Chicken Biscuit Odd Bird Atlanta
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Located in West Midtown and usually known for their breakfast and brunch menu, West Egg hosts a monthly dinner pop-up called Oddbird, a “restaurant within a restaurant,” Oddbird takes place on the second Wednesday of the month. Oddbird is known for their chicken sandwiches and chicken biscuits, so I knew that it would be the perfect location for the first installment of Sandwiches Before Love.

When you walk into the restaurant, you are greeted by one of their friendly staff at the counter and the three featured pies for the month. Once you reach the counter, you place your order, grab your silverware and choose a seat at any table.

Chicken Biscuit Odd Bird Atlanta

Oddbird’s menu features 4 different fried chicken biscuits, 4 different fried chicken sandwiches, both regular and Nashville-style hot fried chicken & waffles and The Oddbird – a seasonal fried chicken & waffle option that changes monthly. The menus also offers a featured salad called Eat Like a Bird and a variety of hot and cold side items.

The Oddbird and Chicken Biscuit Odd Bird

Everyone in the Sandwiches Before Love crew decided to order something different. Initially, I had my taste buds set on the Chicken Biscuit #2 with spicy honey and bread & butter pickles….BUT I just couldn’t pass up July’s Oddbird chicken & waffle — fried chicken served with a macaroni and cheese waffle, local heirloom tomato & corn salad and buttermilk vinaigrette. So I did what any dedicated food lover would — ordered both!

PB&J Chicken Sandwich Odd Bird Atlanta

My taste buds were not disappointed. The Chicken Biscuit #2 was spicy and delicious. The biscuit was moist and buttery, and the added crunch of the bread & butter pickles bought the entire sandwich together. The Oddbird chicken & waffle was AMAZING! The chicken was fried perfectly, the tomato & corn salad was refreshing and the mac & cheese was hidden inside of the waffle, so every bite was a surprise of cheesy deliciousness!

One of my favorite items on the menu to suggest for first-timers is the PB&J Chicken Sandwich. A piece of fried chicken on local TGM Bread served with pimento cheese, bacon and house-made tomato jam. The tomato jam is so good, that I’ve been known to ask for an additional side of it to take home with me!

S'mores Blondie Pie Odd Bird Atlanta

Don’t forget when you visit Oddbird, you MUST save room for one of pastry chef Carrie Hudson’s pies! July’s selection included a Raspberry Lemonade pie, Berry Mascarpone pie and a S’mores Blondie pie.

Though it wasn’t my first visit to Oddbird, it was the first visit for everyone else in the Sandwiches Before Love crew…but thanks to the great food and service, it surely won’t be their last! The lovely people at Oddbird are taking the month of August off, but they’ll be back on the second Wednesday in September – September 13th!

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World Famous House of mac truck

To celebrate National Macaroni and Cheese Day, the Mac N Cheese Before Love crew headed over to Wynwood Yard, for the World Famous House of Mac Truck. Wynwood Yard is home to quite a few food trucks, which line the perimeter of the yard, with an open-air bar in the middle. There are picnic tables and smaller tables scattered about the yard for you to sit and enjoy your food while taking in the fresh air and cool vibes – the perfect atmosphere to enjoy macaroni and cheese. With that goal in mind, we entered Wynwood Yard and headed to the back, to find the World Famous House of Mac. There was no way we could miss it because it is a bright yellow truck that really stands out among all the trucks present.

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Photographed by Simone Bradshaw

The menu included some combinations of macaroni and cheese that I never would have imagined. We ordered the Pizza Mac and Cheese, Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese, Philly Cheese Steak Mac and Cheese, Chicken Parmesan Mac and Cheese, and Seafood Mac and Cheese. The portions were huge – way too much to finish in one sitting for most, but there were some troopers in our crew that ate every cheesy bite! Each meal consisted of a bed of baked macaroni and cheese covered with your choice of topping (i.e. the pizza mac and cheese had marinara, mozzarella, and pepperoni on top of a bed of baked mac and cheese), with a cheesy crust baked on top of that! So much cheesy goodness. As a cheese lover, I was in heaven. I had the Buffalo Mac and Cheese, and the flavor was so authentic. It was just like eating buffalo chicken wings with ranch dressing and mac and cheese…simply delicious.

