Good Eats 

Our critics' guide to Atlanta restaurants

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Liz's International Roti House II, 517 Flat Shoals Ave., 404-681-4461. The Caribbean equivalent of the Tex-Mex burrito is the roti, a meat and potato curry concoction wrapped in a light, flour pancake. Liz's offers a tasty, authentic variety with other items including curries and rice, fish plates and sandwiches. $
Grant Park
Eat Moore Cake, 753A Cherokee Ave., 404-622-3411. The hang out across from the Zoo in Grant Park is a cross between a college dorm room and a smalltown deli/dessert spot. Homemade deserts and simple sandwiches are a great reason for a stop-off even if the hours don't reach far into dusk. $

Ria's Bluebird, 421 Memorial Drive, 404-521-3737. Ria's is the best thing going along the bleak strip along Memorial Drive across from Oakland Cemetery. Breakfast served all day and some creative entrees keep the locals loyal. $$
Little 5 Points/Candler Park
Bang, 1126 Euclid Ave., 404-223-5039. This bistro in Little Five Points, brings the area its first serious dining in years. The restaurant looks sophisticated and is quite festive. The food can be good but needs tweaking. An otherwise delicious flank steak with frites gets overwhelmed by garlic. A bowl of noodles with organic greens is pure comfort but too much sweet tomato marmalade makes the broth cloying. Still, it's well worth visiting. $$$

El Myr, 1091 Euclid Ave., 404-588-0250. The name of this scruffy Little Five Points bar and burrito joint comes from a famous art forger, but the overstuffed, two-handed wraps are the real thing. The vegetarian green burrito, BBQ chicken burrito and surprisingly hefty fish taco prove particularly flavorful, and the wall paintings and juke box add character. $$

Flying Biscuit Cafe, 1655 McLendon Ave., 404-687-8888. No Southern breakfast is complete without biscuits, but the Flying Biscuit has made the biscuit -- cakey, oversized and with a touch of buttermilk -- the cornerstone of all its meals, even its lunch-menu items and dinner entrees. Next door to the restaurant, there's a small to-go shop that's always crowded where you can get your biscuits, sold by the dozen, to go with your morning coffee. Don't forget the apple butter -- somewhere between apple jam and applesauce. The Flying Biscuit gets the other necessary breakfast elements -- cheese grits, bacon and eggs -- right too. $$

Gato de Noche, 1600 McLendon Ave., 404-371-0889. At night, Gato Bizco becomes Gato de Noche. Inventive cooking with an edge. Lovely soups, incredible fish tacos, spicy tamales, juicy pork chops, chicken breast lovingly marinated for 12 hours. Whatever the special is, it's worth trying inasmuch as there is an artist at work behind the counter. $$

La Fonda Latina - Little Five Points, 1159B Euclid Ave., 404-577-8317. You can't be in a bad mood at any of La Fonda's locations, where the tropical color schemes and upbeat salsa music never fail to raise spirits. The pork chops, Cuban Reuben sandwich and big, generous quesadillas are all exquisite. If you've never been, try the paella, a mouth-watering melange of seafood, sausage, rice and more served in an iron skillet. $

Olive Bistro, The, 1099 Euclid Ave., 404-582-0029. Clinging to the side of the Variety Playhouse, this bohemian hole-in-the-wall offers up great chicken, lamb, falafel sandwiches and several other chick pea incarnations including hummus. Mediterranean samplings in the display case can be picked up to go. $$

Planet Bombay, 451 Moreland Ave., 404-688-0005. L5P eatery with thick, hearty soups (Mulligatawny, fresh mushroom), notable rice pilafs and Indian breads, good curried vegetable combinations and low prices. $$

The Radial Cafe, 1530 DeKalb Ave., 404-659-6594. The breakfast crowds line up on the weekends like nearby Flying Biscuit, but great lunches can be had as well with specialty sandwiches and soups. The hip clientele and even hipper waiters offer up plenty of eye candy as well. $

Savage Pizza, 484 Moreland Ave., 404-523-0500. Among the best local sources of real, hand-thrown, honest-to-Palermo pizza, this slightly bent independent in L5P is notable for fresh ingredients, homemade sauces and clever, knowing service. Wide selection of pizza toppings and calzone fillings. Good for takeout. Smokers' porch. $

Son's Place, 100 Hurt St., 404-581-0530. Lenn Story supposedly still uses the same cast-iron pans that the legendary Deacon Burton used. This meat-and-three serves up true Southern and the clientele of cops, white and black can't seem to get enough. $
Midtown
Apache Cafe, 64 Third St., 404-876-5436. Increasingly know in town for their nightly music, spoken word and art events, the food is a quick stop for many Midtown business folk. Quesadillas, tacos, burritos and tamales are easy to swallow if not as creative as the artists. $

Apres Diem, 931 Monroe Drive, 404-872-3333. Fancying itself a bonafide European coffee house, Apres Diem's strip mall location makes for something of an anomaly. Nevertheless, with a full-service bar and desserts fresh from Alon's Bakery, it provides an excellent excuse to extend a movie date. Apres Diem also serves Sunday brunch for late risers, and its full menu includes lunch and dinner, with nightly specials. $$

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