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ATLANTA - one night - three choices? your vote!

jdavidw Feb 15, 2007 12:59 PM

A Maine hound taking a small group from Maine out for one night in Atlanta - most are not really foodies, but I am and I get to decide.
I've narrowed the choices to:
South City Kitchen
Restaurant Eugene

Where should we go?

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  1. HaagenDazs RE: jdavidw Feb 15, 2007 05:23 PM

    NO NO NO NO NO on the Emeril's. Until you come up with another selection that isn't a cheesy chain, I won't answer.

    .....OK - Eugene it is.

    1. biskuit RE: jdavidw Feb 16, 2007 07:07 AM

      Of those 3, Eugene hands down.

      If you have criteria, we could offer a few more suggestions...

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        chickstein RE: jdavidw Feb 16, 2007 07:36 AM


        No self respecting Atlantan eats at Emeril's. They DO NOT cater t the locals.

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          rcburli RE: jdavidw Feb 16, 2007 08:09 AM

          Eugene. Easy!!

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            Therese RE: jdavidw Feb 16, 2007 08:14 AM

            An easy decision: Restaurant Eugene.

            South City Kitchen is a distant second, and Emeril's isn't even on the radar. Emeril's <shudder>

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              Katj RE: jdavidw Feb 16, 2007 11:00 AM

              Restaurant Eugene!

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                mbeatle RE: jdavidw Feb 16, 2007 11:27 AM

                Is the Buckhead Diner still around? I enjoyed meals there a number of times in the 90s.

                La Fonda (sp? Cuban restaurant) was another favorite.

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                1. re: mbeatle
                  Therese RE: mbeatle Feb 16, 2007 11:45 AM

                  Buckhead Diner is still around, still part of the Buckhead Life group of restaurants. Fine, but far from the best or most interesting food in town (though it is pretty expensive). If you wanted to go out to dinner wearing a sequined hoody and too-tight sweat pants, this would be the place.

                  La Fonda is a downmarket local chain that also includes Fellini's pizza. Several locations (including one on Ponce de Leon with a patio in front and a second story open area that's nice in pleasant weather). Sandwiches, paella, sangria.

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                  sharyninatl RE: jdavidw Feb 16, 2007 12:02 PM

                  This is not even a competition. South City used to be one of my favorites - and I still love it - but it pales in comparison to Eugene, which is now officially my favorite restaunt in Atlanta. Emeril's shouldn't be on this list - too many authentic, local restaurants.

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                    nelson32 RE: jdavidw Feb 16, 2007 12:13 PM

                    Ditto on the opinions re: Emeril's and Restaurant Eugene. I would take South City Kitchen and Emeril's out of the running and add Rathbun's and Bacchanalia. Then you are choosing from three of the best restaurants in Atlanta. Restaurant Eugene is important for new Southern cuisine. Chef Linton Hopkins has been widely recognized for his commitment to preserving Southern culinary traditions. The restaurant is upscale, intimate and a great place for good conversation. The restaurant is easy to find on Peachtree Street in Buckhead.

                    Chef Kevin Rathbun opened Rathbun's on Krog Street near Inman Park in an area that was previously industrial bu now converting to residential lofts and more restaurants. I think that the food there is fantastic.even though the restaurant can be difficult to find, particularly for those from out of town. While Restaurant Eugene is intimate and quiet, Rathbun's is big and loud.

                    Bacchanalia is consistently named the best restaurant in Atlanta and justifiably so. The freshest ingredients paired unpretentiously with great wines. Also a little off the beaten path in an area now known as West Midtown, but truly a great dining experience.

                    Hope this helps.

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                      chickstein RE: nelson32 Feb 16, 2007 03:13 PM

                      I agree Bacchanalia is the BEST restaurant in Atlanta.

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                      trappedartist RE: jdavidw Feb 16, 2007 12:27 PM

                      Agree on all, except I don't think that Rathbun's is one of the three best restaurants in Atlanta. Bacchanalia is incredible --- in my top five restaurants list of all time.

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                        chickstein RE: jdavidw Feb 16, 2007 03:12 PM

                        The owners of South City Kitchen took their GM's to Eugene. Nuff said.

                        1. jrazzle RE: jdavidw Feb 24, 2007 03:18 PM

                          No question about it--Rathbun's, Eugene, and then I'd suggest Bacchanalia, Aria, or the Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead

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                            yahooer RE: jdavidw Feb 25, 2007 01:38 AM

                            Sorry to disagree but we vote for Emeril's. Always interesting food, great service and a great show if you sit at the food bar. Rathbuns was thrilling first time around but return visits felt like been there, done that. I know it's not cool to like Emeril's but we've always found the food to be spectacular.

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                              drpny RE: jdavidw Feb 27, 2007 08:30 PM

                              If Gerry Klaskala is still cooking at Aria he gets my vote!

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                                chickstein RE: drpny Mar 1, 2007 11:04 AM

                                Could not agree more! Gerry is AMAZING!

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                                gashrink RE: jdavidw Feb 28, 2007 08:32 PM

                                Eugene and Bachanellia are the best. I also like Joel

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