Atlanta for Aussie Group - Help please!
I am responsible for booking dinner for a group of ten Australians who will be playing golf in Atlanta the weekend before the Masters. Last year, we went to Two Urban Licks, which I believe everyone enjoyed, but was a little loud for some of the older members of the group. This year's group ranges in age from 27 - ??? and the attitudes go from really down to earth to extremely "snooty".
We are staying at the Westin Airport but will have transportation, so that isn't a huge issue, although I know we don't want to stray too far...
I really would like to go to a good Southern restaurant to give them some local flavor and was thinking Wisteria - is it too intimate and romantic for a group this large?
Hi there :) Glad to see you're revisiting our city! The South and Southern cooking is en vogue now and has been the subject of numerous magazine stories and profiles. Both Bon Appetit and Gourmet have run stories about Southern Cooking this year...and this month's Bon Appetit has a profile about Atlanta in it. Might be worth checking out for you as a general reference if you can.
I think the idea of Wisteria is a fine one...although I am not as impressed with Wisteria as others. I also think it may be a bit small for you considering your size group...and I also think Wisteria can be a bit loud.
My first recommendation would be Quinones at Bacchanalia. Its the top tier of fine dining here in Atlanta, so I'm not sure how that works with your price point. It's the creme de la creme of food prepared with a Southern slant using local and seasonal ingredients. They also have a private dining room with a long communal table. I'm not sure how many people it seats...but I'm guessing 20ish. You can find the website at www.starprovisions.com.
You could also take a look at Watershed. Scott Peacock has been hailed as the king of Southern cooking here. I don't love it as much as some....but I am definitely in the minority on that one. They have a very extensive wine list with something at all price points. You can find the website at www.watershedrestaurant.com
Another highly acclaimed Southern-ish place is Restaurant Eugene. In the same realm as Quinones but not *quite* as good. If you are able to dine on a Sunday night, he does Sunday Supper that is VERY Southern and quite reasonably priced. Their site is www.restauranteugene.com
Lastly, there is a new-ish place called JCT. It's gotten quite a bit of publicity and is quite popular. A beautiful space with Southern-inspired food. They could probably accommodate a large group of people and the prices are quite reasonable. The room *does* get loud, though. They are online at www.jctkitchen.com
Let us know where you end up going! :)