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Rest. Just of I-75 from Downtown north to I-575?

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Wife and I are flying into Atlanta on a Thursday evening, renting a car and visiting friends near Canton, Ga. We would like to stop for dinner before we get to our friends house and are seeking an upscale resturant that we can have a nice, relaxed supper. Ideally this restaurant should be no more that 5 minutes off an I-75 exit between downtown and I-575. Any upscale American, French, Continental, Spanish, etc will do. No Mexican or Asian please.

Any suggestions?

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  1. As long as you don't mind stretching that 5 minutes into 6ish minutes (tops) I can very highly suggest Bacchanalia, as I did on another post just recently. One of the best in the city, upscale, local, seasonal menu. I think it'll fit your desires perfectly. Beware the traffic on 75N. :-)

    Google Maps will take you right there but as a preface, take Exit 250 - 10th, 14th Georgia Tech and take a left off the exit.

    http://www.starprovisions.com/

    1. try Panos and Pauls--its like 2 minutes off I75 at West Paces ferry rd.Incredible deep fried lobster tails.At either Bacchanalia or Panos it''l take 11/2 to 2 hours to have a nice relaxing meal.Dont know what time your landing,but I 75 above 285 can be a real parking lot before 7PM--so going to eihter of these sugestions will avoid that mess

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      1. re: bobstripower

        I have to COMPLETELY DISAGREE.

        (with a smirk) Pano's and Paul's has been closed for about a year and a half now. ;-)

      2. Joel
        2 minutes off of 75 just north of town.
        3290 Northside Pkwy NW
        Atlanta, GA 30327

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        1. Please - no one mention Repast or suggest that the OP go to a game at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

          4th & Swift would be another great option though.

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          4th & Swift
          621 North Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

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            1. re: Shaw Oliver

              That's pretty funny. I generally am afraid of passing along out-of-date info, too. I still remember right after AFC and the Omni were demo'd we went for a drive to see the remnants and then stopped at the Krispy Kreme on Ponce for hot doughnuts.

              Maybe not so "upscale" but OK Cafe is right off 75 at Paces Ferry. As is Houston's, which is good for a chain. Another down-home option is BBQ Kitchen in College Park; not as upscale as the rest but solid for a Southern meat + 3 veg.

              If OP is willing to detour W as far as Bacchanalia, that opens up Bocado, Abattoir, or Miller Union as options. Similarly, it isn't too much of a stretch to go one exit up 85 after the split and hit Woodfire Grill- exit at Monroe to get to Cheshire Bridge, then return via the access road which dumps you into the 75N lane.

              It also wouldn't be too far to go to Muss & Turner's (right off 285, 2 exits W of 75/285 interchange). Or the South City Kitchen next door (or on 14th St in Midtown, for that matter), though I haven't been to either of them recently.

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              Muss & Turner's
              1675 Cumberland Parkway Ste. 309, Smyrna, GA 30080

              Woodfire Grill
              1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

              Miller Union
              999 Brady Ave Suite 106, Atlanta, GA 30318

              1. re: ted

                Some great options here, especially Muss & Turner's. I would skip OK Cafe and Houston's they don't evoke upscale and I think better food can be had elsewhere at the same price. Bocado & Miller Union would be nice though.

                Woodfire Grill is too far. I would say that detouring off to 85 North and up a couple exits is more trouble than it's worth considering the other options close to 75. I'd be surprised if you could get a reservation at WG anyway.

                I have to say the quote "If OP is willing to detour W as far as Bacchanalia" is somewhat misleading. Bacchanalia is no more than about a mile and a half off the interstate so it's not like they are venturing far off into the sunset.

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                Muss & Turner's
                1675 Cumberland Parkway Ste. 309, Smyrna, GA 30080

                Woodfire Grill
                1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

                Miller Union
                999 Brady Ave Suite 106, Atlanta, GA 30318

                1. re: Shaw Oliver

                  Hard to decide whether to respond here or down below. Woodfire Grill is about 2.5 miles from the 75/85 split. And there are 2 lights to get there- one at the off ramp at Monroe and one at Monroe/Piedmont/Cheshire. There are a whole 3 lights to get back on 75N. Many fewer lights than to get to Bacchanalia off 75/85 and mostly at highway speeds. That said, I'd pick Bacchanalia over Woodfire, but I thought it was worth mentioning as an option.

                  "Upscale" is such a vague term- it could mean anything except a grungy, order-at-the-counter taqueria on Buford Hwy. If OP is considering Mary Mac's (see below), any of these are legitimate options. Oh, and add Colonnade, since it's 100yd down Cheshire from Woodfire. Also, I would argue that, although it's a chain, Houston's is more "upscale" than Muss & Turners, just not following the sourcing trend. I'd still pick M&Ts 4 out of 5 times.

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                  Muss & Turner's
                  1675 Cumberland Parkway Ste. 309, Smyrna, GA 30080

                  Woodfire Grill
                  1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

            2. how about Blue Ridge grill,right at West Paces and I75--heres a link---http://www.blueridgegrill.com/

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              1. re: bobstripower

                Never been there but I can tell you from the menu that it's not even in the same league as some of the other (open) restaurants listed here. Steaks, salads, seafood and the occasional pasta item...? I'm not trying to bash too hard, everyone has their own ideas and are of course free to post here, but frankly it sounds like every other average restaurant in every other city in America. Why not visit someplace that is unique to Atlanta? Based on the address of this place I can only imagine the prices.

                1. re: Shaw Oliver

                  shaw---these kind of websites really are meant for folks to drop ideas on posters and then let them decide--if youve never been to a restaurant does that make you qualified to be critical.Im encouraged to stop posting to this Chow site if i have to deal with you all the time--were all here to try and help posters with choices,not please specific foodies.Apologies to original poster for the whole situation

                  1. re: bobstripower

                    I apologize if my post was too negative towards you, that really wasn't my intention. I am dropping ideas and then HELPING them decide. Obviously they are out of towners and if I was posting a similar question on another city's board I would hope that people did the same for me. If options are given without opinion, how is the OP supposed to decide? Flip a coin and pray?

                    Can you elaborate on Blue Ridge Grill? Personally I'd like to know its practices (where do they source their beef for instance?), likelihood of specials, and the prices?

                    The fact that I frequent in-town restaurants gives me enough perspective to help, I feel. After all, there were obviously 2 suggestions here that were not even possible because the restaurants are closed and gone; for well over a year in some cases.

                    The reason I wanted to make a statement was not to say I'm right and you're wrong, it was to hopefully give the OP what I feel is a better Atlanta dining experience based on select local ingredients and practices like changing the menu daily based on what is seasonally available. For instance, steaks, seared ahi tuna, and Caesar salad can be had literally everywhere. Cole's Lake goat cheese from just outside Atlanta, Tybee Island shrimp from the Georgia coast, and roasted chicken from a farm in South Georgia can only be had at select restaurants.

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                    Bacchanalia
                    1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318