Dying to read your review. Went a couple of months ago and have some pretty strong opinions!
I wish Baroni would serve the paninis (I think the plural is correct in this instance!) at night. Their dinner menu is bizarre and has gotten worse over the last few months. This is one of my favorite places for a dinner that isn't hectic and where I don't have to make a reservation. They seriously need a dinner menu consultant and need to improve their wine selection. I've heard that owners are almost never there and spend more time at Baraonda. If only Baroni were more like Baraonda I think it would be far more successful.
Georgia and SC peaches can't hold a candle to Clayton County Alabama peaches.
I was in New York for work a few weeks ago and a friend suggested we meet at a neighborhood restaurant for dinner. This wasn't high end New York, but wasn't a neighborhood dive. I ordered a "salad with 20 herbs" - which was super healthy and ridiculously delicious. I then ordered halibut with sunchoke puree. In Atlanta (or most places in the South) the fish would have been drenched in butter and seasonings. But at this place the fish was steamed perfectly and the accompanying sunchokes and broccoli rabe were delicious without being drowned in oil, butter, etc. I was so appreciative of a relatively light meal out and commented at how rich the food is at most Atlanta restaurants in comparison. So, what I'm saying is that I agree with you, Besha!
We frequently do the bar trick. Between my husband and I we can order 2 appetizers and an entree - still getting to try three different dishes. At the nicer places they will actually split the plates (though we don't mind eating from the same dish). We just leave the bartender a nice tip and everyone is happy. For example, the portions at aforementioned Chewbacca Nalia are so large that we would be rolling out of the restaurant if we each did the prix fix. So instead we sit at the bar and split one. Perhaps ordering an extra salad or dessert and some glasses of wine. We leave with more in our wallets and just a satisfied vs. stuffed belly.
As much as I like Tiffan(y)(i), her hosting performance was embarrassing to watch. I was cringing on her behalf. How could that have not gotten a mention?
There are parking meters all over Buckhead, fwiw. A friend got a $25 ticket while parked on a random side street off of Pharr while we were having lunch on a Tuesday.
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