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"Relax, it's just eggs" is the motto at this favorite local diner. At Thumbs Up Diner, you'll find made-to-order breakfast and lunch diner classics like omelets, pancakes, burgers and fries. A popular favorite is the unique creation, "The Heap": seasoned pan-fried potatoes topped with a mound of scrambled eggs, cheese and pretty much anything else you'd like to add. If you're more in the mood for lunch, try a patty melt, black bean burger or a Southwestern specialty like catfish tacos. On the weekends, be prepared to line up with the locals as this is a hot spot for breakfast and brunch. Only cash is accepted, so carry ample change.
Jake's is a great choice for an ice-cream trip with the family. This place in Old Fourth Ward is replete with vibrant decor that makes it a hit among toddlers. On their menu are classic and inventive sorbets and ice-creams that cater to vegan and lactose-intolerant patrons as well. Enjoy scoops of Coffee and Donuts, Strawberry Mimosa, Toasted Coconut, Root Beer Float and Limoncello Mascarpone. Their spicy Mexican version with Cayenne pepper deserves a special mention.
Heralded by many as the "Best pizza in Atlanta," Antico Pizza specializes in authentic Neapolitan pizza. When owner and pizzaiolo Giovanni Di Palma says authentic, he means authentic. The pizza is prepared in the ancient tradition, and wood-fired in stone ovens that were shipped from Naples. Only fresh ingredients from the Campania region of Southern Italy are used, including fresh mozzarella flown in from Naples each week. The menu consists of whole pizzas and calzones. Favorites include the Diaviola with spicy sausage and classic Margherita. The pizza is best eaten fresh from the oven, so grab a spot at one of the communal tables. For dessert, be sure to try a homemade cannoli with a shot of espresso-the perfect finish to the perfect Neapolitan meal.
Sweet tooth or not, Kilwins is a must-visit when in Atlantic Station. Established in 1947 in Petoskey, MI, this chocolate factory has outlets across the country. The finest assortment of chocolates, candy, toffee and truffles are handcrafted with original recipes and choicest ingredients. Pack a basket of champagne truffle, sea salt caramel fudge, peanut caramel apples and almond toffee crunch to curb your cravings or for that perfect gift.
Morelli's Gourmet Ice Cream & Desserts serves up ice cream that draws a crowd even in the cooler months. Flavors range from the traditional—chocolate, vanilla, butter pecan—to the more daring, including ginger lavender and feta. Freshly made crepes are served with a scoop of ice cream, fruit topping or a generous helping of Nutella. Morelli's is a walk-up eatery, but there are tables with umbrellas for outdoor dining. Check the specials board for daily offers, which can range from a rainy-day discount to ten-percent off for anyone who is willing to dance.
Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea party is a charismatic tea-room that has a character of its own. This cozy tea-house has on one side of its walls lined up with books while the other sides have beautiful paintings adorning it. It is so easy to fall in love with the bohemian vibe and the unusual name. Delight yourselves on their specialty teas, sandwiches and decadent desserts which are freshly baked. Indulge on high tea which is served everyday between 3.30p to 5.30p. Vegan options for cakes and pastries are also available.
Grindhouse Killer Burgers is a modern, chic and unpretentious take on quintessential American burger joints. With two locations in Atlanta, they are home to arguably the best burgers in town. Their flagship outlet on Piedmont occupies a former fueling station and comes with a lovely summer patio. On the menu are fresh ground burgers, homemade pub grub and shakes. Select from Cowboy, Euro or Yankee Style burgers with their signature boozy milkshakes or a beer bucket.
Fellini's Pizza is arguably Buckhead’s favorite pizza joint. Great taste, hearty portions and attentive service can be credited to patrons revisiting this place over the decades. Select from delicious renditions of the Italian classic like pepperoni, ham and pineapple, spinach and mushroom. Or enjoy their signature pizza topped with everything from meatballs, sausages, peppers, olives and cheese. Open as late as 2a, Fellini's is your best bet for those midnight pizza cravings.