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Location: Right off of the street and in the same plaza as Yogli Mogli. Parking is a bit tight and they do not offer much parking space, so I recommend finding a spot on the side of the street and then walking. Atmosphere: My friend and I sat on the patio, which was nice and offered views onto the street. It also has a warm and rustic vibe. When you first walk into the restaurant I was greeted by a very friendly host who asked if we wanted to either sit inside or outside. He then led us to our table which was very clean and simple. The inside of the restaurant features a wall of wine options that you can choose from and also features desserts that I think you can pick up for togo. Murphy’s has a very casual laid back atmosphere that transports you to a Cali winery. Food/Beverages: We ordered the mimosas which were good because how can you really butcher a mimosa (juice & champagne)? I ordered the quinoa squash with the artichokes as an appetizer and a side of their mac and cheese. My lovely friend ordered their special, which was grilled scallops over angel hair pasta and tossed in a pesto sauce. The artichokes were very good because they were grilled and served with a delicious lemon aioli of some sort. I LOVE artichokes and boy, they did this artichoke justice. The quinoa squash was also delicious and perfectly seasoned. Many places usually offer bland vegetable entrees, but Murphy’s seasoned this entree to perfection. It was surprisingly good. The thing that stole my heart was actually the mac and cheese. I love mac and cheese and this was some good ole mac and cheese. I think they used some sort of white cheddar and truffle oil, which complemented the cheese very nicely. I also loved the fact that they used a thicker type of pasta in order to catch every drop of their delicious cheese sauce. If you do not thick that the shape of the pasta affects how a dish tastes, then you my friend need to try their mac and cheese. It was goooooood. My friend’s scallop pesto pasta was also very flavorful, light and filling. The pesto sauce was divine and she raved about the perfection that the scallops were cooked to. Service: Our server was very attentive to us and made sure that we had everything we needed. Overall: Murphy’s is a great place for a unique spin on traditional american food. Everything was seasoned to my liking and I will definitely be back to try some of their other offerings. Parking is a bit of a pain, but a bit of walking is not all that bad. I am surprised that I haven’t heard about this gem in Virginia Highland’s until now.
I recently had the pleasure of dining with friends at Miller Union on a Saturday evening. This was Sat, Oct 30, the night before Halloween when it seemed that all of Atlanta was out-and-about. As we drove into the parking lot, I was grateful to see a valet on hand. A full parking lot is always a good sign at a restaurant, but the thought of negotiating the full lot to find a spot was overwhemling. We were seated immediately in a very cozy dining room just behind the bar. The wait staff was incredibly attentive (considering how busy the restaurant was) and knowlegable. Cocktails were ordered all-around. I have to suggest the cleverly named Miller Thyme cocktail, a gin drink with lemon and a thyme-infused simple syrup - very refreshing. I ordered a seasonal appetizer that was the special that evening, butternut squash with a roasted kale leaf and a shaving of parmesan on a slice of warm sourdough baguette. Unbelievable flavor combination. Of course I sampled everyone else's appetizer and highly recommend the farm egg in celery cream - amazingly rich and creamy. I chose the grilled GA mountain trout with creamed potatoes and a sprinkling of the most fantastic crumbled bacon that I have ever put in my mouth. The trout was very flavorful and beautifully cooked. I also tasted bites of my fellow diners' entrees including, the heritage pork chop and the griddled chicken. These dishes were also full of flavor and served alongside fresh, seasonal braised and roasted vegatables. The table shared 4 desserts: a plum crisp (just the right blend of sweet and tart combined with a crumbly topping), a gluten-free almond buckwheat cake (nice alternative), a terrific apple-pecan cake, and my personal favorite, a fudge brownie with homemade ice cream. Owners Chef Satterfield and Neal McCarthy took the time to stop by our table (and the tables of many other diners) to thank us for choosing Miller Union. Straightforward food prepared with an appreciation and respect for fresh, seasonal, high-quality ingredients. I cannot wait to go back.
