Po Boy sandwich with fries and iced tea

Our Favorite Spot In Douglasville

This summer we moved away from Douglasville to Canton GA.  I grew up in Douglasville, we built our first home there and stayed for 25 years.  One of the things we will miss most about Douglasville is Gumbeaux’s Cajun Café.  A local resident opened it many years ago using many of his family’s recipes.  The food is amazing, very authentic, and the atmosphere is friendly and casual.  I still believe they have the very best fried oyster Po Boy.  A tradition that Doug and I spent many a date night enjoying, is sitting upstairs at the voodoo lounge and drinking a train shot when a train rolled through.  If you enjoy Cajun food, it is worth the trip to Douglasville, I promise.  We still maintain an office in Douglasville, so we can still swing by occasionally for a draft beer and an order of Cajun Popcorn Shrimp and Gator.


Plate of bbq and roll

Banana Tree | Stone Mtn, GA

By Robynn Miller

Nestled in the Redan neighborhood in Stone Mountain.  It is Caribbean Cuisine at its finest.  Really it is some good old fashion Jamaican food.  It reminds me of my grandmother’s cooking in Jamaica.

The staff are personable and remember0 their clients well.  My favorite dish lately has been the vegetable plate with Ox -Tail gravy.  What is funny I’m not a gravy girl.  We have sent so many people there and it is great to hear their favorite dishes.  We have one friend that buys Rice and Peas with Jerk Gravy, that is all.

Banana Tree’s soups are really popular and sell out fast.  My Dad’s favorite is the Cow Foot Soup.  Don’t ask what is in it.  I really do not know but I have to call in early on Saturday to make sure 1 large soup is held for my Dad.

There is a vibe when you walk in; the music is loud and you dance your way to the counter or table but you can have a conversation.  Like a sports bar the TV is on and the men are watching with their sports. They are active in the community; sponsors of local soccer teams, and up and coming politicians.  They keep us informed about local news and upcoming Reggae shows.

Boss Lady (Management) and Peter (Waiter) sure make me and my family feel welcome and at home.  They remember little things like my granddaughter only likes the Beef Patties and the Jerk Chicken Alfredo Pasta Dish.  Boss Lady threw herself a birthday party and made it a customer appreciation party.  They always make going there an experience to remember.

Visit Banana Tree at 4885 Redan Rd, Stone Mountain GA 30088.

Plain Bagels in the oven

Bronx Bagels, Alpharetta

by Tracy Wood, Director of First Impressions

When I first moved from New Jersey, to Georgia, I was desperate to find a place that served up a good New York style bagel.  When a friend recommended Bronx Bagels, in Alpharetta, assuring me that it was just as good as the ones back home, I decided to see for myself!

Bronx Bagels has a fun retro diner vibe, with an old school menu loaded with a variety of breakfast and lunch choices. The staff is hustling and bustling behind the counters, tending to each patron, ready to place their order whether it is in house or carry out. While all of their food is delicious, I HIGHLY recommend ordering their AMAZING bagels or bagel sandwiches.  Each day they bake fresh hand rolled, Kettle-Boiled bagels which gives them that authentic New York flavor. My personal favorite is their Taylor Ham, egg and cheese sandwich served on your choice of bagel.

So if you are in the mood for a real New York style bagel, I would urge you to check them out. There’s a reason they’ve been voted #1 Bagel in Atlanta and Top Ten Bagels in the United States!

Visit Bronx Bagels

Strawberry Salad

Main Street Buford

Rico’s World Kitchen – Buford, GA

By: Richard Thompson

At the corner of Main Street and South Lee Street, you will find Rico’s World Kitchen, the best restaurant Buford has to offer. The restaurant is located in an old Pure gas station which has been renovated and has been the home of Rico’s since the restaurant opened. The food is very tasty and offers a variety of options.

The standard menu items are available daily, including my favorites, the Smoked Chicken Cuban and Strawberry Salad. Additionally, there are several special available each day. The specials are the way to go as they are always tasty and unique. Some of my past favorite specials include the Short Rib Tacos and the Pork Carnitas Torta.

