CASUAL KICKBACK: Laid back with friends
Forget the pretense. Your t-shirt, shorts and jeans are welcome here. Whether on a break or you have all day, let your hair down and relax at one of these places.
The real McCoy. New York Italian pizza so good you’d slap your mama. Whole pie or by the slice, the prices are great, too. Get a slice with one of their actually good side salads if you just have to watch your figure. Speaking of watching, watch them make it through the old-timey window.
Eat this: Turn the tables and devour a Great White. Cream sauce, grilled chicken, garlic, and spinach.
1810 Cheshire Bridge Road NE
Papi’s Cuban and Caribbean Grill
Come say Ay, Papi, to this longtime favorite on the Ponce corridor. Within steps of some and minutes of all the big gay bars, this place gives Holes in the Wall a good name. You bring your appetite, and let the flavors of the islands do the rest.
Eat this: You can’t leave without trying Rey’s Cuban or Ropa Vieja Sandwiches. These conglomerations of pressed perfection may be the best of their kind in Atlanta.
216 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE
It is said that you can spin around, throw a rock and hit a Thai restaurant in Atlanta. Whether that’s the case or not, you’ll want to land on this gem in the Lavista Park neighborhood near Emory and Toco Hill. All your favorites in a hospitable, comfortable atmosphere, if your table is for 5 or for 25.
Eat this: Panang Curry Beef is our favorite, and you might also consider a starter with the Chicken Coconut Soup. Not sure what magic they do to make them so special, but you’ll be glad they did.
2169 Briarcliff Road NE
Moe’s Southwest Grill
This local chain may be best known for what happens the moment you walk in. The chant of “Welcome to Moe’s!” isn’t just a gimmick; it’s an attitude that permeates your whole experience at any location of this build-your-own-burrito mainstay.
Eat this: The bowls have all the Southwest goodness of each signature burrito, without the tasty tortilla. Order it without the rice, too, if you’re really watching your carbs.
1544 Piedmont Ave. NE
and all over town
So casual, you set the stage at your own home or office. Pick up one of their amazing dishes frozen, then just pop it in the oven. It’s great for an occasion when you need to feed a lot of people, or when casual dining just means you, the couch, the TV and a fork.
Eat this: The Crab & Asparagus risotto is as good as it sounds, but the good ol’ beefy mac and cheese will never disappoint either.
1393 North Highland Ave.