Villa Christiana boasts the distinction of being the area's only three-story, stacked-stone Italian villa serving a gourmet menu of fresh seafood, high quality steak cuts and a smattering of authentic Italian favorites. The facilities include the main restaurant with its exhibition kitchen, two elegant ballrooms, two private dining rooms, an outdoor event pavilion as well as the Caffe Christina To Go Restaurant. Vast grounds, beautiful gardens and exquisite landscaping add to the Villa's appeal. Plus, a special Mother's Day lunch allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of life by stealing away for a few leisurely Sunday morning hours to enjoy a delicious brunch.
Enlivened by a vibrant palette of red, black, and yellow, Chin Chin has a number of locations in and around Atlanta, and it's a popular place for solid Asian food. The menu mines many Eastern cultures for inspiration, featuring eggplant in hot garlic sauce, pad Thai, teriyaki beef, Peking duck, and a spicy seafood hot pot. Vegetarian options can be had, and you can choose to have milder dishes or ones with more heat. Affordable lunch specials ably fill you up on weekdays as well.
You may have to hop in the car to get to this Sandy Springs smoke house, whose specialty is hand-pulled pork that's been hit with just the right amount of homemade ketchup-based sauce. Sandwiches and "large portions" are available for those on the go, but those planning to dine definitely should go for a plate of chopped chicken, ribs, or pulled pork accompanied by two sides, bread and a pickle. The truly hearty, though, will want to tackle something like the C Plate, a combo that features ribs and a chicken quarter. If there's any room left, go ahead and take a stab at their delicious cobbler or banana pudding.
Gracing a 19th-century house, this French bistro plies patrons with Gallic cuisine, especially that which recalls southern France. The busy, bustling place appeals to lively patrons, as does the second-story balcony, which is coveted for its great views of historic Roswell. No matter where you sit, the menu pleases. Steak frites, lamb shank, calamari, lobster-studded pasta, and roast duck hint at the options, and you'll also find pâté, escargot, and charcuterie. Plus, live jazz adds to the merriment on weekends.
Don't dismiss Daddy D'z based on its appearance as with any BBQ joint worth its sauce, this one isn't dressed to impress, and they don't hang their hats on any false pretense, In fact, most just leave their hats right on their heads where they belong! And, if you're looking for pedigree, publications from all over the country have heaped praise and awards on the place for its tender, flavorful smoked spare ribs. In addition to everyday ditties like pulled pork, chicken, turkey and bodacious Brunswick stew, Daddy D'z delivers terrific live blues on Friday and Saturday nights.
If you're searching for an Atlanta restaurant that offers a health-conscious menu to match your health-conscious lifestyle, then Lov'n It Live can ably provide what you're craving. The vegan menu features lasagna, tostados, sage burgers, and tacos, all prepared with organically grown vegetables produced by local farmers. The menu varies based on the season, but the selection is always fresh because of it.
Patrons will tell you quite readily that this small shop turns out some of the city's best breads, from focaccia and baguettes to ciabatta and country Italian loaves. They're crusty, flavorful, and ideal for a sandwich, which the shop will make for you during designated lunch hours. Otherwise, stop in for something sweet or savory to enjoy at home. Service can be slow at times and the staff can take some getting used to, but you can't beat the tasty goods that Bread Garden serves.
Hickory-smoked eats and downhome blues draw big crowds to this casual 'cue joint, where the specials are written out on paper and hung in front of the counter, and the beer is always just as it should be: ice cold. Must-orders include the pulled-pork sandwich a simple yet delicious classic, especially when it's topped off by a few hits of their vinegar-based sauce. Platters of pork, beef, turkey and chicken are available as well, each accompanied by two homemade sides (coleslaw and Brunswick stew are the best bets as far as that goes).
Reward yourself with delicious homemade gelato ice cream from Paolo's, a small café with loads of personality. The Italian owner creates creamy gelato in a broad range of flavors, and serves each cup or cone with a healthy serving of charm and conversation. Atlanta's only authentic Italian gelateria serves up other goodies as well, including tiramisu, French crepes, cannoli, and marzapane.
It's not that the Barbecue Kitchen is hard to get to (it's located just off I-85), but the ill-informed may consider its airport area setting a bit "out there." In point of fact, this A-frame smokehouse is a reward worth traveling for, and the heavy traffic is proof positive that if you serve up good food and neighborly service, people will go out of the way to give you their business. The finger-licking house specialty is hickory-smoked pulled pork, and when a heaping portion arrives flanked by made-from-scratch biscuits (or corn muffins), collard greens, fresh rutabagas and candied yams ... Well, let's just say that nature'll kick in, and you'll know exactly what to do! MARTA: College Park