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Must-Eats on a Saturday Afternoon?

John Galt Apr 26, 2011 06:36 AM

I have a free Saturday afternoon in Atlanta coming up, and I am seeking the most wow-inducing food Atlanta has to offer. I have never been to Atlanta so I am wondering what is not-to-be-missed.

I have scoured the board and unfortunately many of the favorites here are not open on Saturday afternoon.

I am also fond of good drinking. So, currently, I am considering heading over to Decatur and hopping around from Leon's Full Service to The Brick Store Pub to Farm Burger.

  1. ted Apr 26, 2011 07:22 AM

    Hmmm. Wow inducing and Saturday afternoon don't necessarily go together. I like your idea, though. If the weather is as nice as it has been lately (though it's starting to lean toward hot), I'd go more for a good patio and a malt or wheat-based beverage. Decatur's good- there's also the Iberian Pig, which has gotten good reviews (I thought it was sort of expensive when we went).

    Other options include Virginia Highlands- you could start at North Ave w/ popsicles or something from Pura Vida and work your way N to end up at the Family Dog (new pub from local 'angry' chef). L5P if you're into funky/freaky folks- there's Fox Brothers, The Porter, and the new sausage place, among others. On the West side, you could do Bocado, 5 Seasons, and Hop City (finish with coffee from Octane).

    That's what comes to mind quickly. All depends on the weather to some degree.

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

    The Iberian Pig
    121 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

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      ebennettatl Apr 26, 2011 11:21 AM

      I think that's a perfect afternoon, especially if it's nice enough to enjoy the patio and bocce ball court at Leon's. My suggestion would be: cocktail at Leon's (they normally have very interesting specials), a beer at the Brick Store, and a burger at FarmBurger. If the line at Farmburger is too long, you can hit up the line at Taqueria del Sol across the street for outstanding tacos (around $3 each). You can take Marta to Decatur (the station is literally in the square) if you want to imbibe without worrying about driving. I think you'll have a great time.

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      1. re: ebennettatl
        rcburli Apr 26, 2011 11:37 AM

        Empire State South is open all afternoon, and they have a great outdoor area and excellent food.
        You could also hit Miller Union...open until 2:30.

        I do like your Leon's, Brick Store, Farm Burger, Taqueria plan.
        Iberian Pig doesn't open until 5.

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        CecilW Apr 27, 2011 08:30 AM

        I am headed to Atlanta for the weekend and I was just talking about The Porter. The outdoor patio is small but they do serve drinks and food all afternoon. I have also been to Decatur and I agree with the above recommendations. It is making me anxious to get down there and unwind.

        1. felixhu Apr 28, 2011 12:09 PM

          Leon's Full Service is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Decatur.

          If the weather is nice, I would recommend an afternoon in Midtown with a meal and drinks (+bocce ball) at Empire State South followed by a stroll through Piedmont Park and the new expansion.

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