What could be better than inexpensive, freshly made food delivered quickly, served in normal portions that aren't drowning in sauce? Regulars -- and one gets the feeling that nearly everyone here is -- get giddy over the specialty of the house, garlic knots. There's nothing cutting edge about the pastas and entrees, but that isn't what Pasta Vino is about. Cash only.
Nakato's been the king of Japanese steakhouses in Atlanta for 35 years. It's a dinosaur of Atlanta dining, outmoded on so many fronts by the flashy Japanese restaurants that have come since, and yet another example of how slow and steady can win the race. The wide selection of appetizer-sized plates is full of the classic flavors that make Japanese dining an obsession for so many. Read full review...
You can easily go overboard at Mezza ordering lots of the Middle Eastern appetizers for which the restaurant is named. If you come with a group of three or more, try the family meal option. $$ ($10-$20)
With an impressive view facing downtown Atlanta, it is easy to see why Legal Sea Foods has captured the hearts of many tourists. Freshness is the name of the game at this restaurant, and some dishes, such as the steamers, truly benefit from this philosophy. The problems, however, are with the unmanageably large dining rooms (that's right, this place has two giant dining rooms) and menu. The servers are often overwhelmed, and the food is often overcooked. Leave the entrees to the tourists and go for the vast selection of wine, oysters, and the lobster rolls.
Want to indulge in the goodness of Chinese food but don't eat meat? Harmony offers noodles, dumplings and moo shu vegetable wraps, all of which are tops at this minimally decorated newcomer. Stick with greenery and skip the imitation beef and fish.
Cafe Sunflower wilts in comparison to other, more impressive Atlanta vegetarian restaurants, but its staff is friendly and its innovative vegan desserts are worth checking out.
The setting here is so pleasant and the quality of the olive oil, olives and cheese so fine that one could sit with these and nothing more -- well, maybe a glass of red wine -- and be content. Traditional Italian family favorites served as though patrons were guests in the home.