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powella Jan 24, 2007 03:20 PM

Howdy- we three gals are gathering in Atlanta for a girly weekend, staying at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead on the concierge floor. This means we'll mostly be sitting around the concierge area noshing and drinking, but we will probably want to get out for one dinner. We all live in decent food cities (Boston, Miami, NYC) and I think what would make us all happy would be a place that's nice but not too fancy, with excellent and warm service, and yummy food. Would love to hear your recs. TIA!

  1. HaagenDazs Jan 24, 2007 03:59 PM

    The Dining Room there at the Ritz is absolutely stellar... but so are the prices (bring some dress-up clothes if you choose this place)! Bone's is nearby. It's a traditional steakhouse with lots of old men in jeans and polo shirts, but the quality is unmatched. Woodfire Grill is a great "Californian" cuisine with lots of focus on local, seasonal ingredients - not too far from your hotel - definitely a quick taxi ride. Kyma (more or less across the street from Bone's) is a fantastic Greek based restaurant - lots of seafood. Restaurant Eugene is a GREAT place a bit south of your hotel. It's one of the better restaurants in the city and is getting better everyday. It's not exactly cheap, but good.

    http://www.restauranteugene.com/index.html

    http://www.buckheadrestaurants.com/kyma.html

    http://www.woodfiregrill.com/

    http://www.bonesrestaurant.com/

    If you're up for a GREAT sandwich - and I mean great - try The New Yorker Deli. Good lunch spot and relatively close.

    http://www.thenydeli.com/

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      Katj Jan 25, 2007 06:33 AM

      All great suggestions from HaagenDazs, I have had a couple bad experiences at Kyma, but I definitely agree with all the other picks.
      Prime is good, right across the street in Lenox. They have some decent sushi and salads.
      Antica Posta is really close and really great.
      Have a great weekend!!

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        powella Jan 25, 2007 06:52 AM

        Bless you all, these sound great, particularly the sandwich place (I'm a sandwich lover) and Woodfire Grill.

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        1. re: powella
          HaagenDazs Jan 25, 2007 07:02 AM

          Woodfire Grill is one of my favorites; pretty solid stand by, the atmosphere is real relaxed and the prices are good. The place has a wonderful (not over-powering) wood smoke aroma from the (Mr. Obvious here) wood fired oven and grill. They have a great cheese selection there if that's your kind of thing. Have fun!

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          laurendlewis Jan 26, 2007 07:40 AM

          I've had 2 wonderful Kyma experiences, that's a great suggestion.

          Also, NY Prime is right by the Ritz and it has some unbelievable steaks - not sure how long it's been there, but my husband & I discovered it not too long ago.

          Bluepointe is supposed to be good altho I haven't been for dinner (the bar is a meat market and gets really really crowded on the weekends though).

          Too bad Brasserie le Coze closed, it would have been another close and delicious suggestion.

          The Ritz dining room is really really really really good but accordingly pricey.

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            dd992emo Jan 27, 2007 10:03 AM

            I'm a big fan of Babette's. Great atmosphere, great food!

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              UGAerin Jan 30, 2007 09:21 AM

              My favorite place in Atlanta to visit with my girlfriend's is Eclipse di Luna. It is tapas and reasonably priced. It is funky restaurant and usually has live music. www.eclipsediluna.com You will need to grab a cab from your hotel, but is not very far.

              My other suggestion would be Paul's. It is a newer restaurant, with a well-known Atlanta chef. Once again, you would need to grab a cab, but it is only a couple of miles from your hotel in Peachtree Hills They have seafood, steak and sushi. Usually, they have a piano player as well. www.thechefpaul.com

              Check out Capital Grill for drinks. It has the best view of Downtown/Midtown and Buckhead that you will find. It is located in the heart of Buckhead.

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                powella Feb 1, 2007 04:19 AM

                Thanks for all the great suggestions. Do we need advance reservations for any of these places?

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                  Therese Feb 1, 2007 04:51 AM

                  Apart from the sandwich place mentioned upthread, yes, you'll need reservations at most of the places listed, particularly on a weekend. You can, of course, just show up, but plan on a wait most places.

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                    powella Mar 19, 2007 11:37 AM

                    Just wanted to give major props to the Atlanta 'hounds for recommending the Woodfire Grill! We had a great weekend (travel snarls notwithstanding), noshing at the Ritz Carlton Club Level(a very good deal for what you get, IMHO, especially when sharing with two girlfriends). Saturday night we headed to Woodfire Grill and had an excellent meal. Service was great. I had the large organic English lager and 1/2 dozen oysters with minarette sauce. Clean, delicious. Girlfriend #1 had the app which is not bruschetta but similar....a large piece of bread with sauteed mushrooms, watercress, garlic and some light shavings of cheese. YUM. Two of us had fish (one had the wood grilled trout with greens and the other had the halibut with fingerling potatoes in a light broth....both were fantastic) and one had the scallop risotto. The risotto was a little disappointing.....after the three average sized but very delicious scallops were gone, the risotto was rather plain. We headed back to the hotel for dessert so can't comment on that. The girlfriends and I are very grateful, indeed. It and when we're back in Atlanta, I'd definitely head back there.

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