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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The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill

GRADE: B

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Food – I had driven by this place so many times and really had an idea in my head it was a low end, fried, greasy seafood type of place. Well, I finally came in for lunch and was wrong. They really serve some very healthy and freshly prepared seafood here. I got the catch of the day blackened with some creamy grits and lobster bisque. Grits are a very good indication of how much care someone takes in their food. It’s simply a food that has a huge range of quality in them and by how homemade and delicious these were was a great testament to their commitment to quality. The fish itself was delicious, perfectly blackened, and very well seasoned overall. I didn’t care too much for the lobster bisque as it was just ok, but that was a small thing in an otherwise enjoyable meal. Food gets an A-

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Ambiance – We sat outside and they actually had a great outdoor patio! It was a very nice hardwood deck with some great high tops. They had a nice little kabana bar out there too and it just felt like a coastal bar type of feel which I liked. Inside wasn’t much so I’m glad we didn’t sit in there, but for where we were at, it was great. Ambiance gets a B+

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Service – The service was adequate. Our server got everything to us on time and checked on us regularly. It was very minimal interaction, but we had no complaints about anything we received. Service gets a B-

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Price/Quality – Our lunch meal was only around $25. We only had two entrees but for a tasty meal with two sides, that really wasn’t a bad price at all. I’d come back here for lunch one day. I’m not sure I would consider this a quality dinner seafood place, but I certainly liked the lunch fare. Price/Quality gets a B

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Uniqueness – It’s an above average seafood restaurant for an average price. I could pick out a good amount of seafood restaurants that this place easily beats out. I could also pick a handful that for a similar price point, equals or that slightly edges this one out. I think it does enough well, I’d drive over a few neighborhoods for it. Uniqueness gets a B-

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Pollo Tropical – Vinings

GRADE: A-

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Food – The never ending lunch battle is having to choose between some unhealthy fast food for quick and cheap or something expensive, a little more time consuming, and healthy. I love this place because it was cheap, fast and healthy food. Basically all their options are just part of a roast chicken with your choice of sides. I had about ½ a roast chicken and some rice pilaf. They also had a whole bar of sauces to add to the chicken. That really made it as the roast just had some light spices on it. It was really a delicious meal for cheap. I’d certainly come back often for lunch. Food gets a B+

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Ambiance – It’s nothing special. A fast lunch atmosphere, but they do a good job keeping with the tropical theme. Fake palm trees outside, beach paintings inside and all the tables and booths look like the bamboo/cabana type seating. It’s very fitting for the food served here. Ambiance gets a B

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Service – You order at the counter, but they do bring it out to you. They also clean up after you and took our plates away after we were done. Everyone was friendly and for a place I consider to be more fast foodish, the service was great. Service gets an A-

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Price/Quality – Like I said it’s very tasty and healthy food which usually doesn’t come cheap. However, I think my meal was right around $7. I can’t get a value meal at a lot of fast food restaurants for that! That’s a really great price and is one of the main reasons for visiting over and over. Price/Quality gets an A

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Uniqueness – I think this is a very unique concept. Healthy and cheap food is something we need so much more of these days. It’s not something you find very often and if you do, I think the cuisine is very different from this place. Uniqueness gets an A

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The Mill Kitchen and Bar

GRADE: B-

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Food – I went for brunch here. Everything we had was good. The best dish at our table had to be the “Which came first” chicken biscuit. I myself had chicken and waffles. My only complaint is how it was put together. They put a waffle down, then a chicken breast, then another waffle, then another chicken breast and then poured syrup over it. They didn’t put much syrup in it either and poured it right over the chicken. So the top chicken breast was syrup soaked, the top waffle had some syrup and then the bottom waffle and chicken had absolutely no syrup that made it down to the bottom. They should have lightly put syrup over each layer. Anyways, besides the lack of that, it was decently tasty. Food gets a B-

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Ambiance – Ok this is an absolutely gorgeous restaurant in every room. They have a great hardwood/old western bar, an amazing stone patio with a huge fire place, and then the main dining room we sat in was gorgeous as well. There was so much attention to detail here and every part of it fit with the “old mill” theme, yet everything was new, clean and just impressive. The only mark is that it must be a family restaurant because of the 6 tables here, 4 had babies and small children. Same with the outside tables that I saw. They were decently behaved, but still with so many there, there were constant children crying or yelling in the room. The crowd is a huge part of the ambiance and the amount of children here was a slight bit annoying and took away from our enjoyment. Ambiance gets an B+

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Service – Our server was really good. He had great suggestions and was on top of everything. The only thing was that he was soooo loud. Standing right at our table he was pretty much yelling in a quiet room. I know that’s very nitpicky, but it truly was distracting, especially when he did it at other tables as well. I can tell you what every table in the dining room had for brunch because he repeated every item. Anyways, I can’t complain too hard about such a nice guy that was on top of everything. Service gets a B

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Price/Quality – Every brunch entree on the menu was around $10. The food was good, not great, but really good. So a good price for good food is perfectly acceptable and wouldn’t stray me away from recommending this as a quality brunch spot. I think the price fits the food you get. Price/Quality gets a B-

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Uniqueness – This place offers a few things that are slightly different. The ambiance for sure is their greatest strength. I also like that all of their food is from local farmers. Those factors provide something that not everyone does, I can respect that and like it enough to be open to returning here. Uniqueness gets a B

 

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Lucky’s Burger & Brew – Roswell

GRADE: A-

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Food – I got the poodle chaser here which consists of melted brie, caramelized onions and Dijon mustard. This burger finally got me to see what everyone was talking about here. I tried the other location first and was unimpressed. The burger here was much better and in my top 10 at least. Quality meat and cooked perfectly patty was only complimented by the unique options and other quality ingredients it came with. Food gets an A-

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Ambiance – it’s a decent place. They do have a nice outdoor deck where they sometimes have live music. In addition to that, they have a nice outdoor patio too. The inside is a very casual setting with pictures of “lucky” the owners dog. It’s not a bad place at all. Ambiance gets a B

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Service – The service was good. It’s more of a team serving atmosphere. While we had our one main assigned server, the other employees helped us out as well. It really showed that the staff was concerned about more than just their paycheck; they were concerned with us enjoying our experience. It was very much appreciated. Service gets a A-

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Price/Quality – For lunch, you can get a burger and fries for around $8. That’s a pretty great price for how amazing the food is. There are so many burger places that charge more for poorer quality. Considering that, the price is great! Price/Quality gets an A

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Uniqueness – Oh wow, it is so tough for a burger joint to be unique. With 10 on every corner it’s hard to stand out. I think Lucky’s has differentiated itself as good as any restaurant.  Great burgers for a low price and great service as well put it ahead of a lot of places. Anyways, once you add in the myriad of unique selections that they offer, it becomes a true destination place. Uniqueness gets an A

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