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Input Sought on Joel, Atlanta

cabrales Aug 1, 2003 07:03 PM

I'd appreciate any recent experiences posters might have with this restaurant. :)

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    ted RE: cabrales Aug 2, 2003 09:40 AM

    OK, my experience isn't completely 'recent,' but the two (or is it three, I forget) times we've been there were very enjoyable. The summer special that they're running now is a very good deal. Believe Cliff Bostock wrote about it either this week or last.

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      gdo22342 RE: cabrales Aug 3, 2003 06:14 PM

      We have been there many times, since the day it opened, including several private parties that for which we have been hosts.

      It is, in my opinion, as good as there is in Atlanta, certainly it is our favorite place for the high end.

      and, I agree, the summer special is excellent value.

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        Dennis RE: cabrales Aug 4, 2003 08:43 PM

        In another life,on another site, we discussed many great dining experiences. It would be a serious mistake for you to be in Atlanta and not eat at Joel. In the 3 or 4 times in the last few months it has been terrific, both for private parties in the small room off the bar and with another couple. I know they also do a lovely job with singles if you are alone. Please try Joel and Post your impressions

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          cabrales RE: Dennis Aug 6, 2003 09:39 AM

          Dennis and others -- Thanks for your input :) I get the sense that Joel is a definite place to visit if I happened to be in town. However, would you believe Joel to be worth traveling to Atlanta for, from the East Coast? :)

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            Dennis RE: cabrales Aug 6, 2003 03:13 PM

            Combined with a dinner at Bacchanalia or possibly Seeger's. I think that a trip to Atlanta is worth the effort. There are great museums, great shopping and good choices of fine dining and wine

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              cabrales RE: Dennis Aug 6, 2003 07:13 PM

              Dennis -- Thanks. :) I'll put Joel on my list of places to visit. It's almost never that I would visit a city in the US specifically for a restaurant (e.g., I didn't for French Laundry), but I am curious about Joel and Atlanta will be on my list (probably for next year).

        2. Brawny RE: cabrales Jan 18, 2009 10:52 AM

          anyone been lately?

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            rcburli RE: Brawny Jan 19, 2009 05:58 AM

            Had lunch there last week with a group outing...toured the kitchen with the chef. It was my first visit since the remodeling of the dining room, and I liked it. The simple lunch menu they provided was delicious.
            At 1 p.m. two guys were deboning some NC trout that had been IN the water that morning at 6 a.m.

            It's certainly on my list to try for dinner soon.

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              HaagenDazs RE: rcburli Jan 20, 2009 05:17 AM

              Not to say that the restaurant is any better or any worse, but Chef Joel Antunes (obviously the namesake) no longer works at the restaurant.

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              sugarbad RE: Brawny Mar 24, 2009 04:07 AM

              I had dinner there on Sat night with a small group of friends. We chose the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings and were completely satisfied. The 5 courses were well thought out, beautifully presented, tasted great and were well matched with their accompanying wines. After dinner the chef was nice enough to give us a tour of the kitchen and spent a lot of time talking with us. My son (who was not with us) is applying the culinary school and Chef Holota invited me to bring him back for dinner and said he would be more than happy to sit down to talk about the process of culinary school and the life of a chef in general. A very gracious offer which we will take him up on in the very near future.

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                Reignking RE: sugarbad Mar 24, 2009 01:42 PM

                I was there a month ago, and loved it so much that we booked for tonight's 4-course meal with Rhone wine pairings. The food has been fantastic, and the service -- which I honestly usually don't care about -- has been great both times that we have been. I had always imagined that Joel would be "stuffy", but it certainly is not.

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