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Anything date-worthy in/around Loganville, GA?

jcreasy May 16, 2007 05:27 AM

Going to see a friend's band play this weekend in Loganville and it happens to be my wedding anniversary. Looking for a good date-night place and we're kind of Italian-ed out. Table cloths aren't necessary but something between 5-star dining and paying at the door on our way out would be nice. Any ideas? Maybe a good Japanese place? No chains please.

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    Katj RE: jcreasy May 16, 2007 07:36 AM

    Well I don't know but I found this website, it might help a little.
    http://www.loganvilleonline.com/restg...
    Good luck.
    Maybe pack a picnic basket?

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      jcreasy RE: Katj May 16, 2007 10:34 AM

      Ewww! Not a hound-friendly list at all! Well, there's always the awful waffle. ;>)

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        gashrink RE: jcreasy May 17, 2007 12:55 PM

        I've had a nice lunch at the Vines in that botanical Gardens.

        Not exactly in Loganville but just a short drive away is the Grayson house:
        http://www.graysonhouse.net/
        Very nice romantic setting and Dot the owner cares a lot bout fresh local ingredients some exotic choices as well like Elk and she is a delightful host. Check it out.

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          jcreasy RE: gashrink May 17, 2007 06:41 PM

          Yes! Exactly the kind of thing I was looking for! Thanks for the recommendation, I hope we can get a table without reservations. I'll let you know how it goes.

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            gashrink RE: jcreasy May 18, 2007 12:14 PM

            Enjoy and make sure you you say hello to Dot. I'm David from Athens and we are friends with Ricky who used to be her chef.

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              jcreasy RE: gashrink May 18, 2007 12:38 PM

              Will do. I'm really excited after looking at their menu online. Ostrich...venison...duck....it all looks yummy.

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                jcreasy RE: jcreasy May 19, 2007 04:54 AM

                Great recommendation! The menu was creative. I had a tough time picking between the duck, the veal chop, and the stuffed trout but I'm a sucker for a crabcake and the server recommended it. Turned out to be a wise choice. Mouth-watering with a tangy/spicy sauce. My husband had the pepper-crusted filet with cognac reduction and potatoes au gratin. The beef had excellent flavor and was perfectly cooked and he said it was the best au gratin he's ever had. We split a piece of cheesecake and with an inch of what I would describe as a gingerbread cake crust, it was probably the best I've ever had.

                The portions were perfectly controlled. In a restaurant-world that promotes binge eating, this is a place where you can have appetizer, entree and dessert and not feel thanksgiving-full. And without alcohol, it was a steal at just under $100. (The wine list was good...they offered a few Chateau Ste. Michelle wines which are my personal favorite but the markups were awful. I'm just too cheap to spend $7 on a glass of $10/bottle wine.)

                OTOH, the caesar salad was tasteless. I prefer them on the pungent side. Anything with garlic, anchovies and parmesan really ought to have a kick IMO. I wouldn't order that again.

                We did get reservations which was a good thing. We needed them. Also, although the website says casual fine dining, I'd say the dining room would have scowled if we didn't somewhat dress for dinner. Pretty presumptuous crowd. (Which made it absolutely hysterical when the girl's cell phone at the next table went off and "so you want to be a gangsta" was the ring tone. Really, really funny stuff.)

                Bottom line: it was the second best crab cake and filet I've had. Stoney River still keeps the number one seed in my book, but we'll go back. Excellent choice for a special event or romantic dining experience.

                BTW, Dot wasn't in but I asked the server to pass the message along.

                Thanks again, David!

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