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Places with good chow near the Fayetteville area?

I had a good meal at Village Cafe

http://www.myvillagecafe.com/

Oct 21, 2011
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Pumpkin Pie

Can someone suggest the best place to buy a whole pumpkin pie? I will be travelling from Decatur through Atlanta to Smyrna and pumpkin pie is to be my contribution for a Sunday picnic. North Atlanta, Marieta, Roswell, etc. would be too far off my route. Too bad Kenny's of Smyrna does not sell pumpkin pie.

Oct 21, 2011
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BBQ or Southern Cuisine close to donwtown Hyatt Regency

If you want a southern breakfast get a ride to Silver Skillet on 14th St. and try the country ham and red eye gravy - you don't find that anywhere else in Atlanta that I know of. I get it with eggs, grits w/ butter and biscuits and spoon the gravy on the biscuits. You can get the ham and red eye gravy for lunch also - closes at 2PM, 2:30 PM Weekends

http://www.thesilverskillet.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkmhdU...

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Silver Skillet
200 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Aug 14, 2011
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Where do you buy your coffee beans in Atlanta?

Reldan, how does the Dancing Goats blend compare to the Guatemala Antigua - you called that mellow coffee?
Did you try the Brasilian coffee that I heard was available for a short time at the Decatur DG Bar? It was recommended to me but unavailable when I asked for it.

Aug 14, 2011
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Restaurant recommendations for north ga--Clayton & Dahlonega area?

Any particular day or date?

Aug 14, 2011
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Where do you buy your coffee beans in Atlanta?

"as for Dancing Goats, I've tried several of their coffees and i can safely say that it's the only time in my life i've thrown out coffee beans"

There are a lot of different beans sold at Dancing Goats in Decatur. Try the Guatemala antiqua beans at Dancing Goats in Decatur or Star Provisons on Howell Mill Road. Expensive, but very good IMO.

Jul 10, 2011
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New Yorker Looking for quintessential Atlanta cheap eats

Ted will be along soon to plaster Fatt Matt's. I can't do that because I've only been once. Wasn't impressed.

I think the former BBQ triad that is now represented separately by the two Dave's, Poe and Roberts, and Sam Huff, have BBQ down. Huff's BBQ 1 is really only takeout , especially in winter, and Robert's Community BBQ while good, is still serving meat that is just not warm enough. Poe may be the best bet for BBQ if that's not too far to travel. Fox Bros is worthy and closer, and I suppose Daddy D'z is worthy too. I haven't been there as when I'm close something pulls me over to Nick's. I really need to check out Daddy D'z as some of the sides even have extra appeal from what I've read.

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

Feb 10, 2011
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Is there anything Chow-worthy on the west side by the airport - HELP!

My friends who turned me on to Patak have German heritage. They told me how business is done over there, and they go back to visit relatives most years. Most Americans would be seeing dollar signs and at least serve the line that exits at closing time. It may not be a universal trait. As with Americans, I suspect European traditions may change with the generations.

You live in Charlotte NC where there is a Fresh Market. If they sell them there, get the onion pockets, and stuff those with some Patak "bacon". Honey baked ham by the slice works well too.

BTW I was thrown off by that "bacon" thing. My friends served me the "smoked pork loin" and the first time I went to Patak myself, I couldn't find it. That's because in the counter it said Canadian bacon. Visions of McDonald's filled my head. I thought you had to cook Canadian Bacon. I had not heard of it as smoked pork loin. I bought something else that time. Maybe someone can fill me in on the details of that issue?

Feb 08, 2011
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Is there anything Chow-worthy on the west side by the airport - HELP!

I can recommend the Patak "Canadian Bacon - smoked pork loin for sandwiches". They ask how thick you want it sliced. I usually say thin and pile it on my favorite breads with the condiments I have handy, or just mustard. I have to have mustard. At one time I was wowed by their Westphalian ham, but not so much last time. That is usually not available. No Credit Cards accepted. One time I called about 45 min. before closing and they said don't bother coming, the line's too long. They are European, and so I'm told, when it's quitting time they quit, even if there are still people in line.

If you are into desserts you can get the best Key Lime pies (take out) at Kenny's:
http://www.kennysusa.com/ . More east and a little further than Patak but not that far. Another somewhat hard to find place because it's in an industrial park with lookalike brick buildings. In a curve of the road and I think you will see it labeled on Google Maps Satellite view. Keep the phone number handy, and they are open M-F 8-5 I think. Chowworthy but not cheap, especially for 15 people. They may still sell the cosmetically challenged pies at a discount. I never saw the problem unless crust edge of non uniform thickness was the problem. They sell mostly to restaurants, but have a walk up window in the office. They have some other good desserts but made their name with Key Lime and that used to be the company name.

