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I'm due to land in Atlanta about 11am mid-week next week and will head north out of town (toward Kennesaw). Looking for an interesting lunch stop that doesn't require negotiating tough traffic or a bad/expensive parking situation.

Went to Holeman and Finch last trip for a fun dinner. I'm an adventurous eater and looking for something more than a sandwich menu. Any suggestions?

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  1. Instead of going through the city, take Camp Creek Parkway (where you'll get your rental car) to I-285 North and go around the beltway. Eventually you will get to I-75 north, which will take you out to Kennessaw. This will not really take you longer, and depending on city traffic, may actually save you time. On your route, you can stop at Muss & Turner's, www.mussandturners.com, in Smyrna. I think this will fit your criteria nicely.

    Muss & Turner's
    1675 Cumberland Parkway Ste. 309, Smyrna, GA 30080

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    1. re: krwolffman

      Muss and Turner's is a good suggestion.
      Another would be Local Three (same owners). Local Three is right off 75 on your way and the parking is east and free in a garage.

    2. If you have to drive to Kennesaw, you may want to check out Tasty China for Sichuan. It's right off 75 at the south 120 loop. Judging by your username it may be up your alley!

      Tasty China
      2750 Buford Hwy Ste 2D, Duluth, GA 30096

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      1. re: meowln

        I forgot about Tasty China. Forget Muss & Turner's. This is a much better suggestion. It's a dive but the food is truly amazing. Note that it's not on Buford Hwy in Duluth as Chowhound suggests, but on the South Marietta Parkway in Marietta.

        Tasty China
        585 Franklin Rd SE Ste 215, Marietta, GA 30067

        Muss & Turner's
        1675 Cumberland Parkway Ste. 309, Smyrna, GA 30080

      2. Pretty good suggestions already. I'd add Bocado and Star Provisions on the W side. Neither is as close to the highway as the others mentioned, but I don't think traffic in/out would be that bad. Both do a sandwich-y menu but a very good one. If you were willing to give up parking as a criteria, you could do Empire State South (though you might find street parking not too far away).

        Oh, and one more- Heirloom Market BBQ near 75 and 285 (Akers Mill Rd) is also very good and does some funky, Korean-influenced (but still Southern executed) BBQ.

        Star Provisions
        1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

        Empire State South
        999 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

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        1. re: ted

          Just a heads up, the food at Heirloom is great but it's a really small place. You'll probably miss the rush at the hour ou'll get there if you're hitting the airport at 11.

        2. Thanks, everyone, for the fabulous help. Lots of great suggestions.

          I'm looking at Penang in Kennesaw for a tasty, relatively inexpensive meal for dinner, as their late hours give me flexibility about eating before or after my evening work right in Kennesaw.

          For lunch, I'm torn between Heirloom Market BBQ and One-Eared Stag. I might have to contact One-Eared Stag to get a better sense of their lunch offerings, as there's little info online (even in review sites) and there's talk of the menu being revamped. I'd be looking for more of a cooked dish than a sandwich, if anyone knows the current situation there.

          Heirloom Market BBQ
          2243 Akers Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30339

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          1. re: dimsumfan

            Penang is a great choice.