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Feb 3, 2009 03:47 PM

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!

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  1. Atlanta is a huge, sprawling city so "northwest" could mean anything from city limits to 30 miles north into Kennesaw. Any clarification there?

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    1. re: HaagenDazs

      Ah, good point. We're staying near the interchange of 285 and 75 off of Cobb Parkway, and wouldn't want to go more than, say, 30 minutes from that (maybe a bit farther if it's in an otherwise interesting area).

      1. re: maggielg

        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.

        1. re: maggielg

          A great Italian restaurant in Virginia Highlands is LaTavola. Many other choices in that area with reasonable prices are Murphy's, Fontaines, MaLi for Thai - I could go on and on!!!!

          1. re: maggielg

            On a Saturday night, you can pretty much get anywhere from there in 30 minutes.

        2. 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!

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          1. re: hotelmaven

            The closest one to them is in Vinings. At that price point, it's a good choice, but it is a bit informal, and I'm not sure it would work for Valentine's Day, if you are looking for something special.

          2. If you don't have a reservation for Valentines Day....that might be a very difficult at this time. We enjoy Horseradish Grill on Powers Ferry, but it will be more expensive.

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            1. re: Brawny

              I'm finding that many restaurants are having special menus that night.
              We wanted to go to Repast but they are having a $75 tasting menu.

              You should try Baraonda in midtown....great food, great prices and fun area.

            2. 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 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.



              1. 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.