Meet me in Trap! Benzino’s Crab Trap that is (Restaurant Review)

Hello Dolls, Divas, and Foodies!

I had the pleasure of attending the Grand Opening of Benzino’s Crab Shack in Marietta, GA (Northern Suburb of Atlanta).  To those of you who aren’t familiar with Benzino (real name Raymond Scott) He is a Rapper, Co-Founder of the Source and Hip Hop Weekly Magazines, and former Cast Member of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.

I had been hearing the buzz about Benzino’s Crap Trap opening in the Metro Atlanta area, and my first thoughts were, “Okay Benzino’s from Boston, but does that mean that he really knows about Crabs?”  So I was very excited to be able to attend and get an inside view of the restaurant  on the day of Grand Opening! So here goes….

The Restaurant is located at 2856 Delk Rd. Marietta, GA 30067. Which is in Cobb County and  just about 15 minutes north of Atlanta. The restaurant set up is much different then what I expected (much smaller).  In my opinion the restaurant is mostly set up for Customer’s to come in, order their Crabs, and leave. Although there are tables for sit down dining, it just wasn’t enough to accommodate the huge crowd that showed up for the Grand Opening.

Benzino's Crab Trap

Benzino’s Crab Trap

Grand Opening Crowd at Benzino's Crab Shack

Grand Opening Crowd at Benzino’s Crab Shack

Lets talk about the Grand Opening.  Okay, so if you know about Benzino, you know he’s going to do it BIG.  The grand opening included Benzino’s Chrome Painted Maserati parked in front of the resteraunt, Red Carpet, Local Hip Hop and R&B Radio Station V103, a Dancing “Mr. Crabington” Crab Mascot, a number of Reality Stars, and Hip Hop Industry Socialites that included: Benzino’s Significant Other Althea (of course) Jazze Fe, Honey Boo Boo, Mama June, Sugar Bear (and the entire family- now we gots to get the ☕️ on that one?!?), Sarah Oliver from the Bad Girls Club, Suga Shane, Bobby Valentino, and host of Benzino’s and Althea’s Family Members and Friends.  Not to mention a Slew of Customers!

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Mama June, Honey Boo Boo and Sugar Bear being interviewed for Hip Hop Weekly

Mama June, Honey Boo Boo and Sugar Bear being interviewed for Hip Hop Weekly

Benzino's Chrome Maserati

Benzino’s Chrome Maserati

Benzino's Chrome Maserati

Benzino’s Chrome Maserati

Mama June, Honey Boo Boo and Sugar Bear

Mama June, Honey Boo Boo and Sugar Bear

Suga Shane

Suga Shane

Benzino's Dancing Crab!

Benzino’s Dancing Crab!

Kay Harris (Entertainment   Publicist)

Kay Harris (Entertainment Publicist)

Sarah Oliver from the Bad Girls Club

Sarah Oliver from the Bad Girls Club

Althea with her Friends and Family enjoying Crab Legs

Althea with her Friends and Family enjoying Crab Legs…BTW check out Benzino’s Business Partner Dave Mays running the register!

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is really laid back…I mean flip flops and jeans laid back!  But, I think that is the atmosphere that Benzino intended to create. The Tv’s were turned up loud, playing New and Classic Hip Hop Videos.  Now, I absolutely loved the Vibe!!!  But the jury is still out on whether or not I would invite my middle aged East Cobb White Soccer Mom Friends to a sit down dinner here or not.

The Service: The staff was very helpful and friendly and seemed to work very well under pressure.  Funny thing; is that all of the staff members were either Benzino’s Friends or Relatives.  Even Dave Mays who is the Creator of the Source, Co-founder of Hip Hop Weekly, and Business Partner of Benzino, was spotted working the register! Leaves me to wonder, who’s going to run this restaurant on a day to day basis?  I also had the opportunity to go back to the kitchen and see how things were running behind the scenes.  I was both shocked and impressed to see that Benzino and his Dad were both in the kitchen working very hard!  Benzino even took the time to answer questions for me and other Media and take photos. He also offered us a Complementary bag of his Crabs!  I have to say that Benzino’s down to earth, humble, and nice attitude gave me a new found respect for him!  Totally not what you would expect from the Owner, who just so happens to be one of the biggest influences in Hip Hop!  Hats off to You Benzino! While in the kitchen, I also had the opportunity of meeting Benzino’s Significant Other Althea Heart.  She seemed a little less patient than her hubby, but I chopped that up to her being a pregnant women in a hot and busy kitchen. But other than that she was very sweet.

Althea coming to show some support to her hubby in the kitchen

Althea coming to show some support to her hubby in the kitchen

Althea's Uncle Helping out in the kitchen (Family Affair)

Althea’s Uncle Helping out in the kitchen          (Family Affair)

All of the Staff were Family or Friends ???

All of the Staff were Family or Friends (???)

The Menu: The Menu is simple and to the point! You have a choice of 1lb of Snow Crab Legs for $17.99 (Very reasonable for the Cobb County Area) or Zino’s Crab-Tastic Combo for $19.99 (comes with Steamed Crab Legs, Corn on the Cobb, (2) Hush Puppies and Cole Slaw.)  You get your choice of Zino’s Special Sauce for the Crabs: Spicy, Mild, or Lemon Garlic.  There’s also an array of other sides and desserts to choose from such as French Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Island Way Gourmet Fruit Sorbet, and Cake. Drinks consist of Zino’s Heavenade, Ice Tea, Bottled Water, and Soda. All reasonably priced in my opinion. Just a side note: The Menu gives Patrons a little background about  how a 10 yr old Benzino and his Father (known as Shnopps) sold Crabs and Corn out of the back of a van in Boston. I thought that was nice.

