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midshipmanchow Sep 2, 2009 08:56 AM

I am driving from Jacksonville to Atlanta to spend the weekend in Atlanta on Friday. I am looking for the strangest / off-beat restaurant on the way and in Atlanta. Food dosen't have to be prime chow, but extremely "wierd" dishes or atmosphere is the key. The more out there the better. Examples elsewhere in the world include eating in the dark at Pitch Black in Beijing, Vampire Cafe' in Tokyo, Heart Attack Grill in Chandler AZ, and The Safe House in Milwaukee WI. Thank you!!!!!!

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    Ross B Sep 2, 2009 01:24 PM

    Dante's Down the Hatch in Atlanta is one of the most unusual and unique restaurants that I've ever been to in my life.

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      sheilal Sep 2, 2009 03:20 PM

      Does Dante's still have live alligators?

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        suse Sep 3, 2009 05:40 AM

        Wow - I can't believe Dante's is still there. I was there over 25 years ago when underground Atlanta was as seedy as Times Square back in the day and people would come up to you offering to sell you drugs. I vividly remember tiny crocodiles (or alligators)....but tiny.

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        wabbitslayer Sep 2, 2009 04:47 PM

        well, at Anderson's BBQ over on the westside, you can get a pig ear sandwich...does that count?

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          midshipmanchow Sep 3, 2009 03:23 AM

          Live aligators and pig ear sandwich's are exactly what I am looking for. Thanks!

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            JHLI Sep 3, 2009 10:55 AM

            Taking you at your word, "extremely "wierd" dishes or atmosphere is the key". Want to wait on a small screened porch for an hour or two for a ghetto burger. Go to Ann's Snack Bar. Wall Street Journal said it's the best burger in America. I don't agree. It would have to be charcoal grilled to be my best burger. The bacon that comes on it is deep fried with the fries. You have to finish it with a fork. Google and do your research and make sure you know Miss Ann's ten rules if you go. I went a couple times for the experience. Search this site and others because there are pifalls. Google it. Good description with photos:
            http://blissfulglutton.blogspot.com/2...

            I think she opens at 11:30 AM and closes at 7PM. I went mid-day. Some go at 10:45 AM hoping to get the "first seating". But you miss some of the "atmosphere". She put the place up for sale a couple months ago but I passed by a few days ago and the small parking lot was full and it was open. There's an old decrepit shopping center nearby for overflow parking. She has been known to send folks to Hardee's up the street when the crowd is too large for her to accomodate before she closes. Is that wierd enough?

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              JHLI Sep 3, 2009 11:57 AM

              Yelp has a lot of reviews for Dante's and Ann's Snack Bar - a diversity of opinion. Read enough and you will find some say "worst experience I've had" or "only go for the ambiance" to "awesome, definitely the place to go", "best burger", "more like meatloaf".

              By the way, you might find Ann's phone number but I would suspect you have little chance of getting an answer. She's usually a one woman show and too busy to answer the phone. Dante's probably a different story. Should be able to call for info. I thought it had burned down and was rebuilt but not sure. Must be about the same as in old times though from what I've heard.

              I said ten rules at Ann's. This says eight: http://www.atlantaintownpaper.com/fea...
              I think no cell phones inside is also one and maybe there are a few more "unwritten rules"

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                Reignking Sep 3, 2009 12:26 PM

                Sounds like someone is going to DragonCon. Makes me think of The Vortex, then.

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                  midshipmanchow Sep 4, 2009 05:30 AM

                  I guess my post gave it away. Yes Dragon Con it is. Its my first time going and would appreciate any advice on that as well. I am attending on Sunday but will be in Atlanta Saturday afternoon and Monday morning. I am curious about the availability of single day passes (will they be sold out when I show up Sunday morning) and any other information anyone might have, such as things to be sure to see as well as avoid. Can't wait for Dante's and I'm going to try my luck getting in and out of Ann's Snack Bar without a tounge lashing. Any ideas for alcohol at Dragon Con? Drink there? Are the prices insane? And where to drink there? Thanks for all the suggestions so far!

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                    Reignking Sep 4, 2009 08:35 AM

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/646220 That thread might be helpful.

                    I don't know anything about tickets.

                    On my way to lunch to see all the people in costumes!

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