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10 Best Casual Dining Restaurants



Sometimes you just want a casual dining experience where you do not have to dress up or dine in pretentious surroundings. Don your casual attire and relax with your family and friends in this restaurants. If you prefer to take your food to go, many of these restaurants have carry-out available. Kids are welcomed, and you can leave your high heels, and tie at home. It’s time to enjoy some of Atlanta’s casual dining experiences. 


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Buckhead Italian Market and Bakery
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Try the Panini sandwiches, including the Italian, chicken salad, roast beef, turkey, and caprese at Buckhead Italian Market and Bakery. Hot entrees at the The Buckhead Italian Market and Bakery include pastas like the spaghetti bolognese, spaghetti marinara, baked ziti, tilapia, and chicken. Patrons who seek a variety of foods can try the combination platters, which include salads with the entree. Vegetarians might want to try the three salads or the five salads platter. Desserts on the menu consist of gelato, sorbet, cookies and pastries. People who enjoy cooking can find some of the ingredients Italian ingredients that they need, because the Buckhead Italian Market and Bakery has a variety of imported groceries.

Local Expert tip: If you want to try the cannoli, you should call ahead.

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Experience a piece of Italy in Atlanta. Developed by Diovanni Di Palma, the pizzeria the idea for the pizzeria was conceived when Di Palma visited his family in Italy. The Artisian pizzas are lovingly crafted using old-fashioned techniques originated in Southern Italy. The dough is hand-kneaded, and baked in a stone oven that was shipped to Atlanta from Naples. The pizzas are made from fresh ingredients, and the mozzarella cheese is imported from Italy. Traditional pizzas on the menu include the Marinara, Bianca, Capricciosa, and Diavola. You can also try the lasagna, verdure, and San Gennaro pizzas on the menu.

Local Expert tip: Try the homemade cannoli.

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My Friend's Place opened in 1980 in the Sandy Springs area. Honoring friends of owners David and Rosalind Katz, the deli was developed as a comfortable and fast place to eat healthy food. The chicken salad, tuna salad, or egg salad are some of the cold salad offerings at My Friend's Place. Hot Melts include the Tuna Mushroom Melt, chicken salad melt, and a turkey melt, all served on pita bread. Hot deli sandwiches, cold sandwiches, or Reubens. If you are trying to reduce your carbs, My Friend's Place has several salads, a garden salad, chef, grilled chicken, Caesar, just to name a few. Tortilla wraps stuffed with chicken, tuna, or turkey are also available.

Local Expert tip: Dieters should seek out the under 400 menu, with food selections that are under 400 calories.

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Tin Drum Asia
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Teriyaki stir fry, pad tai, and fried rice are some of the offerings available at Tin Drum Asia. Stir fried noodles, soups and curry are served up, too. Look for vegetarian dishes or order from a gluten-free menu if you have these dietary restrictions.

Local Expert tip: Look for the tiny peppers on the menu. They indicate that the dish is spicy.

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This neighborhood cafe uses local, seasonal ingredients and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast, you'll find scrambled eggs, bacon, honey glazed bacon, and stuffed French toast. You'll also find sandwiches, including a triple decker ham sandwich, called The Dagwood, a pimento cheese, lettuce and tomato, tuna, chicken, and roast beef sandwiches. Side items include pasta salad, roasted corn, and Southern macaroni and cheese. The green salads are vegetarian, but you can add chicken or salmon to the Caesar salad. If you save room, you can sample the chocolate chunk brownies, fresh baked cookies, or the Danishes.

Local Expert tip: Save money and order from the children's menu if you have kids.

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Mellow Mushroom
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In existence since 1874, Mellow Mushroom has salads pizzas, subs, and salads. You'll also find gluten-free pizza, a kids menu and a wide variety of beer. Although Mellow Mushroom has about 100 locations, each restaurant is slightly different, catering to the needs of its specific community. The first Mellow Mushroom opened near Georgia Tech, with food choices that would appeal to the college crowd. Snack-like foods like the pretzels, spinach and artichoke dip, stuffed Portobello mushroom, and the capri, can be used as an appetizer. The Mighty Meaty is Mellow's version of the meat-packed pizza, and the Mega Veggie is a classic vegetarian pizza.

Local Expert tip: This is the pizza place for you if you like to have a cold beer with your pie.

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Atlantic Grill
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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.

Local Expert tip: Are you on a low carb diet? Try the lo carb burger. It comes without a bun.

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Claudine Williams worked as a newspaper reporter and a teacher before becoming a freelance travel writer. Claudine has lived in several cities in the United States, but moved to metro...  More About Claudine

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