Oh the excitement of my life continues

I hope that to some degree my life provides at least some of you with some entertainment, because I think it can be pretty funny…sometimes. Now that I’m done acting 5 and repeating the word some… I’ll move on. Haha

I had another eventful weekend in Athens working and going out with friends. I’m pretty sure I frequent the same places downtown… every single time I go out. I think I’m going to have to make an effort to expand my horizons next year and venture to new bars. Not that I don’t love ending at Boars Head every night, and lets be real that probably won’t change, I’m sure there are some other great places that I have never been to. I actually did go somewhere new– Copper Creek Brewery (thanks to Amy Oltman). Classy, more upscale bar- I’d go again.

Other than just relaxing by the pool and having fun with friends… oh and that late night trip to Choo Choos with Jen… whoops, I made a little extra cash at Allen’s. Friday night was a fairly successful night bartending and overall I made enough money to cover some gas, food and dog food–I’m still surviving! I can’t wait to get back up there on Thursday and hopefully my friend Kara is coming up with me to just have a fun relaxing weekend, free of work or any real life things. I plan on planting myself at the pool and playing some volleyball and getting a nice tan. Feel free to join! =]

This work week has been filled with exciting tasks and it’s only Tuesday. Libby & I finished our materials that we have been working on for the city of East Point, and then have put together a list of Family-Friendly Atlanta Restaurants that I have included at the end of the post (beware it is long)  if anyone is interested in dining for fairly cheap, with a casual atmosphere in Atlanta.

Although doing real life stuff is fun–I would have to say the most fun part about today has been the annual FIRE DRILL! The entire 4 buildings of the Peachtree Center evacuated and went walking around Atlanta into a parking garage. I’m pretty sure that people were really confused what was going on. Walking down the 15 flights of stairs wasn’t exactly fun, and it actually made me dizzy haha, but once we got to our “meeting spot” we got free fruit popsicles… totally worth it… plus a nice 30minute work break! I am pretty sure it wouldn’t go as smooth if there was a real fire… and we would probably have been burned to a crisp by then too… 15 flights is a long way down. I have attached some pictures for your entertainment.

Other than that, I am headed to dinner with Sophie tonight at a favorite restaurant of mine- Taco Mac! LOVE IT.  OHOHOHOH who watched Bachelorette last night?? Um because I did and all I have to say is Bentley is such an ass and it disgusts me that some men act like that. It’s rude, unclassy and so unnecessary!! I did hear that ABC paid him to be like that and “apparently” he is a “nice guy” but sorry, any guy who can do that to a girl, or is greedy enough to get paid to do that doesn’t win in my books–NOT WORTH IT.  Enjoy the rest of the week!

 

Family Friendly Dining

FLIP Burger Boutique ($$: $10-15 per entrée)

1587 Howell Mill Rd NW

Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 352-3547

Hours: Mon.-Thur. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
          Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
          Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Encompassing a unique menu of juicy burgers, house-made condiments and sides, this is an all American hotspot. Add on a delicious milkshake from the diverse selection such as Krispy Kreme, Nutella, Burnt Marshmellow and more. You can also enjoy a full drink menu while dining, including beer, wine and specialty martinis and margaritas.

The Flying Biscuit ($$: $10-15 per entrée)

1001 Piedmont Avenue Northeast

Atlanta, GA 30309

Hours: Everyday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Southern charm surrounds every aspect of The Flying Biscuit from outward appearance to its decor and dining menu. Well known for the “Breakfast All Day” menu, it consists of typical favorites such as bacon and eggs, along with a diverse omelette selection as well. Salads, sandwiches and southern dinner favorites such as Chicken Pot Pie and Turkey Pot Roast also highlight the menu.

 

Marlow’s Tavern ($$: $10-15 per entrée)

950 West Peachtree Street Northwest

Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 815-0323

Hours: Sun.-Wed. 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.

          Thur.-Sat. 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.

A hybrid of a sports bar and a late-night lounge, the atmosphere is characterized with class and modern comfort. Dishes include an array of appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and desserts. These common dishes are done-up to create a “fine-dining” feel, but still provide the same great taste. Tavern favorites include Shrimp & Grits, Grilled Crispy Chicken, Carolina Mountain Trout, Grilled Atlantic Salmon and a Grilled “Center Cut” Filet.

