Restaurant Week in ATL- recs for LA hound
I'm a Los Angeles hound in town for a few days. A friend already set up a sushi/sake tasting for me but I also noticed it's Restaurant Week! Any must tries on the list of participating restaurants? Any cuisine, any ambiance. Except Persian if even an option on the list since I'll be having plenty of great homecooked Persian food.
Here's a list of participating restaurants:
In East Cobb, I would recommend Sam's BBQ 1 at 4944 Lower Roswell Road. Just west of the Marietta Square is Dave Poe's BBQ at 660 Whitlock Avenue and Gabriel's at 800 Whitlock Avenue. All three are worth visiting. Sam Huff and Dave Poe were partners in the bbq business and realized that they were each running one restaurant and had a friendly separation. Johnnie Gabriel is a cousin of Paula Dean and serves excellent southern meat and vegetable meals.
Fox Brothers BBQ at 1238 Dekalb Avenue, Atlanta is arguably the best bbq in metro Atlanta. The two above mentioned East Cobb establishments are generally in the top lists - just under Fox Brothers.
Social Resto, one of my favorite places to eat, is on the list. I don't know that restaurant week is the best time to go though- they are not serving their regular menu, only the $25 and $35 three-course options. The bf and I ate there last night, and while we both liked what we had, we both agreed we enjoy doing a selection of the small plates more. The better RW bargains would probably be Il Mulino or BLT Steak, which are normally much more expensive.
BLT Steak, Il Mulino and ROOM at Twelve are all good. And of course, Ruth's Chris is, well, Ruth's Chris. Are any of them "must tries"? No. But decent meals can be had.
If you're looking for the best restaurants in the city, check out Bacchanalia or Aria.
ROOM at Twelve
400 W Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308
The one I've done before was BLT Steak. IIRC it was a good meal and a reasonably-good value. Have also been crammed into an ad hoc table at FAB and have had a couple other resto week meals that were less than fabulous.
I'd probably pick a regular meal at any of a number of other places over it.
Any chance you're a Persian in the water biz? I know there are lots of folks around ATL (DeKalb Co in particular) that are.
To be honest, I would skip it. The majority of the restaurants listed here aren't that great. The "Atlanta" restaurant week seems to focus strictly on the very core of downtown Atlanta near the business district. The better restaurants tend to be in Midtown, and the west side of Atlanta, though I'm generalizing. None of the greats are participating. The list is much smaller than in past years.
If I really had to choose one, I would pick spoon.