Feb 08, 2011
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Is there anything Chow-worthy on the west side by the airport - HELP!

"Its not easy to find" - true words - over the river, the hills, and through the woods - but there are signs. Horses may know the way, but GPS may not. In darkness the signs might be hard to see and follow. Store the phone number in your cell phone just in case. Otherwise you stand a chance of driving around in circles with an aching belly, and ending up at a Waffle House.

Feb 07, 2011
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Asheville lunch with kids

I will second Corner Kitchen. They have a Kid's Menu so kids should be welcome. They have several separate rooms so those wanting privacy may find it. Check out the "Porch" room on the website "Tour". It has a 360 degree tool activated by your cursor so you can look around the rooms. Too bad it will probably be cold as they have a patio also: http://www.thecornerkitchen.com/

I suggest giving them a call or email if you will need highchairs or booster seats.

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Corner Kitchen
3 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803

Jan 19, 2011
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New Yorker Looking for quintessential Atlanta cheap eats

I've been thinking of going but haven't yet. They have a web site with a lot of reviews.

http://www.carverscountrykitchen.com/

Jan 11, 2011
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New Yorker Looking for quintessential Atlanta cheap eats

"healthy at the V. LOL" http://www.roadfood.com/photos/17432.jpg
"A beautiful food pyramid, including pork (hot dog), beef (chili sauce), grain (bun), spice (mustard), vegetable (onion rings), and fruit (fried peach pie)."

Yea, at least stop in for a FO (frosted orange) and great fried pie if your stomach can handle it. The pies are really tasty and the FO will cool off your tongue if you bite into the pie too soon. All the rooms have a TV to keep you occupied while you eat. Plenty of parking.

Nick's Food to Go ( http://www.yelp.com/biz/nicks-food-to... ) has great Lamb Gyro's but it's not a place you can eat in - it's take out only unless you luck out and get a mild day without wind. It's a wall in the hole a few blocks from the State capital. You walk into a 10' X 15' space to place your order and wait for your sack. On the outside wall is a board bolted to the wall where you might be able to stand and eat. Nick says he won't build an eating porch because he's afraid the riff raf will make it their home. He had to remount the board because someone tried to sleep on it and pulled it off. Really it's not that bad, and a lot of government workers, college students, businessfolks, retirees, keep it busy. You could eat in your rental car or take it back to your lodging. But beware it's a twelve napkin sandwich - great tzatziki sauce will drip out as will some of the fresh lettuce chunks, tomatoes, onions (get it all the way). He sprinkles the regular fries in the combo with lemon juice which adds a surprising zest, not too stong. Best Gyro in Atlanta, maybe the southeast, and cheap eats.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-PibR... At the end of that video Kool Korners the cuban sandwich mecca is mentioned but the owner decided that at eighty plus he would move to be near family in B'Ham. Couldn't stay away long and ended up opening up a shop there. Too bad, you miss out on that. I read someone say they drove all the way over there just to get their cuban fix.

Another stop could be the Silver Skillet for tender country ham and red eye gravy (a southern specialty using coffee as a base) . Have it with eggs and grits or for lunch with fried okra and black eyed peas, and mashed potatoes (hold the gravy) Get the biscuits and spoon the red eye gravy over them. http://thesilverskillet.com/ (closes at 2-2:30 PM) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkmhdU...
When they say the ham and gravy are salty they are not lyin'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA0hiW...

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Silver Skillet
200 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Jan 04, 2011
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ATHENS, GEORGIA

Yea, I should have added pulled, to sliced as my favorite. That's what I get at my favorite places around Atlanta, made by the three who used to collaborate at Sam and Dave's plus Fox Bros.

I grew up eating sliced BBQ when I lived in Smyrna and ate at Old South and at the several Hickory House BBQ's in the 50's, 60's, Atlanta. Must have slipped back in time with my thinking for some reason. In those days there were not so many choices. I still prefer sliced to chopped at those places which I don't frequent anymore.

Pulled is now my favorite. I should try Jot-em-Down. If it's cooked well it might rival good pulled pork. I like ribs, but don't get them often. I've had some good ones at Hometown BBQ in Lawrenceville and a place called the Rib Shack in Highlands, N.C.

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Rib Shack
461 Spring St, Highlands, NC 28741

Old South Restaurant
Old S Golf Links, Bluffton, SC 29910

The Hickory House
16161 Whyte Hardee Blvd, Hardeeville, SC 29927

Dec 29, 2010
JHLI in Southeast

ATHENS, GEORGIA

What about Jot-Em-Down BBQ.? Friends have recommended it to me although they have only eaten at the old location. I have it on a list to try when I'm in town and want a tasty lunch.
If it's chopped Q I'll skip it. I like sliced and prefer a little outside meat mixed in. I was underwhelmed by Paul's east of town. OK, but did not meet my expectation based on reputation. Butt Hut may be an addition to my list if the parking is reasonable. Those 15 min. meters suck. I don't know anytime that I'll park and return in less than 15 min.

