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Cookie Studio

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It can be hard to find a cookie that lives up to the nostalgic memories of the ones popped fresh out of dear ol' Mom's oven. Luckily for us, the Cookie Studio has set up shop in the heart of Decatur and is churning out extra-large spheres of yummy baked goodness. With one taste of the “breakfast cookie” -- made with granola, oatmeal, coconut, cranberry and pecans -- we thought we had died and woken up in cookie heaven. So the next time you can't seem to fight the sweet-tooth urge, head over to this philanthropic (a portion of sales go to the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children) shop and stock up on the next best thing to Mama's own.
Imperial Fez

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Take off your shoes, lounge on floor pillows, and eat a multicourse, prix-fixe Moroccan meal. While you enjoy sweet-and-savory b'stella and fragrant tangine, belly dancers undulate about you, candles balanced on their heads.
Kyma

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Pano Karatassos' paean to his heritage isn't just the best Greek restaurant in town; it's an exquisite, authentic voyage into Mediterranean cuisine. Start with mezze (tapas/appetizers) -- pan-fried cheese in ouzo, stuffed grape leaves, wood-grilled octopus and shrimp -- and progress to the impeccably fresh fish simply grilled and adorned with lemon and olive oil. Don't leave without sampling the homemade yogurt with Greek honey and walnuts.
Hop Alley Brew Pub

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Craft beers brewed on the premises take center stage at Hop Alley. To sample guilt-free, get a flight and soak it up with some addicting fried pickles or cheese curds. Alley Abbey 8, a Belgian Dubbel, and Scorched Rye pale ale are the in-house must-tries, or be adventurous with guest brew selections like Cherry St. IPA or Terrapin Moo Hoo milk stout.
Cafe Agora

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The dishes at Cafe Agora originate in owner Al Ozelci's native Turkey. Eating here is a collaborative process, similar to eating at home. Popular dishes include the mezze plate, full of dips and salads.
Taverna Plaka

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To enjoy a meal at Taverna Plaka, get drunk off the lengthy list of Greek wines, dance and order the mezze. The many appetizer-size dishes tend to be better than the entrees, and we recommend the very spicy but irresistible pork-and-lamb sausage.
Alfredo's

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Vintage, Italian-American cuisine is alive and well at Alfredo's. The Cheshire Bridge Road institution has been serving up that old-style, heavily cheesy, tomatoey cooking for more than 40 years. The restaurant's throwback, wood-paneled dining room is heavily mirrored and homey. Come here for classics like veal saltimbocca, lasagna al forno, chicken cacciatore, and eggplant Parmesan. Like many Cheshire Bridge restaurants, Alfredo's has a serious cult-following. Be prepared to for a wait during peak hours or on weekends.

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Combination Indian and Chinese cuisine restaurant featuring dishes inspired by Malaysian and Thai techniques as well for a Pan Asian concept. The menu is split into vegetarian and non vegetarian with items such as pan fried chili fish, lat mai paneer, cauliflower manchurian, and more.
Rumi's Kitchen

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Comfort mixed with a hint of the exotic. This Persian eatery offers such treats as kashk badenjoon, a warm, blended eggplant and onion appetizer; mast mousir, a garlic and yogurt dip; and shirazi salad, a medley of chopped cucumbers, tomatoes and parsley with a citrus dressing. $$ ($10-$20)

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Long on informality and comfortingly Americanized Mexican and Southwestern fare. It's decidedly short on glitz as guests order at the bar and carry their own drinks. Stand in line, take a seat and wait for your tacos.
Local Three Kitchen & Bar

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Through a driveway labyrinth, into a parking deck, up a few flights, into the elevator, down to the lobby, and through some office/condo hallways, there's an obscure wooden door marked "Local Three." Which means you’re never going to find it if you aren’t looking for it. Local Three owners Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner are masters of casual. Dining, even expensive dining — and Local Three is no bargain basement — is casual enough that customers are invited into the kitchen to pick up their own food during brunch. It's clear chef Chris Hall and his partners are unabashedly fat-friendly and meat-centric, so there's a heaviness that pervades. But Hall does get beyond his affection for philistine flavors, and reaches true elegance.
Taka Sushi Cafe

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Obscure dishes and new flavor combinations offered at the Buckhead Japanese sushi joint. Skip the rolls and opt for the pristine cuts of fish nestled onto sticky sushi rice. Check out the list of specials on the whiteboard out front for goodies like shoyu ramen, and the beef curry with magenta oshinko. Looking for something a little more familiar? Try the menchi katsu burger, made with a hand-chopped hamburger patty, and loaded with shredded lettuce, mayo, and topped with a fried egg.
BB's Bagels and Diner

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Owners Eddie and Anna Siino run the small diner and bagel shop that has become a favorite amongst in-the-know bagel fiends. The Siino family serves up bagels, egg platters, and more.
Atlanta Fish Market

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Being landlocked, Atlanta’s options for fresh fish are limited. The Fish Market has a reputation for quality and its retail outlet located in the back of the restaurant. Everything they sell is flown in daily, already cleaned, deboned, and ready to go. You can watch the fish prep cooks breaking down the fish in the large mirror at the market. There aren’t many whole fish, but you can call ahead and have something aside before it’s broken down for sale or the restaurant.
Canton Cooks

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You'll be satisfied with the Americanized standards, but if you really want a great time at the restaurant, order specialties off the menu like the snow pea leaves and salt and pepper pork. A great Chinese restaurant with plenty of regulars.
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