Right in the Midst of the Best Restaurants and Bars Around

Location, location, location. We are in such a great neighborhood. In addition to lots of shopping and theaters and trails and history, we are smack in the middle of food and drink heaven. I hate to even begin to write this since I don’t have time to cover all of the good  places in this post. But, I wanted to give you a few of my favorites hangouts.

We are right next door to one of the best steak houses in the country, Kevin Rathbun Steak. It is a delight, dark with lots of atmosphere built out of an old warehouse right on the Atlanta Beltline. Their bar is a treat if you want to pop in for some apps and a nice glass of wine, and their covered patio, with its upholstered furniture is one of my favorite spots to get away and have a drink and some quiet conversation. When you go, you should really try the dry aged steak for two. I can’t tell you what else to try because Kevin changes the menu with the seasons and provides a lot of local specialties too. The heirloom tomato salad this past summer was just scrumptious.  Reservations are recommended ( 404-524-5600), but you can usually slip over to the bar and still have a meal.

Address 154 Krog Street Suite 200 Atlanta, Georgia 30307
Hours Dinner, Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-10:00pm
Dinner, Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-11:00

Rathbun also has two other restaurants on the next block of Krog Street. One is the flagship “Rathbun’s” and the other is the Krog Bar.

One of may favorite places to go out to eat is literally right over the tracks and around the corner in the Old Fourth Ward called  Serpas. Serpas was built out of an old cotton loading dock at what is now Studioplex. They did a great job with the build out,  keeping the character and the vibe.  One whole side of the building is glass and it faces west across the street from the water tower. When the sunsets the light in Serpas is divine. But let’s not just talk about the atmosphere, the food is amazing. I love the Flash Fried Oysters which are a regular item on the menu as well as the Tuna Tartar. Scott Serpas calls his food “True Food” and I it really is. classic comfort cuisine with handcrafted ingredients with a definite Louisiana flair. I always suggest that our guests go there while they are staying with us. You can’t go wrong. Duane and I go often and sit at the Chefs bar where we can watch what’s going on up close and personal. If you’re looking for more romance, a table by the window at sunset is the place to be. Yum. Make your reservations at 404-688-0040.

Address 659 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia  30312
Hours Dinner,  Tuesday – Thursday 5:30 – 10:30
Dinner, Friday  – Saturday 5:30 – 11:00
Brunch Sunday 11AM -2PM
Sunday Dinner 5:30 – 10:00

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary and are a fan of Mad Men and 60’s cocktails,  Sauced is for you. It is an intimate little building with rounded banquette upholstered seating around the tables in the front room. There is a great little patio for when it is not too hot or cold. And a cool bar that you can chill your heels and have a martini that is just right. Their food it wonderful and the menu changes frequently. It is old food updated using fresh ingredients and lovingly prepared. I couldn’t begin to do their menu justice. Go to their website and check it out.  Make your reservations at 404-688-6554.

Address 753 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta Georgia 30307
Hours: 5:30 PM – 1:00 AM with the kitchen open late!
They are closed on Monday.

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