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Atlanta: Woodfire Grill, Eugene, Spice Market

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Hi--going to Atlanta X-mas time and have reservations at all three of these..wondering if it's worth doing Spice Market here or if, perhaps there's a more Atlantan restaurant I'd be better off trying?

also looking for recos on cozy, historic restaurants with great ambience and must eat southern cuisine places..

will be staying in midtown but will have car and will travel for food.

thanks in advance!

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  1. Love Woodfire Grill and Restaurant Eugene, have not been to Spice.
    Just went to 4th and Swift and would recommend also Watershed has always been a favorite.

    1. Watershed is very good. Another spot to try is the Iberian Pig in Decatur Square. It is spanish / tapas and very good, although the beer selection could be improved upon with The Brickstore pretty much right next to it.
      For an excellent southern meal, I can not reccomend Bobby and June's Biscuits and BBQ on 14th enough. If you get lucky enough to go on a Monday, you can get the fried pork chop, which is one of the best I have had. It is also an Atlanta institution, having been around since the 1950's. Another is Harold's BBQ, another Atlanta institution since 1948. Very good BBQ and some of the best brunswich stew I have ever had.

      Hope that helps.

      Samlev

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      1. re: samlev

        thank you both! Is Bobby and June's a reservations place or can I just go? also, how are the hamburgers at Vortex? Worth it or overrated?

        1. re: HabaneroJane

          Vortex is good. Be aware that those under 18 are verboten so they can add cigarette smoke as a flavor enhancer and avoid the City's smoking ban. You could also try Flip for a hoity toity burger experience.

          1. re: HabaneroJane

            Bobby and Junes is just a walk in. I personally feel Vortex is overrated but that is me and many disagree. For my money, I would go to FLIP for burgers.

            1. re: samlev

              Flip is by the Top Chef dude, Blais, right? Is it all gourmet burgers, because if so I'd rather have a greasy bar burger!

              1. re: HabaneroJane

                While they are all gourmet burgers, they are some of the best I have had. They do vary in greasiness though. Another spot I might recommend for exceptionally messy and good burgers is Ann's Snack Bar on Memorial. Has been written up all over the place as the best burger in America, etc. for the famous and very tasty Ghetto burger. I would recommend that if you're looking for a greasy homemade style burger. Plus Ann is an experience to behold.

                Samlev

                1. re: samlev

                  now that sounds right up my alley..ghetto burger...sensational. Thanks!

        2. Skip Spice in ATL....the W just took over mgmt of it and it is AVG at best....South City Kitchen is down the street and I would vote you try it for a real ATL menu....Canoe is a great spot for you to try as well...they just re-opened after the flood and the food/setting is AWESOME! Both of these help with cozy southern spots