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A Dine Out Guide to West Cobb

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The WC Dine Out Guide is the most comprehensive guide to restaurants in the Acworth, Kennesaw and Marietta area. The guide has been recently updated to include links to detailed reviews of any restaurant listed in the guide. We will continue to add detailed reviews of many of the restaurants listed in our dine out guide and new ones. 

 In December, we added a Cedarcrest section to the WC dine out guide. The Cedarcrest area is one of the fastest growing areasNorth Cobb/East Paulding area. It is in both Cobb and ight over the county line in Paulding. It is the home of Govenor’s Town Club, Bentwater and Seven Hills. 


Henry’s Louisiana Grill This is where the dining scene of Acworth all began. They specialize in Cajun cuisine but also have a good selection of “not so spicy” food  for those who need it toned down a little. The menu offers a variety of traditional Louisiana style dishes with Chef Henry’s mark on them. One of the most popular dishes is Henry’s signature OOH LA LA! with seafood or chicken.  This the type of place where you can both taste and feel the Good Times! Click to read the WC  Review of Henry’s    Open for Lunch and Dinner – Monday – Saturday .  Breakfast is now served on Saturday from 8-10:30am 4835 N.Main St.    www.chefhenrys.com                                                                                                                         

Fusco’s Via Roma This beautiful restaurant has the look and feel of a real Italian trattoria complete with 100 year old beams & brick to go along with the rustic Tuscan colors and the artwork. Weather permitting you can dine outside on their small patio right on Main St. Their menu is a collection of tastes and experiences from their Aunt’s Angie’s restaurant in Brooklyn,restaurants in Little Italy and trattorias on the roads to Rome. This is defi nitely not your typical Atlanta Italian restaurant with lots of heavy red sauces. At Fusco’s your in for a truly authentic Italian meal like you’d fi nd in Italy or maybe Buckhead. Many people rate Fusco’s as the top Italian Restaurant outside of the Perimer. Click to read the WC Review of Fusco’s  Open for Lunch: Monday- Saturday and dinner Tuesday –Sunday 4815 A – S. Main St. • 770-974-1110   www.fuscosviaroma.com

The Dogwood Terrace is downtown Acworth’s newest restaurant. They serve breakfast and lunch everyday and brunch on Sunday.  They serve breakfast from 7am -2pm Monday – Saturday and lunch from 11-2pm. This modeled 1947 home has  been made to look like a hunting lodge with beautiful wood and stone décor to go along with the big fireplaces. Weather permitting they also serve outside on their terrace. If you are looking for a place to have a late breakfast or a breakfast meeting in nice surrounding that is also quite, this is the place to do it. During the evenings it becomes a special events facility.  Their breakfast and lunch menus are broad and delicious. This is definitely the type of upscale breakfast place that the area has been lacking for so many years. 4975 North Main Street,                      770-687-4067, www.dogwoodterrace.net

The Dog House This small new restaurant on Main Street right past downtown specializes in hot dogs just like the same says. They serve classic red hots as well lots all sorts of hot dogs. You can order your dogs broiled, grilled, steamed or fried. Besides dogs, they also have wonderful homemade Brunswick stew, chili and desserts. 4628 S Main Street, 770- 529-2211

Miss Ls Sandwich Shop This old fashioned little restaurant right on Main Street in downtown Acworth has the air of an old old fashioned  tea and sandwich shop. The sandwich’s are made with Boars Head meats and are reasonably priced. This is the perfect spot if your shopping in downtown Acworth and just want a quick sandwich. 4817 S Main St,  770- 966-9709

The Old Mill Restaurant  The best way to describe the Old Mill is “a bit of the old south” in a beautifully restored Old Mill. The Executive Chef and Part Owner is Steven Dudley, of Capers on Main in Kennesaw. Another of the part owners is Mayor Tommy Allegood of Acworth, who on most weekend nights  you will see chatting with guests as he goes from table to table. The menu offers a combination of southern style seafood , beef , chicken and pork dishes. The food at the Old Mill is like a good bottle of wine, it keeps getting better as time goes on. They also specialize in hosting parties and events in this wonderful restored nineteenth century mill. Among the more signature dishes are the Fried Lobster Tails and the Grit Puff appetizer. Open Wednesday – Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for an old fashioned brunch buffet.   4271 Southside Dr. 678-388-1630  Click to read the WC review of the Old Mill  www.acwortholdmill.com

Prezzano’s Pizzeria Heading out of downtown Acworth and go towards 41, you find a new brick shopping and offi ce project across from the city ballfields. Sitting at the end of this small multiuse center is Paisano’s which specializes in New York style pizza and pasta’s this attractive newcomer also has a small patio where you can eat outside weather permitting. Their pizza and pasta will remind you of what you would expect find in similar small family owned Italian restaurants in New York.  3979 S Main St,  678-  213-5500  

Waterstone Grill This beautiful restaurant with an elegant look of dark woods and bricks feautures Global Cuisine in a warm white tablecloth setting. Owner Joann Tubo is always on hand to make sure everything goes right. They specialize in delicious steaks and seafood. On weekends they always offer  weekday specials. Open for Lunch and Dinner – Monday – Sat., 4849 N. Main Street • 770-974-4899  Click to read the WC review of the Waterstone Grill    www.thewaterstonegrill.com



