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a weekend in atlanta


im going to be in atlanta this weekend and im looking for places to eat properly and cheap! i saw fontaine's oyster bar, sounds like a good place. is it? where else? seafood, cajun, southern is what im looking for, but ... not really, anything goes.


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  1. Don't miss Taqueria De Sol for Mexican. You will wait in line, but the carnita tacos more than make up for it.

    Cajun would be Redfish located in Cabbagetown.

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    1. re: chickstein

      I do love Taqueria de Sol and Taqueria Sundown but for the charros beans and greens, the specials are really good too. For authentic mexican I would go to Taqueria el Rey del Taco on Buford Hwy. Ask for the tortillas made by hand. They are unbelievable. Very affordable.
      Las Magaritas on Cheshire Bridge has some yummy fish tacos, too.

      1. re: Katj

        FYI, Taqueria Sundown is remodeling to look like the rest. They have "Truckeria del Sol" parked out front in the meantime, but I'm not sure what its hours are. My wife tried to stop in at 7PM the other night and they were closed.

    2. The best Chinese chef in the entire United States (I am not kidding, this is true) is now cooking in Marietta, at Tasty China. Weekends may be tough due to the hoards of Chinese people, but it is worth it to try. Get the real menu and be sure they understand you want the real Ma La stuff. Do a search of this board for more information, and more links that will explain what I'm talking about.

      1. Six Feet Under (across the street from Oakland Cemetery) for good seafood shack fare

        1. Fontaine's is in a great area of town; however the food isn't fabulous. It is in VA Highlands which is a great off the beaten path place to eat, drink, shop, etc. i highly suggest the area. Dish is a more upscale restaurant in that area. Food 101 just opened a place in the area. the food is great, and the location is better.

          where are you staying in the area, and I will pass on more suggestions. also, will you have a car? Atlanta is not walker friendly.

          Another great idea is Loca Luna in midtown. Great tapas, and latin music.

          1. In metro Atlanta, the best Cajun is at Gumbeaux's in downtown Douglasville. A near second is Henry's in downtown Acworth.

            Tastes vary greatly regarding southern food - but I would suggest Collonade on Cheshire Bridge, Mary Mac's on Ponce de Leon, Greenwood's on Green Street in Roswell, and Chip's Country Cooking on Roswell Road between Roswell and Sandy Springs.

            Sam & Dave's (two Marietta locations) is my choice for bbq. Their brisket is excellent, their pork, ribs and chicken are very good. They have recently added sausage to the menu, but I have not yet tried it. The sides are all homemade and generally very tasty.

            All of these places are very good and very reasonable, but I feel that Sam & Dave's and Chip's are the most reasonable of all.

            1. For bbq I have really enjoyed Pig n Chick in Chamblee. I tried their wings a couple of weeks ago and they were really good.

              1. South City Kitchen is a great spot for slightly upscale southern food. When I lived in Atlanta, I tended to take out-of-towners there. The atmosphere is also pleasant and there are plenty of bars on Crescent for before or after dinner drinks.

                I second Stephking's thoughts on Fontaine's. It's a great spot for drinking, but I wouldn't waste a meal there if you only have a couple of days.

                Atlanta Fish Market, one of the Buckhead Life Restaurants, is great for seafood and is very "local." I also agree with Six Feet Under - if it's a pretty Saturday or Sunday, you definitely want to go here for the cemetary view from the roof deck.

                Hope you have a nice trip!

                1. Speaking of South City Kitchen, One Midtown Kitchen is also very good and in that area. I also like to recommend Canoe, however, it can be pricey. it is on the Chattahochee River which can be pretty and relaxing.
                  Eats on Ponce, is definitely a great place for cheap eats, I also highly recommend Thumbs Up diner for Breakfast, but prepare to wait.

                  1. hi..
                    how much longer is the truckeria open???

                    1. Had lunch just yesterday at Fontaine's. Oysters were fabulous: cold and plump. Rest of the meal was only so-so. This place is more bar (loud music, cigarette smoke) than restaurant, IMHO, even at 2 p.m. on a weekday afternoon.

                      For cheap, we go to the Majestic Diner on Ponce de Leon. No frills, quirky clientele. The double cheeseburger is quintessential greasy spoon.

                      We've always enjoyed tapas at Pura Vida on Highland. There's also a tapas bar around the corner from Fontaine's, but it's almost always too crowded with the drinks crowd for us.

                      Mediterranean Grill (2 locations) is VERY good and cheap for gyros, hummus, falafel, etc.

                      1. I think George's has the best burgers in town! the atmosphere is bad, really bad, it's truly a dive, but i love their burgers.

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                        1. re: strephking

                          Aaaahhhh yes. No permits requested and permit for the restaurant was no good for the truck. Truck is gone but restaurant will be opening Tuesday or Wednesday (20 th or 21). Sorry about not getting here with the info sooner. Thanks see ya next week....Chef Dav.

                        2. heard the truckeria was SHUT DOWN!!
                          Didnt bother with permits maybe?

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                          1. re: sandra12

                            A really cool little Cuban place can be found on 5th street in Midtown. Las Palmeras. I really liked what I had on my first trip a night or two ago.