Tuesday’s Treats #199

La Hacienda

Location: Suwanee, Georgia

*My apologies for this pic not being all elegant and nice. I had planned to take a quick one and get another, but my husband dove into his molcajete so quickly that I missed the opportunity! 😂

The food, staff and atmosphere here is great!

They have four locations: Dawsonville, Cumming, McDonough and now in Suwanee. We visited the Suwanee location.

My husband would tell you to get the molcajete; it is amazing. My oldest would tell you to get the pollo ranchero, and I would say get the pollo hacienda. Our youngest loves the rice and beans and queso. Honestly, I love my dish for the chicken and sauce and rice. Being a “Gulf of Mexico shrimp” girl, I’m honestly not crazy about the tiger shrimp, but you may very well love it.

The salsa has a nice little kick. The chips are fresh, and the been and beef dip is phenomenal. The queso is great as well.

We haven’t had any of the seafood or taco choices, but the items in the menu look delicious! We have frequented the new Suwanee location several times – four times in one week! 😂 Yeah, you could say we liked it just a little.

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Tuesday’s Treats #191

Tequila Mama

Location: Suwanee, GA

New place in a cool town center atmosphere. If you’re looking for a traditional, authentic Mexican restaurant, then, this might not be your spot, but I thought it was a nice change from our usual.

The atmosphere is bright and cheery. The menu isn’t too limited, but they don’t have the multiple pages of choices you’ll find in other restaurants. We ordered Momma’s Queso with beef, because when I asked the server if we could do bean dip (ya know, beans and cheese), she seemed a bit confused me did she’d never herd of that before. No, it wasn’t because of a language barrier either; she spoke perfect English. Although, unfortunately, that could have simply been a server issue, because she seemed a bit more interested in talking to coworkers throughout our meal rather than serving. 😕 Oh well.

My son was disappointed they didn’t have refried beans, but he had rice and the charro beans and liked it almost as good. I ordered the tequila lime chicken, and it was absolutely amazing. Hey he rice is a cilantro lime rice; so, it’s quite different than most Mexican restaurants, but I’ve always liked this style that you can’t find everywhere. The chips and salsa were good as well; although, the salsa wasn’t a bit spicy.

All in all, it’s a nice place to eat, and the food is good. I’m not sure I’d we will return often, as it doesn’t have some of the items we really like when we go to eat Mexican food, and the prices are a bit steep ($53 for just my son and me), but I am glad we tried it.

The website link via Google only takes you to an application form; so, I’m including the TripAdvisor link for you to check it out.

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Tuesday’s Treats #176

KTCHN

Location: Brevard, NC

This place has a great atmosphere and really good food. The servers were nice, and we left full and happy. The vegetable beef soup we ordered as an appetizer was incredible. The special of the day was chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and our son ordered “Lola’s Mac and cheese” with it. The chicken was a tad bit dry but had a great taste. The Mac and cheese was just like homemade and AMAZING. Our youngest ordered pepperoni pizza, and it was delicious. My husband ordered the prime rib sandwich, and it was very tasty. I had the chicken sandwich with bacon and an herb mayo. I don’t even like mayo, and it was incredible. They had several other items on the menu we’d have like to try. Maybe we’ll be back one day.

*Btw, yes, that IS the correct spelling! 😉

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Tuesday’s Treats #167

Dreamland BBQ

Location: Montgomery, Al

Let me begin by saying, we ate here 7 years ago, and they were in a different location. Honestly, we liked the feel of the earlier location because of it’s brick, muraled walls and less “commercialized” atmosphere, more like a locally owned bbq restaurant. This location is bigger, and it just gives more of a sports bar feel.

The food is delicious; even though, we were disappointed that they no longer serve brisket. We ordered the stadium nachos, the chicken sandwich, pork sandwich, chicken bbq Baker, and chicken fingers. The sides were absolutely amazing with made from scratch fried okra, Mac and cheese and Brunswick Stew.

One of the fun things about the Montgomery location is you are right downtown, and you can take a stroll down by the Riverwalk when you’re done; so, you don’t feel quite like a piglet for eating so much yummy food! 😂

Dreamland has a ton of locations; so, if you’re looking for some good bbq, just check out the locations on their site.

Tuesday’s Treats #165

Foggy Bottom BBQ

Location: Lawrenceville, Ga

Purely by accident did we end up here, and I’m so glad we did! We were attending an event down the road, and we had just a little while before the lunch hour was over. We knew we didn’t have time for our usual restaurant eating on the square, but we thought maybe bbq would be fast, and the place looked cool from the outside. So, we decided to give it a shot. Everything was amazing!

The pics are not wonderful, and my apologies. BBQ doesn’t usually lend itself to beautiful playing, unless maybe, you’ve gotten ribs plated by a chef. Lol. What is lacked in visual appeal, they definitely make up for in taste, quality and quantity. Oh. My.

The fried pickles appetizer is perfect. There about 6 pickles in the basket, and they’ve been tossed in a flour/cornmeal batter; so, be ready for the crunch! They’re also blazing hot; so, don’t blister the top of you mouth, as I did!

