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

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  • jaun Jul 26, 2010 08:28 AM

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. re: rcburli

          Joel = also closed.

        2. 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

            Canoe is very close to 75 and a great spot.
            http://www.canoeatl.com/

            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

              2. Wow! I do have a lot of choices. I appreciate everyone's input on this and the great suggestions. I want to definately stay off I-75 not venture on to I-85 but willing to extend my self imposed 5-minute rule to perhaps10 minutes.
                Based on your recommendations the short list thus far is in no particular order:
                Baccanalia
                Canoe
                Bocado
                Abattoir
                Miller
                4th & Swift

                I have heard that good southern food can be had at Mary Macs. Is this a place I should check out? Map Quest places it close to I-75 near Ponce de Leon. Perhaps not as upscale as the above restaurants but is it worth considering?

                Thanks again for the recommendations.

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

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                1. re: jaun

                  Mary Mac's is in a different league, as you mentioned. Not upscale, shorts and flip flops would be fine. If you're looking to spend less money it is certainly an option, but the food quality is mediocre, to be honest. Better fried chicken can be had elsewhere for instance. Before my time here in the city, like in the late 70's, I hear the food and atmosphere was better (Elton John and the Rolling Stones would stop by on occasion), but I wouldn't suggest you go here for a great culinary experience. I'll still push you to go to Bacchanalia.

                  1. re: Shaw Oliver

                    I'd pick BBQ Kitchen over Mary Mac's. Again, not the same universe as the most expensive places in ATL (including Bacchanalia, Woodfire Grill, etc). But solid, functional old school Southern and BBQ. We ate there a couple weeks ago and it was just as good as always. You know there's something going on- the cops love it.

                    Colonnade also. I keep wanting to get other stuff, but the fried catfish calls my name most times I go there.

                  2. re: jaun

                    Yeah, not a big Mary Mac's fan, but if you're willing to go into midtown, that opens up a whole new can of worms! Also- I don't think MM's has a liquor license, if that's important.

                    Of your list above, and your desire for something with a southern twist- Miller Union.

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

                    1. re: cheesemonger

                      Is Miller Union near I-75/85?

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

                      1. re: jaun

                        Yep - it's not far. Maybe a couple/few blocks away from Bacchanalia.

                        http://lmgtfy.com/?q=miller+union+atl...

                        1. re: jaun

                          Close enough- pop off 10th street for about a mile west- then after dinner head north on Howell Mill to connect with 75 N to continue on to Canton. Worth it.

                    2. I think I'm almost ready to select and commit to making a reservation.
                      First I thought that Bacchanalia was the hands down ultimate experience in upscale, fine dining in town. Based on what I've seen on this board and other sites it certainly is. After checking their on-line menu and pricing I find their prices similar to what one expect to pay in NYC, Vegas or S.F. for that kind of experience. My problem is that we land at about 7 or 8 PM, rent a car, go there, eat ,get back in the car and drive 45 minutes to our destination in Canton. I want the Bacchanalia experience to be one that I can be relaxed, not rushed by having to be somewhere else and be able to linger at the table after dessert. I don't think that is going to happen on this trip. Then I thought maybe Mary Mac's: get in, get out, good southern cooking, very informal. But then I can really do that any time I'm in town and do lunch there. So now it is down to two candidates: Miller Union or Canoe. Posts on this board are somewhat mixed on Canoe and I have found few comments on Miller. Both have exciting menus and similarly priced wine lists. More importantly, I should be able [I hope] to get a reservation for next thurs. Aug. 5. So which one? Thank all of you that contributed to this post. I'll be glad to post my experince when I get back home.

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

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                      1. re: jaun

                        This is a real toss up and depends what kind of atmosphere you want.

                        Miller Union is a new restaurant in a warehouse district, still working out the kinks, hence the few comments. Friends of mine went recently and were not impressed. You might get them on a good night, however. If you want the latest Atlanta has to offer in a more modern setting, this would be your choice. If you want the "farm to table" thing, this would be your choice.

                        Canoe, on the other hand, is on a river, very picturesque. Relaxed atmosphere with good food. I enjoy sitting in the bar area and getting the smaller plates, which might be a good idea for you considering it will be late. Canoe is easier to get to from the interstate (IMO). It's out of the downtown/west side area north of the city.

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

                        1. re: rcburli

                          Well put! I would completely agree with rcburli's assessment of the differences between the two. My personal choice would be to try Miller Union because we're in such a good time of year for seasonal produce.

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

                        2. re: jaun

                          Tough one. A bit of advice - you should realize what to expect if you've never been through the Atlanta airport (?). Landing at 7 versus 8 is a big deal. You're going to be getting a rental car and I assume getting some checked baggage. If that is the case I would plan on an hour, easily, from the time you deplane to the time you actually get on the road. So you see where I'm going, if you land at 8 you shouldn't expect to arrive anywhere downtown until 9:30. That is of course assuming your flight is on time, no delays waiting at the gate, no storms in the area, etc. Restaurants are certainly open and willing to serve, but you should really know what to expect in terms of time.

