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Aqua Blue, Roswell, GA

rcburli Mar 1, 2009 02:39 PM

Anyone been to Aqua Blue?

Or Pastis?

I'm trying to find a place in that area for Saturday dinner.
VG Bistro is out because our friends just went there.

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    northside food Mar 2, 2009 02:08 PM

    I'd recommend either of those two, but I prefer Pastis.

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    1. re: northside food
      Davo7 Mar 3, 2009 08:01 AM

      I really enjoy Aqua Blue...good bar, good food. Chef puts out some tasty food. Wife loves the calamari with the sweet chili dippin sauce.

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      FatAndOld Mar 25, 2009 09:46 PM

      Little Alley is much better than both. Though more limited menu, Oak Street Cafe is better than all of them.

      1. HaagenDazs Mar 26, 2009 07:52 AM

        I agree about Little Alley and Oak Street Cafe.

        Aqua Blue has never impressed me and the reviews have always been mediocre. In fact, the AJC didn't even give it a star when they reviewed it a few years ago - I think they gave it only a "Fair" rating. Much of the allure of the place is that it's been a local cougar hangout recently as they have dance lessons and drinks. Think older suburban females giggling & gossiping and reliving the old Sex and the City days. Of course that's just my take on it.

        Too bad VG Bistro is out of the question, that's a real star in our area. Other options are:

        Byblos (haven't been in a few years unfortunately but I assume it's still good)

        Relish (decent)

        Sugo (another I haven't visited in a year or more but has always been good)

        Greenwoods (Just OK food with a southern flair)

        Stoney River (chain but decent wine list and steaks)

        Red Salt (fairly new and got mixed reviews, I would call it middle of the road)

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        1. re: HaagenDazs
          FatAndOld Mar 26, 2009 08:54 AM

          Other than saying Greenwood's is "okay food"--it's upscale southern food at its best, I'd say a pretty much agree with everything else HD said.

          However, if one is going to extend the geography to Stoney River, Trattoria 1*41 and Azel are much better. Azel is somewhat similar to Aqua Blue, though not as hip, but better food.

          1. re: FatAndOld
            HaagenDazs Mar 26, 2009 10:14 AM

            It's not terrible, you're right, but I just haven't been super happy with everything I've gotten there. I'd rather hit up Swallow across the street and gorge myself on some BBQ and a 40 oz Budweiser. :-)

            The northern suburbs in general have some good places to go and the two others you mentioned are good spots, I agree. Remember there's a Stoney River a the intersection of 92 (where Holcomb Bridge becomes Crossville Rd) and Alpharetta Hwy/Hwy 9 so it's not an extension to hit up that one.

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