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Fayetteville dinning options

What we saw was very pretty. We had even mentioned while we were driving that there must have been a sign ordinance since all the business signs were low to the ground. That's aesthetically pleasing, but can be difficult for visitors trying to find something. :-) PTC was not what we were expecting. (But then, neither was Fayetteville.) I've looked around the city's website to try and learn a little more about the area. Even the website says, "Peachtree City is often compared to a resort, but our residents just call it 'home.' " So I guess that's what we were feeling and compared that feeling to something we are familiar with. As an outsider, it looks like your town is someplace you can be proud to call home. (I was impressed with the schools there. Good for y'all!)

What's funny is I thought about booking the Dolce for our stay since there are only two hotels in Fayetteville, and the Dolce would have been cheaper than the Hampton where we stayed. But we decided we wanted to be closer to our event location, plus we get HH points. It is definitely on the short list for next year, though, now that we are more familiar with the proximity to Fayetteville. It's not nearly as far as we had thought.

May 04, 2012
ProtoTD in Atlanta

Fayetteville dinning options

It might be hard to explain this well, but Peachtree City had a certain vibe to it. Driving along the Parkway, we felt like just beyond the trees should have been the ocean. Kind of like Back Beach Road in Panama City Beach. (Hmmm, "PCB", "PTC"... weird coincidence.) The golf carts and crowded strip mall added to that feeling, like the town is trying to be a tourist destination on the coast. Heck, we even passed a Coast Dental. I don't mean to be harsh or insulting. It's just how we felt. Maybe if we get more opportunities to spend time there, we'll get more used to it. Shoot, I might even prefer it to the coast.

May 03, 2012
ProtoTD in Atlanta

Fayetteville dinning options

Your quite welcome, kengk! I've only been to Carrabbas once, and that was local and was years ago, but I remember it as being very good.

The Village was in that shopping center?! How did we miss that? Good to know if decide to go there next time we're in the area. Thanks!

May 03, 2012
ProtoTD in Atlanta

Fayetteville dinning options

We're back from Fayetteville, and as promised, here's a rundown of where and what we ate. (Sorry I didn't get this done sooner. The end of the school year is a busy, busy time.)

We were going to eat at The Half Shell Oyster Bar and Hot Dog Shop on W Lanier Ave. for dinner Friday night, but when we got there, we weren't even sure it was open. Very few cars in the parking lot and no one that we could see inside. My husband was already leery wondering how good the oysters would be (and because of the unusual combination of oysters and hot dogs, I think). So instead we went to the Georgia Shrimp Co. on Peachtree Pkwy in Peachtree City. Peachtree City is an odd little place. I know there's a lake there, but this town seems to have an identity crisis and believes it's on the coast. But I digress...

Georgia Shrimp Company is located in a strip mall. The parking lot was tight and packed, and with all the golf carts, foot traffic, and vehicles, a little difficult to navigate. Once inside, the atmosphere was comfortable and the staff was very friendly. Our daughter loved the fish tank and carried on a 5 minute conversation with one of the servers about touring the universe in a rocket ship.

We ordered the Starter Combo Platter as our appetizer. It had calamari, fried fish nuggets, grilled shrimp, and mussels on a bed of shredded lettuce. The 4 mussels topped with cream sauce were very good. The sauce wasn't too heavy and didn't overpower the mussels. My husband really enjoyed the shrimp, which was seasoned quite well. They struck me as more akin to scampi then to grilled shrimp, but were good. We all liked the calamari, it was crunchy and firm but not too chewy. The fish nuggets were our least favorite of the four. They were mild, but greasy. We didn't finish them. With the plate came a creamy tartar sauce (average) and a sweet pepper sauce that I enjoyed. I ate it sparingly, though, because I'm more of a savory girl.

The hubster ordered Fried Shrimp, Grilled Shrimp, and Fried Oyster Combo, which was served on lemon rice and came with a salad. He got the house-made creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing, which he said was okay but had too much thyme. Overall, he didn't care for it. The entree was not terrible, but not great either. His favorite was the grilled shrimp. It was lightly seasoned and "really good", according to him.

I got the Cajun Salmon served with roasted potatoes and creamed spinach. The salmon was moist and what I consider lightly seasoned. I enjoyed it, but it didn't have the spicy kick I expect when I order anything "Cajun". The potatoes were good, too. They were seasoned, skin-on wedges that had the slightest crunch around the edges. They were a nice change from the usual mashed or baked potato most places serve. The stellar part of this dish was the creamed spinach. YUMMO! Creamy, cheesy, tasty goodness. My only suggestion to the chef would be to plate the spinach in a separate bowl on the plate. It tended to run into the potatoes and fish, which might be an issue for some.

My daughter had the Fried Shrimp with fries from the children's menu. Pretty standard. She ate the fries, but only had one shrimp. I really couldn't say if she didn't like them or just wasn't in the mood for real food since she was looking forward to frozen yogurt after dinner.

