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2.5 - Good Eats Around Atlanta
For a great change of pace stop by "Taco Volez" on Roswell road or Buford Highway, and get a Carne Asada Burritto. If you don't like cilantro, order it without. If you don't speak Spanish, good luck with that...
There are other locations by the name of "Taco Prisa" in the burbs as well, but they aren't as good as the originals.
I'll stick to Baldinos (2 blocks N of 285 on Buford Highway). They claim "Jersey subs", and, if the claim is true....Jersey seems more inviting. I've never been dissatisfied, from boiled ham and cheese, to the signature "Italian Battalion", to the not listed (and my favorite), pastrami and mustard.
Located @ 3202 Northlake Parkway NE (behind Northlake Mall).
They have a web site also, check it out: Bambinelli's .
Located on (where else?) 3375 Buford Hwy NE in Atlanta .
I normally get the Lomo Saltado.
Shane's Ribshack in McDonough......voted best BBQ in Georgia.
Fresh Air BBQ in Jackson....Mmmmmmmm
Harold's BBQ in Jonesboro.....they still serve Cracklin' Cornbread.
Has some of the best Jamaican food around.
Look no further than Taverna Plaka located on 2196 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE.
The staff is really friendly, the atmosphere is lively, and they have belly dancers to entertain you while you dine.
Parking is a little tight, especially if the place is really busy. However, you can park across the street (usually valet) or around other businesses that have closed for the evening.
You can order from the menu or you can get your meals la carte.
Parking is limited, but no worries; they're opened late as well as during the holidays.
I rarely go for Indian food, but this place would be in my top 10 list of all Atlanta restaurants. A group of three of us spent about $70 with the tip, but we ordered soup, 3 appetizors to split and 3 dinners.
The food is very authentic and spicy; the meats melt in your mouth. We also ordered the 22 oz. Taj Mahal beers. Excellent to outstanding.
Fatt Matts Rib Shack- 1811 Peidmont Rd Atlanta
The Texas Rib Ranch- 25 Irby Avenue Atlanta (in Buckhead)
Harolds Barbeque- 171 Mcdonough Blvd SE Atlanta, GA
Daddy Z's- 264 Memorial Drive, Atlanta Ga
Smoky Bones- »www.smokeybones.com/
Slope BBQ- 10360 Alpharetta Street Roswell, Georgia
Fellinis Pizza-(I like the one on Roswell Rd the Best)
4429 Roswell Rd. NE Atlanta, GA 30342
Savage Pizza- 484 Moreland Ave Atlanta, Ga in Little Five Point's
Marrietta Pizza Company- 3 Whitlock Ave. Marietta, GA
Nancys Chicago Style Pizza- 265 Ponce De Leone Ste.G
1. Ann's Snack Bar. It's located in the ghetto on Memorial Drive, but don't let the neighborhood hold you back. Besides, Ann doesn't put up with crap from anyone. Think Soup Nazi. It's a standard lunch counter type of joint and home to the Hood burger; which is highly recommended. But if you're like me, and not a big fan of coleslaw, ANY of the regular or double burgers with cheese are sure to satisfy your craving for ground beef on a bun. Chili Cheese fries make the perfect side, but split the order with someone else. Yes, it's a lot of food, but well worth the cardiac arrest.
(Take 20E from the Connector and exit at Maynard. Take a left off the exit and another left on Memorial. It's on the left hand side of the road next to the Checkers.)
2. Vickery's. Located in the heart of Midtown's club district, Vickery's is a classy type of place that's perfect for a first date. I recommend getting a seat at one of the high back crescent shaped booth's in the bar area where service is always pleasant and the burgers are awesome. I usually get mine mid-rare, topped with both bacon and blue cheese, and a side of Bass Ale-on tap. It's the perfect indulgence. The rest of the menu is outstanding as well, and the prices aren't nearly as high as they are in places with a similar ambiance.
(From the southbound Connector, get off at 14th street and take a left. Take a right on Crescent Ave. a couple lights up, and Vickery's is on the right; adjacent to Front Page News.)
3. The Vortex. Like the Varsity, The Vortex is a staple eatery in Atlanta. Appealing to the counter-culture types (just read the back of the menu for their "No Idiot policy"-yes it's required), their burgers are available in various pre-defined styles, and your vegetarian girlfriend can even get a suitable non-animal replacement for beef. Feel free however, to create any variation you want. Just be clear and specific with your order as your server is likely hung-over from the night before. But whatever you do, make sure you get tatter tots instead of fries. In fact, go nuts and top them with cheese.
(Two locations; Midtown and Little 5 Points. Check their site for more info: »www.thevortexbarandgrill.com/
1931 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
1155 Mount Vernon Hwy
Atlanta, GA 30338
Kobe Steaks Japanese Restaurant
5600 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
Nakato Japanese Restaurant
1776 Cheshire Bridge Rd
Atlanta, GA 30324
Three VERY good, authentic Japanese steak houses that offer sit-down and traditional habachi style experiences.
