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May 28, 2011 09:39 PM

Atlanta with not so foodie in-laws.

We are going to Atlanta for our son birthday since it's half way between Knoxville,TN and Jacksonville, FL.

We loves to eat but my in-laws is "meat and potatoes" type so we are looking for some places that will not intimidated them and we can still be excited about the food.

1. Need suggestions for lunch spot around Buckhead area
2. for dinners, we are thinking Iberian Pig or Aria for the first night and Anis Bistro for the second night.
3. Sunday brunch : thinking Local Three.

Please feel free to give any suggestions. Location and budget is no limit.

Thanks :)

The Iberian Pig
121 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

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  1. 1. What about a Buckhead lunch at a really good pizza place like Varasano's?

    2. Aria or Iberian Pig...that's an odd one or the other. If your in-laws are meat and potatoes people I would never go to Aria. They might even think Iberian Pig is a little out there.
    I would suggest Empire State South or even something like JCT Kitchen.
    Why Anis? With budget not a limit, I would try something else. Anis is fine but it's just not a place that comes to mind if you are coming from out of town.

    3. Local Three brunch...great choice.

    1. Your in-laws will find Mary Mac's very enjoyable. The rest of you will enjoy some of the best old style southern cuisine in the area. The liver and onions I had on my last visit was the best I have had in a long time.

      Mary Mac's Tea Room
      224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

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      1. re: Milt

        Avoid Mary Mac's like it's the plague. Unforatunately, this Atlanta institution is living off of name only at this point and the quality of the food has degraded considerably.

        As for meat and potatoes, Buckhead has its up and its downs. For lunch, I would suggest either FLIP ( although judging by your parents it might be too too) or Farm Burger in Decatur.

        Dinner, I would go with Iberian Pig, but this might be a little too out there for your in-laws as well. Another suggestion could be Babette's. Pretty basic, very good and will not scare your in-laws.

        Brunch on Sunday, I would recommend Murphy's or Local Three. Murphy's has one of the best brunches in the city.

        The Iberian Pig
        121 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

        1. re: samlev

          Just a note re: Flip- it's the loudest restaurant in Atlanta- very very loud techno-pop music, so loud that shouting is all you can do. I've asked (shouted with) the waiter about it, he says he goes home hoarse every night, but he's not allowed to turn it down. The burgers are good, though.

          1. re: caviar_and_chitlins

            I would actually say that Abattoir is the loudest place in Atlanta. My wife and I walked out of dinner there a couple of weeks ago with ringing in our ears. FLIP can be a little noisy though.

      2. Flip burger in Buckhead might be good for lunch.

        1. 1. I second the Flip idea, or else go Anis Cafe for lunch. I also like Buckhead Diner for lunch (it's not what you think from the name--has white tablecloths. Sort of a Southern upscale diner).
          2. I agree that Aria vs. Iberian Pig is a very strange set of choices. Aria is very upscale, expensive, and elegant. Iberian Pig is casual and fun. You can get less exotic choices at the pig: a salad with almonds, flatbread with Spanish ham on it, and blood orange sangria. How about South City Kitchen, Watershed, or JCT Kitchen, if the Pig is too exotic for them?
          3. Sunday Brunch: I have not been to Local Three but I love Murphy's for brunch. Make reservations, though.

          Buckhead Diner
          3073 Piedmont Road Northeast Atlanta, GA, Atlanta, GA 30305

          The Iberian Pig
          121 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

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          1. re: ebennettatl

            My in-laws came for a first time visit last summer and we took them to a lot of places mentioned along with Antico Pizza, Ted's Montana, the Counter and Flying Biscuit. Quite frankly, food that excited us generally brought complaints from them and we learned that less exotic was best. Their favorite place was Mary Macs and a diner where they could get the same type of breakfasts they were used to on Long Island.

            The Flying Biscuit
            1084 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA 30068

          2. If they are meat and potato type of folks, why not cater right to that and go to Rathbun Steak or one of the other great steakhouses in the area? Even Rathbun's has a good share of more accessible stuff on the menu.

            My parents are not foodies by any stretch, but really enjoyed both Antico for pizza and Rosebud when we went there.

            Also, though some parts of the menu may get a bit out there in terms of ingredients, Holeman Finch does a nice job with their meats, salumi, veggies, etc. Their hot dog is absolutely one of the best that I have ever had.

            Rathbun's Restaurant
            112 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307