If we go there again, I think I'd like to try the Grits Antonio. The menu describes it as "Creamy, cheesy grits topped with plump tender shrimp, spicy Andouille sausage and crispy bacon bits in a creamy sauce of white wine, spinach, mushrooms and Parmesan cheese." I had a hard time deciding between it and the salmon, but since I already have my all-time favorite shrimp and grits dish at Crazy Cajun here in Birmingham, I was afraid I'd be disappointed.

At the end of our meal, one of the owners (I think) made us an offer that was hard to refuse. If we tried the Marvelous Malva and didn't like it, we wouldn't have to pay for it. The menu says it's "a pudding baked with secret ingredients and served warm with pouring cream." I was so tempted, but we had already promised our daughter frozen yogurt, so we passed on that and the complimentary ice cream that came with her dinner. We tried, though. We gave her the choice, and she chose yogurt. ::sigh::

After dinner, we stopped at Yo Tops on W Lanier on our way back to our hotel. I think the name of the shopping center is Togwatee Village. It's across from the Peidmont-Fayette Hospital. Nothing special. Your typical build-your-own yogurt place.

Now on to Saturday night's dinner at Frank's @ The Old Mill. When I made our reservations on April 9 (almost 3 weeks in advance), I requested a table with a view of the waterfall. Apparently that's table #7. When we got there, we were told that the party that had been seated there had not left yet. The hostess explained that sometimes guests take longer than the estimated dining time. My husband and I are both former servers and my husband is a trained chef with lots of restaurant experience, so we know this to be true. We were given the option of waiting in the bar area or taking another table. We chose to wait since it seemed that the other party had been there a while and would most likely be leaving soon. We got a couple of drinks and had a seat. I had a Bloody Mary that was very tasty. It was made by the gentleman bartender, and he did a very good job balancing the ingredients so that nothing was overpowering. The hubs had tap beer. After several minutes, we were told that another table was ready if we would like it. We decided we would go ahead and take the alternate table, table #4. Table #4 is directly across from the walkway over the waterfall, so no view accept wooden planks and railing. During our dinner, I had my doubts that table #7 had actually been held for us. The party that was there when we were seated was still there when we left. I know folks can linger at dinner, but had they been seated early enough that the hostess expected them to be finished by our 6:30 reservation, they might as well have brought a change of clothes and a toothbrush.

As for the food at Frank's, boy, they love their capers! We ordered Calamari Franco for an appetizer, and it was covered with them. The squid was mushy and had an odd breading that reminded me of Shake'N'Bake. Our daughter, who will devour calamari whenever she can, wouldn't eat it.

Hubs and I both ordered Greek salads with our entrees. I enjoyed it. They didn't skimp on the feta, and the dressing was light on the oil so it had a good vinegar tang. It also had a distinct dill flavor that I liked. The melba toast-style croutons were also good. I like melba toast, though.

For our entrees, we ordered Surf and Turf, Greek Chicken, and a cheeseburger and fries from the kids' menu. My husband's 6 oz. Angus filet looked great, but just didn't seem to have very much flavor. The "surf" portion was shrimp scampi (smothered with garlic, parsley, and far too many capers) and a 3 oz. piece of salmon (which was under seasoned). My Greek chicken tasted okay, but was dry. It was served on top of a huge portion of feta rice, which was on the mushy side, and pita points. The whole dish was topped with capers. My daughter's cheeseburger seemed dry, as well. It came on a kaiser roll, which she liked. When asked what she thought of her burger, she said it was better than Chili's but not as good as McDonald's. Ah, the 6-year-old palate. :-)

The highlight of the meal was the dessert. My daughter and husband shared a HUGE piece of strawberry shortcake, which they both enjoyed. I had the creme brulee, which I think was meant to be shared because it was also huge! The top probably could have spent a little more time with the torch, but it was still very creamy and tasty. We had asked about the pastry swans that were in the dessert display when we walked in, but were told they were just decoration. However, our server Mary was kind enough to bring one for my daughter and gave us a take-out box to bring it home in. That was very sweet of her. (Of course, I broke the swan's head off when I picked it up to put it in the box. D'OH!) She was very nice and did a good job serving us. She even took it in stride when our outspoken 6YO told her how bad their calamari was. :-)

1POINT21GW, I understand exactly what you were saying by not "owning" their food. While some things seemed completely under-seasoned, if seasoned at all, others were totally overdone (can you say "capers"?) In fact, my husband said yours was a perfect description. I still think the setting is beautiful, but the food doesn't quite live up to it's surroundings.

So there you have it. My long-winded description of our foodie tour of Fayetteville and Peachtree City. Maybe someone will get some use out of it if they're planning a trip and are unfamiliar with the area.

