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Jul 27, 2009 04:29 PM

Atlanta -- Anything around Druid Hills and 85??

Need to take a client to a low key dinner. Any suggestions or do I need to go to Buckhead and if so, where

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  1. How would you define low key?

    One of my favorite places in that immediate area is Lawrence's Cafe. It is a family owned Lebanese restaurant. Very much a dive on the outside, but the food is excellent.

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    1. re: maestrette

      Thanks -- I'll look it up when I get into town. Sounds like my kind of place

    2. There are lots of great places. There is Petite Auberge in Toco Hills. French food. There is The Red Snapper on Cheshire Bridge. Afredo's on Cheshire Bridge. Woodfire Grill on Cheshire Bridge.
      There is Thai Chili on Briarcliff, very good.
      Taqueria Del Sol. Las Magaritas.
      Shorty's Pub very very good.
      Just depends what you have in mind.

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      1. re: Katj

        Hong Kong Harbour on Cheshire Bridge, if that's not too far off the beaten path. Weekend dim sum rocks. But it's also great for late-night eats.
        Also, did the Havana Sandwich Shop reopen after the fire at North Druid Hills and Buford Highway? (across from Lawrence's). I grew up in that area and that was one of my favorite casual haunts.

        1. re: Big Daddy

          They had not reopened the last time I was by there, but it has been a few weeks.

          1. re: maestrette

            They should be now. I just recalled a link someone sent me during a South board discussion about Kool Korner relocating to the Birmingham area.
            Here's the Havana Sandwich shop link:
            Primary Palate, this is a place worth visiting. The sandiwches are great and the black bean soup with yellow rice is wonderful, especially with Mojo Criollo sauce. The old store also did empanadas.

            1. re: Big Daddy

              Havana is not open and they are not going to reopen last I heard. It does make me very sad.
              Coco Loco is great and it's not too far from there.

              1. re: Katj

                Read recently that Havana S. S. has closed it's "second location" in Canton but plans to reopen in Crossroads Village, a new shopping center at the SE corner of Buford Hwy and Clairmont Rd. Don't know the current status.


      2. What about Violette?
        I haven't been in awhile so don't know about recent quality. I used to like it when I lived over there.

        1. Not really low key but very good --Floataway on Zonalite Road. Nice place for a client dinner and not terribly expensive. Nice vibe.

          Home Restaurant & Bar
          111 West Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305

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          1. re: spicee

            That's an interesting point....what does low key really mean? Like not fancy, inexpensive, not trendy or loud and crowded?
            Floataway is a great choice and not far.

          2. Floataway Cafe is by far the best restaurant of all mentioned.
            Your client will love the food, be very impressed that you cared that much, and you will love the cost!