Atlanta's best bites (this week) including Taverna and TWO Urban Licks

Atlanta’s Best Bites (This Week) Two Urban Licks, Monkey 68, Taverna

I’m so behind over here on TCK! Life happens, you know? Like an amazing trip to Copenhagen and the Faroe Islands. More on that later. For now, ;et’s get to those bites. I have so many bites to tell you about!

But wait.

Before we get to the bites, check out this adorable pineapple-doughnut enamel pin! It’s the product of a collaboration between me and local artist, Liz Scoper. We’re selling them on her Etsy shop for $10. Hurry and go get one! It would mean the world to me. 🍩 ❤️

TWO Urban Licks

TWO Urban Licks is an Atlanta staple. I remember visiting Atlanta in 2010 and being told it was a must-try but I never made my way over there until recently… nearly after four years after moving here! It’s a beautiful restaurant with plenty of WOW factor. An industrial aesthetic, living walls, open kitchen – oh, and it’s right off the BeltLine. I can see why it’s been popular for so long.

Brunch was good, but I’d be lying if I said that I went for any other reason but Sophia’s Biggie Doughnut. See, I wrote about it for Creative Loafing and then I was kind of fixated on trying it, so… normal, right?

The Sophia's Biggie Doughnut with dulce de leche glaze and homemade marshmallow. One of Atlanta's Best Bites (this week)!
Sophia’s Biggie Doughnut

The doughnut is smothered in a dulce de leche glaze and topped with homemade marshmallow and graham cracker crumbs. Who can resist the crown of dried pineapple, too?

While you’re there, get an order of the salmon chips. Thick potato chips are loaded up with smoked salmon, chipotle cream cheese, capers, and red onions. They could be a meal all on their own!

Atlanta's Best Bites (this week) featuring Brine Seafood Shack & TWO Urban Licks!
Smoked Salmon Chips

Taverna

Venturing into Buckhead during rush hour isn’t on the top of my favorite things to do list (and yet, I do it SO MUCH), but I couldn’t resist checking out Taverna. I didn’t realize this at the time, but it’s actually a small chain based out of Texas. I suppose they are a worthy exception to the “no chain” rule here on TCK!

The menu specializes in northern Italian dishes, like seafood and risotto. My dining pal and I shared the squid ink pasta with crab, though, and it was delightful.

Atlanta's best bites (this week) including Taverna and TWO Urban Licks
Squid ink spaghetti with crab meat

We also really enjoyed the sea bass with clams, mussels, tomato broth, and potatoes. The fish was cooked perfectly and I really liked the potatoes that soaked up the rich tomato broth. Sadly, we enjoyed it SO much that we forget to get a picture. Guess you’ll have to go and try it yourself!

Monkey 68

This upscale yet cozy Asian restaurant is the latest on the scene in Roswell. Roswell’s Canton Street has become such an OTP dining hub and I’m here for it. Monkey 68 comes to us from the people behind Buckhead’s Katana and The One Sushi+. Having loved Katana I was super excited to check out Monkey 68. The restaurant is small but has one of the coolest bars I’ve seen, and I think I could go back for that alone.

Monkey 68 in Roswell, GA

Everything I tried was so fresh and flavorful! My favorite bite was the jalapeno yellowtail shots.

Yellowtail Jalapeno Shots at Monkey 68 in Roswell, GA

Bright and zingy, just the way you want a light appetizer to taste. Make a reservation if you go! The restaurant is small and fills up quickly.

Those are all the bites I have for now. Don’t worry, I have many more to tell you about in another post, soon!

 

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