Atlanta Journals

Bits and Pieces of Atlanta

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A February 2002 trip to Atlanta by Jeffrey

Chin Chin V Chinese Restaurant Photo, Atlanta, Georgia More Photos
Quote: After several short visits (none long enough for a journal), I decided to start one and build on it over time and multiple visits. Atlanta has a lot to offer, and as I pick up "bits and pieces" along the way I will share them with you.

Bits and Pieces of Atlanta

Overview

Concourse Business Park Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta is a large business center, and I enjoy my free time while here. Atlanta has one of the largest airports in the country and some say it is the busiest in the world. My experience is that it is well organized, and I rarely have problems arriving or leaving. There are many shops and restaurants in the airport to pass the time if you are delayed, or have extra time. In the airport, I enjoy the colorful art by local school children on exhibit. Outside, there are sculptures/figures of luggage and baggage decorated with colorful license plates and street signs. Outside the airport, most of my business and my lodging is near the impressive Concourse Business Park of two 30 story b...Read More

Westin Atlanta North

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Hotel

Westin Atlanta North Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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This very nice Westin is in a prime business location in Atlanta's Concourse Business Park, and sits on a beautiful pond between the beautiful adjoining Concourse Towers office buildings in a nice setting of gardens and fountains. Fitness buffs should not miss the huge Concourse Athletic club next door, where you can treadmill, stairmaster, and much more while enjoying the view of the lake and fountain. This Westin has 370 rooms and 6 suites on 20 floors and a lower concourse, and there is a huge attached parking garage (free). Even at 20 stories, the building is dwarfed while looking down from the 30th floor of the Concourse Tower across the lake. There is a wall of windows across t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2002

Westin Atlanta North
7 Concourse Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30328
(770) 395-3900

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

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Hotel | "Holiday Inn Express"

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This Holiday Inn Express is located next to (walking distance) the Concourse Business Park of highrises, fountains, and ponds (see my overview), and is a decent value at $79 weeknights. The lobby is tastefully decorated like a more expensive hotel. It has a sitting area to meet, read the paper, or watch TV. Next to the sitting area is where they serve their free breakfast buffet of coffee, teas, juices, fruits, breads, and hot rolls. There is a second TV in the buffet area for catching the morning news before leaving for work. The second floor of the hotel has a balcony overlooking the lobby. This property has 8 floors of well-equipped rooms and suites. I have stayed here on severa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2002

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
765 Hammond Drive Northeast
Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328
(404) 250-4450

Maui Tacos

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Restaurant

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"Maui-Mex" food..."Mexican Food with Mauitude." As unlikely a combination as it sounds, I had to try it, and they pull it off well. I was pleasantly surprised. They blend Mexican Burritos, Tacos, and more (all with fresh ingredients) with Hawaiian flavors and spices (pineapple, lime juice, etc). The result is a nice change from the ordinary, and a good value for money. Maui Tacos is a small chain of small restaurants that serve innovative and delicious fast food in a cool island decor. They have several restaurants in Hawaii and a few scattered across the US, including 3 around Atlanta. Although they have a fast food format with no servers (order, pay and they call your number...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 28, 2002

Maui Tacos
1100 Hammond Dr NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30328
(770) 522-8800

Chin Chin V Chinese Restaurant

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Restaurant

Chin Chin V Chinese Restaurant Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Chin Chin V is a small local chain (I guess this is store #5) of Chinese Restaurants around Atlanta. They have a huge menu of lunch and dinner entrees, and appetizers, soups, drinks, and desserts. They have good food and decent value. If you go during peak times, the service is only fair, but not too bad. You have takeout and delivery options available to you. This location is hugely popular for lunch due to its proximity to the Concourse Business Park, providing convenience for long work days to grab a quick (but good) lunch or dinner to eat and return to work. The decor outside is unassuming. It is positioned in the corner of a strip mall. Inside, the the decor is tasteful Chine...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2002

Chin Chin V Chinese Restaurant
1100 Hammond Dr NE
Atlanta, Georgia
770-913-0266

Maggiano's Little Italy

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Restaurant

Maggiano's Little Italy Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Great Italian food and lots of it. This place is right out of a mafia movie...a traditional Italian restaurant, down to the dark wood furniture and red and white checkered tablecloths. Maggiano's has a large selection of traditional Italian dishes and wines. This Maggiano's has a neat enclosed porch with lots of light that provides a warm weather environment without exposing you to the elements. During our visit for an early dinner, there was some kind of private function in there. Maggiano's boasts that their portions are large enough to share, and they aren't kidding. If you enjoy salads and deserts, consider spliting an entree with a guest. For large groups, you can order a 2-3...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 1, 2002

Maggiano's Little Italy
3368 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 816-9650

Joey D's Oak Room

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Restaurant

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Joey D's Oak Room is an upscale restaurant and bar in far north Atlanta, near Parmeter Mall. It has a dark clubby atmosphere with lots of wood. It has a nice bar with such a large selection of liquors that they have high shelves with a tall ladder for retrieving them. Joey D's has many personalities. It is popular for business lunches and attracts families for dinner. Late at night, it becomes a nightclub with live music for the younger set. Joey D's Oak Room has a large menu that includes Appetizers ($4-$9), Entree Salads ($7-$10), Sandwiches and burgers ($7-$11), Steaks ($19-$25), Beef and Pork Ribs ($13-$18), Prime Rib ($15-$19), Seafood and Pasta ($13-$17), Chicken ($11-$12...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 2, 2002

Joey D's Oak Room
1015 Crown Pointe Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30338
+1 770 512 7063