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Restuarant Eugene

And if you look back through my post, you'll see that my guest visiting from NYC had narrowed down the selection to Eugene v Woodfire - she had specifically eliminated Bacchanalia - which was why I was asking for help choosing between those two (she also eliminated Rathbuns). I am well aware that there are other places to eat in Atlanta. Among the people who paid attention to the nature of my request, as opposed to suggestions other places, the overwhelming response was in favor of Eugene over Woodfire.

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Rathbun's Restaurant
112 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Sep 22, 2010
lmerlyn in Atlanta

Restuarant Eugene

A few weeks ago, I sought some advice on where to take an out-of-town foodie for one high end dining experience. The visitor had narrowed down the choices to Eugene and Woodfire, and with guidance from this board, we wound up at Eugene. The food was great. I would not out it in my top meals-ever, but it was excellent. However, I had a couple of quibbles with service and presentation and wanted to share these and see if anyone else had the same experience.

We arrived and were greeted less than graciously, made to wait in the bar area with no offer of drinks despite our being one of two minutes past our reservation time. I'm not a stopwatch fascists, and don' mind waiting for a table for a brief while if I have a reservation, but an offer of a drink while you wait should be standard - especially when you are asked to wait at the bar.

We were seated and the table behind us had clearly been recently vacated and was covered in crumbs and disarray, with a chair that backed onto one of our chairs pulled all the way out, The waiter did not tend to this, and we had to push the chairs around ourselves to get into the table. I would expect the vacant table next to us to be bussed and clean when we are seated, or at least some apology to be made and the path to our seats cleared should a bussing oversight have occurred. The fact that we already had to wait while our table was set up made this especially annoying. Oh, and it wasn't exactly heaving busy, so I would expect that the table next to ours would have been immediately bussed, especially given it was not a later reservation (8:30) so others were soon to be seated, as well.

My most irksome gripe is with the service. I felt that we were consistently upsold (or attempted to be upsold) by our waiter. It is possible that the waiter was just a bit awkward and not very smooth at promoting things such as the tasting menu, but the result was that we felt like we were being upsold. I am a true foodie and all for tasting menus, but I am pregnant and there re a lot of foods I need to avoid, and I did not see the point in restricting the chef - goes against the concept of the tasting menu. The waiter was v pushy about this though - over-recommended the tasting menu when we sat down, and then said "No tasting menu?" when we ordered ala carte. He recommended an additional dish "for the table" which, frankly, we only ordered b/c we felt shamed into it. It was great, but too much food.

I am also a big drinker, but ditto on the pregnant - no drinks for me. The waiter's dismay was not well hidden. Our friend is not a big drinker either, and the waiter kept asking us if we wanted more drinks and staring meaningfully at our more than half full glasses.

None of this was by any mans atrocious - the waiter was pleasant enough, the food was excellent, and nothing about the service out Eugene in the Bad Service Hall of Fame. But for the price and reputation, I expect perfection, or pretty close to it.

Has anyone else had this type of experience at Eugene? Was it an off night? New waiter, maybe? I don't want to judge based on one experience - especially one with such tasty food, which erases many woes - but I also prefer not to experiment when such $ is involved and there are so many wonderful dining options in town.

Sep 07, 2010
lmerlyn in Atlanta

Mary Mac's, Watershed, Greenwood's on Green Street, JCT Kitchen, or Blue Willow for a weekend Southern meal?

For what it's worth, I have been a huge Watershed fan for years and have not noticed any slip in quality post-Peacock. JCT Kitchen is always excellent. Please let us know about Empire State!

Sep 07, 2010
lmerlyn in Atlanta

Restaurant Eugene v. Woodfire Grill - Help!

OK, thanks. My friend had Bacchanalia on the list of options but she eliminated it from the final two. I will definitely be going there another time though...it's a crime to live in Atlanta and never have been there. There are just so many wonderful affordable dining options in Atlanta, you kind of need a special occasion to justify the high end stuff.

I think we are pretty much settled on Eugene at this point. If only opentable would recognize the fact that it is possible to make more than one reservation in the space of 2 1/2 hours, I would have a table booked already!

Aug 12, 2010
lmerlyn in Atlanta

Restaurant Eugene v. Woodfire Grill - Help!

Hmm, thanks. I'm leaning towards Eugene at this point...Bacchanalia was one of the two options that did not make the cut (the other was Rathbun's). Sigh, guess I will just have to make my way to those two without the excuse of an out-of-town guest!

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Rathbun's Restaurant
112 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Aug 11, 2010
lmerlyn in Atlanta

Restaurant Eugene v. Woodfire Grill - Help!

I have a foodie friend visiting in a few weeks and am crafting a culinary tour of Atlanta. I have most of the tour in place, but need to make a decision regarding the Fancy Notable Chef Dinner option. My friend has narrowed it down to Eugene or Woodfire, and has asked me to make the final call. I have not been to either and won't have a chance to check them both out before she gets here. Can anyone point me in one direction or the other? Thanks!

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Restaurant Eugene
2277 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Woodfire Grill
1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

Aug 11, 2010
lmerlyn in Atlanta

Dark 'n' Stormy Recommendations?

So weird that I just saw this post, because I actually had the best Dark and Stormy I have ever had last night at Leon's Full Service in Decatur.

Aug 06, 2010
lmerlyn in Atlanta

First Time Visit to DC- What's Essential?

We'll be there for 3 days over MLK weekend. So far we have dinner booked at Firefly (close to hotel - Beacon - and the menu looked okay - we'll be getting in late afternoon after a long drive and just want something nearby, decently reviewed, not too expensive, reservation available, and semi-romantic as it's the only night my husband and I will be dining alone. That said, please feel free to steer me elsewhere given those criteria).

How is that Russian place around Dupont? Looks like it could be kitschy good or just awful.

I love Ethiopian food and understand DC is probably the best place in the US for it, so any recs in that direction are welsome.

Other than that, must-try, don't miss, any suggestions welcome. Our group likes ethnic and affordable.

We also have that Ben's Chilli place on the list, which I keep reading about.

I'm going up mainly to see the Netherlandish Diptychs at the national Gallery, so any recs in that are are extra welcome, especially lunch.

I live in Atlanta so prefer to avoid stuff we can get here, eg bbq, soul food.