Your kid just threw spaghetti in your face, the dog is doing the pee-pee dance, and the laundry has taken on a life of its own. You turn to your husband with a look of absolute desperation. He knows that look. If your husband/significant other is anything like mine, a romantic night out is in the works.
Dining in Atlanta can become quite expensive, but there are some great romantic spots that won’t clear out your wallet…or require you to take out a second mortgage on your home.
Romance and Pizza?
If you’ve taken a walk (or drive) in the Inman Park neighborhood lately, you’ve probably noticed some changes. New homes, stores, and restaurants have made this area a “go-to” spot for many Atlantans. While you’re down there, check out Fritti. With their authentic Neapolitan pizzas, fantastic wine selection, knowledgeable staff, and great atmosphere, this is the perfect place to take your main squeeze for that romantic outing. Plus it will make you feel cool again. I’ve been to Fritti several times and I’ve never received anything but fantastic service coupled with the perfect dining environment. What are some of my favorite selections? Try the Crocchette di Melanzane for an appetizer: eggplant, mozzarella, and roasted pepper coquettes fried to perfection. Selecting a pizza here can be a little overwhelming. I suggest that each pick one, share, and then take the leftovers home for a late night snack or breakfast the next day. I love the Toscana: bufala, peppered salame, cherry tomatoes, and rosemary on a light, crispy crust. It’s reminiscent of a pepperoni pizza, but much better. Ananas e Gorgonzola is my other favorite with gorgonzola cheese, fresh pineapple, and 12 year balsamic vinegar. Fritti stays busy, especially on weekend nights. If you don’t want to have a long wait, I suggest making a reservation. In the warm months, try to dine on the patio. It enhances the experience.
309 N. Highland Ave
Atlanta, GA 30307
Monday-Friday 11:30 am-3:00 pm
Friday-Saturday 5:30 pm-Midnight
Sunday 4:00 pm-10:00 pm
No Gimmicks. Just Sushi.
If you’re like me, you really love sushi. You may even find yourself snagging a roll at the grocery store to help fight the cravings (it’s never satisfying, is it?). It’s always been difficult for lovers of sushi, and lovers, to find a dedicated restaurant for this passion that also has ambiance. There are plenty of great sushi places, but many lack that extra oomph. The ones that do have that oomph have mediocre sushi at best, mainly because they are more concerned with their appearance. Those who want both, look no further. MF Sushibar Midtown has everything you need: an intimate space, fantastic sushi, and decent prices. Whether you sit at the bar or at a small table, you will feel relaxed and comfortable. The fish is incredibly fresh and the menu selection diverse. Love sake? You have come to the right place. MF serves many varieties, hot and cold, at different prices. Enjoy many by the glass and all by the bottle. Everything I’ve ordered here has been fresh and delicious, leaving me completely satisfied. The dinner menu is a bit pricey (as can be expected for a great sushi spot), but don’t worry: MF has one of the best lunch menus in town. I often get the Sushi D which includes 6 pieces of nigiri sushi and a spicy tuna roll for only $12.25. All of their lunch specials include miso soup and a ginger salad. What a deal!
MF Sushibar Midtown
265 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Lunch 11:30 am-2:30 pm
Dinner 5:30 pm-10:30 pm
Lunch 11:30 am-2:30 pm
Dinner 5:30 pm-11:30 pm
Dinner only 5:30 pm-11:30 pm
Closed on Sunday
Who Says Romance has to Stay Indoors?
I thought I would go a bit unconventional with this selection. I think one of the most romantic spots in Atlanta is Piedmont Park. With its trails, sprawling green meadows, and recreational areas, Piedmont Park is the gem of the city. I love nothing more than having a picnic in the warm evening hours. Add our beloved park in the mix and you have the perfect setting. I love to go to grocers like Fresh Market and purchase fresh items from their deli along with other gourmet selections for my picnic basket. Grab your food, a blanket big enough for two, and find that perfect spot to relax with one another. Support the environment, the park, and public transit: take MARTA to either the Midtown or Arts Center stations. It’s just a short walk to your destination and it will create a slower pace…perfect for romantic moments.
Along 10th Street and Piedmont Ave.
Midtown, Atlanta, GA
6:00 am-11:00 pm
Open every day, all year long
Fritti website: http://www.urestaurants.net/
MF Sushibar: www.mfsushibar.com
Piedmont Park Conservatory: http://www.piedmontpark.org