If you’re still unsure what to do after weighing all the other birthday options on this list, just say “f*ck it” and go bowling. And while you might associate bowling alley food with the uncomfortable one-two punch of eating chicken fingers followed by jamming your greasy fingers into a bowling ball, the Painted Pin is a little different. Between turns and Lebowski quotes, you’ll relax on couches and eat soy ginger-glazed edamame, tuna poke wontons, and wood-fired pizzas. The Moscow Mule slushies go down quick though, so maybe just take it easy like The Dude and order a White Russian.
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Yebo Beach Haus
This unique spot in Buckhead is a beach house for half the year and a ski house for the other, serving South African-inspired dishes.
Annie's Thai Castle
Annie’s Thai Castle in Buckhead is always reliable, with solid curries and great basil rolls, all of which you can eat out front on their patio.
Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante
Storico is one of our favorite spots for Italian, especially pasta, but you can also shop their Italian grocery and take pasta-making classes.
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Bilton Bar in Old Fourth Ward serves some of the best cocktails in the city along with unique South African snacks like beef jerky and hand pies.
Wrecking Bar Brewpub
Head to Wrecking Bar Brewpub in Little Five Points for a huge selection of beers on tap along with elevated bar food in a nice space.
If you want to watch sports and eat food that wasn’t microwaved, head to The Albert in Inman Park for a great burger and over 70 different beers.
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