Bangkok Cabin is a small family owned and operated Thai restaurant in a log cabin just down the road from the   heart of Kennesaw. Besides the small dining room, you can eat on their covered porch when the weather permits. The large and very reasonably priced menu has all of the traditional Thai appetizers, salads, and noodle dishes. Curries and other Thai dishes. The service  is very friendly and the atmosphere relaxed. 3413 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, (770) 427-5287,  www.bangkokcabin.com

Barbecue Street will remind you of an old- fashioned country BBQ place where great BBQ and sweet tea are the things. At Barbecue  Street  they also serve some of the best catfish you will find anywhere in the area. Their pork has a zesty Vinegar sauce on it . They also have sweet and hot sauces on the table. The staff is very friendly and helpful. During busy times they are lined up out the door a lot of times. If you are looking for a real old – fashioned BBQ place this is one you should try.  Click to read the WC review of Barbeque Street   3815 Cherokee Street St, NW , Kennesaw 30144, 770-419-2626, http://www.bbqstreet.com 

 Big Shanty Smokehouse serves great BBQ with lots of old fashioned Smokey flavor. It is a family owned place operated by the Dillard family. They took over the old location of the Buckhead Burrito and added a smokehouse outback. As the name implies they specialize in slow smoked BBQ. The pork sandwiches are good, but the real star of the show is their pork ribs which are hand rubbed with their own dry rub and then smoked to perfection with very little sauce on them so that you can really taste the wonderful Smokey flavors. While the sauce is brushed on lightly it is still one of the best tasting piquant sauces in the area and can be purchased to take home. They offer traditional sides and a variety of cobbler, pies, banana pudding and cookies for dessert. Click to read the WC review of the Big Shanty Smokehouse   3393 Cherokee St., Kennesaw, (770)499-7444, www.bigshantybbq.com

The Boxcar Cheese Cake Café is a small restaurant in downtown that serves lunch Monday – Saturday and dinner on Tuesday – Friday.  They serve sandwiches and salads for lunch. Their signature item are their homemade cheese cakes.  The offer a limited dinner menu mostly costs of delicious pastas. Click to read the WC review of the Boxcar Cheese Cake Cafe. They serve dinner from Tuesday-Friday till 8pm,   2893 North Main Street, Kennesaw, 770-919-7740, http://theboxcarcafe.blogspot.com

Elevation Chop House is a newcomer to the Kennesaw restaurant scene. It is located at McCollum Airport in Kennesaw. You have a fantastic view of the small planes taking off and landing. Helicopters come and go. They also have a second level bar, where you can watch the action outside the windows while enjoying your drinks. The menu is very sophisticated and will remind you of a Buckhead or Midtown place. The menu consists of steaks, chicken and seafood. They are open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. They are open Tuesday – Sunday. The food here is good, but the real story is the wonderful atmosphere as you sit and watch the planes come and go.  1723 McCollum   Parkway, Kennesaw, (770) 485-7469, www.elevationchophouse.com

Trackside Grill is a family owned establishment right in the middle of downtown Kennesaw within walking distance to the Kennesaw Civil War & Locomotive Museum. They serve classic comfort food with a southern twist. Brett and Laura Olszesk are long time Kennesaw residents who opened Trackside in the spring of 2003. Trackside Grill offers a casual atmosphere adorned with railroad-themed memorabilia which makes for a unique dining experience. They serve lunch and dinner and have a great Sunday brunch with all the traditional brunch favorites and several very creative Southern specialties their chef has created. One of my favorite dishes are the Fried Green Tomatoes with red peppers with goat cheese. During the spring and fall when it is not too hot, you can enjoy outdoor dining on their terrace.  You won’t go wrong with anything you try at the Trackside Grill from burgers to comfort foods. Checkout their weekday dinner specials.  Click to read the WC review of the Trackside Grill  2840 South Main Street, Kennesaw, (770) 499-0874, www.tracksideg  rill.com 

Whistle Stop Cafe is closed due to a recent fire and is scheduled to reopen in December. It located right in the middle of downtown Kennesaw, next door to Wildman’s Civil War Shop. They serve traditional breakfast seven days a week. Forget about watching your cholesterol here. The décor is simple but bright and colorful all built around the model railroad going around above you.  Breakfast at the Whistle Stop is all about eggs any way you want them with bacon, sausage, grits, potatoes and biscuit and gravy. At lunch they serve a traditional Southern meat and vegetable menu with a really wide variety for a place of its size.  Kids love this place, just as do most people who have discovered this little gem with great country food and very reasonable prices. This is the best place in the area to get a late breakfast. They serve breakfast till 11am during the week and noon on weekends  2871 North Main St, Kennesaw, (770) 794-0101


 Cobb Parkway/Highway 41


Di Gusto is one of one of our frequent stops along Cobb Parkway. Their Chicago style thin crust pizza is my favorite pizza in West Cobb. The crust is crisp and the toppings are generous.  You can order a personal pizza or family size ones.  What makes Chicago style thin crust different is that toppings are under the cheese and it is cut into squares. The menu offers both traditional Italian dishes as well as a number of contemporary Italian dishes. This is the type of family-owned neighborhood Italian restaurant you’d expect to find in New York or Chicago, not West Cobb. DiGusto now offers DiGusto After Dark starting at 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. They have a disk jockey playing the music of the 70s, 80s and 90s. for your listening and dancing pleasue. A limited lite nite menu is servered. Click to read the WC review of DiGusto          3150 Cobb Pkwy NW, Kennesaw,  (770) 529-4200, www.digustoitalian.com

