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I’m driving through Atlanta on the way to Florida this Thursday night. I’m interested in any recs for cheap eats that would be open late night.



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  1. How late?
    Like Waffle House late or do you mean like 10-11?
    How far are you willing to venture off the interstate?

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    1. re: rcburli

      11 and later. I'd be willing to go off distance by maybe 5 miles. I'd prefer to stay closer to the interstate if at all possible. Anything worthy open on Buford that late?

      1. re: pete k

        El Rey Del Taco will be open if you're up for authentic tacos on homemade tortillas (have to specify)

        or Bo Bo Garden, in the shopping Center across the street - for excellent Cantonese

        1. re: pete k

          Several of the Korean restos in Duluth stay open all night. There was one next to the Pleasant Hill Super H Mart that was open 24 hours the last time we went a couple of years ago. Just call a few and ask.

      2. Are you coming south on 75 or 85 before you head to florida south of town?
        That will help with your choices.

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        1. re: rcburli

          Driving through from Nashville, so that's 75s I believe.

          Looks like Buford will take us around to 285, not sure if that will work or not.

        2. well if its more you want cheap,then Waffle House is you best bet--- if its good food id try canton House on Buford Highway--theyr open till 11PM

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          1. re: bobstripower

            Thanks, but I'd prefer to skip awful waffle.

            1. re: pete k

              Check out Noni's Deli on Edgewood.
              Very close to Interstate.

              1. re: rcburli

                Thank you.

                Menu looks perfect for a quick bite.

                1. re: pete k

                  You might also consider the 11th St. Six Feet Under. Easy to get to.
                  The Noni's neighborhood could be considered "rough" with only street parking available. I've never been at that time of day.

                  1. re: rcburli

                    We'll probably skip seafood since we're heading to Florida. Thank you for the rec anyways.

          2. The first place that came to mind was Taco Cabana at Piedmont and Cheshire Bridge. Think they're still open 24 hrs. Not in the same league as El Rey del Taco, but more convenient. I play it safe and have one go-to thing on their menu- the green chicken enchilada platter. They make their own thick, chewy flour tortillas that are really good too.

            Other than that, intown mostly bars come to mind- Vortex, Euclid Ave Yacht Club, Porter. Vortex in Midtown is close to 75/85. The others aren't too far if you take Freedom Pkwy to get to Little 5 Points. They will be smoky, though.

            If you have a car with visible stuff in it, be extra careful. Actually, be extra careful in general.

            And Holeman & Finch is open til 1 or so, but they aren't cheap. Good though.

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            1. re: ted

              Holeman & Finch is definitely on the itinerary, hopefully on the way back home if we're lucky.

            2. hello all,

              I'll be flying out Wednesday morning, and am in search of late night eats on a Tuesday night. We tried Noni's last year with varying degrees of success. The loud music was a bit much for a quick bite.

              Anything new worth checking out?

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              1. re: pete k

                I didn't see R. Thomas mentioned anywhere here. Not new, but a staple on the Atlanta scene and open 24-7. Great vegan options, but also really good omelets and chicken. Funky atmoshere but not a bar.

              2. Depending on which night you are traveling, The Varsity is open until either 11:30 pm or 12:30 on F & Sat nights. Greasy fare, but very respectable slaw dogs and onion rings, especially for a tourist stop. The chili dogs are supposed to be good also, but i dont really like chili dogs much. i cant resist the slaw dog enough to try one. Most tourist stops are all hype. If you are in the mood for a good dog, and some good 'ol fashioned grease, it's literally right next to I-75/85 downtown. You did say cheap eats.

                And if you need a wake-up-call, adrenaline rush, try ordering a Pepsi, and see what happens! (Seriously, DON'T do it unless you are in a fun mood and not tired. You've been warned!)

                1. We got in early enough and tried Chef Liu's for a late dinner since Gu's Bistro was closed. The leak cakes, veggie dumplings, and soup dumplings were fairly decent. The szechuan beef was a bit misleading, but still tasty.