Fast casual Japanese concept, Teriyaki Madness opens in Atlanta
Teriyaki Madness, founded in 2003 in Seattle, serves made to order bowls with fresh ingredients. Their differentiating fast casual feather in their hat is that their chicken is never frozen, all-natural hand trimmed chicken, marinated and grilled with sauces made in-house. The newest location of Teriyaki Madness is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Joe and Robin Cleveland.
As per usual fast casual restaurants, guests can choose their protein, vegetables and carb. Besides chicken, there’s also beef or tofu available and you can pick white, brown, fried rice or yakisoba noodles. If you want low carb you can just omit the carbs and ask for all veggies. However, the noodles were pretty fantastic and way better than the rice. Pro tip: if you order vegetables get all broccoli or broccoli and zucchini or else you are overloaded with cabbage.
The appetizer menu consists of Edamame, Crab Rangoons, Egg Rolls and Pot Stickers. You can’t really go wrong with Edamame and Teriyaki Madness is no exception. We also loved the pot stickers. However, the egg roll fell short for us in the first bite, with a mushy center.
When I visited, I asked owner, Joe Cleveland, what is the best thing to order and he enthusiastically said the most popular item is the Chicken Teriyaki bowl. After tasting it, it was my favorite too. I thought I’d enjoy the Chicken Katsu or Spicy Chicken more, but no, it was the fresh chicken with thick, not too salty teriyaki sauce that I enjoyed most.
Though the folks at Teriyaki Madness fall into the fast casual fare, you should note that everything is made to order. So, even though your order may be made in ten minutes, if there are four or five orders ahead of you, your wait could be quite a bit longer.
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