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Babette’s Cafe

Almost reached enough new restaurants to cross off #11 on my 30 before 30 list. And side note: I now have less than 1 year to finish everything! New restaurants should be easy – but it’s so easy to go to the normal places, and there are actually so many restaurants in Atlanta, it’s hard to pick new places! I know….first world problems.

For my birthday this week, I wanted to go somewhere new with my parents. And it happened to be the inaugural Highland Restaurant Week – so that helped narrow down the list. Restaurant weeks are really the best way to try new places, and all the neighborhoods in Atlanta do their own restaurant weeks. I went with Babette’s Cafe – it looked cute and the menu looked great. After making the reservation my coworker said she liked it, so I felt good about my selection. And my opinion was not swayed.

They had some great options on their $25 Prix Fixe menu for restaurant week. I had the mussels as an appetizer, chicken piccata as an entree, and chocolate bread pudding for dessert. The mussels were good – I could definitely taste the strawberries but not the peppers as much. The chicken was very delicious – I love lemon and capers together and it made a great sauce. And of course the dessert was amazing – I actually forgot it was banana ice cream by the time we reached dessert, so that was surprising but it had a great flavor and paired perfectly with the rich chocolate bread pudding.

It’s a cute little place – an old house – and it would make a good date spot. The crowd was interestingly older….I’m still curious as to why because I loved it and would highly recommend it – especially for restaurant week if you still have some time this week! (Pics aren’t that great – I don’t like using my flash which is very bright and disruptive in a restaurant)

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The Yellow Porch

I am slowly making a dent in #51 on my 101 list (halfway done actually!). Visiting 10 new restaurants sounds super easy, but when you get into routines of going to places you love already, it’s sometimes hard to break out of that shell! Luckily last week was Restaurant Week in Nashville (the best time to try new places) and my friend Kate was so kind to get a few of us to go somewhere new. The Yellow Porch in the Berry Hill area has been on my list to try and is only about 5 minutes from our house. It is definitely one of the best new places I’ve tried.

I had a dried cherry salad to start, with walnuts, goat cheese, and a vinaigrette dressing.  For my meal I chose the sweet tea cured pork chop with sweet potato and bacon pancake, green beans, and apple chutney. It was all delicious. I very rarely have pork. Not that I don’t like it I just like other things better. But this was a huge pork chop, cooked perfectly. And it was perfectly paired with the sweet potato and bacon pancake!

I will definitely take my parents here the next time they are in town and add it to my favorites list.

It's a cute restaurant with a lot of character


This makes me halfway through getting to 10 new restaurants in Nashville! What are you favorites that I may not have been to??