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birminghamvisitor Jun 13, 2009 12:34 PM

My wife, puppy, and I will be heading from Birmingham to Atlanta next weekend (6-19 to 6-21) for my birthday, and would appreciate some feedback from the ATL hounds. We are staying at Hotel Indigo (Midtown) and will be arriving a bit late on Friday evening (maybe around 900 pm but possibly a bit earlier). So Ive got 5ish meals to decide on. I have done quite a bit of reading on this site, and here is what I am thinking and looking for:

Friday - Casual Late Dinner and Drinks (I was thinking TAP but am open to suggestions for sure, great food and a nice selection of craft beers on tap are high on the list)

Saturday - Breakfast - Great Coffee and full breakfast is what I am looking for. Thinking West Egg Cafe. Any other suggestions?

Lunch - I have no idea. Somthing upscale and special would be great, but everything I have considered here is not open for lunch on Saturday (Repast, Eugene, 4th and Swift). I guess Flip Burger is what is the place holder for now. Here and Sunday is where I am looking for the most help.

Dinner - Holeman and Finch - I am pretty set here, unless someone makes a convincing argument. The menu and concept are right up my alley, and I have yet to read a negative review.

Sunday - I am not sure here either, this is the "ish" part of 5ish. Check out is around 12, so either breakfast and head out of town, or if someone knows of a pet friendly or pretty early brunch that would be great.

Thanks in advance for reading and for your feedback.

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  1. HairIcon RE: birminghamvisitor Jun 13, 2009 02:32 PM

    If H&F appeals to you, (as it does to me) you might want to try Abattoir on Friday night. TAP is typical bar food. Abattoir is a couple of weeks old, cool loft space, same offal concept as H&F, just larger, owned by the same people who run Bacchanalia. It may be maybe too similar to H&F, it's up to you. Flip is interesting, trendy, and I guess worth one visit. West Egg, Abattoir and Flip are within a mile of each other and close to your hotel. Have fun and let us know how it goes. Happy Birthday.

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      birminghamvisitor RE: HairIcon Jun 14, 2009 08:49 AM

      Abattoir sound really interesting but maybe not as laid back as I am looking for for Friday. Seems a little too upscale. Here is a more direct question, would I feel comfortable wearing jeans and a collard shirt there?

      My wife will have about 8 hours total in a car that day, and since we are arriving late, I am looking for someplace where we can be comfortable, get some drinks (Chimay, Oskar Blues, Dogfish Head, Bells etc on tap), and some delicious food to nibble on.

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      Enfielder RE: birminghamvisitor Jun 13, 2009 06:54 PM

      You may want to consider Java Jive for Saturday breakfast.

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        birminghamvisitor RE: Enfielder Jun 13, 2009 10:47 PM

        Java Jive sound like a great breakfast spot! And it looks like they are open Sunday too, so they are now on the list! Thanks for the rec!

        Do you know if they have outdoor pet friendly seating? What about West Egg?

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          jboeke RE: birminghamvisitor Jun 15, 2009 09:12 AM

          I know I've seen people with pets at West Egg, but they've redesigned the lot where the outdoor tables used to be and I'm not sure if it still works the same.

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        JHLI RE: birminghamvisitor Jun 13, 2009 07:29 PM

        Original Pancake House on Cheshire Bridge Rd is a good breakfast spot - can be busy on weekends but so is everywhere else. I go on weekdays. I like their bacon and basted eggs (sunny side up basted with butter - off menu) with buckwheat pancackes (extra charge) substituted for the ones that normally come with the egg breakfast. Thick slices of bacon (I ask for crispy) and excellent coffee with what I think is real cream. Fresh squeezed orange juice. I hear the Dutch Baby is special. The omlets are huge. I go to the Stone Mountain location but the Atlanta one should be the same. See http://www.originalpancakehouse.com/i...

        Not cheap but not that expensive unless you are comparing to Waffle House. I know you have OPH in B'ham, but if you haven't gone, try this one and you may have a new spot at home.
        Google the Blissful Glutton blog for a lot of reviews. I would send you a link but I am getting an error at this time. There should be two drop down menus, one for restuarants by name, one for key words.

