James made a comment about seeing Atlanta through other people’s eyes, and it got me thinking a little bit.  I enjoy seeing Atlanta through his eyes, as well, because there are tons of things that I take for granted or just don’t think are a big deal because I’ve been here for so long.  I don’t really get the big deal about the Starlight Drive-In on Moreland, for example.  I actually haven’t been too many times because I used to go up to the twin drive-in on I-85 where the spaceship-looking Hollywood 24 is now.  I prefer the whole theater experience, but all my friends who grew up in the ‘burbs or moved here from elsewhere just love the Starlight.  I’ve got plenty of friends who grew up here who like it just fine, but to them it’s mostly just a drive-in.  Sure, you can brink a six pack and drink while you watch the movie, but I’m not sure that should elevate the place to mythic status.

Anyway, what I really wanted to talk about was Woody’s.  Chances are you drove by it on Monroe and it was closed.  The same two guys have been working the counter as long as I can remember.  They have the worst hours (11-5, T-Sat), and I wouldn’t understand how they stay in business except that they have the best cheesesteaks in town.  While I can’t really give you an objective view of the place since I’ve been going there forever, I had lunch there today with a friend who moved here from Virginia some years ago.  We both inhaled the cheesesteaks so fast that that we had to catch our breath afterwards.  The same thing happens to me when I eat a double quarter pounder at McDonald’s.  I forget to breathe and I sit around gasping like a fish.

Like I said, I don’t have an objective view of Woody’s, since it has always been a part of my life.  If it were open more I’m sure I’d go there a lot more often, but for now I only end up there every few months.  It also isn’t the sort of place I hear many people talk about, so I thought I’d give it some love here on the Metblog.  An old timer’s trick though – if you go, order ahead.  The wait can get pretty bad, although it is definitely worth it.  You want a cheesesteak all the way, with extra meat.  If you are feeling ambitous, their milk shakes are pretty good.

7 Comments so far

  1. james hervey (jeherv) on December 3rd, 2008 @ 5:14 pm

    why have you never suggested this for lunch before????

  2. Will (atl_will) on December 4th, 2008 @ 12:51 pm

    Man, I love Woody’s. When I lived over there it was the first place I took out-of-towners. Still, given it’s sort of screwy hours, I didn’t go nearly as often as I’d like.

    As soon as we moved down, and I saw Woody’s, I said, "We must go." But I’m surprised at how many other ATL-habitants haven’t been. Again, I think it’s the nutty hours of operation, but still — if you’ve driven by Woody’s you know you must try it. It’s worth whatever parking hassle might crop up, though, so go.

  3. maigh on December 4th, 2008 @ 8:56 pm

    I used to run by it 5 nights a week and drive by it even more often but have never been in. Can’t say I’m a fan of cheesesteaks but your post combined with my intent to try new things has me contemplating giving it a go…milkshake and all.

  4. annie on December 11th, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

    Woody’s! Never woulda thought to write about it, but yum!

    Concerning the Starlight: I also used to go to the twin where Regal is now. I also vaguely remember going to one in Alpharetta as a kid, behind the Food Lion (Food Giant? I can’t remember now.) It was across the street from the Dairy Queen, which was one of those awesome ones you walk up to. Later, the Dairy Queen was a pool supply store. Actually, i don’t even know if the Food Lion is still there, either. Don’t get up that way much anymore. All of this rambling reminiscence is to say that i think people show the love because the drive-ins are vanishing Americana. I don’t hit the drive-in often, but i would be damn sad if someone wanted to tear the Starlight down and build a Publix or Wal-Mart. To me, it’s an Atlanta landmark.

  5. Steven Renner (unregistered) on November 14th, 2010 @ 4:42 pm

    If you haven’t been in to Woody’s Cheesesteaks recently, consider this your official invite to return… New owner (me), new hours, and credit cards now accepted! I look forward to hearing from you with a follow-up on your next visit!

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