Every year I make an annual pilgrimage to one of my favorite cities to shop at Ikea. Well, truth be told, that isn’t the only reason I go to Atlanta. The other reason is because it is on our way home from seeing my Dad, and it is a half way point to stay for the night. Plus I love this big city and all the great small neighborhoods worth exploring.
Years ago when we made our first trip to Atlanta as young newlyweds we were on a shoestring budget and so I did my homework and found great places to eat that were good and cheap. Now, years later we have discovered many wonderful dining places.
I will begin with our staple of places that we always visit. That is Fellini’s Pizza in Buckhead on Peachtree Street, to be exact. The pizza is great and the prices are even better. The patio is where it is at with a nice large fountain set in the center of the patio. A big hit with the kids. Pizza and salad are what we order but we have had the Calzones too.
The next place we love is a swanky little taco shop with yummy food. Taqueria del Sol is our place to hit right before or after our shopping excursion at Ikea, since it is nearby. This location is on Howell Mill Road on the west side of town. Just make sure you check their open and close times because they will cut off the line at a certain time and then you are out of luck. If you miss it by two minutes it will make you want to say bad words but don’t do it. So check the times and once you are in you should try the chicken enchilada with green chile. It is deliciously finger-licking good and so are the tacos. You cannot go wrong with the tacos and the cheese dip, and the chips are homemade.
For breakfast I have two recommendations. The first one is if you want to enjoy a leisurely Sunday brunch or anytime brunch for that matter. The second one is a southern biscuit type breakfast place. Highland Bakery in the Old Fourth Ward area is bakery and lunch/brunch place that really hits the spot. I found this place by accident as I was driving around trying to find another place I had seen during my previous visit. Highland Bakery has something for everyone, from tofu scramble to Ricotta pancakes to Country Fried Steak Benedict. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this place. It was a great place to sit, relax and enjoy food prepared with fresh ingredients. And don’t forget to pick something up at the bakery like rosemary garlic focaccia bread.
Another breakfast place to fuel up before you hit Ikea is called the Flying Biscuit. I visited the Buckhead location. I guess you can tell I like the Buckhead area, but the reasons will have to be shared in a future post. The Flying Biscuit has butter worthy biscuit and so much more. Southern is the name of the game here but they also throw in some healthy options for the earthy, crunchy crowd like red pepper hummus and Morningstar Farms Soysage. The eggs are always made to perfection and the coffee (I am told) is good and hot! Oh and did I mention that the turkey bacon was crispy and “that can’t be turkey bacon” good. I had the big breakfast with eggs, bacon, biscuits, home fries and THE BEST GRITS. I licked the bowl of grits clean and I really don’t like grits.
I could go on and on about my culinary experiences in this great city, but I must end and save some for later. Hope you choose to discovering great places to eat, fun neighborhoods and Ikea in beautiful Atlanta, GA.