I moved here a little over a year ago from Houston, TX and two years before that from Tampa, FL. To say that this recent move was a culture change is putting it mildly (all that green, and hills....so strange), but the foodie scene is even more of a change. When the Queen City Restaurant Week came through I was terribly excited, hurrah a chance for restaurants to get out there and get people interested. But then I was sadly disappointed by all the upscale, trendy, etc places that were on the list, and I was intimidated out of going to most of them.
I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl and I don't know people here so I'm generally on my own. I'm looking for a variety of comfortable food places where it's around $25 (not including alcohol), and you can show up as is without getting the stink eye.
I don't eat seafood/fish so places that only serve that are out, but I have no places going to seafood places if they have good other dishes. As for what I have tried: I love Amelie's (my wallet and waistline do not) in NoDa, I've enjoyed Taste of Thai in Univeristy, DaVinci's Pizza near Northlake is way too close to my apartment and serves some decent pie imo, Hunan Park is my go-to for Chinese delivery, Edomae is currently my favorite vegetarian sushi place (Sorry Noodletasia, you've changed), I've hit the food truck Friday in South End and had Cupcake Queen, Papi Queso (marry me), and Taco Green-Go (Casate conmigo), along with Two Chicks and a Truck who were at the Farmers Market, went to 7th Street Market and found it to be uppity hipsterville and the Pure Pizza's GF crust my visiting friend ordered was gross- toppings sparse and forgetable, and I've had some rather acceptable brisket from Midwood in Ballantyne. I don't have a problem driving around to get to someplace if it's worth it, or to try it if you couldn't tell :D (In Houston a 30min drive was getting something from drive thru down the road). Phew, sorry that ended up being a lot, but I know I've read posts from people that were vague and left me wondering what they've even tried or looked for