Marietta, GA

Marietta Locals Disagree With National App Rankings of Top Restaurants Near Downtown

DeanLand

If you're relying on the ratings of a national travel app to find the best restaurants near Downtown Marietta, you're missing several top-rated favorites as selected by locals.

While travelers often depend on websites, apps and crowdsourcing recommendations for making decisions about the places they visit, locals often have different opinions about what's best in their home areas. And that's certainly the case in Marietta, where a poll of local residents lists a very different set of top restaurants for this Cobb County city.

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The bright spaces and unique food at Thaicoon near downtown Marietta make it a favorite of locals and crowdsourcing apps.Photo: DeanLand / Our Travel Cafe

If you use the national app Trip Advisor, following are the Top 5 restaurants near downtown Marietta, from the app’s May 2022 listings. The numerical ranking is from TripAdvisor.com; comments are from the author.

  1. Kiosco, a Columbian restaurant known for its authentic flavors, intimate setting and friendly staff.
  2. Taqueria Tsunami, uniquely blending Asian flavors with South-of-the-Border fare on the square in Marietta.
  3. Thaicoon, authentic Thai and Japanese, including fresh sushi in a comfortable setting.
  4. Stockyard Burgers, smoked ribs, steaks and more, plus creative Black Angus burgers, with a craft bar, too.
  5. Marietta Pizza Company, with thin and thick crust whole pies or slices, plus other Italian favorites.

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Southern comfort foods are a mainstay at The Marietta Local, a perennial favorite of locals but not listed a top-pick in crowdsourcing apps.Photo: DeanLand / Our Travel Cafe

Now, there’s no argument about the quality offerings from those Marietta establishments. But local Cobb County residents actually voted these following downtown restaurants -- excluded from that national ranking -- to the top of the 2022 “Best of Cobb County” poll:

  • The Marietta Local, a breakfast and lunch Southern restaurant, famous for outstanding fried chicken.
  • Piastra Restaurant, featuring made-from-scratch Italian dishes with many ingredients sourced from local Georgia farms.
  • Spring, a dinner-only, fine dining establishment tucked away from the square, pre-Covid diners often booked weeks or months in advance to get a weekend reservation.

That “Best of Cobb County” poll is sponsored by Cobb Life Magazine, a publication of the Marietta Daily Journal. The full list of “Best of” listings for 2022 and prior years is available at the Cobb Life Magazine website.

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Specialty burgers and creative side dishes bring locals and visitors to Stockyard Burgers and Bones near Marietta SquarePhoto: DeanLand / Our Travel Cafe

Which rankings are right? The best answer is to find out for yourself. So, get out there and sample your local Marietta restaurants to compare. Then leave your comments -- along with a like or share -- here.

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I'm a trained journalist, global traveler and retired business executive who worked for more than 20 years with some of the world's best and largest restaurant enterprises. I left the business world behind, 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 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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