I live in Athens, GA, which is a haven for foodies like me. It’s not as diverse as Atlanta, per se, but it has a great selection and even greater prices. A relatively new restaurant/bar opened up called The World Famous , and I had heard good things about it. After visiting, eating, and drinking there twice, I am a dedicated patron.
Walking into the restaurant, you encounter a bar to your right and a small dining room to your left. The dining room contains a medley of local artwork (rotating, I believe) and a small stage and speaker setup. The ambiance is relaxed, casual, and a little eclectic, but in a tasteful way. It reminds me of a casual, artsy speakeasy, which is a trending style in cocktail bars.
So in the spirit of speakeasies, my friend Audrey and I started our meal off with cocktails. Our waiter was very attentive and patient (it took me at least 5 minutes to decide what to order). I got the Tango Whiskey Foxtrot (above) and Audrey got the Rose Gin Fizz. I really liked Audrey’s drink- light and sparkly without being too sweet, as lesser cocktails are wont to be. But my drink was not sweet enough…I suspect that someone left out the maraschino liqueur. The rim covered in Tang powder was a nice touch, however. I recommend the Robert Van Winkle for anyone that’s jonesing for a good, albeit pricey cocktail.
The food, however, was so good that it made up for the Tango Whiskey Foxtrot’s shortcomings. My hoisin pork-stuffed steamed buns were the best I’ve ever had. The pork was slightly chewy and full of tangy flavor. The cucumbers were marinated perfectly and sliced paper-thin, and yet still managed to be crunchy. I’m getting hungry just writing about it! And Audrey’s chicken and waffle club inspired envy even in me, a foodie that abhors the deep-fryer. I had a bite, and that small bite had moist chicken, soft and crispy waffle, and maple goodness all in one. I wish I’d got a picture of it, but the lighting was barely good enough for my own plate photo-op!
I would definitely go back, many more times. This should be evident because this is a review of my second time there…and the food was just as good last time too. I ordered the schawarma and it was a perfectly-portioned parcel of soft pita and rich meaty goodness. I should go there for lunch and take better photos….but that can wait for another day. I give world famous 4/5 for awesome food and great ambiance and service!