If you find yourself outside the perimeter and hungry, and want to eat somewhere without a buffet line or the words “never ending pasta bowl” on the menu, head to The Alden in Chamblee. Not too far from Buckhead, this upscale Mediterranean and American restaurant serves small plates and a variety of sharable entrees, like harissa shrimp and grits and basil-cured salmon with onion marmalade. Stop by for a glass of wine at the bar, or for Sunday brunch on the patio outside.
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Gu’s Kitchen is finally back serving their Szechuan cooking in a casual space up near Buford Highway.
Downwind Restaurant & Lounge
Usually when food and airplanes mix you’re left disappointed, but Downwind is right next to the Dekalb Airport and serves great pub classics.
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Head to Poor Hendrix in Decatur for a drink and some light bites at the bar, or a full meal on the very private back patio.
JCT Kitchen & Bar
Go to this Westside staple for the fried chicken, but stay for the cocktails, patio, and burger.
King + Duke
The entire menu at King + Duke is roasted on an open hearth, and includes lots of meat, some fish, and very few vegetables.
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