Grindhouse Killer Burgers with Fredrick

grindhouse burger

So I recently went to GrindHouse, and I have to say, they have great burgers. The picture featured above is the double “Hillbilly Style” a delicious burger stacked with pimento cheese, jalapenos, red onion, and perfectly seasoned brisket chili. I was quite impressed with the taste! One thing I have to mention is in Atlanta, we have many burger spots. What makes Grindhouse a top burger joint in the city is simple, the taste. Grindhouse does not in any way make a fancy burger. They make a juicy, great tasting, ripted (Ripted: a word my mother invented to describe a big, juicy, usually medium rare burger, that is a tad bit greasy and mouthwateringly delicious!) burger. Grindhouse should be on your top picks if you are in the mood to have a few local brews, eat a damn good burger and watch an extremely entertaining “B” rated movie. They have multiple locations around Atlanta, with the Decatur location sporting an attractive rooftop patio/bar!

So now let me explain how I met Fredrick. I was aimlessly walking around downtown Decatur on a Tuesday afternoon, and my stomach began to grumble. While walking through Decatur Square I spotted Fredrick sitting on a bench, minding his own business. I asked him how he was doing and explained how I was about to grab a great burger, and if he would like to share one with me. He accepted the offer and was excited to eat some local food for once. When I returned to Fredrick, we sat down and had quite the conversation over lunch. We talked about racial issues, politics, drugs, oh and of course FOOD! I was stunned to hear of Fredricks upbringing and struggle to break the chain of drug use in his family. Fredrick has never had much going for him in life; experiencing some very low moments. He is now changing for the better and is very confident in himself. He is currently looking for work, which in his defense is not an easy task for someone in his position, he also has found a place to stay for a while. I left the conversation with so much insight on the life of a struggling man, and hope for those who struggle with homelessness and drug addiction in Atlanta. It was a mindful experience to share a meal with Fredrick; I wish him the best in his future endeavors, and I hope one day I am able to help people like him on a bigger scale.

Check out Grindhouse here: http://www.grindhouseburgers.com/about/

and if you enjoy their burgers, make sure to give them a review on YELP, and also comment on our blog post to let us know what you think!

 

 

Happy Grubbing!

 

Help end homelessness here: http://www.hopeatlanta.org/portfolio/homeless-prevention-program/

http://actionministries.net/locations/housing/ 

http://www.hearus.us/

 

 

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Golden Drops Cafe

 

Let me begin by saying, I am an avid coffee drinker. I drink coffee, not just for the morning rush and the extra push to get me through the day. I drink coffee for the taste! Not just the milk, added sugar, sweeteners, along with any other additive. I truly enjoy the taste of coffee itself. Do not get me wrong, when coffee is mixed properly, with great ingredients to perfectly compliment the cup, I really do enjoy it. And Golden Drops Cafe does just that!

Golden Drops Cafe sources their coffee from a friend in El Salvador who grows his own coffee and is also a barista champion in El Salvador. With the assistance of their supplier, Golden Drops Cafe implemented a coffee menu unlike any other around. The coffee alone is exceptional. The espresso is slightly bitter, with a great balance of richness and a VERY, VERY smooth finish. It is a very drinkable espresso, that can be taken down with little to no awkward facial expressions!! The taste of the espresso is vibrant and stands out in any of the lattes or cappuccinos. The favorite latte of mine is the signature Golden Latte! Golden Drops also has a good amount of latin food, with cuisine ranging from Dominican to Brazilian to Mexican! All of the small bites are home made and you can truly taste it no matter what you decide to order!

What really makes Golden Drops amazing is the Owner, Victor Ramirez, who has a passion for what he does. Victor can talk to you for hours about his coffee, where the coffee is sourced from and how delicious the food is. He is a very delightful man who can put a smile on your face while spewing knowledge and history of great coffee. I look forward to visiting  Golden Drops every morning, and any afternoon that I can make it over there to study.