Atlanta Diner ($: Under $10 per entrée)

2071 North Druid Hills Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30329

(404) 633-0024

Hours: 24-hours

Featuring a typical “Diner” menu, Atlanta Diner provides a diner experience with slightly more class. You can expect to dine at a tablecloth covered table, while still enjoying homemade biscuits and milkshakes. The enormous menu has something for everyone, including: Greek, Italian, Indian, and South American foods. Since it is open 24-hours, stop by anytime and try a customer favorite, Disco Frys, french-fries smothered in a brown gravy and cheese. 

Antico Pizza Napoletana ($$: $10-15 per entrée)

1093 Hemphill Avenue

Atlanta, GA 30318

(404) 724-2333

Hours: 11:30 a.m. – until out of dough
          Closed on Sundays

Not your typical pizzeria, Antico is the freshest, most authentic pizza you will ever taste, unless you go straight to Italy yourself. Antico offers all-natural products, handmade by skilled Italian chefs. Immerse yourself in old culture and traditions, while enjoying a classic cheese pizza, or a lasagna specialty pizza. Rated Best Carry Out in Atlanta, you can always take a box home with you when you leave.

 

Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q ($$: $10-15 per entrée)

1238 Dekalb Ave

Atlanta, GA 30307

(404) 577-4030

Hours: Sun.-Thur. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
          Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Voted Best BBQ in Atlanta, Fox Brothers family friendly atmosphere makes you feel right at home. Their Texas influenced Bar-B-Q style has mouths watering for their fresh meats. The menu consists of home cooked pulled pork, chicken, salads and traditional southern sides. For dessert, fill up on some homemade banana pudding or some chocolate pecan pie.

Souper Jenny ($: Under $10 per entrée)

56 E Andrews Drive Northwest

Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 239-9023
Hours: Mon. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
          Tues. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
          Wed. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
          Thurs. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
          Fri. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
          Sat. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

          Sun. Closed
          *The last hour of each day is take-out ONLY

          *Closed the entire month of August
A local, cozy neighborhood café that serves homemade soups, deli sandwiches and salads. Offering gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options as well, Souper Jenny is the place to go for delicious soups to either warm you up or cool you down. Try the Chilled Raspberry Coconut Soup or a Watermelon, Red Onion and Feta salad. Be sure to stop by with the kids on Thursday nights at 5 p.m. for their signature Grilled Cheese Night.

 

The Varsity ($: Under $10 per entrée)

61 North Avenue Northwest

Atlanta, GA 30308

(404) 881-1706

Hours: Sun.-Thur. 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
          Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.

What’ll ya have?? Known as “The World’s Largest Drive-In,” The Varsity is an Atlanta Classic. Since 1928 they have been serving the best greasy burgers, hot dogs, chili fries and more. Make sure you rinse down your heart-attack of a meal with a signature Frosted Orange.

Dakota Blue ($: Under $10 per entrée)

454 Cherokee Ave SE

Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 589-8002

Hours: Mon. – Fri. 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

          Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Located in historic Grant Park, Dakota blue serves delicious home cooked food ranging from burritos to fish tacos to Cuban sandwiches. This locally owned bar and restaurant is a community hot spot where neighbors gather and children are always welcomed. Brunch is also served on both Saturday and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Rise-n-Dine ($: Under $10 per entrée)

1565 N Decatur Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30307

(404) 377-4407

Hours: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

          Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Known for their all day breakfast, Rise-n-Dine offers any and all breakfast foods you can think of. Hearty breakfast items include: Sausage Tacos, Pangaea, Steak Omelette, Lox Scramble, Nutella Pancakes, Meditteritos and breakfast sandwiches. To accompany your breakfast, there is a full espresso Bar as well.

Doc Chey’s Noodle House ($: Under $10 per entrée)
1424 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA
(404) 888-0777
Open 11:30 am – 10 pm Daily
“Peace, Love and Noodles” is exactly what you’ll find at Doc Chey’s Noodle House. Doc Chey’s offers the peace of not spending a fortune for a generous serving size,    and you’ll love the array of noodles and stir-fry prepared from scratch. Doc Chey’s quick service is available for catering, large gatherings, and family dining and is located in four separate locations throughout Georgia.

