Hammocks Trading Company

I wasn’t going to write anything because I had a really odd experience here. However, after thinking about it, I can recommend everyone go, so I do want to make an article.

I’m not going to follow my normal format. I am just going to explain my experience. Let me just make it clear though, I loved the food here and would recommend anyone to try it.

Anyways, here is how my experience started. Once every week my girlfriend and I pick a restaurant to have a lunch date at. We usually choose one with small plates or at least a good selection of appetizers, choose multiple options and just try quite a few things. After a Google search we found a lunch menu for this place which looked amazing with a whole page of small plate options.

The problem came when we dropped into this restaurant and the only options were sandwiches or dinner entrees at $20+. We asked about the menu online and they said this was the only one they had. It was not a very appetizing menu to us.

We felt very deceived and very disappointed, and we had only been there for 5 minutes. Reluctantly we decided to order two dinner entrees although it was going to be expensive for lunch. When we did get the food we absolutely loved it. We just wished we had known what the menu was. We might have come for dinner to order some wine or drinks with this instead.

So, I make my way home and even though I loved the food, I would have loved the small plates menu more. How could they publish that online? Well it just frustrated me so much that I emailed the owner over my displeasure. To my surprise, when I woke up the next morning, I had a long email from the owner profusely apologizing. This wasn’t some small email he responded with. He really took time to address my concerns and give a heartfelt response.

Here is also where I felt dumb. After investigating, the menu I found really isn’t linked to anywhere on their website. The web developer took down all the links but kept it an active page which Google picked up. If I had simply gone to the website, I would have found their current menu. Turns out the menu I found is around 2 years old. So this whole fuss and experience was mostly my fault.

Looking back, while I had a different experience than expected, I still had some great food and found a restaurant where the owners love their place. They care about every customer and that is why I can highly recommend a visit to this place.

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Dogfather’s Hot Dogs & Brats

GRADE: B+

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Food – There was so, so many unique hot dog choices on this menu. I had the dog father along with a normal hot dog here. This was absolutely phenomenal. This isn’t your little sisters sissy little organic healthy place and this isn’t some hole In the wall place that serves cheap greasy food either. It’s just a good group of people who takes some great and tasty ingredients and puts them together in some amazing and unique ways. These are some of the best dogs I have ever had. Food gets an A+

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Ambiance – There is nothing to this restaurant really. Mostly blank walls except for one that has some pictures on it. The tables, floors, and everything else is just plain. Everything is clean so nothing bad but there really isn’t anything to this restaurant. Ambiance gets a C

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Service – There was one guy here serving everyone. He was awesome. Super friendly and knew the menu, but more than anything he was excited about the menu. He believed in the food they served and was excited to tell me about everything. He really sold me on the food before I had it and it was just nice to get a friendly and great person. Service gets an A-

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Price/Quality – I think their most expensive dog here was still less than $5. For how big, juicy, and jam packed that bun was, that is a great price. Even better is that everything was delicious. I left full for less than $10 which is very acceptable for lunch. Price/Quality gets an A-

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Uniqueness – The food is very unique even among specialty hotdog shops. This place is the poster child for what this type of restaurant should be. I’d love to make more visits here to try everything else they offer to see if it’s just as good. Uniqueness gets a B

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Thai House

GRADE: C

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Food – I had heardsome good things about this place so I was excited to try it. I ordered the green curry. It was just ok. The curry wasn’t bad, but cheap frozen ingredients made me not enjoy this meal. The quality of the ingredients combined with just ok curry will pretty much ensure I don’t come back. I feel like they go for quantity over quality. I got soup, an entrée with rice, a half of a chicken wing (don’t get me started on how weird that is) an egg roll and it even included dessert. That’s a lot of food and at such good prices there is only one way they can accomplish that, with cheap ingredients. Everything was just ok at best. Food gets a C-

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Ambiance – it was a nice little place. I appreciated the care they took in setting up their tables with white table clothes, candles and great placement of glasses and such. They also had the perfect amount and type of Asian decorations in the restaurant. It’s an ambiance that doesn’t wow you, but it is an ambiance that doesn’t distract either. Ambiance gets a B+

