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Mar 28, 2009 06:27 PM

4 nights in Atlanta, some help with where to eat? We've got some in mind...

My boyfriend and I will be in in Atlanta from Saturday April 11th-Wednesday April 15th. We have a number of places in mind that we'd like to go but would also love some help adding or subtracting as necessary. The 4 dinners we had in mind were Bacchanalia or Floataway (we haven't decided if we want to splurge), Restaurant Eugene, Watershed and Holeman & Finch. The problem we're encountering is that Sunday is Easter and none of these restaurants are open. Which should we forgo? Perhaps we can do it at Brunch instead? Also, do you know of restaurants that will be open Sunday night?

Coming from NY we're most interested in Southern style cuisine or anything that's using local ingredients. For lunches the only place we definitely want to try is Ann's Snack. Any other ideas? Ideally we'd like lunch to be on the cheaper side since dinner's will be pricier.

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions, we really appreciate it!

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  1. Excellent choices, though they all have a lot in common and you might get a bit of deja vu if you actually did all of those. If Southern is your focus (and coming from New York, that's a good choice), then you have the best of the bunch covered IMO.

    Is Eugene really closed on Easter? I'm surprised - Sunday supper is a special there.

    I can see the attraction of Ann's, but be prepared for a very long wait and a bit of a strange experience for what might not live up to the hype. On the opposite end of the burger spectrum is FLIP from Richard Blais, with some very good and interesting burgers in a fun, casual environment. Open Sundays.

    Dynamic Dish is another really interesting place with a very limited menu that focuses on local, vegetarian options. The chef/owner has a way with putting fresh flavors together, great stuff. Quirky little place w great food - I prefer dinner to lunch there.

    I wouldn't recommend it for the food really, but The Varsity is an Atlanta institution that you could hit for a greasy lunch of hot dogs and orange freeze and onion rings.

    Star Provisions is the market and take out counter at Bachanalia that has some amazing sandwiches for lunch.

    Have fun!

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    1. re: biskuit

      Unfortunately Eugene is closed on Easter Sunday, open only for brunch. Dynamic Dish is closed on Sunday and Monday-- though it does look really interesting. Any other thoughts for Sunday dinner?

      How does lunch at Watershed compare to dinner? H&F, Bacchanalia/Floataway and Eugene are all only open for dinner. So if we want to hit all (and none are open Sunday) that'd be the only way to do it...

      We might check out Flip Burger-- though I think part of what attracts us to Ann's is the strange experience :)

        1. re: jdream

          There is a great local place, Metro Fresh (, that has a beautiful Easter Brunch. Wonderful, fun restuarant at a very reasonable price for easter brunch. they use local ingredients as much as possible and have a good attitude (the owner used to be a star on Doogie Howser).
          You can't go wrong with Restaurant Eugene.
          For a great lunch spot, go to Souper Jenny's!!

        2. re: biskuit

          I was at Star Provisions the other day and had their Grilled Gruyere with Shaved Asparagus, Butter Leeks, and Tarragon on Multigrain Bread. The sandwich fillings were delicious, but the bread itself was a bit too thick. The result was an overly browned crust while the cheese was barely warm. I did ask whether the sandwich can be made in the panini style, and the answer was "No." If the bread were just a bit thinner, oiled a bit more, and pressed, the sandwich would have been killer.

          I took home a Chicken Pot Pie, a Savory Tart (Onion and Gruyere), and some Mexican Wedding Cookies. The pastry crust on the Chicken Pot Pie was the perfect complement to the creamy filling, the carrots still had some bite to them and were sweet and fresh. The Savory Tart filling was smokey with hints of bacon, a perfect match to the crispy crust. The Mexican Wedding Cookies were crumbly and filled with nuts crushed to the right size. The home crowd were smacking their lips with every bite!

          While the sandwich I ate there was somewhat of a disappointment for all the promise of what it could have been, I did find a very interesting drink to wash it down. It was Fentimans Mandarin and Seville Orange Jigger, a fermented drink with carbonated water, mandarin orange juice, sugar, ginger, natural Seville orange flavour (yes, it's made in the UK), speedwell and juniper extract. Phew, that was a mouthful; but the result was a complex drink much like craft beer, you have to sip it to get all the complexity. The ginger note was a perfect complement to my sandwich.

          All in all, an outing well worth the time. I hope they will invest in some panini presses before my next visit to Atlanta.

        3. I would suggest Mary Mac's for lunch while you are visiting Atlanta. This is an Atlanta institution with a very good southern menu.

          1. Canoe is serving brunch on Easter, and that's a great place for something like that...beautiful setting and better than good food.

              1. re: Spreadhead

                Fox Bros is the best of BBQ that we can get while we're down there?

                1. re: jdream

                  Fox Bros. is certainly among the best (Sam and Daves rivals it IMHO), but I would not recommend making a point of eating BBQ while in Atlanta. If you happen to specifically want BBQ while you're here, it's a good choice. I don't love their ribs, but the brisket is excellent, as are most of the sides.

              2. BTW, where are you staying?

                As far as BBQ, I like Fox Bros. Atlanta has a lot of transplants, which is maybe why it has many BBQ styles and no distinct one of its own.

                I've yet to get to Watershed, but Tuesday night is fried chicken night, and it is supposed to be great.

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                1. re: Reignking

                  We're staying at the W Downtown. We'll have a car and my boyfriend used to live in Atlanta, so he's familiar and getting around isn't a problem.

                  1. re: jdream

                    Since you are at the W downtown, definitely drop by Drinkshop, the new bar located within...