The Scoutmob team headed over to Buford Highway and scoped out five restaurants under the tutelage of Bookhouse's Chef Will in what they're calling a mob crawl. They met a "pho granny" at the Vietnamese Pho 96, engaged in a taco smackdown at Taqueria El Rey Del Taco, ate real Szechaun food at Gu's Bistro, had beers but not barbecue at Hai Woon Dae, and, finally, ended their meat-laden journey in a daze after trying out empanadas and more at Colombian joint La Casona.
Over at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, John Kessler dubs part of Roswell Road "Flatbread Row" and calls the nan-e Afghani at Ariana Afghan Cuisine the best of the lot. Though he likens indulging in their cornstarch noodle, rosewater syrup, ice cream, and pistachio sundae to "eating lipstick" (but, apparently, not in a bad way?), Kessler speaks highly of the appetizers and, of course, the flatbread and its accompaniments.
Also for the AJC, Jenny Turknett gives French Market & Tavern one star. The cuisine, which promises to be authentic N'awlins-style food, falls flat, but owner Rick Weaver says the restaurant isn't about the chef but about the atmosphere. As Turknett says, "He clearly knows his market in Locust Grove, a place that appreciates a high-end Cracker Barrel."