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Atlanta trip report

dzoey | Feb 1, 2015 05:47 PM

My daughter was competing in Paws for a Cause gymnastics meet at the GWCC, so we spent the weekend in Atlanta. Except for Sunday, we didn't have a car, so the restaurants we tried were all in walking distance of GWCC. We flew down Friday night and left Sunday night.

Friday night we went to Ted's Montana Grill and we were pleasantly surprised. The food was tasty, the service was friendly, and the pacing was good. We started with the bison nachos and while it was quite messy, it was very good. They put a few thin slices of habenero on it, so people who like heat can get a nice jolt, and people who don't, can just avoid them. Towards the end, the chips did get soggy, but we went through most of it so fast, it wasn't a problem.
I had the eggless Caeser salad and it was good. Nothing extraordinary, but light & satisfying. I got it so that I would have room to sample from my wife and daughter's plates.
My daughter got the cheeseburger (beef) and it was good. One of the more flavorful burgers I've tasted. The fries were good - seasoned but not overly salty.
My wife had the bison short rib and which was a treat. It was tender and had a good sauce and was much larger than she expected, which allowed me to have even more :-). The dish suffered as a whole because the cooked carrot slices had no flavor at all, but the meat was yummy.
We tried the snickerdoodle cookie and chocolate chip cookie and preferred the snickerdoodle. For $2, it was a good price for a sweet at the end of a meal.

Breakfast was at the hotel - standard Hilton Garden Inn breakfast and done pretty well: they kept everything fresh.

Lunch at the GWCC was not particularly good. If you can, avoid the American and Italian eateries in building C. No one became sick, so I guess it wasn't too bad.

We had a team dinner at the Biergarten a few blocks from GWCC. There was a good selection of beer and the service was very friendly. The food was...overcooked. The potato pancakes were greasy and hard, the goulash soup part was tasty and the potatoes well cooked, but the bits of meat were dry (overcooked). The saurbraten had a good sauce, but the meat was dry and overcooked. The desserts were good, with the German Chocolate Cake better than the Apfel Streussel. Seems like a fun place, come for the beer, stay away from the food.

We had lunch the next day at a Mexican restaurant called Zocalos, which is not in walking distance, but we had a car at this point. This was a pleasant surprise. I had the poblano soup which was excellent and heartier than I expected, a chicken tinga quesadilla and a chorizo taco. I enjoyed them all, but the soup was my favorite. My wife and daughter split a steak fajitas and while the sauce didn't appeal to my wife, my daughter really liked it. The sides of beans, rice, and guac were done very well. I also appreciated that they offered extra chips without us having to ask. If I'm in Atlanta again, I would return.

So, a good trip, I got to try new restaurants which is always nice, and the flights were on time. My daughter placed 3rd in her group (level 9 senior) and is happy with how everything went.

Joe H.

P.S. The hotel was good. The room had a large bathtub which was a nice surprise. The only downside was they didn't have a shuttle so we had to walk everywhere, which was the healthy thing I guess.

Zocalo Mexican Kitchen & Cantina,
Ted's Montana Grill
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