by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
Sept. 20 to 26, nearly all Inman Park restaurants will be participating in Inman Park Restaurant Week, boasting three-course menus priced from $15 to $35. Sandwiched between Virginia Highland and the historic Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park is Atlanta's new-school, fine dining destination. From the restaurant that put the neighborhood on the map when its chef/owner slayed an Iron Chef on Food Network to Atlanta's best Italian (Sotto Sotto, pictured), check out our guide to getting the most out of Inman Park Restaurant Week.
Updated: September 21, 2010
One of the first restaurants to take up in Inman Park, Wisteria has a sleepy elegance that is perfectly indicative of the neighborhood: It's outstanding, but not showy. Brick walls, white tablecloths and a gourmand-driven, Southern-inspired menu make this an always charming and highly recommended option. Bonus points for chef Jason Hill's excellent gluten-free menu. The $25 menu includes highlights such as crab bisque, iron skillet fried chicken and a dessert sampler.
Many regard Sotto Sotto as not only Atlanta's finest Italian restaurant, but would also throw them a bone for the best overall restaurant in the city. With a flawless execution of northern Italian specialties, restaurateur Riccardo Ullio's crown jewel shines in its attention to specifics, like estate-bottled olive oil, carnaroli rice risotto and an Italian-only wine list. The $25 menu includes romaine hearts with Caesar, tortelli di Michelangelo and panna cotta.
With critical acclaim from national magazines such as Esquire and Kevin Rathbun's victory over Bobby Flay on Food Network's ?Iron Chef America,? this is really the restaurant that put the neighborhood on the culinary map. Big flavors and a swooping-cool space make this equally appealing for power dining with the boss or a night out with your sweetheart. The $25 menu includes highlights like pork rinds, miso marinated flank steak and brown butter pound cake.
Located on the quiet end of Edgewood Avenue, Shaun's is simple and understated, wow-worthy but not over the top, and the menu takes into consideration local farmers and purveyors. From pimento cheese to pork schnitzel, whiskey dinners to his popular $12 pasta Sundays, Shaun Doty represents what is right about Atlanta fine dining. The $25 menu includes highlights like Sardinian flatbread, pork schnitzel and sticky toffee pudding.
Residing in an old industrial warehouse, Kevin Rathbun's second restaurant, Kevin Rathbun Steak, is as good as any steakhouse in the city but adds a touch of hip to the masculine concept. Their bone-in steaks for two, fries with blue cheese fondue and Johnson Studio design are edgy, but we think being a little different is a good thing. It's certainly like no other steak house in the city. The $35 menu includes highlights like Korean barbecue pork, pan seared NC flounder and lemon icebox cake.
Surrounded by high-brow Italian, steak power joints and gussied-up Southern restaurants, Park's Edge breathes contemporary life into the neighborhood. A sunny spot tucked into a hidden corner of Inman Park, this popular brunch destination (hello, bottomless mimosas!) has a West Coast-inspired menu that's worthy of a weeknight or weekend reservation. The $25 menu includes highlights such as butternut squash bisque, sesame seed salmon and brioche bread pudding.
With an exterior that looks like a Googie design from the 60s and an interior that looks as if Wes Anderson redesigned your grandmother's living room, Sauced is one of the most interesting spaces in Atlanta. And its menu continues the comfort theme but maintains an element of cool. The chef's take on beef Wellington is a must-try and makes one immediately wonder why the dish ever went out of style. The $25 menu includes highlights such as buttermilk drop biscuits, grilled mountain trout and lemon ice box pie.
Before Varasano's and Antico came about, the only pizza war in Atlanta was won by Fritti, the Neapolitan pie-slinging little sister to Sotto Sotto. Thin-crust pizza gets topped with the likes of speck, arugula or truffle oil, making choices as interesting as they are delicious. Patio garage doors open up for outstanding al fresco dining during good-weather months. Highlights from the $15 menu include eggplant and mozzarella corquettes, quattro formaggi pizza and seasonal cheesecake.
Parish gives Inman Park-ers multiple reasons to cheer all day with its high-end Southern restaurant upstairs and a New Orleans-inspired market/lunch counter downstairs. Swing by the market in the morning for espresso, at lunch for the spectacular fried green tomato BLT, or go upstairs in the evening hours for one of chef Joe Schafer's meat-and-three ?TV Dinners.? The $25 menu includes highlights such as tomato-parmesan soup, roast pork loin and a homemade moonpie.
OK, this isn't fine dining. But, we like it so much we had to include it. This suburban-based taqueria boasts a filling-station aesthetic and an easy-to-like menu. Their tacos are predictable, but the gorditas de puerco--a pocket of pork and cheese stuffed between two crispy fried masa discs--is decadent and memorable. Pure certainly isn't authentic, but sometimes it doesn't have to be. The $15 menu includes calamari frito, a cuban torta and chocolate churros.