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Pizza Mac and Cheese with a refreshing Ginger Beer Photographed by Simone Bradshaw

The service at the World Famous House of Mac was friendly. Every dish was made to order, so it took longer than I would have liked to get my food. I am sure that my hunger may have intensified the seemingly long wait, but it was well worth the wait. My favorite presentation was of the Seafood Mac and Cheese – with two lobster tails and shrimp resting comfortably on top of a bed of baked mac and cheese.

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Photographed by Simone Bradshaw

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. The World Famous House of Mac has lived up to its reputation and did not disappoint. I will be back very soon…maybe I will see you there!

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Smoked BBQ Ribs
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Although Lil’ Greenhouse Grill is less than a year old, it has easily become my favorite restaurant in Miami. To share my love and adoration for this place, I gathered my Comfort Food Before Love crew and headed over to Lil’ Greenhouse Grill for dinner at 1300 NW 3rd Avenue.
The restaurant is cozy and the service is spectacular. Our waitress was very attentive and the manager/co-owner, Nicole, was kind enough to explain the entire menu. She also made lovely wine recommendations. My favorite was the Pinotage, a red wine from South Africa.

Nicole explained that the head chef, Karim, is a meat master, so most of us opted for the BBQ Rib Tips as an appetizer. It was a major hit – super flavorful and laid on top of toasted white bread. The combination was so good that it left us all speechless. If you like a little spice, I would recommend the Dreamfire Shrimp. It was very well seasoned and had the right amount of kick.

Smoked BBQ Ribs
Photo by Korey Davis Photography

The entrees are sizable and reasonably priced. From the Half BBQ Chicken (sizable chicken smothered in BBQ sauce), to the Smoked BBQ Ribs (fall off the bone tender, smothered in BBQ sauce, and stacked on a plate), to the Seafood Cake Dinner (flaky fish bound together with imitation crab meat instead of breading so as to maintain a well-seasoned seafood flavor) – you cannot go wrong with any choice you make. Each entrée comes with your choice of two sides. The Baked Mac N Cheese is a must and Collard Greens (cooked with turkey) was the most desired side of the evening.

Mac and Cheese, Collards, Lil greenhouse grill
Photo by Korey Davis Photography

Overall, Lil’ Greenhouse Grill is a great place to grab a bite for lunch or dinner, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The cozy ambiance, the warm hospitality, and the smooth sounds of old school R&B and soul music coupled with oh-so-good food, make for the perfect dining experience. Visit Lil’ Greenhouse Grill…you will not regret it.

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game time
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Thinking of where to take dad for an amazing meal to show him how much he’s loved for this Father’s Day? Whether he loves sports, being on or near the water, rooftop views, or simply delicious food in his belly without the extra “fuss” — we’ve got you covered.

Father’s Day Brunch on the South Beach Lady

Treat dad to delicious eats, beautiful views, and some tunes for dad to bust a move, as you sail around Miami on a luxury yacht. This boating experience is being offered for $79 per adult and $39 per child (under 12 years old)

    1. Location: 1318 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood, Florida 33019
    2. Price: $$$

To make a reservation, visit South Beach Lady’s website

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Brunch on the Waterfront at River Yacht Club

If you want to avoid dad getting motion sickness, but you still want him to spoil dad with open air fine dining on the water, you should try River Yacht Club. It has great water views and you can also arrive by boat!

    1. Location: 401 SW 3rd Ave., Miami, FL 33130
    2. Pricing: $$$

To make a reservation, contact River Yacht Club at (305)200-5716 or visit their page on Open Table 

Dinner at Morton’s the Steakhouse

For the steak loving dad, Morton’s is offering a three course meal for $59 this Father’s Day.

    1. Location: 1200 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131
    2. Pricing: $$

Contact Morton’s the Steakhouse to reserve your table at (305)400-9990

Mealtime at GameTime!

Have a laid back time with dad at this sports restaurant with delicious bites to satisfy the whole family. Want to make this special time even better? Dad eats FREE with the purchase of another entree of equal or lesser value.

