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The obvious comparison is to the Twist near door. Limited menu is appetizers, salads and small plates. Maybe 15 wines. 1 Cab that I remember.Tried the pork terrine. Vacuum of taste, even with chutney sauces. Literally sucked the expected flavor from my imagination. Tried the pork samosas on waiter's recommendation. Same tasteless shredded boiled pork, but deep fried in filo dough in greasy limp turnovers. Wish he would have advised me I was ordering the same meat twice in a row. Tried the beet salad since its hard to screw up this dish. Got a dome of diced beets with fruits and goat cheese. Get a real beet salad at Barcelona's in Virginia Highlands.The atmosphere was nice; the service on par for a buckhead joint. Loud music outside from cheap speakers like nails on a chalkboard - at 4:00PM. Need to get better sound system, or make the music background to conversation.Yebo needs to step up to the plate and deliver, or die next to Twist like the last place there.
Pimento Cheese Biscuit with Bacon & Eggs– $7- I loved this biscuit! The biscuit was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside and was filling! I also really liked that pepper was used on the egg because it really added to the overall flavor!You can also try three little biscuits for $5!Pimento Cheese Sandwich-$4- My friend got this sandwich & thought it was great! The bread on this sandwich was crunchy.Black Pepper Bacon Biscuit– $4- This was such a unique biscuit. I tried this biscuit and personally wouldn’t get it over other options. I wish it was served with gravy over it or something because it was a little plain on its own.Cinnamon Biscuit– $4- If you liked sweets, then I recommend the cinnamon biscuit!Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit is a pretty small place so I would recommend going in the morning on a week day if you can. There’s pretty limited seating so going on a weekday would help! FYI parking is on the street and paid at a meter.
I visited on a Sunday where the restaurant promotes their Sunday Dinner. It features 3 courses for $25 pp with a 4-person minimum. It is a great deal for all that you get. We enjoyed for the starter the pimento cheese with house made crackers and the most delicious fried green tomatoes. It can be difficult to fry them without the batter falling off but these were perfect. The entree we enjoyed the grilled salmon and the fried chicken. Both were great and the fried chicken tastes like grandma made it. The sides included collard greens and the creamiest mac and cheese Ive had in a long time. To end the night, we indulged in the chocolate cake and coconut cake. Our server Sokat was knowledgeable and friendly and made sure that we had everything that we needed. The ambiance could be considered upscale with lots of art. Be sure to look up at the ceiling and admire all of the art work that is hanging from above.
Our group had such an amazing dining experience at Taki! The service was impeccable from the moment we walked in the restaurant. We had a few drinks at the bar while we waited for the rest of our party to arrive. The Hubs had the Jim Jones and I had the Mango Mai Tai...both were very potent (just the way we like it)! Once we sat down, we shared the rock shrimp (tempura fried), rock scallops, and rock beef. The last two were cooked on hot rocks at our table, and were flavorful and fun to prepare. We ordered a variety of entrees, from hibachi to sushi. I had the Rainbow and Bubba Gump rolls. I enjoyed both thoroughly. Everyone loved their meals as well. We ate and drank more than we'd planned, but it made for a very fun evening.Steve--the general manager--and our server Michelle were wonderful during our entire visit. We'll all definitely be back to visit soon.
We started out by ordering the Queso Fundido ($9) which is roasted poblano cheese and chorizo, served with handmade corn tortillas. This was absolutely amazing. We basically made little enchiladas with the corn tortillas and it was delicious. This appetizer comes with 6 corn tortillas so it was plenty to split amongst two people. I am personally a huge fan of corn tortillas and loved the flavor that these had.For our entree, Morgan and I each got two tacos. Now keep in mind that these are really small compared to tacos you’re probably used to like at restaurants like On The Border. These tacos are about 4 inches in diameter. However, Minero really stuffs these with ingredients so we were full after eating our tacos! My favorite taco is the Al Pastor. The chilaquiles is my favorite dish in Atlanta!
Ramen is all the rage now, and Ton Ton is one of the newest restaurants to serve this dish in Atlanta. I decided to pop in while I was at Ponce City Market, and I'm glad I did. I ordered the Hakata Tonkotsu Classic Ramen, which was a treat. I loved the pretty bowl and almost didn't want to eat it (but I was starving, so of course I dug in soon after it was served). The broth was flavorful, and the ingredients were fresh.My only complaint is that my seat at the ramen bar was shaky. I thought I was going to fall a few times. Next time, I'd sit in the dining area...it seemed more quiet and nicer in that area anyway. Other than this, I can't wait to get back.Note: As of the date of this review, they did not have their liquor license. But check out the fun soda and tea options in the meantime!
