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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
You Can Have Your Three-Course Lunch and Eat It Too
I was talking to Lisa, a book club buddy of mine, about landmark places in Roswell and she said: “Anna Lee’s.” “Hm. What is it?” “A restaurant; you don’t mean to say you haven’t heard of Anna Lee’s?” “Well, with all due respect, I am ignorant of Anna Lee’s,” I fessed up mumbling. “But you know I am always open to learning.” So, being constantly on the hunt for informative pictures for our website, http://www.onemetroplace.com/, I threw the camera over my shoulder a few mornings later and headed up to Anna Lee’s. It turns out, one either knows Anna Lee’s Restaurant in Roswell, Georgia, or like me raises the eyebrows in question: “Anna Lee’s? Where is it?”
It is off the beaten path, at 425 Market Place, an intersection of Grimes Bridge Rd. It’s been there since 1982 and, if you were an insider, you would know that the name of the restaurant is a phonetic offspring of Annelies, the name of the owner.
Anna Lee’s is open for lunch weekdays from 11:30 to 2:00. Your best bet to get a table is 11:30, even though the early birds perch in waiting about 11:00. At 11:30, you still have a chance; after 12:00, you begin to understand why the regular customers guard it as a secret. The place is packed, and don’t hope that the service personnel will rush a sitting customer to make room for you. Be there on time the following day.
The daily special menu is wholesomely delicious.
Annelies is originally from The Netherlands and it shows. The portions are of European size; so you can have your three course lunch, eat it, and still leave happy and unstuffed – just as the French preach, when you are done eating your meal, you should always feel a bit hungry. I almost forgot an important piece of information—no credit cards, please; the bill is so affordable that you should be able to fish some of that good old cash in your purse or pockets to cover it. Before you go, don’t forget to leave your email address in the book by the register; Anneleis will email you the date and topic for the next cooking class — sorry, no classes during the summer-- or the date for the next themed wine, dinner and music event. It fills up quickly.
Loyal customers drive to Anna Lee’s from all over the place, but if you want to make sure, traffic won’t prevent you from being there on time here are pictures of the three most and three least expensive residential properties currently on the market within a mile of Anna Lee’s.