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Service – Our server was alight. Everything came on time and we had everything we needed although with limited interaction. One thing I did very very very much appreciate was that the owner of the restaurant was walking around to ensure every table was satisfied. Not only was he checking on tables, but he would help the servers out whenever he saw they needed it. That was very refreshing. Service gets an A

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Price/Quality – For the amount of food you get, $7.25 for my meal is a phenomenal price. However, I am past the days where I am just looking to get stuffed for cheap. I want to be satisfied with an enjoyable meal at an appropriate price. So, the fact that my meal was not so enjoyable, I can’t say I’d come back and pay this price for this quality. Price/Quality gets a C-

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Uniqueness – The ambiance and service is slightly above average, but overall this place really doesn’t do anything that differently than a lot of other Thai places. If you come to a place like this, it has to be all about the food. I can’t say I got that here and so probably won’t return. Uniqueness gets a D

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Ray’s in the City

GRADE: C-

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Food – I have been to Ray’s On The River multiple times and loved it. So, I was excited to eat here one night. I ordered a 14 oz NY Strip that had been aged 28 days in house. I have to say that I absolutely didn’t like it. It’s not that it wasn’t as good as I expected. It just wasn’t good. First of all the sear on the outside had been seared too long because the crust had become burnt. Every bite I had a charred burnt taste with the steak. The steak was also cooked to a medium when I had ordered a medium rare. Finally, there just wasn’t much flavor to the steak either. I didn’t taste any seasoning although it could have burnt off in the over searing, and then they had some kind of sauce on top as well that seemed pretty flavorless. While our appetizers and sides were quite delicious, this beautiful cut of meat being ruined just made an awful experience for me. Food gets a D

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Ambiance – This is a very gorgeous restaurant. It has more of a classic white table cloth feel. It is also a rather large restaurant, and I would say it can be divided into 3 different sections. Each one varies slightly on the lighting, setup and décor but all are gorgeous. They had a small string band playing mellow music as well. All of this just gave it a very classic yet sophisticated feel which is a pleasant change from all the restaurants striving for cutting edge modern now-a-days. Ambiance gets an A

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Service – Our server was excellent. He provided the service and accommodation you’d expect in a white table cloth establishment. However, he was also very friendly and personable. So many times in these places the servers will act like a lowely servant. So, I appreciate when someone shows personality and is friendly. Service gets an A-

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Price/Quality – Our total meal with two entrees and appetizer and two glasses of wine landed us somewhere around $130. That’s a lot of money for a meal that I really didn’t enjoy at all. The bottom line for me is that I didn’t enjoy the food here and I paid a lot of money for that bad experience. Price/Quality gets a D

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Uniqueness – It’s a pretty restaurant with good service. I feel like the food can be good here but overall being unimpressed by that, you just don’t come back for the ambiance alone. This ambiance while becoming rare is replicated in other restaurants with more enjoyable meals. I just really didn’t get a reason to return after my visit here. Uniqueness gets a C-

 

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Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand – Midtown

GRADE: B+

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Food – I got the breakfast special they had that day. It included a biscuit and gravy, some chicken sausage and some cheddar grits. This wasn’t like a typical breakfast when you think of these items, but they were very good. The biscuit was more like a bread dinner roll, but the gravy was delicious. It was a bit spicy which I loved. The sausage was very flavorful and the cheddar grits were good too. Well, I should say the grits were great quality and as for the cheddar part, they just sprinkled some grated cheese on top. I mixed it in and when it melted it made some great cheddar grits. I really liked the food and would come back for sure. Food gets a B+

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Ambiance – So, it is called the chicken and sausage STAND. So, think small, but it’s still pretty cool place to grab a bite. Inside looks like a 60’s diner. A great part about it is that there are stairs outside that takes you on top of the restaurant where you can sit and eat as well. It’s a pretty cool place to sit and look out while you enjoy your meal. Ambiance gets a B

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Service – The people that work here are more geared towards the friendly part rather than the service part. Don’t get me wrong, they all do their job well, but it’s more like grabbing breakfast at your friend’s house rather than a restaurant. I liked it though and considering everything came out fast and was exactly what we wanted, I’d say they have great service for an order at the counter type of place. Service gets an A-
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Price/Quality – The food was very good. It’s a different type of breakfast, but it is very very good. Don’t get me wrong, they aren’t in the back here making everything from scratch but they still get some great flavors out and they do it for cheap. My meal was only around $7 and the girlfriend had a meal for only around $5. Pretty cheap breakfast to be so enjoyable. Price/Quality gets an A-

