Atlanta >Arts & Entertainment > Diesel
870 Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030633.778465 -84.352886
Mon - Fri, 11am - 10pm; Sat, Sun, 11am - 11pm
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Northeast, Virginia Highland
Just plain bad – I have now been four times over the last few months. I went again yesterday on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to sit outside and enjoy the day, and even though the place was at best mediocre when I visited in the past, my SO had never been, so I thought she needed to form her own opnion. We were Dish regulars and she wanted to see what has become of our favorite restaurant.
I doubt that the men's restroom has been cleaned since the place opened, and it has been this way every time I went. My SO confirms that the situation is the same in the ladies' room, and the door won't even lock for them.
The tuna melt was just OK, the sweet tater fires (which they call chips for some reason) tasted and looked a few days old. The beer was reasonable and the service was OK.
Neither of us will be going back.
Just plain bad. – Well, I've been. And I'm pretty sure I won't be going back. Went to sit on the spacious patio on a beaufiful Sunday afternoon. Great location, and good for people watching. Little did we know we had picked the table between the two house drunks. One wouldn't leave us alone, and the other had lost the power of speach. (How could we tell? She was practically shouting incoherent phrases during most of our meal.) The general look and feel of the place is "dumpy, dirty college bar." Emphasis on the "dirty". (.... Maybe it's SUPPOSED to look that way???) The ladies' room looks as if it hasn't been cleaned in months... Maybe even since the place opened. Trash all over the floor, and nasty -and I use that term loosley - sink. Maybe they are trying to stick with the "Gast Station Theme" because the bathroom is right up there with the dirtiest gas station bathroom I've ever been in. (Note the the Owner -- there's a thing out there called Comet and a sponge...) I am pretty sure I had fewer germs on me when I walked in than when I walked out. Only one good thing about the place is the cheap beer. $12 for a bucket of 5 beers (but no pitchers). And that's where it ends. While the service was good, the food was not so good. The fried green tomato burger was merely acceptable, but where was the fried green tomato? Was it that thing that looked like a fried pickle? Funny, I didn't taste any pickles.... Nor did I taste the soggy limp cold fries. Bad. All bad. (And did I mention dirty?)
Food tastes like it came from a gas station – After reading a review in the AJC, we decided to give this restaurant a try. We started out with the beer cheese soup, which was not hot enough to melt the cheese and looked more like an oil change than soup. The hamburger was acceptable; however, the service was very slow and obviously untrained. Save yourself some disappointment and avoid this one!
Not the place you'd expect – So, I am a local of the Va.Hi. area. Diesel replaced on of my old haunts, Dish. I though I'd give the place a try a few weeks ago, and well lets just say I was disappointed. Management, and I use the term loosely was out and about but not to friendly. The food was okay for what it was, bar food. The boost a "internet juke box", similar to the ones at High Point so I dropped a few bucks only to have most if not all of my songs skipped. I inquired, only to be told my an obnoxious barkeep that "_ doesn't get played in this bar, and _doesn't get played in this bar...so yeah you see the theme here. Its okay for them to take your $$ but if the jack*ss behind the bar doesn't like what your buying he can just skip it....that's what I'd call some poor customer service. The drinks were pretty good. The language behind the bar was less then desirable. I mean, I am aware I'm in a bar but some words should be reserved for the getto gutters of Atlanta and not used in mixed company in the Va. Hi. area...feel me? The server for my group was okay, had personality but lets just say its not real cool to pass the guy on the way out taking a smoke, and where not talking about tabacco here either. Oh well, at least I didn't waste any gas to get there.
Out Of Gas! – This past week, a group of friends and myself, wanted to try out the latest gastropub in the Highlands. My friend insisted on making reservations. Big mistake. I arrived early to the spot, which was formally Dish, one of my fave early haunts in Va.Hi. I was greeted with a sign that said "Seat Yourself", So I sat at the bar, and cleared a nasty spot. Looked around, and everyone was having cans of PBR and shooters! Well I knew this was no gastropub, but a very, very casual bar that serves food, a la LIttle Five Points. O.K. But I still ordered my Dirty Grey Martini, and the surly bartended made a good one. My party arrived, looked around and thought "say what", and we seated ourselves on the patio. Well everyone knew just to order a pint, but they were out of our requests. The menu was small, with apps, and mains. We ordered several apps to share. All I remembered was the calamai had a tasty sauce, but it was like rubber, no crunch. And the tuna one, well, canned tuna. I ordered the fried green tomato burger, which was passable. But one person did order the short ribs, and yes, Dinty Moore is better. I'm not really going to slam the joint too much, but as a gastropub for the Highlands, it does not fit. Our server was nice. The place has so much potential. But it is, what it is. A cheap place to grab a cheap beer, get drunk, and order a burger!
Taking over the former Dish location, this lowbrow joint sparkles in a highbrow neighborhood. – In Short
The blue painted brick walls, steel-topped bar and grease-rag napkins fit appropriately in what was once a Virginia Highlands filling station, and the menu helps brand it as a better-than-average gastropub. Classic bar options are gussied up with pleasant surprises -- the burger comes topped with a tart n' crunchy fried green tomato and zesty horseradish sauce, french fries are perfectly skinny and roadside sliders get an intelligent upgrade with Italian sausage and mozzarella cheese. Despite the high quality easy-eats, steer clear of the ambitious main courses (beef short ribs have a Dinty Moore quality) and save that extra $14 for another round from the limited (but choosey) beer list. If the service seems a bit surly, be polite and chalk it up ambiance.
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