Welcome to Dining With the Stars, a feature in which Atlanta notables walk us through their dream food day in the metro area.
If you listen to the radio in the morning, you’re likely familiar with the voice of Kristin Klingshirn, the co-host and entertainment reporter on Q99.7’s The Bert Show.
Off the air, the broadcast veteran and Lexington, Kentucky native is the chairwoman of Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit that takes children with chronic and terminal illnesses to Walt Disney World. She also supports local rescue shelters thanks to her three rescue dogs, Willie Tayte, Cooper Boone and Leeroy Brown (and the loving memory of Parker Jones).
“Being a part of Bert’s Big Adventure is what gives me purpose,” she said. “The Bert Show pays the bills, Bert's Big Adventure pays the soul.”
When she’s not working, supporting a charitable cause or curling up with her husband and dogs while binging Netflix, you might find her tucking into some pimento cheese grits at brunch or sipping on a Salty Dog after a Beltline restaurant crawl.
Here, she shares some of her favorite places to eat and drink in Atlanta when she’s not on the air.
Favorite place for brunch: Why? Why did you do this to me? Brunch is a sport in Atlanta and there are so many fantastic restaurants and dishes. The staples are Murphy's, Highland Bakery, and Buttermilk Kitchen. I recently had and would totally recommend the Blood Orange Mimosa and Eggs Hemingway at Parish. Also, Folk Art makes a mean Bloody Mary and the Huevos Rancheros did not disappoint. You asked for one, I gave you five. That's brunch for you in the ATL. Oh, and if you don't add pimento cheese to your grits, you're not doing this thing called life right.
Buttermilk Kitchen, 4225 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. 678-732-3274, buttermilkkitchen.com/
Folk Art, 465 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-537-4493, folkartrestaurant.com/
Highland Bakery, various locations. highlandbakery.com/
Murphys, 997 Virginia Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-872-0904, murphysatlanta.com/
Parish, 240 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-681-4434, parishatl.com/
Favorite place for a cup of coffee: Keeping it real, I run on Dunkin'. My husband makes it for me every morning and passes off my coffee thermos like a baton as I head out the door. Now, if I wanted to do something fancier, I'd head to Cafe Intermezzo and get a cappuccino. Mainly so I could pair it with a slice of their tiramisu. I've hit up the Dunwoody, Midtown, and Avalon locations. Consistently good.
Cafe Intermezzo, locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta and Dunwoody. cafeintermezzo.com/
Dunkin’ Donuts, various locations. dunkindonuts.com
Favorite place for lunch: Taxco on Roswell Road is a staple in our home for take out or dine in. We eat here practically once a week, easily making it our favorite Mexican joint in Atlanta. I always get the Enchiladas Rancheras with chicken and the green sauce, plus two sides of rice. Why two sides? Because that means leftovers for lunch #2 the next day. You also know you found a winner when you love the salsa and the queso. They're both banging.
Taxco Restaurante Mexicano, 4500 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. 404-255-9933.
Favorite place for happy hour: The best happy hour is the Oyster Happy Hour at The Den located below BeetleCat. My friend and I do a quarterly Beltline restaurant crawl, and we always step off in Inman Park to make a stop at The Den for oysters and a Salty Dog. The decor is retro and fun, you feel like you're hanging out in a 1970s basement but in a cool way. I can say with confidence it's the best Salty Dog in Atlanta. They use what I have dubbed "medicine ice" but I think it's technically called pellet ice. Either way, it cures whatever ails you.
BeetleCat, 299 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 678-732-0360, beetlecatatl.com/
Favorite place for dinner: Once again I have to stay loyal, my husband and I love to belly up to the bar at F&B for dinner. It's nice to start your meal with a smile and a hug. Randy is the best bartender. In the summer I'm enjoying a rosé with the Mussels Mariniere. Get extra bread to dip into your white wine cream sauce. In the winter, I'm enjoying a Malbec with the White Bean Soup. Tell Randy we said hey!
F&B, 3630 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-254-1797, fandbatlanta.com/
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