The ambience is great and the staff are friendly. The restaurant has an eclectic feel, which is hard to find in Buford. I highly recommend Rico’s World Kitchen to anyone out there who appreciates truly good food. You will not be disappointed.

Check Out Rico’s Menu

Restaurant interior, 2 small tables with chairs

Hot Spots In Decatur

Kimball House

My favorite restaurant in Decatur depends on which “hat” I am wearing that day. Kimball House, located in an historic train depot, offers an engaging atmosphere and creative menu that makes it stand out in a town with no shortage of interesting restaurants. A perfect gathering place for cocktails at its bustling bar, or a special dinner, Kimball House offers an impressive beer and wine menu. Their distinct creativity and attention to quality ingredients comes through with their cocktails. They also know how to treat the classics, such as the Sazerac, which takes me back to my years in New Orleans. The dinner menu changes daily, focusing on local products, many of which are grown in the garden adjacent to the restaurant. They always feature several steak and seafood items, as well as an extensive caviar menu. It is most enjoyable to share a few appetizers, such as grilled oysters or duck foie gras, and some sides. They make it exciting to eat your vegetables! This is also the kind of place where you should linger and enjoy a dessert with coffee or an after dinner drink. Everything they serve here surprises as to quality and inventiveness.

Kimball-house.com | 303 E. Howard Avenue, Decatur 30030

Universal Joint

When I want to let my hair down and go somewhere the kids will enjoy, my go-to is Universal Joint, a classic neighborhood hang-out in the heart of Oakhurst Village. This is the perfect patio for beautiful weather, offering you a front row seat to Harmony Park, where you can watch the kids play while you enjoy a draft beer. The menu features family friendly fare, with some innovations and healthy choices for those who want to go beyond classic bar food. They offer especially good burgers, an assortment of quesadillas, and my favorite Southern chicken salad sandwich. A meal can be made of appetizers such as the spicy eggrolls (chicken, cream cheese, grapes, jalapenos, and mango chutney) or Universal Fries (cheddar, smoked bacon, jalapenos, scallions,and homemade ranch).

Ujointbar.com | 906 Oakview Road, Decatur 30030.

The Nest Kennesaw Beer and Barbecue sign

The Nest In Kennesaw

Matt Schuurman’s Favorite Spot In Kennesaw

One of my favorite places to meet with new and existing clients is The Nest located on Cherokee Street just outside Downtown Kennesaw.  If you like Bar-B-Que and Beer The Nest is a great place to go.  Their Brisket is fantastic and their sides are out of this world (Personally I love the Mac and Cheese and fries).   They have great Nachos as well, and the half order is plenty for 2-3 people.  As good as the food is the beer selection is even better.  They have 48 Taps with a rotating selection of Craft Beers, many of which you will not find any where else in the area.  They have a large selection of IPA’s, Sours and ,my personal favorite, Stouts.  The taps are constantly being updated as well so you get a great variety, no matter what your tastes in beer you find it at the Nest.

The Nest is divided into two sections with a large deck between them.  While the full menu is available throughout the restaurant, one side is primarily a dining area which is great for sit down meeting over lunch or dinner.  The other side is the bar area which has a great atmosphere and a hand crafted bar top.  Perfect for a more casual meeting over beer or wine.  During the spring and summer the outdoor deck is a great place to hang out either with a client or with your family, the deck is pet friendly so you can even bring the four legged members of your family.

The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable so if you feel overwhelmed by the large selection of beer, they can steer you in the right direction.

Get To Know Matt:

Matthew Schuurman is the managing attorney for the Cobb offices of Shafritz & Dean.  He works primarily out of the Kennesaw office but spends a good bit of time at the Marietta office as well.  He’s  working on growing our business in the Cobb County area as well as our presence in the community. He also works behind the scenes clearing title and resolving issues so that your closings go smoothly and efficiently.

Part of his responsibilities include creating new relationships as well as maintaining our existing relationships within the real estate community. In the course of doing this he spends a good bit of time networking and creating relationships in and around the Kennesaw/Acworth area.  Let him know if you are in his area and have time for coffee!