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40th birthday dinner

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I am trying to figure out where to go for dinner for my 40th. It will just be 2 of us and I'd like to go somewhere the food is great, but none of the pretentious atmosphere that some of the "nicer" restaurants in atlanta have.

Suggestions?

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  1. Any geographic, cuisine or price parameters? Which restaurants do you consider pretentious?

    1. Ecco, JCT Kitchen, Empire State South, 246, King and Duke, Bocado, Antica Posta, Anis, Sotto Sotto, Cakes and Ale, 4th and Swift, One Eared Stag

      All unpretentious (IMHO).

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      1. re: rcburli

        Agree with all, and would add Bocca Lupa and KR Steakbar.

      2. Out of curiosity, which ones do you consider "pretentious"? You mean like Bacchanalia? It's definitely fine dining, but I've never felt they put on airs.

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        1. re: LorenzoGA

          The only possibly-pretentious experience I've had lately was eating at Ink & Elm in Emory Village. And it wasn't so much that it was pretentious, but the server spent so much time explaining the provenance and details of the menu items that it was frankly exhausting. You'd think they were trying to impress a Brooklyn hipster.

          I'm pretty much a jeans-and-fleece guy (shorts in summer), so I could see viewing a formal dining setting as pretentious. But it's really just that it's formal, and I rarely roll that way.

        2. OP: If you read this, care to tell us what you decided on?

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          1. re: LorenzoGA

            We have decided to do a dinner at wood fire grill that was advertised on scout mob. It's a 5 course menu paired with beer(Atlanta beer of course). It sounds like it could be a lot of fun. I'll let you know how it is. Thanks for all the suggestions, I will be sure to check some of them out in the future.