What to Eat in Charleston

You know we try our hardest to stay true to ATL buttttt we also want to be Charleston food experts in the worst way.  (Please don't be mad.) But it's the type of place where if you go, you know what we're talking about. We love Charleston and everything about it! You’ve got the beach, the boys, the BBQ…is there anything else you really need? Within the past 2 months we’ve frequented back to The Holy City two whole times and we would totes be down to go again so Holla 'atcha girls @Southern Charm boys! With that said, we thought it was about time we made a guide rounding up some of our favorite spots (in no special order but they are all special)…Check it out and let us know what some of your favorite Charleston spots are! AKA please give us another excuse to go back ASAP. 

Lewis Barbecue

Ordering TIP: Show them this pic. Be done. Get a little taste of everything. You won't regret it. 

Ordering TIP: Show them this pic. Be done. Get a little taste of everything. You won't regret it. 

167 Raw

Want to eat the best tuna burger in your whole entire life? Because this is it. Pro tip: go late and stay late.  All the cutie patootie boys working there will pour rosé down your ole hatch and it will get lit.   Photo by: @dhmeyer

Want to eat the best tuna burger in your whole entire life? Because this is it. Pro tip: go late and stay late.  All the cutie patootie boys working there will pour rosé down your ole hatch and it will get lit.   Photo by: @dhmeyer

 

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit

You might recognize this biscuit from Callie's shop in VAHI but these little biscuits first came out of the womb in CHS. Thank you for being born Callie's Hot Little Biscuit. photo by @callieshotlittlebiscuit.

You might recognize this biscuit from Callie's shop in VAHI but these little biscuits first came out of the womb in CHS. Thank you for being born Callie's Hot Little Biscuit. photo by @callieshotlittlebiscuit.

Zero George

We're willing to bet money that these will be the best deviled egg you will ever come into contact with in your life. They include truffle and possibly some sort of crack cocaine. Boom daddy. 

We're willing to bet money that these will be the best deviled egg you will ever come into contact with in your life. They include truffle and possibly some sort of crack cocaine. Boom daddy. 

Leon’s Oyster Shop

If Ford Fry's, The Optimist, had a little sister.... S'cute s'cute. You'll got your shuck on here and love it fa sho.  

If Ford Fry's, The Optimist, had a little sister.... S'cute s'cute. You'll got your shuck on here and love it fa sho.  

Home Team BBQ

While their BBQ is pretty damn good, you must try their alcoholic beverage, "The Game Changer"....it will get the job done quickly and you will like it. 

While their BBQ is pretty damn good, you must try their alcoholic beverage, "The Game Changer"....it will get the job done quickly and you will like it. 

California Dreaming

Hands down, best views on the water.  They're famous for this cobb salad and we never order salads soooo that's saying something. BTW, don't skip out on that croissant....If you make good enough friends with your waitress, she will send you home with 2 to-go boxes full for drunk eating later!

Hands down, best views on the water.  They're famous for this cobb salad and we never order salads soooo that's saying something. BTW, don't skip out on that croissant....If you make good enough friends with your waitress, she will send you home with 2 to-go boxes full for drunk eating later!

Our Magical Mandarin Oriental Staycation!

As you all are well aware of, we are constantly complaining not only about our hunger but also about our exhaustion as well. We're like super fun to be around all the time, we know. Anywho, we felt like the only way to regain that lost pep in our step would be with a staycation of course! Next thing you knew, we packed our overnight bags (which were totally pointless since we stayed in our hotel robes the entire time) and were graciously greeted at the lovely Mandarin Oriental. We should probably tell you that the Mandarin is a solid two miles away from our home.... However, when those double doors opened, we were immediately surrounded by the most decadent decor and white marble (so chic) and felt as if we were miles away from our lowly HG Headquarters (AKA: our apartment). 

First on our agenda was a visit to the spa and we're like 99% sure that there is nothing better than having someone rub your face/back so yes, we were off to a wonderful start. We HIGHLY recommend the Oriental Essence massage, as it targets on all stress areas of the body. So basically, a full body massage. The goal of this treatment is to leave you feeling realigned with your mind and emotions so we are currently in the works of starting a petition to have this expense taken care of by our insurance at this point. Mental health, hello? How could we not win this argument? Stay tuned for final results. 

