Amanda Arnold

Correspondent

  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Amanda Arnold is a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent based in Atlanta. Arnold likes to give readers the inside scoop about some of the world’s most gorgeous hotels and tastiest eateries. She has worked at Discovery Communications, where she edited and composed pieces for its many websites, including TLC.com, Discovery.com and Howstuffworks.com. When it comes to her own travels, she’s game for either outdoorsy excursions (kayaking in Grand Teton) or luxury boutique stays (in the French Riviera, please!) — or better yet, one trip that includes a little of both.

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    What are the best restaurants in Atlanta?

    I'm going to second Ford Fry's Nuevo Laredo Cantina vote for best casual spot in Atlanta. The "salsa to end your search" declaration on the menu at this Mexican dive is accurate. You'll be addicted immediately — the chicken diablo, chicken enchiladas, lobster tacos and fajitas are delish. For something a bit trendier and dressier, my latest favorite is No. 246 (which, incidentally, is owned by Ford Fry) just outside Atlanta proper in downtown Decatur — a quaint area any visitor to the city should visit, and you can even get there via Marta. Everything tastes so good there — even the olive oil and bread they bring out as a starter. I recommend the spaghettini with Georgia shrimp, sugar snap peas, garlic and spinach, or the gnocchi with spicy pork meatballs, English peas, roasted mushrooms and garlic. Nearby Cakes & Ale is also a popular spot, with a seasonal gourmet menu that will surprise you with its simplicity and pure, delicious flavor. I still think about the oysters I sampled at this spot. And speaking of oysters, the Oyster Bar at Fry’s The Optimist on the Westside is a great spot to eat light on a wide selection of fresh oysters (the menu changes daily). I’m dying to try the key-lime push pop, too, next time I visit. 
  • On June 3, 2013
    Amanda Arnold answered the question: Amanda Arnold

    What are the best restaurants in Atlanta?

    I'm going to second Ford Fry's Nuevo Laredo Cantina vote for best casual spot in Atlanta. The "salsa to end your search" declaration on the menu at this Mexican dive is accurate. You'll be addicted immediately — the chicken diablo, chicken enchiladas, lobster tacos and fajitas are delish. For something a bit trendier and dressier, my latest favorite is No. 246 (which, incidentally, is owned by Ford Fry) just outside Atlanta proper in downtown Decatur — a quaint area any visitor to the city should visit, and you can even get there via Marta. Everything tastes so good there — even the olive oil and bread they bring out as a starter. I recommend the spaghettini with Georgia shrimp, sugar snap peas, garlic and spinach, or the gnocchi with spicy pork meatballs, English peas, roasted mushrooms and garlic. Nearby Cakes & Ale is also a popular spot, with a seasonal gourmet menu that will surprise you with its simplicity and pure, delicious flavor. I still think about the oysters I sampled at this spot. And speaking of oysters, the Oyster Bar at Fry’s The Optimist on the Westside is a great spot to eat light on a wide selection of fresh oysters (the menu changes daily). I’m dying to try the key-lime push pop, too, next time I visit. 
  • On June 3, 2013
    Amanda Arnold answered the question: Amanda Arnold

    What are the best restaurants in Atlanta?

    I'm going to second Ford Fry's Nuevo Laredo Cantina vote for best casual spot in Atlanta. The "salsa to end your search" declaration on the menu at this Mexican dive is accurate. You'll be addicted immediately — the chicken diablo, chicken enchiladas, lobster tacos and fajitas are delish. For something a bit trendier and dressier, my latest favorite is No. 246 (which, incidentally, is owned by Ford Fry) just outside Atlanta proper in downtown Decatur — a quaint area any visitor to the city should visit, and you can even get there via Marta. Everything tastes so good there — even the olive oil and bread they bring out as a starter. I recommend the spaghettini with Georgia shrimp, sugar snap peas, garlic and spinach, or the gnocchi with spicy pork meatballs, English peas, roasted mushrooms and garlic. Nearby Cakes and Ale is also a popular spot, with a seasonal gourmet menu that will surprise you with its simplicity and pure, delicious flavor. I still think about the oysters I sampled at this spot. And speaking of oysters, the Oyster Bar at Fry’s The Optimist on the Westside is a great spot to eat light on a wide selection of fresh oysters (the menu changes daily). I’m dying to try the key-lime push pop, too, next time I visit.