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Sep 5, 2010 07:14 PM

great food/dining on Labor Day

I'm in Atlanta from out of town for a wedding, and tomorrow night is the only night that we can grab a nice bite to eat. We have a car, so traveling isn't a problem. No restrictions either.

I'm looking for great food along whatever lines you consider great food; either farm-to-table, fine dining, modern American, etc etc. From what I can find right now, I might be limited to Ecco, Spice Market, Aria, 4th & Swift. In a nutshell, I'd love to find something or a chef doing food along the lines of McCrady's.

What else is available that would be intriguing and interesting for dinner tomorrow night?

40 7th Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

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

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  1. Might be limited to? Those sound like some great choices!

    1. Posted too late for me to make any suggestions, sorry! Where did you end up? Ecco is still one of my favorites.

      40 7th Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

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      1. re: abbyloving

        We wanted to go to Aria, and the messaging system seemed promising as they said they were open on Mondays. But, it wasn't meant to be. We scrambled for a little bit and wound up at Ecco very close to the end of their serving time.

        We really wouldn't have known that we cut it close to the end of their service from how we were treated. It was a busy dining room for being Labor Day and that may have to do with the Midtown Restaurant Week.

        We passed on the three course deal, but it did seem like a good deal for the type of food that I eat. Instead, we shared a few courses and had a really good time. We went for a five selection of cheese and charcuterie. All the selections (Cana de Oveja, L'Ulivo, truffle salami, speck, and a really good funky cheese) were awesome...except I forgot to ask if they make the charcuterie themselves. I had the stuffed piquillo peppers and my wife had the squid a la plancha. Of those, I really enjoyed the squid the most. I felt like the piquillo peppers were tasty and good, but I felt like it needed a little something more (it had acidity, beefy goodness, and richness, just another level of flavor from an herb/roasted garlic/bolder cheese). The squid rocked! For the main, we had the pappardelle with chili braised pork. Great dish that was well executed.

        We shared a bottle of wine and when we looked at the bill, we just laughed cuz it was the cheapest anniversary dinner we've had in a long time. Or maybe we were buzzed from the good experience.

        40 7th Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

        1. re: jpg

          Glad to hear you had such a great experience! I think I'll be heading back there sometime soon.