Benzino's Crab Trap Menu

Benzino’s Crab Trap Menu

Okay….Okay! I know what your thinking!  Enough about all of that other stuff!  How were the Crabs!!!  So Benzino made good on his promise and sent me home with a Bag of Crabs and Corn on the Cob, that I shared with my daughter. The Crabs were very fresh tasting and covered in the Spicy Zino’s Special Sauce.  I don’t know what Benzino put in that Sauce!?! But he definitely has a WINNER!  The Sauce had a sweet and sour, spicy, Barbecue, zing type flavor!  I am a self proclaimed Greedy Girl and I have eaten in many places and several countries and I have never tasted Crab Legs like that!  The corn was good also, nice and sweet, no complaints….So Remember earlier when I said that I might not invite my White Soccer Mom Friends to a sit down dinner at Benzino’s….well I would definitely advise them to order take out.  Listen Metro ATLiens and Visitors, Benzino’s Crab Trap is a must try!  The Crabs are Delicious!!  I will definitely be going back to try the other flavors, sides, and desserts! 

Photo Credit: iambenzino Instagram

Pot of Crabs and Zino’s Special Sauce                  (Photo Credit: iambenzino Instagram)

Bag of Snow Crab Legs with Zino's Special Spicy Sauce

Bag of Snow Crab Legs with Zino’s Special Spicy Sauce

Benzino corn

Sweet Corn on the Cobb

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4th of July Events in the Atlanta Area!

Hey Dolls and Divas!!

It’s that time of year again!  The 4th of July!  Time for Fun, Food, Family, and reflection of Freedom!  Are you in the Metro Atlanta Area and looking for something to do this 4th of July Weekend?  Well Your atlantago2rose has got you Covered!

I have to start off with an Event that is being hosted by my Very Own Church Family Linked Up Church!   Linked UP Church is hosting a FREE night of family fun. Night of Freedom will kick-off Independence Day weekend and will be held on Friday, July 3, 2015 from 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at the Mable House Amphitheatre located at 5239 Floyd Road Mableton, Georgia, 30126. Gates will open at 6 p.m. The evening will consist of fellowship, food and fireworks. A full concession stand will be open, however attendees can bring their own food, coolers and blankets. No grills or chairs will be allowed in the venue. A fireworks display will light up the sky immediately following the concert. This is a free event and it open to the public.

Special performance by: Tye Tribbett

Special performance by: Tye Tribbett

There are Several other Fun Events happening in the Metro Atlanta Area.  Anywhere from  Fireworks at Stone Mountain Park …….

Fireworks at Stone Mountain Park

Fireworks at Stone Mountain Park

To  a Celebration of Brew at the Georgia Aquarium……

Red White and Brew at the Georgia Aquarium

Red White and Brew at the Georgia Aquarium

To a Legendary 4th of July at Lenox Square….. 

Legendary 4th of July at Lenox Square

Legendary 4th of July at Lenox Square

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Neiman Marcus Cafe’ Atlanta

HELLO DOLLS & DIVAS!!

 Every Christmas Season; I head down to Neiman Marcus for the After Christmas  Sale!  To avoid the Holiday Crowds; I usually park in the parking Garage downstairs near the Neiman Marcus Cafe’.  I usually pass right by the Cafe’ and go straight to the Neiman Marcus Liquor Cakes!  However last year, I decided to stop by the Neiman Marcus Cafe’ for lunch with my Daughter (Diamond) and My oldest Brother (Anthony).

If you would like a laid back luxe lunch, featuring upscale casual cuisine then this is the place for You!  And you may even get to dine next to and converse with Local or Visiting Celebrities; as I did when, I ran into Miss Lawrence (Celebrity Hair Stylist / Guest on RHOA and TV Personality & One of the Host of Bravo Fashion Queens)

Celebrity Sighting (Miss Lawrence) at Neiman Marcus Cafe'

Celebrity Sighting (Miss Lawrence) at Neiman Marcus Cafe’

I will definitely Dine here again!  Great Food and Excellent Service!

What I ordered at the Neiman Marcus Cafe’

  • As a complimentary Starter you are given these Light,Fluffy, and Buttery Pop Over Rolls with Strawberry Butter YUM!!!  You are also given a tiny cup of Broth which in my opion they could have kept.
  • Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Burger (includes: Soft Roll, Truffle Fries (Best Ever!!!), and Creamy Cole Slaw with a side of Lemon Tartar Sauce. This is the best Crab Cake that I’ve ever had!  Huge amount of Crab Meat!! ($21.00)
  • House Made Ginger Peach Ice Tea a must try ($5.00)
 Complimentary Broth (???) at NM Cafe'

Complimentary Broth (???) at NM Cafe’

Pop Over with Strawberry Butter at NM Cafe'

Pop Over with Strawberry Butter at NM Cafe’

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Burger at NM Cafe'

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Burger at NM Cafe’

Truffled Fries D'LISH!  at NM Cafe'

Truffled Fries D’LISH! at NM Cafe’

Ginger Peach Ice Tea at NM Cafe'

Ginger Peach Ice Tea at NM Cafe’