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Low to mid price birthday for foodie?

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Hello friends!

I actually grew up in Atlanta, but haven't been there in about 5 years, so I'm not sure where to eat anymore!

I'll be visiting for my birthday and having a group of about 6-10 people. My first vote would be somewhere like Bacchanalia or Woodfire, but I know some people in my group will be on a tighter budget. Are there any places in the downtown area that will satisfy my foodie needs for the 10-15 dollar range for entrees?

Not everyone in the group is a foodie, so if I have to bite the bullet and eat at a chain I will, but I'd definitely prefer some good grub with my aging self.

Apologies if this has been asked before, I couldn't find something that is quite this topic.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween!

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  1. Hmm, that's a tough one. Maybe Holman & Finch or Bocado? Or even more casually, Varasano's if you're willing to do pizza. If you're willing to consider lunch instead of dinner, maybe Miller Union or Empire State South. In that price range, you'll have better options for lunch than for dinner.

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    Miller Union
    999 Brady Ave Suite 106, Atlanta, GA 30318

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

    1. I think tapas can be a good option on a budget - Pura Vida in VaHi is my favorite, but Loca Luna or Eclipse di Luna could work. Or thinking about Paul Luna, Lunacy Black Market is his new concept and is very cheap. None of these are on the level of Bacchanalia or Woodfire, but would give you interesting food at low prices.

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      Eclipse Di Luna
      764 Miami Cir NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

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

      Loca Luna
      550 Amsterdam Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

      Loca Luna
      550-C Amsterdam Ave, Atlanta, GA 30306

      Pura Vida
      656 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30306

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      1. re: jboeke

        Lunacy does a fixed menu for large groups- $27 per person.

        1. re: jboeke

          Pura Vida is a great tapas place. The food is delicious! I would definitly recommnd this place!

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

        2. How about Fritti or Tamarind Seed? I think both these places are moderately priced, have good service, and a nice atmosphere. And really good food.

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          Fritti
          309 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30307

          Tamarind Seed
          1175 Peachtree, NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

          1. With a varied group, and a need for reasonable pricing, I would suggest Mary Mac's Tea Room. Everyone will find something enjoyable from the venturous some to those needing something very safe. The evening price point is a good fit for your request.

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