Trackside Grill Completes Renovations
Trackside Grill has been a staple in downtown Kennesaw since 2003, and News/Talk WSB meteorologist and Kennesaw resident Kirk Mellish has been a fan since it first opened. He is thoroughly enjoying the recently completed renovation.
He said, “I love it; it’s even better now than it was before. Now, you have three outdoor options instead of just one. You can choose where to sit based on the weather. Sometimes, I enjoy dining outside by the waterfall, just relaxing and listening to the soothing sounds. I also really like the upstairs patio, and it was chilly enough the other night to have a fire in the fireplace. It’s great to eat under the stars with a bright full moon and listen to live music with family and friends. There’s nothing like that anywhere else in town.”
He would definitely recommend it to friends and family. He said, “It’s a great local place that has the quality of a chain restaurant in terms of the ambiance, but it’s local and true to Kennesaw. You get the personalized attention on the food and service that you don’t always get at the big chain restaurants. It’s the best of both worlds.”
Owners Brett and Laura Olszeski have put their hearts and souls into the restaurant. Trackside is really run by the family and staff members who must seem like family now. Laura works in the kitchen, Brett works in the front-of-the-house, and oldest daughter Brittany is a server. When he’s not in school, son Brandon helps out by washing dishes. And 10-year-old Zoie will probably figure out her role soon. It’s definitely been a family effort, and it appears to be finally paying off.
The restaurant is the latest happening place in downtown Kennesaw and is full of elegant surprises, like the granite-topped extensive bar area. Explore the three outdoor seating areas (covered downstairs, open air upstairs, and outside by a waterfall) that are perfect for fall weather dining. There are even two fireplaces for that chilly evening. The ambiance is warm and relaxing and it’s the perfect place for a date, a family dinner, or to hang out and listen to live music on the weekends.
But it wasn’t just the building that was updated: the menu includes some interesting new items and a new tapas-style menu has been added for outside dining. Mellish is a big fan of the pizzas served on the upstairs patio. He said, “The pizzas are simply delicious, and it’s really nice that they have added some light snacking options; it fits perfectly within that type of evening.”
Another new item that is receiving rave reviews is the Ahi Tuna Nachos made with fried wontons, avocado salsa, and wasabi aioli. Brett said, “We wanted to offer our guests a tapas-style menu featuring small plates they can enjoy without filling up. These are plates that you’ll want to share; you can choose from several options.” Other small plate options include Crispy Calamari served with a sweet ginger and spicy pepper sauce, and Portobello Mushroom “Fries” served with Wasabi sauce. You can also still order the classic favorites like Fried Green Tomatoes, Hummus, and Pimento Cheese served with flatbread.
Brett has kept many of the classic comfort dishes on the menu. Traditional favorites include the Chicken Pot Pie, Annie’s Catfish, and the White Marble Farm Pork Tenderloin. The three cheese Macaroni and Cheese can’t be beat for a chilly evening.
Trackside is also serving many popular lunch favorites at dinner. For example, you may order the Kobe Burger, Mahi-Mahi Tacos, or even a Blackened Grouper sandwich at night. If you want something a little lighter, try the Baby Spinach Salad with smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbles, craisins, and toasted pecans tossed with a light maple vinaigrette. (Hint: it’s even better if you add grilled chicken or shrimp.)
Brett and Laura deliver a high quality restaurant experience to their customers. Brett said, “At Trackside, you can eat as elegant as our pan-seared scallops and pimento-crusted filet or simply enjoy our fish tacos. People don’t have to break their wallets to eat here. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, enjoy our filet, but if you’re just out on a casual evening with a friend, grab the Kobe burger.” If you’re watching your money (and who isn’t these days?) then plan on going on Wednesdays: all comfort food entrées are only $10 each.
Brett wants to make Trackside a community gathering place, and he believes in supporting other business owners in the area, too. He said, “Laura and I have had this vision for a long time and finally, in 2010, we were able to secure financing for the renovation project. When we did, I was a big believer that anyone we worked with was going to be in the local community. I believe in supporting my hometown.”
Trackside Grill is located at 2840 South Main Street in Kennesaw; tel. 770-499-0874. For more information, visit www.tracksidegrill.com. Open Tues-Thurs 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11, and Sunday 10-3. (Kitchen closes one hour prior to bar closing.)