5 Within 50: Unique Dining


One of the best pastimes in Gwinnett (and anywhere else) is eating. Specifically, going out to eat. There’s just something special about making an occasion out of trying new foods. It truly is a bonding experience. However, dining out can become tedious. Pull yourself out of the mundane restaurant trap with one of these unique dining experiences, all within 50 miles of Gwinnett. Atmosphere can be a major game changer when it comes to dining, and these bars and restaurants have some of the most unique settings in the metro Atlanta area (don’t worry, their food is just as awe inspiring as their atmospheres).

Latin Flavors Steakhouse
21 E Athens St, Winder, GA 30680
17.5 miles away

At Latin Flavors Steakhouse, Spend your entire dining experience eating in complete darkness. Are your senses up for the challenge? A $75 reservation includes a 6 course mystery meal. While your meal is kept confidential before the experience, they do advertise themselves as a steakhouse, so you can make a few assumptions about what dishes might be served. The goal of the experience is to bring awareness to your other senses, so be prepared to be tested a little. 

*This experience is only available to adults 18+

The Garden Room
88 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest At, Buckhead Ave, Atlanta, GA 30305
29.1 miles away

For peculiar eats, and an even more peculiar atmosphere, head to ATL and grab a reservation at The Garden Room and dine amongst the flowers. Surrounded by hundreds of plants and quirky furniture, the Garden Room is something straight out of Alice in Wonderland. While you may not recognize some of the items on the menu, they’re nothing short of spectacular when it comes to taste. The small, chef-driven menu is tapas style, meaning each item is a small, shareable plate. This design ensures guests can try as many items as possible without filling up, and don’t forget to order a drink! The Garden Room is known for their intricate, sparkly cocktails.

*Reservations are hard to get, so check OpenTable frequently

The 57th Fighter
3829 Clairmont Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341
22.5 miles away

How about grabbing a bite on the runway? The airplane runway that is. The 57th Fighter is a family owned restaurant with a World War II aviation theme. Located right next to the Dekalb Peachtree Airport, you’ll be able to watch the planes land while chowing down on a delicious steak or seafood platter. Don’t miss out on the outdoor seating area! For a closer look at the planes and fire pits to gather around, step outside onto the patio.

My Parent’s Basement
22 N Avondale Rd, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
26.2 miles away

Take a trip back in time to the reto, nostalgic 90’s era of arcade games and comic books. My Parents Basement is a neighborhood eatery complete with arcade games, pinball machines and of course, shelves and shelves of comic books. Enjoy classic bar food like burgers and sandwiches and a great selection of craft beers and wines. With a fun, retro atmosphere, My Parents Basement is friendly for adults and kids alike!

The Third Door
131 Church St, Marietta, GA 30060
39.9 miles away

This unique cocktail lounge and live music venue is located in a restored 1920’s filling station (gas station). The old time atmosphere complete with polished wood, tin ceilings and dim lighting will have you wondering if you’ve stepped onto a movie set. The Third Door, rightfully named, offers 3 different bar atmospheres including the classy, Speakeasy Bar Room, the outdoor patio and The Bearcat Lounge. They’re best known for their perfectly crafted cocktails, but they do offer a few small plates if you find yourself craving something savory.