Over the past few years, the Atlanta metro area has become a foodie paradise. Chef-driven concepts are taking center stage and using locally grown seasonal ingredients, which means diners can find any type of cuisine they may desire, from comfort food at the local diner to a wide range of ethnic cuisine and established chain restaurants. To celebrate the best and brightest, many of Cobb’s cities have their own restaurant weeks throughout the year, where diners can sample some of the area’s best food from a fixed-price menu. Here are just a few of Cobb’s best culinary options:
Another Broken Egg Cafe
4300 Paces Ferry Road, #150, Atlanta | (770) 384-0012
The original Broken Egg Cafe opened in New Orleans in the mid-90s, and soon spread throughout the Southeast. With three locations in the metro area, including one in Vinings, locals love to stop in for down home breakfast cooking.
4199 Paces Ferry Road SE, Atlanta | (770) 432-2663
Consistently rated one of Atlanta’s best restaurants, this oasis on the banks of the Chattahoochee River serves up classic American fare with a touch of Southern flair. The restaurant was forced to close in September 2009 due to severe flooding, but reopened with great fanfare just two months later.
Caper’s on Main
1635 Old 41 Highway NW, Kennesaw | (678) 594-7735
For more than 10 years, Caper’s has been serving a classic steak, seafood and pasta in a Mediterranean-tinged atmosphere. Though it moved from Main Street to a strip mall in 2010, its loyal customer base had no trouble following.
Chicken and the Egg
800 Whitlock Ave. NW, #124, Marietta | (678) 388-8813
Its unassuming strip mall location belies the friendly atmosphere and delicious dishes waiting inside. Executive Chef Marc Taft has tapped into the farm-to-table movement with a menu centered around “modern farmstead fare.” Word to the wise: Don’t skip the pimento cheese fritters.
Heirloom Market BBQ
2243 Akers Mill Road, Atlanta | (770) 612-2502
Heirloom brings together two seemingly disparate flavors and styles: Texas and Korean barbeque. The results are some of the tastiest ribs and pulled pork sandwiches this side of the Chattahoochee.
Henry’s Louisiana Grill
4835 N Main St., Acworth | (770) 966-1515
Often credited with launching the revitalization of Acworth’s downtown square, Henry’s recreates the Big Easy with ease, from Mardi Gras beads to authentic gumbo.
306 Cobb Parkway S, Marietta | (770) 423-9390
It is probably no accident that the wait staff walks diners past the brightly lit dessert cases featuring foot-tall cakes on the way to their table. This 24-hour Marietta staple serves everything from breakfast to burgers.
1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 208, Marietta | (770) 977-7747
745 Chastain Road NW, Suite 1160, Kennesaw | (770) 425-8777
2355 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 10, Atlanta | (770) 432-2526
With several locations around town, this local chain recreates the friendly neighborhood tavern, perfect for an after-work drink, dinner with friends or leisurely Sunday brunch.
1718 Old 41 Highway NW, Marietta | (770) 419-3311
Located at the edge of Kennesaw Mountain National Park, this converted gas station does a booming business. Don’t miss classics like biscuits and gravy or fried chicken biscuit.
Muss & Turner’s
1675 Cumberland Parkway SE, #309, Smyrna | (770) 434-1114
Not many sandwich shops can claim the kind of success bestowed upon Muss & Turner’s. The Smyrna deli, wine and beer shop opened in 2005 and by early 2006 it had added a full service bistro with a wine and beer bar.
Seed Kitchen and Bar
1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 504, Marietta | (678) 214-6888
Located in East Cobb’s Merchant’s Walk shopping center, this chef-driven restaurant serves modern American fare and innovative cocktails.
South City Kitchen Vinings
1675 Cumberland Parkway SE, #401, Smyrna | (770) 435-0700
This outpost of the Midtown classic has been voted the best fried chicken in Cobb County, and of course, diners should also save room for its traditional banana pudding. Enjoy eating al fresco on beautiful spring and summer days.
Thaicoon & Sushi Bar
34 Mill St. NE, Marietta | (678)766-0641
Located on the Marietta Square, Thaicoon has been serving traditional Thai and Japanese dishes since 2002.