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Tandoor Restaurant

Tandoor (Marietta)

This place has been around for a while, in fact, I’ve already written about it three years ago. But I was in the area this past weekend and decided to grab a quick lunch and take a friend who loves Indian/Pakistani food. Well, I was surprised at what I saw inside: they had a face lift!!! Seriously, this place used to be… um, for lack of a better term, a dump. The floors were sticky, the Asian cafeteria-style ambiance matched the cheap tables and pink vinyl-cushioned chairs, and the decor was non-existent.

Tandoor (Marietta)

Tandoor (Marietta)

Tandoor (Marietta)

See now? Fancy!!!

Tandoor (Marietta)

Everything else remains the same. You order from the counter, wait exactly 20 minutes for your food to be ready (longer if there are more people), grab your plastic utensils and drinks from the station around the corner, eat, then pay when you’re finished. This place still has the best tandoori chicken in the entire state. Best. So awesome. So delicious. So tender. Tasty to the bone.

Tandoor (Marietta)
Butter Chicken and Beef Curry

Tandoor (Marietta)
Beef Curry and Chicken Curry

Tandoor (Marietta)
Naan

Definitely still the best Indian/Pakistani food anywhere. Now if they’d only serve on real plates and silverware…

Haven’t been? Such a shame. Go, go, go. Now!

Tandoor Restaurant
279 Powers Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 560-2038

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Coisas Do Brasil

Went here last year with the lovely Blissful Glutton and have been coming back regularly. It’s great that there are two locations in opposite sides of the city. The original spot in Marietta is pretty cool — it’s a grocery, travel agency, jewelry store, deli, butcher shop, and a cafeteria, all in one. While the smaller one in Alpharetta is only a grocery and cafe.

Pamonha

Pamonha

You can get snacks, sandwiches, platters, and desserts. For snacks, there are assorted meat pies, pizza, savory pastries, and such. My absolute favorite is the Pamonha (pa-moan-yah). Unlike its cousin, the Mexican tamale, the dough is made from grated fresh corn. There are two kinds: sweet or savory. I love the plain, sweet kind as it makes for a great dessert (or appetizer). You taste nothing but sweet corn. Mmm. So yummy.

Gougieres

If you’ve been to meat-paradise Fogo, then you’re familiar with those addicting light and airy, chewy, cheese gougieres. The ones in Marietta are a bad imitation but the ones in Alpharetta are quite competitive. They’re a bit denser and thicker, but still good, nonetheless.

Corn/Coconut dessert

I don’t know what this “cupcake” is called. It tastes like pamonha but with grated coconut mixed in. It’s moist, much heavier than cake, but not as sweet. Good dessert.

Steak platter: $5.99

Platters and sandwiches rule here. I particularly like the platters that come with your choice of meat, rice, salad, beans, and mashed potatoes or fries. It makes for a hearty meal. And for $5.99, it’s an awesome deal. The grilled steak has all the fatty goodness. It’s tender, juicy, and well seasoned. Beans are like the Mexican charos.

X-Coisas do Brasil sandwich

The sandwiches, an intimidating sight to behold, is a humongous, beautiful creation. I like the $7.99 X-Coisas do Brasil a lot as it really hits the spot. Yeasty, soft, buttered bread is filled with a hamburger patty, chicken, bacon, fried egg, mozzarella, a slice of ham, sausage, pineapple, tomato, lettuce, corn, and peas. You’ll have to flatten the sandwich a whole lot to fit it in your mouth. This is a delicious sandwich. I like that with all the meat, it’s not salty at all. The veggies cancel out the meat so you’re all good :)

X-Tudo sandwich

If you’re feeling a lot less hungry, go for the $5.99 X-Tudo instead. It’s got a hamburger patty, fried egg, mozzarella, ham, tomato slices, lettuce, corn, and peas. It’s a teeny bit smaller but still filling. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Definitely cheap but good eats. Go now.

Note: The platters are not available on weekends in Alpharetta. Available everyday in Marietta.

Coisas do Brasil
2 Locations:
Marietta:
1480 Terrell Mill Road
Marietta, GA
770-541-1117
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Alpharetta:
4055 Old Milton Parkway
Alpharetta, GA
678-867-2115
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Tandoor Restaurant

I’ve been craving for naan bread. So last week, I got in my car and drove up and down BuHi and Duluth in search of an Indian Restaurant that did not serve lunch buffet. I went to four. I called two. No such luck. Until my lovely friend tipped me to Tandoor.

This place is literally a hole-in-a-wall. It’s in a strip mall. It’s cafeteria style. There’s no waiter service. You go up the counter and place your order. You eat off styrofoam plates and plastic utensils. You serve yourself water from a huge plastic jug. There’s even no air conditioner. But what it lacks in ambiance and decor, it makes it up big time in food. This is the best Indian/Pakistani food in the city. I was totally impressed by the taste, quality, and value of food.

