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holy crap, JCT Kitchen

Nice to hear! I had a similar experience at lunch just before the holidays -- JCT is becoming a go-to lunch meeting place. Outstanding food, not too pricey, kind of tucked away. Just need to get there before the rush.

Feb 08, 2012
abbyloving in Atlanta

"This is Atlanta"

Secondind JCT Kitchen. Good modern southern food.

I'd also offer up Miller Union as another great option. Or Empire State South, the current darling of ATL's dining scene.

Feb 08, 2012
abbyloving in Atlanta

Downtown Atlanta Bars (a little divey okay)?

Ah, jboeke, Manuel's is a great suggestion. That's pretty old-school Atlanta. http://manuelstavern.com/

Nov 30, 2011
abbyloving in Atlanta

Downtown Atlanta Bars (a little divey okay)?

EarlyBird, that gave me a chuckle this morning! I'm pretty sure you're not going to find an old-school southern dive un-ironically near downtown. I doubt you'll find a place unwelcoming to Yankees, either, as most of the population of our city is not from here. If you can take an overnight trip to a little town outside the city (Madison is a good option - 1 hour east), you'll find southern charm like that galore.

The only places that come to mind, none unfortunately within walking distance, and all with their own various grains of salt:

Northside Tavern. (http://www.northsidetavern.com) Pretty close to what you're looking for. Taxi drive from downtown. They play music every night, not sure about a cover during the week (it's $10 on the weekends).

Yacht Club. http://www.theeayc.com/ It's in Little Five Points (NOT to be confused with Five Points), so there's more ironic facial hair and PBRs than good ole boys and Schlitz, but it is a solid, fairly southern dive bar. Another taxi ride, bout 2 miles from downtown.

Pal's Lounge. Not exactly what you asked for, but a genuine dive bar. It's on Auburn Avenue, underneath the 75-85 overpass. As a 30 year old white yuppie-type woman, I stand out in there. Like a lot. But am always welcomed in with smiles and cold beer. They have karaoke on Friday nights, and it's GOOD - the people singing kill it with soul and R&B. It's a teensy place, with a teensy stage crammed in the front. Bars on the windows. The street outside the bar is quite sketchy, but I love it there. This is probably 1 mile east of downtown.

I've also heard about a "trucker bar on the southside" that I've never been to. Ah, yelp helped - Southern Comfort. Sounds like exactly what you're looking for. http://www.yelp.com/biz/southern-comf... . Not close to downtown but might be worth it for a southern "culture" fix.

I'm curious to see if anyone else has suggestions. Good luck and hope you enjoy your time here!

Nov 30, 2011
abbyloving in Atlanta

Where do you buy your coffee beans in Atlanta?

I got my beans from the Dekalb Farmer's Market for years, but finally admitted to myself that they're just not as good as they used to be, plus the price has risen a bit. Went to Aurora last week, was really happy with the house blend.

Jun 22, 2011
abbyloving in Atlanta

San Francisco Hounds moving to Atlanta--what should we look forward to?

Man, that's a lot to answer to! First and foremost, in what area of town will you live?

For shopping, there's Your Dekalb Farmers Market and the Buford Highway Farmers Market -- between those you can find damn near any food you seek. Also, between May and November about a hundred little farmers markets pop up once a week. The larger ones are in Buckhead (http://www.peachtreeroadfarmersmarket...) and Morningside (http://www.morningsidemarket.com/) on Saturday mornings, but a lot of the intown neighborhoods have them, too.

Buford Highway is Atlanta's ethnic corridor. It's a long, unwelcoming-looking street lined with strip centers and apartment complexes, with 3 lanes of traffic going too fast in both directions. Ugh. But once you get past that stuff (mentally), you'll find some of the best Vietnamese, Korean, Mexican, Chinese, etc. cuisines. Best and cheapest. Having to drive somewhere took a while for me to get adjusted to, but now I trek out there regularly. Totally worth it.

As for a feeling of home and good food, Inman Park, the Old Fourth Ward (along Edgewood, at least), and West Midtown are all throwing down with some solid restaurants. My current favorites and regulars: Miso, Sauced, Noni's (just skip the Saturday night dance party), Lotta Frutta, El Myr, Miller Union, Dogwood (in midtown), Planet Bombay. You might want to check out Radial Cafe on Dekalb Ave. And head down to Decatur, coming from San Fran I'll bet you'll find some like-minded people down that-a-way :

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El Myr
1091 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Planet Bombay
451 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Radial Cafe
1530 Dekalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Noni's
357 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Miller Union
999 Brady Ave Suite 106, Atlanta, GA 30318

Miso Izakaya
619 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Sauced
753 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

May 10, 2011
abbyloving in Atlanta

looking for Outerbridge's sherry pepper sauce from Bermuda

Worth a check at YDFM - http://www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com/

Apr 22, 2011
abbyloving in Atlanta

Food Trucks/Carts in Atlanta?

