The Corner Grille Adding Westside Restaurant

Nine years after The Corner Grille opened in College Park, their Cajun-inspired brunches, house-made sauces and hand-cut fries — not to mention their seriously-tasty shrimp and corn fritters — are coming to a second location
Pan-seared bacon redfish and shrimp with wild mushroom broccolini risotto | Photo: Official
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Although the second Corner Grille location won’t be situated at an intersection like its predecessor at 3823 Main St., the upcoming Westside location at 2341 Marietta Blvd. NW will be nestled snugly between a throng of trees at the former site of Westside Pizzeria. But hey, we are willing to interpret “corner” as loosely as needed if it means securing a second spot to scarf down owner Julian Nabaa’s shrimp and corn fritters.

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Open since 2011, Corner Grille specializes in American comfort food with Cajun and Creole touches — lots of chicken, lots of seafood, and a generous side offering sharing plate space with every entree. Per the other element of the restaurant’s name, grill marks and searing are commonplace at the eatery, seen on 14 oz. sirloin steaks, pork chops and trout filets with parmesan cheese grits (maybe, hopefully, a second location will double the eatery’s already-frequent Instagram foodporn). But although fried offerings aren’t the namesake of the restaurant, perhaps they should be — especially the catfish po’boy and Corner Grille’s fried catfish and shrimp. Gumbo, beignets and a seafood pasta with crawfish, andouille sausage, shrimp and a parmesan Cajun sauce bring a bite of New Orleans to College Park, while lemon pepper chicken and broccoli remind diners that they are still ITP.

A liquor license application filed on January 13 with the city of Atlanta for the new restaurant tells us that, once approved, spicy Bloody Mary’s and mimosas will be on the second restaurant’s menu (hopefully, the Westside location also serves brunch), along with a selection of beers, wines, and craft cocktails.

According to documents filed with the city, the second restaurant will be open between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. from Monday until Sunday. At the College Park location, diners are limited to just the lunch menu on Mondays through Wednesdays, and the restaurant is open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. On Thursdays through Sundays, the brunch menu is also available during that timeframe, and dinner entrees are offered after 4 p.m. until closing at 10 p.m. It is unclear whether the restaurant will extend its Monday through Wednesday hours at its second location.

Christina Coulter

Christina Coulter is an eager journalist from Connecticut with dogged tenacity and the sensibilities of a small-town reporter. Before and after graduating from Marist College in 2017, Christina covered local news for a slew of publications in the Northeast, including The Wilton Bulletin, the Millbrook Independent, The Kingston Times, The New Paltz Times and the Rockland Times. For nearly four years before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Christina was the lead reporter for The Saugerties Times, living and breathing the goings-on of the 20,000-strong Hudson Valley community. Christina weathered the pandemic in Atlanta, where she got a taste for the city's people and flavors. After a brief stint covering news in Connecticut and New York once more with The Daily Voice, Christina was taken on by What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles, where she aims to unweave the intricacies of both cities' bright restaurant communities.

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