Monday, December 31, 2007

Atlanta: Worst food town in the world?

Posted By on Mon, Dec 31, 2007 at 3:50 PM

According to Denver Post sports columnist John Henderson, Atlanta is the worst food town he's been to, at least this year. As evidence, he uses these three examples:

Worst breakfast: The Flying Biscuit Cafe, Atlanta (1655 McLendon Ave., 404-687-8888). According to the AOL City Guide, the pancakes here are rated the best in the U.S. I'm a pancake maven and they were the worst I've ever had in the U.S. They're an inch thick with the texture of leavened dough. I took four bites and was full and disgusted. Serving apple juice in a plastic Tropicana can and syrup in a cold plastic jug didn't help.

Worst sandwich: Gibney's Pub, Atlanta (231 Peachtree Center Ave. #A7, 404-688-0928). An Irish pub in Atlanta is not a wise choice for a chicken sandwich. It was a huge slab of overcooked chicken breast inside a bun the approximate size of an English muffin. The slice of what looked like Velveeta was a fitting touch.

Worst overpriced meal: Sun Dial Room, Atlanta (210 Peachtree St. NW, 404-589-7506). On the 72nd floor of the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel, the Sun Dial Room should be 72 miles below the earth's crust. The view is as good as the food is bad. My grilled tenderloin of beef tasted like something I cooked as a junior in college. As bland and nondescript as you can imagine. But I only paid $75 so I didn't feel too bad.

It's funny, because I spent a semester of high school in Denver, and it was unequivocally the worst six weeks of my adolescence. The kids there were horrible to me, the school was very segregated and beyond that cliquey, and the downtown was boring and deserted. Based on my limited experience of Denver, would I go calling it the worst city in America? No, I would not! I can't fathom how Henderson, who frequently writes about the food he eats on the road, feels he can judge a town from its overpriced downtown tourist traps. Next time, Mr. Henderson, take a look at the Loaf's Best of Atlanta issue for a guide and see if we're still the worst then.

You can read Henderson's full article here.

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