Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Village Cafe is at it again...

I've said it before and you'll hear it again: The Village Cafe is my favorite southside Atlanta restaurant. They have an outstanding menu, a fantastic staff and the food is always so great I wish I could eat there every night. Yes, I could easily eat there every night and never get bored as there is a LOT of variety on the menu.

What got me started so early this morning on The Village? Just opened my email and had a notice about their upcoming Easter buffet. They have a special menu for the day and it is truly spectacular!

Let me tempt you...

Fresh Spring Mix Green Salad
Shrimp and Crabmeat Salad
Chicken Waldorf Salad
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Domestic & Imported Cheese Board

Pineapple Glazed Ham
Carved Roast Beef au jus
Chicken Marsala
Baked Tilapia - Lemon Thyme Beurre Blanc

Mousseline Potatoes
Steamed Vegetable Medley
Wild Rice

A Variety of Village Café Specialties

Coffee, Tea, and Soda

11:30 AM TO 3:30 PM

ADULTS $22.95
CHILDREN (5-10 YEARS) $9.95

Now if the food isn't enough to make you want to visit, let me tell you one more thing that I think makes it worth giving it a try if you haven't: the staff, management and owner.

The service is always impeccable.

In these days of get 'em in and get 'em out, cut back on service, restaurants (and retail) it is SO refreshing to eat at a place where the service is above the norm and where you can get to know the people who own and work at the restaurant. It drives me nuts at some restaurants when I see the manager doing his or her obligatory stop at the table to see if everyone is OK. Not because it's necessarily a bad idea, but because it's obvious they're just checking a box on a sheet. It's not real. Not so at The Village. Yes, you'll see the owner or manager stopping at tables, but it's a friendly visit and they genuinely want to get to know you and make sure you're having a great experience. They know "the signs", too, that show you're having a private dinner and don't want to be interrupted.

I was at the restaurant the other night for a Board meeting. We met in the private dining area in the back. There were around 15 - 20 of us ordering, yakking, meeting, breaking out into groups and we had one server. You would have thought we had ten. Wanda was great. All around the table I heard people make comments about how wonderful the food was... some hadn't been in a while (Peachtree City folks who don't make the trek to Fayetteville very often), some had never been at all and couldn't believe they'd overlooked it. I heard snippets of conversations off and on all night about how much they were enjoying the food. Do you know how rare it is to have that many people in one room for a group dinner and not have someone unhappy - or at least unimpressed - about something?

Have I mentioned the quality entertainment they have on the weekends? No? You do realize I could wax eloquent for hours and hours on this restaurant! The Easter Buffet is a small sampling of the variety on the menu. Go. Try. Enjoy.

I'll close out with the note from owner, Tom Shaver, that came with my email:

Easter comes early this year - Sunday, March 23. Please join us for our spectacular Easter Buffet, offered from 11:30AM to 3:30PM. We will have an extensive selection of great items - and we promise you won't go home hungry!

Please call us at 770-460-9449 to make reservations for this special day. Just think: no cooking, no clean-up - just sit back and enjoy our wonderful spread!

We look forward to seeing you!

The Village Cafe'
175 Banks Station Shopping Center
Fayetteville, Georgia
Sunday, March 23
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Please call for reservations

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