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Vickers Aug 20, 2007 07:26 AM

Hi folks,

Toronto 'hounds coming to Atlanta to work at that very large SF convention in town over Labor Day. Generally, we're done work around 10 pm, and are craving something other than overpriced room service. Staying at the Marriott Atlanta Marquis, at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue.

Any and all suggestions welcome, and appreciated.

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    poisontea RE: Vickers Aug 20, 2007 11:19 AM

    Waffle House. They're everywhere and opened 24-hours. Inexpensive, greasy but very good food.

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      offtheeatenpath RE: poisontea Aug 20, 2007 02:20 PM

      With all due respect to poisontea, I would not call Waffle House's food "very good" nor would I point an out-of-town visitor there. Personally, I think it sucks, others may consider it acceptable, but it's just a chain version of a greasy spoon.

      Six Feet Under has two locations (Grant Park & Westside) that are within 3.5 miles of your hotel. It's a seafood shack/bar serving oysters on the half shell and fried fish platters (that's usually what I get), etc. and they are open till 2 AM on Fri./Sat. Kitchen may close a little earlier, so call first if you are planning on dining after midnight.

      Two Urban Licks which is a 5 min. cab ride from your hotel serves a "late supper" menu. Place can be a scene, but the food is pretty good.

      Further up in Buckhead, there's Au Pied de Cochon which is a french brasserie in the Intercontinental Hotel and is open 24 hrs. I've never eaten here, but you can get typical fare such as cold seafood platters, steak frites, etc. Some opinions I have read have preferred this place over the below mentioned FAB, but this is a good 20+ min. cab ride from downtown.

      On the not so easy to get to from your hotel list, is Buford Hwy, which has a ton of ethnic restaurants, some of which are open very late or 24 hrs., such as El Rey Del Taco for tacos (24hr.) or Hae Woon Dae for Korean Bbq (open till 4 AM I believe)

      The 1st three resto's I have listed all have websites if you need more info.

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        Vickers RE: offtheeatenpath Aug 21, 2007 07:03 AM

        Thank you very much! I'll be looking these up.

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      Steve Drucker RE: Vickers Aug 20, 2007 01:00 PM

      Woodfire Grill. $12-15 cab fare. first choice, bar none, serves untill 11 on fri/sat

      Blue Pointe Buckhead, a $15 cab fare from downtown, serves until eleven. ok chow quality, but very high priced food. IMHO, stick with the aged prime steak, skip the frequent flyer mile laden expense account seafood, and whatever you do make sure its the company--not you--that pays.

      French American Brasserie. until 11 fri/sat. Its a big, seven day a week operation. chow quality, well, 'nuff said. but its right downtown.

      If I were drop dead tired, I'd go to FAB. If I had an ounce of energy, I'd go to Woodfire. If I wanted to cruise for company, I'd haul up to Blue Pointe to fuel up and partake of the active scene at the bar. Good luck.

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        Vickers RE: Steve Drucker Aug 21, 2007 07:02 AM

        Thanks for the websites! I'll check them out.

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          jgraben RE: Steve Drucker Aug 21, 2007 04:59 PM

          FAB is closed on Sundays.

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          Chief76 RE: Vickers Aug 20, 2007 09:35 PM

          OK, Dragon*Con over Labor Day Weekend, wont be eating until 10:30 or 11:00 pm, staying downtown which turns into a ghost town at sunset. While the other suggestions are good, they are on the higher end of the culinary scale. If there is a vegan among you, head to R. Thomas up Peachtree St. It's about a fifteen minute cab ride, but they are open 24/7. Carnivores might want to check out the Vortex on Peachtree, a bar that serves great burgers. It's about 7 minutes up the road from your hotel. They serve til 2 AM most nights, midnight on Sunday. A little farther up Peachtree and one block over on Crescent Ave is Front PageNews, open late serving Cajun Style cuisine with some bar food thrown in. Kind of across from the Vortex is Loca Luna. The best entrance is a block over on Juniper (one way street south), it's kinda of a nightclub/restaurant serving latin food, mojitos, and margheritas. Down Ponce de Leon is Fellini's Pizza (serving til 2 AM except sunday til midnight) and the Majestic Diner (where Yuppies dine next to strung out hookers after clubbing til 3 AM). This should see you through the weekend. If you are looking for a particular cuisine, let us know.

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            Vickers RE: Chief76 Aug 21, 2007 07:02 AM

            Thank you. Your suggestions are much appreciated.

