Atlanta >Food & Dining > Georgia Grille
2290 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030933.817037 -84.389624
Tue - Thu, 6pm - 10pm; Fri, Sat: 6pm - 11pm; Sun, 5:30pm - 9pm; Mon, closed
Neighborhoods: Northside, Colonial Homes - Peachtree, Northside
TRY TO KEEP IT A SECRET- THE GEORGIA GRILLE – Before Facebook or even the World Wide Web, Karen Hilliard packed her bags and left her West Texas eatery to come home and open a southwestern restaurant in Atlanta- this was 1990. During its 20 years, Atlanta has seen many restaurants with big name chefs open with a splash and likewise close but somehow Karen’s formula of creating distinctive foods with amazing flavors has kept her tables full.
Named after Georgia O’Keeffe who serves as the inspiration for Karen’s approach to foods, and like her paintings these creations display brilliant color and amazing flavors.
After kicking off the boots, settle into either a Dan’s or Key Lime margarita both made with an ultra-smooth Sauza tequila. Neither is your coy over-the-top margarita, but instead quite similar to those served South of the Border. While sipping on either of these lively beverages munch on the housemade tortilla chips with a mild salsa, the chunky guacamole, or a zesty queso dip.
A festive parade of flavors is evident in every bite. The somewhat earthy Black Bean Pancakes are graced with large succulent grilled Georgia shrimp and a smoked poblano pepper cream sauce, absolutely divine. But, the one where you can’t restrain from drooling after each bite is the Monterrey Jack cheese stuffed Anaheim pepper, that’s deep fried, then drizzled with an amazing tomatillo sauce and roasted sweet corn, this is truly an OMG experience.
Of the entrees, which are large enough to share, the medium rare Angus Flat Iron Steak is fork tender, but the oh-so juicy flavors are enhanced by a heavenly smoked red pepper jus and a not-to-be-missed spicy Mac-n-cheese that’s stuffed in a fire roasted poblano pepper. One could be totally satisfied stopping here, but it would be sinful not to taste Karen’s creation that won her the 1992 Georgia Seafood Challenge- the otherworldly Lobster Enchilada- 8 ounces of Maine lobster tail meat, that’s cooked to perfection in a roasted sweet red bell pepper reduction then rolled in a flour tortilla and topped with a rich tomato salsa, Monterrey jack cheese, and a dab of sour cream is to die for. This has become the Georgia Grille’s signature dish and has diners coming back regularly to get their fix, this will include me as well; I’m hooked!
So can you help keep it a secret??? This top-drawer café is Southwestern cooking at its best and serves as the perfect place to kick back with friends and enjoy the simpler aspects of life.
One of Atlanta's Best – I have never had a bad time eating here. Great food, great drink selection, great environment. This place is just cool. The artwork, servers are unique. You will love it.
Best Lobster Enchiladas In ATL! Glad It's Small & Hard To Find! – Georgia Grille is like an old friend you haven't seen in years. And it has been a few years since we dropped by. We drive by all the time, and that location is just tucked into a tiny corner of this little strip center near Peachtree Battle. Karen Hilliard's menu is still right on. Her Lobster Enchilada's are still the best in town. The side of chrunchy Jalapeno Coleslaw is a perfect match. And don't forget one of the best Margarita's in town. It's not crazy big production, or super noisy, just small and perfect for a little Sunday night fun! Don't forget to try the Smoked Chicken Chowder, can be kicked-up a notch with a splash of Tabasco. We just love it!
Subtle southwestern flavors and playful painterly touches hit a quiet Buckhead corner at a gallop. – The Scene
Tucked into an obscure corner of a south Buckhead strip mall, the Georgia Grill sparkles on the inside with jewel-like intensity. Christmas lights, cow skulls and the judicious use of Georgia O'Keefe memorabilia and prints combine to make the small main dining room feel relaxed and festive. Gracefully aging debutantes and their well-behaved husbands gather at intimate tables under the smooth care of a gracious staff, who offer dependable wine and menu advice.
The menu balances skillful handling of fresh seafood with creative twists on standard Southwestern fare. Buttery rich lobster enchiladas are full of the smoky heat of chipotle peppers. Crispy, cornmeal crusted fried catfish is highlighted by bright, lime accented jalapeno coleslaw. Even a traditional bar snack like jalapeno poppers appear in gourmet dress up, garnished with fresh salsa and spicy black beans. Richly textured chocolate mousse provides a soul-satisfying ending to the evening.
Needs Improvment – I went to the Georgia Grill last night. The service was awful! And to think because there was 6 of us they added gratuity! The food was very good taste-wise. The salsa on the nachos made a puddle at the bottom of the plate. I got the pork tenderloin. The ramakin of chutny was sitting on the pork (nasty), and the rest was covered under the fried collard greens. However, I understand why...there was only 3 quarter-size pieces! All for the low price of $19.00!!!! This places needs work...waaaayyy over-hyped!
Cozy Place, Good Food – I went here on a first date and had great food. The smoked chicken enchiladas weren't too heavy like a lot of Southwestern cuisine tends to be. The room is cute and cozy, not too loud, and the waiter wasn't intrusive.
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