I don't know what you would call walking distance, but I will give you two leads.
The Buckhead Life Group has about 18 restaurants in their group, of which eight are within walking or a 3 minute cab ride from the Hyatt. Go to this web site and pick what appeals: http://www.buckheadrestaurants.com/ They are all good. Very good.
The second lead is within walking distance and it is Bones. Yep, one word. Bones has been in Atlanta for 80+ years. It is about 100 yards from the Hyatt. Until Federal laws changed life, it was for men only - no porn or such; but, for business men who ran Atlanta. It was (and still is) where all the deals are made in Atlanta. No one who would call themselves a true business person would want to say they don't dine at Bones. Bones is also written in many novels that center on Atlanta or where the hero makes a stop in Atlanta and of course has to meet the villain at Bones. First it is a steak (which is aged in their basement and constitues 80% of items on their menu) and second a seafood restaurant. If you order scotch, don't embarrass yourself and add water at Bones; because deal makers don't need water and if they need water they shouldn't be at Bones. Bones is open for lunch and dinner. http://www.bonesrestaurant.com/
You won't believe what I am going to tell you, so get in your car and see for yourself in Gainesville, GA. This seafood market (small, very clean store) opened in 2009. Its seafood is fresher than Whole Foods or DeKalb Farmers. The store is run by Asians - very nice folks. The front space is about 400 sq ft - to include a few tables for eating. Yes, one can both eat or purchase the seafood which is on display. They began selling seafood, and cooking for themselves and had so many requests to sample they expanded into a small menu. Anything seafood you see they will cook the way you desire, plus they have Gumbo and Oyster Po Boy sandwiches New Orleans is wishing they had. Again, a very small storefront, in a small strip center, in the Hispanic area of town - but DO NOT let that stop you (a safe area). I drive 29 miles from our home to purchase there when we want seafood for a special dinner and of course while there get a bite to eat ourselves: Atlanta Hwy Seafood Market 227 Atlanta Highway #900, Gainesville, GA 30501(770) 287-82778
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If you still have the Flagship Rum Bun recipe your Mom cut out of the Washington Post, I would really like to have a copy.
I know your posting to Chowhound was over a year ago, but I if you could I would really appreciate your efforts.