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Missrachelk Sep 25, 2011 06:24 PM

My husband's birthday is coming up and we're stumped for a place to celebrate. We love the local food scene, live downtown and have hit a lot of the high spots for local dining.

Our favorites are
4th and Swift
One Midtown
LaTavola
JCT Kitchen (hubby bartends there)
etc

We're a little tired of the same (or shall I say similarly themed) southern inspired fare that many of the high end places have on offer (not that we don't like it, it's great and can be really creative) but for this b-day we want something a little different.

Without shelling out big huge bucks to go to Nikolai's Roof any sggestions for a French / Italian / Spanish / maybe even asian restaurant worthy of a foodie birthday celebration? Expensive is fine, but $100 a person before wine is a bit much.

We prefer something fairly fancy and romantic, and the big day is a weekday so hopefully reservations will be easy to come by wherever we choose. ITP only please!

thanks Hounds!!

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Nikolai's Roof
255 Courtland Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

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    roysteve Oct 23, 2011 04:11 PM

    SotoSoto is the best Italian I have had in Atlanta. La Tavola is good, but Soto is in another league and much more romantic.

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    1. re: roysteve
      ted Oct 23, 2011 07:57 PM

      Sotto Sotto (softly, softly)

      Soto moved to NYC.

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

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      Missrachelk Sep 26, 2011 04:42 PM

      thanks for the ideas! We're leaning towards Nakato for some more special sushi than our usual RuSan's or harry &Sons (though we love both!)

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        foodiebuddha Sep 26, 2011 09:44 PM

        If you're trying to keep it in town, Miso Izakaya is a nice option. While I can't review them - i can say that i enjoy going there. The two best sushi options in the city are Tomo and Sushi House Hayakawa. Tomo is ridiculously overpriced, but very good. Hayakawa is my preferred destination - it's more traditional and offers a much looser environment than tomo. It's also much more reasonably priced. I haven't been to Aria in about 18 months but it would fit the bill - though it is not Ethnically international.

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        Tomo
        3256 Cobb Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339

        Sushi House Hayakawa
        5979 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30340

        Miso Izakaya
        619 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

        1. re: foodiebuddha
          ted Sep 27, 2011 06:50 AM

          Isn't Tomo in the process of moving (and therefore not open)? I thought I'd read this, but I looked back at the various blogs, and it wasn't clear if the original is still open.

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          Tomo
          3256 Cobb Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339

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            foodiebuddha Sep 27, 2011 03:09 PM

            You are correct.in that Tomo is in the process of moving; however, as of now - it is still open. I am currently out of town and have been for the past few weeks - so perhaps that might not be the case. I suspect a quick phone call by the OP would confirm the status.

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            Tomo
            3256 Cobb Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339

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            mikek Sep 27, 2011 01:09 PM

            Miso is a fantastic call. It might be my favorite restaurant in the city right now.

            Another one that could work is the Iberian Pig in Decatur. Their bartenders are fantastic, their tapas are great and the price is spot on. As an aside, they also have the Iberico Ham, which not many placew have, and they have both the shoulder and leg (if you have not had it, it is one of the truly sensational charcuterie products on earth)

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            The Iberian Pig
            121 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

          3. re: Missrachelk
            jboeke Sep 27, 2011 02:10 PM

            Funny - Nakato has been the official birthday restaurant of my hubby's family since he was a little boy, and we still go for birthdays. But if you're thinking sushi, I'd go to nearby Taka instead of Nakato. Both are better than RuSan's, so you should be pleased either way.

          4. jboeke Sep 26, 2011 01:49 PM

            What about Spice Market? It's a great scene and unique food, plus it would fit your budget.
            For Italian, I like Pricci for the fancier approach or Alfredo's for a real, authentic scene (but less romantic).

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            Pricci
            500 Pharr Road, Atlanta, GA 30305

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              rcburli Sep 26, 2011 10:07 AM

              How about Aria?
              I'm going to Lunacy Black Market for my anniv. next week. Not fancy but we're looking forward to the difference scene.

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