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Lily White: THE New Buckhead Hot Spot!

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/26/19

From the moment you enter Lily White in Buckhead you get a Miami vibe with the pops of neon, pristine marble, and sleek design. With stunning and tasty signature cocktails, good service, stellar food, and a parking lot on property, they could quickly become THE hot spot in Buckhead! It’s time to join us for our food adventure filled with lamb, kabobs, hummus, beats, and more.

Starting with the cocktails, we sampled two fun cocktails called Yalda and Hydration. The Yalda with Grey Goose Vodka, pomegranate, and pineapple was hands down our favorite with a creamy, frothy, smooth sip up front and tart and crisp on the finish. It’s one of those cocktails you can have any time of year and a real crowd pleaser. We’ll be back for it! The other cocktail, Hydration, was good, as well with gin, cucumber, St. Germain, mint, and more. This boozy beauty is one pretty lady and you feel high class when you hold the rose gold cup. From the booze and tart up front cools on the end with cucumber and mint. It would be a good summer sipper to pair with a light salad! Next time, we’re in for the Saint-Tropez.

Diving into the Mazze, we picked the wings, beet salad, and spread sampler that included hummus, tzatziki, labneh, and Mirza Ghasemi. Starting with the beet salad, if you don’t know much about us, one thing you need to know is we love beets. Restaurants don’t include beets enough in their fare, and we applaud Lily White for including a beet starter! This one was earthy with the tart and salty of the balsamic paired well with a little bit of crunch and sweet of the candied walnuts and the cream of the goat cheese. We were impressed how well the beets and goat cheese went together. Beyond the lightness of the salad, the wings were the right amount of meat, crunch and sauce. The sauce was sweet with a slight sauce of the harissa, a solid wing dish! Finally, the spread sampler is a must-get. The hummus is some of the best we’ve ever had, and we eat A LOT of hummus. With just the right amount of salt, garlic and herbs, it’s a perfect hummus bite you can eat with a spoon! Another stunner was Mirza Ghasemi, which we’d never had and now we know we love it. From the smoky eggplant that perfectly paired with the tomato and garlic, served warm, went great with the bread and veggies. Beyond that we’d recommend mixing all four dips together for one glorious bite piled high on a piece of crunchy pita. That’s the ticket.

Moving on to a selection that was cooked on an open flame, the Chicken Kabobs could have been boring, but this was anything like that! Juicy, well-seasoned, and perfectly grilled, it’s delicious! Paired with a charred and grilled tomato topped with oil and herbs to the cranberry in the rice, it’s a good meal and come hungry, you could split it!

Recommended by our waitress, the lamb shank was TO DIE FOR. There isn’t one thing we would change about this dish. The lamb is marinated and cooked for hours and literally falls off the bone. The herbs, rich, and savory in the sauce to the pop of the couscous, to the Israeli raisins that give it a tart and sweet ending, it’s one of those bites you close your eyes and just savor. Pro tip: Take the meat off the bone then mix it with all the other elements on the plate. PERFECTION. Also, I re-heated it for lunch the next day, it was still unbelievable!

Did we mention that Lily White has its own parking lot it shares with the other businesses in the complex? So, weeknights and some non-busy weekends, you can come, park, eat and not have to worry about getting side-swiped or your meter running out. We all know Buckhead can be a challenge for parking. Win-win. We can’t wait to go back and try the Seabass and Salmon. Are you in to join us?

American Cut: Welcome to the New York City Experience in Buckhead

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/1/19

When you walk into American Cut, you’re transported to New York City’s vibrant Steakhouse scene. You can tell they pride themselves on experience from the moment you step in the door. You’re immediately treated to champagne, as well as a steakhouse vibe with modern and Art Deco touches, but don’t forget the white glove service. From tableside flambé, extensive wine list, salad chopped tableside, to poke on Himalayan salt, American Cut has the steakhouse perks of New York here in Buckhead. 

Let’s walk you through our food journey at American Cut. Starting with the salad, boring can be its middle name, but this time we got to see an entire double head of romaine, a large cracker and cheese crouton toast, and all its ingredients chopped right at our table. With pepper, mix of salty-sweet, and well-balanced crunch, the salad was far from boring. Beyond that, the next course was the poke on a Himalayan salt platform and some thick-cut bacon. You heard us right, poke ON Himalayan salt. this is when we realized every course has some experience that is different from the norm. This one was a pink salt platform that lent a salt to the delicious mix of tuna poke, creamy avocado, spice, and peaches. PEACHES! How did they get them to crunch like that? Plus, we don’t know what they rub on their bacon, but it’s like cocoa, coffee, cinnamon all mixed together! If you’re like us, we love bacon. This one was no disappointment. Delicious, flavorful, thick, more please.

At one point in the night, we looked over and watched a chef stroll out with a big pan and start to combine butter, herbs, brandy, and light in on fire. We talked to the server about what was happening. FLAMBE. Next time, we’re getting THAT. We had filet steak with herb butter and a sea bass entrée. The best thing all night was that flaky, deeply rich, buttery sea bass. They kept the skin on which really yielded to the deep flavor and paired it with a pan-fried potato and rosemary, asparagus, and a splash of lime vinaigrette on the fish really gave it the brightness and depth. As for the filet, it had a similar succulent finish as the bacon, but more smoke flavor, butter, and chive. It was very tender for a medium well and had a nice, tangy finish from the chive. Where is my white napkin? Surrender.

We’re full. We’re happy.

American Cut is at The Shops of Buckhead and link to their site here.

Bacon
Tuna Poke ON Himalayan Salt