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Fine dining on the skids

Bacchanalia (AJC Staff)

Bacchanalia (AJC Staff)

In case anyone missed it, here’s business reporter Michael Kanell’s fine report on how the economy has taken the toll on Atlanta’s fine dining scene.

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Jay

July 27th, 2010
4:31 pm

Great article/assist today about fine dining. I will be interested in seeing what works for fine dining in the future, obviously, and I appreciate your reporting on the subject. Crazy times we live in.

Fred

July 27th, 2010
5:23 pm

LOl John, that was a weak blog entry, must be hard to type over the noise eh?.

I read the article yesterday. I have eaten one time at Bacchanalia, and I wasn’t impressed. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t anything memorable so we never went back. I went to Nicolai’s Roof and it felt scammed. My wife and I got different entree’s with different sauces (supposedly) on them.They put the same sauce on both of them. They weren’t two sauces that could were similar either. When I said something to the server he basically used the Jedi mind trick saying, “Oh no, they are different,” like we are stupid or something. Needless to say not only have we never been back there, I never pass up a good opportunity to bad mouth those fraudsters. I guess though that for our 300 dollars (for the two of us) that night we not only got food, but also we got lied to.

Maybe I should try Bacchanalia’s again, but for the price, there are just other places I’d rather go to. I’ve actually been so pleased with Woodfire that it is hard to go anywhere else lol (but I do, I just HAVE to try places, I’d love to have your job John, ;) . I wish I had the budget to go fine dining three times a week but we don’t.

I don’t however find us cutting down on our fine dining. I find we eat that as often as we ever have, it’s the moderate and low end dining that we have virtually cut out. In our immediate area (Northlake) there really isn’t much that’s worth paying for. The one exception we have found that recently opened is The Twisted Taco. Only slightly higher than fast food, the menu is rather unique and quite tasty. Throw in the 2 dollar “Twisted Brew” draft, and it’s a great place for almost any occasion EXCEPT for when you have a hankering for fine dining. But they don’t try to pretend they are a hoity toity fine dining place.

Baltisraul

July 29th, 2010
9:15 am

Fred, as people all over the country are finding out; always go first class, just don’t go as often. Fine dining for many resturant owners is just too high risk. Making money in the South is alot easier; make a heap, sell it cheap!

Son of Puerquito

July 29th, 2010
10:26 am

@ make a heap, sell it cheap is why paces like maggiano’s are so busy. Which is very sad since people that go there actually belive they eating Italian food.

Kristen

July 29th, 2010
10:34 am

After just returning from NYC, the mecca of fine dining, this story depresses me to no end. Seriously, I’d rather be waterboarded than eat at Maggiano’s, or even Watershed. For an affluent foodie who hates to cook, I’ve had it with this city. Go ahead…let the flaming begin…

Fred

July 29th, 2010
5:13 pm

I’ve been to Maggiano’s twice. once because I wanted to try it, and then the second time because I HAD to. I agree with both of you Son of Puerquito and Kristen.

@Baltisraul: LOL. I grew up on the gulf coast eating good fresh seafood. I’ve had the hardest time finding good places here in Atlanta. I use a variation of your comment to describe what many people here call a “good” seafood restaurant , “Deep fried and all you can eat.” It’s not far from the truth……….

Baltisraul

July 30th, 2010
8:10 am

Kristen, don’t let the state flag hit you in the ass as your leave our state.

son of Puerquito…..that is my point, resturants want to make money and tons of it. Don’t be fooled by that snob Kristen, most folks who dine out know that they are not eating at a fine resturant. They eat what they can afford and they eat what they like and can afford. You can always go first class, you just can’t go as often!

Fred

July 30th, 2010
1:23 pm

Amen Baltisraul. All this talk of food has made me hungry. I think I’m going to hit up the twisted taco for some grilled chicken wings. But I LIKE to be hitting up something fancier lol.

Fred

July 30th, 2010
1:24 pm

Forgotten add on: That’s why columns and blog’s like John’sare so important. When it IS time to go fancy, it’s nice to have someone you trust to check it out for you.