Writer’s Workshop: That’s Good Eatin’

One of today’s prompts is "share a favorite local restaurant that you love." There are several, really, and all of them are owned and operated by the same guy, or family. This is the Marietta Diner

They’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, though normally Mary and I just go there for breakfast, occasionally lunch. Their breakfasts are fantastic. We usually go for the Marietta Diner breakfast, which includes eggs, bacon or sausage, grits or home fries (Mary gets grits, I get home fries), and three pancakes. Occasionally Mary gets French toast, for which they use challah, which is richer and holds up better.

You can get breakfast all day. In fact, you can get anything on their menu all day. For a diner, this place has the broadest menu I’ve seen. How many diners do you know that have "surf and turf" and beef Stroganoff on the menu? Here’s video from Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, where Guy Fieri helps Gus, one of the chefs, make Stroganoff…

Another reason to go to the Marietta Diner is for the cakes. They’re huge. Mary and I split a piece of the cake, and both of us have had plenty.

More than that, though, is that they’re friendly there. The staff seems to like working there and with each other. They take good care of the diners. You know how it is when you go to a restaurant, they take your order, and they disappear? Never happens here. The place can be packed, and yet they don’t rush you.

Gus Tselios, the owner and general manager, has opened a few other restaurants, including Yeero Village, which is very close to us. They make not only gyros but other Greek dishes, like pastitsio and shish kebab, and they have a drive-thru. Mary and I go there if we’re out and about for the day.

There was also a restaurant named Cherokee Cattle Company, kind of a rustic steakhouse, that had fallen on hard times. Gus bought the place and remodeled the entire interior, but kept the steakhouse atmosphere and didn’t change the menu much. Oh, and they sell the cake there, too…

One more video, from Fox 5 Atlanta close to Christmas a couple of years ago. You can see the family atmosphere and camaraderie they have with one another.

17 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: That’s Good Eatin’

  1. Sounds like an amazing diner, John!

    Like so many others, our dining out anywhere experiences have been few and far between. When we have ventured out, it’s been for breakfast (like you and Mary) at a local restaurant here in Carmel called “George’s”…always consistent and very satisfying. And their Challah French Toast is just perfect. No cakes on the level of your place but after all they serve…who has room?

    Stay safe…and eat more cake!

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  2. Wow! This seems like a great diner, which I haven’t been to one in years. I think the last time I went to a “real” diner was when I lived in New Jersey. Those cakes look divine and the best part is we don’t live that far away.

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  3. Thinking of restaurants makes me kind of sad these days. My wife and I always enjoyed eating out, but now with California’s Crazy Covid reaction we haven’t eaten out for many months. We still go at least a couple times a week for carryout, but it’s just not the same as the eating out experience.

    These sound like some good restaurants. I’d like to try them, but I don’t see us going to that area again any time soon if ever.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  4. John,

    WOW, this looks like my kind of place! The food looks fabulous and that dessert counter…OH, my Cathy! I think I’ve died and gone to heaven looking at those taste-tempting beauties! Great write up for Marietta’s Diner. If we’re ever in the area then we may give them a try. In today’s post I have multi-hop rolled into one entry. I hope you can join me on Curious as a Cathy!

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