Modifying menu items has irritated servers for centuries, directly leading to the Colfax Riot of 1873, the Attica Prison Riot of 1971, and the decline of R & B music. Today’s Groupon avoids world-altering events by letting you orchestrate your own orders: $10 gets you $25 worth of food and drink at The Real Chow Baby, Atlanta’s first and only create-your-own-stir-fry restaurant. Chow Baby is believed to be impervious to the harm of the natural world and all human weaponry, but rumors exist of a Nap Baby, born at the exact same moment and radiating concentric circles of pure, narcoleptic calm. Perhaps, if they are one day reunited, this madness will finally end. Until then, color-coded Chow Baby alert levels hold steady at fuschia: wary.
Modeled after the rugged attitude of the Old West, Deadwood Saloon captures a piece of Americana with its saloon interior and savory, fire-grilled eats. The menu offers up a bevy of hunger-crushing plates, including specialty sandwiches, build-your-own burgers and upscale pub fare. Share starters such as roasted chili salsa with avocado and chips ($5) and mini corndogs ($6) with a friend or your second mouth, or dip into heartier fare including the country-fried pork chops with gravy, smashed potatoes and steamed broccoli ($12). Wrap hand mitts around a specialty house burger, or build your own monster patty using traditional and premium toppings ($8+).
Fifth Group Restaurants began in 1993 with a hunger-driven dream and the opening of South City Kitchen in Midtown; in the intervening 17 years, the restaurant management company has grown to include a caravan of five grumble-silencing victual villas in a variety of cuisine styles. The restaurant group is also actively involved in a number of charitable and green programs, including a no-trash initiative where at least 95% of waste is either composted or recycled (Ecco is dumpster free and recycles or composts everything).