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Coming to Atlanta for a long weekend, am I missing anything?

Hey All,

I will be in Atlanta in mid-August to visit some family. Want to get out to eat at some interesting spots while still watching what we spend a bit. I am the biggest foodie in my party and will eat pretty much anything, but I will be with some picky eaters. Here is a short list I comprised so far, I am in Philly and our restaurant scene is pretty awesome. I am not looking for insanely cutting edge food, but I don't want to end up in an Applebees. Here is what I have so far.

Tasty China- Is it THAT good? I could eat Chinese food every day so the pub around this place really got me interested.

Flip- Huge Top Chef fan, love Richard Blais. Will hit this spot up for lunch one day for sure.

Varsity-Am heading to the Braves game and figured to eat here before, how early should I go? What is a must have on the menu?

Holeman and Finch-Trying to convince my fam about this on. Will this satisfy everyone? What are portion sizes like? The prices seemed fair.

Chicken and Waffles- not much explanation here

Is Ann's Snack Shack still opened?

What is the best Meat and Three I can find? Busy Bee? Mary Mac's Tea Room? I had another in mind but I seem to have forgotten to bookmark it. If I track it down, I'll be sure to add it to the thread. Thanks in advance. I just don't want to get home and be kicking myself for not trying a place.

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  1. The other spot I was thinking of is the Watershed. Any good?

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    1. re: Gorp512

      Watershed is one of my favorites. The vegetable plate is the best I've ever tasted...other selections great, too.

    2. Do you mean Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles? I find it overpriced (who else in Atlanta charges for refills of ice tea??) and the food to be pretty mediocre. You can find better chicken in Atlanta. Try the Colonnade.

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      1. re: maestrette

        Thanks for the tip, I did mean Gladys Knights, but will check out the Colonnade.

        1. re: Gorp512

          Colonnade is good and a good value. I really like the fried catfish and the pork loin is good also. Sometimes I'll get a veggie plate.

          If you're feeling adventurous, Greenwood's in downtown Roswell (about a 30 minute drive, 20 mi up 400) is worth the trip. I have happy dreams about their fried chicken and homemade pies.

          Neither takes reservations, so be prepared to wait if you go prime time. Not to mention that getting to Roswell during the week might be a PITA. I've had decent luck getting in quickly on Sunday night at either Greenwood's or Swallow at the Hollow (sister BBQ spot across the street).

          1. re: ted

            Thanks so much for the rec. of Greenwood's. We are staying in the burbs with family and it isn't too far away. I just wish it had a website. Is it cash only?

            1. re: Gorp512

              I think it may be but I don't remember for sure. That said, I'm pretty sure I used a card at Swallow the last time I was there.

              There's also BBQ-1 nearby. There isn't much of anywhere to eat, but it's some of the best Q in ATL.

      2. if you want a stellar coffee, check out Dancing Goats Coffee Bar... really exceptional coffees.

        1. Just came back from ATL on a long weekend. Liked Holeman and Finch, but liked Abattoir much more, plus their menu may be more conducive to the non-foodie. Flip was OK, it was more kitsch than anything else. Tempura fried asparagus was really good as were the shakes. Burgers were interesting. For a spin on meat and three we went to JCT Kitchen for Sunday Supper where each person in the group picks their meat (5 choices from fried chicken to catfish to veal meatloaf) and the group picks three sides. Good for what it is and the space is nice.

          1. I looked up the Colonnade and their prices seem to be a joke. A steak for 1.75??????!!!!

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            1. re: Gorp512

              I knew that couldn't be right, its a menu from 1950. Fine print gets you every time.

              1. re: Gorp512

                That said, 2 sizable pork chops are only $14.