posted on December 3, 2008 at 2:39 pm
The Bureau is a great space and the time taken to renovate the spot is evident in the décor. The restaurant/bar is broken up into two levels but I’ve hung out downstairs during my visits. I would like to say the food is good but it is just competent. The poutine everyone on the interwebs has been salivating over was a big disappointment. The cheese was the consistency of nacho cheese—no curds to be found. I couldn’t figure out if the gravy was from a package or just blah. It all blended together in one bite. And the fries were frozen. Fail. Moon had pork belly over white beans, which was nice but lacked the touch of acid that it needed to pop. My chicken paprikash was a mess. The sauce tasted more like salsa and the only sour cream in the dish was a meager dollop crowning the chicken. I stopped eating after two bites. This is definitely not a food destination but a cool spot to drink beer and shoot some pool. There is valet parking across the street.
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Cakes & Ale: Decatur

Cakes & Ale has received mixed reviews from you guys and others but I still love it. It possesses that low-key vibe and effortless elegance so many restaurant strive for but never achieve. Thoughtful touches like twinkling candles against the dark wood, a chalkboard full of daily specials straight from the market and Edith Piaf singing sweetly out of the speakers make it so cozy and warm. Service is knowledgeable and attentive.  On my last visit, we had the irresistible arancini with fennel pollen, pristine breakfast radishes served with room temperature butter and sea salt and what has to be the most amazing chicken potpie I have had in a very long time. This version was baked in a little dish filled with fresh seasonal vegetables and chunks of tender chicken bathed in a silky sauce that was just thick enough without being heavy. But the cherry on top was the crust. Buttery, flaky, golden brown and not a gummy spot to be found. I am slowly working my way through their short but delightful cocktail list—my French 75 was perfection. The wine selection has improved, the beer list is still strong and they serve some fabulous coffee. I really wished I lived within walking distance. I’d be there once a week.

Editor’s note: I have been informed that the restaurant has closed since my post.
I was meandering around Marietta after an assignment and happened upon this little Cuban sandwich place in the same strip center as Bagelicious. Quick aside: thanks to the readers who recommended the bagels there. They were as good as promised and I am dying to explore that menu some more. Ok, back to the sandwiches. Since we’ve lost both The Kool Korner Grocery and Havana this year (R.I.P.), I was excited to see Cubano. They also advertised an assortment of Cuban coffees in their window. I went in and checked it out. I had just eaten two meals for work so I was stuffed but had had to get a taste. There were no Cuban coffees—guess the machine left with the previous Cuban owner when it was sold. But the new owner—who is not Cuban but does hail from Miami—is still making a wide range of Cuban sandwiches. 
I got a classic and asked for it to be well pressed. My sandwich wasn’t bad. The bread was flavorful and they’d done a nice job making it crispy. But the pork was on the dry side and the sandwich could have been tangier—maybe a little more pickle and mustard? Still not a bad version given our current drought. I’d go back if I was in the area. 
Cubano the Original Cuban on Urbanspoon

I spotted these fill-to-order cannolis at Harry’s Farmers’ Market in Marietta/Cobb while shopping there a while back. I didn’t order one—we were there post Tasty China—but thought it was a cool idea. There is nothing worse than a soggy cannoli. Anyone tried one of these?
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  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: brainella · December 3, 2008  4:18 PM

    We’ve gotten the cannoli at the Roswell Harry’s store a few times and they are pretty darned good.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Emily · December 4, 2008  7:44 AM

    I haven’t had the ones at Harry’s, but would recommend the ones at East 48th St Market. They are already filled, but have such high turnover, I’ve never had a soggy one.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Anonymous · December 4, 2008  12:34 PM

    I second the motion to eat the everything bagel at Bagelicious. They are better than the ones that I get in Chicago. They used to be made by a baker trained on Long Island. I don’t know if he is still there. I eat it with a piece of whitefish and am a very happy man for the rest of the day.

    Your blog is great. Keep them coming.

    I noticed that you said that you lived in Mexico and graduated from University of Akron. That’s an unexpected combo, care to let us know how that came about?

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Anonymous · December 10, 2008  12:45 PM

    Cubano has closed. Greek restaurant coming soon.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Anonymous · December 24, 2008  9:46 AM


    seems The Bureau on Edgewood is going thru some changes – I can only guess it was after some BAD reviews that their whole kitchen staff is gone. Can’t wait to see the improvements…

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