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The Standard: Grant Park

posted on August 16, 2007 at 9:48 am
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Cheese fries at The Standard

RESTAURANT REVIEW:
I have been passing by The Standard every time I am on Memorial Drive and my curiosity got the better of me a couple of days ago. I met a friend for a last-minute lunch on Tuesday. The menu is very sandwich heavy and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything light if you are watching your weight–the salads are not inspiring. It is definitely the kind of place you go if you have a hangover–there is plenty of grease and starch to take the sting out of your day if you had a rough night.

While scanning the menu, my eyes immediately went to The Standard fries (picture above, which were topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, green onions, jalapenos, and ranch dressing). My friend and I went to town on them and they were fine–not great. We both decided that they lacked texture and everything just seemed a bit soggy. The bacon could have been crisper and they could have some more green onion just to give it enough crunch. My friend got the burger and a side sald (they charge you for the substitution) and I ordered the chicken wrap (I meant to get the chicken gyro, but I asked for the chicken wrap instead). I took one bite into my wrap and there was a dark curly hair embedded in my sandwich (I have been having the worst luck lately!). I ordered the gyro (my intended original order and it came out) as a replacement. The gyro was pretty good. The chicken was minced and pressed into flat slices, but the texture was off-putting. The flavors, however, were very good–I especially liked the flat bread and the yogurt spread. If they used chicken breast, it would be crave-worthy. My friend got the burger, but she did not seem too thrilled. She did say she had had the curry and sliders before and they were very good.

Verdict: I might go back if I am in the area and craving a sandwich or something greasy, but Ann’s is around the corner and we all know she does a bang-up burger. Still not a bad spot and the servers are quick with the coke refills (always a plus in my book). The waiter was nice enough not to charge us for either sandwich.

RESTAURANT INFORMATION:
Address: 327 Memorial Drive
Phone: (404) 681-3344  

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3 comments

  • Re: The Standard: Grant Park
    posted by: Sudhir · August 17, 2007  4:39 PM

    What kind of camera do you have? Your pictures are phenomenal (though not this one in particular). And how big is your weekly gas bill? I like to eat out, but I tend to stay in my quadrant of the city unless it’s some place really special. How do you manage to get to so many places? I am a Highlander, and I can seldom justify passing by so many good places to go to something in Buckhead unless it is truly superlative. The Standard, though not particularly far from me, seems a bit out of the way from where I live. I’d go that way for Agave, but not the Standard…at least not for food.

  • Re: The Standard: Grant Park
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · August 17, 2007  5:02 PM

    Thanks, Sudhir. I took this one with my iphone–been doing that a lot lately for the sake of convenience. I have a Canon 30D. I love it.

    As far as getting around so much, I only fill up every couple of weeks. My freelance writing requires me to do a lot of research around the city so I happen upon these places while I am working. I hate to drive though, so I plan my routes very carefully.

    Jennifer

  • Re: The Standard: Grant Park
    posted by: Steve · October 4, 2007  2:35 PM

    Nice blog!
    Hi – I write restaurant reviews for the local free paper, the Porch Press, and I have to agree with you about The Standard – it’s pretty average. Good place for cheap eats when hung over or craving bar food, but we have so many similar places in our area. I prefer The Earl for a good burger in East Atlanta.
    Steve from Grant Park

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