Amazing food, service, wines, and other spirits. The best lobster (I had gluten free pasta) I have ever had in Atlanta. The large plump scallops are piled in a bed of diced summer squash, corn, and other fresh seasonal vegetables. The intricately meat and cheese tray was perfect for a lighter snack with the various tasty worldly wines. The charred octopus in a pesto smear accompanied by mixed veges and seasonings tantalized my taste buds and had me wanting more. In addition to the amazing wines I sampled one of the smoothest tequilas I have had in years. Matt our bartender/server provided us with A+ service. Although they are relocating because of my amazing experience I will definitely make sure I take the trip to their new location in the Decatur area.
Romantic (check), good food (check), easy find, reasonable wait, plenty parking, not too crowded & noisy ehhh not quite mastered. I enjoyed the service, the food, and the ambience! My lover and I dined here for Valentine's Day and it instantly became one of our favorite restaurants. We adore the eclectic style and personable staff. The menu is absolutely amazing but heavy do come prepared to chow. We've tasted half the menu and we've yet to be disappointed. The coconut shrimp, jumbo crab cake, lobster wontons, lobster fried rice, it's all very delicious! I can't recommend just one dish. The place is pricey but it's a great experience since it's an "absolute fusion" spot. You get all your cuisine favorites in one place. You will be impressed!
This restaurant is true to its name. Fresh seasonal ingredients with rustic, open air space, large restaurant keep this Buckhead eatery busy throughout the day. The staff is friendly, hospitable, and optimistic. The servers know how to keep on top of handling their tables without seeming pushy or rude when you are crunched for time. The salads are largely portioned to ensure you are paying a good price for what you are getting. Decently sized proteins accompany colorful plates of various salads and mixes. The menu notates vegetarian, glutem free, and spicy cuisines. Eating here shows that eating out can still be healthy and good for you, even if you do decide to have a craft cocktail, beer, or wine at their large wooden bar.
Had dinner at Agave for the first time last week and was pleased with the food, drink and service. To echo another post, the margarita's are excellent (pay a little extra for the bartender's favorite as it's incredibly smooth). Sound levels are reasonable as they have several different rooms. Per the server's recommendation, I had the beef tenderloins which were very good but did have a little peppery kick. The mashed potatoes and green beans were fine but nothing wondeful. I had a sizeable piece of key lime pie that was very good and fresh.If possible, I would have given Agave a 3.5 but the margarita's pushed it to 4 starts. Wouldn't rush back but will go back as we had a good experience with good food.
There has perhaps never been a better tool for do-it-yourself home handymen than the internet. With detailed instructions and videos explaining how to perform a number of common maintenance and renovation tasks around a house, an untrained homeowner might be surprised at how much he or she can accomplish with a quick search online. But even with all of this information, there are still many jobs that lie far outside the scope of most DIY enthusiasts. General contractors are there to fill in this gap.
A general contractor specializes in seeing a home remodel or repair project through from start to finish. To do this, the contractor works with the client - whether they are a homeowner or business - to nail down the scope of the work. Then he or she will turn to one or more subcontractors for specific tasks, like equipment operation, design, electrical work or whatever else is needed.
In essence, general contractors could be thought of as middlemen between a homeowner or business owner and any number of specialists. To get their money's worth, many assume they should just "cut out the middleman" and hire specialists directly, but this often proves more difficult in practice. General contractors won't be completing an entire project by themselves, but should have a long list of dependable experts who can work together and accomplish any task. They might also serve as the manager on the site of a construction project, overseeing workers and providing guidance and assistance when needed. For larger projects, though, the contractor might only handle administrative matters and employ a foreman or other professional for on-site supervision.
There are many general contractors who also specialize in certain tasks themselves. There is usually at least one general contractor on hand to organize the construction of an entire home, for example. But general contractors could also help a homeowner add an additional bedroom, build an in-ground pool or complete a major landscaping project. They could also work with a business to add or improve office space, whether that means making more room or converting a commercial building from a nail salon to a restaurant. Basically, if it's a job that involves building or repairing, a general contractor probably knows how to get it done.
