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Floataway, _______, Watershed - fill in the blank?

I'll be traveling to Atlanta this weekend (first time), and have plans to eat at Floataway Cafe on Thursday night and Watershed on Saturday night. Where should I go on Friday night? I'm not looking for another updated version of southern food as I think the two I've already listed fit that bill. I'm looking for a complete change of pace, and am up for anything. I'd just like it to be a short walk or cab ride from my hotel: the Hyatt at Peachtree St NW between Baker and Harris. Thoughts?

Also, how would I get to Floataway without a car? Is there a restaurant near my hotel that would be just as good as Floataway and no more expensive?

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  1. If you want a complete change of pace from Floataway and Watershed, near your hotel is Room at Twelve, Maxim Prime, Thrive, FAB, or Two Urban Licks (among others). All are a very short cab ride from the hotel.

    Getting to Floataway or Watershed without a car will be a lengthy cab ride for both (basically in the same area near Emory). It's worth the cab ride for Floataway. Nothing is as good in your hotel vicinity.

    1. Very close to your hotel is Dogwood. This place is also serving updated southern food and has been getting rave reviews. Prices are comparable too. http://www.dogwoodrestaurant.com/ . There is no reasonable way to get to Floataway without a car.

      Although Dogwood is pretty close to your hotel, you will probably want to grab a taxi. There's a soup kitchen of sorts between your hotel and the restaurant that seems to cater to the dregs of the Atlanta homeless community. If you want to take MARTA, it would be two stops North of your hotel, exit at the North Avenue Station.

      As to your Friday night question, a couple more midtown (there's really not much in the immediate downtown area) choices - all convenient to the North/South Marta line.
      Ecco
      Baraonda
      South City Kitchen
      Nan (Thai fine dining
      )You can google any of them for menu/directions.

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      1. re: SalMonela

        Nan is excellent. There is Ray's in the City, I really like their food. You could walk there.
        I do love Floataway though.
        Hope you have a great time!

        1. re: SalMonela

          Thought we saw in last week's AJC that Baraonda had closed (as well as Com).

          1. re: ted

            Don't think Baraonda is closed, as far as I know. Just called over there and they seemed to be operating as usual.

            1. re: rcburli

              Baraonda is NOT closed. Jut ordered a prosciutto and arugula pizza from there this weekend. BTW, that pizza will blow your mind. You must try it. Italy in your moth. Wait, that didn't sound good...

        2. Near your hotel I would recommend FAB
          If you are willing to take a cab your options are much wider

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          1. re: snobofwine

            FAB has been good and not so, in my experience but I would give it a try. Love Nan. Personally, I would take a cab to Bachanalia. I don't live in ATL, but get there fairly regularly. I am sure the locals are more up to date.

            1. re: snobofwine

              What is FAB? What does that stand for?

              1. re: kevinabeatty

                French American Brasserie. There are better options IMO>

            2. Why not try TopFlr? MARTA to North Ave, walk or cab down Ponce to Myrtle St. Inexpensive, excellent, imaginative food. One of Bon Apetit's Top 3 "Wine Bars" in the country. go early to beat the crowds.

              Social, tucked away off W. Peachtree is a short walk from your hotel. It's been getting good reviews.

              Watershed is not too far without a car...take MARTA east to Decatur, cab or walk the 5 blocks

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              1. re: aka frank

                Good advice on TopFlr. I have been ther a couple of times. I don't know that I would agree with Bon Apetit on the Top Wine bar thing (which is what made me try the place, as I don't live in ATL), but I enjoyed the food, wine, price and the service was enthusiastic.