Cheap food ain’t good, and good food ain’t cheap

February 10, 2017

I don’t know about you but I like a good burger. With that being said I only eat burgers at a sit down restaurant …yeah I know weird but true. If I do anything fast it will be five guys. When we think about good food we want the best…we want what tastes good. We want to make sure we pay for good quality food. If you want the good food you gotta pay the good money. Good food don’t come cheap! I love longhorn lawd knows I do and their steak is good…but if you want a good steak that costs just a bit more you will have to check out Brio Tuscan Grille! When I think of a steak I think of something that my butter knife can slice right through. I like my steak medium well more on the medium side but just right! But we aren’t here to talk about steak we are here to talk about good food! Here is how I know the restaurant serves good food….

  • I look at the score before I sit down to eat…this tells me a lot. If it’s below a 90 I won’t eat there. Sorry but not sorry. I need the place where I spend my hard earned money to care about passing the scores
  • The staff. Some waiters are just mad….they are mad for no good reason. They seat you mad…they ask if you want to hear about the specials mad. They are just ….mad. How a restaurant treats their employees tells a lot about the establishment
  • What’s on the menu. What are they offering on their menu? What types of appetizers do they have? What type of bread and butter do they bring to the table…..

Which brings us to the new menu that Brio Tuscan Grille has but only for a limited amount of time

What better way is there to kick off 2017 than with more flavor? Merging their chefs’ creativity with the high-quality cuisine for which they are renowned, BRIO Tuscan Grille Atlanta locations at Buckhead and Perimeter Mall are bringing new seasonal flavors to its guests with “Flavorful Features,” available daily from Jan. 10–Feb. 28. The features are available on the dinner menu at BRIO locations across the nation.
Guests can enjoy the following delightful dishes on the “Flavorful Features” menu:
Burrata & Prosciutto Bruschetta: Red peppers, mayonnaise, sea salt, black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, and parsley ($11.95)

Chicken Saltimbocca Risotto: Provolone, crispy pancetta, fried sage, and butternut squash risotto ($16.95)
Sea Scallops & Ratatouille Risotto: Seared sea scallops served over risotto with roasted eggplant, red peppers, zucchini, tomato compote, basil and Reggiano ($21.95)
Crab Stuffed Shrimp & Broiled Maine Lobster Tail: Orzo, farro, zucchini, red peppers, asparagus, and lemon butter sauce ($25.95)

Butterscotch Budino: Italian for “pudding,” this dish features Marcona almonds, caramel, and vanilla whipped cream ($3.95)
The perfect complements to the “Flavorful Features” are delicious wines. These include:
Sketchbook Pinot Noir: A light, fruity and elegant red blend (Mendocino, California) ($9.95/glass)
Benzinger Family Wintery Chardonnay: A lush and silky wine (Sonoma, California) ($9.95/glass)

“Variety provides the flavor of life,” said BRIO Tuscan Grille Chef & Culinary Director Alison Peters. “At BRIO, we are happy to present our limited time ‘Flavorful Features,’ and give our guests the opportunity to enjoy even more unique dishes that offer a special culinary twist.”
Guests can now make reservations online for all BRIO restaurants by visiting www.BrioItalian.com

My kids and I went to visit the Buckhead Brio a few weeks ago to check out their new menu. Let’s start off with the appetizer!

If you get the above make sure you also get the Lobster Bisque soup….I promise you….it’s so good you will wanna take some home and just eat in a safe place (away from kids)

From the new Flavorful Features menu we had the lobster…correction…my son had the lobster. As soon as they put the lobster down on the table it was gone….I promise you I was savoring my soup and the next thing I know….it’s gone…..*cries*

The entire crab…how it tasted I will never ever know. That’s why you can’t take kids with you to a good place to eat because they eat it…they don’t savor it, they don’t take their time and dive into each piece they just eat the whole thing in one gulp. If you take your kids they have a kids menu but I promise you they won’t want the kids menu…or is it just my kids?

