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my birthday in atlanta:where to eat before the taste buds go

elly | Nov 13, 200409:28 PM

I am going to be in Atlanta on the auspicious occasion of my 45th(ouch!) birthday. I've been to A many times, eaten at a lot of the spots, but have been out of touch lately. So, I beg your assistance Atlanta chowhounds-- I'm feeling this one. Help me find a spot that will perk me up for the next 45 (or so). The rub is the date: Dec. 18th, Saturday right in the middle of the holiday rush. Doubt I'd get in an old favorite, Bacchanalia, at this late date and I'm ready to try something new anyway. Most recently (past three years) I've been to

Joel: I'd eat at McDonald's before I'd step foot in this over-hyped den of totally unqualified arrogance (sorry, had a really, really bad experience with the staff).

Sotto Sotto: I 've spent a lot of time in Italy and this is good but didn't wow me. I love the pizza at Fritti, however, and am even thinking of low-keying my aging there. But tell me, knowing ones, I've heard Baraonda also has true pizza. Better than Fritti?Other reasons to try it? Please advise.

Been to Watershed: overrated (sorry, but my grandma's biscuits levitated and these just sat on the plate).

I liked Woodfire Grill awhile back and could be happy there if it's kept up the quality and staff is in a good mood. Anybody been there recently? Suggestions about menu?

Also had one of my all time significant life experiences with the fries and a bowl of aioli at Floataway Cafe. Could do, but the place is a bit frenetic perhaps for this occasion. Took me 45 years to get here, don't want to be rushed (however pleasantly by the nice staff).

What about Rathbun's?

I've heard that the quality of the food at Bazzaar is great and that it has a good heart. Could it make me feel as young as I ought? Or it is one of those scenes where the hyped-up youthfulness will yes-ma'am me into despondency?

Any suggestions welcome. I nice spot would be, well, nice. Levity without loudness perhaps. But I'm basically thinking about the food-- wanna eat as much as I can before the taste buds start to go....

Thank ya'll.

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