Dec 29, 2010
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Sunday evening dinner in Marietta, Georgia?

Greenwood's, on Green Street is across the street from Swallow at the Hollow BBQ which is usually open Sunday till 9:00 PM. About 20 minutes from I-75 in east Marietta to Roswell via Hwy 120

I've eaten at both but not recently and only a couple of times so can't really give. recommendation. Check the reviews. Nice atmosphere.

Dec 21, 2010
JHLI in Atlanta

Store bought Latkes?

Seems like I have seen them occasionally in the prepared foods case at either Whole Foods or Fresh Market. I read once Trader Joe's had them in a frozen foods section. If any of those are close by you might go by for a look. No idea of quality.

Dec 21, 2010
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Sunday evening dinner in Marietta, Georgia?

Good BBQ: http://www.yelp.com/biz/dave-poes-bbq... Don't know if they'll be open the evening of Christmas. Call.

Dec 18, 2010
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Christmas dinner to go options?

I don't know about Christmas, but you might call some of these places who do Thanksgiving to inquire. I would start with "Our Picks": http://blogs.ajc.com/best-of-big-a/20...

Dec 13, 2010
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Moving to ATL

One postive for Decatur is convenient access to rapid transit. But it would probably not take you close enough to your job to benefit you daily and it would require a long ride to even get to the only station close to Gwinnett. Also many feel it does not take you to a lot of the places you want to go. It would however take you to mid-town if you don't mind some walking. Walking downtown in Atlanta is not as consumer friendly as other cities from all I hear and have experienced. I would think it a better choice than VaHi for choice of apartments/condo rentals if you are looking for modern surroundings.

I used to live near L5P right out of college when it was just becoming an in place to be. It was fun then. But you should visit and see if the "edgy"/hip/counterculture side fits your personality. There are mostly older apartments, a few newer ones, and a lot of small older frame houses. There are a number of YouTube videos that feature the yearly Halloween Parade. That will give you a little of the flavor of the business district. It's not that crazy but once a year but there is a reason why it evolved in L5P: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZl711...

I think if you visit each area you mentioned it won't take long to decide which one would be your best first stop. Traffic is a hassle almost anywhere you are in rush hour, and I-285 even longer because of the truck traffic. Yours will be mostly a reverse commute so you may find a way to make it bearable.

Atlanta is a car town and you can get to any of your choices easily from the other at night. You may want to consider the work route as a significant factor in your decision as it will be a significant part of your daily life. Don't want to come home too tired to enjoy your community. L5P would not be a very friendly commute to NE Gwinnett unless you are an early riser. By 7 AM the traffic is already getting heavy on the most used routes.

Dec 13, 2010
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Any good chow near Lake Lanier?

Not foodie places if that is what you are looking for but...

If you like BBQ and want to economize on time you might consider Old Mac Donald's BBQ. They have burgers, hot dogs and chicken tenders if that is acceptable and desired by the kids over BBQ.

The BBQ is pretty good but not great. I think they use a different cut of pork than most other BBQ restaurants. I consider their Brunswick Stew the best I've had, but I have not seen it praised a lot by others. I head over there from Hwy 985 often, to take some home, when on my way back from the mountains. It is an old structure with no decor to speak of, just tables and booths and at least when I have been, quick service. I like the onion rings and some other sides also.

http://www.restaurantguideatlanta.com...
http://www.restaurantguideatlanta.com...

There's a seadfood restaurant Third Coast Grill that has a nicer atmosphere but I haven't been in the place since they moved. I liked the old place that was nearby. Probably going to take you longer if you eat there.

I've seen mixed reviews. Maybe someone who has been recently will comment. http://www.thirdcoastgrille.com/

Dec 11, 2010
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Out of town hound looking for wine store

Dec 09, 2010
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Need recs for casual dining Sandy Springs or Buckhead

Houston's at Northside Dr./West Paces right off I-75 and not too far driving in toward town on interstates (guess traffic will be coming out). No reservations required but you will probably have to wait. On Saturday night I don't know where you will walk in and sit down right away - maybe at OK Cafe which is a block away so you have two casual choices in that spot.

"A quintessentially reliable restaurant with delicious food and outstanding service" is one Yelpers description of Houston's. I especially like their Hawaian Ribeye w/potato - I usually sub tasty handcut fries for the baked potato. And add the traditional salad w/blue cheese at a discount - very good salad IMO. That is one of two or three of the most expensive meals. With salad and water It will run you over $30. More if you get a drink and they have a bar where it's tempting to imbibe while waiting to be seated. Other entrees are good and not as pricey. Casual but elegantly appointed and plenty of parking in a shopping plaza: http://www.yelp.com/biz/houstons-rest...
Texas Houston's, similar menu: http://www.diningoutwithrobbalon.com/...