I love good food and I will pay good money for it. I know the expense of good food comes at a cost but what we put in our bodies should be important. What are some of your favorite places to eat at that serve good quality food?

Brio Tuscan Grille hosted me in exchange for my review! All opinions are my own! 

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    Bren Pace
    February 10, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Oh my gosh! That lobster tail looks delicious! Fab pictures too! Thanks for sharing. I bet the kids loved it!


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    robin Rue
    February 13, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Wowza – the food there all looks wonderful. It sounds like they have lots of things on their menu that I would love!!

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    February 13, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I’m the same way about the score. If it’s under 90, next! That lobster looks amazing! This is definitely my kind of restaurant.

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    February 13, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    So many people around here where I live this quantity of quality. We don’t mind spending extra for really fresh, well prepared great tasting food. We expect the service staff to be friendly and helpful and at least act like they like their job.

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    Franc Ramon
    February 13, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    There’s so many choices in the Brio. It’s always important to have great food and mind your individual needs.

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    February 13, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    How true. My daughter says “You cannot look like a million dollars if you eat off the dollar menu” Brio definitely has done it right. Delicious fresh food, cooked perfectly. That lobster is killing me.

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    February 13, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    That place looks amazing! Their food looks outstanding! I really do cheap food a good and good food ain’t cheap! I am always trying to do home versions of what I see and restaurants and sometimes I’m successful. Sometimes I just want to go to the restaurant I will definitely check this place out if I ever get that way.

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    Dawn McAlexander
    February 13, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I agree with you on the sanitation score. If I walk in and see there score is below a 95, I am not going to eat there. I am sorry, but I have enough health issues as it is. I don’t need more by eating somewhere with poor sanitation scores.

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    Christy Maurer
    February 13, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    I love lobster bisque. It looks like everything you had was delicious. I’ve never even seen a score on a place…I’m going to have to check more closely now!

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    Annemarie LeBlanc
    February 13, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    The food looks so good. If I get the chance to dine there, I would savor every spoonful! The lobster bisque is so mouth watering. I agree with you, that cheap food ain’t good and good food ain’t cheap!

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    Shirley Wood
    February 13, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    We clearly need a Brio Tuscan Grille near our home because that good all looks fabulous! We are willing to pay extra for good food in a nice restaurant with great service. I’m with you about that health score! That says a lot about a place.

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    Heidi Dee
    February 13, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Mmm my mouth is watering- that all looks delicious! I have never heard of Brio before, but want to try it out now!

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    February 13, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Oh my goodness, these dishes look to die for! I am guilty of eating out for convience far too often but definitely appreciate quality food.

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    February 14, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    This is definitely a must-see restaurant for me. I love the lobster and the soup!

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    Mimi Green
    February 14, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    I’m so particular about my food. Scores are super important.

    The food looks amazing.

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    February 14, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    My husband and I try to get out on a nice date once a month for a little “us” time. We enjoy good food and good conversation. This food looks amazing!

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    Shannon Graham
    February 14, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    I do the same thing when eating out. We don’t like to eat at anything that has been given less than an overall of 4 stars.

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    Stephanie Pass
    February 15, 2017 at 8:51 am

    This food does look amazing! I definitely want to eat at a delicious place for the money I spend. When you say a score of 90, where does the score come from?

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    Chubskulit Rose
    February 15, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    You get what you pay for right so “Cheap food ain’t good and good food aint cheap” is just right. Thos elooks amazing, makes me hungry!

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    February 16, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Omg can we say yum?!?! That lobster tail looks absolutely delicious!!!!! I so need that dish in my life!!!

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    Alison Hector
    February 17, 2017 at 3:33 am

    The pictures of the food are beautiful, Kita! My first time at Brio was last month. I definitely want to go back! Like you, I’m willing to pay more for good food. The time for eating foolishness because it’s cheap is far gone for me. I also like Seasons 52 and Ben’s Next Door in DC.

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      February 18, 2017 at 3:13 am

      I think we have a seasons 52 here I will see and check them out!

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