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Thoughts on Atlanta Steakhouses.

saundria Nov 1, 2010 07:12 PM

My husbands birthday is this weekend and he wants a steak. I was thinking of Prime but have heard that McKendrick's over near Perimeter is really good.
What does everyone suggest, Prime or McKendricks? Or is there another really good one?
He loves the caesar salad with the egg yolk and anchovies and we have to have hollandise and bernaise sauce with our steak. Love 2 or 3 sides with our steaks as well. Thank you in advance for your help.

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    rcburli RE: saundria Nov 2, 2010 09:29 AM

    Guess it depends on your location, how much you want to drive and the atmosphere of the place.
    But I would also consider Chops, Bones, Kevin Rathbun Steak, Hal's, Capital Grille.

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      Katj RE: saundria Nov 2, 2010 10:28 AM

      I do love Bones, but I get the lobster bisque, that is out of this world.
      McKendrick's is excellent, not sure about the egg yolk but their steaks are great and service is wonderful.
      Those are my two favorite places in Atlanta.
      Hope you have a great time!

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        CG09 RE: saundria Nov 6, 2010 06:40 PM

        If you are willing to drive intown, Kevin Rathbun Steak is by far my favorite, and their sides are amazing. If you don't want to go quite that far, I also agree that Hal's serves a fantastic meal and I would definitely choose either of those places over Prime.

        Kevin Rathbun Steak
        154 Krog St NE Ste 200, Atlanta, GA 30307

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          bobstripower RE: saundria Nov 9, 2010 05:43 AM

          Ive had several not good experiences at .rathbuns.To me the most depondable great steaks are at McKendricks--theyll make up ameal for you even if its not on the menu.If you want a filet with lobster inside/on top, with Bernaise sauce, theyll do it .Their sides are incredble--i like the au gratin pottatoes and the asparagus.And their bread pudding is to die for.If you go , ask for Taco,hes their best waiter.Their veal chop and lamb chops are also very good.If youre going on the weekend,you wont need reservation, but they get a crowd during the week.To me the best steak spots are McKendricks,Bones and Chops in that order.Let us know how it turns out--good luck
          PS ask for a booth,which is set up so you can sit next to your "Date"--much more romantic

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            ebennettatl RE: saundria Nov 15, 2010 02:01 PM

            I would choose Bone's or Rathbun's Steak over Prime or McKendricks any day. Prime is in a mall, and McKendrick's atmosphere feels like a chain. The dry aged steak for 2 at Rathbun's is amazing, and I'm not sure how Bone's can improve on anything. I think Bone's or Rathbun's would be a more memorable evening overall for a special occasion.

            Rathbun's Restaurant
            112 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

            Rathbun's Steak
            154 Krog St NE Ste 200, Atlanta, GA 30307

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            1. re: ebennettatl
              rcburli RE: ebennettatl Nov 16, 2010 03:49 AM

              I'm guessing the OP was referring to New York Prime, not Prime (which is in the mall and in the Here to Serve restaurant group).

              New York Prime is next to the Ritz Carlton.

              New York Prime
              3424 Peachtree Road NE Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30326

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                jaroque RE: ebennettatl Dec 8, 2010 12:12 PM

                I second the recommendation for the porterhouse for 2 at Kevin Rathbun Steak. Excellently prepared and plenty of food for two. The sides at Kevin Rathbun are also fantastic.

                Bone's is a very classic steakhouse and great for special occasions, but at the end, food wins over ambiance and I still prefer McKendrick's over Bones.

                Never been to NY Prime, but I'd recommend steering clear of Prime (the one in Lenox Mall). Not very impressed with their food at all.

                Rathbun's Restaurant
                112 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

                Kevin Rathbun Steak
                154 Krog St NE Ste 200, Atlanta, GA 30307

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                Edward Tyson RE: saundria Jan 24, 2011 02:51 PM

                I had lunch today with a group of twenty in a private dining room at Bones. We had a limited menu that included choice of salad, and choice between filet and bone-in ribeye. The service and food were very good.

