I was going to wait until we were a month or so out from the Georgia game to do this, but I simply could not wait any longer. The itch is bad this year.
This is a thread for all those headed to Atlanta for the game.
OK, so I was stationed in Ft. Benning, GA a couple of years ago, so I have been to ATL several times. I will start off by saying I would suggest not staying anywhere other than Buckhead. You will not regret it. It is the nicest part of town, closest to all of the best shopping centers, best restaurants, best hotels, and is near 2 or 3 different MARTA stations. It is also the safest part of town. ATL is no joke if you end up even one block too far in the wrong direction.
All of that being said, I thought I would mention a few places that I would suggest to eat at and visit while in Atlanta.
I will start off with my favorite place in Atlanta to eat, Antica Posta. Antica Posta is probably the best tuscan style Italian restaurant I have ever eaten at. Granted I was a mere 21 at the time but in the almost 5 years since I have not had an Italian meal that left my head spinning quite the way this place did. It is a bit pricey, but certainly affordable for going out to a nice dinner one night while on vacation. Prices range from around $12-$20 for most dishes depending on the portion size that you choose all the way up to $34 for specialty dishes like swordfish, sea bass, and lamb. I highly suggest Antica Posta. Their menu with all prices can be found here on their website.
Another delicious Italian restaurant in the Atlanta area that I would suggest is Il Localino. Il Localino is an Itailian restaurant unlike any other that I have ever been to. Its honestly a very bizarre experience. Lots of waitstaff running around singing with lights flashing. It is high-energy dining to the max. Some are into that, some are not. I got a kick out of it cuz it made me laugh. Others seemed to be annoyed with the antics. No matter how you look at it, it will certainly be a unique dining experience that I doubt you will find anywhere else....... perhaps for good reason ;-). The food here is also very good. It is, in my opinion, not as good as Antica Posta however. And with the prices being almost identical at both restaurants, I would certainly have to choose Antica Posta. The reason that I mention Il Localino is because of its unique environment. The kids are absolutely certain to love it, while the parents can still get a great Italian meal. The kids would be bored to tears with Antica Postas traditional Tuscan style setting. Also some people are looking for something a little different while on vacation and don't want to go to another traditional restaurant that they can find almost anywhere (not that you can find food as good as Antica Posta just anywhere). So if you are looking for somewhere to keep the kids entertained while you eat, or just somewhere with that little something different, then this might be the place for you. Il Localino's menu and prices can be found here at their website. Dont be fooled by their website, this is not your average Trattoria.
Another place that I have to suggest simply because they have not yet made good on their 2 year old promise to build here in Boise, is Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. I won't say much about Ruth's Chris because I am sure that almost everyone has heard of it, but I LOVE RUTH'S CHRIS. It is certainly expensive, but there is not a better steak anywhere. If you have not been to a Ruth's Chris before, then expect between $50-$150 per person depending on how expensive you decide to go with the wine. Those prices are expecting that you get an appetizer and desert as well. I have done Ruth's Chris for less but I will certainly splurge at least once if not 3 times while in Atlanta. There are 3 different Ruth's Chris locations in Atlanta but I have only been to the one in Buckhead. I recommend it. You will need to make a reservation very early to get a seat during Labor day weekend. You can find Ruth's Chris' menu here however there are no prices listed.
The last place that I will suggest to eat at while in Atlanta is Fox Bros. BBQ. It is fantastic and very affordable. I will go at least once if not many more times while in Atlanta. Their menu and prices can be found here at their website.
Now on to things to do while in Atlanta.
Being the negative nancy that I am, I will start off with things not to do while in Atlanta. Exhibit A - Six Flags. Six flags over Georgia is the worst rated Six Flags park in the country. While I have not been there, some my infantry buddies that were stationed with me down there, thought that it would be fun thing to do, and a good place to pick up 20 year old girls. They all came back sorely disappointed. All of their stories have lined up exactly with all of the reviews that I have read online. Which are that Six Flags Georgia sucks. Wether in the amusement park or the water park you will wait AT LEAST 45 min to an hour for every single ride or water tube. That means you will get to go down the water slide between 8-10 times if you are at the park for 8 hours, and don't take a break from waiting in line to eat. Figuring that the water rides are MAYBE 90 seconds long apiece, and the amusement park rides are MAYBE 3-4 min long, that seems like a colossal waste of time and money. And lets not forget that it is Labor Day weekend, and that it will be one of the parks two busiest weekends of the entire year. All of that to say I do not suggest going to Six Flags.
I will suggest getting some super cheap Braves tickets. The Braves are in town playing at Turner Field both the 1st and the 2nd. On the 1st they play the last game of a 3 game series with the Nationals and on the 2nd they play the first game of a 3 game series with the LA Dodgers. Tickets are as cheap as $2.50 here on StubHub.
I will also suggest going to Stone Mountain. It is a phenomenal natural wonder that is well worth the short trip to get there, however if you don't have a car while you are down there then it's not the best option.
Lastly I will suggest purchasing something called a City Pass. This is where it's all at as far as doing things in the city. The city pass costs $69 for adults and $49 for children ages 3-12. What the City Pass gets you, is entry into all of the city's coolest attractions. It gets you into the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the CNN Tower, and then gives you the choice of either the High Museum of Art or the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and the choice between the Atlanta Zoo or the Atlanta History Center. So all in all you get entry into 5 different attractions, and by buying the City Pass you save over 50% off what you would have paid had you bought entry into each attraction individually. I was going to do a write up on each of the attractions, but I'll let you go check out each of them yourself online. I will say that the Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in world and is not to be missed. What is really cool is that the World of Coca-Cola tour, the Inside CNN Studio Tour, the Georgia Aquarium, and the Georgia dome are all directly next to each other downtown, and are all served by the same MARTA station.
I would like to know what everyone would like to do as far as pre-game stuff goes. Lets start to hammer it out here in this thread so we aren't scrambling to all meet up day of. Also for those of you flying out of Boise, what day are you leaving for ATL? I will be flying out the morning of the 1st, and coming back the evening of the 5th. I am flying United and I would like to know if anyone is on my flight. Also I am staying at the J.W. Marriot in Buckhead and would like to know if anyone is staying there or very nearby in Buckhead.
And last but not least I would like any of our UGA fans or displaced Bronco fans in Atlanta to input on places to eat, attractions to visit, or general things to do while we are in Atlanta this September.
I can't freaking wait another 2 1/2 months.