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I'm heading to Atlanta in just a couple of days and now I am rethinking my plans. I'm staying at the Renaissance Waverly hotel without a car during my stay so I know I will have to rely on cabs to get to dinner.

I was planning to have dinner at JCT Kitchen, Mary Mac's Tea room and one other location -- which I was still trying to decide upon. Other restaurants I am considering are:
Pura Vida
Serpas
Holeman & Finch
Woodfire Grill
Rathbun’s

Mary Mac's was on my list because I've heard of it for so long and because it seemed like the "go to Southern spot." But now, with these other places tempting me I'm debating not going to Mary Mac's and hitting two of the other spots listed above. Is Mary Mac's worth a visit or should I skip it? I can't do the real high end places because I have to stick close to the government per diem of $56 per day for food.

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Rathbun's Restaurant
112 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Pura Vida
656 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Serpas Restaurant
, Atlanta, GA 30303

Woodfire Grill
1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

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  1. Pura Vida, Holeman & Finch and Rathbun's are all excellend choices. I believe Woodfire Grill is as well, but I can't personally endorse it as I've yet to eat there. They will probably all be more expensive than Mary Mac's. Mary Mac's is definitely an Atlanta institution, with traditional southern food. But I really like the twist Holeman & Finch gives southern classics, as well as their dedication to fresh, quality ingredients. And they have excellent drinks. It's small plate style, so you can end up spending a lot without realizing it, but it's not necessarily expensive, per se. Plus, there's always the famed burger at 10 (which is definitely very good, maybe not completely worthy of the hype, but something worth trying).

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    Pura Vida
    656 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306