The brisket signature was amazing! The Texas toast, brisket piled high, and topped with a spicy pimento cheese was delicious and so filling, I couldn’t finish it all. The sides are just as good and plentiful. I got the fried okra and Mac and cheese. Others in our party got the turkey sandwich, the pulled pork, and the chicken sandwich. I can’t remember all their sides; some had baked beans and fried, but all of it was delicious! We will definitely be back!

Here’s the website for directions and menu items.

Tuesday’s Treats #164

Local Republic

Location: Lawrenceville, Ga

This is a really cool little joint in downtown Lawrenceville. The menu and the atmosphere is urban eclectic and the staff is friendly. It’s a bit of a small restaurant, by they do have an upstairs; so, if you walk in, and it appears packed downstairs, just check upstairs as well.

The pimento cheese bites are an A. M. A. Z. I. N. G. appetizer! It starts with a few crostini, topped with a scoop of pimento cheese, topped with a piece of bacon and a spicy jalapeño and sprinkled with smoked paprika. Wow! (and yes, I said spicy jalapeño, because these are full of seeds and pack a little punch!)

My husband ordered the fresh salmon on pimento cheese grits. Oh. My. He said it was one of the best he’s ever eaten. I ordered the Chicken and Cheese sandwich (much like a chicken philly), and as you can see from the pic, that thing is huge! I got mine with a side of grits as well. Everything was delicious, and almost everything they serve is farm to table fresh! They even have a listing of the local farms they use, as well as a daily special and a highlighted farm partner.

This was our first visit, and we will definitely be back! There are so many more menu items to try! Yum!!

Here is the website for you to find meal choices and location.

Tuesday’s Treats #163

The Swanson

Perry, Ga.

This is a beautiful, old antebellum home renovated to a restaurant. The atmosphere and the staff are pure Southern charm! The food makes you feel as f you’ve just staled back in time to grandma’s table in the Deep South (for those who grew up there).

They bring out these tiny “biscuits” that just seem to melt in your mouth, and before you know it, you will have consumed four or five of them! We also ordered the fried green tomatoes for an appetizer…wow! Just wow! The menu is full of delicious Southern Home Cooking with dishes like Southern fried chicken, baked chicken and cornbread, chicken n’ dumplings, country fried steak, pot roast and even salmon croquettes!

I ordered just a simple veggie plate, and it was absolutely delicious with fried okra, green beans, squash casserole and creamed corn. With over 20 veggies on the menu, they have just about every veggie you can think of: lima beans, Mac and cheese, rutabagas, steamed cabbage, and even collard green soup, just to name a few! I definitely wanted a whole lot more than my stomach could’ve held! Lol.

We were so stuffed that we didn’t order dessert, but I can just imagine it is amazing! We are here about a month ago, and I’m craving it so bad, I can’t wait to go back!

Here is the website; so, you can get directions and check out the menu. Enjoy!

**my apologies for not getting pics of the meal! We were so hungry, I didn’t even think about taking the pics until we were done! 🙄🤦‍♀️😂

Tuesday’s Treats #160

Toccoa Riverside Restaurant

Blue Ridge, Ga

You might have to drive a little ways to get here, but it is worth it!! The atmosphere is great, the staff is friendly, and the food is delicious!! (Please, excuse the next picture, as I tried to snap a pic before my husband dove in!😂)

We had steak and pecan crusted chicken with all the sides! The steak was tender, and my husband said, because of the gravy, the taste was almost like a pork tenderloin. The pecan chicken.

Tuesday’s Treats #156

Pleasantville Bar & Pub

Location: Zhytomyr, Ukraine

This place was amazing! It was so amazing that we are here twice during our travels!Comfortable seating, friendly staff, and delicious food is everything you will find here.

The pickle platter appetizer is delicious! The cucumbers are fresh and marinated with no vinegar; so, the pickles are quite different than American pickles, but they are so yummy. The pickled cabbage doesn’t taste like what you’d think. You’d think it would be sauerkraut, but it’s more like homemade coleslaw. It’s rather tasty.

The steak, chicken and any other meat you choose is grilled to perfection. My favorite were the veggies. Oh my! Delicious! We also tried a little dessert.

They didn’t have our first choice; so, we tried a little mousse cake. Little is the operative word! It was tiny, but it was rather tasty…maybe not my favorite dessert, but it was good. For a little bite, it packs a god punch! Lol!

I also ordered a Mojito (non-alcoholic beverage). It has a mix of lemon, lime, ginger and mint. A creative presentation and very tasty.

Here is their website for more information and menu options.

Tuesday’s Treats #155

Churassco Grill & Wine

Location: Lviv, Ukraine

We ate here the last time we were in Lviv, and because it was so delicious, we had to make a repeat on our most recent trip! The food was just as yummy as before, and I actually got a better picture of that incredible cheese bread I told you about last night! (Here is my previous post.)

We repeated the cheese plate, the cheese bread, the steak and the grilled veggies. Everything was incredible, and the staff was just as helpful as before. This will definitely be a repeat every time we are in Lviv.

Here’s a clip of their menu, but you can find more on their website. It seems there isn’t an official website, but rather, a Facebook and foursquare site; so, these are the links I will share.

*Note: there are two locations, and their description is quite different. One is Grill & Wine and the other is Grill & Beer. We went to the Grill & Wine.

Here is what the front entrance looks like (at night); so, you can tell the difference in the two restaurants. 😉