Certainly, all this laying around and being rubbed on really worked our appetites up. And did the Mandarin Oriental offer 24/7 room service? And didn't we just HAVE to take advantage of this spectacular service? But OF COURSE, we did. We ordered their colossal club sandwich and fries and were IMMEDIATELY set in a deep deep coma. Serious sandwich goals here people. 

We eventually woke from this coma but only to order a few more room service items because we were experiencing such intense separation anxiety from the bellman and all the magical treats he carries in on his cart. Up next, mac and cheese and ice cream sundaes because we are 5 years old and will never be capable of maintaining a healthy diet.  Next thing you knew, we were out for the night and 100% content with this double food coma that had just occurred. 

We woke the next day PUMPED and ready to conquer the Mandarin's Dim Sum Sunday brunch buffet. TBH, this was our first dim sum experience and we don't know why this isn't more of a thing...Like, who wouldn't want orange chicken, fried rice, steamed dumplings, and pork buns as a part of their usual breakfast spread? It honestly feels wrong that we were just introduced to this concept. We drank green tea (pinky's up duh) while this was all occurring so we still felt zen AF/kinda skinny as this was all going down. LOL JK about the feeling skinny part but this brunch was literally begging us to induce self-loathing upon ourselves and we felt it was only right to honor this. When it was finally time to roll ourselves out of there, we 100% knew that this would not be our last dim sum brunch. 

With heavy hearts, we grabbed our bags (the ones that were never unpacked) and bid our farewells to the magical place that is The Mandarin Oriental. Ultimately, we left feeling rejuvenated, relaxed, and ready for whatever the week ahead was going to throw at us and for that, we are forever grateful for our time spent at The MO Atlanta. 

St. Patrick's Day with Glendalough - Ireland's First Craft Distillery

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all of our Irish lovers! We were so excited when we connected with Glendalough Irish Whisky to celebrate the origins of our heritage and the stem of where all our family drinking problems began! LOL JK JK... BUT we did recently learn that Glendalough is Ireland's first craft distillery bc A. We are so obviously cultured AF and B. We had just gotten back from Ireland for the first time! We were #blessed enough to have had an amazing first impression with Glendalough after being introduced to it during a tasting class that so happened to be taught by a sexy Irish bartender babe. So yeah, it was a love at first drank kinda thing for us. 

Therefore, we are so excited to share some yummy cocktails recipes for you to try at home with this incredible sizzurp. However, if these drinks are too much for you and you're more of a simple kind of guy/gal, we always recommend drinking your whiskey neat like Selena....;) Buttt if you prefer to sweeten the deal and let the babes behind the bar work their magic... you can order Glendalough at any of the following ATL hot spots: Biltong Bar, Establishment Midtown, Ormsbys, Fado, RiRa, Smith’s Old Bar, and Mac McGees. We hope these recipes inspire you all to be the best DIY drunk version of yourself and be sure to let us know how they work for you at home! Sláinte!!! 

 

 

Cocktail: Interdimensional Crossrip
Inspo: Sean Gleason of Biltong Bar in Atlanta. The drink started as a riff on the classic "Cameron's Kick," subbing a house-made orange amaro for the usual scotch.
Ingredients

  •  2oz Chai infused Glendalough DB
  •  .75oz Vin Picon
  •  .75 oz sorghum pecan syrup
  •  .5 oz lemon juice
  •  1oz of egg white
  •   Method: Shaken up in a cocktail glass, garnished with crushed chai tea 

 
Cocktail: In the Navy

Awards: Voted best cocktail during the Dublin Cocktail Festival
Inspo: Aaron Hayden of Peruke & Periwig in Dublin. This is a twist on the classic Navy Grog.
Glass: Rocks Glass
Ingredients:

  • 1 ⅓ ounces of Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey
  • ⅓ ounce Amaretto
  • 1 ounce grapefruit juice
  • ⅔ ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce caramel liqueur such as Giffard’s Caramel Toffee
  • 2 drops Peychaud’s bitters