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                  pohtown RE: saundria Jan 24, 2011 05:35 PM

                  Hal's. Get the fillet (not the bone in version) and the creamed spinach. I recommend the truffle oil Mac and cheese too. For a more lively atmosphere reserve a table downstairs. For a quieter environment reserve one upstairs.

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                    martyparty RE: saundria Feb 4, 2011 09:21 AM

                    Curious why Ray's on the River doesn't appear on this list. I know that Rathbun's et al are great, but I was under the impression that they're more suits-on-expense atmosphere, and it sounds like a spousal birthday would prompt a more romantic setting. I'm not providing a recco (although sweetie and I had a great meal w/a great view at Ray's) b/c I haven't been to some of those that come highly reccommended. Just curious why Ray's doesn't make the list.

                    Rathbun's Restaurant
                    112 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

                    Ray's on the River
                    6700 Powers Ferry Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30339

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                      ebennettatl RE: martyparty Feb 4, 2011 10:20 AM

                      I wouldn't consider Ray's a steakhouse, and the original question was about steakhouses. I don't consider Rathbun Steak or Bone's a "suit on expense" only place, esp on weekends, which is when saundria was going. I think both can be very romantic.

                      Rathbun's Restaurant
                      112 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

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                      Edward Tyson RE: saundria Mar 7, 2011 07:44 PM

                      I have reservations for a party of 8 Saturday night 9;30 pm at Chops. This will be a group of friends who are dining out following Jerry Seinfeld a The Fox Theater. I am very confident whenI take a group to Halyards on St Simons or Natalia's in Macon but I am always a little apprehensive with Atlanta steakhouses. As always I can't wait to order a dry-aged NY Strip. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for my group.

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                      1. re: Edward Tyson
                        steakman55 RE: Edward Tyson Mar 14, 2011 04:38 PM

                        Chops does have a prime dry aged Porterhouse, but their NY strips are not dry aged, to my knowledge. They are aged, but there is a big difference in wet and dry aging.

                      2. Bill Hunt RE: saundria Mar 12, 2011 06:59 PM

                        I took notice that BLT Steak was never mentioned in this thread, and am just curious if that omission was on purpose?

                        On the Phoenix Board, the local version gets mixed reviews, but it almost seems like the Atlanta restaurant is way, way down everyone's list.

                        Just curious,


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                          Edward Tyson RE: Bill Hunt Mar 20, 2011 09:17 PM

                          I have to report that our dinner last weekend at Chops Lobster Bar was frankly very disappointing. i have always found the Buckhead Life restaurant groups restaurants to be very dependable. That being said I visited Atlanta Fish Market a couple of weeks ago and Chops last weekend.

                          I had lunch at Atlanta Fish Market(AFM) with my wife. I ordered a fried lobster tail with frites. The Buckhead life group has been doing fried lobster tail since their first restaurant Pano and Pauls. My lobster tail at AFM was tough as a result of being over cooked. I did not complain or ask to send it back.

                          I had reservations for a group of 8 last Saturday night for a group of friends who were all in Atlanta to see Jerry Seinfeld. One of my dining companions ordered a Belvedere martini straight up with a twist. I had ordered the same drink but was told by the server that they did not have Belvedere vodka. The waiter took my friends order without bothering to inform him that they did not carry Belvedere. They brought our Martinis with olives instead of twist. They took the martinis away but returned immediately having only replaced olives with a twist.

                          Chops has always had dry-aged strips and rib-eye's. They know have only dry-aged porterhouses for 2 or 3. i ordered a dry-aged porterhouse for 3 to share. I was very disappointed the steak was cooked to the proper temperature but the flavor was very flat. I spoke with a manager who promised he would a dry-aged strip if i give him 24 hours notice. Our waiter was without a doubt the worse waiter I have ever had at a steakhouse, he will never wait on me again.

                          Hunt I have not been to BLT Steak nor have any of my friends.


                          Atlanta Fish Market
                          265 Pharr Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

                          Chops Lobster Bar
                          70 W Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305

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