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Muss and Turner’s: Smyrna

posted on July 1, 2007 at 7:52 am
RESTAURANT REVIEW:
Back when I started this blog in 2005, I paid a visit to Muss and Turners and was very disappointed with my experience. I decided to give them another go since they are such a big proponent of the local food movement and seem to have some very interesting menu items. They have expanded their offerings to dinner and a wine/beer bar since my last visit. I went for a quickie lunch and chose the reuben sandwich and their “big bowl of fries.” I took my place card and sat next to the window in the corner. The restaurant feels like it was created by men for men. And, you can see the testosterone oozing from sandwiches, like the “bada bing” and the seemingly all-male kitchen staff hollering at each other in the open kitchen. It has a very homey feel and anyone would be comfortable here.
Muss and Turners: Smyrna
The sandwich was a monstrosity and I had no idea how I was going to put it in my mouth without unhinging my jaw. I managed to smash the sandwich down, but still felt a bit pornographic as I put my mouth around it. The sandwich was up there with Star Provisions version (not on the menu for the season). The bread really tasty and had a lovely, light texture. The cheese had not been sufficiently melted which was a surprise considering the wait for the sandwich to arrive. But, the meat was tender and dressing was tart enough to cut the fat of the cheese and meat. The pickle was a perfect half-sour with nice crunch and that fresh cucumber flavor.
Muss and Turners: Smyrna
The fries made my eyes open wide when they arrived at the table. A “big bowl of fries” indeed. The flavor was unmistakably fresh, but they were soggy and I was so sad! I did take them home and crisp them up in the oven at 400 degrees when I had the other half of my sandwich for dinner. They were awesome on the second go.
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I am sorry,
Star Provisions, but I think this brownie has taken your crown. Just the smell of this thing in the paper bag was enough to make my eyes roll into the back of my head.

Verdict: While the food is not absolutely perfect, this place definitely serves its purpose in Atlanta. I still enjoyed my food even though there were some slight imperfections in the timing and preparation. Grocery items are a bit overpriced, but items like the Zoe tuna (toro in oil) and dried pastas are worth a shot in your kitchen. I will be back if I am in the area.

RESTAURANT INFORMATION:
Address: 1675 Cumberland Parkway, Ste 309
Smyrna, Georgia 30080
Phone: (770) 434-1114
Website

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5 comments

  • Re: Muss and Turner’s: Smyrna
    posted by: Sally Parrott Ashbrook · July 2, 2007  11:53 AM

    I LOVE Muss & Turner. Just seeing that you were writing about them made my mouth water.

  • Re: Muss and Turner’s: Smyrna
    posted by: Ann · October 7, 2007  4:36 AM

    I just wanted to let you know that your link in the “Reviewed Restaurants” droplist goes only to the M&T Atlanta review. I was looking for the M&T Smyrna review, because I remembered it was positive, and, well, I ate there last night, and told them that there was this lovely review in The Blissful Glutton’s blog…and, um, gave them the URL…At any rate, hopefully they’ll find this review and not think I’m playing evil mind games.

    I agree that the fries need to be delivered in parchment paper or something more absorbant than the waxed stuff, because toward the bottom of the bowl they were turning my stomach with grease. But the top layers were soooo good.

    We had the Insult to Philly (shaved Wagyu roast beef, sautéed sweet onions, red peppers, shiitake mushrooms & melted Swiss cheese on a hoagie roll with rosemary balsamic au jus). Of the sandwich filling, my boyfriend said, “My sole criticism of this sandwich is that I cannot take my clothes off and roll in it.” The rolls were really good too – fresh olive bread with sea salt.

    Our wait staff was all female, so we didn’t get the vibe you mention – maybe it’s a lunch thing. And our waitress was so cutely enthused about the local foods angle.

  • Re: Muss and Turner’s: Smyrna
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · October 7, 2007  5:02 AM

    Oops. Thanks for the heads up. I will change it.

    Loving you BF’s comment about the sandwich. Hilarious.

    Thanks,
    Jennifer

  • Re: Muss and Turner’s: Smyrna
    posted by: Pete · July 18, 2008  4:59 PM

    I like M&T's. My only complaint is I've been forgotten more than once when lunching their after the lunch rush as they prep for dinner. I like the enthusiasm everyone there has for the food and they do seem to be sincere, if at times a wee bit distracted. So I generally hit M&T's when I know I've got some time to kill.

  • Re: Muss and Turner’s: Smyrna
    posted by: Todd · January 11, 2009  2:58 PM

    M&T is one of my favorite local restaurants!! I will have to admit, however, that for as many times as I've been there I always get the same thing…Swifty's Dream with an "old" pickle! One of the best pulled pork sandwiches around. Gotta get the fries too!! My partner goes for the salad "sampler" by choosing a variety of smaller salads from the salad/deli case! Mmmm, mmmm! Izabella is the BEST!!!

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