:) = Convenient location right off N. Highland. Casual yet hip(ster) atmosphere, perfect for adults-only or family outings. High chairs. Changing table in the bathroom. Coloring sheets and crayons. Diverse, creative menu that's best described as Southern BBQ Asian fusion. Really delicious food and desserts. Large, shareable servings. Inventive cocktail menu for grownups. This place is a must try.
:( = The parking situation here is kind of yucky. Due to property-related issues that our toddler brains can't comprehend, patrons can't park in the lot adjacent to/behind the restaurant. You have to park on the street, and the closest parking you'll find will probably be a few blocks away. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a stroller or carrier if you have teeny foodies with you, and make sure your toddlers are in the mood to walk or you're in the mood to carry them - because you know there are times when we drop to the ground and simply refuse to walk. The parking situation is the only reason Sweet Auburn didn't get 5 Gummy Bears!
|Taco plate, green beans, mac and cheese.|
Now the one thing that frustrated us about our visit to Sweet Auburn was the parking situation. Mommy drove through the parking lot right behind the restaurant only to find that all the spots were reserved for other businesses. It turns out that Sweet Auburn doesn't have rights to use any of those spots. So Mommy drove down to a residential side street, found an opening a few blocks down, and parallel parked there. Not a huge deal, but something you'll want to prepare for if you visit with your littles.
We walked into Sweet Auburn hungry and excited. You might recall from our review of Fat Matt's Rib Shack (our very first blog post ever!) that we love barbecue. What a treat to try a new BBQ joint when we thought we would be eating cheese dip and tacos! Well, as good fortune would have it, Sweet Auburn does serve tacos. Yummy, inventive tacos stuffed with their delicious BBQ. The foodie forces of the universe knew what they were doing when they directed us to Sweet Auburn by happenstance.
|"Cheers, Olaf! We got to eat tacos, after all."|
|"I ate all my wontons! Guess I'll have to settle for dipping my fingers into the sauce. It's just so yummy."|
(Sidenote: Mommy's friend who joined us on our adventure tried the tacos, too, and she got the bacon maple Brussels sprouts. Those Brussels sprouts were perfect. Are you surprised? Perfection seems to be the word of the day at Sweet Auburn.)
|"Can we please stop taking pictures and dig into this banana pudding and praline basket?"|
We can't stop fawning over Sweet Auburn, so we'll just end on this note: in our long, happy career as foodies, we've had many adventures that started out one way and ended another. (Remember that one time, when we wanted to use a Scoutmob deal, but the restaurant was closed, so we ended up at 4.5 Gummy Bear rated Taqueria El Rey Del Taco? Or that other time we wanted to try one Indonesian restaurant, found it closed, and ended up at 5 Gummy Bear rated Indonesian restaurant - and one of our favorite unsung spots - Batavia?) Through experiences like these, we all (including Mommy) have learned a lot about flexibility and going with the flow. Maybe that's a good thing.
Anyway, enough toddler philosophizing. We'll be back next week with one last eating adventure before our new website launches. After May 14, 2015, you'll be able to find us - and all our Toddler Foodie siblings in other cities - at www.thetoddlerfoodies.com.
Happy eating, friends, and thank you for sharing so many yummy meals with us! If you want to connect, find us on Instagram (@toddlerfoodiesatl), Twitter (@todfooatl), or Facebook (Toddler Foodies - Atlanta).
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