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.