But, before you read on, please take a moment to view the list of businesses that participated in our #SupportATLBiz campaign by clicking here. Krog Street Market is a hub for ATL local businesses, so it's only fitting that we'd give our fav locals a shout-out in this post.
Okay! Now that you've checked out our #supportatlbiz list, here's our comprehensive tour of Krog Street Market featuring some special guest bloggers.
|Rebekah's little foodies. The older foodie is always on the prowl for gluten-free options, |
so Grand Champion BBQ was the perfect fit!
|"I'm a big fan of this Fanta!"|
By about 11:50 AM, the Market was really busy and filled with kids. There weren't any more tables left open that we could see, and people were having to wait in line for food. The lines didn't appear to be too long, though. Mommy made a smart decision to sit us right in front of Grand Champion BBQ - and right next door to Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream. Mommy was VERY excited to try Jeni's, so when they opened up at 12:00, she was first in line. We got a small bowl ($5), which holds two scoops, so we tried Salted Caramel and Pistachio Honey.
|"Mommy picked the money spot right next door to the yummy ice cream shop!"|
|"I hope I get to keep this spoon as a souvenir!"|
By: Kristin, Shane, & Toddler Foodie Friends Ryan & Madeleine
Toddler Foodie Friend Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Gummy Bears
:) = Watching the magic happen.
:( = Waiting 20 minutes for pastries, only to be told that they lost our order and had run out of Madeleine’s apple cinnamon buckle while we were waiting. Not cool. Stick to the Octane location in Grant Park for these tasty pastries.
We were all keyed up to try Krog Street Market for (toddler) lunch at 11:00 am but then noticed that all of the lunch spots didn’t open until 11:30 am. Since our little bellies were growling, we tried to grab a pastry at the Little Tart Bake Shop. We love the Little Tart Bake Shop’s treats. We snack on their yummy pastries at the Grant Park Octane location while Mommy refuels on coffee before taking us to the zoo. We love that they use local fruits and dairies in their food. We’re particular fans of the blueberry buckles, which are a cross between a biscuit, a muffin, and a mound of blueberries. What’s not to love?
Today, since this was our first visit to the Krog St. location, we decided to order something different. Ryan picked out a beautiful almond croissant through the glass, but something unfortunate happened. It took forever to get our order. The cool thing about the Krog Street Market is that it is open and casual, so we were free to run around while we waited for our pastry and no one seemed to care how loud we were. But - our little tummies continued to growl as we waited for this yummy snack to arrive. After 20 minutes of waiting for our pastries, Mommy went to ask for an update. When Mommy asked where our food was, the staff said they had forgotten our order and had run out of the apple cinnamon buckle that Madeleine wanted to try. Not cool, man. Not cool. Fortunately, they gave Mommy a refund for the food we never saw, but we were some hungry kids after that.
|"Once we finally got this croissant, it was awesome! |
I love how it flakes apart in layers of buttery goodness."
Toddler Foodie Friend Rating: 4 out of 5 Gummy Bears
:) = Toddler-friendly dipping foods like baba ganoush with pita.
|Yummy spread of colorful toppings.|
|"Look at the swirls of oil and spices in this fresh bowl of baba ghanoush!"|
|"It looked so fresh, I just had to dig in!"|
|"My staff knows what's needed to survive dining out with me!"|
Our hummus faces definitely needed a nap after running around the market. 'Til next time, Toddler Foodies, keep eatin’!
Toddler Foodie Friend Rating: 4 out of 5 Gummy Bears
:) = Logistics of the market are pretty great for families with multiple kids. Food court-style seating is very kid-friendly. Everything is industrial modern and the concrete floors and reclaimed wood tables and metal chairs make parents hopeful that toddler foodies won’t inflict any permanent damage to the eating area. (Of course, it also means that you need to make sure nobody falls while performing a particularly daring French fry dip. Because ouch.) There were a ton of other kids in the market, and we didn’t get too many dirty looks when we were respectively twirling in the aisles, almost running into half of the patrons there, making a mess under the table, or, in the case of the littlest foodie, making a mad dash towards freedom while crawling across the floor. That being said, our parents can’t decide if this set up is better or worse for the general chaos of eating in public with 3 kids. Vegetarian options are available. (In the case of our family, mama and daddy-o are vegetarian, so they ordered some fantastic and more adventurous veggie options from Yalla while us kids could stick to our old, carnivorous standbys.)
