Good values in Buckhead/Midtown/Zoo Atlanta?
We are visiting from San Francisco for 5 days and are looking for good values in Buckhead (where we're staying) or Midtown. We won't have a car and will depending completely on our legs and MARTA to get us places. I've done a lot of searching on Yelp and have read through many posts on the board, and I think the usual recommendations (Ecco, Aria, Two Urban Licks) are out of our price range. We're looking for something tasty & reasonably healthy, and ideally under 15 dollars per person.
Is this doable in Buckhead, or are we going to be eating a lot of meals at Chick-Fil-A (I know it's not healthy but we don't have any in SF) and Whole Foods? It looks like the Buckhead Diner might be an option, but their online menu doesn't have prices. Other places that sound promising are Souper Jenny, Pasta da Pulcinella, and the New Yorker Deli (again, not healthy but I love a good Reuben).
We'll be in Atlanta for 5 days, and I think our one splurge meal will be dinner at Repast. We aren't vegetarians but we like lots of veggies with our meals.
Thanks in advance!
I had a great meal at Repast two weeks ago. You will not be disappointed. It is not "close" to a train MARTA stop, so you'll have to figure that out, either taxi or bus from the North Ave. MARTA station...some may say you could walk from the North Ave. MARTA stop but it's hilly, and if it's your splurge meal, I'm sure you'll be dressed somewhat nicely.
Very close to the North Ave. stop (near the Fox Theater) is Baraonda, a fun Italian spot with very good prices and excellent food.
Great spots near the Decatur MARTA stop are the Brickhouse Pub and Cakes and Ale. You can actually meet your budget at both places. I had dinner at Cakes and Ale on Saturday, and there are small plate apps. for $7...not a lot of food but tasty. You can try a few things.
A great lunch spot near North Ave. MARTA station is also Cafe Pharr Out. I believe they only do lunch. It's a simple concept: 3 kinds of chicken salad (curry, walnut-raisin, or celery) on either a sandwich or salad, but it's the best chicken salad I've ever had. Love the ginger dressing the give you with the salad plate! You also get this little yogurt roll bite with your meal - just enough sweetness to finish it off.
Easily do-able. Buckhead Diner is relatively pricey, though.
Places that pop to mind, in addition to what you've mentioned, are Taqueria del Sol, Figo Pasta, Osteria 832, Eat's, Olive Bistro, Eclipse di Luna, Alon's, Colonnade, and Willy's. You could venture forth a little and hit Leon's in Decatur or 5 Seasons Brewing in Sandy Springs. If the weather's nice (has been exc for rain lately), the Treehouse in Peachtree Hills has good food and a nice patio/deck.
There also are regularly discounted gift cards available via Creative Loafing's website. You have to check the limitations (days of the week, etc), but usually it's $25 for a $50 card that you can use toward food only. We used one for Cuerno a couple months back, and there tend to be decent choices.