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Eats, Jerk chicken, veggie plates and quickie pasta reign in this ultracheap indie mainstay. $. L, D. 600 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-888-9149. www.eatsonponce.net.
Einstein's, Long-running casual restaurant with popular patio that serves American cuisine and packs them in for weekend brunch. $$. L, D. 1077 Juniper Street. 404-876-7925. www.einsteinsatlanta.com.
Flip Burger Boutique, ***** Flip Burger Boutique is Richard Blais' first project since leaving Tom Catherall's restaurant Home, where he stopped by for a while after almost winning Bravo's "Top Chef." The restaurant's mission is contained in its catch phrase: "fine dining between two buns." Menu stars include a pâté melt that pairs veal and pork pâté with swiss cheese, mustard and puckery cornichons, a po'boyger inspired by a shrimp po'boy, and a lamburger with cucumber yogurt. L, D $$ 1587 Howell Mill Road. 404-352-3547. www.flipburgerbotique.com.
Gilbert's, Many know Gilbert's as a nighttime watering hole with an ever-changing street theater. But the real bang for the buck lies in the eclectic all-you-can-eat weekend brunch that draws both the eccentric and the everyman. Customer's can order any four of the 16 items on the menu. After the first round, order the same, or four different offerings as often as desired. Feast on gyro meat dressed with feta and scrambled eggs or head in a more conventional direction with country steak, biscuits, a petite Western omelet and pancakes. Brunch (Weekend), L, D. $$ 219 10th Street. 404-872-8012. www.gilbertscafe.com.
Grindhouse Killer Burgers, This new spot in the Seet Auburn Curb Market excells at its area of focus: delicious burgers. The menu includes 5 house-designed burgers. The highlight is the Apache, featuring roasted New Mexico green chiles, grilled onions and American cheese. L. $, 209 Edgewood Ave. 404-522-3444. www.grindhouseburgers.com.
Jamal's Buffalo Wings, This restaurant is unique in that it only offers a few sauce selections done right, unlike others that offer an endless supply. The wings are fried to a perfect, golden crisp that never tastes (or smells) old, but may not be hot enough for some die-hards. L, D. $-$$. 10 Northside Drive. 404-221-0088.
Java Jive, Java Jive, the breakfast-only restaurant in the heart of town, has a retro vibe and tons of charm; the decor mostly consists of vintage kitchen appliances and old tin advertisements. Java Jive's owners, Shira Levetan and Steven Horowitz, a husband-and-wife team, have been making modern meals in their retro-feel restaurant for more than a decade now. Shira does the baking and Steven the cooking, and a fine division of labor it turns out to be, providing consistent quality throughout the years. Great coffee too. B. $. Cash only. 790 Ponce de Leon Avenue. 404-876-6161.
Kozmo Gastropub, *****, If you loved Globe, the previous restaurant of owner Oswald Morgan, then you'll like his new "suburban chic" location. The menu consists of what one would expect of comforting bar food, but with unexpected twists, such as spicy spaghetti with tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and bacon. L, D, LD. $$. 11890 Douglas Road, Johns Creek. 678-526-6094. www.kozmogastropub.com.
LottaFrutta, As the name suggests, LottaFrutta is totally adorable. Located in the heart of the Old Fourth Ward, LottaFrutta occupies a tidy row house at the corner of Auburn Avenue and Randolph Street. A cheeky mural of Carmen Miranda beckons to passers-by. The place bills itself as a "gourmet fruit house and market," specializing in heavenly fruit cups with fanciful names like dolce vitta and cremolatta. Besides the fruit cups, LottaFrutta whips up fresh fruit juices and smoothies, and stocks a freezer case with homemade tropical fruit pops. B, L. $ 590 Auburn Avenue. 404-588-0857. www.lottafrutta.com.
Luckie Food Lounge, ***** Located across from the Georgia Aquarium, this cavernous restaurant with a distinctly airport-like atmosphere offers a lot of tourist-oriented eats, such as the $12, 100-percent Kobe beef hot dog served on a stale bun. Pizza is highly edible with thin crust and fresh toppings, and the seafood, if you stay away from the sushi, is where the kitchen excels the most. But the fun ends there. It's probably a tough line to walk, to serve massive numbers of people, ranging from aquarium-weary kids to high rollers; Luckie Food Lounge makes a valiant effort, but falls short at delivering food worth eating when you're not in a pinch. $$. D. 375 Luckie Street. 404-525-5825. www.luckiefoodlounge.com.
Majestic, For all the debauchery and bleary-eyed clubbing that ordering a plate of hash browns at 4 a.m. entails, this is the only place to go. Delightfully greasy burgers, eggs, grits, and other diner favorites stave off oncoming hangovers and settle woozy, boozy tummies. Stone-cold sober? This Atlanta institution can provide all the inspiration you need to write that picaresque novel. Open 24 hours. B, L, D $ 1031 Ponce de Leon Avenue. 404-875-0276.
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