Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint

To celebrate the New Year, we took a trip to Atlanta, GA.  We stayed downtown and enjoyed touring the World of Coke, as well as getting some much needed rest.  We decided to try a restaurant that was in walking distance of our hotel for dinner.  After looking at Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint, we decided to give it a try.  We did not get reservations, which at first looked like it might have been a mistake, however, we did get seated fairly quickly in the bar area.

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The cocktail menu was pretty extensive, featuring drink with names like The Color Purple (grape vodka and lemonade), The Juke (citron vodka and pineapple), and the Sweet Georgia Peach-tini (Georgia peach 360 vodka and peach nectar).  Since I was in Atlanta and love peaches, I decided to try the peach-tini.  I was afraid it would be a really sweet drink, but was pleasantly surprised that it was not.  As someone who is really picky about peach flavors, this was nice.

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I didn’t exactly know what to expect when we ordered the crawfish bruschetta.  The description said it would be a crawfish stew, topped with cheddar cheese on toast points.  The crawfish topping was not quite the texture of stew.  It was more like a thick paste.  The crispness of the toast points negated the pastiness of the crawfish stew, so things balanced well in the texture department.   The flavor of the stew was nice, quite spicy as good crawfish dishes usually are.

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The Caesar salad featured sauteed shrimp on a bed of Romaine lettuce topped with Parmesan cheese and cracked pepper croutons.  I was a little disappointed with the Parmesan cheese.  I really like shaved Parmesan on my salads, so it’s really just a personal preference.  I also felt like the Caesar dressing could have been a little spicier.

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The gumbo had large chunks of andouille sausage, shrimp, crawfish, scallops, mixed vegetables with a dollop of white rice.  The gumbo was pleasantly spicy.

We ate here on a Sunday evening and they had a very nice house band.  If extra charges bother you, they do add a $5 entertainment fee per person during the dinner hour.  The music was great.

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