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First Looks at Diner, Collard Green Cafe

Your weekly roundup of Atlanta restaurant reviews.

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Creative Loafing's Angela Hansberger takes a first look at Diner, angry chef Ron Eyester's Atlantic Station restaurant. Hansberger says its a destination for comfort food and Americana:

Apart from a great breakfast joint, Diner could be a fun place to have dessert before or after a movie at the nearby theater. ... Like the image of that policeman at the counter, Eyester's Diner experience is filled with Americana, comfort food, and nostalgia. During pleasant weather, the patio with a view of Midtown's skyline is sure to be a draw. If you find yourself stumped by the sprawling menu, go for the classics, eggs, or a burger, and get yourself a giant cookie, too.

At the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bob Townsend has a first look at the resurfaced Collard Green Cafe in Stone Mountain. Townsend finds "soulful, Southern-style" food:

From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday, you'll find at least a half-dozen lunch specials ($6.99-$7.99), served with two sides, a hunk of corn bread, and a drink. Among the regular offerings, slabs of "Mama's Meatloaf" topped with brown gravy, fried, baked or barbecue chicken, smoked pork ribs, slow-cooked oxtails, and neck bones or pig's feet. Sides ($2.99), which change daily, range from signature collard greens topped with onions and custardy baked mac-n-cheese to black-eyed peas and steamed summer squash.

Atlanta INtown's Art Huckabee reviews Le Fat, Guy Wong's new Westside eatery. Huckabee hopes the restaurant steps up its game:

I want to like Le Fat and like all burgeoning endeavors, I hope it succeeds. For now, it's mildly disappointing, arguably over-priced and bested by many Asian restaurants all over town.

THE ELSEWHERE AND THE BLOGS: Burgers, Barbecue & Everything Else says Le Fat is actually a great addition to Westside's dining scene. Atlanta Restaurant Blog is impressed with the cuisine at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Friday Date Night plans to add AJ's Famous Seafood & PoBoys to the regular rotation. Bella Vivere says Mizumi Ramen is a decent option in the Gwinnett area. ATL Food Snob says The Cockentrice's lunch does not disappoint. Fried Chicken Lips doesn't know what to think of Masterpiece.