Dim Sum at Oriental Pearl

Dim Sum is always a good lunch choice when you have a group of 3-6 adventurous eaters. I love to visit Oriental Pearl on a Sunday morning, but have learned the hard way to come early, shortly before 11am to snag a table without a wait. While many of the items pictured are available on their regular evening menu, it’s just not the same. Oriental Pearl serves Dim Sum for lunch every day.

Oriental Pearl is located on New Peachtree at the Chinatown Mall (which has a great food court if you arrive and this restaurant is full).
Oriental Pearl is located on New Peachtree at the Chinatown Mall (which has a great food court if you arrive and this restaurant is full).
Servers with carts come by your table and you select what you want. They usually have one or two different items on each cart.
Servers with carts come by your table and you select what you want. They usually have one or two different items on each cart.
Close up of steam cart.
Close up of steam cart.

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Top, sesame balls with red bean paste inside. Center, fried egg rolls.
Top, sesame balls with red bean paste inside. Center, fried egg rolls.
Steamed items from top, clockwise: sticky rice in lotus leaf, shrimp dumplings, minced pork dumplings, dipping sauce, fish balls.
Steamed items from top, clockwise: sticky rice in lotus leaf, shrimp dumplings, minced pork dumplings, dipping sauce, fish balls.
Steamed pineapple buns (a table favorite) and fried pork dumplings.
Steamed pineapple buns (a table favorite) and fried pork dumplings.
I've only seen this style of rolling grill at Oriental Pearl.
I’ve only seen this style of rolling grill at Oriental Pearl.
Sweet tofu has the consistency of pudding and is served with a simple syrup, fragrant with ginger.
Sweet tofu has the consistency of pudding and is served with a simple syrup, fragrant with ginger.
Steamed buns with port BBQ inside and long dumplings.
Steamed buns with port BBQ inside and long dumplings.

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These are made from lotus roots and I love the odd consistency, but most of the table didn't.
These are made from lotus roots and I love the odd consistency, but most of the table didn’t.
Pork in tofu "skin", braised pork ribs, pork dumplings.
Pork in tofu “skin”, braised pork ribs, pork dumplings.
My attractive table mates!
My attractive table mates!
I thought this was shrimp toast, but it turned out to be whole shrimp baked in tofu.
I thought this was shrimp toast, but it turned out to be whole shrimp baked in tofu.
Egg custard, the traditional end to a meal.
Egg custard, the traditional end to a meal.

Sunday lunch at Pho Dai Loi #2

What’s the perfect lunch for a dreary Sunday? Vietnamese PHO! And one of my favorite Atlanta spots to get it is Pho Dai Loi #2. The soup comes piping hot and fast. The place is clean and the prices spectacular. What more could you want to chase away the blues? Want to know more about Vietnamese food? Check out my Introduction to Vietnamese Cuisine, available on Kindle. There’s even a bonus section about where to get it in Atlanta.

Located on Buford Highway in the Saigon Plaza, near Dresden Rd. If you go, you won't be the only non-Asian in the place, but you can still count on authentic cuisine.
Located on Buford Highway in the Saigon Plaza, near Dresden Rd. If you go, you won’t be the only non-Asian in the place, but you can still count on authentic cuisine.
Need a jumpstart on the morning? Try a café sua da, Vietnamese iced coffee. Some assembly is required. It starts with finely ground, French roast that drips directly into the cup. Make sure to stir well so you mix the sweetened condensed milk into the coffee before pouring it over ice. Rocket fuel on a dark morning.
Need a jumpstart on the morning? Try a café sua da, Vietnamese iced coffee. Some assembly is required. It starts with finely ground, French roast that drips directly into the cup. Make sure to stir well so you mix the sweetened condensed milk into the coffee before pouring it over ice. Rocket fuel on a dark morning.
The rest of the meal comes quickly. This is the small bowl of dac biet pho (mixed soup) and contains eye of round, roast pork, tripe, tendon and rice noodles in a rich broth. The rare eye of round is thinly sliced and will finish cooking in the hot broth.
The rest of the meal comes quickly. This is the small bowl of dac biet pho (mixed soup) and contains eye of round, roast pork, tripe, tendon and rice noodles in a rich broth. The rare eye of round is thinly sliced and will finish cooking in the hot broth. The “greens” on the left are added a little at a time to improve the soup’s flavor. They include sawleaf, Thai basil, fresh mung bean sprouts, jalapeño and lime.

 

 

Bantam & Biddy, Chicken in Ansley

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This is only my second time at Bantam and Biddy, a restaurant in the Ansley Mall. They lived up to their reputation for excellent chicken, but for my money the sides were even better–fresh, house made, and as local as possible. It’s a great menu. And be sure to try something from the dessert case too!

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This is the side porch. On this nice evening, it was the place to be. Plus you get to watch all the handsome men going to the gym.
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This is the veggie plate, a choice of four sides. Shown: faro salad with broccoli and Vidalia onions; quinoa and spinach salad, duck fat fries, and (covered by the bread) picked beets with goat cheese.
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Quarter chicken with grits and fresh fruit salad
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The Bangers & Mash were surprisingly good–curried chicken sausage, loaded mashed potatoes and apple sauce.
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A close up of those duck fat fries

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