Unique Restaurant Recs for Atlanta?
Son's Place is another Meat & Three, run by Deacon Burton's son. Excellent fried chicken, etc. Another is the Silver Skillet on 14th.
For BBQ, Harold's is the place to go. It has been in existence since 1947 and is an Atlanta cornerstone.
For Burgers, I would recommend Ms. Ann's Snack Shak on Memorial. Be prepared to wait and be prepared for Ann's quirks, but the burgers are unique and were rated the best in the US on City Search last year. She is also retiring soon, so I would get there while you still can.
Tasty China is the best chinese in the city. There is a massive thread on it on this board. Check it out and I highly recommend it.
Agnes & Muriels is overpriced "homestyle" cooking served up with tacky kitsch. Skip it and the wait.
Uniquely Atlanta? Try Thelma's on Auburn Avenue for down-home, soulful "meat and three" cooking.
Scott Peacock is a James Beard Award=winning Chef and his excellent southern fare is worth the trip to Decatur.
While there, try the Brick Store Pub for Atlanta's (and maybe the Southeast's) best selection of beers. Excellent cheese tastings as well.
Splurge and go to Bacchanalia, on the Westside. Inventive quasi-Southern food classically prepared in a wonderfully upscale, relaxed environment.
Fox Brothers on Dekalb Ave for excellent BBQ.
Thumbs-Up diner or Sun in My Belly for a great breakfast/brunch.
If you need another classic southern "meat and three" try either the Collonade on Cheshire Bridge Rd or Mary Mac's Tea Room on Ponce. Both are throw backs to another era.
Buford Highway does indeed have Atlanta's best ethnic. Worth the journey.
Good luck and have fun!
A couple of our favorites when we visit are Everybody's Pizza in Little Five Points (high-quality ingredients for pizzas and build-your-own salads, great draft beer selection including wheat beer and Belgian ales -- http://www.everybodyspizza.com/); and Imperial Fez (http://www.imperialfez.com/), which is great fun, you sit on pillows on the floor and eat with your fingers Moroccan-style, belly dancing, the food's delicious.
Vortex in Little 5 Points is definitely uniquely Atlanta. Enjoy walking through the 20 foot skull and enjoy some of the best burgers and tots in town.
If you can stomach it, the circus that is The Varsity on Spring between Downtown and Midtown is pretty amazing (world's largest drive-in) - try the chili slaw dogs, fried peach pies, and FO (frosted orange).
Einstein's in Midtown by Piedmont Park has a fantastic Monte Christo sandwich and excellent brunch. Plus the weather is nice and the park is a 2 block walk.
I second Daddy D'z for BBQ and Sweet Tea. Their rib and chicken platter will most definitely fill you up.
Tierra is really one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta, it's Caribbean, Latin American just so great.
There is Restaurant Eugene and it is excellent. People have called it upscale southern but it is just great to me.
I do love Sotto Sotto for Italian.
Uniquely Atlanta would be Petite Auberge, It is like a step back in time and the food is really good. It is something to experience.
Here are a few:
Agnes & Muriels on Monroe Dr. - casual Southern food in a nostalgic atmosphere. They have a great brunch. See: http://www.mominthekitchen.com/
If you like ethnic, go up 85 and take the Buford Hwy. exit. Keep going straight - the further you get, the more ethnic places there are - even outside of 285 loop. Try Panahar Bangladeshi: www.panahar.com
Good BBQ in a blues, very casual setting - the neighborhood can be a little unsettling at night but once you try the ribs, mac & cheese and brunswick stew you will forget all about it - delish - Daddy Dz: www.daddydz.com