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Favorite new restaurant of 2011

The meatloaf meatballs at Table & Main are just one reason why you named the Roswell restaurant your favorite new spot of 2011. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

The meatloaf meatballs at Table & Main are just one reason why you named the Roswell restaurant your favorite new spot of 2011. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

1. Table & Main
You say, “Table and Main is a wonderful addition to Roswell!”

2. The French Market & Tavern
3. Grand Champion BBQ
4. No. 246
5. Bell Street Burritos

Fried Missisissippi rabbit with parsley caper salad is one of many adventurous dishes from Chef Robert Phelan at One Eared Stag, our pick for favorite new restaurant of 2011. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

Fried Mississippi rabbit with parsley caper salad is one of many adventurous dishes from Chef Robert Phalen at One Eared Stag, our pick for favorite new restaurant of 2011. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

1. One Eared Stag
Chief Dining Critic  John Kessler says, “Chef Robert Phalen has fun, takes chances and can create the kind of food that lives long in your memory after the meal’s over. One Eared Stag is kind of a garage band of a restaurant, but that’s part of the appeal.”

2. No. 246
3. Seed Kitchen & Bar
4. The Bakery at Cakes & Ale
5. Alma Cocina

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February 7th, 2012
8:53 am

French Market and Tavern, Locust Grove


February 7th, 2012
8:56 am

Matthews Cafeteria in Tucker on Main Street. Consistently great home cooked meals.


February 7th, 2012
9:04 am

Kitsch’n 155 in Decatur. Best burgers around, daily blue plate specials are to die for, and hand-dipped shakes. Yummy!


February 7th, 2012
9:12 am

I’ve never been to The French Market & Tavern in Locust Grove, but I just spent some time reading online reviews… I can’t wait to try it!


February 7th, 2012
9:33 am


February 7th, 2012
9:36 am

Barcelona in Inman Park or 246 in Decatur.


February 7th, 2012
9:43 am

Local Republic in Lawrenceville. Really good rotating beer selection, well thought out wine list and solid food. I also like the fact that there are no TV’s. You actually get to talk to the folks you are with or meet at the bar instead of staring glassy eyed at the TV.


February 7th, 2012
9:49 am

I don’t have a dog in this fight, but some of you people are hilarious! Boycott a new restaurant for being “popular” in an online “popularity” poll? Classic

McDonough Gal

February 7th, 2012
9:59 am

Have any of y’all even eaten at French Market? It’s a cool concept, and the food CAN be good, but the service is non-existent. Been 3-4 times, and the last time was the worst…waited at the bar for a table for over half an hour, while the dining room was half empty…waited another 20-30 minutes for dinner, and got cold, undercooked steak. The waiter (who stopped by every 15-20 minutes) didn’t have a response to the food complaints…until he came back for the dessert order, and offered us a free dessert. No thanks. The shop is cute, it’s a fresh, fun atmosphere, but we just don’t have the patience for it anymore.


February 7th, 2012
10:01 am


February 7th, 2012
10:14 am

The French Market in Locust Grove is awesome!


February 7th, 2012
10:28 am

no. 246 in Decatur is the best NEW restaurant of the year. Not sure if Matthew’s Cafeteria or Six Feet Under count as new restaurants.


February 7th, 2012
10:31 am

Marlon and Ray’s near Stonecrest’s delicious!


February 7th, 2012
10:31 am

Alma Cocina. The 5th Group knocked it out of the park with this one. The non-refried beans type of Mexican. It is all delicious.

Upscale Man

February 7th, 2012
10:36 am

shout out to SEED in East Cobb. Finally a place worth eating in the burbs


February 7th, 2012
10:50 am

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE The French Market & Tavern- Locust Grove, GA :)


February 7th, 2012
10:58 am

My pick would be Mother’s Cafe and Home Cooking in Euharlee

Eileen Ulick

February 7th, 2012
11:04 am

French Market in Locust Grove! Yummy in my tummy.

Leroy Parnell

February 7th, 2012
11:08 am

I agree with the Matthews vote, unless we are talking about something fancy, then I like Hal’s.

I was interested in the French Market after the 3rd vote, but after the 33rd, I think I’ll pass.

Mary B

February 7th, 2012
11:13 am

going with 5 Napkin Burger

southern hope

February 7th, 2012
11:14 am

Oh, Alma Cocina in the 191 building! Completely forgot about that until I saw another poster mentioning it. If you work downtown, this place is heaven. We have very very few decent places to eat (even Hooters has temporarily closed down :) so this place is a godsend.

Hugh Jasole

February 7th, 2012
11:14 am

French Market IS DA BEST!


February 7th, 2012
11:18 am

1. Heirloom Market BBQ
2. Bell Street Burritos


February 7th, 2012
11:35 am

I would say the French Market in Locust Grove if I had any idea where Locust Grove is.


February 7th, 2012
11:37 am

RL’s off the Square in Covington, Ga.


February 7th, 2012
11:37 am

Another vote here for No. 246 in Decatur. Where the hell is Locust Grove, anyway? Is there a Chevy’s Diner there, too?


February 7th, 2012
11:39 am

TFM is good but not that great! Not many menu items and I bet the people of Locust Grove don’t even know how to pronounce some of the many “French” words. I’m going with Heirloom Market BBQ. Good BBQ and great sauce’s—p.s. the review on Yelp speak for themselves with this one!


