Stop #3 on the Athens Magical Mystery Food Tour! We were remiss, and forgot two very important things last week: One, take pictures! And two: post reviews! Because of that, I’ve posted a couple pictures from Google, and tonight we’re going out for stop #4. Either way, here are our reviews of Thai Spoon, 5 Bar, and Highwire.
Top: Pad thai at Thai Spoon
Left to Right: the 5 bar logo, garlic fries from Highwire, outside of Highwire
Presentation: The presentation at Thai Spoon was very nice. Little curls of orange accompanied the orange chicken we split, and the pad thai looked delicious. We drank at 5 bar, so nothing too special there. At highwire, we got hungry again and split a bowl of fries with garlic aioli.
Taste: The pad thai and orange chicken were both great. Not too greasy and full of flavor. At 5 bar, I got a nice strawberry lemonade cocktail, while my friend got a beer (boring!). The cocktail was ok, but not worth the price. At Highwire, we each had a brindle (yummy) and split the fries (very yummy). All in all, a good tasting experience.
Service: At Thai spoon we had to wait a while, which was surprising, considering it was a Tuesday. 5 bar had ok service, but nothing to write home about. The best service of the night goes to Highwire. Very friendly.
Cleanliness: All clean, no complaints.
Location: All within a block of each other in downtown. On a Tuesday, they were all pretty empty (even Thai Spooin, although we had to wait). On a Friday or Saturday night, though, be prepared to wiggle your way through a crowd.
Value ($$/$$$/$$): Thai Spoon is not super expensive, but it’s also not your neighborhood cheap-o Asian restaurant. Averaged about 15-20 per person. 5 bar is ridiculous. We didn’t eat there, but only because we would have had to sacrifice our first born children to order an entree. Highwire is cheaper in terms of food, but has an expensive collection of beers.
Overall, we really enjoyed dinner at Thai Spoon, and felt like it was definitely worth the price. 5 bar was disappointing, and we probably won’t go back to buy any food considering the prices. Highwire is great. The drinks we got (besides beer) were pretty cheap, and the fries were amazing. The rest of their food menu looked pretty cheap too, so we may be going back for dinner in the future.
Thai Spoon - 3.5
5 Bar - 1
Highwire - 4