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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Seven Seas Mediterranean Cafe

GRADE: B

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Food – I got a lamb gyro with a Greek salad. The Greek salad was amazing! I really could have ordered it by itself and loved my meal all the same. The lamb gyro was just as incredible. At least the meat was the star of it as well. They only serve Halal meat here. I haven’t had it enough to know if that was the difference but no matter what, it was one of the tastiest pieces of lamb on a gyro or not that I have ever had. Food gets an A

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Ambiance – Well, I was skeptical when I pulled in. I might have left if the parking lot wasn’t packed out but I thought that was a good enough sign to stay. It looks like a 1960’s diner honestly and not sure it has ever been updated since then. It wasn’t exactly a great ambiance but it was clean and comfortable enough I’d stomach it to come back for the food. Ambiance gets a C+

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Service – So average service from the girl who took our order. Pretty much just asked us what we wanted, put it in, and that was the end of the transaction. So while not much from the staff, the owner was there too. He did make sure we enjoyed our meal and that we had everything we needed. That means quite a bit to us. At least the owner here very much cares that his patrons enjoy their visit. Service gets a B+

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Price/Quality – Gyro, Greek salad, and a drink was only around $8. Pretty fantastic price for what we got. The quality was so good that I would have paid around $12 for everything. So it’s a good deal for a delicious lunch. Price/Quality gets a B+

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Uniqueness – The food is slightly better than most other gyro places I have been. That’s about the only difference. I can say it’s probably the best gyro I have had but not leaps and bounds above others I have had. Anyways, the food does give it a slight bit of uniqueness. Uniqueness gets a B-

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Souper Jenny – Buckhead

GRADE: A-

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Food – I went pretty simple here. I just got the sandwich of the day which was a chicken salad sandwich. It had a slight bit of kick to it but everything was very fresh including the bread which was delicious in and of itself. All the componets of the sandwich really complimented each other and the complexity made it one of the best sandwiches I had in a long time. I really wouldn’t mind if I had to eat lunch here every day. Food gets an A+

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Ambiance – It’s a nice and comfortable little place. They have several couches, large dining tables, and small sitting tables as well. They have quant little pictures and paintings on the wall too. It’s quite homey feel which goes well with their homemade food and soups. I think it’s the perfect fit for what they serve. Ambiance gets an A

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Service – I wasn’t aware they didn’t take credit cards here. I guess the lady was annoyed at telling a lot of people like me they didn’t because when I handed my credit card to her she snipedly told me they don’t accept those and she needs to take my food while I go to the ATM at the door. So, I took a little offense at her tone but other than her, the guy that actually served me was very polite and nice. I guess it evened out to some average service considering my two very different experiences. Service gets a B-

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Price/Quality – My lunch here was less than $10 and left me satisfied. Considering how unique, delicious, and high quality the food was, the price is very fitting. Like I said I could eat here every day and I would never complain about the price. Price/Quality gets a B+

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Uniqueness – Out of all the sandwich and casual lunch spots the quality of this place outshines every other place I have visited. That truly makes it unique. The amazing quality is unsurpassed and that makes it a true destination. Uniqueness gets an A

 

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5 Anticipated Openings – 9/19/2014

  1. Farmhouse Coffee and Crepes I am very excited about this place opening in John’s Creek off Jones Bridge Rd. I get the feeling it’s going to be a hipstery coffe shop, but I think the crepe thing is what excites me the most. This is going to be great for so many occasions and I am excited to see if it’s as great as I think it will be.
  2. Chama Gaucha – Those who know me know that my favorite kind of restaurant is a Brazilian steakhouse. That’s why this place has me jumping out of my seat. They already have 3 other locations in the US and all the reviews for them are great. I am hoping this place will be as well. It’s also in an amazing location in Buckhead where Modern used to be.
  3. Sweet Auburn Seafood – An independent high quality seafood restaurant is exactly what downtown needs. This place opening on Auburn Ave fills that void, or at least I am hoping. It looks like it is getting very close so I have my eyes on this place the most.
  4. Caspian Grill – Opening on Johnson Ferry Rd in Marietta comes another Mediterranean restaurant. There has been quite a few of these opening OTP north lately. None of them has really impressed me and at first I didn’t have a lot of hope for this one. As I stop by the building more and more, it’s looking better and better. They are putting a lot of work into this place which gives me hope that it’s going to be a shining star.
  5. 1920’s Tavern – I am not 100% sure this is what the name of it is going to be or if this is just the concept. Anyways, I have heard about this place coming to Buckhead for some time now from the same owner as The Dive Bar. I had almost lost hope but last time I drove by, they were really moving there. I am hoping it is almost here within the next two months. It’s going to be a very upscale cocktail/bar place that fits the Buckhead crowd, which is absolutely 100% me. I’m thinking I will be their first customer.

