My pleasure to spend a week in East Cobb with family. My sister is very health-driven, and c ould not believe thaqt all I wanted was some of the great Atlanta fast food and street food. I moaned and bitched, and here's what we got.
Waffle House is Waffle House. Only, I never been to one. Although they are on every corner, we drove a few miles to my bro-in-law's favorite. More menu than I expected. Had the rib-eye, eggs, & hash browns, lots of gravy on everything. I was very happy. Service was quick and friendly--somebody hit a couple Marvin Gaye tunes on the juke, and staff and diners joined in a sing-a-long. This place was on Roswell, couple miles south of Johnson Ferry.
Sam's BBQ #1 has been touched on this board. 3 of us had ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and Brunswick stew. The ribs were smoky and salty, with real good bark, and worked well with both habanero and Carolina sauces. I rather had St Louis instead of baby backs (my hometown style is Oakland CA, mostly a blend of Memphis and Texas styles, and nobody eats baby backs). Pulled pork was smoky, moist and tasty; the Carolina sauce did its thing to tie the sandwich together. The Brunswick was tasty, but pretty thin. The brisket was smoky but that's all, too dry for me--we took it home along with the smoked corn, and added it to my sister's beef vegetable soup. Yummy.
Sam's is at 4944 Lower Roswell Rd, xxDavidson, in Marietta.
Oak Street Cafe was a mixed blessing. We got seated immediately at 1 PM on Father's Day, then the service slowed down. My request for tequila instead of vodka in my bloody mary earned me the blankest look I've had in a while. The whole staff took time out to stare at our table. Bro-in-law's eggs Benedict were pronounced "eggselent"; Sis and I both had scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, which surprised us by appearing in sandwich form. Our portions were very large--we each took a half sandwich home. At $70 + tip, it was an OK meal. 45 Oak St, xxBush, Roswell, in the SOCA shops.
The contrast, not surprising, was that for $27, four hungry guys feasted at Mr Taco in Roswell. I really enjoyed the cochinita pibil tacos--they don't advertise a cochinita plate, but I bet they'd make one. Nephew #1 had the mole special--4 chicken enchiladas drowned in mole sauce and white cheese. All the rest was tacos, then we sat back and burped and grinned. I brought a menu back home, and will be showing it at my various favorite taquerias around the East Bay, just to be helpful. 893 Holcomb Bridge Rd, #200, Roswell.
Also had a Five Guys stop coming down from up Nawth. You all know about it, and I liked it better than In'n'Out, the current Cali fave. The peanuts are a sweet touch.
Did not get to Zaxby's, although I whined and bitched and basically begged. However, at the airport going home, I hit Paschal's for a meat-and-three. Just love Paschal's, best reason to fly Delta I can think of.
Also, BTW, did not meet one person who was not friendly and congenial well above the call of hospitality. Thank you all for another great visit to Atlanta.
Oak Street Cafe
45 Oak St, Roswell, GA 30075
893 Holcomb Bridge Rd Ste 200, Roswell, GA 30076
658 Dawsonville Hwy, Gainesville, GA 30501