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BLT Steak

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Judged without price in mind, the experience, revolving around big, bloody prime steaks and assuredly seasoned sides, is rife with pleasure. The restaurant's signature popovers, huge muffin-shaped poufs of bread laced with Asiago cheese, tempt you into ruining your appetite before the meal's even begun. And who could deny the gratification of a hulking rib eye? They serve manly, classic meals. It's just that the customer base, man-boy CEO types paying with their expensive accounts, makes this restaurant a tad unbearable.

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Alma Cocina is Fifth Group's second Mexican concept, the other being the Original El Taco in Virginia-Highland. But where El Taco aims to please neighborhood folks looking for mid-priced Tex-Mex and margaritas by the pitcher, Alma Cocina is more geared toward the expense accounters. Subtle tweaks across Alma's menu make it succeed — pomegranate seeds paired with braised lamb, or crispy Cotija cheese that provides a tangy base for a fried avocado taquito. While Alma does suffer from some of the pitfalls of "modern Mexican," it also gets a lot right, taking traditional dishes and refining them just enough to allow you to taste them afresh.
Aviva by Kameel

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Tucked away in the depths of Peachtree Center, Mediterranean food court stall Aviva by Kameel serves up falafel wraps, towering platters of chicken shawarma, and more. Named after owners Kameel Srouji and his sister Aviva, expect a steady stream of Downtowners to queue up in lines 10- and 20-deep at lunchtime during the week.

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Though the restaurant has been a choice Atlanta Braves pregame spot since 1991 — in Fulton County Stadium days it was called Jimmy Dee's Bar & Grill — the Bullpen has no affiliation with the Braves or Turner Field. Expect a hearty menu of sandwiches, hickory smoked ribs, wings, hot dogs, burgers, and sides.
Dua Vietnamese Noodle Soup

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Owners Mylinh Cao and her mother, Tham Mai, strive to bring a taste of Vietnam to downtown, and standard Vietnamese dishes -- such as pho and com -- abound. The bun dishes provide a refreshing spin on the average lunchtime salad -- chilled rice vermicelli noodles are loaded with your choice of meat or tofu, shallots, ground peanuts, crunchy shreds of lettuce, fresh herbs and a hacked-up fried spring roll. Sister restaurant Dua II Go next door offers fast takeout and delivery.

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The location has been vacant for a while, having opened as the Harlem Bar in 2006. What's so cool about Spanish Harlem? The decor, for starters. It draws on the pervasive Catholic imagery of Latin America. In some places it's explicit, like a line of those tacky illustrated devotional candles. Elsewhere, it's abstracted, like a gigantic color-changing cross behind the equally colorful tile bar. Chef of the new restaurant is Freddy Perez, who was last at Purple Rain in Duluth. He is Puerto Rican and his menu is mainly Caribbean-inspired and full of large portions of affordably priced food you'll want to split. Perez's version of papas rellenas is one of the best you may encounter.

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Max's is another restaurant in the Concentric's empire, notable for owning the first coal-burning pizza oven in Georgia, which cooks the pizza at close to 1000 degrees. Boasting hearty toppings and huge portions, the pizzas are good -- not earth-shattering, but good.
Room at Twelve

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Leave it to Concentrics Restaurants to take a trendy concept (steak/sushi/cocktails), fit it into the constraints of a hotel, and do it exactly right. Chef Nick Oltarsh has opted for a "modern steakhouse" menu with winning results. The quality of sushi is far beyond what you'd expect at a place that mainly specializes in steak and schmooze. Speaking of steak, the cooks here manage to tap into that alchemy that can turn a piece of meat into lusty satisfaction.

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Agatha's presents a murder mystery wrapped in comedy with a heavy pour of audience participation. In these shows presented between the courses of a five-course meal, your dinner companions are also your co-stars, which makes for a fun and interesting evening.

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Serves salads, fish, hot wings, hot and cold sandwiches, plus combo meals.
Anatolia Cafe and Hookah Lounge

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This Mediterranean-influenced restaurant and bar serves tasty and inexpensive wraps, kebabs, salads, and entrees. But you'll probably be coming for the extensive shisha selection for hookah smoking. The full bar offers a range of shooters, specialty cocktails, and craft beers.
Arepa Mia – Downtown

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The flagship location of Lis Hernandez's Venezuelan eatery began with Hernandez selling her filled, hamburger-like cornmeal cakes at the Sweet Auburn Cub Market's Open Picnic in 2011. In addition to arepas, the menu features other Venezuelan staples, including empanadas and the national dish, pabellon: shredded beef, black beans, fried sweet plantain, and Venezuelan white cheese.

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A shrine to Atlanta Braves baseball lore, expect gussied up stadium grub at this Downtown sports bar. Expect nearly 30 TVs, table-side pails of caramel popcorn, and historic Braves memorabilia as far as the eye can see. They've also got a real-life pitching cage, just for fun.
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