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Recommendations sought for professional dinner for 8 in NW Atlanta

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I'm traveling to town next week for a few days of meetings with colleagues in Atlanta, and we're going out to dinner on Wednesday night. Our office is at the intersection of I-75 and I-285 in NW Atlanta, and I'm wondering if there are any good non-chain options for a professional dinner with 8-10 people of varying tastes.

The current plan is to eat at Maggiano's but I am sure we can do better than that. We ate there last time, there's one here, and there's probably one everywhere else.

Last time I was in Atlanta, the only memorable thing I ate was a meal at Popeye's, because I love it and we don't have them here. Please save me.

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  1. How far are you willing to travel? You're about 10 minutes from Vinings, which has both Canoe and South City Kitchen. There are better choices if you're willing to travel farther intown, but either would be better than a repeat visit to Maggiano's.

    1. Blue Ridge Grill
      http://www.blueridgegrill.com/

      River Room
      http://www.riverroom.com/

      Both very close to Canoe as well.

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      Blue Ridge Grill
      1261 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30327

      River Room
      Post Riverside Town Square; 4403 Northside Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30327

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      1. re: rcburli

        Ditto on Blue Ridge. They are TERRIFIC with professional gatherings. I have attended board meetings and also had smallish meetings there. Nothing but great things to say.

      2. I wanted to come back and follow up. We wound up going to South City Kitchen in Vinings, and it was a complete success. All of the options mentioned looked good but I chose South CIty Kitchen because of the variety and because it didn't seem more expensive than Maggiano's. Since I wasn't paying, I didn't want to suggest moving the dinner into a higher price bracket.

        The food at South City Kitchen was very good, and gave out o towners a pretty good idea of what modern Southern cooking is all about. I'm a sucker for fried chicken, and the South City Kitchen fried chicken was perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. I really enjoyed it. The bread pudding dessert is outstanding.

        Thanks for the recommendations, it worked out very well.