Grecian Gyro – Dunwoody

GRADE: B+

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Food: I had the Souvlaki wrap and the potatoes. It was incredibly delicious. The potatoes were the best part. I usually am not a fan of potatoes but completely loved these. They were soft but not mushy and the sauce over them was amazing. I loved it. One thing was that you could see the shelf where they stored everything. The amazing thing was that everything was fresh. Tomatoes, onions, wraps and everything else was fresh. The only thing in a can was some olives. They also have their own sauce recipe brought in instead of using some other brand so you know it’s unique. They also have stations where they slow roast the meat similar to what you see in a Brazilian steakhouse but not quite so adequate. Everything is still very delicious and might be the best Gyro meal I have had. Food gets an A

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Ambiance – This is a brand new location and everything is very nice. It’s a casual place but I like that they have a counter (a nice one made of stainless steel I might add) that you can sit at which I did. So a new, nice and clean restaurant with comfortable seating is always a good sign in my book. Ambiance gets a B-

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Service – You order at the counter and pick up your own dish too. The staff is very friendly and efficient though. There was a steady stream of customers coming in, and they still pumped out orders quickly. The staff was all smiles and talkative to you as well. It was good. Service gets a B-

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Price/Quality – Wrap, potatoes, and a drink were around $9. It’s a pretty average price for lunch but becomes a great price when considering the great food. I will gladly be back to this place many times. Price/Quality gets a B+

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Uniqueness – The food is unique here. I think that I have ever had a gyro this good. Most places use a lot of cheap ingredients so you can really tell the difference in things in what they use here. While the wrap itself was good, the potatoes were excellent. I don’t think any other place serves those at least that I have had. Uniqueness gets a B+

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Patrick’s Sub Shop

GRADE: F

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Food – The food was definitely not worth the extremely long wait. I ordered a Philly cheesesteak and did not enjoy it at all. First of all the meat is supposed to be high quality steak like top sirloin or the like. This was not any kind of quality steak if it was even steak at all and to make it worse it has no seasoning on  it. I was also pretty dismayed that they just laid two slices of cold cheese on top of the steak. It wasn’t even melted when it got to me. The bread was ok but nothing great. Overall it was not enjoyable. I could make a better sandwich at home. Food gets an F

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Ambiance – this restaurant was opened in the 70’s and hasn’t been touched since. It is very old. Everything needs an upgrade. The booth was so uncomfortable because the padding was worn out. I cold feel the bolts in the bottom of the booth I was sitting on. They have an office setup at the end of the counter behind the cash register that they seriously need to shut down the restaurant for a day just to organize and clean. I felt low down just eating in here. Ambiance gets an F

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Service – This was the worst part of the whole experience. It took over 40 minutes for me to get my food at a sub shop…..There was a guy in front of me that spoke little English and had a huge order. So every employee in the restaurant thought they would take turns taking part of his order. So I was second in line and after around 15 minutes they finally asked what my order was. When I finally got to the cashier they charged me for the wrong sub. He had no idea how to change it so someone had to come out of the back to help. Then they got in an argument about keeping orders straight. So he rung me up but I still have no sub so I stood there. He stood there…..people stood behind me and yet subs are sitting on the counter that have already been prepared. Finally the guy behind me asked the worker if that was their sub and if they could pay. She said yes and then asked me to go sit down and she will bring mine to me. Cool, 20 minutes have went by now. So I sit down. 5 minutes pass, 10, 15…and finally I go ask about my sub. The lady politely says it is almost up and as I am walking back to my table I here her say to the back, “You forgot the Philly didn’t you.” Dear God….so 5 minutes later….40 minutes after I walked in, I got my one simple sub. Service gets an F

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Price/Quality – You honestly could not offer me this sub for free. There is no way I would ever pay for what I got and there is no way this experience is worth a 40 minutes wait either. What you get for coming here is not worth any price you’d be asked to pay. Price/Quality gets an F

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Uniqueness – If you go to this restaurant you will see plenty of things you never saw in any other restaurant….but that’s not a good thing since all of those things will be bad. Uniqueness gets an F

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Cinco Mexican Cantina – Suwanee

