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Marietta Diner, Marietta GA

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We’ve had Marietta Diner on our radar for quite some time. This Saturday night it was COLD, COLD , COLD and I was happy to find a parking place close but our troubles were not over.

THE PLACE WAS PACKED! Normally I take this as a good sign that the food must be incredible, the service impeccable and certainly worth any wait we could experience. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

Probably in the summer, when it’s possible to wait outside even on a warm evening, we wouldn’t have experienced the “waiting room problem” – but it was severe. With the frigid weather, people were packed like sardines to wait for a table. Chaos seemed to rule as there were multiple people running around frantically with multiple sheets of waiting diners names. In some cases, guests that had just arrived were unexpectantly seated and the rest of us were still waiting like lemmings. When diners have no confidence in the system, that it is fair and orderly, the system is broken.Just as we were about to give up – we were finally seated.

When we were seated, we were served our beverages and soup, salad and bread quickly followed.

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I chose the seafood bisque and a Caesar salad and Melanie chose the chicken noodle soup and a house salad with ranch. My seafood bisque was really awesome – seafood in every bite, full of flavor and wonderfully seasoned. Melanie immediately regretted her choice which she described as “dirty dishwater”. My salad was great and I really liked the large fresh tomatoes which I quickly diced up and enjoyed. Melanie decided to forego the salad to a later time so that she could be sure to enjoy her entrée.

It had been 35 minutes from the time we’d placed our order and we had that “I am about to give up” look on our faces when our entrees finally arrived. Both were served on large platters and the sight was truly overwhelming.

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Melanie chose the broiled salmon and I selected the broiled trout stuffed with seafood. I thought my fish was done perfectly and tasted great. Melanie felt hers was bland and void of flavor. We both were disappointed in the vegetables as they lacked any character. They were not cooked but rather blanched. There was zero seasoning or effort to provide any taste to them.

The desserts looked fabulous but in the interest of eating healthier for the New Year, we persuaded ourselves to head to the car and beat a quick trail home.

All in all, Marietta Diner was a mixed bag but I still think it merits a visit. Perhaps we just caught them on a bad night (I hope so). The entrees were great and their portions plentiful but the vegetables were disappointing and after everything else we endured that night…it just didn’t end right for us. Guten appetit!

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