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May 18, 2010 07:39 AM

Where To Eat In Atlanta For This Northerner

Hi all,

My family and I are coming down to Atlanta for 5 days and looking for good restaurants that are close to our hotel. We are staying at the Downtown Hilton; we are a family of 4 adults with a 16-month old. We would like to walk to most of the restaurants, but understand that this may be difficult in Atlanta. Also, we like all styles of food and probably would prefer places that can handle a little one making noise and us having a good time!

We currently have reservations for the South City Kitchen for the one night, however, we still are looking for other places to go to. Four of the nights will be the 5 of us, and then 1 night will just be my wife and myself. Please let us know what you would recommend for our family.


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  1. This is not the best area for walking to restaurants. I'm not saying it's completely unsafe, but there simply aren't many appealing choices that close to the Hilton.

    Centennial Olympic Park and the CNN Center is less than a mile walk, and there are a bunch of choices there. Just be ready for a big hill, if you are walking with a stroller or a baby strapped to your back.

    Ted Montana's Grill is on the way to the Park. Again the hill.

    Much better options if you get in your car and drive to Midtown, VA-Highlands, Little Five, Atlantic Station, Buford Hway area.
    Fellini's, Figo, Thumbs Up Diner, Osteria 832, lots of Burger joints popping up. I'm just thinking about where I take my kids on occasion.

    Lots of options for you and your wife on your night out. Do a search and you'll find a lot (again drive or cab).

    Thumbs Up Diner
    826 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

    1. Two Urban Licks isn't far. Dogwood is decent. Lunacy Black Market is a really cool, extremely inexpensive, very quirky kinda place. Serpas is excellent. Fox Brothers BBQ is the city's best And for the night it's just the two of you, go upstairs to Nikolai's Roof. It's in your hotel and it's incredible. Both the amtosphere and the food are hard to beat. It's a classic Atlanta FIne dining spot.

      Two Urban Licks
      820 Ralph McGill Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30306

      Serpas Restaurant
      , Atlanta, GA 30303

      Nikolai's Roof
      255 Courtland Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

      1. Thanks for the recommedations so far. After thinking about it, we decided to go ahead and rent a car. Figured in the end it probably would be better to get around the city then the Metro. Now that we have the car, any other spots would be appreciated!

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        1. re: Briner

          If you're looking for BBQ, definitely go to Fox Brothers. Decatur has lots of family friendly options and it's nice to walk around there - Taqueria del Sol, Farm Burger, Leon's Full Service, Cakes and Ale, Watershed.

        2. The best walking neighborhood is Virginia Highland...from Amsterdam and N Highland to Ponce de Leon are neighborhood restaurants and bars. Safe but interesting. I really recommendo DdBA Barbecue because they have a real chef, and a lots of choices for BBQ and sides. And they have a friendly bar scene but are family friendly. Below VAHI is Inman Park which is also a walking neighborhood and I recommend Wisteria which is a chef owned restaurant with Southern 3 star food.

          1. If you do want to walk somewhere, Social is downtown and a great small, cool little European restaurant. During the day (during the work week) check out Dua or Rosa's, both on Broad Street, for Vietnamese or pizza, respectively.

            Rosa's Pizza
            62 Broad St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

            Dua Vietnamese Noodle Soup
            53 Broad St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

            Social Restaurant & Wine Bar
            12 W Peachtree Pl NW, Atlanta, GA 30308