Short trip to Atlanta area
My wife and I went on a short trip to the Atlanta area. We were going to have three dinners, so I did a bit of searching to find good places.
The first night we were staying in College Park. BBQ Kitchen sounded very nice, but we had trouble finding it and when we did find it, it had closed for the day. So we settled on Academy Grill, on Virginia Avenue in College Park. For an emergency fall-back place it was pretty good. We each had country-fried steak, a dish a like. The meat was good, the white pasty gravy less peppery than I care for. The side were fine.
The next night we were in Marietta and Tasty China was the choice. I was bowled over. As a Jewish kid from the Bronx (long ago) I grew up with Chinese food. I have long since abandoned Bronz style and tend to go where there aren't many Caucasians. Taking a hint from what I read here about the restaurant, we skipped the "American Chinese" dishes. In fact, we just ordered appetizers. Since my wife doesn't really care for hot food, we chose milder things. We had five dishes (I only ordered four, but five came). I had never had any of them, and they all were good. This seems like a place to work through the menu over a period of time. The service left a little to be desired, but the quality of the food more than made up for it. If we every relocate to the area, I would like to get a bunch of like minded (or palated) people together for dinnes there.
The third night found use back in College Park. This time we ate at BBQ Kitchen. Very good. Simple menu. We each had port BBQ, but each with three different sides. I actually had a fourth side, taking advantage of the refill on side dish policy. The sweet tea was good. I'm sure dessert was fine, but no room for it. For $6.81, I couldn't ask for more.
Several Chowhound fans are also participants on AtlantaCuisne.com and have gathered at Tasty China for a shared meal. Having eight to ten people at a table allows a great variety of good food, which would take me several trips to explore otherwise. Steve Drucker has written extensively of his exhaustive search of the Tasty China menu. Look up his posts when you have time for a leisurely read.
Little Szuchuan has been my mainstay for Szechuan for a number of years - love those string beans with shreaded pork...yummmmm - I tried Tasty China a couple of weeks ago and can tell you it's the real deal. I can't wait to go back soon to work my way down the menu...loved the hot and numbing beef rolls