Shoya Izakaya is a wonderful Japanese restaurant not to be phonetically confused with "Brother Hezekiah."
|"It took me a while to get her goin', but when I did....."|
|The above translates to "The Dry Rub is the Greatest Food Blog in the World" Trust me on this one|
The location is interesting, it's situated right between Peachtree Industrial and (yes shockingly) Buford Highway, just behind the Brandsmart USA. It's in what looks like a relatively new shopping center that appears to have a 15% occupancy rate. So let's just say parking is the least of your worries here.
Pre whacko/ psychic (has a psychic ever NOT been insane) Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Elton John with a bolo tie? I'm in. For good times and bad times, I'll be on your side forever more..........
We ordered enough food for 7 people and we didn't even come close to trying everything we wanted to. Here are some visual samples of what we had.
|Bizarre looking egg thing with pork and cabbage, with an empty suit in the background|
|Octopus Balls, really|
We also had homemade Tonkotsu Ramen with creamy pork broth, pork, bamboo shoots and egg and it was absolutely delicious. First time I've had Ramen were I didn't buy 5 packs for a dollar. I lived on that for months at a time during college.
|Balls and Eggs in the same meal. Dorothy we aren't in Kansas anymore|
Thankfully, they had a fully stocked Sake bar to waste the time away. If you have never had a cold unfiltered sake, then you haven't lived life.
|Sake it to me baby!|
You can't get this anywhere else in the southeast. Though it still doesn't compare to the ambiance of Decibel in Manhattan's lower east side. But the food is the focus here, at Decibel it's the sake. You can see my blurb near the end of the following blog.
I have a feeling that I will come back with addendum after addendum to this blog because there were SO many more offerings I wanted to try. My friend Jamie will be my tour guide on the next mission to Shoya since she is a regular.
That got us talking food (shocking I know) and she couldn't think of ONE food she did not like. I found that hard to believe. Even I have one food I don't care for, cucumbers. If I absolutely had to eat them to save the world from a plague, I could suck it up, but it's the one culinary item I always avoid. Any other foods I avoid are due more to venue than type. i.e. TGIF or that dump the Cheesecake Factory.
And with that I'm out. Later this weekend, Round 1, Day 1 of Atlanta's Best Hamburger.