Location: Right near two urban licks. They offer complimentary valet parking because the parking can get very tight. Atmosphere: Cool, hip, and peaceful. They have a big wooden tree and fountain in the center of their restaurant, which is very serene and modern. The decor is very simple and allows you to focus on their food and bar. Food/Beverages: They offer a wide array of beers, cocktails and food as well. Their dishes range from traditional japanese items such as Okonomiyaki (japanese pancake) to other yummy dishes such as their georgia white shrimp. We ordered the curry ramen, spicy bacon ramen, Okonomiyaki, georgia white shrimp and gommae. Their ramen is extremely flavorful and not the typical ramen that you imagine. It is also very filling and their soups are very rich as well. Their Okonomiyaki was very, very good also. Their version had bacon and lobster and was cooked to perfection. The georgia shrimp appetizer featured locally grilled shrimp served over spicy mayo, which was delicious also. The gommae was a bit different than others because it tasted like chrysanthemum, which was pretty cool and different. My favorites were the Okonomiyaki and the curry ramen. Service: Our server was very sweet and attentive. She made us feel very comfortable and helped us answer any questions that we had. Overall: Cool, fun and delicious place to grab ramen when you are on the Beltline. I also love that they offer so many other choices and a late night menu as well. After 10pm, they offer a ramen burger. Usually they do not close until 2am on the weekends, which is a great option for people who want to grab a drink or late night bowl of delicious ramen. They do not serve your traditional ramen, but ramen with a good twist. It is nice to have something different from time to time and Nexto is doing a fantastic job at this.
I want so much to like Horseradish again. Unfortunately, on my last 2 trips, I've run into the same issues: an absolutely clueless hostess, wait staff spread much too thin, and a new head chef whose descriptive powers are considerably better than either his ingredients or his cooking. The website talks about catering to individual needs, but an email 3 days before my latest visit was never answered and, at the Sunday brunch, a friend and I had to practically beg for the only vegan option because it happened to be on the lunch instead of the brunch menu. It was described as a winter salad of lettuce, apples, cranberries and nuts. It was actually a chunk of not-particularly-fresh iceberg with a few perfunctory apple shavings and dried cranberry-like red things bobbing around in a vinaigrette that managed, somehow, to be gloopy as well as utterly bland. (Seriously, how is it possible to make a full-fat vinaigrette, presumably without xanthan gum, that clings slimily to the fork like wet blue jeans to thunder thighs)? They advertise Sunday brunch from 11 - 3, but by 1.15 the place was deserted and, sadly, I can see why. Since I both live and work fairly nearby, this used to be my go-to restaurant for both clients and out-of-town visitors. Not any more. I'm sure Horseradish will continue to have its devoted fans who go because it's local, cozy and friendly, but unfortunately for me it's no longer worth the prices (still pre-recession, unlike the quality) or the 15-minute drive.
This place was the ultimate experience for out of state visitors. My friends and I are all about the true dining experience. We love chic eateries with amazing decor that put such a big smile on your face when you walk in. I love to feel like I'm in a movie when I am out dining and this place did just that. When you pull up to the establishment you are a little confused because it looks like you just pulled up to a garage shipping dock. Parking wasn't anywhere insight so we paid for valet. Shortly there after we walked into an amazing restaurant that is mouth dropping. It has a very urban New York sophisticated upscale hipster appeal. The bar tender was very well versed in her knowledge of cocktails so we took her suggestions for drinks. The restaurant is very large in size. We decided to sit outside on their amazing patio surrounded by trendy lofts and a beautiful landscape of rich greenery. Their outside dining was absolutely one of the best experiences I have had. The weather was even great in November of 2014. The drinks are a bit pricey as it is upscale dining, but I experience is well worth. We only stayed for drinks as we were just looking for place to kick back and have a few cocktails. I totally recommend this place as a date night restaurant or a girls in the city night out with your with your closest friends. I will definitely visit this place the next time that I am in Atlanta. The service was a plus. This place is definitely an attraction for Atlanta visitors.
