posted on October 21, 2007 at 6:25 am

I had some time to kill the other day before a morning appointment, so I stopped into Goldberg’s Bagels and Deli on West Paces Ferry Rd. I grew up going to Goldberg’s (after my fave place Snack and Shop closed) when we needed a Jewish deli fix, but the quality of the bagels was never very good. The food has gotten increasingly worse since they expanded and my most recent visit made me never want to go there again. The bagel was stale and the cream cheese was so cold it ripped my bagel. The fish was eh too. Service was great as usual, but the food was just…gross. I guess Bagel Palace is my only option in this town. Why can’t we get a REAL Jewish deli? And, while I am ranting, how come I cannot find any sturgeon in this town? I guess I just have to wait until I am in NYC in December and go to H&H for bagels and Barney’s Greengrass for some good fish. Where do you go for bagels and deli in Atlanta? Am I missing something?

Dinner with the boys on Thursday. We planned on going to Allegro, but were quickly dissuaded by some friends who said their meal was not that great. One of the boys is Italian, so he quickly nixed the idea at the idea of dropping a bunch of dough on mediocre Italian. Strangely enough, we ended up at Rosa Mexicano in Atlanta Station. The boys let me do the ordering–natch. We got the spicy guacamole, zarape de pato, flautas, ceviche, tablones (short ribs), enchiladas de mole, and the crispy pork shank. Everything was very good–except the ceviche which we sent back for not being prepared well. Service was scattered, but we got out of there full and happy for $60 each after tip and a bunch of margaritas. I know many people don’t want to shell out the “big” bucks for Mexican food, go to Atlantic Station, or frequent a chain, but I like this place and I am sticking to my guns. The food is solid. Lunch is also a spectacular deal and this Mexican Jew loves the fact that they serve a Mexican Passover during the Holiday.

Guess what? I had Korean barbecue this week. I know it is a huge surprise. Jessy (my sis) and I went to check out what was happening at Hae Woon Dae. I had not been in over a year and I was curious to see if the quality had improved. It has not. The food was just meh and I absolutely hate the service here. I know it is BuHi, but there are other places that do a bang-up job on the food with quality service. Just steer clear….

One more mini-rant…my friends and I wanted to go to have a nice meal, but we just could not decide on anywhere “fancy.” Our inability to find a place we were all anxious to try just lends credence to my theory that fine dining in Atlanta is kind of dead right now. I find that my meals at middle of the road places (and ethnic spots) are much better than the high-end restaurants. Maybe I am expecting too much? I don’t know. I just know that nothing has been exciting me lately. What are your thoughts on fine dining in Atlanta? Alive and well or is it in a slump?

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  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Anonymous · October 21, 2007  12:04 PM

    Try Bagelicious on Johnson Ferry in Marietta for a great everything bagel

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · October 21, 2007  1:54 PM

    Will do. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Anonymous · October 22, 2007  7:14 AM

    Bagelicious is truly the best bagel in Atlanta (the everything with veggie cream cheese being nirvanah). As a NY’er I can say that it is the only one that approximates the bagel of memories past, which even in NY/NJ or their southern outpost FL, is almost impossible to find. Now, if I could get a good bialy.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Anonymous · October 22, 2007  1:02 PM

    I definitely agree with Bagelicious. I grew up on them and haven’t found one that compares.

    Also, I would give Allegro a chance at some point. I haven’t been but heard it was quite good… not outstanding but it just opened so it may need some time.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · October 22, 2007  1:06 PM

    Bagelicious it is! Now you guys have me craving one…thanks. 😉

    I will check it out this week.

    Sounds like a proper Sunday Jewish-style brunch/grub fest is in order.

    Will report back.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Anonymous · October 22, 2007  2:57 PM

    goldbergs at west paces is wasp central; while not as good as bagel palace, goldbergs at chamblee-dunwoody is much better than the west paces store.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Anonymous · October 23, 2007  12:23 PM

    i love Goldbergs on Roswell Rd. I’ve been going there my whole life. They make homemade pastrami and corned beef that is amazing (its not on the menu). Nothing cures a stomach ache like Goldbergs chicken noodle soup, the best in the city!

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: italianfoodlover · October 23, 2007  9:37 PM

    We tried Allegro this past weekend and loved it. You ought to at least give it a try before dissing it in public. But I’m forever in your debt for turning me on to Rosa Mexicano. I didn’t even know you could get huitlacoche in Atlanta. Thanks!

