Updated Dirty Dozen & Clean 15: When To Buy Organic

Environmental Working Group Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, updated every year since 2004, ranks pesticide contamination of 47 popular fruits and vegetables. The guide is based on results of more than 38,800 samples of produce tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration. It is important to note that the samples are tested for pesticides after they have been prepared to be eaten.… Read More »

Lunch with Lauren – Gu’s Kitchen

By Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

Gu’s dumplings keep popping up in my Instagram feed, but the drive to Krog market is not in my daily schedule. BUT THEN, I see that there is a Gu’s Kitchen open on Buford Highway in Chamblee, so I drag Amanda in the rain to get some dumplings. First things first, the dumplings are delicious and totally lived up to the hype.… Read More »

Newly opened Gu’s Kitchen specializes in Szechuan cuisine on Buford Highway

Note from Audra:  Gu’s was one of the first places I went with the official “Foodie Patty”.  Read Patty’s article here.

The family behind the popular Gu’s Dumplings stall in Krog Street Market has expanded to DeKalb County with the opening of Gu’s Kitchen in Chamblee. For many, the sit down restaurant with an expanded menu different from the Krog Street Market location will be a new experience, while others have eagerly awaited the return of Chef Yiquan Gu’s Szechuan cuisine on Buford Highway. … Read More »

Lunch with Lauren: Cafe Sababa

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

Let’s talk about Cafe Sababa. I’m not sure how I didn’t know about this little gem until my friend, Felicia, mentioned it. I’ve walked past it numerous times on the way to Simply Thai, another one of my Dunwoody favorites. Cafe Sababa offers Mediterranean and middle eastern dishes made fresh and super delicious.… Read More »


Lauren Townsend

Buttermilk Kitchen’s “Secret” Fancy Fried Chicken Dinner

By Audra Anders for The Aha! Connection

You’ve quite possibly eaten breakfast at Buttermilk Kitchen in Buckhead.   If not, you need to go…and soon….but get there early and expect to wait a little while for a table.  It is worth the wait…just ask my always hungry teenage boys.

Buttermilk’s Chef, Suzanne Vizethann, is  a local girl who actually graduated from Riverwood High School. … Read More »

Lunch with Lauren: Press Blend Squeeze

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

Well, Dunwoody, it appears we skipped Spring and fast forwarded to Summer. The warmer weather usually serves as a reminder that I should get moving since I am about as active as a mushroom, but luckily, I have Press, Blend, Squeeze to help get me back on track. Matt and Nicole, owners of Press, Blend, Squeeze “want to make healthy food and beverage choices easily accessible for everyone, while helping to educate consumers on specific ingredient benefits.” They developed the idea after Matt’s father was diagnosed with cancer and was able to add over 5 years to his original 5 month life expectancy by changing his diet. … Read More »



The results of our “Favorite Chinese Food” Survey are in!

Thank you to all the folks who responded to our “Favorite Chinese Food” Survey.   Most of the top choices are located really close to Dunwoody.  This tells me that most people probably don’t like to venture too far from home for dinner on a regular basis.  However, 9 of the top 20 are located on Buford Highway and all but one of those are practically within the same mile (see map insert).  … Read More »

Foodie Frenzy: Blue Top in Chamblee

by Audra Anders

The Aha! Connection

Foodie Patty would LOVE Blue Top and I so wish she had been with me last night when I dined at this great new local restaurant.  First of all, I just love the character of downtown Chamblee.  Blue Top is nestled about midway in between two of my favorite spots, Union Hill Kitchen and Southbound and just across the street from the railroad tracks. … Read More »

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants on Buford Highway

Note from Audra:  Check out this great article that Lauren Townsend wrote for Atlanta Parent.  Lauren works part-time for The Aha! Connection as our Instagram queen.  I think I need to hook her up with Foodie Patty real soon!

The restaurants on Buford Highway are a melting pot of international influences. Navigating the cuisine can be a great cultural experience for your kids.… Read More »

Patty’s Foodie Frenzy: Fogo de Chao

Fogo de Chão is an authentic Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which has specialized in fire-roasting high-quality meats for 26 years. …Fogo is proudly gluten friendly but not vegan friendly…no surprise!!

Fairly new on our restaurant scene is the Dunwoody Fogo De Chao.  The other Fogo in town (Buckhead) has been very successful, so I expect the Dunwoody location will also thrive. … Read More »

Restaurant Reviews: Black Walnut Cafe, Fogo de Chao, and Peachtree Cafe

  • Black Walnut Cafe in Peachtree Corners –  My family dined here for Easter brunch and loved it.  It was shockingly affordable.   They save money by a “fast casual” ordering approach.  I recommend getting your menu, choosing a table, sitting down to review the menu (it’s expansive and you’ll want time to look it over), then send a person from your group up to the counter to order for the table. 
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