Sunday, January 9, 2011
Let's Chow Baby!
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Place: The Real Chow Baby
Where: Suite A, 1016 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta
Reservations Needed: No
Price: Lunch-$ dinner-$$
Lunch: Monday – Friday 11:00AM – 2:30PM
Lunch: Saturday Noon – 4:00PM
Dinner: Monday – Thursday 5:00PM – 10:30PM
Friday and Saturday 5:00PM until 11:30PM
Sunday 5:00PM until 10:00PM
The first review of the New Year! 2011 is going to be a great year and the food hopefully greater. I had the privilege of visiting a well known Atlanta stir-fry establishment by the name of The Real Chow Baby!
The Real Chow Baby is a casual family restaurant with a fun, friendly atmosphere. The concept is all-you-can-eat freestyle stir-fry where you select all your ingredients and spices from the large variety of rice, noodles, vegetables, sauces, and selected meats. The selection varies slightly from day to day but you are more than likely to find all your favorites. If you are an experienced cook, your culinary skills will reward you. If you don't cook or don't know a tasty ingredient combination, there are several recipes at the start of your journey in the stir-fry line to provide you with something you can enjoy. They also offer various options to turn your creation into a soup, wrap, make it vegetarian, and more. I always transform my first choice into the soup. It is a rich coconut broth that has unique flavor all in itself. I can never get enough of the bok choy as my main veggie, and the calamari is always a good choice and its usually featured in the meat section regularly. Mahi Mahi and tilapia make the occasional appearance while beef, chicken, pork, and sausage can usually always be found. Everything is always fresh here. The vegetables always look and taste fresh and I have never had to report any discrepancies to management. As far as not enjoying your meal, well that depends on you. You are the creator!! They do not offer entrees, but do have filling appetizers. Don't forget dessert either. The Key Lime pie is in classic form and tasting delicious.
The service is always friendly, courteous, and prompt. Planning on making a lunch visit? I recommend getting there well before 1:30. There is a moderate wait at that time and the place closes at 2:30pm to prepare for the dinner service. Dinner service is usually full, but the wait is very minimal. They also offer an excellent package for a date night: One trip to the stir-fry bar, appetizer, dessert, and a bottle of wine for only $30!
I have not had one bad experience at The Real Chow Baby and I would encourage all to try this new form of stir-fry that puts you in control of a well prepared meal. Worth every cent.
Any more questions about this eatery? Feel free to ask questions and comment!