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Cheap Eats in Atlanta

We'll be spending a few days in Atlanta this August with our 11-year old daughter, and we're looking for some good, inexpensive places to dine. What are your recs for great breakfast, Southern comfort food (fried chicken, mac and cheese, etc.), Mexican, burgers and sammies, and pizza/pasta? Our daughter is looking forward to going to the American Girl Bistro for a meal-have any of you been? We don't really care if the food is just okay, it's just something fun for her to do. Thanks for your input.

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    1. Eats - pasta bowl and meat & 3 kinda place www.eatsonponce.net
      Fellini's - probably my favorite pizza in ATL www.fellinisatlanta.com

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      1. re: bigtuck

        Both Excellent recommendations, however, dont expect to see many "american girl" shoppers represented... Expect a bunch of Tattoos and Piercings on some great people eating great food.

      2. Really depends on where you are going to be in Atl, steph.

        1. The main thing you need to bring to American Girl is lots of cash. Not for the food necessarily, but for the merchandise. My brother took his daughter there last night and just did the dessert sampling. Nobody seemed particularly thrilled with the food, but then again it was really all about the dolls. If you just do shopping at AG and want to eat elsewhere, there's every sort of food in the vicinity. I like Locos for burgers...it's one of the few places left that will give you as rare as you like. Ordinarily, you'd get a lot of burger reccos on this board for Vortex, but I think that's a little bit of a mature (scary) crowd for an 11-yr old, especially in the evening.

          You should do the Varsity, preferably the downtown location. Cheap, indeed, and probably interesting for your daughter. Get a hat, watch some TV, be harangued by the counter help. This board seems to agree that at the Big V you want to avoid the burgers; stick with the dogs, fries/rings, FO (frosted orange - a drink) and the fried pie.

          For the rest, it would really help to know where you'll be staying as great places are scattered all around.

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          1. re: martyparty

            We'll be staying in the Buckhead area. And believe me, I don't plan on spending any money on AG merchandise, as my daughter doesn't really even play with hers anymore.

            1. re: martyparty

              The Vortex avoided the smoking ban by going 18+ only. The 11-year-old will get turned away at the door.

            2. For breakfast, Silver Skillet on 14th (other side of the interstate...14th St bridge is out, take 17th and loop around). The White House in Buckhead on Peachtree is about as old school Atlanta as they come. Also try Thumbs Up on Edgewood. La Fonda is relatively good Mexican, great for families, many locations. Felinni's for pizza is a good bet too. Try George's in Virginia Highland for good burgers....very family friendly. "Splurge" at Mary Mac's for fried chicken and mac-n-jac, it's old school Southern and family friendly. And Osteria 832 on N. Highland has excellent pizza and mains.