What makes The Grit restaurant such a popular Athens institution? It is a unique vegetarian restaurant between the downtown and the Normaltown areas. I cannot deny its power to fill tables and add to the fame and character of Athens. However, it also has its critics. Some customers are inconvenienced by the restaurant's policy of not splitting checks, and others are annoyed by surly servers. (I will say that I have seen a server persuaded to split a check, and the server at my last visit was quite friendly.)
My own criticism is that the food is usually rather bland. I have tried food from different parts of the menu and found that most everything lacks flavor and seasoning. I am surprised that The Grit specializes in vegetarian dishes yet I've had much better vegetarian meals elsewhere. The sandwiches are a safe choice, but that is about all I would recommend. On the other hand, my wife has made a couple of delicious meals by following recipes in The Grit cookbook.
What do you think?