Ladies and gentlemen: What we have here is not a sports bar but an “upscale sports restaurant.” At least, that’s what Dantanna’s proclaims on its Web site.
Indeed, this restaurant’s two locations — the Buckhead original next to the Westin hotel, and the downtown offshoot in the CNN Center — both seem like hybrid entities. In Buckhead (above), the bar front bar area has TVs, TVs, TVs galore and loads of bar stools. The back dining room features more discrete sports viewing, mahogany-stained wood, soft lighting and $24 fish specials.
But I was here for the burger ($9).
Before proceeding any further, let me express my apologies for the quality of this photo, which was taken in that softly lit room with my iPhone. Even after adjustment, it still looks like a page I ripped out of a 1970’s edition of Ladies’ Home Journal.
But now let me give you the good news: this is a burger to search out.
Why? Well, for starters, it’s a burger to trust. Dantanna’s lets you know on the menu that the USDA Choice beef comes from Creekstone Farms — a natural beef producer that processes cattle raised without any growth hormones, antibiotics or growth-enhancing drugs. It voluntarily tests all the cattle for BCE, and claims to raise them humanely.
None of this would be worth the bun it sits on, unless the burger delivered in flavor. Indeed it does, with beefy flavor, running juices and that all-important char on the surface.
It all adds up to a good, solid burger — the kind of burger that makes for a fine and reasonably inexpensive meal when you want to enjoy the ambiance of an upscale sports restaurant.
I give it three and a half flat-screen television sets.