Decatur >Universal Joint
“The trivia is fun too.”
“Unlike the "chef's right" dude, I like places with character; and I find the staff engaging, not a bunch of monkey trained nimrods that give answers to the questions they are trained to answer (aka, corporate, cookie cutter, no risk bars).”
“Good beer selection and full bar.”
“love the new salmon burger and salmon salad!”
“Its got a decent beer selection, better-than-average pub grub -- the blue cheeseburger and buffalo chicken are winners -- and the servers are super friendly.”
“great place to relax and people-watch, at least during the day.”
“eclectic, diverse down to earth atmosphere, beautiful patio-, wonderful people, what more could you possibly want?”
“great choice of potables and superior bar/pub grub (pay attention to the daily specials which are always great) all at reasonable prices.”
“Service sometimes a little slow.”
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We love it!.
Me, My hubby, and our roommate live close by have been going there for 6 yrs or more!
Sometimes, they hire the occasional catty waitress or waiter but, they can't be perfect all of the time.
They have a great bar selection, cozy environment, good patio, and GREAT burgers! All reasonably priced! The burgers are so big, I have to have mine cut in half and can never eat more than half at a time.
They do get packed on trivia night though (check their website for more info) and it's hard to get food quickly when they are that busy so, we avoid that night.
Most of the time, we call in our orders to go, Swing by and our food is already done, Have a few drinks and go eat at home. Everyone there has always been really nice to us.
The only downside is when its packed, it's really cramped. This place used to be a gas station. It used to be really hard to move around but, they've literally, just added a second side room and that seems to have taken care of that problem for the most part.
just for a drink.
We have been a few times as we live around the corner -- I wish this place would clean up there act. I agree with the other comments regarding wait staff and food -- long wait for just OK food.
However I think it's charming that people bring dogs and kids -- very european!
Possibly the worst service in Atlanta..
An hour and a half of your life to get good pub grub? Never again!
My friend that lives in Oakhurst insisted we eat at the UJoint 3/1/2009 at 6pm, it is convenient as
a neighborhood eatery. The problem with the U joint is that the only waiter in this tiny
restaurant is a surly little tatted man who takes cig breaks out front while his tables wait, and
wait, and wait, if he remembers to ever come back to your table, which in our case he did not, it is
at his leisure. You need to place your food order... tough. You need beverage refills... tough.
You actually want to get your meal after an hour and fifteen minutes... tough. You think he should
show up back at the table to check and see if the food that never came out is ok... tough.
My date did not want me to say anything after 30 min, after 45 min, after an hour, after all, this
is her neighborhood eatery, finally after an hour and fifteen minutes she spoke to the waiter, after
another 15 minutes, one (1) of the two orders came out, this was all I could take, I asked for the
It is not that the manager didn't take care of getting the order right after an hour and forty five
minutes, and she did comp the meal for us... (the least she could do) what she should do is fire this incompetent waiter and get a couple of competent waiters that understand and provide good service.
We eat out almost every night, (just doing our part to stimulate the economy) just not at the Ujoint any more. As I said to the manager, Atlanta has too many good restaurants, with good service, to ever endure the Ujoint again.
Nice Cozy spot... This was my first visit to this spot cozy mellow and good service. Its been a while since I have visited this area but renovations and upgrades make it look good and gives you a safe feeling. Didn't get to try the food the kitchen closes at 12 am, Me and my date had a couple of drinks(pretty good). I plan on returning to see how the food is, but I would reccomend this spot to anyone who just wants a spot to chill and have good conversation..
Good Pie- Cartman. I love this place. Unlike the "chef's right" dude, I like places with character; and I find the staff engaging, not a bunch of monkey trained nimrods that give answers to the questions they are trained to answer (aka, corporate, cookie cutter, no risk bars). I own a competing restaurant but had to respond to this review because of the type of person you are . You go into a place and expect a server up your --- ASAP and to stay there until you finish your two Stella Artouis and 6 waters, (yet I know you wait 45 mins in line at taco ria del sol then rave about how great the service is).... and then complain about your $6 hamburger. Have fun at Hoolihans and get an extra order of fried jalapeno poppers on me. Oh, and I checked into it and the stucko was added to the building in the early nineties, so next time don't comment on facts you know nothing about. -- Fat Pete
I have to agree with: U Joint: true to it's roots and good at it.. I love the Universal Joint. The patio is great and, in my opinion, one of the best in Decatur. I go to the UJ 2-3 times a week (and certainly haven?t seen anything that would ?violate? health codes. The food is consistently good. Again, it is bar food not 5-star dining. I love having this bar in my neighborhood. It welcomes all types of people including kids and people with pets. I?m just happy the chef doesn?t own the universal joint or most of us with kids and dogs wouldn?t be welcome.
Chef Is Right.
I have lived in Oakhurst for over a decade, and like chef, I sepnt over a dozen years in the restaurant industry.
I was really excited when the lovely old brick gas station went under renovation. But these people got it wrong from the beginning. They covered a beautiful facade with stucco, hired - and continue to hire- the worst wait staff in town and don't seem to understand how to train them, and consistently produce boring, barely edible food. Since I live a block away, I give it a try once or twice a year in a hope these people have learned how to run a restaurant and adhere to health codes, but to no avail.
two examples: Last time I was in, I heard the table behind me discussing the fact they always regret giving this place a try because the service is pathetic. Also, I once saw the waitress who used to bring her dogs to work go directly from petting her animals to running food. Without washing her hands.
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U Joint: true to it's roots and good at it.. Sounds like the local "chef" expects haute cuisine at a bar. Predictable. The U Joint has my favorite lunch in town: mushroom swiss chicken sandwich with onion straws (you have to sub the burger for chicken.) But make no mistake, this is pub food. If you're expecting Rathbun's, stop for a coffee on the way home 'cause you'll be up complaining online when you get there. I love the U Joint because it is EXACTLY what a neighborhood bar should be. Relaxed... DOGS and BABIES are welcome, so if you are too uptight for that you should reconsider where you hang out. (Or move back to the suburbs where the TGI Friday's servers aren't allowed to have opinions.) Some peoples comfort levels are different than others and that's just not the U Joints fault. Thank goodness one person's opinion can't ruin a restaurant's rating on citysearch.
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