Ann's Snack Bar, Recently named best burger in the COUNTRY by the Wall Street Journal, it's hard to get a seat these days at Ann's. The favorite here remains a double cheeseburger with mayo only; it's under $5 and would fill a Great Dane. The masochistic order the Ghetto Burger, a plate-filling sandwich topped with chili, cheese, onions and bacon. Whatever you order, don't plan to move around much the rest of the day. L, D. $. 1615 Memorial Drive. 404-687-9207.
Apres Diem, Chic decor, bistro food, a crowded bar, a hot Euro waitstaff and a diet-busting dessert case. Brunch (Weekend), L, D $-$$ 931 Monroe Drive. 404-872-3333. www.apresdiem.com.
Babette's Cafe, Classic dishes remain complete and satisfying, including mussels steeped in white wine, fried oysters, and beef tenderloin with Gorgonzola sauce. Brunch at Babette's focuses on savory items such as omelets and quiche, but sweet-tooth types will melt over the gloppy French toast. Brunch (Sun.), D $$$ 573 N. Highland Ave. 404-523-9121. www.babettescafe.com.
Belly General Store One of the most pleasant spaces in a neighborhood known for pleasantry. Delicious prepared salads, gourmet sandwiches and -- most importantly -- some of the best bagels in town. Try the sea-salt one, but steer away from the wheat versions. B, L $ 772 N. Highland Ave. 404-872-1003. www.bellystore.com.
Buckhead Diner Chrome on the outside, wood-paneled booths on the inside, this clubby Buckhead Life diner has been packing them in for high-toned burgers and bleu-cheese potato chips going on 20 years. Brunch (Sun.), L, D $$-$$$ 3073 Piedmont Road. 404-262-3336. www.buckheadrestaurants.com/diner.html.
Cafe 458 One of those rare places that exists both for our brunching pleasure and for the good of the community. All proceeds go to Samaritan House, an organization that helps homeless men and women reach self-sufficiency. When the cafe isn't serving up some of the best brunch around, it offers meals all week long to the homeless community. Be sure to tip well -- the all-volunteer staff donates gratuities as well as time. $$. B, L. 458 Edgewood Avenue. 404-523-1239. www.cafe458.pmhclients.com.
Cafe Di Sol, James Ehrlich's sister eatery to Eclipse di Luna, Cafe di Sol is a neighborhood restaurant with spark. Expect an affordable, rangy menu of small plates, sandwiches, salads and a few deftly conceived entrees. Thirsty? The grapefruit-rosewater martini is our favorite way to get blotto. L, D $-$$ 640 North Highland Avenue. 404-724-0711. www.cafedisol.com.
Carroll Street Cafe, This winebar-cum-cafe embodies all the Apres Diem style with Cabbagetown's eclectic sensibilites. Try the smoked salmon lox platter for breakfast or the Carrol Street BLT for lunch. Brunch (Weekend), L, D. $-$$. 208 Carroll St. 404-527-2700. www.apresdiem.com/carroll_street
The Counter, Distinguishes itself from other customizable burger spots with retro-modern digs, regional wines and beers, and its use of freshly ground Meyer's Red Angus beef shoulder, a certified humane all-natural beef. Also serves starters such as fried dill pickles and french fries, and desserts such as apple crumble and milkshakes. 850 Mansell Road. Roswell. 30076. L, D. $$. 678-461-9661. www.thecounterburger.com.
Dakota Blue, Dakota Blue in Grant Park actually encourages kids rather than tolerates them. A whole corner of toys and coloring books to keep your child occupied proves the point. The booths are made from squirm-friendly, wide wooden planks, and there's plenty on the menu that should be acceptable to finicky little eaters. L, D. $-$$. 454 Cherokee Ave. 404-589-8002. www.dakotabluegrantpark.com.
Dante's Down the Hatch, Candlelit tables perched inside and around a faux boat make this fondue spot a good place for a cozy, romantic dinner. D. $$$. 3380 Peachtree Road. 404-266-1600. www.dantesdownthehatch.com.
Duck's Cosmic Kitchen, Duck's is a small cafe tucked in back of East Decatur Station that serves killer sandwiches on freshly baked bread, a selection of pizzas and some of the best doughnuts we've ever tasted. House-cured salmon on baguette is soft as butter. Pair a Belgian ale with Duck's James Calvin sandwich -- a delicious pulled pot roast with horseradish sauce and Dijon on walnut leek bread -- and you'll be in hearty heaven. Service is warm, like hanging out with distant but fond relatives. All bakery items, including a luscious carrot cake and a variety of gooey cheesecakes (and don't forget those doughnuts) are made on site. L, D $ 111-D New Street. 404-371-8823. www.duckscosmickitchen.com.
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