Seattle Chowhound in Atlanta for 2 nights
My wife and I are headed into Atlanta for the first time in a few weeks and hope to have a few culinary experiences despite our limited time. We haven't selected a part of the city to stay in yet but are going to let the dining dictate. The only thing planned is a ballgame in our 2nd evening at Turner Field. This may rule out Buckhead, which looked promising. Outside of that, we are wide open. Any suggestions for must have experiences from a food experience would be extremely welcome.
Are you thinking you'll grab dinner before or after the game?
Things that are farther south than Buckhead include: Rathbun's, Two Urban Licks, anywhere in the Highlands (Murphy's, Sala, La Tavola), Fritti, Sotto Sotto
Are you in the mood to try anything in particular?
My apologies, I have been traveling and just got a chance to catch back up. We will be staying at the Georgian Terrace in Midtown. We arrive late afternoon on a Monday and would like a relaxed, classic Atlanta institution that has been around forever. Money isn't an issue -- it could be the best barbecue or seafood shack or a four star. The following evening we will eat after the game so any later places would be great. We will obviously be dressed very casual. As for types of food, outside of tuna noodle casserole, I haven't tried anything I don't like. I really am looking for the Atlanta experience places that may be off the beaten path but shouldn't be missed. Thanks for your help...I'll return the favor when you visit Seattle...
Well, the Georgian Terrace is at the corner of Peachtree and Ponce de Leon. A few blocks down Ponce de Leon is Mary Mac's Tea Room which definitely qualifies as an Atlanta institution. Traditional Southern/Soul food. Not the best example od this type of cuisine, but solid. It is a tourist trap of sorts, but many locals also eat there. A real institution across the street and down another block is Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Hit them when the red neon "Hot Doughnuts Now" sign is flashing. If you have never had a Krispy Kreme, they are not like the cake doughnuts of Dunkin Doughnuts and others. They are yeast doughnuts that melt in your mouth. Get a dozen glazed.
Up Peachtree between Midtown and Buckhead is Restaurant Eugene. Some say the chef there is the best in the city.It's Southern Cuisine with a 21st century twist. For more traditional Southern food, get on Ponce and head east into Decatur, bear right onto East Ponce de Leon after the lowhung stone bridge and you'll find Watershed on the right. Chef Scott Peacock won this years James Beard Award for Best Southern Chef.
If price really isnt an option, Bachanalia is he cities best. Tasting menu. Tie might be required. If not this trip definitely your next.
BBQ? I would hit Harold's http://www.haroldsbarbecue.com/atlant.... You have to get a bowl of the Brunswick Stew.
Near your hotel (a few blocks north on Peachtree) is Baronda. Great woodfire pizzas. A little farther, is the Vortex for great burgers. Because of the smoking laws, the dont allow anyone under 18 at anytime. It kinda of a biker/goth/tattoo laden bar, but that's as much marketing gimic as anything. Everyone is welcome.
With the games starting at 7:30 and ending after 10 pm, if you arent going to eat at the stadium ( and I wouldnt) I would advise eating before the game. But if you really want to eat after the game, you might want to try R.Thomas up Peachtree. It's mostly a vegetarian place, but even this carnivore can find some good stuff.
If you need more suggestions, let us know