late night cheap eats
- pete k Apr 17, 2012 10:24 AM
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.
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.
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!)
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.