GRADE: A-

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Food – Came here for lunch. They have a great looking menu. Everything sounded delicious. They had lunch specials and both me and my date decided to get the 5 mini tacos. It was a sample platter of fish, Portobello, pork, veggie, and steak. All was garnished differently but everything was cooked to perfection. Beautifully constructed and amazing taste. Not to sound too pretentious but every taco was a new adventure since all were quite different. It was a very enjoyable lunch. Food gets an A-

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Ambiance  - It was quite gorgeous in here. The focal point of the restaurant was a large long table/bar at the entrance. It was beautiful and gave a great first impression. The whole restaurant was modern hardwood and where we sat was very comfortable. Ambiance gets an A

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Service – Cinco isn’t very expensive and you don’t need to dress up to go here so I was expecting typical casual service. However, our server treated us more like we were in a Michelin starred restaurant. Very upscale service. The guy placed our napkins and talked to us like he was truly serving us and not like a friend which I expected. While the service was great, I am not sure it fit the ambiance her which can make that part a little uncomfortable. Service gets a B-

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Price/Quality – It was really cheap……$5 for 5 mini tacos. I can’t get a regular sized taco with crap ingredients in it for $1 a piece. Hell the cheapest Taco Bell has is $.99. Talk about a value. This may be the best value in all of the Atlanta Metro area. Price/Quality gets an A+

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Uniqueness – In a city filled with cheap Mexican places, one that dares to do things better will always get my attention. The food here is above average and is quite good. While that adds some uniqueness to it, the amazing value, which is the best I have found around the city, makes it a great destination. Uniqueness gets an A

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McCray’s Tavern on the Square

GRADE: B

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Food – I have been to the Smyrna location many times but this was the first time I went here. There were a few differences but overall it was relatively the same. The menu was the same as well. I thought I’d go with the vodka pasta as it’s always been great in Smyrna. It was the same here. The vodka sauce they make is one of the best in the city. It was excellent here as well. The food is really good but nothing is great if that makes sense. You won’t be disappointed in anything, but you won’t be dying to go tell all your friends. Food gets a B-

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Ambiance – It’s a nice bar and restaurant. They actually have a rooftop patio as well. I didn’t get to go out there but overall they have done a good job making this into a destination to hang out. Ambiance gets a B

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Service – Everyone was very nice here and accommodating. We had a reservation but they got slammed and a little behind. They couldn’t seat us right away, but everyone was really apologetic and accommodating. They really did care about our visit. The server was friendly and prompt as well. Overall good service. Service gets a B

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Price/Quality – Above average food at an average price makes it a very good price for what you get. Like I said before you aren’t going to be blown away here, you will like it, but not too much money is going to be fleeing your wallet. Price/Quality gets a B+

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Uniqueness – I think it has glimmers of great uniqueness in it. Ambiance may not blow you away but a cool restaurant with a roof top patio that isn’t too crowded ever is certainly unique. The menu items can be found at other restaurants in town but not as good as here. Everything just points to being a destination that overall isn’t easily replicated. Uniqueness gets a B

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Canton Buddha

GRADE:   C-

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Food – I had the spicy garlic chicken here. It was cheaply made and tasted as much. The chicken was not breaded; it was just plain thin strips of chicken cooked with sauce poured over it. The rice was mushy. There was frozen vegtables thrown in there too. They were a little tough. Most likely cooked straight from the frozen state. I knew I wasn’t about to like it when they delivered it and the carrots were those thin strips cut into the lightening shapes. You know the ones I’m talking about. It was just ok at best. Food gets a D

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Ambiance – I actually liked the ambiance here. It was an odd shaped restaurant but very cozy. It was comfortable enough to where you felt like you could hang out all day. In fact people were. There were two guys eating by themselves reading books, another two women that had been there for over an hour talking about the classes they teach, another guy to my right that finished eating as I walked in and was just hanging out there. I felt the same way though. There was nothing overly fancy there but a comfortable atmosphere nonetheless. Ambiance gets a B

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Service – Minimal service here. It took a minute for someone to seat me. When I was seated a menu was placed in front of me without a word.  5 minutes later someone stopped by and asked what my order was. Food was brought, then check, and that was it. Nothing bad but nothing good either. Service gets a C