 Bar B Cutie  is located at Cobb Park way and Mars Hill in the Shoppes of Acworth. This locally owned franchise of Bar B Cutie serves a full range of hickory smoked BBQ pork, brisket, chicken, and turkey. They also serve a number of traditional southern dinners like smoked turkey and dressing and country fried steak. Like all good Southern restaurants they offer a wide selection of vegetables. Save some room for their banana pudding and freshly baked cookies.  Everything on the menu is available for takeout and they also specialize in catering to groups of all sizes.   3466 Cobb Pkwy NW, Acworth, (770) 917-8436, www.bar-b-cutie.com/bbq/about-2/georgia/ga-acworth  

 Johnny’s New York Style Pizza & Subs is an Atlanta based pizza chain that serves great New York style pizza’s with all of your  traditional toppings, plus a few of their own combina tions.Their  pastas and toasted subs are always great. On weekends, plan to wait at night for both locations are always  busy. They also have a location in Marietta, across from the Avenues on Dallas Highway and a new Johnny’s  is now open in Kennesaw at Ridenour on Barrett Parkway next to Keegan’s.  3541 Cobb Parkway NW Acworth, (770)529-5300,

The Big City Deli is the first true deli in West Cobb. Their menu offers a wide variety of sandwiches with all your typical deli meats as well as Chicago Vienna Dogs, Brats, Polish and Italian Sausages. All their meats and cheeses are the highest quality. Their meats are also available for purchase by the slice or by the pound. They offer all the traditional sides you’d find at any deli. One of our favorite sides are their hot homemade potato chips They are open from 11am-9pm on Monday – Thursday and till 10pm on Friday and Saturday. 3061-A Jim Owens Road Kennesaw, GA 30101 (770) 975-9237, www.thebigcitydeli.com  WC review coming soon

Capo’s  Pizza & Italian Restaurant specializes in New York style  pizzas with  a thin crust. They also serve  Sicilian style  with a crust comparable to Texas Toast like thickness. They also serve traditional pasta dishes and a number of sandwiches. All ingredients are freshly made daily on the premises. 3450 Cobb Pkwy, 770-966-7770

Hong Kong Star is a Chinese restaurant at Cobb Parkway and Mars Hill that offers a menu with a wide selection of traditional favorites. Recently, introduced a new dinner menu with lots of combo dinners. For $12.95 per person you get a soup, an appetizer, your entrée, fried rice, and an egg roll. They also offer Express Lunch Specials for $6.25 and a special Diet Steamer menu and a kids menu. 3451 Cobb Pkwy NW., (770) 917-0688, www.hongkongstarmenu.com WC review coming soon

Thai Basil/Sushi Zen  this area favorite’s  name is confusing but yes, it is a combination sushi bar and Thai restaurant. They recently introduced a new Thai menu with all the old favorites and a number of new Thai dishes you won’t find at other WC Thai restaurants. One of their new appetizers is called Mike’s Steam Roll, which, yes is named after yours truly.  Make sure you don’t forget about their Monday evening $1 Sushi Specials. It runs every Monday night from 4:30- 6:30 PM. ,3330 Cobb Pkwy NW, Acworth, (770) 975-8909, www.thaibasilsushizen.com WC review coming soon

Tokyo  Japanese Steak and Sushi. Tokyo is a Hibachi grill with a small sushi bar. Their portions are big and the chefs are amusing. Lots of fun for families or large groups that can get their own table and enjoy the fun of what my grandson used call fire restaurants. On Monday nights they serve a compete Hibachi dinner for only $9.95. You get soup, salad, vegetables and your choice of chicken, shrimp or steak. This is a real  bargain. Open 7 Days a week from 11:30am-10m, 3450 Cobb Pkwy NW, Acworth, 770) 975-1818 

Longhorn Steaks This is the one chain that we really enjoy. They have locations on both Barrett  Parkway and Dallas Highway. My two favorites are their Flo’s Filet and the juicy delicious burgers. We also enjoy trying their ever-changing specials. Acworth –3366 Cobb Pkwy NW, Acworth and Dallas Highway, (770) 975-8703, www.longhornsteakhouse.com

The Old Towne Tavern And Grille is a landmark on Cobb Parkway in Kennesaw. In 1996 the tradition began in Kennesaw with six tables and twelve barstools. Like his family before him, Bill Leanos dreamed of one day owning his own restaurant. Today, Old Towne is one of the largest restaurant and bars in West Cobb. The best way to describe their menu is that it is like a Greek diner’s menu, a little of this and a little of that and always portions larger than you can fi nish. Their menu goes from burgers and wings all the way to hand tossed pizza, salads and a wood fired grill for steaks., 2500 North Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw, 770-499-7878,  www.oldett.com

