Not to miss on a two-day trip to Atlanta?
Two thirty-something foodies/culture-hounds travelling to Atlanta July 30-August 2. Looking for lunch and dinner rec's close to Midtown/High Museum area (although it seems that you must drive anywhere in Atlanta so distance isn't that big of a deal!) I have received suggestions on Watershed (lunch) and Two Urban Licks for dinner. Trendy and casual as opposed to "quiet and formal" preferred. Money isn't an issue when it comes to quality dining and drink.
Also looking for a classic "meat and three"--does Mary Macs ring a bell?
Your choices are good ones. I would recommend Woodfire Grill on Cheshire Bridge or Floataway Cafe on Zonolite. They are excellent!
Mary Macs is just okay but I am having a hard time coming up with a substitute for it.
Have fun while you are here!
You have to go to Element it's at 11th and W. Peachtree, really close to the High. Avoid Two. Urban like the plauge. Ecco @ 7th and Cypress is really good and it blows Two. out of the water.
Close to the High is Trois, one of the city's new crown jewels. French inspiration and definitely a place to see and be scene. The other place if money isn't an issue is Bacchanalia on Howell Mill Road (close to Midtown). Consistently rated one of "the best" restaurants in Atlanta. Another place we enjoy that has a great view and nice vibe is Taurus Restaurant, right at the edge of Buckhead, overlooking the Midtown skyline. Haven't been to, but have heard raves about, Restaurant Eugene, located just north of Midtown. Classic meat and three - Mary Macs still an institution, but you may want to try Colonnade on Cheshire Bridge as well. Have a great trip!
I've heard Chocolate Bar is so-so... I originally thought it was a restaurant that worked chocolate into all courses (cocoa dusted pork tenderloin, beef ragu with grated chocolate on top, etc). Reading the menu online, it seems it is a place to highlight Chocolatinis and such with food as an afterthought.
An acquaintance mentioned they were really snooty and picky about the clientele.
Have you had a better experience?
For desserts I would pick up some little things at a bakery - Murphy's or Alon's in the Highlands, Joli Kobe in Sandy Springs, Rhodes on Cheshire Bridge, Henri's in Buckhead.
For small plates I would suggest Eclipse di Luna, Noche.
I understand that you are looking for foodie kind of places, but for a great steak, excellent wine list and a super atmosphere, try Bones. It is consistently rated one of the top 10 restaurants in Atlanta, and for a good reason. I know people will hoot at me for this one, but trust me.
Thanks to all for your suggestions. We ended up spending only a day in Atlanta but enjoyed drinks/tapas at Table 1280 (at the High) and a later visit to Trois. Perfect finish to a day of art and architecture.
As a sidenote, had the most memorable lunch at Five Star Day cafe in Athens followed but many Schlitzes at the Manhattan Bar. (Wanted to try Five & Ten but they were closed for vacation.) Go to Five Star for the "Trinity of Soul"..freshest turnip greens that were out of this world.
If anyone ever finds their way in Sarasota, Florida I'd be happy to return the favor!