Family friendly dining in downtown Atlanta
I will be staying in a hotel near the Aquarium and have a 3 year old and a 6 month old. don't want to do chains. Usually the best bet for us are good ethnic casual places, Indian or Chinese or Thai. Or places that are loud. Will have a car so leaving downtown for a good place is an option. Thanks!
A lot of our friends boycott Taqueria del Sol. Mostly in response to pregnant wives or families being treated rudely at the Howell Mill location. That said, a lot of their biz is families (more so on Cheshire Bridge). The issue is mostly that you have to follow their rules (no grabbing a table before ordering, even if you're 8 mo.s pregnant and next in line; no ordering more than X items at the bar; etc; etc). It can be a love-hate relationship, but we go to Cheshire Bridge a lot and don't have any problems.
Other ideas- Hong Kong Harbour, Chef Liu's (but that opens up the whole of Buford Hwy, too), Bhojanic (we've been several times lately, but there are lots of Indian options in Decatur, this is one of the few non-veggie ones). Pure Taqueria in Inman Park or Posole in Virginia Highlands (although the latter seems to be more of a singles scene when we tried getting in recently).
5221 Buford Highway Northwest Doraville, Atlanta, GA 30340
1363 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033
103 Roswell St, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Check out Miso Izakaya on Edgewood - not good for young kids, but I'm betting teens would love it. Delicious, fresh-tasting sushi, but do not miss the rest of the menu, especially the pork belly bun and jaja dofu.
Another more family-friendly option within a close drive of downtown: check out Figo, there's one not too far down Marietta Street. Counter service Italian food, pasta-heavy but great quality. Or Planet Bombay, the Indian place in Little Five Points (great, eclectic neighborhood to walk around after a meal). I'll second Spoon and add Little Azio (more Italian) in Midtown for the kids.
903 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
451 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
1210 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
768 Marietta Street Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30318
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Gladys Knight and Ron Wynan's Chicken and Waffles is a great spot on Peachtree. Great for lunch, dinner or late night.
Atlanta is unfortunately not a very friendly town for those of who do not want to use or have a car. MARTA sucks and cabs can be painful to use. If you decide to break the car out, I would recommend Silver Skillet, FLIP Burger and Antico Napoletana.
200 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Hmm. I was about to make reservations at the Westin when I remembered I had bumped this post. The teens seem to be less than enthusiastic about the trip suddenly and if there's nothing worth going to within walking distance of the aquarium/Westin, we'll pick another location. Thanks.