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Buckhead (ATL) Report - Rest Eugene, Ritz Buckhead

ashmawz | Jul 7, 2006 02:29 AM

I just returned from Atlanta, staying in Buckhead for two nights.

Thanks for all of the suggestions on Chowhound, it helped me select my meals and I realized I probably missed out on some of the gems in ATL, like Woodfire Grill, Watershed, and Taquerias del Sol.

I did have breakfast (buffet) at the Dining Room at the Ritz Buckhead and this is an incredible dining experience. I can imagine their brunch, which is more elaborate, would be amazing. Anyway, breakfast is great there, service good and atmosphere is cool southern stodginess. There is nothing like their selection, kind of reminds me of a toned-down Nemo (South Beach, Miami) buffet.

I also visited Restaurant Eugene in Buckhead. This place I was very curious about because I was craving southern food. We showed up there in tourist gear, quite underdressed, and the host was a bit rude. I explained to him that, hello, the restaurant was EMPTY and to please seat us (we got there pretty early in the evening).

We ordered Sunday dinner. The chef is very creative and experimental with seasonal, local ingredients, which gets a major nod. My dish, however, was not great. I ordered country fried steak with butterbeans and spinach in a buttermilk cream sauce with fried green tomatoes as an app. My steak was nearly inedible because it was sooooooo salty. The butterbeans and spinach had a nice, rich, flavor, but they were undercooked. fried tomatoes were really good, but a little too heavy and a tad greasy. I know, fried grease is the staple of the south, but this was too much, especially for a hi-end restaurant.

Desert was peach/nectarine cobbler with fresh vanilla bean ice cream. It was very good.

My husband's dish was good - yukon gold mashed (too gritty and watery for me however) and fried chicken. He had no complaints. He also got a corn soup with lump crab which was delicious.

I think I would like to try this rest. again, but would like to rotate around some other ATL rests. first. This place might just need a little more time to perfect their cooking (they are certainly not short on menu ideas though).

This place is expensive, maybe a little overpriced for their imperfections and they are not kid-friendly. Our waiter, however, was excellent and very accomodating. We were very pleased with his service.

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