bottles of wine so we splurged on Scarbolo Merlot 2012 from Fruili, IT. It is made with an Amarone-style fermentation which gives the merlot a raisin quality that was scrumptious. The $35 price was a DEAL.

To start we share the Cozze (mussels) in a sweet vermouth broth. They were excellent. Next was an Arugula salad which we have ALL the time at home. These guys add candied pine nuts which added a nice texture and flavor to a classic salad. For an entre we tried the pork shoulder served with creamy polenta and, kale and apple gremolata. We devoured every morsel! The gremolata gave the dish a bit of crunchy sweetness that was delish…it will be a repeat dish for sure!
We highly recommend Campagnolo for a special occasion (be sure to tell our client and GM, Alice Masker, when making your reservation) or for a casual weekday dinner. The prices are very reasonable and the food is always excellent. It is located at the corner of 10th and Piedmont just a block away from the park. Don’t forget about the weekend sing-a-long fun :-)

Read more about Campagnolo here!

 

Coming up next month we will continue reviewing restaurants around piedmont park!  Look forward to hearing about One Midtown Kitchen, Flying Biscuit, Henrys and much more!