•Pura Vida - This is by far my favorite place to eat in Atlanta. No Joke! It was recently named "Restaurant of the Year" by AJC. Now say what you will about the AJC, but their restaurant critics are no where near as forgiving (read paid off) as some of the critics working for the likes of Atlanta Magazine and Jezebel. Creative Loafing's Cliff Bostock is also a stand up guy and he's given them stellar reviews in the past. The food is all tapas which I love because it allows you to try a variety of different dishes in a single meal. And if you don't like a particular dish, you're only out $6. All tapas on the menu are the same price, and when I used to go with my ex-GF we would usually get about three selections a piece, not including desert. Now you can spend the rest of your cash on some of their Spanish and South American wine. They also make a killer mojito as well as sangria. Friday nights a DJ plays merengue and salsa and the bar blows up. I know you were looking for something in Midtown/Buckhead, but this place is in the Highlands near the corner of North Ave and Highland.
•Brasserie le Coze - Yes it's in Lenox Mall, but once you walk through the door you'll forget all about that. The place is about 10 or 11 years old, and the dinning room is still one of my favorite in the city. It's consistently rated one of the best French Restaurants in Atlanta, and you need to check it out soon. Neiman Marcus is taking over that space before the end of the year and the brasserie is moving over to Atlantic Station under a completely new design. They're known for their soups, skate wing, and desserts. It was originally owned by Maguy and her brother Gilbert le Coze. After Gilberts untimely death a few years ago Maguy relinquished control of the Brasserie and now just operates Le Bernardin in New York.
•The Globe - One of my new favorites. It's located on 5th between W. Ptree and Williams. It's partly owned by one of the opening managers of Justin's, but the clientele is considerably more diverse. The chef also put in some time at the Brasserie le Coze mentioned above. Like Bob Amick's places it gets pretty crazy on the weekends so I'd get a reservation.
•Taurus - Also one of the newer restaurants on the northern side of Midtown (across from the Amtrack station on Peachtree), the head chef used to man the kitchen at Canoe in Vinnings. Great steaks and seafood with a fun atmosphere.
•Restaurant Eugene - If you have the cash to drop, this is where it should land. This is real fine dinning and what Pano and Paul's still wishes it was. Restaurant Eugene is not nearly as opulent as P&P's but that's all for the better. The staff is one of the most pleasant and best trained in the city. Linton Hopkins and his wife Gina hail from the D.C. area and run the place as if it were their home; always in the dinning room talking to guests and making sure everything is running smoothly. Most of the food is locally or organically grown, and the emphasis of the menu is first and foremost on the ingredients. The result is a menu that changes frequently, and more significantly each season. While I wouldn't consider this a fun, hip place like One Midtown Kitchen or Two Urban Licks, I'd suggest you book a reservation for Valentines.
The restaurant has a mediterranean flair to it with its selection of foods.
Great food, great service NO COMPLAINTS at all which is rare these days
My Bill the first time I was there so you can get a feel for it:
1 Decaf 2.00
1 Salami Panini 12.00
1 Half Chicken 16.00
1 Evian 2.75
1 Half Chicken 16.00
1 Brioche Donuts 6.00
1 Coffee 2.00
1 Striped Bass 19.00
By the way, in the middle of the table is a rotating small table they put your sides on (vegetables, mashed potatoes etc). And Guess what? You get UNLIMITED REFILLS OF SIDE ITEMS!!!! That is absolutely amazing for a restaurant like this. I've never seen a gourmet restaurant that has side items separate from the entres done this way where everyone who ordered an entre splits from the side items at the center of the table but allows unlimited refills on side items. I believe you get 4 side items to split from and refill if you want. THE BREAD WAS GOOD TOO! I hate restaurants that are gourmet but have crappy bread. I loved their bread.
3920 Canton Rd
Marietta, GA 30066
Stoney River has one of the best menus for a steak house that I have ever seen. The atmosphere is interesting with the occasional Falcons Player showing up or even some local music icons. The service is number 1 with the best waiting staff in the town. If you go to Stoney River for your first visit you must order the following:
Appetizer: Crab Cake ... I would kill for less than a bite of these.
Entree: 14oz Ribeye ... Let them Season it normal! That is the most important step!
Dessert (If you have room): Triple Cut Cheese Cake ... Another that is just wonderful
This is one of the best places in the entire Atlanta Area to eat. Last time I was there, I ordered all of the above and it was delightful. By the way, Keith Brooking of the Atlanta Falcons was in the booth behind me. For an extravagant meal for 2 expect to spend 70 to 100. But it is worth every Dime.
On the menu I would suggest not getting what is actually on the menu but rather the specials of the day. You can find some really different foods available through the specials. The wine selection is large enough for simple and extravagant tastes. Try the house red with the veal. You will not regret this choice. This is well worth the trip.
This is Italy done right.
Only 1 mile from Peachtree Corners!
Ruth's Chris Steak House - In Buckhead,Centennial Park, and Sandy Spring
www.thevarsity.com/, it's the World's Largest Drive-In Resturant. "Our Downtown Atlanta location is on more than two acres and can accommodate 600 cars and over 800 people inside. On days when the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets are playing a home game, over 30,000 people visit The Varsity." They still offer old fashioned car service. Be ready with your order when the counter person or car hop asks "Whadd'ya Have? Whadd'ya Have?"
Another choice for some fine steak is McKendricks Steakhouse off of Ashford Dunwoody road. Another white tablecloth resturant with a extensive wine selection, or corking available for a fee, they have been rated one of America's top 10 steak resturants. One of their signature steaks is a bone in Rib-eye that is to die for.