West Cobb Magazine

February 2010

Posted in 1 by westcobbmagazine on February 5, 2010

West Cobb Diner – A  Star is Born – This new restaurant is located at 3451 Barrett Parkway which on the corner of Barrett Parkway and Dallas Highway behind Walgreens in the former Atlanta Bread Company location. It’s already always crowded and alive with the hum of a successful well oiled machine after just six weeks. The first thing you think of is they must be doing something right and yes, they are doing lots of things right.  The restaurant features home cooking along with menu specialties.  Our group had meatloaf with collards and mashed potatoes, the sirloin and asparagus plate and a fried chicken salad.  The portions were large and the price reasonable at around $10 per plate.  We took our time ordering as we studied the day’s vegetables which were listed on a dry erase board in the middle of the room. Read More

  The MaxSave Card A New Way to Save – The MaxSave Card is a  revolutionary new discount card with a consumer loyalty flavor that capitalizes on the speed and convenience of the Internet. Max has just been launched in East Cobb and is now being launched in West Cobb by West Cobb Magazine. Among the West Cobb restaurnants accepting thre Max Card are Keegan’s Public House, Kuppy’s Cofee in Kennesaw, Johnny’s Pizza on Dallas Highway, Cobb Parkway and Ridenour, Whitlocks Grill on Whitlock, theAustralian Bakery on the Marietta Square and the Big Shanty Smoke House.  Click here to see the newest list by category of Max savings at over 100 local businesses in East and West Cobb. 

  5 Steps to Tasting Wine Like a Pro – To some, tasting means taking a sip and swallowing immediately.That isn’t tasting. To really understand wine, learn to taste deliberately. Wine is a playground for all 5 of our senses, our memory and our minds. Our enjoyment & understanding of wine improves dramatically if we observe, smell, taste, feel, analyze and remember more carefully. So what does it mean to taste like a pro? Read More


Search for a “Real SandwichIf you ask me what’s my favorite thing for lunch, I’ll quickly answer a sandwich. I grew up in New York City and have always enjoyed a “Real Sandwich”.  You may think that I am only referring to deli sandwiches, but when I grew up you could get a “Real Sandwich” at a deli, coffee shop or sandwich shop and even a great many restaurants and drug stores. Then came the birth of fast food in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s and with the birth of the Big Mac, Subway, etc. the “Real Sandwich” was soon something relegated to Deli’s and lunch boxes.  Read More


 What’s Happening at the Strand in 2010  –  The Earl Smith Strand celebrated its first birthday in January of 2010, and is offering a spectacular offering of live theater, concerts, and more in the New Year!  The award-winning Atlanta Lyric Theatre, The Strand’s resident musical theater company, is midway through its 30th season, and will be presenting four musicals in the first half of 2010, including All Night Strut (Feb. 19 – Mar. 7), Little Shop of Horrors (April 16 – May 2), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (June 11-27), and Hairspray! (July 23 – August 8). Tickets range from $32 to $38.Read More

Yes, there is always something going on the historic Marietta Square on Friday and  Saturdays. In February it is  Martini & Music, Beer, Wine & Champagne Tastings, Classes & Trips, Friday Night Wine & Dine Events. Ghost Tours, Pub Crawls, Plays, Art and Live entertainment. Reservations required for some events.  Read More

 The Museums on the historic Marietta Square –  Located just 26 minutes from downtown Atlanta in the heart of Cobb County, the museums of the Marietta Square offer the perfect treat for families looking for an economical staycation or college student jonesing for something different to do on a Saturday afternoon. Read More




Let the “Hurricane” teach you to play the  Guitar Online – How many times did you ever say, “I always  take up a musical instrument, but I could never find the time!” It was always a matter of scheduling a suitable time with the teacher. Then there was the possibility of something suddenly standing in the way such as traffic delays, bad weather, business or doctor appointments that couldn’t wait, not to mention family emergencies. Of course, the teacher’s time would usually have to be reserved by paying in advance, usually by the month. If you didn’t, or couldn’t show up without proper notice, the opportunity for a music lesson, the money, and the time slot was lost.  The list of excuses for not practicing or missing a music lesson is endless, not to mention somewhat unbelievable. You can be assured that I heard them all. I once made a list of them and lost count at a hundred and one. Read More

 Cobb Arts Calendar-  February – March 6 Includes Ballet, Concerts, Children’s Theater, Classic Films, Symphony, Opera, Musicals, Dramas and much more  Read More




A West Cobb Couple’s Business is Going to the Dogs  –In this time when more people are scrambling to find work or create a niche home-based business, this West Cobb couple’s business has literally gone to the dogs.  For Jeff and Amy Luce it’s all about making dog treats that are wholesome enough that they can be said to be “Human tested and dog approved.”  With this being said local dogs find the Bark & Beg treats so tasty that they refuse to share with their owners. Read More


