Top 5 Places to take the folks in Marietta

It seems to me that something like 90% of the people who live in Atlanta (and who are from Georgia) seem to be from Marietta or Alpharetta. My parents live in Marietta, I work in Marietta, and frankly, I'm tired of the bad rap that it gets when it comes to food. THERE'S MORE THAN JUST CHILI'S AND APPLEBEES, I PROMISE! So, as my Valentine's Day present to you, Atlanta, I give you my Top 5 places to go eat dinner in Marietta. Because you can be forced to leave the perimeter, but you shouldn't be forced to eat at Golden Corral.

Updated: February 12, 2010

My all-time, top 5 places to go eat dinner in Marietta

Willie Rae's

25 N Park Sq Ne, Marietta, GA 30060

I'm not sure when this restaurant appeared on the Marietta Square, but I am so pleased that it did. If you love fish tacos, try theirs on for size. Delicious!

Ippolito's Italian Restaurant

425 Ernest W Barrett Pkwy NW Ste J, Kennesaw, GA 30144

Though it technically is a chain (they have one in Alpharetta I think), it doesn't really feel like one. Great pizzas, pastas (the baked dishes have perfectly melted cheese), and some really serious garlic knots.

Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill

745 Chastain Rd Nw, Kennesaw, GA 30144

Ever been to Papi's on Ponce? This place is its twin sister. Phenomenal steak sandwiches, AMAZING ropa vieja, and fried yucca that makes you wonder why we eat so many potatoes when yucca might actually be superior. Get a side of "papi's sauce." It's essentially a garlic mayo that makes everything taste even better.

Fusco's Via Roma

4815 S Main St, Acworth, GA 30101

Ok, you busted me, this is actually in downtown Acworth. Don't snub it yet though, because you will LOVE their pasta. I had some sort of pasta with mussels when I was there last and it blew me away. Worth the drive to Acworth. Really great staff too. We had fantastic service.

Marietta Pizza Co

3 Whitlock Ave SW, Marietta, GA 30064

I've always loved this place. Great pizza and fun atmosphere. Not as great for large parties, but a good choice if there are kids in your group. Really excellent pizza and tasty salads.