Hi. We'll be in Atlanta for the Jeff Galloway half marathon in a couple of weeks. While I have found a bunch of restaurants online, I'd like to get your feedback on them but also need a recommendation for an Italian restaurant for carb loading.
Italian: looking for good food of course, but also where I can get a substantial amount of food. I'm imagining a more casual mom and pop place where they have a variety of "traditional" pastas in cream or red sauce, but again a large amount in the order. Large amount is because I need it for dinner (and would rather skip appetizers, salad, soups, and desserts), PLUS I also need a little to-go for the next morning (I'm one of those who needs something substantial before a race. I'm visiting, so I can't make my own food.
Also need a great steak/prime rib place AND a Japanese restaurant where I can get a large chirashi bowl for lunch. I'd rather pay $30 for a large bowl than $12 for very small pieces and quantity of fish.
Feedback - here are some restaurants I've picked out but would like to hear what you think or whether you have other places that are better:
Silver Skillet – soul food (famous for country ham with red eye sauce)
Mary Mac – fried green tomatoes and other soul foods
Busy Bee Café - Fried chicken
Ivy’s Heavenly - Peach cobbler
What are other places that I should try instead for the best fried chicken, cobbler, soul food, and anything else Atlanta is known for?
Also love to hear of any other restaurant I "must" visit. I hate it when I come back from a trip... and then am told I should have gone to XY & Z.