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · October 24, 2007  11:34 AM


    I don’t really think of reporting that we were swayed by a friend’s experience and decided to go elsewhere “dissing.”

    I do intend to go at some point. Just saying we did make it that night.

    Glad you liked Rosa. People get so turned off because it is a chain, but I really like it.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Ephriam · October 24, 2007  1:37 PM

    What Korean BBQ places do you like? I’ve tried Hae Woon Dae and it wasn’t that great. There used to be a big place (Hanwoori?) off the access road up there that was half Korean BBQ and half Sushi. It closed down though, which was a bummer for me.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · October 24, 2007  1:40 PM

    I like Hanil Kwan and Chosun OK, but I partial to charcoal BBQ. Both places are great. They are both on BuHI around 285. I have listings/posts here on the blog. Just check the reviewd restaurants drop-down menu.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: italianfoodlover · October 24, 2007  8:45 PM

    Sorry if dissing seems like a strong word, but calling it “mediocre Italian” when you haven’t even been to the restaurant didn’t seem fair. I, too, am always looking for new fancy places, so I have great hopes for Allegro. I have not given up hope for Atlanta either. So many new places are set to open in the coming months that we may finally be on the upswing. We’re off to check out Lola, Catherall’s new Italian place this weekend. But I agree those out-of-the-way little ethnic spots are frequently the best.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Anonymous · October 25, 2007  8:39 AM

    I am a fan of Gruby’s NY Deli on Johnson Ferry (near the hospitals). Their egg and cheese sandwiches are great, their lox and bagels are good, and they have a huge, wonderful menu and nice friendly vibe. Very busy lunch crowd. Also, I like the Goldberg’s on Roswell Rd. My husband really likes Reuben’s Deli downtown, but I have never been there.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Sudhir · October 25, 2007  6:29 PM

    The problem with Rosa is not that it’s a chain. It’s that it’s mediocre. I’ve been once in NYC and once here, and my NYC meal was very good, but Atlanta meal was so average that I haven’t the faintest recollection what I got, outside of table side guacamole that was worse than the stuff I can make myself, which is nothing special.

    I haven’t been blown away by a meal in Atlanta in a while. Nam, probably. Then again, I haven’t been eating out big time much either.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Sandra & Greg · October 28, 2007  10:47 AM

    Here’s a great ‘fancy restaurant’ rec: Restaurant Eugene

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · October 28, 2007  1:51 PM

    Yeah, I love Eugene–probably my fave, but I would consider it more of an upscale place. I was talking about “fine dining” spots like the Ritz, Seeger’s, and Quinones. People seem to want to be more casual and less stuffy when they dine, which I can understand. I don’t go to these places often, but it is nice to know they are there when you have an extra special occasion.

    I started a thread about it on a forum I frequent and everyone made some pretty interesting points.

    You can view the thread here:

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Steve Drucker · October 29, 2007  1:53 PM

    “I find that my meals at middle of the road places (and ethnic spots) are much better than the high-end restaurants.”

    No need for weekend reservations, no black clad snot nosed know nothing door people, no ill conceived food fusion, no ingredients with more frequent flier miles than an Idaho Senator…gee–think what we (kimosabee) are missing.

    I get bagels in bulk from Chapel Hill Bagels through friends in the Triangle. Nice three generation Bagel Bakery Puerto Rican owners originally from northern NJ. The Russian (pumpernickel with some seeds/oats on the crust) are the best. Fusion in a good way and minimum frequent flier miles.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Kimberly · October 30, 2007  4:33 PM

    My husband and I are NYC transplants and have missed a true jewish deli too- The Bagel Palace on N. Druid Hills is the closest we’ve come. The bagels are great, whitefish, lox, corned beef… they’ve got it covered. The atmosphere, too, is authentic.
    We’ve been to Allegro several times already. They have a nice bar and several outstanding dishes. You should check it out!
    I know it’s a little drive but Hugh Acheson has opened a new place in Athens that is outstanding- called The National. Better than anything I’ve had in Atlanta lately. Well worth the drive.

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Eric · November 2, 2007  9:30 AM

    I agree with Kimberly – the Bagel Palace is a worth a try

  • Re: Nibbles
    posted by: Anonymous · August 8, 2008  12:53 PM

    Quality Kosher Emporium on Briarcliff Road –

    It has a little deli inside. The bagels are the best in Atlanta, go when they are being made fresh (Sunday around 11:00AM is a good time).

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