I'll be staying at the Midtown W the (long) weekend of Sept 15, and I'm looking for awesome restaurants.
Budget is almost unlimited. Not really unlimited, but I'm happy to blow $100 on the food only (alcohol extra) on a meal for one. I'm looking for three different meals:
1 - something typically Atlanta. Something I can get (as good) anywhere else. Something that will make me say "I have to go back to Atlanta to get X off this menu at that place; I've never had anything like that before.
2 - something that is just plan fantastic, even if it's available elsewhere.
3 - A great breakfast/brunch place
Now, just because I say budget is high, that doesn't mean I must spend a lot. If there's a hole in the wall place that is awesome, I want to go there. In fact, that's more my usual mode of operations; but this time I'll be at a conference with some big spenders, and I want to impress one of them with one of the meals. But with my other meals, cheap, expensive, in-between - it's all on my radar.
As I said, W in Midtown. Walking distance would be a plus, but I'm perfectly capable of hoping into a taxi as well.
Cigarette smoke ruins a meal for me. I've never been to Atlanta, but my understanding is that restaurants are smoke-free, but bars are not, and I know that in practical terms this can sometimes mean smoky restaurants and the smoke flows in from a bar, so if that is the case in Atlanta restaurants, I'd like to avoid any that are smoky, even if just a little.
Thanks for any thoughts!