Agnes and Muriel's has always been one of my favorite campy soul food places to take out-of-towners...a boast which was recently betrayed by today's lunch order revealing a dry, diminutive fried chicken breast accompanied by desiccated and tasteless mac and cheese and overcooked ribs. What happened? This is not the A&M's that I so previously adored! \r
What happened was new ownership, our server related. Though I expressed my disappointment over the quality of the food to him, the response was a suggestion I speak with management, to which I responded, ""You tell her."" (And if he did, I'll never know...she certainly did not personally investigate). It was only after I was told - some 10 minutes after I ordered - that the signature raspberry and peach cobbler had accidentally not been baked that I was offered two other desserts on the house - a gesture that earned the second star in my rating. That dessert, by the way, some sort of butterscotch cream pie, was likewise a disappointment: pure sugar and no flavor. To top it off, the coffee was bitter yet boring and obviously made some hours earlier.\r
That being said, the server at least offered an attempt at an explanation, that the kitchen was unusually busy. Even so, any better restaurant would have made a more heartfelt attempt at reconciliation. With all the great eateries in Atlanta, there's no need in my book to offer the new Agnes and Muriel's a second chance, not unless the previous owners come back. If this is like any other day at the new A & Ms - busy despite bad food - its success is riding on the coattails of its predecessors. They better cook something up good real soon or that reputation will spoil faster than ground chuck in the hot Georgia sun.
Pros: Same goofy but lovable ambience
Cons: Dry, flavorless food