Barrett & Chastain

Keegan’s Public House  This new Irish Pub on Barrett Parkway in front of Ridenour has an extensive menu that covers all the basics – hamburgers and sandwiches – and quite a few surprises in its salads and “starters.” Their Black Angus burger and the mini sliders are a real winner. The Spring Rolls – egg rolls stuff ed with corned beef, cabbage. As you would expect from an Irish pub, the corn beef is great as are their Rueben’s. They serve a wonderful Sunday Brunch. drink specials during the week, a dozen beers on tap, and another dozen kinds in bottles. This is Kennesaw’s Cheers.    Click to read the WC review of Keegan’s   1625 Ridenour Parkway NW, Kennesaw,  678-213-2460, Website

Capers on Main is the type of charming small restaurant that you would expect to find in Buckhead, not in a suburban shopping center onBarrett Parkway.  The old location was charming but crowded and the new location is sophisticated and wide open. I think that Steven is going to do some wonderful things now that he has the room in the new location in the Publix Shoping Center on Barrett. Capers is owned and operated by Chef Steven Dudley, who many feel, is one of the best chefs in all of suburban Atlanta. They serve lunch and dinner and  also a lovely Sunday brunch. They now have a large patio where you can enjoy lunch or dinner and a nice breeze on a fall or spring day. The lunch menu offers a variety of burgers, sandwiches and salads. The regular dinner menu is a seasonal American menu with international touches and a good mix of pasta, seafood, steaks and poultry dishes. Make sure you save some room for dessert. They have a great dessert menu which includes Georgia Peach Pie and Chocolate Intemperance. For a restaurant ofthis quality, the prices are very reasonable. ,  www.capersonmainst.com  Click to read the  WC review      

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse  Ruth’s Chris has opened  its fourth Atlanta-area location in a new Embassy Suites Hotel on Chatain Road in Kennesaw in the Town Park complex by  Kennesaw State University. The menu starts out with a nice selection of appetizers, soups and salads, but the star of the show are their aged USDA Prime grade steaks served in Ruth’s Chris signature fashion …“sizzling” hot. The streaks are all great from the thick filet mignons and rib eyes to the massive Porterhouse for two. They offer 7 types of potatos and a nice variety of vegetables as sides. The menu offers a large selection of home made desserts.     Click to read the WC review of Ruth’s Chris Steak House.    Currently it is open for dinner only, but it will be open for lunch in a few weeks.  5-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 5-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. 620 Chastain Road, Kennesaw. 770-420-1985, Website

 CALIFORNIA DREAMING is part of a small chain that owns Joey D’s Oak Room in Dunwoody, New York Prime in Buckhead and the Tavern at Phipps Plaza. The menu off ers lots of variety, but the true stars of the show are their large and delicious steaks and prime ribs. All f their steaks and the prime rib weigh from 10 to 14 ounces and cooked under a super hot broiler like at Ruth Chris’s. The steaks come with a crispy outside but are cooked they way you order them. For those who don’t want a full dinner, they off er great salads and prime rib sandwiches. The house salad is great and comes with their signature hot garlic croissant. If one of their signature garlic croissants isn’t enough, you can order a basket of them. 745 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, 770-428-2055, Website

Varsity Town Center – The Varsity,that great Atlanta monument to hot dogs, fries and rings has a branch right on the back side of the Town Center Mall. This smaller outpost of the famed Varsity on North Avenue has the same menu and specializes in the same greasy but great Southern food that has made them a true landmark. 2790 Town Center Dr NW, Kennesaw, (770) 795-0802, Website

Papi’s Cuban and Caribbean Grill is right across the parking lot from California Dreaming is a wonderful little Cuban restaurant. If you’re from South Florida and want some authentic Cuban food, you don’t have to fl y home but just head over to Chastain. They also serve a nice variety of Jamaican, Puerto Rican and Caribbean dishes. The real signature item here is their classic Cuban sandwich fi lled with ham, pork, cheese and dill pickles and a zippy splash of garlic sauce. Their Jamaican jerk chicken and Cuban steak are also delicioso. All of the entrees come with rice and such delicious Cuban side items like fried plantains, yucca fries or frijoles negros (slowcooked black beans with onions and garlic). Besides off ering really great authentic Cuban food, this is a real value for the money.  Kennesaw, (678) 797-0502, Website

Johnny’s New York Style Pizza & Subs  This is the newest location of Johnnys, an Atlanta based pizza chain that serves  great New York style pizza’s with all of your traditional toppings, plus a few of their own combina tions.Their  pastas and toasted subs are always great. This new location now offers delivery in a limited area including the Marietta Country Club, Stanley Road and Barrett Parkwa areas.   Click to read WC review of the newest Johnny’s in West Cobb. They also have West  Cobb locations in Acworth  and Marietta.  1615 Ridenour Bvld # 207, Kennesaw, Ga, 678-996-0911,   Website

Fuji Hana Thai Peppers – This location of a small chain is right by Town Center. What makes this location unusual is it offers three distinct dining experiences under one roof. They serve up above-average sushi rolls, grill up all the traditional steak, chicken and seafood dishes on their hibachi grills and off er a full menu of traditional Thai favorites. They offer a$1 Sushi special on Monday nights. Fuji Hana is a good place to go if you want to mix and match various Asian favorites or if diff erent members of your party have diff erent tastes. 2700 Town Center Dr., NW, Kennesaw, (770) 419-9500, Website

