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3.5-hr ATL Layover - Best Value MARTA-Accessible Dinner?

Hello. I'm from Seattle, but I have a 3 1/2 hour connection in Atlanta coming up on Wed. December 20th. I'd love to quickly MARTA to a great dinner spot and back. I should be able to board the train at Airport station at 8pm and I should be back at the Airport by 10pm. If I were to go someplace around 5 Points that would give me 40 miutes of total MARTA travel time, 20 minutes of total walking time and 1 hour to eat. Sounds perfect. I'm really excited to eat in Atlanta for the 1st time.

I'm looking for a place that is really great at about $15/entree (or less if it's great). And a place that's within a 10 min. walk from an Airport line MARTA stop.

Zagat's recommended this place quite highly:
Les Fleurs De Lis Cafe
Healey Building
57 Forsyth St (Walton St.)
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 230-9151

I'm not sure I can cross reference the MARTA map with the map of the recent "top 50" Fall Dining Guide (http://www.accessatlanta.com/news/con...) but it seems like these restaurants might be near train tracks, if not MARTA stops:

Lobby At Twelve
361 17th Street Inside Twelve Hotel at Atlantic Station
(404) 961-7370

Eclipse di Luna
764 Miami Circle N.E.
(404) 846-0449

Floataway Cafe
1123 Zonolite Road N.E., Suite 15
(404) 892-1414

The Globe
75 5th St. N.W.
(404) 541-1487

Do any of these seem to be perfect for my purposes? Do you have any other such places you could highly suggest?

I would really appreciate your help. I hope to return to Atlanta for more time in the future, but for now, I want to get as much of taste of Atlanta as I can on this ambitious layover.

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  1. This is my kind of traveling. I did this once in San Francisco and found myself (bags and all) at Zuni Cafe. Fun.
    I adored my recent visit to Seattle which included visits to Salumi, Matt's, Restaurant Zoe, and a wine tasting dinner at Dahlia Lounge. Thanks for all your suggestions on that board.
    With your time constraints, I would definately not go any further than North Ave. Station.
    From your list you can forget about (unfortunately) Floataway, Eclipse, and Lobby at Twelve.
    The Globe is an option although you'll have a bit of a walk from one or more stations (it's in the middle of a couple). IT might be too far.
    Right near the North Ave. Station is Enoteca Carbonari, a fairly new spot, with excellent wine and Italian small plates to Fiorentina steaks. I ate there last weekend and really enjoyed it. http://www.baraondaatlanta.com/
    Baraonda is also right there near the North Ave. spot for simple Italian fare including delicious pizzas.
    I have never been to Fleur de Lis but hear very good things about it, and that's probably your closest choice to the airport. Others can help on that.
    Good luck and let us know what happens.

    1. go for fleur, that way you stay on one line and lower your risk.

      1. I would second the recommendation of Fleur. I think getting to the North Avenue Station is pushing it, given your time constraints. But you can definitely get to and from Five Points, and to and from Fleur in your allotted time. I would mention to your server at Fleur that you're under a bit of a time crunch, because ocassionally they run a little slow.

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        1. re: brrrdt

          I totally second the recommendation to let them know at Fleur that you have a time issue. That occurred to me when I read you original post. They are very good, but often VERY slow. I think as long as they know you have a time crunch, you shold be ok.

          Enjoy and please post your experiences.

        2. Take Marta to Arts station. Reserve a seat at the counter of Table 1280. See recent review in AJC. There is a more Chowhound idea however. Walk out to the Taxi waiting area. There are a bunch of trucks serving food from all over East and West Africa. See what looks good.

          1. Really? Wow. Do tell. Tell us more.