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Atlanta Vegetarian Recommendations?

Hi all!

Hubby and I have a double date coming up with another couple - she is lacto-ovo vegetarian and pregnant. The other members of the party are fairly adventurous omnivores trying to avoid fried food. So need recommendations for restaurants that:

A) have more than one or two vegetarian options or a very accommodating kitchen
B) will still please non-vegetarians (does not have to serve meat, but must be very good quality)
C) are not dependent on the wine list or bar for patron happiness
D) quiet enough for adult conversation without yelling

Ideal location is inside the perimeter or not far outside it. Price range is no more than $25 per entree - unless you know of a stunning prix fixe that is veggie-friendly.

Suggestions?

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  1. You may want to consider Ecco in Midtown(http://www.ecco-atlanta.com/child/men...
    )The menu is diverse enough to handle your requests.
    You may find it a bit loud but could request a quieter table or perhaps sit out on the terrace.

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    1. re: merbel

      Ecco is a favorite of my vegetarian brother-in-law... the menu is sort of like Italian tapas (with a few panini, pasta and fish/meat entrees), and probably 2/3 of the small plates are meatless.

      I don't know if you're looking for something more upscale, but my other vegetarian siblings-in-law are fond of Noodle and Pasta Figo.

      1. re: JessicaSophia

        I personally do not like Figo, though many do. I think Osteria in Highlands trumps it for that type of cuisine

        1. re: JessicaSophia

          Contrary to merbel, I like Figo, though I've only been to Osteria not long after it opened. Maybe I miss my bagels too much to eat there (and yes I know they weren't NYC worthy). Figo's shroom sauce and whole wheat penne are a personal fave.

          The other place I thought of is Eclipse di Luna- you could do a good veggie tapas meal there pretty easily. Haven't been on a busy night in a long time, but it's pretty loud when I have been, esp. when there's music.

          1. re: ted

            Downhill alert on Osteria when we went there for lunch recently. For another dollar or two, you might as well upgrade to Fritti.

            1. re: pastramiking

              Thanks for the Osteria feedback. And nice patio at Fritti as well.

      2. You could go all the way and do Madras Saravan Bhavan or Udipi in Decatur (veggie Indian).

        And one of my friends usually gets the veggie plate at 5 Seasons. It's maybe a bit pricey for a veggie plate, but it tends to be very good.

        Oh, and my meat and three opinions will now include The Colonnade as a standard. Fine Southern veggies in a mixed crowd (blue-haired, gay couples, blue-haired gay couples). Not to mention that you need only one cocktail from the bar and you'll be pretty much good to go. Great stuff.

        I'm sure others will chime in w/ veggie options at the nicer places intown.

        1. I absolutely second ted's MSB and Udipi recommendations. Both have enormous menus, with varied flavors and options. Vegetarians will be amazed with the variety, and carnivores won't miss the meat.

          When I go to Watershed with my vegetarian friends, they're usually delighted with the veggie plate there, becasue it's virtually the only thing on the menu that actually changes. Great salads, too.

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          1. re: pastramiking

            Saravana Bhavan is a famous chain in India, there is one in NYC. as a long term vegetarian who cooks Kerala food, I went there in nyc & the food is superb. Meat eaters always enjoy themselves as the food is so varied.
            I recommend dosas (lentil-rice crepes stuffed with spicy potatoes) sambar, iddlis & medhu vadais (dumplings -appetizers mmm:) Just tell them your heat ratio & they can adjust it for you. I always like the good service & the fantastic food. So enjoy.

          2. maybe you should try harmony (chinese) vegetarian
            4897 Buford Hwy # 109
            Chamblee, GA 30341
            From citysearch - "Got a craving for texturized soy protein lamb chops? Or how about Mongolian "beef"? Tempted by a fish-free fish special? Unless you're an inveterate carnivore, these dishes don't offer much beyond goof novelty value. Save your energy for the real vegetarian stuff, which is where Harmony's kitchen truly shines with pan-fried leek dumplings, eggplant with garlic sauce, Szechuan string beans, and bean curd with mushrooms."

            In my opinion the mongolian beef is better than a novelty. Be aware that the menu makes no definitive reference to the fact that everything that is 'meat' based is soy.

            1. Another place worthy of consideration is Sunflower in Sandy Springs - all vegetarian and very good.

              1. Thanks for all the recs. We are penciled in for Madras Saravana Bhavan on Saturday. Will let y'all know how it goes...

                1. Madras was good - the vegetarian was delighted that the entire menu was available. Thanks again for the recs!