Method: Shake and strain into rocks glass, garnish with grapefruit and mint sprig

We Flip 4 Flip Burger Boutique

Our milkshakes bring all da boys to the yard just kidding, they most certainly do not. However, Flip Burger Boutique's are quite literally some of the best milkshakes we have ever had the pleasure of coming into contact with. No joke. We would come to this yard like all day erryday for these heavenly creations. Flavors include: Krispy Kreme, Cap N' Crunch, Nutella + Burnt Marshmellow, and their most recent feature was Kit Kat and we kid (kat) you not when we tell you that we tried to practice some self-control and not suck these babies down in a ten minute time frame BUT we 100% did. Also, they put liquid nitrogen in these shakes so they come out looking super sexy and smoky so yeah, the visual appeal is just off the charts good. And the best part? This occurred before our meals were even brought to us and now we want to start every meal like this. Milkshake appetizers are the future and we support this movement. 

 

Of course, the menu offered so many mouth watering burger options that we were honestly torn over what to order as our main burger selection. But have no fear! The Flip Burger Trio of 3 mini sliders allowed us to rest our pretty little heads on top of this beautiful baby burger threesome. We went with the rBQ, butchers cut, and the stack to get our engines purring and MEOW yup, they were in no time. Besides the fact that they were so petite and precious, they were packed with flavor while still allowing us enough room to demolish the rest of our milkshakes in no time. Overall, we would order this combo again, as we left not wanting to totally kill ourselves with fullness, and we feel like we really got to know the Flip features with this order.  Flip Burger has two Atlanta locations and they want to offer all of the hungry boys and girls of the ATL a special offer at both Buckhead and West Midtown. See details below! 

 

Get 1 Free Appetizer or Nitro Milkshake with the purchase of a burger and side! 

*Restrictions Apply
*Must present this blog post/instagram post in order to redeem offer. Only 1 free appetizer or milkshake per table. Only valid for dine-in orders at Flip Burger's 2 Atlanta, GA locations. Offer valid until Sunday 4/16/2017

 

Bonefish Grill GIVEAWAY!

When we heard the news that our beloved Bonefish Grill had swum upstream out of the Flo Rida borders and into the A, we immediately flipped the eff out. Okay okay, if you didn't attend the prestigious Florida State University you may not understand, but dining at Bonefish Grill was like an uber luxury. I mean, we felt so passionate about Bonefish that almost every Wednesday night, we would leave our beloved Nike tempo treks at home, attempt to put on real pants and make our way on over for their $5 bang bang shrimp/chicken (pictured here). In which we immediately regretted ever wearing real pants instead of leggings. And coincidentally enough, we were quickly reunited with that same experience at the opening of their Atlanta location last week and TBH, we weren't mad about it at all. 

 

We were greeted with some seriously sexy cocktails and have even included the recipe below so you can be all domesticated and drunk for yourselves! From there, we could barely contain our excitement when the mecca/bang bang chicken & shrimp was placed in front of us. It was literally gone within minutes and another blogger definitely called us out for consuming it so fast but like we DGAF. Just as good as we remembered. Everything else from there was a blur and before we  knewit we couldn't breathe....

Sage Pomegranate Martini

Ingredients:                      Volume:
Your favorite vodka                1.5 oz
Fresh Sage Simple Syrup            1 oz
POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice    1 oz
Cointreau OR similar orange/flavored liqueur    .25 oz
Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice            1 oz
Angostura Bitters                2 dashes
Pasteurized Egg Whites                .50 oz (optional)

Method to Mixing:
•    Pack a pint glass or a martini shaker with ice.
•    Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin and shake until icy cold.
•    Strain into a frozen martini glass.
•    Garnish with fresh sage leaf for garnish.

Fresh Sage Simple Syrup:
Bring a 6 cups of water to a rolling boil.  Add 4 cups of sugar in the raw (for richer texture) or super fine sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.  Add 10-15 fresh sage leaves and let boil for 2 minutes.  Turn off heat and let cool.  Cover & refrigerate for 24-48 flavors.  
Note:  The sage needs time to infuse throughout the simple syrup so the longer you infuse, the brighter your flavor will be.

