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Atlanta, Georgia- Restaurants
By Susan M. Keenan 2007

Atlanta exhibits southern charm that extends to its fine eateries as it offers a delightful helping of southern delicacies. Although personal preferences and dietary needs will sway you toward one restaurant or another, the culinary delights from many of these fine establishments will tempt you with their aromatic scents and savory flavors.

Bacchanalia, a popular California-style restaurant that is located at 1198 Howell Mill Road, offers excellent service, new American cuisine, and a unique location within a refurbished warehouse. Reservations are highly recommended due to its popularity. This engaging establishment features a new menu weekly. Unfortunately, it is closed on major holidays and Sundays. A newly established gourmet market greets you in the front of the restaurant and features excellent cheeses, breads, and desserts for take out.

In an intimate setting alongside the Chattahoochee River that features lush landscaping, Canoe, located at 4199 Paces Ferry Road, is another of the restaurants offering New American dishes. It offers a variety of mouth-watering dishes including grilled duck breast, crab fritters, as well as a variety of other seafood dishes. Its menus features fresh ingredients of a local nature that change with the seasons. The restaurant is shaped like a canoe, requires dressy casual attire, serves cocktails, and features special events. Closed on major holidays, Canoe offers brunch, lunch, and dinner.

For fine dining in a "jackets required" setting, visit The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead at 3434 Peachtree Road. Not only does this restaurant feature legendary world-class standards, but also, it provides an intimate atmosphere for excellent dining. The cuisine reflects modern French dishes with just a touch of Asian influence such as stuffed guinea hen and lamb loin. A full bar, sophisticated entertainment, outstanding service, and a classy ambience complete the picture for this fine establishment that is open from Tuesdays through Saturdays. It is open most holidays with the exception of December 25.

For another opportunity to enjoy French cuisine with a touch of Mediterranean and Asian influence, visit the Joel located at 3290 Northside Parkway. Although some of the prices tend to be expensive, the daily specials tend to fit into most budgets. The restaurant features a 65-foot lounge bar, excellent service, valet parking, and cocktails. Closed on Sundays and most major holidays, the Joel requires dressy casual attire and reservations are highly recommended, but not required.

Pano's & Paul's, an established restaurant located at 1232 W Paces Ferry Road, features Continental cuisine including such tasty dishes as veal sweetbreads, fried lobster tail, and other seafood dishes. Set in an art deco atmosphere, the restaurant boasts outstanding service, lavish surroundings, valet parking, and cocktails. Unfortunately, it is closed on Sundays and most major holidays. The dress code is dressy casual and reservations are recommended, but not required.

Alon's Bakery & Market is a great take-out stop featuring sandwiches, breads, cheeses, salads, and European desserts. Located at 1394 N Highland Avenue, this eatery has limited seating with outdoor benches, American cuisine, and onsite parking. Open Sunday through Saturday, the shop is closed on most major holidays.

For a taste of Mexican fare, visit the Nuevo Laredo Cantina, located at 1495 Chattahoochee Avenue. The home style cooking is offered Monday through Saturday. This eatery offers beer, wine, casual dining, and such dishes as chicken mole and tacos.

Diners can enjoy steak, lamb chops, filet mignon, and seafood at Bone's Restaurant located on 3130 Piedmont Road NE. Although the dress code is casual, private rooms are available. The restaurant features comfortable accommodations, valet parking, and excellent cuisine. It is closed on most major holidays.

Simple, southern style dishes are features at Mary Mac's Tea Room located at 224 Ponce de Leon Avenue. Fried green tomatoes and fried chicken are only two of the things that are served up along with friendly service, casual dining, and cocktails. The restaurant is closed on most major holidays.

Although these are only a few of the many restaurants that Atlanta has to offer, you can see that variety is a large part of the dining scene here. From casual to fine dining, the opportunities to enjoy mouthwatering cuisine could have you staying in Atlanta longer than you had originally planned.

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