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Private Dining - Atlanta

Try Ray's on the River

Jun 18, 2014
krwolffman in Atlanta

Four hour layover at ATL with teens

Agree that 4 hours is not much time. Time really is not your friend in Atlanta, and the airport is not close to anything. I live in the metro area and leave my house 2 hours before scheduled flights, and sometimes I'm cutting it close.

MARTA has worked well for me when I've used it, but due to budget problems the trains don't run all that close together like in NY or other large cities.

The Varsity is a fun idea, an Atlanta original, and you could conceivably get to the real Varsity on the train and back in time [short walk from the North Avenue station]. But, that's an awful lot of trouble just for a hamburger, even one in a unique setting like the V.

For a restaurant very near the airport, you might think about Spondivits in East Point. Good seafood, flown in fresh daily, very lively atmosphere. One of the Atlanta newspaper's restaurant critic just dubbed it an Atlanta "classic." See http://www.spondivits.net/ajc-proclai...
Your teens would probably like it. It's under 2 miles from the airport so time is not an issue.

Good luck and let us know what you decide.

Mar 08, 2013
krwolffman in Atlanta

Food worthy of bringing back on the plane??

Glazed is good too. Didn't know you're going to Charleston. That's a whole 'nother food story. Please go to Husk there. You won't be sorry. I go to Chas. several times a year and keep a list. That one is tops at the moment.

Rhodes should be able to accommodate your needs. Just tell them what you need when you call to order the cake.

Feb 27, 2013
krwolffman in Atlanta

Food worthy of bringing back on the plane??

Just remembered Sublime Doughnuts. Since you have a sweet tooth (me too!), this is worth a trip. You could easily hit the Cheshire Bridge location of Rhodes Bakery and Sublime Doughnuts in one trip on your way to the airport. You can (and must) order Rhodes' caramel cake in advance, but I'm pretty sure at Sublime the offerings are whatever he feels like making that particular day, and they often run out of the more popular and interesting creations early.

http://sublimedoughnuts.com/index.php

Feb 27, 2013
krwolffman in Atlanta

Food worthy of bringing back on the plane??

Two locations for the original Rhodes. Someone else here might know about Bill Rhodes, but I do not. http://www.rhodesfamilybakery.com/hou...

Feb 27, 2013
krwolffman in Atlanta

Food worthy of bringing back on the plane??

What an interesting question. I definitely do the same thing when I travel, and there are some very specific food memories from other places.

I don't know that Atlanta has a food that is particularly Atlanta and that also travels well. If I lived outside the south, though, I might try to bring back a caramel cake from Rhodes Bakery. Caramel cake is southern but not specifically Atlanta, and IMHO the one at Rhodes is very good.

Feb 27, 2013
krwolffman in Atlanta

Need a recommendation for hanover, NH

Had a fantastic meal last night at the Tip Top Cafe. Was very impressed by the atmosphere, service and the food. Had a very sophisticated (yet relaxed) feel that I did not expect. Food was exceptionally tasty.

Jan 10, 2013
krwolffman in Northern New England

One Night In ATL - Work Dinner Suggestion

I'm gonna have to go with Canoe or Blue Ridge Grill. Neither is stuffy, in my opinion. Both put an emphasis on fresh food with a Southern flair, e.g., the Georgia caught trout at BRG is outstanding and one of my go-to dishes there.

Jul 20, 2012
krwolffman in Atlanta

LaGrotta on Peachtree

We love La Grotta, both locations. While the Ravinia location is more beautiful, it is not "the cave" for which the original is named, and doesn't quite convey the same Old World atmosphere. Agree that if you're looking to relive fond memories, you won't be dissapointed by returning to LG Buckhead. If you are looking for something new and want to stay with Italian cuisine, I can strongly recommend Sotto Sotto. It's a very different dining room from the hushed LG. But the food is outstanding and the neighborhood and scene are very lively.

Jun 21, 2012
krwolffman in Atlanta

Stone Mountain

Suggest you search this board and elsewhere for Decatur, which is reasonably close to Stone Mountain. Downtown Decatur is quite the dining scene with several good choices and a wonderful atmosphere.

Jun 14, 2012
krwolffman in Atlanta

Atlanta for one day - lunch in Buckhead area

Muss and Turners. Definitely.

Apr 21, 2012
krwolffman in Atlanta

Atlanta for one day - lunch in Buckhead area

Keep in mind that many Buckhead options, including restaurants that routinely appear on "best of" lists, are on the posh side. It sounds like you're trying to avoid posh and go for more fun. With that in mind, here are some choices to consider:

-Buckhead Diner (walkable from your hotel), not a diner in the sense you're thinking of...quite a bit fancier than that, and usually festive

-Eclipse de Luna (a GOOD walk from your hotel but doable if you're up for it) - tapas and very lively in the evening...have never been there for lunch though

-Horseradish Grill or Blue Ridge Grill (a short cab ride) - good examples of New South cooking...might be stuffier and clubbier atmosphere than you're seeking...

-OK Cafe (a short cab ride) - if you want down home but approachable southern food, consider this option...always a lively atmosphere

None of these are sitting outside options. If that's crucial, you might try Twist, in front of Phipps Plaza shopping center (another GOOD walk or very short cab ride).

