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  • KateB Jun 26, 2010 03:59 AM
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I am going to be spending a few weeks in Atlanta this summer, staying in midtown ( Four Seasons) and am looking for ideas for 1) dinners very near the hotel ;2) breakfast and lunch in the vicinity and 3) food adventuring anywhere in the city accesible by Marta or cab. I am particularly interested in fine dining in midtown, great Italian dinners in midtown, dinners with southern flair near midtown and special places that are cabbable near the hotel. My days are free to roam and explore and I would love to experience whatever the area has to offer foodie wise. If I can get there by cab or Marta all the better since I will have no car. My SO is there on buisiness so dinner needs to be close to the hotel for him but I am willing to try anything accessible for other meals. Our favorite restaurant in Atlanta is Bacchanalia which I adore. The last few times we stayed in Atlanta were in Buckhead but that won't help much this time. Any "foodie" excursion itineraries for a day traveler who isn't afraid to shop and dine alone would be greatly appreciated!.

I have grown to truly love this city over the last few years and any suggestions for enriching my experience in this fabulous city would be delightful.


Four Seasons
7130 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30340

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  1. Kate,
    You're in a great spot for walking, taking cabs, and riding MARTA (to Buckhead or Decatur). Do a quick search, and you'll find a lot. There's even a post recently for someone staying at the Four Seasons.

    Four Seasons
    7130 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30340

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    1. re: rcburli

      Thanks, I will soon become a great friend of Marta, I did read the previous threads and if my tally is correct the following are my best bets: Nan Thai, Dogwood, Atmosphere, Tamarind Seed, Tierra, La Pietra Cucina, Park 75, Table 1280, Oceanaire, Ecco, Veni Vidi Vici, Tin Lizzy, Taqueria del Sol, West Egg, Figo, Holman & Finch, JCT Kitchen, Restaurant Eugene, Antica Pizza Napolitano, Babettes and Spice Market. Possibly I can try them all but I'd like to have a sense of how to rank them in order of "must try this". I like Ecco's menu because it seems to concentrate on small plates (which I love). What I wonder is how these places and others rate solely on the basis of food quality. I have done my share of ordering poorly at restaurants while my SO who rarely thinks about food when it isn't directly in front of him orders the best food at the restaurant. Are there any must tries at these places?

      I am also interested in food excursions and Southern food experiences. Taking a day to experience BBQ or whatever. I like taking cooking classes wherever I go. Does anyone have any suggestions for cooking classes, any ethnicity, but Southern cooking preferred.

      As an aside to ted: it is a great gig if you enjoy working 16 hours a day and haven't read a novel in 20 years and you wouldn't have an authentic experience in any city you visited if your SO didn't care enough to make sure that you had one .

      La Pietra Cucina
      Atlanta, GA, Atlanta, GA

      40 7th Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

      Restaurant Eugene
      2277 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

      Veni Vidi Vici
      41 Fourteenth Street, Atlanta, GA 30309

      West Egg Cafe
      1168 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

      Tin Lizzy's
      3639 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

      Tamarind Seed
      1175 Peachtree, NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

      Table 1280
      1280 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, GA 30309

      1. re: KateB

        There is a Cook's Warehouse in Decatur that offers cooking classes. I've never taken any, so I can't vouch for the classes, but the store has a very nice looking demonstration kitchen and a good wine selection. Decatur is very pedestrian oriented and has lots of fun shops to explore, so you could make an afternoon or a day of it, depending on how long the class was. It's on the MARTA rail line.

        1. re: DeeCee

          The Cooks Warehouse at Ansley is closer to the Four Seasons, but less accessible except by walking or cab (discounting bus). There may also be cool stuff to do at the Botanical Gardens- my wife's been to see the new edible garden but I haven't made it yet. And there's the Sat farmer's mkt at Piedmont Park. There are also ones in Buckhead and Morningside at the same time.

          FWIW, I haven't been to Tierra in many years but keep wanting to go back. And I don't know how well Spice Mkt is holding up- a girl who cut my hair about a year ago was bartending there and quit b/c she wasn't making any money (no customers). Point- high end hotel-based places may not be all that due to reduced traffic.

          I'd add Abattoir, Bocado, and heck why not Bacchanalia to the list. The thing I remember from Ecco is the ricotta fritters (yum!).

          For BBQ, I'd go with Fox Brothers, Community Q, DBA. For Q excursions, Spiced Right in Roswell, or Dave Poe's in Marietta. Swallow at the Hollow is a great experience but I don't know that the actual Q is mind blowing. They do mostly make up for it with the sides, although they quit giving out the homemade pickles except on request. Their sister restaurant, Greenwood's, across the street, would be a great Southern destination.

          Not sure where you're coming from, but a trip to DeKalb Farmer's Mkt is potentially mind blowing. It's great fun and may make you try to upgrade to something with a kitchen.

          Have fun- there are lots of folks out there working as hard and not staying at a premier hotel. Let us know what you check out.

    2. Wow. I just want to know where I can get that kind of gig. A few weeks at the Four Seasons.

      There's all sorts of info about all the places nearby if you peruse the board.

      If Tamarind Seed is still as good as it used to be, you have great Thai within a couple blocks.

      Tamarind Seed
      1175 Peachtree, NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

      1. You should definitely take a walk over to Noon Midtown ... they open for brunch on Saturdays, closed Su+M but open for lunch and dinner the rest of the week. I recommend a visit for both meals. La Pietra has some of the best food ... service can be awkward and the atmosphere isn't exactly hip - but the food is outstanding. Holeman + Finch is my haunt (as well as the haunt for droves of others), not walking distance, but definitely worth the trip. Feel free to email me through my site and i'll be glad to go into more details.

        1. Yes, your in a great spot. Some I haven't seen mentioned.... Baroanda, Enoteca Carbonera, Silk, & Eno. Definate is Ecco. For breakfast Silver Skillet, For Southern, Bobby & June's, both just acros the 14th st bridge. For Pizza, Vespucci's corner of 17th & Ptree

          40 7th Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

          Silver Skillet
          200 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

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          1. re: cbnga

            Thanks so much for all of the input. I'll report back on my experiences!

            1. re: KateB

              Baronda is excellent - better than Ecco if you're looking for Italian fare. If you love small plates, make the journey to Inman Park and try Serpas. It's relatively new, but has quickly become my personal favorite. And then of course there is TWO Urban Licks. You'll have to take a cab, but I promise it will be worth it. It's lively, trendy - they have live music some nights - service is delightful and most importantly, the experience is consistently great. And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Whole World Theatre. Located on Spring street just south of 14th (you could walk there), they do improv comedy shows Thurs, Fri and Sat nights. I admit, I'm an actor there so I am a little biased - but really, it's a fun show and a cool spot.

              40 7th Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

              Serpas Restaurant
              , Atlanta, GA 30303

          2. Enoteca is no more as a separate restaurant. It is no part of Baraonda. The food is not up to the standard of Pietra Cucina, but it ain't bad either. Just be sure to go at 8 PM or later if there is a show at the Fox. Also, Dogwood is a good choice, also no far from the Fox.