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Dec 13, 2011 09:27 AM

Recommendation for Restaurant Gift Certificate

Hi ATL Chowhounders,

I have never been to Atlanta and know next to nothing about the food scene there, so hoping for some local input.

My sister and and boyfriend just moved to Atlanta, fresh out of grad school and with limited budgets. They love to eat out, so I was hoping to get them a couple of $50 gift cards for Christmas.

She loves Top Chef and Richard Blais, so I was thinking Flip Burger Bar for one, but am at a loss for the other.

Some additional info:
-they eat anything, so no cuisine restrictions
-would like the $50 to cover at least the majority of two entrees/two cocktails
-preference for restaurants where I can order the certificate online and have it shipped to me
-bonus points for places convenient to the Lindbergh metro stop

I saw Tap recommended on a recent thread - looks like it's part of a bigger restaurant group and that their gift cards are valid at a variety of places, which is kind of nice.


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  1. There are a few other restaurant groups in Atlanta and getting a card from one of them will give you (your siter) a lot of good choices. Buckhead Life is one, CentraArchy is another and there's also Rathbun's - although not a "group" like the others he does have three restaurants to choose from and Kevin Rathbun Steak is ranked as one of the best steakhouses in the city.

    My personal recommendation would be Rathbun's or Buckhead Life, excellent choices with either of those.

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

    Kevin Rathbun Steak
    154 Krog St NE Ste 200, Atlanta, GA 30307

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    1. re: itsme_timd

      I prefer The Fifth Group.
      Great choices.

    2. Maybe I'm getting cynical in my old age, but I doubt that Rathbun's or Buckhead Life will be within your price range including a round of drinks. I haven't been to Tap but I agree that it's reviewed well and is in the price range.

      Since you mentioned Lindbergh MARTA, that got my brain churning. I looked a little and the cool, smaller places don't seem to do gift cards online. Much as I love Holeman and Finch, I doubt you could get out of there with much of a meal for $50 for two. But you could give them a call if you wanted to see about them sending something.

      Same goes for availability of cards from Cafe Anis or Eclipse di Luna. I'd call. If you really want to go out on a limb, Halfoffdepot has Eclipse $25 gift certificates for half price. It's reasonable to start with, and the food is still good 10 years later. The bar is nothing to write home about for the cocktailista, but it'll do.

      Other good but reasonable places not too far from Lindbergh station include burger outposts like Farm Burger and Grindhouse. You could even ditch the food entirely and just go for a Tower Package gift card.

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      1. re: ted

        Yes, my mistake, I didn't read the qualifying info. Not sure any of my suggestions will meet the price requirement.

        1. re: itsme_timd

          for a fun place with reasonable pricing id try Einsteins on Juniper
          it has a young crowd there--not a real foodie place but the menu is pretty good.. you can walk there from Marta and itll fit your budget