Atlanta near Marriott Marquis

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2011/07/09 14:11:13 (permalink)

Atlanta near Marriott Marquis

I'll be in Atlanta for a conference this summer. I wasn;t planning on renting a car, but all of the recommended restaurants look like they are out of the area. I also want to visit the aquarium there.
 
What do you recommend near the Marriott Marquis?
 
Will I need to rent a car for at least one day to hit Mary mac's?
 
How is public transportation in the city?
 
Thanks!!!!!!!
 
 
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    Re:Atlanta near Marriott Marquis 2011/07/09 14:32:08 (permalink)
    You won't need a car to go to Mary Mac's if you're willing to take the MARTA train. 
     
    I stayed at the Marriott Marquis a few years ago, and took MARTA to Mary Mac's.   Closest station to the Marriott Marquis is Peachtree Center; closest to Mary Mac's is North Avenue.  (The restaurant is a couple of blocks from the Fox theater.)
     
    I'm told the neighborhood near Mary Mac's can be a little dicey, but I went for an early dinner (5 p.m.) and had no problem -- and no apprehension!
     
    You could also take a cab.
     
    The aquarium is close to Peachtree Center, and therefore within walking distance from your hotel.  
     
    Another recommendation:  the High Museum of Art is wonderful, and is easily reached via MARTA as well (Arts Center stop).
     
    Ever since they built MARTA, I've used it exclusively to get downtown from the airport. 
    post edited by rumaki - 2011/07/09 15:01:22
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    Re:Atlanta near Marriott Marquis 2011/07/09 15:05:22 (permalink)
    Our former German "au pair" and her new husband will be staying at the same hotel in Atlanta as part of their honeymoon in the United States..  The aquarium is about five blocks away.  They also plan on a visit to the Coca Cola museum which is  1/4 mile from the aquarium.
     
    They are not that interested in where they eat  but are planning on the $10.00 lunch  at  "Rays IN The City."  which is quite a  good bargain and is located right  near the hotel.
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    Re:Atlanta near Marriott Marquis 2011/07/10 12:11:09 (permalink)
    I wouldn't miss Mary Mac's and it'll take a car but Flip Burger isn't that far away--and in a neighborhood populated by other hipster doofus joints as well.  But the last time we were down there we totally tripped into a Chinese place called Hsu's and the food was amazing.  I believe we had one of the Szechuan green bean dishes and I particularly remember the chicken corn soup.  If you're looking for something that's definitely walking distance, give that a try.  And I'll be curious to see any trip report you post because I'm going to be back down there for a conference in October.
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    Re:Atlanta near Marriott Marquis 2011/07/10 12:19:05 (permalink)
    EliseT

    I'll be in Atlanta for a conference this summer. I wasn;t planning on renting a car, but all of the recommended restaurants look like they are out of the area. I also want to visit the aquarium there.

    What do you recommend near the Marriott Marquis?

    Will I need to rent a car for at least one day to hit Mary mac's?

    How is public transportation in the city?

    Thanks!!!!!!!



    You'll have to take buses, but you MUST have breakfast at the Silver Skillet, 200 14th St. NW. Been there forever, the waitresses, too! You'll be called Sugar, Hon, etc. and the food will NOT disappoint! It's not fancy, it's roadfood, and delicious!
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    Re:Atlanta near Marriott Marquis 2011/07/10 12:20:47 (permalink)
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    I wouldn't miss Mary Mac's and it'll take a car but Flip Burger isn't that far away--and in a neighborhood populated by other hipster doofus joints as well.  But the last time we were down there we totally tripped into a Chinese place called Hsu's and the food was amazing.  I believe we had one of the Szechuan green bean dishes and I particularly remember the chicken corn soup.  If you're looking for something that's definitely walking distance, give that a try.  And I'll be curious to see any trip report you post because I'm going to be back down there for a conference in October.


    There's two or three flip burgers in town.
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    Re:Atlanta near Marriott Marquis 2011/07/11 16:21:23 (permalink)
    Downtown Atlanta is a little restaurant unfriendly, but there are a couple of good places within quick walking distance of the Marriott.  I would recommend Googie Burger, which is in Centennial Olympic Park right next to the fountains, where you can enjoy a very good burger and some of the best milkshakes around.  There's also Pittypat's Porch, whose glory days are long gone, but you can still get a pretty good southern dinner there.  The problem is that the downtown is really dominated by the Americasmart convention space, which covers several city blocks and prevents any real interesting development around those hotels.  As you walk from your hotel to the aquarium, you will swear you've passed the same building already.
     
    You can't go wrong with any of the Atlanta recs here in the Restaurants section - Mary Mac's, Silver Skillet, Varsity, Fat Matt's and Manuel's Tavern are all very good.  Harold's BBQ is awesome, but I wouldn't want to be standing outside there waiting for a bus after supper.
     
    Our public transportation is a long way behind Boston, Chicago or NYC, but it gets the job done.  It's called MARTA and you can find the bus you need at http://www.itsmarta.com .
    The Varsity and Mary Mac's are both within walking distance of the North Avenue train stop, but I'd plan to get a cab back from Mary Mac's.  You'll be too full to walk (uphill) after a supper there.
     
    Some other current faves in the city include Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand (chicken "slinger" hot dogs in a business fronted by the lady who started our popular Flying Biscuit restaurants) and Grindhouse Killer Burgers (small but very tasty patties, sort of the local opposition to the Smashburger stores that are starting to open in town this month).
     
    Flip Burger is quite good, too.  As Nancypalooza notes, it's on the same road as Bocado and Leroy's Fried Chicken and Yeah!Burger and Figo Pasta and West Egg and all the other current faves.  You could probably hit 'em all on one bus route if you really wanted and your credibility with Atlanta foodies would be assured.
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    Re:Atlanta near Marriott Marquis 2011/07/11 21:00:59 (permalink)
    I agree with Soup on Mary Mac's, Fat Matt's and the Varsity.  Harold's is fabulous with its stew, cracklin cornbread and pork but in a bad area (by the Federal Pen) that I would be careful around if I wasn't familiar with the area.   
     
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    Re:Atlanta near Marriott Marquis 2011/07/12 09:01:38 (permalink)
    Nice Hotel, but not a ton of stuff around. I would recommend Mary Mac's, Silver Skillet, Fox Bros BBQ, Vortex and Varsity.
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    Re:Atlanta near Marriott Marquis 2011/07/14 10:12:59 (permalink)
    You all are great for helping me!
     
    Hmm, the all-day bus tour of Atlanta sounds tempting.
     
    I just found out we may be going to Gladys Knight's chicken and waffles for a birthday.
     
    I have also heard the South will continue a record heat wave next week...
     
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