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Atlanta revisit: Babette’s Cafe restaurant review, Atlanta

credit: Becky Stein

credit: Becky Stein

In tomorrow’s AJC, you’ll find my review of Babette’s Cafe, which opened nearly 21 years ago. I gave the restaurant a grade of 3 stars.

Chef-owner Marla Adams cooks with confidence and honesty, comfortably infusing French, Italian and Spanish flavors into the menu.

I particularly enjoyed the roast Ashley Farms chicken ($18) in Adams’s luxuriously silky white wine-and-butter sauce spiked with a licoricey tarragon reduction. Steamy browned chicken and fresh artichokes settle in the sauce with a glorious mountain of creme fraiche slowly unfolding around them.

Subscribers can read the full review on

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

9 comments Add your comment


July 11th, 2013
1:39 pm

Really?? I’m surprised all the AJC writers haven’t revolted against this new paywall.


July 11th, 2013
2:05 pm

and once again creative loafing just (a short) review of this same restaurant and i got to read it for free.

stone pony

July 11th, 2013
10:30 pm

Here’s the deal: I really respect the food writers for the AJC and wish they weren’t casualties of this new pay system. I would like to read their reviews, but the other crap I have to pay for doesn’t make up for the difference. John Kessler, Jenny Turknett, Jon Watson (and whoever I’ve missed) I reallly like reading YOU above the other stuff the AJC puts out. I pay to subscribe to the NY Times and believe it’s well worth the money. Not so with the AJC and unfortunately, you are the ones losing out. I’d rather wait for the Hudspeth Report off month than pay for a month of the AJC.


July 12th, 2013
9:50 am

Quit crying and go buy a paper tomorrow…if you have to give up your latte to buy a .50 paper then big whoop. Do you think the writers and AJC staff work for free? There has to be some revenue to support the publication….It’s kind of like Econmics 101.


July 12th, 2013
5:00 pm

Creative Loafing is looking better all the time!!

Nancy Currier

July 15th, 2013
4:15 pm

I read the absolutely wonderful review of Babette’s Cafe in its entirety (yes, I still buy a paper!) and, while I sincerely appreciate your taking the time to “revisit” one of my favorite restaurants (usually reviews are for the new kids on the block), I have to say I really don’t understand the 3 stars you gave it. The review itself was an unqualified rave, with literally no negatives at all – you chose one of her dishes to make the list for your last meal on earh, for heaven’s sake – LOL. And yet – only 3 stars??? Really? I’m not sure what else they could have done to get at least a 4-star rating, but maybe I just don’t get the rating system itself. I’ve noticed this before with other reviews – a verbal rave and skimpy on the stars. Maybe it doesn’t really matter, but for those folks who can’t access the entire review online without subscribing, when you start off with a 3-star rating, it doesn’t really tell the whole story, in my opinion.

Regardless of this quibble, thanks for taking the time to check out one of Atlanta’s “veteran” restaurants along with the newbies. For those of us out here who really appreciate the restaurants in this town who have made themselves absolutely vital to their regulars, it’s nice for them to get a pat on the back from time to time.

Oh – and try their brunch too, which wasn’t mentioned! Truly amazing!


July 16th, 2013
10:00 am

Nancy: you’ll have to read the star-rating legend. Instead of using a standard star-rating system that nearly every other food column has used for decades, and which most readers are accustomed to using at a quick glance, Kessler and the AJC decided they needed to invent an entirely new system that has absolutely no relation to anything previous and is confusing to anyone just glancing at a review. Instead of having a star-rating system being helpful, now one must actually read the entire review to get any idea about the restaurant, thus star-ratings here are effectively useless.


July 16th, 2013
11:55 am

Edward – reinvention? This is the system used by food reviews in most major markets. Here’s the New York Times system for comparison:

In the world of food reviews, each star is earned. Hence, a 3 star restaurant is excellent. Most restaurants in town would either be no stars or a one. Yes, if you’re used to looking at places like yelp, it might be confusing. If you’re used to reading food reviews by food writers, however, it shouldn’t be confusing at all.