Marietta, Georgia, is steeped in history and culture. The city is known for its museums, particularly the Gone with the Wind Museum. However, Marietta has also become a foodie haven in Georgia, with these 10 restaurants being the best in town.
With their mantra ‘bake it happen’, Baked aims to deliver high quality, home-cooked food for every occasion and every palate. Baked is the brainchild of Scott Bianculli, and with 30 years of experience in the food industry, he understands the importance of establishing a relationship with diners. From the moment visitors step through the door, they are made feel at home. This inviting atmosphere is reflected in the tempting quality of the food, with Baked’s menu filled with delicious dishes such as lemon and garlic baked chicken, shrimp and grits with Andouille sausage and gravy, pecan crusted baked tilapia and fried boneless pork chops. There are also a number of vegetarian options available, including their veggie cakes made with fresh corn, red pepper, hearts of palm and yellow onion. The food at baked not only tastes good, but is also good for the community: Baked donate their produce to civil servants and local non-profit organisations in order to raise funds for charities.
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A signature dish at Common Quarter | Courtesy Common Quarter
Promoting farm-to-table fare with a Southern twist is a relatively new addition to Marietta: The Butcher, The Baker. A locally run restaurant, their menu is created from locally sourced ingredients, resulting in an ever-changing seasonal menu. In fact, their menu is printed daily, meaning there is always something new to the try at The Butcher, The Baker. Everything included on their menu is also made in-house, resulting in the freshest and highest quality dishes. Examples of culinary delights on offer are chicken liver pâté, apple cider gelee, toast to snack on or to share, Bramlett Farm trout served with green garlic risotto, fava beans, and pickled clementine to fill the emptiest of stomachs, and all finished off with a fried strawberry pie, pickled strawberries, and vanilla ice cream. At The Butcher, The Baker, diners’ can expect delicious, original and healthy food every time they step through the door.
Aiming to provide a memorable dining experience, Common Quarter celebrates the culinary and cultural heritage of the South. A recent addition to Marietta’s restaurant scene, Common Quarter opened its doors in 2013, a realisation of Chris Talley and his friends. With over 20 years’ experience in the field, Talley knows the importance of listening to customers. The atmosphere of Common Quarter, therefore, is relaxed and casual, making sure diners old and young feel welcome and at home. Since its opening, Common Quarter has received a number of awards and accolades, and has made the list of Open Table’s top 100 Best Neighbourhood Gem Restaurants in America. The menu is a feast of Southern inspired fare, from sweet potato soup to buffalo chicken salad and griddled shrimp tacos. For larger groups, the restaurant offers a Low Country shrimp boil, which must be reserved 48 hours in advance and consists of Georgia shrimp, sausage, potato, corn and Natchez cornbread.
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Located on Whitlock Avenue is The Hoboken Café. The café is named after the area of Hoboken, New Jersey, which is a little city one square mile in size across the Hudson River from Manhattan. However, in the early 20th century, this little city was a hub of culture, as immigrants from all over the world settled there. Hoboken was also the birthplace of a number of famous entertainers, including Frank Sinatra. The complex history and character of Hoboken is the inspiration behind this charming café, particularly the Neapolitan-style specialities that were prevalent in parts of Hoboken. These traditions are reflected in the menu, with the café making its own mozzarella, bread and desserts daily. Popular favourites include their hot sandwiches of Italian sausage and peppers, parmesan chicken, and their house beef hot dog with peppers and onions. Save room for their cheesecake made with a Graham Cracker crust.
2004 was an important year for Cesar Delgado and Michael Durkinsh of Kiosco, as their restaurant opened its doors just off Marietta Square. Over a decade later, and now run by Juan Carlos and Milena Delgado, it remains one of the best eateries in Marietta. Serving up the best of Colombian cuisine at reasonable prices, Kiosco has diners coming back again and again. Their menu is punctuated by their use of sweet plantains, which accentuate their dishes’ flavours. Try their Colombian tamale, seafood paella, and grilled steak with plantains and avocado. Delicious desserts include their popular coconut cobbler and famous carrot cake. Although small in size and minimal in décor, Kiosco is big on flavour. For a more intimate, but wholesome dining experience, Kiosco is the place to visit in Marietta.
