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Buckhead for lunch, plus a dinner dilemma

chinkleDC Jun 14, 2010 02:04 PM

I'll be at a conference hosted in Buckhead this week and will be sans car. I've got room on my schedule for two lunches (lamentably only an hour long break on Wednesday and Friday), plus dinner on Friday and Saturday.

I'm looking for fabulous (and quick) lunch recs. w/in walking distance of the Hyatts on Peachtree Rd NE and Piedmont.

Dinner gets more complicated. Friday night I plan to go out after dinner, so I'd like a feast for the senses that won't sit like a rock in my stomach... light, but not simple, if you know what I mean. Aria has piqued my interest... any thoughts there?

Saturday's tricky because I'll have checked out of the hotel already and will need to be at the airport by 8pm for my 9pm flight back to DC. The conference is done by 6. Should I stay in Buckhead for dinner and then catch a cab or MARTA to the airport, or should I head toward the airport and dine somewhere closer?

I'll more than likely be dining alone and I have no dietary restrictions. Thanks for the help!
chinkleDC

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Aria
490 E. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, GA 30305

  1. t
    traveler10 Jun 14, 2010 06:24 PM

    I don't know what you would call walking distance, but I will give you two leads.

    The Buckhead Life Group has about 18 restaurants in their group, of which eight are within walking or a 3 minute cab ride from the Hyatt. Go to this web site and pick what appeals: http://www.buckheadrestaurants.com/ They are all good. Very good.

    The second lead is within walking distance and it is Bones. Yep, one word. Bones has been in Atlanta for 80+ years. It is about 100 yards from the Hyatt. Until Federal laws changed life, it was for men only - no porn or such; but, for business men who ran Atlanta. It was (and still is) where all the deals are made in Atlanta. No one who would call themselves a true business person would want to say they don't dine at Bones. Bones is also written in many novels that center on Atlanta or where the hero makes a stop in Atlanta and of course has to meet the villain at Bones. First it is a steak (which is aged in their basement and constitues 80% of items on their menu) and second a seafood restaurant. If you order scotch, don't embarrass yourself and add water at Bones; because deal makers don't need water and if they need water they shouldn't be at Bones. Bones is open for lunch and dinner. http://www.bonesrestaurant.com/

    Enjoy,
    Ryun

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    1. re: traveler10
      chinkleDC Jun 14, 2010 08:48 PM

      Thanks Ryun... Sounds like Bone's would be a quintessential Atlanta experience. Are there other restaurants that would also be uniquely "Atlanta" that you'd recommend? It looks like getting a reservation at Bone's might be iffy on short notice.

      chinkle

      1. re: traveler10
        r
        rcburli Jun 15, 2010 04:30 AM

        While Bone's is certainly a good "Atlanta" suggestion, it doesn't strike me as "a feast for the senses that won't sit like a rock in my stomach... light, but not simple, if you know what I mean." A 16 ounce bone-in rib eye is certainly not that.

        I think Antica Posta fits your description perfectly. Give it a look.
        http://www.anticaposta.com/

        From what I gather, and it gets great reviews, Aria is like a special anniversary place, a big night out kind of place. I was thinking about going there for my 10th wedding anniversary coming up. However, I'm sure you would have an excellent meal there.

        Bistro Niko or Au Pied de Cochon for lunch
        Try the Terminus building for lunch as well. I hear BrickTop's is really good.
        http://www.terminus-atlanta.com/dining

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        Antica Posta
        519 East Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305

        Au Pied de Cochon
        3315 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

        BrickTop's
        3280 Peactree road suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30305

        Bistro Niko
        3344 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30319

      2. t
        tenntexga Jun 15, 2010 07:33 PM

        You won't go wrong with Aria. I think you've made an excellent call there. If sushi is your thing, the Hyatt is next door to the Terminus buidling where you can find MF Sushibar, which is IMO the best in the city. Easily walkable, it might be fun for lunch.

        One person mentioned Buckhead Life spots, and I would recommend Kyma, which is just an easy walk down Piedmont. It's upscale Greek with lots of great fish, and lighter but flavorful Mediterranean fare.

        Your Friday schedule will all depend on the traffic, I think. A fun quicker spot, also in Terminus, might be The Flying Biscuit. Although breakfast is their signature meal, they have great food all day. The Love Cakes are delish! That might make a good Friday option or lunch choice.

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        1. re: tenntexga
          chinkleDC Jun 15, 2010 08:02 PM

          Thanks all... these sound like some great options. :) I wish I were staying longer!

          1. re: chinkleDC
            j
            jethro stella Jun 18, 2010 01:25 PM

            Bone's in Atlanta for 80 years??? I hope you were not serious.

            1. re: jethro stella
              r
              rcburli Jun 18, 2010 05:20 PM

              According to their website, Bone's was opened in 1979.

        2. chinkleDC Jun 20, 2010 08:45 PM

          I'm back from my trip... I was able to go to MF Buckhead, Flying Biscuit, Antica Posta, and Bistro Niko... I'll write up each of them. Thanks again for the recommendations!

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          Antica Posta
          519 East Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305

          MF Buckhead
          3280 Peachtree Road, NW #110, Atlanta, GA 30305

          The Flying Biscuit Cafe - Terminus
          3280 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

          Bistro Niko
          3344 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30319

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          1. re: chinkleDC
            chinkleDC Jun 20, 2010 09:12 PM

            I met up with a college friend of mine and we headed over to Antica Posta on Friday night. I was glad for the suggestion, but a little leery because, frankly, I thought their website was really awful. Fortunately it seems they put a lot more effort into their food and their staff than they do their website. :)

            The valet was very quick and friendly, and we were greeted inside by Marco with a warm welcome and handshake. We were quickly escorted to our table. Our server was helpful and knowledgeable about the food, and when I mentioned that my friend and I hadn't seen each other in 15 years and needed some time to catch up, he became less hover-y and let us take our time.