          2. ted RE: Vickers Aug 21, 2007 06:31 AM

            Folks have covered things pretty well. One other idea- Hong Kong Harbour (Chinese) on Cheshire Bridge is open until 3AM Fri and Sat. Late night pan fried pot stickers can be a beautiful thing.

            Krog Bar might also be open- I couldn't tell from their site, and I'm ashamed to say I haven't been yet.

            Just remember- folks may look at you funny if you're still in Klingon guise, and your Queen Amidala getup may not fit through the door at most places. ;-)

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              Vickers RE: ted Aug 21, 2007 07:01 AM

              LOL. No costumes for me or my friends (nice to look at... on someone else). Thank you all for your suggestions... They are MUCH appreciated.

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              alonzo RE: Vickers Aug 21, 2007 03:44 PM

              Since you are coming to DragonCon, you likely have a high tolerance for the psychotronic. Downtown Atlanta, unfortunately, is a bit of a culinary graveyard (and there isn't a Waffle House downtown that I am aware of.)

              If you want to stay downtown, rather than grab a cab, you might to finsh your evening at Trader Vic's (which serves food to 10:30, fruity drinks to later.) The place reeks of 50s polynesian kitsch, and, being in the Hilton, is within walking distance of the Marriott.

              Also, if you want to wear a costume, you might want to finish your night in Little Five Points. The Euclid Ave Yacht Club has good bbq to go with the bikers, and the Vortex has outstanding burgers to go with the bbq. (Zestos is also pretty good fast food.) Advantage of L5P to some of the other suggestions is that there are several places open late within walking distance of each other.

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                hominidx RE: Vickers Aug 23, 2007 08:27 AM

                If you have the willingness to wait or the time and money for a cab ride anywhere, I'd suggest doing all you can to avoid the nearby late night diner adjacent to the Day's Inn.
                Lots of Con-people go, so it's always an overstuffed, greasy nightmare.

                Be sure to check out MARTA, which will enable you to take a train up to Buckhead or other food-friendly areas (and then you can cab for much less money within the district).

                While not remarkable, Hard Rock Cafe is on the other side of the Hyatt from you, open til 1am.

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                  Vickers RE: hominidx Aug 24, 2007 08:05 AM

                  I've had food from the diner, last year, and there's one thing to say about it: Portions are HUGE. Who can eat that much? WOW.

                  And thank you for for the suggestions.

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                  Franklin Smith RE: Vickers Aug 28, 2007 07:37 AM

                  Hmm - I haven't been to this place in a while - but Bamboo Luau on Chesire Bridge typically stays open till 3am. As I recall, the food is pretty good and reasonably priced.

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                    offtheeatenpath RE: Franklin Smith Aug 28, 2007 09:10 AM

                    There's also the 24 hr. chinese place that use to be at 14th & I-85. It recently reopened in a new building, I think on 10th, name escapes me. I'm sure it's Americanized Chinese, but anybody ever try it? Is it worthy if I have a sudden need for a chicken w/ broccoli fix at 4 AM?

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                      kevinabeatty RE: Franklin Smith Nov 16, 2008 11:58 PM

                      The food at Bamboo Luau used to be great about 7-8 years ago. To this day, they had the best Chicken & Garlic Sauce i have ever eaten in Atlanta. Tried them about 6 months ago and the food didn't taste nearly the same. The entire recipes of old are gone. Some of the worst chinese i've eaten in the ATL in like 5 years.

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                      samlev RE: Vickers Aug 28, 2007 12:47 PM

                      No one has mentioned it yet but about .5 mile away on Peachtree is Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles. It serves till 3am and is fantastic. Highly recommend it. Go for the smothered chicken and rice or the 3 piece fried chicken.

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                        pwm20 RE: Vickers Aug 30, 2007 01:30 PM

                        Ecco in Midtown is open until 11pm and they have a bar menu until 1am on Friday and Saturday. Ecco is an excellent new restaurant in Atlanta and will not let you down. http://www.ecco-atlanta.com/

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                          laurendlewis RE: pwm20 Aug 30, 2007 01:32 PM

                          Just don't get the pancetta-wrapped trout entree. Was dry and not well executed.

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                          Franklin Smith RE: Vickers Sep 6, 2007 03:04 PM

                          I hope you enjoyed DragonCon - tell us about your dining expereiences

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                            snobofwine RE: Vickers Nov 23, 2008 04:21 AM

                            some good replies here
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