The Melting Pot – If you want a fun and unusual evening and can’t find that fondue set you packed away in the basement, you’re in luck. The Melting Pot is located in the Cobb Place Shopping Center on Barrett. The menu has lots of different combinations like steak and lobster or maybe an Asian combo. It is lots of fun to try for a special occasion, but it is also a lot like eating crab legs, lots of work for not that much food. The Melting Pot is a place to remember yesterdays fondue craze, something diff erent and a fun place to take older kids.  2500 Cobb Place, Lane, Kennesaw, (770) 425-1411, Website

Penang is the little sister of a long time Buford Highway favorite with the same name. If you are looking for authentic Malaysian and Thai cuisine this is a must try. The menu is not that of your typical neighborhood Thai place, but they serve some of the best curry and noodle dishes you will ever try. While it may sound trite, you know you’re in a really authentic place for the majority of the customers on most nights are Asians. The names of the dishes may not be familiar, but the ingredients are all fresh and the portions large.  The friendly wait staff can help you navigate around their large menu and fi nd some dishes that you will enjoy.  491 George Busbee Pkwy NW, Kennesaw. (678) 213-4848

Zucca Bar and Pizzeria, also on Chastain by Busbee Parkway, offers a wide variety of thin crust pizzas with lots of different toppings as well as a wide assortment of pasta dishes including some unusual ones like lobster ravioli. What makes their pizza so good is that the crust is thin and crunchy. If you are by the mall and want a good thin crust pizza, Zucca is a good choice. 745 Chastain Rd NW, Kennesaw, (678) 290-9313, Website

Marlow’s Tavern The Chastain location is the fourth Marlow’s. Their menu is a combination of bar foods with a more upscale twist like shrimp and crab nachos and some rather good entrees. Marlow’s fits the bill if you are in the mood for a casual bar atmosphere but want more than just a burger and wings  to go along with a cold brew. Marlow’s has four beers on tap and over 60 different ones by the bottle. They also have live music on their patio.  745 Chastain Rd NW, Kennesaw, (770) 425-8777, Website

The Mellow Mushroom is part of a medium-sized local pizza chain know for its great pizza, subs and sandwiches. This location is very popular with the Kennesaw State students and offers live music on the patio. Many people that I have talked with feel that this is the best of all the Mellow Mushroom locations. 2700 Town Center Dr NW, Kennesaw, (770) 426-9900, Website 

Los Reyes Mexican is part of a local Mexican chain. Their menu is like that of most Mexican restaurants and the food is usually fairly good. This is a good place to stop off for a bite of Mexican if you are coming or going to the Mall. What is really special about this location is that upstairs turns into a night club on the weekends  This is a good place to go for a quick bite and hear some Mexican and Latin music on the weekends.     777 Townpark Ln NW, Kennesaw(770) 420-9181,  Website 


Dallas Highway & Whitlock


Aspen’s Signature Steaks in the Avenues is a true steak house. They are part of a small local chain with a sister restaurant on Shallowford in East Cobb. Aspen’s Steakhouse offers atmosphere that will make you feel like you just stepped into a cozy, rustic, Western mountain ski lodge. Their steaks and seafood are always top notch. While they are more expensive than most places in West Cobb, they do offer one of the Best Early Bird dinners. It is served Sunday – Friday from 5-6 pm and runs about $11.50 -12 for most items. They offer a nice variety of beef, pork, chicken and seafood entrees to early birds.  (770) 419-1744, 3625 Dallas Hwy SW, Marietta.  Website

 Johnny’s New York Style Pizza & Subs  This is one of the busiest Johnny’s and besides all the great pastas, subs and pizza’s, this location also offer wings. Like all the other locations in this  Atlanta based pizza chain they serve  great New York style pizza’s with all of your traditional toppings, plus a few of their own combinations. Their  salads, pastas, toasted subs are always great. 3718 Dallas Highway(across from the Avenues of West Cobb), Marietta, GA 30064, 770.425.8333, Website

Sapporo Japanese Steak House on Dallas Highway is a very busy Japanese Steak House that also serves Sushi. They are always booked with large family groups on weekends. The portions are very large like most Japanese Steak Houses. The prices are moderate and the chefs always put on a good show., 678-354-5599, 3600 Dallas Hwy SW Marietta, GA 30064

La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant is located on Dallas Highway just a few blocks from Barrett. Their menu is fairly typical of most of the local Mexican restaurants, however they appear to be making an effort to add a number of new items, many of which are more upscale like some of their new seafood dishes. Favorites are their yummy Cheese Dip, Chicken Soup and the Skirt Steak. The food is better than most Mexican places, their portions are big and the prices cheap. No wonder they are always crowded.  (770) 424-9500,  2500 Dallas Hwy SW, Marietta, GA, Website

Li’s Asian Cuisine is a small Asian restaurant at the corner of Dallas Highway and Barrett Parkway. What makes Li’s so good is that their menu offers a combination of Chinese, Thai and Japenese dishes. All dishes are done with done with a beautiful presentation and the touch of a fine chef. They also have a small Sushi bar. Make sure to leave room for desert. The menu is different than most Asian restaurant in that it is not broad but rather each dish on the menu is good. 770) 426-9992, 3451 Ernest W Barrett Pkwy NW, Marietta, GA  30064, www.lis-asian.com

Vincent’s Italian Restaurante  is located on Barrett Parkway about a block off Dallas Highway. This new restaurant is a traditional Italian restaurant with classic pastas, pizza, and most of your traditional Italian entrees. They also offer a very good early bird menu.  While this restaurant is fairly new, Vincent and his wife Nicole both grew up in family-owned restaurants and owned the local Frankie’s before opening this West Cobb favorite. (678) 290-2031, 3412 Ernest W Barrett Pkwy NW, Marietta,

Dave Poe’s Barbeque House (formerly BBQ1)  is on Whitlock a block or so from Burnt Hickory. This little BBQ Places in an older shopping center about to get a face lift consistently serves some of the best BBQ in all of Atlanta. Their pork, ribs, and brisket are all wood smoked by Sam and Dave, who are both long-time competition BBQ champions. One of their most unusual dishes is their killer Macaroni and cheese made with wide rigatoni noodles. Once you taste the macaroni you will agree with me that it is heavenly.  (770) 792-2272, 660 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, GA

Gabriel’s  Desserts and Sandwich’s is one of Atlanta’s best bakeries and now in their new large location they offer a wide range of sandwiches and fresh vegetables. They now also offer roasted chicken which you can add to your vegetables. Gabriel’s is best known for their killer cakes. My favorite is the Fresh Strawberry Cake.   (770) 427-9007, 800 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta., Website  WC review coming soon

Bubbalini’s  – Closed

Gem City Bar & Grill is a new restaurant located in the former location of Buballini’s. It is setup to be a neighborhood bar and grill. They have 8 large screen televisions and a large bar area. The menu is broad and includes everything from fresh scallops to Mac-n-cheese for the kids.  Among some of their menu items are burgers, Oysters, Meatloaf , Prime rib sandwichs and Shrimp and Grits. The place is large and wide open and the atmosphere is friendly. Their dinner menu goes from typical bar food to prime rib. They have a private room that can be used for both casual and more formal private parties. 800 Whitlock Ave NW · Marietta, (770) 423-0713, www.gemcitybarandgrill.com

Whitlock’s Grill (formerly Chicago’s)  this long time Whitlock Avenue favorite has recently been purchased and changed its name. The new owners are Fernando and Gio Vargas. They are originaly from Peru and have been in the Atlanta area for 16 years. Fernando has worked for a number of national chains including Eyed Peas, O’Charlies, Gradys and Bahama Breeze. He spent the past 10 years with Bahama Breeze on Barrett Parkway.  The menu is similar to that of Chicago with steaks, mouth watering prime rib, seafood and fresh fish. Daily seafood specials are featuring a wide variety of fresh seafood and fish. Also added to the menu are some pasta dishes and sandwiches. A new Early Bird  is offered that gives you 20% off any entree on the regular menu from 5 -7pm daily. They recently added a Prime Rib Special every Tuesday evening, where you get  a Prime Rib Dinner for $9.99.  Whitlock’s Grill is open daily for lunch and dinner from 1130am – 900pm and 11 on Friday and Saturday. They also serve a Sunday brunch from 11am-230pm, 990 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, 770) 590-1500

 JiBounte is a small family owned Cajun restaurant in the same center as Gabriel’s. They serve most traditional Cajun dishes and offer some very good dinner specials. (770) 794-0772, 800 Whitlock Ave. NW, Marietta.


Marietta Square

Dine Out Marietta

Australian Bakery serves Breakfast and lunch featuring an authentic Australian menu and bakery items. Breakfast and Lunch Daily,  48 South Park Square, Marietta, (678)797-6222., www.australianbakery.com

Blu Greek Taverna is a beautiful upscale Greek  tavern  serving traditional Greek food. Try the Mixed Grill for a sampling of many of the delicious meats. It is big enough to share among 2-3  adults, especially if  you start out with some items from their extensive menu of appetizers and salads.  Lunch and Dinner Dailey, 26 Mill Street NW, Marietta, (770)429-4096, Lunch and Dinner www.blugreektaverna.com 


 Efe’s Mediterranean Grille Serves Mediterranean/Turkish style food. They also feature belly dancing. Lunch and Dinner Dailey, 113 North Park Square, Marietta, , (770)419-0159,  www.efesrestaurant.com

 Hemingway’s is the most popular outdoor café on the Square. The name of the game here is outdoor dining and people watching. The menu features bar food and some Caribbean specialties. Lunch and Dinner Dailey, 29 West Park Square, Marietta, (770)427-5445,   www.hemingwaysmarietta.com

House of Lu is an old fashioned Chinese restaurant with a menu that never seems to end featuring most traditional Chinese appetizers and entrees.  Lunch and Dinner Dailey, 89 Cherokee Street, Marietta, (770)794-8831. www.eatonthesquare.com/houseoflu.html

Kiosco is a charming little Columbian restaurant right off the Square. Their food is authentic Columbian and South American style. Two of the most popular items are the Colombian Tamale and the  Seafood Paella Marinera. Lunch and Dinner – Monday – Saturday,  48 Powder Springs Street SW, Marietta, (678) 337-7999,  www.kioscomarietta.com

