We get to only have ONE dinner in Atlanta......where should we eat? PS...we have three kids...
We are big foodies but we don't want restaurants that are chains........where is the best place to eat that we will have great food memories despite that we have three kids with us? Regional? What is Atlanta known for? I know its a broad general question....but if you only had one night...where would you go? Then we get one breakfast...before we leave? Where is the best thing you ever ate for dinner and for breakfast in Atlanta?
I have three kids too (7,5,2) so that's a big consideration....what ages? With older kids you would have more options I'm guessing.
We have no clue on what part of Atlanta....the kids are 6, 4, 3 and very well behaved. When we travel, we love to research what the "best" thing to eat there... I know that's a wide range...but sort of like the Food Network Show...always looking for the Best Item on the menu that we will talk about forever. thanks for your help. PS it could be steak, I noticed Asian food seems to be big and people refer to Wildfire Grill as well.
I think you mean Woodfire Grill. That would be a good choice for one meal in Atlanta.
JCT Kitchen (very good southern, and I would take my kids there)
Fritti (pasta and pizzas)
Nuevo Laredo Cantina
As for breakfast, Thumbs Up Diner, Java Jive, Bakeshop
Nuevo Laredo Cantina
1495 Chattahoochee Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
309 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30307
1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324
I might add Original Pancake House to the breakfast list, especially if the kids like pancakes. They have the Dutch Baby also which is a unique dish for Atlanta as far as I know. They are available elsewhere I'm sure. OPH originated in Oregon.
There are three stores in Atlanta but two may be too far out for you. The closest to in-town is the Lavista/Cheshire Bridge store (12 min., 8 mi.). I ate there yesterday and was a little dissapointed, compared to my usual experience. I usually go to the Memorial Drive store because it is not far from where my office is located. That's strange, because otherwise, Memorial Drive/Stone Mountain, outside the Perimeter Hwy. (20 min.,12 mi. drive from downtown) is a wasteland for most everything else. But the lady who owns OPH there is top notch, runs a tight ship, and the place is clean, bright and more inviting (though smaller) than the Cheshire Bridge store which seemed a little worn-out. My thick bacon yesterday at CB OPH was a little greasy too - should have asked for it crispy. The buckwheat pancakes seemed to be a somewhat different mix of ingredients from what I get on Memorial. The sunny side up eggs were great as usual. That was my one and only visit to the Cheshire Bridge store which is actually closer to Lavista Road.
The Alpharhetta store is relatively new and probably fine but that's a long drive north from downtown. Just off Highway 400 so if the highways are not jammed it's 35 min, 28 mi. - too far unless you are already up that way. Avoid in weekday rush hour.
OPH is slammed on weekends. Late weekday mornings (possibly early too) on Memorial Drive, no wait.
If you want to stay in-town I will second Thumbs Up. Not familiar with the other two.
Original Pancake House
2321 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
Woodfire is not very kid-friendly but I agree that the tasting menu would be one of my top choices for one meal in Atlanta.
You might consider Watershed in Decatur, if you can go on the early side (6 or 6:30). Their Fried Chicken is amazing.
For breakfast, Flying Biscuit is lots of fun, and my daughter loves the biscuits and cranberry butter that come with them. Thumbs Up is also great, as is Highland Bakery. Thumbs Up doesn't take credit cards (they have an ATM there though) and both of those places often have a long wait, so be sure to get there early.
Flying Biscuit Cafe
1655 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
I don't recommend the Varsity, it is definitely not regional food, nor does it serve "the best" anything. (maybe "the best" people watching...maybe)
My brother, sister , and I are all in college now, but we have always enjoyed going to The Buckhead Diner for brunch. They feature nice, local flavors and have a broad selection of items on the menu.
I suggest going to Relish for dinner, its in Old Roswell so it may be sort of a trek for you, but I had the best cucumber lemonade and krispy kreme bread pudding I've ever eaten there.
Ooh, skip Pitty Pat's Porch -- gimmicky, pricey, and mediocre food.
Atlanta is enormously spread out, and people often say Atlanta when they mean a suburb 20 miles (and thus 45 minutes to an hour) away. If you can narrow down to a large swathe of town (northern burbs, intown, Buckhead, etc.), that would help. That said, most of our local BBQ places are amazing and regional food -- my favorites are Fox Brothers BBQ and Daddy D'z.
Atlantans also love breakfast and brunch. Check out Sun in My Belly (high-quality local farmey food in a cute neighborhood cafe) or Ria's Bluebird or the Silver Skillet for a throwback retro breakfast.
Fox Brothers' BBQ
1238 Dekalb Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307
200 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
264 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Ria's Blue Bird
421 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Sun in My Belly
2161 College Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30317
OK Cafe 1284 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest (404) 233-2888 okcafe.com
Please do your best to least take them by the Varsity and Krispy Kreme (downtown locations if you are staying "in-town" ) these are Atlanta "landmarks" more the 5-star meals... take it from someone who always loved taking visitors/relatives to both of these places when I was a kid...and they are still here so what does that tell you... your kids will thank you later...trust a true local.... hope you enjoy Atlanta.
4320 International Blvd, Norcross, GA 30093
i second OK Cafe! Fun, and kid friendly, feels like something special/local and good southern cooking.