PLEASE TAKE MY ADVICE! IF YOU ARE IN THE ATLANTA AREA AND YOU LOVE COFFEE, CHECK OUT GOLDEN DROPS!!!! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!!!!

“Only two coffee shops in America are using the coffee beans that are served at Golden Drops Cafe” -Victor Ramirez

“I have a hard time enjoying coffee, I struggle to find one that I truly enjoy due to the intense bitterness. At Golden Drops, the coffee is amazing! I love all of their Lattes!!!” -Emily Rios

“Had a large cup of their signature coffee drink–normally do not like my coffee at all sweet but this was delicious. ¬†Also had a guava-cheese empanada as a snack–tasted great too. ”
Highly recommended. -David M (Yelp.com)golden double latte.jpeg

Check out Golden Drops vast menu here: Golden Drops Cafe Menu

After you try them out and are amazed by their work, give them a rating on Yelp, Tripadvisor, and Google. Help out a local business!

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Give them a call and come check them out: 404-405-0123

1788 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

 

CAFE+ VELO

 

Our vision is finally coming to life. Emily and I have been dreaming about starting a blog, focused¬†on sharing a meal with those who are less fortunate for a very, very long time. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago, that we stopped procrastinating and started our new journey in the world of blogging. Writing, eating and helping people out, is a passion that we both share. Thank you to all of our readers, we truly hope you enjoy our first blog post!

Oh downtown Atlanta! You have so much to offer. If you are hungry while strolling around downtown, or studying at Georgia State; there is no reason why your hunger should last! The variety of food is expanding each day, truly adding to the diversity of the Atlanta food scene. On this particular day, Emily and I were hungry for a sandwich. Sounds simple, but we were not in the mood for any ordinary sandwich, we wanted something delicious! Which is exactly why we ended up at Cafe+Velo. We heard great things about the unique cafe/bike shop, so why not give it a try? We also happened to have our camera on us, so we made the decision ( THE BEST DECISION) to create our first blog post. We didn’t want just a plain old blog post though, we wanted to do what we do on a daily basis anyway, share this meal we are about to indulge in, with a special person. The special person of the day ended up being the humble, generous and very optimistic Carl!

As we approached the quaint little shop, we ran into Carl. Carl greeted us first as we walked by, and simply let out “bless you, have a good day.”¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† We did not give him anything, or offer him a meal at this time. He was just blessing each person who passed him by. I asked Carl if he would like to share a meal with us, this man looked me in the eyes and said he would love to, but he is saving his money for a $50 breeze card. I told him it would be on us, Carl denied at first, but Emily and I insisted!

We all ordered the Cinelli croissant, with a refreshing iced coffee on the side. All I can say is wow! The sandwich was absolutely delicious! As you bite into the croissant, the light taste of crisp, fresh apples, followed by the creamy brie cheese that excites the palate and finished with a sweet hint of honey, Mmmmmmmmm! Carl informed us both that this meal was the best he has had in months! He usually either eats fast food, or goes without eating all day. We each finished every bite of our sandwich, all while sharing stories of our lives.

As we were ready to head separate ways, we promised to keep in touch with Carl. He was truly a great man and we enjoyed every minute spent with him.

If you ever have some extra time on your hands, and you plan to frequent a local restaurant, try and make some time to share it with somebody in need. We are not saying there is anything wrong with giving people cash or just buying them food. It is just when you actually sit and speak to them; you gain more insight into the life of the homeless. You make a friend. You give someone a conversation who may never talk to people.

 

Make sure to check out Cafe+Velo and try one of their unique sandwiches. For the best experience, take your bike to the shop and park it out front. If you do not have a bike, simply rent one from the shop inside, or rent a bike anywhere in town with RELAY! 

These sanwiches are definitly worth a try while downtown or biking down the beltline. Put Cafe+Velo on the top of your list for a quick breakfast! You will not be disappointed!

http://www.cafeandvelo.com/ 

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The Cinelli croissant Made with fresh apples, gooey brie cheese, spinach and local honey for a sweet touch