As a small cafe, this place would do well. It would do even better outside Buckhead. But when you find a restaraunt on Pharr Rd., you expect to have some nice eats before enjoying the highlights of Buckhead's nightlife.
Pricci had food that did the job. Thoguh the food didn't really appeal to my palate, I had to appreciate the prompt service and the decent quality of the food we ordered. The facilities, however, were very lacking. The restrooms were small and the seating was uncomfortable.
For the $30 I spent eating here, I could have gone somewhere else that had the ambience and comfort I wanted. I think you should, too.
PROS: A walk away from partying in Buckhead
CONS: Poor ambience that lacks persona and comfort
Sadly, Buckhead is rapidly becoming a de facto segregationalist area. Like a lot of clubs in Atlanta, you'll find that Jack Rabbit is either all-white or all-black.
Jack Rabbit is no different, but if you can feel comfortable in either situation, you're good to go. Their bartenders are flirty and cordial no matter who you are or what you look like. The lounge works well as a stopover for cheaper drinks between places like Tongue and Groove and Fuel. Located on Bolling Way just a few blocks north of Pharr Rd., this is a surefire place for you to grab a brew and a shot before going back into your favorite club.
PROS: Well-priced drinks, good Buckhead location just steps to everything
CONS: Non-existent racial diversity depending on the day
If you're stuck north of the perimeter and are looking for great take-out Thai food, Lemon Grass is a sure bet. Just off 75 North at the Southern Polytechnic University exit, Lemon Grass serves the familiar Thai staples, and does it well.
Food comes in varied levels of spiciness for the mild-mannered and the insane Tabasco-masochists. It takes only 15 minutes from the time you order for the food to be ready, so depending on where you are, you can order your food and pick it up immediately.
PROS: Varied spice levels, lots of choices
CONS: Most of the choices taste like the same curry in different forms
I've been to The Palace several times, and each time left me with a different experience.
The service is always satisfactory. While the waiters come around enough to check up on you, they won't leave you in awe. They're not rude, but they don't exactly pay you much mind. For me, a smile goes a long way, and these guys didn't do much.
The food is good, though. There's enough veggies for those who opt out of carnivorous lifestyles, and the bar is decent. All in all, it's nothing great--for spectacular South Asian cuisine, I would opt more for a place like the Bombay Grille in Chamblee.
PROS: Nice decor, food is very decent overall.
CONS: A little heavy on the garlic, and quality of food varies
Don't be fooled by its outside appearance. Though it looks a bit sketchy from the outside, Istanbul Cafe serves great meals in an all-inclusive environment that anyone, no matter their level of familiarity with Turkish cuisine, will enjoy. The host, Mustafa, is a jovial guy with a contagious smile and an upbeat attitude.
The menus are descriptive with no room for surprises. The lamb is soft, the vegetarian selection is as numerous as it is diverse, and the desserts are so sweet you may not want to leave. Still better are the hookahs, water pipes filled with flavored tobacco. All in all, Istanbul Cafe is one of those places you can spend hours just sitting and eating. Pricing falls between a gyro stand and the upscale Kymas and Imperial Fez's.
Though a little on the pricey side, the food comes with entertainment in the form of belly dancers and a coercive Mustafa who will not stand for one of his friends (or customers) not having a good time. Patrons sit either on pillows or at the normal tables--wear jeans and flipflops, since the pillows are the best seats and the ones most frequented by belly dancers!
PROS: More fun than should be allowed
CONS: Expect to pay up to $40 a person for dinner and hookahs
Pung Mie is located right off of I-285 on Buford Highway, nestled among a sea of ethnic restaraunts.
Its food is good enough to earn it 3 stars, but is highly over-priced. While it's authentic, PM just left me wanting. There are several other places I would recommend just on the strength of their main courses; but then, most Chinese restaraunts in Atlanta serve the same dishes anyway.
Where PM shines, however, is in their appetizers and Dim Sum. More expensive than Canton Cooks, PM does dumplings and steamed rolls very well. Their selection is varied, and the bakery just downstairs is enough to make you stay.
PROS: Fantastic appetizers and dim sum on occasion
CONS: Same flavor for twice the price
I'm highly critical of the Vietnamese cuisine I find in Atlanta, especially given that I went to school in New Orleans where the Vietnamese population is so concentrated.
Luckily, Pho Bac hit the mark. With numbered menus to spare you from grossly mutilating the Vietnamese language, Pho Bac has a loyal following of regulars who are always there, a surefire sign of good food. Noodles come in huge, oversized bowls. The pho is tasty, the sauce is spicy, and the selection is to die for. Service is slow; however, I didn't mind once I got my food.
Pho Bac also offers some French colonial dishes like pork sandwiches and salads; you'd be much better off to stick with what they're named for, though. With the exception of some skeezy waiters, I had a great experience here and will definitely be back.
PROS: Best Vietnamese food in Atlanta, hands-down.
CONS: Waiters wouldn't stop ogling my girlfriend and didn't care that I noticed
Dr. Henkel is one of the top child-psychiatrists I've encountered. With a professional yet relaxed demeanor, she is among one of the few medical professionals I've met that has truly made me feel as though there was nothing to worry about.
She is attentive, respectful, and sensitive to the needs of her patients. Few in the medical field have the customer service ethic she so confidently exudes. Somehow, she manages to maintain this professionalism while simultaneously keeping the conversational tones of an old friend.
PROS: The best, period.
CONS: There aren't more like her.
One fine Sunday morning I awoke with a craving for Vimto. I didn't want to drive 30 minutes to Buford to find it, either.
So I ventured to the budding Sandy Springs exit off I-285. The Cleopatra International Foodmart sits between 285 and Abernathy Rd., just a few miles north of Buckhead. It comes complete with just about everything you can think of--mango juices, fresh fruit, a halal grocer, old Middle Eastern men chatting about the goings-on in their families; this is the neighborhood Middle Easter restaraunt I'd been looking for since we moved to Atlanta.
My only complaint was that it was kind of dingy inside. The floors could have used a good mopping, and despite the delectable aromas emanating from the storerooms, the prevailing odor is a musty kind of attic smell most people associate with old houses.
PROS: Fair selection, modest prices, super-friendly, "all are welcome" atmosphere
CONS: Looks like a hole-in-the-wall type of establishment, smells like one too
There are times when I become squeamish about visiting an unfamiliar place. Not only do I have a paralyzing fear of looking like an idiot, but I also have a natural embarassment of mispronouncing foods, names, or come to think of it, every word in a language.
Located next to the Turkish Cultural Center in Norcross, Bereket laid most of my fears to rest. A friendly Turk with a British accent helped explain to me what everything was, and most importantly what it was not. While most of the groceries available are non-perishables like packaged candy and the like, there are items here I couldn't find in any other Middle Eastern grocer in Atlanta.
PROS: Lots of random Turkish stuff you can't find anywhere else
CONS: Random Turkish stuff is pretty much all they have