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Uniqueness – The food is going to taste different than almost any other breakfast you have ever had. It’s not better or worse but just different. The menu items themselves are pretty unique as well. Then there is the whole chicken sausage thing that isn’t readily available at your other breakfast spots. All of these things make the food pretty unique and that’s why it is definitely worth a try for you. Uniqueness gets an A-

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Serpas True Food

GRADE: B-

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Food – I came for midtown restaurant week and ordered off the prix fixe menu. The first course was BBQ shrimp and Braised beef tacos. I loved the BBQ shrimp. They were so tasty, but the tacos were very sweet. They were different, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I had the curry seared chicken thighs as my main course, and the curry was amazing. Then for dessert we had both the nutella cake and the toffee pudding. The nutella cake was just way too sweet for my taste, but the toffee pudding was a very satisfying dessert. Overall, the meal was good but I came away with the feeling that I didn’t get anything too unique or adventurous. I felt like everything I had here, while executed well, was the same stuff I could make at home. That just left me with a less than satisfied meal. Food gets a C+

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Ambiance – This was absolutely one of the most gorgeous restaurants I had been in. This was an old industrial cotton mill that had been transformed into a gorgeous, modern, restaurant. The lighting of the restaurant was what really set a nice vibe for the date I was on. Everything was just great except for the acoustics. Lots of people in one big square room with bad acoustics makes for a loud meal. Ambiance gets an A-

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Service – Our server was not a happy camper for some reason. However, he was right on point and brought us everything we asked for, in a timely manner, and was always around when we needed him. He wasn’t very friendly, but he was good. Service gets a B+

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Price/Quality – The meal for two dinners and two glasses of wine was around $90. So a normal price for what was on the menu, but for what actually came out of the kitchen, it wasn’t worth it. Meal was fine, but wasn’t unique or good enough for that price. Also, the portions were small. BBQ was only two shrimp, chicken thighs were only two thighs, and dessert was gone in a couple of bites. I never look to be stuffed when I leave a restaurant, but I at least want to be satisfied. I felt like I needed more food at the end and for $90 that seemed unacceptable. Price/Quality gets a C-

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Uniqueness – The one truly unique factor about this place is the ambiance. It was gorgeous and unlike any other restaurant. While I thought that was amazing, I didn’t really get any other factors that would want me to pick this place over another. I enjoyed my time here, don’t get me wrong, but I probably wouldn’t return. Uniqueness gets a B-

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Sakura Japanese – Marietta

GRADE: B-

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Food – The menu is pretty amazing, but the food itself is even better. So, they have a bento box here where you can choose from 5 different options and pick any two. I did this and got chicken teriyaki, a California roll, nigiri, steamed rice, a ginger salad and soup. I loved that I could try so many different things here and when I did, everything was great. Everything was high quality and delicious. I’d love to come back here very often. Food gets an A

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Ambiance – This restaurant is in the middle of a shopping center. It’s a typical Asian dressed restaurant with samurai swords, bamboo, kimono’s and statues decorating it. Nothing is overly amazing and it has been around for 10 years so nothing is exceptionally new either. You can see the wear and tear on the restaurant but everything is clean. It’s just what you would typically expect from a restaurant like this. Ambiance gets a B-

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Service – The only thing that hit me wrong about my experience here was that it took so long to get our food and during that time we never saw our server. It was well over 20 minutes when we got our food, and the place wasn’t even that crowded. While that might can be forgiven, we never saw our server during this time. That is just bad service to not keep the table informed what is going on or to just never show up. Service gets a D

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Price/Quality – The meal was truly wonderful, but the price is even better. All of that food which was ridiculously delicious was only $10. I’d come back often at that price. I’ve seen similar bento boxes that were no better than this one go for between $16-$22. So, $10 is an amazing price. It may be the best kept secret in east Cobb. Price/Quality gets an A+

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Uniqueness – The food sets this place apart. The menu combinations combined with the amazing price makes this a unique destination. If you are just looking for some good food on the cheap, this place is one you should definitely check out. Uniqueness gets a B

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