Friday, February 19, 2010

Midnight Train to Good Eats!

I love Atlanta!

I haven't even scratched the surface of this city, in fact, I've only explored part of downtown and took MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) one stop north for dinner...but it's enough for me to know that this is a might fine city. Not just the sights, but also the Good Eats ( may know, that Alton Brown is from Atlanta)!

Jimmy's here for a conference and I get to tag along. Lucky lucky me! But what that means is I'm on my own for the day while Jimmy's cooped up in the hotel conference room for 3 days. Thankfully, I get him back for dinner.

I have a little routine whenever I'm out exploring solo in a city I'm not familiar with. On the 1st day, I check to see if any of the sky-rises have a restaurant on their top floor that offer reasonably priced lunches, ie: under $15.

As luck would have it, just 2 blocks down from our hotel, the Westin has a revolving restaurant on the 73rd floor with soups, salads and sandwiches under $15. Whooo hooo!

So while I enjoyed my lunch, I took lots of photos and got a good baring of where everything was.
This is Georgia's Capitol Building. I'll share more photos in another post.

After lunch, I walked to Centennial Olympic Park, site of the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Then I went to the "World Of Coca-Cola". Both worthy of their own posts later.

Jimmy was out till 6:30 and was ravenous when he finally got out. They served bloody steak on top of some mashed potatoes for his lunch. He is not steak eater, especially when it's bloody. And he won't go out of his way to eat mashed potatoes, but will eat it if it's served. So at least he had some of the mashed potatoes that wasn't contaminated by the meat.

My cousin recommended Gladys Knight and Ron Winan's Chicken and Waffles. In most cases, Jimmy and I won't wait more than 15 minutes for a table. We're just impatient like that. But we had a 45 minute wait and it was so worth it.
I had the Chicken and Waffles, which was called "The Midnight Train"
and Jimmy had catfish and grits. We enjoyed it so much, we joked about going back on Sunday night for dinner. Tomorrow night, we might go back to the Westin and enjoy the nighttime views!



Anonymous said...

yay I'm glad you enjoyed chicken and waffles. :-) - v

rosemary said...

Steve is going to Chicago for a conference....but i can't Looks like you ate well, took some great photos and does anyone ever look at you funny when you are taking photos? when we were in San Fran when we saw you we took photos of all kinds of places and got some really strange looks. i have never tried grits....are they like cream of wheat?

Shammickite said...

Doesn't anyone ever come to Toronto for a conference? We could have such a great time. Tell Jimmy to suggest it to whoever books the conference schedule.

Ginnie said...

You have seen and tasted and been to places I never saw in my 22 years there, Mad. Isn't that the way it so often is! Shame on me. I still can't believe I totally missed your visit!