Restaurants

In this section, I'll break down the latest and greatest of the country's restaurant scene with an obvious heavy slant towards the metro Atlanta area through the eyes of a blue collar firefighter. I'll henceforth refer to these restaurant reviews as tactical reviews, in so much that I'll approach them as I would an incident on the fire ground. Many a picture with detailed breakdown of the multi-staged courses that I tackle, whilst also examining the atmosphere, ambience and service (ALA: a structure's building type, occupation, etc.). Check back often for more reviews.

Scoring System:

My rating system will be based on the fabled and traditional alarm(s) of the fire service. In the fire service, an alarm is called when an incident requires a lot of manpower and apparatus (i.e.- a house fire, gas leak, large motor vehicle accident, etc.) to handle them to a safe conclusion, with our ongoing goal of saving life and property. The larger the incident, the more alarms (AKA- more people/equipment come), the more attention deserved. So, with that being said, I'll rate the restaurant experience based on a 4 (four) alarm scale as follows:

            1 Alarm – Uh, oh, the Fire Dept. got delayed by train. Eat only if you HAVE to.
            2 Alarm – Fire Dept. showed up and did their jobs. Sit down and order.
            3 Alarm – The very best of the Fire Dept. arrived on scene. Worthy of a detour.
            4 Alarm – Smoke Divers just showed up on scene. The Best of the Best.

They are listed in alphabetical order:


Tactical Assignment: 5 AND 10 (Modern American)
Incident Location: 1653 South Lumpkin St., Athens, GA
Logistics/Research: fiveandten.com
Date: Apr 2013

Tactical Assignment: ANTICO (Pizza Napoletana)
Incident Location: 1093 Hemphill Ave, Atlanta, GA
Logistics/Research: anticoatl.com
Date: Feb 2013

Tactical Assignment: CAFFE GIO (Italian Lunch/Desserts)
Incident Location: 1093 Hemphill Ave, Atlanta, GA
Logistics/Research: N/A
Date: Aug 2013

Tactical Assignment: HIGHLAND BAKERY (American Breakfast)
Incident Location: 655 Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA
Logistics/Research: highlandbakery.com
Date: Mar 2013

Tactical Assignment: HONEY PIG (Korean Cuisine)
Incident Location: 3473 Old Norcross Rd., Suite #304, Duluth GA
Logistics/Research: honeypigatl.com
Date: June 2013

Tactical Assignment: KING + DUKE (Modern American)
Incident Location: 3060 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA
Logistics/Research: kinganddukeatl.com
Date: July 2013

Tactical Assignment: LEE'S BAKERY (Vietnamese Cuisine)
Incident Location: 4005 Buford Hwy, NE, Atlanta, GA
Logistics/Research: Urbanspoon
Date: Feb 2013

Tactical Assignment: NO. 246 (Italian Cuisine)
Incident Location: 129 E. Ponce de Leon, Decatur, GA
Logistics/Research: no246.com
Date: Nov 2013

Tactical Assignment: PAOLO'S GELATO ITALIANO (Gelato/Ice Cream Shop)
Incident Location: 1025 Virginia Ave, NE, Atlanta, GA
Logistics/Research: paolosgelato.com
Date: Apr 2013

Tactical Assignment: RASIKA (Modern Indian Cuisine)
Incident Location: 633 D St, NW, Washington, D.C.
Logistics/Research: rasikarestaurant.com
Date: Feb 2013

Tactical Assignment: ROSCOE'S HOUSE OF CHICKEN AND WAFFLES
Incident Location: 1514 North Gower Street, Los Angeles, CA
Logistics/Research: roscoeschickenandwaffles.com
Date: May 2013

Tactical Assignment: SUBLIME DOUGHNUTS (Artisan Donuts)
Incident Location: 535 Tenth St., Atlanta, GA
Logistics/Research: sublimedonuts.com
Date: Mar 2013

Tactical Assignment: SUN IN MY BELLY (Cafe/Sandwiches)
Incident Location: 2161 College Ave NE
Logistics/Research: suninmybelly.com
Date: Feb 2014

Tactical Assignment: SWEET AUBURN BARBECUE (Barbecue)
Incident Location: 656 N. Highland Avenue NE
Logistics/Research: sweetauburnbbq.com
Date: Mar 2014

Tactical Assignment: THE GENERAL MUIR (NY Style Deli)
Incident Location: 1540 Avenue Place Suite B-230, Atlanta, GA
Logistics/Research: thegeneralmuir.com
Date: Oct 2013

Tactical Assignment: UMAIDO (Japanese Ramen)
Incident Location: 2790 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road #140, Suwanee, GA
Logistics/Research: umaidos.com
Date: June 2013

Tactical Assignment: WEST EGG CAFE (Southern Breakfast)
Incident Location: 1100 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA
Logistics/Research: westeggcafe.com
Date: Jan 2014


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