La Familia Restaurant is a small family style Italian restaurant that offers a wide menu of both traditional Italian favorites as well as some more upscale dishes. This is the type of small family Italian restaurant where the food is the star of the show.  Lunch and Dinner – Tuesday – Saturday, 45 West Park Square, Marietta. (770) 425-9300, www.mylafamiglia.com

Le Cafe Crepe is a small French café a block off the Square that serves lunch and dinner. On Saturday evening they serve a fixed-price four-course gourmet French dinner for $36. The Saturday menu changes weekly and can be found on the website. The Saturday gourmet night is perfect for a special occasion or just simply a quiet romantic dinner for two. On Saturday nights it is by reservation only. 90 Marietta Station Walk NW, Marietta,  (770)426-8003. Tues-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Wed-Sat 6pm-9pm, Closed Sunday & Monday. www.lecafecrepe.com

Marietta Pizza Company offers great outdoor dining on the Square featuring pizza, sandwiches and salads. This a wonderful place to enjoy a light dinner and people watching. They also serve inside. Lunch and Dinner Dailey, 3 Whitlock Avenue NW, Marietta, (770)419-0900, www.mariettapizza.com

Old Ephraim’s Restaurant & Catering specializes in  hickory smoked barbecue, salads and southern catfish and seafood. Open Dailey for Lunch and Dinner and Saturday and Sunday for Breakfast, 70 South Park Square, Marietta, 770-425-0073, www.oldephraims.com  WC review coming soon

Shillings  on the Square is a long time fixture on the Square. Downstairs they serve a casual menu of soups, salads and sandwiches. Upstairs they serve a white tablecloth fine dining menu. 19 North Park Square, Marietta, Lunch and Dinner Dailey,  (770) 428-9520, www.shillingsonthesquare.com

Simpatico is the sister restaurant to long time favorite Willie Raes. They serve a fusion style menu featuring Mediterranean & Pacific Rim style food.  Lunch and Dinner – Monday – Saturday, 23 North Park Square, Marietta, (770) 792-9995.  www.willieraes.net/simpatico.htm

Sugar Cakes Patisserie is a charming little café and French style Patisserie. They serve breakfast and lunch including coffee, pastries, salads, soups, and sandwiches. Breakfast and Lunch Tueday – Saturday and Dinner- Friday & Saturday, 101 North Park Square, Marietta, (770)218-9994, www.sugarcakespatisserie.com

Sweet Treats Ice Cream & Coffee House serves ice cream, coffee, and desserts. 134 South Park Square, Marietta, Open Dailey, (770)528-9090. www.cobbshops.com/sweetreats/index.htm

Thaicoon Thai and Sushi Bar is a beautiful Thai restaurant that also has a full Sushi bar. Many people feel that they are one of the finest Thai restaurants in all of Cobb. The Thai menu has almost any Thai dish that you will find in Atlanta.  Their Sushi is very fresh and they offer lots of interesting specialty rolls.  At lunch they offer a specially priced lunch menu featuring both Thai dishes and Sushi. WC review coming soon Lunch Monday- Saturday and Dinner Dailey , 34 Mill Street NW, Marietta, (678) 766-0641, www.thaicoonsushi.com

The Vineyard Café is on the second floor above the Vineyard Gift Shop. They serve sandwiches, salads, homemade pastries and coffee. Mon-Sat 11am-3pm, They also offer  their “Tea Party on the Spot” where you can drop in for an afternoon tea without reservations.  21 West Park Square Marietta, (678) 581-3771,  www.thevineyardcafe.com WC review coming soon

 Willie Rae’s is next door to its sister restaurant to Sampatico. This long time fixture on the Square has a large and varied menu of Cajun and low country inspired dishes. Open for Lunch and Dinner Monday-Sunday, 25 North Park Square, Marietta, (770)792-9995. www.willieraes.net

Cedarcrest Area (Acworth & Dallas)

La Bamba Mexican Bar and Grill is owned by the same people who own DiGusto’s Italian restaurant. They serve authentic Mexican food with a lot more emphasis on steak and fish dishes. Yes, they offer all of your typical Mexican dishes and $7.50 combo plates, but it is their selection of TexMex dishes that make it. One of our favorites is the fajitas La Bamba which includes chicken, steak, pork and shrimp and each cooked separately and then served sizzling hot with onions, bell peppers, zucchini and squash. Another very authentic dish is their delicious and spicy Chile Poblanos Rellenos. If you want a Mexican dish not on the menu just ask and most likely they will be able to prepare it for you. La Bamba is family friendly and has karaoke on weekends. 2538 Cedarcrest Road, Acworth, GA 30101, (770) 529-0404


La Parilla is located in the Publix Center at the corner of Cedarcrest and Cobb Parkway. This small local chain specializes in fresh Mexican food that is reasonably priced. Their menu is your typical Mexican one with a number of interesting items like Fish Taco’s and Tilapia dishes…I f you talk to area families, many will say it is their favorite Mexican place. La Parilla also has a location on Dallas Highway 6110 Cedarcrest Rd NW, Acworth, GA 30101, (770) 974-4600.