  The MaxSave Card A New Way to Save – Max is a new discount card with a consumer loyalty flavor that capitalizes on the speed and convenience of  a New Way to Save the Internet. Max isnow being launched in West Cobb by West Cobb Magazine. Among the West Cobb restaurnants accepting thre Max Card are Keegan’s Public House, Johnny’s Pizza on Dallas Highway, Cobb Parkway and Ridenour, Whitlocks Grill and the Big Shanty Smoke House. Read More

Featured Restaurants

 Whitlock’s Grill (formerly Chicago’s) – Marietta. New Name, New Owners, but same great food and a little better.  This  long time Whitlock Avenue favorite has recently been purchased and changed its name. On Wednesday night, we went to Whitlock’s for our 20ty anniversary.  I am always, a little but caustious about places that have been sold and the new owners say that it is still the same old thing. Well, rest assure that this is not the case with Chicago, The experience was fantastic in every way from the food to the service. The restaurant still has the same wonderful clubby look of Chicago with its dark woods and leather booths. The bar is one of the prettiest areas of the restaurant and the food is still some of the best in West Cobb. Read More

 Siam Square Thai Restaurant – A Terrific Little Thia Gem in East  Cobb  

My first visit to Siam Square Thai Restaurant was back in the fall of 08 for a friend’s birthday. Our group of 6 visited on a Saturday. What immediately struck me about the restaurant was how beautifully decorated it was, almost begging you to forget it is in a strip mall. I love the stained concrete floors . They really add a nice touch. Candle lit tables make for a romantic evening at Siam Square, but it also works for groups too. Read MORE

Antonino’s Italian Grotto – CartersvilleRecently, when I was having lunch with my friend Michelle, she recommended that we try a small Italian restaurant in Cartersville called Antonino’s. She said while different, that she feels Antonino’s can hold its own against any area Italian restaurant including Fusso’s.  If you don’t read one more word, I’ll tell you this is one of the best Italian restaurants I’ve eaten in anywhere in the Atlanta area and it is a great value. Well worth the drive to Cartersville. Read More

Dave Poe’s BBQ – Marietta – If you have never heard of Dave Poe’s  BBQ and are wondering what’s the story about this new place worry no more. Dave Poe’s BBQ is the former West Cobb location of Sam & Dave’s BBQ2.  About a year ago, Sam Huff and Dave Poe, the owners of Sam & Dave’s BBQ1 and  Sam & Dave’s BBQ2 decided to split up. Sam took the East Cobb BBQ1 and Dave took the West Cobb location on Whitlock Avenue.  The place looks about the same as does the menu except for a few new sides. You will even find the original bench from their BBQ1 location still siting out in front. Read More    

Waterstone Grill – Acworth – Downtown Acworth has been going through a renovation over the last couple years. Several notable restaurants are located there, including Henry’s, The Old Mill, Fusco’s Via Rome, and my most recent discovery the Waterstone Grill.  Read More


Keegan’s – Kennesaw  – I ran into Will Underwood at Cuppy’s Coffee last Thursday. He informed me that he’d be playing guitar with Joe at Keegan’s, and invited me to come visit. When I got there, I met Mike and Patrick Ford, the brothers who own and run Keegan’s.They have done this place up right. The pub was everything a neighborhood pub used to be, and more. No overkill with fancy decorations. No girlification. A place with a Larry Bird jersey and a few flat screens on the wall. The dark worn wood. Read More

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Kennesaw – Although Ruth’s Chris had humble beginnings, the cooking styles, recipes and overall hospitality and top-notch service are still evident when visiting Ruth’s Chris Steak House. I felt that immediately when walking in the door of their new location in the new Embassy Suites on Chastain in Kennesaw. Originating in New Orleans, many menu items have a Cajun-style influence to them – shrimp cocktail with Creole remoulade or bread pudding with whiskey sauce. The New Orleans influence is even more evident in the lunch menu with items like French Quarter Steak Skewers and Chicken La Louisianne. Read More 


The WC Home

 Redesign on a Dime – Starting this month, Jan Britt, an interior designer and home furnishings writer will begin monthly articles on step by step room transformations of West Cobb homes. She will show you how do it without spending a fortune and yet still buy quality furniture and accessories.  This month, Jan started with a living room that had not been updated in years. Her client wanted to give her living room a facelift. She was aware that the room had to be updated and redone. After talking to her I found out she did not want to spend a lot of money to redesign a room that she does not use that often. That information makes a difference when you are purchasing furniture. I had many other questions to make sure I was creating the room she wanted. First I had to identify the room’s assets and problems. 

To learn how this room changed to its new and updated  “look” for only about $4,300 Cick to Read More




Your Dream Kitchen on a Budget – ARE you wishing for a new kitchen and realizing that it is not coming with a new home? Like most of us the decision to upgrade/remodel and wait out the housing crisis is looking good! Did you know that you can enjoy the beauty of new cabinets and appliances and be ready when the market rebounds without breaking the bank or pricing your existing home out of the market? Read More



 Real Estate – What’s Happening in Cobb? It has been really difficult to avoid all of the press regarding real estate over the past couple of years.  We hear the bad, the ugly and even occasionally, the good.  Much of what we see is based on national statistics and trends and really does not mean much to us here.  Read More


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