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KR SteakBar restaurant review, Buckhead

Shell steak with fresh shaved horseradish and espresso jus (credit: Becky Stein)

Shell steak with fresh shaved horseradish and espresso jus (credit: Becky Stein)

Late last summer my husband and I commemorated our anniversary at one of Atlanta’s most anticipated new restaurants — which shall remain anonymous. Like many new spots, it sports the warehouse-design styling du jour, which is aesthetically pleasing but translates to pure noise. It isn’t for everyone.

“Loud” doesn’t describe our nuptial celebration that night. Talking with my husband across the two-person table was like watching a movie on mute. His mouth moved but the sound instantly swirled into the vacuum of raucous background noise. Texting or bust. Not kidding. Happy anniversary.

New restaurants walk this delicate ledge, teetering between form and function, and some do so with infinitely more success than others. Score one for KR SteakBar, Kevin Rathbun and crew’s newest venture nestled in the Peachtree Hills area of Buckhead. It navigates these waters by offering separate, distinct spaces designed by Johnson Studio. Something for everyone.

Read more about my experience at KR SteakBar.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

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[...] KR SteakBar restaurant review, Buckhead [...]

Sheriff John Brown

June 6th, 2013
5:03 pm

can’t wait to try…as soon as I save enough to afford it. Kevin is still one of the finest in the land


June 6th, 2013
5:19 pm

Would like to read your review, but I am not going to open an account.


June 6th, 2013
10:42 pm

Yet again with the myajcrap.

Cricket W.

June 7th, 2013
6:53 am

You blew it when you now require a subscription to read one person’s opinion. I moved to Rabun County to get away from the Atlanta “if it bleeds, it leads” stuff.

Marc Lucas

June 7th, 2013
7:52 am

I have to believe the AJC will eliminate all of the irritating “in your face” & “flashing” advertising and that stupid pop up bar at the bottom of the page for the folks that choose to pay for the restricted content. I’ll stick to the free stuff or find someplace else.


June 7th, 2013
9:00 am

As a 55 year old native Atlantan, I have never been so offended by the AJC
as I am now by this stupic myAJC crap[. Give it up already! I would like to
know how many lemmings have actually signed up for this rip off. Any?


June 7th, 2013
9:33 am

I have been a reader of the AJC for years….until Makes me sad to say… long goodbye auf wiedersehen

W. Weber

June 7th, 2013
9:39 am

The only things I read on the AJC site are the food blogs and an occasional sports story. The design of the website has always been so poor and there are so many teasers for idiotic celebrity stories, I never even think of looking at it for real news content. And, unfortunately, print papers just don’t fit into my day anymore.

While I completely understand the need for more revenue, you won’t get people to pay without compelling content spread across multiple subjects, and you don’t have that. I am willing to pay for content (I’m an NYTimes and WSJ subscriber), but not THIS content. So you have lost me for even the minor use I made of the site in the past. Too bad.

James Goodwin

June 7th, 2013
9:44 am

We lived in Atlanta for years, moved to FLA. 7 years ago and because we loved the AJC we had a mail subscription UNTIL they decided to stop mail subscriptions so I began reading it on line, so now they want you to have a subscription to enable you to read a restaurant review. If I do not live where you deliver, why in the hell would you want to pay for a subscription?
Answer this, how do I get the on line


June 7th, 2013
10:45 am

They have to start charging. Ms. Anne needs a new set of choppers.

Savannah Foodie

June 7th, 2013
11:11 am

We lived in Atlanta for decades and then moved to Savannah. We bought the paper here until you stopped delivery to any place outside the Atlanta metro area. I read your restaurant reviews avidly online after that. I guess I will have to rely on Zagat now. Sad.

ATL Wine Guy

June 7th, 2013
12:44 pm

My thoughts exactly. I’m in food/beverage industry and was an avid reader of the restaurant section – not only for the restaurant reviews but also as a source of the latest and greatest happenings in the ATL restaurant scene. To purchase a subscription for this type of info where you normally find it for free – I’ll pass. Time to start heading over to EATER Atlanta t get my fix of restaurant news and reviews.


June 7th, 2013
7:43 pm

Dumb, dumb, dumb. The interesting content that would make me want to pay just doesn’t exist. Rest in peace AJC!!! Innovate or die!

Retired Lady

June 8th, 2013
9:30 am

It’s a shame that you have to have a subscription even to read about dining out.Being on SS doesn’t allow you to buy such things.

If It's Not Too Much Trouble

June 8th, 2013
10:14 am

If it’s not too much trouble, do you think your marketing department could get off their rears and sell some ads so this rag of a paper doesn’t have to make absurd decisions like making its web content available by subscription only? It’s a joke. People pay for the NYT because it is an internationally acclaimed and relevant publication. The AJC, while written on a small-Georgia-town-Christian-academy-fourth-grade level, still has local offerings worth reading. So please don’t make us all go to for news and Atlanta Eater or CL for restaurant reviews.

Gourmet Creations

June 8th, 2013
9:53 pm