Tag Archives: Dining Out

An infrequent series of restaurant reviews by freelance food journalist Owen Renn / icnt.mx


Dining Out: Lusca

Saturday evening I finally made it to Luscathe new restaurant by Angus Brown of Miller Union and Octopus Bar fame.

Full disclosure, I have known Angus since pre-school so I will be the first to admit this is not going to be an in depth or exceptionally objective think-piece about a new Atlanta destination. Instead, below you can enjoy photos and descriptions of the dishes we tried (which speak for themselves honestly)

Washburn Oysters (MA) [Lusca | Atlanta]
Washburn Oysters (MA)
Fried Anchovies / Fennel / Lemon [Lusca | Atlanta]
Fried Anchovies / Fennel / Lemon
Trout Roe, Espelette Pepper, Raw Honey, Creme Fraiche [Lusca | Atlanta]
Trout Roe, Espelette Pepper, Raw Honey, Creme Fraiche
Charcuterie Board  [Lusca | Atlanta]
Charcuterie Board
Hand Cut Pappardelle, Fava, Green Garlic, Tomato, Oyster Mushroom [Lusca | Atlanta]
Hand Cut Pappardelle, Fava, Green Garlic, Tomato, Oyster Mushroom
Monterey Squid, Torn Potato, Calabrian Chili, Garlic [Lusca | Atlanta]
Monterey Squid, Torn Potato, Calabrian Chili, Garlic
Nigiri [Lusca | Atlanta]
Rock Crab, Avocado, Pain Au Levain, Key Lime, Scallion [Lusca | Atlanta]
Rock Crab, Avocado, Pain Au Levain, Key Lime, Scallion
Peach Baklava [Lusca | Atlanta]
Peach Baklava


DC: Dining, and Disco

After a busy week following my return from Washington, DC I finally had the time to put together this post, highlighting some finer points of the day trip – including dinner at José Andrés Jaleo

What started ostensibly as a trip to reconnect with Kozee and see Scuba DJ at U Street Music Hall, spiraled into a hedonistic food exploration as bad weather and a series of events led me to making the trip solo.

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One Night In New Orleans

Running a little behind on getting these mini-vacation posts up on to the website but fortunately there is no time limit on these. Two weekends ago I took my first trip back to New Orleans in a decade, marking my first time back since Hurricane Katrina. Similar to every New Orleans trip I have made previously this one was centered around food and music, so… let’s get to the good stuff. Continue reading

Sake Tasting Menu (Mar 2013)

Sake Tasting – March 2013

Another sake tasting at Taka Sushi and Passion this past week, hosted by Koji, the regular organizer of these events as well as a representative from the Echigo microbrewery from Niigata.

The tasting featured five sake selections as well as Echigo’s Koshihikari Rice Beer, accompanied by five selections from Taka’s kitchen. 

Check the photos of the event beneath the fold, or click here to see the complete meal [via Evernote Food]

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Dining Out: Tex's Tacos

It is probably not much of a secret anymore; I have a favorite food truck, and judging by the lines whenever I am there to get my fix, I am not alone.

Tex’s Tacos has quickly come on the Atlanta Food Truck scene separating itself from Yumbii by offering more traditional southwestern offerings including a wonderful pastor taco and what is the most memorable carne asada I’ve had in years. Special mention also to their ‘lime fries’ unfortunately not pictured here – Tex’s specialty item

The truck is staffed by Mac and Harrison, who describe themselves on their website as “two compadres passionate about this food, and set on bringing the best of our favorite Tex-Mex fare from deep in the heart of the Lone Star State to you” and it is apparent in the rich flavors of their food.

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Tex's Tacos : Carne Asada

My personal favorite menu item is the carne asada taco, hands down. The flavor of the beef balances well with creamy cheese and guacamole, admittedly the meat is hard to see in the above photo but trust it is excellent. Also, as evident by the photo above, the crew at Tex’s does not skimp on filling, food trucks are never an expensive endeavour typically but these guys always make sure you get your money’s worth.

Recently, they have started offering soft-corn tortillas in addition to the flour based ones – something I was hoping would happen. The flavor is rich, and anybody who has started eating their tacos with soft corn tortillas likely will never switch back – this isn’t something that is featured on the menu but they have assured me it is available by request.

Tex’s also offers a shredded BBQ taco, and understanding the strict loyalties southerners have to where their BBQ comes from, the truck is proud to serve Atlanta’s own Lowcountry Barbecue. Personally, for me, if you come here for the pork and you don’t have the pastor – you are cheating yourself.

Tex's Tacos Pastor on Corn Tortilla
Tex's Tacos : Pastor De Puerco on corn

Tex’s is a mainstay at most metro-Atlanta area food truck gatherings including the Howell Mill Food Park (Tuesday evenings), Stove Works (Wednesday lunch), and Atlantic Station’s Food Truck Fridays (Friday lunch)

Check Tex’s website or Twitter for their weekly schedule as well as a complete menu

Tex’s Tacos ( blogwebsite | twitter | facebook )