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May 11, 2008 05:03 PM

One dinner near I-85 in Georgia

Hi all

I will be driving up from New Orleans (where I live) to visit friends in NC on Sunday, May 25th. A good stopover point turns out to be the Atlanta area. Unfortunately the one restaurant I really wanted to go to has no dinner menu on Sundays and is closed on Memorial Day (Watershed in Decatur).

Can someone suggest a really memorable place for dinner on Sunday night May 25th? Entrees should be not more than $28-30 per plate. Areas that are OK: pretty much any place that is about 6-7 hours up I-85 from New Orleans... a rural location is fine, Atlanta is fine, Decatur is fine...a friend told me about Helen GA but I have no idea where to eat there... but really anyplace is great. We are very adventurous (however it needs to be someplace we would not be murdered or harassed because we are lesbians). [And if you know a really amazing middle-of-nowhere southern cooking, barbq, or any other type of place that is great too. It doesn't have to be high-end, but it can be. I like all good food at any price.]

In terms of high-end, I tend to like places that use local ingredients. If it's not high-end, I like everything from barbq to chicken fried steak to homemade peach pie. No dietary restrictions.

Extra bonus if you know a place to stay for the night near your suggested restaurant for not much more than $100 a night (not chowhound's purpose, I know).

So, I am excited to hear your suggestions!


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  1. Go Lesbians Go ! I see why watershed was on your radar. Decatur is L-friendly as you probably know. In town in general is no worries. New Orleans sets a high (water ;-) mark for food..... Sunday finds many places closed or off their A - game.
    Here is Sunday's best bet
    "Join us for Sunday Supper from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday evenings. Choice of appetizer, entree and dessert—$29.50."
    @ Restaurant Eugene - make a reservation !
    Downtown, I-75 and 85 are one. Take 10th-14th Street Exit. Stay straight on that exit-access road until 16th street, turn right. 2nd light turn left (W Peachtree). Get in right lane, merges into Peachtree. Take Peachtree all the way to 2277 Peachtree St. Back to 85 reverse directions, cross over 85 then look left for 85North on ramp sign. Keep a close eye on 85 North signs. Rather than stay in the ATL, get the h*ll out, so you don't deal with Monday traffic madness - even on memorial day. It is better to stay in a new clean suburban hotel than rough it in town. for $76 you can stay at a new Fairfield Inn in Suwanee GA about 500 meters off a 85 North exit. It would be about 40ish minutes to the hotel from Eugene on Sunday night. If you're not happy with these arrangements after the fact I offer a money back guarantee.

    1. You could also do Woodfire Grill on Cheshire Bridge. Personally, I wouldn't stay all the way out of town, then drive in for dinner. My wife is the travel wizard, and I think she uses for rooms occasionally. If you get going even reasonably early, traffic shouldn't be bad on the holiday headed N, especially if you start out on the N side of town.

      If you're looking for something kinda bucolic, you could stay and eat at the Inn and Farmhouse at Serenbe, south of Atlanta. It's a planned community with its own farm and an emphasis on sustainability. I checked and a room would be $160.

      You could also treat yourself with a night at one of the W hotels or Twelve at Atlantic Station- would be a good bit more but fun. We've had a couple of good meals at the Lobby at Twelve on Sunday nights (they're open!) I looked and you couldn't get a cheap room at Twelve via quikbook but you could pay $210 directly and reserve.

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      1. re: ted

        Oh, my. god. The Inn and Farmhouse are RIGHT up my alley. But they don't do an evening dinner on Sundays! Oh well. But someday I will definitely definitely go, thanks so much for that recommendation! I think I am going to go to 5and10 in Athens, based on something I read in another thread on chowhound.

        If you like places like that, too, by the way, if you are ever near NYC, go to this place: It is the best dinner I have ever had, hands down, and also straight from farm to table.