by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
One good thing about the recession: all of the ridiculous dining deals at Atlanta restaurants. And it's not just $1 tacos either. From meatball night at One Midtown Kitchen (pictured) to $5 sandwiches every weeknight at the Albert, we give you 12 dining deals worth checking out.
Updated: August 05, 2010
Also in Virginia Highland, Noche brings in the Monday crowds with a $10 all-you-can-eat tapas. Expect the rotating menu to include a soup and salad, plus four or five additional small plates. A see-and-be-seen social scene adds to the festivity.
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.
Maybe the best-kept $10 burger and brew secret in Atlanta is at JCT. Served at the upstairs bar from 5pm to 8pm, Tuesday through Thursday, the pimento cheese double cheeseburger (topped with fried green tomatoes and grain mustard) is available with a choice of beer.
Every Thursday, One does a homemade meatball special served over pasta. Meatballs can vary (beef, pork, veal), or can be a combination of meats (our favorite). For $15 per person, you get the pasta, salad and dessert, but it's family style, so at least two people need to be dining.
This Inman Park nook does a $5 sandwich special (with fries) on the weeknights. While its chicken melt on Monday and burger on Wednesday tempt us, we think the pulled pork barbecue sandwich (Thursday) is the way to go. To wash it down, grab a PB&J, a PBR tall boy and Jager shortie for $5.
Restaurant deals in Atlanta aren't just for taco joints, burger bars and Italian jobs. BLT Steak, the high end steak chain from NYC has a $2 bar menu on weeknights. Craft beer is $2, oyster shooters are $2 and chilled oysters are ? $2. Dine at the bar from 5pm-7pm, Monday through Friday.
Because nothing beats free! Varasano's, the restaurant that officially lit the city aflame in pizza obsession, dishes free appetizers when you sit at that bar on weekdays, 5pm-7pm. But go ahead and prepare to order a pizza, because one whiff of a pie and you're a goner.
The lunch special of all lunch specials in Atlanta is found at this Emory Village hangout. For a mere $7, you get a personal cheese pizza, small salad and a glass of beer or house wine. And as a bonus, you get go back to work full, and buzzed. (We suggest using this on Friday.)
Not only is Shaun Doty doing a pasta night (Sunday), where the legendary Atlanta chef does a selection of different Italian specialties, but he throws in a salad (family style) and dessert (usually sorbet) for $12. Not a misprint.
One thing that Atlanta lacks is the great seafood you can find along the East and Gulf Coast, but the new Goin? Coastal is not only making waves with their fried seafood in Virginia Highland, they're offering a gang-buster deal on Sunday nights. For $17 you get a four course meal served family style that includes soup, an entree, sides and dessert.