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Lunch? Get thee to the west side

Eggplant caponata with burrata at Bocado

Eggplant caponata with burrata at Bocado

There’s no getting around the fact that Atlanta’s not a great lunch town. Sure, there are plenty of places to grab a sandwich or burrito, or if you’re so inclined, Buford Highway offers a wealth of international options.

But what about having lunch prepared by a well known local chef? What about a lunch worth extending the lunch hour for, or one that’s worth going over budget for a mini-splurge?

It seems like all the best options these days are on the west side. Miller Union serves one of the best lunches in town thanks to the thoughtful menu, the lively scene and those great ice cream sandwiches that are lunch only on the menu. Bocado is my go to for an original sandwich, a small plate or a great bowl of soup. There’s also JCT Kitchen & Bar, which is always energizing, and Star Provisions.

I wish more of the city’s top restaurants served lunch. Are there any that I’m missing?

178 comments Add your comment

dean

September 29th, 2010
11:40 am

Please, nobody say Highland Bakery. Don’t do it.

matt

September 29th, 2010
11:40 am

Empire State South

Tim

September 29th, 2010
11:44 am

Super Pan Latino Sandwich Shop?

Atlantan

September 29th, 2010
11:51 am

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RK

September 29th, 2010
12:12 pm

Il Mulino’s buffet

Hungry Gringo

September 29th, 2010
12:29 pm

There’s a little place called Tiny Bistro across Marietta St. from 5 Seasons Brewery. I think it’s a catering company that also serves sandwich and salad lunch.

Joe

September 29th, 2010
2:06 pm

and please don’t say Flying Biscuit!

rpp

September 29th, 2010
2:13 pm

Holy Taco has a great lunch in east atlanta

Becky

September 29th, 2010
3:00 pm

Thank you Joe..I am so sick of hearing that the Flying Biscuit has the best of everything…

John Kessler

September 29th, 2010
3:26 pm

Never been to Holy Taco…know that Besha at CL loves it…

Steve

September 29th, 2010
3:59 pm

John, i’m surprised you haven’t been. I think you’d really enjoy it. I’ve been hooked ever since I ventured over for some chicken heart tacos and now its a once a week kind of thing.

Supposedly they will be adding some interesting things to the menu…chicken feet, crickets, cocks cone, pork jowl. Never tried many of these but am definitely curious.

Jenny

September 29th, 2010
4:10 pm

Yes, Tiny Bistro is a gem. Meatloaf with mashed potato, cheddar, and bacon all in a sandwich, but the reuben, tuna salad and egg salad sandwiches are yummy too. Also has fresh sides like cucumber salad, broccoli salad and the thai chili slaw is amazing when they have it.

nom nom nom

September 29th, 2010
4:17 pm

Never been to Holy Taco?!!! Stop typing and go, NOW!

HDD3

September 29th, 2010
4:34 pm

A few months ago I had lunch at Fritti which was the best I had in a long time.

Drew

September 29th, 2010
4:41 pm

I’m anxiously awaiting the launch of Empire State South’s tiffin program (http://www.empirestatesouth.com/lunch-boxes). Hopefully the chef changeover won’t affect their plans but the web site has said “These will be available to order in the next couple of weeks!” for more than a couple of weeks.

John Kessler

September 29th, 2010
5:01 pm

You all would be surprised if I listed the restaurants I’ve never been to…

MDM

September 29th, 2010
8:46 pm

kathy

September 29th, 2010
9:10 pm

I enjoyed a lunch at Spoon (westside) today.

Hungry Gringo

September 29th, 2010
10:04 pm

Actually John, it’s “Y’ALL would be surprised…”

Paul

September 29th, 2010
10:58 pm

Where is the best lunch? It’s not on the west side. It’s on Cheshire Bridge Road at Roxx Tavern seven days a week. Check it out!

