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West Cobb Diner

West Cobb Diner

Elma and I give it 3 1/2 stars with potentila for 5

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.

Mimi's Italian Chopped Salad

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.

Chocolate Cake

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.

West Cobb Diner--I'm sure they will be adding to the atmosphere as they go

West Cobb Diner--I expect they will to add to the atmosphere as they go

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?

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Let’s Do Lunch! Why I Started This Blog

Lunch is my favorite meal of the day.  If you eat it early enough, it can be brunch.  If you eat it late, it can be an early dinner.  You can eat anything and make it lunch.  But where can you eat in Cobb County, Georgia and get a great deal?

As fate would have it, my mother-in-law, Elma moved in with us 6 weeks ago.  She is 83 years old and she is great.  The one thing she loves to do is go out to lunch.  She MUST get a good deal–a lot of food, at a bargain price.  But the food HAS to be quality.  She also likes a thoughtful atmosphere and music that’s “not so pounding”.

While I love lunch as well, I value quality interesting food that is healthy and served by a great wait staff.

We thought since we go out to eat at least 3 times a week, that we would save others time and money and give ratings for the places at which we eat.   We would give our honest opinions and we would not take any free meals from any establishments that wanted to be on the blog.

Elma and I rate the eateries in six categories using a 1 – 5 star rating system.

  • Food quality:  Is everything fresh? Does it taste like it’s been sitting around for a while?  Are the lettuce leaves wilting? You get the idea.
  • Value:  How many meals can we get out of our doggie bags?
  • Atmosphere: Can we keep busy looking around when the conversation lags? and do we like what we see?
  • Wait staff: Are they accommodating? do they make light banter? do they laugh at Elma’s jokes? are they attentive?
  • Senior friendly: are there enough handicapped parking spaces? is the entrance difficult to navigate? are the seats comfy?
  • Bathrooms: c’mon let’s face it–if the place is great, but the bathroom smells like Uncle Frank has been in there reading War and Peace, forget it!

Elma rates the restaurant from her point of veiw, and I rate it from mine.  You, the reader get the value of our opinion (for what it’s worth!)

We plan to visit restaurants more than one time to get a true feel of what it is like.  I plan to post many pictures of the inside as well as the meals.

Please check the blog roll for “favorites” and “don’t bothers”.

Thanks for reading and check back soon!!