by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
Atlanta is lucky to have so many restaurant weeks throughout the year, and Midtown Restaurant Week (September 4th through the 12th) is our most robust, utilizing restaurants in several in-town `hoods. With a plethora of fine dining choices, all dishing three-course meals for only $25, the only downside is trying to figure out what places to choose. So to make everyone's life a little easier, we combed through every available menu to figure out the top 10 options during Midtown Restaurant Week. Photo credit: Livingston
Updated: August 30, 2010
A relative newcomer in the Old 4th Ward, Chef Jay Swift's namesake is one of Atlanta's restaurants to watch. Lodged in a restored dairy, the menu is one part inventive and one part comfort. Their Restaurant Week menu sees the delicious likes of house-made chorizo, wood-grilled leg of lamb with nan bread, and whiskey caramel carrot cake to finish.
This high-brow chain sees plenty of Midtown suites and power dining, and quite frankly, getting anything for $25 would be a steal, much less a three-course meal. Their Midtown Restaurant Week menu boast appetizers like lump crab cakes and shrimp and grits, while meaty fish entrees (swordfish, mako shark) carry the second course. Key lime pie is the no-brainer dessert.
Located in the Georgian Terrace, Livingston fits the elegant surroundings perfectly. And Chef Gary Mennie has come up with an outstanding menu for Midtown Restaurant Week. To start there is chilled white Georgia shrimp or sweet corn soup. Mountain trout, Berkshire pork or beef short rib are entree options while chocolate praline with chocolate sauce and chocolate bark is the lone dessert.
Sitting a stones throw from the Fox, this glorious new-Southern restaurant doesn't give you choices for their Restaurant Week menu. And frankly, we're fine with that. Butter lettuce salad starts the meal, herb grilled Berkshire pork tenderloin over Logan Turnpike white speckled grits is the entree, and to finish, there's chocolate truffle cake.
Hotel Palomar's standout restaurant, Pacci (recently awarded Esquire Magazine's Top 50 New Restaurants) goes the way of modern Italian with a touch of local flavor, and their Midtown Restaurant Week menu reflects that. Heirloom tomato gazpacho, parpadelle bolognese, gnocchi in a brown butter and white chocolate gelato make for tough decisions.
We love how Midtown slipped in a few O4W establishments, and Serpas is one of our favorites. Barbecue beef tacos and corn soup with crab and chili croutons make the appetizer selection debatable, while overnight brisket and crispy pork belly lead hearty entree options. Desserts are old-school Southern, and Serpas lets diners debate over homemade chocolate moonpies or fried apple pie.
Getting a dinner for $25 from this high-brow Italian show-stopper is like stealing. And while there are plenty of wonderful selections for both appetizers and desserts on their Midtown Restaurant Week menu, we would go to Veni Vidi Vici solely for the fact they offer agnolotti (raviolis filled with braised beef, veal and pork in a butter sauce) as an entree option.
Atlanta's leader in the new-Southern cuisine renaissance, South City Kitchen's Midtown Restaurant Week menu goes the way of the high-end picnic. Fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese lead the appetizer options, buttermilk fried chicken with mashed potatoes and bourbon gravy is a no-brainer entree, and ice cream sandwiches for dessert complete the cuteness.
Two Urban Licks, the bombastic warehouse restaurant in the Old 4th Ward, is always daring, and their Restaurant Week menu delivers much of the same. Sweet and spicy shaved calamari, spit-fired jerk chicken, smoked ribs with bacon potato salad, ice cream tacos with pineapple pico de gallo. It?d be impossible not to have fun at this place, or with this creative menu.
Any restaurant week instantly improves when you throw a steak joint on the list. And thankfully, Atlantic Station's meat-tastic option, Strip, delivers with a masculine three courses that don't include dessert. Spinach salad with crumbled blue starts the meal, a grilled shrimp skewer provides an appetizer, and flat-iron steak with mashed potatoes is the heavy finish.