I have lived in Mariposa Lofts going on 4 years now. I absolutely love it here and it is in the MaryLin/Inman/Grady school district! The location of our unit is perfect for us. Just the right amount of sun for both balconies, no sound from any neighbors, looking over the pool, beltline & Atlanta skyline. Love the top floor! Carla and the front desk staff go above and beyond for me and my family and Mike and his team replace and fix things same day! Had my AC stop working... Whole new unit replaced the next morning. My range had some un-even heating in the oven...... 3 days later a BRAND NEW gorgeous convection drop in range! When things go wrong, I have never, ever felt like I was putting someone out. The series "Being Mary Jane" was just filmed here and I just found out that the whole building is going through a complete renovation. New gym, media center, exterior, front office and also the units! So glad that we chose Mariposa Lofts years ago. It really feels like we are on vacation everyday. :) Yes, there is a problem with break-ins to units as well as lots of cars. BUT now we have 2 security guards that walk the complex just for us and when I asked for an additional dead bolt to be installed on the front door it was completed the next day free of charge.
Lots of positives, but more negatives. Great location! Close to everything! Convenient! But Camden Phipps also has a high crime rate and limited parking, which the management lies about and never tells about. My apartment in Camden Phipps was broken into one year and my motorcycle was stolen another. The management wouldn’t allow me to see the video camera tapes if any and neither incident was announced to the other tenants on the property. Many tenants have dogs, but there is no green space on the property so dog waste would sometimes sit for days in halls and a few times on my door mat. Camden has done a great job fixing up the property. The pool area is very nice and vacant apartments are renovated, but rents have gone up by almost 20% a year. Because of increases in the rents, a lot of old tenants have moved on and there is a changing demographic in the area. The maintenance turnaround has slowed since Camden has taken over. The old management would fix things in a day, while Camden can take up to a week. If you plan on moving into Camden Phipps, please ask a tenant about the issues, because the agents and property manager Tiffany Days have been known to be dishonest.
I moved in a year and a half ago. The first year was ok, had no problems! if I had an issue with maintenance, I would call Steve the maintenance man and he'd come fix it!! This year Steve quite, the switch for my oven went out. They said they had to order a switch. It took almost 2 month's, of me calling and going and going to the office. They just got another stove to replace mine. then i started having problems with the plumbing.Now the water in my bathroom sink keeps coming up. they came twice already to fix it, the second time the had a plumber come out and dig. it worked for 2 weeks now its back just like it was!!!!! Now its on me cause I left my car door unlocked. But i've done that many time, even forgot to let my windows up. well last night they went through my car pulled out all my papers, just trashed my car, cause there was nothing in my car!!! These guys have been hanging out side, when I come out sometimes there guys sitting on the steps leaving their trash!!! the complex doesn't even blow the walk ways anyway!!!!! Spider webs, bugs , leaves, flyers from restaurants!!! I WILL NOT BE RENEWING MY LEASE!!!!
My brother and I ate at Wisteria last week, and as always, it rocked my world. My favorite server, Jeffrey, was there to take care of us, and he continues to amaze. He remembered me from my visit a few weeks ago, and asked if I'd like to start with a green tea mojito like I did on my last visit. Of course I took him up on it--it's one of the tastiest cocktails I've ever had. I get such a kick out of servers having such great memories! Jeffrey is definitely a pro. Dinner was delicious, of course. I tried the duck for the first time and loved it. My brother, Edward, got an 8 bone rack of lamb. It was HUGE, and delicious by the look of it, as Edward cleaned his plate. I also recommend the citrus salad or the crabcake as a great starter. Dessert was divine; we had a sampler of three that only cost $10. Wisteria always impresses me with their wide range of options. For instance, the wine list contains half bottles, many wines by the glass, wine flights, and an impressive selection of Bordeaux wines. There is truly something for everybody at Wisteria. I'm looking forward to another excuse to go back.
This place is actually really good for a couple of reasons. A lot of people seem to think this place is ghetto and full of riff raff. I've been living here almost 7 months now. The majority of people I see are African American, which basically means the people who make those assumptions are stereotyping based off of race. Tsk tsk. That and you would be surprised how many parking spots DON'T have cars in them lol. Anyway, what has impressed me the most is the staff here. They do not play. Felipe is seriously one of the best employees I've ever seen in that business. If you have a problem, he gets to the bottom of it period. Not just him either, the whole staff. I'm under the impression they are turning that place around and maybe it used to be kind of "ghetto". They are doing a good job if that's the case. I haven't had any problems there. Nor have there been any crazy incidents like cars getting broken into, murders, or crime in general. I think I got lucky because my back patio is very private and quiet which I love. I haven't had any issues here at all. None.