My girlfriend and I came here for lunch. We started off with the layered fried green tomtoes was accompanied by soft goat cheese, minced tomatoes, and topped with a sticky balsalmic glaze. I ordered the sweet potatoe tots and the burger of the month, breaded bison buffalo burger with buffalo sauce and blue cheese crumbles. Unaware that it was breaded, and not really thrilled with the breaded burger, I asked to send it back. Our server pleasantly had it replaced with the same dressed burger (w/o breading), which had the perfect amount of sauce and cheese. My girlfriend ordered the the turkey burger and crisp fries. The restaurant was fairly busy, but our food took a very long time to get to our tables (almost an hour). My sweet potatoe tots also seemed like they had been sitting out of the heat for a while, which made them somewhat soggy. Our server was extremely nice and the assisted general manager visited our table and later took my burger off my check, which I was not expecting. The restaurant is kid friendly, has a well stocked bar, can sit a large a small group and does offer WiFi. They offer gluten free, vegetarian, entrees, sandwiches, starters, salads, soups, and specially crafted milkshakes. menu items. Their burgers consist of bison, angus beef, ground chuck, chicken, fish, turkey, and vegetables.
We have been 4 times now and are somewhat impressed. We enjoyed the selection from the menu but disliked the cold temp to our BBQ meat when served:( We also have shown up to enjoy only drinks at the bar~ ok. One of us had the large Hawg-a-Rita which was good, refreshing, made with fresh squeezed limes and not a lot of syrup, etc. After consuming this we ordered a small size margarita and instead of this drink were served a vodka based with peach shnaps twist to the Hawg-a-Rita. BAD MOVE! When I asked the bartender, (Nina) about why she opted to ignore my order and switch liquors and serve us something different, she responded, "oh, it's good. You will like it!" WRONG! The drink was terrible and ended up ruining our evening out as I proceeded to spend a while in the bathroom upchucking everything! I just don't understand why a bartender would take matters into their own hands and deliver drinks that were not ordered by customers??? Hello??? Not sure about returning. Food has been so-so, service has been less than wonderful and entertainment- girls and a pink hog costumed freak were dancing on the bar... Don't go unless you want cold BBQ meat, incorrect drinks from the bar and cheesy entertainment on the bar.
I recently visited BLT for brunch and it was not the best experience. Our server was not in the best mood and seemed to be quite annoyed. The restaurant was pretty much empty as there was only 1 other table and they were already done with their meal. Although the restaurant was empty we waited 30 mins before our food arrived. Unfortunately my food was not hot at all. The BLT popover was served with home fries and what was supposed to be field greens but instead it was iceberg lettuce which was brown. I asked the server prior to ordering if the dish came with home fries and he said no which was the reason I ordered the hand cut fries which were $9 by the way. Once he brought the food to the table he said "oh yea your popover came with home fries...your welcome". I was stunned to say the least. I mentioned to him that he seems to have an attitude and he proceeded to say "that is just his personality". Considering the extravagant prices for brunch I expected service and food to be better.
The Greater Good is our go-to place for BBQ near our home in Sandy Springs (right off exit 4A on 400). We went last night and had a great experience as always. It's a little place with a lot of charm right next door to Fellini's Pizza. It has a quaint outdoor eating area with hanging lights that twinkle at night. The inside is a little cramped but has a good old fashioned feel. We always get the three meat plate. I personally like the pork best but my boyfriend LOVES the chicken and brisket. The meat is delicious but is terribly dry without sauce.... but their sauce is amazing! I recommend the sweet. Yum. I am not a huge fan of the sides here- I just come for the BBQ. The fries taste homemade but just aren't my style and definitely are not good to-go. Boyfriend always orders the mac and cheese but always regrets it. Would definitely use them to cater for a football party or family gathering. I know it would be a crowd pleaser.
When you think of BBQ I'm sure the first thing that comes to mind is ribs, chicken and pull pork. Well that was the same for me until I had Sweet Auburn's Shrimp & Grits. This was so good. Since this is a BBQ joint the shrimp are seasoned with a BBQ rub. The thing I found exciting was that they added a charred corn pico . This was different because I've never thought about adding corn. This is differently an ingredient I'll be adding to my own creation. Being full is not something you will have to worry about here. You will have enough for now and some for later. This is a great place to meet up with friends and family and just enjoy each other. They have a veggie plate for those of you who don't eat meat.
The oldest place in town. Why ? It's not the food, or the decor. It's a legend . It's the friendly people who eat here. They have breakfast "click s " and lunch clicks and whatever clicks. It's the place in town to be seen. All the movers and shakers are here. I bet more business deals are made here than in lawyer offices. My first time there many years ago, three people tried to sell me a car. Sure I eat the tough BBQ, I love it. I love the greasy breakfasts too. All the employees here are like family. I know them all by name. They have all been here for over 10 years each. Strangers are welcome, even Yankee's, just don't forget to say Howdy. ChefLars.
Ok, as a graduate of GT I know I'm biased, but I love the Varsity for what it is. Decent food with a charm and character that is unique in Atlanta. Don't expect anything gourmet here but the chili dogs are decent, the fries and rings are appropriately greasy, the fried pies are a treat and the FOs (frozen orange - think of an orange frosty) are yummy. We used to come here and sit in the car and we enjoyed every minute of it. Now I stop by on my way to an event in the city and still enjoy the hustle and bustle on gameday, the "what'll ya haves" echoing throughout and the energy of this place. Its a definite must-visit for out of town guests.
Being new to Atlanta I've been told of how great the Varsity was , but when I tried them it wasn't what I thought it would be. Now don't get me wrong the hot dogs weren't bad , but from the talk of the town.... I thought they would be better. I had a slaw dog and a chili dog. The chili dog was a little over priced if you asked me . The team moved the line quickly, but I wouldn't say that they gave me Chick-fil-a type customer service ( best customer service at a fast food restaurant). I hear that back in the day it was better ,so try it for yourself and then you be the judge.
This is one of the best places to get BBQ around the Midtown/Buckhead areas. The portions are HUGE, the food is excellent, and there's a ton of variety - not just your typical ribs and pork like many other Southern BBQ spots. I left feeling ridiculously stuffed, but it was so worth it - we had the pimiento cheese appetizer, BBQ pork nachos, and a sweet potato souffle that will knock your socks off. The prices for drinks and food are really affordable - not sure why this place isn't more popular! Also a big patio with plenty of seating great for big groups.
The Varsity has been around for a long time and is an iconic restaurant in Atlanta. The orange drink and orange frosty are both great classics. I like the hot dogs and fries myself to eat. They also have an ice cream bar with tasty ice cream. The service is exceptionally fast; they have perfected the art of moving people quickly through the line so you never wait more than 2 minutes even when crowded. The various rooms have televisions playing: some news, some sports, etc which is a nice touch.