4 Day Survey of Atlanta Restaurants
I am spending 4 days in Atlanta in a couple of weeks and am seeking recommendations for great food. I am looking for places located in either Downtown, Mid-Town, Little 5 Points, or Virginia-Highlands in the following categories:
1) Local coffeehouse/bakery.
2) Southern breakfast joint.
3) Casual moderately-priced neighborhood places.
4) Trendy new restaurant everyone is talking about.
If any of the above are gay or gay-friendly, even better.
1) Gathering Grounds in Kirkwood.
2) The Flying Biscuit - there's one in Candler Park and one in Midtown. Murphy's in Virginia Highlands (Va.Hi.) has one of the best brunches in town!
3) Sabroso - tapas in Little 5. The Universal Joint - burgers, etc. in Oakhurst Village. Noche - tapas in Va.Hi. Feast in Decatur.
4) Ecco in Midtown.
I would say that all of these places are gay-friendly.
1) Alon's in VaHi
2) Silver Skillet in Midtown or Rea's Bluebird in Grant Park (strongly disagree with recommendation of Flying Biscuit---it used to be good, but hasn't been in a long time, and in any case isn't particularly southern)
3) Taqueria del Sol in Decatur, Pura Vida in Poncey-Highland, Sala in VaHi (again, strong disagreement on Noche), Babette's in Poncey-Highland
4) Any of the restaurants in the Concentrics Group (Trois, Two Urban Licks, One Midtown Kitchen), Rathbun's, Quinones (if you've lots of cash to drop)
1.) I don't drink coffee, but there are a ton of coffee houses out there. When I pick up breakfast for the office, I do run by Einsteins and everyone is pleased.
2.) I agree with Campbella. Thumbs up Diner is good also. Silver Skillet has some good grub.
3.) Colannade on Cheshire Bridge, Havanna Sandwich on Buford Hwy, Fuzzy's Place on N.Druid Hills rd.
These are all gay friendly, most places in Atlanta are!
An additional restaurant in the (3) category: Watershed in Decatur.
You'll notice that a lot of us are including Decatur in your catchment area, as it's got a lot of good restaurants.
Also, if you're wanting to do a culinary tour of Atlanta you should really make a point (if you can) of visiting some of the markets. Your Dekalb Farmers Market (which is not a farmers market) is a great example, but there are also lots of ethnic markets. Also lots of great ethnic restaurants, but very few of them in your original catchment area (rents too high).
1) West Egg Cafe - West Midtown (Howell Mill @ 14th) Alon's - agree
2) Silver Skillet (or West Egg) - Midtown (off 14th), Ria's Bluebird - (east of Downtown...Grant Park perhaps)
3) Pozole- Va Hi; Salsa - Buckhead/Midtown(Collier Rd @ Howell Mill)
4) It's not that new, but still a happening spot with good food - TWO Urban Licks. I have heard good things a/b Ecco (Midtown), but haven't been there myself.
Agree with rcburli that Bluepointed is nothing special food-wise. Reasonably competent execution of expense account food, and not innovative by Atlanta standards. It's fine it you entertaining for business, or are compelled to eat there, but does not meet any of the OP's criteria for this particular visit.
1. Alon's or pastries a go go
2. watershed in decatur is good for brunch but only serves on sundays. Silver skillet, mammy's kitchen, or son's place have more of a local flavor. Rias Bluebird Cafe is good but not really southern (I like their lunch too.)
3. wahoo right by the east lake marta is a good neighborhood place; I recently enjoyed Shaun's (inman park) but its a bit more pricey (its sort of a mix between a trendy new restaruant and a nghbhd place).
Patries A Go Go in Decatur for breakfast. Weekend brunch is especially good with killer sausage gravy and biscuits and eggs benedict. Coffee is excellent as well. Avoid Flying Biscuit; they recently sold out to a chain and it shows.
Rathbun's for neighborhood place and trendy. Pastry chef Kirk Park's desserts are worth the trip to Inman Park neighborhood. Need reservations well in advance.
Would also recommend Thumbs Up for breakfast or lunch. Neighborhood diner with short order cooks who know what they're doing. Stone-ground grits are exceptional as is fried catfish (available for breakfast or lunch).