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Places in Auburn and Prattville/Montgomery

I've heard Byron's in Auburn is good for barbeque. I also love Niffer's - it's very laid-back and a local favorite (American casual). If you are in Prattville, you will probably end up driving into Montgomery for dinner. If the Biscuits are in town, I'd highly recommend trying to catch a game. The Montgomery Brew Pub is within walking distance from the stadium. Dreamland Barbeque also just opened downtown. The Old Cloverdale area of Montgomery also has some unique places. I'd suggest Tomatino's pizza, Jubilee Seafood, or El Rey. If you want a "nicer" place, Sinclair's is a good bet.

Road trip Atlanta to Nashville - via Baltimore and Louisville !

In Atlanta, you guys might want to check out the Vortex for burgers and a vast beer selection. There is one in midtown Atlanta and one in the more eclectic Little Five Points neighborhood, also home to the Brewhouse Cafe, which has a great patio. As far as local beers go, do try some from the Sweetwater brewery if you have the chance (the "Blue" blueberry beer is great!).
Taco Mac is a regional chain with a good beer selection, solid Tex-Mex/American fare and there are a few in the Atlanta area. You may want to try the one in Virginia Highlands if you are looking to bar hop as there is a lot of nightlife around there.
For some really interesting vegetarian (and non-veggie) food, consider a visit to R. Thomas on Peachtree - very unique with a bohemian vibe, the whole restaurant is basically a large enclosed patio and it is open 24 hours.

Down Home Dining in Buckhead

I could highly recommend the New Yorker Deli on Pharr Road for lunch. It is a bit of a dive and does not have much in the way of seating but their sandwiches are great (I always have to get the turkey rueben). Another good lunch option in Buckhead is the Buckhead Bread Company on Piedmont Road. Though I have not been there for lunch lately, Dantanna's sports bar is right around the corner from your hotel and they have a decent burger and fries. If you want barbeque, I would recommend Pig N Chik on Roswell Road.
For dinner, Buckhead does have a lot of fancy dining options but most of them, in my experience, are overrated. If you are willing to taxi down to midtown or the Virginia Highlands area (not too far away), you will have more varied options. One of my favorite places for good food is the Howell Mill Road area - though the neighborhood is industrial-looking, there are several good restaurants there, including Richard Blais' new restaurant Flip (outrageous waits but great and fun food IMO), Figo (local fresh pasta/Italian chain), Taqueria del Sol (Tex-Mex - very popular and good ambience), and JCT Kitchen, which is an upscale twist on Southern food. The OK Cafe is nearby as well and offers southern cooking in a more casual setting.
The Virginia Highlands area offers a lot of different options. There is a good Latin American tapas bar there called Pura Vida, plus many more restaurants all along Highland Avenue.
If you are in the mood for big spending and a little longer taxi ride, try Rathbun Steak in Inman Park and you will not be disappointed.
Hope this helps!

Weekend in Atlanta - restaurant recommendations? (including Valentine's Day)

Figo is a local chain that has great, affordable Italian food. They just opened a new one in the north Atlanta area (Alpharetta). There are also several intown locations (the Virginia Highlands location probably would be the best if you want to see a more unique/interesting area - the Alpharetta location is near a major mall). The "zucca" butternut squash ravioli is the best thing on the menu!

Gulf Shores, AL in the off season.

My favorite places are:

Sea N Suds - the restaurant is basically a shack on stilts over the ocean. Very casual and no-frills but good seafood. The shrimp poboy is a favorite.

The Shrimp Basket - good for fried seafood baskets and has a couple of locations.

Doc's - this is supposedly a local favorite and has the typical menu of fried seafood baskets and fresh fish and shellfish. The location near Orange Beach is better than the one in Gulf Shores.

Someone mentioned Jesse's - I have not personally been but have heard good things. You could visit Jesse's on the way to Fairhope if you go there (nice community on the bay with a quaint downtown area).

Sadly, one of my favorites, Wolf Bay, burned down recently but they had the best shrimp in the area. Hopefully it will be rebuilt!

Hope this helps and have a good trip.

Lunch in Atlanta this Saturday

Hi Amy,
I believe the "old" Six Feet Under is moving up the street there - there is also one on Northside Drive now too.

R. Thomas is relatively close to IKEA and offers a lot of vegetarian and health-conscious options. You mentioned you like dessert - they do have a good mango pie that is like a key lime pie but with mangos. It is a very eclectic place - the whole restaurant is an enclosed patio with vibrant decorations and they even have pet parrots and other birds that they keep outside.

Someone had mentioned Star Provisions before - that is a good place too and also close to IKEA. It is a small gourmet food/home decor shop and bakery. They have gourmet to-go that you could eat there though seating is limited or baked goods to take with you (if you go, try the black and white cookies if they have them!). FIGO (definitely not low-carb but delicious pasta) and Taqueria del Sol (Tex-Mex) are located in the same complex as Star and are also favorites of mine.

Hope this helps! Enjoy your trip.