Chequers is an exceptionally good looking restaurant at the corner of Perimeter Center Parkway and Hammond Road, just south and west of Perimeter Mall and next to the local Fuddruckers. The inside of Chequers is also appealing, with waitstaff dressed in white shirts, black ties, black vests, and knee length smocks. Blackboards seem to sprout from everywhere, and a ton of wood is used to give a luxurious country club experience. This quote from a reviewer at Citysearch sets the tone appropriately:

Luxury reminiscent of New York’s Union Station reigns at this neighbor to Perimeter Mall. Mirrors extend space into infinity; stained glass gives off a soft glow.

Entrance to Chequers Seafood Grill.

Entrance to Chequers Seafood Grill.

Lobster specials during Happy Hour.

Lobster specials during Happy Hour.

Inside,  I was with a large group and we were more worried about food. They had a fistful of fresh fish choices. Our waiter announced that halibut had become available and sea bass no longer was on the menu.  Others in the party wondered about Chequer’s cioppino, and yet others puzzled out the details of keeping their food kosher. We all ordered. I ordered a cup of gumbo because I like gumbos, and also their rainbow trout, in part because it was a North Carolina product (hence close), and because I’ve had good luck with trout at seafood restaurants.

A good gumbo, flavorful and nicely spiced.

A good gumbo, flavorful and nicely spiced.

A nice grilled trout.

A nice grilled trout.

The gumbo was a pleasant surprise, with bits of sausage, fish, tomato, and okra floating in a nice dark broth.The spicing was what I like, rich and full with enough pepper to let you know it was there.  Others had a lobster bisque, a pretty soup with a light brown to tan color. None of it was waiting in bowls by the time the entrees arrived.

I was generally pleased with my trout. It was white, and most trout I’ve seen has been pink. Diet, I’m told, controls the color, and this was a tender, tasty chunk of fish. Googling on pink and white trout turned up a charming New York Times archive from 1884. If our 19th century cousins are to be believed, color has little to do with the flavor of the fish.

Service, if I haven’t said, was very good to excellent.

Verdict: A very good seafood restaurant that delivers the goods. Good to excellent service. Highly recommended.

Chequers Seafood Grill
236 Perimeter Center Parkway Northeast
Atlanta , GA 30346
(770) 391-9383

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Bonefish Grill is located in the Avenue at Webb Ginn, just a stone’s throw from the large Barnes and Noble there. Inside, Bonefish Grill is a good looking restaurant, with a good looking bar. They have bar seating on stools, and long tables with marbled black stone surfaces, and booths, whose tables are covered with brown craft paper. Above the bar are a pair of television sets, and wrapped around the bar area are dozens of wine bottles. Compared to McCray’s Tavern, which we recently visited, this place is focused on wine sales.

And surprisingly, compared to McCray’s, this place is noisy. The music is a little loud for my tastes. Now, that means that table conversation doesn’t drift, but it also means that Bonefish Grill really isn’t about a quiet romantic dinner.

In seafood choices, however, this place excels.  You can get food grilled, sauteed, baked and fried. The fish and seafood offered included grouper, chilean sea bass, tilapia, tuna, scallops, shrimp, squid, mussels, lobster tails and rainbow trout.  If high end doesn’t impress, they offer shrimp tacos and fish and chips. For those inclined to land bound fare, they have two good looking chicken entrees, pork options, filet mignon and a steak special.

My west coast in-laws commented on the imperial longfin on the menu, and ordered it. We also ordered swordfish, grilled rainbow trout, chicken,   some house salads, and their corn chowder (with bits of crab). The corn chowder turned out to be really good. It was creamy, and the bits of crab added that hint of seafood to the dish. My daughter commandeered the cup and finished it quickly. The salads were good. The pine nuts were a nice touch, the olives quite good, and I’m partial to palm heart myself.

Among the entrees, we liked the grilled rainbow trout the best. It was really good, thin filets, with the fish opened as if it were a book.  The grilled taste of the trout really came through. But everything was good, really. We all shared tastes, and almost nothing was left behind, but for a bit of the chicken. We were all quite full at the end, and I’m not sure how we would have saved space for their desserts (which also look really good).

Service is very good. Waitstaff wear white tops with the Bonefish logo. They are friendly, helpful, and notice when drinks are empty.

Verdict: This place is a winner in the Snellville/Lawrenceville axis, with really good food and seafood choices that can’t be found within miles.  Highly recommended.

Bonefish Grill
1350 Scenic Hwy, Suite 200
Snellville, GA 30078
(678) 344-8945

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