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CampySD Sep 9, 2010 07:19 PM

Hi 'hounds,

Will be visiting Atlanta, Emory University for a conference, for a week next Sun-Fri from San Diego. No car, probably with colleagues in tow for some meals, but mostly solo. Meals, by and large, will be supplied by the conference, but I more than willing to skip conference food for a reasonable walk (up to 1.5miles) to visit some local chow. I'm sure there are local faves, but no need to suggest Mexican, Sushi, or Burgers - all are well over-represented here in SD.
My colleague traveling with me is South Indian and has already bookmarked a visit to Saravana Bhavan - good or bad, she's been before and it will be on the itinerary.
Otherwise, have scoped these places from the board - all more or less beside Emory or in Decatur - would be willing to rent a car 1-2 days for worthwhile quick food trips, but the conference is way too packed for any long excursions.
BBQ - Community Q BBQ / Maddy's
Local/Farm-to-Table - Cakes & Ale / Farmstead 303 / Floataway Cafe(?)
Breakfast - Flying Biscuit Cafe
Sandwiches - Super Pan Latino Sandwich Shop (looks a little far by foot, but looks really good/different)

Thanks for the help!

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Cakes & Ale Restaurant
254 W Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Floataway Cafe
1123 Zonolite Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306-2015

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

  1. v
    vitaman Sep 9, 2010 08:32 PM

    Floataway is worth a visit.
    Flying biscuit is a local chain. 6 years ago the emphasis was on local. Now it looks local but tastes decidedly like a chain.
    Check out Highland Bakery, Alon's, and Tuk Tuk

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    Floataway Cafe
    1123 Zonolite Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306-2015

    Highland Bakery
    655 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

    1. j
      JHLI Sep 10, 2010 10:20 AM

      Bhojanic is less than 1.5 miles and in the same strip center with Community Q BBQ

      http://www.bhojanic.com/

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      Bhojanic
      1363 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033

      1. t
        tenntexga Sep 10, 2010 07:21 PM

        Cakes + Ale is a must visit! Excellent farm to table food, great atmosphere.

        Try the new Farmburger which is down the road from C+A too. Another great farm to table spot.

        Sawicki's for great sandwiches. (Next door to C+A.)

        Floataway won't disappoint.

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        Floataway Cafe
        1123 Zonolite Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306-2015

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        1. re: tenntexga
          r
          rcburli Sep 11, 2010 03:06 PM

          Is the confernece on the Emory campus? There really isn't that much really in walking distance from the campus.
          Renting the car is a good idea.
          Adding to the other Decatur choices is the Brickstore pub.

        2. v
          VallieBee Sep 15, 2010 09:46 AM

          LOVE Community Q! They use locally-produced meat, their mac & cheese is the ridiculous bomb and they also have seasonal, local sides (including the kickass "kitchen sink salad") every day. Big, big fan.

          A better, walkable option for breakfast is Rise & Dine, right across from the Emory campus. It's a little like eating in an Anthropologie store with the happy retro decor and hipster servers, but their sweet potato pancakes are awesome, they have good chicken sausage, they do breakfast sandwiches AND they have killer iced coffee with free refills!

          Regarding transportation - look into the Emory Cliff shuttle busses (I don't know the schedule, but I've seen it pick up students from the grocery store well after dark). Last I knew, they were free for anyone and they take all around the area, including near Community Q & Bhojanic and into downtown Decatur (where Cakes & Ale, Leon's Full Service, Brick Store Pub, Sawickis, Farm Burger are). You don't need to rent a car. Cliff and a cab back, if necessary.

          Have fun!

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          Cakes & Ale Restaurant
          254 W Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

          Bhojanic
          1363 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033

          1. q
            quimbaya Sep 16, 2010 06:39 AM

            Udipi is just as good or better for South Indian.

            You will also be close to Queen of Sheba, Ledet, Desta, Meskerem (all Ethiopian) and Mediterranean Grill.

            1. t
              tenntexga Sep 24, 2010 05:27 PM

              Where did you end up going?

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              1. re: tenntexga
                c
                CampySD Sep 26, 2010 06:02 PM

                Home again, home again, jiggity-jig...

                The rather remote aspect of the Emory Conference Hotel, coupled with paid conference food (vs expensed resto choices), left me little option on most meals. Lest I be bashed on my, admittedly, snobby palate; many people at the conference commented on how much they enjoyed the conference hotel's offerings. I was not as forgiving. The hotel food was edible, but consisted almost wholly of Sysco-style pre-made meals and produce, with little extra effort. Admittedly above the average conference fare, these were the meals I ate the least of.
                Outside the conference, I had most of the day on Sunday free and managed to walk to Community-Q BBQ and into downtown Decatur to visit Twain's. Tuesday, we escaped to Saravana Bhavan for a small group dinner. Wednesday, I dragged a local colleague to Cakes-and-Ales. Thursday, my colleague and I made a pre-flight trip to Bhojanic on the way to the airport.

                Community-Q BBQ - had ribs and pulled pork. Ribs were really good and didn't need any additional input other my fingers and teeth! Pulled pork was well prepared, fat rendered off completely - maybe too completely - but was overly dry, even with the addition of sauce. Sauce was left on the side, served on the table, which I prefer.

                Twain's - just beers, had the amber and the stout. Amber was decent. Stout was a little tart on the finish. Although both were ideal considering the walk that took me to south Church St.

                Saravana Bhavan - went with my boss, his admin and 3 other S.Indian colleagues. That being said, the Indians did all the ordering and I did not capture most of the details. The service was a little spotty at first, but we had a very nice meal and almost everything was novel to the non-Indians. Everything was very delicious and, despite spice warnings, all of us had no problem with any of the preparations.

                Cakes-and-Ales - this was a last minute snap decision between myself and a local colleague and we lucked out, without a reservation, snagging a canceled table in a very full restaurant on a Wednesday(?) evening. I won my colleague over and ordered the pork rillette (which was perfect) and Padron peppers (which I was surprised to see in Atlanta). She had Chicken a la mattone and I had lamb with gnocchi - we both enjoyed our meals, but did not share. We "grudgingly" had a great dessert of peaches with brown butter ice cream on a blondie. Everything was really nice and quite affordable in comparison to SD prices, imo.

                Bhojanic - this was a little bit of a surprise. Our Indian dinner companions from Tuesday had come here on Wednesday and said they had a good experience. Described as a fusion restaurant, the fusion seemed to be of American presentation with traditional North Indian flavours. It was very good and quite affordable for the quality and interesting take on presentation. The surprise was more in the service and clientele - unlike Saravana Bhavan, where every single other client was Indian, Bhojanic's clientele was overwhelmingly Caucasian; additionally, the server went out of his way to explain Indian dishes to my obviously Indian colleague, though he was obviously American (I wasn't that aware of this interaction, but my colleague mentioned it at some length, later on).

                All in all, it was a very nice slice of what was around Emory. Thanks again for all the helpful suggestions. It would be really nice if the bike rental service was open to visitors, as it would open up the vast campus much more.

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                Bhojanic
                1363 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033

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