Pacific Spice is an Asian Bistro also located in the Publix Center at Cobb Parkway and Cedarcrest. Their menu offers a wide variety of Chinese, Japanese/Sushi, Thai and Fusion dishes. They just added several Hibachi tables to broaden the selection even more. The menu is large and offers lots of choices and you can mix and match your choice of   different types of Asian cuisine. If you are looking for a great sushi deal, visit Pacific Spice Monday-Wednesday when they offer their great $1 Sushi Special all day long. They also offer special lunch menus that include some of their Chinese, Thai and Sushi favorites all at great prices. 6110 Cedar Crest Road, Acworth, GA 30101, (770) 529-8300

Atami Steak & Sushi is a wonderful addition to the Cedarcrest area. Their menu offers lots of Japanese appetizers and a full sushi menu. Their Hibachi dinner menu offers a lot more than just steaks, chicken and shrimp. They also serve hibachi scallops, salmon, Mahi Mahi and Snapper. Besides steak they also have chicken, shrimp, scallops, salmon, lobster and snapper. All of the Hibachi dinners include miso soup, salad, steamed rice and a shrimp appetizer. They offer a number of Sushi and Hibachi lunch specials. You definitely are not going to leave Atami hungry. 2538 Cedarcrest Rd, Acworth, GA 30101, (678) 574-8828

Paisano’s Italian Restaurant on Cedarcrest caters to area families offering a broad menu that includes pizza, pasta, wings. subs and traditional red sauce dishes. The menu maybe broad, but they do a good job on most items and the prices are reasonable. They have entertainment on weekends. 1305 Cedarcrest Road, Dallas, GA 30132, (770) 975 – 7712, http://www.atlantasbestpizza.net/images/menu.pdf

Sal’s Pizza Bistro is the sister restaurant of Sal’s in downtown Dallas, Ga. This small pizza restaurant is in the same center on Cedarcrest as LaBamba and Atami. The name says it all, they serve delicious N.Y. style pizza’s with all the toppings. Additionally, they also serve some pasta and traditional Italian red sauce type dishes, but Pizza is the star of the show at this small place that serves some of the best pizza in the area. 2538 Cedar Crest Road, Acworth, GA 30101,(770) 975-7774, www.sals7hills.com

Magiee Moo’s on Cedarcrest , just opened a few months ago and is part of a chain of award-winning ice cream stores. They specialize in super premium ice cream made fresh in the store every day. They have won awards from the National Ice Cream Retailer’s Association for 5 of their flavors: Vanilla, Vanilla Bean, Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, and Strawberry. This more than any other chain, In addition to over 40 flavors, they hand-fold your favorite nuts, candy or fruit into our ice cream, right in front of you! They also offer smoothies, milkshakes, cakes, treats and more. The kids love to see their Maggie Moo come up and talk with them. This is a great place for birthday and sports team parties. If you are looking for lots flavors and really great ice cream, you need to check out Maggie Moo’s . 2483 Cedarcrest Rd, Acworth, (770) 975-4662.

The WC Dine Out Guide is the most comprehensive guide to dining in Acworth, Kenesaw and Marietta. To advertise in the WC Dine Out        Guide email Mike Straus at mike@westcobbmagazine.com  or call him at 404-694-2208

We invite you to provide us information about any new restaurants or ones not included in the WC Dine Out Guide. Our guide is informational and is not intended to be a review of the restaurants. We only currently list restaurants in Acworth,Kennesaw and Marietta (30060, 30064).  Please abide by our Posting Etiquate shown below. West Cobb Magazine’s  Online Posting Etiquette. WC.com  is about places to go, things to do and people to know in the West Cobb area. We are an informational lifestyle magazine. Personal attacks and offensive language aimed at businesses or other posters are not permitted. We do not allow posts about so called  “big picture” issues. There are myriad online forums for debating politics, ethics, and religion. West Cobb Magazine reserves the right to remove any information that we feel is not appropriate. 


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  1. Tom Klein said, on August 26, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I enjoy your dining guide very much. However, you missed one: Li’s Asian Cuisine, 3451 Ernest Barrett Parkway, NW, Ste 160, Marietta (The Pointe at West Cobb) corner of Dallas Hwy-GA 120. Family owned featuring a different Asian menu of delicious food at a reasonable price. 770-426-9992

  2. West Cobb Magazine.com said, on August 27, 2009 at 10:27 am


    We will be updating the guide this month and will be adding a number of restaurants including Li’s on Dallas & Barrett. A new Asian to try is Mandarin Cafe in Kennesaw in Kroger Center at the end of Jiles. They serve both Chinese and Vietnamese

  3. westcobbmagazine said, on September 14, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Li’s amd their website have now been added to the WC Dine Out Guide. Please send your friends and neighbors to view WC at http://www.westcobbmagazine.com

  4. Johnnie Gabriel said, on December 8, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Mike, thanks for covering us…we appreciate you and your business,

  5. Bill said, on December 19, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Don’t forget the Oyster Cafe which is the new restaurant at 3060 N Cobb Pky, Kennesaw. It was known as Oyster King in its old site but that was torn down and the new restaurant opened.

  6. Ms. C. said, on October 31, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Please include the West Cobb Diner which is in the same shoppiong center as Li’s Asian, on the corner of Dallas and Barrett. Indor/Outdoor – excellent contemporary Southern menu – fantastic desserts. Friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

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