Monday, October 1, 2012

Old School Atlanta Weekend

When I got the chance to jump on Tim Nichols' bandwagon when he was offered a suite at the gorgeous Four Seasons in Midtown, I immediately cleared my calendar and signed right up. I've stayed at this property many times, so I knew what to expect.... complete perfection (and then some). The lounge in this hotel is one of my top picks in the world for a cocktail, and the rooms never disappoint. I love everything about the entire place.

The grounds at the Four Seasons Atlanta are immaculate.
Our one bedroom suite came with a fantastic bed, fresh flowers, and Bvlgari products in two marble baths.

Instead of being on assignment and trying all things new as usual, we returned to very traditional places: familiar (but still fun) restaurants and haunts. And, I found them as comforting as always. Possibly even a bit better than I remembered.

The grilled chicken club on housemade pretzel bread and vinegar chips at Buckhead Diner
For starters, we had lunch at Buckhead Diner. Still the same after all these years, with a waitstaff I estimate has been there since day ONE. For dinner, we elected to go to New York Prime. Big steaks, live music (soft cover tunes by a one-man-show) and possibly the most immaculate service in the city...with steaks and seafood to match.

Shrimp are oversized and swimming in yummy sauce at New York Prime

The banana creme pie at New York Prime is reputable for good reason-- amazing! 
One of the best parts about staying at the locale in Midtown is the walking proximity to some seriously clever patio dining (or drinking) havens. South City Kitchen, Tin Lizzy's and Front Page News
 are right around the corner. 

Just two blocks from the hotel, we rediscovered the ambiance on the patio of long-time hang, Front Page News. They should write a book on 'how to do patio dining right'
On our way back to Nashville, we stopped and scooted our butts into a booth at Houston's to dive into delicious fare we desperately miss now that the mainstay is absent from Nashville's West End neighborhood. No photos were taken, as I was too busy eating. It was super nostalgic.... and oh so delicious.

What are your top choices for classic restaurants in Atlanta? Hoping to see your picks here on the Southern Sophisticate