February 7th, 2012
11:51 am

You know The French Market isn’t French right? Think New Orleans….

Leah Dixon

February 7th, 2012
11:55 am

Casting my vote for the French Market and Tavern!

Emma Chapman

February 7th, 2012
12:07 pm

I am one of the early voters for French Market in Locust Grove. Yes I DO like it. I have NO connection to it other than I have eaten there several times. By the way I thought this was to vote for your favorite New restaurant. I too love RL’s off the square in Covington, but it is not new. Love their greens soup as an appetizer. Made with several types of greens and several types of meats. Worth a trip to either place.

Comfortably South

February 7th, 2012
12:17 pm

For you geographically challanged Metro Atlantans, please do no look Locust Grove up on the map. Henry Co. doesn’t need anymore big city refugees. It doesn’t matter the topic – politics, sports, restaurants – there will always be idiots that take things personal and hide behind a few keystrokes. Keyboard courage is evident on this blog. I couldn’t care less about The French Market or any other restaurant posted here, but if the owners of TFM have a loyal following, more power to them!


February 7th, 2012
12:18 pm

I’m originally from Louisiana, and I know a good Roast Beef Po-Boy when I taste one. After some experimenting, the FM&T really got it right! They use the right kind of bread (not some hoagie bread trying to pass for po-boy bread) and flavor of the meat is outstanding! Use plenty of napkins! I also really like the FM&T Muffaletta…It’s by far the best Muffaletta I have had since I use to work in the French Quarter. Not in the mod for a sandwhich? Then try the Chicken Cordon Bleu. Excellent!!! I have also tried the Redfish. I thought was very good, but could be improved upon maybe just a little. But over all I was very satisfied with my meal selections. The draft beer selection is small, but adequate. FM&T carries local brews by Jailhouse Brewery. Try the IPA.

Keep up the great work, FM&T!

Mary B

February 7th, 2012
1:48 pm

guys, i love matthews and hal’s but they are not NEW!!!


February 7th, 2012
3:09 pm

Egg Harbor in Johns Creek

Shane Harrison

February 7th, 2012
3:48 pm

OK folks, let’s play nice. Yes, there have been a lot of nominations for the French Market. Yes, we can tell when the nominations are all coming from the same place. And no, that’s not what is happening here. These are simply the result of a loyal fan base being mobilized by a business. That’s perfectly acceptable. No one is forcing anyone to nominate. If those folks didn’t love it so much, they wouldn’t bother nominating it. So, let’s stick to nominating your favorite restaurant rather than attacking others for doing the same. It will make this a much more civil place to play.


February 7th, 2012
3:52 pm

What up Shano? I enjoy Waffle House. Where is Locust Grove? If I am going to dribe an hour that better be some darn good French food. Go Dwags!


February 7th, 2012
3:55 pm

The counter is good also.


February 7th, 2012
4:00 pm

It must have been really exhausting for that one person to change screen names about 50 times in order to vote for French market in Locust Grove. Do you really think we are that dumb not to notice LOL

Shauna Spear

February 7th, 2012
4:10 pm

French Market Locust Grove

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February 7th, 2012
4:34 pm

Heirloom Market BBQ or No. 246 – both so delicious!


February 7th, 2012
4:55 pm

Sweet Potato Cafe, Stone Mt. Villege


February 7th, 2012
9:19 pm

Heirloom BBQ and definitely Bell Street Burritos – for any Atlantan who loved Tortillas go to Bell Street. Their food is better, the restaurant is much cleaner without the too cool for school attitude – their service people are actually nice and bathed to boot.

Is French Market related to Chevy’s? :-)


February 7th, 2012
10:23 pm


February 8th, 2012
12:42 pm

Grand Champion BBQ!!!

Located on Shallowford Rd., just outside of Roswell, G.C. has been (and continues) to be my favorite place to eat. The dedication, knowledge, and outright passion that Robert Owens and Gregory Vivier have for barbeque shows every time I dine there. I’ve had just about everything on the menu, and it’s all worthy. Yes, I’ve been among the lucky six to get a short rib on Friday, and I will tell you that it’s the best I’ve ever had.

I’ll conclude simply by saying: Grand Champion **deserves** success. I can’t say that for most restaurants.


February 8th, 2012
2:12 pm

GC BBQ!!! Best BBQ on the planet!!


February 8th, 2012
2:12 pm

Yet another vote for Grand Champion (G.C.) Bbq in Marietta (East Cobb)/Roswell. Robert is a fantastic owner, he serves the best to his customers, always homemade, and the pork bbq is far better than Fox Bros. even on a good day. Try the Mac n’ cheese and baked beans, but all the sides are good. As Nathan said, this guy, and his work family, deserves success, because they work super hard to make sure everything tastes amazing! If they were inside 285, they would have lines out the door – but they are totally worth the drive OTP, people. Just do it.

Pam Roe

February 8th, 2012
2:13 pm

Grand Champion Bar-B-Q


February 8th, 2012
2:17 pm

Grand Champion BBQ in Marietta! Best BBQ ever!

julie linander

February 8th, 2012
2:20 pm

Grand Champion BBQ!