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HELP PLEASE!!! Trip to Atlanta

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I am planning a birthday trip to Atlanta for Labor Day weekend with my boyfriend. We have tickets for the GA Tech vs. Notre Dame football game for Saturday night. We will be arriving early Friday and plan on staying in the midtown area, probably either at the Hotel Indigo or The Georgian Terrace. (And we will have a car)

We are in our late 20s/early 30s and are looking for a fun/trendy night on Friday around midtown. I am thinking early drinks at maybe Bazzaar and then going for a nice (think under $30) dinner before going out for the night. I am up for all kinds of food, but my boyfriend is not very adventurous. I have narrowed it down to the following...please feel free to suggest/comment!!

-MidCity Cuisine
-One.Midtown
-Two.Urban Licks
-Lobby at Twelve
-The Globe (I really wanna go here, but I don't think he will find much on the menu)
-Taurus

Also, if u have any suggestions on lounges/bars to go around the area that would be great!

Saturday we will probably do some shopping and then lunch at Fado's Irish Pub to catch some early football games.

Sunday I need a suggestion for brunch, before going to the High Museum that day. I have looked at the menu for Table1280 and I already know he will disapprove! Sunday night I was thinking something casual maybe either Baronda or Piebar.

Feel free to comment!! Thanks for all your help, and I will report back! :)

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  1. MidCity Cuisine's chef has recently moved on, the third to do so in the space of a year. Not currently on my list of places that I can recommend.

    One Midtown Kitchen's also in the process of losing its chef (moving to Miami), though it doesn't sound like your boyfriend's interested in anything too adventurous in any case. Two Urban Licks (same owners as One) features a lot of meat, so possibly more suitable for him. Piebar also same owners, and if he's not adventurous he's going to starve at Piebar.

    Taurus (where I've not been, but husband has) probably a better option. I'd also check out Rathbun's, which features a good mix of interesting and not-quite-so-interesting with a cool space and reasonable prices.

    I think The Globe does brunch, so that would be a convenient option for your pre-museum date and will likely offer options that your boyfriend can appreciate. Under no circumstances should you consider Einstein's on Juniper: recent meal there positively repulsive.

    1. Hey thanks Therese for the advice. It is a little difficult to work around his pickiness!! :)

      1. My all time favorite restaurant in ATL is located mid-city. It is "MF Sushi". If you like sushi this place is incredible. Not going to be in the under $30 catagory though. If you go you must get the lobster tempura.

        There is also a great newer restaurant called "Rathbun's" I was there a couple of weeks ago and the food is great. It's a cool menu with lots of different plates in different price catagories. You can even do dinner like a tapas bar and order a bunch appetizers. It is also in mid-city. This place should work with your BF because is a modern american restaurant. Lots of familiar incredients and tastes, with enough differnt stuff to keep it interesting.

        Two Urban Licks is great. If you go make sure to order the salmon chips app. Little potatoe chips with Salmon tartar. Also the bbq shrimp main course is really good.

        Have fun and good luck.

        1. Therese's recommendations above are spot on. Aside from ethnic foods boyfriend doesn't sound like he'd touch, you'll probably find that all but the edgiest restaurants in Atlanta will have something (basic steak or some such) on their menu in acknowledgement that this city is still finding it's chowish identity and in any modest group there's likely to be at least one plain-white-bread kind of customer to be satisfied.

          Two nightclubs, either of which is worthy of a visit for some hip in-town vibe: The Compound http://www.compoundatl.com/ is in what is sometimes called Midtown West, about a mile Northwest of the Ga Tech campus. Too far to walk, but an inexpensive cab ride. Closer to the hotels you mention, Halo Lounge http://www.halolounge.com/ is also very cool.

          Also obligated to mention that just North of the Tech campus (14th St at State) is a tiny run down grocery store called Kool Korner that serves the best cuban sandwich this side of Cuba (or so says my boss who grew up in Havana). Only open 10a-3p, so from your schedule, it probably just leaves Friday as a possibility but for less than $5, you will have dreams about this sandwich for months afterwards. The proprieter, Mr Ramarez has been talking a lot about retiring lately, so you may never get a second chance. If boyfriend doesn't like it, you'll be glad to eat his sandwich too! You can walk a block down to Atlantic Station afterwards and find him a burger if need be.

          Incidentally, you may need to re-think Bazzar for pre-dinner drinks. They are really more of a later in the evening kind of place (admittedly, I'm not much of a fan of them even then). The bar at The Globe, or Ecco http://www.ecco-atlanta.com/ would be more fun. ENJOY!

          1. Has anyone tried Spice Restaurant since the new chef came in?? I looked at the website and the menu was not updated. Just wanted to see if this was possibly in the direction I was looking for.