Eat, drink, and be Mary in Atlanta: a solid guide to Buckhead
Before my friend Becky went to Atlanta for work this week, she asked me for recommendations of places to eat, drink, and be…well, Mary, while in Buckhead. My response: of course I can whip up a list for you! Find it below pretty much cut and pasted from the email I sent her.
A day later it hit me it’s Autumn in Atlanta right now. My favorite time of year there. The heat has subsided; the kids are back in school; and the city is painted in red, orange, and yellow. The trees above line my old street…Seems like a world away now.
Mostly I miss my girls: Susan, Libby, Renee, Margaret Ellen, Prentiss, Erin, and Missi. A big hug to y’all.
My favorite places to sit at the bar and eat dinner:
— Cibo e Beve: This was my local hangout. Casual and fun Italian. Tell Justin the bartender I say hello.
— Local Three: Farm to table. Considered one of the best restaurants in ATL.
— Seven Lamps: In the Shops Around Lenox. Same chef as One Midtown Kitchen. Has a late night menu.
— Bones: Best steak in ATL, older crowd, great wine by the glass.
— Houston’s on Peachtree or the one near Lenox Mall. always fun people sitting at the bar.
— LPC: Upscale Italian and worth the $$.
— 10 Degrees South: go for the good time, not necessarily the food, sit on the back patio
— Tin Lizzy’s: on Roswell and Piedmont: great chips and salsa, good mexican, super casual
— Aria: for a nicer dining experience.
— Canoe: a Buckhead classic when you want to sit outside and just relax by the creek
During the day:
— Cafe Jonah: casual and healthy, cute cafe in an old house.
— Dtox Juice : fresh juices. the kale salad and green smoothie is to die for. Tell the owner Shannon I sent you!
— Super Jenny: best turkey chili EVER! you might have to wait in a line for it.
— Anis: if you’re looking for wine at lunch :)
— Blue Moon Pizza: fresh, quick, and easy. you can order small pies or even by the slice.
— Farm Burger: best burger in my opinion. they have turkey and veggie as well, soooo good.
If you’re willing to go downtown:
— Bacchanalia: the best restaurant in ATL, hands down, Italian will blow your mind)
— Barcelona: One of my favorite places for a fun dinner. great crowd! awesome food and wine.
— Lure: upscale and trendy seafood in a lovely space.
— Ecco: only go and sit at the bar or outside.
Other stuff you need to know:
— BLAST900 – Tell Missi you’re a friend of Mary Rambin, she’ll squeal :) Give her a big hug for me and then get ready for the workout OF YOUR LIFE!
— Chastain park, 3 miles around, a beautiful way to end the day
— Mani/Pedi: Trina Nails – call ahead for Tracy. Tell Tracy and Trish I say hi.
**Please note I haven’t been in ATL for a while and new places open up monthly. For a current Top 10 list, go here.