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Livingston in Atlanta report

Joan Kureczka May 25, 2009 04:26 PM

Thanks to the person who recommended The Livingston for my one dinner pre-conference last week. Definitely a class act, for the drinks, the food and the service.

I and one of my friends who is a true cocktail maven got there early and enjoyed a first drink in the bar. While I forget the name of what I had (ingredients included Lillet and a little absinthe among other things) it was great. Highest marks on the drinks here... we ended up trying a few things over the course of the evening and all were excellent, creative and extremely high quality.

I had the spring pea soup which was good and velvety but lacked the sweetness of just picked peas. Too much to ask for I guess. It was garnished with marcona almonds and a hint of tangerine oil which were very nice with the pea flavors.

My Berkshire pork was extremely good, however. Two different cuts -- loin and probably shoulder served with a bit of a lovely Vidalia onion tart. Really an excellent match. EM's trout fillets and artichokes were also delicious, as was another friend's chicken with chanterelles, peas and parmesan.

Portions are small, but that suited me fine. Some might find it a bit expensive, but this is a beautiful room and beautiful, impressive place. Definitely worth the visit.