My friends and I go out to eat a lot. One might argue that we go too much. I think part of it has to do with living in a foodie city (Richard Blais, Kevin Gillespie and Hugh Acheson, all from Top Chef, have restaurants here.) but I think mostly it has to do with our age. In our 30s, as most of my friends are, we don’t really do the bar scene anymore. That’s not to say that I never go to a bar, because sometimes I do, but meeting up with friends is generally over food and drinks rather than just over drinks.
My friend Joan’s fiance Sean just moved here and has been on a quest to find the most authentic Thai restaurant in the city. We decided to try Panita Thai Kitchen last night. This place is in the middle of Virginia-Highland, a very pedestrian friendly part of the city with tons of bars and restaurants, but it’s kind of hidden away on a side street.
I’d read some Yelp reviews that were mixed. What I gathered was that service could be on the slower side because the whole place is run by just a husband and wife. We were sort of surprised when we got there and found that the whole restaurant was open air and there was no air conditioning. Despite the sweltering temps outside, it actually didn’t feel bad at all.
The menu was large and I settled on the Scallops Farang. Everything came in some sort of carved out fruit bowl. Mine was in pineapple and a coconut, Jason was in a pineapple and both Sean and Joan’s came in a watermelon.
Everything tasted good and I thought the service was efficient. I didn’t feel like we had to wait at all. Plus, the server, who I assume is the wife, and I had a lengthly discussion about how we both didn’t get in the Peachtree lottery two years in a row! Apparently, she shares my bad luck. I have no idea how we started talking about that, by the way.
Sean declared this place the best Thai he’s had in Atlanta so far! A winner.
Of course, my restaurant eating didn’t stop on Friday night, because I had lunch plans with Tina on Saturday. Although we didn’t exactly go to a restaurant.
Tina had never eaten at Whole Foods before and there’s a nice one pretty much half-way in between our houses (we live about 45 minutes from one another) so it was a no-brainer. We both loaded up on both the salad and hot bars.
It was good, although I thought those things on the bottom right were fat mushrooms. Nope, they were eggplant. Not an eggplant fan at all (except for Trader Joe’s Eggplant Parmesan, for some reason.) I hadn’t seen Tina for a month or so, so it was nice to chat and catch up.
After lunch, I did some errands. And by that I mean that I went to the mall. While I was shopping, Jason was adding bead board to the wall in the bathroom and when I got home, he really wanted to get out of the house. Yup, we went to another restaurant, this time, a new Mexican place that just opened near our house called Las Colinas.
I tried very hard not to gorge myself on chips and salsa before our meals came. I think I did an okay job and probably stuck to one serving, though I didn’t count. For my meal, I went with a shrimp salad and added a side of guacamole. It was basically grilled shrimp atop a bed of shredded lettuce. Not quite a salad, but not bad. I think the guac came from a mix. No avocado chunks in sight.
They didn’t skimp on the cucumbers though! Jason got the Molcajete. He said it was too oily.
Now what I really need is a trip to the grocery store so I can eat at home for a while. All of these meals were fun (although I wouldn’t go back to the Mexican place) but I really want to just eat at home for a while.
How often do you go out to eat?