I heard about the Olive Garden many times on TV, but I only went a couple of weeks ago and I was impressed so I went back again, not only for food, but for the price. The first time we went, I shared a giant plate with my son, called the tour of Italy. It had meat, pasta and lasagna, all of which were delicious. The second time, my son chose some noodles with prawns and I got the lasagna. Again, both were delicious. All meals are served with hot garlic bread and green salad. Soft drinks are refillable and credit cards are accepted. You can also takeaway, but the atmosphere is very nice and the room is comfortable and spacious.
An expert friend of restaurants, took us one day to have burgers in Atlanta, which sounds very common in the US, but in Atlanta, gourmet hamburger places are trendy and Yeah Burger is one of them. One of the successes of the place is that the hamburger meat is from organically fed cows, who only grass and are certified. Upon arrival, you choose the type of bread, how you want the meat cooked and then additional sauces. After a few minutes, the food comes to your table. Soft drinks, as most restaurants here offer refills and the environment in mid town Atlanta is contemporary in design with interesting spots. A place to visit, leaving aside the fast food.
When one makes a stop in a city like Atlanta, especially if it is unexpected and only for a night, the body craves hamburger. Or, alternatively, American food. Come on, some fat. The Twin Peaks is just that, and a perfect environment: music, rock, big screens for watching sports and Hooters-style (but more of a cowboy style), pretty girls. If you're in Buckhead, it is an interesting option that you have.
The Johnny Rocket is one of those places that takes you back in time. Just inside, you place yourself in the America of the 50s: rock n roll, jukeboxes, burgers and shakes, all in a contemporary era. It is a place that opened its doors over 75 years ago and the waiters are wearing white uniforms. Each table has a mini jukebox and for a "nickel" you get to choose the next song. It is known for its Milk Shakes, all the traditional flavors for its burgers, fries, onion rings and hot dogs. The price is a bit high for what it is and what you usually find in these areas, but well worth it for the hamburgers. Per person, about $ 10 (8 euros).
For Mother's Day, we decided to try the Red & Green Brazilian Steakhouse, situated in Bufurd Highway in Norcross . The decor is very different from any other Rodizio in which I have been, a lot of colors, the bar also changes color, there is a buffet of salads and it is mostly filled with Asians. The music was not very Brazilian, but the place has atmosphere and a different look, with lots of wood and unusual decor. It is all you can eat and you get drinks. The open salad bar had everything from the typical plants to make a good salad until everything from the Mediterranean, cous cous and pasta. Meat,, chicken, pork, beef, and the waiters came with each dish serving sculls, ... my son commented that it he ate it all without having to go look. Accompanying the dishes were cheese rolls and toast. A place to go that is open every day, with ample parking and credit cards accepted.
Nestled in the vast Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (which is so huge that they've had to built a subway line to connect the terminals!), Atlanta Bread is a small cafe which stands apart. It's one of the few places that has places to sit down and the small dining room located in the back is very nice, a quiet oasis far from the incessant boarding calls and noise of the airport. It's the perfect place to take a break for your hectic travel schedule. In addition, the delicious pastries and cakes are served hot and crisp, and there even French croissants!
Located in Terminal C of the massive Atlanta Airport, Charley's Grilled Subs is a restaurant which provides a welcome break from the pre-packaged and unappealing food typically found in airports. Here, they make their huge sandwiches right before your eyes in order. The bread is hot, crispy, and very good quality, and it's hard not to find something you like in their selection of toppings! We recommend the Asian beef sub, truly original and delicious. The prices are also pretty reasonable and they have some good salads too like the bacon and cheddar salad.
Hard Rock Cafe is one of the most fun places in downtown Atlanta. It's more than just a tourist trap, it's an institution where you'll find lots of locals eating, drinking and enjoying themselves. Personally, I'd say it's one of the better Hard Rock Cafes I've ever been to. It's also located just two blocks from the Centennial Olympic Park so not matter how lost you are in the city, you'll be able to find it. the atmosphere is always nice, the music of course is excellent and the memorabilia is interesting. The service has room for improvement but it's nothing serious. The food is great, especially the ribs and burgers.
OK, so it's obviously not the original Orient Express, but the mere fact of having a train car in front of the restaurant deserves some praise, right? One day, I was driving down beautiful Paces Ferry Rd in Atlanta and I suddenly saw this old train car in the middle of nowhere. I couldn't understand if it was a museum or something that had been transported there from a parallel universe an error of parallel universe! I found out that it's actually a restaurant called The Orient Express and the train car has tables and chairs inside! The interior of the restaurant is much more modern and they serve high-end Asian gourmet dishes and sushi.
Flat Shoals Ave. is another street for a little adult fun. There, you'll find the flatiron, the rock'n'roll bar you always dreamed of. Well, part of it's a rock bar at least, the other half is a restaurant that's a bit more family friendly (especially if you ant to instill some rock'n'roll spirit into your young ones!). The portions are huge, enough to share between two or even three people. I'd especially recommend the mushroom burger. Once the sun goes down though, it's pure adult revelry until 3:00am!
Never tell a Turk that gyros are Greek, or vice verse. I'll make this little disclaimer up front so you won't face any problems. Ali Baba is the place where I had my first gyro ever. Unlike the Greek-style gyros where they cut the meat directly from the spit, the Turks let is soak in an oil sauce so that all the delicious juices run down your hands and your left sucking your fingers. The Ali Baba in Atlanta doesn't look like much from the outside, but it makes food fit for a palace. Plus, you can conveniently go for a walk in Five Points afterwards to work off your meal.
Moe's Southwest Grill in C Terminal of Atlanta International Airport is a classic fast-food burrito place. They serve burritos, fajitas, guacamole, and quesadillas and most of the dishes are pretty low-priced ($8.00 for a burrito and a drink, for example).