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One night for dinner in Atlanta


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I'm returning to ATL for my 2nd time. There are a lot of great threads with tons of info and mouth-watering posts about Atlanta but unfortunately, I only have one night for a dinner of my choosing (I'm there 2 nights but the other night my dining companions are choosing the dinner location). Dinner will be this coming Monday night the 22nd. I'm staying in Midtown but will have a car. (note: I would also love suggestions for a great lunches in Midtown).

Trying to decide between Rathbun's and Food Studio for dinner Monday night. My dining companion knows me for having a reputation as a foodie and always picking great places for us to go. Previously when we were in ATL we dined at Ecco on my suggestion and a great, cheap BBQ place my ATL friends suggested for lunch.

My dining companion can't eat any shellfish and isn't a big fish lover. I like fish but not shellfish or other types of seafood. Other than my aversion to seafood I like everything else; sweetbreads, marrow, "normal" foods like steaks and chops, pasta, everything. I tend towards a Mediterranean diet (particularly Greek and Italian) but am open to whatever when traveling.

Which place do you think would be better, Rathbun's or Food Studio? And *please* make a recommendation for dress code at your suggested place; what does "casual" mean in Atlanta? I've found "casual" in DC to surprisingly mean if you wear jeans and a dress shirt you'll be sat next to the kitchen and away from other diners.

Thank you eGulleteers!

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Unless Food Studio has gotten way better recently I'd recommend Rathbun's.

Food requirements no problem whatsoever.

I'd personally go a little dressier than jeans at Rathbun's, but some would disagree.

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Haven't been to either of the restaurants you mentioned - but we've had good lunch at Eno - and it sounds like the kind of place you'd like. I suppose jeans would be ok - but we usually dress a little dressier than that in Atlanta when we visit (it's a casual city - but it is a big city).

FWIW - we'll be in Atlanta the following week - and we're dining at the restaurant in the Four Seasons - and Bacchanalia. The former is in midtown - and the latter is only a few minutes away. We have an event at the Georgia Dome on Saturday -will be over about 8 pm - and we might try Trois (a new place also in midtown - across the street from the Four Seasons) for drinks and some small plates after. Robyn

P.S. Don't know if you like contemporary design - but there's an excellent store - Retromodern - in midtown. Worth a browse. And across the street from Eno.

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A little late, I know. I've heard good things about Rathbun's but if you're not tied to those choices, I'd recommend Restaurant Eugene. I had a great dinner there recently, plus they have a very good bar as well.

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