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Short Notice Atlanta Trip!!!

We'll be in Atlanta Friday. Yes, two days from now (we will be attending a family function nearby and just found out we will have an extra day "to ourselves"). So...

Our two children, ages 21 and 13 will be with us, and we plan on spending most of our time in the Little Five Points area. We are open to suggestions anywhere in Atlanta if the trip is worth it. (we'll have our car and the 13 year old would love to take a ride on MARTA ;))

I've looked around a bit before posting and couldn't find much about this area, but it seems like Flying Biscuit would be a good choice for breakfast and the Porter Beer Bar for maybe lunch or a snack in the afternoon; we are open to suggestion on that front as well.

Our children will eat just about anything. All cuisines appreciated, but we do have access to outstanding barbecue where we live (FL). Korean? Soul Food? Doesn't have to be specific to Atlanta, just good eats. :)

We're travelling on a budget and wouldn't want to exceed $20 an entree for dinner.

We greatly appreciate any suggestions with this short notice.

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Flying Biscuit Cafe
1655 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

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  1. The Vortex in Little Five is famous for burgers.
    If you like soccer, you can watch the World Cup games at the Brewhouse.

    It's not going to take you long to "do" Little Five, so you might consider venturing out for dinner.
    Perhaps Inman Park, the Va-Highlands or Decatur, all neighborhoods not far away.
    An alternative to The Flying Biscuit for breakfast would be Thumbs Up Diner in Decatur or Java Jive in midtown.

    Dinner options:
    Fritti
    Parish
    Atkins Park
    Fontaine's
    La Tavola
    Surin of Thailand
    Osteria 832
    Pura Vida
    Farm Burger
    The Brickstore
    The Iberian Pig

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    Atkins Park Restaurant
    794 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

    Flying Biscuit Cafe
    1655 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

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

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

    Fritti
    309 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30307

    The Iberian Pig
    121 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

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    1. re: rcburli

      Thank you so much for your suggestions. We are pretty unfamiliar with Atlanta and don't have a lot of time to do much research.

      The Iberian Pig sounds fantastic!

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      The Iberian Pig
      121 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

      1. re: Ayelene

        The Virginia Highlands will always have good food. Cafe di Sol is a great place for outside burgers, live music and oysters. Just down the corner you'll find a cool coffee shop.

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        Cafe di Sol
        640 North Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306

      2. re: rcburli

        Don't forget-- under 18 not welcome at The Vortex so they can skirt the law and give you a smoke-filled burger experience.

        We tried the Iberian Pig with a coupon a few weeks ago. It was good but not mind-blowing enough to pay normal prices. Not cheap.

        If you don't get your fill at the Porter, The Brick Store and Leon's Full Service are go-to beer places.

        We keep going back for Indian at Bhojanic. I just about order the Chicken 65 before they seat us.

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        Bhojanic
        1363 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033

        1. re: ted

          Thanks for the heads up. On the Iberian Pig and The Vortex. While she looks older than she is, my daughter would definitely not pass for over 18. ;)

          You said the magic word - my husband is a HUGE fan of Indian food and Chicken 65 in particular.

          We were reading about the Thumbs Up Diner and it sounds great. I was poking around Citysearch and read about a bodega called Cabbagetown, I think, where they serve banh mi, which we love, so we might check that out as well.

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

          The Iberian Pig
          121 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

          1. re: Ayelene

            I haven't had the banh mi at Cabbagetown Mkt, but I know the owner and she's good people. We also had a good Vietnamese bun recently at So Bao in E Atlanta. Kinda lousy atmosphere there- my wife's comment was they needed a girl to decorate, but the food was worth the couple bucks extra over getting similar on Buford Hwy.

            The coolest part about Bhojanic is having a La Fin du Monde with dinner.

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            Bhojanic
            1363 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033

      3. Not sure I have much to add - looks like a lot of good food is already being suggested for such a short trip! But I will say that I had some amazing gazpacho at The Porter last night, and I coveted a scallop-creamed corn app somebody else ordered - they do some fun specials, and I love their local-food focus. Bhojanic is fantastic (though you will have to drive there - not far, just not near easy transit), and a bonus is that they have a shop next store where you can purchase Indian spices, sauces, etc. for an at-home fix, since you seem to live in an Indian-food-free zone.

        Ditto on the thought that you can't really kill a WHOLE day in L5P. One really cool, close and free thing to do is visit Oakland Cemetery (and actually, Ria's Bluebird, another great breakfast joint, is across the street, and you can also walk to the Cabbagetown Market from there). It's beautiful, tons of history, great city views and there's no end to the cool photos you can take there. If you do decide to ride MARTA, take it to downtown Decatur, which is totally walkable and the site of the other beer bars that were mentioned.

        Oh, and if you're shopping, check out Youngblood Gallery on Highland (right next to Cafe di Sol, a few blocks from L5P) for cool stuff from local crafters.

        Have fun!

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        Bhojanic
        1363 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033

        Cafe di Sol
        640 North Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306

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        1. re: VallieBee

          The other thing I thought of was to get popsicles from the King of Pops cart at North and Highland.

          And if you cook at all, get thee to DeKalb Farmer's Market to look around and stock up on cheap spices if not load up a cooler to take with you.

        2. Murphy's at the intersection of Virginia and Highland. Vortex best burger in town, but the 13-year-old can't get in...bummer! Awesome pizza at Antico Pizza on Hemphill just a block off 14th (GA Tech vicinity). Pure Taqueria (near Little Five) in Inman Park. So much good food, so little time!

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          Pure Taqueria
          103 Roswell St, Alpharetta, GA 30009

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          1. re: hillievans

            OP : "We'll be in Atlanta Friday. Yes, two days from now"
            - Ayelene Jun 16, 2010 10:13AM

            That was almost two weeks ago