Down Home Dining in Buckhead
I'm coming to GA for a conference next month and will be staying at the Westin Buckhead. I'll be free for lunch and a couple of dinners. I prefer favorite local haunts and down and dirty (well, not too dirty) to fancy, although I'll consider upscale if if has something unique to sell it. I won't have a car, but could taxi within a reasonable distance. All ethnicities will be considered. Thanks.
I could highly recommend the New Yorker Deli on Pharr Road for lunch. It is a bit of a dive and does not have much in the way of seating but their sandwiches are great (I always have to get the turkey rueben). Another good lunch option in Buckhead is the Buckhead Bread Company on Piedmont Road. Though I have not been there for lunch lately, Dantanna's sports bar is right around the corner from your hotel and they have a decent burger and fries. If you want barbeque, I would recommend Pig N Chik on Roswell Road.
For dinner, Buckhead does have a lot of fancy dining options but most of them, in my experience, are overrated. If you are willing to taxi down to midtown or the Virginia Highlands area (not too far away), you will have more varied options. One of my favorite places for good food is the Howell Mill Road area - though the neighborhood is industrial-looking, there are several good restaurants there, including Richard Blais' new restaurant Flip (outrageous waits but great and fun food IMO), Figo (local fresh pasta/Italian chain), Taqueria del Sol (Tex-Mex - very popular and good ambience), and JCT Kitchen, which is an upscale twist on Southern food. The OK Cafe is nearby as well and offers southern cooking in a more casual setting.
The Virginia Highlands area offers a lot of different options. There is a good Latin American tapas bar there called Pura Vida, plus many more restaurants all along Highland Avenue.
If you are in the mood for big spending and a little longer taxi ride, try Rathbun Steak in Inman Park and you will not be disappointed.
Hope this helps!
Six feet under on 11th street is really great for seafood, the scallops and grits are killer be sure to try the onion rings and fried okra. the only thing bad I've had there was spinich and it's bad everywhere. The one on 11th st is closest to Buckhead I've never been to that one but I'm sure it's great.