Espresso Deals in Atlanta
In a state that prides itself on its peaches, it isn't likely you'll see a fruit that isn't fabulous. But if your face doesn't look quite so fresh, pluck today's deal from Aesthetic Resources. Pay $59 for a citrus Body Smoothie Exfoliating Polish, and a licensed esthetician with more than 25 years of experience will first work to smooth your skin before applying moisturizer; then, enjoy a citrus Clarifying and Balancing Facial designed to reduce the appearance of blemishes (a $140 total value). Or pay $79 to get an espresso body polish, an espresso facial, and a body wrap (a $230 value). Choose to be swaddled in the warmth of a Wrapture Synergizing Cocoon Body Wrap; or opt for a Fatty Melt Infrared Body Wrap, which could help stimulate your metabolism and increase your circulation -- making your trip to this Chamblee establishment anything but the pits.
Scout Notes: They can pour a perfect cup, pull a top-notch shot, and school you on exactly why your mug of heirloom Ethiopian tastes like an entirely different beverage from the Folgers at the office. And even if you can't quite pinpoint those undertones of honey and citrus they're telling you about, one thing is pretty obvious: these people know how to make a delicious drink. So, after a couple years of convincing many an Atlantan to step away from the venti frappelatte, it only makes sense that the folks behind Condesa are extending their talents into the realm of adult beverages, too. With a shiny new liquor license and a chemist-like nerd love for understanding everything that goes into a drink, the baristas at Condesa are now crafting classic cocktails and specialty libations right alongside their expertly concocted coffees and espressos. Shots (of espresso or booze?) for everyone! The staff wanted to give Atlanta a place where one can enjoy a good cocktail in a quiet, comfortable environment; a place where you might stop in for a craft beer and a small plate or two and enjoy a calm, sane respite from the usual bar scenery. (Call me crazy and/or 75 years old, but every now and then, a Sazerac and a good conversation sounds more appealing than pounding PBRs to the sounds of that one girl's karaoke homage to Sheryl Crow.) The newly renovated space, with warm reclaimed woods and a more open seating area, is an ideal place to cozy up with a Negroni or two for an evening (especially now that they're keeping the lights on later into the night), and the small plates menu is perfect fodder to keep you satiated whilst sipping on a stiff libation: sesame bagel with North Georgia trout, local charcuterie, and a pimiento cheese plate served with Holeman & Finch bread, to name a couple.. And, just like when they first won you over with their single-origin espresso concoctions, the Condesa baristas will show you exactly how much better a truly good drink can be... no matter which kind of shot you're thirsting for. Menu Highlights: White Bean Hummus, $4.50 Pimento Cheese Plate, $5.50 Bagel & Bramlett Farm Trout, $4.50 Riverview Farms Ham & Cheese Panini $9 Espresso, $2.50 Cappuccino, $3.35 Latte, $3.60 - $3.85 Hours: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Scout Notes: We're not sure where the phrase "made from scratch" came from, all we know is that when it pertains to food, we want it. And at Espresso's in Alpharetta, they're more than happy to oblige. As owner Jeff described how everything they serve up is handmade—including in-house pastries, soups and secret-recipe chicken salad, we were impressed. Heck, they don't even own a freezer. That's the sort of forced freshness we can admire. Espresso's flung their doors open in 2010, and, quickly after, their Buffalo & Spring brewed beans and breakfast menu was met with gleeful acclaim. Within a few months, they had added more desserts, snacks—and then an entire lunch menu. It's not a far stretch to say that people like this place. Though it might also have something to do with the vinyl records that are spinning all day long. This is a coffee/breakfast/lunch spot where regulars are commonplace—but the workers still know each of 'em. As we sat down to chat with Jeff, one such regular insisted that we convey, "They've got the best food around. I mean it. Did you write that down?" And after a quick peek inside the goodie display at the front of the spacious place, we'd have to agree. Opulent cake and pastries galore. But the high-quality edibles don't end with the baked goods. All of the caffeinated libations are made using the highest quality syrups and products, and fresh fruit is bursting out of nearly every entrée. (That goes for those Belgian waffles, too.) And Espresso's is resplendent with healthy options as well—even the chicken salad, a favorite (and Jeff's mom's secret recipe), uses much less mayo than its conventional counterpart. Made from scratch, you've met your match. Menu Highlights: Chicken Salad Sandwich + side, 6.49 Belgian Waffle w/fruit, 4.99 The Italian Panini, 6.99 The Sunshine Omelet, 5.99 Bowl of Soup, 3.99 Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.