May 03, 2012
ProtoTD in Atlanta

Fayetteville dinning options

Oh my. I wish I had known about City Cafe before making reservations at Frank's. My heritage is German, and any opportunity to eat traditional German dishes is the first considered. The German restaurants here in the Birmingham area keep closing down, and the closest one to us is a couple hours away in Huntsville. We're even considering a trip to Nashville because one of his coworkers told my hubby of a good one there. I would have never thought Fayetteville would have a German restaurant. If they served sauerbraten, City Cafe would be the hands down wiener (you may groan) for our dining choice.

Thanks, 1point21gw! We did request the table overlooking the waterfall (the receptionist told me they had only one), but my husband and I may have to discuss changing our reservations.

Apr 18, 2012
ProtoTD in Atlanta

Fayetteville dinning options

Found this for the oyster bar.

http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/05...

Looks interesting. Hubs and I love raw oysters, and the hot dogs would work great for our daughter. I'll have to call or dig more online to see if they're open Sunday. Awesome suggestion! Thank you!!

Apr 15, 2012
ProtoTD in Atlanta

Fayetteville dinning options

Never mind. Their FB page says they aren't open Sundays.

Apr 15, 2012
ProtoTD in Atlanta

Fayetteville dinning options

Are they open Sunday? I've seen one review site that says yes and one that says no. Maybe we could hit Speed-i Pig for lunch Sunday on our way out of town.

Apr 15, 2012
ProtoTD in Atlanta

Fayetteville dinning options

Thanks for your reply, kengk. We have made our reservations for Frank's and are looking forward to our dinner there. My daughter loves the idea of overlooking a waterfall and watching the geese and ducks while we eat. I will certainly leave a review after our visit.

After your reply, I noticed another thread called "Places with good chow near the Fayetteville area?" that I had not seen earlier (possibly since it was only active in Oct. 2011.) It mentions Frank's, but only to say that the website is "weird." It could have changed since then, but I liked the website. It, along with Frank's FB page, urbanspoon, Trip Advisor, and any other reviews I could find are what finally pushed me to go ahead and make reservations. The locations looks beautiful, and the favorable reviews outweighed the negative, which were mostly about how busy the restaurant was and having to wait for a table, but were also on major holidays like Valentine's Day and Thanksgiving.

The Village certainly looks appealing. The decor looks casual and very comfortable, and the menu seems to have a little bit of everything. We *love* lamb, and the pictures of the lamb dish would make at least one of us want to try it so we all could have a taste. In fact, I think our biggest problem would be deciding what else to have since the menu is filled with delicious-looking options. I'm hoping our trip to Fayetteville will become an annual event giving us another opportunity to try The Village, though I hope they update their web and FB pages before then. It looks like they haven't updated either in over a year.

Founders looks amazing! The seared tuna would be a "must", I think. YUM! So maybe that could be our goal for year 3. My daughter would be 8 by then, and any place that serves fresh-squeezed lemonade has to expect a few kids, right? Mmmmmm, fresh-squeezed lemonade.....

Thanks for your suggestion! And if you think of any place else worth mentioning, please do! Like I said, I'm hoping for lots more opportunities to try the local and nearby cuisine.

Apr 15, 2012
ProtoTD in Atlanta

Missing Mancha's

I think you're correct about the green sauce, sheilal. Another friend also said he believed it was Nuclear. The Killer Whales were enormous! Toward the end of Mancha's run, they introduced the Baby Whale, which was about half the size with all the messy goodness. Good luck with Little Donkey's, and if you're not disappointed, please let us Mancha maniacs know!

Apr 09, 2012
ProtoTD in Central South

Fayetteville dinning options

My family and I are planning a trip to Fayetteville for the end of this month, 4/27-29. We've never been to this part of the Atlanta area, and we'd like to go somewhere good for dinner during our trip.
We're considering Frank's @ The Old Mill. I know they strongly suggest reservation and are reasonably priced ($16-$20 entrees), but can anyone tell me what the typical dress is? We're a casual family and aren't looking to bring dressy clothes just to go to dinner.
We are certainly open to suggestions for any other restaurants in the area that are comparably priced or less expensive, casual, and kid-friendly for our 6-year-old. Someplace that doesn't require reservations would work better since we're not sure exactly when our event Saturday afternoon will conclude, but that's not necessarily a deal-breaker. (I know, I'm asking for the moon, aren't I?)
I have read through the thread pertaining to Peachtree City, but saw nothing there that mentioned Fayetteville.
Help me, fellow foodies. You're my only hope. :-)

Apr 09, 2012
ProtoTD in Atlanta

Missing Mancha's

I have been searching to no avail for a tamale like Mancha's pretty much since Mancha's closed it's doors. There was nothing like them, especially topped with one of Mancha's hot sauces. I would pay a week's salary for another meal of Mancha's tamales and a Killer Whale. Speaking of, has anyone found anything comparable to the Killer Whale? The Wimp or Agent Orange sauces? And what was the third sauce, the green one called?

Apr 09, 2012
ProtoTD in Central South