Things To Do Around West Cobb – Sunday Brunch

Sunday Brunch is a time honored tradition in many families, whether it is a gathering after church services, scheduled time with friends and family, or an event saved for special occasions. First suggested by British author Guy Beringer in 1895, this blend of “breakfast” and “lunch” was suggested to be an alternative to the then post-church Sunday meals. Beringer described this option as “cheerful, sociable and inciting”. It took a while for this trend to appear in the US, where rumor has it that Hollywood stars making transcontinental train trips stopped in Chicago to enjoy a late morning meal in the 1930s.

On Sunday, May 10, families around West Cobb will celebrate Mother’s Day. Many will be selecting local restaurats to gather for brunch. There are several restaurants around West Cobb that offer Sunday Brunch on a regular basis, while others that are normally closed on Sundays, may offer Saturday Brunch, such as Henry’s Louisiana Grill in downtown Acworth. While there are several restaurants that offer Sunday breakfast options, you can click on the map locations below to see some of the restaurants in our area that offer Sunday Brunch.

Sunday Brunch Around West Cobb


NOTE: The light purple locations offer a brunch buffet, while the purple locations offer brunch selections.

Sunday Breakfast

You can find Sunday breakfast options at chains like IHOP and Waffle House, but there are also local favorites like the ones below:

Marietta Diner
306 Cobb Parkway S
Marietta, GA 30060

Reveille Cafe Acworth
5330 Brookstone Dr.
Acworth, GA 30101

West Cobb Diner
3451 Ernest Barrett Parkway
Marietta GA 30064

New West Cobb Shopping Centers Coming?

It’s easy to see from all of the new homes being built around our neighborhoods, that new businesses, especially West Cobb shopping centers and restaurants can’t be far behind. We already know about the new mixed-use development planned at the corner of Barrett Parkway and U.S. 41/Cobb Parkway that will bring Whole Foods to our neighborhood.

Shopping Center Planned for Marietta

Another new shopping center is planned for the corner of Dallas Highway & Casteel Road in Marietta near the Avenues of West Cobb. Named Parkside, the center plans to offer high-end retail and restaurants. This new West Cobb Shopping Center will bring new businesses will offer jobs, tax revenue for the community, and of course, convenience for us!

Could Sprouts Pop Up In Our Neighborhood?

And it looks like we might also be getting a Sprouts Farmers Market too!

Residents challenged by allergies and health issues, will be excited about the possibility of these stores coming to our neighborhood. Their offerings include great selections of gluten free, organic and natural food items.

Interested in helping make this happen?

Come to the Planning Commission meeting currently scheduled for 9AM May 5, 2015 to show your support:   100 Cherokee Street – Marietta, GA 30090  

UPDATE

August 20, 2016 – This project was approved and is well underway. Planned tenants include Sprouts, Stein Mart, Ulta, Zoe’s Kitchen, Mellow Mushroom, and Marshalls.

In addition, the Kennesaw Marketplace is coming along at the corner of Barrett and Cobb Parkways. In addition to Whole Foods, some of the other shops/restaurants include Hobby Lobby, Academy Sports, and much more.

Choosing To Do Business In Acworth

Have you noticed the construction going on around town? Developers, retailers and restaurant chains are choosing to do business in Acworth as they open new locations here. These businesses will offer residents several benefits including jobs, shopping and dining options, as well as revenue for the community.

Business in Acworth … coming soon

Cabelas
Scheduled to open this summer/early fall, Cabelas will offer residents quick access to hunting, fishing and outdoor gear. According to their press release, the store will include a large mountain replica, a Gun Library, Bargain Cave, Boat Shop, Indoor Archery Range, Deli and Fudge Shop

Cabela’s
Cherokee Village Route 92
Acworth GA 30101

Huey Luey's
Opened since 2011 in Hiram, Huey Luey’s will bring a new Mexican dining experience to our side of town when they open their Acworth location later this year. Along with their famous $5 margaritas and made to order guacamole, their menu offers traditional Mexican items including enchiladas, burritos and fajitas, and several unique entree offerings. HueyLueys 
3338 Cobb Parkway
Acworth GA 30101
Mellow Mushroom
An eclectic assortment of salads, soups, pizzas and more, Mellow Mushroom will be a welcome addition to our dining options. In addition to their traditional menu, Mellow Mushroom also offers gluten free, vegan and other items that address allergy and dietary needs. Mellow Mushroom 
6121 Cedarcrest Rd. NW
Acworth GA 30101
And if you drive north a few miles (less than 10), you will see that Lakepoint Sports Complex has already opened some of their facilites as they continue to develop the land in Emerson that is scheduled for completion in 2016 offering several sports, retail, entertainment and hotel options. They continue to update their website and share event information, so check it out here.

