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Gastro Pal





While it’s easy enough to open up your Yelp app to find a place to grab a bite, there’s something to be said for the recommendations of your peers. The ’PALs have put together a list of some of their favorite bars and restaurants, appropriate for a range of occasions, as well as some events (food-related and otherwise) to keep an eye out for this fall.

Note: Every Friday around noon, a group of faculty and students meets at 25 PP to go grab lunch and eat together. Most other days, people bring their lunch to the conference room. You are always welcome to join us!

Lunch on Broad St (off campus)

Dua (and Dua II Go): Vietnamese pho, noodle, and rice dishes. Pro-tip: Order online and pick it up for a hassle free experience. With 5 mentions from the ’PALs, this is clearly a favorite.
Ginseng Cafe: Chinese. Amazing orange chicken.
Weekday Cafe: Burgers, chicken, fries. Not healthy, but sometimes needed.
Others: Rosa's Pizza, Reuben's Deli, Naan Stop, Tin Drum Asian.
Burrito deals: Moe's on Mondays, Willy's on 1st Tuesday of each month.

Lunch on campus

Highland Bakery: coffee shop in lobby of 25 Park Place. Food tends to be expensive.
Ebrik: awesome coffee house on Park Place.
Starbucks: at the north end of Broad Street.
Saxby's: full cafe (w/ food) on the ground floor just inside the library entrance.
One Caffe Coffee: small shop near Aderhold just off Broad Street.

Useful Apps

Scoutmob: 50% off many restaurants. Unlike Groupon, no purchase up front.
Yelp: We all know it. Reviews and some local deals.

Affordable Dinner

Fellini’s Pizza: 7 locations around Atlanta. (Best in ATL according to pizza snobs)
Vortex: Sandwiches, burgers, beer, and Scotch in Midtown and Little 5 Points.
Tacqueria del Sol: Awesome tacos. Westside, Decatur, and Cheshire Bridge.
Blossom Tree: Korean tacos, rice dishes, and bibimbap. Downtown.
Noodle: "Pan-Asian noodle house" in Midtown and Decatur.
Sushi bar Yu-Ka: Good affordable sushi. Enough said. In Buckhead.
Café Agora: Best Mediterranean around. In Midtown and Buckhead.
DBA Barbeque: Good BBQ. Sundays: smoke 'n' fried chicken. VA Highlands.
Front Page News: A taste of New Orleans in Midtown.
Flip Burger: "Burger boutique" in Buckhead, Westside, and Poncey Highlands.

Fancier Dinner

The Iberian Pig: Amazing Spanish tapas in Decatur.
Goin’ Coastal: Specializing in fresh seafood in Virginia Highlands.
Ecco: Excellent Mediterranean Italian (not "red sauce") food in Midtown.
Two Urban Licks!: "Fiery American cooking". Old 4th Ward/Poncey Highlands.
Murphy’s: Southern cuisine in Virginia Highlands. Awesome brisket.
R Thomas: A large menu friendly to dietary restrictions. 24 hrs. In Brookwood.
Czar Ice Bar: A Vodka & Sushi Bar in Buckhead.
Canoe: Fish and game. Consistently one of Atlanta’s best. In Vinings.

When Breakfast & Lunch Collide

Rosebud: Now serving Monday night brunch! (Fri-Sun, too.) Morningside.
Highland Bakery: An excellent brunch, but the wait can be killer. Old 4th Ward.
The General Muir: "Modern take on a classic Jewish Deli". Bagels. Emory.
The Shed at Glenwood: Enjoy brunch on a patio. Glenwood Park.
Bantam & Biddy: Nice breakfast at 2 locations. Midtown, Ansley Mall.

Our Favorite Bars

Thinking Man Tavern: Trivia, board games, good food and beer. Decatur.
Victory Bar: Jack & Coke slushies, $4 delicious sandwiches. Decatur.
Brick Store Pub: Huge selection of good beers. Decatur.
Taco Mac: Sports bar with a huge beer selection. Many locations.
Ormesby’s: Fun atmosphere. Indoor bocce. Westside.
Cypress Street Pint & Plate: Burger on a donut bun? Gastropub in Midtown.
Ri-Ra: Irish Pub. DJs/bands some weekend nights. Midtown.
Sister Louisa’s (Church): Cheap snacks, organ karaoke, ping pong. Edgewood.
Noni’s: Garlic fries. Friday night dance party. Edgewood.
The Argosy: Trivia, good food. East Atlanta Village.
10 High: Live music. Live band karaoke. Virginia Highlands.
Wrecking Bar: Gastropub that brews their own. Little 5 Points.
The Porter Beer Bar: Gastropub with over 800 beers. Little 5 Points.
The Midway: Fun crowd to watch football with. Good bar apps. East Atlanta.
Industry Tavern: A "casual meeting place". Buckhead.

Upcoming Atlanta Events

Attending events in the fall is a great way to explore the city early on and get to know some of the individual neighborhoods, many of which hold their own festivals. Below are some that are held every fall, with this year’s dates listed. The weather is often beautiful well into November, so get out and take advantage of it!

Dragon*Con: Enormous convention for sci-fi, comics, etc. Attend events, view the parade, or hang out downtown and people watch.
Decatur Book Festival: 600 authors, signings, panels, music.
Music Midtown: Lots of big name bands. Not cheap, though.
East Atlanta Village Strut: Silly parade, music, vendors, food, fun.
Atlanta Pride Festival: Piedmont Park. Great atmosphere.
Little 5 Halloween Parade: Parade + day of fun in L5P. Costume up!
Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp: 5K, huge chili cook-off, bluegrass. Unlimited chili for $5? Yes, please.

Keep apprised of some events and regular happenings at