Here's a great update on Street Food in Atlanta -- hopefully they'll sort out the permitting issues soon! http://midtown.patch.com/articles/str...

Apr 07, 2011
abbyloving in Atlanta

Your opinion on BEST Brunch in ATL? (price & location not a factor)

Seconded.

Apr 06, 2011
abbyloving in Atlanta

Food Trucks/Carts in Atlanta?

Yeah, there's a lot going on in the food cart world in Atlanta. They keep hitting legal stumbling blocks.

That said, check out Atlanta Street Food Coalition on facebook -- they keep everyone up to date. Tomorrow there's an "urban picnic" (read: place to buy from food trucks) in midtown from 11-2 at Woodruff Art Center, Saturday there's another one at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, same time.

Apr 06, 2011
abbyloving in Atlanta

Atlanta Classic Cocktail Suggestions

I was pretty happy with the bartending and cocktail menu at Sauced in Inman Park. Sort of throw-back, nice attention to detail.

And isn't Greg Best our city's "resident mixologist?" I haven't sat at the bar at Restaurant Eugene but have heard good things.

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Restaurant Eugene
2277 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Apr 06, 2011
abbyloving in Atlanta

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Wasn't he going to open a hot dog restaurant where the old San Francisco Coffee was on Highland Ave? Kind of hope that one falls by the wayside, to be honest...

Mar 31, 2011
abbyloving in Atlanta

Downtown Atlanta Fine-Dining Recs. Please

I would also caution against Pitty Pat's -- I had a pretty miserable dinner there a few years ago, and it didn't seem to be an outlier. They have a "side bar" that primarily features congealed salads, just to give you an idea.

I think the rest of your agenda looks wonderful, but I'd consider Miller Union over PPP -- it's a close cab ride from your hotel (~2 miles), and has much more sophisticated, quality southern food in a similar price range.

And just for the record, a lot of Atlanta's good restaurants are CLOSE to downtown, just definitely not WALKABLY close to downtown. I'd say within a 10 mile radius -- you don't have to go out to the burbs, but you have to get to the neighborhoods where more people live. :)

Have a wonderful trip!

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Miller Union
999 Brady Ave Suite 106, Atlanta, GA 30318

Mar 30, 2011
abbyloving in Atlanta

Inman Park recs

Love this!! So many of these restaurant recommendation threads start with someone coming to Atlanta but staying in Duluth, or downtown without transportation! glad to have someone coming to my hood. :)

After Krog bar I would walk to Miso Izakaya -- I just cannot get enough of this place. Get the duck or pork belly bun. And if it's your thing, I loved the jaja dofu. Soft, billowy, house-made tofu in a light black bean sauce. Huge sake selection, full bar, and seriously wonderful food. It's all small-ish plates to share. I wouldn't be surprised if you end up here for the night. You might want to make a reservation, though, or just sit at the sushi bar.

After that, two options: one, take a right and go to Sauced for another course. It's Ria's (of Ria's Bluebird) sort of kitschy, retro restaurant with a well-curated drink list and delicious food. It's open pretty late, and has a very cool, polished neighborhood vibe. For a kitschy retro place.

OR you can take a left out of Miso and check out the Sound Table. I still haven't been, so can't make any specific recommendations, but the food is supposed to be outstanding -- mostly twists on various ethnic street foods, I believe, and most things are for sharing. They turn the music up and start charging a $5 cover around 11pm.

Afterwards (if you're still walking) cross the street to Church (Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium). Have a nighcap there and ogle the blasphemy. Skip the food (tiny menu, it's good but features throw-back type foods. picture hot dogs and french onion dip). The place's attention to detail is amazing -- hooks for bags and jackets everywhere, drink rail lining every wall or window, etc. Great, diverse crowd and even better juke box.

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Miso Izakaya
619 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Sauced
753 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Mar 30, 2011
abbyloving in Atlanta

How to find good restaurants in Atlanta /Georgia

Ed, I'm sorry, but I disagree, and I'm frankly pretty bummed to see you suggest that someone actually has to leave the Southeast to find a good meal. Atlanta has some wonderful restaurants! I would add a few of my favorites to your list -- Miso Izakaya, Miller Union, Top Flr & Spoon are ones I frequent. They might not be fine dining, but certainly good food. Heard good things about Empire State South and Cakes and Ale, too, but haven't yet tried them out.

