Lil’ Frankie’s

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By no means is Lil’ Frankie’s in the East Village new. They’ve been around making Neopolitan wood burning pizza and homemade pastas for years. But, this neighborhood gem also offers some delicious specials and dishes, and a super extensive wine list. So come hungry, thirsty, and hit up the ATM beforehand, since they’re cash-only. From the outside, you’d assume it was a small, intimate restaurant, but step inside, and work your way back through the winding passageways and there’s a back area, complete with a garden as well. 

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To start, I had their Stracciatella. It’s basically the center of buratta cheese, stuffed in a fresh tomato, and it’s so amazing. The cheese itself is rich, and super creamy, and pairing it with the firm and flavorful tomato atop olive oil and balsamic drizzle makes for a killer combination. 

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For my entree, I ordered one of their specials that night, Trout Almondino. This was so delicious, that I apologize in advance if it’s not a special when you’re there. The trout is filleted, and generously portioned, cooked to perfection, and topped with oil, lemon, beautiful herbs and spices, and sliced almonds. The fish is tender and so flavorful, and accompanied by a really nice, fresh spinach salad. I finished the whole thing, was full, but could have still found some room for more, it was that good.

The Shorts:
Name: Lil’ Frankie’s
Location: 19 First Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Definitely. It’s not my first time here, and it won’t be my last. With new specials always being turned out, you’re in for a treat whenever you make it in. 
Would I recommend it? Definitely. There really is something for everyone, especially if you’re a homemade pizza and pasta person. I also love one of their sister restaurants, Supper, so, check that out too. 

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The General Muir

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Still on my trip to Atlanta, it was time to find a great brunch spot. Now, I’m from NYC, home of the deli (I think that’s our motto?). So, when I see there’s a New York style Deli in Atlanta, well, they have some high bars to meet. I wanted to check out what they had to offer at The General Muir. With a menu full of some classic deli menu items, and some with a twist, the restaurant itself is beautifully light, open and inviting.

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I wanted to order both of the platters they offer, but, after being informed that they were for two people (and my dining partner with a specific food allergy), I had to forego and look to the single portion dishes. But, hey, more of a reason for me to go back. Either way, everything sounded amazing, and I decided to order the Fish and Potatoes (smoked salmon over latkes, sour cream, apples, arugula, lemon). This was fantastic. The greens were so lovely, and the lemon and salt with the arugula really actually stood out to me. But then, underneath you really have the treasure. The smoked salmon is abundant and fresh, a simply delicious. The latkes were crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and full of flavor, and went especially well with the apple sauce and sour cream on the side. It’s not a complicated dish, but it certainly didn’t have to be as fantastic as it was. I’m just a fish a potatoes kinda girl (that can be a thing, right?).

The Shorts:
Name: The General Muir
Location: 1540 Avenue Place, Suite B-230, Atlanta, GA
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Absolutely. It was like a little taste of NYC in Atlanta. And, those platters are calling me.
Would I recommend it? For sure, the dining room is beautiful, the service is great and the food is a real winner. And even if you don’t have time to sit, they have a deli counter where you can grab some deli staples and baked goods to-go.