…This great city o’ mine is really lacking in a couple of areas as it relates to food.
1) No Pizza For You. For one thing, there are no pizza joints here in Atlanta. Sure there are pizza restaurants. But there are no pizzerias like in NY where you walk up to the counter and a bald Italian guy grunts "What can I get ya?" (if he even says that much). A pizzeria that sells italian ices, zeppoles, and grape and fruit punch flavored fountain drinks and one that only has a handful of hard-behind, scratched up booths. The pizza is so cheesy that it is likely to slide completely off if you don’t catch it.
2) Weiners. Second, there are no hot dog stands here. Even though the days of a good hot dog stand in NYC that don’t make you hurl your insides are long gone, I regret the fact that Atlanta does not have them. There are no pretzel and shishkabob vendors on the street either. I went to see the Alvin Ailey dancers at the Fox today. it would have been nice to buy some food on the street afterewards.
3) Southern Cooking. I don’t know about you but when I think about southern cooking I think fried chicken, mac & cheese, ribs, collard greens, cornbread and the like. But since I’ve been here in Atlanta I’ve come across too many fancy restaurants that call their menu Southern Cooking. Here’s a rule of thumb: nytime hummus is included in your menu, it’s probably not real southern cooking.
4) SOFT SERVE, Please! After Bertha and I went to see Alvin Ailey, Sadie had a craving for some soft serve ice cream. Apparently people here in the ATL do no know what soft serve ice cream is. We went to Bruester’s and when Sadie asked the guy if they sold soft serve his response was "It will be when it first comes out." ????????????? She had no idea what he was talking about. She ordered it anyway and watched as he went to the back of the store and filled a big white bucket with soft serve vanilla ice cream. Then brought it out to the front and scooped it out of the bucket and into Sadie’s cone. Um, last time I checked soft serve flows directly from the machine into your cone and it forms a big swirl. Last time I checked you don’t scoop soft serve ice cream…
Am I asking too much? Is that a northern thing? Does anybody know where to get some real soft serve around here?