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Are These the Top Restaurants in Acworth? A Travel Crowdsourcing App Says Yes. But Locals Don't Always Agree

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Travelers often depend on the websites, apps and crowdsourcing recommendations for making decisions about the places they visit. They check ratings and rankings, seeking the "best" places to eat, sleep and play.

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Fish Thyme's outdoor dining, upscale bar and creative seafood dishes earns it the Number 1 spot on TripAdvisor's Acworth Restaurants.Photo: DeanLand / Our Travel Cafe

Following is a ranking of the Top 5 restaurants in Acworth, from TripAdvisor's May 2022 listings. The numerical ranking is from TripAdvisor.com; comments are from the author.

  1. Fish Thyme. Located on Main Street but outside of the immediate downtown area, Fish Thyme is well-known for its creative seafood dishes, upscale bar and outside dining patio. Owner Steve Dudley was determined to offer a city-like experience to locals without the drive down I-75, and he's succeeded.
  2. Henry's. Native Louisianian Henry Chandler's downtown restaurant is known far and wide for its Cajun cuisine, generous portions, special events and the welcoming antics of its owner, named “Favorite Local Chef in America” by ABC. Chef's "Ooh-La-La" cream sauce earns its name as a house favorite, and is also sold by the jar.
  3. Reveille. Located at the corner of Mars Hill and Stilesboro Roads at Brookstone, this breakfast and lunch house is packed on weekends, but just very, very busy on weekdays. If you like French Toast, you'll be on another level once you try the Mystic French Toast here, featuring Challah bread stuffed with cream cheese filling, coated with corn flakes, then topped with fresh strawberries & bananas and finally drizzled with vanilla rum sauce.
  4. Poblano's. A family-owned family favorite, Poblano's occupies the corner of a strip mall hidden behind another strip mall off of busy Cobb Parkway. Locals have no trouble finding the authentic Mexican dishes here, despite that less-than-ideal location.
  5. L. Marie's. Featuring classic home-cooked Southern Cuisine and comfort food that defines the word comfort, words like "unique," "delightful," "fantastic" and "tasty" fill the reviews of happy diners.

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The menu at L. Marie's features Southern comfort foods, and family names on the menu items.Photo: DeanLand / Our Travel Cafe

But locals don't always agree with the TripAdvisor or other crowdsourced rankings, which often may be heavily influenced by the high number of one-time visits by those passing through because locals can't record their frequent and return visits. Published reports and TripAdvisor statements indicate that bogus reviews, often submitted by hospitality establishments and their representatives, can skew the ratings. Travel-focused blogs like OutThereTravel.com and NeverStopTraveling.com as well as mainstream and business media like Forbes have reported extensively on TripAdvisor's own efforts to stop fake reviews.

So do you agree with the TripAdvisor ratings? Get out there and sample your local restaurants to compare. Then leave your comments -- along with a like or share -- here.

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I'm a trained journalist, global marketing executive and experienced business leader who has run successful enterprises spanning five continents while serving customers who are among the world's best and largest restaurants. I've left the corporate business world behind, now living in Northwest Georgia and writing about avocations including outdoor excursions, family-friendly travel, road trips, exploration ideas for active seniors and some of my community passions. I've traveled to 47 states and nearly as many countries, and I'm still counting up. I'm now a traveler, hiker, cyclist, blogger, marketing consultant, community volunteer and local high school band nerd who previously has lived in Florida, Ohio, Indiana and Mississippi. I'm a South Louisiana-born French Cajun whose great-grandparents were sugar farmers, bar owners and reputed bootleggers. My upbringing in food-rich Louisiana and my restaurant industry career affirmed my status as an over-qualified eater. That also inspired the name of my blog, OurTravelCafe.com. There, I offer up a complete menu of our my own experiences, explorations and adventures, organized by geography and always sprinkled with some spicy, tasty tidbits and food notes.

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