:( = We loved having the different options, but it made timing a little tough. Sometimes it makes life easier when someone just brings the food to the table. Also, the crowds were getting a little larger as we were leaving, and that would definitely make things less enjoyable for a big family to contend with.
Tip: Get in early and try to be done before the rush really picks up.
|Toddler Foodie Friends!|
We arrived a little after 11 AM on a Sunday, which was fantastic in terms of parking (there was some! Huzzah!), but meant that many of the shops and restaurants were still opening. We shuffled around and admired the space and chatted with our fellow Toddler Foodies about who would try which places. Since us little ladies were getting hangry waiting for lunch, we opted to try some goodies from The Little Tart Bake Shop. We are not foodies in the strictest sense, since we find anything too adventurous “GROSS” or “WHAT-IS-THAT-AND-WHY-ARE-YOU-ASKING-ME-TO-EAT-IT,” but we know a good croissant when we see one. These were flaky, crusty (maybe too crusty for Nadine) and ended up covering every surface within our reach with crumbles of what is probably the fanciest baked good we’ve had in a long time. Toddler Foodie Nadine ended up with some in her eyelashes. Junior Foodie Roxanne, being 7 and slightly more refined of palette, enjoyed Mama’s strawberry tart (that was admittedly called something much more elegant) and snuck at least four bites more than originally intended. Nadine pulled the remaining strawberries off and proclaimed them to be “SUPER YUMMY.”
|"And they think I'm going to share these French fries? That's laughable!"|
|"Don't hate on my classic cheeseburger! It's deee-licious!"|
|"You guys, it's fine. I'm just heading to that chocolate shop we passed on the way in."|
Toddler Foodie Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Gummy Bears
:) = Really friendly and accommodating staff (they let us take our food to-go so we could eat in the Krog Street food court with our little foodie friends). Spacious dining area with fun décor and lots of other kid diners. Large patio right in front of Krog Street Market that's perfect for people-watching. Yummy Mex-Tex food made with fresh ingredients. Variety of tasty cocktails and a huge bar for mommies and daddies.
:( = The bathroom we used didn't have a changing table, but we're not sure about the rest of the bathrooms (there are private bathrooms, not stalls). Just watch out for all the knick-knacks in the bathroom that aren't bolted down (soap dispenser bowl holding paper towels, etc.). We really enjoyed trying to move those things around while Mommy was distracted.
Note: Superica is going to start offering Mex-Tex brunch starting March 28. We saw the brunch menu, and it looks incredible.
|"Mommy said don't touch that cactus. But should we touch it anyway?"|
Mommy ordered some authentic Mex-Tex for our lunch: tamales (mixture of ancho chile pork and escabeche covered with a corn-based batter, wrapped in a corn husk, and steamed, then topped with mole poblano); tacos al pastor (made with pork belly and grilled pineapple pico de gallo); and pozole verde (soup made with pork and hominy, topped with crispy pork rinds, cabbage, radishes, and queso fresco). Our meal came with freshly made tortilla chips and little containers of red and green salsa. This wasn't an easy meal to prep for carryout, but Superica's staff did it perfectly and with a great attitude.
|Top to bottom: Pozole verde, tamales, tacos al pastor.|
|"Holy mole, this tamale is fantastic!"|
After enjoying our foodie date with our friends, we walked right outside to the BeltLine and hopped on our bikes to burn off all the calories and sugar we had just eaten. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day; and the BeltLine was teeming with happy folks. We couldn't dream of a better way to end our fun outing at Krog Street Market. New shops and eateries are opening up in the market over the next few months, so we hope you'll head down there soon and #SupportATLBiz!
Until next time, friends, we wish you a great week of eating adventures!
|"This is how we keep our figures in spite of our voracious appetites!"|