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Jul 6, 2011 01:02 PM

Miller Union, Local 3 or Empire State South?

We have one night in Atlanta (a Thursday if it matters) for dinner. After reading posts and talking with friends, Miller Union, Local 3 and Empire State South all look great (Woodfire Grill was in the running but sounds like it might be a little stuffy these days?) We love great local food but aren't big fans of formal atmospheres so I think these would fit the bill.

We are staying at the Hotel Indigo but will have a car.

Thanks in advance for your input! (Other recs are welcome of course.)

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

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

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  1. If your focus is to spend money - Woodfire Grill should still be in the money as should Aria and Cakes & Ale in Decatur.

    Cakes & Ale Restaurant
    254 W Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

    Woodfire Grill
    1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

    1. I personally prefer Wisteria to those choices. Wisteria has just been around for ages so doesn't get the press those newer restaurants do. Their skillet-fried chicken with corn pudding and collard greens will make you weep, and their wine selection is strong. ESS is very good but it's in an office park, and feels like it--I think it's a strange, off-putting location. I also prefer Cakes and Ale over the 3, if you really want local food. Plus, Decatur is great to walk around and shop/grab a beer or dessert afterwards.

      Please post where you end up!

      1. i love Aria,but thinki it fits the stuffy category.This'll sound weird,but if you want a great food experinece,and like Chinese, id suggest Gu's Bistro---its a new Szechuan restaurant,and can be spicy if you want--i always ask them to tone it down.They dont have liquor license yet.If you go ask for Yvonne shell help you order.Its by far the best Chinese iev ever had,and you wont break the bank.Their walnut shrimp and chengdu dumplings are to die for. Anotther place not mentioned is Priccis-incredible ossobucco,which is very hard to find and not stuffy--and they do zabbalone

        1. I would recommend Local Three over the two you have mentioned. Just had dinner there last night and it was very good.


          1. Funny you mention those three--some friends who have last dined in Atlanta a year or two ago asked if there were any hot new restaurants to check out, and I listed the same three.

            Local 3 is my favorite of the three (I'd otherwise recommend Cakes and Ale if you were staying over in Decatur). If Local 3 still have the lamb ribs on the menu if/when you go, you should order them!

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            1. re: yek401

              It does still have the lamb ribs on the menu and they are still as fantastic as you remember. We ordered them and proceeded to get a second order after we had the first.