Food - 7 Atlanta meal deals to try now

Happy tummy, happy wallet

Atlanta restaurants are flush with value if you know where to look. Whether you're in the mood for a full-on Italian feast, an all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue spread, or a swanky three-course steak dinner, we've found a dining deal for that. Happy tummy, happy wallet.

Pizza and salad combo lunch at Don Antonio by Starita

Buckhead's latest New York-based pizzeria serves an awesome lunchtime meal deal. Just $12 gets you an 8-inch personal pie topped with the restaurant's chewy and creamy mozzarella. The meal comes with a green salad topped with even more homemade mozzarella, and crusty bread. 102 W. Paces Ferry Road. 404-844-2879. www.donantoniopizza.com.

Steak Dinner at Kimball House

Everyone's talking about Kimball House's crazy-affordable oyster happy hour. But every night, the Decatur hot spot also offers a three-course steak dinner for just $45. The meal includes an ever-changing soup, salad, and nice hunk of meat. A recent version included a garlicky Caesar salad, a cup of silky broccoli soup, and a melty, marbled rib-eye with earthy sweet potatoes. $45. 303 E. Howard Ave., Decatur. 404-378-3502. www.kimball-house.com.

Fried chicken night at One Eared Stag

On Monday night, this cozy neighborhood joint serves its wildly popular pasture-raised fried chicken dinner. Each order includes three pieces of juicy chicken and two sides, such as cream corn, fingerling potatoes, stewed squash, or macaroni and cheese, for $15. Upgrade to a whole chicken for $22 or get two whole chickens for $32. 1029 Edgewood Ave. 404-525-4479. www.oneearedstag.com.

All you can eat at Iron Age

At this Korean barbecue temple, an all-inclusive $14.99 gets you an unlimited supply of sliced pork belly (marinated in salty miso, zesty garlic, or plain), salad, soup, tangy kimchi, rice cake wrappers, sliced daikon radish, and cool, self-serve frozen yogurt for dessert. Factor in the big screen playing Korean pop videos and you've got yourself a kooky, belly-busting night out for the ages. 2131 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. 678-334-5242.

Early bird dinner at the Colonnade

Join the blue hairs and young families Monday through Thursday from 5-6:30 p.m. (and Saturday from noon-4 p.m.) for an old-school early bird special. For $12, get your choice of entrée, two side items, a drink (tea, coffee, or soft drink — sorry booze!), and dessert. The Colonnade's fried chicken is considered among the city's best. For a bona fide trip down memory lane, we recommend the Salisbury steak with crispy onions and mushroom gravy or the crispy salmon croquettes. $12. 1879 Cheshire Bridge Road. 404-874-5642. www.colonnadeatl.com.

Molto Monday at La Tavola

Every Monday from 5:30-10 p.m., the Fifth Group's Italian stallion offers a short list of gourmet pasta specials for $10. Choose from favorites such as creamy carbonara made with tender guanciale or a simple spaghetti drenched in bright-red sauce. Each meal comes with as much hearty bread as you can stuff in your gullet. 992 Virginia Ave. 404-873-5430. www.latavolatrattoria.com.

Stimulus Menu at La Grotta

Have you been wanting to try La Grotta but couldn't justify the price? The restaurant offers a $26.95 "Stimulus Menu," which includes your choice from a selection of popular appetizers such as mussels in white wine or sautéed octopus with grilled potatoes; entrées such as veal and sage ravioli in nutty brown butter or herb-crusted salmon; and a glass of wine. $26.95. 2637 Peachtree Road. 404-231-1368. www.lagrottaatlanta.com.


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