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Restaurant Review: Maggiano’s at Cumberland Mall

For Valentine’s Day my sweetheart wanted to go to Maggiano’s at Cumberland Mall. I usually enjoy going to this restaurant as it seems like a great value, it is kid friendly and is so close to our home in Vinings.

When we went to make reservations the only time available was 5:00 and we booked via opentable.com (always quick and easy).  That’s OK as my date gets his bath around 7:00 and is usually in bed by 8:00pm. Also, they sent me a $10 coupon for my next visit which is nice.

The children’s menu is varied and is only $4.95 including their ice cream. We always end up taking the leftovers home for a second meal there is so much food.

As far as the quality I’ve seen a degradation since the last time we were there:

  • I remember them using fresh grated parmesan at the table before and now you have to request it and its in a shaker – ugh, can’t eat that type.
  • Also, they used to have the balsamic vinegar at the table for your bread and that had to be requested as well.
  • Additionally I believe the quality of that has been reduced or my taste buds are becoming more discriminating.

I had the chicken piccata which was good with a side of angel hair pasta and Chase had the penne alfredo with the fake parmesan cheese.

It was packed and service was mediocre—perhaps a fluke because it was Valentine’s Day?? My recommendation is that Maggiano’s is good for “family friendly” meals, but not the type of Italian I’d be craving regularly.

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Sweet Treats in Vinings

I want to keep people updated on all things Vinings….including places I have tried to avoid…. There are three sweet treat places in Vinings that we have intentionally passed by for caloric and financial reasons.  Its at least $8 for my son and I to stop by at any of these places it seems.

ColdStone Creamery

Yoforia

CamiCakes Cupcakes

Cami Cakes is the newest sweet treat shop in Vinings, and they have wonderful combinations of flavors in their cupcakes.

Cami Cakes is the newest sweet treat shop in Vinings, and they have wonderful combinations of flavors in their cupcakes.

The newest entrant is the CamiCakes Cupcakes at 4338 Paces Ferry Road.  (There was a cupcake place there before but I went once and the cupcakes were too small for the price.)

CamiCakes are large cupcakes and approximately $2.65 each…. and I’ve become addicted.

I have told many friends how deadly the salted caramel chocolates at Costco are and now I’ve discovered this CamiCakes Salted Caramel Cupcake.  They have many great combinations, the Pineapple Coconut is another one that I’m thinking about right now.

I have always loved Piece of Cake in Buckhead and have frequented there throughout the years when the occasion arises.  I still think Piece of Cake has the freshest cakes as they bake them right there and the smell is to die for!  But due to convenience CamiCakes may be stealing me away.

As of September 1, there’s a Piece of Cake store in Vinings!

Yoforia in Vinings is a healthy alternative to some of the other sweet treat places

Yoforia in Vinings is a healthy alternative to some of the other sweet treat places nearby.

I know Yoforia is the healthiest alternative, but I really don’t crave anything there and the three children I’ve polled don’t like it either.  They usually prefer the Coldstone Creamery ice cream or Cami Cakes as well.  But if you’re trying to eat healthy and still want a treat – Yoforia is probably the answer.

Most everyone loves a big bowl of ice cream on a hot day, especially the kids!

Most everyone loves a big bowl of ice cream on a hot day, especially the kids!

Now onto the ice cream, Coldstone Creamery has been here for awhile and most people know about it, but if you’re shopping in the Vinings Village or need a place to take the kids on a hot summer day, nothing is better than a refreshing scoop of your favorite flavors.

All of these sweet treat places are walkable in Vinings Village and I know many make the drive to Menchie’s (in Paces Ferry Plaza by Houston’s) for their yogurt as well.

Camicakes Cupcakes on Urbanspoon

Camicakes Cupcakes on Urbanspoon

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