No matter what the exact job may be, a contractor will probably need to accomplish several other essential tasks in pursuit of the ultimate goal, which may include:
Every general contractor performing any kind of work on a project must be licensed to do so in their state. The guidelines for the specifics on licensing vary from state to state. Some states might only require registration of contractors, which is different from licensing. Registration typically means that there must be a written record of what work is being performed and by whom, but it does not guarantee professional knowledge. Licensing, on the other hand, involves an examination process to assess professional competence.
Whether your state requires licensing or registration of contractors, there should be a record of most professionals willing to complete certain projects in your area. Check your state or county website for more information. In states that require licensing, every licensed contractor's contact information is available online or from another public source.
Not every project needs to be completed by a licensed or registered contractor. If it's just a minor job that won't take more than a day or two, and will cost less than a few hundred dollars, it's likely not necessary to find a licensed or registered contractor. However, anything bigger or more expensive, or a project involving plumbing or electrical work, needs to be completed by a licensed or registered professional.
General contractors also must be covered by an insurance policy. This should include liability coverage for any property damage that could be inflicted in the course of a job. It should also include a worker's compensation policy in case anyone is injured on the job. Before hiring a contractor for anything, ask for written proof of this insurance to see exactly what is covered.
A number of trade associations for contractors in the U.S. exist. Some of the biggest include:
Most trade associations for general contractors will provide references for anyone looking to hire a contractor for a specific project. They may also provide a number of benefits for their members, including assistance with licensing, training, insurance and business development.
No matter what you need accomplished, you want to choose a contractor who can get the job done right at a reasonable price. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure you find a trustworthy general contractor.
The first, and perhaps most reliable, way to find a general contractor is to ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you know anyone who has had major work done on their home, particularly if it's a similar job, ask them who they hired and if they were pleased with the result. You could also ask neighbors about who they've hired if you notice work being done on their house. Many remodeling contractors post signs in front of homes to advertise their services. As a general rule, it's rarely a good idea to hire a contractor who solicits work by going door to door.
If you are considering hiring a contractor without a personal recommendation, ask the contractor for references from past clients, and do as much background research on them as possible. Look for any complaints (or compliments) online to get a better idea of their track record. There are a number of websites specializing in connecting contractors with people or businesses who need work done. These sites may also allow past clients to submit their own reviews of the contractor.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you are both in agreement on the project's budget. It's normal for most contractors to charge clients a premium not only for the labor expenses and zoning expertise, but for acquiring the materials as well. Be as clear and concise as possible regarding what you'll be purchasing yourself and what you will be paying the contractor to complete. Homeowners may be able to find a better deal on raw materials when they purchase these directly, but they first need to be sure they aren't buying the wrong things.
Don't forget to discuss how the project will be finalized and what will be done about cleanup. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.
As previously mentioned, you need to make sure to follow any state and local regulations regarding construction work, which includes hiring a licensed or registered general contractor. Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Perhaps the best way to feel safe about a contractor and the work being done is to hire a contractor you trust. This is why relying on personal references from friends and family is so important, and will often provide a great deal of peace of mind. If you aren't able to obtain a reference, work to conduct extensive research on the contractor as well as the work you are hiring them to perform. This should bring everyone's expectations into alignment and result in a safe work environment.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work to be done and all costs are listed in the contract, right down to the most precise details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Once the specifics of the job are nailed down, be sure to discuss the payment schedule with the contractor. This is important because paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule with the contractor, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. It's a good idea to include this payment plan in the contract as well.
Finally, look into getting a lien release signed before work begins. If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. This can trigger a long legal process that may be frustrating. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered. A lien dispute could also be prevented by performing due diligence prior to picking a contractor, as any contractor with good credit and a long track record of satisfied clients should have no trouble paying for materials and labor once all contract conditions have been met.
Once work is underway, it's never a bad idea to check up on the progress of the job, either by staying in touch with the contractor over the phone or visiting the site in person. If you work with a trustworthy professional, it's probably best to keep your distance and allow everyone to stay busy. If you want to keep an eye on things, make sure workers wear the right safety gear and that everything looks to be moving along according to schedule. Finally, once work is finished and you are satisfied, be sure to thank your contractor and tell friends or family members about your experience.