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          birminghamvisitor RE: JHLI Jun 13, 2009 10:49 PM

          OPH is the BOMB for sure...I have been to the one in Bham about 5 times in the last 12 months, its only about 10 min or so from my house. The only negative is just so so coffee and it is crowded...often you have to wait for a table.

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          rcburli RE: birminghamvisitor Jun 14, 2009 05:13 AM

          Baroanda and Enoteca Carbonari are right across the street from your hotel and are worth considering since you can walk.

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            birminghamvisitor RE: rcburli Jun 14, 2009 08:57 AM

            Baraonda sounds like a great place for Friday night or Sat Lunch!

            Thanks for the suggestions hownds...keep em coming!

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            jandek RE: birminghamvisitor Jun 16, 2009 04:37 PM

            thanks for the original post and all the responses. I'm new to Atlanta, and have some guests coming in, so this was super helpful to me as well.

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              jsa7405 RE: jandek Jun 17, 2009 06:40 AM

              Holeman and Finch and Flip burger are not to be missed. They are two of my favorite in the ATL!!! You will be very sorry if you miss either of these places. H & F does not take reservations so either get their early of or be okay with waiting.

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                birminghamvisitor RE: jsa7405 Jun 17, 2009 05:57 PM

                Well that helped me make my decision and I will dine at both on Saturday, I was just thinking that since I cant find anything better for lunch on Saturday that I would go to Flip...we will probably go a bit late to H&F and won't mind waiting at all.

                Thanks for the responses!

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              birminghamvisitor RE: birminghamvisitor Jun 18, 2009 05:50 PM

              Any other recomendations for Friday night? Looking for a place with great beer selection on tap and good food.

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                crewsweeper RE: birminghamvisitor Jun 19, 2009 09:44 AM

                Check out this thread.

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/628066

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                  birminghamvisitor RE: crewsweeper Jun 19, 2009 01:28 PM

                  Thanks...I still am thinking TAP is my best bet for tonight, though Brick Store looks really interesting too. I am thinking it might make it for post dinner Saturday if we decide not to go to a comedy club. I'll be heading that direction shortly. I will make sure to report back on where I went, and what I thought.

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                birminghamvisitor RE: birminghamvisitor Jun 26, 2009 06:56 PM

                We had a GREAT time in Atlanta! I dont think any of the restaurants I went to need to be reviewed, there are plenty of reviews out there on them all (yall have so many food bloggers in ATL!), but I'll quickly let yall know where I went, and what I thought or would change.

                Well the only thing I would change is Friday: Went to TAP. Beer was very good, but not great. Service was pretty poor. The hostess was what saved the dinner...w/o her taking our order and getting our check I think my overall experience would have been pretty poor. The food was just average. The fries just OK, but the burger was pretty darn good.

                I think I would just drive to Decatur and go to the Brick Store instead.

                Saturday Breakfast was late at the West Egg. Perfect! Would go back anytime!

                Lunch: FLIP. WOW! We sat at the Chef Bar or Counter or whatever. WOW! Entertaining and delicious. I wouldn't get a jar of pickles again, but everything else was AMAZING!

                Dinner: Holeman and Finch. Awesome Awesome Awesome. Pork Belly...mmm...Pork Belly. (It was on 2 little sandwiches with slaw and chutney)
                We grabbed some desert from Cafe Intermezzo on the way back...also very good.

                Didn't do anything for breakfast on Sunday, just coffee from the hotel.

                Great weekend! Thanks for the suggestions!

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                  mikebmassey RE: birminghamvisitor Jun 27, 2009 07:52 AM

                  You're not the first person to slam TAP. I've heard many bad stories about the service and the food. What REALLY perplexes me is why the restaurant group that owns TAP (Cocentric) does not whip that place into shape. I love the other Cocentric restaurants, like One Midtown Kitchen and Two Urban licks Does Cocentric not pay attention to the reviews they get on here or Yelp? They need to...

                  FLIP - I think the place is really, really good. I got the burger that was on special and was really, really disappointed with it. However, my girlfriend got the bacon cheese burger, and NOM NOM NOM - it was the best tasting burger I've ever had.

                  West Egg - Been there twice. Food is OK to Good, but the service is rotten. Both times I have been it took a long time to get our food, then when we got it, it was cold. Lame.

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