OP also asked about markets -- I love the Dekalb International Farmers Market. It's worth a trek for breadth of products and price, but fair warning on the massive crowds: I refuse to go after 10am on the weekend. Buford Highway Farmers Market is wonderful, too, but it's even farther from PC. Farmers markets pop up in most intown neighborhoods every May, and we have some great CSAs for fresh produce.

More of the problem might be that Peachtree City is not in Atlanta. It's really a town 35 miles away -- in 20 years in Atlanta, I've never had the occasion to go down there and couldn't give any recommendations for the area.

Mar 30, 2011
abbyloving in Atlanta

New Yorker Looking for quintessential Atlanta cheap eats

forgot to mention - you'll wait at Carver's too, but it's a lunch worth having. http://www.yelp.com/biz/carvers-groce...

Feb 10, 2011
abbyloving in Atlanta

New Yorker Looking for quintessential Atlanta cheap eats

Agreed - skip the Varsity, it's an experience, but when it comes down to it, the Varsity is just a really big fast food restaurant. Don't let anyone send you to Pitty Pat's Porch, or Mary Mac's even for that matter. If you want some southern/soul food, go to Carver's (lunch only) or Busy Bee Cafe (seriously soul food on MLK, you'll probably have to wait a bit) or Watershed (a little more frou-frou southern food).

But what Atlanta does well that you can't get in NY is BBQ! Go to Fox Brothers, Fat Matt's, or Daddy D'z (the latter is my preference). Seriously, almost any place you go in the city will have some damn good bbq. I didn't realize this till I went to rural Alabama and found out there is bad bbq, and when it's bad, it's real bad.

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Fox Brothers' BBQ
1238 Dekalb Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307

Watershed
406 W Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Daddy D'z
264 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Fat Matt's Rib Shack
1811 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Busy Bee Cafe
810 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

Carver's Grocery
1118 West Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Feb 10, 2011
abbyloving in Atlanta

Family friendly dining in downtown Atlanta

Check out Miso Izakaya on Edgewood - not good for young kids, but I'm betting teens would love it. Delicious, fresh-tasting sushi, but do not miss the rest of the menu, especially the pork belly bun and jaja dofu.

Another more family-friendly option within a close drive of downtown: check out Figo, there's one not too far down Marietta Street. Counter service Italian food, pasta-heavy but great quality. Or Planet Bombay, the Indian place in Little Five Points (great, eclectic neighborhood to walk around after a meal). I'll second Spoon and add Little Azio (more Italian) in Midtown for the kids.

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Little Azio's
903 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Planet Bombay
451 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Figo Pasta
1210 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Spoon
768 Marietta Street Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30318

Miso Izakaya
619 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Feb 10, 2011
abbyloving in Atlanta

Food and Drink for Dudes in Atlanta next weekend

Yeah, Swallow is out there, and traffic is going to be pretty awful getting out to the northern burbs on a Friday night. If you want to stick around Buckhead and eat BBQ, Fat Matt's is a good place IMO (regardless of the greasiness debate in one of jla's links). One of my favorite BBQ places is Rolling Bones, a little further south than B'head but in a cool hood, and of course Fox Brothers is the standard (also a drive).

More in that direction is Holeman and Finch (not exactly casual though), or Varasano's pizza. I've heard good things about Tuk Tuk Thai, too.

On Saturday after the game I'd stick around downtown and swing by Sidebar on Poplar Street or Meehan's on Peachtree.

Dec 02, 2010
abbyloving in Atlanta

Goose goose?

Seconding YDFM. I'd guess they have goose - and all their meats are fresh and cheap, in my experience.

Dec 02, 2010
abbyloving in Atlanta

Where To Eat In Atlanta For This Northerner

If you do want to walk somewhere, Social is downtown and a great small, cool little European restaurant. During the day (during the work week) check out Dua or Rosa's, both on Broad Street, for Vietnamese or pizza, respectively.

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Rosa's Pizza
62 Broad St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Dua Vietnamese Noodle Soup
53 Broad St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Social Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 W Peachtree Pl NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

Oct 26, 2010
abbyloving in Atlanta

Some questions about Atlanta.

I am absolutely with you on Miller Union. It's been hyped a good bit lately with the Bon Appetit mention and a few others, but lives up to it. Consistent, delicious food. Not a vegetarian, but their veggie plate knocked me over. Everything was perfect.

Also, I've heard over and over that Dynamic Dish is one of the places for best food in the city, and I ride by it almost every day, but I'm ashamed to say that I haven't yet been there...

