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First Look: West Cobb Diner

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Fried pickles with honey mustard and ranch ($4)

What it is: A casual restaurant with extremely friendly prices and huge portions. West Cobb Diner opened in a former Atlanta Bread Company in mid December and has been packed ever since. Set about 4 1/2 miles west of Marietta Square, it’s a part of town that has long needed better dining options.

Who’s there: Who isn’t? Lots of older couples, lots of young couples. But the main constituency seems to be families of all ages. It was big news on Yelp.com and the diner’s Facebook page when changing tables were installed in the restrooms. The weeknight rush seems to crest between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. If you arrive after 7:30 p.m., you’ll have better luck getting a table without waiting.

Fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade ($5)

Fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade ($5)

Crab cake sliders with remoulade ($8)

Crab cake sliders with remoulade ($8)

What the room’s like: Bright, and really not a lot different from its former incarnation. The waiting area in the former cafeteria line is kind of a holding pen. Best to make a beeline for the nice bar in the back of the room and get a Fat Tire Ale on tap. The diner serves beer and wine.

What’s on the menu: Southern meat-and-three meets American bistro. The former includes fun fried pickles with mustard and ranch dressing, and somewhat thick fried green tomatoes with a pink mayo called “shrimp remoulade.” Still looking for the shrimp.

Thai rice noodle salad with seared tuna ($9)

Thai rice noodle salad with seared tuna ($9)

Daily veggies (image courtesy West Cobb Diner)

Daily veggies (image courtesy West Cobb Diner)

People order lots of the crab cake sliders. We did, too, and got a trio of pretty decent, meaty cakes served on squishy dinner rolls with (sob) limp fries. Also popular: the $6 veggie plate — a great deal for the restaurant’s daily roster of fresh Southern style vegetables. We really liked the cheesy zucchini casserole and the skin-on mashed potatoes.

The Thai rice noodle salad in a salty wasabi vinaigrette with a truckload of dry-roasted peanuts was less successful. The noodles needed more soaking; it was a bit like eating packing material.

Did I mention the portions are HUUUUUUUGE?: Check out this country-fried steak with Vidalia onion gravy ($10). It’s like the shoulder pad in one of my wife’s 1980’s dresses.

Banana pudding ($3)

Banana pudding ($3)

Don’t skip dessert: The banana pudding, made with a real custard and served in a jam jar is the way to go. (”We don’t use J-E-L-L-O,” said our adorable waitress.) There are also pies, cupcakes and other daily baked goods.

18 comments Add your comment

matt r

February 12th, 2010
10:11 am

Wow this is right in my backyard and had no idea. Thanks!

AJ

February 12th, 2010
10:12 am

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East Lake Ira

February 12th, 2010
12:47 pm

Man, I could really go for that chicken fried steak right about now!!

Brandon

February 12th, 2010
2:39 pm

Single worse restaurant I’ve eaten at in a long time. We waited for 30 minutes to get a table and then another hour at the table to get our food. All we ordered was one hamburger and one sandwich. During that entire time the waitress came by exactly one time. There was no reason given for the long wait. When I asked to speak to the manager the waitress told me she wouldn’t even come over and talk to me. And to top if off the food was awful. Worse dining experience of my entire life and my family and I will never go back.

LP

February 12th, 2010
5:27 pm

I love this place! It has great homemade food and delicious veggies! Everytime I’ve been in the services has been quick and extremely friendly and the owner is always walking around talking with guests! My favorite dish is the shrimp and grits. They make it with fried shrimp instead of grilled. So yum! I will definitly be back!

matt r

February 14th, 2010
10:51 pm

Went today for lunch. Short wait for table but looong wait for food. That being said, I think it was worth the wait.

Andi

February 15th, 2010
8:55 am

I was there a few weeks ago. Parking a horrible. The food was ok. It wasn’t worth the 2 hour wait I had on that Sunday. Our server was not very attentive either. She got our drink order, then food order and that was the last we saw of her. It took forever to get our check

bill

February 16th, 2010
2:08 am

THis place is amazing!!! I am going to tell all of my friends about their great food and great service. I went this past weekend and although my family and I had to wait about 30 min for a table….it was well worth it!! I ordered the seafood basket..hmmmm…fried shrimp,oysters,and scallops….not too greasy at all…just right indeed! My wife ordered the sirloin…I had a bite and i would have to say it was a pretty good steak….loved the topping that was on top. My family and I will for sure be back. Thank you West Cobb Diner owners for finally opening a good restaurant in Cobb!