Helpful Hints:
•    The orange liqueur (Cointreau or similar) is going to add a bit of balance to the martini but not a ton of flavor, so tweak the flavor of cordial that you use to best accommodate the flavors that you love.  
o    For a richer flavor, use a liqueur like Grand Marnier.  For a sweeter orange flavor, use Cointreau.  
o    For something different, try Solerno blood orange liqueur to give a unique spin.  
o    For an alternate to orange liqueur, use St. Germain elderflower liqueur or Domaine de Canton ginger liquer for a unique spin.
•    The egg whites are a flavor enhancer and will bring the full flavor of pomegranate to the center stage as well as a balancing agent to effectively balance between the right amount of sweet & savory.
•    Without the egg whites, pull back slightly on the Pomegranate juice depending upon sweetness desired.
•    Don’t forget the bitters.  It’s a key element to the perfect balance in this martini.
•    For perfect aromatics, clap the fresh sage between your hands before garnishing the martini.  This will release the oils and bring the aroma to the forefront.

 

And now, we wanna share the Bonefish Grill love with all y'all bc this bang bang is apparently meant to be shared (our bad). You know what that means.... GIVEAWAY TIME!

 

TO ENTER: Click our rafflecopter link seen above and you will be entered to win a $25 gift card to our beloved Bonefish. We are giving away 3 so the odd's are like totally in your favor. BANG ON PARTY PPL. (Giveaway ends 2/20/17 at 12 a.m. Winner will be announced on the blog 2/21/17) 

Healthy Eating

Okay, TBH when we just typed "healthy eating" into the title heading, it autocorrected to "deadly eating" instead so LOL yeah, what's that saying about us.... 

New year....new us. Well probably not, but we promise we are going to attempt to make some slight adjustments over here at Hungry Girl HQ. It's February and we have only ordered pizza 4 times! As most of you guys always ask and wonder....yes, we eat out a lot. And yes, it is extremely difficult to not be 500 lbs while living this lifestyle. On a good week we probably dine out up to 8/9 times and of course, these rarely include any kind of salad orders. All those extra calories can really do some damage to our sacred temples and we have noticed.....yup.....a moment on the lips forever on the hips is becoming all too real for us. And while we're on the topic of deep quotes, you know what they say, six packs are made in the kitchen. Well, our kitchen might as well be on fire at the gates of hell. 

As 2017 rolls on in,  (no pun intended because we will not have any rolls in 2017) we have decided to set some goals and REALLY try to stick to them. We have compiled a list of ideas for some fun fresh, fit, habits that we are going to start implementing into our daily lives ASAP. Please see below and please envision us with Kayla Itsines body immediately. 

1. Stop overeating

"But it's for the picture!" We honestly cannot tell you how many times we have uttered these words from the dinner table as our pants are already unbuttoned...but do we still order the beyond unnecessary dessert anyways? Will we ever learn? Hopefully soon you guys.  We solemnly swear to (try) to stop eating when we are full and not when we are basically paralyzed and can't get up from the table. For example, our new favorite thing to do is take the top bun off our burger! And guess what?! Its not that bad without. Life will go on without that dead bread anyways yay! #RIPtopbun

 

2. Incorporate more healthy options

While yes, a picture of a triple cheese burger with macaroni and cheese ooozing off the potato roll bun will probably get more likes then our purely organic acai bowl paired with coconut water, we have a waistline and we want it to get smaller or shit at least stay the same. 

Some healthy items that we love to eat M-F only are Wallaby Organic Greek Whole Milk Yogurt. To spice it up a bit, we like to mix that ish up with some Purely Elizabeth and call it day.  Check out our favorite kind below and get crunching with it immediately. Check out our favorite variety pack here.

We love chocolate and duh, we are always craving that sweet component to compliment the savory that we're always faced with. We've recently discovered RX bars and you guys, they seriously do the trick curing that sweet tooth. Let us read the ingredients to you, and you'll feel fit AF just from reading it. Okay, ready? 3 egg whites, 6 almonds, 4 cashews, 2 dates, no B.S. (lol they are punny too). We order them on amazon bc its way cheaper.  Some of our fav flavors are Chocolate Sea Salt, Peanut Butter, and Pumpkin Spice (basic)...you can purchase here.

