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#151 darkstar965

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 09:00 PM

I think "poor man's Biltmore" is a perfect descriptor of Chateau Elan.  I have never been to either, but reports from trusted friends confirm that your experience is more of the rule than the exception.  Too bad.

 

Yay that you still love H&F - I miss it a lot.  I don't know what is on their menu now, but they do tend to be pork-heavy.  However, I have had many vegetable preparations there that were truly remarkable.

 

They did still have at least 3 or 4 vegetable dishes. We ordered something not on the now-outdated menu they have online which I think were called pole beans with some kind of...can't remember...spicy red sauce or seasoning.  Pretty good though I'd probably go in a different vegetable direction were I there again next week.

 

Also, had a drink with a client at an upscale restaurant called Bistro Nico. Huge bar area some interesting drinks and beers. Can't speak to the food but my client (whose food compass I don't know well) likes the place.



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 01:27 PM

We had a wonderful meal at Abattoir.  This is a fairly new restaurant from the same folks behind Bacchanlia.  We went there because the menu looked quite exciting and on Joe's high praise for its sister restaurant.  It certainly delivered on its promise. It's currently in the running for top-10 meal of the year and 2013 was a tremendous food year for us that included Rose's Luxury, 2 trips to Roberto's 4, Sushi Taro's Omakase, and an awesome trip to Montreal.

 

The restaurant itself is a beautiful spare space with lots of room between tables, so the room never got loud even as the tables filled up.  The service was quite good and attentive, though they seem to have minor kinks to still work out amongst their front house staff (very minor things that did not affect our enjoyment at all). 

 

The bread service here is quite good and the desserts are quite delicious.  The highlights were the crab fritter, the 3 items ordered off of their butcher's menu (lamb heart, oxheart empanadas, and a divine lamb sweetbread dish), and fried to order chicharrones that came out crackling and light as air.  



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 09:39 AM

We had a wonderful meal at Abattoir.  This is a fairly new restaurant from the same folks behind Bacchanlia.  We went there because the menu looked quite exciting and on Joe's high praise for its sister restaurant.  It certainly delivered on its promise. It's currently in the running for top-10 meal of the year and 2013 was a tremendous food year for us that included Rose's Luxury, 2 trips to Roberto's 4, Sushi Taro's Omakase, and an awesome trip to Montreal.

 

The restaurant itself is a beautiful spare space with lots of room between tables, so the room never got loud even as the tables filled up.  The service was quite good and attentive, though they seem to have minor kinks to still work out amongst their front house staff (very minor things that did not affect our enjoyment at all). 

 

The bread service here is quite good and the desserts are quite delicious.  The highlights were the crab fritter, the 3 items ordered off of their butcher's menu (lamb heart, oxheart empanadas, and a divine lamb sweetbread dish), and fried to order chicharrones that came out crackling and light as air.  

 

Abbatoir has actually been around since 2009, but it has changed chefs multiple times - the current Executive Chef is Hector Santiago, who some may remember from Top Chef Las Vegas.  Chef Santiago previously owned and operated Pura Vida, a wonderful little Latin American spot, and the site of my engagement to my husband.  :D

 

I love Chef Santiago's food, so I'm so glad you enjoyed your experience at Abbatoir - when we went years ago, it was only so-so.


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Posted 13 December 2013 - 03:47 PM

:wub:   I keep attributing information about Bacon Brothers (an actually new restaurant in Greenville SC) to Abattoir.  Thanks for correcting me and really appreciate the inside dope on the restaurant! :)



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 09:01 AM

With a few hours to kill on a Monday morning, and no place better than Ruby Tuesday's or the hotel restaurant for breakfast anywhere nearby, I was able to get a cab to Thumbs Up Diner in East Point.  Nifty place: nice diner vibe without trying too hard, old-school funk on the sound system, what appeared to be largely working-class clientele chatting with the staff as if they were all old friends.  And the food hit the spot, too.  Lots of choices on the menu.  I told the waitress I was just passing through and not likely to be back in the area ever, and asked what I should get.  "The fried catfish - definitely our most popular item".  So that's what I got.  A nice big perfectly fried fillet, served with a generous bowl of grits, two eggs, and biscuit or toast.  Get the biscuit, it's whole wheat but surprisingly light.   And the coffee was surprisingly good.

