Tuesday, September 1, 2015

West Cobb Diner - Marietta, Georgia

I'm not sure how West Cobb Diner escaped my notice. It's exactly the kind of place I like to try. That's why as soon as I did hear about it the Dining Companion and I headed right over there.

I noticed as were entering that there is a patio adjacent to the restaurant. I asked the hostess if the outside area is pet friendly and she said that it is. Another place where the 4LB Wonder would be welcomed. Nice to know.

The interior is stylish and inviting. It feels like it would be a great place to while away a rainy afternoon.

Warm and inviting dining area - Note the fireplace in the corner
 The food at West Cobb Diner is primarily Southern in style with a few other things added into the mix.

A nice variety
Let me confess something right here. We went to West Cobb Diner with a plan. Having looked over their menus online we decided on a few things to try. When our server Max (I hope I got that right!) dropped off the menus there was also a page of specials included. But, instead of getting all sidetracked like I do, I stuck with the plan.

We ordered a lot of stuff. Most of it ended up coming home with us but I really wanted to try a variety of what was offered.

To begin we ordered two starters - Fried Green Tomatoes with Shrimp Remoulade and the Smoked Chicken Quesadilla. The tomatoes were crisp without being oily and just what you'd want in a good fried green tomato. The shrimp remoulade however made the dish. It would make just about anything you put it on better.

Fried Green Tomatoes with Shrimp Remoulade
The smoked chicken quesadillas were outstanding. You could taste the smoke on the diced chicken as well as the savoriness of the Gouda cheese and the poblano peppers.

Smoked Chicken Quesadilla with Gouda cheese & Pico de Gallo with Roasted Poblanos and Caramelized Onions
We were off to a great start. Next we ordered mains and sides. Some of the dinners come with sides so by ordering an additional sides plate we were able to sample six of the many offered.

For mains we went with a couple of Southern staples - Shrimp and Grits and Country Fried Steak.

Crispy fried shrimp, creamy. cheesy grits and corn salsa. Every single thing about this dish was great. From the perfectly cooked shrimp to the bacon-pepper gravy; delicious, delicious, delicious. 

Jumbo Fried Shrimp & Cheddar Cheese Grits with Bacon-Cracked Pepper Gravy & Roasted Corn Salsa
Next up was the Country Fried Steak. Another home run. The Vidalia Onion gravy totally made this dish. Every bite was great.

Country Fried Steak with Vidalia Onion Gravy, Corn Casserole and Squash Casserole
The corn and squash casseroles were the first of the sides that we ordered. Imagine if you took the best of every Thanksgiving dressing, stuffing or casserole that your grandma ever made; then you'd have an idea of what these two sides were like. But only if your grandma was a good cook. Cause if not then that's not the idea at all.

In addition to all of that we also went for a plate of sides. Called a Veggie Plate on the menu. Four more choices... We ended up with Broccoli Casserole, Cucumbers & Tomatoes, Macaroni & Cheese and Jalapeno Slaw.

From top - Cucumbers & Tomatoes, Macaroni & Cheese, Broccoli Casserole, and Jalapeno Slaw
All really great. Crisp cucumbers and ripe tomatoes with a vinaigrette dressing, spicy creamy slaw and my favorite kind of homemade style mac and cheese. The broccoli casserole was another dish of awesome. Even if you're on the fence about broccoli this dish might make you a convert.

Last but not least is dessert. West Cobb Diner's desserts are made fresh daily so the selection changes. We went with a Lime Cake with some kind of amazing frosting. I can't for the life of me remember what the frosting was (cream cheese maybe?) but it was some kind of awesome.

Lime Cake
We rolled out of West Cobb Diner with a stack of take-out boxes and a plan to come back before patio season is over. There were just so many great things on the menu that we have no choice but to come back and try more stuff and give the pet friendly patio a try.

If you're in the area of the West Cobb Diner, do stop in. The service is friendly and accommodating and the food is fantastic. The perfect antidote to the same old-same old.

Happy dining! 


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    1. Me too! This version was just different enough to make it interesting. Very tasty.

  2. Wow. Just wow. So much awesome here.

    Love the FGT and the sound of the smoked chicken quesadilla; maybe I'll try and recreate those this summer.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. The smoked chicken quesadilla is one of my favorites. It's every bit as delicious as it looks!