Mouthful - Languid lunch


The prix-fixe concept at the city's most popular fine dining destination disappears at lunch, leaving diners the option of ordering as much or as little as they want from the precise, seasonal menu. Offerings change daily, but the lunch-only Bacchanalia burger is stuffed with foie gras and short rib meat, and comes with a heaping side of some of the city's most addictive fries. 1198 Howell Mill Road. 404-365-0410. www.starprovisions.com/bacc.


Joël is as appropriate for a business lunch as it is for an amorous midday rendezvous. The portions are just the right size, and the cooking is as impressively exacting as it is at dinner. Wine is an integral part of the experience, and you can trust the sommeliers to guide you to new discoveries without draining your bank account. Of course, if you're imbibing, you might want to pre-schedule a leisurely, post-lunch nap. 3290 Northside Parkway. 404-233-3500. www.joelrestaurant.com.


Food lovers who work in the Midtown area have discovered the lunchtime bonus at this haute Vietnamese boîte: Many of the most popular dinner offerings are available at substantially lower prices. Hone in on sprightly lemongrass chicken (or tufu) and the smoky-sweet claypot catfish. Daylight, as it turns out, does nothing to detract from the billowy glamour of Nam's dining room. 931 Monroe Drive, Suite A-101. 404-541-9997. www.namrestaurant.com.

Sal Grosso

Marietta's snazzy churrascaria (dig the splatty modern art) wins the decor competition among the other Brazilian steakhouses in the metro area. This is a fun place to bring co-workers for a birthday or office celebration. Power lunching? Trade in your martini for a caipirinha. 1927 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta. 770-850-1540. www.salgrosso.com.

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