Mayor of Lame Here.
I know my job is to keep Avondale Lame but this is hungry work and I get absolutely famished while procrastinating in between blog posts!
So let me just share a few (quite a few actually) of my favorite restaurants where I like to eat while plotting how to maintain Avondale’s Lameness. I am going to put these in alphabetical order so nobody gets their panties in a wad by me rating these dining establishments from best to not-so-best. Also we don’t want some restaurants to get swamped while others become a ghost town just because my opinion is so highly regarded here in Avon-Lame!
Avondale Pizza Cafe
Actually I haven’t gone to APC since they moved from their old location to the strip mall at Twin Oaks but I always see Avondale and Dekalb Police cars parked there so I guess they have some real crime problems or they give great discounts for Cops. So if you want a quick slice of pizza pie or some wings and you want to feel well protected by the local police, swing by and don’t forget to have a beer at O’Keefe’s next door. They also have salads, subs, pasta and apparently no website. So I guess a link to the old facebook page is gonna have to do.
No, this is not a chess hang out, nor is it the office of the local Catholic clergy man of the same title despite the confusion that the name may cause. So don’t expect to engage in a strategic board game or make a confession of your sins because this is a restaurant!
First thing I noticed about the Bishop is the beer selection. They feature locally brewed beers on tap including craft beers brewed in Avondale’s own Wild Heaven brewery. So far I like this place and it supports local beer!
Second thing I noticed was the menu. They have reasonably priced sandwiches (around $12 -$13 for a burger, BLT or a portabello Reuben sandwich) which come with a small salad or their tasty “house chips”. They also offer some more pricey dinner entrées including fried chicken, steak, fish and pasta plates. But let me get back to their “house chips”: they are thinly sliced yukon potatoes fried crispy and seasoned with salt/pepper, served with a savory garlic aioloi for dipping. I am never going to get any more blog posts done at this rate!
Coyotes Mexican Grill
Ok, Coyotes is definitely my speed! Seriously I go here as often as I can. Mexican food with authentic flair and the service is always prompt. I say that you can always gauge the quality of a Mexican restaurant by how well they make tacos and I have to get a taco every time I eat here! They have the traditional combos (tacos, burritos, enchiladas, chimichangs, rice or beans, etc.) plus quite a few a la carte items. They have awesome fajitas and their flan is home made! The Margaritas are always tasty; I like mine on the rocks, no salt. Once again though, Coyotes has neglected to put up a website so I guess their Urbanspoon page will have to do!
James Joyce Irish Pub?
Oh Yeah that’s right…they have been closed for a long time now! Big open restaurant space available in the middle of Avondale?!?
The space is now for lease from new owners but the lease prices may not be competitive enough. Time to lower your lease price, folks!
The Market in Avondale
Great to see new eateries and establishments popping up in Avondale like this one – the Market in Avondale! You can get breakfast in between 8 – 11 AM but I can’t get up that early so I have not tried it. They have a hot bar with rotating items and standards like hamburgers and veggies available the rest of the day. The store is lined with other goodies like chips and crackers, wine and other sundry items. Also featured is fresh meats if you wish to cook at home. Complete market with deli and pastry items made fresh daily, this store is a fresh addition to our town.
Our Way Cafe
Classic Southern cooking at it’s best! Open for nearly 30 years despite a fire which put it out of commission for 2010, this jewel of a café has a rich history. My favorite dish is the meatloaf which I get drenched in mushroom gravy but you can also get it topped with tomato chutney. Sides include creamy mashed potatoes, rice, green beans, Lima beans, scrumptious Mac and cheese, cream corn and collard greens. Add some corn bread or get your corn bread spicy with jalapeños! Don’t forget dessert: Cobbler or pie! Generous portions ensure that you will need a nap after lunch. If you’re a true southerner, you need to drink some sweet tea. Our Way Café used to have a website but I think the domain expired (oops!) so once again, I will have to put a link to their yelp page.
From it’s humble beginnings as a food truck delicacy, Pallookaville has evolved into quite the full on restaurant. Featured are the gourmet corndogs that were the main dish in the food truck days which you can get dipped in golden cornbread, pepper or cheese batter! You can also get frankfurter “sandwiches” including beef franks, polish kielbasa, Italian sausage, or a 12 inch Patak footlong. Add a Mt. Olive pickle or other garnishments such as grilled onions, peppers, garlic, cheese or chili. Speaking of chili, you can get it in a bowl or as a side and add beans, sour cream or cheez-itz! Yummy! Also, their Brunswick stew is delish! Both the chili and the stew are spicy like I like ‘em! Other sides include: classic tater tots, hand cut fries, fresh salads and Mac and cheese.
Hold on, there’s more: Pork burgers are another speciality which come in your choice of 1/4 lb up to 1 pounder! By the way, these pork burgers are never frozen, hormone-free, locally sourced and ground with Avondale’s finest Pine Street Market bacon and spices! Another local eatery that supports the local economy!
Still even more menu items: Reuben, corned beef, pastrami, club, chicken salad, pork philly, grilled cheese, pimento, turkey and veggie sandwiches. Also, get yourself a custom soda from the soda fountain, or get a liquored-up milkshake as well as local craft beers and other adult beverages!
Enjoy your meal in the circus-themed seating area as you watch classic tv shows and cartoons or the patio during good weather. I fully expect you to overeat and over-indulge which is where Pallookaville gets it’s name!
