Quality Inn Northeast
2960 N.E. Expressway
Atlanta, GA 30341
Phone: (770) 451-5231
Fax: (678) 287-2150
Open once again after a hiatus of several years, the 57th Fighter Group is a World War II-themed restaurant with windows overlooking the runways of Peachtree-DeKalb Airport. Designed to look like a European farmhouse and filled with WWII-era decor, the ambiance offers a unique experience. Even the long drive leading to the parking lot has a nostalgic feel. Aviation enthusiasts can sit at tables equipped with headphones, which stream the radio transmissions between pilots and the nearby control tower. Sandwiches are served during lunch with homemade chips, but at night the most popular dishes are steaks. The Sweetwater 420 beer cheese soup is not to be missed as an appetizer.
Overlooking the Peachtree-Dekalb Airport runway, the Downwind Restaurant offers a fun and affordable place to take the family or grab lunch before a flight. Airplane memorabilia and large windows looking out over the runways set the stage for an exciting meal. Planes take off and land often at this moderately busy regional airport, offering a good show while you dine. The menu is simple, featuring burgers, sandwiches and salads, along with some Greek favorites.
One of Atlanta's few Malaysian restaurants, Penang has been applauded by distinguished critics like The New York Times. The intimate dining room never gets very loud, and it provides the perfect atmosphere for a date. Many dishes are strictly vegetarian, but the menu offers a wide array of chicken and beef dishes, too. Try their signature noodle soups, Nasi Lemak or the roti canai. Many dishes are extremely spicy, but fortunately, these are indicated as such on the menu.
Hidden away in a shopping mall, this diamond in the rough serves traditional Chinese food prepared without meat or dairy products. The decor is not eye catching or unique, but veggie-loving patrons don't seem to mind. All the Chinese standbys are on the menu, but no meat or eggs are used in preparation (except in the fortune cookies). Beef dishes such as Mongolian beef are prepared with soy products without compromising on much in taste. This restaurant is great for both the avid vegetarian and skeptical meat-eater who needs some convincing.
Tucked in the Atlanta Chinatown Mall's food court, Chong Qing Hot Pot is known for its Szechuan cuisine. The traditional menu is prepared by native cooks from Szechuan Province and lend an authenticity that is packed with flavor. The portions are generous and the price way too reasonable to make your wallets smile. From vegans to meat eaters, there is something for everyone in this small eatery. Bring cash as credit cards are not accepted here.
Fashioned after the earthy dim sum houses of San Francisco's Chinatown, this affordable restaurant is located about ten minutes away from Buckhead among the antique shops of Chamblee. Carts are wheeled through the large dining area for the patrons' perusal, making for a deliberate leisurely lunch or dinner pace. The Sunday brunch is very popular among the locals, so plan to come early. A beer and wine list is available.
Bambinelli's Restaurant is a Bronx-family-owned eatery is a perfect choice for pizza or a little something more, whether you're alone or with the whole crew. The ambiance is casual, with plenty of cozy booths and the clattering sound of dishes coming from the exposed kitchen. On Saturdays, there's a live organist belting out Italian tunes and Sinatra melodies. For fair weather dining, a small patio is provided. All your favorite Italian specialties are accounted for, plus some of the best pizza to be found outside of New York. Beer and wine only.
Southbound, on Peachtree Road in Chamblee, serves a delightful local treat that all of United States is so proud of. Housed within a reclaimed factory, the hipster eatery features a charming dining area with vintage fixtures and decor elements that are close Georgia's heart. On offer here is traditional Southern feast that's treated with innovative contemporary twists without compromising on the original flavor of dishes such as shrimp and grits, shrimp po' boy with fried okra, Scottish salmon with southern succotash and lots more. This seasonally-inspired treat tastes even better when paired with their selection of local-style libations. Fairly priced, these offerings are truly scrumptious and will keep you coming back for more!
Albeit small in size and simple in decor, Rose of India impresses with its startlingly authentic quality. With so many menu items to choose from, you'll want to try them all, and you just might, as the dishes are all very reasonably priced. Try the garlic naan bread, the lamb Vindaloo and the onion Bhajee, all of which keep the patrons re-visiting with praise. Also the Paneer Makanvala and the chicken Tikka Masala have both been labeled popular favorites. Although most dishes qualify as "mild" on the spicy meter, they still please the palate.
Set away from busy Atlanta hot spots, Violette has quietly become one of the town's most memorable destinations for French cuisine. Quaint and quiet, the long dining room is walled entirely by glass on one side, making it wonderful for cheery lunch dates. The distinguished bar at the entrance features a gifted piano man on weekend nights and maintains a wine list one would expect of a great French restaurant. Very traditional French, out-of-this-world sauces highlight practically every dish. Don't crawl out without trying the escargots, tenderly sauteed in light butter.
Yum yum, dim sum. This Chinese collection of goodies seems to be catching on in Atlanta, and for good reason. Great dim sum is tough to beat, and in the metro area, no one serves it up like Yen Jing. For those not cut out dim sum, try pepper squid, it is absolutely delicious! Try it all in this unique dining environment. Due to Yen Jing's rising popularity, weekend reservations are advisable. Two thumbs up for this Korean-run Chinese nook!
A brilliant place where you can relish the genuine tastes of Ethiopian cuisine, Desta Ethiopia has carved a niche for itself in the food market. Even though it is not a huge restaurant, it offers a fine dining experience. They provide catering services for private events as well. The food platter includes vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian items along with sumptuous desserts. Try some of their flavorful dishes like Fish Tibs, Vegetarian Platter with Fish and more. Pair it with a soothing tea or any other beverage. Call ahead for details.