Mardi Gras in the Neighborhood

Can’t make it to New Orleans? Make reservations now to celebrate Mardi Gras nearby.  There are two gourmet restaurants in our neck of the woods offering Louisiana food reminiscent of dining in the French Quarter of New Orleans. But they will sell out quickly, so if you are interested, you’d better make reservations fast!

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Henry’s Louisiana Grill

Located in downtown Acworth, Henry’s Louisiana Grill will host a special event for Mardi Gras on March 4th from 9:00 pm – midnight offering drink specials, King cakes and costume contests. Blair Crimmons and the Hookers will play starting at 9:00pm. There will be a $10 cover charge.

Address:
4835 N. Main Street
Acworth, Georgia 30101

Phone:
770-966-1515

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Gabe’s Downtown

Located in downtown Villa Rica, this classic Louisiana Bistro with a casual atmosphere is owned by two Louisiana natives. Their menu is reminiscent of several areas in Louisiana including New Orleans offering seafood and French entrees that will make you feel like you’ve relocated, if only for a meal.

Address:
104 West Montgomery Street 
Villa Rica, GA 30180

Phone:
770-456-6026

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Thinking of hosting your Mardi Gras party?

Sometimes it is important to understand an event such as Mardi Gras before you begin to put the pieces of the event together. This information can help with the planning process. While we all associate purple, green and gold with Mardi Gras, a small bit of trivia would be that this “Symbolism of Colors” is a doctrine reaffirmed in 1892 by Rec, the King of Carnival, who assigned a meaning to each color. Purple represents justice, green stands for faith, and gold signifies power. Since these colors are so indoctrinated in the Mardi Gras history, they should be incorporated into invitations and decor. 

Beads are part of the history of Mardi Gras, so they should be included in your event, even if it is formal. You can use them as part of your decor. King Cake can be an integral part of your party planning, as tradition dictates that the person who finds the hidden item in the cake must either buy the cake or host the party. This is a great way to start a tradition amongst your group of friends and neighbors.

Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day

Looking for a romantic place for dinner this Friday – it’s Valentine’s Day. Here’s a list of local restaurants you might like:

Fusco’s Via Roma

Fusco’s Via Roma

Located in downtown Acworth, this family owned Italian restaurant offers a large menu of traditional Italian items in a 100 year old beams & brick building reminiscent of Tuscany.

Address:
4815A South Main Street NW
Acworth, GA 30101

Phone:
770-966-1515

Reservations

Sam and Rosco’s Restaurant

Sam and Rosco’s Restaurant

This Douglasville is the recipient of several awards and offers fresh food, outstanding service and elegant ambiance for its diners. Their menu offers a variety of seafood, chicken, veal and pasta dishes as well as appetizers and salads.

Address:
7450 Douglas Blvd

Douglasville, GA 30135

Phone:
770.924.9133

Reservations

The Magnolia Thomas Restaurant

The Magnolia Thomas Restaurant

Located in historic downtown Woodstock, this restaurant offers quaint atmosphere along with its great menu. They offer new southern cuisine, fabulous wines and local craft beers. It’s convenient location also provides an opportunity to stroll the boutiques in the neighborhood.

Address:
108 Arnold Mill Road
Woodstock,GA

Phone:
678-445-5789

Reservations

The Olive Tree

The Olive Tree

Tucked away in historic Hiram, The Olive Tree is an Italian/Greek restaurant with quaint decor. They also have locations in Villa Rica and Lithia Springs.

Address:
37 Beatty Street, Suite 115
Hiram, Ga 30141

Phone:
770-439-0203

Reservations

Vingenzo’s

Vingenzo’s

Yet another gourmet restaurant in historic downtown Woodstock, this restaurant is the recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award for Excellence.  They offer a variety of pizza and pasta dishes that are available gluten free.

Address:
105 E Main St. Suite 100
Woodstock, GA 30188

Phone:
770.924.9133

Reservations

Dinner and a Movie

Not far from us, you can now enjoy dinner and a movie at the same time! A short ride up 92 to Woodstock Road in Roswell will take you to The Movie Tavern in the recently renovated Sandy Plains Village. The Movie Tavern offers first run movies along with an eclectic menu offering plenty of items to satisfy your appetite.

You no longer have to select a restaurant for before or after the movie, you can enjoy both at the same time. The theater offers stadium seating along with a dining table for you to comfortably enjoy both your meal and the movie. I was also intrigued by their Breakfast and a Flick offering for weekend mornings, seems like a great way to enjoy a weekend morning, especially with family and friends.

Questions? Here are some of the questions I had and the answers I found on their website:


Is the meal before, during or after the movie?

How expensive is this?

Can I make reservations?

Can I host a party there?

