Happy Birthday to the intern...
By Sarah Coombes
Today, 4/20, is my birthday and contrary to popular belief, Im not out getting stoned. Although I do suffer from the munchies on a regular basis, but unlike Harold and Kumar, I didnt go to White Castle ... I went to the Arboretum.
One of my favorite restaurants there (and in general) is Noodles and Company. There you have your choice of noodles from Asia, the Mediterranean or America around the world in 80 bites (as opposed to days). My usual serving saint Melody always greets me with a smile and asks how my day is going, meanwhile Katie always makes sure Ive been taken care of. With oodles of noodles and a friendly staff, Noodles and Company is like a noodle-topia of sorts. There is also a Noodles and Company new to SouthEnd.
And since youre already down South why not try a little upscale southern cooking. New South Kitchen and Bar replaced Dakotas with its fancy fried green tomatoes and the redneck cheese board. And as a favorite for all night-lifers, there are nightly drink specials and live music Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Mickey and Mooch is another joint that offers nightly drink specials, and right now they are offering 20% of bottles of wine. And theres live music on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Just recently, Phil and Tonys was transformed into a Chilis. I know what youre thinking I could just go to Chilis anywhere, but The Chilis in the Arbo is a unique experience. This Chilis is spacious and artistically themed with a lakeside view. And if its not the munchies youre thirsting for, you can just walk right on past the hostess and make a b-line for the bar.
Perfect for us sloths who wake up at three in the afternoon and still want pancakes and omelets, Le Peep offers all day breakfast foods. I used to think Le Peep was just a little retail store, but turns out, its the Arboretums version of Zada Janes. So keep your peepers open for Le Peep- its heaven for those of us that mistake our mornings and nights.
And if you can get around the Arboretum world in 80 bites theres also a little Greece and Italy: Akropolis Greek restaurant and Avantis Italian eatery
The Arbo is also perfect for date night after you cure your muchies you can take a starry stroll around the lake.
To top off a smoking night, you can cool off with my own personal addiction ice cream. Ben and Jerrys supply the perfect flavor to feed the spirit of this semi-real holiday the Cherry Garcia cone... rock on Grateful Dead, rock on!