Tandoor Restaurant (Marietta)

The Palak Paneer is the best version I’ve had here — much like the ones I’ve tasted in Asia. It is made with fresh spinach and paneer. It is creamy and the perfect shade of spinach-green — a welcome sight from the ubiquitous fake bright green color seen at most places. The curry is subtle but flavorful. The consistency is perfect. It is certainly delicious.

Tandoor Restaurant (Marietta)

Tandoor Restaurant (Marietta)

The tandoori chicken is so (finger lickin’) good — the meat is fresh, juicy, and tender then grilled perfectly. The boneless chunks of chicken in the Chicken Boti is evidently marinated for hours and the divine tamarind chutney it is served with, is a magnificent paring that provides some heat and additional contrast in flavor. The skewered leg-and-thigh in the Chicken Tikkah is also as good as the Boti. If chicken in bone is your thing, then this is for you.

The curries are all delicious. I particularly loved their Chicken Butter (Chicken Makhani). It was light yet still retained a great curry taste. The Nehari (a popular breakfast stew that is cooked for hours) is my favorite. Made of beef shank, the super tender morsels of meat are so flavorful. The stew is rich, but not so that you feel weighed down after a meal. I had my heart set out for the Goat Korma, unfortunately, they were already out.

Tandoor Restaurant (Marietta)

Of course, the naan is absolutely dreamy: doughy, pillowy, buttery, charred. It took a good deal of self-control to stop after eating two (though, I could have very well eaten more). The garlic naan is equally good and doesn’t have an overpowering garlic taste as one would expect.

I am dreaming of the food (and naan) as I write this and I am already plotting my return later for lunch. Yes, it’s that good.

Insider tip:
Prices are very inexpensive (bbq items start at $4.99, curries and stews at $6.99). Three items on the menu will feed two hungry people very well.
Their Mango Lassi is the best.
Combo Platters are available daily (choice of curry, rice, and naan) and are priced from $7.99.

The scoop:
Tandoor Restaurant
279 Powers Ferry Road SE
Suite F
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 560-2038

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Pappadeux Seafood Kitchen

Back in maybe 1997 (or 98, I can’t remember exactly), a friend of mine who grew up in Texas called me from her cell phone, literally, from the sidewalk of Windy Hill. Except there is no sidewalk on Windy Hill.  That time.

“I am on Windy Hill, jumping up and down! (sounds of cars honking in the background) Guess what they’re building? (dead silence) PAPPADEUX!!!”

And I’m like, what’s the big deal? So when Pappadeux finally opened, we had to go on day one.

There are several reasons why chains are generally more successful than independent restaurants. The most important one is that the taste of the food is always consistent: consistently good or consistently bad. The fact is, their recipes are kitchen tested and most food arrive at the locations pre-cooked or pre-prepared (at least, for the lower-end ones). The menu, also, is set for most of the life of the restaurant. So, you can visit 10 years from now and the menu has hardly changed. Pappadeux has been successful all these years for their consistency in the the taste and quality of their food. Although portions are no longer gigantic (a crowd-drawer for sure), they are still big enough to warrant to-go boxes.

Pappadeux

My favorite here is the Crabfinger Dinner or Appetizer — tasty crabfingers with a light dusting of batter; they are good-sized, too. The Seafood or Pappadeux Platter is a great way to have a taste of everything. But the most surprising thing here are the crab cakes. They are fantastic. They have just a tiny bit of filler to hold the patty together. The lemony creamy crawfish sauce is just so delicious and complements the sweetish crab meat. Really, I thought I was in a high-end dining spot for a while there! I never fail to order this every time I’m here.

Pappadeux

Another solid item here are the seafood entrees. I love the fried oysters and fried catfish and even the broiled fish dishes. Entrees come with their seasoned fries but I go for the more hearty dirty rice. The rice is slightly spicy and peppered with bits of sausage. It’s really good.

Pappadeux aims to bring New Orleans to Atlanta and succeeds in quite a few ways. Including the noise level.

Postscript: This post is dedicated to one of my ‘bestest’ friends, MSB, who passed away in 2006 due to breast cancer. The very same one who called me from the sidewalk of Windy Hill. She would have been 37 this year. I must have been nostalgic today. Will have to eat at Pappadeux this week in her honor.

Insider tip:
Lunch buffet available weekdays at the Alpharetta location. Incidentally, this is the location where there’s hardly a wait during peak times although they are always crowded.


The scoop:

Pappadeux Seafood Kitchen
3 Metro Atlanta locations. Click here for more info.

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