At first, Tin Drum Asia Café's rapid service and bright decor evoke the aromatic street stands of Hong Kong, where founder Steven Chan ate throughout his childhood. The traditional ambiance is no accident—the franchise's name also harks back to a bygone era, when a tin drummer would awaken citizens and regale them with current events as they ate the day’s first meal. The electronic kiosks dotting the café, however, plunk this traditional scene in the middle of a cyberpunk setting. They allow patrons to customize their orders based on taste preferences and nutritional content, accommodating dietary endeavors such as vegetarianism and weight-loss goals.
This merger of technology and urban convention reflects a penchant for edgy ideas that also affects the menu. Items inspired by the culinary techniques of Japan, China, Vietnam, and Thailand share space in the savory catalog, taking the form of street tacos, soups, and mango chicken, a take on the general tso's staple that's sweeter than a syrup-soaked army helmet. Music is the final ingredient that charges the atmosphere. Nation's Restaurant News reports that it typically plays at an energizing 120 beats per minute and was a factor in attracting the café's initial college crowds.
Cuisine Type: Gluten free, vegan friendly, Island Fusion
Most popular offering: Heaven's Famous Lamb Burger
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Alcohol: Full bar
Number of Tables: 25?50
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Ask for the Chef's Special
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We assure the quality of everything we serve. We pick up fresh, organic produce from right next door; grind all our own meat from happy cows; source our chicken from local farms such as Prestige farms; bake our own breads and desserts; and craft our signature sauces and dressings in house.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
When you visit A Little Bit of Heaven, it's like you're on vacation.
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Chef Tiffany Gray food network star brings her experience from attending culinary school at The Art Institute of Atlanta to A Little Bit of Heaven. This restaurant is a product of her passion and provides a unique oasis for everyone to enjoy. Chef Gray?s farm to table fine dining experience in a casual atmosphere makes dining at A Little Bit of Heaven a must. Along with her talent and focus on food and wellness, she provides Alkaline water to all guests from the in house Kangen machine.
At iBangkok Thai Restaurant, a casual-yet-elegant ambiance sets the stage for enjoying classic fare. Diners can discover pad thai creations, including one dish that incorporates sautéed thin rice noodles with eggs, bean sprouts, and green onion. Guests with a taste for something spicy can try out one of the curry dishes, which iBangkok makes with coconut milk. After the meal—and instead of gnawing on a piece of dried ice chiseled into the shape of a mint—guests can cool off tongues with special Thai treats such as iced tea and coconut ice cream.
At Doc Green's Salads and Grill, many salads are named after doctors: the Dr. Greek has crisp romaine and zesty feta, and the Dr. Detroit has baby spinach and bleu cheese dressing, for example. It exemplifies how they aim to unite good health with good tastes. You don't have to put all your faith in the doctors, either?feel free to construct your own salad with any conglomeration of vegetables and toppings, including candied walnuts, portobello mushrooms, greens, and poached salmon. It doesn't stop with salad, either?they also serve freshly carved turkey, barbecue chicken, soups, and savory steaks.
From their list of 300 vodkas, which hail from regions as varied as France, Vietnam, and Armenia, the bartenders at Czar Ice Bar can assemble 330,791,175 custom flights. But they don't just serve vodka straight—they also infuse it with seasonal flavors such as spicy pepper or lemon thyme or embed chilled shots of it inside ice blocks for geologists of the future to discover. Libations stay equally cool on Czar's 27-foot-long ice bar top, a frosty surface that glows among crystal chandeliers and towering display cases containing the bar's many glistening bottles.
Though European flavors dominate the drink menu, Czar's kitchen takes its culinary cues from Japan. Along with traditional sushi and sashimi, the menu is filled with meticulously assembled specialties by acclaimed sushi chef Saito Saito. The Super Crunch maki balances tempura, smoked salmon, and sesame-garlic sauce, and the Four Seasons combines a mix of fish with jalapeño, onion, and four caviars to match its four house sauces. The mango roll, which combines shrimp tempura, mango, and a sweet and sour sauce, was recently named a "must-try taste" by Jezebel magazine.
At Soul Vegetarian, gravy cascades over the burgers and country-fried steaks and creamy cucumber sauce nestles into a gyro pocket. This picture of decadence aside, even as the chefs eschew animal products, they also avoid heavy fats or preservatives. The result is a surprisingly healthy take on classic Southern cuisine, including macaroni and cheese and cornbread. Savory protein comes in the form of tofu, lentils, and a flexible vegetable-protein roast they've dubbed "kalebone."
Even dessert has a healthy side at Soul Vegetarian. Blenders whir with fruit smoothies and soy shakes, many of which incorporate nutrient-dense foods such as coconut milk and almond butter, and even energy or protein supplements. To make perfectly creamy shakes, the restaurant's food inventors created the soy-based Dream Kream?also available by the scoop.