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Nik’s Place, a great Place!

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Located at 645 Whitlock Avenue in Marietta, Georgia, Niks Place is a little gem for music in metro Atlanta.  I had never been to Niks Place before but had heard about the fun there for many years now.

It was high time I went.  Along with Rob, we walked into Niks Place on a Wednesday night and immediately loved the feel.  It used to be a farm house, dating back to the late 1800’s.  It was the Marietta Cupboard from 1975 until 2000.  Then in 2005 it became Niks Place and serves authentic Greek food.  Including Greek dishes like, Mousaka and Patitsio.  Also,  from what I heard, they have one of the best Gyro’s around!

Rob and I happen to know Mike Martin pretty well and knew that he helped to host the Wednesday night open mic jam.  When we got there, Mike was setting up so we took a seat at the bar.  Looking around, you could tell this building used to be a house.  It was crowded and tight, but we loved it.  The crowd seemed nice and ranged wide in age.

The bartender, Karlos, greeted us and was happy to tell me a little about the history of the place, the food and the specials.  He also told us about their nightly line up of great musicians.  This place has live music every night of the week!  He showed us the menu and while it did have its standard bar food, it also boasted a large amount of truly authentic Greek dishes and appetizers.

As we sat, waiting for Mike to begin the music we talked briefly to one of the regulars, Adam Turner.  He told us that he has been coming there for a while and is there nearly every night.  Adam said what he loves at Niks Place is the great bartenders and the wonderful homey feel.  I agree Adam!


Niks Place is open until 3 a.m. every night of the week except Sundays, when they close at midnight. Free wifi as well!

There is always something going on there from Poker to music and they do have televisions if you are interested in watching sports.

Check ’em out online and see their full calendar of events! NIKS PLACE

On a side note, Mike Martin and Kirk Plunkett do a great job!  Rob got up with Mike, Eric Sands and Charlie Korch to do a little Judas Priest! It rocked!

Make sure you visit Niks Place, and visit it regularly. You won’t be disappointed.  If you go on a Wednesday, say hello to Mike Martin and Kirk Plunkett . . . tell them all The Backstage Beat sent you!

[box type=”info”]This old 1868 farm house was the home of the Groggens family and then the Crooks family. In 1975 until 2000, it was turned into a restaurant and was known as the Marietta Cupboard. From August 2000 and until 2004, it was known as The Back Porch Bar & Grill. From 2005 to the present, it became NIKS PLACE serving authentic Greek food.

This old house is one of the few historic homes in Marietta operating as a business outside the Square. To some it is a reminder of a bygone era in today’s corporate world. As for me, being a newcomer to Marietta (since 1994) and coming from a real ancient city as Athens Greece, I have learned to appreciate and admire the craftsmanship of the past. I love the history, nostalgia, and character this old house offers. – Nik Zaimis, owner[/box]

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521 Kitchen and Que = Our Pick for Holiday Meat!

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521 Kitchen and Que is located in Atlanta off Roswell Road and is our pick for ordering your Holiday Meal this year, and dinner tonight!

Owned by local Atlanta couple, Drew and Roma Kirkland, this is by far one of the best BBQ’s we have been to.  One thing that strikes us in particular about this restaurant is their commitment to locally sourced and fresh food. Also, they are vegetarian and gluten free friendly. Vegetarian? A BBQ restaurant is vegetarian friendly? Yes, believe it or not, as Roma told us, there are quite a lot of  vegetarians that love to grab a bite at 521 Kitchen and Que.

As someone that works with my significant other, I loved the fact that the “521” in 521 Kitchen and Que is their anniversary date. Awe… Heart melts.

So, long story short; We sampled all the yummy goodies they have and for your holiday meals, do yourself a favor and let them cook it.

 

Must have picks:

Turkey – Moist and Delicious. All your guests will be impressed.

Kale Slaw – So delightful! It doesn’t have the bitterness you might expect from Kale. It is definitely worth getting

Baked Sweet Potato – Cooked perfectly, season with salt and pepper

Brisket – Melt in your mouth delicious!

Let’s just say that we loved everything we tried and we are certain you will too.

Go ahead and try them for lunch or dinner! While you are there,  place your holiday order! Do it quickly!

 

 

 

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Murphy’s Farmer’s Table Dinner Series Continues

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ATLANTA – Any frequenter of Murphy’s knows that each plate is made up of delicious ingredients, locally grown and thoughtfully prepared. To honor the sources of these ingredients, Murphy’s is excited to continue their Farmer’s Table Dinner Series. Already proven to be a fan favorite after a sold out dinner in June, the series will take place the last Wednesday of each month. Guests are invited to enjoy a multi-course meal highlighting local farmers and their contributions to Murphy’s menu.

The first dinner of the series, a successful “trial run”, took place Wednesday, June 24, 2015 and featured farmer Richard Kessler (“RJ”) from Planted Rock Farms. The 4-course dinner included wine pairings and a variety of summer-inspired dishes, thoughtfully prepared by Chef de Cuisine Ricky Navas. Guests also had the opportunity to meet and mingle with RJ and Chef Ricky.

The next dinner will take place Wednesday, July 29 and will be hosted by Geezer’s Farm out of Gurley, Alabama, where Farmer David Sisk will travel to Atlanta to join the feast.

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Melting Pot 1/4 Off the 4th!

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Midtown-Atlanta’s scrumptious Melting Pot will have a delicious 4th of July menu available–and it’s 1/4 off! Skip the grill on your holiday, because there will be a meal for everyone to enjoy aside from burgers and hot dogs. Personally, I’d get all over that watermelon and feta salad. And the Buffalo chicken.

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