Weekend in Atlanta - restaurant recommendations? (including Valentine's Day)
My husband and I will be in Atlanta over Valentine's Day weekend, and are looking for a good, reasonably-priced place to go for dinner Saturday night in the $15-ish per entree price range. We're staying in the northwest part of town, but are fine with going just about anywhere in the area for truly good food. We'll be driving.
I have a slight preference for Italian, but don't really have my heart set on it. We'd love all recommendations.
...if you have recommendations for other must-eat places in Atlanta, we *will* be there for the entire weekend and can't subsist on just that one meal!
If you have google earth, this is a good tool to use to locate some places close to where you are staying. Pappadeaux seafood id really good and they also have a papcitos cantina right beside it if you like mexican. if you want something a little different and dont mind a little drive, go into midtown. Two urban licks is a good one, they own another resturant called One that I hear is good. Front page news is a good cajun type resturant.
Figo is a local chain that has great, affordable Italian food. They just opened a new one in the north Atlanta area (Alpharetta). There are also several intown locations (the Virginia Highlands location probably would be the best if you want to see a more unique/interesting area - the Alpharetta location is near a major mall). The "zucca" butternut squash ravioli is the best thing on the menu!
Three things come to mind:
I work right by where you are staying, and it is mostly large chain restaurants. However, there are two stellar places nearby:
Tomo Sushi - some of the best sushi around and you can't beat their bento prices and beauty for lunch; dinner is pricey but very high quality (they have a webpage, but are located on Cobb Pkwy.)
Muss & Turners - this place is amazing, it's like a very upscale deli with great beer/wine list, cheese counter, pastry counter, etc. It is SO good; there should be several stellar reviews on the Internet. They offer a larger menu at dinner, including an amazing Kobe burger with poblano. Just got rated in CL for best gourmet fries. (located on Cumberland Pkwy. about 5 minutes from where you are staying, and beside South City Kitchen, which is pretty good for upscale Southern)
Finally, and you'll have to drive a bit to get here, but it is so worth it (my hubby and I will be eating there tomorrow night for our anniversary)...Dynamic Dish. There is no other restaurant like it in town. It's all local, organic ingredients prepared in a way that brings their flavors out in amazing ways, and it is so amazing. They offer like 2 apps, 2 salads, and 2 or more entrees per day...so we usually order the whole menu! It is currently BYOB, which we love. It is downtown on Edgewood. You may want to call ahead and make reservations as the space is small and hours are a bit irregular.
OK Cafe at I-75 and Northside Dr. is a great spot for breakfast/brunch/lunch. We really enjoy Agave in Cabbagetown for a nice meal on Saturday night. It's southwestern - not Italian - but a lively atmosphere and good food in the $15-20 range.
There are several great places to eat in the immediate area where you will be staying. Muss & Turner has a special (expensive) Valentine's menu - as do several other impressive places. We have tended to eat at ethnic places on February 14th - because so many are not interested in what they serve.
Umezono (on Cobb Parkway @ Windy Hill) is a very good Japanese restaurant - both sushi and other dishes. Pao de Mel is a block east of Umezono. It is an excellent Brazilian bakery and a very good casual lunch spot. I enjoy their hamburgers. One is a Brazilian burger and it includes corn - which surprised me, but I enjoyed it.
Old South BBQ is a mile west of Umezono and one of the better places for barbecue in the area.
Figo in Vinings and Muss & Turner are both very good, as has been mentioned before.
La Strada in northeast Cobb County is a good place for Italian cuisine. Kiosco, off the Marietta Square, serves tasty Colombian cuisine. Efes, on the Marietta Square, serves Turkish, Greek, and other Mediterranean foods.
Cafe Crepe and Thaicoon are both just off the Marietta Square and worthy choices.
A little further, but well worth a visit, are the two locations of Sam & Dave's BBQ - undoubtedly the best bbq brisket in Georgia. Their other meats are only very good. The sides are all made in house - which is not the case in many bbq establishments.
Pataya is a source of very good Thai seafood on Terrill Mill @ Powers Ferry - not far from where you are staying.
Please let us know where you do eat and what you think of the meals you have.
I second OK Cafe for lunch-we like it so much we often stop on our way though Atlanta while traveling even tho it is alittle more time consuming it's so worth it. I love the chickenpot pie, green fried tomatoes and my husband loves the pork chops. Oh and the squash casserole is great. Always too full for dessert unfortunately!