Dear Woodstock,

Ralph and Carrie Roeger, both Marine veterans, were inspired to open the Semper Fi Bar and Grille this year to welcome everyone, but most especially the veterans and first responders who need a place to share a meal as well as their stories. So many of our brothers and sisters-in-arms don’t get a chance to make it home, and Ralph and Carrie wanted to make sure that the ones who do have a place where they feel safe, comfortable, revered, and not least of all, well fed.


The interior of the restaurant displays museum-worthy framed photos and military uniforms to explore while you’re waiting for your meal to be delivered. Make sure to take a look around.


This is my favorite item on the menu: The namesake Semper Fi Burger, which is topped with cooked-to-order beef patties, your choice of cheese (mine is provolone), and sweet candied bacon.



The restaurant’s fries are served in nostalgia-inspiring military canteens and topped with flaky kosher salt and the slightest hint of sugar.


Every lace in every boot and every button on every uniform harbors someone’s story.


Semper Fi offers a full bar with draft beer and specialty cocktails as well as twenty big screen TV’s to catch the latest sporting events.


Keep an eye out for that bright red building with the waving flag. There’s a good chance you’ll find me there.

Until next time, Woodstock…much love, Jennifer



Address: 9770 Main St, Woodstock, GA 30188


Phone: 770-672-0026


Jennifer Carter is a freelance photographer and writer living with her family in Woodstock, Georgia. Her work has been published by the Marietta Daily Journal, the Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Life Magazine, Cobb Life Magazine, Woodstock Patch, and the city of Woodstock’s tourism brochure. The “I Love Downtown Woodstock” blog is what she considers a “passion project,” an experiment in homage that she calls “A Collection of Love Letters to a City.” See more of her work at


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