Decatur Restaurant for college Shopping teen and mom
I was in Decatur a couple of weeks ago visiting and had a wonderful meal at Watershed. The shed salad, which is a staight up green salad, was one of the best i have ever had... I am still thinking about it. The only disappointment of the meal was dessert which i would say was only so-so. Everything else was quite good and I would say worth the price.
I have the cookbook "The Gift of Southern Cooking" and was pleasantly surprised to see many of the dishes from the book faithfully and skillfully presented in the restaurant. My sister had the shrimp paste and grits as an appitizer and it was out of this world.
So you're staying at the location that's on N. Decatur, just beyond the intersection with Clairmont, near the shopping center with Publix? I'd forgotten that was even there. There are some decent places in walking distance, on Clairmont Rd just north of the intersection with N. Decatur, including Thai, Indian (Bhojanic), and continental (The Epicurean).
As for comparing Cafe Lily and Watershed, don't. They're not even on the same page. Cafe Lily is a neighborhood place, and okay (but only just), whereas Watershed is actually a bit of a destination restaurant. Let us know what you think.
Watershed is far and away your best option. If you happen to still be around Tuesday night, go for their fried chicken - I know it might not sound "chowhoundish" and the food at Watershed is generally more upscale than fried chicken, but I've been consistently told that it is the best fried chicken on earth. And it is only served on Tuesday - you need to get there pretty early. But if you go on Monday, there are plenty of other great things to get - don't miss it!
I'd skip Everybody's (which is adjacent to Emory's main campus, in an area called Emory village) unless you really, really want to eat there.
If you're staying in Decatur you're probably staying at the Holiday Inn, which is perfect because you're easy walking distance to a number of good restaurants. I'd go with Watershed for sit-down dinner, or Taqueria del Sol for a not so sit-down dinner. Lots of other options in the neighborhood---just walk down towards town and stroll around.
What are you looking for? If you're up for pizza there's Everybody's Pizza. It's been around forever. If you end up at Emory, you'll certainly be dining there in the future! It's a Emory student favorite.
If you're looking for something a bit more upscale there's Floataway Cafe. They specialize in local seasonal ingredients and it's a great place.