Atlanta - midtown recs
Am spending three days at a conference, staying at the Midtown Marriott - I welcome any and all recommendations for great food nearby, both cheap and tasty (I used to live in the South but no longer - and I miss good barbecue) as well as more upscale (will need to take some colleagues out somewhere nice)... I've heard about South City Kitchen - what else is out there? Any thoughts, good or bad, on SCK?
We still love Emeril's. Always something surprising and wonderful. Made dinner out of appetizers last time we were there and it was so good, we went back the next night to have main course. Sit at the Food Bar for the show. We've been many times and never had a meal that was less than stellar.
Since Emeril's in Atlanta has been routinely universally panned by critics and locals alike, I am very suprised to hear that you enjoy it. What did you order and what did you like about it? For some context, care to share the names of other places you enjoy in the area?
In response to the prior post - BBQ places in midtown/downtown include Fox Bros at Smith's Olde Bar, Daddy D's, Rolling Bones, Harolds. All generally regaded as much better than Fatt Matt's (although I have heard a rumor that Fox's has gone downhill lately due to the fact that the Q is not made on the premesis and there have been some service issues).
Fatt Matts have a good basic rib sandwich but I don't touch the sides or the chopped BBQ. Much better elsewhere. But midtown ATL ain't exactly known for its BBQ. Fatt Matt's is about the only option aside from that crappy chain, Sonny's.
South City Kitchen is fantastic! I can't believe people would deride it so. Fantastic food and spectacular service each and every time.
I love Fatt Matts for BBQ - the sides leave something to be desired, but the ribs are great!
Nan at the corner of 17th street and west peachtree is a good choice for an upscale Thai meal.
It's not in Midtown, but a short cab ride away in the Highlands is Sotto Sotto on N. Highland (nice Italian place) or Wisteria on N. Highland (new south/continental food)
The Globe was just named Best Restaurant by Atlanta magazine-- we went on Saturday and really enjoyed our meal! They had a stellar watermelon salad with pumpkinseed oil, micro-basil, pumpkin seeds and sea salt, and I enjoyed my mussels and frites.
I found the atmosphere a little noisy, so if this bothers you, asked to be seated in the slightly quieter back room.
They have a great cocktail menu, so it seems like a really nice place to just go for a drink and some appetizers I also noticed they had a $15 deal that included a glass of wine and (I believe) any three appetizers. Or maybe it was two appetizers, I forget... at any rate, it seemed like a good deal, especially if you're by yourself or with one other person.
When I'm going to a new town, I use the chowhound search function to see what's up. There's usually a great wealth of info to behold. For Atlanta (where I am in the process of moving away from) here are some recent ones:
(a rage against both South City and Fat Matt's and all the subsequent replies
(a recent posting of some good midtown options
(a somewhat older thread)