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Restaurant Eugene vs Baccanalia?

Sharkbait Jul 17, 2013 01:38 PM

I've done the research. I've read the boards. I've officially hit analysis-paralysis.

I'm taking someone very special to dinner for his birthday. Last year, we went to Alinea in Chicago. But this year, we'll be in Atlanta. I want something special with unique dishes, a tasting menu, and interesting wine pairings. This is for a Thursday night and I'm stumped -- because they seem so equally matched.

Help! What would you choose and why. We're staying downtown.


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      amymel Aug 8, 2013 04:25 PM

      Bacchanalia! And the shout out for Aria is a good one, though haven't been in a while. Bacchanalia will be a more intimate dinner than either Eugene or Aria.

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        edwardspk Jul 25, 2013 07:41 PM

        ESS and Woodfire Grill aren't in the same category as either Eugene or Bacchanalia. I've had some very good meals at Eugene - but I've also had some big misses there. For consistency, I would give Bacchanalia the edge over Eugene. However, don't expect either to be anything like Alinea. We just don't have anything in Atlanta competing in that category or at that level.

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          bobstripower Jul 20, 2013 03:29 PM

          Nikolais roof is an oldie but goodie--Russian theme,great caviar, excellnt wine matching,--small place,maybe 12 tables--they have a 5 and 7 course meal. Different experience from most Atlanta spots

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            Sharkbait Jul 18, 2013 06:48 AM

            Thanks - I've done the tasting at Woodfire. It was ok. Food was okay, but nothing to write home about and the wine pairings were pretty blah. Service was outstanding, though, and I loved the atmosphere.

            I was looking at ESS, too. But I didn't want to add more confusion to the mix! :)

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              rcburli Jul 18, 2013 07:49 AM

              To keep it simple and answer your original question: Eugene!!

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              bobstripower Jul 18, 2013 06:39 AM

              the wine list at Aria is superior---great cheese tasting menu-to me a little more formal and great meal.

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                rcburli Jul 17, 2013 07:42 PM

                I prefer Eugene easily. One of the best meals I ever had and superior to Bacchanalia.
                Also to consider...
                A friend recently had the tasting/wine pairing at Empire State South and loved it.
                You might also consider Woodfire Grill for their tasting menu.

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