Atlanta >Food & Dining > Sweet Auburn Bistro
171 Auburn Blvd, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3033833.755415 -84.381793
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Northeast, Downtown
A very disappointing attempt to patronize this establishment – After leaving the Sweet Auburn Festival over the weekend my wife suggested that we & (son) patronize this establishment. Upon entering a greeting was to be expected from the host, but an acknowlegment was not received until moments later.
While being seated I noticed only a few guests, and several staffers milling around. Our waitress was less than appealing with her dingy cotton ball uniform, and bad perm. Our drinks (3 Teas) arrived 15min. later while she catered to only a single table.
Our Appetizer eventually came ( Fried Green Tomatoes) and was Doughy with a bland taste. The sauce barely left the dish to be desired for. The Utencils where all spotted , and the waitress was unseen for several minutes. When her presence was spotted she catered to other guests, and served their entree's before we had received ours. When the entree's finally arrived the waitress actually tried to serve me three Small Wings instead of the Chicken Breast and Wing I asked for earlier.
Upon her retrieving my Chicken Breast I continued to dine and was disappointed again by the lack of seasoning in the greens, and the chewy Mac & Cheese. (Can somebody explain to me further why a small stale pancake covered my greens?) None the less I waited patiently for my Chicken Breast, which came moments later. I LIE to you not... after eating a few layers of crispy skin... the Chicken was RAW inside!!! RAW meaning PINK! So..... I of course sent the entire meal back , but with tack. ( Meaning you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar) Hence this Review..... P.S. The Hostess did not Greet, Inquire, or Apologize to us the entire visit. Also Nooooo Tip was given... Just a critique to the waitress. Bless her little heart.
Decent southern-style food – The decor is nothing special, and you have to pay to park, which stinks. They should validate parking for free.
The food all looked good, but some dishes are priced well ($14 for chicken dishes) while my crab cakes were $25 and were nothing special. The sides are a little TOO southern flavored at times (strong tasting).
But I really liked the peach cobbler.
Great Breakfast option downtown – We have been enjoying the Sweet Auburn Bistro for brunch on Sundays. We have been a few times and even brought a group. Each time the service has been great and our orders as expected. The only con I have ordered the same omelet twice. The first time it was great and the second time was like I got it from a different restuarant. My 2nd breakfast meal was not nearly as appealing as before. Hopefully the thirdt time will be a charm.
Nothing to Write Home About – I remember when I first saw that Sweet Auburn Bistro had opened on openbook. I was so excited! However, I was so disappointed after having dinner there. The food was decent, but this place definitely has not reached its full potential. For starters, we had a bowl of the gumbo, which was a spicy and pretty tasty soup, but it did not taste like gumbo. I had the fried chicken, which was a small leg and thigh quarter. It was mediocre at best, and the accompanying gravy was tasteless. My husband enjoyed the roasted chicken and the ho-cake, but we both thought the collard greens were off. Also, a word to the wise--do not order the mac 'n cheese souffle here unless you like bland, tasteless pasta.
The prices, ambience and service were adequate, even though our waitress did not appear to know the menu very well. It may be a good place to visit for drinks and appetizers, but it's not the best food.
P.S. I was also somewhat irritated by the fact that the waitress said the chef does not consider this restaurant southern/soul food, as if labeling food as such is an insult. Maybe if the chef considered the food he was preparing to be southern/soul food, it would taste better.
Best of Atlanta – Love, love, love this place! I've had breakfast there a couple of times and got addicted to the shrimp omelette, but my last visit was the best. I attended the WAOK launch party for Al Sharpton & Warren Ballentine and I felt I entered a new Sweet Auburn Bistro (SAB). The atmosphere was filled with beautiful African American people enjoying the great tapas (the egg roll's my favorite or was it the Beef Wellington pastry) and yummy drinks (love that strawberry mojito). Later on as I listened to the band play as my waiter, Jay, displayed how much class and sophistication SAB has as he arranged my place setting on the table and placed a cloth napkin on my lap as I awaited my Cheesecake with warm peaches. Service like that is rare and I ate it up...literally.
To sum up my experience, I'd have to say that It was (as I imagine) reminiscent of old Auburn Avenue back in the day when Atlanta's movers and shakers gathered to discuss changing the landscape of Atlanta and the world. Looks like the landscape has changed and has a bit more class and style.
Much success to Glen Law and his fellow partners.
Great food and service – Had a great experience. Staff was able to accommodate our large group with ease. The atmosphere is sophicated and relaxing. Will definitely return!!
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