            I was hoping for kind of a tasting menu, and while they didn't offer one, we sort of created our own by each getting an appetizer, splitting a pasta, and taking advantage of their "small-bites" entrees. This left room for dessert without feeling unpleasantly full. To start, I had the grilled octopus which was simply perfect. The octopus was tender and juicy without the slightest hint of rubberiness. If memory serves, it was served with arugula, the pepperiness of which complimented the grilled octopus quite nicely.

            Our split pasta was the spinach and ricotta ravioli with sage and brown butter and parmesan. The pasta was exquisite. It seemed to be homemade; the spinach had great texture, the pasta was nicely cooked, and the sauce had a wonderful depth of flavor. The one regret here is that I didn't make it clear we wanted to split a full portion of the pasta -- they gave us an appetizer portion which was just one raviolo each.

            For the secondo I had the baked sea bass served on swiss chard. It was perfectly cooked and delightful. My friend had the steak with black truffle carpaccio which she enjoyed very much. I had ordered a pinot grigio to go with my fish, and (this was the only service let-down of the night) I had to ask for it twice. No big deal on that, though. (Oh, and I think the cocktail I asked for had Diet Coke instead of regular, but I didn't mention it to them, so they had no chance to fix it.)

            Finishing the experience, we had the Torta Caprese, which is quite brownie-like and delicious, and the Semifreddo, which is quite like a hybrid of a Snickers bar and soft ice cream. I would definitely return to Antica Posta and recommend it to friends. I like to think that I know good Italian food, and this is definitely that.

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            Antica Posta
            519 East Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305

            1. re: chinkleDC
              chinkleDC Jun 20, 2010 09:32 PM

              I was wondering if I'd be able to get into Flying Biscuit because they seemed quite the happening place, but I did get to stop in there for lunch on Friday and was quite happy that I did. The Fried Green Tomato BLT was calling to me, but the BBQ Chicken burrito also looked interesting, and upon the recommendation of the gentleman who noticed I was sitting a bit too long without having seen a server, that is what I ordered along with an iced chai. My server showed up at that point and very pleasantly apologized for having kept me waiting. She brought the chai I'd ordered, and it was quite good.

              Then the burrito came, and I was thrilled. The guy's recommendation was spot-on. This was a wonderful taste sensation. I really enjoyed it thoroughly. I mean, who puts collard greens in a burrito? Answer: I will, from now on. It was fabulous. The "moon dusted" potatoes on the side were copious and delicious with their hint of rosemary. I had been looking for a dish that came with a biscuit, but settled for the burrito thinking I'd not get one... but I did, and it came, delicate texture and all, with what tasted like a spiced cranberry sauce.

              The server came by and said she'd "accidentally" made an extra iced chai and asked if I'd like it. I took it gratefully, but it filled me up so I wasn't able to finish all the tasty potatoes. I was a little surprised when the bill came and the iced chai for $1.99 became a chai latte for $2.79... but since I got a free one I didn't complain and simply paid the bill. I'd happily return again sometime. The free wifi while waiting for my meal was a great bonus. :)

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              The Flying Biscuit Cafe - Terminus
              3280 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

              1. re: chinkleDC
                chinkleDC Jun 20, 2010 09:44 PM

                I was able to squeeze in lunch on Saturday at Bistro Niko. My waiter was very patient with me; I was hungry but indecisive. Ultimately, with some guidance, I ordered the Thon et Saumon appetizer and the Gigot d'Agneau sandwich along with an iced tea, which they brought quickly with the simple syrup I had requested. The tuna and salmon was okay. The fish was of good quality, but I could've done without the canteloupe bits that were scattered on top and the sweet sauce (ginger/orange, I presume) that pooled on the plate under the garnish greens in the center. The sandwich was very good -- the lamb was tender and flavorful, and I particularly enjoyed the preserved lemon bits along with the olive tapenade (although it was more of a coarse chop than a tapenade) that were on the sandwich. The bread (I'm a stickler for bread) was an excellent ciabatta roll.

                The service was fairly quick (it's a bistro, after all) and pleasant. I'd probably go back if I were in the mood for French.

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                Bistro Niko
                3344 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30319

                1. re: chinkleDC
                  chinkleDC Jun 20, 2010 09:58 PM

                  Wednesday night I made it to MF Buckhead and anticipated some amazing sushi. I was warmly greeted and whisked to a nice table and brought a hot washcloth for my hands. The décor was elegant and modern with intriguing moving chandeliers. I ordered a cocktail which was mostly a manhattan with sake and a blueberry stir... tasty, slightly unusual, and fun. I was informed that the flounder was particularly good that night and since I love flounder, I decided to get the flounder with yuzu appetizer and a large roll for dinner (it had salmon, but I don't recall the rest of the construction at this point). The server seemed surprised that that's all I ordered, and afterward I can see why. I probably should have had another roll or something to fill out the dinner because it was rather light... but given the prices I thought that I'd be getting quite a lot more of both the appetizer and roll than I actually got.

                  The service was quite nice, ambiance pleasant, and the food was good, but I don't think it merited the prices they were charging for any of it. Here in DC I can get stuff of the same quality and innovation for probably about 60% to 75% of the price. Perhaps if I were more knowledgeable about their particular strengths I might've ordered better... maybe I just missed their specialties. But unless I go with someone who loves the place, I probably won't return.

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                  MF Buckhead
                  3280 Peachtree Road, NW #110, Atlanta, GA 30305

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