                          Frankly, I would talk to your guests and discuss driving back into town for a dinner one night. Just my thoughts. I've been to Canoe several times and Miller Union once. Given those 2 options, I'd look seriously at 4th & Swift.

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

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

                          1. re: jaun

                            That is fairly late, and it could easily slip later knowing the ATL airport experience. Esp. if you have to claim bags, too. I have no gauge for what's open and how late you could walk in and get seated/served. The various websites should help.

                            To add another idea (and hopefully not too much confusion) to the mix, there's also Holeman & Finch. I add that because they'll just be getting going by then, and the food is definitely worth it. They do their 2 doz or so burgers at 10PM, and I'll admit they're very good though not the style (skinny patties, well done) I prefer. They have a lot of seasonal veggies and other stuff and it's all very good.

                            As to location, Google Maps has it at ~2.3 mi from I-75. Personally, I would go a more direct route than theirs, which takes you off I-75 at Northside, up to Collier, and over to Peachtree. I'd go 14th St to W Peachtree to Peachtree. That said, they tend to be good with routing.

                            http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&s...

                            1. re: ted

                              Yeah, I agree with Holeman & Finch. Good spot.

                          2. Yes, I am familiar with the ATL. airport and potential delays geeting out of that madness. My plane lands at 7:56 PM and since we have no checked bags I assume we'll be on the road by 9 at the latest barring any delays. I'm thinking 30 minutes tops to get to I-75/10th. Ave exit at that time of night. So I think that we can make it to Miller before the kitchen closes at 10 PM. If for some reason we can not make it to Millers on time then Holeman & Finch would be plan "B". I must admit that I am unfamiliar with H & F menu. Will have to do some research before we leave this Thursday. Either way I'll dispense with reservations since I assume that by 9:30 PM or so I should be able to walk right in or just have a short wait. Is my assumption correct?

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                            1. re: jaun

                              You should be fine without reservations at that hour, yes.

                              Because of the hour I would choose Holeman & Finch over Miller Union, but take a look at the menu first. It is more of a late night kind of place and would undoubtedly be more hopping at the 9(ish) o'clock hour. If you're at all interested in a cocktail or a beer or 2, again Holeman & Finch. H&F is known for their burgers and the info is on their website about that. Connect Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch (Linton Hopkins) and you'll see the caliber of ingredients and skill of the chefs involved in the restaurant.

                              Lots of info here but you'll do fine at either place really, it just depends on what your desires are and what you anticipate when you get there. Miller Union might be pretty quiet, H&F will be a little more robust.

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                              Restaurant Eugene
                              2277 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

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

                              1. re: Shaw Oliver

                                Personally, I think the burger is fine. I'd rather have one that's thick enough to have some pink in the middle and run juice down my chin when I eat it. Have to settle for eating peaches to get that feeling.

                                I don't think you can go wrong with their menu. I seem to get the steak tartare often, and the seasonal veggies are very good. Had an arugula and beet salad the other night, fried bread & butter pickles (I'd prefer dills, I believe), and fish & chips also. The chicken liver pate is very good, and I love sweetbreads, but they weren't on the menu the other night. And the veggie selection is good too.

                                As for the cocktails, the "stout one" is interesting, and the "yacht rocktail" will knock you for a loop. They also can do pretty much any classic on demand, and the small beer selection is good.

                            2. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions.
                              I'll post sometime next week to let you know where and what we ate.

                              1. just wanted to thank everyone again for your recommendatins and suggestions. As it was we were able to fly into town with minimal delays and by 9:15 last Thursday night drove from the airport straight to Miller Union. I was surpprised to find the place so crowded that late on a thurs. night. We were told it would be a 20 minute wait and sat at the bar. Before we were finished with our drinks we were escorted to a very nice table in one of the side rooms. I had the egg baked in celery butter as an appetizer. It was exquisite! I selected the Duck Breast as my entree and she had the homemade Pork Sausage. Both were served atop the most succulent vegetables I have ever tasted. Mine were baby lima beans, corn and something else I can't recall now but I certainly remerber the buttery, fresh flavor of such a simple dish. Her veggies were a combination of baby limas, lentlis ans some seasoning [dill maybe] that was also excellent. Amazing what local, farm fresh ingredients prepared by proffessionals can taste. I have naver tasted vegetables as good as these.
                                We ended supper with the Peach Upside-Down cake and the dessert special of the night, the Fig Tart. Service was very good. I will certainly return on my next trip to Atlanta. Thanks again for helping me find this place.

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

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                                1. re: jaun

                                  jaun- I'm so glad you had a wonderful experience- that egg and celery dish features 2 ingredients that I often overlook and turns them into a craving.

                                  Thanks also for the update! I need to get back to MU right away!