OK Cafe is recommended by some for southern style but I've only eaten there once. Easier on the budget than Houstons but not as elegant. Read about it here: http://www.okcafe.com/index.html http://www.yelp.com/biz/ok-cafe-atlanta

Houston's does try to keep a dress code. I wouldn't go in football jerseys or tattered jeans. They will ask you to remove your hat if you go in with one. Nice jeans or slacks with a sport shirt is fine.

Nov 24, 2010
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In town for a wedding at Emory University Conference Center

Not that near Emory (15 min.) but the Silver Skillet has a great southern breakfast that features fork tender country ham and red eye gravy (not easy to find around Atlanta), grits,eggs, etc. The red eye gravy is salty mixture of coffee and ham marinade. I get an extra bowl sometimes to spoon over biscuits. http://thesilverskillet.com/ Watch the youtube video on the Gallery page. Right off the interstate on 14th street.

10 min. from Emory on Lavista at Cheshire Bridge Rd. is Original Pancake House which has some great omlets, crepes, dutch baby, french toast. I like their sunny side up eggs w/ thick bacon and buckwheat pancakes substituted for the regular ones. I ask for bacon and basted eggs - not on the menu as basted eggs anymore. Fresh squeezed orange juice. But I do not think they have grits.
http://www.originalpancakehouse.com/i...

Evan's Fine Foods serves eggs and grits and is 5 minutes away. Of course there's a Waffle House in all directions. Closed Sundays http://www.yelp.com/biz/evans-fine-fo...

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Original Pancake House
2321 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Silver Skillet
200 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Nov 13, 2010
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Vegetarian in buckhead

I'm a diehard carnivore but I have veggie friends who like this place: http://www.cafesunflower.com/

Nov 10, 2010
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Crazy Cuban

Have any of the former Kool Korners addicts tried to get their fix here yet:
http://www.crazycubansandwich.com/ Read about it recently but haven't been.
It's been billed as a legitimate succesor.

I've been trying to justify a trip to Birmingham but if this place is the real deal maybe my cold turkey withdrawal was worth it. If not I will have to make do with some hot turkey and fixin's in a couple of weeks and try to get by awhile longer.

Nov 10, 2010
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inexpensive, good, and unique to Atlanta places?

I found this interactive map with restaurant locations marked with circles: http://www.atlantadowntown.com/guide/...

Unfortunately I am not familiar with the restaurants in your area. I think the Sheraton is on Courtland St. between Ellis St. and Andrew Young Blvd. Maybe someone who is familiar can zoom in and look for someplace they have heard recommended elsewhere. Or you can Google some of the names. At least you will know they are walkable distance.

Oct 19, 2010
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inexpensive, good, and unique to Atlanta places?

Definitely not a lot of ambience at these places.

You don't mention what type food or how far you will walk but a good place for a tasty Greek lunch is at Nick's food to go. It's inexpensive but definitely a hole in the wall and only has a shelf bolted on the outside wall to stand at and eat. That's why it's "to go". Delicious but not uniquely Atlanta. Not a place to walk to in bad weather and even eating at the shelf is not good when it's windy. On Thursdays if you go early enough the Greek version of lasagna called pastitio is available, other days there are specials like spaghetti. Best to call first to find out about specials.
http://www.nicksfood.com/ http://www.yelp.com/biz/nicks-food-to...

Not unique to Atlanta but good southern food not likely to be found in Toronto is at Busy Bee Cafe. Also not a short walk.
http://www.thebusybeecafe.com/ http://www.yelp.com/biz/busy-bee-cafe...

You seem desperate so I mention those but they may not fit your needs. As was mentioned downtown Atlanta is not much of a walkable place for good food. A car or cab is necessary. There is Marta rapid transit trains that give you some more options like downtown Decatur but time becomes a factor.

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

Oct 14, 2010
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Best Hot Dog in the ATL?

Give Barkers and Mike's a call. They sell the dogs they serve uncooked in packages also. If you like the poppy seed buns Mike's sells those. I don't think their dogs are w/natural casing but the companies they order from may sell those.

Oct 03, 2010
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Best Southern Food

This link works: http://www.carverscountrykitchen.com/...

Lots of food, looks like an old country store, which it was, but you might miss it if you don't look carefully. Not open at night. Lunch only, five days a week, except when the Carvers go on vacation. Call. Parking next door might be needed because their lot is small and fills up.

From web site:
Monday - Friday 11:00am to 3:00pm
Come early for the best selection!

Sep 26, 2010
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