 

 

3. Workout/Twerkout

While we both are avid ClassPassers, that shit is basically coming to an end and we are pretty torn up about it. If you haven't heard, Classpass has changed their business model and are now trying to make us obese just like the rest of the universe.... No unlimited and only 10 classes a month. Well, slap our ass and call it fat because that isn't going to work for us. Thus, we are lost and are still trying to figure our next move out. If you know of anyone who would like to personally sponsor our monthly workout membership program, please let us know. Like come on, who in their right mind would pay over $300 a month to workout?! Well, if we could we would. So until then, we will start searching for YouTube tutorials on how to download abs and continue class passing (10x a month only blah) so use our link if you want to try it for yourselves and get $30 off here.

4. Stay Hydrated

Some mean skinny betch once told us that we were confusing our hunger for thirst since they are both regulated by the same region of the brain and we simply needed to drink a glass of water to cure that itch.  That skinny betch is now dead. LOL jk just in a (deep) coma but in all seriousness, we try and drink as much H2O as possible but water just gets blahhh. That's where Bai (pronounced bye (just like boy, bye)) comes into the scene helping us actually want to chug a bottle of their low sugar, low cal thirst quencher. One time we got in a screaming fight over the last bottle of the Panama Peach flavor and this is not a joke and we know, we are total psychos. We Amazon that shit too bc convenience baby, check out our favorite Bai case here

 

We would love to hear from you guys and how you incorporate healthy things into your everyday life! 

 

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY with BARTACO

Can you believe it?! Our Atlanta Falcons actually made it to THE SUPER BOWL! #SB51 ....AND we are celebrating this momentous time with Bartaco!!! We all know their guac is 2D4 (to die for) so we are going to let you in on a little secret to transform your kitchen and make this dish at home! You can also PRE-order their fabulous party packs to make your Super Bowl party and night to remember! (click photo below to view and order party packs) 

Check out their dope guac recipe below. Let us know if you make it and how it turned out for you! Tag us @hungrygirlsdoitbetter and @bartacolife so we can see your beautiful creations! 

INGREDIENTS 

1 small Spanish onion, finely diced

1 jalapeño pepper, minced, seeds included

1 serrano pepper, minced, seeds included

¼ cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

1 ½ teaspoons Kosher salt

6 ripe Hass avocados

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine onion, jalapeño, serrano, lime juice, cilantro and salt; mix well. Try to get the consistency as paste-like as possible. Use a mortar and pestle if you have it.

2. Use a paring knife to cut avocados lengthwise, twist to separate the halves, remove and discard pits. Slice each avocado in half to easily peel, then roughly chop into large chunks.

3. Add avocados to the bowl, mix and lightly mash with a fork until well combined (it should still be chunky). Taste and adjust seasoning with more salt or lime juice if necessary.

4. If not using immediately, cover the entire surface of the guacamole with plastic wrap and keep in refrigerator.

5. Serve with tortilla chips.

 

$7 OFF YOUR FIRST UBER EATS ORDER

As you all know, we are gals of convenience...and since Uber Eats has been active in Atlanta, we have ordered ....wait for it....wait for it.....53 TIMES. That's a lot considering they only touched down a few months ago. 

For those of you who are not familiar with Uber Eats, it's pretty simple. It's just like uber but for your food. They feature a ton of local restuarants and are always adding new ones, and a lot of restaurants will deliver in just under 30 minutes! Can you say hangover helper? Keep that in mind for your New Year's Day struggles. 

Some of our ATL UBER EATS FAVORITES: Star Provisions, Doraku Sushi, DTOX, Sweet Auburn BBQ, Big Al's Butter Burgers, The Cookie Studio, Bell Street Burritos and sooooo much more!

Use our code: HUNGRYGIRLS for $7 off your first order. Now, let the food come to you in 2k17. Expires 2/10/17.