Village Burger – John’s Creek

GRADE: B-

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Food – Always go with the daily special! Today it was a turkey burger with cheddar, grilled onions, their seasoned fries and a drink. Fries were good. Seemed hand cut and decently tasty. The burger had all fresh ingredients, delicious melted cheese on a fresh bun and then….then…you had the patty. The patty was a very thin, probably frozen patty. Why!?!? Everything else was amazingly fresh and tasty. Why put that patty on there!?!? I don’t understand. It really took what could have been an amazing burger to just an ok one. Food gets a C+

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Ambiance – It is a really great spot here. They decorated it beautifully. Nice hardwood tables and a cool bar. Comfortable seating. I really like the fake brick wall as you walk in. Everything is designed quite well and they have thrown in some nice tv’s too for entertainment. Ambiance gets an A

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Service – Seemed like just a couple of buddies out grilling burgers. They were talkative in a very very casual way. They were good at what they did and service was fine. It was just very chill, more than professional service. For me that was awesome. I loved it. It might not be for everyone but certainly was my cup of tea. Service gets an A-

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Price/Quality - $9 for this meal. Not bad for burger drink and fries. I just can’t get over that stupid patty. The patty wasn’t good. Everything else was incredible quality but the patty is pretty darn important. I guess for what I got it was a good price though. Price/Quality gets a B-

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Uniqueness – There are a lot of burger places around. This place wasn’t bad but I don’t feel like they outdid any of the other ones in any area. It was fine overall. I might be back because the price isn’t too bad. Really with so many other burger joints around and other restaurants at similar price points, it’s hard to say this one offered anything so unique to get me back in. Uniqueness gets a C-

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Pressed Panini Bar

GRADE:  B+

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Food – I was honestly blown away at how good this Panini was. I had the turkey bacon avocado Panini. Often times with a Panini, it’s either pressed too long and burnt, or not enough and it’s more like a regular sandwich. This one was perfect. Crisp bread yet still soft enough to effortlessly eat. All the ingredients were pretty fresh too. It was just a really well made sandwich. Honestly, of all the restaurants on Marietta Square, I’d come back here before I’d go back to any of the others. I’d give it a perfect rating, but I got pasta salad with it and while not bad, it was just ok. The homemade cookie was amazing though. Food gets an A-

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Ambiance – They took a very minimalist casual approach here. It’s a newer restaurant so all the floors, tables, and everything else is new and extremely clean. Not really any decorations on the wall other than their name painted on one and a painting on the other. It’s a very casual place to stop in for lunch. Ambiance gets a B+

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Service – The lady that served us was just so incredibly nice. She was also training a young guy that was very nice as well. This lady was all smiles and very good at what she does. She knew several customers by name that came in which makes me want to live closer to here so I could be a recognized regular too. She was so appreciate of everyone that came into the shop, it made me think she could have been the owner and not just an employee. Anyways, it was a pleasure to be served by her. Service gets a B+

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Price/Quality – So my amazing sandwich, pasta salad, drink, and a cookie landed around $12. I had a discount so I only paid $7. They also have a rewards program there too. The sandwich itself was only $7 which I’d pay much more than that for the quality I received. With the discount, it made it a pretty amazing price, but even without, it’s still a good deal. Price/Quality gets an A-

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Uniqueness – The sandwich itself is the best Panini I have had in Atlanta. It takes the cake hands down and so doing something that no other restaurant does makes the food here quite unique. That is the reason you should come here. Uniqueness gets a B

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Blue Grotto Sushi, Tapas & Bar

GRADE: B

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Food – They had some unique specialty rolls here which I really appreciate. The sushi seemed to be snow crab focused, and it’s hard to find more than 1 snow crab roll on most sushi menus. We got a snow crab roll with avocado topped with white tuna and red tobiko which really made the roll. The spicy yellowtail (Ocean Roll) was probably my favorite. We also got the Pacific Roll which was salmon and two types of tuna rolled in cucumber instead of rice. I had never seen that before and while I am not a huge fan of cucumbers, this roll was quite tasty. I appreciated the chance to try some things I never had before. Everything was above average and enjoyable although it might not knock your socks off. I’m very glad I went. Food gets a B

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Ambiance – It’s a newer and a very clean place. An average restaurant with a bar. They do have a cool lounge area with couches where you can eat as well which really adds to it. It’s just a quiet, out of the way little sushi restaurant. Ambiance gets a B

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Service – The gentleman that served us was very nice and attentive to us. He had some really good suggestions too. He was just a very good person that cared about our experience. He was very timely and very helpful. We never had to ask for anything or wonder where he was. He was excellent at his job. Service gets an A

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Price/Quality – Bottle of Sake was $9 and 3 rolls and a tapas landed our bill just over $50. It was a good meal. I’d come back here but at just “above average food” and for $50 it’s not extremely high on my list to revisit. No complaints as it was appropriately priced though. Price/Quality gets a B-

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Uniqueness – The rolls here are unique. The reason to visit would be to try some different sushi. Like I said items like the Pacific Roll and a menu that favors snow crab isn’t like most sushi restaurants. I appreciated their effort towards the unique and it’s the sole reason I am glad I visited this restaurant. Uniqueness gets a B-

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