West Cobb Diner
Located behind Waffle House at the corner of Barrett Pkwy and Dallas Hwy (770)422-7717
When we first saw the sign for “Grand Opening/ West Cobb Diner” I really was not expecting anything great. I mean…diner food is…well…diner food. I was thinking greasy burgers, and Cobb salads.
I was pleasantly surprised.
The head chef previously owned a restaurant in South Carolina and for the past several years has been cooking and catering for Atlanta’s “elite” (so I’m told). The establishment is a family affair with brother-in-law bankrolling, and wife and other family members helping out in front. I will say one thing: this guy can cook.
Our rating system consists of a five-star rating on six categories.
Quality: The food quality was definitely good. There were ingredients that could have been used pre-prepared, but they chose fresh every time. I had the Mimi’s Italian Chopped Salad, with chick peas, artichokes, hearts of palm, roasted red peppers, white beans, sun-dried tomatoes, and lightly battered and freshly fried eggplant cubes. ($7.00) Every ingredient was crispy and delicious and the eggplant pieces are done to order so they were delightfully light and crispy.
When you see things on this “diner” menu like creme fraiche and remoulade you know that the level of cooking far exceeds that of a short order cook.
Elma had the Crab Sliders which very nice and full of crab meat, not bread crumbs.
I had the chocolate cake for dessert which tasted a bit like a “bake sale” cake with vanilla icing. (I notice that this is not on the printed menu. It must be on trial—keep trying) Next time I will try the Sweet Potato Pecan Pie, which I believe is made in-house as is the Key Lime Pie.
Value: The prices are very reasonable. Most items are under $10.00 and the most expensive thing on the menu is the Char Grilled Ribeye with skillet herb potatoes and house-made Worcestershire with choice of 1 side for $14.00. My meal was a great value because the level of “original” I got was well worth it. Elma ordered the Crab Sliders which were “delicious and full of crabmeat” and came with sweet potato fries that were done to perfection. She ended up eating 2 sliders and taking one home (which I ate….sorry, Elma) She ate ALL the fries.
Atmosphere: Things were not changed much from the Atlanta Bread Company layout. There are some small tables by the fireplace which is nice……comfortable, but not memorable.
Wait Staff: I am going to give the wait staff a BIG pass when I am reviewing their skills. We ate there on the third day it was open, and needless to say, there was some confusion. We waited 20 minutes for our dessert which, the waitress told us (after the fact) was being freshly prepared (we ordered peach cobbler). I went back the following week and waited over 40 minutes for a take-out order. While I waited, I could hear the stress in the busy kitchen……chefs blaming waiters….waiters blaming chefs…and around and around. I have to give them the benefit of the doubt and hope that things settle down and they get in their groove. If not, the service will be the death of them….but let’s give them a chance…OK?
Senior Friendly: The restaurant is very easy to get into–with no steps. there are several handicapped parking places, but even if you don’t get one, the parking is convenient
Bathroom: Neat and clean with plenty of products, but let’s face it…it was only open 3 days when I went!
All in all it was a very pleasant experience. The menu is original and diverse without being “stuffy” and stuck up. There is a wide variety of foods that would satisfy any palate. We will most certainly be returning to try their other menu items like the Pan Seared Top Sirloin with roasted eggplant blue-cheese butter or Shrimp and Mango with toasted corn, jicama, and cilantro lime dressing (Um……yum)
Please go and check it out…and let us know what you think. Were we on track? or off our rocker?