Well, to say that the past few days have been eventful would be a bit of an understatement. My good friend, Carly, came to visit me in Marietta, Georgia at my grandparent's house this past weekend. We had a wonderful time driving around the city and I showed her my previous highschool, neighborhood, and favorite hangouts before I began college. If you are ever in Marietta, you need to visit the Marietta Diner. I told Carly she could not leave without trying this wonderful restaurant. Even the famous Guy Fieri from Food Network recommends the Marietta Diner. So you know you must visit now! You guys, this place is a must.
The Marietta Diner is more of an experience than anything else. We went for breakfast, but if you are headed there for lunch or dinner, you are greeted at your table with a bowl of freshly baked bread and plates of spanakopita- flaky Greek spinach-pie pastries. Just when you think your dinner experience can not start any better, you open the extensive menu to see a preponderance of daily specials. This is where I semi-panic. What in the world will I choose!? From pastas to gyros to ginormous salads and sandwiches and seafood and chicken dishes. The list goes on and on. On this particular trip, I shared the eggs Benedict with my grandmother and Carly ordered a basil-mozzarella-tomato omelette. The side of homefries that came with each of our dishes were piping hot and absolutely to die for.
I remember countless trips to the Marietta Diner when I was in highschool. As soon as we had our driver's licenses in hand, we would head down the street, pass the preeminant Big Chicken, and pray for a parking place and a short wait at the diner. I celebrated highschool graduation at the diner after walking across the stage and accepting my highschool diploma. I remember on one occasion, we ran a couple miles at the gym and then headed to the Marietta Diner to eat cake to our heart's delight. Oh wait...I haven't told you about their desserts yet!?
Oh my... don't even let me get started on their desserts. They have two of the largest desserts cases I have ever seen. In one case is all of the cakes- gigantic slices of Death By Chocolate, Carrot Cake, Reese's Peanutbutter Cake, Chocolate Suicide, White Chocolate Raspberry. And in the other case- every kind of cheesecake you can imagine. Now, let me let you in on a little secret...if you ask your waiter, you can have a slice of the Death By Chocolate cake heated up with a scoop of ice-cream. Just do it. The melty chocolate ganache icing and the cold vanilla ice-cream are a match made in heaven.
3 Reasons why the Marietta Diner is a MUST:
1. It is open 24 hours 7 days a year. I really do not know how this works. With their extensive menu and never-ending dessert selection, I'm clueless to how the owners do it all. My mind is blown. But hey, if you ever need a slice of cake the size of your head at 3 in the morning, this is the place to be!
2. Their wonderful customer service and selection. Well, since I am the most indecisive person, you would think that their menu would be a nightmare. I mean...so many wonderful choices, so little time. But I love trying new things each and every time I visit. And knowing that I will be returning in the near future provides my indecisive-mind with a bit of security each time I visit.
3. THEIR DESSERTS. I had to capitalize this one. Because we all know that my sweet tooth is out-of-hand. But seriously you guys- leaving the Marietta Diner without dessert is a crime. It is nearly impossible to leave the diner without feeling completely stuffed. But their cakes and pastries and cookies and giant muffins and cannolis- you can not walk away without something sweet.
I have had so many great memories at the diner. And I recommend it to all. I would drive a couple of hours just to visit the diner again. My grandparents even purchased a Marietta Diner t-shirt for me for my birthday and I wear it proudly. Definitely add the Diner to your bucket-list restaurants list. You will not be disappointed!