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Dynamic Dish
427 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Miller Union
999 Brady Ave Suite 106, Atlanta, GA 30318

Oct 26, 2010
abbyloving in Atlanta

Great food and able to watch football

I don't know much in Buckhead, but I was pleasantly surprised by Marlow's Tavern in midtown a few weeks ago. Better food than I was expecting and plenty of football.

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Marlow's Tavern
3719 Old Alabama Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30022

Marlow's Tavern
2355 Cumberland Pkwy SE Ste 10, Atlanta, GA 30339

Marlow's Tavern
1950 Satellite Blvd, Duluth, GA 30097

Oct 26, 2010
abbyloving in Atlanta

Restaurant near Coca Cola museum?

What day of the week? Do you have kids? What sort of food are you looking for?

If it's during the week, Broad Street has some great cheap lunch options. Dua is solid Vietnamese food. Rosa's Pizza is another favorite.

On the weekend, you could walk to Slice on Poplar for pizza. http://www.sliceatlanta.com/ If you've got a smartphone, you can get the scoutmob app and get half off!

Sep 22, 2010
abbyloving in Atlanta

Krispy Kreme Luther Burger?

Or at Gravity Pub in East Atlanta. Called the Vandross.

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Gravity Pub
1257 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

Sep 22, 2010
abbyloving in Atlanta

Favorite Atlanta Spot that is Never Mentioned

It's a place I rarely go, because it's so out of the way for me, but my family LOVES the stuffed, deboned chickens from the butcher on Roswell Road in Marietta. Ah - it's the Cajun Meat Company. http://www.cajunmeatcompany.com/

The chicken stuffed with crawfish dressing is the best. My family's Cajun and can be critical of our Louisiana food, and this is a serious treat. The boudin (which is my absolute favorite Cajun delicacy) is not the best, sadly - not nearly spicy enough. Everything else is solid and authentic, though.

Wow. I just double checked their menu to make sure they're still there. They have a PIG STUFFED WITH A TURDUCKEN. That is just absurd.

Sep 21, 2010
abbyloving in Atlanta

STOCK BONES AND OTHER NECESSITIES: INFO DESPERATELY NEEDED

Well, the information on this board is only as good as we make it! Peasantchef, where have you looked for these items?

I usually just make stock with chicken parts from YDFM. There's a butcher shop/meat market around the corner from my house that I keep meaning to check out -- if anyone's shopped at the butcher shop on Wylie at Moreland, I'd love to hear how it was. I've found in the past that places that sell deboned chickens will often just give away their "bones" (with tons of meat on them) to customers who ask for them. I also wonder if any of the supermarkets on Buford Highway might sell their bones for cheap?

To be honest, I've been sticking to making veggie stock a lot lately with scraps I toss in a plastic bag in the freezer. It's not as rich as veal stock, for sure, but it's simple and tasty and made with what I've already got no hand.

Sep 21, 2010
abbyloving in Atlanta

Coming to ATL for my 50th b-day Oct 3rd, (sun)-need restuarant Need local help!!

What neighborhood are you looking for? Price range? It's a sort of wide net to cast - prix fixe or ethnic?

I just had another amazing meal at Miller Union in west midtown, would recommend that for a special night. For upscale(ish) AND ethnic, I've heard good things about Tuk Tuk Thai Loft, or maybe Tamarind Seed?

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Tamarind Seed
1175 Peachtree, NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Miller Union
999 Brady Ave Suite 106, Atlanta, GA 30318

Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft
1745 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30309

Sep 20, 2010
abbyloving in Atlanta

sandwiches decaturish

You should definitely check out Little's in Cabbagetown. Amazing sandwiches, counter service in a teeny old market. If you have trouble parking on Carroll Street (which you might, if your van is that big), park around the corner on Savannah or Berean or Gaskill and walk a block or two. It's a great place to walk around.

(okay, so I may or may not be a bit biased about the neighborhood, but the food is indisputable!).

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Cabbagetown Market and Little's Grill
198 Carroll St SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Sep 20, 2010
abbyloving in Atlanta

Need dinner recommendation for Downtown Atlanta, business meeting for fun foodies

I ate at Miller Union the other night for the first time in about 5 months. Was phenomenal. I'd recommend it (or Ecco!) if you don't go to Bacchanalia.

Or check out Dynamic Dish on Edgewood. Not traditional "best" food, but such a great place! :)

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Ecco
40 7th Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

Dynamic Dish
427 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Miller Union
999 Brady Ave Suite 106, Atlanta, GA 30318

Sep 16, 2010
abbyloving in Atlanta