R. Thomas Deluxe Grill

Last week, I headed out to lunch with the rest of the company’s creative team members. We headed to R. Thomas Deluxe Grill, which I had driven by many, many (MANY) times before on Peachtree Road, but never gone to and until now, knew nothing about.

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill

Part of the patio, surrounded by lush vegetation.

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill decor

R. Thomas Deluxe GrillIt turns out that R. Thomas is a funky family-owned business started in 1985, open 24 hours a day, serving up “a broad variety from fresh to order juices and smoothies, free-range meats and organics, vegetarian and vegan, macrobiotic, gluten free, and raw food items as well breakfast anytime.”

I was vaguely aware of it as vegetation-covered funky-looking place with unconventional decor outside. What I didn’t know is that there are also tropical birds: mostly parrots, but also a toucan. Weird!

The inside was just a funky, with red and green tarps as the walls and ceiling, posters, wind chimes, multicolored fluorescent lighting, and spinning light displays like one might find at a Spencer’s. We sat in the corner, which was a bit damp, since it had been raining pretty steadily all morning.

I also got dripped on a bit throughout the meal, but I actually think it was the air conditioning unit above my head, since it was no longer raining.

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill entrance

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill patio

My view from my seat on the patio.

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill menu

After perusing the decently-sized menu, I settled on the magic quesadilla, with the promise of swapping bites with coworker Mark, who ordered the ginger tamari bowl (13.50), a quinoa veggie dish.

I enjoyed both the quesadilla and the quinoa bowl. I have been on board with quinoa in spirit for many years, but not at all in practice. Not sure why, it just hasn’t happened. Oh, there was a really bad experience with some quinoa pasta once. But anyway, this quinoa bowl at R. Thomas was inspiring, so I think I’ll have to try making something sometime soon.

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill Magic quesadilla

Magic quesadilla ($11.25).

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill Ginger tamari bowl

Ginger tamari bowl.

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill PBJ Plus shake

PBJ Plus shake.

I also ordered a PBJ Plus shake, which is not listed on their online menu. I don’t recall all the ingredients, but it clearly involved peanut butter, which I am a huge sucker for. Also, some apples, flax oil, and other things. I believe the cost was around $7.50, so the two items together made for a fairly pricey lunch!

A fair number of our party had the ginger tamari quinoa bowl, but we also had an order of spicy fish tacos ($12.50) and penne pasta ($13.25) at the table. I nearly got those tacos; and they looked so good!

I don’t know much about those dishes, except that Kerry – the one who ordered the penne – wasn’t very pleased with the pasta at the price she paid. Nothing really wrong with it per se, just not $13.50 pasta, y’know?

Spicy fish tacos

Spicy fish tacos.

Penne pasta

Penne pasta.

As for myself, I enjoyed my PBJ shake and was gratified that it was fairly large. I had every bit of it, signed my $26.00 receipt (my wallet cried a little, I think) and we headed out.

On the way out, I swung by the birds again, and found one sweetie pie who just had to have her (it’s a pastel-colored bird, so I’m thinking her by default) neck scratched repeatedly and looked mournfully after me when I left. Having never really run across a lot of birds who cared to interact with me, that was pretty neat, though I really wasn’t expecting to run into a parrot on my lunch break!

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill parrot

Unfortunately, the food did not sit very well with me, which made me pretty sad. I’m not sure what I think about R. Thomas at this point. It was pricey, but I appreciate people doing what they believe in, and I support local, organic, and all that and I know those come at a real market price for those who use them as ingredients. Still, it’s out of my typical price range and I didn’t feel well afterward.

Let’s just say 3 stars and call it even ’til next time, R. Thomas Deluxe Grill.

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill
1812 Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA 30309

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