Ready to go? Here’s the address info:

Roswell, GA – Movie Tavern at Sandy Plains Village
4651 Woodstock Rd.
Roswell, GA 30075
Box Office: (770) 407-6653
Directions | Contact Us

 

Pacific Spice Restaurant

Living in the neighborhood, you know that there are several restaurants available for local dining options. Just driving Cedarcrest Road from Cobb Parkway to Dallas Acworth, you pass more than 10 restaurants. So there are several choices without driving too far. And we are fortunate that many of them offer take out, and in some cases, delivery. But sometimes, you just want to get out.

One of those evenings should definitely be spent at Pacific Spice. Tucked among the shops in Governors Towne Square shopping center at Cedarcrest Road and Cobb Parkway, is Pacific Spice. An Asian restaurant, they offer Thai, Japanese and Chinese cuisine. If you are partial to sushi, you can sit at the bar and watch as they create your selection, or you can join others at a table. On the other side of the restaurant, you can combine dining and entertainment at their hibachi tables. And then of course, there are the many other options available on their menu from traditional Chinese and Thai items to house specialties.

Peking Duck

Peking Duck

I prefer their Peking Duck, which is one of my favorites. I began my dinner with a house salad and ginger dressing, as did the others I was with. Everyone loved it! But last night we also ordered their Tangerine Beef. The restaurant was on a roll, since everyone loved it, and agreed it was the best they had ever had. The duck was crispy and tasty, with scallions, cucumbers and tomatoes to add to the pancakes.

Tangerine Beef

Tangerine Beef

While we didn’t have soup last night, we have had their soup in the past. They offer a Velvet Corn & Chicken Soup (for 2) that is excellent, and a nice departure from the usual Wonton or Egg Drop Soup.

There was no room for dessert, and of course we came home with leftovers.

While there are several restaurants in our neighborhood, the variety of Asian options offered by Pacific Spice make it a great place to go with friends. There’s something for everyone and enough variety to provide an adventure in dining.

 

Pacific Spice Restaurant

Governer’s Towne Square
6110 Cedarcrest Rd.
Suite 310
Acworth, GA 30101
t. 770-529-8300
f. 770-529-8337

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday
11:00am-10:00pm
Friday & Saturday
11:00am-10:30pm

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Thankful for Thanksgiving Help

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is this week? Signs of Thanksgiving around Cobb County are evident and the holiday season is quickly approaching and it’s time to start planning the menus. All around West Cobb, Publix and Kroger stores have put up the holiday planning displays. You begin to see the baking supplies, and the trimmings for the turkey. Yes, let the holiday season entertaining begin.

If you recently moved into your West Cobb home, you might be hosting your first family Thanksgiving. And while you focus on making sure the house is ready for the guests, you might want some help. Here are some hotlines that can help you with menu planning, portion calculations, food safety and more.

  • Butterball Turkey Talk-Line: 1-800-BUTTERBALL
    The Turkey Talk-Line is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 7 PM CST from now until December 21. And the best part of all: it’s open Thanksgiving day, starting at 6 AM CST!! TDD line: 1-800-TDD-3848. Bilingual help is available. Online help in Spanish and English.  They also offer a FAQ list to quickly answer many popular questions.
  • USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 1-888-674-6854
    If you have questions about food safety, including storage, handling and preparation of the Thanksgiving turkey, call the USDA hotline weekdays from 9 AM to 3 PM CST. TDD line: 1-800-256-7072. The Hotline is open on Thanksgiving Day from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p. m., Eastern Time, but closed on other Federal government holidays.
  • Fleischmann’s Yeast Baker’s Help Line:1-800-777-4959
  • This helpline, for all your questions about breads and rolls, is open Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 7 PM, all year long. Online help.
  • Land O’Lakes Holiday Bake Line: 1-800-782-9606
    Any and all baking questions are answered from 8 AM to 7 PM CST at Land O’Lakes from now until Christmas Eve. Online help.
  • Hershey’s Consumer Hot Line: 1-800-468-1714
    Let the folks at Hersheys walk you through every chocolate question you’ve ever had. Ask for recipes too! This line is open Monday – Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM EST, all year round.
  • Libby Consumer Hot Line: 1-800-854-0374
    Stressed about your pumpkin pie? Get tips and advice, plus recipes using canned pumpkin. The line is open Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 8 PM EST, all year round.
  • Ocean Spray Consumer Helpline:1-800-662-3263
    Learn everything you ever wanted to know about cranberries, including ideas for using leftover canned cranberry sauce. The hotline is open Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 4 PM EST, all year round. And it’s open on Thanksgiving! Online help

And if cooking Thanksgiving Dinner is overwhelming you, and you decide to let someone else do the cooking & cleanup this year, here are the restaurants in our area open on Thanksgiving Day and offering a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner:

Whether you dine in or out, enjoy your holiday and be safe.