Originally hailing from Virginia-Highlands and Little Five Points, Savage Pizza has been in Avondale since 2009. Savage’s main focus is pizza but also has delicious subs, salads, lasagna on it’s menu.
When I say pizza is their main focus, I am not kidding! Choose from a long list of speciality pizzas which incorporate other ethnic varieties into tasty gourmet pies! For example, one of my favorite pizzas at Savage is the Cajun. It comes with spicy red pepper sauce and is topped with roasted chicken, shrimp, Andouille sausage, red onions, green peppers, Gruyère, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses! I recommend adding Gorgonzola cheese to this one! They also have a classic tomato basil pie, the Sav-veg for you veg-heads, the pizza bianca, which is pesto sauce with fresh garlic, feta, tomatoes and basil. Another fave of mine is the chicken Florentine, a garlic white sauce pie topped with roasted chicken, fresh spinach, yellow onions, mozzarella and Gruyère cheese! Don’t forget the many other varieties of pie such as the Mexican, Greek, Mediterranean, Mai-Pai (spicy Thai twist on the classic Hawaiian), Bolognese, Buttafuocco (think meat-lovers), the No-Brainer (think supreme), White on White (garlic white sauce with many cheeses), White on Red (many cheeses on red sauce), Bacon Spinach Tomato, and the Chicken Cordon Bleu!
Choose from regular or whole-wheat dough (always hand-tossed and cooked to perfection!), A wide variety of sauces, classic or gourmet toppings to build your own pizza if you are so inclined.
With so much pizza tastiness, one might not get around to trying their zesty lasagna, but I would recommend ordering the lasagna (veggie, or with Italian sausage or ground beef) when you get a chance!
Round all this out with hot subs such as their own version of the cheesesteak, in addition to the veggie, eggplant parmesan, Italian meatball or turkey sub.
Their salads are extremely fresh. Try the classic Greek salad which comes with feta, tomatoes, Greek olives, pepperoncini, artichoke hearts, a slice of lemon and the best darn Greek feta dressing you ever tasted! Alternatively, you could go for a simple field greens salad or another classic, the Caesar salad, again with some of the best Caesar dressing ever!
They have a great selection of draft beers on tap or in the bottle, as well as wine. Their desserts are locally-sourced from Alon’s bakery and Southern Sweets or you can get a pint of Ben and Jerry’s or cheesecake!
Skip’s Chicago Dogs
Since 1979, Skip’s has been serving the Avondale area with Chicago style! As the name suggests, Skip’s has a wide variety of hot dogs. There is the classic Vienna Beef™ Dog, Jumbo Dog, Polish Sausage or corn dog. You can get many toppings such as ketchup, mustard, relish, onions, peppers, tomatoes, chili, cheese kraut, slaw or hot peppers!
The misleading thing about Skip’s name is that they only mention hot dogs. Skip’s has so much more to offer on it’s menu. I really like their Philly cheesesteaks which also can be made with savory chicken. They have great hamburgers as well as a grilled reuben sandwich. Also, there is the Italian beef sandwich, served with a side of au jus sauce. More sandwiches: Spicy grilled chicken, bratwurst, turkey and turkey club, BLT, grilled cheese and pulled pork sandwiches. Guess what? They also serve wings!
Their fries and onion rings are made fresh and other sides include cole slaw and potato salad. I recommend getting a milkshake which is also made fresh!
Ok, I know it’s a chain and you can find one everywhere (I think they are more prevalent than McDonald’s these days) but I have to mention Avondale’s Subway. Sometimes you just want a quick sub and the staff at our local Subway has always been pleasant and prompt, so thank you to the local franchise owners for keeping up the good service!
Urban Grounds Coffee Shop
I am proud of this little coffee shop! You can always find a place to get a good cup of Joe and use the free wireless to study or just browse the internet! In business since 2003 I believe, I have relied on Urban Grounds for a nice dark cup of Arabica coffee for many years and they never let me down. Still affordable after all these years, they also offer all the fancier espresso drinks like lattes and mochas.
They do serve a variety of hot pannini sandwiches, bagels, croissants, grilled cheese, PB & J, pastries and ice cream as well!
They have cold drinks such as fruit smoothies and iced coffees. This is a great place to meet a friend or have a business meeting!
Thanks to Tara Goldman and staff for a great coffee shop and so many years of great service!
I have mentioned the House of Waffle a couple times on my blog in jest, but that doesn’t mean I don’t seriously appreciate our local 24 hour diner. In fact, it is the best place to eat at 3 AM!
Scattered well, covered, smothered, topped and served with a smile is how I like my hashbrowns! This place has a special place in our hearts here in Avondale, especially since the chain restaurant got it’s start here in Avondale over 50 years ago!
Honestly, I even eat here during the daytime although I believe the cooks are better in the wee hours of the evening/morning!
Well folks, it has been a pleasure escorting y’all through most of Avondale’s restaurants! I left out a couple places because, well, I just never went to them! No offence, but either their hours don’t agree with me or I just don’t eat wings! hehe
This is probably my longest blog post and the one with the sparsest sarcasm because one thing is not Lame about Avondale and that is: It has a plethora of good places to eat, and that is no joke!
Carry on, folks. And don’t forget to leave a comment if you want to add your 2 cents about your favorite feeding troffs or just tell me to stop picking on Avondale!