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Buckhead Diner Restaurant Review: California-based designer Pat Kuleto assembled a confection of neon, stainless steel, enamel and vinyl to create a classic diner look. Inside the sleek structure, the feeling of a fine dining railroad car informs the design, with lots of polished wood and metal trims. Chef Charles Schwab continues to turn out the signature appetizer, homemade potato chips with warm Maytag blue cheese. But he's also created such starters as his own "famous" meatballs with marinara sauce. Buckhead Diner has always managed to work rock shrimp, a hard-to-find crustacean, into its menu, and the pair of tacos that they fill are light and delectable, acting as a main dish when paired with a salad. Veal meatloaf with celery mashed potatoes has been a standard since day one, and it's appropriate as wintertime comfort food. Sunday's fried chicken (also available Wednesday at dinner) is another standard that comes with either couscous --- not exactly traditional --- or (better) a creamy mac 'n' cheese. In summer, go with the grilled chicken paillard topped with arugula, split cherry tomatoes and fingerling potatoes. Banana cream pie is a mainstay dessert, but we opted for sharing a chocolate hazelnut milkshake. The wine list emphasizes American and southern hemisphere value-priced selections and frankly lacks all excitement.