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Atlanta Season Opener - Good Eats????

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We will be staying in Buckhead for Alabama's season opener (College Football). This board did not disappoint for our trip to Asheville last month. I am eager to see the results for a city the size of Atlanta.
The skinny:

Looking for a great place for Dinner Friday night near Buckhead/Midtown/DT from $$-$$$ range an excellent wine list is a bonus.

Looking for a great place for Lunch in the DT area for Saturday. We will be on foot in and around the Dome and Olympic park $-$$.

Looking for a great place for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner on Sunday $$-$$$. We would like to stay near the Buckhead area. However, we will travel for those not miss eateries.

We have some favorites in the area but we would like to try some different joints this time around. A sampling of our fav's - Buckhead diner, Fatt Matt's Rib Shack, Houston's, Emeril's, Atlanta Fish Market, OK Cafe' to name a few...

Thank you all in advance for your recommendations!

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  1. For dinner Friday night I suggest Restaurant Eugene, excellent food and ambiance. Lunch, I would swing by Star Provisions and pick up a sandwich and a treat or some great cheese and crackers. Or in the same parking lot there is Taqueria del Sol, it is really good food but usually pretty crowded if you like southwestern, very good charros beans and collards and fish taco and the Memphis taco is great.
    If you want really good BBQ go to Fox Bros If you want seafood, I really like Oceannaire. It is a little pricey and a chain, but it is great. It is an upscale chain though. I do love Houston's too.
    I enjoy Murphy's in Highlands for brunch. I hope this helps some.
    I hope you enjoy your stay and let us know which restaurants you tried.

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      1. re: dmb09

        Here's a second vote for brunch at Murphy's. Charming, charming place (do go after 12:30pm so you can have mimosa if its Sunday...due to GA's lame liquor laws). I've enjoyed a lovely dinner at Rathbun's. And there is much talk of Richard's Blais's new restaurant, Home (not his, per se, but he is the chef there). In Buckhead, I really enjoy Kyma...Mediterranean with a focus on fresh seafood. The tasting menu was heaven!

        1. re: ptrap

          Walked by Murphy's today (Sunday) at 1 p.m. and people were jammed waiting outside. Remember, you can NOT make reservations for brunch at Murphy's.
          Another option in the same area, which was hopping by the way, is La Tavola, an italian restaurant which is quite good, although I've never had brunch there.
          Two more options for brunch, Babette's or Agnes and Muriels.

      1. re: dmb09

        Don't forget to contribute about where you live, too. The boards should be a two-way street.

        The last brunch I had was at Shaun's and it was great. If the weather's nice, the rooftop deck at Six Feet Under by GA Tech would be fun.

      2. Emeril has closed his Atlanta outpost. While it improved tremendously after a rocky start, I think the location was less than ideal.
        BluePointe, across Peachtree St. from Phipps Plaza is good.
        We had an excellent dinner at "Home" a couple of months back. (It's the old Seegar's location if that helps directionally).