Hi everyone - my husband and I just relocated to Roswell from Brooklyn, NY. I was a regular on the NYC board up there and am really looking forward to making use of this board now that we are down south!
I grew up in Atlanta and have been visiting regularly for the 12 years since I've been gone, so I know the geography pretty well and have some basic knowledge of the food here.
That said, I'd love to have some opinions and recommendations. We are on a strict budget and definitely prefer exploring off-the-beaten-track places to the more upsacle end (that's true even if we had the money!). We love all types of cuisine, bar none. We have a car and don't mind travelling - in fact, we are really looking forward to exploring all of Atlanta and the surrounding area, and plan to take weekend trips as often as possible.
Here are some specifics I would love some feedback on:
-Favorite Indian, Thai, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Central American, Latin American, South American, Japanese, Mid Eastern/Turkish, Greek, BBQ, meat and three, vegetarian, etc. Anything that is afforable and you love - let me know.
-West Indian - we lived in a heavily West Indian part of Brooklyn and are really missing this cuisine. I know there are one or two Jamaican/Jamaican-inspired places, but we really prefer Trini or Guyanese. It's great how Atlanta has really diversified over the past ten years in terms of different cultures coming to live here, but I'm not aware of any West Indian enclave.
-Same goes for Central Asian (eg Bukharan, Uzbeki) and Israeli. I love Israeli shwarma, for example.
-Good, cheap Italian, especially great pizza. Like any good Atlanta girl, I grew up on Mellow Mushroom and Fellini's, but what else is there? I know of the sad tale of Rocky's - I will miss that place. Any cheap and tatsy pasta joints?
I know this is a lot of pretty specific stuff, but really, any advice would be much appreciated.