Atlanta--Near CNN (or not)
Meeting an old friend in Altanta. She's staying at the Omni by CNN, me at the Westin on Peachtree. I'd love to find a great Southern (nouveau is fine) restaurant to go to, have some drinks, good southern meal and relax and catch up. It doesn't have to be walking distance as I will be driving in from Nashville and will have wheels. Lunch too if anyone has ideas??
South City Kitchen is a short drive away in Midtown, and is a good bet for drinks and upscale Southern cuisine.
South City is great, serves lunch as well. Restaurant Eugene is excellent, on Peachtree a short drive north of Downtown. Watershed in Decatur is another. Scott Peacock does high end, authentic Southern. Tuesdays are for fried chicken. You can't go wrong with any of the 3.
There are two new southern-esqe places on the ATL dining scene that are both creating quite a bit of buzz among the locals - though you'll need to drive or taxi to either. Think you can google them both for a look at the menu and directions.
Holeman & Finch is a "Gastro Pub" that's been getting some awesome reviews. Casual, lively and fun.
The 2nd is Home, which is staffed by current Top Chef contestant Richard Blais. The menu here looks a bit traditional, but Chef Blais will doubtless surprise you with his inventiveness.
Thank you all very much for your suggestions. My friend and I had lunch at South City Kitchen on Cresent for lunch. Sooooooo good. Had the turkey sandwich--to die for. My gf had the chicken salad--another goodie. We were so full (cornbread muffins to start) that we couldn't fit in desert. Such a pitty as they had all kinds of delectables including banana pudding!! So sorry I had to miss that!
We made it to Richard Blais' Home for dinner. Another fabulous meal. The Silken Corn Soup with GA shrimp was delish, to say the least. The shrimp and grits with andouille was spectacular. Side dishes of mashed potatoes, carrots, turnips and greens were an added bonus. I have never tasted such delicious greens in all my day (and my mom is a Georgia Peach). Since we didn't have dessert at lunch, I insisted for dinner. We chose to share the pecan cake with sweet tea ice cream! Bravo. Chef Blais came by our table for a short chat which was the icing on the cake. What a great guy.
Thank you all again for your suggestions. They were perfect!