While in college, I became very close friends with several women who were from Atlanta and repped it hard. I mean they were the truest of the ATLians and their love for the city ran deep. Throughout my matriculation we would take several road trips to Atlanta and I became quite acquainted with the city. I too developed an affinity for this chocolate city. It was a southern metropolis that had all the makings of a big city while still maintaining its southern hospitality.
Needless to say when I received notification that I had been selected for an internship in Atlanta my senior year, I was delighted. I completed my year in Atlanta and loved it. I had every intention of moving back to the city after graduation, but as with many of my plans, things did not quite work out that way. However, many of my friends did make the move to Atlanta so I still get to the city at least a couple times a year.
On this occasion, I was in town for a girls weekend with my friend April. She is one of the women I mentioned above and still represents Atlanta to the fullest. Whenever I am in town, she always indulges my foodie obsessions and introduces me to a new restaurant.
After perusing some of my favorite foodie sites including Eater and Yelp, we decided to visit Thrive. Thrive is an upscale casual restaurant located in Downtown Atlanta. The menu is varied and offers something for everyone.
We arrived in time to enjoy happy hour at Thrive, which you know is just perfect for me and my pockets.
We started off with drinks of course. I had the Blood Orange Rita which was quite nice. If I were not the designated driver I would have definitely ordered a second.
We continued the festivities with lots of food. We probably should have eaten breakfast and/or lunch because we were very hungry when we arrived. As a result, we were tempted to order all of the happy hour specials listed on the menu but we limited ourselves to just 5. Fortunately the restaurant was not busy at the time and the kitchen was able to get our food prepared quickly.
Our grandmothers would be proud though because our eyes were not bigger than our stomachs and we ate it all. Yes these two little ole ladies threw down and ate all of that food with no help from anyone.
Overall our favorite selection was the grouper tacos which we would have ordered a second one of but we were told they we had the last one. We loved that there were two different flavors in each order. We liked them both very much.
We also really loved the flatbread pizza which was topped with blue cheese, figs and a balsamic olive oil. The flavors balanced perfectly and was so delicious especially when served hot and fresh out of the oven.
I also enjoyed the calamari which was flavored with a sweet chili aoili.
Fortunately since we took advantage of the specials during happy hour at Thrive, we were able to be true gluttons without our pockets suffering along with our waist lines. As you can see this happy hour at Thrive was very affordable for the two of us once we split the bill, with appetizers priced at $5 each and drinks $7 each.
I would definitely return for happy hour at Thrive again if I were in Atlanta on another occasion. Have you visited Atlanta? What are some of your favorite frugal foodie spots to dine in the Atlanta?