57th Fighter Group Restaurant ($$$: $15-25 per entrée)

3829 Clairmont Rd, Atlanta, GA
(770)-234-0057
Hours: Open Tue-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

          Fri-Sat 11a.m.-12a.m.

          Sun 10a.m.-9p.m.
57th Fighter Group is a unique World War II aviation-themed restaurant. The dining is inspired with a regional twist on classic American cuisine in an intimate 1940’s European farmhouse setting. Reopened in 2009 due to popular demand, the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant is re-entering the scenes as one of Atlanta’s favorite destination restaurants.

 

Osteria 832 ($$: $10-15 per entrée)

832 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA
(404) 897-1414
Hours: Open Mon 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
          Tue-Thu
          Fri-Sat 11:30am – 11pm

          Sun 11:30am-10pm

Located in the heart of Virginia-Highland neighborhood in Atlanta. Osteria 832 offers   a wide-variety of affordable pastas, salads, and thin-crust pizzas. Rated “Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant” by Atlanta Magazine in 2007, Osteria 832 is great for friends, family, or just a quick bite.

No Mas! Cantina ($$: $10-15 per entrée)

180 Walker St. SW, Atlanta, GA
(404)-574-5678
Hours: Open Sun. – Thur. 8 a.m. – 10 p.m

          Fri-Sat 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
No Mas! Cantina has expanded its repertoire to the art of Mexican cooking- at its finest. Noted for its fine decorations, No Mas! Cantina took it a step further by making all the furnishings that are in the restaurant also available for purchase in the gift shop. Come join No Mas! Cantina for a break from ordinary Atlanta, while enjoying a margarita on the porch.

Grand China Restaurant ($$: $10-15 per entrée)
2975 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA
(404) 537-2877
Hours: Open Weekdays 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
          Weekends 11:30am-11:30pm
Enjoy anything from authentic Asian cuisine to an expanded menu of Pan-Asian selections. With over 250 items on the menu you can find anything your heart desires from Japanese, Tai, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Malaysian dinners and appetizers. Open seven days a week serving lunch and dinner, Grand China Restaurant is sure you’ll find something you’ll enjoy. 

Nakato Japanese Restaurant ($$$: $15-25)

1776 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA
(404) 537-2869
Hours: Open Weekdays 5:30pm-10pm
          Sat. 5:30 p.m.- 11p.m.
          Sun 5pm-10 p.m.
Nakato Japanese Restaurant offers multiple dining arrangements to meet your needs. The Teppan “Habachi” dining room features large teppan grills while the chef entertains. Tapas and more authentic Japanese foods are available in the Garden   dining room, and private tatami rooms that allow for chef-choice or “Omakase” meal selections. No matter the dining room, Nakato offers Japanese harmony and aesthetics and is perfect for large parties or private functions.

St. Angelos ($: Under $10 per entrée)

4715 S. Atlanta Rd., Smyrna, GA
(404) 794-9254
Open lunch and dinner daily.
St. Angelos’ menu offers pizza, salad, and wings that the whole family is sure to enjoy. While you are enjoying the fresh food and generous portions, join in on Texas Hold ‘Em Tuesdays, Team Trivia Wednesdays and acoustic every Friday night. Also, don’t miss out on Thursday Family Nights, where kids eat for only 99 cents.

L’Thai West Organic Cuisine & Wine Bar ($$: $10-15 per entrée)

4500 W Village Pl SE Ste 1017, Smyrna, GA
(770) 434-4344
also located at:
4880 Lawrenceville Hwy Ste 14-15, Tucker, GA
Hours: Open weekdays 11a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.

          Saturday-Sunday: Noon-10 p.m.

Self-proclaimed as the first organic Thai restaurant outside of Thailand, L’Thai introduces the wholesome goodness of organic Thai cuisine. L’Thai was recently recognized by the Thai Ministry of Commerce with the “Thai Select” Award, recognizing the best Thai restaurants outside of Thailand. Keep your family healthy while experiencing culture at this restaurant that promotes health, wellness, and vitality.

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