    1. Location: 5701 Sunset Dr, Ste 330, Miami, FL 33143
    2. Pricing: $$

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share delicious bites with dad! Make your reservation now by calling (305)667-4263.

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Father’s Day Lunch Buffet at Leona’s Palace

Prime Rib carving station…baked mac and cheese…homemade mashed potatoes…hawaiian barbeque chicken…is your mouth watering yet? I hope it is because Leona’s Palace has these goodies lined up and more for dad this Sunday.

    1. Location: 2029 Harrison Street, Hollywood, FL 33020
    2. Pricing: $30 for adults and $15 for children

Get your tickets to this lunch by visiting their site.

Brunch at Area 31

Take dad to a place where he can feel like he is eating on top of the world! The views of Miami are absolutely beautiful. Almost as beautiful as the presentation of the plates at Area 31. The taste? Simply devine.

    1. Location: 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131
    2. Pricing: $$

Brunch will be served between noon and 3 p.m., so be sure to contact Area 31 for a reservation at (305) 424-5234.

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Treat dad to an indescribable experience with delicious food, in a lovely atmosphere, and surrounded by the people that he loves most.

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Casandra-at-the-Airbnb

Traveling is one of my favorite pastimes because nothing exhilarates me quite like adventure, a change in location and novel experiences I’ll always remember. When you’re traveling, there are few things more important than convenience and cost. You simply don’t want to spend an arm and a leg when deciding where to stay. Nor do you want your accommodations to be less than comfortable just because you’re on a budget. You often find yourself having to go the extra mile to make your vacation life a little easier. The key is to have great amenities, but not break the bank, especially if you’re planning an extended stay of three or more days. That’s where Airbnb comes in.

When you need peace and relaxation without the hassle, Airbnb is the perfect resource. It’s basically an online search tool that connects travelers with people who are opening up their homes for vacation rentals around the globe. Instead of staying in a stuffy hotel staring at white walls, you can get an authentic feel for your destination. I stayed in an Airbnb spot on a recent trip to Bali and loved it. It gives you the ultimate travel experience, unlike any other. Imagine being able to take in a new, unique culture? It’s everything.

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Many hosts provide amazing amenities such as small bedside gifts, homemade breakfast and treats, personalized cards, and much more. And luxury is right at your fingertips because you can search and book accommodations online or from a mobile phone or tablet. It’s just that simple. Adventures and time well-spent are invaluable. And traveling the world has never been easier with Airbnb.

Ready to try it? I’m offering a special $40 off credit that you can use to book your first stay. Click here to claim the discount or enter the link http://bit.ly/foodbnb in your search bar. Enjoy your stay!

*This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small credit if you make a purchase using some of the links above*

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Taste of Chicago Group Trip
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Sometimes the hardest part of taking in a new experience is figuring out where to begin but the Taste of Chicago is a great start. Especially if you’re going to a city as big as Chicago you might ask yourself, what do you eat first and where to visit once you’re full? Well, with a dedicated team here at Food Before Love who’s already done the research for you, all you have to do is show up and be ready for a great time! Join us by securing your spot here.

Traveling While Hungry Chicago is for new-comers and experts of the Windy City alike. From July 6thJuly 9th, we are not only going to eat our way through the Taste of Chicago, but really get to know the entire city. Hidden gems, a cultural oasis, face-time with local restaurant owners & chefs – we have all of this planned and more. It is the perfect food-cation because you’ll be experiencing culinary delights with all of your senses – and the memories will be unforgettable. You can even find our top tips to experiencing the best out of the Taste of Chicago.

Taste of Chicago Group Trip

The best part of Traveling While Hungry with Food Before Love is sharing this experience with young-at-heart food lovers from different walks of life who love to eat as much as you do! With a flexible itinerary, there’s always something to keep you busy, but Food Before Love also has tons of recommendations for things to do on your own time. Traveling with the TWH family means you’ll always have a squad ready to explore, enjoy and experience the total beauty of the Taste of Chicago. Deposits are due by June 15th, so don’t delay! Sign up right now

 

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