Until now, we have considered Seed Kitchen to be at the very top level of Atlanta area dining excellence, our favorite go-to restaurant upon any occasion. Until now. It turns out there is a Good Seed and a BAD Seed. Our effort--my wife and I--to have lunch today (Thursday, April 10th) was an absolute disaster. I was engaged in a series of transactions at the nearby branch of my bank, and when we took a break, I invited my wife to drive over from home so we could have lunch together. We walked in, without a reservation, and waited--and waited--and waited. The hostess, alone at her desk, disappeared for a long period. Then she took a long reservations phone call -- while the line grew and grew. Then she walked away to bus tables -- obviously, no bus boy had showed up, because dirty glasses and dishes sat untouched on several tables. As she left, she told the people at the end of the line it would be at least five minutes before she could seat them. We were only second in line, but it already had been 10 minutes for us. The lady in front, also without reservation, had been left standing just as long, on her first visit (--and probably her last) with bad knees. When I went over to talk to a server about the problem, he said there were only three of them there on this day. My wife and I walked out at that point and had lunch--a good one--at another nearby restaurant. I think I did see the chef-owner, Doug Turbush, working in the kitchen. The impression left on this day is either the restaurant is suddenly in financial trouble (--I hope not; we have dined at Seed a number of times, for dinner, weekend brunch, special holidays, and lunch at least once before, and had never been disappointed until now) or else it was very badly managed and staffed on this day. Either way, Turbush, particularly if he were indeed present, needs to address this quickly. As my wife said as we walked away, "Has Seed GONE TO SEED !!"
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