 

This is exactly the kind of honest food, no-pretenses place I love to find. 


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 03:57 PM

We didn't do a ton of unique or interesting eating while in Atlanta this past weekend (we were there to see friends, so we let them lead the way), but we did try Argosy in East Atlanta Village.  Pretty good eats (mostly small plates and sandwiches and such - the duck egg rolls and oxtail arancini were both tasty), and a really great draft beer list.  We specifically went there with our friends who have a 3-month-old, since they said it was loud and he had accompanied them unnoticed before.  It WAS loud, but I got a distinct anti-baby feel from the staff and other patrons.  For the record, the little guy slept through almost our whole outing.  :D


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:13 PM

I just enjoyed a beefy dinner at McKendricks (http://www.mckendricks.com) in Atlanta. This is the quintessential American steak house, with delciious slabs of mouth-watering beef, generous and caloric sides, and quite an extensive wine list.

 

We began with an assortment of seafood appetizers, where the rare-seared tuna, the large shrimp and the "fried lobster tail" stood out. The latter was interesting, but only about as large as the shrimp.

 

My steak was perfectly executed -- I had the bone-in chef's cut ribeye. Others at my table had the similarly decadent bone-in filet. McKendrick's specializes in a high-heat, thick char with a red center, and the resultant steak is melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

 

THe sides are nothing special. The waiter told us "We're in the south, so I have to recommend the okra!" It was only OK, and a bit dry. The sauteed mushrooms were somewhat large and whole mushrooms, browned in what tasted like balsamic vinegar, giving them a sweet flavor that I didn't particularly like.

 

I didn't pay the bill, but this place is easily a $200 cover, and it was packed on a Monday night. This is red meat and brown wood establishment, probably best suited for a manly business meal.


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 12:09 PM

I was in Atlanta last week for work, and I met up with my mom at The General Muir, a delicatessen/restaurant in the Emory University area.  It's like Atlanta's version of DGS.  The matzoh ball soup edged out DGS's version (the broth was much better seasoned, though DGS's actual matzoh ball was slightly more fluffy), but my mom says that the chopped liver at DGS is still the best she's ever had, anywhere, since her bubbie passed away.

 

She ordered the Hot Brown, but she said the pastrami overpowered the turkey and gravy - perhaps she could order the dish without the pastrami for better results.  I got the burger, which was tasty (with pastrami, Russian dressing, cheese, and homemade pickles, which were all good), but it was pretty greasy.  The fries were excellent.

 

We got the cookie plate for dessert, and it was yummy - it contained the freshest, yummiest black & white cookie I've had in a long time (mom didn't like it because it had a slight lemony taste), in addition to some rugelach and a few other things.

 

I prefer DGS overall, but if you're in Atlanta, this would be a great place for lunch or dinner (and they also do take-out from their deli counter).


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Posted 17 May 2014 - 05:20 PM

Headed to the ATL on Monday for a weeklong conference where breakfast and lunch are taken care of, but I have a 75$ per diem every night for dinner.

 

We are downtown at the Omni, is that area still chain heaven? or have there been any improvements.

 

Places I've already eaten: 

 

Watershed

The Optimist

Holeman & Finch

Empire State South

 

No car, so where should I be going that's accessible via public transport and cabs/uber?

 

Thanks in advance.



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 07:44 PM

Headed to the ATL on Monday for a weeklong conference where breakfast and lunch are taken care of, but I have a 75$ per diem every night for dinner.

 

We are downtown at the Omni, is that area still chain heaven? or have there been any improvements.

