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Places to take Out of Town Company - Atlanta & Decatur

We have company coming to visit us in Atlanta this weekend and we want to take them to some unique places - not extremely pricey and hopefully with some variety. I know I am in the minority, but I don't eat beef or pork, so it needs to be somewhere with some options for me. We need dinner both nights (Fri & Sat) and a place in Decatur for lunch on Saturday. We have been to Leon's Full Service and it was wonderful, but was wondering what else is good. Thanks!

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  1. we like Einsteins on Juniper--if its nice as its supposed to be, theres lots of outside dining under the trees--and lots of variety at reasonable prices

    1. Try the Tree House for a pretty decent pub experience (http://www.treehouseatlanta.com/).

      Treehouse Restaurant and Pub
      7 Kings Cir NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

      1. Six Feet Under on Memorial, followed by a stroll around Oakland Cemetary, is always fun to do with out of towners.

        Six Feet Under
        437 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

        1. I'm not a huge fan of Einstein's. Like the Treehouse (they make a good burger), but I think the food is more solidly-prepared than impressive. It's best if the weather is nice and you can sit outside (kind of a cave otherwise).

          Thinking in the same ballpark as Leon's (+/-), you could do one of our veggie Indian places or Bhojanic (which does some meaty dishes), Sotto Sotto, or Bocado. All could fit the bill for a non-pig/cow partaker. I had the Sat night lobster roll at Bocado back in July and it kicked plus-size booty. You could even unabashedly get a veggie plate at Community Q and come out well- they're that good.

          No 246 in Decatur is really talked-about right now and good, but it's also deafeningly loud. It's next door to Leon's. Supposedly they're going to do something about the noise but who knows how fast.

          For more casual, I think Farm Burger is the best of the bunch of burger-crazed ATL. Haven't tried the new one in Buckhead. There's also the rooftop bar at either Six Feet Under for fried seafood and a good beer (we usually hit the one on 11th by Tech, with it's Midtown skyline view).

          1363 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033

          Sotto Sotto
          313 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

          Six Feet Under
          437 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

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          1. re: ted

            I didn't start this thread but I'm totally writing down your POI's Ted. Good stuff.

            You are totally spot on for the Treehouse. I kind of dug sitting downstairs when the nuts are falling off the tree on the roof...*PLANG!* WTH was that?

            I've not had a decent lobster roll for years...heck, I can't even remember having one let alone a good one...I may have to check out Bocado.

            I too have heard about 246 but know next to nothing about it other than it's supposed to be good.

            Farm Burger, however, sounds like it'd be full of win! *excited about cow*

            1. re: Aabacus


              Here's the photo of the lobster roll from Bocado. Hope they're still doing them into September.

              1. re: ted

                Holy crap ted. That looks awecredible! Must. Go. Sooooooon.

          2. I'd second Farm Buirger as the best of the burger places. I've had a few good dinners at JCT kitchen on Howell Mill Rd. I alos enjoy mary Mac's, but I know it gets mixed reviews on Chowhound.

            1. Another spot that is distinctly Decatur and pretty much unsurpassed anywhere in the US is The Brickstore. Go enjoy some beers as they have over 400.

              Leon's is quite good as is the Iberian Pig (but this is a little spendy).

              The Iberian Pig
              121 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

              1. I would definitely consider Local Three and Holeman Finch for the two dinners. The fish choices and veggie options at Holeman are all fantastic, aside from the meats. Brickstore is a great idea, especially for lunch. I was actually quite underwhelmed by 246 in my three visits. Everything was needed seasoning. Other places to consider are Cakes & Ale, Miso Izakaya (really digging this place as of late), TopFlr, Abbatoir and Rosebud.

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

                Miso Izakaya
                619 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

                1. some ideas for you... my best dinners so far this year were at cakes & ale and empire state south.

                  decatur for lunch: farm burger or taqueria del sol. they both have some outdoor seating. taqueria is a la carte. if you want BBQ, you might want to check out burnt fork or community Q.

                  atlanta for dinner: millers union, holman & finch, or wisteria. two friends are very fond of wisteria. empire state south if you decide you can spend a bit more...

                  decatur for dinner: cakes & ale...

                  atlanta for a drive-by-snack: sno balls at Orleagian Snowballs. its food cart is at ponce de leon & moreland.

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                  1. re: laylafirefly

                    Holy moly...I had no idea there were that many non-chain or limited chain restaurants in Atlanta? I guess I need to do some 'splorin. Thanks laylafirefly!

                  2. i forgot to add that community Q has nice seasonal veggie sides, such as their cucumber salad & cantaloupe soup. & their all-the-time mac n cheese.

                    & farm burger has veggie quinoa burgers & chicken burgers. + market salads...