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Jun 6, 2007 02:14 PM

Atlanta, GA Dining Suggestions????

Hi there - am heading to Atlanta in a couple of weeks for a conference. Would love to have some fabulous dining experiences while there too... Anyone got any good suggestions? Would be up for anything - cheap-cheap to splashy... just want to be wowed.


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  1. Two of my favorites, although somewhat at opposite ends of the spectrum, are Canoe for white table cloth dining--Fabulous fishes...and Marietta Diner, great somewhat upscale real diner with REALLY good food.

    1. I am also going to Atlanta in a few weeks. Have never been and am looking for a great birthday dinner place (saturday night). I'd love some amazing southern/soul food, but don't want to sit at picnic tables. Zagats rates these restaurants highly. Any advice/comments?

      Ritz Carlton
      Vinings Inn
      Busy Bee (although I heard there's no a/c which is a non-starter for my family)


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      1. re: nutella

        If you want good southern food, I have three recommendations for you-

        Agnes & Muriel's (Ansley/Midtown area)
        The Colonnade (Cheshire Bridge Road)- awesome Bloody Mary's too if you like
        and saving the best for last -

        Mary Mac's Tea Room on Ponce de Leon- an Atlanta institution since 1945. They even talked about it once in an episode of Designing Women. I highly recommend!

        1. re: nutella

          No to Horseradish. Service has been a real issue.
          Yes to the rest, I like Colonnade for Southern. I really love Antica Posta for Italian.
          Woodfire Grill is awesome, I would put it at the top of my list.

          Hope everyone has a great time in Atlanta!

          1. re: Katj

            Buckhead Diner still there? Still good?

            1. re: HickTownBarnaby

              It is still here. It is very good.

              1. re: Katj

                I am not a fan of Canoe --- food is only mediocre for the price --- though it does have stunning views. If you are going to be in the city and willing to pay that type of money, I would suggest Floataway Cafe or Food Studio for similar price and FAR superior food. If you really want to be wowed, head to Bacchanalia for the best food in the city.

                LOVE Agnes & Muriels --- our favorite Southern food in the city with great veggies and ribs. We really are not a fan of Colonnade --- their veggies taste like they are from a can and meat was unexceptional. South City Kitchen is fun upscale "nouveau-Southern" cuisine.

                Woodfire Grill is good.

                Of all the ethnic food in the city, I think the city has exceptional Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Check out Tamarind or Nan, or if you're willing to drive a little, L'Thai for great meals. For cheap options, there are so many great ethnic finds and other places, that you need to narrow down your thoughts before we can give you suggestions.

                Many people have told me that they are not wowed by the Ritz Carlton. If you head to the Blissful Glutton blog, she had a really great review on the Ritz Carlton with pictures but an overall poor review.

                1. re: trappedartist

                  The Floataway Cafe is wonderful, and an interesting experience. Hard to find, though, unless you know your way around pretty well. You're probably going to find that the best food is not right in downtown Atlanta as locals don't go there to eat.

                  1. re: trappedartist

                    Tamarind has been closed for several months. We had dinner at Canoe on Saturday night, had one of the best meals we have had in Atlanta in years at an appropriate price. Canoe has a new woman chef, Carvel Grant Gould, who is raising the bar for all of Atlanta.

                    For the wow factor, try Joel (one of the previous chef's of the Ritz Buckhead. For great steaks and grilled fish, a local favorite is the Blue Ridge Grill--off the beaten path of the tourist set, but located in Buckhead.

                    1. re: virginiavalley760

                      Tamarind has recently reopened in their new location in Colony Square and reports indicate that it is as good and crowded as ever. It's also called Tamarind Seed now.

              2. re: Katj

                I had excellent service at Horseradish the one time I went (in October), and I really enjoyed my meal as well. The desserts were especially great.

              3. re: nutella

                I love the Busy Bee, but parking isn't great. It is very small, so the lack of ac isn't that horrible. It is very affordable...more like the "hole in the wall." There is also the Skillet on 14th. It's been in Atlanta forever. Please note that these are TRUE southern dining spots and you will not be served vegetarian alternatives. Both are very affordable.
                Then there's Gladys Night Chicken and Waffles on Peachtree near the Fox Theatre-great fried chicken!

                1. re: nutella

                  Horseradish is a perennial favorite, it's consistently good (never had a problem with service); however, when I'm in Atlanta I usual want to hit one of the new restaurants/ top-of-the-line places. This means that Horseradish, only being a block away from my grandparents' is often over looked.

                  The Ritz is all it should be, but I have mostly been for their holiday buffets. In that situation there is so much to try that I generally only get a bite or so of each- and sadly can't remember all the details.

                  Sadly haven't been to the other two you mentioned.

                2. Just back from a conference in Atlanta myself. Had a great dinner at South City Kitchen this time around. Had BBQ at Fat Matt's as suggested by a local one night. Not bad but I'm from NC so I may have been comparing to our 'cue. Fun experience though. Mediocre experience at The Globe but was there in September 2006 and had a great experience so I'll give it another try next time. Enjoy!

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                  1. re: Carolinagirl71

                    Thanks for all the great suggestions. I'll give a report back soon. Quick question - is there a good place near the convention center for lunch?

                    1. re: chowymamacass

                      there is a McCormick and Schmicks at the CNN center. they have good lunch specials.

                    2. Not sure why no one ever recommends this, but the Atlanta Fish Market is wonderful. Very expensive, but a real treat.

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                      1. re: creativeusername

                        i agree. they consistently have great food and service

                        1. re: creativeusername

                          I have found while the food can be very good at Atlanta Fish Market, the service is not. It is very loud and just not a good time. Oceannaire is so much better. I would recommend this over the Fish Market.

                          1. re: Katj

                            Atlanta Fish Market is far from wonderful. I've had decent food there, I've had bad food there, I've never had good service there. Sorta amateurish, really.

                          1. re: SpicySpice

                            yep. I love Mary Mac's. Not a cheap lunch but worth it if you're into soul food. Some of the best fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, mac-n-cheese, collard greens, cornbread muffins, cobbler, bread pudding. It's all yummy. Always great service too.