Lunch before Emory U Tour
We are coming to Atlanta this weekend, in part for my niece to tour Emory University. Our plane should arrive at 10 am and the campus tour at 1 pm. Can anyone recommend a great place for lunch near campus? We're probably looking for good sandwiches and salads, maybe pizza — it should be casual but a step up from just bar food. Fun atmosphere would be a plus, especially if the niece can pick up on a college or neighborhood vibe.
Everybody's Pizza right in the Emory Village is exactly what you are looking for, but I've never really enjoyed it there. Seems expensive for what it is.
I prefer Doc Chey's across the street for tasty asian cuisine in a real casual atmosphere. Lots of students and faculty eat there, although I'm not sure the campus "vibe" will be present this soon. There is certainly a neighborhood feel there most of the time.
Another possibility is Athen's Pizza, which is great for greek and pizza. Not as close as Everybody's and Doc Chey's but a 3-5 minute drive depending on the lights.
It's all relative to how close to campus you have to be. Virginia Highlands is on the way. But you're going to have a tight timeframe, especially if you check bags and are getting a rental car. And if there are dozens of other tour-ists of a same mind, Emory Village might not be a quick lunch.
You could come in from the connector on Freedom Pkwy and hit Fritti or Johnny's Pizza in Inman Park or the Righteous Room on Ponce at Highland (bar food, but they do a good job). Murphy's might be a stretch w/ the timing- there's also the relatively new Figo Pasta location at VA and Highland, too. Or you could abandon all pretense and get (the best) sandwiches (in town) at Alon's in Morningside. That's quick, portable, and in a neighborhood. Or even hit the Willy's on N Decatur on the other side of Emory for a burrito. There likely will be students there.
You said "casual but a step up from bar food." Alon's is more of a deli/bakery w/ a few benches outside. To me, that's more of a lateral step than a step up. It's a super-nice place, though. The lamb sandwich is probably my fave, but the two veggie sandwiches are very good, also.