Whether inside the storefront or at a catered event, Brookhaven Bistro's chefs packs bellies with popular food items remixed with a healthy twist. The five-item punch card gives customers the freedom to please their palates with a chewy punch card or a handful of handheld meals such as the chef-recommended blackened tilapia tacos, where fresh and slightly spicy tilapia, beans, jack cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes savor a hug from a delicate tortilla. Brookhaven Bistro's signature salmon quesadilla features a large tortilla grilled and filled with wild Alaskan salmon, jack cheese, and tomatoes. Herbivore-friendly meals include the veggie wrap, whose crunchy insides tap dance over tongues to deliver gifts of hummus and Goddess dressing to hard-working uvulas.
Order a hot cup of special-roast java, hand-roasted in small batches to ensure high quality (traditional brewed coffee starting at $1.65, lattes and mochas starting at $3, and signature coffees starting at $3.50), as you peruse the menu. Third-shifters and breakfastaholics can order a $4.50 daybreaker like the Catalan (a Spanish omelet with sliced potatoes and onions), while daytime diners who insist upon chronologically appropriate fare can have a Cubano panini (ham, pork, swiss, and Cuban sauce, $7.50). To keep a meal flavorful, light, and healthy, follow the happy-heart icons to a grilled treat like the Taaza Tango, a grilled Indian chicken kebab over a cold bed of mixed greens, spiced pecans, fruit, cucumber, and mango vinaigrette ($8.50, $5.50 for salad without kebab). Smoothies like the Caribbean Tango (mango, passion fruit, and bananas, starting at $3.95) cap off a meal and relieve sunburned mouths.
This time of year, unhealthy temptations abound: chocolate-covered reindeer, log-jam rolls, and gingerbread cars. Curb your treat-sneaking guilt without neglecting your sweet tooth with today's Groupon to Yogurberry. Located in the sleek, secretly-from-the-future Terminus building, this Buckhead shop serves up low-cal, non-fat frozen yogurt and smoothies that make celebrities and pastry chefs abandon their highly publicized affairs with ice cream in favor of a nurturing treat that reforms their image in the media. Stay on track with your New Year's resolution to eat better/learn invisibility/graduate college with this energy-giving snack.A brain freeze usually occurs when a food item of subzero temperature (ice-cream cone, frozen hot dog, et al.) is consumed rapidly, due to extreme deliciousness or an equally extreme desire to enter the movie theater quickly so as not to miss the trailer for Iron Man Too: 2 Iron Men.
At Swirll, visitors sculpt customized sundaes from 14 frozen yogurts and 30 different add-ons. Flavors ranging from green apple to peanut butter augment dollops of soft-serve yogurt, and fruit toppings run the gamut from exotic lychee and mango to lunchbox staples such as bananas, apples, and post-it notes from Mom. Customers can also crown their confections with dry toppings, such as cookie dough, gummy bears, or rounds of mochi, a chewy Japanese rice candy. Sundaes and smoothies are priced by weight ($0.45/oz.), so dessertsmiths can festoon their frosty concoctions with add-ons until their hearts are content or their sweet teeth beg for mercy. Swirll also de-parches throats with beverages including sodas ($1.50), bottled water ($1.50), and Powerade ($2).
ZenTea’s menu begins simply enough, highlighting hot teas served by the cup or in pots for one, two, or three people. But regular sips quickly evolve into presentations more often seen at serious cafés or craft beer bars. Things start small with a mini tea tasting, which features a flight of three 9-ounce pots filled with your choice of brews. Servers also up the theatrics with their iced matcha lattes, which are blended from green-tea powder, organic milk, and agave sweetener before being chilled in a martini shaker. Owner Connie Miller has collected more than 100 teas from around the world, and introduces patrons to their distinctive nuances during tasting classes, afternoon high teas, and even casual stops at the café counter. There, guests can also order lighter food items such as quiche, salads, soup, baked goods, and seasoned air.
Considering that ZenTea’s century-old building once housed Chamblee’s town hall, it’s not surprising that the shop has become something of a community hangout: locals stop in to listen to live music, host showers and book clubs, and take zen-inspired classes in meditation, reiki, yoga, and even reflexology.