Feb 09, 2012
krwolffman in Atlanta

Best Bakery for Cake

The amazing cake from the bakery on Cheshire Bridge was most likely from Rhodes. They do a great job...their caramel cake is fantastic as are others. They have the Cheshire Bridge location and another in Roswell. http://www.rhodesfamilybakery.com/

Highly recommend.

Feb 08, 2012
krwolffman in Atlanta

Smoked salmon (lox): Goldbergs vs SAMs Club

Don't know Sams...only Costco...there they have Acme and Kirklands (house brand) nova...no lox. I would not spend the extra for a party. I think the Acme nova is delicious and about $13/lb.

Feb 04, 2012
krwolffman in Atlanta

Please pick one place for my lunch next week, based on...

I forgot about Tasty China. Forget Muss & Turner's. This is a much better suggestion. It's a dive but the food is truly amazing. Note that it's not on Buford Hwy in Duluth as Chowhound suggests, but on the South Marietta Parkway in Marietta.

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Tasty China
585 Franklin Rd SE Ste 215, Marietta, GA 30067

Muss & Turner's
1675 Cumberland Parkway Ste. 309, Smyrna, GA 30080

Oct 13, 2011
krwolffman in Atlanta

Please pick one place for my lunch next week, based on...

Instead of going through the city, take Camp Creek Parkway (where you'll get your rental car) to I-285 North and go around the beltway. Eventually you will get to I-75 north, which will take you out to Kennessaw. This will not really take you longer, and depending on city traffic, may actually save you time. On your route, you can stop at Muss & Turner's, www.mussandturners.com, in Smyrna. I think this will fit your criteria nicely.

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Muss & Turner's
1675 Cumberland Parkway Ste. 309, Smyrna, GA 30080

Oct 13, 2011
krwolffman in Atlanta

Rehearsal Dinner Atlanta

OP stated that the church in question is on Glenridge Drive in Sandy Springs (see second post above). If we find out she's looking at a Decatur church, I agree that's a whole different ball game.

Aug 20, 2011
krwolffman in Atlanta

Rehearsal Dinner Atlanta

Ray's on the River still fits the bill of between St. Jude's and downtown, without having to deal with the mess of Buckhead. Recall it was my first choice recommendation above.

But...if you're willing to go just a bit farther...and still on the way downtown...highly recommend you check out Canoe. They have a special event tent directly on the river...it is a beautiful setting.

Both Ray's and Canoe will give you the river. But with Canoe you're "outside." I put that in quotes because it is February and the tent is warm enough.

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Ray's on the River
6700 Powers Ferry Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30339

Aug 20, 2011
krwolffman in Atlanta

Rehearsal Dinner Atlanta

+1 on 103 West. And truth be told, Sandy Springs INTO Buckhead on a Friday evening is not as bad as the other direction. But it's still a dicey proposition. And if you're opening up to Buckhead as an option, you probably add at least another twenty or so possibilities.

Glecroy, if you decide you're open to areas outside Dunwoody/Sandy Springs, let us know.

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103 West
103 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, GA 30305

Aug 19, 2011
krwolffman in Atlanta

Rehearsal Dinner Atlanta

You haven't said how fancy you want this to be, and that might help narrow the choices. The bride and groom are right to be concerned about the traffic issue if you're talking about a Friday night rehearsal dinner. Here are some choices in the area of restaurants I can personally recommend that also have private rooms:

-Brio Tuscan Grille (Perimeter) - another chain choice, but worthwhile

-Chequers Seafood Grill (I'm sure they have non-shellfish options)

-Eclipse de Luna (Park Place location) - food is great...tapas menu and different from every other choice on this list...but, I have been to this private room and it's nothing special ambiance-wise

-Fleming's Prime Steakhouse - chain steak restaurant, but pretty good

-Food 101 - only one on here I have not experienced personally, but it's on my list of places to go...Chowhounders like this place.

-Goldfish - might be your best SECOND CHOICE if Ray's is too far away

-LaGrotta Ravinia - we had a private dining event here for about 80 people and could not have been more pleased with the entire experience. It's not a private room, but they gave us a section of the restaurant that made it private enough. Food is quite good. BTW, our group's size ruled out many of the choices here but your smaller group has more options than we had.

-Maggiano's (Perimeter) - A good choice if budget is an issue. You've probably been to a Maggiano's somewhere. The private dining rooms and the service at this location are excellent. But eyeball the rooms because some are better than others.

-Ray's on the River - in Sandy Springs but just inconvenient enough from St. Jude's that it might not work traffic-wise. Otherwise my FIRST CHOICE as food and ambiance are excellent! On the upper end price-wise of the choices here.

-Ruth's Chris Steak House - surely you've been to one of these somewhere...this one is the same...good location from St. Jude's though

-Seasons 52 (Perimeter location) - another chain, with a hip and healthy menu

-Wildfire - not quite a chain, several other locations, mainly Chicago. An excellent choice.

-5 Seasons Brewing - something completely different from every other choice here

Aug 18, 2011
krwolffman in Atlanta

After Italy:Search for Gelato in Atlanta

Based on vitaman's review, I picked up a pint of Talenti's salted caramel last night, and it was tremendous.

Jul 08, 2011
krwolffman in Atlanta

Trofie pasta in Atlanta?

I have a hankering for some delicious trofie pasta (preferably with pesto). Has anyone seen this on an Atlanta menu recently? Please tell me where I can find it!

Jun 13, 2011
krwolffman in Atlanta