March 16, 2013
Photographs by Charlene Fang & Joseph Geierman
Doraville has many strengths – a great location, beautiful mid-century architecture, and fantastic neighbors. In early March, a group of us got together to celebrate all three – a neighborhood lunch at Cafe 101, a local Taiwanese restaurant in an awesome 60s-era building. Charlene Fang, who lives in Northwoods and also happens to be tied into Atlanta’s Taiwanese community, suggested the outing as a late Chinese new year celebration. About thirty people agreed, and we had a great time!
Originally, the building opened as Oogleblook – an Atlanta-area, hamburger-focused chain owned and operated by Morrison’s Cafeteria. According to people who lived in Doraville during the late-60s and early-70s, the restaurant’s motto was, “You can’t beat our meat” – apparently, they were known for their king-size hamburger with “special spices”.
Of course, that was a long time ago. The restaurant has been called “Cafe 101″ (most likely named after the Taipei 101 tower in Taiwan) for several years now. They’ve done pretty interesting things with the inside, too. The restaurant is pretty open, so you can see the interesting structure of the round roof. In the shot below, you get a pretty good view of a wall that has been entirely papered over by various pages from magazines – it’s a cool effect
Overall, it’s a pretty nice space! I’m a vegetarian and am a little wary about Chinese food sometimes. I was lucky that Charlene was there, though, because she was able to steer me to a few really good options. Overall, I think everyone came away really enjoying the experience and all the comments I heard about the food (served in a buffet during lunch) were good.
Of course, beyond the food, the real reason we all got together was to have fun enjoying each other’s company. We had people there from every neighborhood in the city, and talking over a meal helped old friends catch up, as well as providing a great way to make new friends!
We’re thinking about doing one of these a quarter – still working out where the next one will be. It was a great time, and another event that reminds me of why I like to live in Doraville.