Four restaurants in Marietta Square are reviewed on menu, style, noise level, cleanliness and service.
By GABRIELLA JARAMILLO
MARIETTA, Ga. — People die without food. And without food in shopping centers, towns and cities, those places die eventually as well. Food keeps us going and coming. At the Marietta Square, the food is a big reason people keep going and coming.
The Vineyard Café and Dinner Theater, Taqueria Tsunami, Kiosco and Hemingway`s Bar and Grill are just several of many restaurants in Marietta Square. Since people eat and drink at these restaurants every day, it`s important to review these restaurants to make sure they have an adequate menu, style, noise level, cleanliness and of course service.
The Vineyard Café and Dinner Theater
The Vineyard Café and Dinner Theater is located off West Park Square. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., except for Sundays when it closes at 4 p.m. The menu includes items such as soup, salad, sandwiches, a kid`s menu, tea, juice, coffee, hot chocolate, soda, beer, wine and champagne. Besides lunch the café also offers customers pre-ordered boxed lunches, catering, a dinner theater and event space. The average price for a plate is $9.
The entire café has an antique look to it. The floor is dark hardwood. The walls have black molding and dark brown wood paneling on the bottom half. The ceiling is black. All the tables and chairs are black, brown and red. Big uncovered windows show a view of the square.
Light relaxing music is played in the background, and the voices of the customers aren’t loud. For the most part the place is clean, but the bathroom could be cleaner. It`s a single bathroom with some visible stains. All workers give smiles and are welcoming.
“I`ve enjoyed working here so far,” said Joy Uwineza, a waitress. “Everyone I work with is really kind and welcoming. The food is delicious, and I like that we have regulars.”
Taqueria Tsunami is located off South Park Square Northeast. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., except for Fridays and Saturdays when it closes at 11 p.m. The menu is a mix of Latin and Asian. Tacos, quesadillas and bowls are the staple items. The average price for a plate is $8.
The look of the restaurant is modern and hip. It features a lot of green, brown, stone and metal. The floors look like a type of rustic hardwood. The small bar includes two TVs. Pictures of food can be seen on several of the walls. Windows take over the other walls on the other side of the restaurant, complementing the booths. Light bulbs hang over each table. Asian type music can be heard playing in the background. All the different conversations can be heard, but it`s still not too loud. The bathroom could have been nicer. It didn’t look as new and fresh as the restaurant, but it was clean just like the restaurant. All the workers were polite.
“Asian nachos probably are the number one [with customers],” said Jenna Dickerson, a waitress. “They are my personal favorite. They are really good.”
“I`ve been in this business my whole life, and I think this is the perfect concept for this time because it`s good food, it`s inexpensive [and] it`s very trendy right now,” said Eric Emling, a manager. “There`s nothing else like it anywhere.
“People love our food.”
KioscoKiosco is located off Powder Springs Street Southwest. Its hours are first 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., then 5:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., except for on Saturdays when its hours are noon to 9:30 p.m., and on Sundays when it is closed. The menu is Colombian, with a variety of spiced meats, plaintains and chorizo
The restaurant is very small and square sized, about the size of big living room. It has an intimate and Spanish feel to it. Two big clear windows by the front door are decorated with little lights. The walls are filled with varying and interesting art. The bar consists of just three chairs. The whole floor is a type of thin black carpet. The ceiling is light green. The music and conversations are very loud. The bright colored single bathroom is clean, just like the restaurant, and is decorated with one piece of art on the wall. The manager/owner is very welcoming and alert.
Hemingway`s Bar and Grill
Hemingway`s Bar and Grill is located off West Park Square. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., except for on Fridays and Saturdays when it closes at midnight, and on Sundays when its hours are noon to 7 p.m. The menu varies and includes typical American food, Spanish food, Italian food and fish.
The restaurant is dark inside, with some ceiling lights and TVs giving it a bit of light. All the tables and chairs are brown, and the floors and walls consist of dark wood. The bar has many chairs. Outside the space is open with a nice view of the square and its fountain, stage and railroad tracks. Quiet relaxing music is played in the background. Conversations aren’t loud. Little pretty lights are lined along the edge of the restaurant. All the tables are black and paired with black umbrellas. The bathroom`s ceiling was too low, but it was mostly clean just like the restaurant. All the workers were polite.