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Nearby Food, Attractions, etc.

Posted: July 23rd, 2018, 1:54 pm
by Kessling
The hotel is in Downtown Atlanta so I'm focusing this guide on things within walking distance and then I will list some recommendations that are a bit further afield and would require you to take transit or a car.

Some Nearby Restaurants

Max Lager's Wood Fired Grill & Brewery: The beer is just OK but the food is pretty good, typical American food.

Alma Cocina: Mexican and one of the better options in the area

White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails: Southern/New American. Good but not great.

Peachtree Center Food Court (Monday-Saturday 6a-6p): This has a lot of options for breakfast and lunch but likely won't be open for dinner hours unless there is a large event nearby. Lots of large chain options (e.g., Dairy Queen, Chick-fil-A, Au Bon Pain, Checkers) and some one-off options (Aviva by Kameel is probably the best of these).

Sitdown chain restaurants nearby: Ted's Montana Grill, Benihana, Hooters, Hard Rock Cafe, Waffle House

Nearby Attractions
The World of Coke and Georgia Aquarium are right next to each other and are about a 10 minute walk from the hotel.

College Football Hall of Fame is about a 10 minute walk from the hotel and I recommend it if you're a big CFB fan.

CNN Center is about a 15 minute walk from the hotel and has a big food court and you can tour the CNN studios. There is also a Taco Mac here which is a local chain of sports bars.

If you are willing to jump on MARTA

You will want to go northbound from Peachtree Center - I trust you to use Google Maps for exact directions but all of these are within 2-4 stops of the hotel:

Cypress Street Pint and Plate - open late, the house beer is a good local IPA, pretty good food
ESCORPION: solid Mexican food and good cocktails
Takorea: Korean/Mexican fusion and fairly cheap
The Vortex: 18+ establishment that still allows smoking inside but has tons of burger and beer options
Taco Mac / Hudson Grille: both are local chain sports bars with decent food
Publik Draft House: right next to the FOX Theatre, upscale bar food


If you have access to a car or are willing to Uber/Lyft/taxi

Krog Street Market: highly recommend Fred's Meat and Bread, Yalla, and Gu's but most everything here is good

Ponce City Market: El Super Pan, H&F Burger, Minero but similarly most everything here is good

The Porter Beer Bar is the best bet in the city if you're looking for a big beer selection and interesting food

Fox Bros BBQ, Heirloom Market BBQ, Community Q, and B's Cracklin BBQ are the best BBQ options in the city.

Mary Mac's Tea Room, Busy Bee Cafe, and the Colonnade are your best bet for old school southern

You can't go wrong with anything on the Eater Atlanta 38 Essential restaurants.

Re: Nearby Food, Attractions, etc.

Posted: July 23rd, 2018, 3:13 pm
by imrahil327
Daaaaamn so jealous I can't go eat food with Kessling

Re: Nearby Food, Attractions, etc.

Posted: July 23rd, 2018, 3:18 pm
by gogolen
do you get discounts at CFA?

Re: Nearby Food, Attractions, etc.

Posted: July 23rd, 2018, 5:50 pm
by marines28
Thanks for posting this.

Re: Nearby Food, Attractions, etc.

Posted: July 23rd, 2018, 9:57 pm
by Hayes
This place just opened up like 2 months ago and is amazing. Definitely checked the most healthy thing I ever ate at a con box.
https://www.pokespot.com/choose-location

Hsu's > Benihana
http://www.hsus.com

Sushi
http://www.pacificrimbistro.com/index.html

(Apparently I like Asian food whilst in Atlanta)

Re: RE: Re: Nearby Food, Attractions, etc.

Posted: July 24th, 2018, 8:02 am
by arebelspy
Hayes wrote:This place just opened up like 2 months ago and is amazing. Definitely checked the most healthy thing I ever ate at a con box.
https://www.pokespot.com/choose-location

Hsu's > Benihana
http://www.hsus.com

Sushi
http://www.pacificrimbistro.com/index.html

(Apparently I like Asian food whilst in Atlanta)
I want all of this. So much more than greasy bar food.

Re: RE: Re: Nearby Food, Attractions, etc.

Posted: July 24th, 2018, 8:07 am
by marines28
arebelspy wrote:
Hayes wrote:This place just opened up like 2 months ago and is amazing. Definitely checked the most healthy thing I ever ate at a con box.
https://www.pokespot.com/choose-location

Hsu's > Benihana
http://www.hsus.com

Sushi
http://www.pacificrimbistro.com/index.html

(Apparently I like Asian food whilst in Atlanta)
I want all of this. So much more than greasy bar food.
Agreed

Re: Nearby Food, Attractions, etc.

Posted: July 24th, 2018, 9:57 am
by gogolen
Is there still that Jimmie John's right down the street? I seem to remember them being open very late at night

Re: Nearby Food, Attractions, etc.

Posted: July 24th, 2018, 1:16 pm
by Kessling
It looks like there are two Jimmy Johns nearby.

I've been to Pacific Rim once and wasn't impressed. I haven't been to Hsu's and didn't know about the Poke spot.

A few other suggestions:

Ray's in the City is a bit upscale but has solid food. Good spot for seafood.

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken has an outpost nearby - it's a famous Memphis spot and it's good.

The Landmark Diner and MetroCafe Diner are both open 24 hours and are less than 10 minutes walk from the venue. Both are run of the mill diner food.

Re: Nearby Food, Attractions, etc.

Posted: July 24th, 2018, 1:54 pm
by gogolen
Kessling wrote:It looks like there are two Jimmy Johns nearby.

I've been to Pacific Rim once and wasn't impressed. I haven't been to Hsu's and didn't know about the Poke spot.

A few other suggestions:

Ray's in the City is a bit upscale but has solid food. Good spot for seafood.

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken has an outpost nearby - it's a famous Memphis spot and it's good.

The Landmark Diner and MetroCafe Diner are both open 24 hours and are less than 10 minutes walk from the venue. Both are run of the mill diner food.

Hmm..those diners sounds familiar. I think one of them might have been where i saved Kevin Elia's life in 2003, and then in 2004 where matt lush poured sugar in GG's hair when fell asleep on the table at 3am.

Oh, and the food was ok too

Re: Nearby Food, Attractions, etc.

Posted: July 27th, 2018, 5:51 pm
by Kessling

Re: Nearby Food, Attractions, etc.

Posted: January 17th, 2019, 2:11 pm
by mingtown
I just returned from a business trip to Atlanta, but while I was there I was able to use this thread to find some really great food- went to B's Cracklin' BBQ and Mary Mac's Tea House and both were excellent! So thank you very much Mr. Kessling for your recommendations.

Re: Nearby Food, Attractions, etc.

Posted: January 17th, 2019, 3:22 pm
by Kessling
mingtown wrote:I just returned from a business trip to Atlanta, but while I was there I was able to use this thread to find some really great food- went to B's Cracklin' BBQ and Mary Mac's Tea House and both were excellent! So thank you very much Mr. Kessling for your recommendations.
That's awesome! Glad you enjoyed.

Re: Nearby Food, Attractions, etc.

Posted: January 19th, 2019, 3:25 am
by marines28
Kessling wrote:
mingtown wrote:I just returned from a business trip to Atlanta, but while I was there I was able to use this thread to find some really great food- went to B's Cracklin' BBQ and Mary Mac's Tea House and both were excellent! So thank you very much Mr. Kessling for your recommendations.
That's awesome! Glad you enjoyed.
x2. Good stuff.