A Brasileira Bar & Grill

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**** (4 stars)

This is in the large space that used to be Crafted, a sports bar with a giant central bar and very spacious patio seating.

The space is largely unchanged, but now the menu is Brazilian. There are a few lunch-priced items on the menu, but I really wanted to try the Moquequinha Capixaba de Camarao, even though it was $25. I must say that it was worth it. The metal bowl was served literally boiling hot, and was filled with shrimp–probably close to a pound, I would guess.

My companions also liked their food: a veggie burger, and a sandwich.

Service was pleasant. The kitchen is not terribly speedy, even though there weren't many lunch customers, so don't go in a hurry.

A Brasileira Bar & Grill
2417 S Hiawassee Rd
Orlando, FL 32835

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Alchemy

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Grilled cheese!
Grilled cheese!
Watermelon salad
Watermelon salad
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Bread pudding
Bread pudding
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Truffle Deviled Egg Plate
Truffle Deviled Egg Plate
Tuna tataki
Tuna tataki

***** (5 stars)

Great cocktails and Gastroenerologist with indoor and out door seating. Happy hour is a fantastic deal. A lot of thought has gone into these cocktails, and the food is just as good. Standouts we're the tuna tatami and the grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup, probably the best I've had anywhere.

Alchemy
940 S Cooper St
Memphis, TN 38104

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Chopper

Zombie and Dopamine
Zombie and Dopamine
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***** (5 stars)

This is a fun and creatively themed Tiki bar. They change the drink offerings seasonally, and there are some very creative cocktails using non-traditional spirits. I loved my Dopamine, the only tiki drink I've had with coffee as an ingredient.

Of course, if you want some fire, then their Zombie is the way to go, and you can also purchase the unique Robot tiki glass it comes in!

Chopper
1100 Stratton Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

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Barcelona Wine Bar

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Spinach and chick pea cazuela
Spinach and chick pea cazuela
Hanger steak
Hanger steak

***** (5 stars)

Barcelona offers a very nice selection of traditional and modern tapas in a bustling indoor or more chill outdoor patio setting. The Mussels Diablo and the chickpea and spinach dish were two standouts. The back of the menu includes a nice selection of wines by the bottle and glass, but be sure to checkout the full wine list for a much more extensive variety. Santo Assyrtiko from Santorini went particularly well with the food, and it's my favorite of all Assyrtikos.

Service was great, and they're open late.

Barcelona Wine Bar
1200 Villa Pl
Nashville, TN 37212

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Ruby Sunshine

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Vanilla spiced latte
Vanilla spiced latte
One tomato two tomato & Cochon
One tomato two tomato & Cochon
Blackstone & Corned beef
Blackstone & Corned beef

*** (3 stars)

Very friendly service is the highlight here. The breakfast menu features many varieties of eggs Benedict. The ones with tomato were the best as they cut the richness the "hash" was just very salty pulled pork and large crunch's of potato. The vanilla spiced latte was excellent.

Ruby Sunshine
405 Market St
Chattanooga, TN 37402

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The Drawing Room

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Charcuterie
Charcuterie
Salmon
Salmon
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Smoked old fashion
Smoked old fashion
Warm chocolate chip cookies
Warm chocolate chip cookies
Smoked old fashion
Smoked old fashion
Breakfast sandwich
Breakfast sandwich

***** (5 stars)

Intimate, clubby space with a great menu and impressive cocktails! The service was very friendly. Great relaxed atmosphere. Everything we had was delicious, from charcuterie plate to Ceasar salad to filet. The Pineapple Express cocktail, their own creation, is one of the best cocktails I've ever had, not too sweet due to the inclusion of Amaro. I'm so glad we decided to dine here rather than in Market Square!

The Drawing Room
531 Henley St
Knoxville, TN 37902

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The SOS Tiki Bar

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Kiwi Crush and Queen's Park Swizzle
Kiwi Crush and Queen's Park Swizzle
Duck with hoisin, corn with shishito peppers, japchae noodles
Duck with hoisin, corn with shishito peppers, japchae noodles
Cauliflower Bang Bang
Cauliflower Bang Bang

**** (4 stars)

SOS has a dramatic and beautiful interior design, and a very pleasant outside patio. I like the emphasis on classic tiki drinks, which are well-prepared, served in traditional glassware, and nicely garnished. The menu gives a brief historical note for each drink. There is also an extensive Rum list.

The food is less impressive than the drinks. I suggest sticking with the Cauliflower Bang Bang appetizer, and having dinner elsewhere.

Service was friendly and fast.

The SOS Tiki Bar
340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

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Boku Sushi & Grill

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Jalapeño hamachi
Jalapeño hamachi
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Sashimi lunch
Sashimi lunch

***** (5 stars)

Boku serves excellent quality sushi and sashimi in elegant surroundings. It's tucked into the corner of its complex, next to the parking garage and behind the Starbucks.

The decor is a welcoming mixture of interesting textures and colors, a combination of wood, tile, and stone. I like that each table along the windows has its own unique lighting treatment.

The extensive dinner menu is supplemented by a lunch menu and daily specials. I started with the Jalapeno Hamachi, which was the best version of this appetizer I've had.

For my lunch I had the sashimi lunch with all fish, as I don't care for the clam, squid, or octopus selections that are often included in such samplers. I loved all of the fish, and the presentation was beautiful, and included plenty of shiso leaves, which are like catnip to me.

Service was friendly and the food was delivered quickly, so a good choice for lunch indeed.

Boku Sushi & Grill
140 Independence Ln
Maitland, FL 32751

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Achilles Art Cafe Coffee Shop

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Turkey Apple Brie
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Toasted Tuna! Wow!
Toasted Tuna! Wow!

***** (5 stars)

This is such a great neighborhood find, I almost hate to review it rather than keep it to myself! First off, note that this is not really a coffee shop. Sure they have lots of coffees, in all the various forms and flavors, but it is oh so much more. The incredible sandwich menu is too good to ignore, so please think “cafe”, not “coffee shop.” I had the Toasted Tuna, and it was fabulous. Really it’s a huge salad with lettuce, chunks of tuna, avocado, cucumber, cilantro, and tomatoes, between two panini style pieces of toast. Basically, you disassemble it, eat half the salad, then reassemble it into a scrumptious sandwich.

The other thing that distinguishes this place is the amazing ambiance. It’s filled with cozy nooks and comfortable seating on couches or at tables, plus several outdoor tables as well.

They also have beer and wine, so it would be great for happy hour too.

Finally, the staff is enthusiastic and friendly, and although it is counter service, food is delivered to your table. This is not a place to go for a fast bite, it’s a place to linger and enjoy the ambiance–although you certainly could stop in for a quick and delicious coffee I suppose!

Achilles Art Cafe Coffee Shop
2869 Wilshire Dr
Orlando, FL 32835

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The Nook on Robinson

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***** (5 stars)

Definitely well named, The Nook is a cozy little spot that specializes in mostly locally sourced beers. You can find the menu here: thenookonrobinson.square… but there are many, many more selections in the cooler. Knowledgeable, friendly staff make it a great place to hangout at one of the few bar seats, a table for two, or a sitting area.

The Nook on Robinson
2432 E Robinson St
Orlando, FL 32803

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