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Top 5: Restaurants for college students in Atlanta

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SOUL VEGETARIAN If you're of the non-meat-eating persuasion or just looking to try something new, make your way to Soul Vegetarian. This health-conscious restaurant serves vegetarian and vegan fare that is inspired by flavors from many cultures, and has a real knack for making nutritious food that tastes wonderful, too. West End: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5-10 p.m. 879 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. 404-752-5194. Virginia-Highland: Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 652 N. Highland Ave. 404-874-0145. www.soulveg.net.

HARLEM BAR Equipped with plush décor and mood lighting, Harlem Bar is a great alternative to your everyday restaurant. This tapas lounge gives you the option to try several different dishes without putting a hole in your wallet, so grab a group and nibble to your heart's delight. Mon.-Sat., 6 p.m.-2:30 a.m.; Sun., 6 p.m.-midnight. 262 Edgewood Ave. 404-588-0014. www.harlembaratlanta.com.

TACO CABANA The answer to digestive systems burnt-out on Taco Bell, this drive-thru Mexican restaurant is delicious and won't break your budget. It's the perfect place to grab a quick bite with friends or hit up after a late-night study session -- it's open 24 hours, seven days a week. 1895 Piedmont Ave. 404-874-6152. www.tacocabana.com.

NANCY'S PIZZA Known for its signature Chicago-style pizza and friendly staff, Nancy's Pizza has become a treasured favorite among Atlantans. The deep dish is more than enough to fill the appetites of you and your friends. We recommend ordering the pizza to go, as it's best devoured at home in the company of study mates. Midtown: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11-1 a.m.; Sun., noon-10 p.m. 265 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-885-9199. Buckhead: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11-1 a.m. 3167 Peachtree Road. 404-842-9997. www.nancyspizza.com.

RISE-N-DINE If you're looking to make breakfast the most delicious meal of the day, this is the place for you. The menu features the standard items including pancakes, biscuits and veggie omelets, but is also a great place to be adventurous. Why not start your day with sweet-potato pancakes drizzled with cinnamon and sugar? Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 1565 N. Decatur Road. 404-377-4407.

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