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Best overall restaurant BOA Award Winner

2015 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick

Best overall restaurant BOA Award Winner

2015 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick

Best Overall Restaurants BOA Award Winner

2000 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
If Atlanta's mascot is really the Phoenix, Bacchanalia (1198 Howell Mill Road, 404-365-0410) may be the city's quintessential restaurant, both for its superb cooking, impeccable service and recently demonstrated flair for reinvention. Chef/owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison made the drastic stepmore...
If Atlanta's mascot is really the Phoenix, Bacchanalia (1198 Howell Mill Road, 404-365-0410) may be the city's quintessential restaurant, both for its superb cooking, impeccable service and recently demonstrated flair for reinvention. Chef/owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison made the drastic step of relocating. Bacchanalia from a cozy house on Piedmont to a renovated meat-packing facility near the water works on Atlanta's west side. The move has meant a significant change in neighborhood and ambiance, with Bacchanalia trading homey comfort for industrial chic with an exhibition kitchen (though no increase in seating), but the excellence of its "New American Cuisine" has scarcely flagged. The building boasts a roughly inviting courtyard and a gourmet boutique, Star Provisions — as if you could buy things and recreate Bacchanalia's heavenly experience in your own home. Perhaps Bacchanalia's closest rival is Seeger's (111 W. Paces Ferry Road, 404-846-9779), the sleek Buckhead bungalow run by Guenter Seeger. Seeger's culinary creations, which can change daily, are served in a spare, minimally decorated dining room, the better for you to focus your senses on the dishes themselves. With portions of an unobtrusive scale, Seeger's can seem a place not so much for "eating" as for "tasting," but the European-accented dishes offer tastes that cannot be exceeded in Atlanta, if anywhere. That Seeger's qualifies as one of the city's most luxurious destinations, without having an especially luxuriant environment, testifies as to how much it pampers the taste buds.The word "bistro" may be overused by modern restaurants, but Brasserie Le Coze (3393 Peachtree Road, 404-266-1440) imbues the label with the fullest measure of Parisian elegance and authentic French cooking. Plus, the atmosphere manages to be classy and impressive without being snooty or forbidding (especially striking considering its location at Lenox Square.) Intimidated Americans may want to savor the familiarity of the roast leg of lamb sandwich, but be aware that your life is less than complete without sampling chef Jon Schwenk's skate with brown butter, which sets a standard for fish dishes. Keep an eye out for such special evenings as the Bastille Day Dinner or the Beaujolais Nouveau Release Party if you're looking for an excuse to visit. Few Atlanta eateries offer such a garden of earthly delights as The Flying Biscuit Cafe (1655 McLendon Ave., 404-687-8888), Chef April Moon's marvelous, always-crowded McClendon Avenue cafe, with the blooming, wrap-around murals contributing to a warm and congenial atmosphere. The menu is filled with delicious, playfully-dubbed items such as Pudge, Love Cakes, Stoup of the Day, Angel Burgers and Devil Burgers. Any item on the non-stop breakfast list can be expected to please, and the dinner menu offers a confident selection of pastas, salads and other entrees, which are far more affordable than the offerings of the restaurants above. less...

Best Overall Restaurants BOA Award Winner

2000 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Brasserie Le Coze

2018 Readers Pick: Best Restaurant BOA Award Winner

2018 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

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