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monamiestephanie Dec 26, 2010 06:04 PM

I'll be visiting Atlanta for the first time this March to run the Georgia Marathon, and plan to experience as much food as possible while I'm there. Can you please critique my itinerary? Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!

Fri:
*Dinner at Woodfire Grill

Sat:
*Lunch at Flip Burger
*Dinner at La Grotta

Sun:
*Brunch at South City Kitchen
*Dinner at Ecco

Mon:
*Lunch at Star Provisions
*Dinner at Bacchanalia

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Star Provisions
1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Ecco
40 7th Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

Woodfire Grill
1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

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    rcburli Dec 27, 2010 04:40 AM

    Without asking too many questions, I'll first say you have a pretty nice list.
    Suggestions: try something other than south city kitchen. Keeping in the brunch time and going for southern In the same
    general area I would recommend Empire State South.
    Also, while la grotta is just ok, if you want another Italian experience I would recommend Antica Posta.

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      monamiestephanie Dec 27, 2010 06:22 AM

      Thanks for the recommendations, rcburli! Empire State South sounds really interesting, as does its chef.

      I absolutely was shooting for Italian fare on Saturday night to carb-load for my marathon on Sunday. I was also considering Sotto Sotto. Any thoughts on that restaurant?

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      Sotto Sotto
      313 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

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        rcburli Dec 27, 2010 07:29 AM

        Sotto Sotto is also an excellent choice. Smaller, louder than Antica Posta but excellent food and pastas.

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        Antica Posta
        519 East Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305

        Sotto Sotto
        313 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

        1. re: monamiestephanie
          ted Dec 27, 2010 08:41 AM

          We love Sotto Sotto and I think it's as good as it was when it opened (10+ years now, IIRC). I would pick it over La Grotta.

          Looks like you're hitting two of our best-known Top Chef participants' places. I don't know that you'll be wowed compared to your NY and Chicago experiences (from a quick peek at your profile).

          To add some diversity, I'd consider Bocado for an alternative lunch either Sat or Mon (check if open). We ate there for lunch on the 23rd and it was really good. I wanted to give the table next to us a hard time b/c all 4 folks ordered burgers and fries. My crab po boy and my wife's veggie banh-mi-esque sandwich were very good.

          Also consider some of the good neighborhood-y places like Highland Bakery for your brunch (not that Empire State South is bad, but my wife's been and I haven't). Or Alon's for DIY sandwiches and cookies or pastries. Or something in Decatur like The Brick Store (for the beer with good pub grub) or Leon's (for really good pub grub, with good beer).

          Alternative ideas for your Fri dinner include Local Three or Holeman & Finch. I offer them b/c much as I like the Kevin Gillespie character on Top Chef, I think Woodfire is way overpriced and I've been underwhelmed with the food (for the price). Local Three is brand new and I was impressed with a dinner there a week ago. It's in a bit of an odd spot- bottom of a condo tower in the previous location of Joel, a finest-dining spot that went under. Good food, good value, great setting except for boominess. Holeman & Finch lead/rules the gastropub trend here and does great stuff with Southern roots. It's tiny and has minimal atmosphere but the food/drink rocks.

          Hope that doesn't confuse the issue too much.

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          Sotto Sotto
          313 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

          Highland Bakery
          655 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

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            monamiestephanie Dec 27, 2010 12:02 PM

            It doesn't confuse the issue at all, ted. It gives me more for food thought, and I certainly never get tired of thinking about food =).

            Thanks for your in-depth response. I'll have to look into your suggestions and reevaluate.

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              Enfielder Dec 27, 2010 02:19 PM

              ted gave you some great suggestions - you may want to take a look at abbatoir as well - I like it just a bit more thsn holeman & finch.

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                ted Dec 27, 2010 07:40 PM

                A couple of quick thoughts- don't forget that you'll be in the Bible belt, so you won't be able to get alcohol w/ your Sunday brunch before 12:30. If a beer or bloody mary does it for you with your brunch, have it on Sat, when you can get it earlier.

                Also, I've only been to Abattoir once, and I really liked it. That said, we way overdid it with rich food that came back to haunt both of us in the middle of the night. Don't think it had anything to do with them- just that we aren't used to eating that way. It's slightly easier to get some veggies at Holeman.

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                  monamiestephanie Dec 30, 2010 09:49 AM

                  Thanks, Enfielder and ted!

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        tenntexga Dec 27, 2010 05:56 PM

        Bacchanalia is not open on Monday. I think it is a must visit, so you may need to rearrange.

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          ted Dec 27, 2010 07:33 PM

          It was open tonight when I had dinner there. (It's the first time I've been in at least 6 years, so I have to rub it in.)

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            monamiestephanie Dec 30, 2010 09:48 AM

            I already made reservations for Bacchanalia on that Monday via Opentable. Perhaps they've decided to open on Mondays? I'll call just in case. Thanks!

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              Newcomb Girl Feb 14, 2011 02:38 PM

              Very good input from these replies. I just have to add my two cents and agree with Ted. I gave Woodfire Grill the old college try, and I just can't go back. I agree with his comments, and I also think the atmosphere is a little dingy.

              The suggestions for Italian are excellent, but if you're looking for Chianti/checked tablecloth/volume on the plate Italian, consider Alfredo's on Cheshire Bridge.

              I'll toss another Decatur location into the mix: Farm Burger. Atlanta is in the midst of an upscale burger war right now, and Farm Burger's beef is amazing. I especially recommend the pimento cheese burger. There are few tables, so expect to wait a while unless you get there after 1:45PM or so.

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                samlev Feb 15, 2011 01:05 PM

                Farm Burger is great (I get my beef from the same farm they get theirs, we order a side a year or so) and I would recommend it over most burger places with the exception being FLIP. For me, its a tie but both have widely divergent views on what a burger is.

                Another two spots to recommend in Decatur are Iberian Pig and Cakes and Ale. C&A is a gastropub and very good at that. Iberian Pig is a Spanish style homage to all things pig with Iberian Ham thrown in if you want order it. I would go there for dinner instead of Ecco but that is just me.

                Also, let me second the Sotto Sotto suggestions over La Grotta. Better food, better atmosphere, better area.

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                Ecco
                40 7th Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

                Sotto Sotto
                313 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

                The Iberian Pig
                121 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

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                  atl_gastronome May 22, 2011 08:59 AM

                  I agree with samlev. Iberian Pig is excellent! If you are going to be in Decatur that's a great choice.

                  Don't bother with South City Kitchen or Ecco! Neither has great food, IMO.

                  Here would be my recommendations:

                  Fri:
                  *Dinner at Sotto Sotto

                  Sat:
                  *Lunch at Flip Burger
                  *Dinner at Miller Union

                  Sun:
                  *Brunch at Empire State South
                  *Dinner at Iberian Pig

                  Mon:
                  *Lunch at Bocado
                  *Dinner at Bacchanalia

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                  Sotto Sotto
                  313 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

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

                  The Iberian Pig
                  121 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

                  Empire State South
                  999 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

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