Saturday, July 21, 2007

Athens, GA: The Grit, Clocked

So, Jared and I decided to check out Athens today, which is about an hour from where we live. We researched places to eat and decided upon The Grit for brunch and Clocked (couldn't find a website for them) for a late lunch. I was a bit disappointed with both meals over all, although they had good points to them.
My dish was very exciting on paper. It was Potatoes and Veggies with grits and biscuits . . . ALL VEGAN! The grits were creamy and delicious and the biscuits are some of the best I have ever had (except for my Grammie's). The main dish had way to many green peppers, which I am not super wild about anyway, the potatoes were not cooked enough and the whole dish was too heavily powdered with nutritional yeast.
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Jared had better luck with his plate, which was Tofu and Veggies. He had potatoes on the side with his and they were seasoned nicely but again, not cooked enough.
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All and all, The Grit has a lot of potential. We would try them again, but maybe for dinner instead.
On to Clocked. This was a diner style place. Just about everything on the menu could be made vegan, which is cool in theory.
Here is a picture of Jared (he didn't know he was being photographed) waiting for our food. Very cool decor. I mean, they had velvet wallpaper!
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I got what was promised to be a Philly Cheeze "Steak" which when I think of a philly cheese it has thinly sliced "meat" and a cheesy sauce. I know a cheeze sauce would be kinda hard but the cheese on this wasn't very good. The "steak" was just a veggie burger. I felt cheated. There were peppers and onions too which were okay. The french fries were pretty good as they were actual hand cut potatoes. I got mine with this amazing Basil Jalapeno "cream" sauce to dip my fries in. Pickles were pretty good. Dills, sliced thick.
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Jared got a Patty Melt which had a veggie burger, grilled red onions, Russian dressing and some kind of vegan cheese on a marble rye. He said it was good but something he could have made at home. He also got french fries.
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I'm not sure I would repeat Clocked . . . Maybe for some fries and that creamy Basil Jalapeno "cream" if we were out late.

22 comments:

Allie said...

aw, i'm sorry you had a disappointing visit at the grit. typically, i always LOVE their food there...especially their brunch food. maybe they were just having an off day (their cookbook is pretty swell too, though not entirely vegan).

there is also a really great thai restaurant near the grit (i can't remember the name off the top of my head, but i'll ask my hubby). it's kind-of fancy but really reasonably priced. mmm...

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

My husband played a show in Athens a while back and had dinner there with his band and he said the dinner was awesome . . . so, I think my hopes were way too high. It could be we had a tired chef that morning and they were just off. We will for sure try it again when we visit or if we move there.

and we love love love Thai. The Thai places in ATL/Decatur have been very disappointing so I have learned how to make killer peanut curry sauce w/ fried tofu, steamed veggies and jasmine rice at home. We are always up for a good thai place . . . so, if you find out, let me know!

KleoPatra said...

i have heard good things about The Grit... too bad it wasn't so great when you went. Maybe you can try again someday??

Jared looks pensive there...

Clocked sounds like another disappointment. Bummer! If you come to SoCal, a place called NATIVE FOODS makes an excellent Philly Cheez "Steak"...

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

haha . . . Jared does look pensive. I think he was looking at a dog.
Jared and I want to so bad to go to California someday. Thanks for the tip!

KleoPatra said...

Come on out... i'll show ya 'round!

Allie said...

the restaurant is called siri thai cuisine and their # is 732-940-1844. i'm such a little pack rat that i kept the mint wrapper from there in my wallet :) it was really, really delicious (despite the fact that i was sick when i ate there with a sinus infection). it's near the grit, if i remember correctly. we had gone to have dinner at the grit and it was FAR too crowded, so we found that place instead.

and SORRY for not commenting back to your comments. apparently blogspot doesn't let you know when someone comments back to your comment?

Anonymous said...

The Grit is best enjoyed with a bunch of friends/family all talking at once with too much food on thier plates. Give it credit for 1) being called The Grit 2) Being a vegetatian restaurant in the midst of BBQ pork loving Georgia. Perhaps you'll have to lower your expectations when eating out. Sure sign of a good cook.

ModaresiBeal said...

Hi. I'm really suprised you didn't have a better experience at the Grit and Clocked. Being an on/off vegan and a permanent vegetarian, those are two of my favorite restaurants in Athens. I actually don't really like Grit brunch food that much, but I LOVE their dinner. You MUST go back...my favorites are the tofu reuben and the buffalo chicken sandwich. I think both can be made vegan, but I'm not sure about the second one.
I agree that Clocked is a little more hit and miss, but their seasoned tater tots are always delicious and some of their sandwiches are good. I agree, though, that most of it could be made at home.
I would highly recommend the next time you come back to Athens for a day of eating, you try Thai of Athens for lunch (great fake meat they make themselves called suegai) and the Grit for dinner. The Grit is worth trying again...try some of their Indian pea soups and sweet potato fries. Or their hummus appetizer...or their noodle bowl of the day.
-Shirin

k.strate said...

I, too, have been to the Grit numerous times for brunch and other meals. The service never has been consistently good, but the food has. I haven't really ever been disappointed. I've documented a brunch experience at the Grit on my blog, too: http://dawgfood.blogspot.com. Thanks for promoting Athens food. This city needs more people like us. :)

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