I just returned from a super fun girls trip to one of my fave cities….Atlanta, Georgia! Â A couple of my girls and I went down for the Pepsi Funk Fest two-day concert event, which was a blast. Â Over a two day period we saw some of our fave acts from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s such as Jon B, Naughty by Nature, Goodie Mob, T Pain, Snoop Dog, SWV, TLC, Babyface (who BTW put on a surprisingly EXCITING, excellent show and mad respect to him for all the songs he has written for others, which he sang during his performance), and New Edition. It was just a wonderful trip. Â But I know what you may be wondering. Â What is a fitness freak like me going to eat and drink throughout an entire “kickin’ it” girls trip? You’re probably thinking there’s no way I stuck with my healthy eating regimen. Â Well, for the most part I did…but not because I deprived myself while watching my girls indulge in tasty eats and drinks. Â Remember, MODERATION is KEY! Â This rule of thumb is what got me through the weekend.Â So check out what I had below. Â Oh, and by the way, the Residence Inn we stayed at in Buckhead had a nice little fitness room…in addition to the normal treadmill and elliptical workout equipment you would expect to see they also had a nice set of weights available. Â So I thought that was pretty cool and, of course, had to add that to my workout.
Ok on to the eats and drinks! Â I’ll just start off by saying all of these spots were in nice locations and had great prices.
First stop: Rock n Taco
What I had: crab cake, fish, and veggie tacos
lettuce wrap healthy tacos from Buckhead’s Rock n Taco
What I loved about this experience: I told the waiter that I was a fitness freak and he told me about their option to switch out the normal taco shell for lettuce instead!! Â So I was able to enjoy my tacos without the extra calories and fat that comes along with regular taco shells.
Second stop: Fellini Pizza
What I had: veggie pizza with house salad
Great late night ATL pizza joint
What I loved about this experience: The pizza slice was huge and not overloaded with cheese and had the right mix of veggies on it.
Third stop: Landmark Diner
What I had: veggie burger with fries
What I loved about this experience: Great service and prices with a nice variety of dishes offered! Â And my veggie burger was on point! Â It wasn’t too salty like I find at some restaurants and was just the right size.
Fourth stop: Xaxby’s
What I had: grilled chicken salad (I picked most of the chicken out of it but will tell you why I left some in)
What I loved about this experience: Not much…I’m not a chicken eater. Â BUT I did need to get some good protein in me before we headed to the concert so I left just a little of the chicken in my salad. Â This salad was also one of the items on their menu with the least number of calories. Â But I highly doubt I’d ever eat here again…just because I’m not a chicken eater.
Fifth stop: Scales 925
What I had: glass of Merlot
What I loved about this experience: This is T.I.’s spot and I absolutely LOVED this spot! Â While we didn’t get to eat here since the restaurant part had already closed (we went on a late Saturday night) I just had some wine. Â But I was so impressed with this spot that I’m definitely planning to eat there on my next visit to ATL. Â Featuring multi-levels including one with a cigar/hookah lounge then a rooftop this is definitely my type of spot!
Pic courtesy of yelp.com. Their dishes look delicious!
Sixth stop: Woody’s Cheesesteaks
What I had: veggie “cheesesteak” sandwich
Never thought I would love a veggie “cheesesteak” sandwich as much as I did this one!
What I loved about this experience: Â Ok so at first I wasn’t too thrilled about going to this spot because of their offerings…until I saw on their menu that they featured a veggie “cheesesteak” sandwich. Â So I ordered it and OMG was it tasty! Â The mix of veggies with just the right amount of cheese and whatever sauce they put on this sandwich made it so good that I didn’t even miss the meat AT ALL! Â And if you’re looking for a late night, budget-friendly spot after a night of Hotlanta-style partying then this is definitely a great spot!
LastÂ stop: Pappadeaux
What I had: I initially ordered the grilled seafood with dirty rice but sent it back after realizing that dirty rice has pork sausage in it..I know I know should’ve known that! Â So I switched it out for the fried seafood platter.
What I loved about this experience: Â The seafood platter I hadÂ was pretty good but I don’t really do fried foods anymore and I could also tell that it had way too much sodium for me. Â So I’m sure I won’t be ordering it again. Â But anytime I’m in Atlanta Pappadeaux is a must-stop for me…especially since I’m a seafood lover. Â And this particular location (in Marietta, GA) also plays great music and while we were there they even had a live jazz band playing outside! Â Whenever I eat here there’s always a great, lively atmosphere and I love it.
Â So next time you’re in this “dirty south” city be sure to check out the great eats they have to offer…you won’t be disappointed!