Progress has been the name of the game in regards to Atlantic Station dining. With several new additions to the Atlantic Station culinary scene, and several to bow out, the tides are turning to make Atlantic Station a more established player for destination dining in Atlanta. With obvious emphasis added to attracting notable chefs and unique dining concepts, Atlantic Station is now one of the burgeoning burrows of Atlanta to offer its own namesake restaurant week.
The Atlanta shopping and neighborhood district in the heart of Midtown gives patrons the ability to spend extended time and dollars in one spot. Whether you come for special events on the central lawn or are looking for a place to stroll on an ideal Atlanta day, there is food to fit every mood.
Diner answers the call for the first meal of the day. In fact, at Ron Eyester's latest concept you can have breakfast all day. Centrally located, Strip provides the perfect place to sip a martini and eat sushi while people watching the day away.
Whether your intention is for a multi-course dinner or a meeting place for light bites and drinks, try one of the following restaurants for the best of Atlantic Station.
What are you? A fan of chicken? If you're looking at a menu at Chick-a-Biddy, the answer's most likely yes. This poultry-centered restaurant makes for an easy-going dining experience ideal for a quick lunch, brunch or mid-week dinner. Go for wings, wood-grilled chicken, fried chicken, small plates (called Itty Biddies) or the entrees (Big 'Ol Biddies). All entree options are available as gluten-free and include such dishes as the fried chicken sandwich, the fried chicken and waffles, wood-grilled tacos and a falafal wrap. Children's menu items and big leafy salads are also available. Side items, like the roasted Brussels sprouts, are especially tasty. (404) 588-1888)
IKEA is known for giving more for your money, and their restaurant is no different. This cafeteria-style diner offers an unexpected amount of healthy choices as well as Scandinavian comfort foods, such as Swedish meatballs. For under $10 you can get a surprising amount of food. Breakfast specials can be had for $1 and lunch specials for $2.
While not a destination restaurant, it is a perfect excuse for an impromptu shopping trip. Those with kids should check their website for "Kids eat free" days where two kids meals are included with each adult meal. No need to wait for a babysitter when you factor in their free supervised kids play area for potty-trained kids between 37" and 54" tall. (800-434-4532)
A mountain of nachos, complete with pulled pork, chili, cheese and sour cream could be the perfect appetizer (or meal) for you and your friends. If you think that you can eat the kitchen sink, try the Kitchen Sink salad. It comes complete with bleu cheese crumbles, bacon, egg, tomatoes, ham, chicken and beans. Other salad selections, burgers, and sandwiches complete the menu.
This is the perfect choice when you feel like beer and bar food. Compared to neighboring pub-style eateries, Atlantic Grill is smaller and more intimate in size. Located across from the movie theater, outside seating is available. (404- 888-9838)
Meehan's Public House Atlantic Station
Meehan's Public House oozes atmosphere. With multiple locations around Atlanta, this Irish-themed pub is a popular favorite for grabbing a pint, game day hangouts or even meetup groups. The dark wood accents and subdued lighting add to the cozy feel of a neighborhood bar. In addition to the expected Irish influences, such as fish and chips or bangers and mash, fish tacos and burgers satisfy more locally centered taste buds.
Outdoor seating allows the social scene to spill out on a nice day. Themed dinners and local partnerships mean regular events and special happenings. Don't miss the Devils on Horseback, dates stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in applewood bacon. ((404) 249-7812)
Rosa Mexicano - Atlanta
Since 1984, the authentic Rosa Mexicano has been serving up award-winning dishes like their Guacamole en Molcajete in a festive, casual atmosphere to the acclaim of locals and visitors alike. Atlanta's Rosa, located in Atlantic Station, is no different.
Order guacamole, prepared table side, while deciding on your main dish.
Sip on a signature pomegranate margaritas while you peruse the extensive menu. For entrees, branch out with the tequila and chile braised lamb shank or stick with house favorites like the short ribs or beef enchiladas with mole sauce. Just save room for the hot doughnuts filled with delectable caramel. (4043474090)
Lobby at TWELVE
Slate floors, pendant lights, and dark wood square tables fill the interior of this sophisticated space, located in TWELVE Hotel. Grab a barstool in front of the open kitchen and watch the chef craft dishes such as seared salmon, blackened trout, and grilled lamb chops. In addition to being a superb dining experience, the Lobby has also emerged as Atlantic Station's hippest locale for post-IKEA cocktails.
The seasonally driven menu pairs nicely with the more elegant atmosphere, while the wood-fire pizzas add comfort and approachability. Lobby has three meal service, and offers daily specials and live jazz. In line with its name, Lobby Bar and Bistro is located on the ground floor of the TWELVE Hotel and Residences. (404-961-7370)
The Pig & The Pearl
At first glance, your mind has a hard time making sense of the menu- pork belly and smoked brisket appear in the same Atlantic Station restaurant as octopus salad, and sashimi served with flying fish roe. Details are important at The Pig & The Pearl. Briskets and ribs are cooked using a dry smoke method, and an ordered Manhattan is never shaken, but muddled to perfection. The poultry is sourced from North Georgia, Spring Mountain Farms, and brined before cooking to ensure a more tender and juicy plate. Don't assume that garnishments are just for window dressing; the seasonal pickled peaches, served with the Pimento Cheese Croquettes, are the unsung hero. A more intimate feel exists here. Daily happy hour offers $1 oysters and day specific specials, such as Wednesday's $1 wings and half-priced bottles of wine on Sundays. (404-541-0930)
The fun and eccentric nature of a gastropub meets the comfort and welcomeness of a neighborhood bar and grill. Nothing is done in moderation here- from a full oval bar with an overwhelming draught beer selection, to a menu that has something for any disposition.
A multitude of televisions make this a prime choice for game day hangouts. While the environment is ripe for adult-vibe dinners, it still maintains a family-friendly appeal.
Food is not a second fiddle to the abundance of libation choices. The worldly feel and influences seep into their kids menu, which features Korean Barbeque Beef alongside favorites such as mac and cheese. Vegetarian options, pizzas, tacos and burgers are all offered in more classic and exotic forms. Chicken will no longer be your buffalo favorite once the Crispy Duck Wings touch your lips. The drink menu will challenge your decisiveness. ((404) 815-8990)
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