Bill

Andrew W

February 17th, 2010
11:46 am

Best Restaurant in town! Awesome food, even better prices. We go there at least twice a week. Shrimp and Grits are great. Love the desserts (especially the banana pudding). There is usually a wait, but the food is always worth it. Very consistent. I hight recommend this restaurant.

Thanks,
Andrew

CAROL

February 17th, 2010
4:13 pm

My husband and I have eaten at WCD twice. Both times, the “not-so-good food” was served cold instead of hot as it should have been. Service was terrible the first time we dined there (no drink refills; restaurant ran out of cornbread; and, we had to beg for the ticket). Service had improved on our second visit. The country fried steak that I ordered was mostly bread and was very tough. I ordered the pineapple-cherry cobbler for dessert on the second occasion; it was nothing more than cherries and pineapple dumped in a serving dish – dumplins’. What a disappointment! I think we are giving up on this “corn pone” diner. It’s certainly not worth the long wait. If you need good Southern food, try the Colonnade. It’s worth the drive.

Melissa

February 18th, 2010
1:15 pm

I love West Cobb Diner! Great food, great prices, wonderful owners! I go as often as I can! I love the country fried steak and vegetables. The chef’s salad is amazing!

Sasha

February 21st, 2010
2:55 pm

Unlike almost every comment posted, I did not find this place appetizing. The food, was not something I’d eat a second time, or even the first time. The ambiance is okay, but the service is terrible. We didn’t get waited on until 30 minutes, and there was no one else there. They had about 10 waiters and waitress, why couldn’t they even see us? Frankly, I’m not very happy with this place. I’ll be taking my money elsewhere.

Deanna

February 21st, 2010
9:57 pm

We love the West Cobb Diner. When we go for lunch, it is consistently delicious and speedy. The few times we went on a weekend night when they were super crowded, yes it may take 20 or 30 minutes to get the food, but it is worth it as the food is made to order! Obviously people aren’t used to this or they wouldn’t complain.

pete

March 22nd, 2010
5:29 pm

I don’t believe one word of Brandon or Sasha’s review.It’s so opposite of what I have experienced that
I suspect they have a hidden agenda.

Sherri

May 23rd, 2010
6:28 pm

I just love the West Cobb Diner. Prices are great…you get a lot of food. Wonderful desserts too. All depends on what day or time you come in…..you may have to wait…but it all worth the wait. They serve beer and some nice wines. Nice patio outside. Go check out the new place in town….WEST COBB DINER.

Zennurse

June 2nd, 2010
4:27 pm

Positive Experience, fast seating, fast service, fast food. I am not in agreement of the other negative posters….If you live in West Cobb you are well aware of lack of good diners in the area, lest you go to a run-of-the-mill prefab food factories such as Chilis or applebees..YUCK. The food was well seasoned, this coming from a NOLA chef is a great complement. Crab SHE soup, a little heavy on nutmeg(I believe) but good for most palettes, wasn’t watered down bisque that some restaurants try to serve. Crab Sliders were meaty not heavy on fillers, could be improved by adding a green of some sorts as a topper. Fish tacos, large portion of fish, but mahi mahi not a personal favorite, however they were seasoned well and fried lightly. Could be improved with corn tortilla option, holds up better with chipotle aoili’s. Calamari, well seasoned-not over fried, but not the monster size calamari found at Brios or the like, alas still palated well. This diner far surpasses area food, look forward to returning and order veggie plate. They have a long list of southern veggie and starch favorites to choose from. In summery, a good choice for an afternoon lunch.

Edie

September 18th, 2010
9:39 am

From the first experience, to the last experience it does not dissapoint! I have had Fish Taco’s in several restaurants, and they have never been as good as at WEST COBB DINER! The hostess is always warm and welcoming and the servers are ALWAYS attentive to us. The owners are delightful, warm, loving and giving people aside from their apparent talent of delightful and delish food! My husband LOVES their hamburgers and their sweet potato fries NEVER disappoint. The desserts are one of my favorites, and the Chef who makes the desserts is amazing. This is what West Cobb needed, and I’m thankful and honestly……can’t wait to eat there tonight ;-)