Beverley Cunningham

September 30th, 2010
12:23 am

Jason’s Deli is AWESOME! Try their chicken salad sandwich. Also, they have a great salad bar, and free ice cream for everyone! :)

Darin

September 30th, 2010
1:17 am

A few of my favorite lunches:
- C’om on Buford Highway: short ribs with fragrant rice
- Social Resto, Downtown: bistro steak (steak frites) with a side of dijon mustard
- Reuben’s Deli, Downtown: the Eastsider sandwich. So. Freakin. Good.
- Pacci, Midtown: wild mushroom cast-iron pizza

At...

September 30th, 2010
6:18 am

Taco Bell…

bubba

September 30th, 2010
6:28 am

Oak Grove Market, in Dekalb where Oak Grove Road strikes Lavista Road … great lunch deals and wonderful neighborhood communion

only white guy in the place

September 30th, 2010
6:28 am

The best place to find a lunch is to Start just north of 285 on Buford highway. Go south and just pick a place you’ve never been. If there is no white people, then you’ve found a gem.

me

September 30th, 2010
7:28 am

Loving Hankook right now, but based on the comments I also really want to try Holy Taco

SassyO

September 30th, 2010
7:31 am

Souper Jenny!

Work in Tucker...

September 30th, 2010
8:20 am

Matthew’s Cafeteria – traditional meat and two… I get 4 veggies however for $5. Can’t beat it…

airport worker

September 30th, 2010
8:29 am

hambones near the airport

cw

September 30th, 2010
8:44 am

I have several but I’m not telling you guys. Don’t want to wait any longer than I have too

Kelly

September 30th, 2010
9:02 am

Don’t know if they would make the list of the city’s top restaurants, but for lunch, you can’t go wrong with the Buckhead Diner or Mary Mac’s Tea Room.

Kar

September 30th, 2010
9:56 am

You people actually get time for lunch? They say the traditional lunch hour’s been reduced to 35 minutes on average. Which is what, barely time to hit the vending machine?

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sss

September 30th, 2010
12:09 pm

Persepolis on Roswell Rd.

Bob

September 30th, 2010
12:16 pm

Noon Midtown on Crescent is always fantastic! Their Meatloaf sandwich is to die for!!

Gavanman

September 30th, 2010
12:16 pm

Never thought I’d eat a fish taco, but, after visiting Thumbs Up Diner in Roswell(and downtown near GT), I am now hooked!! Those are without doubt the most flavorful, filling fish tacos I’ve ever had……anywhere! No one else comes close!

Johnny

September 30th, 2010
12:18 pm

Tamari mana bhosra

Bob from Accounttemps

September 30th, 2010
12:19 pm

Noon in Midtown. “Upscale” sandwiches and lunch items. The roasted eggplant panino is terrific! Of course, for a more sit-down menu, South City Kitchen is great and they’ve had a special fixed price lunch menu all summer long.

Red Roosterette

September 30th, 2010
12:19 pm

Carolyn’s on West Ptree, near 14th. Great wraps and getaway atmosphere with brick walls, open air feeling and nice deck.

Jen

September 30th, 2010
12:19 pm

Matthews in Tucker. That food is cooked with love.

John Kessler

September 30th, 2010
12:26 pm

Where are the best lunch places in Dunwoody/North Fulton?

Tavolini

September 30th, 2010
12:26 pm

Wow, yeah, go to Holy Taco. I work out in the ‘burbs, but like to lunch at Umezono (good specials), House of Chan and New Yorker Deli. Pho Hoang Long is also good.

sr citizen dawg

September 30th, 2010
12:27 pm

Butchs Chicken House in Jonesboro.

Andrew

September 30th, 2010
12:27 pm

R.L.’s in Covington. Stalvey’s in Covington.

JOANN

September 30th, 2010
12:30 pm

JASON’S DELI. EVERYTHING IS GOOD AND FRESH.

xyz

September 30th, 2010
12:31 pm

Bhorsoft

September 30th, 2010
12:31 pm

Not the best, but about the only place I get to eat lunch on a weekday is at my desk.

Road Scholar

September 30th, 2010
12:34 pm

6 feet under-either location- You also get 10% off if you sit at the bar –

Little Bangkok- Cheshire Bridge- great fresh food and cheap- get one of the lunch meals and water to drink- $7 w/tip!

Phil

September 30th, 2010
12:36 pm

Carvers…’nuff said.