Southern Restaurants Atlanta Midtown

Old May 20th, 2005, 06:49 AM
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MMMMM, I really miss Mary Mac's since moving a few years ago...it's the kind of food I get at home...no nonsense or overpriced, it's all about the food...
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Old May 20th, 2005, 07:04 AM
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Thanks for the info on Pitty Pat's. I have never eaten there, but have been by it many times several years ago and it was always packed then.

At least I now know not to bother on my next trip to Atlanta.
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Old May 20th, 2005, 09:14 AM
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I agree, atlswan. The Varsity doesn't match Cheryl's request at all. Also, your comment about cleaning out your system made me smile! That's pretty much what I was thinking when I said to take the Tums. Birgator has a good idea - go by for a soda, or FO, or even a Classic Coke...but I still think curb service would be better.

To go inside with elderly parents? Too many stairs, too crowded, too hectic and too greasy (on the floors). My parents and I did an drive through their youth and memories of growing up in Atlanta - and never did a trip to the Varsity come up. I go about once every 5 years.

Now, Krispy Kreme! THAT's an institution that appeals to me.

Pitty Pat's is still there. It does good business with the tourist crowd. I have a friend that went recently (I was surprised that a local went) and they enjoyed their meal. But, it's more of a manufactured version of Southern cooking. The other suggestions are better choices of true Southern cooking in my mind.

Cheryl, if you have time to take a short road trip, drive out I 20 about an hour or so to Social Circle and eat at the Blue Willow. Then, let your food digest as you drive through Madison, GA - a beautiful small southern town full of antebellum homes.

Or, if they saw the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" drive south on I-75 to Juliette, GA and eat at the Whistle Stop Cafe where the movie was filmed.

Have a great time with your parents in Atlanta!

Not sure what Lewis has to do with this. But, I bet he's up there (nekkid with wings) smiling that his name came up!
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Old May 20th, 2005, 10:25 AM
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I love the "show" at the colonnade. I actually am disappointed when I go there and there is a short wait as I love to sit in the bar and watch the parade go by. I'm talking a 20 to 30 minute wait, which is usually as long as it gets even on Saturday nights. The mix of blue hair and disco-bunnies is fun. The menu is huge and the drinks are strong.

For actually better fare, you can't beat Matthews out in Tucker. Don't be fooled by the "old shack next to the railroad tracks" look. They have the best "meat and three" in the metro area. And it's inexpensive, too.

In Midtown, another place that has good food and a "free show" is the Silver Grill on Monroe a block up from Piedmont Park (next to Grady High). Only 6 or so booths and 6 tables, but lively.

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Old May 20th, 2005, 11:15 AM
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Keith, Matthews ia great. I'm glad to know it's still open. I used to eat there regularly when I worked in the area. More business folks (white shirt and ties) there at lunch than almost anywhere else in town).

I used to eat at Silver Grill regularly too, but I'm not sure for elderly parents. But, for cheap pasta, jerk chicken and vegatables in the area I like EATS on Ponce.

Of course, Piccadilly's Dilly Meal is another good standby.
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Old May 20th, 2005, 11:21 AM
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Thanks for the heads up on Matthews. Didn't know about that one. I'll add it to my "must graze" list.

Silver Grill is indeed a good place to go but it is so small, getting a table can be tricky at times.

Thelma's over at Georgia Tech is often recommended but no better than the Collonade...and it doesn't have the good people watching.

Starr, if they could go to Blue Willow, THAT would be the ultimate, wouldn't it? I fast for about 24 hours before I go there so I have maximum capacity to fill up on everything. I feel like a slug afterward but since I only go about once a year, it is worth it.

One of my favorite Lewis Grizzard observations was his opinion on the difference between dinner on the grounds at the Methodist Church or the Baptist Church. He preferred the Methodist dinner on the grounds because the prayer was always shorter! HA!
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Funny!
And, you also get to eat sooner 'cause the Methodist stop at noon. No telling when the Southern Baptist sermon will be over.

(No offense intended folks - just my personal experience)
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No offense taken, Starr. I used to be SB (now a Presbyterian) so that's why it was especially funny to me.
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