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Hi all! I'm traveling from the Northeast to Atlanta on business. I will be in town for 4 nights -- although one night will be spent with family who live in the area. So I have 3 nights for dining out. A coworker and I will be at the Cobb Galleria Convention Center without a car. We can't go crazy with spending, We are supposed to stay close to the government food and entertainment per diems which are $56 per day -- including tax and tip.

So far I am thinking about:
1. JCT Kitchen
2. Top Flr
3. Mary Mac’s Tea Room (because it seems like the "traditional Southern experience")
4. Pura Vida
5. Serpas

Do you have any thoughts to share on my choices? Any places you would recommend instead?

Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. For stuff that's a bit closer, you could substitute OK Cafe for #3 and add Muss & Turner's.

    1. If you like burgers....

      http://www.flipburgerboutique.com/

      1. Thanks for the information! Muss and Turner's sounds good. I have to speak to my coworker to see what he thinks.

        Any other ideas?

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        1. re: Disneyfreak

          You should be aware that most of the places on your list are a fairly long distance from the Cobb Galleria. If you don't have access to a car, you will be looking at some large taxi fares.

          Some places that are closer to the Galleria -

          Ray's on the River
          Canoe
          Vinings Inn
          Real Chow Baby

          1. re: maestrette

            Is Canoe even back up and running after being underwater? I think one of the followup storms even had water lapping at the doors. I haven't heard anything about flooding at Ray's, but it's also right there at the river, and the bridge at 285 right next to it was closed at one point b/c the water was so high.

            1. re: maestrette

              I had heard that Canoe was closed due to flooding. I wonder if it still closed?

              I am staying at the Renaissance Waverly. How far a taxi ride do you think the restaurants are from there?

              1. re: Disneyfreak

                Canoe is supposed to reopen November 16. Ray's is currently open.

          2. We went to Mary Mac's when we moved to Atlanta last year. Ugh... it was a tourist trap with mediocre (at best) food. There are other places closer to Cobb Galleria that serve up "real" southern food. I'd personally stay away from Mary Mac's.

            For a Canoe replacement recommendation, I'd go to Abbatoir (run by the same folks as Bacchanalia). Rathbun's is also a good choice for your one blowout meal.

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            1. re: prudolph

              Can you recommend another place with good Southern food -- perhaps a meat and three type place closer to the Cobb Galeria?

              Thank you!

              JCT is on my short list to try. The other places keep changing. I like the sound of Rathbun's, Pura Vida, Serpas, Holeman and Finch or Woodfire Grill.