In tomorrow’s AJC I have a review of Cafe at Pharr, an Atlanta staple.
Cafe at Pharr opened in 1993 as a bakery, selling an array of cakes and pastries. The Pharr Road location proved to be a bit of a gaffe given that it was located next door to a Pepperidge Farm retail outlet. The heavy competition forced owners Mike and Shirley Liu to quickly modify the bakery concept, adding lunch options, like its signature chicken salad.
Even though they resisted transitioning to a cafe, the Lius watched their business grow over the next few years as Buckhead embraced the model. While still baking breads in-house, the restaurant, now run by son Johnny Liu, has increased its lunch offerings and reduced its baked goods to a few quick-grab items like cookies and Rice Krispy treats.
Today Cafe at Pharr has five locations throughout the metro area, with a sixth opening in Dunwoody later this fall. Its success no doubt stems from its streamlined methods for processing the crowds that move through to purchase the no-frills chicken salad and simple deli sandwiches.
If you need a local spot for a quick lunch, one of Cafe at Pharr’s locations may be your bet. I gave it a grade of 2 stars.
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–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog