Sunday, April 28, 2013

Villains Wicked Heros - Out the Gate

Stopped in to newly opened midtown sandwich spot Villains Wicked Heros yesterday. The project is headed up by some of the folks behind Grindhouse Killer Burgers, Flip, and HD1. Housed in the former location of Little Azio, the shop definitely has a similar feel to Grindhouse with the villain theme playing out in the atmosphere (not to worry, the folks are nice but looks like a humorous interpretations of bad guys headquarters) and menu items' names - Clubber Lang (Italian beef), Montogomery Burns (ribeye steak), and Rasputin (fried chicken livers) are a few of the options. I get the impression the shop is trying to take over where Superpan left off but with a wider range/influence of sandwich options.
Your waiting number - a much welcomed change from the floppy top heavy signs places normal give
The sandwich choices sound great, and for the most part original with the menu leaning a little bit to the unhealthy side. It's heavy on pork, beef and fried items. It's nice that they go the extra mile in side options with their own veggie chicharones (tastes like heavily seasoned veggie chips), two soup options and a handful of vegetable sides.
The Odd Job
We settled in with the Odd Job (Korean fried chicken) and Kingpig of Crime (porchetta). The Odd Job was nice overall with some nice flavor and textures including a delicious pear slaw. Touted as double fried and extra crispy, the breading was soggy and didn't adhere to the chicken which seems to be a problem that plagues Atlanta.
Soggy breading separation
The Kingpig of Crime was also a tasty number but light on the pork and heavy on the arugula. The menu also mentioned that it featured crispy skin but I found none. The thing I couldn't help but thinking while eating was - "I can get a much much better porchetta over at No. 246 for the same amount (maybe even less?) of money and it comes with fries."
The Kingpig of Crime
Also it appears from our two orders that all the sandwiches come on a baguette/hero roll. Some different options there might add to the appeal.
One of the healthier options - a Kale salad topped with some uncooked ramen noodles
Villains is going to establish itself as a good lunch option for the Midtown crowd. Slightly pricey sandwiches but inexpensive sides help make up for the expense. Nothing struck me is outstanding, but everything tasted relatively good with easy to correct faults and a fairly wide variety of options. Keep in mind, this is their first week open so they will work out some kinks along the way.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Quickie - Ameer's Mediterranean Grill

Stopped into Ameer's Mediterranean Grill on Friday night after hearing a little bit of buzz about it during the week. I have to say, they kind of knocked it out of the park. We went with two shawarma plates - one with beef and lamb and another with chicken. Also started with an order of falafel.
Beef & Lamb Shawarma
The food was good stuff all around. The falafel was crispy on the outside and extremely moist (maybe just a little too much) on the interior. A great starter for sure. All of the shawarma was delicious - seasoned extremely well, tender texture and served over a bed of rice. A plate also comes with delicious hummus, pita and a large cucumber and tomato salad. It's a lot of bang for your buck and really delicious.

I would normally head to Mediterranean Bakery for my Med fix, but this is a great, closer option. I guess I'll be splitting my time between the two. It was unfortunately  completely empty on Friday night. Please show this place some love as they deserve it - Get you some.. It's located right next to Waikikie BBQ on Briarcliff.

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