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nearlywild May 26, 2014 03:05 PM

I'll be in Atl June 6,7,8 for Blade Show at the Cobb Galleria. My hotel is on Franklin Road SE in Marietta and I'll have a car. I really want to try a Banh mi while I am in town and also go to the food truck park. A good pizza would be nice too. Any recommendations for the areas I'll be in? What should I try at the food truck park? Thanks.

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  1. ted RE: nearlywild May 26, 2014 03:32 PM

    Blade is a hoot- I haven't been in a few years. Lots of fun.

    I may be wrong, but I think you'll have to go to Buford Hwy for good Vietnamese. Lee's Bakery and Nam Phuong are where we've been going lately, but there are places closer to 285 too. Pho Bac comes to mind for a little closer.

    Not sure what kind of pizza you're looking for- we have lots of Neopolitan style places, as well as your plain ole pizza. Double Zero Napoletana might be the closest, or the new Don Antonio in Buckhead. Both are a little fancier and get good reviews, but I haven't been yet. Otherwise, you're venturing much further into town.

    Other stuff that's nearby- Heirloom Market for BBQ (I took my Dad when he came in town for Blade a few years ago). Tasty China for Szechuan. Muss & Turner's for just good high-end deli/sandwich. OK Café for Southern. And so on.

    Have a great time! I've been on the fence about going but may still end up there.

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      LorenzoGA RE: nearlywild May 27, 2014 12:26 PM

      " What should I try at the food truck park?"

      You mean the food truck park on Howell Mill Rd?

      The most significant feature of any food truck park is the ability to look around and choose what appeals to YOU. There are different trucks there on different days. I generally make a circuit and see what's being offered by each, and then make a decision.

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        SJMDownunder RE: nearlywild May 28, 2014 07:05 PM

        I enjoy the following, all of which are nearby: Jakitori Jinbei for Japanese (particularly the Yakitori and the karage); Taqueria La Villa for authentic (and cheap) Mexico City style tacos; and Heirloom BBQ.

        For Banh Mi, definitely need to run to the Buford Hwy, and I agree with the earlier recommendation of Lee's Bakery.

        For pizza, Antico and Don Antonio's are not too far a trek.

        Enjoy!

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          nearlywild RE: SJMDownunder May 29, 2014 07:19 PM

          I've head about Buford rd. How far away is it?

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            SJMDownunder RE: nearlywild May 30, 2014 03:39 AM

            Only about 10 miles. It's a brutal drive there from Cobb in or around rush hour, but otherwise fine. There are lots of good spots on the Buford Hwy -- most of them "joints" -- just dig a little on this site. I particularly like Nam Phuong, Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House, Sushi Hayakawa, Gu's Bistro and Lee's Bakery.

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              nearlywild RE: SJMDownunder May 31, 2014 10:32 PM

              I checked out the places you recommended on Buford hwy and they look really good. Are there any Thai places on Buford that you like?

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                nearlywild RE: nearlywild May 31, 2014 10:44 PM

                What time is rush hour there?

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                  SJMDownunder RE: nearlywild Jun 1, 2014 04:09 AM

                  At a minimum, 4:00 to 6:30.

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                  SJMDownunder RE: nearlywild Jun 1, 2014 04:09 AM

                  To me, there is some decent Thai in Atlanta, but nothing special. I cannot think of anything on the Buford Hwy. It doesn't help that I was spoiled by ridiculously good Thai in Sydney for five years....

          2. MarieLetsEat RE: nearlywild Jun 1, 2014 02:57 PM

            I agree with SJMDownunder's recommendations, but I'll add, since your hotel is on Franklin Rd, that there's another similarly-named taqueria and market - Taqueria Real de la Villa - in the strip mall at Franklin and the south loop, across the street from Tasty China.

            Regarding Buford Highway, the blog Spatialdrift has covered the restaurants there more extensively than anybody else. This should leave you drooling:

            http://spatialdrift.com/category/bufo...

            As regards the food truck park, I'm hating to say this, but make that a Plan B. It really feels like they're having trouble getting trucks there lately, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. Keep an eye on the park's Facebook page about who may be there and then double-check the truck's own schedule!

            https://www.facebook.com/AtlantaFoodT...

            But if the Blaxican truck is there, you'll be in for a treat.

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              nearlywild RE: MarieLetsEat Jun 4, 2014 07:53 AM

              Yeah, after looking at the recs from SJMDownunder the food truck park is now a very distant plan b. Thanks for the blog info. I've been looking for something like that to read but the closest that I found hadn't been updated in 4 years.

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              sushiman RE: nearlywild Jun 3, 2014 01:47 PM

              I go to the Blade Show every year. And NEVER eat near the Cobb Galleria.

              If you have a car why limit yourself?

              There are so many good places to eat.

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                nearlywild RE: sushiman Jun 4, 2014 07:50 AM

                Oh, believe me, I'm not. I don't know the area but was hoping that something might be close especially for lunch so that I wouldn't be gone for too long from the show. I'm thinking that I'll order some extra food at the places I try and carry it with me to the show to eat and not even have to leave at all.

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                Enfielder RE: nearlywild Jun 4, 2014 06:48 PM

                I work in that area - try to get to Heirloom BBQ, it's about 5 minutes by car and pretty much take out only. You'll find lots of mentions on this board. There's also a hot dog joint called Barkers on Windy Hill Rd not far from there- dogs are charcoal grilled and pretty decent. Only pizza in the area that I know if is a chain called Uncle Maddio's.

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                  lucywellington RE: nearlywild Jun 6, 2014 09:17 PM

                  One of the best Szechuan restaurants in the country is on Franklin Rd in Marietta- Tasty China.

                  Also close by is Heirloom BBQ, as others have recommended.

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                    LorenzoGA RE: lucywellington Jun 10, 2014 02:26 PM

                    Fans of Szechuan food went crazy when Peter Chang was briefly at the helm, but many think Tasty China is nothing special now that he's gone. It's good Szechuan, but I think it would be a stretch to call it one of the best in the country now.

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                    nearlywild RE: nearlywild Jun 9, 2014 09:11 PM

                    I want to thank everyone for their help. I ended up eating at lee's bakery for lunch on Friday, Gu's on Saturday and lee's again in Sunday.

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