by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
Whether you've recently been sacked or have always been cheap, getting stuffed or wasted for a dollar in Atlanta is deeply satisfying. If you don't know where and when to go, however, your dollar won't get you anything but dirty looks. To spare you that embarrassment, we've tracked down the best dollar deals in Atlanta. Happy hunting!
Updated: July 14, 2010
The most glorious way to drink or dine at the Park Tavern is on the patio, on a beautiful day, with park views staring you in the face. The other glorious way involves rain. You stay dry (or even cozy by the fire), but most importantly, draft beer prices drop to $1 whenever it rains.
Sublime's doughnuts (priced between $1 and $2) are more like pastries than something you?d find Dunkin? Donuts. Fresh fruit is in the mix with strawberries `n cream and chocolate banana fritter. Others go to the sweet mountaintop with s'mores and Reese's peanut butter cup varieties.
Tacos are double-wrapped in corn tortillas and come in a variety of meats, all smothered in a cilantro-onion blanket. If you're going to snag these $1 bites, go truly authentic (read: goat). Spiced in a dark, herb-y rub, the goat meat is well marbled, tender and tastes a little bit like stewed barbecue beef.
At this good-for-you snack shack in Atlanta's Old 4th Ward, $1.50 scores a curious cartoon-colored plastic cup with a wooden stick poking out of the top. Here's how to operate: 1.) Defrost by holding the cup in your hands. 2.) Gently peel away lid. 3.) Turn it upside down and give the cup a tug while holding onto the stick. Bam! A fresh-fruit ice pop.
For great food, try Noche's $10 all-you-can-eat-deal on Monday nights, but for a great drinking deal, stop by on Sunday for $1 Dos Equis. If you have a few more Washingtons (or four to be exact) in the pocket, we suggest nabbing the chips, salsa and queso combination.
Queen of Sheba delivers comforting, fresh and traditional Ethiopian food and its sambusa ($1.50), a traditional meatless appetizer, is one of the area's best. For those unfamiliar, a sambusa is a thin pastry shell that's stuffed with lentils, onions, green peppers and spices and then lightly fried.
Clocking in at $1.85, the dogs at the V are small and shaped like you see in old movies. The chili on top is all meat, no beans. Let's put it this way: These pups are the food equivalent of ugly-sexy, like Steven Tyler--worn to shreds and yet somehow still hot. It's delicious in a dirty way.
The gourmet, homemade ice pops created by street food heartthrob, Steven Carse, typically run $2.50 no matter the flavor. However on Mondays, the King of Pops does ?Mystery Mondays,? where hot patrons can reach in and grab an unannounced flavor of ice pop for $1.50. We've never had a pop that disappointed.
This hidden, indie coffeehouse and bar in Little Five Points is exactly what a bohemian java dive should be with artists and musicians spend time surfing through Creative Loafing or putting up band flyers. Sticking to its hipster guns, the spot has cans of PBR for only a $1 on Monday nights.
Here's what's cool about the $1 tacos on Monday and Tuesday at Blue Frog Cantina: some of the taco selections aren't on the regular menu. Chicken and steak are standard, but the off-menu pork version shines as the restaurant's best taco, and it, along with a ground beef, bean and veggie, are available Monday and Tuesday.