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crewsweeper Dec 1, 2008 01:23 PM

Mrs Crew wants to go se the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit at the High Museum and then take a tour of the Aquarium and possibly have a sip of 62 flavors of Coke. We'll going on the last weekend of the month between Christmas and New Years.
Staying at the Hilton Gardens near the Aquarium. I'd like to find a couple of nice spots near by for dinner. Prefer near hotel as it'll be a bit chilly and we're not familiar enough with Atlanta to drive all over. One really nice fine dining spot at least. Scouting out the French American Bistro and Table 1280 near the High Musuem. Any opinions on these 2 spots? Other ideas? Sushi? Alton Brown's place? Mary Mac's Tea Room?

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    rcburli RE: crewsweeper Dec 1, 2008 01:53 PM

    Check out Peasant Bistro right next to your hotel.

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      rcburli RE: rcburli Dec 2, 2008 04:48 AM

      And I forgot to mention that I do like Table 1280 and have enjoyed it each time I've been.
      It's a perfect location if you're at the museum.
      As for FAB, I was completely unimpressed when I went there about a year ago. It gets mixed reviews on this board.

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      hillarybrown RE: crewsweeper Dec 2, 2008 04:43 AM

      You might try La Pietra Cucina at 1545 Peachtree. Not open much for dinner and kind of a weird operation, but supposedly really good, not to mention it's where the chef from the upcoming Craft is keeping busy for now.

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        kristi47 RE: hillarybrown Dec 2, 2008 10:17 AM

        Side note - what do you mean the chef from Craft is cooking at La Pietra Cucina, I hadn't heard that?

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          hillarybrown RE: kristi47 Dec 2, 2008 11:59 AM

          I believe so: http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/gy...

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        Awall25 RE: crewsweeper Dec 2, 2008 06:07 AM

        Does Alton Brown have a restaurant?

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          HaagenDazs RE: Awall25 Dec 3, 2008 07:23 AM

          No, AB does not have a restaurant. Never has.

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            crewsweeper RE: HaagenDazs Dec 3, 2008 11:16 AM

            Aha. Yes I see from an old AJC article he used to be a videographer for rock groups and then in the mid 90s went to cooking school , thought up the idea for "Good Eats", marketed it to FN and the rest is pure spin.

            Any whooo... thanks of rall the suggestions everyone.

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              HaagenDazs RE: crewsweeper Dec 3, 2008 03:32 PM

              http://www.atlantacuisine.com/

              Take a look here for more specific restaurant suggestions if you want some different recs. There are folks there who peruse both here and A.C. boards (myself included) but you might get a more detailed list by searching around and reading in Atlanta Cuisine.

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          maestrette RE: crewsweeper Dec 2, 2008 07:10 AM

          Legal Sea Foods has recently opened a location on the first and second floors of the Hilton Gardens Inn that is directly across the street from the Aquarium. We had a great dinner there a couple of weeks ago.

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            crewsweeper RE: crewsweeper Dec 3, 2008 06:33 AM

            Great suggestions. Table 1280 might just wind up fitting the bill if it's late when we're finished at the High. Peasant Bistro's lamb tagrine sound fabulous. Mrs. Crew loves lamb and coucous. Legal Seafoods might also work if we're not wanting to venture out or the weather isn't cooperating.

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              aka frank RE: crewsweeper Dec 3, 2008 06:51 AM

              Table 1280 is a good suggestion. You might also try the bar at Trois (14th and PTree for a nice drink after the museum and/or a great meal). La Pietra Cucina -- I don't get it. Definitely a classic Atlanta case of the Chefs News Clothes. Yuk. Try Thrive on Marietta, 2 blocks from your hotel. Very cool spot, good food, nice scene.

              Anyone heard anything about Social, on W Peachtree Place, near FAB?

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                crewsweeper RE: crewsweeper Dec 30, 2008 08:51 AM

                Update!!

                We had a shortened trip due to wife's severe head cold. But did manage to enjoy one great meal at Pura Vida on N. Highland. Albondigas soup wasa specialty that night! Very flavorful. As were their pulled pork and pineapple "sliders" and the picadillo empanadas. But the homemade chocolate icecream was to die for!!

                Atlantans need to go here rather than stand in line for the oversold, very crowded High Museum "First Emperor" display. Claim you have "Will Call" tickets,and once admitted go straight tot he gift shop and buy the soft bound exhibit book, scoot out across the way to Table 1280, have a glass of wine, read the book in queit comfort and learn and see a lot more than trying to play NY Subway rush hour with all the crowds. Lunch at 1280 isn't too bad either.

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