 

Places I've already eaten: 

 

Watershed

The Optimist

Holeman & Finch

Empire State South

 

No car, so where should I be going that's accessible via public transport and cabs/uber?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Yes, that area is still crapola for food.  Amazing to me, given how many travelers come through there.

 

There are a couple of really good spots in Decatur that you haven't visited - you will be able to cab/Uber, but the fare will be more significant.  If you're interested, they are Cakes & Ale (really good and seasonal/farm to table - not far from where Watershed used to be) and The General Muir (Atlanta's version of DGS Deli - closer to Emory).

 

If you'd rather stay closer to your hotel, head back to the viscinity of The Optimist and snag a seat at Miller Union.  Also really good farm to table food, with a decidedly Southern tilt.


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Posted 08 September 2014 - 09:32 PM

I came home from ATL last night, and got to visit with some old friends while there. The first night I was there, one friend and I cruised around, I was too tired to really make an attempt at finding a gem, (but did see an Indian place that looked good, and others as well), and voiced a requirement for vegetables as part of any meal.

 

So we ended up at a default; Ted's Montana in Decatur. I had never been so I enjoyed the novelty, and we got to catch up with each other and closed the joint. I liked my bison meatloaf and chopped salad. My friend had a bison burger of some kind, which he enjoyed. The complimentary fresh pickles were addicting, and the onion rings are very very good and non-greasy. I had a lemon drop martini and a glass of Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel.

 

The next night, they took me to Matt's Rib Shack. I had the pulled pork sandwich, which was tasty and of good portion, but they let me sample their slab of ribs and I knew I should have gotten the ribs. Fun place. We sat outside so we could talk, as there was a live blues band dominating the inside dining area. While inside ordering, I observed that they had some of the most effective A/C in humid Atlanta. I had a draft Honker Ale from Goose Island, and a bag of chips. 

 

Finally, after checking out, I was taken to Cafe Intermezzo for brunch, where I had a Cafe Cubano and a Duck Omelet before hitting the road, which really hit the spot. Their desserts looked awesome.

 

I wish I had more time to explore the offerings in the metro area. I'll be back.


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Posted 13 September 2014 - 12:20 AM

I came home from ATL last night, and got to visit with some old friends while there. The first night I was there, one friend and I cruised around, I was too tired to really make an attempt at finding a gem, (but did see an Indian place that looked good, and others as well), and voiced a requirement for vegetables as part of any meal.

 

So we ended up at a default; Ted's Montana in Decatur. I had never been so I enjoyed the novelty, and we got to catch up with each other and closed the joint. I liked my bison meatloaf and chopped salad. My friend had a bison burger of some kind, which he enjoyed. The complimentary fresh pickles were addicting, and the onion rings are very very good and non-greasy. I had a lemon drop martini and a glass of Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel.

 

The next night, they took me to Matt's Rib Shack. I had the pulled pork sandwich, which was tasty and of good portion, but they let me sample their slab of ribs and I knew I should have gotten the ribs. Fun place. We sat outside so we could talk, as there was a live blues band dominating the inside dining area. While inside ordering, I observed that they had some of the most effective A/C in humid Atlanta. I had a draft Honker Ale from Goose Island, and a bag of chips. 

 

Finally, after checking out, I was taken to Cafe Intermezzo for brunch, where I had a Cafe Cubano and a Duck Omelet before hitting the road, which really hit the spot. Their desserts looked awesome.

 

I wish I had more time to explore the offerings in the metro area. I'll be back.

Forgot about Intermezzo. Don't think I ever went there for dinner, but I remember a large variety of good coffee drinks*, some great desserts and also a good amount of yummy dessert-type drinks. Also, given the atmosphere a great date place.

*The second night of college we drove into Atlanta (from Covington, GA, 40 miles to the east) and ended up there. I was not yet a coffee drinker, none of us had fake IDs and thus no alcohol, and I ordered Turkish coffee. Boy, was that a surprise--I didn't know what it was!







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