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Nov 10, 2009 07:04 PM

downtown atlanta recommendations

Hi! Husband and I will be travelling to Atlanta for the SEC championship in a few weeks. We'll be staying at the Downtown Marriott, near Centennial Park and the GA Dome. Any recommendations for a nice dinner for one night and a casual but good lunch the next day? We won't have a car, so proximity is key.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. South City Kitchen on Crescent or Babbettes in on North Highland...Babbettes is very unique and tasty. For cocktails close to your hotel try Stats, its technically a sports bar, but very fun good apps and has a deck on the roof that is nice.

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      Peasant Bistro for dinner.
      Ted's Montana Grill for lunch.

      Babbette's is a good suggestion but not very close. You would need to take a cab.
      If you are willing to take MARTA to dinner (south city kitchen is right near a stop) your options go way up.

      3400 Around Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

      Peasant Bistro
      250 Park Ave, Woodstock, GA 30188

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      1. re: rcburli

        Where is Peasant BIstro? That link shows it as Woodstock, which is really far!

        If you want to walk to dinner, I'd suggest FAB (French-American Brasserie) - the food is good and it has a rooftop area where you can order dinner as well if it were to be nice. It is more reasonably priced than going somewhere like BLT Steak.

        If you want to take a cab, go to Rathbun's Restaurant (about a 10 minute ride each way). - one of the best in the city and IMO very reasonably priced for the quality.

        For lunch, Azio's on International is very good. Ray's in the City is good too if you like seafood. FAB also does lunch.

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

        1. re: CG09

          Peasant Bistro is downtown, near the aquarium. It is very good.

          Peasant Bistro
          250 Park Ave, Woodstock, GA 30188

        2. re: rcburli

          MARTA is Atlanta's metro system, right? We would have no issue using that or a cab to get to dinner...thanks for your suggestions so far!

        3. Peasant Bistro ( and Legal Seafood (across the park - only one in the South other than Miami) are a couple choices for either dinner or lunch. I've been to Stats a couple times - fine for drinks but the food and service are terrible. A local's favorite (I live downtown) that has a cool European vibe is Social ( - only open for dinner on Saturday - and lunch and dinner during the week - and considering the downtown will be packed with the SEC crowd, you can probably sneak into this tucked away place to avoid the tourist crowd that's only a few blocks from your hotel. FAB is around the corner (a little pricier, but good food) and Room in the Twelve Hotel is solid. If you really want to get the local experience for lunch - try the Highland Bakery (about a mile east of downtown).

          Highland Bakery
          655 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312