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Feb 8, 2011 04:50 PM

Can't pick a restaurant for my own birthday!

OK, my parents are coming in town, my sister will be here (from Rome - Italy, not GA), and they want to take us (me and hubby) out for a bday dinner - it's been a long time since we've all been out. together. We live in town and frankly have been to many (most?) of the restaurants! Not that I don't love them and have my faves (Restaurant Eugene, Miller Union) and I just can't pick a place! Having trouble getting inspired. One big issue is that my dad freaks out if a place is too noisy, so that eliminates a few places. Any suggestions/thoughts? And yes, we want to stay in town - not big on driving after wine.

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

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  1. Oh, I should add that we also can't do a tasting menu. My sister doesn't eat meat.

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    1. re: sharyninatl

      You have been to most, but here's what comes to mind at the moment (excluding Italian to save your sister).
      Local Three (although may be a bit noisy)
      Woodfire Grill
      4th and Swift
      JCT Kitchen

    2. So many restaurants are noisy--that knocks out a lot of them. Here are my suggestions for in town places that are fairly quiet (and I'm leaving out Italian places assuming sis wants a change): Babette's, Atmosphere, Tamarind Seed, Cakes and Ale, South City Kitchen, and Wahoo.

      Tamarind Seed
      1175 Peachtree, NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

      1. Woodfire Grill offers a vegetarian tasting menu and a pescatarian tasting menu as well, so that could be a good alternative and a treat for your sister to have a tasting menu when often times she may not be able to.

        Woodfire Grill
        1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

        1. Thanks for the suggestions. Oddly my sister does like to go out for Italian - we loved La Pietra Cucina. But yes, I was trying to avoid that. Haven't been to Woodfire Grill in a long time - I'm assuming it's as good as ever? That might be the choice!

          La Pietra Cucina
          Atlanta, GA, Atlanta, GA

          Woodfire Grill
          1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

          1. agreed that a lot of atlanta restaurants are too noisy, many times because of high, unfinished ceilings and other poor design aspects. we used to avoid them completely but then we miss out on some good food. so now, we just go to the noisy restaurants at times when they have less customers like tues/wed. and hope the music isn't blaring