How is Zabb-e-Lee in Atlanta lately?
Traveling through Atlanta and want to grab something to eat after I pick up my rental car. Intially Zabb-e-Lee looked like a great option, but I read the below, very off-putting review. Has anyone been lately and have more positive things to report?
"This formerly acclaimed stalwart has fallen from grace. Yum pla munk, a warm salad of tender squid spiked with ginger, lemongrass, cilantro and mint, is a delicious start. But coconut and red curry kaeng ped, tasty with peas and basil, tastes curiously void of eggplant (advertised on the menu). Disappointment mounts with strange, unpleasantly fishy pad thai. Pla rad, a bony, whole pompano topped with minced pork and onions, is dry and flavorless. by Suzanne Wright, CitySearch
Dos Hermanos was perfect. Nice little place. Had the fish tacos(had chorizo tacos the other day in NYC). Good and cheap. I really enjoyed the little salsa bar. I packed a bunch for the road. The thick green jalepeno one and the thick red tomato one were particularly good. Thanks for the rec.
Oddly enough there is an Indian restaurant in a Cheveron gas station just north of Athens, Ga on highway 29 just north of the Highway Patrol office. used to be a buffet now serves food to eat here or take out in plastic containers. Try the goat, it is especially tasty.
What is it about Cheveron stations and indian food?
My aunt, who is Thai, has an "in" with the gossip amongst that ethnic group in Atlanta. Apparently the original chef/owner handed all the operations over to another family member and headed back to the homeland quite a few years ago.
It hasn't been the same ever since. That used to be our favorite Thai restaurant in Atlanta, but ever since the changeover, it's been nearly atrocious and we've never been back.
I work at the airport and still go by Zabb-e-Lee for lunch - though honestly not as often as I used to. I've not had any experience as bad as reported above, but I'd say Zabb-e-Lee has lost some of it's sparkle. May just be that we're finally getting a few (very few) ethnic alternatives in this part of the city.
Alternate suggestion in the airport vicinity - Taqueria Dos Hermanos. I-85 North to Cleveland Avenue, turn left at the exit onto Cleveland avenue and the restaurant (which shares space with a Shell station) is about a half mile ahead on your left - across from Pleasers Adult Entertainment (hey, if you want ethnic, you sometimes gotta go to ethnic neighborhoods).
Once inside, Dos Hermanos is clean and bright, and the help are very friendly. The chorizo tacos are tops, and al pastor a close second. Don't bother with the sandwiches, they're not bad, but hardly worth the trip. I've not tried them but their tamales (a frequent special) are supposed to be pretty good too.
If you want to stay south of the airport, there's a new Indian restaurant (oddly also co-located with a gas station - Chevron this time) on Old National Highway and the corner of Godby Road. Same road as Zabb-e-Lee, but turn left when you get off the freeway instead of right. Godby Road is the first traffic light after you've crossed over the freeway. If you're an Indian food afficianado then you probably should pass on this place, but for Atlanta, it's as good as you'll probably find without a trip to the Northern suburbs.