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Price/Quality – The price wasn’t bad. $7.25 for chicken, rice, egg roll, and a chicken wing. None of it was that good though. Not good enough to go back even for that low price.  Price/quality gets a D

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Uniquness – Ambiance is comfortable here and unique. That’s the only thing. I would say that if you wanted a place to go hang out, maybe drink some tea and talk then this is your place. Very private but nothing good here other than the Ambiance. Ambiance gets a C-

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Souper Jenny – Decatur

GRADE:  B+

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Food – It’s a soup, salad, and sandwich place. At first I was a little dismayed as there were only two sandwich offerings, as that is what I typically order. It seemed to be heavily leaning toward the soup side, but I still got a sandwich. I am very glad I did. It was amazing. It was a twisted brioche bun, roasted apples, brie, arugula and jam. You could have me make a million different sandwiches and I would never think to put together this combination.  Such a unique and amazing sandwich. I want to go try more. Food gets an A+

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Ambiance – Not much of a go to destination to hang out for any reason. You go for the food. It’s mostly just a counter you walk through picking out what you want and a few tables sitting in there. It’s fine to run by for a quick lunch but nowhere you feel comfortable staying for a while. Ambiance gets a B-

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Service – Everyone here was very friendly. They will give you samples of the soup to decide if it’s what you want.  They will let you know about how the sandwiches were made. They will do anything to make sure you get something you enjoy here. I like that the staff is very friendly. Service gets an A-

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Price/quality – So it was an absolutely delicious sandwich and very high quality. The price reflected that though. $7.50 for just a sandwich and adding soup and a drink will bring you to around $15. That’s a little expensive for lunch. A sandwich, even though it was made with the best, had no meat on it so it only cost around $1.89 to make. I bet if they slapped $5.99 on there it would still be an adequate margin and attract more people. I know the line in Buckhead is always out the door but still I think the price is a little high. Price/Quality gets a C

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Uniqueness – Well the food here is entirely unique. I promise in all my years I have never had a sandwich with those ingredients on it. I also haven’t had many that good. The food you find here will be great and mostly unlike any other experience you have had before. Uniqueness gets an A-

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Orient Express

GRADE:  C-

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Food – There are three sections of the restaurant you can sit in. Chinese, sushi, or hibachi. We chose the Chinese. The chicken was fine, but I didn’t like the rice. They used a long grain rice which was odd as usually they use a short grain like Jasmine. It was plain steamed rice and it was over cooked as well. The chicken was cooked great and was delicious! It was served on a large lettuce leaf though which I didn’t understand. The lettuce should either be served on the side to wrap the chicken in or small leaves that makes it easy to cut and eat. The chicken was amazing though which makes me want to come back and try the hibachi and sushi. Food gets a C+

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Ambiance  - Very unique ambiance here. The outside looks like a rail car. It’s very large inside and has 3 different sections like I mentioned before. The middle part, the sushi part, was very romantic and new looking. The hibachi looked fun. Then we sat in the Chinese part which seemed slight outdated. Overall it was fine though except for the crowd there. Part of ambiance is who goes there. I may like the decorations of the bar out on route 9, but the biker gang that would bash my face in is going to keep me away. At this place, 2 out of every 3 tables had kids at it. They were not very well behaved either. I felt like I was at Chuck e Cheese. I don’t think the sushi or hibachi side was like this so I still want to go back and try those. Ambiance gets a C+

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Service – I arrived a while before my date. There were two menus there so they knew I was waiting on someone but still no one came up to me, asked if I wanted a drink, or even greeted me. My date, who was stuck in traffic, arrived 15 minutes later. Once she sat down they greeted us. Then, my date ordered an appetizer for dinner which she specifically told them was for dinner, so to bring with mine. They did not. They brought it right away. Overall, very poor service. Service gets an F

Price/Quality – My plate was $13. A little more expensive than most but the chicken was better than most as well. So I think it could be justified. Price/Quality gets a B-

Uniqueness – The ambiance is certainly unique. I’m not sure my overall experience lives up to other experiences I have had, but there are some unique factors to it. I think it offers a good enough ambiance and above average food to warrant a return visit here to give it another chance. Uniqueness gets a B-

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