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Lunacy Black Market

Paul Luna, best known for teaching Atlanta to love tapas in the 1990s, operates his latest place with the sensibility of a culinary activist. He chose its location in a dreary stretch of Downtown in part for the low rent; in turn he charges the lowest possible prices for his small plates. Although I enjoy two warmly spiced, braised chicken legs for $3.45, or garlicky sauteed shrimp for $4.15, I sometimes crave the more complex cooking that’s currently absent from Luna’s menu devoted entirely to small plates. But I admire his mission to feed people affordably and well, and the restaurant clearly has an appreciative audience: His all-you-can-eat Sunday pasta and risotto feasts, for $9.95 per person, often sell out. The bohemian dining room—mismatched chairs and art, low-slung sofas, sections of the ceiling painted in groovy patterns—boosts the appeal.

231 Mitchell Street, 404-736-6164,

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  1. Joseph posted on 01/31/2013 01:50 PM
    I don't understand the need for a No Children sign on the website. Really? My son is better behaved than many adults, but if that's how they feel they won't get our business.
    1. BHK posted on 03/19/2013 03:24 PM
      @Joseph Yup, it's always other people's kids who are trouble.
  2. Mike posted on 02/04/2013 01:18 PM
    Agreed, they have the right to do it, but I won't go and will recommend others ignore this place. I never take my kids out with me to nicer dinners, we get a sitter. It's the principle. Create an environment that is not condusive to child dining, i.e. no kids menu. There's no need to put a sign up, with a slash through children, it's offensive.
    1. Jim posted on 03/19/2013 12:23 PM
      @Mike I for one applaud their stance on children. For every reasonable adult who leaves their kids home with a sitter, there are five who bring them along. And for every well-behaved child, there are 30 that are poorly behaved.
    2. Dave posted on 08/11/2013 04:00 PM
      @Mike Well, they could put up a sign that says "no adults who parent so badly that there kids distract and annoy other diners" - that might be more to the point. The 'no kids' sign makes a point about the atmosphere of the restaurant and I am sooooo grateful. (And thinking that the lack of a kids menu will prevents kids from being brought - riiiiiight.) go ahead - be offended. Just do it somewhere else.
  3. Geoff posted on 06/28/2013 03:51 PM
    For those expressing their offense on the no children sign, if you have ever been to this restaurant you would understand why. It is very intimate and quiet, only has a few tables, and one crying baby would really ruin the atmosphere. I wouldn't say that about many restaurants in Atlanta, but this really is a different kind a restaurant where children should not be welcome.
  4. William posted on 09/28/2013 09:19 AM
    I am commenting on the no children rule. Unfortunately rules are not generated for the majority population, the tag on your hairdryer to not use in the shower is for the select few. Unfortunately the select few in today's world are growing in size. Manners and behavior are something that is no longer a priority for children. Most children are well behaved, it's the few that make a rare night out, especially for couples with children, a train wreck because one child can keep still, keep quit and destroys an evening for everyone else. When our society and schools re-institutes teaching and demanding good behavior, then they will probably take the sign down. Until then I say do what needs to be done so the majority can enjoy their meal and don't cater to the few...
  5. john posted on 11/16/2013 12:56 PM
    HA...Quit whining about not being able to bring your kids. No one likes them except you. Keep them out of the public until they are about 12 or 13.

    The person who hates your kids.
  6. john posted on 04/18/2014 10:17 AM
    Look i have 2 kids and i understand there policy , My kids are well behaved but sometimes its nice to go out enjoy a good meal and not hear kids! @ the person that said they won't get my business fine go the disney and be a family the rest of us don't want to hear kids everywhere we go including mine!!!!!!!HAHA
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