In the hopes of sparking a debate, let me propose two overrated Atlanta restaurants:
1. Among restaurants with an established reputation: Woodfire Grill. I know it has a devoted following, but I just don't get it. I've eaten there twice and been disappointed both times. The first time was colossally bad, with overcooked salmon and vegetables that must have been boiled, without salt or other seasoning, for upwards of an hour. Since I've moved away from Atlanta, friends have reported similarly sad experiences. But a few friends still defend it. They say it's the truest observer of slow food in the city and that I should go in expecting less wow and more soul. You tell me...
2. Among newcomers: Trois. Sacre bleu! To be fair, I've only eaten there once. Still, one of my dinner companions had the worst duck dish I've ever tasted: Prepared sous-vide (or maybe microwaved--who knows?) with a watery, limp and flavorless green papaya salad, it was slightly more disappointing than my flounder "Parisian." Servers were also arrogant and displayed a geologic sense of time--25 minutes before first approaching the table, 30 minutes to bring the check, etc. Afterward, I wondered if I wronged the chef in a past life. Alas, two friends have been equally unimpressed. Based on the hype and near-universal acclaim, I expect more. What do you think?
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