For a traditional American diner experience, look no further than the Marietta Diner. With its glass and steel exterior teamed with pink and turquoise neon lighting, the Marietta Diner is quintessential of a 1950s family-run restaurant. This diner is not only renowned for its retro style, but also its Mediterranean-influenced cuisine, resulting in a feature on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The menu is a round the world trip of key culinary creations, from Italian fettuccine to ‘kabobs’ on pilaf rice to Greek pasticcio. Popular favourites include the Reuben sandwich, with a choice of either corned beef or pastrami, with melted cheese and sauerkraut on rye bread, accompanied by French fries and coleslaw. For seafood and meat lovers, try the gigantic Land & Sea platter, which consists of a filet of flounder with feta and spinach stuffing, a chicken breast stuffed with seafood stuffing, and 2 stuffed jumbo shrimps.
Opening in the beginning of 2010, The Red Eyed Mule set out to become a place to remember, and has achieved that dream. Their menu is simple, and focuses on the quality, preparation and flavour of their food. The Red Eyed Mule takes pride in their food, particularly their biscuits, breakfasts and burgers. Serving up breakfasts and lunches, The Red Eyed Mule is one for early-risers and diners. The restaurant is housed in an old 1930s building that used to be the residence of a superintendent who worked in a local mill. Since then it has seen a number of uses, from a storage shed to a package store. It remained vacant until it was discovered in 2009 by partners Joe Woods and Sabra Wessell, who decided to make their dream of owning a restaurant a reality. Although small in size, The Red Eyed Mule provides a lasting dining experience, with excellent and friendly service, creative garage décor and delicious family recipes.
A signature dish at Seed Kitchen | Courtesy Seed Kitchen and Bar
For smoky barbeque eats that not only taste good but are good for the soul, look no further than Marietta newcomer Righteous ‘Que. Sandwiches of pork, chicken and brisket, plates of ribs, loaded sweet potatoes and veggie plates all feature on the menu. Their signature dishes include their soul saver sandwich of pork, chicken, brisket and bacon, and their desserts of banana pudding, oatmeal cream pie, and heavenly chocolate chip cookies. Although the menu is minimal, each dish is packed with tasty barbeque flavours. The restaurant also runs an initiative called ‘que for a cause’, which is a regular event held on a Saturday, with the restaurant sponsoring people working in local non-profit organisations and for people in need. The proceeds from the day go to those who are sponsored. The aim of Righteous is to give back to the local community, and to help change the world, doing so one barbeque at a time.
Seed Kitchen & Bar, Marietta | Image courtesy of Seed Kitchen and Bar
Fusing the flavours of Asian cuisine with American recipes is Seed Kitchen and Bar. Using locally sourced ingredients, Turbush creates a menu that changes seasonally, meaning there is always something new to try with each visit to Seed Kitchen and Bar. The influences of Asia can be tasted in dishes such as the spicy Asian fish sandwich, which is made with ciabatta, ginger onion marmalade, sriracha, cilantro and dill. There are also gluten-free options available on the menu, such as the Thai grilled skirt steak salad with tamarind vinaigrette, or the roasted baby beets and arugula soup with whipped goat’s cheese. The innovative and inviting menu is perfectly complemented by the extensive collection of boutique wines, creative cocktails and craft beers. The interior is modern, sleek but relaxed and with a buzzing atmosphere. With rave reviews from local and regional critics, Seed Kitchen and Bar provides a memorable dining experience.
Firmly established on Marietta’s culinary circuit since 2002, Thaicoon and Sushi Bar serves the very best in Thai and Japanese cuisine. The restaurant is celebrated by locals and newcomers for its delectable food coupled with impressive service. Popular nights at Thaicoon are Monday and Tuesday for the sushi specials. While sushi is their main dish, there are plenty of others to choose from, such as curries, spring rolls, pad thai and seafood soups. The menu is finished off with their careful selection of premium wines, beers and sake, which accentuate the rich Asian flavours of their menu, and can be enjoyed at the bar. The atmosphere is calm, relaxed and pleasant, accentuated by the restaurant’s décor. Coupled with their delicious food, diners will be transported to the exotic realms of the Orient.